Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

How to Keep Your Furnace Running Safely

December 3rd, 2018

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A safe heating system is vital during the winter. It’s not much good to have a furnace keeping your house warm during the occasional cool days we have in Texas and New Mexico if that same furnace sends toxic fumes into the house or causes a fire! We want you to enjoy our beautiful and relaxing winter seasons here in the Southwest, and we have some tips and pointers to make it easier to keep your natural gas furnace operating safely through to the spring.

If you do find you need heating repair in Farwell, TX or elsewhere in our service area, we offer excellent repair work! We’re family-owned and operated, and we care about the safety and comfort of your family.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Bathroom Sink?

November 19th, 2018

bathroom-sink-with-wrenchYou’ve got a problem with your bathroom sink: there are cracks on the surface, leaks are appearing at the edges, the p-trap below has come loose, there’s permanent staining on the surface. Your first instinct is probably to call for professional plumbers to repair the sink. That’s the right first instinct, since trying to take care of a repair on your own can end up making the situation worse, leading to more leaking, water waste, and even property damage. However, this isn’t the only option you have when you call a pro plumber about your troublesome bathroom sink. You could have the plumber replace the sink entirely.

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Winter Is Actually a Good Time for AC Replacement

November 5th, 2018

residential-acAlthough we’ve got “plumbing” right in the name of our company, we also offer services to repair, maintain, and replace air conditioning systems.

We know what you’re probably thinking right now: Why bring up air conditioning systems when winter officially starts next month? Isn’t this the time to worry about heating?

You’re right that heating is important to consider for this year (and your water heater in particular). However, it’s also one of the most convenient times to have major service done for your air conditioning system—such as having it replaced if it’s gotten too old or too ineffective. The reason is simple: there’s no rush to get a new system in, and you won’t have to a worry about being without an AC for a short time when the work’s being done.

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How to Tell Your Boiler Needs Repairs

October 22nd, 2018

boiler-residentialWe’re plumbers, but we’re also experts with handling heater repair in Clovis, NM for boilers. Even with the most modern furnaces and heat pumps available, many homes still rely on the trusty boiler to provide heat by sending hot water to terminal points around the rooms. The best current boiler systems can more than handle our cold weather.

If you use a boiler, you want to make sure it always operates in top condition. As the cold weather arrives, we have some advice for how you can detect when your boiler is in need of our professional repair services. Below are a few of the major signs of a boiler that needs expert help:

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5 Useful Facts About Plumbing

October 8th, 2018

surprised-woman-with-glassesThere are many interesting facts about plumbing people don’t know. For example, it was Alfred M. Moen who invented the single-handed mixing faucet. Moen came up with the idea after scalding his hands using a standard two-handle faucet. He had finished the project by 1939, but wasn’t able to find a manufacturer until 1947.

Interesting to know. But not something you’ll find helpful with your actual plumbing unless you want to impress houseguests with your knowledge of the origin of the single-handed faucet in the bathroom. We have some more useful facts about your plumbing to help you take care of it and know when to call a professional plumber in Melrose, NM for repairs.

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Things You May Not Know About Your Garbage Disposal

September 23rd, 2018

checkmarks-redThe garbage disposal is a good friend to have in your home kitchen. Maybe better than some of the finest books you can purchase on the culinary arts. You may not think of the sink disposal as a friend, but when you stop to consider the conveniences—and how much more work kitchen clean-up would be without it—you can see why it’s so important to have the disposal around.

The garbage disposal in Clovis, NM is one of our areas of expertise. We install them, replace them, and repair them, so we know quite a bit about their secrets. We’d like to share a few things you may not have known about the garbage disposal. These facts can help you take good care of your kitchen sink disposal and make sure it works for many years to come.

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The Heat Pump Water Heater Difference

September 10th, 2018

hands-under-waterHeating water for use in homes was the same for decades: a metal tank storing hot water, and gas jets or electric heating elements to maintain the water temperature.

But technology has changed, and that’s why we can talk to you today about the heat pump water heater. If you’re currently considering water heaters in Portales, NM for new installation, we hope you’ll find this information useful. Our water heater experts are available to speak to you when you want more details and an assessment of what type of water heating system is the best match for your house.

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Is It Worth It to Remodel a Bathroom?

August 27th, 2018

luxury-bathroomWhen you think about undertaking remodeling projects in your house, is the bathroom one that leaps to mind first? Probably not. Homeowners often gravitate toward “flashier” projects that make the house more attractive for guests. A big kitchen remodel can make a significant difference in a home—or maybe redoing the whole living room to add entertainment space.

The bathroom remodel, however, is a good option to consider. If you’re currently in limbo when it comes to whether you should go ahead and have your bathroom remodeled or put the money into another project, here a few things to consider.

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Are There Health Risks from Old Pipes?

August 13th, 2018

pipe-decayPeople are more concerned today than ever before about the quality of the water that comes to their homes. Municipal water goes through treatment plants to ensure that it is safe to drink, but it’s possible for water to pick up contaminants through ground water seepage on the way to a residential plumbing system. (This is how hardness usually starts in water.) There’s also a concern about old piping and how it can add toxicity to the water supply. You can’t do much about municipal pipes, but what about the pipes in your home? If you live in an older house, you may have outdated and aging pipes—could these create health risks for your household?

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Do I Have a Minor Clog or a Major Sewer Line Problem?

July 30th, 2018

woman-with-plumberWe’d like to tell you that the issue you’re having with your drain is a simple clog and that all you need to do to fix it is to take a plunger, or a basic hand-cranked drain snake, and put in a few minutes of work. Presto! Done.

And sometimes this is the case. But it isn’t always, which is why we must keep you informed of the other possibilities for clogged up drains. There are signs to watch for that will help you figure out if you’ve got a minor clog slowing or stopping your drains—or something bigger like a broken or blocked sewer line. You need to have Clovis, NM drain cleaning service to fix this, or more extensive sewer line repair work.

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