SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for March, 2013

HVAC Tip: Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Ducts circulate the heated and cooled air from your HVAC system throughout your home. They exist inside the walls and underneath your floors. Duct cleaning, therefore, is an essential part of maintaining the health of your heating system. At times, you may feel that the indoor air quality of your home is suffering, that the filtered air is no longer as fresh as it once was, or that you smell something musty. All of these can be indications that you may benefit from a duct cleaning by a local Sewell, NJ HVAC contractor.

The quality of air you breathe in your home or business ultimately depends upon the cleanliness of your ducts. By checking for excessive dust and other debris in your ducts, from the air handler through the various conduits, take-offs and branches, dampers and plenums, all the way to the diffusers and grilles, a duct cleaning professional can ensure the efficiency and  effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. The first step in this process is to pay attention to various indicators:  the need to sweep or dust more often, if you experience headaches or congestion when you wake up in the morning, blocked airflow in parts of your home, or a stale odor when turning on the furnace or the air conditioner. If you or any of your family members experience any of these problems, please call a local Sewell, NJ HVAC professional. Cleaning your ducts will not only give you some relief, but also some peace of mind. There is no substitute for knowing that your heating system is in top form during the cold months.

Think of duct cleaning as important to the health of your home as mopping the kitchen floor, or vacuuming the bedroom. Protecting the integrity of your home is as simple as scheduling a professional duct inspection and cleaning. Call SPS Mechanical today.    

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Plumber’s Guide: What to Not Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Modern appliances have made our lives a lot easier and more convenient. Unfortunately, even the most convenient devices are susceptible to damages resulting from user error. Garbage disposals are certainly one of the most misused appliances in homes throughout the country. If you use a garbage disposal in your Sicklerville, NJ home you know how much of a luxury it can be. At SPS Mechanical, though, we know that many people force the wrong items down their garbage disposal, causing damage. Here are some items that you should avoid putting down your garbage disposal to help you avoid this situation.

  1. Bones: You’ve just finished Thanksgiving dinner and you’re too stuffed to think about doing dishes. You decide you’ll just scrape the scraps down the garbage disposal and clean up later. Well, if you don’t take those turkey bones off the plate before you scrape it into the sink you’ll also wind up calling a repairman later. Bones always go into soup or into the trash, never down a garbage disposal.
  2. Fibrous Tissues: Hard items such as bones are not the only things that can cause your garbage disposal serious problems. Fibrous items such as celery stalks and corn husks can get wrapped around the moving parts of your garbage disposal, putting a lot of strain on the motor and damaging the appliance. Just because it can be chewed does not mean your garbage disposal can handle it.
  3. Grease and Fat: Surely liquids must be safe to put down my garbage disposal, you may be thinking. Well, you are partially correct. Liquids are okay to put down your garbage disposal as long as they remain liquids. The problem with fat and grease is that, while they are liquids when heated, they re-solidify when they cool down. This means that when you pour hot grease down your drain and it comes into contact with cold pipes or water it will start to congeal. This can block your drain and trap other items in the pipes as they try to move past.

For more information about how to properly use your garbage disposal, call SPS Mechanical. We are always happy to help keep your home as efficient and convenient as possible. We can answer any questions you have about your garbage disposal in Sicklerville, NJ.

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Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems in Cherry Hill

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Most of use our kitchens every day to make food, wash dishes and to spend time together. That’s why it’s always such a big deal when something goes wrong with one of your kitchen’s components. At SPS Mechanical, we know how important your kitchen is and we make it our goal to get you back on track as soon as possible. We’ve worked with lots of customers throughout the Cherry Hill area providing complete kitchen repairs. We thought it would be helpful for our community if we put together some of the most common kitchen problems and what causes them.

Garbage Disposal Problems in Cherry Hill

The garbage disposal in your kitchen takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. It has to grind up all kinds of food and garbage. Even though it is a pretty tough piece of equipment, it is also one of the most commonly abused. The most common garbage disposal problem is clogs as a result of someone putting something down there that they shouldn’t. Here are a few of the most common sources of garbage disposal clogs in Cherry Hill: pasta, potato skins, bones, paper towels, celery and grease.

Kitchen Plumbing and Pipe Leaks in Cherry Hill

One of the most common causes of kitchen plumbing leaks or pipe leaks is bad installation. We get calls for service all the time to homes whose kitchen plumbing is leaking. This normally happens near the sink, dishwasher or refrigerator where there are plumbing lines. Other common problems are clogs from hard water or other food waste and cracks in the pipes from age.

If you need kitchen plumbing repair in Cherry Hill, make sure you call SPS Mechanical today. Our plumbers in Cherry Hill have years of experience and training working with all types of kitchen plumbing problems. Call us today!

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