Archive: Home Services

Gain Peace of Mind – Improve your Indoor Air Quality

Brubaker Inc. has the Indoor Air Quality products, services, and solutions to ensure your peace of mind. Indoor Air Quality has been in the forefront of peoples' minds.  With the COVID virus situation, it is more important now than ever. The COVID ... Read More

Tips for Updating an Outdated Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen is a major project. You have to demo and remove the old kitchen, update insulation, new cabinets and drywall work, and the list goes on. To help you save time, money, and frustration, here are some tips for ... Read More

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Are you looking for easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly and energy-efficient? There are lots of simple, practical steps that you can take to decrease your home’s carbon footprint. Learn how to save money and energy at home ... Read More

12 Tips for Planning a Home Remodeling Project

All this time spent indoors has been causing us to rethink our homes. Maybe that open concept idea isn’t so great after all? From nurseries and offices to kitchens and bathrooms, a home remodeling project can certainly improve your indoor ... Read More

Tankless Water Heaters: Pros and Cons You Need to Know

Nothing starts the day off better than a hot shower. But what happens if the water doesn't get hot enough? Or if the hot water runs out before you get a chance to finish? A cold shower might build disciple ... Read More

4 Smart Upgrades for Your Plumbing

By now, you probably already have smart devices in your home — lighting, security, cooking, entertainment, and more. Well, plumbing is beginning to enter the fray. Curious about smart upgrades for your plumbing? Continue reading to learn about the different smart ... Read More

Summer Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

While summer is looking a little different than we expected, there’s still going to be plenty of swimming, barbecues, and relaxing indoors. But with all of the extra activity at home comes the added potential for electrical accidents. With summer ... Read More

How to Go Green With Plumbing

Making your plumbing system more efficient isn’t just about saving green, it’s also about making our world ever greener. Going green means saving money and protecting the environment. So, how do you go green with your plumbing? From identifying and fixing water ... Read More

Preparing for the Unexpected: How to prevent in-home water damage

Tips to help you avoid one of the most common preventable insurance claims One of the most common homeowners insurance claims is completely preventable.  It’s not fires or theft; it's not wind, hail, or storm damage. it’s water damage. We're not ... Read More

How to Outsmart Mother Nature: A Homeowner’s Spring Survival Guide

Humans have been outsmarting nature forever. Fire, agriculture, boats, planes, technology. We’ve been steadily increasing life expectancies. We’ve reached the moon. Our homes are no different. We can control the environment at will, access clean water at any time, and have ... Read More

We’re here to help you!

Trip Fees Waived* $750 Rebate Available* *Now available, through May 30, 2020* While we have been open and serving Lancaster County’s plumbing, heating, air, and electrical needs as an essential business during the mandated shutdown due to COVID-19, many people have not ... Read More

Serving you Safely

Take advantage of our Contactless Service We want our customers to know that the health and safety of our customers and employees is our #1 priority.  We are closely following the recommendations and updates of the CDC daily.  We believe that ... Read More

Electrical Safety Tips for Spring

With spring and shelter-in-place upon us, there’s a lot more time for working and playing around the house. And that means more opportunities for electrical accidents, such as coming into contact with a live wire, overloaded circuits, and electrical fires. ... Read More

7 Tips to Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

These are hard times and people are looking for ways to reduce home repairs and cut back on expenses. Since you’re stuck at home, learn how to improve your air conditioner efficiency to save money, reduce breakdowns, and extend the ... Read More

We are open during the coronavirus crisis

Our 24 Hour Service Division is open We can help you over the phone with your appliance needs Our Showroom and Design Center are open by appointment only Our Commercial Construction Division is operating with limitations for the time being See our protection measures ... Read More

Why Your Water Heater Isn’t Working | Water Heater Troubleshooting

If you’re like most Americans, you rely on your water heater every single day. Whenever you wash clothes, take a shower, or run the dishwasher you are counting on all of the water heater components working together to provide clean, ... Read More

What Tax Credits Are Available for Making Your Home Energy Efficient?

