SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog

All About Backflow Prevention

January 14th, 2019

backflow-regulatorWhen water flows into your home or property, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it. There’s a pipe, and it brings water when you turn on the faucet. Simple, right?

Well, it only seems simple when proper backflow prevention safeguards are in place. Your relationship with water gets a lot more complicated when you consider the fact that water going the opposite direction can be a huge hazard.

We’ll explain what “backflow prevention” really means and why it’s so important to get the OK from certified backflow prevention experts.

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Alternatives to Oil and Propane Heating

December 31st, 2018

blue-question-markThe cost to heat your home with oil or propane is only rising with each year. Across the nation, natural gas is the cheaper, cleaner alternative. But even if you don’t have access to natural gas, you can still benefit from switching to electricity.

In this post, we’ll explain why switching to gas or electricity is more convenient, along with advice on which heating system you should use for those fuel sources.

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Is It Time to Flush Your Water Heater?

December 17th, 2018

tank-water-heaterIf they gave trophies to home appliances, water heaters would be winning one every year (and we’re not talking about the obligatory trophies they give to all the kids on the team). Nearly every appliance in your home relies on the water heater. If the sink gets clogged, sure, you might not be able to use your sink for the day. But if something happens to the water heater? The sink, the washer, and the shower are out of commission (unless you like freezing showers).

What we’re trying to say is: You have to take care of your water heater. One way to do that is by flushing the sediments that collect at the bottom of the tank.

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Duct Services (And How Not to Perform Them)

December 3rd, 2018

duct-cleaning-brushIf there’s any part of your HVAC system that’s consistently forgotten about—aside from the air filter—it would have to be the duct system. Yet, the ducts provide one of the most essential functions of the entire HVAC system: they circulate the air through your home!

Likewise, those ducts need just as much professional attention as any other part of your HVAC system. And we really do mean a professional! In this post, we’ll explain why you need duct services from an expert of HVAC and energy savings in Deptford Township.

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Qualities of A Good HVAC Contractor

November 19th, 2018

service-technicianWith the internet, we’re able to do a Google search for an HVAC contractor and find dozens of results. It’s never been easier to find local contractors. Yet, it’s never been harder to decide on a local contractor. Choice-overload is real, and it’s preventing you from dialing the right contractor.

But even among all the contractors out there, a good contractor is going to operate in a way that goes above and beyond just simple repairs or installation. Keep reading and we’ll explain a couple of qualities that make a good HVAC contractor in Deptford Township stand out.

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Should I Replace My Furnace?

November 5th, 2018

gas-burnerThe days are getting colder, and you’re probably already starting to rely on your furnace for warmth during the day. As you use your furnace more and more over the next few weeks, you’re going to be putting a lot more strain on the system. Before we get too far into heating season, it’s a good idea to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of dealing with that strain over the next several months. If your system doesn’t have enough in it to get you through the whole winter, it’s probably a better idea to replace it now than to wait for it to break down in the middle of the season.

The best way to tell whether or not your system needs replacing is to have a technician examine it for you. Before you take that step, though, consider the symptoms below for some additional guidance.

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Keep These Things Out of Your Garbage Disposal!

October 22nd, 2018

PlumberGarbage disposals can cope with a lot, because they need to. The amount of food waste generated by the average meal can be pretty gruesome at times. Unfortunately, even the best disposal has its limits. If you want to avoid having to repair or replace your garbage disposal before tis time, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. One of those categories of things is which materials you should never put into your garbage disposal.

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When to Call for Drain Cleaning Services

October 8th, 2018

Plumber-with-drain-snakeIt’s pretty easy to fall into the trap of ignoring the drains in your home, thinking that they’ll just take care of themselves. After all, what kind of maintenance could drain pipes possibly need? Well, drain cleaning, for one. Drain cleaning helps to keep your drains free of waste buildup and other blockages, and ensures that it runs as smoothly as possible. If you haven’t cleaned your drains in a while, the following are just a few of the indications that you should probably have it done sooner rather than later.

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Why Plumbing Maintenance is so Important

September 24th, 2018

plumber-water-heaterPlumbing systems can develop issues in all sorts of ways, most of which are quite difficult to detect. By the time a plumbing problem does advance far enough to start causing some obvious symptoms, it’s probably already done considerable damage. You obviously don’t want that to happen, so what do you do? You schedule plumbing maintenance, of course! Have a look below to find out more about why plumbing maintenance is so important for the health of your system, and how often you should schedule it.

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Odd Air Conditioner Noises? Call for Repairs!

September 10th, 2018

woman covering her earsSummer is the season where it’s most likely for air conditioner problems to crop up—especially toward the end of the season. Your cooling system is placed under a lot of stress and the additional wear and tear of the summer season means it’s more likely for various components to break down.

It’s important, then, that you get your AC system checked out by a trained and experienced professional if you notice any signs that something is amiss. Keep reading as we take a look at one of the more common indications that your AC is malfunctioning—strange and unfamiliar noises. But what noises do we mean?

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