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Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

It’s an exciting time when you buy your first home in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho. Everything is new and you’re ready to put more into your investment. But, before you do, let’s make sure your base investment is protected first! There are several items you’ll want to know about your plumbing, so you don’t face an even bigger headache down the road! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling are on standby ready to help you keep your new home, your best investment, safe and flood-free.

  1. 1. Know where your main shut off valve is. In a plumbing emergency, the first thing to do is cut the water off at the source. That means shutting off the main supply line of water to your home. Where is your water main located? Surprisingly, a lot of homeowners don’t know! They also don’t know how to turn it off. Make sure you and your family know where the water main is located and how to turn it off in case of an emergency. The main valve will usually be in a basement, by an outside wall, in a utility area of the house, or at the street. 2. Inspect all valves & plumbing lines quarterly for corrosion. Every three months or so, do a little routine inspection for your plumbing. Start with the main shut off valve (once you’ve found it, obviously) and check to make sure it’s in good working order. Once that’s done, walk around your home turning the taps on and off to check them all. Check the connections under the sink, behind the toilet and against the wall as well. Next, check your hot water heater for mineral deposits, corrosion and any type of warning signs that the water heater will need to be replaced. Speaking of hot water heaters… 3. Drain the hot water heater annually. This is a simple task that involves a hose. However, some people aren’t comfortable performing these kinds of tasks on their own. If that’s the case with you, call Affordable Service and we’ll be sure to help or answer any questions you need about draining your hot water heater. 4. Disconnect all hoses at bibs as cold weather comes. If the water in your pipes freeze, they can burst. Affordable, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can winterize your home before cold weather hits. Make sure all hoses are disconnected and cover your outdoor bibs! 5. Don’t block valves
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As you move into your new home, make sure that when you’re placing furniture or decorating that you don’t cover the water supply sources to sinks, toilets or washing machines. You want to be able to shut them off with ease if there’s an emergency. The best type of maintenance is preventive. So, give Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling a call today. Or, visit the home page of www.asph.com and schedule your free estimate. We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas.

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What is Hard Water and How to Resolve It

You’ve heard the term “Hard Water” before, especially in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. But what is hard water exactly? The more important question to ask is, if you do have it, how is it effecting your home and your health? “Hard Water” refers to all the extra stuff in water that is not two-parts hydrogen and one-part oxygen (h20). All that extra stuff is minerals like iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. All those minerals aren’t necessarily bad for you, some sediments in hard water can also have bacteria. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and, Cooling explains what it is, how it effects your plumbing and what you can do to fix it! Here are a few signs to identify a hard water problem.

1. Your Water Tastes or Smells Funny.

A funky taste is one of your first clues that you may have some bacterial contaminant in your water. Around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas, those with hard water describe their water as having a “dirt” flavor

. 2. Water Spots.

This is a big one for people to notice immediately. When the water evaporates it will leave behind a calcium deposit. So, you’ll notice the soap scum and your dishes will always be spotty. Spotty dishes could be a dishwasher problem, but it’s most likely your water.

3. Your pipes are getting clogged.

If you’ve noticed that your shower head has been getting clogged and has weaker water pressure, there’s a good chance that the rest of your pipes are clogged as well. This can cause terrible plumbing problems. Older, steel pipes are more at risk than newer PVC pipes, but if you’ve got clogged pipes, you’ll want to get an expert from Affordable Service over to check on them right away.

4. Your laundry.

You may not have thought about this right away, but hard water can have a negative effect on your laundry! It’s all about that rocky mineral deposits getting in life’s way! If you wash your clothes in hard water, they can wear out faster. Towels can come out scratchy feeling and rough. It’s often advised that people with hard water use four times as much detergent! This same kind of thing can happen to your other appliances as well. From your dishwasher to your hot water heater, it’s estimated that hard water expenses could be costing your $800 or more every year!

Now that you know the issues, what’s the best way to address them? Well, a water conditioner (aka a water softener) would help remove things like calcium, magnesium and iron from your water. This is one investment that would help pay for itself! If your piping is clogged as a result of sediment buildup or you’re in the market for a water softener, Affordable Service can help! We’ll send out a team of our experienced plumbers to assess the situation and replace piping where needed. Contact Affordable Service today! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas!

