Archive for September, 2014

How to Prepare for Kitchen Remodeling

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Upgrading an older kitchen with new appliances and fixtures can be an exciting change in your home. When you’re dissatisfied with the current state of your kitchen, relying on a professional in kitchen remodels is the best way to make sure your plumbing installations are right where you need them to be so that your new gadgets will fit into your design plan. But all this can seem a little overwhelming to a homeowner who has just decided to make some necessary changes.

If you’ve considered kitchen remodeling but don’t know where to begin, we have a few tips to help you get started.

  • Find the Right Contractor for the Job: One of the most important things you can do for your new kitchen is to find the right person for the job. This means you want someone with experience who knows the ins and outs of a kitchen plumbing system. The best contractors will be able to help you out with multiple parts of the remodeling process, so you can come to them with any questions and concerns.
  • Get Some Ideas for the Design: Think about what parts of your kitchen need the most work. Is your dishwasher in an inconvenient location in your kitchen? Is your sink too low for comfort? Do you want two bowls in your sink instead of one? Or are you simply dissatisfied with the look and feel of your current kitchen? Visualize what needs to change so that a remodeling expert can help you find your dream setup.
  • Ask the Right Questions: If there is a lot you haven’t decided on yet, all you need to do is ask a plumber the right questions to ensure your kitchen is functional and stylish. Also, be sure to ask the contractor for some estimates early on so that you’ll know approximately how much time and money to set aside.

Plumbing professionals are the best contractors for any kitchen remodeling job since they can ensure that your pipes are designed to accommodate your new kitchen, as well as install your new fixtures for you.

When you want to speak to exceptional plumbing and installation experts about kitchen remodels in Huntsville, call Ardon Maintenance today!

Common Problems Found During Plumbing Maintenance

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Plumbing repairs can be quite a hassle, but you can protect your system by calling a professional for plumbing maintenance today. The best way to make sure your pipes, garbage disposal, and water heater continue to work the best that they can is by scheduling this service once a year. Here at Ardon Maintenance, we’ve found that many homeowners are unaware of problems in their plumbing systems until they schedule maintenance. Here are some of the most common problems we find.

  • Leaks: Plumbing leaks can drive up your water bill, and they may indicate serious problems in your pipes. While leaks may affect your water pressure or cause water spots around the home, homeowners are sometimes unable to spot the signs of leaks before it’s too late. And leaks around the home may attract mold and mildew, leading to health problems. A trained plumber can find and seal leaks, and determine the cause in order to prevent your pipes from leaking in the future.
  • Mineral Buildup: Another common issue which homeowners may be unaware of is mineral deposits in the pipes. Mineral deposits result from a problem with hard water. If your water supply contains too many minerals like calcium and magnesium, it may cause problems with the pipes in your home. Deposits build along the insides of pipes, reducing the water pressure, and eventually the pipes may need replacement. A plumber can let you know whether this is a potential problem for your home during a maintenance visit.
  • Corrosion: Another serious problem that may be caught during maintenance is corrosion. The technician may notice corrosion in your water heater or in your pipes. In either case, it may mean that it’s time for replacement. While it may be alarming to discover that you need a new water heater or new pipes, finding out early is better than waiting for a major leak.

While these problems are found from time to time, maintenance can also give you peace of mind knowing that your plumbing system is in better shape than it was before.

Don’t wait any longer to protect your pipes and fixtures with plumbing maintenance in Madisonville. Call the team of highly skilled technicians at Ardon Maintenance today.

When Is the Best Time for Generator Repair in Madison County?

