Don’t Let Heating Repair Issues Wait

April 11th, 2014

Spring is here, and with its arrival, you can finally turn your heating system off for a few days and let you air conditioner start to take over. At the same time, however, your heater may have lingering issues that need to be resolved, or even more pressing problems that have had to wait until now. In Manhattan, KS, heating repair services are on call all year to help fix any of those issues. Don’t let heating repairs wait when you can deal with them now.

Why? In the simplest terms, the spring provides the right combination of pertinence and flexibility. In the wintertime, you need your heater every day and if it’s not actively belching smoke, you’re probably apt to tough it out until the spring. Now that temperatures are warmer, you can afford to take it offline for a day or two and let a professional correct the problem. That flexibility means that you can plan for a repair session in between the rest of your busy life and pick a time that is convenient for you, instead of dropping everything and getting it handled like you might have to do in the winter.

Furthermore, while your heater can afford to be turned off, your air conditioner has not yet taken full priority. That means you don’t have distractions commanding your attention (and your pocketbook), which means you can focus on the heating system properly. If you let the issue wait – say until the end of the summer – then you may find yourself in dire need of the heater without addressing the problem at all. The issue will persist and you may be looking at a more serious breakdown next winter at the worst possible time.

Because of that, you shouldn’t let heating repair issues wait any longer than you need to. Heating system services in Manhattan, KS can be performed by the experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We have the skills and know-how to fix your problems right, and we can do so at a time that is convenient to you and you alone. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

Slab Leak Detection and Repair in Manhattan, KS

April 4th, 2014

In towns like Manhattan KS, leak detection is vitally important in handling problems with line breaches. And among the toughest are slab leaks, which is a leak beneath concrete or a similar hard-to-reach locations. As you can imagine, they can cause all kinds of problems, and those problems get worse the longer they go undetected. The good news is that a qualified plumbing repair service can solve the issue for you with a number of tricks and techniques. Here’s how the pro approach slab leak detection and repair in Manhattan KS.

You can spot initial symptoms yourself by listening for running water, looking for excessive mold or mildew, or getting a water bill that looks far higher than it should be. A plumber will use modern equipment like electronic amplifiers and the like to spot the leak. Never trust a plumber who claim that you need to break open the concrete in order to find the leak. We’re living in the 21st Century, and a good plumbing service will take advantage of that fact.

Once the leak has been detected, the next step is to fix it. Unfortunately, in this case you may need to break into the concrete to reach the leak, but again, a good repair service will strive to make this as non-destructive as possible. If the precise spot of the leak has been established, the plumber can open up that specific spot and conduct repairs without breaking down any more of the concrete. Other options include rerouting the piping around the concrete, or coating the pipe with sealant from the inside. That last option is most viable in the case of small leaks.

In any case, it takes a professional to determine the best means of slab leak detective and repair in Manhattan KS. The experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning have the skills and experience to handle these tough plumbing problems and restore your system to full working order.

If you live in Manhattan KS, leak detection solutions are just a phone call away. Contact us today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!

How Tree Roots Can Disrupt Your Sewer Lines

March 28th, 2014

Tree roots have an insidious way of disrupting your sewer lines. The majority of calls involving drain and sewer problems in Manhattan, KS involve problems with tree roots. The good news is that a qualified service can usually take care of the issue. Indeed, the advent of the 21st century means that new technology is available to make the operation easier. Trenchless technology, in particular, allows a trained professional to deal with tree roots without having to tear up your whole yard. But that doesn’t explain exactly how tree roots can disrupt your sewer lines.

The trees are naturally attracted to your sewer lines because all that waste can make for potent fertilizer. A breach or leak in the sewer line – even just a weakened wall – can be enough to attract the tree roots.  It takes them time to get there, but while they act slowly, the effects can be devastating. The roots will wrap around the pipe, applying considerable pressure to either exploit an existing breach or create a new one. In some cases, all they need is a loose fitting or a tiny crack in order to exploit it. If they crush the pipe, it may need complete replacing, but the roots needn’t do that much damage in order to render your sewer line inoperable. The tree can send micro-roots into any breach, which can grow quite quickly thanks to the fertilizing sewer waste and eventually clog your entire system.

