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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.

water heaters

How To Extend The Life of Your Water Heater

Water heaters have a pretty long life expectancy, particularly in light of what we ask from them. For a tank-type water heater, the average lifespan is between 7 and 10 years; for tankless units, they're known to last upwards of twenty years. Your tank-type water heater is working twenty-four hours a day, keeping anywhere between…
Man peeling the vegetables in garbage disposal

Do It Yourself Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Not that many years ago, it was considered a luxury to have a garbage disposal installed in your kitchen sink. Alright, maybe “luxury” is a bit of an over-sell, but at one time, garbage disposals were considered a premium appliance in a new kitchen build. Today, garbage disposals are as standard in new homes as…
man repairing the sink

Do-It-Yourself Drain Maintenance

Maintaining free-flowing drains is one of the essential do-it-yourself tasks a homeowner can perform. By keeping troublesome clogs from blocking the drain and sewer pipes, you can extend your existing plumbing life by decades. The residue from everything we put into our drains builds up over time, leaving grease and soap clinging to your pipes'…
shower head

Do It Yourself Shower Head Installation

The idea of performing your own plumbing maintenance, minor repairs, or even installation of new fixtures, like faucets and garbage disposals, is an attractive one. Completing a home improvement project on your own can seem like a daunting task, but the sense of accomplishment you feel after it's done far outweighs the dread. One of…
Kitchen Sink Sprayer

Kitchen Sink Sprayer Replacement

Our kitchens are full of convenient appliances to help get us through our daily cooking and cleaning tasks. Microwave ovens, electric can openers, and food processors are just a few of the tools used every day, and we tend to take them for granted. For the mechanically inclined homeowner, replacing a kitchen sink sprayer is…
sink Plunger

Clearing Your Own Drain Clog

Dealing with drain clogs is much more about being proactive than reactive, in that it is much easier to prevent a clog than it is to clear one. Most drain clogs are confined to a single sink or tub and are pretty simple for the homeowner to remove without needing a call to a plumbing…
woman cleaning the p-trap at home

Cleaning Your Own P-Trap

As we’re spending more and more time at home these days, now is a great time for the “do-it-yourselfers” to truly shine. One of the most common causes for a slow drain in a kitchen or bathroom sink is a dirty P-trap pipe. What is a P-Trap? Take a look underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink,…
Woman checking the sewer line at home

What is Wrong with My Sewer Line?

 Out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately, that is the approach most homeowners take toward the maintenance and upkeep of their sewer lines. It’s only natural that we pay little to no attention to our sewer lines condition until signs of sewer line trouble appear. Symptoms of sewer drain issues include gurgling sounds from…
"AC Installation Near Me in Houston"

AC Installation Near Me in Houston

Replacing an air conditioning system is a costly venture, but it can cost more to keep your existing system running over time. On average, a complete AC installation near me in Houston costs around $6,000. The range starts at about $4,000 for a simple swap-out of a unit up to $15,000 for complete system installation.…
"When Should You Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain?"

When Should You Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain?

There’s an old saying in the plumbing industry, “every drain will someday clog.” Actually, it’s not a saying; I just made that up. But there is truth to this bold claim, and this blog will help the homeowner answer the question, “when should you call a plumber for a clogged drain”? Toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs, washing…
How Does an Air Filtration System Improve Air Quality?

How Does an Air Filtration System Improve Air Quality?

Every home has dust. In most households, this dust is a combination of smoke, pollen, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria that irritates our noses, throats, and lungs. People with allergies and other sensitivities to airborne irritants are likely to see their symptoms improve with the addition of an air filtration system. The quality of indoor air…
How Are Water Leaks Detected?

How Are Water Leaks Detected?

The plumbing system in your home is a marvel of ingenuity, developed over the last five-thousand years starting in ancient Greece. In the Roman era, the ability to bring water into Rome from the remote mountains was a significant engineering feat. Plumbing, as we know it today, began to take shape in the early 1800s…
"Why is My AC Running but Not Cooling?"

Why is My AC Running but Not Cooling?

As we head into the summer months here in Houston, the importance of having a properly operating air conditioning system cannot be overstated. Hotter temperatures, higher humidity, and the increasing amount of development in our city mean that every summer here seems worse than the one before. Air conditioning systems are made up of mechanical and…
How Do I Know if My Garbage Disposal Needs to be Replaced?

How Do I Know if My Garbage Disposal Needs to be Replaced?

One of the questions we hear a lot is, “what is the lifespan of a garbage disposal?”. When professionally installed and properly maintained, a garbage disposal has a lifespan of ten to fifteen years. Some higher-horsepower units, and those of stainless-steel construction last longer, where smaller and more inexpensive units quite often fail in the…
"Why Is My Water Heater in the Attic?"

Why Is My Water Heater in the Attic?

Okay, we admit, this sounds like a strange question, but it is one that we happen to hear quite often both on the phone and in the field on service calls. A WATER HEATER IN THE ATTIC SAVES SQUARE FOOTAGE Tank-type water heaters are big, hulking cylinders filled with anywhere from forty to seventy gallons of hot water.…

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