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F.H. Furr's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Insider Blog

The Grinch Might Not Be The Only One Stealing Christmas!

Christmas is nearly here, and although some folks have had their Christmas shopping completed since last month, the majority of us are just getting started! We have Christmas lists written in red and green crayon hanging on our refrigerators, waiting for “Santa” to check them off. Well I’m sure we can all agree that Santa’s budget is a bit tight this year. We all have our stash, that money we’ve set aside specifically for Christmas, and we’ve been saving it for months. We’ve sworn oaths not to touch it until the gift purchasing begins! But what if that money, which we’ve protected with our very lives, suddenly disappeared? What if it vanished—stolen by a mysterious thief? “Who would do such a thing?” you may ask, “Who would steal the money for my kid’s gifts? Who would steal Christmas!?” This thief is of the worst variety, trusted and unsuspected. It seems perfectly harmless until it comes from the shadows and sucks your pocketbook dry! It is none other than your HVAC system! Yes, that heat pump or furnace that has been humming in your basement for years could be your worst Christmas nightmare!

Topics: Christmas Theft hvac service

5 Things That Never Go In A Garbage Disposal!

Thanksgiving is here! In the spirit of Turkey Day, we are generally offered helpful tips on how to survive the holiday; tips like cooking the perfect turkey, arranging our seasonal home decor, and the “how to’s” of putting up with your mother-in-law for the entire weekend of Thanksgiving! So with all these tidbits of information, why is it that someone forgot to mention the disaster that awaits when Thanksgiving day foods hit the pipes of our garbage disposal?

Topics: turkey grease plumbing thanksgiving garbage disposal

Ask F.H. Furr: How many years does a typical water heater last?

"... and what can I do to extend its life?" Submitted by Wanda W. of Fairfax, Va.

Topics: hvac service

5 Steps to Banish A Clogged Drain!

We’ve all been there, those times when, despite your best efforts, you're stuck with a clogged drain at the worst possible time. With the holidays coming up, you’ll need to have some basic knowledge about the tricks of unclogging a drain! There are a few key steps you can take to try to clear the blockage yourself. The good news is, if the beast is a little too big to tackle, you can always call Northern Virginia’s #1 plumbers at F.H. Furr for a little holiday backup!
1. Get it out. If you can see and/or reach the blockage, try to remove it. If there’s a massive hairball in the shower drain or your ambitious toddler tried (semi-successfully) to flush a toy down the toilet, you may be able to remove the obstruction yourself. Sometimes plumbing is as easy as just getting rid of the problem.

Topics: plumbing Northern Virginia

5 Signs That Your Water Heater Is Done?

Ask F.H. Furr: What Are Some Signs That My Water Heater Is About To Die?

This question was posed by Fred K. of Centreville, VA.
Fred, as a business that specializes in plumbing, heating and air conditioning, we’ve heard lots of different things from our customers who have suddenly discovered the pain of a broken water heater. We’ve heard things like “I didn’t even know something was wrong with it”, and “Just fix it, quick!”

Topics: inspection plumbing Safety hvac service Hot Water Heater

Home Generators - Standby vs. Portable

Ever wondered what you would do when the lights go out? Power outages are not infrequent and with the coming storm season could potentially affect you and your family more than you know. Home Generators have been a long sought after solution for emergency back-up power. But do you know the difference? There are generally two types of generators most commonly purchased for household use - the standby and the portable. A brief infographic that describes the main differences between the two.

Topics: Standby Generator Installation Power Outages Home Generators Standby Generators

Save Energy! Insulate Your Windows In 5 Easy Steps!

Homeowners in Northern Virginia are preparing their homes for the cool temperatures. Whether your home is old or brand new, there can be drafts that find their way in, wasting energy and causing coolness throughout your home. One of the main sources of drafts is from the windows. Many people find that when they stand by a window, they feel colder. That’s because there are small cracks within the workings of the window itself, and the glass isn’t much of a barrier from the elements.

Topics: Northern Virginia hvac service Heating Service insulation

Fall Allergies, Their Causes, and How to Find Relief!

It’s fall! The weather is gorgeous, the leaves are beginning to change and being outside is a must! But how come you’re still sneezing like it’s the first day of spring? Unfortunately, fall brings on a whole new set of symptoms, and these different allergens can cause sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, runny or itchy nose and dark circles under the eyes. So let’s dig a littler deeper to discover the root of these fall allergies and find out how to relieve them.
So what is the cause of fall allergies?

