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Ready to Spring Forward

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Another dreary looking morning after a wonderful, spring like weekend. Getting ready for the weather to warm up, and this weekend, we get to spring forward. Always love it when the days start getting longer. Gives you more time in the evenings to get outside, spend time with the kids, catch up on yard work, etc. It also signals that the warmer weather is right around the corner. Although I feel we might get another cold snap, it's time to start thinking about getting that yard whipped into shape, getting outside for more fun, healthy activities, and of course, baseball season will also soon be upon us. Love some baseball, and who knows. maybe this will be the year of the Cubs, although I wouldn't bet on it.

It's also time to start thinking about having your HVAC system serviced. Now that it's starting to warm up, it won't be long before those AC units will start keeping us comfortable again. I'm pretty sure some are already being turned on with these warm days and weekends we've had lately. So go ahead and get on our schedule, get your system maintenanced, and get ready for what we hope, will be a Great Spring Time.

Have a great day, and if you need us, give us a call. Bill Bradley Services will take care of any plumbing, or HVAC needs that you have. Call today, and we will "Come Fix Your Home".

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Sunshine on a Thursday

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Sunshine on a Thursday morning, what a great way to start the day.  It's always great to see the sun again after what we've had the last few days. Personally, I get real tired of the dreariness of the clouds and rain. Sunshine after a couple days of rain peps you up, makes you feel like doing something, going outside for a while, being productive. It's also going to be warmer today, which is fantastic. Looks like we're going to have some moderate temperatures the next week or so, could it be that Spring is around the corner ? Could the groundhog have been wrong this year ? Certainley hope so. Some forecast are calling for possible upper 70's towards the middle of next week.

All of this cold weather has made January seem like a blur, but at least we have a "Stop" sign this week to slow us down. Valentine's Day is this Friday, tomorrow, the day when love is in the air. Take some time, slow down, and enjoy the celebration of love with that special someone, or one's for that matter. Fella's, don't forget your wives and daughters. It is important for them to feel loved and appreciated on this day, to be "Special". And remember Dad's, you set the example for your daughters on how they should be treated, and what they should expect from the young men in thier lives. And the "Love" of your life deserves to feel special and important on this day also, so stand up, shine through and amke it a good experience.

Well, as I mentioned earlier, I can't help but hope that Spring is around the corner. With that in mind, I find myself thinking about the things that need to be done around the house. And one of the most important tasks is having the HVAC serviced. Get ahead of the game and schedule your HVAC service in advance, generally March is a good month for this, and be preparred for when the glorious, Alabama sweltering weather starts arriving.

Have a Great Day and weekend.  

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What wil the weather bring today ?

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Another band of storms coming through our area today. Hopefully, Montgomery will be spared the freezing rain, although the northern part of the State will get some, and it looks like Georgia is going to have another major weather event. It's been an interesting winter as far as the weather, for sure. Mild one day, freezing the next, windy, dry, soaking wet, you name it, we've had some of it here in the Deep South. Of course, there are some benefits to finally having a winter season for the first time in years. Can't say I miss all the bugs, and looking forward to having some of the plants renewed and refreshed after some colder than average temperatures this year. And who knows, maybe we'll have a normal Alabama summer this year. After all this cold weather, I'm ready for the Spring and Summer months to get here.

As we continue to have these colder than average temperatures, don't forget to keep your HVAC system maintained. Change those filters on a regular basis, We recommend monthly if possible. Especially if you've been keeping pets inside more often than normal. Keeping your filters clean will help your system to operate at it's most efficient, and is, for most people, a fairly easy thing to accomplish. If you need help changing your filters, give us a call. We will inspect your system, change your filters, and help keep you comfortable during this long, cold winter we are experiencing this year.

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Winter Storm 2014

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Well, it looks like we've got a Winter Storm heading our way this week. Calling for snow/ice Tuesday, varying amounts depending on who you watch or listen to. Do believe we're going to get something, and the temperatures are going to get very cold for a couple of days. As always, we are getting calls on how to be prepared for a severe cold snap, only this time, lets hope it doesn't effect power. If we happen to get enough snow/ice to damage power lines, there will not be too much that can be done to restore heating systems until such time that the power lines are back up and operating. Even though you may have a Gas furnace, if there is no power, you will not have any heating. With that in mind, here are a couple of things to consider. Starting tonight, turn your heat up and degree or two to allow for the heat to build up in your home. Limit the amount of times you open and shut doors to maintain the heat with in your home. Make sure that you have batteries for flashlights and radios, and if you light candles, be sure to put them in a safe place. You might also want to wash clothes today to make sure you have plenty of clean clothes to wear, should we be without power for several days. Also, if the power does go out, limit the amount of times you open freezers and refrigerators. This will help maintain the food you have stored, because the sad truth is, if we lose power for several hours, we will probably lose food. Luckily, we'll still have water. Remember to let your faucet drip tonight through Wednesday to insure that you don't have any frozen or burst water piping. It is going to get extremely cold tomorrow and Wednesday night. So think ahead and be prepared for this.