Millions of Americans are busy preparing their taxes (or at least thinking about it), but IRS codes and manuals can be difficult to understand, even by trained lawyers. To make things more complicated, taxpayers must navigate the new set of laws ... Read More

How to Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

The outdoor HVAC unit — that big metal box that contains the compressor, fins, wires, tubes, and fan — is a must-have for central air systems, but it can be a huge eyesore in the yard. In addition to hiding the ... Read More

How to Seal Air Leaks Around the Home for Year-Round Savings

Air leaks around the home can waste a lot of energy. When it’s summer and your air conditioner is running full blast, cool air escapes and warm air enters. In the winter, the reverse occurs — valuable heat escapes and ... Read More

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

2020 isn’t just the start of a new year. It’s the start of a new decade. This year feels particularly important for setting New Year’s goals. Promises, that if kept, will bring you favor in the coming decade. What do ... Read More

Winter Fire Prevention Tips: Stop Home Fires Cold!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, home structural fires peak during the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm and during the winter months of December, January, and February. Nearly half of all home fires occur during these three months. Cooking equipment ... Read More

Home Heating Hacks to Save Money and Energy

Heating your entire home doesn’t have to be a chore. It doesn’t have to be expensive either! Whether you have a five-bedroom house or a quaint little cottage, it is possible to heat your entire dwelling at a reasonable rate ... Read More

Combat Winter Dryness and Sickness With a Whole-Home Humidifier

You feel uncomfortable in your own home, despite blasting the heater and using moisturizing conditioner and dryer sheets. On top of all of that, you’ve caught a cold or a sinus infection. What gives? It sounds like you’re dealing with ... Read More

Outdoor Fall Maintenance Essentials

This fall and winter, make sure you are taking all the necessary steps to keep your home, and especially your heating, plumbing, and electrical systems, working safely and efficiently. Here is our Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you prepare ... Read More

Pre-Winter Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Furnaces, also known as gas or electric forced-air systems, don’t require a lot of work by the homeowner.  However, a little furnace maintenance can goe a long way for you.  A licensed professional should perform most heating and cooling maintenance. While ... Read More

Common Electrical Hazards in the Home

Many people are unaware of the electrical hazards that are present in their own homes, apartments, or workplaces. But with some basic electrical safety knowledge, most electrical fires and electrocutions could be avoided. With the holiday season quickly approaching and it ... Read More

How Do I Maintain My Plumbing System?

People frequently will ask "how do I maintain my plumbing?"  We often don’t think about our plumbing system until something goes wrong, but like anything else, preventative maintenance is better and cheaper than waiting for a repair or replacement. With plumbing ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Brubaker Inc. is Raising Awareness with Electrical Safety Inspections Your home may have important electrical components which are expired or no longer functioning properly Let Brubaker Inc. make sure that your family is safe and sound The U.S. Fire Administration reports that during ... Read More

Time to Spring Ahead!

It's time to Spring Ahead again, but does it really matter? What kind of winter has this been?  Well, it depends on where you live.  Here in Lancaster County we had an early snow.  It seemed like it might be a ... Read More

Be careful! The cold is upon us!

Tips to protect yourself and your property from the severe cold Soon we are going to feel cold weather the likes many of us haven't experienced in maybe a generation.  Incredible cold is hitting the northern tier and northeast of the ... Read More

Be Sure to check your Smoke Alarms this Weekend!

Time to check your smoke alarms when you turn back your clocks This weekend it will be time to “fall back” into Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, which means you’ll want to check your ... Read More

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Do you know what to do to stay safe? It's that time of year again when we are approaching that confluence of peak time to be outdoors coupled with the greatest threat of thunderstorms.  While most all of us love the ... Read More

Congratulations and Welcome!

Brubaker Inc. welcomes on board three new Graduates Brubaker Inc. is pleased to offer our congratulations and welcome to three new employees who just  recently graduated from high school and from Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Brownstown campus in HVAC: Peyton ... Read More

What causes a clogged kitchen sink?

Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, it is not wise to put everything down the drain, unless you want a clogged kitchen sink. Unfortunately, some people think so.   And, unfortunately, it could cost you for indiscriminately washing everything ... Read More

Let’s Spring Ahead!

What an interesting winter it has been.  Not a lot of snow, and not many severely cold days. We did have a few cold snaps where we had to be ready for frozen pipes and other worries; and of course ... Read More

Frozen pipes?

Some helpful tips to prevent them in the first place Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water will most ... Read More

Don’t let FOG ruin your holidays

We're approaching the Holiday Season...Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.  For many people, FOG is a major issue.  No, we don't mean the fog of possible over-imbibing.  Nor do we mean the difficulty of getting to Grandma's house because you can't ... Read More

Did you?

Originally published in 2015, we thought it would be good to bring back again.   This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers). Did you take the ... Read More

Foods that should always be kept in the fridge

Are you storing your foods properly? There are many foods that seem to end up in the pantry or on your counter that really should be kept in the refrigerator. Failure to keep these items chilled can result in spoilage, ... Read More

Kitchen safety tips that need to be enforced

The kitchen is where you live your life. It is where you prepare healthy meals for your family, and where your family gathers to talk about the cares of the day. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the site of many ... Read More

Filtering laundry lint

One of the biggest problems that you will have with your laundry appliances is filtering out laundry lint, especially if you have a septic system instead of a public sewer connection.  Even though your washer and dryer have ways of ... Read More

Never lose a sock again with these tricks!

