Why plumbing is the most important part of your home

As a homeowner, you have a lot on your checklist to take care of. From mowing the lawn and pulling weeds to replacing dead light bulbs, the list of tasks may seem endless. When the to-do list keeps growing month-after-month, it’s easy to forget about the other projects, appliances, and systems in your home. Many important items take a backseat to the everyday tasks. At Reimer, we’d like to remind you to remember plumbing maintenance and make sure that needed upkeep and repairs are at the top of that list.

Your home’s plumbing plays an integral part in your daily routine, with or without you knowing it. From the minute you wake up to the minute you go to sleep, you’re probably using your plumbing in some form or fashion. Take a look at this Saturday schedule and see if you can relate to a typical day in the life of a homeowner:

Saturday Time Schedule for a HomeownerAction
8:00 a.m. Shower, brush teeth, make coffee/breakfast
10:00 a.m.Mow lawn, turn on sprinklers and water plants
12:00 p.m.Make lunch and clean dishes
3:00 p.m.Sweep/mop floors, misc. Saturday chores
5:00 p.m.Start cooking dinner with boiling water
7:00 p.m.Night showers, brush teeth, clean house
9:00 p.m. Glass of water before bed

Can you see how many items on your Saturday schedule alone require properly working plumbing? Not included are the restroom visits or washing your hands. You use water day-in and day-out, which means your plumbing needs to be in top shape. And who knows best how to take care of your plumbing? The team at Reimer! Not only do we specialize in home plumbing services, but we also offer 24/7 emergency service, upfront pricing, and service from friendly plumbers. Call us when you need plumbing services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Best homeowner practices

There’s a lot about your home that you can take care of yourself. However, you can’t detect a leak inside your wall or a faulty pipe underground. That’s where our experts come in. To prevent clogged drains or home floods, here are a few homeowner practices you should keep in mind when it comes to plumbing:

  1. Conserve water: When possible, turn off your tap while you brush your teeth or shave. Keep your showers under 5-6 minutes, and only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load. This way, water can be better conserved and you’ll save money on your water bill.
  2. Schedule regular maintenance: The BEST thing you can do for your home plumbing is to schedule regular maintenance. You could have a small leak and not even know it—the experts can find the problem, repair the leak, and save you money at the same time. Additionally, Reimer plumbers can make sure your water heater, sewer lines, and drains are fully functioning.
  3. Purchase hair catchers for your drains: To prevent clogged drains and backups, install a catcher over your drains to stop hair or other large items from going down the drain.
  4. Reuse old water: Instead of throwing out old bathwater or cooking water, use it to water your plants/trees outdoors! Whenever possible, conserve or reuse the water in your home.

Your kitchen plumbing

Now that we know how important plumbing is in your home, let’s take a look at your kitchen specifically. Much of your water consumption takes place in two main areas of the home: 1) your kitchen and 2) your bathroom. The kitchen requires water, not only for your appliances, but also for your daily cooking and cleaning. Here are just a few ways you use your plumbing in the kitchen:

  • Boiling water
  • Wiping down counters
  • Washing dishes
  • Making ice in the refrigerator
  • Getting drinking water

If your sink, dishwasher, or garbage disposal don’t seem to be working properly, call the team at Reimer to come out and take a look. All it takes is one visit to diagnose the problem and find a solution!

Your bathroom plumbing

Your bathroom is arguably the most popular room when it comes to plumbing and water usage. You use it every day! Here are a few ways you use your plumbing in the bathroom:

  • Using the toilet
  • Washing hands
  • Showering
  • Shaving
  • Taking a bath

It’s not only important to have working water in your bathroom, but you’ll also want working hot water. Your water heater plays a crucial role in your plumbing, so if you aren’t receiving hot water like you used to, it’s time for a plumbing checkup.

Your home’s plumbing

The best way to prevent problems is to take care of your plumbing—your appliances, sinks, drains, and more. Your drains should be professionally clean and cleared when they get clogged; avoid major DIY attempts to clear your drains such as harsh drain cleaners or using a coat hanger to try to get out collected hair. Instead, have a true professional from Reimer come out and inspect and unclog your drain, using the proper tools and techniques. For more plumbing tips or to schedule 24/7 service, call Reimer Home Services today!

Here are the 5 signs your AC needs immediate service

The summer months in Buffalo bring extra heat and humidity. If your air conditioner quits functioning at any point during these summer months, you are going to notice the comfort level inside of your home take a hit.

If you can spot early warning signs of air conditioning trouble, one of our quality and experienced technicians from Reimer may be address the issue before a full breakdown occurs or the system needs costly repairs. In this article, we’ll discuss the top five warning signs that your AC unit needs professional repair as soon as possible. Call Reimer for 24/7 AC repair here in Buffalo and Western New York.

The 5 signs your AC needs immediate service include strange sounds, odors, or performance issues.

If your air conditioner isn’t performing the way it should, call Reimer for 24/7 repair services here in Buffalo and Western New York.

Here are the 5 warning signs your AC needs immediate service

1. You notice unusual noises coming from the unit

A clear indication of a problem with your air conditioner is a screeching or scratching sound coming from the outdoor condenser. This could mean that one of the belts has worked its way out of proper position. Without being fixed, the belt will continue slipping until it comes completely off its pulley and can potentially cause more damage.

2. Not enough air flowing from the vents

If you notice the airflow in your home is weak or nonexistent, it could be that your compressor could be going out or that there is a serious leak in your ductwork. If the ductwork is the issue, this means there is a tear or block somewhere deep in the ductwork system inside your home. Have one of our techs come out and take a look—we could identify the source of the problem and lack of airflow before your system experiences further issues.

3. Unusually high energy bills

A sudden spike in your energy bills during the summer is typical, but if the amount is excessively high—say, more than double the normal amount—it could mean that there is an AC issue. This could be caused by a number of things, from the compressor failing to a torn or blocked air duct. The best way to find out what is going on is to call the experienced AC professionals at Reimer. Our team has the right tools and equipment to find and repair the problem as soon as possible!

4. Foul smell while system is on

A foul mildew smell that is coming from the vents while your AC unit is running could mean fungus is forming in your ductwork. Some forms of mold are hazardous to humans and animals, so this is an issue that needs to be handled right away. Unlike being uncomfortable in your home, this situation really cannot be put off. We offer 24/7 emergency service. Don’t wait when something is wrong. Call the team at Reimer!

5. Moisture leaking from the unit

If you notice a wet spot around your unit, it could mean that the condensation drain tube is blocked or busted. However, it could mean that poisonous Freon is leaking from your system, so calling the team at Reimer is your best bet here to avoid any serious damage.

The team at Reimer is always ready to handle your AC repair needs!

Don’t get caught this summer with a broken-down AC unit. Here at Reimer, we repair ALL air conditioning makes and models and—as mentioned above—we provide 24/7 emergency service throughout Buffalo and Western New York. We have the right team in place to repair your unit today.

If you notice any of these signs that AC needs immediate service, do not wait until the problem gets worse before you call us. This can cause more issues and money for you. We’re your go-to HVAC team here in Buffalo and Western New York.