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One Source Home Service was founded on the premise of integrity, reliability, and putting our customers first. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with each and every customer we service.

   Every job will be done right.

Increased energy efficiencies, resulting in lower bills.

      Peace of mind knowing that your family’s comfort and safety are protected.

Anthony Perera, President, One Source Home Service

Water Leak Detection

Leak detection and plumbing work in Colorado Springs, CO

If you suspect a leak, monitor your home’s water meter!

1. Turn off all water in your home including the washing machine and dishwasher.

2. Check the water meter and make a note of the numbers.

3. Wait an hour and check again. If the numbers have changed, there’s a leak somewhere.

Call a professional plumber if you believe you have a water leak. Leaks cause costly damage as well as health concerns.

5 Most Common House Problems

Homeowners across the US and Canada have been surveyed by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. and the most common problems have been identified. If you own your home, you may want to take a look to see if these problems affect your home. While some of these common problems may seem just annoying on the surface if left untreated serious damage and risk may result. Check out 5 of the most common house problems here and have a professional take a look if you identify any of them on your property.


1. Improper Surface Grading/Drainage
This was by far the most frequently found problem,

As reported by 35.8% of the survey respondents, this was the most frequent problem found. If you notice that your property slopes down toward your home, there is a huge risk of water creeping into your basement or crawlspace. This can lead to foundation damage and water leaks.

2. Improper Electrical Wiring
Almost 20% of those surveyed (19.9%) choosing improper electrical wiring as a problem, which’s a significant result. Does your home have sufficient electrical service to cover your electrical usage? Do your breakers keep tripping? Do you have any visible and amateur wiring present? Ask a professional electrician to investigate. Loose wiring, inadequate overload protection, and improper connections can cause danger to household members and have the potential to start a devastating fire.


3. Roof Damage
While only 8.5% of respondents noted roof damage as a problem, a leaky roof is a big deal! Whether you have a few damaged shingles, improper flashing or your roof is ancient and weathered, water leading into your home, onto your furniture, and down walls, can cause significant damage and if untreated, can lead to mold growth. Have a professional roofer repair or replace your roof to ensure a sound indoor environment for your family.


4. Heating Systems
Does your home have broken or malfunctioning operation controls, blocked chimneys, and unsafe exhaust disposal? In addition to messing with your home’s comfort and convenience settings, you could eventually experience dangerous levels of toxins in the air that you breathe. Have an HVAC professional investigate all heating, cooling, and ductwork issues and resolve them quickly for improved comfort and safety.

5. Poor Overall Maintenance
Home maintenance can be overwhelming, especially if problems are left to fester over time so that issues pile up. Can you detect cracked, peeling, and dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring and plumbing, and broken fixtures and appliances in your home? Don’t let the jobs pile up. If an appliance breaks down, have it repaired. If the railing on your front porch is wobbly, have it fixed. Some of these jobs, such as painting and cleaning, you may choose to do yourself. Or, you may prefer to find a trusted handyman. When it comes to plumbing, electrical, or HVAC concerns, always trust a professional. They are licensed, trained, and can be trusted to fix the problem right – the first time.

Air Pros Donates a Free Furnace to Local Veteran

At Air Pros, over 70% of our company is made up of veterans. This means that we understand what it means to serve our country and the challenges that veterans can face when they move from active service to the civilian side. We want to help them make this transition however we can. Sometimes, this means that we get to offer them what we know best: heating and cooling.

Adam Brown served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He was deployed in Kuwait, Iraq, and South Korea and he has suffered everything from ankle injuries to memory loss because of his experiences in the Army. Since he left the Army, it’s been hard for him to find a job and keep working at it because of these injuries. Paying for a new furnace was something he didn’t feel like he could do this winter.

Air Pros was excited to be able to help Adam get the furnace he needs to keep his family comfortable this winter and through many cold, snowy days to come. We matched him with a great new furnace and installed it, too, so he could be absolutely sure that his family would stay warm all winter. Thank you, Adam, for the service you gave your country. We hope this furnace gives you a leg up as you continue your journey.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Save Money on Air Conditioning

When summer days get hotter, air conditioning can be so awesome! It feels so good to escape the heat and cool down in the comfort of your home. At least it feels good and cool until the first skyrocketing energy bill comes in. Then things really heat up! How can you keep your house cool but also save money on the cost to cool it? We’ve checked with the energy experts and HVAC technicians, and found seven tips to help you stay cool and save money on air conditioning.

