Blakeslee & Son, Inc.

Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter with a Whole Home Inspection

Cold West Michigan winters can be hard on pipes and plumbing, make sure your home's plumbing system is ready. There are a few simple things you can do yourself to help prevent any plumbing issues (like leaking or frozen pipes) this winter. You might consider:

  Blakeslee and Son   October 4, 2016   Winter, preventative maintenance, Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Using Technology to Eliminate Germs & Allergens in Your Home

If you read our post about protecting your home from fall allergies, you know that there are a variety of things that you can do to eliminate fall allergens (and all allergens for that matter) from your home. Another way of eliminating allergies in the home is with technology, like electronic air cleaning or UV/plasma air cleaning. Both are a more efficient alternative to traditional media filtration options (like fabric filters).

  Blakeslee and Son   September 20, 2016   Fall Season, allergens, Home Air Quality 0 Comments   Read More

Fall is Furnace Tune Up Season

September is a great time to give your furnace and heating system a quick tune up (and maybe have the professionals take a look at it as well). Winter is coming, make sure your furnace is ready to run efficiently and keep your home toasty, warm all winter long.

  Blakeslee and Son   September 13, 2016   repairs, furnace, heat 0 Comments   Read More

How to Protect Your Home From Fall Allergens

Fall in Michigan. It's a time for so many great things like changing leaves, apple picking and football. However, it's also a time for some less than ideal things, like seasonal allergies. 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 25, 2016   Fall Season, allergens, Home Air Quality 0 Comments   Read More

Blakeslee & Son's Whole Home Peak Performance Package

A furnace that won't kick on, a rattling AC unit and a leaking pipe. Aside from being a major inconvenience to the busy people among us, what do all of these common household issues have in common? 

  Blakeslee and Son   August 18, 2016   heating and cooling, heating system, Plumbing, home systems 0 Comments   Read More

Grand Rapids Plumbing Tips: Understanding a Septic System

As much as we might not want to think about it, the water from our sinks and toilets has to go somewhere. In most cities, the liquid drains into a municipal sewer system. However, in more rural locations outside of Grand Rapids, the standard solution is a septic tank system. A septic tank works by using household wastewater that drains and eventually evaporates in a nearby drain field while any material that falls to the bottom of the tank gets dissolved by bacteria. As more water comes in, it forces the old water onto the field for dissolution.

Prior to 1992, tanks had no screen or baffle installed to make sure floating material didn’t drain out to a leech field area. A common problem would be blockage of the drain line, backing up the water and material back to a home. After 1992, a baffle was added to ensure liquid flow and blocked material passage. The addition of this screening reduced many problems, but regular pump outs of a septic tank are still needed to lower the content sludge level.

Drain or leech fields are the underground areas containing a network of pipes from the septic tank. The water pushed out of the tank goes into the drain pipe, causing the water to spread and evaporate. If the drain pipe or fiber piping gets plugged, that can stop up the tank system, eventually leading to tank system failure.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 30, 2016   Plumbing 0 Comments   Read More

Your Guide to Air Conditioning Cleaning

Most people assume their home air conditioning system will last for many years, and the typical average system can perform consistently for at least a decade. However, standards are based on factory testing, and regional differences can be huge. For example, an A/C system in Arizona is going to take a far greater beating and use demand than one in a home located here in Michigan. One action helps an A/C system last far longer than others, and that's regular air conditioning cleaning and maintenance.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 24, 2016   HVAC, heating and cooling 0 Comments   Read More

Defining The Need For Emergency Plumbing Services

Most of us know that after-hours plumbing service calls are not only inconvenient, but expensive. Most of us would also agree that we would rather wait and schedule an appointment than having to make that dreaded emergency call. But what are the events that do warrant picking up the phone right away? In this blog, we'll highlight emergency plumbing situations that need immediate attention and actionable procedures to help control the situation.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 17, 2016   Plumbing Tips 0 Comments   Read More

The Complete Guide to Window Air Conditioner Installation

You may have noticed it's starting to get warmer outside, which might mean it's time to buy a window air conditioner. You can be sure that as soon as the temperature tops 90 degrees, people will be flocking to all the big box stores, depleting inventory quickly. And if you have one that's packed away in the basement from last summer, you'll need to brush up on the instructions to avoid any frustrating problems you may have had within the last year.

  Blakeslee and Son   June 7, 2016   air conditoning 0 Comments   Read More