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Keep up with Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog to learn expert tips about common plumbing and air conditioning problems and concerns. You’ll find useful information about plumbing and HVAC maintenance, repairs and more.

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness for Fall & Winter

Keeping your family warm should not end in tragedy. Still, every winter, we hear about families succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty space heater or a stove being used for heat. According to studies by Consumer Reports, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 50,000 emergency room visits and around 1,200 deaths every year…
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Hydrostatic Water Leak Detection

There are few residential plumbing issues as devastating and costly as a drain or sewer line leak that is left undiscovered. Broken drain lines, especially those in upper floor bathrooms, create leaks that can cause water damage to beams, drywall, insulation, and electrical wiring. Broken sewer lines channel wastewater that comes from your drains and…
Facts About Freon and Freon Replacement

Facts About Freon and Freon Replacement

Freon: an aerosol propellant, refrigerant, or organic solvent consisting of one or more of a group of chlorofluorocarbons and related compounds. – Dictionary.com Beginning in the 1890s, the earliest attempts at refrigeration utilized chemicals like ammonia and methyl chloride to remove heat from circulated air. The chemicals used in the process were highly toxic, extremely flammable,…
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Preparing Your Air Conditioning for Hurricane Season

Birthday parties. Winning lottery tickets. A long-lost love appears at your door. Hurricanes.  Which one of these is not a surprise? That's right, hurricanes never show up unannounced, and thus, they can never be a surprise. Thanks to modern meteorological technology, we can see one of these massive summertime storms brewing days before they're strong enough to have…
What is a SEER Rating & Why is it Important?

What is a SEER Rating & Why is it Important?

According to the US Department of Energy, our air conditioners and furnaces use more energy than any other appliances in the home. Although our cooking appliances use much more energy, they're only using it during times of meal preparation, where our HVAC systems run all day, every day, burning energy and leaving an enormous carbon…
The Cost of AC Installations Explained

The Cost of AC Installations Explained

Here we are on the brink of yet another hot, humid summer season in Houston, TX, when the air conditioner becomes the most essential appliance in your home. An air conditioner is not merely a luxury in South Texas; it's an absolute necessity, so much so that many southern US states didn't see an increase…
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A Complete Introduction to Smart Faucet Technology

So far, in our recent run of blogs geared toward plumbing technology, we’ve introduced you to Smart Showers, Smart Thermostats, and even a Smart Water Valve that can automatically shut of the flow of water into your home. In keeping our blogs on top of the latest innovative home technology products, we present to you the Smart…
French Drains Explained

French Drains Explained

Poor drainage issues around the outside of your home can create a long list of problems, from standing water in the yard to cracks in your foundation. Water is the most destructive element on earth, and if you’ve ever heard the saying “water always finds its way” and wondered what it meant, look at the…
Smart Thermostats All About

What are Smart Thermostats All About?

Thermostat: an automatic device for regulating temperature.  In the HVAC world, there are three types of thermostats currently in use. Mechanical: In use since the 1600s, mechanical thermostats use sensors to monitor the temperature of a room, and when a pre-set temperature is reached, engage either a furnace or air conditioner. Whatever appliance the thermostat activates will remain on…
Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Ups in Houston

Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Ups in Houston

It's that time of year again. Spring is about to…well, it's about to spring upon us, bringing warmer temperatures, better weather, and allergies; all the things we look forward to every year. We all look forward to having an air conditioning system that will be able to keep up with the soon-to-arrive heat and humidity…
Gas Line Installation for Home Generators

Gas Line Installation for Home Generators

Were you one of the thousands of Houstonians without power for days during our record-breaking cold spell in February? If so, chances are, you've been doing some research on how to keep that from ever happening again.  There is little doubt that here in Texas, we're going to face another situation where power goes out across…
Houston Drain Cleaning

Houston Drain Cleaning Guide & Tips

Maintaining clear drains is crucial to preventing clogs and complete stoppages of drain pipes and sewer lines. Kitchen sinks and their integrated garbage disposals encourage homeowners to cram everything left on our plates and in our pots and pans into our drains. Sure, garbage disposals are a tremendous convenience when cleaning up after a family…
Should I Re-Pipe My House?

Should I Repipe My House?

Part of the responsibility of owning a home is the occasional costs associated with significant plumbing repairs. Most of the plumbing-related repairs and expenses we incur can be considered relatively minor, like repairing a leaky faucet or clearing a clogged drain. When older plumbing systems start to break down, they do not do it gracefully. Leaking pipes, reduced…
Drain & Sewer Line Stoppages Houston

Drain and Sewer Line Stoppages

One of the most common synonyms for the word 'stoppage' is obstruction. When a plumber refers to an obstruction, they are most often discussing a blockage in either a sewer or drain line. For many of our clients at Nick's Plumbing & Air Conditioning, 'headache' is the most common synonym they use for the word…

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