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Appliance Repair St. Louis Over the lifetime of your appliances, you will probably have to fix an issue at some point--whether it's your refrigerator, freezer, oven, or dishwasher. Hoffmann Brothers wants to help you make your appliances last a long time, so we compiled some tips that will help you save time, help your appliances run more efficiently and extend their usage. Safety First Safety is the most important step when repairing your appliances. Remember to: Unplug the appliance before making any repairs Look out for sharp edges or pointy parts – especially on dryers! Remove ALL jewelry beforehand Tie back long hair Make sure that your work area is well-lit Wear closed toed shoes Use your legs (NOT your back!) when lifting appliances Appliance Repair Service St. Louis If you ever find that you need professional help when repairing your appliances, remember that Hoffmann Brothers is here to help you!...
Sump Pumps St. Louis Keep your basement dry this summer despite St. Louis rain by replacing your sump pump. This is especially important if you live in an area that’s predisposed to flooding like St. Charles County. Here are all the facts you need to know on sump pumps: When to make a sump pump replacement: Sump pumps have an operating lifespan of 10 years. If your sump pump fails to work during rising water levels, it can incur serious and expensive damage. Avoid this by calling a plumber to inspect your sump pump to see if a replacement is necessary. Types of sump pumps: Submersible pumps – A submersible pump lives in a hole and has a waterproof encasement to protect the motor. However, because these are submersed, these types of pumps may call for regular replacement. Pedestal pumps – A pedestal pump’s motor is several feet above the water...

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Clogged Drains St. Louis Kitchen sink always clogging? Garbage disposal not disposing? Bathroom sink backed up? Clogged drains are a headache, and aren’t always the easiest to clean out. Fortunately, you can take certain steps to prevent having to deal with unwanted blockage in your home drains. What’s unsafe to throw down the drain? Here’s a list of some surprising (and not so surprising) things you should NEVER put down the drain: Coffee Grounds: Did you know that most plumbers say that nothing causes more blockages than coffee grounds and grease? Try reusing your coffee grounds or composting them. Eggshells: Even with a garbage disposal, eggshell bits and pieces love to stick to other waster and form clogs. Grease: Duh. But don’t forget this includes cooked and/or melted fat from meat, bacon, sausage, poultry, skin from boiled poultry, and even gravy! Flushable cat litter: “Flushable” cat litter is not only bad...
Sewer Repair or Replacement St. Louis When your main drain backs up into your home it leaves you with a mess and a headache. Dealing with the damage of a backed up sewer is something you never want to experience, but if you do, you never want to experience it again. When this happens it leaves you with two options: You can either repair or replace your sewer pipe to fix the problem.  Drain Back Up St Louis When a drain technician is at your home, they will suggest a repair if your main drain is reasonably accessible, properly sized for your home, and has a reasonable life expectancy left.  For example, if you have tree roots blocking your pipe, you can choose a spot repair to remove the roots using a root killer. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution because the tree roots will grow back later, which will...

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Sewers St. LouisSewers are never fun to talk about. What’s even less fun? When your sewer drain clogs and floods your home’s basement with waste. Not only can this cause extensive damage to your home, but also it can leave your home smelling like sewage and could be very costly.  Unfortunately, if this situation happens, you probably need more than just a drain cleaning. The sewer drain that clogs is called your main drain. Main drains rarely back up unless there is something structurally wrong with the line. Drains St. LouisMain drains usually clog due to a few reasons: • Foreign Objects• Tree Roots• Pipe Misalignment• Pipe Belly• Partially or Fully Collapsed Pipe To determine the cause of your main drain blockage, a technician will lower a special camera through the pipe of your main drain. The technician will show you the image and explain what’s causing your home to flood...

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Refrigerator Repair St LouisIs your refrigerator on the fritz? Ice maker stopped working? Refrigerator leaking water? Or is the frige making a loud noise? If you are in need of a refrigerator repair there are some steps you can take to ensure it isn’t something simple first. 1.    Check to make sure the Refrigerator is plugged in. Sometimes if the fridge gets nudged the plug can come loose. 2.    Check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t tripped. 3.    Inspect the fan or compartments that are easily accessible as they may have gotten stopped up with household items or dirt. If you have checked all these things, and you are still having issues then it is best to call a Licensed Refrigerator repair Contractor so they can fix the refrigerator properly. If for some reason your refrigerator is not repairable or is very old and replacing is better, then you...

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St Louis has experience record rainfall this year. Many low lying areas in St Louis county have been affected by flooding. We can’t prevent against flooding or rivers, streams, and ponds, but there are actions we can take to keep our basements from getting water, or drains backing up into our home. Sewer Back up St LouisMany times the reason that your sewer would back up into your home is due to the city sewer being backed up due to heavy rains. Unfortunately, if it is the city sewer system that is backing up, all that we can really do is wait for the rain subside and survey the damage. If you main sewer line is backing up, it is always recommended to have a drain cleaner come out to your home to camera the line to make sure there aren’t any roots, cracks, or bellies. If you do have one...

