Kitchen Valves and Hose Plumbing in Boston

July 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Category: Plumbing


When fixing a kitchen sink, you can experience a home improvement project that is either pretty straightforward or nightmarish. A lot is dependent on your hoses’ and valves’ overall condition. Most people are capable of turning off the water supply valves, using some clockwise turns. However, aging valves or unused ones are subject to breakage, and may begin to leak. You should always have help nearby, ready to turn water valves controlling your house’s supply. Your main water valves are near your curb and under a cement lid that has a tiny hole in it. This hole allows utility people to get the lid off with a hooked rod, but using a finger is okay. When the water is off, there is only a tiny spillage amount from leftover water and, in the case of kitchen sinks, some cooking leftovers, within your pipes and hoses. Clear the area under your sink first, put some towels down, and keep a pan at the ready. Next, look for nuts, screw-like clamps or tintype clamps, like the ones you find in your car’s radiator. These connectors have to be undone. Make sure your hoses and valves are in good condition and if need be, replace them. Get all your supplies and some plumbers tape. In some instances, old valves will need cutting off with […]

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Not Everything Can Go Down The Drain in Your Boston Plumbing

July 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning


Many of us are programmed in such a way that if we see something disappear, we believe it is gone for good. This type of thinking is especially harmful when it comes to our plumbing. Not everything is designed to go down the drain; pouring the wrong materials into kitchen sinks and other sinks in your house will eventually mean that you have big problems with your pipes that will cost a lot of money and time in order to fix. There are a lot of materials that if poured down the drain will accumulate, clogging the pipes, and some that will even corrode the joints and cause leaks and severe damage. Here is a list of the most common things that people dump into their sinks that can cause a lot of damage. The most common item in this case is grease. Grease is liquid and it seems like it is natural for it to go down the drain, but remember it is only liquid because it is hot. As soon as grease cools down, it will begin to form into a solid, and eventually will become very solid. It will sit in your pipe and catch other matter, and eventually it will plug up the system. In the meantime, it might also start to smell really bad. Running hot […]

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