How to Prepare your Heating System for the Winter

Filed under: Brooklyn Heater

Heating system maintenance is of the utmost important before the harsh winter sets in and you need to use your heating system round the clock. Brooklyn residents can call Vigilante heating and cooling professionals for their heating system maintenance. Prepare your heating system for the winter by following some simple steps.

Check the filter

One of the best things you can do to prepare your heating system to run efficiently in the winter months is to check the filter of your heating system. Call in a professional to see if the filter needs to be cleaned or repaired or replaced. Clean filters use less energy and it means low energy consumption and hence lower power bills. Heating system maintenance means keeping the filter in top shape.

Check the vents

The vents of a heating system can have any number of problems such as clogs, spores and leaks. All of these mean that your heating system will not work properly; will consume lot of energy and run huge power bills and still won’t heat the house well. You can call a heating system maintenance professional to check for any problems and deal with them before the cold months.

Check the blower

Heating system maintenance means the blower is well-oiled and is ready for use without any problems. Closely examine the blower motor and belt and repair any part that seems out of order. Check the blower door for any leaks to ensure no carbon monoxide finds its way to your home.


Posted on December 11th, 2014 by admin

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When Do You Need To Get A Video Pipe Inspection?

Filed under: Brooklyn Drain Clearing

A sewer line can cause a lot of headache for a homeowner in Brooklyn. The most important factor to consider about a faulty, clogged, or cracked sewer line is that its effects may not initially be that serious. A failure to address a sewer line problem, though, can be quite disastrous, and ultimately quite expensive as well. Fortunately for you, there are a number of reliable pipe inspection companies in Brooklyn who use the finest equipment available to reduce the inconvenience caused to residents. In this article, we take a brief look at certain signs that may suggest that you need a pipe inspection.

Indicators of a faulty sewer line

If you are looking to purchase a property in Brooklyn, as a responsible buyer, it is crucial that you hire a professional company to carry out a pipe inspection. Sewer replacement can be a very expensive process, and if you have not budgeted for it, your home finances can be in serious trouble.

Very often, a broken or a cracked pipe will begin leaking into your garden or yard. If you have found that there is a strange unpleasant odor on your property, a broken sewer line is quite likely to the be the root cause.

Homeowners who have many plants and trees in their gardens must schedule pipe inspections from time to time. One of the most common reasons for cracked pipes is that of tree root invasion. Roots from certain kinds of trees place added pressure on underground sewer lines, ultimately causing them to crack, and become clogged.


Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by admin

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5 Easy Ways to Unclog a Drain

Filed under: Brooklyn Drain Clearing, Brooklyn Drain Repairs

Your home’s plumbing and piping system needs to be inspected and maintained frequently. Many homeowners in Brooklyn fail to conduct any proper maintenance on their drains, sinks, toilets and plumbing, until piping eventually becomes clogged. Identifying a potential clogging problem before it becomes exacerbated will not only ensure your own comfort, convenience and safety, but will also help you save significantly on repair costs. Despite this, sometimes it is difficult to spot a clogging drain until it is late in the day. Let us take a look at five simple ways that one can go about solving a drain problem.

What are your options?

1. One of the most effective ways to a clogged drain is to introduce small amounts of baking soda and vinegar solution. Add approximately a third of a cup of baking soda to the same amount of vinegar, before pouring it down a clogged drain. The solution helps loosen grease and dirt within the drain, that may be made up of hair and other waste material.

2. Another effective way to unclog a drain is to use caustic soda. Caustic soda acts in the same way as the baking soda and vinegar solution, but has the possibility of causing chemical burns. Always use gloves and goggles when handling this chemical.

3. Another option available to you is that of the drain snake. This is a long, sturdy metallic rope that ends with a spiral. The drain snake can be inserted into a pipe to remove waste material that may be causing a clog.

4. If you are in a real emergency, you can simply use dish detergent as well. Add a quarter cup of dish detergent to some boiling water, before pouring it down a clogged drain. Use this solution, along with a plunger to take care of your drain problems.

5. Another handy solution to a clogged drain can be found in a mixture of salt and baking soda. Add half a cup of salt to a half cup of baking soda, before pouring it down a drain. Wait for a period of 10 to 20 minutes, before pouring boiling water down the drain.


Posted on September 30th, 2014 by admin

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Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

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Carbon monoxide is nicknamed the silent killer as it is a colorless, odorless and invisible gas. It is a greenhouse gas that is formed when fuels like wood, methane, propane, gasoline, oil, coal and natural gas are not burned completely.

