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Fall Home-Maintenance Tips

As Winter approaches it’s time to prepare our homes for cold weather. Here are a few recommended tips from Capewide Enterprises that will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

Tune up your heating system.

Have your furnace inspected by a trained technician to be sure the system is clean and in good repair so that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency.

Buy a programmable thermostat.

Energy Star says that, on average, for an initial investment of $50 to $100, you will save $180 annually on heating (and cooling) bills if in winter you keep the thermostat set to no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and awake and no more than 62 degrees when you’re away or asleep. Or, if you already have one, double-check the settings.

Reverse your ceiling fan

If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. The fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).

Inspect your roof

Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter storms or from melting snow. Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys

Divert water away from your home

Even if your gutter system is clean and free-flowing, rainwater can still potentially cause damage if it isn’t carried away from your home. Ensuring proper downspout drainage will help eliminate the possibility of damage to your foundation, basement, and landscaping.

Add extensions to downspouts, such as a longer downspout drain or underground downspout, so water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation

Seal air leaks

Sealing air leaks with a combination of weatherstripping, caulk and spray foam can reduce your cooling and heating bills by up to 15 percent when you seal air leaks in windows and doors.

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How and When to Hire a Professional Plumber

Choosing the right plumber could make the difference between a great experience and a disastrous one. Plumbing problems can always happen at the most inconvenient times. Although there are some simple tasks that a homeowner can fix themselves, there are many plumbing situations in the home that are best left to trained and knowledgeable plumbing technicians. When it comes to looking for plumbing services, the quality of plumbing services for your Cape Cod home should not be compromised. Hiring a plumber is often a quick decision for most homeowners, but it’s also a good idea to select a plumber before a plumbing emergency happens.

What should you look for when hiring a plumber?

Consider the following when finding a professional plumbing company:

Cost: It’s always a good idea to learn about how much plumbing companies charge, as well as what payment methods they accept. How much do they charge in the event of an emergency and do they offer 24 hour emergency service? Ask about regular rates and if there are any other service charges, like dispatch fees & after hours fees.

Credentials: Protect you and your home. Select a plumber that is licensed. Also, be sure to verify that the plumbing and heating company have liability insurance and workman’s compensation.

References and reputation: Ask for references – good plumbing service companies want you to know and see their work experience. Ask for and call references and find out if their customers were satisfied with the workmanship, price, and if there were any communication problems. Look for the company on the Better Business Bureau website. If the company is an accredited business on the Better Business Bureau website, check their rating and read their reviews. Capewide Enterprises is an A+ BBB Accredited Business since 9/2/2005 . Also read any online third party reviews on websites such as Yelp.com, Superpages.com and others. Lastly, ask around, referrals are an excellent way to evaluate a company before you hire them.

Warranties: Does the company you are using provide any type of warranty on the work and parts they do in your home?

Simple questions will help you in finding a qualified plumbing company who can help you with your plumbing needs, whether it’s emergency plumbing services, small plumbing repairs and installations or a major plumbing remodel to your home. Also, develop a long-term relationship with a reputable company. Your next call for service may be for an emergency plumbing service, and you want to use the services of a company that you know and trust.

When should you call a plumbing company?

When the following situations and needs arise, it’s best to hire a professional plumber – no hot water, low water pressure throughout the house, a leaking water heater or toilet, sewer line stoppage or slow drains, frozen pipes, water heater replacement and kitchen and bathroom fixture installation.

Call Capewide Enterprises today at 508-477-8877 for any of your emergency and non-emergency plumbing and heating needs. Get to know us before an emergency arises!

by Capewide Enterprises

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Kitchen Drain Maintenance – Keeping your Drains Clear

Have you ever wondered what happens to the food that goes down the kitchen drain?

Food does not always make it to the septic system. The type of pipes you have, how old they are, how far food has to go to get to the tank and if you have a garbage disposal are all factors that can stop kitchen sink waste from getting to the septic tank. Food can build up in a pipe over time. This blockage could be from a sag in the pipe, the pitch the wrong way or build up from use of a disposal over time.

After I have been to a house for emergency plumbing and the nightmare is over many people ask “What can I do to prevent this from happening again?”. Believe it or not, it is flushing your drains with boiling hot water. For moderate cooking I recommend doing this once a month, for heaving cooking I recommend doing this twice a month. Pouring hot water down the drain loosens up the thick layer of build up. Do not pour oil and grease down the kitchen sink and the use of a stainless steel screened insert helps catch food waste that can go in the garbage instead of the drain. Any little step to help food waste from going down the drain will help.

If you have a plumbing emergency call Capewide Enterprises at 508-477-8877, you will receive prompt and professional service!

By Marvin, Plumber at Capewide Enterprises