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Fall Safety Tips

 
Even though the Halloween candy has been on sale since August, the cooler weather is finally here. I can't speak for you, but fall is my favorite season of the year. Football. Food. Fleeces. Fireplaces. Friends. It doesn't get much better than that.
 
While we're putting the summer items away and pulling out our sweatshirts, it's a good time to be sure we're ready for the colder temperatures. Sinclair wants your fall season to be safe. Here's some tips!
* Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. - For those of us who live in areas where Daylight Savings Time is observed, when the time changes, change your batteries. That way, every fall and spring you'll know your alarms are ready to go. Include your carbon monoxide detectors, too. Some alarms now combine smoke and CO2 detectors.
* While you're thinking "fire prevention", make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged. And if you don't have one for your home, get one! They aren't that expensive and certainly cheaper than a fire.
* If you have a chimney, get it swept by a professional. - Creosote is a gummy substance that is a natural by product of burning wood. Over time, it can accumulate inside your chimney. It's crucial that this be removed to avoid a fire.
* Be sure to have a screen on your fireplace. - The old line, "it only takes a spark to get a fire going" is a truth you don't want to experience inside your home. One small spark or ember popped out on to your carpet can start a big blaze. Make sure you have a screen on your fireplace.
* If you have a gas fireplace, have a professional inspect the lines for leaks. - If you have a tiny leak on an outside line, you're literally letting your money disappear into thin air. If the leak is on the inside, it's more dangerous. Remember to check the connections, too.
* Use space heaters safely. - Space heaters are handy because they are portable. Yet be aware of where you place the heater. Be sure it's away from curtains and furniture. Never use space heaters as a dryer by draping clothes over them. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the house.
* Finally, make sure your heating system is ready for fall and winter. Have professionals inspect your equipment. They may catch a small problem before it becomes a big one. And you'll enter the cold weather season with peace of mind, knowing your system is as safe as it is warm.
Sinclair Plumbing and Heating are your local experts when it comes to your heating system. Call them today to schedule a "winterizing" appointment. They'll inspect your system for safety and efficiency. 806-749-2665.
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Heat Loss

 

If you walked outside today you felt the chilly air. I love the fall season. The 90 degree temperatures are in the rear view window and ahead of us are cool evenings in front of the fireplace.

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Should I Install A Programmable Thermostat?

 
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Preparing Your Home For Winter

 

Fall in West Texas can be a sweet "in between" season for your cooling/heating system. Cool enough to turn off your air conditioner and warm enough to not turn on your heater. It's a wonderful time to open the windows and let in the fresh air. (Unless we're having one of our infamous dust storms.)

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Is It Time To Think About Winter Already?

 

Q: It's mid-September and the temperatures are still in the 80's. I haven't even bought my Halloween candy yet. Do I really need to start thinking about getting my house ready for winter?

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Rain and Plumbing Issues

 

Q: After years of drought, we're thankful for all the rain we've been getting in West Texas. This may sound like a strange question, but are there any potential plumbing problems I need to look for when it rains a lot?

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Common Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid

 
Here at Sinclair we're here to solve your plumbing, heating and cooling problems. And while we're always glad to hear from you, we're also about helping you avoid making mistakes that would cause you to pick up the phone.
Here's three common mistakes we want you to know about so you can avoid plumbing problems in your home:
* (Toy) Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Every plumbing company has stories about the strangest items they've retrieved after being flushed down the toilet. Toy cars are right up there on the list. As are small stuffed animals, LEGO's, and other items small children like to watch go down the drain.
Years ago I read a "Dear Abby" column about two parents who intended to present their child with a bill when he turned 18. Their little Junior by the tender age of 3 had already cost them over $2,000 in plumbing bills from all the toys he'd flushed down the toilet.
When the foreign object gets stuck in the trap, the toilet must be removed to retrieve it. Sometimes people think plunging will force the item through, clearing the clog. It's not a good idea as plunging can force the item deeper into the waste line where it will likely become jammed, causing a nasty back up.
Solution: Keep an eye on Junior! And if something does get lodged, don't make it worse by plunging.
* Don't Forget To Pull The Plug - When I lived in Arizona the home I purchased needed a new garbage disposal. The installation went smoother than I anticipated. A little too smoothly. I forgot to remove the knock out plug from inside the disposal. When I ran the dishwasher there was no place for the water to go and it caused a major leak.
Solution: Don't forget to knock out the plug!
* Opposites Don't Always Attract - When two different kinds of metal pipes are connected, it can accelerate corrosion. The scientific term is "dielectric corrosion". It will cause scale to build up and clog the pipe.
Solution: Connect the pipes with a dielectric union. It's a special connector that has a plastic sleeve and a rubber washer that keeps the two metals from coming in contact with each other.
The experts at Sinclair are always here to help you with your plumbing issues. Give us a call at 806-749-COOL (2665)
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My AC Isn't "Keeping Up"

 
http://callsinclair.comQ: My air conditioner is working, but it's not "keeping up". It feels like the air coming out is cool enough but the house never gets to the point where it's really comfortable. Do you have any ideas as to what the problem could be?

A: It's Labor Day. I'm ready for cooler weather. But it's going to be 103 degrees today. So our AC units aren't going to get a rest for at least a little while.

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Sinclair Is Looking For An Experienced Technician!

 

Sinclair Plumbing and Heating is looking for an experienced commercial service technician.

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Buying An Older Home? Ask About The Plumbing!

 

Q: Some friends of mine bought a house about 6 months ago and they've already had lots of plumbing problems. It seems strange to me because they had a home inspection done. Wouldn't those problems show up in the inspection?

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