Hammer Time! (Sorry MC – WATER Hammer)

Category: Plumbing


Water hammer is a specific plumbing noise, not a generic name for pipe clatter. It occurs when you shut off the water suddenly and the fast-moving water rushing through the pipe is brought to a quick halt, creating a sort of shock wave and a hammering noise. Plumbing that’s properly installed has air chambers, or cushions, that compress when the shock wave hits, softening the blow and preventing this hammering. The chambers can fail, though, because water under pressure gradually absorbs the air. If you never had hammering and then it suddenly starts, most likely your Boston plumbing system’s air chambers have become waterlogged. You can cure water hammer by turning off the water behind the waterlogged chamber, opening the offending faucet and permitting the faucet to drain thoroughly. Once all the water drains from the chamber, air will fill it again and restore the cushion. If the air chamber is located below the outlet, you may have to drain the main supply lines to allow the chamber to fill with air again. The air chamber will not drain properly if it’s clogged with scale or residue from chemicals or minerals in the water. The chamber always should be larger than the supply pipe to preclude such clogging. Since the chamber is simply a capped length of pipe, however, all […]

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Pipes That Go Bump in the Night

Category: Plumbing


Water flowing in pipes can cause all kinds of weird noises. We all know what water running through a pipe sounds like, but what about some of those other plumbing sounds – like creaks or cracking sounds, rattling, whistling and the most annoying or scary of them all, that loud banging noise? Let’s look at what causes those sounds and how you can fix them.  You should be able to manage most of these, but if the problem persists you should seek the service of your Boston plumber. He can easily handle any pipe repair or installation that may be necessary. Creaks or a cracking sound These are usually caused by the expansion and contraction of the water pipes themselves. As hot water runs through a pipe, it naturally heats the pipe, causing it to expand slightly. Once the water stops flowing, the pipe cools and the metal contracts, resulting in the creaking or cracking sound. The easiest way to fix this is to put some insulation around the pipe, or if the pipe is running through a tight fitting hole in the wood framing, cut a notch in the framing so the pipe can expand and then contract without that creaking sound. Rattling The cause and remedy are similar to the cracking sound. The rattling sound comes from the […]

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The ABCs of Garbage Disposal Repair

Category: Plumbing


Garbage disposals offer Boston homeowners and renters alike the convenience of ridding themselves of unwanted items quickly and easily. It’s a simple fix for various types of waste and a staple in most every Boston home. But what happens if this handy device breaks down? In this article we will outline some simple plumbing tips and techniques to help you potentially fix your garbage disposal before deciding whether to call in your professional Boston plumber. 1. Keep Your Hands Out of the Drain Fixing a broken disposal is not worth losing a hand over. Keep in mind that there is a motor and a blade underneath the drain which can cause serious injury if you’re not careful. Be sure to unplug all parts prior to attempting any sort of repair. 2. Tighten All Connections Check for leaks by running water through the removal and tighten any connections where leaks are apparent. You may also try taking the entire unit apart and replacing the seal. If the leak persists, you should replace the drain gasket. If all of these methods fail, it’s time to take the unit in for servicing. 3. Check Breakers As the garbage disposal is an electrical device, it has been known to trip circuit breakers in some instances. Thus, it’s a good idea to check and see […]

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First-Aid Kit, Sewing Kit …Toilet Repair Kit?

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Boston Plumbing Repair

Category: Plumbing


You wake up in the middle of the night annoyed by a dripping sound that you just cannot ignore no matter how much concentration and diversion one would ordinarily do to take away that from thought; or imagine a situation where you find out that the water in the toilet just does not stop going down right after you flush, these situations are real nightmares that one would not want to be in. These are grim instances when one ought to face Boston plumbing repairs. The drain pipes and water system of the house is essential to ensure that there is no water wastage. A water leak on any part of the house can pose a long-term danger since this can cause unnecessary flooding or corrosion on metal pipes, cause fixtures to wear out hastily or weaken the structure of the house in general. Boston Plumbing repairs involve drain pipes and water system that can criss-cross inside the house. One ought to identify which drain pipe is connected to such as kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, toilet bowls, bath tubs or other fixtures. This is very essential as a mistake in identifying the right drain pipe to be fixed or repaired might worsen the problem. Plumbing repairs can be done by anyone provided that he would gather a whole lot of information on how to address the […]

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Read Any Good Boston Water Meters Lately?

