Prevent water pipes from freezing by following these three steps

Frozen pipes are a common problem in the winter here in Buffalo and Western New York. They are a pain to deal with, and—in the worst cases—can cause pipe bursts that lead to thousands of dollars in property damage. In this blog, we run through the top 4 ways to prevent water pipes from freezing.

Prevent water pipes from freezingWhat causes water pipes to freeze in the winter?

Your water pipes freeze during the coldest nights and days of the year when exposed to below-freezing temperatures for an hour or more. So, why is this a problem? First, using the water again will require professional pipe thawing services from Reimer. But, you’re also at risk of a pipe burst.

What is a pipe burst?

As it freezes, water expands into ice, physically taking up more space. For pipes filled with water, this means that freezing causes the ice to push up against the sides of the pipes. Sometimes, nothing happens. But, if the pipe can’t handle the strain, it will burst.

The damage is prominent at the point of freezing and the water source as the blockage experiences an increase in pressure. A burst pipe can flood your home and generally turn you entire life upside-down. It’s not a good situation to be in.

Our four best ways to prevent water pipes from freezing

Here are four ways you can prevent water pipes from freezing this winter:

1. “Hide” your water lines by insulating them

Ok, let’s start with the most-vulnerable targets: your outside water lines. If you want to prevent water pipes from freezing, this is where you need to start. 

These lines are too exposed to keep the water in them liquid without your help. What you need to do is insulate these pipes so that they have a blanket of warmth protecting them at all times.

If you need further tips and advice—or would like a professional plumber to come to your home and inspect your outdoor pipes—give the team here at Reimer a call.

2. Make absolutely sure you know where your shutoff valve is

This is a big one. We’re always surprised at the number of people who don’t know where the water shutoff valve is, especially renters. Most of the more catastrophic pipe bursts can be nipped in the bud by quickly and effectively shutting off the water in your home, limiting the damage caused by a frozen pipe.

You want to prevent water pipes from freezing in the winter, but you also want to be ready to deal with those that do, in the event that something goes wrong.

The last thing you want to being doing at 2:35 on a cold Buffalo morning in December is running around the outside of your house in the dark looking for a snow-buried shutoff valve. Locate it now in the fall so you know what to do in the case of an emergency.

3. Check the insulation in your attic and basement

We’ve already talked about outdoor pipes and plumbing that are exposed to elements. But, insufficiently insulated plumbing in your home’s attic and basement can also freeze up if not given an extra layer of protection.

Take a quick look through your basement and attic. Are there exposed pipes near outside walls or the ceiling? If so, it might not be a bad idea to wrap them in an insulating layer.

“But, these pipes are in my house!” Yes, but consider this: in the event of a furnace breakdown and the need for furnace repair, any extra insulation on those pipes can buy them critical hours as the rest of your home gets frosty. In other words, insulation can be the difference between waking up to a frozen pipes and, well, not.

4. Schedule a heating tune-up with the team at Reimer

One of the best ways to ensure that your indoor pipes don’t freeze this winter is to make sure that your home’s furnace is running right and not at risk of a breakdown. Furnace problems that happen while the family is sleeping are the most common cause of frozen pipes. 

You can’t prevent every problem, but you can greatly reduce your risk of a breakdown by scheduling a furnace tune-up with our team. Not only do furnace tune-ups help you avoid furnace issues throughout the winter, but they’ll also make your system more energy-efficient—saving you money, all winter long.

That’s a win-win.

For more plumbing tips, advice, and other services, call the team at Reimer!

At Reimer, we handle all your frozen pipe problems with our 24/7 emergency plumbing repair services. For service here in Buffalo and Western New York, give us a call at (716) 694-8524 or contact our team online.

Seasonal plumbing tips to get your home ready for winter weather

The falling temperatures during the fall are a polite reminder that the winter season is not far away. This is the season when you should get your home’s plumbing ready for the fall. In this blog post, we’ll share 5 seasonal plumbing tips to help you, your family, and your home have a happy and safe winter.

Pictured: Using our seasonal plumbing tips, this bathroom in Buffalo is ready for the winter ahead.

