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How To Avoid Student Loan Debt

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 15, 2020 8:47:34 AM / by Reid Geiler

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Pursuing A Career in HVAC and Plumbing

 Since the pandemic began early this year, many Americans have been laid off and have struggled to find work. Although many sectors have an uncertain outlook in the near future, workers in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and plumbing careers have had steady employment and some areas have seen more growth during the pandemic. There’s still a nationwide shortage of plumbers and HVAC technicians, so this is a great opportunity for interested individuals to pursue these careers. It’s a great time to pursue any of these careers because apprenticeships are generally paid and there’s a great chance to get employment right after completing an apprenticeship.

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How To Fix A Clogged Toilet

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 28, 2020 7:48:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing, Clogged Toilet, clogged drain

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How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 24, 2020 7:35:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing, Clogged Toilet, clogged drain

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We've all dealt with a clogged toilet at one time or another.  Usually we reach for the plunger to deal with the issue.  But what if you don't have one?  Here are a few ways you can unclog a toilet without a plunger.

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When Is It Time To Call A Plumber For A Clogged Toilet

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 20, 2020 8:45:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing, Clogged Toilet

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When is it time to call a plumber for your clogged toilet?   When you've tried everything but the water still won't drain.

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How To Unclog A Toilet

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing

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It may sound like a simple task, but there is a right way to unclog a toilet.  

Once you have discovered that the water in the toilet bowl is not draining like it should, it's time to go to work.  In a few simple steps, you should have your toilet back to working like it should.

The first thing to do is avoid having the toilet overflow onto the bathroom floor.  To prevent this, remove the top of the tank and find the flap valve that controls water flow from the tank to the bowl.  When you flush, this valve stays open to allow the bowl to refill.  Be prepared to reach down and flip it shut when you do a test flush to see if the clog is gone.  This will prevent water from overflowing the bowl and getting all over the floor.

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Is my air conditioning making my allergies worse?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 6, 2020 9:57:20 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Allergy Symptoms, HVAC Filter

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Is my HVAC system making my allergies worse?  That's the question many people ask in the spring and fall when they start using their heat and air conditioning more regularly.  Whether your HVAC system is a friend or foe in the allergy battle depends on how well the system is maintained.

Dust, pollen and mold are the main offenders for people suffering with allergies.  If they are already in the air, your HVAC system is just going to blow them around and keep you miserable unless you take some steps to break the cycle.

Step one:  Using proper filters.  Cheap air filters are designed to protect the equipment from being damaged by large large pieces of dirt and debris, not to keep you from sneezing.  To get any health benefits from your filters, you have to make sure that you have the right kind.  What you need are HEPA filters.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate AIr, and filters over 99 percent of particles from the air.  Dust, pollen, mold, pet dander, dirt and everything else floating in the air is trapped in them before it gets to your lungs. This filters are assigned a MERV rating, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.  The higher the MERV, the better the filter.  Allergy sufferers generally need a MERV rating of at least 10 for the filter to be effective.  The filters need to be changed at a minimum of every two months, more often if allergies are severe.  

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My Home is Muggy

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 22, 2020 2:21:07 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, HVAC, Humidity

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Why does my house feel muggy? 

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The air doesn’t seem to come out of the register like it should….

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 22, 2020 1:01:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, HVAC

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Low air flow out of your HVAC ducts can be frustrating, especially if you are uncomfortably hot or cold.  If the air is not flowing like it should in your home, there are a number of possibilities.  

Clogged air filters:  Filters are designed to be part of the overall air flow process.  If they are clogged because they haven't been changed, they will block air flow.  Not only will this hold back your much desired warm or cold air, it could eventually cause damage to your HVAC system by causing components to work harder until they fail.  In general, filters need to be changed every 60 days.  It should happen more often in homes with a high number of pets or in an otherwise dusty or dirty environment.

Too much air filter: Filters come with a MERV rating for their efficiency from 1 to 16, with the higher numbers being more efficient.  If you buy filters that are in the 15 or 16 range, they will hold back air while filtering it strongly.  If you suffer from allergies or other health problems, you may be willing to trade a stronger filter for less air flow.  However, if you don't need a strong filter, climbing back down the filter scale will allow more air flow.

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Why don't I have enough hot water?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 15, 2020 10:36:27 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing, Tankless Water Heater

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Why don't I have enough hot water? 

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Is that musty smell in my house unhealthy?

[fa icon='calendar'] May 25, 2020 2:24:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, mold, Smell, HVAC

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Will I get sick from a musty smell in my house?  It depends on what's causing the smell.

Most musty smells come from household mold, which grows in dark places with little ventilation and high humidity.  That's why houses that have been shut up for a long time end up smelling musty.

The mold you can smell is harmless in most cases, but if it's particularly strong, it's a good idea to get it tested by an HVAC professional.  The Geiler Company can help.

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