woman using plunger to unclog kitchen sink

When it comes to the plumbing in our homes, many folks adopt the attitude that ‘out of sight is out of mind.’ We have complex systems of drains and pipes running throughout our homes, but many of us don’t even give them a second thought. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. A clogged drain is not something that can be easily ignored — though it’s something that we have to deal with from time to time. The best policy is to keep those pipes and drains in mind, even when they’re not causing any problems!

At Champion Services, we offer a full range of plumbing services to the Southwest Wyoming area. While we’re always ready to help with whatever plumbing issue you’re having, regular maintenance and taking care of your home’s plumbing will help reduce the chances of a stressful, and potentially costly, plumbing situation. As such, we’ve put together some drain cleaning tips for you below!

Pay Attention To The Problem

Looking out for early signs that there might be something going on with your plumbing is always a good idea. If you catch the signs early, it can help prevent the plumbing from getting out of hand. Look out for some of the following tell-tale signs you may need plumbing repair:

  • Water backing up in sink or toilet
  • Gurgling sounds from drain
  • Percolating sounds after using washer/shower/etc.
  • Lots of trees on your property

You might just be dealing with a simple clog, or there can be something more serious going on. There is even the chance of clogging or damage to your main sewer line, which can be due to the growth of tree roots. Make sure to pay attention to the habits and tendencies of your plumbing as well as the things that can be affecting it!

Try Home Remedies

If you are dealing with a rather simple clog, you might be able to fix it with a few straightforward steps.

One of the first things you might want to try is a good ol’ fashioned plunger. For many sink and toilet clogs, a regular and affordable home plunger can do the trick. These are commonplace in most homes and learning appropriate technique doesn’t require that much work.

If the plunger isn’t doing the trick, then your next step might involve purchasing a drain cleaner solution from your local supermarket. The effectiveness of drain cleaning solution can vary from product to product and situation to situation, but sometimes they can be useful. It is extremely important to read all of the labels on your drain cleaning solution and to use it appropriately. Follow the directions.

It is also important to not become overly-reliant on these store-bought solutions. Drain cleaning solutions can be damaging and corrosive to pipes if they are used too frequently. Over time, consistent usage of drain cleaning solutions will actually make your pipes worse off than before. It’s a good idea to be mindful of less-damaging alternatives; check out our “Eco-Friendly Tips for Unclogging Drains” blog post for more information!

When in doubt, it’s best to discuss your options with plumbers. Speaking of which…

Ask The Experts

Something to keep in mind is that it can be overwhelming to try to deal with a plumbing issue all by yourself. This is especially true if you are not familiar with plumbing. Don’t be afraid to ask the experts. Even something as commonplace as using store-bought drain cleaning solutions can cause long-term damage to your home. Don’t take the risk; call Champion Services with all of your plumbing questions!

We can fix clogs in no time flat with our augers. If it’s serious, we can diagnose the problem by using our specialty cameras. We have the expertise, the tools, and the means to make sure your home is safe and that those drains are functioning how they should be. 

Summer is barreling toward us and things are heating up real quick. For folks in the Evanston area, summer means some serious weather changes. It’s important to make sure that you’re taking steps to get your home ready for the summer heat. Taking some small steps to maintain the quality of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, otherwise known as HVAC, can go a long way in saving you money and keep your home comfortable and safe.

In this blog post we will look at three essential steps to maintaining the quality of your HVAC unit this summer. Learn more about our air conditioning services here. Champion Services is here to assist you with all of your HVAC questions and needs. We serve the Evanston, Rock Springs, Green River, and Evanston areas. Reach out to us and we can make weathering the changing weather as easy as pie.

1. Pay Attention To Your Filters

The very first thing you should pay attention to on your HVAC unit is the state of the filter. This is an important part of air conditioning maintenance that you can do yourself! Typically, you will run into either a disposable or a permanent filter in your HVAC unit. If you have a disposable filter, it is best practice to replace it once a month. It can be dangerous to go too long without replacing a disposable filter. Similarly, permanent filters need to be cleaned and maintained at about the same rate. In any case, you should be taking care of your filter once a month.

