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Spring Into Maintenance Season

Spring is the perfect time of year to perform any home maintenance that has been on hold over the winter. The wintertime brings harsh weather that adds wear and tear to your home, most of which isn’t obvious at first glance. To keep your home in excellent condition all year round and prevent expensive repairs, we recommend checking your house from top to bottom to catch up on any maintenance issues. While it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start with spring cleaning and maintenance, we’ve made this handy checklist outlining some of the areas that are hit hardest by the wintery elements.

Spring
  • Inspection – Start by taking a good look around the outside of your home; do you notice any signs of wear and tear? Are there shingles that have shifted on your roof? Gutters that need repair? Check the siding on your house, your door and window seals – are there any areas that look worn or damaged? By giving your house a thorough once-over, you’ll be able to catch any problems before they have the chance to worsen and cause costly repairs. Head inside and check the window and door seals again, noting any cracks or moisture trapped between the panes. Now is also a great time to check your carbon monoxide and fire detectors and change the batteries if needed.
  • Windows – After winter weather it’s likely your windows can use a little attention! If you feel comfortable cleaning them yourself, use a squeegee or soft cloth with a mixture of equal parts hot water and white vinegar to clean that wintertime grime away. Don’t forget the screens; clean them using a mild detergent and allow them to completely dry before hanging them back on your windows. Note any holes in the screens- these should be fixed or replaced prior to summer to prevent any insects from coming into the house.
  • Gutters – Gutters take a particular beating during the winter! Spring is the perfect time to clean any leaves, twigs, or other debris that may have accumulated in them during winter storms. Safely climb a ladder and remove any debris, then run a hose up to your roof and make sure your gutters and have proper drainage and that the downspouts send the water flowing away from your home’s foundation. Also, be sure to check that all the downspouts are securely attached to your home.
  • Hardscaping – Wintertime temperatures can be hard on your driveways and walkways; check all the hardscaping for cracks, chips or other damage. Small cracks can often be repaired on your own, but larger areas may require a professional’s touch.
  • Woodwork – Winter moisture can be tough on woodwork around your home, such as decks, siding, and railings. Spring is the perfect time to power wash and reseal any wood prior to warm summer weather. Note any signs of wood damage that may need to be replaced.
  • Grills – Summertime means barbecuing, making spring the perfect season to prep your grill. For charcoal grills, it’s pretty straightforward- clean out ant ash or grease that may have accumulated. If you have a gas grill, it’s a good idea to check the lines to make sure there are no leaks. Coat the lines with soapy water and turn on the gas. If there are any leaks, you’ll see soap bubbles form at the leak site. Always be sure to keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house and at least 5 feet away from anything combustible.
  • HVAC – Your HVAC system has likely been used a lot over the winter; servicing it in the spring ensures that your system is clean and ready to go for the summer months. This year the pollen count has been extremely high, and pollen is sticky gets into the outdoor and indoor coils.  The last thing you want is to discover you have an issue that needs to be fixed in the middle of a heat wave! The skilled technicians at PECO can quickly help you with all your HVAC maintenance, including cleaning and replacing air filters.  Ask our Service Expert about whole house filtration options.
  • Irrigation – Before you begin watering your garden or yard this spring turn on all your irrigation, checking for any leaks, off-kilter sprinkler heads, or other malfunctions. Doing this will prevent significant water waste and potential water damage to your foundation, woodwork, or other parts of your home.

Hopefully, this list made it easier to know where to start with your spring cleaning and maintenance! If you’re unable to do any of your home upkeep due to time constraints, physical constraints, or lack of proper tools, contact us at PECO! We’re your friendly home maintenance experts handling all types of home repair, from gutters to decks and more. We’ll help you get your home in perfect order and ready to weather another year.

5 Great Tasks To Keep Your Home At Its Best!

It is important to provide your home with routine care and maintenance so that it stays at its very best, but it is very common for homeowners to neglect doing so. Here are a few highly effective – yet simple – home maintenance tasks that will greatly benefit you and your home.