Prepare for cold weather with our seasonal plumbing tips

Here are five seasonal plumbing tips that can help you to avoid plumbing disasters during the coldest months of the year.

1. Check the insulation around pipes

There’s no two ways about it: frozen pipes are an absolute disaster waiting to happen. That’s why one of the most essential tasks in the fall is making sure your pipe insulation is ready to go. Properly insulated pipes are not just less likely to freeze, but they can help your water heater work more efficiently, since less heat escapes from the pipes as water is transported through them.

Have one of the professional plumbers here at Reimer check both your inside and outside pipes to make sure the insulation is in good shape and not showing signs of deterioration. If your pipes do need new insulation, we’ll advise you on how to best go about that and what areas of the home need to be re-insulated.

2. Have Reimer check the water pressure in your pipes

Another one of our seasonal plumbing tips: check the water pressure. You can buy a gauge from your local hardware store to check the water pressure. Experts suggest that the water pressure should be between 40- to 80-pounds per inch (PPI).

So, what if you find that you do have high water pressure? You need to call Reimer. We have tools and ways to reduce the water pressure in your home’s plumbing. Excessive water pressure can result in damaged pipes, valves, and faucets. It can result in a pipe leakage problem and dramatically shorten the lifespan of your home’s plumbing.

3. Call our team for a leak inspection

When people picture leaks, they often imagine them in easy-to-reach places, such as underneath their kitchen sink. That’s because you don’t see many of your home’s water pipes, which are underneath the slab, in walls, or behind cabinets.

Left untreated, a water leak can destroy your home by causing all sorts of problems, ranging from structural damage to the growth of mold and mildew. That’s not something you want to be dealing with during the holidays!

If you suspect you have a leak in your home, contact Reimer for leak detection services. Our plumbers have specialized tools that allow us to pinpoint where leaks are. From there, we’ll talk with you about your options for fixing the leak and any damage that it has caused.

4. Have Reimer inspect your water heater

On a cold morning here in Buffalo, is there anything more important than a hot shower? That’s why one of our seasonal plumbing tips is to have Reimer inspect and maintain your water heater.

If you own a standard water heater, chances are that it will need to be replaced after approximately 10-12 years of service. If yours is getting up there in age, it’s an especially good idea to have Reimer take a look. Even if we advise a new water heater, that’s better than having yours fail on the coldest night of the year or, worse, having it burst and flood your garage, basement, or laundry room.

5. Get your sump pump checked

Your sump pump is the last line of defense for your home. Sump pumps help protect your basement from flooding, and it’s important that yours is in working order ahead of a winter full of snow and burst pipes.

Have the team at Reimer take a look at your sump pump to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather ahead.

Call Reimer for your plumbing needs in Western New York!

If you want to schedule a plumbing maintenance to get ready for fall, you can contact Reimer Home Services. We provide expert plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas. Ourexperienced team of certified and licensed plumbers will do a terrific plumbing job for you.

Sewer camera inspections: Here’s why you need to see into your sewer

Sewers do not have a positive reputation. Most people associate them with awful smells, disease, pests, and—given the latest box office—possibly even murderous clowns. All bad things! But, your sewer does serve a purpose. In this blog post, we’ll walk through the reasons why a sewer camera inspection for your home is something you should consider scheduling.

Here in Buffalo and Western New York, Reimer offers sewer camera inspection services to homeowners. If you need to schedule an inspection or you need repairs to your sewer line, we can help. Call us at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online to get started.

A cracked sewer pipe is a big problem

Pictured: A sewer camera inspection can help you avoid the need for major sewer line work.

Pictured: A plumber having to dig up and fix a ceramic sewage pipe that clogged. A sewer inspection can help you avoid this outcome.

When was your home built? Today, homes are built with PVC piping for sewer draining that—left undisturbed under normal conditions—should last more than 100 years. However, if your home was built before the 1980s, chances are that your piping is made of steel, clay tile, or some other, less durable material. A crack is not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.

The natural wear on the sewer pipe is one thing. However, tree roots and weight on the ground can prematurely take out your pipes, as well. If you have trees around your sewer line, their roots could envelop around the pipe and eventually even break into it, blocking waste and water.

