Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

February 11, 2021

Rain is all fun and games until it turns into a disaster that wreaks havoc in your home. Light pours give one a pleasant feeling, particularly after extended periods of drought. But hard and ephemeral or torrential downpours can turn your living space into a mess. Too much rain can cause a ton of problems in your plumbing system. Flooding isn’t your only concern. From leaking roofs to burst pipes and sewer backups, there is no telling when and where the problem might occur next. Of course, you may think that your pipes or

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How often should you clean your air ducts?

January 22, 2021

In recent years, many homeowners have embraced the use of an HVAC system. This is because of their many benefits in providing desirable atmospheric conditions. Nevertheless, these benefits may come with an increase in expenses due to breakages, leakages, and constant system upgrades. However, you can enjoy these services for a long time with proper maintenance. You only need to understand the HVAC system components and how to take good care of them. What Are the Functions of HVAC Air Ducts? Your HVAC System consists of indoor and outdoor units. Air ducts are part of a

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What is NATE Certification?

January 10, 2021

When comparing various HVAC companies, you may notice that the websites of these companies often have a logo that says “NATE” on it. You may wonder what this stands for and why companies choose to feature this logo on their website. Ultimately, the bottom line is that if you’re going to have any work done on your HVAC system in your Sacramento home, you need to use a company that uses this logo and can verify that they’ve earned it. To further explain what NATE means, check out this guide from Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. What Does NATE Stand For?

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How Long Do Water Heaters Typically Last?

January 5, 2021

No matter the season, it’s important to have a reliable supply of hot water on-hand in your Sacramento home at all times. If you’ve noticed that your water heater doesn’t seem to be performing as well as it once did, you’re probably wondering if a replacement is on the horizon. To better determine the state of your water heater, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to a water heater’s longevity. To understand just how long a water heater typically lasts, take a look at this insider’s guide to water heaters from Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Typical Lifespan of

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Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Heating System

December 18, 2020

Your heating system is a critical part of your household. Without it, it’s unlikely that your house would be habitable this season. When your heating unit isn’t running as it should, it’s easy to find yourself spending too much money on repairs and being stressed most of the time. Sometimes, heating systems require upgrading to continue keeping our houses warm and comfortable. Lucky for you, it’s easy to tell when it’s time to upgrade yours. All you need to do is keep an eye out for the main signs. Your Heating

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How to Test Your Indoor Air Quality

December 9, 2020

You assume that the air inside of your Sacramento home is clean and safe to breathe, but how do you know this to be true? Even the most energy-efficient insulated houses are prone to air quality issues, and the signs may not be obvious. Not only do you need to watch for visible particulates, such as dust, but also gases, microscopic particles, and much more. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to test the indoor air quality of your home. Here are 10 ways to check your indoor air quality. 1. Dust Test Dust is

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Traditional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

December 1, 2020

Your water heater is an important aspect of home comfort and convenience. It ensures that you have hot water when you need it, and when your water heater falters or fails, it can certainly put a crimp in your lifestyle. When it comes time to choose a new water heater, homeowners have two primary choices: traditional water heaters, which are also known as tank- or storage-based, and tankless, which are also known as on-demand water heaters. Tankless water heaters provide many conveniences and benefits, and the industry believes that they will become the de facto standard in time. But is

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7 Benefits of Energy-Efficient Plumbing and Heating Systems

November 21, 2020

When it comes to the mechanical systems in many Sacramento, CA, homes, there are many improvements that could be made, especially in terms of efficiency. Beyond claiming better efficiency, though, are there any benefits to installing energy-efficient plumbing and heating systems? At Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we firmly believe the answer is “yes.” To better explain why we feel this way, here are just a few of the many benefits of upgrading your home’s plumbing and heating systems. 1. Lower Utility Costs A big benefit of upgrading your home’s mechanical systems is lower utility costs. Given that a large

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8 Effects of Hard Water on Home Appliances and Plumbing

November 14, 2020

Many homeowners in California have hard water running in through their taps. This is due to at least 40% of their water being groundwater, which is harder than surface water. While hard water seems like a rusty nuisance that just stains your sink and other items, the truth is it’s more brutal on your plumbing system and home appliances. The difference between hard and soft water is that the former has higher mineral content. Hard water consists of sulfates, bicarbonates and chlorides with specks of oxidized ferrous iron which causes redness (or brown stains) on surfaces.

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Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

November 4, 2020

It’s important to check the health of your furnace before winter rolls in. Now is the time to do a little preparation work before winter. Once the holidays come around, the last thing on your mind is your furnace. With this checklist, you can make sure your heating system is ready for winter. Check Your Furnace If you want to have your furnace ready for cold weather, you need to schedule an inspection. These inspections will check the health of your heating system. With a tune-up, you can address potential problems before they turn into

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