Three situations where you need drain cleaning

There are few things worse than a clog that prevents you from using the shower, bathroom, or kitchen sink in your home. At best, clogs and blocked drains are a nuisance that can put a damper on your daily routine. At worst, a sewer blockage could pose a major threat to your home. Ranging from the relatively benign to the more serious, here are three situations in which you should call the professional plumbers at Reimer to have us perform a drain cleaning service.

Reimer Plumbing Drain CleaningqWhen your sinks aren’t draining as fast as you’d like

A partial clog may not prevent you from using the fixture and drain, but it does mean that the situation will probably eventually get worse down the road. A partial clog may be a good time to call Reimer, so that we can address the situation before it becomes something that prevents you from using the drain altogether.

When you have a clog

This is most obvious reason to pick up the phone and call Reimer for plumbing help. A clog actively prevents you from using that bathroom or kitchen fixture or faucet. For the guest bathroom, that may not be the end of the world. But, losing access to the only shower in your home is a completely different matter that makes everything more urgent.

A clog could be several things, and none of them are particularly pleasant. Clogs in the bathroom sink or shower are usually caused by the accumulation of human hair. Clogs in the kitchen sink may be trapped food or accumulated grease or coffee grounds. By the way, never pour grease down the drain!

The plumbers at Reimer are clog-clearing experts with years of experience and the right tools to get the job done and make sure the drain is cleared. Using a variety of snakes and water jets, we can clear almost any obstruction.

When all your drains in your house are clogging at once

You turn on the shower, and the tub basin isn’t draining. Same thing will all the sinks and toilets in your house. If this happens to you, stop using all fixtures and immediately give Reimer a call for emergency service. Multiple drains blocked simultaneously could be a sign of a sewer blockage or backup, and continued addition of water could cause sewer water to come up through your drains. Obviously, this is not an ideal situation.

The good news is that Reimer is available 24/7 for emergency service, so you can call us immediately and we’ll send a plumber to inspect the situation and find a way to fix it. A sewer backup is one of the nastier and more extensive residential plumbing repairs, so you’ll want to trust an experienced plumber to apply the drain cleaning fix.

When clogs happen, call Reimer for drain cleaning

Since 1921, Reimer has been helping the residents of Western New York with their home service needs, from plumbing and drain cleaning to heating and cooling. Over the course of this century of service, generations of Buffalo families have come to trust Reimer to handle plumbing tasks both minor and major.

No matter what your plumbing or drain cleaning issue is, call Reimer for available 24/7 emergency service. Or, schedule your service with us.

Should I repair or replace my AC unit?

It’s a question that we get all the time here at Reimer: should I have my AC unit repaired, or should I purchase a new one?

AC unit installationFirst, some advice: every situation (and AC system!) is different, and the best way to have your dilemma answered is by talking to one of the professionals at Reimer and having them inspect your current system. However, to get the conversation started, here are some things to consider when you’re debating between repair and replacement.

When to consider AC unit repair:

  • If you have a younger system: If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you should strongly consider repair. As long as it doesn’t have a long or extensive history of breaking down, a less-than-decade-old AC unit probably has years of service ahead of it. Most air conditioners last between 10-15 years but properly maintained ones can last far longer than that.
  • If you have a strong maintenance history: Without annual maintenance from an industry-certified professional, your AC unit may encounter problems that snowball into long-term damage and wear. However, if you’ve done a good job keeping up with maintenance, you’re more likely to ride out the repairs that you do need and have a longer system lifespan.
  • If you’re otherwise satisfied with your system: If your system is delivering you energy efficiency in-line with your expectations and cooling that gets the job done for your family, take that into consideration when weighing repair versus replacement. A new unit will probably have efficiency gains, but if the gulf isn’t significant, you may want to stick with your current system.

When to consider AC unit replacement:

  • When it’s only slightly more expensive than the repair: The cost of some repairs—depending on the problem and how extensive the fix is—may come close to the cost of just purchasing a new unit. If this is the case, you’ll want to go with a new system, even if it costs you some extra money. You’ll make it up in the added energy efficiency and years of your new system. Remember: sometimes, your current AC unit is a sunk cost. It’s time to move on.
  • If the repairs are becoming repetitive: It’s one thing to pay for a single repair a single time. However, if your AC is starting to become a money pit where small repairs keep adding up, you may need to cut the cord and move on to a new system. Weigh the costs and think about an honest figure for how much your AC has cost you—in both actual money and in time and patience.
  • If you stand to benefit from better efficiency: If—on top of needing repairs—your current AC is an aging energy hog, you may want to think about a new unit as not only an AC replacement but an investment. Chat with the technicians at Reimer, and they’ll help you figure out how much a new, advanced system can save you every single month.

Why choose Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning?

Since 1921, Reimer has provided Western New York and Buffalo with quality heating and cooling services, including installation, repair, and maintenance. We also offer plumbing services. That’s nearly a century of helping homeowners keep their homes comfortable. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee, NATE-certified technicians, and overall commitment to quality service have made us a local favorite.

Whether you need help deciding between AC repair or replacment—or already know and need to schedule service—give the professionals at Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning a call.