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10 Home Problems Hiding In Plain Sight! Your home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. For many people, it’s not just a few walls and a roof - it’s an investment! To ensure that your home is always in the best shape, here is a list of 10 potential problems that might be hiding in your home right now and how to avoid them before they get out of hand. 1. Change Your Air Filter Changing your air filter regularly ensures proper airflow. One of the biggest repair calls we get in the Spring and Summer is the air conditioner or coil are frozen. When you have restricted air flow because of clogged filters the indoor coil can freeze up. A frozen coil can be a costly repair. Change your air filter once a month to ensure your system never gets a restriction. 2. Turn Outdoor...
For the residents of St Louis, who are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, there's much to do for the big celebration. From preparing the home, to planning the menu, this checklist should help keep all chores in perspective. Operation organize.A spokesperson of Hoffmann Brothers advises," Don't forget to remove all leaves from the gutter. An accumulation of leaves in the gutter may trigger other unwanted events in the home. From the foyer, mud room, coffee table to the kitchen, de-clutter these spaces to ensure a comfortable and warm environment for your guests. Operation clean up.Using a damp cloth, apply an eco-friendly cleaner to refresh cabinets. Don't forget to give the oven a good cleaning, according to the manufactures instructions. Remember to open windows or a door to release any carbon monoxide poisoning. Sanitize it.Run an empty load of the dishwasher. Toss old leftovers, creating space to accommodate the appetizers and...
Hoffmann Brothers, a St Louis HVAC Contractor, provides residents of St. Louis City with the most common gaffes to avoid. The sealed flue. Before burning the fireplace or hearth, make sure the flue is open to prevent any fatal situations (i.e. fire, carbon monoxide poisoning). A garaged, idling vehicle. When a car idles, while it is parked in the garage, carbon monoxide seeps into the home. Forgoing an emergency kit. In the event of a weather related disaster, does your home have an emergency kit, (solar charger, adequate food, water, flashlights etc.)? Be sure to refer to the emergency information at Ready.gov to create an emergency kit. Unadjusted gas water storage heater. Another potentially hazardous or combustive situation is an improperly adjusted gas water heater or any other appliance that uses gas. The outcome can be fatal. (The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are below) Mistaken stomach flu. The symptoms of...