Cleaning the inside of your dryer and dryer vent

According to the US Fire Administration, 2900 fires are caused by built-up lint inside of a dryer every year, which has led to over $35 million in property damage. If excess amounts of lint have built up, it can be ignited from things like gas burners or electric heating elements, which will cause the flames to travel through the lint-lined exhaust vent. These fires can cause extensive damage and easily destroy a home, thankfully, they can be easily prevented. Simply check the exhaust vent as well as the inside of your dryer’s cabinet and clean it on a routine basis to prevent these disasters from occurring.  Many older dryer vents are not up to the new code – metal pipe – they are the plastic flexible lines, those must be replaced.

Cleaning faucet aerators

In case you weren’t aware, a faucet aerator is typically found at the tip of most indoor water faucets and serves multiple purposes. It helps to conserve water and energy costs, reduces faucet noise, prevents splashing, and provides slight filtration of debris. If the water from a faucet has recently started to flow unevenly or slower than normal, then it may be time to clean your faucet aerator.

Cleaning the aerator is a simple process that can help increase the quality and pressure of the water that comes from your faucet. To do this, unscrew and disassemble the aerator, and use something like an old toothbrush to scrub any debris or buildup. While you are there, it is also a good idea to do a quick scrub on the inside of the neck of the faucet, as it is very common for buildup to also occur there. After reassembling, you should find that the quality of the flow of water should be greatly increased.

Cleaning the oven door

Aside from just looking gross, spills and remnants of old food/liquids can cause pretty significant smoke and smell issues. Cleaning the big spills and messes as they happen is a great way to keep your oven looking good, but if you really want to make it shine it is sometimes necessary to go a bit further. To do this, you are going to want to remove the front panel on your oven by removing the screws, if you don’t know where to find the screws consult the manual or do a quick search online to find your model. Once you have it removed, simply take a nylon scrubber and degreaser and get to work! Once you are done, reattach the door and admire the pristine look of your oven.

Cleaning your bath Fan

Your bath fan is very important for the health and comfortability in your bathroom by helping air circulate. However, it’s very easy for it to become downright filthy, thanks to the combination of dust, moisture, and debris that constantly passes through. Cleaning your bath fan is an easy task that provides great benefits.

Before you start, make sure that the switch for the fan is turned off, and then squeeze the springs on the fan’s cover to remove it. Once you have taken off the cover, the next step is to remove the actual fan. First, remove whatever is holding the fan in place, which is most likely a screw. If there is no screw to be found, then there is probably a tab that is holding the fan in place, remove this tab and then push out the metal fan housing. Make sure to watch where you stand though, because there is a high chance that debris will fall out! Now that the fan is out, it’s time to clean. Use a damp rag or moist wipes to clean off all the buildup and use a Q-tip to clean any of the hard to reach sections. Now that your fan and cover are squeaky clean, just reverse the previous steps to reattach your fan and enjoy the benefits!

If you are still disappointed by the lack of performance after cleaning the fan, then you may need a new fan altogether, but that is a topic for another time.


Many older homes have the fans exhaust into the attic and not outside.  The code is to vent them to the outside with either a soffit or roof vent.  If you aren’t sure if yours does, go into the attic, find the fan box and there should be a duct that leads outside.  This is the new code standard…same for exhaust for a vent hood.

Cleaning your trash can

When we say cleaning the trash can, we don’t just mean routinely taking out the trash, although we certainly hope you are doing that as well! Even if you use big hefty trash bags, that doesn’t mean the actual trash can is free from exposure to germs. Sometimes your bag leaks or tears and some garbage manages to make its way to the bottom of the bin, which can cause lingering smells or stains to stay. Thankfully, the solution to this is extremely simple. All you have to do is spray some disinfectant into the bottom of the trashcan each time you take out the trash, take the time once a month to wash it out with some bleach and hot water, and boom, you’re all done.

