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Out With the Old: How Whole-Home Ventilation Improves Air Quality

Out With the Old: How Whole-Home Ventilation Improves Air Quality

Having proper ventilation in your Sarasota, Florida, home is crucial to maintaining good indoor air quality and keeping your home comfortable. Having the proper ventilation will help remove stagnant air from your rooms and replace it with fresh, filtered air. One of the best ways to ensure that your home is properly ventilated is by installing a whole-home ventilation system that involves a system of ducts, fans, and filters that will work together to circulate the air.

How Do Whole-Home Ventilation Systems Work?

The ultimate goal of a ventilation system is to remove stale air from your home and replace it with fresh air. How this goal is achieved will largely depend on the type of ventilation system you decide to install. The most common systems will change the pressurization in the house to draw the stagnant air out and pull the fresh air in.

How Can Whole-Home Ventilation Help to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Ventilation systems are an important addition to your home if you suffer from poor indoor air quality and can be especially helpful when you have a household with asthma or allergy sufferers. A ventilation system can help improve IAQ in many ways.

  • It removes contaminants from the air. Contaminants and pollutants will get trapped in the filter of the ventilation system, removing them from your air supply and lowering the risk of respiratory concerns.
  • It can help balance the humidity levels in your home. Having proper ventilation in areas like the kitchen and bathroom will help remove humidity in these rooms and reduce the risk of biological growth that can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • It helps to reduce the amount of dust and dander that settle around your home. When you have poor air circulation in your home, dust and dander will settle on your household surfaces, creating a buildup that will ruin your IAQ.

Find out for yourself how a whole-home ventilator can improve the IAQ in your home by contacting us at 941-306-3715. If ventilation isn’t effective enough, we can also help with air filtration. One of our Aqua Plumbing & Air ventilation specialists will discuss the best solutions to help you breathe a little easier.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Water Quality

3 Ways to Improve Your Water Quality

Water plays a big role in the health and comfort of your home. Yet, many homeowners do not know what could be lurking in their water. Consider a few ways in which you can improve the water quality of your University Park, Florida, home.

Schedule a Water Test

In order to take the necessary steps to improve your home’s water quality, it is important to first know what is in your water. A water test can help you evaluate the current water quality and understand the exact pollutants you will need to get rid of. Your water analysis test will look for things like bacteria, nitrate, lead, and arsenic. The test is fast and easy. One of our professional water consultants will collect a sample of your home’s water, share the findings with you and if needed, create a customized plan to improve.

Install a Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

One of the options available to improve your water quality is to install a reverse osmosis filtration system. A reverse osmosis drinking system filters out the contaminants in your water. A water filtration system will offer many advantages, including better tasting water. For the best filtration results, and to avoid any damage to your home and plumbing, it is important to have the system installed by a professional.

Install a Water Conditioner

Some homeowners will learn that their home’s water is actually considered hard water, or has a high level of minerals. Hard water can damage your home’s fixtures, build up soap scum, and lead to dry and itchy skin. Having a water conditioner installed can help to soften your water, making it appear clearer and feel smoother.

Many homes have water systems with questionable pollutants. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the water quality in your home. Call us at Aqua Plumbing & Air today at 941-306-3715 to schedule your complimentary water analysis.

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3 Plumbing Problems to Look Out for This Summer

3 Plumbing Problems to Look Out for This Summer

Summertime can bring an increase in costly and inconvenient plumbing problems. The kids home for the summer and summer storms can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Look out for a few of the most common plumbing problems in your Sarasota, Florida, home this summer.

Clogged Toilets and Drains

As your home becomes the hangout spot this summer, your plumbing system will have to work overtime. You may experience little ones flushing items down the toilet that should not ever be flushed. Discuss flushing etiquette and keep a plunger handy. Clogged drains are also a possibility as you welcome summer picnic guests into your home. Always keep the phone number of a licensed plumber handy in case you have a last-minute clog that you cannot free.

Sewer Line Backup

Warm weather can bring summer thunderstorms and heavy rain with it. Rainfall over a couple of days can back up the sewer line and cause flooding. If you have had a problem with your sewer line before or you predict a heavy storm summer, contact us for ways to solve.

Floods

Minor plumbing problems often turn into a larger one if they are ignored. A clogged toilet, for example, can back up into the home. A leaking pipe can eventually break, causing further water damage. Even loose hoses on the washing machine or dishwasher can lead to flooding. You can avoid flooding by checking things like hoses and keeping an eye out for slow flushing toilets or clogged drains. Always call a professional to take care of a minor plumbing problem before it becomes much larger and much more expensive to repair.

Help your home’s plumbing system by preparing it for the additional work it will have to do this summer. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air today at 941-306-3715 today if you need help with a plumbing problem or could use some plumbing maintenance this summer.