If you do have any problems, give us a call, we will help as much as we can. Be careful the next few days, and remember to check on senior citizens, family members and pets. It's Alabama, we will not stay this cold for very long, and we will make it through this time.

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Here it comes again

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Well it looks like Winter is about to bear down on us once again.  If you've been outside any today, you've certainley noticed that the wind has picked up and that the temperature is slowly beginning to drop again.  Going to have lows in the low 20's, upper teens for a few nights. Although I am a Summer and Sun kinda person, it's nice to have enough cold weather to finally knock the bugs down a bit.  And, it's been a while since we actually felt a good change of season, so here's to Winter this year.

If you made it through the last cold snap without any issues, then you were obviously preparred, or maybe just lucky.  More than likely you were preparred, and by being preparred you saved yourself costly repairs from frozen pipes, etc.  I say that to say this, If you have any concerns about your pipes freezing when it gets really cold, just follow this one piece of advice, "If in doubt, let the water flow".  Leaving your faucets dripping, about the size of a pencil lead, will more than likely insure that your pipes won't freeze.  And if it's going to be a long cold snap, then leave them dripping throughout the cold snap.  You don't have to leave every faucet dripping, just a hose bibb or two, and maybe a bathtub in one bathroom and the kitchen sink.  Also open cabinets to allow the spaces underneath to become conditioned to your homes temperature.  Take note of the location of your hose bibbs in terms of where the cold wind will be hitting your home, which parts of the house don't receive alot of afternoon sunshine, etc.  Knowing these things can help you determine which faucets need attention, and by knowing this, you can help protect your home.  Always remember, a burst pipe can cause alot of damage to your house, so be preparred.

Also, if your home is normally cold, or drafty around doors and windows, turn your heater up a degree or two to help it maintain, also try placing towels under the exterior doors and maybe hanging blankets over drafty windows to help maintain the heat.

Just a couple of thoughts.  Have a wonderful day.

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Another cold Wednesday

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Well, we are just getting over a severe cold snap, and now it looks like we've got some more cold temperatures heading our way. Lows to get in the mid to lower 20's a couple of nights, and below freezing for a couple of more nights. Oh, well, we need the cold to get rid of the insects, knock down some vegetation, and of course, give us a good reason to build a fire.

It's important to remember a couple of things during these cold spells that are coming through, especially when we get one like we had last week.

Leave your water dripping - about the size of a pencil lead will be sufficeint, and you should'nt have any issues with frozen pipes. Undo your hose pipes from the wall hydrants, leave the hydrants that are facing the wind dripping, as well as any other outdoor faucets, such as outdoor sinks, pool fillers, etc.

Open the cabinet doors within your home that have plumbing associated within them. Especially important where a sink may be on an exterior wall, such as a kitchen sink by a window. This will allow for the area to stay tempered and will assist in preventing freezing.

Turn up your heater a degree or two when we know a severe cold front is coming through, or if its just going to be colder than you can bear.  This will help your home stay warmer, also, keep windows, doors, etc closed as much as possible. Also be aware that a heat pump will not feel as warm as a gas furnace, although they will warm your home. DO NOT turn your unit to Emergency Heat unless instructed by a qualified HVAC Technician. Emergency Heat mode will bypass your condensing unit, thus bypassing the largest component of a heat pumps heating system.

Just a couple of things to help us make it through the Winter. Be careful, take care of your family and pets, check on those you  know who may be elderly or maybe not as self-sufficeint as yourself. And above all else, Stay as warm as possible, and if you need asistance with any plumbing or heating issues, please give us a call.

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Cold Friday

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Well. we've finally gotten some seriously chilly weather around these parts, and colder weather moving in on Sunday evening. It's been a while since it has gotten, and stayed, cold enough to finally get rid of some of the bugs. Well, at least I hope it gets rid of them. Nothing quite like seeing mosquitos, bees and such in December. Lows are going to be in the mid teens on Monday and Tuesday, so it's time to bundle up, gather up some firewood or blankets, and make sure your heating system is working properly. If your unit is not operating up to snuff, give us a call, we can come out and get you back up and comfy. There's no need to be chilly, don't delay. Call us and we will come check out your system, and if there is a problem, then we will see where to go from there.

