Keeping the Pigeons Warm in the Winter

It’s fun to be popular but what if your roof is so warm you’re hosting the neighborhood pigeons?

You might have a leak in the duct work of your home that’s causing the heat to leak into your attic, warming the roof, and creating the perfect gathering place for pigeons. It’s time to call Forrest Anderson to find the source of the problem.

The heating and air conditioning system is more than the box that’s on your roof. It’s the whole system that runs air through your home.

When ducts are leaky, improperly sized and sealed, disconnected, or dirty, it causes an imbalance of the pressure of your home, making you uncomfortable, and causing the system to run inefficiently.

In fact, duct leakage is one of the costliest energy wasters. As much as 20% of the air circulated through the system is leaked through bad duct work. You’re literally paying to warm your attic where we’re pretty sure you spend little to no time.

Instead of paying for something you never use, let’s figure out the problem and find a solution.

Your home may have leaky duct work if…

  • It’s challenging to heat or cool
  • Above average utility bills
  • Hot or cold areas of the home
  • Visible damage to duct work

Any of these can cause unbalanced pressure.

Ideally pressure is neutral. The same amount of air is pulled into the system as the system is pushing back out to the home. But that’s not always the case.

If there is a leak, there may be 900 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air pulled from the home into the heater and 1,000 cfm is pushed back into the home.

That means there’s positive or unbalanced pressure. The unit is working against the pressure to keep the temperature at the thermostat setting. The result is high utility bills and a lot of hot air in the attic that’s keeping the pigeons warm in the winter.

While finding and repairing the leak will help balance the system, we must also express the importance of hiring trained professionals to do this work.

A system that is sealed too tightly can cause more problems than a leaky one.

You may unintentionally reduce the air flow enough that the evaporator coil freezes, the compressor burns out, or the heat exchanger cracks. That can cost much more than fixing leaky duct work.

If you suspect leaky duct work and are tired of the pigeons making you popular, it’s time to make an appointment with the trained professionals at Forrest Anderson.


Winter Plumbing Tips

Don’t let your Phoenix pipes freeze! Winter Plumbing Tips

For those of you who have lived in colder places than Phoenix, you might be scratching your heads wondering why we’re talking about winter plumbing tips. While it doesn’t happen often, temperatures in the valley can dip below freezing causing problems that hammer your system and your water bill.

A burst pipe can cause water damage that is costly to repair and probably the last thing you want to see when you get home from vacation.

We recommend leaving the thermostat set at 55 degrees if you’re leaving for an extended period of time. Not only will you not be walking into a freezing cold house but it will keep your pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing.

Frozen Pipes

Did you ever notice when you freeze a bottle of water the ice expands the bottle? The same is true if the water in your pipes freezes. To avoid the inconvenience and cost of repairs, insulate pipes with padding you can purchase at a hardware store. It’s like putting a blanket on your pipes and keeps the water from freezing.

Don’t forget to cover hose bibs, outside faucets, and exposed irrigation pipes.

If water in the house is running slowly after a cold spell, that’s a sign you have a frozen pipe and time to call the professional plumbers at Forrest Anderson.

Let it Drip

Living in a place with sunshine and heat most of the year, we sometimes forget to check the weather but it is important to keep track in the winter. If temperatures are set to be below freezing for an extended period of time, leave faucets dripping slowly, turning them off as temperatures rise.

Detach Hoses

If there is ice in your hoses, it can build up causing pressure in the pipes of your home. To avoid a disaster, remove hoses from outside faucets.

Run Water

You know the guest bathroom or sink in the garage that never get used? It’s a good idea to run water and flush toilets as temperatures drop. It will keep the system running and prevent freezing pipes.

Grease-free Drains

The holidays are often the ideal time of year to try your hand at frying foods. It might seem like a good idea to throw the grease or fat down the drain but it is not. Once it solidifies and hardens, it causes clogs that can only be cleared by a professional plumber.

Don’t let your Phoenix pipes freeze! Be prepared to wrap your pipes, detach hoses, drip water, and run faucets and toilets when temperatures dip below freezing.

If you suspect frozen pipes or having other plumbing needs, please call Forrest Anderson to schedule an appointment.


Tired of Your Toilet’s Attitude?

Among the more unpleasant things that can happen in your home is a clogged toilet. If it’s running slower than usual or you find yourself using the plunger more than you’d like, it might be time to call the professional plumbers at Forrest Anderson.

Excess toilet paper, kids’ toys, toothbrushes, Q-tips, and cotton balls are among the most common culprits of your toilet’s attitude problem.

How to use a plunger. We’ve all got a plunger stashed in a bathroom. Some of us use it to hold extra rolls of toilet paper but what happens when the toilet gets clogged? It’s time to take a plunge! Take the plunger and place it at the bottom of the toilet. Seal it as best you can while pumping up and down. Break the seal only after pressure has built up. This should cause the water to clear the clog and you should be back in business.

If that doesn’t work, you might have a more serious problem.

What you flush. Toilets and plumbing are a delicate eco-system. Anything besides human waste and toilet paper are off limits. This includes so-called biodegradable feminine hygiene products. Teach children they only need a few squares of toilet paper and if they need more to flush frequently. This will help prevent clogs.

Keep counters clear. Not only will it be less tempting for the children in your home to flush something besides toilet paper, keeping counters clear will prevent cotton balls, Q-tips, brushes, and other items from getting inadvertently flushed, even by the adults in the home.

Check your pockets. It comes as no surprise that bathrooms are among the dirtiest places in the home. Leave your phone outside the bathroom or risk it falling out of a pocket right into the toilet. If you’ve got kids, remind them to check their pockets before visiting the bathroom. You never know what can fall into the toilet and cause a clog!

Time to replace the toilet. The Phoenix area is known for its hard water that can be damaging to pipes and fixtures, including the toilet. When mineral deposits build up, even the best plumber may not be able to clean it enough for the toilet to work efficiently. It’s time for a new toilet. Other reasons include constant breaking of parts, high usage, or a lower quality model than what meets the needs of your home.