Signs of a cracked sewer line

A cracked sewer pipe is a slow-moving disaster that is not to be ignored. Look for the signs of a cracked sewer pipe:

  • If you have a rooted tree that is near or over where your sewer line runs, you’re at high-risk for problems.
  • Look for conspicuous wet spots on the ground around or over where your sewer line runs.
  • If you smell sewage outside or inside of your home, that’s a potential sign that something’s gone wrong.

If you see any of these signs, call Reimer for a sewer camera inspection immediately. We have a variety of cameras and tools for looking into sewers and seeing if roots and / or cracking is an issue that needs to be addressed.

A sewer backup could be an even bigger problem

So, intruding tree roots can block things from exiting the sewer line. But, so can grease, oils, trash, and a whole number of other things. Over time, grease and oils can accumulate into a physical mass (gross!) that clogs the sewer and reduces the outflow.

On a larger scale, this recently happened in a London municipal sewer, and the results weren’t pretty (you might not want to look on a full stomach!)

However, sewer backup can also be a problem that impacts residential homes right here in Buffalo and Western New York. We recently covered it in our blog on three situations in which you need drain cleaning, but here’s the basic idea:

What goes down must come up, if there’s no “down” to go to.

The telltale sign that your sewer line has completely seized up? Nothing goes down, and all your sinks, showers, toilets, and everything else clog at the same time. When this happens, turn off the water and immediately give Reimer a call.

How to avoid a sewer line blockage

A clogged sewer line is not something to be fixed “tomorrow” or “in the future”. We’ve seen too many homes that have been flooded, damaged, and destroyed by a clogged sewer line. It’s heartbreaking, and we recommend people take these steps to help avoid sewer blockage:

  • Don’t pour grease or oil down your sink. Instead, pour it into a disposable container (preferably, something biodegradable) and throw it away in the trash once it has solidified.
  • Watch what you flush in the toilet. Never flush anything plastic, metal, or really anything that counts as “trash” down the toilet. Too many people think their toilet is a magical portal that transports things “away” from their home. We’re plumbers: trust us, it’s not.

To learn more about our sewer cleaning services, be sure to check out our blog post.

Don’t buy a home without a sewer camera inspection

Great news! You’ve found your dream house here in Western New York—and at a great price! Sounds like a good deal. You hire a general home inspector to look at the furnace and air conditioner. Maybe you get a pest expert, too. But, what about the sewer?

Most experts agree: your general home inspector doesn’t have either the cameras needed to see into sewer lines nor the tools needed to clear blockages or fix problems. Shining a flashlight into your sink drain tells you nothing about the condition of the sewer lines.

Instead, you need to schedule a separate homebuyer’s sewer camera inspection from a professional plumbing company such as ours. We have the cameras and tools needed to see inside sewer lines and determine if cracks or blockages exist.

Knowledge is peace of mind

From there, as a prospective homebuyer, you can use that knowledge to either walk away from the purchase or to negotiate with the seller to get it taken care of by our team.

This goes for many things when you’re buying a home, but double for anything involving sewers: the price of an inspection and the peace of mind it provides is nothing next to the cost and headache of buying a home and then later discovering that you’ll need to sink money into major repairs.

Call Reimer for sewer camera inspections in Buffalo & Western New York

Reimer has been serving Buffalo and Western New York homeowners for more than 95 years. As the “Wizard of Comfort,” we’re known throughout the region for our outstanding heating, cooling, and plumbing services. From drain cleaning to sewer camera inspections, we are here for you.

Some reasons to trust us with your sewer line inspection and plumbing repairs:

  1. We’re an A+ rated business (Better Business Bureau)
  2. Our customers on Facebook love our work and team
  3. We back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

For 24/7 emergency plumbing repair service in Buffalo, call us at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Leaking drains? Here’s some solutions for this common plumbing problem

The plumbing system in your house is very important for convenient and comfortable living. However, we know that, eventually, all the plumbing that makes our life easier will encounter problems. One common issue you’ll encounter are leaking drains.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the causes of leaking drains and what you can do to fix them. When in doubt, call (716) 694-8524 to speak with the experts at Reimer Home Services.

