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Valentine’s Day Plumbing Tips

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With the major holidays behind us, the next big day to look forward to is Valentine’s Day! Traditionally, couples spend the night out on the town or at a romantic restaurant. Well, at least they used to. More and more couples are opting for a night in rather than going out for Valentine’s day. We don’t blame you. Everyone likes a home cooked meal and you can avoid the crowds out at popular restaurants. If you’re planning on spending the night in though, we recommend doing a little preparation so you can avoid an evening ruining plumbing disaster. We’ve got a few easy to do Valentine’s Day plumbing tips for you to get ready for the big day!

Know where your water shut off valve is

Don’t wait until a broken pipe is dumping gallons of water into your home to try to figure out where your shut off valve is. Nothing will kill the romantic mood more than extensive water damage and the necessary clean up afterward. Knowing where your water shut off is ahead of time can save you a lot of hassle if you ever have a water line break.

Track down and repair minor leaks

Even small leaks will cause mold and water damage over time and nothing is less romantic than mold. Take the week leading up to Valentine’s Day to hunt those leaks like the mood-killing monsters they are and get them fixed before they put a damper on your evening.

Insulate your pipes

Your honey might be keeping you warm this Valentine’s Day, but your pipes need something to keep them warm also. You can pick up pipe insulation from your local hardware store for cheap and can stop pipe bursts which are often very pricey repairs. Insulating your pipes will also help hot water lose less heat as it travels through them which can save you money on utilities and free up some money for fun stuff with your partner.

Need Help? Call us!

So you did everything on our Valentine’s Day plumbing list, but it’s the big night and you’re faced with a plumbing emergency. Don’t despair! Our plumbers at Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric can fix any plumbing problem and get your night back on track. Hopefully you won’t need us this time, though and your Valentine’s Day goes off without a hitch!

Five New Year’s Resolutions for your Electrical System

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Today is New Year’s Eve, and now is the time to make all your New Year’s resolutions for the next year. While most people focus on improving their finances, health, and well-being, the professional electricians here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric would like to suggest five different resolutions for your home electrical system. So, besides your traditional resolutions, why not add a few of the following suggestions this year?

1 – Replace Light Bulbs with Energy-Efficient LEDs

While it’s true that LED light bulbs cost more than incandescents, they’ll save you money in the long run. LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last 35 to 50 times longer.

Furthermore, they produce less heat than traditional bulbs and are much more durable. That’s right, LED light bulbs won’t shatter all over your floor if you drop one! There really isn’t any excuse to forgo replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

2 – Reset and Install GFCI Outlets

Technically, you’re supposed to reset your GFCI outlets every single month. However, most consumers fail to do this, even once a year. So, this New Year’s is the perfect time to schedule a monthly reset of all your GFCI outlets.

Furthermore, if you don’t have GFCI outlets in your restroom and kitchen (or anywhere near a water source), then contact us to have them installed today. They are real lifesavers when it comes to electrical safety.

3 – Install a Whole-House Surge Protector

Most people install surge protectors for their computers and television/home theater setups. But did you know that you can improve your surge protection even further by having us install a whole-house surge protector right at your electric panel? Having us out to install a whole-house surge protector will go a long way towards protecting your home electrical equipment even further.

Moreover, they’re incredibly affordable and effective. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule a whole-house surge protector installation today!

4 – Replace the Batteries in All Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors save countless lives every year. However, they don’t do any good if their batteries are dead. This year (and every single year hereafter), make sure to install new batteries in every single one of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Doing so just might save your life one day.

5 – Have a Safety Inspection Performed

Before you kick off the new year, contact Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric to schedule a whole-house electrical safety inspection. During the investigation, our electricians will inspect your breaker panel, circuits, and all your circuit breakers. We’ll also check your electric appliances and lights to make sure everything is ship-shape. Contact us to schedule an early January safety inspection today!

So, those are the five New Year’s resolutions for your electrical system that our electricians suggest you make this year. And, if you experience any electrical problems this year, we sincerely hope you’ll make the right decision and hire our professionals. Remember, when it comes to safe and effective electric work, you can always rely on the expert electricians here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric!

Happy New Year from Us Here at Brothers Plumbing Heating Electric!

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

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Fall is here, and Winter is coming! With it comes crisp days, long nights, and the beginning of the holiday season. While it is easy to get caught up in the pumpkin spice and fun-filled events of the season, it is also essential to make sure your home appliances, plumbing, heating, and electrical systems are all ready to withstand the cold of winter. Luckily, us here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric have you covered. Follow this simple list of recommended fall maintenance and home preparation hints, tips, and reminders to make sure your property is ready for winter!

 

  • Schedule your Furnace Safety Check.
  • Schedule your sprinkler winterization.
  • Seal Door and window cracks.
  • Inspect the roof for damage.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Schedule your water heater flush.
  • Winterize home plumbing.

Heating and Cooling System Checks. Maintenance is absolutely crucial for responsible homeownership. 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 costly heartache in the long hall.

Get In Touch With Us To Schedule Any Services You Need

Some of the mentioned hints, tips, and reminders are difficult or impossible to perform if you are not a trained professional. Luckily our team of Brothers Plumbing, Heating, and Electric home experts is always standing by to help make sure you are ready for winter. Get in touch with us by calling 303-468-2294 or visiting www.BrothersPlumbing.com today!

Brothers Gives Back to the Thornton Firefighters Combat Challenge Team

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For our October 2019 Brothers Gives Back Campaign we are thrilled to be donating to Thornton Firefighters Combat Challenge team. The Challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing “full bunker gear” and the Scott 5.5 Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.

For More information about the combat challenge, please visit http://www.firefighterchallenge.com/

At Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we believe in giving back to the community. Every month we give up to $1000.00 to a local charity or nonprofit…nominated and chosen by you, our customers! If you have a non-profit nominee suggestion, please let us know by filling out the form.

Prepare for Winter 2019 – Pre-Winter Home Service Tips and Tricks

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

Winter is coming! It’s practically here! As you circle the house, resetting clocks, decorating, and making merry, always make sure you leave some time to run through this short checklist of pre-winter home service tips and tricks. We promise it’ll go a long way towards preventing several holiday and winter-related catastrophes!

Change the Clocks and Batteries

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives! Well, they can save lives if and only if they’re powered by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with new 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!

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 (CFL) or LCD bulbs.

Check Your Heating and Cooling Systems

Maintenance is absolutely vital for responsible homeownership. 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 costly heartache in the long hall.

Schedule a 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.

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.

Well, there you have it: a shortlist of easy to follow pre-winter home service tips and tricks. Follow this quick and simple list, and we promise that your winter and holiday season will go as smoothly as possible. However, if you do wind up with a home service problem this winter, then you can always count on the Better Business Bureau accredited experts here at Brothers Plumbing Heating & Electric. Contact us for assistance today. We’re always standing by to help!