PVC Your Way to Innovative Creations

Category: Plumbing


So your Boston plumber has finished making the plumbing repairs, and now there is a plethora of PVC pipe, inevitably headed for the trash heap.  Don’t let all that perfectly useful building material go to waste – there are a multitude of uses for this oft discarded gem. You’ll really enjoy making head-turning furniture and other projects with PVC pipe. It’s a great (and addictive!) hobby. What’s more, you can furnish your home on a low budget, make toys, games, items for garden and shop, gifts and more. While low cost, and available at most any hardware store, finding free PVC pipe is always better. Here’s how I do it… I have two friends who are landscapers. A large part of their work involves installing underground sprinkling systems. Each time they complete a job there’s leftover pipe of various lengths and diameters. And they gladly give it to me. I also have a plumber friend who accumulates PVC pipe of various lengths and diameters. About once a month he stops by for coffee and a visit, then drops off a treasure trove of remnants. You could, if motivated, also stop by new Boston home subdivisions or new commercial buildings as they’re being constructed and pick up a bunch of pipe leftovers. Here’s the thing. These guys don’t want the extra […]

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Under Pressure (Or Lack Thereof) in Boston

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Is Your Boston Toilet Running? Better Catch It!

Category: Plumbing


You hear a hissing in the middle of the night. You notice your Boston water bill is higher than normal. What you probably have is the common running toilet that, if not addressed, will cost you hundreds of unnecessary dollars. Fixing a leaking toilet is not a hard skill to learn. The savings (and pride) will last a lifetime. So, here’s a free plumbing tip on causes of a running toilet. Finding The Cause Of The Leak The first thing to fix any problem is to find what is causing it.  In order to do that we learn how a toilet basically works. When you push down the toilet handle, all you’re doing is moving a rod upward that lifts something called a flapper that is preventing the tank water from draining into the toilet. The flapper stays up in the tank water because there is a pocket of air in the flapper. As the tank water level drops, so will the floating flapper. It will fall right back into place, sealing the hole that lets out the tank water into the toilet bowl. What controls water from filling up the tank is a floater that is attached to a rod. As the floater moves up and down with the water level of the tank, it will either open or […]

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Backflow and Scaling and Filters – Oh My! Plumbing Woes in Boston

Category: Plumbing


Many Boston homeowners and families rely on clean, pure water from a safe water supply. In addition to water, all homeowners rely on a complex sewage system to eliminate waste water from a home. While most plumbing problems in the home produce noticeable problems, some can go undetected for years. These problems can create an environmental hazard, endanger a families’ health, and raise a utility bill.  It is important to consult with your Boston plumbing contractor should you suspect any of the following issues are occurring in your home. One of the most common problems seen in many homes is the lack of residential backflow prevention equipment. Backflow is usually only a problem when using a commercial or municipal water supply. If water pressure outside a home drops to less than water pressure in a home, water can flow out of a home into public pipes. This backflow can often contaminate a public water supply, leading to a potential health hazard. A residential backflow prevention unit will stop water from flowing backwards in a pipe. It acts as a one-way valve to prevent water traveling in the wrong direction. In addition, a one way valve can provide Boston homeowners with temporary water pressure if a municipal water supply is under maintenance. Another common problem for many Boston homeowners is water […]

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Reasons to Call a Boston Plumber

Category: Plumbing


When it comes to spending money hiring a plumber, it can be a hard thing to budget for, particularly in the current economic climate. A lot of people will decide to do the work themselves, which is all well and good if you have the necessary tools, skills and experience, but the rest of us are left requiring the services of a professional Boston plumber. Here are a number of scenarios which may lead to you requiring the services of a professional plumber: – Your toilet is blocked. This is not beyond the realms of the average person being able to fix. If you have a plunger in your home then you can certainly have a go at unblocking the toilet, just don’t flush the toilet in an attempt to shift the blockage as you will end up with water everywhere. If, after using a plunger, the toilet is still blocked you will need to call in a plumber. – Your plumbing knowledge and skills are poor. There is no shame in it, the vast majority of people lack the knowledge and experience to be able to adequately deal with plumbing problems in the home. If you are someone who does not have the necessary plumbing experience then you would be better off not attempting any DIY plumbing in the […]

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Boston Plumbing Concerns Best Left In The Hands Of The Pros

