Toilet Repair

Repair Toilet Clogs

clogged toilet repairOne of the most important part of your plumbing system is the toilet. This fixture is important because, if it stops working everyone in the house notices. Not to mention the mess that a clogged toilet can make.

A clogged toilet is typically caused by something being flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t have been. While this can include the occasional child’s toy, car keys, or TV remote it is more often from an accumulation of non-flushable paper products.

Things like diapers, baby wipes, q-tips, dental floss, and sanitary napkins should never be flushed down the toilet. While these items might seem appropriate to flush down the toilet, they are actually much too large and dense to make it all the way down the pipeline. The drain and pipes for your toilet are designed only to manage liquids and organic solids. When non-flushable paper products are flushed, they easily get stuck in the drain curves and pipe joints because the diameter of the system is not big enough.

Here is how you can easily unclog your toilet:

  • Turn the water valve for the toilet off.
  • Purchase a quality toilet plunger that has a flanged bell on it. This makes it easier to ensure a good seal is created between the plunger and the toilet drain.
  • Add a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the flange part of the plunger. Make sure you are wearing gloves and safety goggles. It is easy for water to splash up out of the bowl due to pressure build-up in the line.
  • Place the flange part of the plunger bell over the toilet drain so that no part of the drain is visible. Gently push down on the plunger handle. It is important to make the first thrust gentle as the clog has trapped air in the drain and pushing forcefully could cause water to splash up and out of the bowl.
  • After you have pushed the air out of the line, you can then push and pull on the handle of the plunger forcefully (making sure never to break the seal between flange and drain) several times until water starts to drain from the toilet bowl. Make sure there is always enough water in the toilet bowl to cover the plunger.
  • Turn the water to the toilet back on and flush the toilet.

No one likes having a clogged toilet. While it is one of the most common plumbing failures, it is probably the most loathed because of the filth and inconvenience that comes along with it. Follow these easy steps for getting your toilet back to doing its job! If you need help contact us. At Mccuen PHC we are here to help you with all of your plumbing, heating & AC related problems 24/7!

Emergency Plumbing Tips

Residential Emergency Plumbing Tips

Broken PipeUnfortunately, the emergency part in a plumbing emergency is usually the flow of water. When a pipe, fixture, or appliance begins to leak the damage it can do to your home is extensive.

Your residential plumbing system is designed to manage a constant flow of water from the main water supply. This could be a well on your property or, the closest municipal water supply. In both cases, there is a constant flow of water in your pipes so that, when you turn on the shower or faucet, there is always water running out until you turn the fixture off.

Even in the case of running out of hot water, there is still cold water that will continue to flow until the fixture is turned off. Luckily, plumbers and plumbing manufacturers know this and so most fixtures are equipped with individual shut off valves. Also, your main water supply can be shut off so that water stops flowing to all of the fixtures in your home. Whether your plumbing emergency is confined to just one fixture in your home or, you have a water heater that has burst and is steadily filling your home with water, you have to know how to turn the water off to mitigate damages.

Here are some tips for how to turn the water off to your individual plumbing fixtures, as well as to the main water supply.

To shut the water off to a faucet, toilet, or other plumbing fixture:

  • Locate the plumbing that supports your affected fixture. This is typically housed in a cabinet under a sink, or behind the toilet bowl where it attaches to the wall.
  • Inspect the plumbing where it goes into the wall. This is typically where you will find a stop valve or, shut off handle. If you are turning off the water to the sink, you will need to locate both the cold water and hot water valves.
  • Turn the valve(s) clockwise to turn off the water. If you can’t do this by hand, then get a pair of gloves or a wrench.
  • If you are trying to turn the water off to your water heater, simply turn off the cold water valve that is located on top of the water heater.
  • If you are trying to turn the water off to your washing machine, simply turn off the valve that is behind the machine where the hose attaches.

To shut the water off to your entire house:

  • Locate the concrete box that is near the street and just below ground level. This typically has a green lid covering it.
  • Locate the valve handle and turn it clockwise until it is closed tight
  • If needed, use a wrench or a pair of gloves to grip the valve and get it to turn.
  • Make sure to turn the water back on after your plumbing emergency has been cleared.
  • Always keep this valve either completely opened or completely closed, make sure to turn it until it stops in either direction you are turning it.

