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3 Ways Duct Cleaning Reduces Allergy Symptoms

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, Allergy Symptoms

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Do you think you have a leaking pipe in your home?

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 18, 2017 7:01:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in leaking pipe

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Do you think you have a leaking pipe in your home? 

 

Here are a few ways to find a leaking pipe before it becomes a bigger and more expensive problem.

Check your water bill
Did your water bill suddenly shoot up?  Is it higher than it was a year ago?  The water meter tracks the water that passes through it, whether it ends up in your shower or leaking from a pipe behind a wall.If you are paying for more water than you remember using, it could be a leaking pipe.
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The Worst Way To Fix A Clogged Drain

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 11, 2017 7:33:21 AM / by Reid Geiler

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The Worst Way To Fix A Clogged Drain


The worst way to fix a clogged drain is doing it yourself.  Sure, a clogged drain is irritating, but seems like an easy fix.   Just pour some drain cleaner down the hole and wait for the magic to happen, right?  The problem is that magic will actually not happen, and some very bad things just might.  Like:

You fill the air with toxic fumes
Do you remember every chemical that has gone down that clogged drain before you poured that caustic chemical in?  Most retail drain cleaners are lye or bleach based.  If you have rinsed an ammonia based cleaner down the drain and then follow it with a drain cleaner that's bleach based, those two chemicals can combine and fill your house with toxic chloramine vapor, basically clorine gas.  If you are in unventilated area and inhale some of that, you could have serious medical emergency on your hands.  Also, these chemicals are designed to dissolve organic matter to open clogged drains.  You don't want that organic matter to be part of your body.

You burn a hole in your pipes
Pipes don't run in straight lines.  They all have U shaped bends called drain traps that are designed to keep sewer gas from getting inside your house.  If liquid drain cleaner gets into this trap, it will eventually chew a hole in your pipe and you will have a much bigger problem on your hand than a clogged drain.  The acid will also eat away at enamel and other finishes in your sinks.
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Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 28, 2017 10:23:36 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Radon Mitigation, Radon Testing

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Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation

Radon is the most common cause of lung cancer besides cigarette smoking in the United States. Radon is scary because it is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas and therefore, is impossible to detect or remove without professional radon testing and radon mitigation.

What Is Radon?

Radon is a gas emitted from the elements uranium, thorium, and radium, which is found in most rocks and soil. Radon is in the air we breathe every day and is not dangerous at all at low levels.

However, at high levels radon is a killer. It can accumulate a house through cracks in the walls, cracks in the foundation, or from well water. According to the EPA, one out of every 15 homes contains life-threatening levels of radon. It is the cause of thousands of death each year from lung cancer.

How To Find Out If Your Home Contains Radon

Every home should be professionally tested for radon and because most counties stipulate that a home must be tested for radon before completing a sale, you’ll find hundreds of radon testing and and mitigation companies out there that want your business. But because your family’s health is at stake (or the successful sale of your home) it’s crucially important that you choose wisely. Only hire a company that is certified by the EPA, your state’s Department of Health, and The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists. We are proud to be certified by all three.

How Radon Testing Works

First, you’ll be instructed to keep your house tightly closed for a specific amount of time prior to your radon test (usually 12 hours or more). The technician will then set up radon testing equipment in the lowest living area of your home. You’ll need to keep your home closed tightly for the next 48 hours.

Next, the technician will pick up the radon testing equipment and use it to generate a report. If dangerous levels are detected, a radon mitigation system will immediately be put into place.

What is a Radon Mitigation System?

The most common radon mitigation system is called Sub Slab Depressurization. It reduces the amount of radon in your home to a safe level using a fan/exhaust pipe system. This system effectively pulls radon out from beneath the building and moves it through a pipe that extends up above the eaves of your home and safely outside.

Frequently Asked Questions about Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation

Can I reduce radon by sealing the cracks in my basement myself?
No. Radon is a gas it can and can easily move through concrete.

How long does it take to set up a radon mitigation system?
We install most systems in just a few hours.

Why does the fan and exhaust pipe have to be located outside?
The EPA requires that the system is placed outside your house to ensure that your home is always safe from radon, even in the case of a leak.

Must the exhaust pipe go all the way up to the roof?
The EPA stipulates that the exhaust pipe be placed at least ten feet off the ground and extend beyond the roof eaves.

Why is The Geiler Company a great choice for radon testing and radon mitigation?
As a family owned business, we put our heart and reputation into everything we do. Not only have we earned the appropriate certifications for radon testing and radon mitigation, we have more experience in the field than most other companies in the area. Our technicians understand your concerns and answer all your questions before we get started.

If you’re concerned about radon in your home or if you are considering a sale, please call us.

We’ll take good care of you.

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NRPP Mitigation ID: RMT-102257 valid thru 2018-05-31
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Do programmable thermostats save money?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 7, 2017 2:02:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, thermostat, heating

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Do programmable thermostats save money?  

According to Energy Star (https://www.energystar.gov/), a federal program to help consumers save energy, 45% of total power use in a home goes to heating and cooling, and the average cost for that comfort is $2100 to $2500 per year.   The greater the difference between the outside and inside temperature of your home, the higher the energy costs.  Someone willing to be a little cold in the winter in Chicago will save more than someone who has to burn less energy to stay warm.

The other factor at play is the human one.  The more determined you are to save energy, the more you will save. 
How willing are you to be a little cold in the winter or hot in the summer? 
Can you keep your finger off the thermostat?

Let's look at the numbers.  Programmable thermostats typically cost three times as much as manual ones.   Let's say we are going to spend $150 on a programmable thermostat, hoping to get that money back with a lower energy bill.

A 2007 study found that homes with programmable thermostats saved an average of 6.5 percent of their energy costs.  Using the middle ground of $2300 per year, that's $149.50.  That pays for the thermostat the first year and goes into your pocket after that. 
 
But can you save that 6.5 percent?

If you let your home get uncomfortably hot or cold when you are away and then burn energy getting comfortable when you get home, you won't save much.  Experts say you must be willing tosave energy when you are home as well as away.  Giving up one degree of climate comfort generally translates into one percent of energy savings.  
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How Often Should I Change My Air Conditioner Filter?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 30, 2017 3:20:10 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, air conditioning

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How often should I change my air conditioner filter?  Sooner or later, everyone ends up asking that question.  Some of them ask it right after they are presented with a large repair bill that could have been prevented with a few dollars and a few minutes of work.

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5 Pollutants That Cause Indoor Allergies (& What To Do About Them)

[fa icon='calendar'] May 4, 2017 1:06:00 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality

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To prevent an allergy or asthma attack it would seem to make sense to stay indoors as much as possible and keep all your windows closed, especially when pollen counts are the highest. However, research show that the levels of pollutants inside your home can actually be greater than the levels of allergens outside your home.  For allergic people that’s really bad news.

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How To Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 10, 2017 2:41:32 PM / by Reid Geiler

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What To Do When Your Sump Pump Has Stopped Working

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 27, 2017 12:48:29 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in what to do when your sump pump quits working

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It’s a fact. We get more thunderstorms storms and rainfall in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky these days. What does this mean for homeowners? More worries about basement flooding.

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8 Common Air Conditioner Problems - And How To Fix Them

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 8:32:38 AM / by Reid Geiler

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8 Common Central Air Conditioner Problems – And How To Prevent Them

The Weather In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Can Be Unpredictable

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