Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Cooler Weather

As you know, the cooler months can wreak havoc on your plumbing. If water freezes in your pipes, it can cause breaks in your plumbing – which can lead to leaks and damage. This can be even more of a problem if you tend to travel a lot or are away from your home for extended periods of time during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to get your home’s plumbing in check during the fall season.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take as a homeowner to get your plumbing winter-ready. You can take these measures on your own, or, if you’re not sure what to do, you can call your plumber to help. Either way, these are all considerations you’ll want to make in order to ensure that your plumbing performs well and stays intact, no matter how cold it gets outside.

6 Tips for Winterizing Your Pipes

  1. Insulate your pipes. Wrap your pipes in insulation sleeves or foam pipe insulation, making sure not to leave any gaps. Keep in mind, PVC pipes are more resilient to the cold than metal pipes.
  2. Make sure your exterior is airtight. Seal any places where cold air can creep in and affect your plumbing.
  3. Keep your interior warm enough. If you’re home, this probably won’t be a problem, but if you’re traveling or living away for part of the year, make sure your indoor temperature is kept at a level that will prevent your pipes from freezing.
  4. Let your faucet drip a bit. If you’re away from home, or dealing with a heating emergency, keep one of your faucets dripping slightly so water can move freely through your pipes.
  5. Insulate your space. If you have a crawl space, make sure you have adequate insulation. Pipes in crawl spaces freeze faster than pipes in basements, so keep your crawlspace well-insulated and free from drafts.
  6. Use heat tape if needed. Many people prefer to use heat tape to keep plumbing from freezing, but make sure you follow the safety recommendations in order to avoid a fire hazard.

Choose Petcosky & Sons to help with your plumbing winterization needs.

We’re pleased to provide you with the plumbing services you need in order to ensure your plumbing stays unfrozen and leak-proof all winter long. Just give us a call at 607.797.0160 to learn more about the plumbing maintenance services we offer, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Choose Ductless for Year-Round Comfort

When it’s time to update your home comfort system, you might be wondering if there’s an all-in-one solution that can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You might be surprised to learn that a ductless system can do just that! While some ductless units provide air conditioning only, there are configurations that allow for both cooling and heating – and that means year-round comfort for you and your family.

Ductless is incredibly versatile. For instance, you can choose it for a room that might not have access to your home’s HVAC system, such as an addition, converted attic or garage, or finished basement. But there are multi-unit systems available that are perfect for homes where ductwork is impossible or impractical, like homes that have baseboard or radiant heating systems.

Ductless is a great alternative to window AC and space heaters.

When it comes to your home comfort, ductless provides a solution so that you no longer have to rely on window air conditioning or space heaters to stay comfortable. Window air conditioners can be loud and obtrusive, blocking one of your window views and creating uncomfortable noise in your space. Space heaters can take up valuable floor space and can be dangerous if tipped over. Both can be inefficient – they tend to use a lot of energy and that can be costly when it comes time to pay the utility bills.

Ductless can be the solution to your heating and cooling needs.

There are many reasons that you might choose ductless to cool your home in the summer, and heat it in the winter. Here are a few that you might be surprised to discover:

  • No ductwork? No problem. That’s because, just like the name indicates, ductless heating and cooling does not require ductwork to operate. And, it only requires minimal construction to install, so you don’t have to worry about messy, costly renovation.
  • Ductless is extremely energy efficient. Many systems operate via heat pump technology, which provides incredible efficiency. Many people who choose ductless heating and cooling find that they save money on their energy bills compared to traditional systems.
  • Targeted comfort is at your fingertips. Most ductless systems operate via remote control. That means you can individually control your home’s comfort room to room. That helps your home stay more comfortable, all while being more energy efficient.
  • Ductless systems are non-obtrusive. Ductless is very quiet – usually no louder than a whisper. And, because it mounts on the wall or ceiling, you won’t have to worry about it taking up space in your room. Ductless units blend in seamlessly with virtually any décor, too.
  • Ductless can provide better indoor air quality. Each unit has a filter, so that means the air circulating through your home is continually having dust, dirt and microbial particles removed. And that means cleaner air for you and your family to breathe!

