Vacation Worry Free

Posted by admin on Aug 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Leaks and broken pipes can lead to a lot of damage if you don’t notice them in a timely fashion.  If they happen while you are on vacation, you could have a catastrophe before you get home.  Vacation worry free by turning off the water main to your home before you leave.  If you don’t know where it is located, have a plumber show you where it is and how to operate it.  If you have a sprinkler system running that  cannot be turned off for an extended period of time, shut off the valve to the house only.  The location and how to operate your main valves is something you should be aware of in case you are home and have a plumbing emergency but can also give you peace of mind when you’re out of town.





Let Your Water Heater Take a Vacation With You!

Posted by admin on Jul 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

No, you can’t take it with you, but you can turn it off for the week you are gone and save money on your energy bill.  If you have a regular electric or natural gas water heater, it is one of the highest energy consumers in your home.  Make sure there is no risk of freezing and then shut it off while you are on vacation.  You may be surprised by how much you save!  You can shut it off at your main circuit panel, the main shutoff handle on the heater itself, or some heaters even have a vacation setting on the temperature control dial.  You could alternately just turn your water heater down to its lowest setting.  One tip, make sure you turn it back on as soon as you return home.  It will take an hour or so to heat the water back up!



Do You Need a Hot/Cold Hosebib?

Posted by admin on Jun 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Summer is almost here, and the weather is warming up.  Wouldn’t all of your outdoor tasks be so much easier with warm water?  From washing the car to washing the dog to filling up the kid’s pool, a hot and cold hose bib is an easy addition to your home and will make all of your outdoor chores much more enjoyable!


Before You Install a New Water Heater…

Posted by admin on May 7, 2017 in Troubleshooting, Water Heaters

Just because you aren’t getting hot water does not mean you need a new water heater.  If your water heater is new or newer there are cheaper repairs that need to be ruled out first.  If your water heater is brand new, make sure your thermostat is set correctly.  It may need nothing more than to be turned up.  If your water heater is electric, check your breaker and make sure you have power to the unit.  Your heater has a built in safety device that will turn off the power if it is overheating.  Usually, a new thermostat is all you will need to repair the water heater.  If your heater is a gas unit, make sure the pilot is lit.  If it won’t light, a new thermocouple may solve the problem.  Take the time to cross an inexpensive repair off your list before you replace your perfectly good water heater.


CCB’s New Buyer Beware Site

Posted by admin on Apr 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

You can check out a single contractor using the CCB website to see if they have ever had a violation using their name or CCB number, but now the CCB has made it even easier.  They have added a Buyer Beware page to their website to list repeat offenders, scammers, and contractors that have not paid their debts to homeowners or fines to the State of Oregon.  None on the list have licenses in good standing.  The CCB continues to get reports these bad contractors are still offering their services to the public.  If you are a homeowner or a subcontractor that has been burned by a contractor, report them to the CCB.  If they receive more than five complaints in one year, they will have to get a larger bond which is difficult to obtain.  If they do not resolve their conflicts, they will be put on the list as a warning to others.



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