Keeping your home at its best is something that all homeowners want to do, but a lot of them simply don’t know the best ways to do it. The professionals at PECO Heating & Cooling are your local experts when it comes to home maintenance. Be sure to give our team a call at (864)-639-2424 to learn more!

5 Common Household Emergencies Faced by Homeowners

It is a simple fact that every homeowner is going to experience some issues, some of which are more common than you may think. Here is a list of the top 5 household emergencies faced by homeowners and what you can do to deal with them!

Household Emergencies

1 – Getting Locked Out of Your Home

Ever lock your doors and walk out of your home, only to realize that you left your keys inside? The fact that this is the number one issue means that most of us have been there, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or irritating when it does happen. Here are a few tips for when you find yourself in this unfortunate situation so that you don’t have to resort to breaking into your own home.

–          Having a spare key:

Okay, so this one is kind of obvious, but it still should be noted that having a spare key is one of the best methods available. If you have a friend or family member that you can trust, it is a great idea to let them have a spare key so that you have another way to get into your home if you lock yourself out. It also means that you have someone else who can get into your home if you need something done, but can’t be there to do it yourself. If you don’t want to give someone else a key, then you can always buy a key hider.

–          Call a locksmith:

It is best to avoid breaking the locks on your home if you ever lock yourself out. It will cost you money and time to get it fixed, and it will be way more of a hassle than simply waiting for a local locksmith to come to your home. Find out who your local locksmith is and give them a call, they will be able to get you back into your home and save you far more time and money than breaking in would.

2 – Losing Power

Something that is practically inevitable for everyone is experiencing a power outage. Nine times out of ten it is out of your control, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do. Be sure to remember to follow these steps in order to help protect you and your wallet, before you head over to the breaker panel.

–          Shut the fridge:

The simple solutions are often the most beneficial. Simply shutting the fridge or keeping it closed will help keep the interior cold, which will help the food inside from spoiling. This will help you avoid having to buy new groceries and can help you from getting potential food poisoning.

–          Unplug your electronics:

Power surges can seriously damage or outright destroy any electronics that are still connected to an outlet. Make sure you unplug any important devices to help prevent the need for buying a replacement. Alternatively, you may want to consider buying a UPS (unlimited power supply, not the shipping service). These are extension cord-like devices that will regulate the power supply to any connected devices in order to prevent damage from things like power surges, which means you don’t have to worry about unplugging them. Some even store power to help keep your devices on even after a loss of power.

–          Get a backup generator:

Having a backup generator is a great way to avoid completely losing power, and is generally just a good idea to have, especially in the event of an emergency. There are different types of generators, and the best choice will depend on your home as well as your needs. Be sure to give our team a call to determine the best solution as well and to get one of the best installation services you can find.

3 – Frozen Pipes

There are few things worse than a lack of hot water, especially when the weather is starting to cool down. Frozen pipes also run the risk of bursting, which can result in serious damage to a home that could require repairs that could cost thousands of dollars.

–          Turn off the faucet

If the stream of water from a faucet has recently stopped, or even slowed down to a trickle, then this could be an indication that you have a frozen pipe that is ready to burst. You can help prevent further damage by turning off the faucet and calling a professional to come over as soon as possible.

–          Turn up the heat

In the event that a frozen pipe is behind a wall, turn up the heat in your home or use something like a hair dryer in order to help the pipe thaw.

4 – Overflowing Toilet

The panic caused by an overflowing toilet is something that is hard to beat, but it is important to keep a clear head and act fast if you want to avoid more serious damage.

–          Stop the flow of water:

When most people notice the water start to overflow, their first instinct is to grab some towels, but what they should be doing is stopping the flow of water. You can do this by taking the lid off the toilet, pressing down on the flapper valve, and lifting the float in order to cut off the supply of water.