Getting ductless heating and cooling is as easy as calling Petcosky & Sons.

If you think ductless heating and cooling might be a great solution for your home comfort needs, all you need to do is give Petcosky & Sons a call. We can help you find the right system for your home, and can explain all the benefits a ductless system can provide. Just give us a call at 607.797.0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Let Petcosky Be Your One-Stop Home Comfort Professional

Trust is important. Having someone come into your home to do work, whether it’s fixing your leaking kitchen sink or maintaining your air conditioning system, can be stressful. When you have to juggle a variety of contractors for your home needs, it can get downright confusing! Fortunately, when you choose Petcosky & Sons to help you with your home comfort needs, you’re choosing a full-service contractor.

Our team of professional HVAC technicians and plumbers can help you get the services you need, from a name you can trust. We’re proud to have provided plumbing, heating and air conditioning services for more than 56 years. Our sales force and skilled craftspeople can help you find the right plumbing and HVAC solutions for your home – helping you and your family stay comfortable.

We provide complete products and services for your home comfort needs.

When you work with Petcosky & Sons, you’ll have access to our complete lineup of HVAC and plumbing products and services. Let us help you in the following areas:


When you need quality plumbing products and services, we can help. Our plumbing technicians are fully qualified to repair and install all types of plumbing, both inside and outside your home, and we can help you get the plumbing equipment you need, too. Choose us for:

  • Kitchen Plumbing
  • Bathroom Plumbing
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Water Softeners
  • FloodStop™


Your heating equipment will be in good hands when you choose Petcosky to assist you. Whether you need a complete heating system installation, or maintenance or repairs on your current system, our technicians can help. For your convenience, we offer:

  • Heating Maintenance
  • Heating Repair
  • Heating Installation
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Ductless Heating
  • Oil-to-Gas Conversion

Air Conditioning

At Petcosky, we provide top-of-the-line air conditioning systems and expert service, so you can rest assured you and your family will enjoy optimal indoor comfort when the outdoor temperatures are on the rise. We can help you with all your AC needs, including:

  • New Central Air Installation
  • Ductless Air Conditioning Installation
  • AC Repair
  • AC Maintenance

We can be your one-stop home comfort contractor – just call us!

As you can see, no matter what your need may be – plumbing, heating or cooling – Petcosky provides the products you need, as well as the exceptional services. We want to help you simplify your life and enjoy the best in home comfort. No matter what your needs, we’re here to assist you. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Got Plumbing Issues? Petcosky Can Help!

You rely on Petcosky & Sons for the expert HVAC services we provide. You know you can trust us to help you and your family stay comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside. But did you know you can count on us for your plumbing needs as well? Not only do we offer full-service plumbing solutions, but we also can provide you with specialty products that make your life easier. When you choose to work with us, we’ll help solve your plumbing problems effectively and efficiently.

When you have a plumbing problem, time is of the essence. Leaking pipes and flooding can cause massive damage to your home and your belongings. You need the issue taken care of promptly, without the worry that the problem will come back. At Petcosky, we know how important it is to take care of your plumbing concerns quickly – and we take pride in doing the job right the first time. Our master plumbers have the experience necessary to get the problem fixed – and get you back to a comfortable, leak-free home.

Our broad array of plumbing products and services ensure you’ll get the stress-free solutions you need.

Learn more about our complete listing of plumbing products and services below:

