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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Live with silky soft water for a day, and you’ll want it for life. Feeling clean, saving money and less time spent cleaning?! There’s no beating soft water. You’ll love what it does for your family and your home!

  • Keep Your Home Cleaner: soft water doesn’t leave behind hardened minerals that can form scale and scum on your home’s fixtures.
  • Keep Yourself Cleaner: hard water leaves the same film on your skin and hair that it leaves on your shower door. Soft water rinses soaps and shampoos better, minimizing dry skin and hair.
  • Use Less Detergent with Better Results: soft water cleans better! You can use dramatically less detergent and get dazzling results from your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Save on Cleaning Supplies: ssing soft water means you don’t have to scrub hard residue.
  • Save on Energy Costs: hard water can form a layer of rock at the bottom of your water heater, making it more difficult to heat the water inside and reducing its operating efficiency.

Now that you know the benefits, how do you choose the unit that right for you? Let’s take a closer look at one of our favorites…

Sumo® Non-Electric Water Softeners

What is it: A system that is more effective, more reliable, simpler to operate and less expensive to maintain. Sumo has combined four technologies, delivering increased performance and efficiency compared to conventional models.

  • Pass the Salt: Sumo uses up to 75% less salt! Sumo Typical Softener New Smart Valve Softening Engine: Optimized to promote high flow rates and provide more precise control of all operating cycles.
  • High Efficiency Softening Media: Possesses the most advanced ability to remove hardness efficiently.
  • Hardness Accuracy Dial: Allows fine-tuning to precisely reflect household water hardness and permit system to use entire media capacity between regenerations.
  • Advanced Rapid Regeneration: Accurately measures household water use and rapidly regenerates in as little as 6 minutes only when absolutely necessary

Call Drake Mechanical today and let our plumbing professional help you find the Sumo system that’s right for you!!

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Posted by DrakeAdmin at 8/3/2016 2:54:00 PM
 Tags: water softners
Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer is right around the corner….for most of us, which means long, lazy evenings in the backyard, the smell of BBQ lingering in the air. Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular and affordable over the years. Built in wine coolers and kegs are perfect for the amazing selection of local wines and beers the Valley has to offer. Add an outdoor sink to make clean up a snap, and a new smoker could have the neighbors sniffing at your gate. We will come out to you, and go over all of the options. No need to hire a dozen different contractors, we can take care of it all.

Whether it is bringing natural gas piping from your gas meter or house to the outdoor kitchen or connecting the water piping to your home so that it can be winterized for freeze protection it is really a simple step by step process.  If you need electrical Drake Mechanical can coordinate with your preferred electrician or bring an electrician that we regularly work with to hook up the electrical side of your outdoor kitchen.  If you have your own concrete contractor or landscaper for decorative brick or other flooring options we can coordinate with everyone to make your new outdoor kitchen installation easy and painless from the start of the project to your first steak on the grill.  

Nampa outdoor kitchen

Drake Mechanical regularly installs and hooks up natural gas outdoor fire pits outdoor fireplaces anywhere in the Treasure Valley.  Don't have one picked out but you know you want one?  We can help you pick one out, get the gas piping installed and hooked up and you can be underway to relaxing under the stars next to a great outdoor fire without having to haul wood, clean up ashes and worry about sparks starting a fence or yard on fire if the wind kicks up!

Drake Mechanical specializes not only in fire pit installation but also specializes in all fire pit repairs, fire pit replacement and fire pit service.  We do recommend that if you have an outdoor fire pit that you cover it when not in use; this will help prevent buildup of water, dirt, leaves etc. inside of your nice fire pit.  That way when you need to use it you just pull off the cover, turn on the gas, and kick back and enjoy your time outside.  There are not a lot of moving parts on a fire pit but when they break Drake Mechanical can be there to help you out.  Whether it is a worn out fire pit burner, worn out fire pit lighter, or even a worn out fire pit shut off valve don't fret, Drake's can get you all fixed up and roasting marshmallows in no time!  When you think fire pits, think Drake Mechanical and the guys in the big yellow trucks!

A few of our favorite things…=

Napoleon Model GPF & GPFG Patio flame.

Outdoor gas firepit in Boise Nampa and Caldwell

  
This Flickering Glow outdoor gas fire pit comes with an all stainless steel burner construction for maximum outdoor durability and weather resistance.  You can get these with a five piece GLOCAST log set or Topaz CRYSTALINE ember bed.  You can also get optional river rock media kits or glass media kits are available.  You can get an optional safety screen as well for this outdoor gas fire pit.  This fire pit is approved for use on wooden decks, stone or brick patios and concrete.  

