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New Years Resolutions for your Home (Part 2 of 2)

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We hope you are on your way to achieving your New Years resolutions and goals.  Earlier this month we encouraged you to add home maintenance into your New Years resolutions.  We are now adding ways to increase your home safety as well as  recommendations to save money on your home.

Increase your homes safety.

  • Check your smoke detectors and ensure you have a carbon monoxide detector.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be located where your family sleeps.
  • Schedule maintenance for your furnace and AC units.
  • Consider a home management system such as Nexia Home Intelligence.  http://www.americanstandardair.com/products/nexia-home-intelligence.html This wireless technology can manage your home from your computer as well as your mobile device. Adjust temperature, lighting, and even security with the added  Schlage® Home Security Kit.
  • Schedule a “Homeowners 101 Inspection” inclusive of “Home Comfort Audit” and “Plumbing Inspection”. The more you know about your home the better especially in cases of emergency. Call 317.243.3581 for more information.
  • While vacationing

    • If your water softener regenerates on a timed schedule, and not demand, consider putting it on bypass.
    • Most water heaters have a vacation mode. This will keep the water heater pilot lit, but it will not continually heat water you are not using.
    • Use light timers inside and outside. (Nexia Home Intelligence has this feature)

Reduce costs and/or save money on your home:

  • Check that your homeowners insurance is up to date. Here are some issues that our customers have had in the recent past.   Some policies have added basement back up or sump pump failure exclusions.  You may have had the same policy for 20 years but the insurance company sends updates and policy information periodically. If you are like me you don’t always read the fine print. Pull the policy or call your agent and check.  If you are currently renting your old residence , be sure your agent is aware of this change. We have had  more than one customer that did not realize renting out a house you could not sell changes everything to the insurance company.
  • Vow to install a programmable thermostat and save money. Why heat or cool your home when you aren’t there? Adjust the temperature back to your comfort level when you’ll be there.
  • Increase your home value by making upgrades such as a bathroom remodel or new kitchen sink. (Be sure and consult with your homes insurance provider as many upgrades may cause adjustments to your policy.)
  • Contact a home comfort expert to compare the energy costs of your current heating system to a new energy efficient system. For many systems there are utility and manufacturer rebates that can reduce your initial investment.

We hope you found this article helpful. Don’t hesitate to contact our team at 317.243.3581 with any questions you may have.

 

New Years Resolutions for your Home.(Part 1 of 2)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

With a new year comes New Years Resolutions.  While health goals top many lists don’t forget to set some goals for your home.  It is probably your largest financial investment anyway, so protect it.  We’ve included 3 major areas and will divide them into a two series blog.  Below we cover many plumbing and heating maintenance tips that go unnoticed.   Later this month we will add part 2 sharing many cost saving and energy efficient goals for your home as well as increasing your homes safety.

Monthly:

  • HVAC filters should be checked.  Filters 1” or less should be changed.  Depending on conditions, in your home, the larger media filters may last 3-6 months.  Did you know burning candles can plug your filter in just a week?
  • Every home owner should know where to find the main water shut off, water meter pit (if on city water) and natural gas shut offs.

Quarterly:

  • Test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be located where the family sleeps.
  • Clean all shower heads. (Simply tie a bag of vinegar and let sit, when removed, lightly scrub with small brush or an old toothbrush.)
  • Check your plumbing shut off valves so that they open and close properly.

Seasonally:

Winter - 

  • Prevent your pipes from bursting by leaving a slow drip (of warm water), when temperatures outside are freezing, and open your cabinet doors.
  • Make sure your humidifier is working. An HVAC tech can test the humidity in your home.

Spring -

  • Check for plumbing leaks inside and out.  A slow trickle can increase your water bill.  You can also turn off the water and look at your meter.   If you see activity then call a plumber.
  • Your humidifier should be off.
  • Prepare your AC system by scheduling a service/maintenance.
  • When you use your outside faucet for the first time in spring, carefully check inside your home to verify it did not freeze and burst over the winter.
  • Test your sump pump, make sure there is nothing in the pit. Dump water in the pit and verify the pump clears the pit.

Fall- 

  • Unhook your hoses outside to prevent freezing.
  • Test your sump pump.
  • Schedule maintenance on your furnace.

Upgrades to consider.

  • Consider a home water softening system.  Your hair and skin will appreciate it.  Also, sediment build up on your fixtures and in your toilets and water heater will be greatly reduced.
  • Just changing the kitchen sink and faucet can make the entire kitchen look new.
  • Contact a home comfort expert to compare the energy costs of your current heating system to a new energy efficient system.  For many systems there are tax credits and utility rebates that can reduce your initial investment.
  • A whole home humidifier greatly reduces static and improves comfort.  Besides the benefits to your family did you know a whole house humidifier extends the life of your wood furniture?