  • Kitchen Plumbing: Whether you’re faced with a kitchen plumbing concern, need new plumbing installed, or are building your kitchen from the ground up, Petcosky can help. Not only are we available for plumbing fixes like leaky pipes and dripping faucets, our plumbers provide professional installation services, using the best products on the market.
  • Bathroom Plumbing: A running toilet, a clogged bathtub drain, or a leaky faucet are all problems of the past, when you choose us to help. We’ll fix any bathroom plumbing concern you might have. And, if you’re remodeling your bath, count on us to install your tub, sink, shower and toilet. You’ll get amazing service, delivered by our master plumbers.
  • Hot Water Heaters: You rely on your water heater to provide hot, fresh water for cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. We’ll ensure you get the best hot water heater products on the market, expertly installed. Our hot water heaters are efficient and durable, and we help you find the right one for your home and lifestyle.
  • Water Softeners: Hard water can wreak havoc on your household appliances, as well as your skin and your hair. Not to mention, it can have an unpleasant taste. But mineral deposits and lime buildup are a thing of the past, when you have us install a water softener in your home. We install softeners from Master Water Conditioning, quality products that help solve your hard water concerns.
  • FloodStop™: Nobody wants to think of the damage that can be caused by home flooding. When you choose FloodStop, you can stop damage before it really starts. FloodStop offers superior leak detection, shutting off the water supply at the first sign of a leak. That way, water damage is minimized, and our expert plumbers can come in and fix whatever the problem may be.

Plumbing problems are no problem, when you choose Petcosky to help.

When you need plumbing products and services for your home, count on the experts at Petcosky & Sons. No matter what your plumbing needs, from kitchen and bathroom plumbing to specialty items, we’re here to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Stay Cool With Ductless Air Conditioning This Summer

Do you have an area in your home that could benefit from air conditioning during the hot summer months, but where there is little or no access to ductwork? Could be you’ve recently converted a garage or an attic, finished a basement, or built an addition. You created those spaces to be enjoyed. Of course you want them as cool and comfortable as the rest of your home! But without ductwork, you might feel like you don’t have a lot of options. Fortunately, there is a solution – ductless cooling!

The main benefit of ductless air conditioning is that it can be installed in areas where ductwork is impractical or impossible, so that you can get the cooling you need, anywhere in your home. You’ll be able to enjoy year-round comfort, too, because there are also ductless systems that can provide air conditioning in the summer, and heat in the cooler weather. Not to mention, with mini-split systems, it is possible to add ductless to your entire home, making comfort precise and creating zoning that allows for better efficiency and energy savings.

There are many great advantages to choosing our ductless systems for your home.

Why choose a ductless system for either your single space or for your entire home? To take advantage of the many benefits this type of home comfort system has to offer, including:

  • Comfort Control: Ductless systems are usually easily operated via a remote control. There are some configurations that hook into your home’s Wi-Fi. This allows you to control them via an app from your smartphone or device – even when you’re not home!
  • Quick Installation: Ductless systems are fairly simple to install, with a minimal amount of construction work or mess. Because they don’t need ductwork to operate, most of the time the only construction work required is a three-inch hole drilled that will allow your technician to connect the indoor and outdoor components. 
  • Year-Round Use: While you can get ductless air conditioning only, as we said above it also is available in a configuration that can both heat and cool. This is because these types of ductless systems use heat pump technology, which moves heat rather than generates it. And that makes ductless super-efficient.
  • Energy Efficient: As we mentioned, ductless systems are built to be extremely efficient. They’re more efficient than window AC or space heaters, and can even help to balance your home’s current HVAC system. That helps your existing system provide optimal comfort and energy savings.
  • Consumer Friendly: Of course your ductless system will keep you comfortable. But ductless is also whisper-quiet. That way, you can enjoy that comfort without the noise (like you might get from a window unit, for instance.) And, it is generally mounted on the ceiling or high on the wall, blending in with your living space.

How can I learn more about ductless cooling and heating for my home?

Getting the ductless system you need is as easy as calling Petcosky & Sons. We’re pleased to offer quality-crafted Carrier® products that are built to keep you comfortable, maintain energy efficiency and to last. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you to see if ductless is the right choice for your home.

Replacing Your Baseboard or Radiant Heating System? Go Ductless.

Is it time to replace the steam heating system in your home? Then you should know there has been a breakthrough in heating technology. Ductless heating has been around for awhile. Up until recently, however, it was primarily geared toward areas that were more temperate. That’s because ductless heating uses a heat pump, which extracts heat from the outdoor air.