 

 

Key Largo Fire Pit

Key Largo Natural Gas Firepit in Meridian

The Key Largo is a great looking fire pit.  This can be installed in either propane or easily converted over to clean natural gas so that you do not have to mess with filling up heavy and dirty propane tanks when you want to enjoy your fire pit.  The Crystal fire produces up to 80,000 BTU's, and can be installed many ways.  The Key Largo is truly a showcase of fire.  The beautiful glowing fire dances on top of a bed of a bed of fire glass.  This is special glass that is specifically designed for being inside of a fire.  The burner on this fire pit is made out of stainless steel; the exterior of the lower portion of the fire pit is made out of steel and coated with stucco.

Stone Fire Table Fire Pit

Eagle Fire Pit Table Installation

The Stone fire Table fire pit is a beautiful accent to any patio or outdoor entertainment area.  This is a very attractive round black table with a fire pit in the middle.  This fire pit has multiple options as well.  From different colored glass in your fire pit to maybe going with a log set you can have it all.  Push the button and put your feet up.  The Stone fire table fire pit can also be converted to natural gas as it comes with the necessary parts to do so.  This way you don't have to mess with heavy, dirty propane tanks.

 

Drake Mechanical is your go to for all of your outdoor kitchen needs. We can help you turn your backyard into an oasis to enjoy for years to come. Call us today and mention this blog to schedule your complimentary consultation!

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 6/13/2016 4:14:00 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Air conditioner maintenance is more than just blowing hot air. Two out of every 3 homes in the America have an air conditioning unit. We spend over $11,000,000,000 every year to power these units. So how can we put a little bit of that money back in your pockets and ensure a cool summer? Thanks to the department of energy and our own Fred Roberts we have tips for lowering your cooling costs and helping you choose the right unit for you. Or, if you’re like me, understanding what kind of air conditioner is in your house now.  

air conditioning types

Now that you know what’s in your house, what do you do if….

 

Your unit isn’t cooling properly:

·                 Your refrigerant could be low or leaking. Call a trained technician to repair the leak and recharge the system

·         If you have a window unit, the thermostat sensor could be knocked out of position. Carefully bend the wire holding it in place to the proper position. Not sure if you want to mess with wires? Call a trained technician

·         Check your thermostat to make sure it is set properly and is reading the correct temperature. Have a difference of opinion on who controls the temperature? Get a new wifi thermostat., you can control and lock your thermostat from your Smartphone device!

·         If the unit isn’t draining properly, check for clogs. Not sure how to locate the drain? Call a trained technician

·         Check your filters. A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing it efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air. Most filters should be replaced quarterly.

Your unit isn’t turning on:

·             Check the batteries in your thermostat, time for a new thermostat…great time to look into a new Ecobee wifi unit!

·         Your compressor and fan control could be worn out from having the system turn off and on too frequently. Contact a professional to check the unit’s electrical connections.

Your unit has limited airflow:

·         Your ducts could be leaking air or clogged. Call a trained technician to clean and air seal your ducts

·         A clogged filter restricts airflow through the unit, decreasing efficiency and reducing its ability to effectively cool the air. Filters should be changed quarterly. Did you know Drake’s is your go to for filters? Even the hard to find sizes!

Maintenance is the keep to a long, healthy life for your unit!

·         Replace or clean your air filters every 3 months-it can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%

·         Check your evaporator coil every year and clean as necessary. Not sure what an evaporator coil is? Call a trained technician

·         If you have a split system, be sure to clean debris and leaves from the fan, compressor and condenser.

·         For window air conditioners, inspect the window seals to keep cool air from escaping

·         Hire a (you guessed it) a trained technician when your unit needs more than basic maintenance. Or, when you just want the peace of mind of knowing it’s taken care of by a reputable professional.

But wait there’s more…easy tricks to lowering your cooling costs. If you’re already doing these, give yourself a pat on the back, you conservationist you!

·         Install and set a programmable thermostat—it could save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs every year. Spend a lot of time outdoors? A wifi thermostat lets you increase the temperature while you’re gone and right back to comfortable before you walk through the front door.

·         Don’t heat your home with appliances. On hot days, consider using an outdoor grill instead of your oven. Need a gas line run to your new outdoor kitchen? We can help with that too!!

·         Install energy efficient window coverings that let natural light in and prevent solar heat gain.

