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It’s the holidays, folks! It’s that most wonderful time of the year when 32 million families across the United States resurrect ornaments, twinkle lights and motorized Santa’s from garages and basements, and get ready to tackle that favorite December pastime: decorating!

While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle, and warmth to a very special season, it’s important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully. Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays – whether you’re excitedly preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, take a few minutes to read our decorating safety tips.

Lights and Decorations

  • When shopping for lights, electric decorations, and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listed
  • If you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards. If you’re in doubt as to whether light strings are rated for indoor or outdoor use, just check the color-coded UL mark on the product’s package. A green holographic UL mark says, “indoors only, please,” while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Whether they’re brand-new out of the box or seasoned veterans from holidays past, before you put them up, inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cords for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs, and bulbs. If the damage can be repaired (i.e. broken bulbs replaced), do not use the item until the repair has been made. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decoration.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses, or making any other repairs.
  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat, creating a fire risk.
  • When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up metal ladders in favor of ladders made of non-conductive materials like wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
  • Only use lights and decorations in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Before you begin decorating, verify how many strands of lights it is safe to connect end-to-end (as a general rule, it’s 3).
  • Every so often, check Christmas light wires to make sure that they’re not warm to the touch.
  • Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

Be careful not to overload breakers and extension cords. Before you start plugging in, find out the wattage rating of your extension cord, as well as the power requirements of any lights or decorations you’re planning to plug into it. A wattage rating is the amount of electricity that an extension cord is built to carry, and if the combined power requirements (or “pull”) of your lights and decorations exceed that rating, overheating and fire can occur. Here at Brothers Heating Plumbing and Electric, we can install convenient outlets to make setting up your holiday lights a breeze! Our professional electricians will make sure that the outlets installed are in well thought out locations and that they are grounded and weather resistant. So, if you’d like to cut time off of your holiday light setup, then give us a call! For more information on electrical outlets visit: http://www.brothersplumbing.com/electrical/outlets/

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Brothers’ Gives Back to The Muscular Dystrophy Association


Through the Brothers Give Back program, we are proud to be able to donate $1000.00 to The Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Rocky Mountains. MDA takes a big-picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures. The power in a research approach is that they can often apply learnings from one disease to achieve progress in others to bring urgently needed answers to the families.

Here are some of our current highlights:

  • Funding for 150 research projects around the world
  • Awarded nearly 70 MDA research grants in 2016 with a total funding commitment of more than $16 million
  • Contributed to dozens of clinical trials now underway
  • In 2016, the FDA approved the first disease-modifying drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

  • From offering support groups and educational seminars to assisting families with durable medical equipment and giving kids with muscular dystrophy the best week of the year at MDA Summer Camp, MDA empowers families in hometowns across America with the help and support they need today. If you would like to donate or become involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit https://www.cff.org/

    At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit. If you have a non-profit nominee suggestions, please visit Brothers Gives Back.

Thanksgiving 2017 Tips and Reminders


With Thanksgiving upon us, many people have started to make preparations and getting ready for the upcoming holiday. But did you know Thanksgiving is the single busiest Plumbing day of the year? In fact, plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after.

Here are our top plumbing tips for Thanksgiving so you can stay sane and enjoy family time to the fullest.

1: Don’t Throw Leftovers Down the Drain

Sure, it’s easier to just throw leftovers down the drain, but this will almost certainly clog it. Instead, throw leftovers in the trash or compost pile so there won’t be any clogging. If you choose to throw them down the drain, feed waste gradually to prevent overloading. Also, make sure to never pour fats or cooking oils in the drain as they will solidify in pipes. Use paper towels to wipe grease from pots, then throw them in the trash.

2: Make Sure the Disposal Is Running

Another common mistake that can clog your drain is not turning the disposal on before putting food into it. To avoid plumbing issues due to the garbage disposal, make sure to turn on the faucet to allow the drain to fill with water before you put any food into it. Keep the water running for a short time after turning it off so the waste won’t clog the drain.