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Knowing how to read your water meter allows you to easily and quickly track water usage in your Boston home, including trends and potential spikes due to leaks. If you discover high usage, it would be advisable to contact your Boston plumber who will be able to find the exact location and repair the leak before your water bill continues to increase needlessly.  Most water meters are one of two types: a straight-reading meter or a dial-reading meter. A straight-reading meter contains a simple number tally that provides the readout, while a dial-reading meter contains either five or six distinct dials that are used to determine the overall usage.   Instructions Things You’ll Need Screwdriver Reading a dial meter Use a screwdriver to remove the lid of the water pit. Check the area for any dangerous insects or animals before proceeding.  The dials are labeled in increasing tenth values (i.e. 10, 100, 1000, etc). Begin reading the water meter with the highest value dial, generally the 100,000 dial. Note the smaller of the two numbers nearest to the needle as the first digit. Read the dial labeled 10,000 and note the smallest of the two numbers nearest to the needle. Continue this procedure until you have read all dials and have a full six-digit number. The final number provides the […]

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Ooh Ooh That Smell! Could It Be the Plumbing?

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Plumbing system odors are annoying to say the least, but the worst part is that these are usually a sign of a bigger problem lurking within your plumbing system. If you have any strange odors in your Boston home emanating from your plumbing fixtures or if you just think that they are, call your professional Boston plumber right away to come to your home and diagnose your problem. There are actually several causes of odors that result from your plumbing system, so let us look at some of the most common and what the root problem might be in each case. First would be a buildup of food in your disposal. If your smells are coming from your kitchen sink, this might require cleaning. In addition to the accumulation of food itself, the process of chopping your food into tiny little bits could leave behind bacteria that can accumulate and cause a foul smell. You can try to run hot water and fragrant dishwashing liquid down the disposal to see if you can get rid of the small by yourself. Should this fail, you may need your Boston plumber to help clean the disposal. A crack in the drainpipe of your Boston home is one of the most serious causes of home odors. The sewer gasses that escape into your […]

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Add Conserving Water To Your 2012 Resolutions

Category: Plumbing


Many of us have no idea how much water we consume on a daily basis.  We often take for granted the seemingly endless supply that is available to us and the end result is thousands of gallons of unnecessary consumption each year. Did you know that the average Boston family uses approximately 127,000 gallons of water each year?  We can greatly reduce our consumption by simply turning off the taps when not in use, taking shorter showers, keeping drinking water in the fridge instead of running water until it’s cool and only running full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine amongst other water-conserving practices.  A more aggressive approach would be to have your Boston plumber perform a plumbing inspection to determine where overuse may be avoided, and, if possible, install new plumbing fixtures and appliances with more efficient options. If you are looking for a professional plumber in the Greater Boston Area, then call 1-800-431-5660 or complete our estimate request form.

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Can’t Flush This

Category: Plumbing


A clogged toilet can be a huge inconvenience, and can be expensive if the homeowner is unable to clear the clog and is forced to hire a Boston plumber. The problem is especially common with modern toilets. Older models use larger amounts of water per flush, and therefore use more “mass” to push waste through the plumbing. Newer models, however, are designed to use water more efficiently. They use only as much water as is required for an average flush, but don’t stand up to large items as well. Owners must therefore use extra caution with them in order to ensure that all waste loads are within the toilet’s flushing capability. Avoiding putting certain items in a toilet can prevent many clogs. Toilet paper is designed to dissolve and break up in water, preventing it from creating either a bundled up mass or a “net” in the plumbing. However, it is common for many people to use other materials in its place. Paper towels are the most common, but users should never flush these down a toilet, since they are designed to do the opposite of toilet paper: maintain durability when wet. They tend to bunch up and form tough masses that are larger than the diameter of the pipe. Even toilet paper will fail to flush properly if used […]

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Some Things Never Change. Luckily, Boston Plumbing Has.

Category: Plumbing


It wasn’t that long ago in history that people were still using outhouses for the toilet and pitchers and cisterns for basic washing, taking a bath once a week or less. In the last century or so, advancements in the science of plumbing as well as knowledge of bacteria have changed the field of plumbing. Whether you are talking about toilets or tubs, changes have made modern day plumbing more convenient as well as more hygienic for everyone in the Boston home. Your Boston plumber has followed plumbing advancements every step of the way, ensuring that no matter how much technology changes, he can handle any plumbing repair that comes his way. The Business of Going When most people think about in-home plumbing, their minds go to the toilet. Vast improvements in toilet design were made in the mid-19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, new innovations were being patented every week. Between 1900 and 1932, designs for 350 new types of water closets were received at the United States patent office. Two of the first patents were for what evolved into the most common type of toilet found today: the siphoning wash down water closet. Even today, new improvements are being made on the way water and contents are removed from the bowl: engineers are working on perfecting […]

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