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The Under-Appreciated Art of Professional Plumbing

Have you ever been moved by a beautiful work of art? That question may have led you to think of your favorite piece of music, a famous painting, or even a poem that speaks to your heart. Maybe you even think of a moving performance by a favorite actor, or a graceful dancer.I’d be willing

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Are You Overpaying For Heating Maintenance?

Keeping your HVAC systems properly maintained is vital to keeping them running in good condition for as long as possible. While annual maintenance checks and tune-ups are important, you’ll want to make sure you’re not overpaying for them either! Here is some information to help you figure out precisely what heating services you should be

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4 Scariest Things a Plumber Deals With

October is the perfect time to leave up those old cobwebs, dust off your scary costumes, and get your bags of candy ready for a night filled with spooky movies and trick-or-treating. After a few scary movies under your belt, you may want to ignore that grumbling in your plumbing – because you can’t always

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Having Trouble Turning on Your Heater?

If your central heating system won’t turn on, it may be caused by any number of issues, ranging from a poorly maintained heater to a faulty thermostat, to a potentially dangerous issue with your furnace’s gas supply. The highly-trained technicians at John Stevenson Plumbing & Mechanical Inc. have seen their fair share of heating problems

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Is Unfiltered Water Hurting Your Dog?

As any dog owner will tell you, little Fido is a part of the family, and you always want what’s best for them. But did you know that the water you use to fill their bowls could be the problem? Many homeowners do not have a water filtration system in place and rely on different

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Do You Have The Right Evaporator Coil?

One hot summer you begin to notice that it is unusually warm inside your house. After you check the thermostat, you see the AC has been set to a comfortable 72 degrees, but you decide to lower it to 70 just to see if the air will kick on… and it does. Problem solved, right?

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Top 7 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Why Do Drains Get Clogged? One of the biggest reasons that drains get clogged is because of soap scum, as unlikely as it sounds, most of the time it becomes the binding agent for fallen skin, hair, dirt, and other particles. When all of these things come together inside a pipe, they can stick to

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Why You Should Care About Cleaning Your Drains

Drain cleaning is perhaps the most beneficial task a homeowner can perform in terms of maintaining a home’s plumbing system. It helps protect your family’s health while ensuring clogs don’t develop and cause leaks or bursts. Drains are meant to flush away wastewater from a home, which means they can be breeding grounds for mold

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Discover the Benefits of Replacing Your AC and Heating at the Same Time

Your air conditioner and your furnace both have limited lifespans (your air conditioner probably about 12-15 years and your furnace likely about 15-12 years). If one has failed on you and you need to replace it, should you get it over with and replace all of your HVAC systems at the same time? Other than

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Reasons To Invest In Plumbing Replacements

The pipes that deliver our water to our homes and workplaces are built to last, but one thing about their design helps with their long-term durability; there are no moving parts. Pipes just have to remain watertight and retain their structural integrity. Although, in many instances, your home may be calling for a repipe, not

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Your Extensive Guide to Connecting a Refrigerator

Your Extensive Guide to Connecting a Refrigerator As a homeowner here in Carlsbad, CA, maintenance and repair costs quickly add up. If you are inclined to tackle even a little DIY, you can save yourself a lot of money. Kitchen plumbing can seem a bit daunting if you’ve never tried before, but there are a

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Spring Is Here: Time to Save on Your Annual AC Tune Up

Spring is traditionally a time for renewal, rebirth, and preparation for the heat and fun associated with summer. It is a time when homeowners open windows, clean away the dirt and grime of winter and get their homes ready for warmer weather. And while cleaning floors, windows, gutters, yards, and walkways are all important parts

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How to Maintain Good Air Quality: 4 Things to Watch For

As time goes by, the air in your home will become filled with impurities and toxins in minute amounts. You may think that the concentration of such things is so small that they are of no concern. You may want to think twice about that point. Air quality affects us in ways we normally wouldn’t

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Learn New Ways to Get Your Outdoor Plumbing Ready for Spring

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes sprucing up your yard in Carlsbad, CA, and making sure that everything is ready to go for warm months spent in the sun. Although it may not seem like a priority as compared to getting your lawn as green as possible, ensuring that your outdoor

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Find Out Why People Love Their Boilers when You Read these 6 Fun Facts

By now most homeowners in Carlsbad, CA have heard someone claim that they are “in love” with their new boiler, mostly because of the simplicity and ease of use and also the fact that these new condenser boilers can help people substantially cut down on their fuel costs. This is because these modern boilers are

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Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Tips to Help You Survive Your Next Home Renovation

Most homeowners can put up with noise, intrusions from workmen and the sight of smashed in walls and drippy paint cans, but most cannot deal with the poor air quality that can often be the consequence of home renovations. The feeling that you cannot breathe easily, because of odd smells, irritating fumes and dust in

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Ways You Can Conserve Energy in Your Home and Stay Comfortable

One of the most challenging aspects of the lowering temperatures during the winter season is having to maintain cost efficiency while using your heating system in your Carlsbad, CA home. Our experts have helped thousands of homeowners keep warm throughout past winters, and in this latest post, we’ll explain more on how to conserve your

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Practical Homeowner Checklist for This Fall

Every autumn, homeowners should do a practical inspection of their plumbing and HVAC systems so that they are functioning optimally during the cold winter months. Here is a list of things to inspect that should be on every homeowner’s checklist for the fall. 1. Clean out your eavestroughs of dead leaves, to make sure that

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