Keep in mind that these are loose guidelines. Your filter might need to be changed or cleaned more frequently depending on your circumstances. If you have pets, for instance, or if you have smokers in your home, then you might cleaning and replacements might be required more than once a month. It’s best to take notice of the state of your filters and act accordingly. Once those filters are cleaned or replaced, you won’t have dust, pet hair, and other debris block the flow of clean air throughout your home. It can make a huge difference to have quality indoor air.

2. Keep The HVAC Area Clean

Many HVAC units are on the outside of our homes. Take some time each month to go and examine your HVAC unit. For folks here in Evanston, this is especially important during seasonal changes, where leaves and debris can accumulate. Go to your HVAC unit and clean out any leaves, grass, branches, and such that may have built up during the winter and spring.

It is also a good idea to make sure that you don’t have any plants or shrubbery growing too close to your HVAC unit. Regardless of the situation, your HVAC unit will function most effectively when it has at least two feet of clear space around it. Maintaining the state of your HVAC year round is the best strategy, as waiting until the beginning of summer can make it all the more difficult to clear out all the debris and ensure the area is thoroughly clear.

3. Maximize Air Flow

A quick route to saving money this summer is to maximize the air flow in your home. Cleaning filters and keeping the HVAC area clear are both steps toward this. Another good strategy is to utilize fans. Strategically positioning fans throughout your home can greatly increase air flow. This will make you more comfortable as well as make things a bit easier on your wallet.

One thing to keep in mind is that heat rises. This means that ceiling fans that run clockwise during the summer can be especially effective. This will keep the hot air flowing downward, thus lightening the load that needs to be carried by your air conditioner.

Other Strategies for Staying Cool

The above included three vital steps to take to maximize the effectiveness of your HVAC this summer. Some other things to keep in mind includes the following:

Air Conditioning Experts in Evanston & Beyond

As the summer rolls around in Evanston, make sure that your home is prepared for the increased heat and dryness. It’s always a good idea to prepare your home for seasonal changes, especially in areas where these changes can be extreme. Champion Services is here to help with our expert HVAC services. Contact us in Evanston, Green River, or Rock Springs for any and all of your HVAC questions.

With the beautiful, hot summer months we see here in Wyoming, our air conditioners can quickly become our best friends after a long day in the sun. There are ways to stay cool without having to run our air conditioners more than we need to though.So give your air conditioner a nice break and follow these tried and true tips to stay cool this summer!

Tip #1: Close Your Blinds

This is a great idea at any point during the summer, but especially helpful during the 4th of July celebrations when you will likely be spending most of the day outside anyway. Closing up your blinds prevents sunlight from heating up your home and making your HVAC system work harder than it needs to. If you have been closing your blinds and still feel as though your air conditioning is working harder than it should, get a hold of one of our HVAC professionals at Champion Services. You may just need a quick and easy servicing to get it up and running the way it needs to.

Tip #2: Prepare Everything for Your Festivities Outside

Since most summer festivities happen outside anyway, try selecting dishes and drinks that can be prepared outside, such as burgers, brats, corn-on-the-cob, and chips and dip. As for drinks, try simple options such as soda, a pitcher of water, and canned beers and seltzers. Not only will this be much easier and take some of the stress off of you, but it will help to keep your home cool as you won’t have people going in and out of your house while preparing dishes that require the use of the oven or microwave.

Tip #3: Provide Shade

If you are the type of person who enjoys spending ample time outdoors anyway, we suggest investing in an umbrella or an overhang to your home in order to give your guests (and yourself) an area to cool off from the sun while still getting to enjoy the outdoor festivities.

Tip #4: Hydrate!

This can be an easy one to forget about, especially on days like the 4th of July when everyone is busy preparing food, playing yard games, and making the most out of their celebrations. Be sure to set out a big pitcher of water and cups for people to grab and enjoy throughout the day, and mix in plenty of water if you plan on drinking alcohol, as this will dehydrate you even more. It can also be a good idea to have a spray bottle or two filled with water placed by the water pitcher so people can spray themselves off if they feel as though they are getting too hot!

Evanston Cooling Pros

We hope these tips help you with planning and staying cool during your summer activities without having to unnecessarily run your air conditioning unit. If you have any questions or would like to have an HVAC system installed in your home to help keep you cool this summer, give us a call today at Champion Services in Evanston!