If you ever wonder how two socks go in the wash and only one comes out, you are not alone. Your washer and dryer are continuously getting a bad rap and reputation for eating socks. The key to hanging on ... Read More

What you should know about lint traps

You probably know the importance of clearing the lint trap in your dryer, but if you have a lint trap on your washer, do you maintain it? The lint that comes from your laundry during washing can clog up your ... Read More

Smoke Alarm Alert: 3 Vital Tips That Could Save Your Life

Smoke alarms and your safety are something that we take seriously here at Brubaker Inc.  Do you have them in your home?  If so, what condition are yours in?  Do you know what kind they are?  We have previously discussed ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Don't Overload Your Home According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded ... Read More

Tips for Choosing a Space Heater

Consider your choices carefully Looking ahead to this Valentine's Day Weekend, weather forecasts are projecting some of the coldest weather of the season.  We will need to be mindful of over-exposure to the elements if we are outside, and protecting vulnerable ... Read More

It’s cold out!

It's the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn't bitter. For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a ... Read More

Avoid a Thanksgiving Plumbing Disaster

  Someone once quipped that Thanksgiving was invented for our Nation to give thanks, while the day after was invented for the plumber. that true in your household? No other day of the year is as busy for plumbers as the ... Read More

Did you?

This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers).  Did you take the time to do one other thing as you changed your clocks?  If we forget ... Read More

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2015. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone.  An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) ... Read More

Is Your Challenger Brand Electric Panel Safe?

Certain types of Challenger electrical panels and breakers catch fire!  Really!  Check your panel today, as Challenger was very popular in the '80s and '90s. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your family safe. However, there are a ... Read More

Is Your Electric Panel Safe?

How old is your panel? What brand is it? Today, more than ever, we depend on electricity. Everything seems to operate off of electricity, or has electric components in it that are critical to its operation or performance. Most people have ... Read More

Conserve Water and Save Money

Simple ways to save water and utility costs We have herd a lot in the news lately of the drought in the western portion of our Nation, especially in California.  Even here in the Northeast portion of the United States, we ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Are you as safe as you can be around electricity? People are injured or killed by electricity every year. Statistics tell us that there are over 400 electrocutions and over 4000 non-fatal injuries every year in the United States. That is ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make some quick checks around the house .. Here are some quick and immediate plumbing tips for you to consider as the weather starts to warm. Plumbing When turning on water valves for the ... Read More

Did You Remember?

It's that time of year---don't forget to change the batteries in your CO and smoke alarms! Wow!  Two memorable winters in a row! We'll ask the question again just like last year: who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' out of this ... Read More

Winter isn’t over yet!

Okay, so Octoraro Orphie saw his shadow last Monday.  Given the recent weather conditions, it certainly seems that he was once again right on the mark, and with a vengeance! It's cold out, really cold.  Not only is it below freezing ... Read More

A Big Flush on Sunday?

Will you be watching Sunday evening? For many Americans, the day of the NFL's Super Bowl is virtually a holiday. In fact, some people think it has been for many years. According to Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times ... Read More

Easy steps to take to avoid a Thanksgiving plumbing disaster

By HAL CONICK, Content Producer for Penton Media and CONTRACTOR Magazine and IAN SIMPSON, Correspondent for Reuters News Service   Every November, people across the country gather with friends, family and others for a feast of epic proportions (and usually, epic portions). ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Plumbing Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets. A connected hose can prevent proper drainage from the faucet and may freeze and damage the faucet. If you have an outside faucet that is not a frost-proof faucet, be sure to ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Summer

Plumbing Do you find yourself running out of hot water? Check the date of manufacture on your water heater. This can be found on a label on the unit. Typically the first four numbers of the serial number are the month ... Read More

Smart Toilets Arrive in the U.S.

Will Americans take to smart toilets the way they have embraced smartphones? By TODD WASSERMAN, Business and Marketing Editor of   That's what Yoshiaki Fujimori, CEO of Japan's Lixil Corporation, is hoping. Like iPhones, app-packed commodes are objects of desire in Mr. ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Plumbing When turning on water valves for the first time after the cold season is over, check for any leaks that may result from a pipe that may have had some leftover water in it that froze. Also check for leaks ... Read More

Spring Ahead! And check those smoke alarms and CO detectors!