In the past, heat pumps simply weren’t built for the rigors of climates like ours in NY and Northern PA. Older heat pumps had to work too hard to extract heat from the air in colder climates. But according to ENERGY STAR, today’s heat pumps have combined advanced compressors and refrigerants to make ductless heating available to virtually everyone.

What is ductless heating?

Ductless heating is, quite simply, exactly what its name implies. It is a heating system that does not require ductwork installation. And that’s good news for people with older homes that use steam or electric heat. The way ductless works is by connecting the indoor unit to an outdoor unit via a small, 3″ pipe. Multiple units can be connected to the outdoor unit. Not to mention, there are numerous additional benefits to choosing ductless heating as a replacement for your home’s heating system.

ENERGY STAR touts several advantages of ductless, including:

Ductless heating systems also provide cooling. You’ll have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer when you choose ductless. It’s essentially both heating and air conditioning in one, convenient unit.

Each room is climate-controlled. Because individual ductless units are installed in each room of your home, you have complete control over the temperature of the room you’re in. And, changing the temperature with a ductless unit is right at your fingertips – either via remote control or smartphone for many units.

You can save energy – and money – with ductless. ENERGY STAR-certified units can really help you save on your utility bills, especially if you’ve been using electric heat and room air conditioners. Ductless heating uses 60 percent less energy than traditional electric heating systems. Not to mention, ductless can cut cooling costs by 30 percent. Bonus – no more bulky, noisy AC unit blocking your window view!

At Petcosky & Sons, we can help you get a ductless heating system for your home, so you can start enjoying better comfort and energy efficiency quickly. You won’t have to deal with the mess of renovation and ductwork installation, either! Not to mention, we install high-quality Carrier® ductless heating and cooling products, engineered for the cold climate we live in.

When you need ductless heating from a name you can trust, contact Petcosky & Sons. No matter what your ductless heating needs may be, we’re pleased to offer you quality-crafted Carrier products. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you with your home comfort needs.

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Air Conditioning is Important for Elderly Binghamton Homeowners

When summer arrives and the temperatures start to heat up, people in Binghamton rely on AC to keep cool. Air conditioning is a great way to escape from the hot, humid outdoor weather. Most people just think of it as a way to keep comfortable once the mercury rises. For some, however, having AC in their home can be a lifesaver.

One population that is particularly prone to heat-related illness is the elderly. There are a few reasons why older people have more trouble than others when it’s hot out. In a report by the UC Davis School of Medicine, they note that hot weather is a big concern for the aging population. The report indicates that senior citizens account for a large portion of heat-related hospitalizations and deaths.

How can air conditioning help seniors in Binghamton?

To see how air conditioning helps, it’s important to understand why the heat affects seniors more than other groups. First of all, many older people have poorer circulation. That makes it harder for them to keep blood flowing properly, which helps people stay cool. Many take medications that make regulating body temperatures more difficult. Some have weight and mobility issues that keep them from being able to move to a cool area when the temperatures soar. And, those with dementia may not be aware that they feel thirsty or hot. Home cooling for the elderly is not only important, but often necessary.

If you have an elderly family member, knowing that hot temperatures can be harmful or even fatal is your first step. Helping them get reliable home cooling is the next. At Petcosky & Sons, our ultimate goal is working with people in Binghamton to ensure their air conditioning needs are met. We want our customers to enjoy comforting, efficient AC so that they can enjoy the best quality of life possible. Petcosky & Sons understands that many older people are on a tight budget, which is why we strive to provide people with the best AC for their needs – and their wallet.

Count on Petcosky & Sons to help when you or your loved one need AC in your Binghamton home.

At Petcosky & Sons, we’re ready to help meet the air conditioning needs of your Binghamton home. We want you to stay safe and comfortable, no matter what the weather outside is like. We offer both central air conditioning and ductless AC options. Plus, you can count on us when you need AC maintenance or repair, too. No matter what your air conditioner needs, we’re here to help. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Allergy Sufferers Can Enjoy Relief with Air Scrubber Plus®

For many people, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of allergy symptoms. Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, head congestion and coughing are just a few, and they are uncomfortable. The American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology, or ACAAI says that 40 to 60 million Americans suffer from allergies that cause the symptoms of allergic rhinitis listed above. The ACAAI also indicates that for most, allergic rhinitis takes two different forms. Mold and pollen trigger seasonal sufferers. Perennial sufferers deal with symptoms year-round, and are usually triggered by dust, pet dander and mold.

