What Is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing issue can crop up at any moment, and it’s never pleasant when it happens. Even a minor issue like a leaky pipe can damage your home, but the issue isn’t always so simple. A plumbing emergency can lead to serious damage within your home, or expensive pipe, drain, and fixture repairs. In a plumbing crisis, acting fast can save you a lot of money in repairs. The experts at Guin Service are here to discuss what constitutes a plumbing emergency, and three common plumbing problems that may require calling a plumber for back-up. What Is a Plumbing Emergency? While any plumbing issue may be alarming to find, they’re not always considered a plumbing emergency. A dripping leak isn’t […]

Five Most Overlooked HVAC & Plumbing Issues: Summer Edition

Summer is coming and for the greater Birmingham area, that means hot weather, which will put a strain on our HVAC and plumbing systems. We all know that extreme surges of heat will put a strain on our AC systems, but did you know that the summer can be harsh on your heating system as well? Luckily, Guin Service is here to provide you with the summer’s five most commonly overlooked HVAC and plumbing issues.  From the systems we leave idle over the summer to those that are tested in ways we wouldn’t otherwise imagine, there’s much more to know about summer HVAC and plumbing maintenance than meets the eye. Let’s take a look at what Guin’s experts have to […]

Winter Storm Warning: Guin Guard to the Rescue

W.C. Guin opened Guin Services in 1958. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few winters—64 of them to be exact. Over the course of six decades, our technicians have witnessed firsthand the catastrophes that winter weather has brought upon Alabama’s households. That’s why we created Guin Guard: to protect the greater Birmingham area from the perils winter brings upon your plumbing and HVAC systems.  The Guin Guard program is straightforward, offering our customers routine HVAC and plumbing maintenance and repair. But the benefits are far more extensive than the program’s simple mission may suggest. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways in which Guin Guard protects you and your family from the perils of winter storms, warnings, and […]

Winter is Coming: Guin’s Go-To HVAC Checklist

Here we go again. It seems like just a few weeks ago temperatures were in the 70s and 80s. Suddenly, the trees are barren, the sky is gray, and there’s a festive chill in the air. That means it’s time to prepare for winter with  Guin’s go-to HVAC winter checklist!  Here at Guin Service, our mission is to ensure our customers’ HVAC systems are operational and well-maintained. The volatility of our climate across the eastern half of the United States becomes exaggerated as we get further into the winter months. Let’s take a look at how you can check in with your HVAC system prior to the deep freeze.  Check & Change The Filters Frankly, it’s best to change your […]

The importance and benefits of preventative maintenance

Here at Guin Service, we don’t just pay lip service about offering the full suite of plumbing and HVAC solutions. We offer them because we’re capable of resolving any and all problems within your plumbing and HVAC systems. Today, we’re going to talk about preventative maintenance.  Residential plumbing and HVAC systems can go awry from the smallest cracks and misalignments. These details are often overlooked by homeowners and result from a lack of preventative maintenance. That is, many of us are well aware of the need to repair and retool our plumbing and HVAC systems when a problem arises. But just as important is preventive maintenance, which helps your plumbing and HVAC systems keep running smoothly without a hitch.  Of […]

Plumbing and heating: preparing your home for the holiday season

  It’s true, the winter season is on its way. In just a couple of months, we’ll be wondering where summer went already. But with winter comes some of our favorite days of the year, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  And when it comes to the holidays, we here at Guin can’t stop thinking about one thing: that all those family meals and celebrations sure do take a toll on the house.  Today, we’re going to talk about how to prepare your home for these holiday activities. With the family gathered around the fire, your house uses more water and heat. So let’s go over a few of the house’s most important utilities, and how you can gird them […]

The Top 5 Most Preventable Plumbing Problems

If you’re currently facing a significant plumbing issue, you’re not alone. Specific plumbing problems are common enough that every homeowner is likely to deal with one sooner or later. But what do you do when there’s a drip here and a clog there?  Fortunately, not only are most plumbing issues human-made, but they’re easily human-solved. Learn about common problems homeowners face when it comes to pipes, drains, and beyond.   Problem #1: Clogged drains and toilets Clogs can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re doing your business, and the next minute, the toilet overflows. Or, you notice the water creeping up your ankles and legs while in the shower. You’ve got a clog.  Clogs do frequently happen […]

How To Tell If Your Home or Business Needs Emergency Services

What could be worse than having your air conditioning go kaput in the middle of an Alabama heatwave? How about stepping out of bed in the middle of the night for a glass of water, only to find yourself ankle-deep in water?  These are considered emergency repair scenarios, and they’re more common than you think! At Guin Service, we specialize in those panic-induced repairs that need to happen so you and your family can sleep through the night in the comfort of your own home.  We also include commercial customers in our emergency services offering. Your business should have the same peace of mind as your home. And emergencies are bound to happen.  That said, we do encounter many questions […]

Avoid 3 Plumbing Emergencies This Thanksgiving

From a perfectly cooked turkey to making sure your guests feel at home, it’s normal to have a bit of anxiety when it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving. Of course, plumbing emergencies can quickly make any Thanksgiving turn sour. But have no fear, here are some easy steps you can take to avoid the most common reasons people find themselves calling a plumber on Thanksgiving. #1: Clogged toilet. How to Avoid: Ask your guests not to flush things like napkins or wipes down the toilet. It’s also a good idea to keep the top of the toilet tank clear so that nothing accidently gets knocked into the toilet bowl. In case one of your guest runs into a dilemma, you […]

Our Best Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes This Winter – Or Tonight

By Joseph Braswell, Owner During the winter, freezing pipes can become a serious problem, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Whether you’re ready to take action now before winter arrives, or your scouring the internet the night before a freeze, we have all the information you need. Before we jump into some tips, you’re probably wondering if you should really be worried about your pipes freezing. While, theoretically, a pipe can freeze if it’s 32 degrees outside, more often than not, your pipes are going to be a little bit warmer than that since they’re either underground or inside the home. Most of the time, you have to be approaching the teens for 48 to 72 hours before […]

Avoid Calling the Plumber with These 6 Tips and Tricks

While the team at Guin Services in Birmingham, AL, will happily come out to your residence for any plumbing issue, we know there are many people out there who’d rather take care of the problem themselves, if at all possible. From clogged drains to not having any hot water, there are a variety of issues we come across that not always, but sometimes, have an incredibly simple solution. If you want to reduce your chances of having to call the plumber, check out these six tips and tricks that just might help you solve your plumbing problem all by yourself. Grab the plunger. People seem to think that it’s just for a commode, but when the kitchen sink is stopped […]