What a winter it has been!  Who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' right out of this frozen snow-filled icebox of a winter right headlong into Springtime warmth?In due time...warmer temperatures hopefully are just around the corner. Many have asked where the ... Read More

Vacation Tips for Your Home

You can easily overlook your support systems when going away for a weekend, vacation, or extended period of time.  If something happens while you’re away, you’ll come home to a nightmare and regret that you weren't better prepared. To make sure ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Winter

Plumbing Do you have trouble with pipes freezing? Turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try ... Read More

Easy Tips to Cut Your Home Energy Bill This Winter

While the first official day of winter hasn't arrived yet, for many areas of the nation one look out the window would suggest otherwise.  The snow and ice has us thinking how cold it is and that we might be ... Read More

It’s That Time Of Year Again…

...where doing this one little step could save your life. Okay, it's that time of year again.  Daylight continues to recede. There's a little less each day, and now we've hit that point where we need to turn our clocks back ... Read More

Prevent Kitchen Fires!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. Do you know what the leading cause of home fires is?  It's cooking!  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home, followed by heating ... Read More

Ways To Save Money On Your Air Conditioning Costs

If you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioning unit, you can cut your electric bills significantly, especially in very warm climates, by following these energy-saving cooling tips for when the cooling season begins. When buying a window air ... Read More

Are standard incandescent bulbs eventually going to disappear?

By TOM KNAPP, Staff Writer, The familiar glow of an incandescent light bulb will soon be a dim memory. The harsher glare of the compact fluorescent lamp, which was introduced as an energy-saving alternative, also might be on its way to ... Read More

Do you care about your Indoor Air Quality?

February is sometimes known as "National Care About Your Indoor Air" Month   We hear it in the news all of the time.  More and more instances of asthma and other respiratory irritations and illnesses.  Skin irritations.  Flu bugs and other communicable ... Read More

Do you have a steam heating system?

Here are 15 tips to peak performance. Compliments of Contractor Magazine. With energy costs at record levels, efficiency is on the minds of homeowners, and contractors are being asked to bring utility bills down. However, there are not as many contractors out ... Read More

Could This Happen To You?

Be sure to check your home heating system and that you have working CO detectors. It's that time of year again.  An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (11/20/12) reported a situation that could have ended tragically. A family’s heating system was ... Read More

So…who invented the toilet?

Thomas Crapper?Really?While that makes for a nice, tidy, humorous answer, it is not true.  He did not invent the toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions to it.  ... Read More

It’s that time of year again, when we ‘Fall Back’ and change our clocks.

It's also a great time to perform a few other basic safety-related procedures around your house. This weekend, we will be setting our clocks back 1 hour.  This is a great time to do a few other things, such as change ... Read More

What To Do If You Should Lose Power

By now we are all feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern third of the Nation.  This may go in the record books as one of the largest storms, in terms of geography (not necessarily intensity) ever. Here is ... Read More

Are You Prepared?

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2012.   How good is your knowledge of history?  Remember hearing or reading of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?  Tradition has it that it started when the O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in ... Read More

Speaking of Smoke Alarms…

So you have smoke alarms in your home already?  Do you know what kind they are?  Did you know that they could possibly not go off in time? NBC's Today Show and Nightly News highlighted the importance of having both photoelectric ... Read More

Faulty Circuit Breakers in Thousands of Homes Could Cause Fire

Federal Pacific Electric breakers, mostly found in homes built before 1990, sometimes don't trip. By Chris Glorioso and Tom Burke of WNBC Channel 4, New York Originally broadcast Thursday, May 10, 2012. Video courtesy of WNBC Channel 4, New York . Circuit breakers ... Read More

August is National Water Quality Month

The Environmental Protection Agency has designated August as National Water Quality Month, which is a perfect chance to consider the purity of the water that you drink or use. Water quality can vary greatly from locale to locale; from tap ... Read More

Air Conditioner Appreciation Days

Or...better known as the Dog Days of Summer. Where would we be without air conditioning?  True, our forebears in a bygone era didn't have it, but if they could have looked into a crystal ball to see the future, is there ... Read More

What is the quality of your water?

Water is the most abundant resource on earth. 70 percent of our planet's surface is covered with water and it is so essential to life that a person can survive without food for days, but not without water. However, only about ... Read More

May is Allergy Awareness Month

May is considered by many to be the peak time for allergy and asthma sufferers This year, symptoms are especially bad for many in our country, due to an unseasonably warm winter for 2011-2012. Who out there doesn’t know someone ... Read More

The Importance of Grounding and Bonding

Grounding in electrical systems in homes, businesses, and industries is something that many people do not understand and/or take for granted. It is not uncommon for the grounding pin to be removed from the plug of an appliance or extension ... Read More

Safety Note – A check for your home’s heating system

An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (10/4/11) noted a potentially deadly situation. A family’s heating system/chimney was not working properly.  The carbon monoxide level in the home had reached a deadly level; fortunately the family had a carbon monoxide detector that alerted them to the odorless silent ... Read More