Leaking drains in the kitchen

Pictured: Drain pipes under the sink. Leaking drains can cause a major disaster—call Reimer for service today!

Leaks in kitchen can happen for many different reasons, including problems with your sink, dishwasher, and more. Let’s review some of the causes of leaking drains:

Clogged-up sink drain

If we talk about the drain leaks in the different parts of your house, then the kitchen is that space where most of them occur. The reason? The clogged-up drain pipes of your kitchen sink. This problem usually happens when the discharge hose of the dishwasher is below the sink and the draining through the sink is happening at snail’s pace.

This problem can cause leaks to happen from dishwasher and that can cause a mess on your kitchen floor.

You can first try yourself to unclog the drains by flushing them with boiling water. You can also try running a solution of vinegar and baking soda through it. If these home remedies don’t solve your problem, then you might need professional drain cleaning services from the Reimer team.

Broken door seal on your dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not leaking constantly and only starts leaking when it is being used or turned on, then a clogged sink drain is not the reason behind this leakage. Run the dishwasher and note if the leak is happening in the final stages of the wash cycle, because that means something is wrong with the dishwasher.

Leaking bathroom sink drains

This is another leaking drain problem, just in a different room. Most of the time, the drain pipe under the bathroom sink starts leaking just because of the loose nut joining the drain flange with the sink. A simple tightening of the nut can stop the leak.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t so simple. An uneven gasket or rubber washer—which is used to make a seal between the nut and sink—can also cause the drain leak. Reimer can replace these with with even and flat washers to stop the leak.

Problems with leaking drains? Call Reimer!

Reimer Home Services is your source for expert plumbing services in the Buffalo and Western New York area. We help homeowners with all their plumbing needs—including fixing leaking drains. For 24/7 plumbing repair, call (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

High water pressure can be dangerous for your home’s plumbing

Most people don’t realize that high water pressure puts undue stress on the entire plumbing of the house. In fact, many think that high water pressure is a good thing. While you don’t want weak water pressure, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

While high water pressure may fill the bathtubs in no time, the reality is that an extended period of high water pressure can cause great damage to your home plumbing.

High water pressure

Think of it this way: water pressure is similar to your blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on the heart muscle, can damage arteries, and increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Similarly, high water pressure will put pressure on the plumbing pipes.

In this article, we will talk at length about how high water pressure can harm your home’s plumbing and the steps that you can take to fix high water pressure plumbing problems.

How does high water pressure harm my home’s plumbing?

High water pressure can cause many different types of plumbing problems. If left untreated, high water pressure can lead to the following plumbing issues:

  • The decreased lifespan of appliances such as your dishwasher and water heater
  • An increase in energy bills due to increase in amount of water that requires heating
  • Extensive damage to pipe joints
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Older water heaters also run the risk of exploding. This can result in a plumbing nightmare

So, what can you do to prevent these problems?

#1. Have Reimer install a water pressure gauge

You can buy a water pressure gauge for a few bucks online or from your local home improvement store. The gauge will display a pressure reading in your home. You should attach the gauge to the drain connection of the water heater or an outside water heater. If you need assistance with this, give the plumbers at Reimer a call.

Consider calling a professional if the water pressure reading goes above 80 psi.

#2. Buy a water pressure regulator

Installing water pressure regulator is the recommended way to solve a high water pressure problem. Also known as pressure regulator valve, it is installed on the water supply line near the shut-off valve. In case your home was built after 2002, the valve may already be installed as it was mandatory for all homes built after that year.

Keep in mind that the typical life span of the regulator is around 7 to 12 years. If you need a new one installed, give Reimer a call for professional plumbing services.

What are the signs of high water pressure?

  • You should call a professional plumber if you hear banging of pipes. The banging occurs due to excessive pressure in the plumbing system that results due to thermal expansion.
  • Also, spitting from the faucet aerator when turning the faucet can be an indicator of high pressure.

Call Reimer for all your plumbing needs

Reimer Home Services is here for all your plumbing needs. We have a team of experienced and certified plumbing professionals who can solve all types of plumbing issues. Contact us today!