Category: Plumbing


Do not even attempt to tinker around with your home’s plumbing and pipe work unless you want to run the risk of having water running all over the place soaking up your floors, furniture, and other fixtures.  There are professional plumbers who have the expertise and tools for every possible problem in the water outlets, the drainage system, the underground pipes, and the water heating systems in your home – needless to say, they are better equipped than you are in terms of the work at hand and would be able to do the work for you more competently.   A Boston plumbing system is complex with various interconnecting components that affect one another – you might not know it but you might have a leak already starting under your house especially if your house has been around for quite a while.  Only an experienced professional plumber would be able to render you these services often listed in the following categories:   Leak Repairs – This usually involves fixing pipes that have burst or cracked, usually due to having old worn pipes and, in some instances, old tree roots wrapping around and cracking the pipes.  Ground water leaking into your basement is also another area where a professional plumber would be able to help you avert bothersome damage including nasty mold […]

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How Boston Plumbing Inspections Are Beneficial

Category: Plumbing


When you work all day and need to take care of things at home – the kids, dinner, and other house work – the last thing you want to think about is scheduling any kind of home improvement or repair inspection. Yet, these things eventually take precedent if you want to keep your home running smoothly and not have to worry about expensive repair bills later on. A Boston plumbing inspection is beneficial for your home life in that it is proactive and can eventually help save you money. If you are interested (and who isn’t?), let’s take a look at some ways a plumbing inspection is beneficial to you. 1) If you plan to invest in a new home or other property where plumbing is a concern, offering to pay for a plumbing inspection can help you determine if the price is right. A plumber can tell you whether or not to anticipate problems or massive repairs and replacements, which will then help you negotiate a better price on the property if you still wish to buy it. Such inspections are great precautionary measures. 2) A thorough inspection can help explain why your water bills are high, if they are indeed. If you have noticed in recent months you are paying more for water when you have not used […]

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Boston Expert Plumber Services: More Than Just Plugging Leaks

Category: Plumbing


There is more to what a professional Boston plumber does than plugging leaks.  Every responsible homeowner would know that a house’s plumbing system is composed of interrelated and interconnected components that all have to be properly installed, running efficiently, and maintained regularly.  Unless the homeowner is himself a plumbing expert, all these tasks are best left in the hands of professional plumbers with relevant training and experience, and equipped with the necessary tools of the trade.  Fortunately for most homeowners, there are a lot of these plumbing contractors around today listed in online directories and in local directories as well, offering services in plumbing installations, leak diagnosis and repairs, sump pump and sewage ejector services, toilet and sewer repairs, water heater installation and maintenance, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling services among others. The quality of plumbing services you get, for obvious reasons, should not be compromised in any way – would you rather save money on professional fees and suffer from a nasty mold infestation in your basement because of a haphazardly cleaned up ground water leak?  Although there are simple jobs that you do not have to pay a professional for, the more complicated plumbing jobs like re-piping and fixture installations should be relegated to the more capable hands of plumbing experts.  You need to make sure that the Boston plumber you hire […]

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Water Leaks and Plumbing Repairs in Your Boston Home

Category: Plumbing


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 11,000 gallons of water are wasted each year from running toilets, dripping faucets and other plumbing leaks in the home. Most of these leaks are easily fixed and could save you hundreds of dollars on your water bill. A certified plumber has the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot and fix any leaks in your home. Pooling water is an obvious sign that there is a leak in your plumbing. Often, leaks are much less noticeable but may end up costing you hundreds of dollars in wasted water each year. Water damage can destroy your floors, ceilings, walls, and property. Finding and repairing leaks takes the skill of a professional plumber. There are many reasons that leaks occur. Inferior workmanship and poor construction of piping and fittings can be an issue. More often, inadequate maintenance of drains, toilets, pipes, showers, and sinks are to blame for problems. Corrosion, old or weak parts, and loose fittings also play a part in plumbing issues in the home. One of the most common ways that water is wasted in the home is by a running toilet. If your toilet makes noise when not in use, you will want to have it checked out. This is an obvious sign that your toilet is not working properly and could […]

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Simple Remedies That Will Help Your Boston Plumbing Problems

Category: Plumbing


One of the reasons why you need to hire professional Boston plumbers when installing the plumbing system of your house is because a professionally installed system will rarely experience problems. In most cases, it can take years before you start to see some problems with it. The problem that you need to think of is what should be done when you start to see some minor damages in your plumbing system. That is what this article will be showing you. Read on to understand more about the remedies that you can do in order to minimize the problems that you will experience with your plumbing system. If you start to notice that there is a leaking pipe in your house, the first and most important thing that you need to do is to find where the leak is. Once you’ve found where the problem is, place a mark in its location in order to easily find it when you shut down the water source. You may also want to observe the leaking pipe for a few minutes, and take note of all the details that you have noticed. Write it down in a paper for future use. Once you are done with this step, the next thing that you need to do is to shut down the source of the […]

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