–          Grab a plunger:

A tool as old as the toilet itself… okay not really, but it is one of the oldest and most effective tools to have available. If there is a plunger nearby then it is time to act. If there is enough water to cover the plunger then your task is simple, put the device in the toilet and plunge until the suspected blockage is gone.

5 – Heating or AC goes out

Aside from making your home uncomfortable, excessive heat or cold can also be damaging to your health. Here are a few things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and what you should do if it breaks.

–          Keep your system maintained:

Just like most other machines, the best way to avoid your HVAC system breaking down is to provide it with proper care and maintenance. If you have noticed a dip in performance, strange noises, or the filters are particularly dirty, then this could indicate that your HVAC system needs some maintenance.

–          Call a professional:

Fixing your heating and cooling system is not a do-it-yourself task. Improper care could result in more damage which will cost you even more time and money. If your system breaks down, then your best bet is to call a professional and have them take a look as soon as possible.

At PECO Heating & Cooling, we stand by our work, which is why we offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all our repairs. We have a team that offers service 24/7, and we offer same or next day services for all your heating and cooling, or electrical needs. Call us at (864)-639-2424 to schedule your appointment as soon as possible!

Duct Diseases You Can Cure

There are a pretty large number of issues that HVAC technicians constantly battle, but one of the most common are the afflictions that your duct systems face. If you have noticed a lackluster performance from your ventilation system – don’t panic, because the team of professionals at PECO Heating & Cooling are here to help.

The first step to fixing something is to determine the problem, and a faulty duct system could have several. A common one is poor duct static pressure. If you weren’t aware (which many aren’t), static pressure in a duct refers to the resistance of airflow in your system. You need to make sure that the push of the air is greater than the actual resistance to the flow, otherwise the flow could be too low or even non-existent. Think of it like your body’s blood pressure, if the amount is too high or low, then that is an indication of poor health/performance.

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Excessive noise, improper airflow, equipment degradation, and total system failure could all be results of improper static pressure. Our team can identify these problems by performing an airflow or static pressure check. An airflow check is the process of checking the amount of airflow that your fan is producing and how much of that airflow is delivered to each register or grill. After taking these measurements, we will compare the results to standard pressure and airflow rates. If the measurement does not meet the expected standards, then you have a problem. Here are a few common causes and how they can be identified:

– Undersized Air Ducts
One potential cause for this could be undersized air ducts, the common solution for which is to perform a complete renovation of your duct system. Our technicians will identify which ducts need work by performing an airflow test, and then will replace them with ducts that are the appropriate size. Sometimes replacements are not always necessary though, and the solution could be something as simple as opening a closed balance dampener.

– Blocked Ducts
Another issue that can be identified by measuring and comparing airflow to the necessary standards, although you may be able to check just looking to see if the grill is squished to the point that nothing could pass through or is blocked by debris. Sometimes blockage can also be caused by a dead animal that managed to make its way in there, though this probably isn’t the case (you would definitely smell it). The solution for a blocked duct may be as simple a quick cleaning, but it could also require more extensive repairs or an outright replacement.

– Duct Leakage
Duct leakage is an issue that will affect virtually every duct system at some point. Leakage can be identified by improper air flow (starting to see a pattern?) or by checking a duct’s tightness level. A common cause is a lack of sealant or proper duct sealing material. Acceptable sealants vary by state, so be sure to leave it up to the professionals to provide you with the right materials.

These are just a few of the potential problems and causes of a faulty duct system, there are many more. Thankfully, the team here at PECO Heating & Cooling can easily identify and fix whatever problem is causing your duct system to perform poorly. Feel free to give us a call at (864)-639-2424 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment today!

8 Signs You’re About to Hire a Bad Contractor

Is it time to hire a contractor? We’ve put together 8 helpful signs you’re about to hire a bad contractor, along with tips to help you make sure your contractor is licensed and insured and will provide you with the utmost quality service.