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What to Do When the Toilet Overflows

One of the most terrifying moments you can ever experience in a bathroom is the dreaded broken toilet. For Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding area residents, here’s what the experts at Affordable Service Heating, Plumbing and Cooling recommend you do to avoid this potential (and personal) problem!

First thing you should do if your toilet is overflowing is to reach down near the base of the toilet and shut the water off to your toilet. Your instincts may be to flush again or reach for a plunger at first, but if you remain calm and think quickly, the logical thing to do is to make sure there’s no more water for your toilet to overflow with. If you cannot find this, immediately call Affordable Service for further assistance.

Next, remove the tank cover off and lift the float ball just enough so the water in your toilet stops running. If your bowl is completely full, you should use an old bucket to remove some of the water. There might be a clog, so you’ll need the extra room in the toilet to work. Once the toilet is fixed, you can flush the excess bucket water.

If possible, use a shop vac to clean up water that has spilled on the floor. Towels will do just fine if that’s all you have, but either way, make sure you mop with a diluted bleach solution. Make sure you don’t put cleaning up off. Obviously, toilet water is exposed to bacteria and pathogens so make sure to clean all of that up in a hurry. If gray water is left to sit, it can become black water quickly, which is very bacteria laden. Get Affordable Service to come to look at it as soon as possible before it turns into a real hazard.

If needed and there is a solid mass clogging the bowl, unclog your toilet. Use a plunger to do this, do not use a store-bought chemical cleaner to unclog a toilet. Those chemicals can cause problems with your pipes or septic system. On the other hand, sometimes clogs are serious business. Serious clogs mean you need the serious professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. Whether it’s minor flooding or the tougher jobs, you can call us anytime or visit us online to schedule an estimate.

If you’re dealing with toilet troubles or have any other questions, contact us at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today. We are your plumbing professionals for Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding area!

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Corrosion of Plumbing Lines

Having a pipe break in your home isn’t just inconvenient, it can be an extremely expensive plumbing problem if water damage has occurred.

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Examine Your Water Heater

Your water heater may be perking along quite nicely, but there are hidden issues that you need to take very seriously. Some you might address yourself; some may need the help of the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing and HVAC.

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Hard Water Solutions

“Hard water” refers to water that is rich in minerals, something that is common in New Mexico. While minerals may sound like a good thing, water that is full of minerals can be difficult to work with when it comes to cleaning, laundry, and even showering. Here’s a look at what hard water is, why it’s so problematic, and how Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating LLC can help!

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Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, AC and Electric has been serving the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical needs of Albuquerque metro area and Rio Rancho residents and businesses for over 30 years. Even though we’ve grown quite a bit since our beginning in 1986, we are still family-owned and operated, and have maintained that small, local company mentality. When you’re looking for a qualified plumber or HVAC technician to help you with repairs, maintenance, installation or a major project in your home, contact a local company like Affordable Service, we care.

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When it comes to plumbing, many homeowners know a thing or two about how to make some repairs themselves. For every needed upgrade or repair, there are at least a hundred YouTube how-to-videos or Pinterest tutorials, and while the feeling of accomplishment you get from doing something yourself is satisfying, there are some things that are best handled by trained and experienced professionals. Here’s a quick guide to plumbing situations you can handle yourself, and plumbing situations where it’s best to call in Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating.

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Commercial Plumbing Projects

Whether you own and manage a business with frequent customers, or if it’s just you and your employees in an office, plumbing problems are bound to come up. Just as in the home, clogged toilets, hot water problems, or leaky pipes are common issues, even in commercial plumbing systems. When you run into plumbing problems in your store or office, you still need everything to function as usual during business hours. That’s why Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Most homeowners know a thing or two about how to maintain and repair various items and appliances in their home. From fixing a minor leak to silencing a running toilet, the average homeowner can take care of lots of DIY plumbing repairs around the house with the help of the internet or advice from friends and family. Every once in a while, though, at Affordable Service, we run into homeowners that are actually harming their plumbing system due to DIY tricks that don’t actually work. Here are some common plumbing myths and tips you’ll want to avoid!
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