We hope you found this article helpful. Share your comments on any other tips you include in your home maintenance.  Stay tuned for part two later this month on home safety and money saving tips for your home.

Happy New Year!

10 Tips to Welcome your Holiday Guests

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Tis the season to entertain.  Since comfort is our speciality our staff put together tips to ensure your guests are comfortable, while visiting, during the holidays or winter season.  Have your family members help you prepare by dividing this list along with your home cleaning, organizing and holiday meal planning.  The more you can get done in advance means the more time you’ll have to enjoy your guests and the holiday season.

Welcome Guests
(Image source: addicted2decorating.com)

  1. Ensure your pathways  are clear of ice and snow and light the way by checking that your bulbs are in working order.  (If using salt on your sidewalks, consider walking your pet in the snow as to not irritate his/her paws, or consider dog boots.  Check your local hardware store for pet safe products.)
  2. Roll out the red carpet, or shall we say the welcome mat?  Offer a place for your guests to kick the snow off of their shoes outside and inside your door.  If you have a guest in a wheel chair look into renting (or purchasing) a portable ramp. http://www.accesstoday.com/
  3. Inside your home create a drop zone by having a coat rack or closet, with empty hangers, nearby.  Consider placing a bench or chair, for boots, to be removed.  Also, plan an area for purses and gift bags.
  4. Appeal to the senses.  Wether you have a candle burning, a pot of apples and cinnamon, or a plug in scent, nothing speaks holidays and warmth than a pleasurable scent.
  5. Warm your guests from the inside out by offering coffee, hot cider, cocoa or more as they enter.
  6. Adjust your programmable thermostat a few degrees down when you anticipate the oven heating up and a full home of added guests.  Plan this ahead as you may forget with last minute preparations for your guests.  Lay out a few throw blankets, around your sofas or in a basket, in case your guests prefer a higher home temperature. It’s hard to please everyone, but it’s much easier to set a few degrees low and offer a blanket to Granny than to cool down others.
  7. For overnight guests prepare a basket of towels and travel size necessities that may have been forgotten, like a toothbrush, shampoos, lotion, etc. (Consider adding a mint on the pillow before bedtime or a welcome note from your kids.)
  8. Check that your water heater is ready for the extra guests. If not, consider a larger capacity unit or make a shower schedule to ensure warm water for everyone. If you want to impress guests add one of our wireless Moxie Speakers to your shower head.
  9. Prepare a warm and welcoming breakfast in your crock pot for your overnight guests. We’ve tried this one and it’s fantastic (healthy too).  There are many online versions depending on your health goals and restrictions. http://www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Cooker_Apple_Cinnamon_Oatmeal
  10. Wrapping up our list. Keep some extra wrapping paper and tape accessible for any guests who bring a last minute gift without wrapping. (You may even want to plan an extra gift or two in your closet in case you forgot someone.)

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and hope you find our tips helpful. Feel free to post any of your comments or suggestions, for getting through the holidays with guests, here or on our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/bigblacktrucks

 

Combination Primary and Backup Pump Systems From B&W Plumbing and Heating

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

 

With the recent thaw and rains in Central Indiana your sump pump is probably working overtime.  Is it keeping up with the amount or water that is coming?  Every time a storm knocks the power out to you home are you hoping it will come on as quick as possible so your basement doesn’t flood?  Have B&W Plumbing and Heating install piece of mind with a Combonation Sump Pump system.

 

The new PHCC Pro Series, “Pair of Pumps” combination systems, couples an energy efficient primary sump pump and battery backup sump pump into one compact system. The primary pump operates off AC power. If the power is interrupted, or more water is coming into the sump than the AC pump can handle, the backup sump pump will begin pumping automatically.

 

The combination systems also contain unique monitoring features that warns the homeowner if the power goes out, battery fluid is low, backup pump was activated, or if the battery is discharged, defective, or battery terminals need cleaning. In addition the PS-C33 pump controller can send an alarm signal to a home security system or auto dialer.

 

Features:

  • Energy efficient permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor
  • Continuous duty rated
  • Dual float switches on primary and backup pumps
  • Automatically switches to battery power when AC fails
  • Backup pump will assist primary pump if excessive amounts of water are entering the sump
  • Detects irregularities, sounds an alarm, and pinpoints problems and solutions on control panel
  • Maintains and recharges battery automatically
  • Alarm can be silenced during a power outage
  • Output terminals for connection to a security system or auto-dialer (PS-C33 only)
  • Can accommodate two (2) B2200 batteries for 16 hours of continuous pumping (PS-C33 only)
  • 3-year warranty
  • Water cooled (no oil to leak)

 

Call 317-243-3581 and have your Combination Sump Pump System installed today.