If you know how tree roots can disrupt your sewer lines, you know what a serious problem it can create. A long-term solution may be to plant trees with a slower growth rate, and/or to look into landscaping that doesn’t involve trees.  In the short term, contact the experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for help. We use trenchless technology and similar tools to get rid of the roots without disrupting your yard. For homeowners in need of drain and sewer maintenance in Manhattan, KS, we’re standing by to help. We offer free estimates and 24-hour emergency service to ensure that you’re completely satisfied with our work! Give us a call today to set up your next service appointment.

3 Things to Think about Before Adding New Plumbing

March 21st, 2014

New plumbing usually becomes a factor whenever you perform improvements to your bathroom or kitchen. It can also become involved when you perform a full-bore addition to your home that involves a sink, shower or toilet installation. Provided you retain the services of a high quality plumber, you shouldn’t have a problem implementing the plumbing you want without a hitch, and for expert plumbing installation in Manhattan KS, you have plenty of options on that front. However, the more preparation you can do – and the more you can think about the options and logistical realities – the more smoothly the installation can proceed.

Did you know Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning offers plumbing installation and replacement in Manhattan, KS?

Here are 3 things to think about before adding new plumbing.

  • Placement in relation to the rest of the space. You may be in love with the notion of a claw-foot tub in the middle of your new bathroom, but such a placement often takes up far more space than an embedded tub on the corners might. Then there’s the issue of running water lines to the middle of the room, which can involve tricky logistics and additional work. Space is never infinite in a new addition, so you need to make your choices accordingly.
  • Counter space should not be underestimated. Sinks are designed primarily for convenience, and while there’s usually few boundaries as far as aesthetics goes, you need yours to work for any occasion. Whether that means space for stacking dishes in the kitchen or room for all your toiletries in the bathroom, consider placing your sink somewhere that includes a decent amount of counter space.
  • Prioritize. Whether the space involves, your budget or the time limits, you may not be able to get everything you want in terms of new plumbing . It helps to rank the things you need from highest priority to the lowest. If and when the time comes to make tough choices, it provides a clarity that makes decisions a lot easier.

Once you’ve thought about the things you need before adding new plumbing, the next step is to call upon the experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to help. We’ve handled expert plumbing installation in Manhattan KS since 1923, and we’re ready to apply that to your new plumbing project. Call us today to make an appointment!

3 Advantages of Using Water Treatment Systems

March 12th, 2014

Here in Manhattan KS, water treatment systems can be used to filter and purify the water that comes into your home. Our civic system does a good job of keeping our water clean, but considering the potential for contamination, a whole-house water filtration system makes a whole lot of sense. Homeowners may be concerned about the up-front cost in these tight times and those are legitimate concerns. But the more you study water treatment systems, the better you can understand what kind of benefits they bring.

Here Are 3 Advantages of Using Water Treatment Systems:

  • Cleaner drinking water
    You can perform an easy experiment to demonstrate how much cleaner and tastier filtered water can be than tap water. Pour water from the tap into an ice cube tray and then fill a second tray with bottled water from the store. When the ice freezes, compare the two. You’ll notice that the filtered water is clearer and less cloudy than the tap water. That translates to better tasting drinking water and better tasting food prepared with water.
  • Softer clothes
    A water filtration system eliminates hard water minerals and similar elements that can have a rough effect on your laundry. Clothes are thus softer to the touch and will last longer than clothes laundered with unfiltered water.
  • More pleasant showers and bathes
    Unfiltered water can leave a residue on your body after you shower or bathe, and may leave skin feeling red or irritated to boot. A water filtration system help you feel cleaner and more refreshed after bathing, as well as reducing the amount of redness or irritation on your skin.

The advantages of using water treatment systems can be considerable, especially once you factor in the fact that they will remain in place for some time. In Manhattan, KS, water treatment systems can be installed by the experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.  Our systems can help improve the resale value of your home as well as improving general comfort levels for you and your family in a number of different ways. Give us a call today to set up a consultation.

Contact us and ask our qualified HVAC specialist in Manhattan, KS, about whole-house water treatment systems. You’ll be glad you did!

Installing a New Sewer Line

March 7th, 2014

In Manhattan KS, plumbing services remain largely at the mercy of our inclement weather, especially big projects like installing a new sewer lines. Sewer lines can rupture for a number of reasons, ranging from shifting ground to tree roots to plain old fashioned deterioration. When they do, however, you want a knowledgeable plumbing service on-hand to make the process happen as quickly as possible.

