Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Santa Fe’

Old Piping Materials in Your Home May Need to Be Replaced

Monday, February 17th, 2020

PVC-pipesHow much do you know about your home’s plumbing in Santa Fe, NM? Not much, we imagine. Plumbing isn’t a glamorous part of any house; it needs to function without drawing attention to itself.

Understanding the age of your home’s plumbing pipes is important, however, because piping material is not invulnerable. All material wears down, and pipes are no exception. Making the situation more difficult is that the material used for pipes has changed over the decades. Outdated materials—we’ll get to those in a moment—have a higher chance of decay, bursting, and corrosion. If your house contains these old pipes, you may need to have partial or whole-house repiping done. Licensed professional plumbers are the only people you can trust with this service.

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Why Video Pipe Inspection Is an Essential Tool of Good Plumbers

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

pipes-corrodedWe list video pipe inspection as one of our services, but we understand this isn’t a service people often call us for specifically. People call because they think they’ve got leaks somewhere in their house, or their sewer lines have backed up, or they’ve got slow drains. These are plumbing issues where video pipe inspections are often a critical part of finding solutions.

So why do we list video pipe inspection if it isn’t something people actual think about when they call us? Because video pipe inspection is one of the best tools we have available to make plumbing repairs a success—and you won’t find it with every plumber in Santa Fe, NM.

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Warning Signs of a Boiler in Need of Repairs

Monday, October 14th, 2019

condensing-gas-boilerThe weather hasn’t turned cold yet to the point where you’ll have your boiler running regularly. The time is fast approaching, however, and we want to help you prepare for the winter season. The first step is arranging for maintenance for your boiler with our technicians. This is the best way to prevent boiler repair in Santa Fe, NM over the winter.

But since no amount of maintenance can prevent all repairs, the next step is understanding the signs of a boiler in trouble. When a boiler begins malfunctioning, it will send out several signals that it’s heading south. You can catch these and arrange for repairs before the boiler stops working. Remember, the sooner you have repairs done, the less extensive they are likely to be.

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How Do Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Save Money?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

ductless-mini-split-in-roomIf you know anything about ductless mini split systems (a.k.a. ductless air conditioning, ductless heat pumps), you’ve probably heard about how they can help a home save money on cooling bills. This is true, but it’s also a bit more complicated than simply saying, “Ductless systems save you money!” They reduce the cost of cooling a home in several different ways.

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Does Your AC Need a Tune-Up? Or Repairs?

Monday, August 5th, 2019

tools-on-ac-cabinetAugust can often be a rough time for air conditioning systems. They’ve already taken on a few months of intense Santa Fe mid-year weather, and the heat often ramps up even more during August and September. This is why air conditioners are at the highest risk of breaking down during the late summer, and why it’s a good idea to pay attention to any warnings that your home’s AC is in trouble.

When an air conditioner does begin to show signs of malfunction, such as making odd noises, losing cooling power, or stopping and starting too often, people sometimes wonder if they should arrange for an air conditioning tune-up in Santa Fe, NM before the trouble gets bad enough that they need repairs. But this isn’t what an AC tune-up is for, as we’ll explain.

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Sediment: Your Water Heater’s Worst Enemy

Monday, May 27th, 2019

water-heater-repairsTank water heaters are burly systems that can handle plenty of stress over their lifespan. However, there’s one thing that can significantly reduce their lifespan:

Water heater sediment.

Now, water heater sediment is largely unavoidable for the most part, and it can easily be removed from the water heater before it causes damage. It can also be reduced with a water softener.

We’ll go into more detail below about water heater sediment, how it forms, and what can be done about it.

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Prevent Your AC From Overheating This Season

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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When it gets hot, you’re going to run your air conditioner. The hotter it gets, the longer and harder your air conditioner has to run. And that could lead it to overheat and stop working.

So is it any wonder that summer is the time of the year that we receive most of our requests for air conditioning services? If your AC isn’t tuned-up to handle the summer heat, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that it can’t keep up.

Overheating isn’t the only way that air conditioners fail during the spring and summer, but it’s one that every homeowner should be informed about. Below are three ways that air conditioners commonly overheat and what you can do to prevent it:

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Is It Time for Water Heater Replacement?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

water-heater-replacementA water heater is an appliance like any other, meaning that we depend on them every single day for our quality of life. But it also means that they will age and eventually breakdown. The appliance that you’ve cherished for nearly a decade will eventually need to be replaced. When that time does come, you’ll need an expert of water heater installation to handle the task for you.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s find out if your water heater actually needs to be replaced just yet. Some of the signs include:

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Slab Leaks: The Monster Under Your Home

Monday, 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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Signs It’s Time for Boiler Replacement

Monday, October 15th, 2018

gas-boiler-gaugeIf you’re reading this article because you suspect it’s time for a new boiler, we can’t blame you—boilers are great heaters. They have a good record as long-lasting and efficient heaters, meaning they’ll rarely break due to having fewer moving parts.

But that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. In this post, we’ll get down to what you need to pay attention to if you think it’s time for a boiler replacement.

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