Solutions for a Leaky Faucet

Solutions for a Leaky Faucet

Homeowners will try anything to save a few bucks on plumbing repair. Many people even believe using duct tape or another home remedy is an effective enough solution because it doesn’t cost much. But more often than not, home remedies don’t do the trick and can end up causing even more problems. Instead of relying on DIY tactics, you should contact a professional if you want the job done correctly the first time.

If you have a leaky faucet at home, here are some things that might be causing it.

    1. The Washer

An issue as simple as a bad washer has the potential to cause a leaky faucet. While it seems like an easy fix, for someone with limited knowledge about plumbing, it’s not so simple. The washer may not be the correct size or installed properly.

    1. Worn Out Seal

From repeat usage and the accumulation of dirt and debris, the seal may wear out. To fix the leak, the seal needs to be replaced.

    1. Problems With the O-Ring

The O-ring consists of a small ring located within a cartridge faucet. Sometimes, the ring becomes loose or wears out and causes the faucet to leak at the handle. Replacing or tightening the ring corrects the problem, but if it’s leaking anywhere else, it helps to hire a professional.

To learn more about leaky faucets or to schedule an appointment to have yours fixed contact Hammond Services today!

Signs Your Home’s Electrical Wiring May Be Going Bad

Signs Your Home’s Electrical Wiring May Be Going Bad

Although it would be nice for your electrical wiring to stay functioning properly for the entire time you own your home, this isn’t always the case. From continuous use and even external factors, electrical wiring wears out. While it seems like no big deal to be down a plug in your home, oftentimes there may be something more severe happening.

These signs signify a more complicated problem going on behind the scenes that could potentially lead to a fire in your home

    1. Sparking

It’s not normal for you to see sparks coming from a plug. It may be the device you’re plugging in, so you’ll need to test it first by plugging it into another outlet. If it doesn’t spark in another outlet, it means something is wrong with the outlet that sparked.<

    1. Burning Smell

A burning smell in your home that isn’t associated with overcooking the toast means something is wrong with the wiring. Electronic devices smell like they’re burning when they’re overheating, and the same applies to wiring.

    1. Black Around a Plug

If you notice blackness around a plug, something behind your wall is overheating or burning.

    1. Frequent Power Outages

High winds affect the electricity, but if you’re experiencing outages without an explanation or frequent tripped circuits or blown fuses, something is definitely wrong. You may want to try switching the setup of the devices you have plugged in a certain spot. You could also request an electrician to install another outlet.

To learn about other warning signs of bad electrical wiring or to schedule a professional to assess your electrical system, contact Hammond Services today.

Conservation Tips to Help Lighten the Load On Your Water Heater

Conservation Tips to Help Lighten the Load On Your Water Heater

Saving energy saves money. It’s as simple as that. With a long, cold winter looming for many, cutting energy costs is gaining new significance. So is prolonging the life of your appliances. These are a few quick and easy steps you can take to lighten the load on your water heater.

TURN THE TEMPERATURE DOWN

Turning the thermostat on your water heater down by one or two degrees can make a huge difference in the strain on the water heater and the costs for keeping your water warm.

CONSERVE WATER IN GENERAL

Turn off the water when you’re not actively using it. This holds true for rinsing dishes and fruits, as well as when taking showers. Turn the water on to get wet, turn it off to soap up, then back on to rinse off. Those extra minutes can conserve gallons of hot water.

INSULATE THE TANK AND PIPES

This will help keep the water inside nice and warm longer. This reduces the number of times the heat needs to kick on throughout the day.

INSTALL A HOT WATER DISPENSER

Hot water dispensers come with their own tanks. These smaller tanks are easier and faster to heat and require less energy. The added benefit is that they provide hot water on demand for things like instant oatmeal, hot cocoa, and other wintertime necessities.

Small steps like these can extend the life of your hot water heater while keeping your energy costs down this winter. For more tips on how you can save energy and money, contact the pros at Hammond Services.

Benefits of Having a Backup Generator for Your Home

Benefits of Having a Backup Generator for Your Home

You have an insurance policy just in case an accident happens. The same concept applies to a backup generator; even though you may not use it, it might come in handy at some point. In fact, the investment of a backup generator will pay off in years to come, especially if you live in an area prone to power outages. Here are a few benefits of having a backup generator for your home that you may not have thought of before.

  1. Prevents Missing Deadlines and Work As you get older, excuses are no longer practical. You could find yourself losing money if you can’t access your Internet due to a power outage. A backup generator prevents this from occurring.
  2. Avoid pesky inconveniences.Although some people rely on their electricity for health reasons, it’s often times just a convenience. When you’re out of power a lot, you’re inconvenienced a lot. Do you really want to be inconvenienced if it’s not necessary? With that being said, a homeowner can avoid being inconvenienced by having a backup generator that automatically turns on once a power outage occurs.
  3. Keeps Your Food Safe One of the worst aspects of a power outage is the fact that the refrigerator goes out. This is more than just an inconvenience. It can cost you a great deal of money in the end. Having a backup generator means your refrigerator won’t be down during a power outage, which ultimately saving you money.

