Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Portales’

Watch Out for These Plumbing Problems That Can Lead to Mold

Monday, January 27th, 2020

mold-in-cornerPlumbing problems are bad enough of their own—they can make it impossible to get basic daily chores done, they can damage parts of the house, they leak water, they create unpleasant odors. But they can get worse—they can lead to mold, which makes everything that much worse. Mold is ugly to look at, creates awful smells, weakens building material, and can create toxic mold spores that lead to asthma and other respiratory problems. (The dreaded Stachybotrys chartarum, the black mold that often develops from water damage.)

A great plumber in Portales, NM can help rescue you from the plumbing issues most likely to cause mold growth. The sooner you move to correct these problems, the less chance you’ll be dealing with some moldy consequences.

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The Importance of Gas Safety and Your Heating System

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

water-heater-tankDecember is the first official month of winter, and it’s also when you can expect to have your gas heating system (such as a gas furnace or boiler) run regularly. This is a good time to address a concern about using natural gas in your home. Natural gas isn’t automatically dangerous—as long as gas appliances are maintained and repaired by licensed professionals, they operate at the highest levels of safety and will do so until they’re ready for a replacement.

Your gas heating system is designed with safety uppermost in mind—it would never pass government regulations if it didn’t. But as the heating season gets fully underway, we want to remind you of some important aspects of gas safety and your heating system. You may need to have heating repair in Portales, NM in the event of a faulty furnace or boiler, and the more you know about potential gas risks, the easier it will be for you to react in time and have the problem fixed.

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Reasons Water Pressure in Your Home Is Low

Monday, October 21st, 2019

faucet-drippingLow water pressure may not feel like a major emergency. Not compared to having no water in your house at all. But low water pressure is a problem that few homeowners understand. It makes everyday tasks much more difficult, such as getting a decent shower or trying to hand-wash anything in the kitchen sink. Low water pressure may worsen over time, eventually leading to no water at all.

What lurks behind the low water pressure problem? Several possibilities exist, and we’re going to look at the most common. These apply to whole-house low water pressure situations, rather than pressure drops at individual taps, which usually indicates silt in the aerator.

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The Start-Stop-Start-Stop Air Conditioner: What’s Going On?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

AC-plastic-grateWhen you notice your air conditioner is turning on and off more frequently than usual—something that disrupts the standard steady sounds you expect during summer days—you’re right to believe there’s a problem. When an AC’s compressor only stays on for ten minutes or less before it shuts down, and then comes back on a short time later and repeats the same process, the air conditioner is short-cycling. This is a common trouble with central cooling systems, and it’s often difficult to detect the malfunction that’s at the root of it.

Short-cycling shouldn’t be allowed to continue. It puts an enormous amount of strain on the compressor, and if the compressor burns out it often means the entire AC must be replaced. The extra strain also means higher costs—an AC uses the most electrical power when it sends voltage to start the compressor at the beginning of the cooling cycle.

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The Art of Detecting Hidden Plumbing Leaks

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Plumbing_Pipe_Tube_Water_Pipe_Construction_Industry_Improvement_HouseBecause so much of the plumbing in a house is hidden from sight behind walls, in the floors, and beneath concrete slabs, it’s easy for leaks to start and escape notice. These leaks can go on for days, months, and years undetected—wasting water and accumulating construction damage. It’s imperative to have these leaks found and repaired as soon as possible.

But how do you find hidden leaks? How can you even know they’re present in the first place?

You’ll need the skill of leak detection—and almost all the time this requires calling for a professional plumber in Portales, NM.

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Can I Repair My AC Myself?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedWe live in the “Do It Yourself” age. The internet has made it easier than ever for a homeowner to find advice for ways to tackle numerous jobs around the house without needing to call for professional repairs. YouTube alone has thousands of videos explaining DIY tactics for almost any job imaginable.

There are limits, however, to what an enthusiastic amateur can achieve. One of those limits is repairing broken refrigeration systems, such as air conditioners. So the answer to “Can I repair my AC myself?” is “no.” Repairing a busted air conditioner must be left to licensed HVAC professionals.

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How to Find the Right New AC for Your Home

Monday, May 6th, 2019

air-conditioner-units-near-grassYou’re planning to put in a new air conditioning system for your house. Maybe your older air conditioner has failed, you think your current is an energy-waster that won’t last much longer, or you’re moving into a new house that doesn’t have an AC in place yet. Whatever the reason, you’re in the market for air conditioning in Portales, NM, and you have some choices to make.

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How to Tell You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, December 31st, 2018

technician-with-water-heaterAs you start the new year, you’ll probably have a list of home improvements you’d like to make. Is “get a new water heater” on that list? If it’s not, should it be? The water heater for your house is one of its most important appliances, and it consumes a significant amount of the energy you use during the year. If your current water heater looks like it’s at the end of the road, you should have it replaced as soon as you can schedule it.

But … how can you know that the water heater is ready to be replaced?

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The Heat Pump Water Heater Difference

Monday, 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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The Top 4 Reasons You Have a Clogged Drain

Monday, March 12th, 2018

tapwater-sink-drainWhen you think of problems with your home’s plumbing, what’s the first one that pops into your head? We’d bet it’s probably “clogged drains.” As professional plumbers, we’ve seen all types of drain clogs, and we know how common they are. Everybody runs into a clogged up bathroom sink drain or a shower that drains so slow the water is up past the ankles before the shower is over.

One of the reasons that drain clogs are so common is that there are many causes behind them. We’re going to list the top four reasons you’ve got a clogged drain making life a bit more difficult and much more annoying:

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