·         Insulate your attic and walls, seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.

·         Insulate and seal ducts- air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling systems energy consumption

·         Use a bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking this helps remove heat and humidity from your home.

·         Buy an energy stat qualified AC unit, on average they’re up to 15% more efficient than standard models.

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 5/12/2016 4:35:00 PM
Friday, April 15, 2016

Many families are taking advantage of a growing economy and favorable interest rates to upgrade their home plumbing installations. According to the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, home improvement spending growth will jump to 6.8 percent this year, compared to 2.4 percent growth last year. And when it comes to plumbing installations, pools and kitchens are the highest-value investments.

When you decide to add a new bathroom to your home or remodel an existing bathroom, you have a lot of options at your disposal. Maybe you want to mimic the best in celebrity bathrooms, or make a custom plumbing installation that’s a perfect fit for your own personal style. You can ramp up the IQ of your bathroom with a smart toilet or other advanced technology. Whatever choice you make, your new water closet is sure to be more attractive and valuable than what you were using before.

Bathroom remodeling Boise

Given how many trades are required for a typical bathroom remodel-plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more- it pays to have one person to coordinate all of that for you. At Drake’s we only work with people that we would bring into our own homes. So you have the comfort of knowing you’re dealing with the best in the Valley. We work with our team of trusted contractors to make the process as smooth as possible, and give you the peace of mind of knowing your home is treated as our own.

When it comes to bathroom upgrades, the possibilities are endless. Wanting to experience the ultimate luxury throne? The Neorest 750H with Actilight technology is truly a revolutionary innovation at the peak of luxury. This intelligent toilet uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean.  With other features like a heated seat, deodorizer and warm water sprays, Neorest 750H delivers an unparalleled sense of relaxation to you in the most comforting and refreshing ways possible. You can click the link to find out more.  http://www.totousa.com/neorest%C2%AE-750h-dual-flush-toilet-10-08-gpf-actilight%E2%84%A2

Luxary does’t have to come with a five figure price tag. The American Standard champion toilet has been deemed “unpluggable” by our own Nick Drake. A ‘comfort-height’ toilet is a great addition to any new bathroom. These models are easier to get on and off and are just as common as standard height models.

Champion toilet Boise

If you’re like most of us, a long soak in the tub has nothing on an amazing shower. From raising the height to adding additional shower heads, we can help you transform your bathroom into an oasis. Always wanted a walk in shower? We can do that! We can help you customize your walk in shower with rock, slate or whatever your dreams are. Multiple shower heads are being increasingly popular in new homes and add value when you decide to sell your home.

If you’re ready to make your bath dreams come true, give us a call. Our knowledgeable techs and trusted partners are here for you every step of the way….today and for years to come!

 

 

 

 

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 4/15/2016 10:36:00 AM
Friday, January 29, 2016

Why would I want a water softener some may ask.  The answer is easier than you may think.  Water softeners may cost you some money up front but in the end it will save you money, time and headaches with your water piping, plumbing fixtures, water heater and even your appliances.  

SUMO water softeners in Idaho

Water softeners have been around a long time.  They used to use tons of salt and didn't really work that well.  As time has gone on the water softener has evolved like everything else out there.  They use less salt, less water when the water softener regenerates and take out the hard water minerals that ruin your washing machine, water heater, stain your plumbing fixtures and wear out your dishwasher and cause spotting on your nice clean dishes.  You will also find that you use less soap in the process for laundry, showers, dishes and more.  Hard water prevents your soap to suds up which in turn means you use twice as much soap as you need to get things clean.  All those hard water minerals also build up inside of your water heater cutting down the capacity of the hot water and ruining the tank on your water heater much faster than it should.  There are some parts of Boise that have very little to no hard water but as you head west a crossed the valley on average the water gets worse the farther west you go.  If you don't know if you have hard water or want to have it checked out you have come to the right place.  Drake Mechanical can test your water for Iron, PH, water hardness and more.  Give the trusted professionals at Drake Mechanical who have been providing you with the same great service and honest up front pricing a call today or CLICK HERE to shoot us an e mail and get scheduled today.  If you want choices we have many choices of water softeners that we can offer you and they all have their place and application.  From the SUMO Water Softener to the NUVO, Sterling or even the Nugen.  Drake Mechanicals technitians even specialize in commercial water softeners so that we can cover all of your water softener needs throught the Treasure Valley!

Boise water softener experts

Posted by DrakeAdmin at 1/29/2016 9:45:00 AM
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