Topics: Air Quality Whole Home Humidifier hvac service

No Electricity? You're Not A Caveman, Don't Live Like One

Have you ever considered how long you and your family can live on emergency mode? Without electricity, many of our everyday necessities are put in jeopardy, hot water, heating, refrigeration, lights... The list goes on and on. Have you protected your home from the dangers of severe weather or power outage? An investment in a standby generator will have you living with all the comforts of home while your neighbors stockpile flashlights and miss hot showers.

Topics: Electrical

Step Five: Prep Your Water Heater

The final step in your preparation for fall weather is one of the most important! Your water heater is a year-round system, but it becomes even more necessary in the cool months!

Step Four: Install A Programmable Thermostat

 

When preparing your home for cooler weather, sometimes purchasing something that will benefit your home as well as your wallet can be extremely beneficial. As we gear up for our jacket-wearing weather, we also begin to turn our heat up. Many homeowners notice that their HVAC use fluctuates during season changes.

Topics: programmable thermostat hvac service Heating Service

Reviews! Find Out What Real People Are Saying About Us!

As a company that prides itself on our great customer service, we enjoy reading reviews about the our customer’s satisfaction. The web is an amazing source for reviews, and clients call in frequently to let us know how pleased they are with our work. We then encourage them to write a review, which enables us keep record of how we’ve grown and also allows others to be assured about the quality and calibre of our business.

Topics: inspection service plumbing Customer Reviews reviews Online review hvac service

Step Three: Draft Protection!

When fall weather approaches, we gear up for sweaters, apple cider and beautiful fall colors. We enjoy the fall air during the day, and stay warm and cozy in our homes at night. One thing that we should also be prepared for is the cold that could potentially seep into your home through drafts! By identifying areas of your home that may have cracks, you can save energy and reduce your heating bills this fall, all through draft protection!

Topics: Weatherstripping Caulk hvac service

Step Two: Heating System Maintenance

As you follow these weekly steps, remember that each one is just as important as the other when it comes to prepping your home for the fall weather. Be sure to complete them all for the full effect of fall preparation. This week we’re discussing your Heating System. For obvious reasons, your heat is about to become your best friend as temperatures drop.

Topics: maintenance hvac service Heating Service

3 Myths About Programmable Thermostats!

August is the last truly hot month of the summer, and as we endure the final days of heat, it’ s a good idea to remember that the air conditioning consistently blasting is costing you a fortune! Even though cool weather is on the horizon, don’t get too excited, heating produces the same effects on your bill! Many homeowners have turned to Programmable Thermostats to keep track of when they’re using their air conditioning. Whether it’s programmed for vacation, time spent at work, or even a change in temperature as you sleep, these thermostats are tailored to fit YOUR schedule!

Topics: programmable thermostat hvac service A/C Service

Step One: Maintain Your Roof!

Summer is on its last legs, and fall is quickly approaching. Many homeowners want to know how they can prepare their home to transition from hot days, to cool weather. Well there are 5 crucial steps in the preparation process, and this blog will discuss Step One of these steps!

Trenchless Sewer Line Repair and Replacement

Summer is one of the greatest times of the year, the days are longer, the outdoors are calling and summer nights are spent sitting on the porch watching fireflies. But what if your sewer line breaks down? Your days of enjoying your yard are over! Not only do you have to deal with the problem itself, but often times the heat of summer can make the stench of a sewer system overwhelming! You’ve got to get it fixed! So you call a plumber, they come to your home and dig up your entire yard to locate and repair or replace the damaged line. This is a process that will cost you time and money. Sound like a disaster to you? We think so to! Fortunately, there’s a better way to handle your sewer lines; it’s called Trenchless Sewer Line Repair and Replacement!

Topics: plumbing

Ask F.H. Furr: Is it bad to use chemical drain cleaners?

Question submitted by Sadie C. Manassas, VA.

Topics: plumbing hvac service

Stop Flooding With Steel Washing Machine Lines!

We’ve all got busy schedules, and laundry is a weekly occurrence in most people’s home. So when it comes to appliances, your washing machine is probably one of the top ranking contenders! It’s the appliance that most homeowners take for granted, yet if it breaks down it could cause numerous problems and unwanted stress!

Topics: Flood Damage Stainless Steel Washing Machine Lines plumbing

Aggressive Storm Coming! Be Prepared!

In June 2012, a fierce Derecho storm swept through North America, resulting in millions of power outages across the entire affected region. The storm is remembered in history as one of the most destructive, deadly and fast-moving thunderstorms to move across North America.

Topics: Flood Damage plumbing

Energy Saving Cooling Tips

Summer is here... And with it, the hot and humid temperature. Keep yourself cool this season and use these great energy saving, cooling tips to keep your head and your wallet cool!

