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Why Trust Oliver for Your Heating Repairs

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Heating repairs are never fun – especially if they happen in the dead of winter. At Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical, we’re here for your repairs 24/7. From strange noises to uncommon sounds to too-little heat, we can figure out what’s wrong and get it back to right. Here’s why so many homeowners trust Oliver for their heating repairs:

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6 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Winter

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As you know, the winter season can get pretty brutal in PA, NJ, and DE. From below-zero temperatures to feet of snow, it’s important to have a heater that works properly all season long. Here, our heating maintenance company shares some tips for preparing your heater so it can keep you warm when you need it most:

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28 Safety Tips for Your Labor Day

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:

Grilling Tips

  • 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.

Electrical Tips

  • 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.

UV Tips

  • 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.

Swimming Tips

  • 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.

4 Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drain

Today’s garbage disposals are powerful enough to eliminate a variety of food scraps at just the touch of a button or flip of a switch, however, you shouldn’t put just anything down there. While your disposal can handle a lot of different foods, there are some that our plumbing service experts say stay away from:


Common household fats can clog your pipes and cause sewer backups. When this occurs, you (and possibly your neighbor) can end up with raw sewage overflowing into your home, which is expensive to clean up. To avoid such a situation, don’t put these fats down the drain:

  • Cooking oil
  • Lard
  • Fats from meat
  • Dairy products
  • Butter, margarine, shortening
  • Sauces

Things That Swell

If something swells when you add water, it’s probably not a good idea to put it down the sink. It can get stuck in your pipes and also cause clogs. These things include:

  • Flour
  • Semolina
  • Rice
  • Gelatin
  • Pasta
  • Pastry leftovers
  • Potatoes or potato skins

Things That Don’t Break Down

Foods that don’t break down with water and are small can accumulate in your pipes, like:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea leaves
  • Egg shells

Fibrous Foods

The fibers in fibrous foods can break apart and tangle, which can cause your garbage disposal to jam. Don’t put these foods down your drain:

  • Artichokes
  • Corn husks
  • Celery stalks
  • Onion skins
  • Kiwi skins

Instead of putting these things down the drain, try using them as compost for your garden or landscape. All of these items (except dairy and meat products) can be mixed with grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and more to create your own plant food. Dairy products and meat, however, don’t serve as a good compost and should be thrown in the garbage.

6 Local Code Tips for Your Plumbing Project

If you have plans for a home plumbing project, it’s important to check and abide by your city/county plumbing codes. If you’ve ever gotten a project done and then had to go back and do it again just because it’s not up to code, you know it’s not only frustrating but time-consuming. Avoid the extra work by sticking to these general rules:

Bury your pipes deep enough

One of the most common plumbing mistakes homeowners make is not burying their pipes deep enough in the ground. Most codes have a specific depth that pipes should be buried and sometimes that depth changes depending on the type of pipe.

And always remember to call before you dig! You don’t want to accidentally hit a power line, or an unknown pipe when you’re trying to repair or install plumbing.

Choose the right parts

There’s a wide variety of pipe sizes and accessories, so before you tackle your installation or replacement, do your research. If you choose parts that don’t fit perfectly to your pipes, they won’t be water-tight and could lead to leaks. In addition, incompatible pipe parts could reduce their lifespan and likely won’t be up to code.

Properly ventilate

Though bathroom ventilation technically isn’t plumbing, it’s still part of many local plumbing codes. Without proper vents or fans, moisture may not be exhausted outside and instead, could end up in your attic and cause rot, mildew, and other issues.

Install the right shut-off valves

If you’re not an experienced plumber, the world of shut-off valves can be intimidating – there are many different styles and using the wrong one on your pipes can cause problems. For best results, call our plumbing professionals. We can help you choose the right parts for your project.

Leave enough room around the toilet

Although it may seem odd, many local codes require toilets to be a specific distance from finished walls and other bathroom appliances (like your sink). If you’re doing a thorough bathroom remodel, look into the required distance for your bathroom appliances before you install them.

Use the right pipe materials

Pipes are made from a variety of materials; most codes permit PVC and copper supply line pipes, however, it’s best to know what materials are approved for your local code. Before you buy your pipes, look into which pipe materials are best – this way, you won’t spend extra money or have to do extra work.