What can you do if you’re dealing with the uncomfortable side effects of allergies? Too often, people just try to live with them. Most organizations like the ACAAI recommend using air filters or cleaners to reduce the amount of allergens in household air, but many people don’t take that advice. People worry about the expense, or a unit taking up space in their home. They are concerned about noise, or having to replace filters on a frequent basis. Rather than finding a solution that helps them feel better, they suffer all through allergy season – when they don’t have to.

Petcosky & Sons offers innovative air quality solutions, like the Air Scrubber Plus.

The first thing any allergy sufferer should do is find a company to help them improve the air they breathe. They should look for someone who offers a number of air quality solutions, like filters and cleaners. Allergy sufferers should also look for someone who understands and uses new technology. Nowadays, people spend more time indoors than ever before, and that means inventors are coming up with new methods for cleaning the air we breathe all the time. A reputable company will look at all the new air quality innovations, and bring the best choices to their customers.

Petcosky & Sons is always looking at new ways to help their customers stay comfortable and healthy. You count on us to bring you the best heating, cooling and plumbing solutions. Did you know you can also trust us with your air quality needs, too. We help our customers, especially those with allergies, get the air quality solutions they need. At Petcosky & Sons, we provide a range of products that can help take care of those itchy eyes and that sneezing nose. Most recently, we’ve added the Air Scrubber Plus to our repertoire of air quality solutions.

The Air Scrubber Plus goes to work for you immediately.

Once installed by one of our highly skilled technicians, the Air Scrubber Plus begins to work right away. You’ll be able to enjoy fresher, purer air in your home in no time. And, the only thing you will notice about the Air Scrubber Plus is your improved air quality – it’s installed in your existing ductwork and is not visible inside your home. There are many benefits you’ll enjoy when you install an Air Scrubber Plus in your home, which include:

  • Reduction of dangerous airborne contaminants
  • A cleaner home environment for your family
  • Health benefits due to a reduction in pathogens
  • 24/7 air cleaning
  • Reduction in environmental toxins
  • Removal of pet and cooking odors
  • Prolonged life of heating and cooling equipment

Your comfort is important to us – we know how unpleasant it is to suffer from the effects of poor indoor air quality. We’re pleased to provide you with the best installation of your Air Scrubber Plus, and we’re never done with the job until you, the customer, is completely satisfied with the work we’ve done. When you need improved air quality in your home, breathe easy – just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Concerned About Flood Damage in Your Home? FloodStop™ Can Help.

Anyone who has had to deal with a flood in his or her home knows the damage it can cause. Not only do you have to pay a lot of money to repair damages and replace items like furniture and appliances. Flooding can cause you to lose items that are irreplaceable, like family heirlooms and photos. Flooding due to natural causes can’t necessarily be avoided, which is unfortunate. But, what if you could easily prevent other types of floods in your home?

RestorationEze, a flood remediation conglomerate, says that many times when they’re called into water-damaged homes, the flooding happened because of leaky household appliances. They cite five common household appliances as the main culprits. Fortunately, at Petcosky & Sons we have a solution that can help keep these appliances from flooding – the FloodStop system.

FloodStop products help stop flood damage before it really starts. They automatically shut off the water supply to appliances whenever they start to leak. Not only that, FloodStop valves are of the highest quality – they are the only product of their kind that uses solid, lead-free brass motorized ball valves. In fact, they have been named one of Reader’s Digest’s top 100 new products. Available for every appliance in your home, FloodStop units can be powered either by batteries or AC.

Does FloodStop make valves for all of the most problematic appliances?

According to RestorationEze, the appliances below cause the most flooding in homes:


  • Why do they flood? Refrigerators that are equipped with an ice machine are most prone to flooding. That’s because the water line that leads to the ice machine can become unattached. Therefore, you could be looking at some serious flood damage in your kitchen if the line detaches.
  • Does FloodStop offer a solution? Yes! FloodStop makes a shut-off valve specifically for ice makers, installed by your Petcosky & Sons professional plumber.


