What To Do When You First Move-In Checklist

Moving out on your own for the first time can be an exciting, yet stressful, experience. There’s much to get done before moving, you might not have even considered what you should do after you’ve unloaded all of your belongings into your new place. Don’t forget these six things on your move-in checklist. 

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Clear faucet aerators and shower heads

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Overtime, faucet aerators and shower heads can become clogged with mineral deposits in the water. This can cause low water pressure. It’s a good practice to clear these out when you first move in so everything stays running smoothly. If you notice plumbing problems as you start to settle in, don’t hesitate to call our expert Dallas plumbers for help!

Check the drains for clogs

You should do this before moving in, but if you forgot or weren’t able to tour the apartment, there’s no better time than now to check all drains for clogs. If your tub or sink drains are slow, try The Beast BioDrain. This environmentally-friendly drain cleaner is designed to eat through hair, oils, and soap scum. Let it sit for six hours while you unpack. If you’re dealing with monster clogs in your new home or apartment, be sure to call Cody & Sons for drain cleaning in Dallas.

Change the HVAC filter

One thing you definitely don’t want to miss on your move-in checklist is changing the HVAC filter is the fastest and easiest way to improve the air quality of your home. Hopefully this gets done by your landlord, but if not, filters are easy to find at your local hardware store and should be easy to install. Remember, changing your HVAC filters regularly can help you avoid unnecessary Dallas AC repairs or furnace repairs!

Vacuum air vent grills

You will also want to vacuum the grills on your air vents. This is a simple step that is usually overlooked. Dust can build up on the grills just as easily as filters. Be sure to vacuum this away to help get rid of dust and allergens. If your HVAC system seems extra dirty, call your local HVAC experts for duct cleaning in Dallas, so you can breathe fresher, cleaner air.

Clean the carpets

Speaking of dust and allergens, don’t forget to give the carpet a thorough cleaning. This should be done by your landlord, but it doesn’t hurt to give an extra pass over with a vacuum cleaner. 

It’s also a good idea to get a carpet cleaning brush, like this one. Use this to pick up any stubborn hair and fur that might’ve been left behind by previous tenants. Unfortunately, our home service pros from Cody and Sons can’t clean your carpets – but we can clean your drains, HVAC system, and ducts!

Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors

Save yourself some money on energy costs by sealing up your windows and doors. Overtime, these openings can become weathered down, causing cracks or gaps to allow air flow. Not only will this cause your HVAC unit to overwork to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but this can also let pests in as well. Use silicone caulk and go over all the edges of the windows and door frames. 

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Your move-out and move-in checklist probably feels five miles long by now, but your future self will thank you for going the extra mile to make your new house a home. Read up on more of our expert tips to learn how to maintain your home. And, when you need professional home services, call Cody & Sons for fast and friendly service.

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Common Plumbing Problems You Should Know About

Moving out on your own for the first time is exciting. We’re getting closer to the first day of the semester, which means it’s move-in season for many college students. Knowing how to take care of your new place is just as important as knowing how you’re going to decorate your new bedroom. Whether you’re renting a small home with roommates or opted for an apartment, here are 3 common household plumbing problems that the best plumbers in Dallas, Cody & Sons, think you should know about. 

Why does my toilet keep running?

A toilet that constantly runs might seem like a minute problem until it runs up your water bill. Don’t wait to get this issue fixed in order to save you money and stress. A running toilet means that water is constantly flowing, costing you money while creating an irritating noise. 

  • What causes a running toilet: this occurs when something inside the tank is no longer working properly. Typically, the flapper valve is the culprit of letting water consistently run into the bowl if it no longer fits correctly. Check for a leak by using food coloring to dye the water in the tank and wait 20 minutes. If the color has traveled into the bowl, you have a leak. 
  • How to fix a running toilet: Running toilets can sometimes be caused by a number of things. Finding the leak is what plumbers are best at. However, toilet repair kits are available at home improvement stores. These fit standard models with relatively easy installation. If these options don’t work, call Cody & Sons, the best plumbers Dallas has to offer!

How do I fix my jammed garbage disposal?

Knowing what you can and cannot put down a garbage disposal is the best way to prevent this problem. A jammed garbage disposal is one of many common plumbing problems among first-time tenets. Chases are, you might not have been doing chores daily living at your parents, and if something ever went wrong with the plumbing, you probably never asked why. Learn how to prevent plumbing problems now to save you money in the future. 