5 plumbing tips to avoid a nightmare this summer

The summer season is a great time for traveling, relaxing, and having fun outdoors. You should not let the festive atmosphere of the season be ruined by plumbing problems. Here are five common plumbing issues that you should watch out for during the summer. By following these plumbing tips, you can help you and your home avoid a plumbing nightmare.

Plumbing Tips - Plumbing Issues1. Avoid a clogged garbage disposal

If you prepare meals at home, you should be extra careful of what you throw in the garbage disposal system. Fruits and vegetables are certainly good for health, but they are not particularly great for the garbage disposal system.

You should avoid disposing of hard fruits, such as watermelon rinds, as the rinds can damage the disposal unit’s blades. This can result in a stubborn clog.

Also, you should avoid putting cooking oil or grease down the disposal unit.  This can also result in a clogged pipe down the road when the oil or grease solidifies.

2. Prevent sprinkler problems

At the start of the summer season, you should inspect and clean the sprinkler system. Also, when mowing your lawn, you should make sure that the sprinkler heads are lowered. This will ensure that the sprinkler is not damaged and doesn’t cause a plumbing problem in the long run.

3. Be careful about pet hair clogging tubs

Pets, including both cats and dogs, tend to shed hair all year. They grow bulky coats during the winter that sheds during early and late summer. This hair can clog the pipes, resulting in a plumbing nightmare.

You should avoid bathing your cat or dog in the bathtub. If you do bathe the pet in the bathtub, you should consider trapping fur and hair before it goes down the drain.  Also, you should brush your pet regularly to reduce the chances of the hair clogging the drain.

If you do need drain cleaning, we can help.

4. Have Reimer inspect and repair your sewage pipes

Excessive rain water can get in your sewer pipes through cracks, resulting in the overflowing of the sewer. To avoid this problem, you should consider having the sewer drains checked and repaired by a professional plumber at the start of summer.

Also: you should also call a plumber in case the pipes have been damaged due to tree roots spreading underground.

5. Avoid small plumbing issues

Probably the best way to avoid a plumbing problem is by having a professional plumber check the plumbing at least once a year.

The plumber will perform a thorough check to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case any problem is detected, the plumber will perform the required repairs. They can also provide you with plumbing tips and advice. This will ensure that small plumbing issues don’t turn into a major problem.

For more plumbing tips and help, call the team at Reimer!

Residents of Buffalo and surrounding areas can contact Reimer Home Services for help with any plumbing problems. We have a team of certified and experienced plumbers who can perform the task efficiently for you.

Whether you have a minor or major plumbing problem, our experienced plumbers will resolve the issue quickly and professionally.

Call our plumbers and avoid using toxic drain cleaners

Why You Should Avoid Using Toxic Drain Cleaners Many people use liquid toxic drain cleaners to clean the drain. They seem to be a quick and inexpensive solution to clogged drains. Compared to the upfront costs of the plumbing repair, liquid cleaners appear to be an inexpensive and easy option.

However, you could end up damaging your pipe or yourself by using liquid drain cleaners. We’ll explain more in this blog post.

Three reasons to avoid using toxic drain cleaners

Relying on liquid drain cleaners is not recommended. Here are three reasons you should avoid using them to unclog or clean the drain.

1. Drain cleaners can damage your pipes if used regularly

Using liquid drain cleaners can result in long-term damage to your pipes. The cleaners can remove clogs, but they can also do damage to the drains. Old pipes are particularly susceptible to damage when liquid drain cleaners are used.

Frequent use of liquid drain cleaners can eat away at metal pipes. It can create a hole in the drain pipe that will require costly and invasive repairs. You could end up with a bigger plumbing problem if you use cheap and toxic drain cleaners to remove clogs.

2. Drain cleaners are highly toxic liquids to have in your home

Certain brands of liquid drain cleaners are highly toxic. If you get in touch with the liquid, it can result in injury. The splashes of the liquid can burn the skin.

Also, they can cause irreparable damage in case they get into the eyes or are accidentally ingested. Ingestion of the liquid can prove fatal. So, it’s absolutely necessary to keep them away from pets and children, but keeping them around still means you need to store them in your home.

3. Drain cleaners are bad for the environment

Liquid drain cleaners cause damage to the environment. The liquid that remains in the bottle will end up in landfills. From there, they can seep inside the ground causing damage to the underwater reservoirs.

