Homeowner Tips for a Worry-Free Winter

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Homeowner Tips for a Worry-Free Winter

As summer winds down and days grow shorter, it’s wise to tackle DIY tasks that ward off the inconveniences brought on by bad weather. You may already have plans to winterize the RV, put the garden to bed and drain the pool, but don’t overlook basic home maintenance to prepare for frosty days ahead. No matter what type of heating system you have, McQuillan Bros reminds homeowners that prepping now for winter’s onslaught will keep you safe and warm when frigid temperatures wrap the Twin Cities.

4 Essential Fall Maintenance Tasks

  1. Schedule boiler & furnace maintenance. Before temperatures drop to uncomfortable lows, make sure your home’s heating system is ready to perform. Homeowners with a DIY frame of mind should clean or replace furnace filters and vacuum vents, combustion chambers, and flues where dust and soot may have settled. You should also lubricate moving parts like fans, motors, and circulating pumps. To be sure your heating system is functioning at its peak, schedule a seasonal inspection with the HVAC specialists at McQuillan Bros: boiler repair experts in Minneapolis. During your inspection, our certified technicians will also check system ignition, electrical connections and combustion efficiency to let you know if you need boiler replacement in Minneapolis before winter’s arrival.
  2. Clear gutters, downspouts & drains. A buildup of ice on roofs and sidewalks can damage your home and pose a serious safety risk. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts and make sure drainage extends beyond walkways and driveways. Adding extra length to downspout drainage helps to channel water away from your home’s foundation while preventing ice from forming on walking paths.
  3. Winterize windows & doors. Stopping air leaks around windows and doors pays big dividends in energy savings. It also lightens your furnace’s load and adds years of useful service before you succumb to boiler replacement in Minneapolis. Replace old or damaged weather stripping and repair dry and broken caulking. Consider installing storm windows and doors or replacing the old and inefficient single-pane glass with energy-saving options.
  4. Cover faucets & drain outdoor water lines. With freezing temperatures, water expands into ice. Winterize outdoor faucets, hoses, and sprinkler systems to prevent damage. Remember to protect outdoor kitchens and landscaping features that include running water, as well.

McQuillan Bros Offers Seasonal Inspection Discounts

McQuillan Bros has been taking care of the heating and plumbing needs of Minneapolis families for over 130 years. To help valued customers prepare for winter, we are offering discounts on preseason heating inspections. Discerning homeowners count on our certified specialists for furnace and boiler maintenance, water heater replacement and boiler repair in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding counties. For friendly, local expertise, quality craftsmanship, and upfront pricing, call 651.237.5097 to schedule service with Minnesota’s Original plumbing and heating company.

Spring Plumbing & HVAC Tips

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Do These Tasks Now to Avoid Trouble Later

As spring waits anxiously in the wings, it’s time to clear out the dust bunnies, check for wintertime plumbing damage and prep your HVAC system for warmer weather. Some home maintenance tasks are perfect for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, while a trained and certified professional is the better choice for other jobs. When in doubt, call the best HVAC contractors in Saint Paul to request inspections and safety checks for your water heater, heating and cooling system, indoor air quality equipment and plumbing components.

Quick Tips for Maintaining HVAC & Plumbing Equipment

Chances are your home’s mechanical systems are showing signs of neglect after a long winter of pumping out heat and hot water. March is the ideal time to bring AC and plumbing systems up to snuff and to ensure they’re ready for a busy summer. Put these tasks on your to-do list—and be prepared to hire a seasoned professional when DIY projects aren’t your strength.

  • Inspect for leaks. After a Twin City winter, it’s wise to check the integrity of pipes and appliances. Boiler systems, pipes and water heaters can develop small leaks that impact system efficiency or major leaks that put homes at risk for water damage. Leaks aren’t always visible. Look for damp areas on flooring and drywall, and don’t allow musty or mildewy odors to go unchecked. Leaky boilers and pipes hidden by walls may make a hissing sound when air bubbles build. Cracked toilet seals can cause wood rot and mold growth in the subfloor. If you suspect any type of leak in your water heater or plumbing parts, shut off your home’s water supply and immediately call a plumbing repair service in Washington County, Hennepin County or Ramsey County.
  • Upgrade HVAC filters. Dirty filters slow down airflow and increase utility bills. Basic fiberglass replacement filters are the cheapest on the market, but it’s worth it to pay a bit more. Quality filters do a better job of safeguarding heating and cooling equipment and improving indoor air quality. Disposable electrostatic filters enhance IAQ by trapping tiny particles. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters offer best-in-class filtration and are recommended for occupants with asthma and respiratory disorders.
  • Have boilers and water heaters inspected. You may be used to flushing your conventional water heater tank, but it’s a good idea to hire a professional to inspect the device’s temperature valve, water tank and electrical connections. Our friends at Tureks Plumbing Services, a plumbing company that offers water heater replacement in Appleton, WI, says tankless water heaters can develop scale buildup or have dirty water filters by the end of winter, impeding performance and reducing efficiency. Your plumbing technician will check for these types of issues and others during your Home Care Club maintenance checkup.
  • Drain sump pumps. Use a wet/dry vacuum or utility pump to suction standing water from submersible sump pump pits; then remove dirt, gravel and debris buildup. This simple act extends your sump pump’s life span and elevates efficiency during spring storms and runoff collection. McQuillan Bros’ five-star plumbing repair service in Washington County can address sump pump problems that go beyond these basic steps. The average sump pump life is 10 years, so aging devices should be inspected as they near the decade mark.

McQuillan Bros—Boiler Replacement Specialists

A failing air conditioner, boiler, or water heater puts a serious damper on summer fun—and may cause costly damage to your home. Savvy homeowners get their HVAC and plumbing inspections before warm weather arrives in the Twin City region. Prepare your Washington, Hennepin or Ramsey County home for spring’s arrival by joining our Home Care Club. Your membership quickly pays for itself and includes seasonal inspections, repair discounts and priority service when home mechanical systems go belly up.
Applauded by the most discerning homeowners for our high-caliber service, we’re Minnesota’s Original plumbing, heating and cooling company. Contact our HVAC contractors in Saint Paul and Minneapolis by dialing 651.237.5097. For your convenience, you can also request plumbing repair service in Washington County and beyond using this simple online form.