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  • What causes a jammed garbage disposal: a garbage disposal can become jammed if food or other items become stuck and unmovable. NEVER put your hand into the sink drain to fish out items. It is best to use tongs to grab large items if you can. Check to make sure your garbage disposal is still plugged in before doing any work. Overfilled sink cabinets can sometimes knock the plug from the outlet. 
  • How to fix a jammed garbage disposal: If your garbage disposal is still plugged in, there are two things you can do at home to fix this common plumbing problem.
    • Hit the reset button. There should be a red button located on the bottom of your garbage disposal. Press that and then test your unit. 
    • Manually unstick the disposal. Under your sink, you should find an L shaped wrench. Insert the short side into the slot at the bottom of your disposal and twist to loosen up the clog. Once moving freely, test the unit. 

Are chemical drain cleaners safe to use?

Drain cleaners can be a great preventive measure to add to your new home maintenance routine. You’ll want to use a more environmentally-friendly option that won’t leave a bad chemical smell. We recommend using The Beast BioDrain for a safe and effective product for new homeowners. However, once a major clog forms, it’s best to call a plumber for drain cleaning in Dallas, TX out to fix the problem. 

  • What causes a clogged drain in Dallas TX?: Drain clogs are caused by hair, soap scum, and oils clumping together inside the drain. This can occur in the shower, bathroom sink, and sometimes the kitchen as well. BioDrain is formulated with microbes that eat away at these substances to free the drain of debris. 
  • How to use BioDrain to prevent a clogged drain in Dallas, TX: use BioDrain once a month or as needed in all of the drains in your household. Pick a time when drains are suspected to be used for six hours or so (typically before bedtime or as you’re leaving for work/class). Allowing the solution to sit in your drains gives the microbes time to consume the debris before being flushed away with hot water or antibacterial soap.

Common Plumbing Problems Every College Freshman Should Know

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Maintaining your home can have a major learning curve. Just like anything else, housekeeping is a skill you can learn and improve on. Tackle these common plumbing problems and more. Read our plumbing and HVAC tips for home maintenance ideas here in Texas. 

Vote Cody and Sons the Best in DFW 2022

It’s that time of year again. The Dallas Morning News is asking North Texans to cast their vote for who they think is best in the DFW area. You’ll be able to cast a vote once everyday starting on August 1st and ending on August 26th. Here are a few reasons why we vote Cody and Sons in best in DFW.

This is a great opportunity to support local businesses in our area that make our city a worthwhile place to live. Vote on everything from your favorite place to shop to the friendliest service providers in town. We hope you’ll consider Cody and Sons as you cast your ballot for this year’s Best in DFW.

Our History

Cody and Sons is a small local business that is family owned and operated. Our company was founded in 1969 by Bill Cody, with the help of his wife Shirley, who answered the phones for him. His sons, Steve, Randy, and Gary were 8, 12, and 13 years old. All three sons grew up working with their dads on the weekends and through summer vacations. After graduation, they joined the company full time. Bill and Shirley retired in 1999.

Today, Randy continues the business with his son, Phillip, celebrating 53 years last month. He recalls the day his father pulled into their driveway with the new work truck with fondness and pride. It’s an honor to say the Cody and Sons name still rings true, as we are now a fourth generation company. 

Our Mission

Our mission at Cody and Sons is to be recognized as a leader in our industry. We accomplish this by providing consistent outstanding plumbing, heating, and air services to our wonderful community. Our employees let compassion, integrity, and respect guide our company in an effort to exceed customer expectations. We maintain a team attitude, always looking for ways to improve. Our company offers training to our apprentices to help them get certified, so they may further their education and careers. 

Scheduling a call with Cody and Sons feels like calling up an old friend to help solve your home maintenance issues. With hands-on industry knowledge and a positive attitude, we hope to bring our small family of experts to your front door whenever you need us. 

MVP Program

Maintaining a home is much more than mowing the lawn and simple household chores. New homeowners can get easily overwhelmed trying to keep up with monthly and yearly cleanings or inspections. Let us take care of your home so you can sit back and enjoy it. 

Perks of the Whole Home MVP 


  • PRIORITY EMERGENCY SERVICE WITHIN 24HRS (*Some exclusions may apply.)
  • $100 OFF EMERGENCY AFTER-HOURS FEE (*Some exclusions may apply.)
  • Exclusive contact email and phone number!

Vote for Cody and Sons for Best in DFW 2022

Find us in the Home & Garden category under Air Conditioning/HVAC Service and Plumber. Please share your voice and make your choice for the best business in the DFW area. Cody and Sons was voted Silver Best last year, but this year, we’re going for gold!