Monthly Archives: March 2018

What’s That Smell?

stinkyOther then something is rotten or died; the #1 cause of bad smells in your house come from problems with poorly vented drain lines.

Drain line vents are the vertical iron or plastic pipes that run from the drain through the roof. When functioning properly, they allow air into the plumbing so pressure inside the drains do not form an air lock that stop waste water from free movement.

The first sign that you have trouble is a noxious odor. Traps inside your sink plumbing contain a little bit of water that helps keep the sewer gas out. If the vent is clogged or obstructed, a sewer smell is produced. It may require a snake to remove the clog, or for the plumber to flush out the vent with a hose.

If you are hearing strange sounds from your drains, especially when they are not being used, it’s possible that air pressure is not escaping as it should to properly vent the pipe.

If you are finding that a single flush does not clear the toilet bowl, the vents may be blocked and not enough pressure is produced to encourage the flush.

Another indication that your venting may be clogged is: air bubbles in your toilet bowl, especially if your washing machine is located near the toilet. The force of a draining washer will force air bubbles into the toilet when the air pressure is not properly vented.

The Importance of Clogging

(No, not the dance!)filter clog & clean

Ok, now that we have your attention, we’re talking about heating and air conditioning clogs and the importance of preventing them.

Having your HVAC (heating and air conditioning) filter clogged can cause your heating/cooling bills to soar or even cause pollutants in your home or business.

Checking your filter monthly and replacing them before they get full will go a long way towards keeping everything healthy and in tip-top condition.

A filter collects the dust and debris; it cannot dispose of it. So a clog is formed when the filter is full. A clogged filter causes the appliance to “short cycle” as hot air is trapped by the filter. The furnace shuts down when it believes the required temperature is reached. A clogged filter fools it, when actually the warm air is not being disbursed to the house.

Long periods of this short cycling causes extra wear and tear on the furnace and that means you will have more service calls and possibly a replacement sooner than expected. Plus, your electrical or gas bills rise because the appliance demands more power more often.

A filter can also release back into the air some of the debris it’s collected if it’s too full. Think about that; if you find yourself sneezing or with itchy eyes or headaches, debris in the air may be the issue. This is especially true if you are having some renovations in your home or neighborhood. Construction debris is a common problem and can clog your filter much quicker.