It’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner here in Southwest Wyoming. Whether this is your first Wyoming winter or your 40th, you should know just how bitter the cold can get around these parts. Your HVAC system is going to be working hard to keep you warm, so it is important that you give it the care it needs to succeed.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this resource to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter so that it can keep you warm all season long. Instead of searching for an HVAC company near you, count on the Evanston heating and air professionals at Champion Services!

#1: Schedule a Preventative Maintenance Appointment

If you’ve been neglecting your HVAC maintenance, this needs to be your first step. Call up your local HVAC experts and schedule an inspection. During your appointment, an HVAC professional will check your system for any issues that might cause trouble in the future. They’ll also be able to make sure everything is clean and in working order, while providing you with some insight as to how your system might be affecting your energy bills and overall feelings of comfort in your home. This will provide a blueprint for future upkeep to ensure your system works well for years to come and can help avoid costly heating repairs.

#2: Replace Your Air Filters

No matter if you choose to have an HVAC professional do this when they perform their inspection or you do it yourself, it’s important that you don’t ignore your air filter. Depending on the manufacturer recommendations, air filters should be replaced or cleaned every three to six months. Not only can a dirty air filter make your indoor air quality worse, when a filter is clogged up, it will put undue strain on your HVAC system, which can reduce its overall lifespan. To get the best possible air quality, choose a HEPA air filter to catch small particles and allergens that can make breathing harder.

#3: Consider Replacement

This might be where you screech to a halt while you’re reading. We know cooling and heating system replacement is a costly proposition. However, the expected lifespan of an HVAC system is about ten years, after which they will begin to struggle to perform. So if your HVAC system is on the precipice of entering middle school, think about replacing it with a newer unit. Luckily, with advancements in HVAC technology and a dedication to improving efficiency and sustainability, an upgraded unit can actually save you money in the long run. Ask Champion Services about our payment plan options, which can make it a less overwhelming process for you and your family.

#3: Ensure Your Home is Properly Insulated

Insulation isn’t just the cotton candy stuff you see lining the insides of your walls. It is your main line of defense against the elements outside, at least temperature-wise. This makes it vital for you to make sure your attic is properly insulated in the time leading up to winter. Insulation will ensure cold air stays out and hot air stays in during the winter and vice versa in the summer, so it is a year-round benefit. You can schedule an energy audit to get a better idea of where your home might be lacking insulation.

#4: Install a Programmable Thermostat

The world’s fanciest and most cutting-edge HVAC system will only be as good as the thermostat that is controlling it. If you’ve ever tried to control an older thermostat, you know exactly how inaccurate and finicky it can be. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you give your HVAC system a much needed boost to its efficiency, as you’ll be able to precisely select your temperature, set a schedule for when you’ll be home (and need the heat) or away (and don’t need to heat an empty house), and control it remotely through an app on your phone. That means you don’t have to worry about turning your heat off when you leave on your big winter vacation — a couple of taps on your phone and you’re good to go.

Professional HVAC Help

With how cold it gets in Southwest Wyoming during the winter, you need to make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle it. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. Call Champion Services in Evanston to schedule your appointment and let us handle it for you! Now that your HVAC system is ready for winter, be sure to read our blog post about How to Keep Your Home Warm throughout the cold winter months!

frost on window of a cold house

Fall is here…Winter is coming…will you be warm and comfortable through it all? A properly running HVAC system can mean the difference between comfort and discomfort in your home.

The Evanston HVAC experts at Champion Services are here to help you maximize your investment!

Enjoy a warm, worry-free home through the fall and winter when you use these tips to maintain your heating system. Be sure to read our other blog post for more tips on How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter!

1) Ensure Proper Air Flow

Locate all the vent and air exchange covers in your home and ensure they are free of dust and debris, and are not blocked by furniture or large objects. This will help to keep dust from blowing around your home and also make sure proper air flow and consistent heat to each room.

If your HVAC unit has pipes that connect to the outside of your house (such as exhaust and fresh air intake pipes), make sure they are clear of debris and not blocked by anything.

