Learn The Steps Necessary To Clean Out Your Window Unit’s Condensate Line

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If water has been dripping out of the end of the condensate line when your window air conditioning unit is turned on, debris may be clogging the inside of it and causing it to back up. Learn how to clean the condensate line out with the following steps. Materials towels portable fan screwdriver tube brush soapy water vinegar bleach shop vacuum cleaner heavy duty tape Unclog The Interior End Of The Condensate Line Turn off the power to the air conditioner so that you aren’t accidentally shocked while you clean out the line. Dry the floor underneath the air conditioning unit with a towel. If the floor is saturated, set up a portable fan so that is aiming towards the wet area. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the screws that are connected to the end of the condensate line. Gently pull the line away from the unit. Remove debris that is clogging the end of the line with a tube brush and soapy water. Move the tube brush up and down and twist it around. Pour a small amount of vinegar or bleach through the line to disinfect the inside of the line and to prevent mildew from forming. Reconnect the condensate line to the air conditioner. Unclog The Other End Of The Line Go outside and locate the other end of the condensate line. You will see it coming out through the wall of your home, underneath the air conditioner. Pull the end of the line free from your home and remove debris from it with a tube brush and soapy water. Connect the hose from a shop vacuum cleaner to the end of the line with a few pieces of heavy duty tape. Adjust the vacuum to a high setting and turn it on for a couple minutes. The suction from the vacuum’s hose will collect any liquid or debris that is still stuck inside of the line. Disconnect the vacuum hose and place the end of the line back in the proper location. Turn On The Unit To Make Sure The Problem Is Resolved Turn the power back on to the unit and adjust the thermostat to a cool setting. If you no longer see any water leaking from the end of the condensate line, you have successfully solved the problem. Prevent problems in the future by inspecting the ends of the line every few months to make sure that they aren’t dirty or clogged.  For more serious problems with your AC, get in touch with a service like Plumb Pros Plumbing Heating &...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Preventing Weeds In Your New Patio

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you’ve just had a new patio installed or are planning on doing so in the future, of course you want to ensure that your new patio looks great for many years to come. One of the most common problems homeowners have with patios, however, is that they are quite susceptible to weed growth between the bricks and pavers over time. Not only are weeds unsightly, but if they grow out of control, they can actually dislodge and damage your new patio. Fortunately, there are some things you can remember to prevent a weed problem. DO Consider an Organic Option First Before you turn to expensive chemical weed killers, consider a natural and organic option–especially if you have pets or small children that spend time on your patio. There are plenty of natural weed-killing options you can try before you turn to a chemical alternative. For example, boiling water will kill weeds within a few hours. A solution of white vinegar and water sprayed onto the weeds will also kill them within a day. DON’T Wait Until the Problem is Severe One of the worst things you can do is ignore a small weed problem early on; before you know it, the problem can multiply and become completely out of control. In fact, the best way to handle weeds is to be proactive about preventing them. Spray that vinegar solution over your pavers every few weeks–even if you don’t see any signs of weeds. Why wait until the weeds begin to poke through? DO Ensure Proper Water Drainage When it rains, water should drain off your patio rather than pool on top of it. If you find that your patio has large water puddles after a heavy rain, it’s time to call your contractor back out and get this fixed. Standing water is not only bad for your pavers, but it encourages weed, moss, and mildew growth between your pavers. DON’T Forget to Pull Them Finally, don’t just kill weeds and leave them wilted in between your patio pavers. Pull them. Otherwise, even though the weeds are dead, the seeds can still have a chance to spread throughout the cracks in between your pavers, which will only lead to more weeds. It’s a perpetual cycle if you’re not careful, so be as proactive as you can be when it comes to preventing weeds in your patio and you’ll keep it looking great all year...

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