  • Why do they flood? Dishwashers most often overflow because someone used either too much or the wrong kind of soap. Another common cause is the strainer being clogged with food, debris and solidified detergent.
  • Does FloodStop offer a solution? Yes! Petcosky & Sons will be happy to install a FloodStop unit on your dishwasher, so you won’t worry about a kitchen flood again!

Washing Machines

  • Why do they flood? There are many issues that can cause a washing machine to leak, including the inlet connections and the hose connections. Because of the large amount of water they use, a washing machine flood can be damaging.
  • Does FloodStop offer a solution? They do! In fact, FloodStop offers two different models to ensure there is a solution for your washing machine valve configuration.

Water Heaters

  • Why do they flood? Water heater can flood for a variety of reasons – malfunctioning valves, leaky plumbing connections, and corrosion of the tank itself. While Petcosky & Sons can help you if you need a new hot water heater, we can also help if you’d like to prevent flooding.
  • Does FloodStop offer a solution? Actually, FloodStop offers many models for all water heater sizes and configurations.


  • Why do they flood? Clogged pipes or water float malfunction can cause your toilet to flood. (If you can’t clear a clog with the plunger, you can call Petcosky & Sons to help.)
  • Does FloodStop offer a solution? Yes! Petcosky & Sons will be happy to install a FloodStop system on your toilet.

Additionally, FloodStop makes a system for sinks, as well as a whole-house system. Petcosky & Sons offers expert installation of all FloodStop products, giving you peace of mind knowing that flood damage to your home can be minimized. To learn more about the many innovative FloodStop products we’re able to install in your home, give us a call at 607.797.0160. We’ll be more than happy to help you get the flood prevention products you need for your home.

6 Things You Should Ask When You Need Help with Plumbing in Your Binghamton, NY Home

If you’re in need of plumbing services for your Binghamton, NY home, you probably are wondering how you can know who the right plumber for the job is. According to an article on Angie’s List, “hiring a plumber is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly by homeowners.” They cite that plumbers install and repair in very important parts of the home – places that can be costly to fix if the plumbing isn’t done right the first time.

The article suggests six questions you should ask when hiring a plumber for your home, and how Petcosky & Sons stacks up:

  • Are they licensed? At Petcosky & Sons, we are a fully licensed master plumber. That means the work we do on the plumbing in your Binghamton, NY home will be completed professionally by expert plumbers, using the best products available. Count on us to use brands like Rinnai, Kohler, Moen, Delta and Bradford White.
  • Are they insured? Insurance protects both the customer and the plumber in the incidence of accident or injury. Petcosky & Sons is fully insured for your safety and peace of mind.
  • Do they offer a warranty? At Petcosky & Sons, we work hard to provide you with the best plumbing services for your Binghamton, NY home. We’re never finished with the job until you are completely satisfied. Our goal is to offer you the best plumbing contractor services available – guaranteed.
  • Will they provide an estimate? If a plumber gives you a price that seems too good to be true, it might be. Estimates that come in much lower than others can be the result of corners being cut or lesser quality parts being used. At Petcosky & Sons, we always provide a fair estimate to our customers that reflects a job done right.
  • How long have they been in business? A company that has been in business for a long time often has been successful because they have a reputation for providing quality workmanship. At Petcosky & Sons, we’ve been meeting the plumbing needs of people in the Binghamton, NY area for more than half a century.
  • Can they provide me with references? Word-of-mouth referrals are often the best when it comes to plumbing services. At Petcosky & Sons, we believe our best reviews come from the people we serve. We encourage our customers to talk to us about their experience with us, and we share their thoughts online.

Our qualified staff of plumbing technicians can help with anything from a leaky faucet to a complete bathroom or kitchen remodel. We offer our plumbing services in the Binghamton, NY area and beyond. Just call our trusted team at Petcosky & Sons at (607) 797-0160, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.