  1. Set your thermostat to a reasonably good temperature. Before setting your thermostat to 72 degrees because that’s room temperature, keep in mind that we tend to dress in lighter clothes during the summer. Try slowly raising the temperature in the range of 73 to 79 degrees to see what’s comfortable for your house. The U.S. Department of Energy specifies 78 degrees as the ideal compromise—cool enough and saving you money. Every degree you go up from 72 saves you three to five percent on your air conditioning energy costs.
  2. Raise the temperature whenever you leave home. Whenever nobody will be home for two or more hours, you can save energy by raising the temperature by seven to ten degrees. The Department of Energy says doing this consistently will save you as much as 10 percent on cooling costs.
  3. Save money at night. When you sleep, your core body temperature lowers. So you may be able to raise the temperature a bit at night, especially if you use lighter sleepwear and lighter bed coverings.
  4. Switch to a smart thermostat. You can program a smart thermostat to raise the temperature ten degrees during the day when everyone is at work and then lower it 30 minutes before the first person returns home. Some smart thermostats have even more advanced features to help you truly optimize the temperature setting to save you the most money.
  5. Seal up the leaks. The older your home, the more likely cold air is seeping outside. Install new weatherstripping and caulk around doors and windows. We recommend getting a home energy audit from your utility provider to find all these leaks and to find the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
  6. Replace older air conditioning units with energy-efficient models. Just like newer furnaces, today’s air conditioners really do work much more efficiently than older ones. If you fear you’re paying too much to keep your house cool, it would be worth asking an HVAC salesperson about your options.
  7. Call an HVAC technician to tune-up your air conditioning unit. Regular inspection and maintenance is vital to keeping your air conditioner working at its best. If you suspect that it’s not cooling properly, a technician will be able to determine whether there’s a problem other than it’s a really hot summer.

Follow these tips and you’ll save money while keep your house reasonably cool this summer, and call the team at One Source Home Service today to schedule your next A/C service!

Flushable Wipes and 7 Other Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

Ask any plumber and they will tell you that people often flush things down the toilet that really should not be flushed. They’ve cleared enough clogs from toilet drain pipes to know the worst things that people flush. Save yourself the plumbing bill by never flushing any of the following things down your toilet.

Wet wipes

Baby wipes, wet wipes, and cleaning wipes are often marketed as “flushable” wipes, but many of them are only flushable in the same way that a t-shirt or towel is flushable. Yeah, maybe you can flush them, but they are going to cause clogs, if not in your drain pipe, then in the sewer line or at your municipal wastewater treatment plant. Many wipes simply do not disintegrate quickly enough to prevent clogs and backed-up sewer lines.

7 other things you should never flush

In addition to “flushable” wipes, here’s other things you should never flush down the toilet.

1. Paper Towels

After wiping up a mess in the bathroom, tossing a paper towel in the toilet might seem like an easy way to get rid of it. But consider those paper towel commercials that boast about how strong and absorbent their paper towels are. There’s your top two reasons not to flush them!

2. Feminine hygiene products

Would you believe there’s a good reason why public bathrooms often have signs telling you not to flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet? Tampons and pads are designed to be ultra-absorbent and they expand as they get wet. You don’t want them expanding in your drain pipe.

3. Condoms

Condoms are what plumbers least like to pull out of the toilet drain. Latex prophylactics take years to degrade and even if they get through your drain pipe, they will cause issues in your city’s wastewater treatment system.

4. Floss

Long strands of floss can wrap around other things, creating string balls that can create clogs by collecting more “solids.”

5. Cotton Swabs

Throw used cotton swabs in the garbage because if flushed they will get jammed in the drain pipe and then act like a little dam, blocking other things from continuing down the drain.

6. Hair

When you pull those clumps of hair out of your brush, toss them in the trash not in the toilet. Hair does not dissolve and will worsen any little blockage in the drain pipe.

7. Too much toilet paper

The problem with thicker, multi-ply, plush toilet paper is that it does take a bit longer to dissolve. If you have to use a lot of it, flush a couple of times rather than sending it all down at once.

Summary

If it’s too late now and you know you have flushed some of these things down your toilet, call a plumber if the toilet is not draining properly. If it’s still good, count yourself lucky and stop flushing these things down the drain. Give the team at One Source Home Service a call today if you have more questions about your drains!

One Source Home Service Tops The Charts With Aeroseal

Scott Bidwell owner of one source home services Aeroseal is quickly becoming the most talked about sealant product in renovations. Its cutting-edge technology enables installers to find those areas of the home experiencing leaks and quickly deploy sealant to stop energy loss and maintain home comfortability. One Source Home Solutions has not only seen an uptick in clients requesting the service but positive feedback coming from them after receiving their first new energy bill.

“Twenty to thirty percent of the heat and air that are meant to be blowing through a home’s vents actually escape through the air ducts,” says co-owner of One Source Home Solutions Scott Bidwell. “Aeroseal was designed to find those cracks and seal them. This not only lowers utility costs and improves performance but actually has a profound effect on air quality in the home.”

Dirt and dust particles from attics, crawlspaces, and garages are often sucked back into the vents and end up in the home, reducing indoor air quality. Moreover, those same leaks in the vents prevent much of the hot and cold air from reaching the intended room. By using Aeroseal to secure the integrity of the vents, homeowners can begin to experience not only cost savings but also better air quality. “That dust that settles everywhere comes mostly from your vents,” says Bidwell. “That’s one of the selling points of this product—it prevents the accumulation of dust particles that can really set off our client’s allergies.”

Bidwell’s sought-after home services firm is one of the first area companies to install Aeroseal and has already won prestige awards for installation and service. He believes that this has become an integral and important area of home service. “People are looking for better ways to manage costs of heating and cooling but also to protect their health,” he explains. “With one product we are able to do both.”

The company’s reputation for quality and customer service has helped them build trust with their clients and referrals. They believe that having ongoing dialogue about new products and services helps to maintain that trust built over time and will eventually lead them to new customers. They are currently one of the top agents of Aeroseal and encourages anyone looking to improve their system’s efficiency to give them a call today.

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