Even worse is using the toxic drain cleaner, which ends up in ponds, lakes, rivers, and—eventually—oceans, poisoning wildlife and fish.

Considering the environmental effects of the liquid drain cleaners, it’s recommended that you avoid using them to unclog the drain.

Your alternatives to using drain cleaners in your home

While liquid drain cleaners seem to be a quick and an inexpensive way to unclog the drains, you could end up doing major damage. There is a risk of injury in case the liquid inside the drain cleaner comes into contact with the skin or the eyes. Also, the fact that drain cleaners could cause damage to the ecology means that you should skip drain cleaners altogether.

Instead of using liquid drain cleaners, you should consider clearing the clog using a plunger. In case you are not able to clear the clog, you should consider hiring a professional plumber from Reimer. An experienced plumber will know about safe methods to clean the clog. The professional knows about safe chemicals that won’t do damage to the house plumbing.

We have experienced and certified plumbers who can expertly perform the repair work. Whether you need to install a new plumbing fixture, or require plumbing repairs, you can count on our experienced plumbers to do the job for you. Learn more about our drain cleaning services.

Here are 3 important water conserving plumbing tips for your home

water conserving plumbingThe waste of water not only increases your water bill. It is estimated that about 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted every year in the country, and a lot of that is due to plumbing problems. That’s why it’s a good idea to have Reimer install water conserving plumbing fixtures.

For instance: a faucet leaking at 10 drips of water results in wastage of 526 gallons of water every year. This adds about $10 to the annual water bill. Many other plumbing problems contribute to wastage of water.

In this article, we will share some of the smart plumbing fixes that could help you play your part in conserving water and also save money along the way due to reduced water bills.

1. Fix toilet and faucet leaks

Toilet leaks are often hidden from sight. They remain hidden for long periods of time and waste up to 200 gallons in a single day.

Faucet leaks are more visible that also result in wastage of hundreds of gallons. So, it’s important that you contact a professional plumber to detect and fix plumbing leaks. This could help conserve a large amount of water and prevent inflated water bills.

2. Install smart plumbing fixtures

If you have old plumbing fixtures, it’s recommended that you consider replacing them with new ones. Older model toilets use about 3 gallons of water per flush, while the newer models made after 1990s only use 1.6 gallons per flush.

Also, the latest dual-flush toilets can further help in conserving lots of water.  You can also buy smart plumbing fixtures that provide water whenever the hand comes close to the fixture. It’s easy to find ways to install water conserving plumbing. Be sure to call our team at Reimer for more on fixture installation.

In this way, you can conserve a lot of water that is otherwise wasted due to a running tap when brushing teeth or washing hand and dishes.

3. Have Reimer install a low-pressure valve

The installation of a low-pressure valve is another effective way to conserve water. You should particularly install the low pressure valve in case the water pressure inside the house is 60 pounds per square inch. This not only results in water wastage but also damage the plumbing system. The low pressure valve can effectively limit the wastage of water.

Other tips for water conservation in your home

The above are the three of the most important plumbing tips to conserve water. Of course, there are plenty of other ways in which you can conserve water. Consider rinsing fruits and vegetables in a bowl instead of using running water, or use aerators in the taps to reduce the water flow.

Call Reimer for water conserving plumbing work and other plumbing services

In case, you want professional plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas, you can call us at Reimer Home Services. We have a team of certified plumbers who can give you expert, money-saving plumbing advice.

Here’s how to prevent your downspouts from clogging

Prevent Downspouts From CloggingMost people tend to overlook the importance of keeping their home’s downspouts cleaned. They are an important component of the house that drains away the rainwater, thereby preventing it from accumulating on the roof.

However, as the water drains through the downspouts, so does debris—including leaves and twigs that can clog the drainpipe. Luckily for you, Reimer offers drain cleaning services in Buffalo and Western New York.

What happens if a drain pipe clogs?

Roofs, especially those with parapet walls, are catchalls for any and all sort of debris, including leaves, twigs, and plastic bags, among others. Drains and debris don’t mix. A drain’s dome lets water flow through while catching debris, which would otherwise clog the plumbing. Unfortunately, this debris builds up around the drain dome, slowing or eventually stopping the water.

