Archive for February, 2015

What Kind of Maintenance Does a Garbage Disposal Require?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

There is no shortage of appliances with which homeowners can go about making their homes more convenient in this day and age. In terms of optimizing your kitchen and its plumbing system, few upgrades are as beneficial as the garbage disposal. Capable of grinding up food scraps and whisking that waste away via your drain, a garbage disposal is truly a worthy addition to any residential kitchen. Of course, it is helpful if your garbage disposal is in the best working condition possible. That is why you may require some measure of garbage disposal maintenance in Madisonville, TX. When the time to schedule maintenance comes, make sure that you contact the qualified plumbers at Ardon Maintenance.

While we cannot tell you that your garbage disposal will ever be capable of offering flawless, 100% reliable service – it is a mechanical system, remember – we do have some good news for you; garbage disposal maintenance is very minimal. When it comes to your garbage disposal, routine maintenance is not the standard that it is with, say, an HVAC system. By ensuring that you use your garbage disposal appropriately, you yourself can help to keep it in fine condition. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have your garbage disposal inspected during plumbing maintenance services, or that you should ignore any signs of duress with your system. Keep these tips in mind, though, and your garbage disposal should maintain a quality performance level.

First of all, avoid putting very hard items, such as bones, into the disposal. This can damage the mechanisms and the grinder plates. Additionally, remember that very fibrous food waste, such as celery stalks or bananas, should not go into the garbage disposal either. They can wrap around moving parts and strain the motor, leading to damages and burnt out components. Also, avoid pouring any grease or fats into the drain. Sure, they may be in liquid form when hot; however, fats and greases congeal when they cool. This can cause serious clogs in your drains that your garbage disposal is not designed to resolve.

We will inspect your system and tune it up as needed. We can also repair it if necessary. Garbage disposal maintenance in Madisonville, TX is key if you hope to keep your system working just as intended.

If you have any reason to suspect that your garbage disposal is not functioning properly, or that it is sluggish in its operation, don’t hesitate to contact Ardon Maintenance.

Why You Should Consider an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The amount of power coming into your home from the main electrical lines is controlled by your home’s electrical panel. Without the electrical panel, electricity would flow unfettered into your home’s electrical system and overload it. Over the years, the electrical demands of households has grown, thanks in large part to larger and more abundant appliances. This means that if you have an older home, your electrical panel may not be updated enough to handle your home’s current electrical needs. How do you remedy this? Schedule an appointment for an electrical panel upgrade for your Huntsville, TX home.

Reasons to Upgrade

Here are some of the reasons why you would want to consider upgrading your electrical panel:

  • You are still using fuses – fuses were some of the first home electrical box components around, and as such, they are outdated and not made to handle the electricity load needed for today’s homes. If your electrical box still has fuses, you will want to strongly consider upgrading to a box that has circuit breakers.
  • You are expanding or remodeling your home – a new bathroom or great room expansion can increase your home’s electrical load, making it necessary to upgrade your electrical panel.
  • Your amperage is too low – today’s homes carry an average amperage of 200 amps; if your electrical box carries an amperage lower than this, it’s time to consider upgrading.
  • Your circuit breakers keep tripping – when you have multiple circuit breakers that keep tripping, it is likely that the various room of your home are drawing too much electricity. It isn’t good to keep operating your home with constantly-tripping breakers, so if yours keep tripping, it may be time to upgrade.
  • Your existing panel has damage – any damage to an electrical panel should be taken care of right away; if your electrical panel has been damaged, call for assistance immediately.

Just as the Hoover Dam helps control the flow of the Colorado River, your electrical box helps control and manage the flow of electricity into your home. If your electrical box is outdated, underpowered or damaged, it won’t be able to do its job.

Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment for an electrical system upgrade with one of our experts!

Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Ardon Maintenance.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Ardon Maintenance hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

How Do LED Lights Differ from Incandescent Bulbs?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

LED lighting is becoming more and more popular for home use, but it can be a little confusing to understand how LED lights work, especially when compared to a regular incandescent bulb. However, some of the benefits LED lighting can offer make it worthwhile to know what these lights can do for you and your home. Let’s take a look at how each type of light works and what an LED lighting installation in your Midway, TX, home can do for you.

How an Incandescent Light Works

An incandescent light, which are the kinds of light bulbs that have been around for years, work fairly simply: when turned on, electricity passes through the bulb’s connection area and to the thin, grey wire inside; this grey wire is tungsten and is known as the filament. As it charges, it heats up and gets so hot that it glows. Light bulbs are vacuumed-sealed or filled with gas to keep the tungsten from burning away, as it does when exposed to oxygen.

How an LED Light Works

LED lights don’t light by using a filament; instead, they use a component called a diode. A diode is a semiconductor with two terminals that allows electricity to flow only one way. The way light is generated in a LED light is that the natural electron imbalance that exists in the diode creates energy in the form of photons; these photons become visible with the right kind of semiconductor material, known as visible light-emitting diodes (VLED).

Benefits of LED Lighting

One of the biggest benefits of LED lighting is their lifespan. Because these kinds of lights do not use a filament to generate light, they have an average lifespan of about 50,000 hours of light. Comparatively, an incandescent light has about 1,000 hours and a CFL has about 8,000 hours. Another benefit is the small amount of wattage LED lights use. An LED light can produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb but can do it using only 6-8 watts of energy. Lastly, they do not contain mercury and are good for the environment.

LED lights can be initially more costly than other light bulbs, so this should be taken into consideration when looking at LED lights for your home.

Have questions about installing LED lights for your Midway, TX, home? Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.