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Whole-home generators keep your home safe and secure during major power outages. But, like other mechanical devices, your whole-home generator will likely need repair at some point. No one wants to find out his/her generator isn’t working when it’s most needed; so what are the best times for generator repair in Madison County? We’ll discuss that more below, but one of the most important aspects of repairing your generator is making sure you hire professionals who can truly fix it. The highly-trained electricians at Ardon Maintenance are here to help you with any problems you may have with your generator, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Best Time for Generator Repair

While there’s no ideal time to repair a generator, there are some signs that it’s time to give us a call:

  • When you detect a burning smell – a burning smell coming from any electrical system is never a good thing, so if you smell a burning odor coming from your generator, turn it off immediately and call for a technician.
  • When you hear something strange – when you hear something odd coming from your generator, such as a pop, snap or crackling sound, this can be indicative of an electrical issue developing with the generator or its connection to your home’s electrical box. It’s important to shut off the generator and call for a professional.
  • When the generator doesn’t turn on – it can be tempting to try and start your generator on your own, particularly if it had just been working recently. However, generators are complex electrical appliances so it’s best to let experts handle the situation.
  • When you know there’s an existing problem – because generators aren’t used frequently, it can be easy to ignore an existing problem, especially if your generator stills runs. Problems won’t just work themselves out, and are likely to become worse.

Your whole-home generator doesn’t just keep your home going during a power outage; it keeps your life going. This is why it’s important to call for repair as soon as you can.

If you are experiencing an issue with your generator, call Ardon Maintenance and schedule an appointment for your generator repair in Madison County today.

Should I Bother Replacing an Air Conditioner in the Fall?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

If your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of summer, you’ll want to call a technician for repairs or replacement right away. But what if you need a new air conditioning system well into the fall? Is it worth it to replace now, or should you wait until the cooling season returns?

Here in Huntsville, our summer temperatures can be unbearable, and nothing helps out like the feeling of lounging around in an air conditioned room. But if you wait to replace your air conditioner until the days get hot all over again, you may be without this convenience for too long. Replacing an air conditioner takes time. And if you wait until the cooling season begins, you may be without an air conditioner at the beginning of the warmer season.

When it comes to air conditioning replacement, you first have to choose which type of AC is right for your home. If you had a traditional air conditioner before, you may choose to replace it with a heat pump. Or you may even make the investment to save energy and reduce pollutants by installing a geothermal air conditioning system. This decision requires a lot of thought, and replacing your AC in the fall gives you time to discuss your options with a technician and with your family members.

Then, you have to find the right air conditioning service company to size and replace your unit. You’ll want to look around for experienced technicians with positive feedback online and a history of excellent service. You will also have to discuss the size of your home with the technician, as well as other factors that will help the technician determine which cooling capacity is right for your home. And finally, you’ll have to schedule a time that’s convenient for you. And when it’s just starting to get hot, you may have to cancel plans to make a sudden appointment. In the fall, you have more time to plan ahead.

For experienced technicians, talk to the air conditioning experts at Ardon Maintenance and ask about your options for air conditioning replacement in Huntsville.

The History of Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The official end of summer and the beginning of fall lands on September 23rd, which marks the Autumnal Equinox, when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the sun and the length of day and night are roughly equal. However, for most people in the U.S., the summer really concludes with Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Labor Day and Memorial Day (the last Monday of May) together serve as the bookends of the summer.

The Labor Day Holiday is a time that people in this country associate with a last summer blast: another reason for an outdoor picnic, a chance for a three-day vacation, family trips to amusement parks, and of course, taking advantage of numerous sales that retailers always offer. (Labor Day is often the second largest shopping day of the year after Black Friday in November.) It’s also the point when school traditionally goes back in session, although some schools start a week earlier and some a week later.

Labor Day’s origins lie in the 1880s. In 1882 Matthew Maguire, a machinist in New York City who was secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) at the time, and Peter J McGuire of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), first proposed a celebration of the hard working men and women of the United States. However, five years would pass before the first state made it an official holiday, Oregon. Other states quickly followed this example, although not all selected a date in September.

By 1894, thirty states had started Labor Day celebrations. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a federal holiday only a week after Congress voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The date chosen for the holiday was the same one that Maguire and McGuire had originally proposed.

The U.S.A. is not the only country that celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. Canada observes the holiday as well, although they spell it “Labour” Day. In fact, Canada celebrated the occasion earlier than the U.S., and was an early inspiration in this country for the development of the holiday.

All of us here at Ardon Maintenance hope you and your family—whether at work or at play—enjoy a relaxing and memorable Labor Day weekend and have a fantastic start to the fall.