Answers to the Top 10 Questions About Using a Water Softener

Here at Garden Spot Mechanical in Manheim, Pa., we know that hard water can be problematic for many households. If you are struggling with hard water in your home, or just purchased a house that has hard water, this is a blog post for you! Here are the answers to the top ten questions homeowners have about using a water softener.

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A Brief Guide to Whole House Humidifiers

As their name suggests, whole house humidifiers provide moisture to the air throughout your entire home. Incorporated into your HVAC system, whole house humidifiers (sometimes also referred to as fixed-installation humidifiers) can help improve everyone’s health and comfort, preserve wooden floors and furniture, reduce shocks from static electricity, and even reduce your heating bill.

Once a homeowner has decided to add a whole house humidifier, they only need to determine which type is right for their home and budget. Working directly with a professional residential HVAC installer can make this process a snap, but you’ll also likely want to do your own research first. Today’s post aims to help introduce you to your options in home humidification.

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Your Buying Guide to Reverse Osmosis Systems

If you are unhappy with the way your tap water tastes or you have started to notice a strange colored stain in your sink or toilet, your water may not be using the proper treatment. Reverse osmosis (RO) systems have been around for decades, and are a popular and efficient way to purify and filter your water for any household and commercial purposes.

This blog article will talk about the RO process used to filter your water supply, the benefits of installing an RO water system, and how much it may cost to add one to your home.

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Stop Believing These 5 Common Myths About Fixing a Clogged Drain

We all know that feeling—you go to flush the toilet or run the sink, and the water doesn’t seem to be going down correctly. As a homeowner, it is such a nightmare not to know what is causing the problem with your plumbing, or even if it’s something you can fix on your own.

Many online resources claim to have the best fix for your clogged drain or sink, but some of these fixes may leave you with more damage done than good. This blog may help you assess your clog, and to know when you’ll need a professional to step in. Here are five common myths about a clogged drain and the facts to disprove them.

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7 Most Common Reasons Your Air Conditioning System Isn’t Working

While many love the dog days of summer, most of us look forward to the cool comfort of our air conditioning when we return home after a long day. Unfortunately, air conditioner problems usually happen on the hottest days of the year, right when you need your air conditioner most.

Fortunately, some issues can be solved without a call to your local HVAC service contractor.

Here are seven of the most common air conditioner problems, along with some helpful advice to solve many simple issues on your own.

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Understanding the Different HVAC Systems Your Home May Have

When we talk about HVAC systems, it may sound like we’re always referring to a fully integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning solution common in many newer homes and businesses—also often called a “packaged system.” But, here in our home service area of northern Lancaster County and Lebanon County, PA, the term “system” is a little less specific.

Especially if your home is older, your home comfort equipment may consist of only integrated heating, such as an oil-fired boiler with baseboard radiators. You may have air conditioning, but it was installed later as a retrofit—or maybe you still rely on portable or window units for cooling in the summer.

Because homes in our area feature such a wide variety of HVAC equipment, we wanted to focus today’s post on some of the most common systems and components that we encounter—and service—here at Garden Spot Mechanical.

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How to Purify the Air in Your Home

Fact: concentrations of some airborne pollutants can be two to five times higher indoors than out. Considering that we spend about 90% of our modern lives inside our homes and other buildings, we may be breathing unhealthy air much of the time, which is a scary thought.

Luckily, there are many air filtering and purification solutions available today that can help us breathe better—some of which you may already have in place in your home and can easily optimize with help from your favorite local residential HVAC professionals.

The challenge, though, is determining which air cleaning options will work best for you and your family, and which ones may ultimately be money wasters. Today’s post provides some insight into ways you can improve indoor air quality (IAQ) at home, which may be as simple as changing out the filter in your existing heating and air conditioning system.

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How to Know If Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

Having hot water on tap in our homes is a defining component of modern civilization, which has made the water heater an essential appliance. However, like all appliances, water heaters malfunction and wear out. When this happens, homeowners need to know whether their water heater can be fixed or if it must be replaced.

Today’s post shares the signs and symptoms of a failing water heater. While many of the problems water heaters develop can be repaired if caught in time, it’s often a good idea to replace your water heater, especially if it’s been in service for many years. The good news is that water heater replacement is relatively affordable, and the technology is getting better all the time, which can actually save you on energy costs. So, when you do notice problems with your water heater, you’ll want to consult with a professional residential plumber right away to help you decide your next steps.

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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

No one likes to hear the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. That sound means water—and often money—is being wasted. Just one faucet leaking 20 drips per minute will consume a gallon of water a day. And all those drips will quickly increase the water bill for those “lucky” enough to be on public water.

Those trying to avoid the extra expense of a plumber’s bill can save money by fixing the leak themselves. With the correct tools, most homeowners can remedy most faucet leaks. It’s true that most of the necessary tools can be found in a typical toolbox. They include a crescent wrench, adjustable pliers, needle nose pliers, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, and an Allen wrench in the correct size. This project will also require a rag, plumber’s grease, and latex gloves to wear when applying grease, if you wish.

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How to Fix a Clogged Toilet Without Calling a Plumber

We’ve all been there—one too many spicy burritos and you’re watching the water rise precariously close to the brim of the toilet bowl. After a frantic search for a plunger, you either come out from the bathroom unscathed and breathe a sigh of relief, or you have a messy situation to deal with. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home or somewhere less private, no one wants the embarrassment of having to clean up blackwater waste or to inform someone that they clogged the toilet.

But before you call the plumber or go into a panic, there are a few ways to fix that clogged toilet and avoid a bit of smelly embarrassment. See if the following tips and tricks work for you.

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