SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for September, 2013

When to Schedule Your Heating Installation

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Everyone secretly hopes that that their heating system will last forever, but even the most stalwart furnace eventually needs to be replaced. That number may even be higher depending on the kind of home you own. In West Deptford, it’s best to know when to schedule your heating installation, so you won’t get caught flat when the winter comes and the temperatures start to fall.

Ideally, you may want to schedule a heating installation in the late spring, when temperatures are warm and you won’t need a furnace for a while. This allows you to plan the installation at leisure and schedule it without having to rush things through before the first snowfall arises. Spring also has the benefit of comparatively mild temperatures, which makes it easier on the installation professional so he won’t have to labor in the New Jersey heat.

Another school of thought holds that the early fall is the best time to schedule a new installation.  Service professionals tend to be a little less busy in the fall than they are in the spring and summer, when air conditioning service calls take up a lot of their time. Furthermore, scheduling the installation in the early fall means that the furnace won’t be sitting idle for months on end before you need to use it.

Specifics depend on individual circumstances of course. You may find that your old furnace simply can’t function a day longer, in which case installation needs to take place as quickly as possible. Family vacations, time off from work, and other considerations may become involved as well. But no matter what your circumstances are, you’ll do better to consult with an experienced professional before you schedule your heating installation in West Deptford.  At SPS Mechanical, we possess the skill and know-how to install your new heating system properly, and we act with an eye on your complete satisfaction in everything we do. Our friendly experts are standing by, so call us today to set up a consultation.

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What Can I Do to Protect My Plumbing in Cherry Hill?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Indoor plumbing is one of the foundations of modern life, bringing fresh water for drinking and cleaning directly into our homes. But the plumbing system that makes that possible needs to be properly maintained or else problems may develop as wear-and-tear takes its toll. In Cherry Hill, NJ, the long snowy winters can wreak havoc on plumbing systems, resulting in burst pipes and similar problems to plague homeowners. Here are some basic precautions you can take:

  • In the first place, you should know where your water shut-off valve is. If there’s a problem with your plumbing, you can then get to the shut-off valve quickly, which can mean the difference between a mere blockage of ice in your plumbing and a burst pipe as the pressure build to unsustainable levels.
  • In addition, look for any exposed or uninsulated piping in your home, and wrap them in insulation before the weather drops below freezing. In particular, your meter should be protected by insulation, especially if it’s located somewhere unprotected, such as your basement or in your garage.
  • If you know a cold front is on its way, you can use low levels of water to help prevent freezing. Set your faucets for a tiny trickle of water. He moving water won’t freeze as easily and may be the difference between a problem-free plumbing system and serious ice blockage. Similarly, make regular inspections of your water heater during the cold months, checking for sediment build-up .

For help with your  plumbing system, or to schedule a repair when something goes wrong, it pays to contact a professional. SPS Mechanical plumbers are all thoroughly trained with years of experience under their belt, and can travel anywhere in Cherry Hill as well as all of southern New Jersey. Call us today for excellent Cherry Hill, NJ plumbing services.

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Can Duct Cleaning Improve My HVAC System in Cherry Hill, NJ?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

When it comes to the system of ducts that distributes hot or cool air from your HVAC system to your house, out of sight really can be out of mind. Unfortunately, when dust and dirt build up in your ductwork, it can impact the efficiency of the whole HVAC system. That’s a problem in Cherry Hill, NJ during our hot, humid summers.

Dirt and dust can build up in your ducts as a matter of course. Leaks or breaches in the ductwork can cause an influx of particles, as can dust or debris from inside the HVAC system itself. A thorough cleaning of the ducts will take care of the dirt, as can routine maintenance on the system itself.

When you schedule duct cleaning, make sure you hire a qualified professional. They will make sure the process covers the entire duct system, including vents and grills if possible. More importantly, the specialist will hunt down the source of the dirt and dust – such as cracks in the ductwork – and correct it. Otherwise, the cleaning merely delays the inevitable, as dust and debris will son build up again.

Luckily, the results will speak for themselves. Not only will a duct cleaning improve the quality of your indoor air, but the increased air flow allows your HVAC system to function more efficiently, saving you money with your monthly energy bills. If the time has come for a duct cleaning in your household, trust the job to SPS Mechanical. We pride ourselves on absolute customer satisfaction and have the know-how to do the job right. Our technicians serve the whole of Cherry Hill, NJ, so don’t hesitate to call us!

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Plumbing Tip: How to Prevent Backed Up Drains

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your home’s plumbing system gets a huge amount of use every single day. From cleaning, bathing, laundry and dishes your drains are used all the time. We often get asked by our customers about how they can prevent their drains from backing up. Here is a quick description of some of the things that you can do to keep your home’s drains working well.

  • Get regular maintenance – One of the best ways for you to reduce all kinds of plumbing repairs, including clogs, is to get your home’s plumbing system regularly inspected and cleaned. Clogs usually don’t happen overnight, and during regular maintenance visits your plumber will look for any small buildups that have started to develop in your plumbing and drains.
  • Protect your drains – Another great way to keep your home’s drains from clogging is to do your best to alter your behavior so that you protect them. This is especially important for your kitchen sink drain because of all the food waste that it has to deal with. Make sure that you don’t put any melted fat, starchy foods (pasta), stringy foods (celery), animal bones, or fruit pits down your kitchen sink drain. Use drain covers on all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from going down the drain.
  • Water treatment – If your home’s water has excess minerals it is called “hard water”. These minerals usually include calcium and magnesium. These minerals can get deposited on the insides of your pipes and buildup over time. Water treatment systems like filters and softeners are designed to remove those excess minerals so that they don’t cause any issues with your pipes.

When you need any Cherry Hill, NJ plumbing services, just call the friendly specialists at SPS Mechanical.

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Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

On the first Monday of every September, we celebrate Labor Day in honor of workers everywhere who strive to make our local community and country great. We enjoy the holiday like any other business as a time for BBQ, hanging out with friends and family, and celebrating the end of summer. It also means the start of the NFL and college football seasons.

The origins of Labor Day are disputed, as is the case with many other holidays. Some cite Matthew Maguire, the machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, while others cite Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor. Whomever the original founder, by 1894, the holiday had become widely recognized and was designated a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland immediately following the Pullman Strike. This strike pitted US Marshals and US Military against employees of Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago, as workers sought to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. At the time, the holiday was a way of repairing ties with workers and recognizing the importance of their contributions.

Today, we see Labor Day as an opportunity to recognize all the people who work hard to contribute to our county. Thank you, and Happy Labor Day from all of us! 

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