How to keep away  carbon monoxide

You can take the following steps  to protect yourself or your near and dear ones from the gas: 

  • Carbon monoxide specific alarms can be installed in a strategic location near the sleeping areas and also at other important locations. In an ideal situation, the carbon monoxide alarms should be fixed at different parts of your  home.
  • Follow the manufacturer instructions when it comes to smoke detector install and the mounting height.
  •  Select a smoke detector which carries the label of a standardized testing laboratory in Brooklyn or any other recognized authority.
  •  After the smoke detector install, test the equipment at least once every month. If it is found defective, replace the unit with a new one.
  •  If the alarm is not audible, replace the old batteries with fresh ones
  •  In case of a carbon monoxide alarm, move quickly to a new location where there is fresh air. Stay there until the emergency personnel arrives.

Symptoms related to carbon monoxide poisoning

Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, the person exposed to it will not know. The primary symptoms include headache, nausea and fatigue.


Posted on September 16th, 2014 by admin

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Getting a Home Water Filtration System

Filed under: Water Filtraton

As a homeowner or resident of Brooklyn, the importance of protecting your family from harmful bacteria and other contaminants will not be lost on you. Installing a water filtration system in your home is one of the most effective ways to protect your family’s health. However, choosing the appropriate water filtration system for your home can be a challenge, and will depend on a variety of factors. One of the best ways to go about making this decision is by hiring water treatment professionals, like the ones at Vigilante.

What you need to keep in mind

The first factor that you will need to consider is the kind of contaminants present in water in your home. Different water filtration systems are better at eliminating different kinds of contaminants. As such, it is extremely important to conduct a water quality report before going ahead with your choice of water filter.

There are primarily two kinds of water filtration systems available. The first of these is known as the Point of Entry System. These water filtration systems are meant to treat all the water entering a home, regardless of what it will be used for. These are typically installed within water storage tanks in a home.

The second kind of system commonly installed is that of a Point of Use system. These systems are installed in order to treat water that is going to be used for specific purposes, such as consumption or showering. These systems can be installed anywhere in the home, but are typically found near faucets or shower heads.


Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by admin

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Take Care of your Bathroom with Plumbing Inspection

Filed under: Brooklyn sewer inspections

Bathroom drains and pipes in Brooklyn homes are regularly used and subjected to not only water, but dirt, grime, hair and soap and detergent lather as well. In the absence of regular sewer and drain inspection overtime, these can become clogged causing damage to bathroom plumbing.

Benefits of plumbing inspection

  • A plumbing inspection by a reputed company like Vigilante in Brooklyn can help detect any issues with your bathroom drains or pipes. An early warning can stop a lot of damage to your bathroom. This will also help you save money resulting from repairs of the extensive damage that might occur if minor plumbing issues are left unchecked over an extended period of time.
  • A sewer and drain inspection can reveal any small issue within your bathroom plumbing that might escalate in the future.
  • Sewer and drain inspections done in regular intervals can detect any cracks in your bathroom tiles, which if left unchecked can further crack the tiles. This will result in you replacing the tiles, which is a time consuming process.
  • Plumbing inspections can reveal any mold growth in bathroom drains and pipes, which can be halted before mold growth takes over the bathroom. Mold can also grow on damp bathroom walls. Dampness in bathroom walls can be from any cracks in the tiles or walls or from leaks from geysers or pipes.
  • Clogging of pipes from hair and grease can be prevented through plumbing inspections. If left unchecked, hair inside the drains can cause severe damage to the entire drainage system of your house through interconnected plumbing.

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by admin

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Install Efficient Bathroom Plumbing

Filed under: Brooklyn Plumber

Bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home as apart from family members,  your friends and guests are likely to use it. That is why, maintaining your bathroom and keeping it clean is important. If you want to create a clean, hygienic and classy ambiance in your Brooklyn home, start with bathroom remodeling.

Bathroom remodeling for your home

When considering bathroom remodeling, one of the most important factors you should think about is water conservation and making it more efficient. While great designing and tiling will always be a major part of your bathroom’s appeal, it is important to bring down your energy costs and wastage. This includes a thorough inspection of your faucets, toilets, and shower heads, drain pipes and so on. With a few simple changes like switching to high pressure flush tanks and shower heads, you can decrease the amount of water you use.

