When you trip a circuit breaker or your heating system fails, you can tell. Plumbing, however, isn’t as easy to read. Because your sewage system is underground, it’s not always obvious when there’s a problem. Here, our plumbing experts share five signs to look for that may indicate a sewage leak:
At Oliver, we want you and your family to stay safe. This means scheduling a regular electrical inspection with our experts and doing all you can to prevent home fires. Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of home fires and can lead to injuries and damages.
Have you always wanted more control over your home? At Oliver, we offer Lutron Caséta Wireless, a state-of-the-art home technology installation that can make your everyday life easier in a variety of ways. Here’s why our home electrical service experts recommend Lutron Caséta:
At Oliver, we know it can be a little intimidating when it’s time to choose a plumbing company, so we asked our plumbing experts what they’d recommend doing before deciding. Here are the questions they would ask:
As a duct cleaning company, we understand how important it is for your home to be clean and your air quality to be healthy. In addition to changing your HVAC filters on a regular basis, we recommend installing a dehumidifier in the areas of your home that contain too much moisture and humidity. If these areas are constantly damp, it can lead to damages like:
Electricity is a wonderful invention, but many of us forget that there are hazards that come with using it. Take some advice from our electrical wiring service experts and follow these electrical safety tips:
If you’ve been thinking about a backup generator for your home, our home electrical service experts can say that the idea is a great investment – especially during the winter. While the upfront costs of a generator may seem high, keep in mind that there are many benefits to installing one for you and your family:
Summer is over and autumn is quickly approaching, but is your home ready for the cooler temperatures? At our Oliver, we’ve put together nine ways to get your home ready for the fall (including calling our experts!):
Check for Drafts
Check your windows and doors for drafts so that your home doesn’t take on cold air when you don’t want it to. You can check them by lighting a candle and holding it near the area. If it flickers, there’s a draft. You’ll want to replace the weather stripping and/or caulking to get a nice, strong seal before the cold sets in.
Prep Your Washer & Dryer
All of those loads of summer laundry mean your washing machine and dryer have gotten a lot of use. Be sure to check your washing machine hose – one that’s too worn can burst and spill gallons of water very quickly. Also make sure that lint hasn’t built up in your dryer – too much lint can catch fire from the dryer’s heat.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
Summer comes with a lot of dirt, dust, pollen, grass, and other airborne contaminants. Start fall with a fresh, clean HVAC filter and you’ll be breathing easy as the temperatures get cooler.
Seal Your Walkway/Patio
If you have a paver walkway or a paver patio, take some time to seal it before the ice, snow, and cold temperatures hit. You’ll protect it all winter long and will love the way it looks come springtime.
Schedule a Furnace Check-Up
Make an appointment with one of our heating service experts to do a thorough check of your heater. We’ll make sure it’s working properly and ready to use once the temperature drops so you don’t experience any unwanted and inconvenient problems.
Fertilize Your Lawn
Grass roots will continue to grow until the ground temperature gets down to 40 degrees, so feed your grass a fresh helping of fertilizer to keep it growing strong through the fall and ready for winter.
Install Outdoor Lights
As it gets cooler, the days get shorter and there are fewer hours of sunlight, so why not install a few outdoor lights on your garage or ones that lead to your front door? You’ll light the way not only for yourself, but for your guests, too.
Test Your Detectors
Put fresh batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector and test them to make sure that they are working properly. This is a good thing to do every few months.
Insulate Your Pipes
When colder temperatures hit, your plumbing pipes could freeze and burst, causing big plumbing problems. Our plumbing experts can make sure your pipes are prepared for the fall and winter – just give us a call.
It’s time to get ready for the last vacation of the summer – that’s right, Labor Day is this weekend and whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party for family or friends or hitting the road for a road trip, there are several things you can do to stay safe:
- Keep children and pets away from any type of open flame.
- Position the grill so that it’s in a well-ventilated area and away from trees, bushes, the house, and anything else that can catch fire.
- Always use long-handed utensils and wear protective, fire-resistant gear when grilling.
- Follow the instructions in the grill’s owner’s manual.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready to extinguish flames if they get out of control.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Don’t use electricity around water, including the pool, sprinklers, hot tub, etc.
- Inspect your extension cords for frays or other damage before using them.
- If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests stay away from power lines or electrical transformers near your home.
- Keep your power tools safely locked away in your garage or shed.
- Always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect your skin.
- If you’re sensitive to sunburns, wear a hat and try your best to stay in the shade.
- Stay hydrated – the sun can dehydrate you quickly.
- Remember that UV rays bounce off of sand, concrete, and water.
- If you do get burned, apply aloe to the burn on a regular basis.
- Keep in mind the strongest UV index is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Check the weather before you decide to go in the pool, lake, or ocean.
- Make sure children in or near the water are under supervision at all times and are nearby.
- If you have a pool at your home, make sure it’s secured with barriers.
- Never leave children unattended.
- If it looks like rain, get out of the water as quickly as possible to avoid lightning strikes.
Road Trip Tips
- Always have a first-aid kit and back-up food and water supplies in your trunk.
- Before you leave, check your tire pressure and your fluids.
- Never drive when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.
- Make sure someone back home knows your destination, route, and itinerary.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t text and drive. If you need to navigate, have a passenger do it for you.
Some Tips from Our HVAC Company
Memorial Day is this weekend and if you’re throwing a party for friends and family members, it’s important to stay safe. Here are some tips from our HVAC company:
Allow for Space
When grilling, make sure your grill is at least two feet away from your deck, siding, and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire easily (such as a swing set, toys, shed, etc.). Also make sure there are no low-hanging branches around the area.
Clean Before You Use
There tends to be a lot of grilling at Memorial Day parties and one thing to remember is to clean your grill thoroughly before you use it. Dirty grills (especially those that use propane) can be dangerous and cause unwanted flare-ups.
Inspect Your Lights
If you plan on setting up some outdoor lamps or strings of lights, inspect them to make sure there is no damage. Also inspect their cords and any extension cords you’ll be using for damage. If you find cracks, splices, fraying, or other signs of trouble, replace the light source or cord.
Avoid Water Around Electricity
Set sprinklers up away from any electrical source and if you have a pool or hot tub, remind swimmers to never touch an electrical appliance while they’re in the water. Also, make sure your outdoor outlets are weatherproofed and protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to prevent electrical shock.
Even though it’s not quite summer yet, UV rays are pretty strong and can still cause sun damage. Make sure you protect your skin and your family’s skin by applying a high-SPF sunscreen, wearing a hat, and wearing breathable clothing.
According to AAA, Memorial Day travel will be at a high this year. If you’re headed to a friend or family member’s house for Memorial Day, it’s important to stay safe on the road. Check your tire pressure, oil, headlights, and taillights before you leave and make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
Drinking and Driving
Holidays often call for beer and cocktails; if you’re going to partake, make sure you designate a friend or family member to give you a ride home or sober up before you get behind the wheel. Remember – the law in Pennsylvania states your BAC (blood alcohol content) can’t be above .08.