Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog

Plumbing Smells and How to Deal With Them

March 18th, 2019

disgusted-manDo you smell that? It couldn’t be your plumbing, could it?

Bad odors from the plumbing system are supposed to stay down in the sewer. If you’re smelling anything up above in your home, there’s likely something wrong with your plumbing.

Aside from being unpleasant to deal with and embarrassing in the event that guests come over, some of these smells can actually be dangerous to your health. We’ll go over the most common kinds, give you the rundown on what it means, and what you can do to fix it.

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Forced-Air Heaters Need Maintenance

March 4th, 2019

furnace-inspectionIf you ask any heating expert in Rio Rancho, NM, a good one will tell you about the dangers of neglecting maintenance for your heater. They’ll mention how your system will become less efficient, it might develop repair issues, and it can even shorten the lifespan of the system.

Forced-air heaters are no exception to this rule, and we even think they deserve special attention. That’s why we’ve written this post on why gas furnaces and heat pumps need maintenance:

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Is a Boiler Better Than a Furnace?

February 18th, 2019

boilerIf you’re like most of the nation, then you’ve probably spent most of your life heating your home with a furnace. After all, if you were to tell an HVAC technician that you wanted “the fastest, cheapest, easiest heater,” they’d naturally set you up with a furnace.

Of course, that’s not to say that furnaces are always the best option (if they were, there wouldn’t be any other heaters on the market!). A boiler is vastly different than a furnace, and it may be just the kind of heater that you never knew you needed. Here’s why:

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Contaminants You Might Find in a Water Test

February 4th, 2019

drinking-water-testNo one ever hopes that they need a water test. The idea of your drinking water being tainted can make some people feel sick just thinking about it. But it’s not a bad idea to have your water tested every few years just to make sure.

Here are some of the kinds of contaminants a water test might reveal in your water supply:

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Plumbing Services That You Just Can’t DIY

January 21st, 2019

bad-diyThere are some plumbing services that you just can’t do yourself. And we’re not saying that because we doubt your craftsmanship, your ingenuity, or your overall tenacity for getting a job done.

In this case, you really just can’t do these jobs without the right equipment and training. You could rent the equipment, but it just wouldn’t be worth it if your “minor” clog or leak ends up being more complicated. Keep reading and we’ll explain everything.

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Slab Leaks: The Monster Under Your Home

January 7th, 2019

ineffective-leak-repair-methodWhen you imagine a leak, you probably think of an annoying “drip drop” underneath your sink. These are just the easy leaks, though. The real issues are from the ones that happen out of sight and out of earshot. In fact, they’re lurking under your feet, and you probably won’t notice them until they come and break through your kitchen floor!

Okay, we’re being a bit dramatic. We’re not talking about a literal monster. What we’re referring to are slab leaks. And it’s true that they’re nothing more than leak, but when you consider the level of damage they can do to your home, you’ll understand how they can become a full-blown monster.

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Should You Use a Boiler for Your Home Heating?

December 24th, 2018

boilerAre you considering a boiler installation in Albuquerque, NM for your next heating system? If you agree with all the following points in this article, then a boiler will most likely be a good choice for you.

You should definitely install a boiler if…

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Which Heating Replacement is Right For Your Home?

December 10th, 2018

family-warming-up-to-radiatorYour heater isn’t going to last forever. When the time comes for replacement, you’ll know it based on a few factors: Its age, how efficient it is, and if the need for repairs has increased.

So when that time does come, you can take the time to decide what kind of heater you want to replace it with. We can’t choose it for you, but we can give you a few reasons that might resonate with you and your comfort needs.

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Sewer Line Leak? Trenchless Repair to the Rescue!

November 26th, 2018

exposed-pipeReplacing a damaged sewer pipe would normally require that the entire length of pipe is excavated. Say goodbye to the lawn you’ve been carefully maintaining for the last few years.

But actually, that method of sewer line repair represented the old “normal.” The new normal is with trenchless pipe technology.

If your sewer line requires repairs or replacement from a plumber in Albuquerque, NM, you can rest assured that it’s a relatively painless process. Let us explain.

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Three Types of Water Heaters Explained

November 12th, 2018

tankless water heaterWith so many options for water heaters, the obvious question to ask is “Which one is the best?”

Rather than try to tell you which one is best, you’ll have an easier time deciding when you see the pros and cons stacked up against each other. This can give you a good idea about what you’re getting into, but we still recommend consulting with a water heater installation expert in Los Alamos, NM to find out which system will work best for your home.

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