April Showers Will Be Here Soon…….

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

 

Will your sump pumps be ready for the rain?

 

Here are a couple of tips to help you make sure that your pump is operating properly. 

Check your float switch.  The float should rise and fall freely as your sump pit fills and empties.  Make sure that it does not get hung up on along the pit wall or discharge pipe.  Another thing to check is that the sump pit is free from debris.  Since most sump pits are open and they are on the floor, it is not uncommon for debris to fall or be accidentally kicked into the pit.  If you have two sump pumps controlled by an alternator, confirm that both pumps are operating.

Another thing to consider, if you haven’t already, is installing a battery back up sump pump.  You will have the piece of mind knowing that if your power goes out during a heavy rain storm, the ground water will still be carried away.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please give us a call at (317)243-3581 or if you would like, you can submit your questions online by clicking on the following link:  http://bplusw.com/expert.html

Is Your Sump Pump Ready For The Thaw?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

 

 

With the recent snow melt and heavy thunderstorms in Indianapolis/Central Indiana, the ground has become saturated and many of you may have noticed that your sump pumps are running non-stop.  Here are a couple of tips to help you make sure that your pump is operating properly. 

Check your float switch.  The float should rise and fall freely as your sump pit fills and empties.  Make sure that it does not get hung up on along the pit wall or discharge pipe.  Another thing to check is that the sump pit is free from debris.  Since most sump pits are open and they are on the floor, it is not uncommon for debris to fall or be accidentally kicked into the pit.  If you have two sump pumps controlled by an alternator, confirm that both pumps are operating.

Another thing to consider, if you haven’t already, is installing a battery back up sump pump.  You will have the piece of mind knowing that if your power goes out during a heavy rain storm, the ground water will still be carried away.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please give us a call at (317)243-3581 or if you would like, you can submit your questions online by clicking on the following link:  http://www.bplusw.com/ContactUs.html

Listen To Our Sump Pump Ad Heard on WIBC and WFNI

Monday, April 13th, 2009

 

Click on the link below to listen to our sump pump ad heard on WIBC and WFNI:

 

Sump Pump Ad

 

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Why Would I Need A Battery Backup Sump Pump System?

Monday, April 6th, 2009

 

Whether your basement is finished or if you use it for storage, there are several thousand dollars invested in your basement.  The smartest thing to do is to protect yourself with a battery backup sump pump system.  Battery backup sump pumps give you the peace of mind knowing that you are protected during a power outage or a heavy rainstorm.

 

Have you ever wondered…..

  What happens when there is a power outage?

  -A battery backup sump pump system uses a secondary power source to pump the water out when there is no power to the main pump.

 

  What happens if debris clogs the main pump or the main pump fails due to a mechanical problem?

  -A battery backup sump pump system will provide a secondary pump if the primary fails.

 

  What happens if the float switch on the main pump fails or becomes stuck?

  -A battery backup sump pump system uses a secondary float switch to activate the backup pump.

 

The truth is, if you have a basement, you can’t afford not to have a battery backup sump pump.  Insurance companies have changed/redefined what is covered in the event of a flooded basement.  Call your agent BEFORE your basement floods to find out what your coverage is.

Even if you are covered, the cleanup following a flood is daunting.

 

Call us at (317) 243-3581 or click http://bplusw.com/NeedService.html and schedule a time for the Professionals in the Big, Black Trucks to come out and install a battery backup sump pump system (and peace of mind) for you.

Check Your Sump Pumps

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

With the recent snow melt and heavy thunderstorms in Indianapolis/Central Indiana, the ground has become saturated and many of you may have noticed that your sump pumps are running non-stop.  Here are a couple of tips to help you make sure that your pump is operating properly. 

Check your float switch.  The float should rise and fall freely as your sump pit fills and empties.  Make sure that it does not get hung up on along the pit wall or discharge pipe.  Another thing to check is that the sump pit is free from debris.  Since most sump pits are open and they are on the floor, it is not uncommon for debris to fall or be accidentally kicked into the pit.  If you have two sump pumps controlled by an alternator, confirm that both pumps are operating.

Another thing to consider, if you haven’t already, is installing a battery back up sump pump.  You will have the piece of mind knowing that if your power goes out during a heavy rain storm, the ground water will still be carried away.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please give us a call at (317)243-3581 or if you would like, you can submit your questions online by clicking on the following link:  http://www.bplusw.com/ContactUs.html