A good technician will plan out the sewer installation like a general preparing for battle. He or she will check for the existence of any older lines and note any lingering components to your existing line. Potential trouble like trees with large root systems will be noted and every effort will be made to keep the new line clear of any such obstacles. This process requires licensing and proper training, which is why do-it-yourselfers should not attempt it.

From there, the technician usually needs to excavate the area in order to install the line properly. In some cases, trenchless technology can be used, but that works better for repair and replacement rather than installing an entirely new line. The technician will measure the length of the new line, and once the area intended for the sewer line is opened, he or she will fit it in place and test it to make sure it’s functioning according to specifications. Only then will he or she rebury the line and turn on the water to your plumbing system: lowering the need to open up the trench again once the operation is concluded.

Installing a new sewer line is a major operation, which is why you want the experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to perform the operation for you. We’ve been in business since 1923 and our trained technicians have over ninety years of collected experience to draw upon. That knowledge includes an understanding of the very latest techniques. Here in Manhattan KS, plumbing depends on that knowledge to handle serious operations like this one, and we stand by our record as an efficient and dependable service for big projects of this nature. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

For all of your plumbing or drain and sewer service needs in Manhattan, KS, contact the plumbing experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Now is the Right Time to Install a New Heating System

February 25th, 2014

Installing a new heating system is a big investment and even if your old unit has just about given up the ghost, you may be reluctant to embark upon a big project such as this. In matters of heating installation (from furnace heating to zone control systems), Manhattan KS has its share of qualified services, many of whom can provide sound advice on getting a new system set up. Here at the end of winter, you have a lot of options, and if you’re eyeing a new heater, you may want to think about setting one up sooner rather than later. Here’s why now is the right time to schedule heating installation.

Most qualified services can install a new heating system fairly quickly, but even in the most efficient cases, you’re still looking at at least a day or two without heating while the heating service does its work. That can be deadly in the wintertime here in Kansas, with our subzero temperatures and sudden cold spells. The end of winter, when temperatures are warming and you’re not looking at much chance of a sudden cold front arriving, means that you can schedule the installation without having to worry about freezing your entire home in the process.

Furthermore, a late winter or early spring installation gives you the leisure time to schedule things when you can be home. If a given day won’t work, you have the option of going a few days later, or even a few weeks later, without impacting your ability to keep your home warm. If you install your unit in the fall or the winter, you won’t have the luxury of time, since Mother Nature will be much harsher in terms of colder temperatures.

Now is the right time to schedule new heating installation and if you’ve decided to pull the trigger, then the right service can do wonders for you. The experts at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can handle all kinds of heating installation as well as other heating services in Manhattan, KS. Manhattan is one of our local hubs, and we’re standing by to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call us today to set up an appointment!

Why is Duct Cleaning Worth the Cost?

February 19th, 2014

Duct cleaning is the process whereby a professional technician cleans the dust and build-up out of your system. He or she uses specialized equipment to do so, which is why you usually need to hire a trained expert instead of doing it yourself. It’s a sound investment in your home and can help improve the overall quality of life for anyone living there. Here in Manhattan KS, duct cleaning services can help address mold build-up in the summer and dust build-up in the winter, provided the right service does the job for you. But why is duct cleaning worth the cost?

Understanding that is key to understanding why you need to have your ducts cleaned at all. The dirt and build-up addressed by duct cleaning can affect the overall performance of your HVAC system. The more build-up in your ducts, the harder air has to fight to get through it in order to warm or cool your home. You can see the difference in your monthly energy bills, as the HVAC system uses more power to do the same job. It also increases the risk of a larger repair bill, as interior components in your HVAC system suffer from increased strain and may wear out more quickly. That scenario usually worsens the longer you go without having your ducts cleaned properly.

Then there’s the issue of indoor air quality. Because your ducts serve as the conduit for conditioned air, any dust or dirt that builds up inside of them will be blown through the system and into your home. Not only does that increase the dustiness of furniture and other elements of your home, but it can exacerbate allergies and increase overall irritation in the nose and throat. A good cleaning restores better indoor air quality to your home and helps keep attendant health concerns at bay.

