Overview for Plumbing

How to Keep Your Sump Pump Pumping at Peak Efficiency

Pumping systems need to be periodically serviced. Servicing extends the life of your pump and guarantees you fewer problems. If your sump pump does need servicing, Casa Mechanical Services personnel are the professionals to call. They know exactly what to check to ensure that your sump pump system keeps on performing.

Written by AO Design on Thursday June 25, 2015
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Hard Water- Hard On You - Hard On Your Home

Most of us are familiar with the term “hard water.” We are bombarded daily with advertising for products guaranteed to combat the white, crusty residue of hard water on shower heads and coffee pots. But what, exactly, is hard water?

Water, in its natural state, is not “hard.” In fact, the “softness” of rainwater has been common knowledge for centuries. It is only as rainwater seeps through earth’s soil and rock on its way to underground aquifers that it becomes “hardened” by the accumulation of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. The magnitude of hardness is determined by the amount of these minerals per gallon of water and is measured as “grains per gallon” (gpg). From 0.0 - 1.0 gpg (soft) to 10.5 - 50 gpg or more (extremely hard), approximately 85% of American homes are plagued with some degree of hard water. Central Texas, with its calcium-rich limestone aquifers producing a gpg level of 14.0+, boasts some of the hardest water in the country.

Written by AO Design on Monday June 23, 2014
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Water Filtration: A Healthy Idea For You and Your Home

Water is earth’s most essential element. Eliminate water and life on our planet would cease to exist. For millennia, water from lakes and streams was pure enough to be used without filtration. Today, however, over-population and pollution have made much of the world’s fresh water supply a virtual toxic tea.

Written by AO Design on Tuesday February 4, 2014
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The Why and What of Regular HVAC and Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

Everyone is familiar with the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true when it comes to the maintenance of expensive household systems like heating, cooling, and plumbing. It is easy to take these basic conveniences for granted, until a breakdown occurs and you are left without heat or air conditioning when you need them most. Worse yet is a plumbing failure. Problems that require the dreaded call to the plumber always seem to happen after hours, on a holiday, or with a house full of guests. HVAC and plumbing system failures are not only inconvenient, they can be costly.

Written by AO Design on Monday November 25, 2013
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Winterizing Your Plumbing

Winter! The very word induces a shiver in even the hardiest individuals. Preparing your home, particularly your plumbing, for the approaching winter season is extremely important. Anyone who has ever experienced frozen pipes knows that the situation is a real inconvenience. Worse yet, frozen plumbing can lead to water line breaks which can result in costly water damage to your home. While plumbing winterization should be a priority, how you winterize your plumbing depends on where you live.

Written by AO Design on Wednesday October 23, 2013
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Operation Finally Home - Casa Mechanical serves as Austin’s Plumber and HVAC Provider

Casa Mechanical is a proud to be Austin's plumber and HVAC specialist for Operation FINALLY HOME. Founded in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit organization, Operation FINALLY HOME addresses the most pressing need of wounded and disabled American veterans and the widows of the fallen - a home to call their own. Severely wounded and disabled service members return home to face many hardships, including physical and emotional disabilities, long term rehabilitation and the inability to find or maintain a job. The financial burden inherent in dealing with such difficulties, when coupled with the lack of adequate income, often results in financial ruin and, sadly, the loss of the family home. Operation FINALLY HOME works with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s heroes and their families transition to life on the home front in a custom designed, well built, mortgage free home.

Written by AO Design on Tuesday September 17, 2013
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Plumbing Experts increase home efficiency for Austin Homeowners.

With the “Go Green” initiatives, many Austin homeowners are becoming more aware of their energy consumption and ways to save energy in their homes. Often times, people consider their major appliances when they are looking for energy savings. With the advent of Energy Star appliances and government incentive programs, homeowners can take advantage of initial savings in terms of rebates and long term savings through energy efficient appliances. When considering appliance many people overlook their hot water heater. An efficient hot water heater, however, can provide energy savings of 20-50% in the average home. Tankless hot water heaters are leading the way in energy savings.

Written by AO Design on Friday July 6, 2012
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