Plumbing emergencies are stressful and can cause a significant amount of damage outside of the broken plumbing. Follow these steps to stop the flow of water and reduce the amount of damage you have to repair after the emergency has passed. Contact McCuen PHC, we will have someone to your home ASAP to help you with your plumbing emergency.

Spring Drain Cleaning

This year while you’re clearing out the cobwebs and dust bunnies left behind from the long winter months, don’t forget to make spring drain cleaning a part of your spring cleaning routine. Though often left neglected until problems arise, your drains could use some attention if you haven’t had them cleaned or inspected in a while, and spring is a great time to do it.

Spring Drain CleaningSpring Drain Cleaning

While many people neglect to call the plumber until they have a clogged drain, opting for routine drain cleaning is actually a good way to stop problems before they start. Having a professional come to your home annually to inspect and clean your drains has a couple benefits.

  • Having your drains cleaned annually cuts down on unpleasant odors, especially in places like kitchen sinks where food debris can build up and lead to nasty smells.
  • Annual drain cleaning gets rid of debris that could be building up in your drains before it turns into to total clog.
  • Calling in a professional each year for preventative maintenance, like drain cleaning, provides a chance for minor issues to be detected and corrected before they become major plumbing problems.

DIY Spring Plumbing Maintenance

Calling in a professional plumber is your best choice for routine drain cleaning and inspection, but if you’d rather try your hand at DIY spring plumbing maintenance, there is one surprisingly easy trick. All you have to do is pour about 1 cup of baking soda down your drain followed immediately by about ½ cup of white vinegar. Then, cover your drain with a plate or a lid. Mixing baking soda and white vinegar causes a chemical reaction that causes foaming. This foam gently removes built up debris from your drains. Remove the plate/lid after 30 minutes, then run hot water down your drain. Doing this every so often is a good way to avoid clogs and get rid of unpleasant odors.

Broomall Spring Drain Cleaning

If you’d rather call in a professional for Broomall spring drain cleaning or drain inspection, give the experts at John McCuen, Inc. a call. From routine drain inspection, cleaning and maintenance to emergency plumbing repairs, our technicians do it all. Give us a call now at (610) 325-9395 for service in Broomall, PA and the surrounding areas.

Think Spring and AC Upgrades!

Despite recent cold snaps and snow storms, spring really is just a few short weeks away, and before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about your home’s air conditioning system. With warmer days just around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about your options if you plan on upgrading your air conditioner in Havertown this year.

Reasons to Upgrade Your ACAir Conditioner Upgrade Havetown

If your air conditioner wasn’t working efficiently – or at all – at the end of last season, you’re probably wondering if it would be better up upgrade or repair your air conditioner. In many cases, repairing seems like the most affordable solution, but it isn’t always the best one. If your home’s AC is fairly new, having it professional repaired is probably a good choice. For older models, though, you will probably be further ahead if you choose to upgrade.

Newer models are more energy efficient. Though repairs may cost less up front than an AC replacement, your savings could quickly disappear due to the high energy consumption of older units. On the flip side, the energy savings from a newer model could eventually pay for the cost of upgrading. You may also qualify for tax rebates for upgrading to an energy efficient air conditioner.

Things to Consider Before You Buy a New AC

Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade, there are a few things you should take into consideration before you buy a new AC. For starters, you need to think about what type of system is best for you. If you have existing duct work that is in good condition, a central air conditioner is probably a good choice. Lacking duct work or have existing ducts that are in terrible condition and need to be replaced? Consider a ductless air conditioner. These systems are ideal for smaller homes, and they provide efficient cooling without the need for ducts.

Professional AC Installation in Havertown

When it’s time to upgrade your air conditioner to a newer model, or if you are buying an air conditioner for the first time, getting it installed right requires the assistance of a professional. For professional Havertowen air condtioner installation and the surrounding areas, trust the experts at John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. From helping you choose the right model to installing it in your home and even providing air conditioner service and air conditioner maintenance for the life of the system, our technicians have the knowledge and skills to get the job done right. Give us a call today at (610) 325-9395 to schedule an appointment for air conditioner service in Havertown, PA.