Concentrate on flooring

Another common factor that is commonly overlooking during bathroom remodeling is the flooring. With natural and matte flooring, you can give your bathroom a cleaner and safer floor. It is important to invest in anti-slip flooring that can prevent accidents and injuries. Making your home more eco-friendly should also extend to water conservation and one effective way to do that is to switch to low flow toilets. Using less water, these toilet designs effectively flush out after each use. It is estimated that switching to low flow toilet designs can help you decrease your water consumption by half!


Posted on July 8th, 2014 by admin

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The Benefits of Regular Sewer Line Inspections

Filed under: Brooklyn sewer inspections, Brooklyn sewer line inspections

Sewer line inspection is important

In any home, sewer lines are of the utmost importance as they carry away the waste generated in the household in a safe and clean manner. Cooking, bathing , cleaning and other such everyday activities generate a lot of waste and they cannot be completed if there are no sewer lines in the house. This is why if you live in Brooklyn and want to avoid problems in your sewer system or sewer line, you need to get sewer line inspection services performed regularly. With proper sewer line inspection, you can avoid major sewer line disasters and avoid expensive repair and clean up bills.

Why you should get regular sewer line inspection services

Probably the most important benefit of sewer line inspection is that you can spot signs of trouble in your sewer lines early on. Clogs can occur in the main sewer line or in any one of the secondary sewer lines. With proper and regular inspections, you can catch clogs just when they are forming so that they can be cleaned up and complete clogs removed. These days, video inspection is used for proper sewer line inspection. This also allows you to check pipes and other components for cracks and other defects. In places like Brooklyn where it can get really cold, checking for cracks can prevent pipe bursts. You can also see if roots are forming in the sewer lines.

Get sewer lines inspected as soon as possible

Sewer line inspection must be done periodically. If you haven’t had your sewer lines inspected in a long time, then call a plumber today.


Posted on June 24th, 2014 by admin

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Reduce Your HVAC Energy Costs

Filed under: Brooklyn air conditioner maintenance

Energy bills can get expensive in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to the extreme climatic conditions and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Saving energy costs in summers

With a few simple tips, you can cool your homes using less energy and thereby reduce your costs. HVAC maintenance includes changing the filters and getting the systems serviced regularly to get more efficiency. You can also save costs by using blinds and drapes during the daytime which will help reduce temperatures indoors. Zone your house’s cooling system to cool specific areas of your home that are most frequently used. To further reduce your HVAC energy costs in summer, consider a renewable energy like solar energy to power your HVAC systems.

Saving energy cost in winters

Inadequate insulation, particularly in older Brooklyn homes can lead to a high cost, both in winters as well as summers. Try not to use blinds in winters, let the natural sunlight help increase the temperatures indoors. A programmable thermostat will save energy when you are not home. It is a good idea to service your heating system before the onset of winter. If you have an annual HVAC maintenance contract make sure it covers preventive maintenance not just for summers but for winters as well.

Use energy efficient HVAC systems

Most of us often underrate the value of using energy efficient HVAC system. This often leads to expensive HVAC maintenance costs as well as high energy bills. New models maybe expensive but come with durable components which offer high efficiency and thus high savings in the long run.


Posted on June 10th, 2014 by admin

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The Benefits of Backflow Prevention

Filed under: Brooklyn Plumber, Brooklyn Plumbing Repairs, Mahattan Plumbers, Piping, Plumbing

What is backflow?

Backflow of foul water into your potable water supply or that of the state can lead to contamination that can be a serious health hazard. Backflow simply means that water flows in the reverse direction in the water supply system to your home. So, if water from your home flows into the pipeline of the public water supply, then a backflow has occurred.

How does it occur?

Backflow occurs if the pressure drops in the main water supply or if the water pressure at your home rises above that of the main water supply. This leads to foul water entering the main water supply and can potentially create a health hazard.

For example, you leave the garden hose on and unattended, while you are busy on your phone. A sort of vacuum is created within the hose, due to change in pressure, and pesticides from the garden enters the water supply

Preventing backflow

The plumbing system installed in your house needs to be checked to ensure that backflow doesn’t happen. Backflow prevention devices can be used to ensure that in case there is a backflow the foul water doesn’t enter the main water supply.

Professional plumbing services will be aware of the mandatory backflow prevention measures set by the state and can transform the plumbing system at your home to meet the requirements. They will check all connections to the main water supply and either advice installation of backflow prevention devices or take other adequate measures to ensure backflow doesn’t take place.


Posted on May 20th, 2014 by admin

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