How Spring Cleaning Can Extend the Life of Your Home

Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition here in America…a way to bond with the family while improving one’s surroundings. You may be surprised to know however that spring cleaning can do more for your home than leave it smelling fresh – it can actually extend the life of your house if you do it properly!

Start With Hard-to-Reach Places: Spring cleaning is about more than dusting and vacuuming, it’s about getting those dust bunnies and cobwebs that have a tendency to form behind the furnace and in the crawlspace. Remove all air filters and give a thorough cleaning and check the attic and basement particularly well for signs of mold, dirt or leaks. If you find standing water anywhere you didn’t expect it hire a reputable local plumber like Pell Plumbing to assess the issue right away before your puddle becomes a plumbing nightmare.

Remove the Fire Hazards: It’s a great idea to clean behind the washer and dryer not only because it can smell kind of…mildewy back there but also because lost socks and excessive lint buildup can be a real fire hazard. Hot water heaters are also commonly known to be great fire-starters so remove any debris that’s piled up in the storage area and check your fireplace, too. After a winter of us you may need to hire a professional chimney sweep to clean out the ash – your fireplace will look like new and you’ll have more peace of mind.

Get the Baseboards: It’s the tiniest things that degrade your home over time. Dusty baseboards can lead to moldy drywall and uncleaned windows can get rusty as the air-seal breaks down. Spring cleaning is a great time to take on all the tasks that are otherwise overlooked…your house will feel cleaner than after a normal spot-scrub and you’ll be adding years to your home without even realizing it.

Don’t Neglect the Yard: Perhaps the most crucial place to focus on during spring cleaning is the outside of your home. It’s the first defense your house has against the elements and therefore the first to go, too. Clogged gutters can eventually lead to indoor leaks so get the ladder out and ensure they’re flowing and have a professional come in if you see any signs of bug infestation. Termites and ants are some of the biggest predators to the life of your home but can be easily remedied. Don’t forget to remove weeds around the foundation of the home (and the driveway, too) as the roots will eventually make their way through the concrete. Last but not least, check the roof in its entirety for weak spots or leaks you didn’t know you had after a long winter.

Sure it’s nice to break out the mop bucket and polish the hardwood floors but spring cleaning is about so much more. It’s a time to assess the weaknesses in your home and have them addressed before they become major problems – a yearly once over does your home and your peace of mind a world of good.

Pell Plumbing Co. Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service

Pell Plumbing Co. has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the quality service we provide” Jeff Pell, Owner

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Pell Plumbing Co. can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on

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Plumbing Horror Stories: Holiday Edition

Ever hear the one about the time Santa got stuck in the toilet? What about the one about the guy with the garbage disposal that ate the engagement ring he was about to give his girlfriend for Christmas? The holidays are a busy but stressful time for everyone – including your pipes and drains. This year’s festivities may be over but the professionals at Pell Plumbing want to remind you that plumbing emergencies can happen anytime – keep their number on speed dial in case you find yourself in one of these unfortunate predicaments…

Toilet Turkey: A few years ago a plumber in Florida received a call from an elderly woman with a clogged toilet. The culprit? An entire turkey carcass shoved down the bowl on Thanksgiving evening. Her reasoning? She didn’t have a garbage disposal. Go figure.

Secret Sink: A Tampa man sweetly decides to change out the bathroom hardware as a gift on Christmas Eve while his wife was sleeping. It would have worked, too, if he hadn’t severed an in-wall line in the process – nothing like a little 4am visit from a local plumber to bring on the holiday cheer.

Best Impressions: An Iowa girl meeting her boyfriend’s family for the first time disappears to an upstairs bathroom after a particularly rich Thanksgiving meal. You can guess the rest (or maybe not) – the toilet clogs, she panics and quietly slips back downstairs only to have the overflow, water and all, drip through the ceiling onto everyone’s heads only a few minutes later.

Bird’s the Word: Why not install a new faucet on Thanksgiving morning? This is why. A father and son plumbing team were called out to fix what the husband couldn’t and in the process get roped into the Thanksgiving meal preparations. While the son is removing the turkey from the oven he drops the pan – the hot, greasy bird bounces off his father’s belly who’s laying on his back under the sink. The meal was ruined but the sink did get fixed.

If you think your holiday season was rough just be thankful you weren’t one of these unlucky homeowners. With Easter and spring break just around the corner now’s the time to get started on those lingering renovations – not the day of. Call Pell Plumbing for a professional job done right the first time…no one wants to pay a plumber his holiday overtime rates.