3: Use a Sink Strainer

The best way to prevent clogging your drain is using a sink strainer to prevent any food from going down it. This will keep the water running while making sure that no leftovers will pass through it. The waste gathered in the strainer can be thrown in the trash or compost pile once you’re done washing the dishes. With a little bit of precaution, even the most challenging plumbing problems can be easily avoided.

4: Wait at Least 10 Minutes Between Showers

If you’re hosting overnight guests, advise them to wait at least 10 minutes between showers so the hair moving through your plumbing has enough time to disperse and dispose of itself. If the additional hair doesn’t have an adequate amount of time to disperse, it can clog or even back up your pipes. Consider using a drain strainer to prevent any hair from going down the drain — this is the safest option if you’re concerned about clogged drains, and want to keep your pipes waste-free.

5: Have Your Plumbing and Drains Checked

Why wait until something happens to find out that there’s something wrong with your drains or plumbing? Call in a Brothers reliable and highly skilled plumbing to inspect your plumbing system and ensure that everything is fine. By doing so, you can rest assured knowing that, if any clogs are present, they will be successfully removed by an expert in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Further problems, such as leaky pipes or dripping faucets, can also be diagnosed and resolved ahead of time.

6: Don’t Attempt to Fix the Problem Yourself

Don’t pick Thanksgiving to become a DIY expert. Know your limits — if you attempt to fix the problem yourself without accurately knowing what the real problem is, there’s a good chance you’ll instigate a major plumbing disaster. Always keep Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric number at hand so you can call in the experts when plumbing issues strike.

Need to have your plumbing checked or fixed? Call Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric!

Prepare For Winter 2017 – Hints and Tips

With an extra hour in the day — and winter on the way — it’s a good time for a seasonal home preparedness checklist!

As you circle the house, resetting clocks, make time for this short safety checklist.

  • Change the clocks, change the batteries. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives … if they’re powered on by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around. Energy savings hint: don’t toss the replaced batteries just yet. While they’re likely not fully charged, replaced batteries can still do duty in children’s toys, media players or electronic devices. Squeeze the last drop of power out of them before you recycle!
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  • Replace light bulbs. Long dark winter evenings call for a little light! Since you’ll have stepladders out to reach smoke detectors and clocks on Sunday, double up on safety (and energy savings) by checking for light bulbs and fixtures. Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs.
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  • Heating and Cooling System Checks. Maintenance is absolutely key for responsible home ownership. Anyone who has had to replace an HVAC system knows it can be costly for a brand new system. Proper maintenance can help lengthen the life of your system and avoid expensive repairs. Every year have your system looked at by a Brothers HVAC technician to save you expensive heartache in the long hall.
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  • Schedule Your Water Heater Flush. On a gas water heater, the sediment creates hot spots that can damage the tank and cause premature failure. On an electric water heater, sediment buildup can cause the lower heating element to fail. Flushing offers a payback in lower energy bills and extended heater life.
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  • Change the Rotation of Your Ceiling Fans. Clockwise is the correct rotation for winter. the fan blades should send air upward to disrupt the warm air that collects near the ceiling and disperse it downward. This is particularly effective in rooms with high or vaulted ceilings and rooms with stoves or fireplaces.

Brothers Gives PVC Piping and $1000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gala


Through the Brothers Give Back program, we are proud to be able to donate PVC Pipe for this year’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gala and $1000.00 to an amazing cause. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening lung disease where those affected fight every day to draw a breath. It is like breathing through a clogged drain pipe. This year’s gala was titled The Power of the Pipeline. The PVC Pipe was used to help enhance the theme of this year’s gala.

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

If you would like to donate or become involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit https://www.cff.org/

At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit… nominated and chosen by you, our customers! If you have a non-profit nominee suggestions, please visit Brothers Gives Back.