March 13th, 2018
Leaks and clogs are the two most common plumbing problems faced by homeowners, and the usual reaction is to simply take care of the problem yourself. Cleansers and snakes are available at any hardware store to deal with clogs, while enterprising do-it-yourselfers might take a stab at repairing plumbing leaks on their own. In most cases, this is a huge mistake, and you would be better off calling in a professional plumber to handle the situation. Why? There are several reasons.
March 5th, 2018
We’ve officially entered the last few weeks of winter, which means we’ll soon be turning off our heating systems and turning on our air conditioners. We strongly recommend scheduling a maintenance session for your heating system sometime soon. The warming weather means you won’t have use of the system for much longer, but you have likely been running your heater quite often in the last few months. That can build up a huge amount of wear and tear, which will eventually lead to a serious breakdown if you’re not careful. A maintenance session is just what the doctor ordered.
February 19th, 2018
We get our share of chilly days in this part of the world, and your heating system is absolutely indispensable when it comes to keeping your home warm. But there are additional steps you can take to make sure your home makes the best use of the heat it provides. Added insulation, for instance, means the air in your home will stay warm longer, as will sealing cracks under your door with weather stripping (available at any local hardware store).
February 12th, 2018
We’re in the throes of winter, which means that your furnace is likely running all day every day to keep your home warm and comfortable. Now is the time to check it for signs that it may be on its last legs. If you have an older furnace that has been struggling lately, you’re likely looking at a replacement sometime in the next few years. And while you want to get as much use out of a given heating system as possible, it pays to know when the time has come to put an older unit out to pasture.
February 5th, 2018
We handle a lot of well services for local clients who live in rural areas. Private wells or shared wells make an excellent means of providing safe potable water from a home that might otherwise struggle with its water supply. Private wells can also be used to provide irrigation, either for farming or simply to provide the greenery in your yard with sprinkler water. Either way, that might mean digging a specific well, called an irrigation well on your property. A trained expert is absolutely necessary when planning and conducting such an operation.
January 22nd, 2018
If you live in a city, your water is handled by a municipal water service, which takes care of safety issues like contamination and bacterial infection. If you live in the country, however – and a number of people in the area do – then you need to rely on alternative water supplies. This can often involve a well, either one dug directly on your property or a communal well which you share with a number of other households.
Either way, such a well needs to be drilled by a company that knows what it’s doing and has the proper credentials to handle the job the right way. In so doing, you’ll guarantee that your water supply remains safe, and that no critical detail gets overlooked.
January 16th, 2018
Winters are fairly mild in our neck of the woods, but our heating systems still get called into use on a regular basis. If your heater is on its last legs, you may need to get it replaced before the spring. That can lead to a bit of a scramble as you work to get your new heater put in before the next cold front arrives. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should skimp on the necessary steps toward ensuring that your new heating system is working exactly the way it should.
In particular, you should watch out for the comparative power levels of your new heating system. You’re probably aware that an underpowered heater will not be a good fit for your home. It will run constantly — elevating both the monthly costs and the strain on the system — while never really getting your house warm. But an overpowered heating system can be just as bad.
January 8th, 2018
If you live in the city, water for your plumbing system likely arrives via municipal water lines. But our part of the world has a lot of rural homes, and in those cases, other options must be found. Without a reservoir or standing water supply nearby, your best option is usually drilling for well water, then setting up the proper lines and connections to your home. That’s a complicated and potentially difficult process, though the results can give your home the fresh water and reliable self-sufficiency that homes in our part of the world sometimes require. In those cases, you want to make sure you contact the right plumbing service to handle the job the right day.
Finding the Spot
Unless there’s surface water visible, drilling for a well means finding the location of any underground water on your property (or nearby if you belong to a water-sharing collective). That means taking a careful survey of the land to find potential spots. This can be aided immeasurably by using computerized surveying equipment, which can detect the presence of groundwater with uncanny accuracy and show you just where to dig. It can also determine the depth of the dig needed to reach it and other such information which allows you to make proper plans with all the details in place.
The dig itself utilizes a drill, which must be rented as part of the process. Dig times may vary, depending on the depth of the well and the type of rock in the ground above it. Once the well is dug, the technicians will examine it carefully to determine the well’s depth (a simple matter of using a measuring line in most cases) and yield (the amount of gallons per minute it can deliver), as well as seeing how far the water level dropped and how quickly it was restored to its original level. The water itself will be tested to ensure their no contaminants or other concerns, and the well will be capped.
Once the well is dug, lines themselves need to be run from your new well to any homes that intend to make use of it. In many cases, that will include the installation of water purifiers, water softeners, and other devices designed to keep impurities out of your home’s water supply. Those devices will need to be periodically serviced and tested so that they continue to function efficiently. Furthermore, the well itself will need to be regularly tested for the presence of bacteria or contaminants that may not have been present the when you initially dug for the well.
With the right team on your side, your new well can be dug and provide service to you and your family for generations. The friendly pros at D’Spain Sales & Service Inc. can perform well drilling and well water testing in Bandera, TX, as well as provide a host of related plumbing services. Call on us today and let us show you what we can do.
December 25th, 2017
We pride ourselves on our self-reliance here in Texas, especially in the country where people are used to doing things themselves. That tendency should never extend to electrical wiring, however. Whether you’re replacing an electrical outlet or running a new length of wire, it always pays to hire an electrician to do the job the right way. Why? There are a number of very strong reasons.
December 19th, 2017
Winter is all but here, with cold temperatures in the forecast for the foreseeable future. That means your air conditioning system is probably the last thing on your agenda right now, shelved in favor of focusing on your heating system and other components to your home pertinent to wintertime comfort.
That doesn’t mean you should forget about your air conditioner, however. Surprise heat waves are not uncommon in the winter, and when the warm air arrives for good in March or April, you want your system to be ready to handle it. That starts now with a little judicious planning.