2) Check Your Filters

Clean and/or replace your HVAC filters regularly (as often as is recommended by the furnace manufacturer or your HVAC installing expert). In many cases, you may able to vacuum the filter every month (more often if you have pets) and replace the filter every 3-4 months.

3) Clean Your Ducts

Invest in duct cleaning on a regular basis. Before winter is a great time to have them cleaned because the windows will be closed for winter so you won’t get new dust and debris coming in. Vacuum your home around the same time to eliminate any dust that is currently outside of the ductwork, to keep it from cycling back in.

4) Test your HVAC System

Test your HVAC system before you need it. Run your system and listen for unusual sounds or smells. You’ll want to do this for two reasons:

  • You might notice a very slight burning smell as a small amount of dust burns off of the heating unit, so it’s nice to be able to open the windows and air that out. (Note: the burning smell should disappear quickly. If it persists or is very strong, shut your HVAC unit down and call an HVAC expert right away!)
  • Testing your HVAC system before you need it means that if there is a problem, you can get it fixed right away instead of being uncomfortably cold while the system is being repaired!

If you try running your HVAC system and it doesn’t turn on, look at the following things first:

  • Is your HVAC unit plugged in?
  • Did you check the circuit breakers to make sure they are in the correct position?
  • Do the batteries need to be changed in your thermostat?

5) Know Your HVAC Unit

If you need to call an HVAC professional, check the brand name and model number of your HVAC unit over the phone. This will help them understand the situation better even before they arrive at your home.

Heating Experts in Evanston, WY & Beyond!

With the colder weather on its way, it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and comfortable for your family. That means making sure your heater or heating system is running the way you need it to. Use these tips and ideas to help you have a more comfortable home for your family, and if you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

clogged shower drain

There are a lot of ways to approach a clogged drain. It can be tempting to just go to the local supermarket and get a powerful drain cleaner to pour down the sink. But this isn’t your only option — nor is necessarily the best option. In today’s blog post, we will take a look at some eco-friendly alternatives for unclogging those pesky clogged drains. If you have any question or know you need professional drain cleaning in Evanston, WY or the surrounding area, simply give the expert plumbers at Champion Services a call!

In the meantime, let’s turn to those clogged drains and take a look at what some of your options might be.

1. Use a Plunger

We’ve been surprised to learn how surprising it is to people that a plunger can be used for more than their toilets! Sure, you don’t want to use the same plunger in your kitchen sink that you’re using in your toilet, but the right plunger can make pretty quick work of some nasty clogs. There are different kinds of plungers that are specialized for different kinds of jobs. 

Plungers for sinks are usually made with red rubber and have a shallow suction cup. In the end, plunging the drain may be all you need to do. The suction could force the clog away, leaving you with a clear drain — no chemicals needed. Couldn’t be much more eco-friendly than that, right?

2. Baking Powder Might Do the Trick

There’s no shortage of home remedies that promise a quick fix. Too often, though, they don’t do a whole lot. Luckily, in the case of baking powder (as well as our next tip), you have a home remedy on your hands that will actually remediate! 

Baking powder is especially helpful when used in conjunction with the plunger method. Sometimes a plunger will help get rid of the primary clog, but you’ll still notice some degree of back-up. If this is the case, simply pour a cup of baking soda down it and then 3 cups of boiling water. This can help pull aways debris that remains caught in the drain.

3. The Power of Vinegar

Vinegar is sometimes used as a panacea. You can’t trust that it will fix everything, but you can trust that it can do some serious drain cleaning! You can think of all three of these things — plunger, baking powder, and vinegar — as the eco-friendly clog-cleaning trifecta. They’re best used together.

Sure, baking soda and vinegar have been used to erupt many middle school science projects — but it does more than that! Just pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then half a cup of white vinegar. You can also heat the vinegar first or follow up the combination with boiling water if it’s a really stubborn clog. This should go a long way in unclogging your drain. Just don’t follow up with a store-bought chemical, as these can lead to potentially harmful or corrosive reactions. If you’re still facing a clog, read our “Tips for Drain Cleaning” blog post for more ideas!

Turn to the Drain Cleaning Pros

Champion Services is here to help! We offer quality drain cleaning services throughout Evanston and the surrounding area. Reach out to us for all of your plumbing needs!

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