8 Signs You’re About to Hire a Bad Contractor

1.       You don’t verify they have insurance

This is so important! Always verify that the contractor you hire has insurance. Why? If something goes wrong, you could be the one that gets burned. Did you know a homeowner can be sued if a contractor is hurt while on the homeowner’s property? This can happen if a contractor does not have workers compensation for themselves or any subcontractors they hire. You may find that these contractors cost less to hire because they choose to not pay workers compensation, general liability, or property insurance premiums. However, if you end up sued (or a claim is filed on your homeowner’s policy), the total cost to you results in much higher than it would’ve been to hire an insured contractor. When you hire a contractor, who does not have proper insurance coverage, you are assuming the risks for their work mistakes and any injuries that may occur at your home.

2.       They don’t have a license

If they don’t have a license, it’s simple. They’re illegally working for you. Licenses are required for three main purposes: to identify your business and make sure you are accountable for your actions. To protect the public health and safety. To keep track of your finances for tax purposes. Again, these contractors may be cheaper to work with, but they’re likely not paying any taxes either.

3.       Their status isn’t in good standing

According to uslegal.com, a member in good standing is defined by: “Member in good standing is the status assigned to a member of an organization when he or she has remained current on organization dues and payments. Staying current with filing of required periodical reports such as registration, license and tax is also generally a criterion for a member to be in good standing”. As you can see, it is shady business hiring a contractor not in good standing.

4.       They use high-pressure sales tactics

Nobody should hire a contractor that uses high-pressure sales tactics. If you’re not comfortable with your contractor, choose to hire another one. Contractors should educate their clients on reasons why their items need repair, maintenance, or replacement, but when it becomes too pushy this is when its time to move onto the next.

5.       The contractor is new to the biz

This does not automatically mean they’re a bad hire. However, review the above tips to ensure who you’re hiring is legit. Ask for customer references as well so you can call others and see if they’re right for you. Or, seek out popular online review companies such as Google reviews, Yelp reviews, or Facebook reviews.

6.       You’re being dismissed

Do not hire a contractor who ignores you or your needs.

7.       You pick the cheapest contractor

If they’re the cheapest by far, make sure they’re licensed and insured. Also, contractors are not one of the purchases where “cheaper is better”. We highly recommend looking at previous work, consenting referrals or reviews.

8.       You don’t follow up on referrals or online reviews

Don’t skip customer referrals or reviews. They provide key information that you would want to know before you choose to hire that contractor. Both good things and not so good things.

At PECO Air, our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact our licensed and insured company today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.

10 Tips to Save On Winter Heating

Looking to save on winter heating?

We’re here to help keep your energy bills lower!

Winter-Heating

1.       Energy Audits

Often a free service, your local electric company is happy to help assess your needs and check in to see what is causing your bill to spike. They’ll take into consideration your lifestyle, as well as your patterns of energy usage. A representative will go through your home to inspect the structure, survey your appliances and measure the insulation. Once this is done, the company will make (and help to implement) suggestions for more efficient energy consumption. An example would be to change your light bulbs to more energy efficient ones.

2.       Air Leaks

It is important to check for any air leaks within your household. It is allowing the warm air to escape, making your heating system work harder to keep your house at the desired temperature, and ultimately increasing your energy bill. Seal the openings of the leaks using silicone or latex caulk.  By sealing air leaks, your energy bill could drop as much as 30 percent.

3.       Thermostat

Setting your thermostat to 75 degrees in the winter is comfortable, but costly. The lower the setting you can handle, the more money you will save. Setting the thermostat to 62 overnight will save you even more on your energy bill. And, if you’ll be gone for a few days, turn the temperature down to 55, which is the lowest setting you can use without the pipes freezing.

4.       Insulation

Insulation is the most important component to keeping a home warm in the. It’s important to make sure you have the proper level of insulation throughout your house in order to stay warm and save the most money possible.

5.       Fireplaces

Fireplaces are excellent sources of heat, but a fireplace damper left open when not in use will cause your heated air to escape and allow cold air to come inside.