To learn more about reasons to have a backup generator or to schedule an installation, contact Hammond Services, with locations in Newnan and Griffin, GA, today.

Troubleshooting Tips for a Clogged Drain in Your Home

Troubleshooting Tips for a Clogged Drain in Your Home

You may have noticed your drain has been draining a little slowly lately, and it’s progressively gotten worse. Or, maybe your drain is to the point where it’s stopped totally, and you’re left with standing water in your sink that will eventually develop a pungent aroma. You may not need to call a plumber immediately, though. With a few simple tips, you may be able to troubleshoot and solve the problem yourself.

BATHROOM DRAIN

The first step is to boil water and pour it down the drain.

Next, you should remove the drain stopper and clean it thoroughly. If this doesn’t work, try getting a drain plunger and plunging the sink.

Remove the elbow of the drain and clean it out. If this doesn’t work, you may have a clog further down the line.

KITCHEN DRAIN

Boil water and pour it down the drain. This will dissolve grease and other debris that builds up in the pipes.

Try pouring a bit of dish soap down the drain and then more boiling water to penetrate through the grease.

Try using the plunger at this point if the water and dish detergent aren’t successful. If this doesn’t work, try removing the elbow of the drain and cleaning it out. You may have a clog somewhere else if this doesn’t correct the problem.

To learn more troubleshooting tips or to request the assistance of a professional to unclog your drain, contact Hammond Services, serving the Newnan and Griffin, GA areas.

Newnan – 770-254-8881

Griffin – 770-227-5325

How to Prepare Your Hvac System for a Fall Maintenance Visit

How to Prepare Your Hvac System for a Fall Maintenance Visit


Savvy homeowners know that having your HVAC technician check out your heating system at the beginning of the cold weather season can help your system last longer, make sure that your home will stay warm and comfortable all winter, and help catch potentially-expensive repairs early before they cause major damage. During this call, the technician will thoroughly clean your system, make sure that all of the mechanical parts are well lubricated and check the power source leading to the system.

Before the technician arrives at your home, there are several things you can do to make the call easier for both of you.

  1. Clear the area around the heating system. Making sure that the technician has easy access to your heating system will save time and make the call go more smoothly.
  2. Know where all of the HVAC components are located. You’ll also save time by knowing where the circuit box, processing unit and thermostat are located.
  3. Know what type of system you have. It’s also helpful if you tell the technician the make and model of your system as well as the age and any issues you’ve been having with it.

Far from being a luxury, your annual HVAC service call can actually save you money. Get the most from the call by clearing the area surrounding the system, knowing where all of the essential components are located and telling the technician all that you can about your system.

For all of your HVAC needs in Newnan, GA, or anywhere across the Atlanta metro area, contact Hammond Services today!

Ways to Better Your Home’s Septic Situation

Ways to Better Your Home’s Septic Situation


Your septic system is a part of your home you usually don’t think about unless there’s a problem. However, you can improve the performance of it before you have to smell that tell-tale odor that signifies something is seriously wrong.

    1. Watch What You Put in it

Stop flushing non-biodegradable materials like tampons, baby wipes, paper towels and cigarette butts. These don’t dissolve like toilet paper does, and they continuously accumulate in your system causing it to slow down. Also, watch how much grease goes down your drain. Grease accumulates along with food particles and begins to clog the drain and will harm the rest of the septic system if it makes it that far. This also slows down the good bacteria in your system that’s breaking down anything that might clog it.

  • Routine Maintenance

 

Just because there isn’t a problem doesn’t mean your system doesn’t need to be checked out regularly. Every two to three years, you should have professionals pump your system. This reduces the amount of contaminants throughout your system.

  • Use Eco-friendly Products

 

When cleaning, use only eco-friendly products. Concentrated cleaning products will work to keep your system clean, but they clear out everything–including the good bacteria that your system needs to stay running optimally.

To learn more about keeping your septic system working well, contact Hammond Services today!

Don’t “Fumble” Your Comfort This Fall With These AC Tips

Don’t “Fumble” Your Comfort This Fall With These AC Tips

Summers in Georgia always seem to reach the highest temperatures right before the fall season begins. Then, as fall continues, the colder mornings give way to scorching days, with temperatures above 80 degrees. Did you know that these sporadic temperatures can be hard on your air conditioner? Keep your comfort levels high with these fall air conditioner tips!

STAY COOL WITHOUT CONSTANTLY ADJUSTING YOUR AC THIS FALL

While the Northeast might enjoy cool fall days, Georgia residents tend to have a mixture of cool nights and warm sunny days during the fall season. With the help of the following tips, you can keep your ac performing well, so that you can stay cool throughout the fall.