Advantages of Duct Cleaning

Advantages of Duct Cleaning

Advantages of Duct CleaningNo matter what type of heating system you have, duct cleaning is much more important than you may realize. In fact, there are several advantages of duct cleaning that you probably haven’t even considered. From lowering bills to improving your family’s health, regular duct cleaning has numerous benefits and is a major part of maintaining your heating system that you shouldn’t be skipping.

  • Better Airflow. Improved airflow is the most obvious benefit of keeping your heating system’s ducts clean, but do you know why clean air ducts are so important? First, it improves the efficiency of your system. This can lower your heating bills and ensure that your heating system has optimal performance.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality. When your heating ducts are filled with dust and debris, the quality of your indoor air suffers considerably. Pollutants in your ducts are constantly circulated throughout your home, potentially making allergies worse and even distributing unpleasant smells.
  • Early Detection of Problems. Having the ducts in your home professionally cleaned on a regular basis provides an opportunity for a technician to examine this crucial part of your heating system and detect potential problems before they turn into major headaches.

Professional Duct Cleaning in Broomall, PA 

When you’re in need of professional duct cleaning in Broomall, PA or the surrounding areas, there simply is no better choice than John McCuen, Inc. When you trust our technicians, you can be sure that the job will be done correctly. Our technicians also perform inspections for leaks and other problems while cleaning to ensure optimal performance for your heating system.

If it’s been a while since that last time you had your heating ducts professionally cleaned, don’t wait any longer. Give us a call today at 610-325-9395, or schedule an appointment via our website.

Saving Money on Winter Energy Bills

Saving Money on Winter Energy Bills

Furnace Replacement in BroomallIf your bank account is feeling a little empty after the holidays, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, as the Pennsylvania temperatures plummet this January, you’re probably expecting to have higher energy bills. The good news, though, is that there are actually some pretty simple steps you can take to lower your bill, even during this often expensive time of year, and you won’t even have to sacrifice your family’s comfort to do it.

 Turn Down the Heat

The easiest way to save a money on your gas or electric bill is to simply turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Setting your thermostat at 68 degrees instead of, say, 70 or 72 degrees will save you a considerable amount of money. For every degree you lower the temperature between 60 degrees and 70 degrees, you can expect to see approximately a 5% decrease in your heating bill.

When you’re at work or out for the day, drop the thermostat to 55 degrees for even more savings. Health permitting, you can also significantly decrease the temperature while you’re sleeping. Another option is adding climate control in each room. Doing so would allow you to keep the rooms you’re using at a given time toasty and warm while keeping the others cooler.

Replace Furnace Filters

The filter in your furnace needs to be replaced regularly. If it isn’t, it can become dirty and block airflow. This makes your furnace work harder to heat your home which increases your bill. Simply replacing your furnace filter is another easy way to save about 5%.

Adjust and Insulate Your Water Heater

You can save 7 to 11 percent on your energy bill just by putting your water heater on the “normal” setting. If your water heater doesn’t have a “normal” setting, set it at 120 degrees. If you have a dishwasher, be sure to check the manual first to see what water temperature is required for optimal performance.

Since many water heaters are located in cold spaces like basements and garages, they have to work constantly to keep water warm during the winter. Simply wrapping it in insulation is a simple and effective way to keep the water warm without using as much energy. Water heater insulation and blankets can be found at any hardware store.

Seal Air Leaks

If cold water can get in your house, your heating system needs to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Windows and doors are common problem areas. Apply caulking around them to block drafts and seal gaps. If you have older windows, consider covering them in clear plastic to stop chilly breezes from entering your home. Install draft guards on doors leading outside and to cold areas. Make a sweep around your house to look for pipes, vents and conduits going through walls, ceiling and floors to the outside or cold areas. Seal any gaps you find.

Upgrade Your Heating System

Today’s heating systems are much more energy efficient than older models. At John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc., we have several models of energy-efficient furnaces, boilers and heat pumps to choose from, and we will install them fast. Upgrading to a new energy efficient heating system comes at a significant up-front cost, but it will save you a lot of money over time.