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Bursting pipes attribute significant destruction and loss in Saint Louis County. Do you know what to do if your pipes freeze? Before we highlight how to manage a burst pipe, let’s first review how to prevent such a mishap. Causes and Effects of Pipe BurstsBursting pipes often transpire as the result of frozen water. If the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes may freeze. Consequently, it is important to keep the home’s comfort system on (even when the home is vacant) to eliminate such problems. Bursting pipes can also be the end result of corroded pipes, giving way to a potentially devastating leak. During the home’s annual plumbing checkup make sure your plumber checks the condition of your pipes. Are you a Hoffmann Brothers Plumbing member? Now that we’ve reviewed ways to prevent a pipe from bursting, make note of what to do in the event that one of your...
Geothermal heat pumps double as a free hot water source in both the summer and winter months in St. Louis, MO. Yet, as geothermal energy gains popularity in Missouri and southern Illinois, homeowners should make note of the following facts pertaining to this free source of hot water. In order to make use of the wasted heat generated by a geothermal system’s compressor, a desuperheater captures that energy to treat and re-purpose the water. Geothermal systems are excellent sources of free hot water, in humid cities such as Collinsville, Edwardsville, St. Louis City, Chesterfield and Ladue. During the summer, when the geothermal heat pump produces cool air, it can process most of a home’s hot water. In other words, a household can depend on most of its hot water supply during muggy times of the year. In contrast, the geothermal pump does not provide the same volume of hot water over...
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a reality for many American households and one of the most underrated and reported tragedies of the holiday season. The business of meal preparation and keeping the home comfy and toasty during Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and other holiday celebrations can expeditiously go wrong. Environments with insufficient ventilation and moisture are vulnerable to CO poisoning. Healthy indoor air quality also entails adequate ventilation. To prevent CO fatalities, always have the heating system inspected and cleaned by a licensed HVAC contractor before the winter season commences. There are many gases, electrical components and more that need to be maintained on an annual basis. In smaller sized homes and apartments, try to bake the turkey in the oven with windows and/or a door cracked to promote cross ventilation. Outdoor cooking appliances, such as gas and charcoal burning grills, are unsuitable for cooking the Thanksgiving dinner inside. This tenet...
Root infiltration wreaks havoc in the residential areas of West County in St Louis, MO. Sewer pipe blockage is salvageable as long as pipes are not damaged beyond repair. Frequently, contractors of plumbing St. Louis apply hydro jetting to resolve these obstructions. But, there’s only one foolproof method for diagnosing such blockages: video pipe inspection. Hoffmann Brothers offers this service. We evaluate the health of your home’s pipes via a live monitor feed during the video inspection. With video pipe inspections, there’s no need to dig up the entire backyard. A mini-sized camera, attached to a video monitor shows where any cracks, corrosion, shifting pipes, blockage from debris accumulation, and other problems reside. When neglected, an accumulation of sediment, grease, sludge, roots, sapling and other loose matter in sewer pipes can turn into expensive plumbing service repairs. Hydro jetting is the least invasive plumbing service and is deemed across the nation...
Lowering energy consumption costs has become very popular among St Louis area households, who enjoy attaining the best value for their money. That’s why more and more homeowners in St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles Counties are spreading their dollars this winter in the investment of high efficiency heating systems, furnace and boilers. Five answers, provided by Hoffmann Brothers Heating and Air conditioning clarify the basics of the boiler installation. Are the latest models of boilers so easy to install that anyone can do-it-themselves?Regardless of the age of a boiler, there are specific safety precautions that a licensed engineer has the expertise to manage. More than standard furnaces and heating systems, boilers are complex and involve either water, steam or gas. It is absolutely best to use a licensed HVAC Contractor who has experience with Boilers. What is the recommended annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating for an Energy Star qualified...
In St. Louis County, St Charles County & Jefferson County among all the festivities of this time of year, several vital tactics complement the holiday season’s jolliness and warmth. Hoffmann Brothers, your St Louis HVAC Contractor, reminds homeowners to add these items onto the holiday ideas checklist. Bake safe. Baking holiday cookies with the hearth oven crackling in the background is ambient and reminiscent of the season, as along as the home is not collecting an invisible poison, named carbon monoxide. Make sure the carbon monoxide detector is properly working, has not expired and contains updated batteries. Also, set the humidifier at the level recommended in the manufacturer’s instruction manual to reduce dry air. When the indoor environment consists of dry air, carbon monoxide coupled with poor ventilation, it is a recipe for combustion. Practice preventative care.Replace filters on a monthly basis. Maximize the efficiency of the home’s heating system, by...
Kitchen remodeling projects don’t transpire as easily as documented on HGTV and other DIY home design television shows. There are so many plumbing articles that mislead many homeowners into believing that they can do it themselves. With You Tube videos and cable TV downplaying the intricacy of kitchen remodeling projects, there’s a growing misconception that hiring a plumbing contractor is unnecessary. In reality, some of the “simplistic” kitchen remodeling jobs can quickly turn catastrophic. Here are four projects to enlist the professional support of a plumbing contractor: Install garbage disposals.On DIY websites such as Popular Mechanics, the garbage disposal replacement is “fairly simple.” Yet between the drain fittings, electrical connections and leaks, the garbage disposal installation, replacement is best managed by a plumbing contractor. Installing gas lines.Installing gas lines is considered a facet of plumbing. Even though connecting a gas line for an oven or any other kitchen appliance seems easy...
With St. Louis County medical facilities and hospitals anticipating an influx of new patients this fall, a spike in infectious and airborne diseases is paramount. UV lights help defend against the proliferation of airborne bacterium. For decades, UV lights have been found to stabilize indoor air quality in the health sector. In St. Louis County, clean indoor air quality is especially critical in health clinics, laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, and other medical facilities, where bacteria and mold have the ability to multiply. Mold is a perennial element. In St. Louis County, health centers are hypersensitive to airborne contaminants, mold, and allergens. Given the humidity level of southeastern Missouri, airborne disinfection involves a medical environment’s HVAC system. An HVAC system is vulnerable to mold growth on the cooling coils of the cooling system. Germicidal UV lights defend against the recirculation of such airborne contaminants. In a public health report, published by the...
When commercial property managers compare bid quotes for design-build projects, there’s a tendency to focus on the total cost of the estimate, as in the final number. From achieving future federal and local energy standards, lowering utility bills to the timeliness of the HVAC system’s completion, there are so many dynamics to weigh and consider when shopping for an HVAC mechanical contractor firm in St. Louis. The ultimate purpose of any HVAC design build project is to customize an energy efficient HVAC system that best fits your organization’s needs. You want to ensure you choose an experienced Mechanical Contractor who has design/build projects before. Make sure the HVAC mechanical contractor firm demonstrates an attention to timeliness. During the bid process, be sure to ask each mechanical engineering firm, if there are any obstacles that would interrupt the design-build schedule. A significantly lower bid quote for a design build project is often...
The kitchen sink’s garbage disposal is a misunderstood household waste system. As the term garbage disposal is misconstrued with garbage, there’s a misconception that the kitchen appliance consumes all unwanted leftovers. From its diet, sanitization needs and maintenance, Hoffmann Brothers, a St. Louis Plumber discloses these tactics to avert garbage disposal repairs and replacements. The garbage disposal dietThe garbage disposal has a finicky diet. It prefers to eat small morsels, and soft food remnants. It has an aversion to fruit and vegetable peels. Egg, shrimp and crab shells are too harsh on its digestive system. The kitchen sink garbage disposal considers turkey cartilage, ham shanks and other large bone marrows as unsavory, as well. Even though nails, bottle caps are generally small elements, the garbage disposal is neither conducive for such metal matters. Garbage disposals are engineered to ease clearing remnants off of dinnerware, prevent drain clogs and backed up sinks....
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