Topics: hvac service A/C Service

"A Plumber In Your Home For Free*!"

It’s back! F.H. Furr is bringing back our most famous service, “A Plumber in Your Home for Free*!”. That’s right, we’re bringing you the service you’ve come to know and trust!

Other plumbing companies want to charge you an arm and a leg in dispatch fees, just to tell you what the problem is! Here at F.H. Furr, we value our customers and think that they deserve the best service possible, as well as the best deals around. We want to make your experience a positive one, and with our free dispatch, you never need to worry about being charged to have a plumber come out to your home!

How Does It Work?

Topics: Flat Rate Pricing plumbing

Going Ductless! What Everyone Ought To Know About Ductless Systems

 

Topics: Air Quality energy audits Ductless System hvac service

7 Ways To Improve Your Home's IAQ!

 

Topics: Air Quality Ductwork Ductless System hvac service

Going Above and Beyond, with Sewer Video Inspections!

In our fast paced environment, people tend to misplace things all the time. We lose our car keys, cell phones and wallets and breathe a sigh of relief when we finally find them. Yet, when you lose something of personal and financial value, an annoying inconvenience turns into a frantic search that must be resolved.

Topics: inspection plumbing video inspection

The Importance of Spring HVAC Maintenance!

Summer! Just the word brings feelings of freedom, relaxation and excitement! Although some of us remain busy during these warm months, most are able to escape for awhile on a vacation that we’ve anticipated since the last one ended. As you sit at your desk with visions of palm trees, swimsuits and beaches dancing in your head, something sinister may be at work back at your home! During the year, as you are working towards your summer vacation, your A/C unit is working too. Unfortunately if you’ve neglected to have maintenance performed on your unit, it’s been working overtime collecting dust and dirt. This makes it less efficient and costs you more money in utility bills. Not only that, but there’s a greater chance of a system breakdown, which could cost you hundreds! If you find yourself in a predicament with a broken air handler, chances are, that vacation money you’ve been hoarding is going to go straight into a new unit. If that thought scares you, it might be time to get your system maintenance and inspection before disaster strikes! 

Topics: warranty Vacation Theft maintenance hvac service A/C Service

Uncovering The Truth About Crawl Space Encapsulation.

What's Lurking in Your Crawl Space?

What is a crawl space? It’s not a term that you’d know off the top of your head, but the fact is, it’s a part of your home, and it has the potential to be extremely harmful. A crawl space is located beneath many houses, is generally very small, and is only tall enough to “crawl” through, hence its name. These spaces have room for pipes to run, allowing easy access should the pipes need to be serviced. Unfortunately, the spaces are located very near to the ground, and their floor is generally made up of dirt. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself to discover the truth about your crawl spaces:

Topics: Crawlspace Air Quality hvac service

3 Tips To Eliminate Dust Buildup And Improve IAQ!

Dust is common in every home. There’s no way to escape it, it’s just a part of life. With Spring Cleaning right around the corner, you’ll be seeing your fair share of dust bunnies hidden beneath the beds! In this day and age, most of us don’t have time to dust every day, yet, have you noticed an unusual amount of dust in your home? Are layers of dust plaguing your furniture, appliances and floors, even after you’ve just dusted? This is a sign that there is a problem with your home’s indoor air quality that you might not be able to see. Here are three causes for uncommon amounts of dust in your home:

Topics: Air Quality Whole Home Humidifier furnace hvac service

3 Disasters Your Home Insurance May Not cover!

Fairfax homeowners expect their insurance to cover any disaster that their home might throw their way, but the harsh reality is that insurance only covers the very basics. When it comes to household inconveniences, there are three issues that most home insurance policies don’t cover.

Topics: Flood Damage plumbing Home Insurance Mold

Garbage Disposer Do’s and Don’ts!

The garbage disposer in your home might be a small part of your home's plumbing, but boy, is it important! Ever experienced a clogged disposal? Your sink fills up with food and grimy water and pretty soon you’ve got a pile of dishes that can’t be washed! Most of us like to keep our sink area clean and sanitary, especially since it’s where the food is often prepared, so it’s a good idea to keep up with maintenance on your garbage disposer. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to your disposer, along with tips for free*ing up simple jams.

Topics: home remedies plumbing Disposal garbage disposal

Are All Sump Pumps Created Equal?