For more on why duct cleaning is worth the cost, or to schedule an appointment, contact Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning immediately. We operate out of Manhattan KS, duct cleaning services are a part of our service plan, and our trained experts can conduct the operation with thoroughness and care. Call us today to discuss the matter in greater depth!

Other Anniversaries of Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014

For more than a hundred years, people in countries around the world have marked the 14th day of February as a time for lovers to give each other gifts and for children to write cards to each other and eat heart-shaped candy. But Valentine’s Day isn’t the only important event to occur on February 14th. There are many other anniversaries to mark on this day. Here are a few:

1400 – The death of King Richard II: The same English king whose engagement resulted in the first love poem mentioning Valentine’s Day (from court poet Geoffrey Chaucer) dies in prison in Pontefract Castle after his cousin Henry overthrows him. He probably starved to death, although another famous author, William Shakespeare, would portray his death as murder.

1859 – Hello, Oregon: The Oregon Country is admitted to the United States of America as the 33rd state.

1876 – Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for his new invention, the telephone. Another inventor, Elisha Gray, applies the same day for a similar device, sparking a long controversy over who invented what first.

1912 – Hello, Arizona: Continuing the statehood tradition that Oregon established, the Territory of Arizona is admitted to the U.S. as the 48th state. Women are granted the right to vote in Arizona the same year, eight years before the rest of the nation.

1929 – The world’s most infamous mob hit: Unknown assailants shoot down seven people in Chicago, IL. Six of the dead are gangsters in the mob of Bugs Moran, an enemy of Al Capone in the business of selling Prohibition bootleg liquor. No one is ever arrested or charged for the crime—but there isn’t much doubt who masterminded it.

1931 – “I am… Dracula”: The most influential vampire movie ever made, and the start of Universal Studio’s famous monsters series, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, premieres in theaters. Universal cannily uses Valentine’s Day to promote the film as “The Story of the Strangest Passion the World Has Ever Known!”

1961 – The Periodic Table becomes larger: The 103rd chemical element, Lawrencium, is discovered at the University of California. The name comes from the laboratory where it is synthesized, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

2005 – Now it’s easy to watch funny animal videos: A group of college students launch a video sharing website call YouTube.

Even if Valentine’s Day itself isn’t a major holiday for you, February 14th has many reasons to celebrate—unless you are a member of Bugs Moran’s gang or a supporter of Richard II. All of us at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, however you observe it.

Damage Caused by Slab Leaks

February 5th, 2014

A slab leak is a leak causes by a water line running below a concrete foundation or floor. As you might imagine, it’s a considerable problem, mainly because it’s extremely difficult to reach. More importantly, it can cause significant damage to your home and property if you’re not careful. Here in Kansas, the cold winters often result in slab leaks, as frozen water and similar hazards wreak all kinds of havoc with your pipes. Unfortunately slab leaks are a serious matter that can’t wait for treatment. Companies that handle problems with your drain and sewer in Manhattan KS can usually deal with damage caused by slab leaks as well. That damage can include the following:

  • Foundation Damage
    The biggest concern with a slab leak is damage to the concrete and steel that forms your home’s foundation. Over time, the leak can create cracks and similar disruptions in the foundation, causing it to shift or break into multiple pieces. The damage that this could cause to your home is incalculable, and may even render it uninhabitable if you aren’t careful.
  • Ruined Carpet and Floors
    Because the slab leak takes place at the bottom of your house, the water tends to be forced upward, meaning that it will seep into your carpet and floors. Though not quite as devastating as foundation damage, it can still cause quite a bit of damage, resulting in costly repair and replacement bills.
  • Mold and Odors
    Water leaks under the concrete can create new growths of mold and fungus in hard-to-reach places. This is especially true if the water seeps up into the drywall or similar locations. If the leak takes place in the sewer line instead of the water line it’s going to leave a bad smell in the house, but even if it’s just water, the growing mold can create foul odors.

Damage caused by slab leaks can be hard to detect, though a drop in water pressure or a sudden, unexpected rise in water bills could be a reasonable sign. For issues with slab leaks, contact Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for our drain and sewer repair service in Manhattan KS,  is here to help. We use the latest equipment to detect and repair slab leaks, and our staff is trained and experienced, so give us a call today!