Fall heating maintenance & tune-up tips from Reimer

Autumn is the perfect season for football, grilling, and having fun with the family. However, it’s also a great time to get your house ready for winter. In this blog, we’ll run through our fall heating maintenance and tune-up tips so that you can make sure your home is ready for a snowy winter here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Pictured: Fall heating maintenance is a good idea when the leaves start to turn.

Just like how spring is the best time to schedule an AC tune-up, early fall is the ideal time for a heating tune-up. This is important: a furnace checkup from the professionals at Reimer can help you avoid any emergency breakdowns during the cold months up ahead.

We recently ran through some reasons why you should schedule a checkup. Let’s dive into the three big parts of heating maintenance, and what Reimer does to address each item.

The three most important parts of fall heating maintenance

1. Inspection of the filter

Your furnace’s air filter keeps dirt, dust, and other debris out of the system. This matters, as dust particles can cause damage to the circuitry inside the system. However, over time, the filter becomes clogged with dirt and must be cleaned.

Not cleaning the air filter will result in the air being blocked. This causes strain on the heating system, making it work harder and less efficiently. It can even lead to a heating system breakdown, which is why newer heating systems have a safety switch that can automatically turn off the system in case of impeded air flow. However, that means you’re without heating until you get the filter cleaned.

The best thing to do is to call Reimer for a heating tune-up, and have us check on the state of your air filter. Whether you have a filter that can be cleaned or one that needs to be replaced periodically, we can help make sure your filter is ready for the winter ahead.

2. Cleaning the inside of the furnace

Cleanliness is not just about the filter. Another important part of fall heating maintenance is cleaning the inside of the furnace. This is something that only a certified and experienced HVAC technician should take on, so please give our team a call.

As with the filter, dirt builds up inside the unit over time. Sometimes, even rust and corrosion develops inside the furnace, which can be fatal for the critical circuitry inside. As part of our furnace tune-up service, our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect the unit and clean it if required.

This will prevent minor issues such as moisture or dirt buildup from turning into major problems that require costly repairs.

3. Scheduling a furnace checkup & tune-up

No fall heating maintenance checklist is complete without a thorough inspection from an experienced professional. This is the best and most effective way to ensure the smooth and energy-efficient functioning of the system throughout the winter.

While DIY fall heating maintenance may look like it would save money, the reality is that an inexperienced person working with a furnace can cause major damage to the heating system or—worse—lead to a malfunction that presents safety issues. You should always hire licensed HVAC technicians.

Call Reimer for fall heating maintenance tips and your furnace tune-up

Contact Reimer Home Services for your fall heating tune-up in Buffalo and Western New York. We have expert technicians who can perform a thorough furnace inspection and run a diagnostic check to ensure that everything is working properly. You can rest at ease that your heater won’t let you down when you need it the most during the winter.

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.