A Sump Pump...what a charming title. You’ve probably heard the name, but some of us may not have clue what they are or what they do for a home. In some cases, you might not know about them until they break down and stop working. The reality is, these machines keep our homes from flooding by removing groundwater that accumulates around your house. Any potentially harmful amounts of water get sent away from the home to a storm drain or dry well. However, not all of these pumps are the same, and it’s important to choose the right option for your Northern Virginia home.

Topics: Flood Damage plumbing water damage

Are You Poisoning Your Family? The Importance Of Furnace Maintenance!

The home is typically thought of as a comfortable place where family can come together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s where parents know that their children are safe, even when they don’t have their eye on them. But what if your home was dangerous? What if, unbeknownst to you, your home was quietly releasing poisonous fumes that could harm your family? The reality is, there is a danger of Carbon Monoxide poisoning in any home with a gas furnace. The only way to be sure that your home is protected is to take precautions, and get your furnace maintenance!

Topics: Tune-up Air Quality Carbon Monoxide furnace hvac service Heating Service

Hot Room, Cold Room? What Everyone Ought To Know About Zoning

You know the feeling: you walk into your living room from the kitchen and feel the temperature drop, “But why” , you wonder, “can’t it be the same temperature in both rooms?” Seems like your A/C should be distributing warm or cool air evenly. Well, the harsh reality is that it doesn’t! So what can you do about the hot room/cold room dilemma? The solution is called Zoning. This little gem allows you to control the temperature room by room. Sound too good to be true? Here are some things that everyone should know about zoning and how it can keep your home comfortable on every level!

Topics: Zoning Systems energy audits temperatures hvac service Heating Service A/C Service

Tankless Water Heater Benefits!

It’s still the beginning of the year and the cold weather will be lingering for a few more months in Northern Virginia. Since we have to deal with the cold outside of our homes, we shouldn’t have to deal with it while standing under our shower head! In homes with several occupants, there is always a fear that you’ll be the last person to shower every morning, leaving you vulnerable to that burst of cold water that tells you your shower is over! Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to wake up at the crack of dawn to beat your family members to the warm water? No more frigid showers; it’s too good to be true!

Topics: energy audits plumbing Hot Water Heater

3 Plumbing Problems You Can't Fix With Duct Tape

It's been said that if you can't fix it with duct tape, you aren't using enough! Unfortunately, this rule doesn't apply to plumbing problems. When it comes to the plumbing in your home, you can be sure that duct tape won't solve your problem. Don't take the quick and easy route with plumbing, it'll cost you! A permanent fix is a safer, more efficient solution!

Topics: F.H. Furr - Infographic plumbing

Valentines Day: The Gift That Keeps On Givin'

As February 14th approaches, many of us scramble to find the perfect gifts for our significant others. It can't be too corny, yet it's difficult to find something practical. Eventually many couples come to the conclusion that it's easier to just pass on the whole darn thing! But what if you gave a gift that could improve the health of your loved ones? A gift that actually DID something for your Valentine. Look no further, friends! Gift the gift of healthy water this Valentines Day! "Healthy water? What's that even mean?" you might be asking yourself this question. Allow us to refer you to the helpful info graphic below! And as always, seek out F.H. Furr for all of your plumbing (and gift-giving) needs!

Wacky Plumbing Terms

Fun and informative, you'll be more knowledgable about your plumbing after taking a gander at these wacky plumbing terms! wacky-plumbing-terms.png 

Topics: plumbing

What is Up-front or Flat Rate pricing?

Let me start off by saying...WE SELL A SERVICE NOT HOURS, you need the job done and done right, regardless, with out having to worry about how long the job takes or whether you are being charged extra for necessary trips to the supply house, or that you shouldn’t ask questions because that will slow the tech down (We actually encourage it, a more knowledgeable informed customer is a better customer) and increase billable time and what you pay. We feel the customer has a right to know the price before the work is performed.

Topics: plumbing hvac service

Garbage Disposal 101

That hole in your kitchen sink... A small and powerful household appliance that we often overlook. Do we really know how to take proper care of our garbage disposal? It's easy to overlook a common household commodity that we often use, until it's no longer functioning that is. Not to fear, with these few household tips and tricks, you'll be garbage disposal savvy in no time.

Topics: plumbing Disposal garbage disposal

Winter storm warnings are in effect for the Leesburg VA area…

… Are you prepared for winter storms? AVOID POWER OUTAGES AND THEIR HARMFUL EFFECTS!

Power outages are occur more frequently in Northern Virginia during the summer and winter months (The most important times to have air conditioning and heating, by the way) more than any other time of year. They can last for days and have uncomfortable and dangerous effects. One way to protect yourself is with a Whole Home Generator, you’re protected from disaster!

Topics: plumbing generators