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Beware of These Common Environmental Toxins Inside Your Home

Beware of These Common Environmental Toxins Inside Your Home

Environmental toxins are hard to avoid and many are lurking in your home. However, there are steps you can take to reduce pollution levels and keep your home healthy. Here are the main culprits that contribute to indoor air pollution in your Sarasota, Florida, home.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) — most commonly formaldehyde — are found in a variety of household products. These include paints, wood varnishes, cleaning products, air fresheners, cosmetics, perfumes, and tobacco smoke. High concentrations of VOCs cause short- and long-term health problems, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulties, and liver and kidney damage. To lower the levels of VOCs in your home, don’t smoke inside, keep paint and solvent containers closed, switch to green cleaning products, and circulate fresh air throughout your home.

Particle Pollution

Particle pollution can come from indoor sources like dust and bacterial growth or outdoor sources like pollen and automobile fuel emissions. Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers also contribute to pollution entering homes. To prevent dust buildup, bacterial growth, and allergens, keep your home clean and have your HVAC system’s ductwork cleaned regularly. You should also consider buying an air purifier and installing a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.

Pesticides

We all know that pesticides are poisonous. However, no one wants to live with pests, so bug spray is often found in homes across the United States. Insects and rodents can take up residence in your HVAC’s duct system and the bacteria from fecal matter and decaying rodents will end up circulating through the air and cause illness. To avoid this health hazard, duct cleaning is crucial. In addition, there are natural ways to keep pests out of your home. Cinnamon, herbs, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, citronella oil, and diatomaceous earth all help repel pests like spiders, ants, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and silverfish.

It’s impossible to keep all environmental toxins out of your home, but you can find ways to control them. To have one of our professionals assess your home’s pollution levels and recommend ways to improve the indoor air quality, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715.

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Understanding the Types of Plumbing Pipe

Understanding the Types of Plumbing Pipe

Most people don’t give much thought to the type of plumbing pipe running through their home. Galvanized steel pipes were common in the past but today there are better alternatives. Here’s a short guide to the different types of plumbing pipe available so that you can be informed regarding your Sarasota, Florida, home.

Copper Pipes

Copper pipes are metal pipes often used for water supply lines within the home. Copper is rigid and less flexible than plastic pipes. When fitting copper pipes, a hacksaw or special copper tube cutter is required to cut pipes and a professional is required to solder connections and join pipes. Copper pipes last a long time, do not rust easily, and handle heat well. The downside of copper pipes is that they can develop pinhole leaks which will need to be repaired by a plumber.

PVC Pipes

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes became a popular alternative to galvanized steel pipes because they are lighter and easier to work with. PVC pipes are versatile and used as water supply pipes, sewer, vent, and drain pipes. PVC pipes are inexpensive, flexible, and connections are easily joined with solvent glues. PVC pipes don’t rust and they cope well with high water pressure.

PEX Pipes

Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe is the latest and most popular plumbing pipe used to supply water in homes today. These pipes are easy to install and are color-coded with red for hot water and blue for cold water. PEX pipes are strong enough to withstand high water pressure yet flexible enough to snake through walls, ceilings, basements, and crawlspaces. You can even join them with copper pipe. A drawback of PEX pipe is that outdoor usage is limited because UV rays can damage the plastic covering.

If old rusty pipes need replacing in your Sarasota home, Aqua Plumbing & Air provides quick and professional plumbing installation services. Call us at 941-306-3715 for advice on the type of plumbing best suited to your home.

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How to Find the Best Bath and Sink Set

How to Find the Best Bath and Sink Set

Planning a new-look bathroom in your Sarasota, Florida, home? A stylish bathroom sink and bath can set the tone for the room. With so many styles and materials available, how do you choose the bath and sink set that’s right for you?

Style

What style do you want to create in your bathroom? A remodeled bathroom can either enhance the look of your home or be completely different — a unique space that is distinct from any other room in your home. Baths and sinks are usually made of white porcelain, but there are a host of other options available, ranging from glass and stone to wood and metals.

Space

How much space do you have? Some bathrooms are very small, thus many bathtubs won’t fit. Will your bathtub be freestanding, such as a claw foot tub, or does it need to be installed in a corner or against a wall? Space will also be a deciding factor in your choice of sink. If you have a small bathroom, choose a sink that fits well within the countertop and isn’t too large. Determine how much space you have before setting your heart on a specific bath and sink set.

Type

Why do you want a bathtub — besides to bathe in it? Do you have a sore back that you want to have massaged? Then consider a jetted tub or whirlpool. Or do you just want to relax and soak in your bath? Maybe a soaking tub or a bubble tub is the best idea.

What type of sink will suit your style and space? Freestanding sinks are suited to almost any size bathroom, pedestal sinks are very popular as a design, wall-mounted sinks make the bathroom feel spacious, inset sinks look sleek and provide extra counter space, and countertop sinks or vessel sinks can be used to create a contrast of materials.

At Aqua Plumbing, we are your bathroom professionals. We will be able to tell you the pros and cons of each type of bath and sink set and steer you in the direction that will work best for your style, space, and budget. Contact Aqua Plumbing and Air at 941-306-3715 today to schedule a consultation.

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