Well, it was an interesting ball game last night to say the least. Alabama showed up to play, but it looks like Oklahoma showed up to win. The Tide just got outplayed by a good Sooner team, which really surprised me. Of course, I'm a Bama fan, and any time they loose it surprises me. What surprises me even more is the reaction from some people concerning the outcome of games. Threats to players and coaches are a bit extreme, especially when you consider that most people who make these statements probably never got the opportunity to make a game winning kick, or shot, or hit, more than likely, they never even got on a court, or field, for a big game. Saying that to say this. If they had played, they more than likely failed way more times than they succeeded. The greatest players of all time fail more times than they succeed. So I'll close with a remark I heard while playing baseball as a young man, from the father of another player when he heard someone being overly critical of a player..."Cheer the boys, don't Ride them...It's just a stick and a ball"...Well put Mr. Brown.

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January 2

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Happy New Year to all, hoping everyone had a good Holiday season. Time to kick off a New Year, with new dreams, hopes and desires. Time to change the things within ourselves and our situations that we want to improve upon, to in some shape, form and fashion, make our lives a little bit better. Hoping we all can do that this year, hoping that 2014 will be a great year for one and all.

Well, we've got Alabama football tonight, and of course, the Auburn Tigers playing for the National Championship next Monday night. Lets all pull together for the Great State of Alabama and bring that Championship Trophy back home, for the 5th consecutive year. It's also going to start cooling off quite a bit here next few days, in fact, it's going to be in the teens next Monday and Tuesday, the coldest weather we've had in several years. So everyone needs to make sure thier heating systems are working properly. Don't want to watch the games in chilly conditions. Call today, and one of our expert HVAC technicians will come take care of that heater, and you can watch the games in comfort.

Have a great start to what's going to be a Great Year. 2014, here we come.

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Thursday after Christmas

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Good morning to all, hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas. As the Christmas season starts to wind down, we can now focus on the upcoming New Years Day holiday. New Years Day always leads to resolutions and changes we want to make for the new year. Everyone will have something they wish to improve on in the coming year, myself included. Just remember that most "life" changes we wish to make will not happen immediately. They will take time and adjustments. Be kind and easy on yourself, set realistic goals that your lifestyle can handle. You won't get in shape after 1 or 2 workouts, you won't loose that extra weight overnight, you can't fix your financial issues all at once. Make a plan, stick to it, and see where your at this time next year. We call all stand some improvement in some aspect of our lives. The issues or problems we have didn't happen overnight, and the changes we need to make will take time. The good news is, it's going to be a New Year, and we can travel down roads to make the improvements or changes we want to make. Trips take time, and this great journey of life we're on is an open book with blank pages, ready to be written one day at a time. Take your time, write a Great book in 2014, and let's see where we're at next year.

Well, starting today, the bowl season will be in full force as we head to the BCS National Championship between Florida State and Auburn on January 6th. Personally, I'm pulling for the Auburn Tigers. I wanted Alabama there, but since they aren't, i would just as soon a team from Alabama win the title. Also want to keep it in the SEC.

As the games start rolling along, be sure to take care of any nagging HVAC or plumbing issues you may be having. Give us a call if we can help you out and enjoy the remainder of the 2013 Holiday season as worry free as possible.

Again, hope you had a Merry Christmas.

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Tis the Season

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Tis the Monday before Christmas and all through the town, our customers are calling, to wipe away thier frowns. Just a  little play off of a classic Christmas jingle, hoping all are in the mood for the coming Holiday, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Wow, did we get some rain yesterday or what, unbelieveable. I think it must have rained pratically every hour on the hour. Just think, a couple of years ago we were wondering if we'd ever get good rain again, and then this year it's been, wow, will we ever get good sunshine again. Well, Mother Nature has a way of keeping herself balanced.

Nice and chilly today, and looks like we will have some wintery weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Get the firewood and coffee ready, keep yourself warm and enjoy the time with family and friends. Long term forecast is showing several upcoming days to be more winter like, which is good. This time of the year should be wintery, makes the Holiday that much brighter to me for some reason. Seems to make it easier to slow down and get in the spirit when it's cold outside. Maybe it's because the weather is not good for outdoor activities, or, more likely, it's the dream of a White Christmas. Don't believe we've ever had one, at least that i can remember, although we had some flurries Christmas night a couple of years ago. Anyway, cold at Christmas just seems to work for me, hope it does for you too.

Stay warm, call us if you need assistance with any plumbing or heating issues that might arise, finish all your preperations, and relax and enjoy the Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Merry Christmas