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Bad water pressure? Plumbing services can help.

You might not think about water pressure every day, but you certainly miss it when it’s gone.Plumbing services can ensure great water pressure from your shower

Water pressure is the force which keeps the sink, shower, garden hose and toilet flowing strongly. It’s the reason you can take a long, relaxing shower and blast food off the dishes in the kitchen sink. Without adequate water pressure, a powerful stream reduces to an inadequate dribble – and we all know just how useless a weak stream of water can be. Sometimes, the total opposite is causing the problem: alarmingly strong pressure can make the sink or shower unusable.

Water pressure isn’t exactly an easy problem to diagnose. Some issues may be more basic, while others may call for extensive plumbing services. If you’re experiencing inconsistent or low water pressure, what could be causing the issue, and why should you call a plumber instead of tackling the problem yourself?

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Don’t panic! Learn when you truly need emergency maintenance

Lightning striking behind home, possibly triggering emergency maintenanceImagine coming home from a long day, ready to relax, unwind and spend an evening with your family, only to find that something has gone seriously awry in your home. Anything from a burst pipe to a broken door to an can cause a gigantic mess, and these unpleasant surprises are downright stressful or even panic-inducing.

Sure, we may expect home damage or broken appliances during a thunderstorm or hurricane, but home emergencies aren’t just related to the weather outside. Pushing off less-urgent repairs, lack of regular care or just plain old age: any and all of these will contribute to the “perfect storm” that  might send any element of your home into a tailspin. What’s worse than the problem itself, however, is being caught without a plan in place.

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Simple Electrical Services To Keep Your Home Humming

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Do you trip a circuit breaker every time you turn on your hairdryer? How about whenever you plug in your vacuum cleaner?

Yes, the circuit breaker is supposed to “trip” in order to safeguard your home’s electrical system. They’re designed to keep the appliances and electronics you plug in from drawing too much power or from short-circuiting. However, tripping the circuit breaker too much can actually cause some damage over time. A constant setting and resetting of the circuitry can put a lot of strain on your home’s wiring and could lead to an unsafe situation.

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The Good Local Handyman Cheat Sheet: What You Need To Know

Searching for a good local handymanYou’re all too familiar with the seemingly endless process when working to find a local handyman, contractor, plumber… really, any home maintenance professional who you need to rely on for dependable, affordable service.

The last thing you want to do is endure the long vetting process each time you need a project completed in your home. The trial and error cycle is exhausting – not to mention risky — and we don’t blame you for not wanting to go through it each and every time a drain clogs or your doorway needs to be repainted. You especially don’t want to have to conduct interviews and compare estimates when something goes seriously wrong and an emergency repair is needed.

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Tack These Handyman Services Onto Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Clean kitchen

It’s that time of year again — time to throw open the windows, break out the buckets and gear up for a renewed round of spring cleaning!

Each year, 72 percent of us participate in some form of spring cleaning. Most of us will tackle our bedrooms; many others will head straight to the closets to donate or sell clothes that we no longer want or need. And while spring cleaning actually has roots in Iranian, Jewish and Chinese springtime cleaning traditions, it’s good for our peace of mind, too: for those of us who enjoy scrubbing and purging, spring cleaning triggers a “neurological reward” that makes us feel accomplished and fulfilled.

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Do you really need heating and air conditioning service?

Heating and air conditioning service

Spring has sprung, and that means the cooling season is right around the corner.

As we transition from boots and gloves to flip-flops and bathing suits, our air conditioners also need to “change” for the warmer weather ahead. From replacing filters to cleaning out debris, it’s important to ensure that our heating and air conditioning system, called an HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), is running at its best during the sweltering summer months.

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Holiday Specials for Winter To-Do Lists

We’re delighted to offer our customers some special pricing this winter:HomeSquare team at work

  • Buy a 2 or 3 day FlexPlan, and get 1/2 day free
  • Buy a FlexPlan for 4 days or more, and get a full day free

During winter, FlexPlans are a terrific way to tackle some of the inside work that’s been on your to-do list, including painting, caulking & grouting, carpentry, and hanging pictures. What’s a FlexPlan? Read all about them here! Homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester use FlexPlans as a cost-effective way to knock off the handyman maintenance items on your honey-do list. Popular requests include:

  • Drywall patching
  • Trim repair
  • Deck/porch repair
  • Holiday decorations
  • Kitchen hood cleaning
  • Door adjustments
  • Toilet replacement/adjustment
  • Kitchen/bath caulking & grouting

A few restrictions: orders must be placed by Feb. 1, 2017 to qualify, and any free time must be used by March 1 (though you have a full year to use the rest of the days). Pricing only available to residential customers. Use promo code WINTERFLEX16 when you order. Order online here or call us at 203.742.9955.

HomeSquare Acquires Established Westchester Handyman Company

Kurt McKinney, formerly of Home Services Shop, is HomeSquare's new vice president

HomeSquare’s new vice president Kurt McKinney, formerly of HSS, still likes to don his tool belt from time to time.

HomeSquare has acquired Home Services Shop!  Based in Pleasantville NY with over 5,000 customers, HSS has operated for 15 years as the area’s premier handyman maintenance company. In 2014 the company was named Westchester Magazine’s Best Handyman. With this acquisition, HSS customers will now enjoy a greater range of home services, including renovations and emergency services. The merged company will provide a broad range of home maintenance and remodeling services to customers in New York and Connecticut.  The management of both companies enthusiastically support the deal.

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Change Air Filters to Stay Healthy and Save Energy

Check air handling filterWinter is a time when doors and windows stay shut, to keep precious heat trapped inside. The unfortunate side effect? Air is trapped inside as well. It’s up to the home’s air handling system to move that air and clean it of dust and allergens. That’s where air filters come in, and why it’s so important to make sure they are clean.

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Why Your Refrigerator Might Be Costing You Money

refrigerator

Your refrigerator is the second most energy hungry appliance in your home (right after air conditioner), according to the Dept. of Energy. It’s important to make sure it’s operating efficiently. Here are a few telltale signs your refrigerator might not be at peak efficiency:

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