Keep in mind that debris and drain is a bad match. If you don’t clean the debris, it will slowly accumulate around the drain dome and slow down or stop the flow of water. A clogged drain pipe can result in accumulation of water over the roof that can cause damage in many ways:

  • As water seeps into the gaps, it can expand and contract due to changing temperature thereby weakening the seams of the roofing material
  • Accumulated water can deteriorate roofing cement, tar, and caulking
  • Build up of water may strain the structural support of the roof due to additional weight
  • Lead to the formation of moss, plants, and slime on the roof deck
  • Create the breeding ground for mosquitoes

So, how can you prevent your home’s downspouts from clogging?  

The answer is simple. You should either regularly check the condition of the downspout yourself, or have the downspouts checked by an experienced plumber. The plumber can inspect the dome of the downspout and clear twigs, leaves, and other debris using proper tools without damaging the assembly or the structure.

Another advice to avoid clogged downspout is to ensure that the correct type, size, and thickness of the drain-dome slot is installed. You must talk with a professional roof drain expert to inquire about the right size and type of downspout for your home. Some of the factors that determine which is the right size downspout for your house include average rainfall exposure and the roof size.

In the end, remember that the best time to inspect and clean the downspout is before the rainiest season of the year. You should have the downspout inspected and cleaned of all debris. Also, after a heavy snowstorm, you should maintain the openings by creating a 12-inch path along the curb for the melting snow.

Call Reimer for drain cleaning of downspouts and other drains

If you to have the downspout checked and cleaned in the area of Buffalo, you can contact Reimer Home Services. You can rest assured that our highly experienced and trained plumbers can expertly perform all kind of plumbing in your home.

The Difference Between Boilers and Furnaces, Explained

Difference between boilers and furnacesHave you ever wondered what the difference between boilers and furnaces are? In this blog post, we’ll compare the two different kinds of heating systems so that you can weigh which is best for your home.

For heating system installation, call the professionals at Reimer.

The majority of homes in the US have a central heating system. But not all types of heating systems are the same. The two most common types of heating systems installed in homes today include the furnace and the boiler. Some people think that the difference between the two is just semantics. However, this is not the case.  Sure, both the systems keep the room warm, but the way that the warm air is generated is different.

Knowing the differences between a boiler and a furnace will be helpful when it comes to new heater installation.  It will also be of use when conversing with the technician about heater problems. So, what are the differences between the two? You should continue reading the article to find out.

What’s the difference between boilers and furnaces?

Boilers generate warm air through the heated water in a tank. They don’t require ducts to circulate warm air throughout the house. Instead, heated water is circulated through pipes to different end points located inside the house that are typically baseboard heaters or radiators.

Electric boilers have heating elements to heat the water, while gas heaters use jets under the tank for the same purpose. The heat is moved through the end points into the living space through radiant heat transfer – the delivery of heat by increasing the surface temperature so that it warms the nearby area.

On the other hand, furnaces use forced-air systems to generate warm air. The forced systems heat the air through a device known as heat exchangers. The heated air is then circulated inside the house through the ducts by blower fans. In electric powered furnaces, heating elements are present that create warm air, while in fuel powered furnaces the warm air is created by the gas jets.

So, which is better?

Each of the types of the heater has its own advantages and disadvantages. Boilers tend to produce cleaner heat and entail lower repair and operation costs. They also tend to be more energy efficient also as you can heat only the areas thereby saving on energy bills. This is a big difference between boilers and furnaces.

However, the problem with boilers is that they take longer to warm the room and can freeze during very low temperature. Also, boilers tend to raise humidity levels inside the house for which you need to install a separate humidifier.

Furnaces, on the other hand, have low installation costs and won’t freeze up during the winter. But they have shorter life span and require frequent repairs. Also, furnace air filter needs to be changed regularly which is not the case with boilers.

Call Reimer for heating installation in Buffalo and Western New York

Whatever heating equipment you purchase, you can ensure that it continues to operate without a major fault for a long time through regular tune-up. If you want to get in touch with experienced NATE-certified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you can contact Reimer Home Services.