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  • The ABC's of Electric - Transfer Switch

  • The ABC's of Indoor Air Quality - VOCs

    The blog discusses Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are gases emitted by various household products, including cleaning agents, paints, cosmetics, and disinfectants. It outlines potential health effects of VOC exposure, such as irritation, headaches, and organ damage, and notes that some VOCs are suspected carcinogens.
  • 5 Causes of a Low Hot Water Supply

    If your water heater isn't heating adequately, potential causes include a broken dip tube, sediment buildup, malfunctioning heating components, distant placement from faucets causing heat loss, or an undersized tank unable to meet demand. Regular maintenance and inspection by a licensed plumber can address these issues and ensure optimal performance.
  • 4 Ways to Stay Warm On a Budget

    To stay cozy without overspending this winter, install a programmable thermostat to heat your home only when needed, utilize natural sunlight by opening blinds and curtains during the day, layer up with sweaters and blankets to trap heat, and stay active to generate body warmth while completing household chores. These methods will help you maintain comfort without breaking the bank on heating costs.
  • Should I Keep Furnace Vents Clear of Snow?

    To ensure safety and efficiency during winter, it's crucial to keep furnace vents clear of snow and ice buildup to prevent carbon monoxide from accumulating indoors. Clearing vents allow for proper ventilation, ensuring appliances work effectively and efficiently. Regular maintenance of water heaters and other appliance vents is also essential to prevent potential failures.
  • Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

    When a furnace blows cold air in Chicago winters, it's not always a serious issue. Initially, cold air may be expelled as the system starts up, but prolonged cold airflow could indicate problems like incorrect thermostat settings, a dirty furnace filter, issues with the flame sensor or pilot light, or a clogged condensate drain in high-efficiency furnaces.
  • Using Thermal Imaging to Find Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical Problems

  • Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

    This post discusses the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas in tap water, which causes a rotten egg odor, especially noticeable when running hot water. It explains that hydrogen sulfide can come from decaying organic material in well water or from water heaters with magnesium anode rods. Solutions include installing whole-house water treatment systems for water supply issues or modifying water heaters by replacing magnesium anode rods with aluminum ones.
  • Are Drain Cleaners Safe for Pipes

    Chemical drain cleaners can effectively dissolve organic matter but pose risks due to their corrosive nature and potential harm to surfaces and individuals. They are less effective for deep clogs and can be hazardous if not handled properly. Professional drain cleaning with methods like drain snakes or water jetting offers a safer and more effective alternative, provided by services like ABC Plumbing to ensure thorough and safe unclogging without the use of harmful chemicals.
  • The ABC's of Plumbing - Traps

    This blog post explains the purpose and design of plumbing traps, also known as P-Traps. It highlights that P-Traps serve to prevent sewer gases and odors from entering the home while also trapping debris to prevent clogs. The term "P-Trap" originates from its shape, resembling the letter "P," which consists of two 90-degree joints and a horizontal overflow pipe.

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