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Friday, August 21, 2015

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Do you have gas appliances?  If you do CO can be a problem for you and your family.  Carbon Monoxide or (CO) is a tasteless, colorless poisonous gas that gets created when fossil fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, and propane don't completely burn.  The causes of CO incidents can included a blocked flue pipe from your furnace, water heater, gas furnace or even when you are cooking dinner on a gas range and oven.  Improperly adjusted or heating equipment that has not been maintained or is not adjusted properly.  One of the major causes with a gas furnace is having a cracked heat exchanger.   


cracked heat exchanger

There are some early warning signs that you may notice in your home.  

  • Stuffy stale air
  • condensation on your windows
  • back drafts from your fireplace, furnace or water heating chimney
  • Yellow burner flames
  • Constant headaches when home
  • Burner flames or pilot lights that flutter and keep going out
  • Even a bad odor around your appliances that doesn't go away.
  • CO detector going off

What Can I Do if I Find an Issue?

If you notice any of the issues in my home?  Turn off the equipment immediately and open your doors and windows and get some fresh air in the home.  Call your qualified, licensed heating service contractor and get them out there as soon as you can to identify and repair the problem.  CO is no joke, if not noticed you can go to sleep one night and not wake up.  Some physical symptoms that can be tell tale signs of CO poisoning are headaches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, ringing in your ears and even blurred vision.  If you or a family member experience these symptoms turn off your equipment, get fresh air by going outside immediately and call 911 from a neighbors house rather than your own.  

What Can I Do To Prevent a Surprise like CO poisoning

A couple easy things you can do in order to help prevent CO poisoning is to have Drake Mechanical come out and perform a tune up on your furnace and gas fireplace and water heater to make sure that all of your gas equipment is working properly and not causing issues in your home.   We also highly recommend that there is a CO detector installed within 15' of any sleeping area in your home.  


CO Detecor in Boise Nampa and Caldwell

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 8/21/2015 1:00:00 PM
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Everyone is interested in saving money.  One way that we can all save some money is by not paying it to the water company or power company if you have a well.  Below are a few ways that you and your family can start saving on water in Boise, Nampa and Caldwell today.  

  • Don't use your toilet for a trash can.  Every time you flush your toilet you can use from 1.2 gallons per flush up to 6 gallons per flush depending on which type of toilet you have.
  • Don't let the water run while you are brushing your teeth or shaving.  When your bathroom faucet is running you can be using up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute that you are brushing and shaving.
  • Take showers instead of baths.  A typical bathtub will hold about 50 gallons of water.  If you have a big soaker tub you can use up to double that just for one bath.
  • Limit your showers to 5 minutes or less.  A modern shower head in 5 minutes can use up to 12.5 gallons, if you have an older shower head you could use as much as 38 gallons in 5 minutes.
  • Replace your old shower head.  You can save up to 7.5 gallons per minute on water depending on what is currently installed
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when they are full.  This could save you as much as 1000 gallons of water a month.
  • Have your plumbing contractor perform a plumbing inspection.  This can help you identify problems before they occur, identify toilets that are leaking by, faucets that are dripping or even leaks you don't know about in your crawl space.  Look at having a water sense low flow toilet installed in replacement to the older 1.6 gallon per flush or even 3 and 6 gallon per flush toilets.  

water saving toilet

We hope some of these tips can help you save water year around and in the end keep a little more of your hard earned money in your pocket.  

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 8/6/2015 2:49:00 PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Here are Drake Mechanicals updated furnace filter prices.  If you are buying your filters elsewhere you are paying too much.  Give us a call and we can have your furnace filters ready for pickup at our Boise office location either individually or in case quantity.

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 7/22/2015 4:08:00 PM
Thursday, February 26, 2015

In April the price of water heaters is going to increase, the size of the tank itself is also going to increase which is going to cause some issues depending on the size of the area your water heater is currently installed in.  That being said here are some tips on water heater maintenance in Boise that can help you extend the life of your existing water heater and save you money in the long run.  If you are not able to perform these tasks by yourself please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or our website and one of our licensed plumbers can get you fixed up in a hurry.

  1. Flush your water heater yearly.  This helps remove any sediment that builds up inside and reduces the life and the capacity of your water heater.  Be careful when flushing your water heater as the water coming out will be very hot.
  2. Have your water heater checked over by a licensed plumbing contractor yearly to verify that all the safety devices are in proper working order and that all the thermostats, gas valves and burners/elements are fully functional and operating correctly.  Checking and flushing your  water heater is something that we perform as part of our yearly plumbing inspection.  
  3. Replace your anode rod every 2-5 years or as needed.  The anode rod plays a very important role in the life of your water heater.  As hard water and minerals want to attack the tank the anode rod takes that place and lets the water eat the anode rod.  This extends the life of your heater but after a couple years depending on your water conditions the anode rod is gone and needs to be replaced.
  4. Install water saving aerators and shower heads.  This will help you use less water which in turn will save you money and your water heater has to work less.
  5. Turn down the thermostat or thermostats on your water heater.  This will reduce your energy bills and also reduce how hard your water heater has to work.  The larger the gap between the incoming water temperature and what your thermostat is set at means that your water heater has to run longer which costs you money and wears out components quicker.
  6. Install a water softener in your home.  Water softeners do a lot more than just soften water, they reduce the wear and tear on your water heater, plumbing fixtures and your water using appliances such as your dishwasher and clothes washer.  You also will have to use less soap in the bathroom, kitchen and washing clothes.  

We hope these tips help save you money and get a longer life out of your water heater.  If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us here at Drake Mechanical.

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 2/26/2015 10:23:00 AM
Monday, February 16, 2015

Are you ready to have clean air in your home or office?  Drake Mechanical can help you out.  With the Sanuvox R+ you can have reliable and proven UV filtration in your home or office that helps reduce airborne viruses, germs, bacteria, mold, chemicals, odors and more.  With all the indoor smells and pollutants, colds, and germs we all pass around it is refreshing to know that you can count on a UV system that actually works.  This whole home UV system has a 3 year warranty including the bulb and 3 year bulb in it rather than an expensive one or even two UV lamps that have to be replaced every single year.  You get the benefit of two bulbs with the cost of one.  Once installed in your duct it is a matter of turning the UV filtration system on and in 3 years changing out the UV Lamp.  There is a LCD screen on the front that keeps you up to date and also reminds you about how much bulb life is left.  Drake Mechanical has installed one of these in our office and we love it.  From killing the germs to killing any odors it has been great to have in our office.  If you are interested in UV filtration please give us a call or e mail and we can get you the answers you are looking for! 

UV Filtration Boise

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 2/16/2015 11:50:00 AM
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