  1. Program your thermostat — Constantly adjusting your ac thermostat throughout the day is not only annoying, but it can also cause additional stress on your unit and a spike in your utility bill.
  2. Install and use ceiling fans — If you want to enjoy a crisp, cool fall day, even when the outside temperatures sneak above 80 degrees, then make use of your ceiling fans.
  3. Change the filters — Did you use your air conditioner on full blast throughout the entire summer? If so, then the fall is the perfect time of year to replace the filters. You should also have a professional examine your entire HVAC system to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Don’t delay! Before the summer ends, make sure that you and your ac unit are prepared for the fluctuating fall temperatures. To ensure that your air conditioner is running at optimal levels, contact a member of the Hammond Services team today.

What Type of Hvac System Should I Use for My Newnan, GA Home Addition?

What Type of Hvac System Should I Use for My Newnan, GA Home Addition?

Home additions, while needed, can often be stressful for several reasons such as cost or future planning. Whatever the case, it is important to consider all of the options for your house, and this includes HVAC options. While it seems like it may be simpler and cheaper to use the same unit that already controls the temperature in your house, but that is not always true. In fact, because of certain situations such as outdated HVAC units, ungainly fixtures, and costly expansion of ducts or pipes, it is often a much better option in terms of maximizing space and overall frugality to put in a new unit.

If you think this sounds like it applies to your situation, then we have some options for you. There are two fairly new developments in the realm of HVAC units that are excellent choices for individual rooms or additions to homes: radiant floor heating and air-source heat pumps.

Radiant floor heating in Newnan

Radiant floor heating is a great source of efficient, even heat that comes from the floor of the room itself, as the name implies. Surely you’ve heard that heat rises, which means that the heat rising from floor-level heights result in the whole room reaching a consistent heat as compared to vents in different locations that spread it in different directions. Floor heating is also a good way to knock down some of those winter heating bills as it is more cost efficient than its contemporaries. The lack of vents also causes a lack of dust, which results in an advantage for those with allergies, and it has no need for noisy radiators. The whole system works with a series of either hydronic or electric panels. Hydronic panels are more expensive to install but have a cheaper upkeep fee. Most people go with electric panels for small additions.

The type of flooring material should be considered, too. People with wood floors should exercise caution because it could warp. The other flaw in this option is that is has no cooling option, so one would have to plan for a separate option for cooling.

Air-source heat pump installation

Luckily, the second option works with both heating and cooling. Air-source heat pumps are not exactly new technology, but they have been made better due to recent renovations. While pumps formerly became obsolete in colder climates, they have now adapted to become valid options in even the most frigid environments (good news for those cold-nature penguins). These pumps use refrigerant to transfer heat in and out of a house without the use of ducts and are also a cheaper option than most traditional options.

Renovations to your home are often necessary, and we’re here to make the process of heating and cooling your new space as painless as possible. The best thing to do when going over your HVAC options is to choose the one for your needs and budget. For all of your HVAC needs in Newnan, GA, or anywhere across the Atlanta metro area, contact Hammond Services today!

Costs of the Most Common HVAC Emergencies

Costs of the Most Common HVAC Emergencies

Many Georgia residents and homeowners fall short when it comes to saving money for HVAC emergencies. 1 in every 4 American households does not have the savings available to pay for the costs of emergency HVAC repair, according to a recent report. The problem with an emergency is that you have no idea of when it might occur. No one wants to be without air conditioning or heating. Learn more about common HVAC emergencies and associated emergencies.

WHAT HVAC EMERGENCIES ARE COMMON?

The Home Serve Biannual State of the Home survey reports the HVAC home emergencies to be among the top 5 most common home emergencies that can happen to homeowners. The top HVAC problem according to the survey is: A faulty heating or air conditioning system is a good 20% of the most common home emergencies for homeowners.

Even those that do have a small nest egg of savings, more than half have only $1,000 or less on hand to get the repairs necessary to have their HVAC system back up and running quickly. Who wants to come home, looking forward to some cool air, to find out that all of a sudden their HVAC system is not working as expected? What could be the problem with your HVAC system? The U.S. Department of Energy shared that the most common air conditioner problems in American homes are:

Inadequate maintenance and faulty installation can result in these common issues and more. However, what is to be done when the air conditioning system or heating unit of a HVAC system fails to work?

WHAT COSTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HVAC EMERGENCY REPAIR?

HVAC emergency repair is not cheap but is necessary. Homeowners that go for discounted repairs may find themselves with additional problems soon after.

Homeowners should be prepared to pay on average:

Other sources quote repair ranges of $200-$1,500 for refrigerant leak repair, $100-$590 for circuit control boards, and $75-$250 for a condensate drain line flush.

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER TYPE OF HEATING AND COOLING ISSUE THAT NEEDS ATTENTION?

National averages on common projects are available here where homeowners can also view costs in their location. Remember that technicians need to rearrange their schedule to make an emergency visit, so costs in your area and with Georgia HVAC technicians may be higher or lower than the national average.

Regular maintenance of a HVAC system helps decrease chances of an emergency and allows homeowners to make smaller adjustments to enjoy continued use of the system, improve efficiency and reduce energy costs. Sometimes emergencies happen with the most responsible of homeowners. Hammond Services can help. Trust a Hammond Services specialist to handle your HVAC emergency quickly and efficiently. Contact a Hammond Services associate to schedule your appointment today.