San Antonio Hail Damaged Pool Decks

As a follow up to our recent posting on hail damaged AC units and San Antonio I would like to add a couple things.  Hail damage not only affecting roofing but also affected a lot of pool decking.  There is a rise of homeowner insurance claim for pool decking repair in San Antonio because of the major hail storm that happened in the spring of 2016. Hail not only devastated roofs but you pool decking.  During a recent conversation with Kurt, one of the owners of Pool Deck San Antonio, stated “ many are not thinking about this but this is but if you are getting your roof replaced because of the hail damage you also can have your pool decking repaired under the same insurance claim.”

Even if your claim has already been settled you can go back and amend the insurance claim to have the pool deck covered and repaired.  The hail chipped and cracked the finishing on the pool decks which will cause the decking to fall apart due to the damage.  So if you live in the San Antonio Texaplex area then check you pool deck for repair issues.

If you live in the San Antonio area call Pool Deck San Antonio at (210) 871-8515 and ask for a pool deck repair evaluation. You can also contact them at http://www.pooldecksanantonio.com/.

Hail Damage Destroys Air Conditioning Units

13150025_276728205996263_1867602435_nAir conditioning units if not covered can be very susceptible to damages caused by hail. Recently the San Antonio area was blasted by a large baseball and even softball sized hail. This large Hill had devastating effects on rooftops and rooftop residential air conditioning and commercial air conditioning units all around the metro area. If the air conditioning unit that you own was not protected by some type of guard it probably has sustained some type of damage. Air conditioning repairman have been very busy trying to help customers repair their air conditioning units. Air conditioning units have small louvers on t  he side that help regulate the temperature and cool by radiating the heat out. When these small louvers are damaged by being smashed it holds heat in instead of releasing it and radiating it out words. Air conditioning technicians throughout the San Antonio area have made a lot of extra service calls in the last few weeks. I suspect that more people will have problems with their air conditioning units to further that we get into the summer. Often you may not even know that you have had 13084077_269833233352427_45858708_ndamage to your air conditioning unit until a thorough inspection.13090222_269833213352429_667373045_n One consideration is to have an air conditioning repairman come out and do an AC clean out. That often is a less expensive way to have them come out and use their special Combs to brush out the air conditioning vents. Having reliable air conditioning in San Antonio during the summer time is an absolute must. Contacting the right air conditioning repairman is also extremely important. During the next couple of months, it’s going to be difficult to find people to service air conditioning units at a moment’s notice. Take the time to inspect your air conditioning unit no matter if you live in San Antonio or even in the midwest. One of my best friends at Davenport best heating and air conditioning recently told me that his summer months are extremely busy. Repairing air conditioning units can be a very timely task. As we are getting into the hotter months it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and maintains a cool temperature for your family. You should call Jason if you’re in the Davenport area if you have any air conditioning needs. He’s helped me out  on several occasions and even installed my air condition unit in my home.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

I don’t know if you ever think about it when you turn on the hot shower in the morning how much effort goes into creating that hot water wich is your shower that you enjoy every day. Your hot water heater is busy reheating and recycling warm water to be ready at a moment’s notice for you. One of the things that you can do to extend the life and quality of your hot water heater is from time to time drain it, clean it,  and flush it.  Recently I was experiencing some issues with my hot water heater in the sense that it didn’t have high-quality hot water for very long. It was only after a short investigation that I found out that my hot water heater had not received any treatment or clean out in several years. The location and which my home rest sets along a sandstone bottom ground. This sandstone directly relates to calcification found in my pipes and clogging my hot water heater. What I found was by draining my hot water heater directly into my well I was able to clean it out quickly and flush it using an apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar helps break down the calcified sides of the hot water heater. And restoring its ability to heat water efficiently.

Recently I was experiencing some issues with my hot water heater in the sense that it didn’t have high-quality hot water for very long. It was only after a short investigation that I found out that my hot water heater had not received any treatment or clean out in several years. The location and which my home rest sets along a sandstone bottom ground. This sandstone directly relates to calcification found in my pipes and clogging my hot water heater. What I found was by draining my hot water heater directly into my well I was able to clean it out quickly and flush it using an apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar helps break down the calcified sides of the hot water heater. And restoring its ability to heat water efficiently.

The next time you turn on your hot water in the shower, think about the maintenance that you should be doing. One of the other ways that you can keep from doing maintenance even more often is by providing a soft water system for your home. You might want to consider having a soft water here to give you the type of water you made desire. By adding salt it helps off in the water.

Some of the steps and cleaning out your hot water heater really need to be well thought out. Remember you’re dealing with something that likes to keep things hot. It’s important to turn off your hot water heater and let it cool for quite some time.

After waiting a very long time, 6 to even 8 hours it’s only then that it’s safe to open the valve down below. Now the hot water heater should not be hot after 6 or 8 hours however it will be warm. Proving one thing that your hot water heater is efficient in the sense that it can keep hot water hot for a very long time.

After fully clean out your hot water heater it’s time to recap it and let it refill. Of course on your checklist of things to do you would make sure that you’re hot water heater was turned off at the valve before you reopen that valve you would want to slowly open that valve. Taking the time to do this right will give you a large pay off in the end. By having continual hot water you will be able to supply yourself with hi Jenna Kelly efficient water that pleases you and your family.

5 Very Helpful Heater Installation Tips

Water heaters, especially the electric models, are very simple devices. Unfortunately, that is as far as the analogy stretches. Installing them is not so simple. Granted, it also is not that complicated but it does include some electrical as well as plumbing work, which you must admit, is not most people’s cup of coffee. However, these demands should not put you off. In fact, the skills the exercise demands are not anywhere near complicated. As such, these super helpful heater installation tips should set you off to a good start.

Helpful Heater Installation tips

1. Plan the installation process on paper

Planning on paper helps you to cut down on the number of requisite fittings as well as the trips you need to make to the hardware. With a plan, you are able to assemble everything you need before you commence the actual installation process. While at it, ensure you understand all the recommendations the manufacturer puts forth and include them in whatever plans you make.

2. Insist on a stable platform

Replacing an old heater with a new one is straightforward and actually involves less work. However, when undertaking a fresh installation process, you need to set the platform and center the heater appropriately on the said platform. A good platform takes two to three concrete blocks. These prevent damages occasioned by minor floods. Moreover, the platform eases the process of getting to the drain. It is important to position the heater with the drain faucet facing the front. In addition, rock the heater back and forth after installation, to ensure the platform is firm.

3. Assemble all the necessary equipment you need for soldering

In most instances, you will need to solder the heater’s copper tubing as well as other fittings. This is one of the easiest skills to acquire. You however need a host of tools and implements including propane or gas torches, a tubing cutter, pads of steel wool, paste of soldering flux, lead-free solder and a wire brush. Most DIY manuals recommend gas over propane torches because these melt lead-free solder a lot better.

4. Ensure you get the plumbing right

Aside from choosing the right water heater for fresh installation or replacement, it also is important to get the plumbing right. For instance, ensure the center-to-center measurements between cold and hot water pipes match. This is especially important for replacement exercises. Do also ensure the heater’s gas line has a gas union if you are dealing with a gas water heater.

5. Make sure you turn off all utilities to the heater

This should actually be the first heater installation tip especially for homeowners who are replacing existing heaters. You need to ensure that you turn every utility to the said heater. Such utilities include water and electricity. Turn off water supply at the main shutoff valve or the shutoff valve that interrupts cold water supply. You can cut off electricity supply by turning off your home’s circuit breaker or removing the fuse of the existing heater.