When temperatures fall, your energy bills don’t have to climb. Just keep these simple tips in mind, and if you need heating system maintenance, repair or furnace replacement in Broomall, PA, call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at 610-352-9395.

7 Heat Pump Tips For You!

7 Heat Pump Tips For New Users

 What Is A Heat Pump?

Broomall HVACA heat pump is any device that is capable of transforming an environment from a lower temperature to a higher temperature. Heat pumps work by allowing the heat particles to be moved from one place to another while inverting their natural heat levels to higher ones on a constant basis. Heat pumps are a combination of closed circuits which carry special fluids. The fluid is carried in a liquid state which consists of one of two things, either an Electrical heat pump, or a Gas absorption heat pump.The Electrical heat pumps works through a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator. The condensation allows the special fluid to flow from the compressor from a gaseous state to a liquid state. The expansion then lets the liquid pass through the expansion valve, which cools down the liquid and transforms its state into a vaporous one. The evaporator absorbs all the vaporous heat and completely evaporates it.

The Gas absorption heat pump works by using the condensation process to pass the refrigerant liquid from a gaseous state to a liquid one by using water and air. The expansion lets the fluid pass through cooled narrows, which is followed by the evaporation process which completely evaporates the water and air, which ends up transforming it back to a gaseous state.

7 Ways A Heat Pump Can Be Used

1. Reduce costs – A heat pump is much easier to install due to its small size, and it is very cost efficient, making it much cheaper than any other traditional method.

2. It lasts longer – Although it lasts a little longer to get a room to the temperature you want with a heat pump, once that temperature is reached, it stays that way for a long time and the heat pump is no longer needed.

3. Very little noise – A heat pump makes a little noise, but it’s the best way to know when its working and when its not.

4. Don’t worry about the outside temperature – Once a heat pump brings the room temperature to the desired level,the outside temperature will have a hard time coming in and making it freezing again.

Heat Pump5. Easier maintenance due to indoor mounting – Since most heat pumps are installed around snowy areas, it can be easily maintained by installing them inside the property instead of outdoors.

6. Easy to install pipes – The pipes used in a heat pump are very small and easily installed.

7. It works in a cold environment or a hot environment – Whether you are in terrible heat or cold, the heat pump will work to adjust the temperature.

Find out more about heat pumps by requesting information on how to get your very own heat pump installed.

Want to install a heat pump in your Broomall home? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning at (610) 325-9395 today for quick and reliable services.

Heating & Cooling Companies: What You Need to Know

What To Look For When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Company

 

Heating & Cooling CompaniesWhen your heating or cooling system breaks down, it may be tempting to hire anyone who offers to fix it. This could lead to a shoddy job and more repair work later on, so before hiring anyone, consider the following 3 things.

License

Most states grant licenses to contractors, and they can have very stringent standards for the contractors they grant them to. For instance, California makes applicants sit for 2 exams. Meanwhile, Kentucky requires applicants to earn layers of licenses: one for being an apprentice, one for being a journeyman, and one for being a master. Some states have made deals with other states to allow licenses to apply in both places. In those cases, licenses are only transferable between the states that have the agreement.

Asking if the contractor is licensed in the state that he or she is working goes a long way towards making sure the contractor is qualified for what he or she is hired to do.

Experience

Broomall HVACExperience is important. Heating and cooling system repair people often learn everything they know on the job, and most licensing boards require that applicants have spent a certain number of years working at their trade. Most states require at least 2 years on the job, and many states require more. California won’t let someone sit for the exams unless they have 4 years of experience and Kentucky wants a person to have had the journeyman license for 2 years before that person can apply for the master’s license. There are certified trade schools that teach air conditioning system repair and such, but an apprentice still needs to get experience in the field. Ask about the contractor’s level of experience before hiring the contractor.

Insurance

Most states require that a contractor pay at least liability insurance. There are states, such as Maryland, that demand that contractors carry property damage insurance, too. Insurance is frequently part of the state licensing requirements. Asking about insurance can provide peace of mind by proving that an insurance company considers the contractor a good risk. It will also protect against accidents.

A little research can save people trouble, so try checking the state licensing board before hiring and question your contractor. Then your air conditioner will get the love it needs.

