Evans Plumbing Inc Blog

Dealing with a Jammed Garbage Disposal

February 12th, 2018

kitchen-sink-faucetYou’re rinsing off the dishes from dinner, scraping the leftover peas and carrots into the drain, when you notice the sink is filling up. Naturally, you flip the switch off to the side of the sink—only to be disappointed. Have you ever been in this situation? It can be extremely frustrating when the garbage disposal jams and you’re in a bind.

What can you do to get the garbage disposal unit up and running again? We’ve got the dos and don’ts of dealing with a clogged disposal in today’s guide.

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4 Heating System Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

January 29th, 2018

ignore-noise-cover-earsIt takes a few minutes for the fan of a furnace to finally start that familiar whir sound. That’s because it takes a few minutes for the furnace plenum to actually heat up after the burners light, and the fan does not start running until it is warm enough to deliver air to the vents in your home. Once you do hear that spinning, whirring blade and the rush of air through the vents, it’s a satisfying sound—unless it’s accompanied by an unfamiliar noise.

Other than the sounds you are familiar with as your furnace starts up, you should not expect to hear much else as the system runs. If you notice noises from the vents or the unit itself, it’s usually time to call in technicians. Here are 4 of them you cannot afford to ignore.

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What You Should Know about Heating Efficiency

January 15th, 2018

money-green-homeEnergy efficiency is a hot topic in today’s world, and why shouldn’t it be? The more efficient a system is, the more you save on your energy bills. It’s easier than ever before to find something more efficient than a system you had 10 or 15 years ago, whether you’re upgrading a microwave, a dishwasher, or—as we’re here to discuss today—your heater.

Yes, heaters are far more efficient than decades ago, and the standards just keep going up. Here’s what you should know about the state of heating efficiency today: what to look for, what to avoid, and how to keep your heating system efficient.

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What to Know When Replacing a Bathroom/Kitchen Sink

January 1st, 2018

mother-daughter-vegetables-kitchen-sinkDo-it-yourself work is taking over kitchens and bathrooms everywhere. Stick-on tiles allow for beautiful tile backsplashes, for example, and more and more people are sharing their techniques online for adding paint and other personal touches to these rooms. However, some steps involved with revamping the kitchen or bathroom are not so easy to do yourself, especially when they involve your plumbing.

If you decide it’s time to replace your kitchen or bathroom sink, our best advice is to call in a plumber. In any case, there are some things that anyone should know before they begin the task of replacing the sink, faucet, and connections and sealing everything into place.

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3 Signs of Heating Failure to Watch Out for

December 18th, 2017

cold-man-thermostatWhen your heating system breaks down on you, it’s a major inconvenience. In fact, in some cases, it’s dangerous, leaving you without any heat on a freezing night, and you have to pay for the hassle of bringing someone in for an emergency repair.

What if there was something that could have been done? Often, we neglect to notice or to take heed of warning signs that caution a heating system is on its way to failure. When this happens, we miss an opportunity to keep repair costs low and save ourselves some trouble. Watch out for these signs to be prepared!

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How Professional Drain Cleaning Does the Job Better

December 4th, 2017

drain-auger-tub-plumberWhen you have a drain clog, it’s easy to look for a quick fix and hope for the best. And sometimes, your quick fix works. But will it stand the test of time?

There are times when a bit of DIY work around the house can quickly solve a problem. There are other times when it is better to leave the job to a professional. Drain clogs can fall into either category. Sometimes, do-it-yourself drain cleaning works. Other times, you need professional tools to solve the problem at its core. Here’s how professional drain cleaning can do the job better.

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Is a Gas Furnace the Right Heater for My Home?

November 20th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-flameYou probably know someone with a gas furnace. In fact, most homeowners you know are likely to have one if they have central heating. It’s the most common system there is! However, that doesn’t make it the right system for everyone. Sure, it has its advantages. But there are other systems that may be right for your needs!

We’re here to help you decide. When it all comes down to it, you have to make the right choice for your home and, of course, your budget. Contact our team to help you get the right heating system for your needs this year.

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What to Do If Your Wedding Ring Falls in the Sink

November 6th, 2017

plumber-under-sink-toolsLet us start off by saying that, if you’ve come to this page due to a specific online search, we’re sorry! We hope you’ve not been panicking too much, because when a wedding ring or another item falls into the sink, it is often retrievable. If you have little expertise with the plumbing and basic tools, we recommend calling in a plumber. Otherwise, it may be possible to do a quick DIY find.

Follow our expert tips on what to try if your wedding ring falls into the drain of your kitchen or bathroom sink. Call our team if you get stuck on any step, if you don’t have the tools or expertise to do the work, or for any other plumbing need!

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The Most Important Factor in Selecting a New HVAC System

October 23rd, 2017

green-home-handHeating and air conditioning systems are a must-have for many homes throughout the country, which means they are often a “distress purchase” of sorts. Homeowners may only really buy a new heating system or a new air conditioner when it’s an emergency, leaving them little time to consider their options. In many cases, they simply stick with the cheapest system they can find, but we think this is a mistake.

Whenever possible, we think it’s important for homeowners to take the time to compare efficiency ratings and find the best HVAC system available for their homes. Today, we take a look at why this is.

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How to Fix a Leaky Sink

October 9th, 2017

plumber-woman-fix-leaky-sinkDespite the fact that plumbing pipes run throughout an entire home and underneath your property, with the potential for leaks and blockage to occur along several hundred feet of piping, plumbers tend to get called in for the same pesky problem over and over—a leaky sink. Leaks from the sink can range from a minor inconvenience to something that causes serious damage.

You want to get that leak fixed fast, but you likely don’t want to call in a plumber if you think you can fix it first. In some cases, this is true! An advanced knowledge of how to use common household tools could provide the help you need, as long as you do it right. For everything else, call our plumbers if you’re in Shoshone, ID!

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