6.       Air Vents

Many people choose to block these with furniture as they can be an eye sore. However, in doing so you’re causing the furnace to work much harder. To keep your airflow moving efficiently, check to make sure none of your vents are blocked.

7.       Ceiling Fans

If you have a ceiling fan, change the direction of the blades to push air downward. This will actually help heat the room more evenly. The more you know!

8.       Drapes

Did you know that full drapes, like those made of a wool-cotton blend help to insulate your rooms from cold air coming through the windows? This adds another “layer” of warmth without increasing your energy bill.

9.       Space Heaters

We understand these help warm up a small space. However, they’re a huge fire hazard so we do not recommend using them.

10.   Rugs

Did you know that area rugs are not just a design element, but they insulate the floor as well? They trap cool air underneath. A great way to style a room and add warmth.

At PECO Air, our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.

Feeling sick and can’t quite figure out why? It may be your AC!

Heating has been around far longer than air conditioning. In the 1960s, only 12% of people had AC in their homes. While heat has been a necessity for those living in cold climates, air conditioner has been more of a luxury turning into something we depend on. However, routine maintenance is crucial for both your health and the life of your AC. If your AC system is badly maintained, old, or poorly designed, it can easily become contaminated and harmful. Essentially, the air you breathe will start to hurt you. Those with asthma and allergies have it worse than others, but they’d be the first to notice the harm of a contaminated AC system. AC System

Have you ever heard of sick-building syndrome? Maybe heard someone say, “being here is making me feel sick, I’ve got to go”. The most likely cause for this is that there are some microorganisms growing in the air conditioning system. Unlike heating systems surrounding you, the air conditioning process creates added moisture and condensation, which must be channeled away. By not partaking in regular scheduled maintenance on your unit, you risk bacteria and fungi growing and causing harm to you and those around you. It can get as scary as risk of pre-mature death to increased hospital admissions due to cardiovascular issues. AC does have its benefits too aside from the comfort of cool air. The AC filters out particles in outdoor pollutants. During intense heat waves, air conditioning systems save lives. You can even use yours to contribute to bettering the environment. Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter benefits the environment and will not affect anyone’s health. It’ll also save you a few bucks on your utility bill. Who doesn’t love to save money?

PECO Heating & Cooling specializes in repair, replacement, and maintenance of residential and commercial AC systems. We offer same day or next day service calls for repairs, and have 24 hours a day answering service and online chat. Our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.

Insulation for South Carolina Homes

One of the most common questions we get from customers is, “How can I save money on my energy bill?”. There are many different ways to save money on your energy bill. One of the most common answers we give is to regularly change your HVAC filter and have your HVAC system cleaned by a professional. With routine filter changes, your heating and cooling system will run more efficiently and use less energy. Making sure your home is properly insulated is another way you can reduce your energy bill – sometimes dramatically! In addition, your HVAC system will work better at keeping your home cool in the summertime and warm in the winter.

Another way to save money on your energy bill is to check out your insulation. If your attic is under-insulated, or the existing insulation is water stained, compressed, or moldy, then insulating your attic can make a huge difference in your comfort and cost savings! Attics that aren’t properly insulated leak air through the cracks. This makes your home drafty in winter and hot in the summertime. Proper insulation will solve both of these problems and lower your energy bill year-round.

Insulation for South Carolina Homes

Rely on Professionals for Insulation Installation

Our team can add blown-in insulation to the attic safely and cleanly. Are all your Christmas decorations and childhood memories sitting on bare plywood in your attic? You may need to find somewhere to store these goods for a short while. The bare plywood is not helping insulate your home – in fact, it’s letting the air right through! PECO offers attic and below floor insulation to fully insulate the attic or crawlspace of your home. You’ll be noticing a difference in your energy bill for years to come! Call us at (864) 639-2424 today to discuss how we can save you money with professional insulation!

What is Encapsulation?

