Archive: Home Services

How Do I Maintain My Plumbing System?

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 especially, neglecting maintenance and repairs can lead to costly and ... 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

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Raise awareness, take action. This year's theme for 2017: Wastewater. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for billions of people, toilets are a matter of life, ... 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

World Toilet Day

Raise awareness, take action. Wherever you are and whatever you do on World Toilet Day, make it about toilets. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for ... 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.   Hmmm...is that true in your household? No other day of the year is as busy for plumbers as the ... Read More

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Raise awareness, take action.In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for billions of people, toilets are a matter of life, health and dignity.The purpose of 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

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has improved women’s equality, living conditions, health ... 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 Mashable.com   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

60 – and 40 – Watt Bulbs Banned for 2014: What You Need to Know

By Sarah B. Weir, Senior Writer, YAHOO Shine On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which ... 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, LancasterOnline.com 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

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Of all of the modern conveniences that we take for granted, the toilet ranks (no pun intended) right up there…until something doesn’t go right with it. Let’s pause to consider for a moment, however, what would the world be like without ... 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

June is National Bathroom Reading Month

No, we're not making this up. There really is a National Bathroom Reading Month, compliments of the Bathroom Readers' Institute of Ashland, OR. The folks there claim that: “Since 1988, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute has led the movement to stand up for ... 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

Drain and perform maintenance on your water heater.

Proper maintenance of your water heater can help it last for many years, and will save you money in repairs down the road.  Leaks can develop over time and can slowly destroy a water heater from the outside.  Also rust ... Read More

Consider replacing traditional thermostats with programmable ones.

According to ENERGY STAR, the average household spends $2,200.00 a year on energy bills and could save $180.00 a year by using a programmable thermostat to maintain proper heating and cooling settings.  This one's a no-brainer, so before the winter ... Read More

Check for leaks in toilet water feed and tank bottom.

9 out of 10 complaints that local water utilities receive from homeowners can be traced back to leaky toilets. You can do your own quick and easy test if you suspect a leaky loo. First, take the top off your ... Read More

Energy Saving Tip – Wrap your water heater in a thermal blanket

Boost your water heater's efficiency by wrapping it in a thermal blanket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding an insulating wrap to your water heater can reduce heat loss by as much as 45 percent and save as ... Read More

My water heater is leaking. Will it burst?

It is not likely to burst, but the leak is not going to go away or get any less. It is best to call Brubaker Inc. at 717-299-5641, or contact us here to schedule a service call. It is highly ... Read More

How do I control roots if I have them in my sewer line, and how do I keep them out once they are removed?

If you have roots in your pipes, call us at 717-299-5641, or contact us here to schedule a service call. We have the methods, materials, and equipment to remove the roots without necessarily having to excavate your yard. If your ... Read More

What can I put in my garbage disposal?

Not everything, as some people seem to believe. Here are some helpful hints to keep your disposal running properly:As mentioned previously, be sure to run water while the disposal is in operation. Please note that is should be cold water, ... Read More

I should let the water run while I am using the garbage disposal, right?

Absolutely. You should always be running water down the drain while the garbage disposal unit is turned on. You should let the water continue to run for a second or two even after the disposal is turned off. This helps ... Read More

What should I avoid flushing down my toilet to help prevent clogs?

Your toilet was not designed or intended to be an all-purpose disposal device. It is intended to only have human waste and toilet tissue flushed down it. While some things may get flushed down by accident, it is especially important ... Read More