We want to make sure our Broomall customers are happy, so leave the heating and cooling projects up to John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning . Don’t delay and call (610) 325-9395 today!

Why bringing in a professional is always a better choice than DIY

Reasons why hiring a professional is the right choice for that DIY plumbing project

 

Broomall PlumberMany people try to save money by doing plumbing projects on their own instead of hiring someone that is a skilled professional to do it. In most cases, this is a bad idea. Even projects that many people consider do it yourself, or DIY, projects really need someone that has some experience and knowledge about the subject of plumbing in order to do it right. In fact, there are three important reasons why you should not attempt to do these projects on your own. You have to worry about your own safety and you may actually void any warranty that has been provided by a plumbing company that did previous work if you start messing with the system on your own. Furthermore, you are probably attempting a do it yourself project because you want to save money but it can end up costing you money in the long run. Below are the three most important reasons why you should not attempt to tackle plumbing projects on your own, even if you think it is a DIY project.

Safety

Safety should be your number one concern. This is true whether you are working on a plumbing problem or virtually anything else. If you’re putting your personal safety at risk or if you are putting the safety of someone else at risk, the project is simply not worth it. You could cause a dangerous backup of the system and end up in a situation where you have raw sewage that is backing up into the house or that is escaping from a septic tank and leaching out into the water supply. In addition, you may cause a significant amount of damage to your home if you cause a leak and you are then unable to stop it.

Warranty

If your home has been built relatively recently or you have had a significant amount of plumbing work done by a professional agency, you may have a warranty on much of the work that has been performed. However, if you make the decision to attempt to do plumbing projects on your own, you are likely to void that warranty. This means that you will have to pay the full price of repairs out of your own pocket from that point forward because none of the subsequent repairs will be covered.

Saving Money in the Long Run

Everyone wants to save money. That is very likely to be the reason that you decided to tackle plumbing projects without calling a professional. However, you should seriously consider the possibility that attempting to deal with something on your own could cost you a great deal more money than it ever would have if you had called a professional. If you cause damage to any part of the plumbing system or anything else in your home, you could easily double or even triple the cost that you would have been facing if you had just called a professional plumber out when the problem was first recognized.

Are you looking to at a DIY plumbing project? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 for help today!

Ways to make sure you’re ready for the winter

7 Recommended Pre-Winter Heating & Cooling Services

 

Broomall Heating MaintenanceIt is imperative that heating and cooling systems be serviced and thoroughly inspected each year before the cold weather sets in. It is preferable that it be done in early fall, allowing plenty of time for any repairs or replacements that are found to be necessary.

The list of things to include in a heating tune-up will vary according to whether your unit is an indoor or outdoor unit. For an outdoor unit you’ll need to ensure that the following is done:

  • Check for restricted drain openings in the base pan and clear out anything that might be blocking the opening.
  • Clean and inspect the compressor and the tubing connected to it, checking for any damage.
  • Clean the cabinet and coil and do a thorough inspection.
  • Check the level of refrigerant and do necessary adjustments.
  • Check the control box and all electrical parts thoroughly for worn spots or other damage.
  • Cut away any branches or weeds that might be around the unit, leaving plenty of air space.
  • Change air filter

For an indoor unit, these steps will need to be followed:

  • Carefully inspect the drain pan, evaporator coil and condensate drain lines. If there is a need, clean thoroughly.
  • Check the blower assembly which includes blower wheel and motor and housing. Clean each part thoroughly.
  • Check for correct operation of the ventilation system.
  • Check the flue for any loose sections and for corrosion. Replace parts as necessary.
  • Inspect the housing of the combustion blower and clear out any debris that is there.
  • Carefully check ductwork for leaks.
  • Replace or clean air filters.

Broomall Heating Tune UpInspecting and tuning up your heating and cooling system is a job for a professional technician who has been trained in that kind of work. Don’t put it off until the snow flies and suddenly you have no heat.

A heating system that isn’t working properly is not only an inconvenience but can also be a safety concern. A tune-up while the temperature is still mild will ensure that your home will stay warm with no unpleasant surprises when the wind is howling and the snow and ice is accumulating.

Is your HVAC unit ready for the winter? Make sure it is by calling John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and scheduling a service call today!