In South Carolina, where we have warm and humid weather many months of the year, crawl spaces in homes are especially vulnerable to moisture damage. Older residences may have vented, rather than sealed, spaces that allow moisture in, threatening the stability and safety of the structure. Open spaces can allow in rodents, toxins, and moisture. All of these can cause damage to your structure and health. Here are some issues that encapsulation can fix:

  • Mold and other toxins
  • Rodents and pests getting into the house
  • Foundation sinking
  • Bowing
  • Radon gas leaking into the house from the soil
  • Excess moisture

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Why Your Home Needs Encapsulation

Even if you aren’t experiencing these problems, or don’t realize that you are, finishing your foundation is always a smart investment in your home. The many benefits include:

  • Energy Savings – stopping the flow of air into/out of the home from the foundation will increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system
  • Better Indoor Air Quality – air from the crawl space leaks into your home through ducts, floors, and partitions. Closing off the flow will mean mold, radon gas, and other toxins cannot leak in
  • Pest Management – closing off your foundation seals your home against rodents and other pests

Home Improvement is Easy with PECO

Encapsulation with PECO is straightforward and simple. First, one of our experienced home improvement professionals will inspect your space. We will make a plan for installing an effective encapsulation system for your home, whether that includes a Sump pump, dehumidifier, seal vents, or more. We also have to inspect your space for existing damage. The most serious damage includes sinking, settling, or mold remediation issues. All of these will need to be fixed by other experts – mold remediation companies and structural contractors, before we complete the encapsulation. The entire area will need to be cleaned thoroughly and any damage repaired before we begin work, including removing debris and rocks. We will create a plan based on the unique needs of your home. Our professional team will then install a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space and insulation to reduce the outside air that gets in.

If you have any questions regarding encapsulation, we would be happy to answer them! Call PECO today at (864) 639-242 to discuss encapsulation for your home.

Finding the Best Porch Repair Near Me

Among do-it yourself home improvement projects, doing your own porch repair usually ranks pretty high. Many homeowners enjoy getting on in their yard and doing some light woodwork, building, painting, and staining. However, not everyone has the time or technical know-how, which is perfectly fine. When that’s the case, you might be wondering where to find the best porch repair near me. Here’s our top advice for finding the best match for a licensed contractor.

Finding the Best Porch Repair Near Me

 

1)     Start by creating a list. You should always begin your search by selecting a variety of contractors who do porch repair. You may want to go with someone who specializes specifically in porch work, or a home remodel contractor, or a company that does a variety of home and porch repair jobs. You want to have a range of businesses with experience and at different price points. Make sure each one is licensed and insured to do the work! From there, you can begin narrowing it down.

2)     Do your research. These days, there are tons of resources at your disposal to help you do research into every company on your list. You can check the Diamond Certified guide, the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, Yelp!, or any number of other sites or business reviews that will give you the information you need to make an informed choice. Official guides and review journals tend to be the most reliable, but you can learn some good information online. Take online reviews with a grain of salt – often they only feature people with the very best experiences and the very worst. Read everything carefully and use your best judgement.

3)     Ask around. Talk to people you know and trust about who’s done work on their porch. If you’re over at a friend or relative’s house and really love their porch, ask them who installed or refurbished it. Discuss how they felt about their contractor and if they’d recommend them to other people. There might be a few horror stories in there, but more often than not, you’ll probably get a great tip about someone who does porch repair near you!

4)     Trust your gut. At the end of the day, you’ll probably want to trust what your gut is telling you about who to work with. Speaking to people on the phone or meeting them in person can give you a lot of insight into the type of person they are and the work they do. If you feel good about someone, that’s a good sign. If your gut is telling you to move on, listen!

 

Your porch is part of your home and it should be treated well. Keeping up with regular maintenance and repairs when necessary will keep it in good shape for many years to come. Next time you need porch repair, consider adding PECO Heating and Cooling to your contractor list – we do so much more than HVAC. We also perform various home repairs, electrical work, and plumbing. Our people are happy to offer the best porch repair available near you. Call us today for more information!