Pipes That Go Bump in the Night

February 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm | 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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Take the Plunge

February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

There are several different types of plungers available to clear partially or completely clogged drains, but all use basically the same principal. A plunger is used to create a positive or negative pressure inside the pipe to loosen the blockage and allow it to flow down the drain. As a first line of defense against any clog, a plunger is a safe bet.  However, if you’re clog proves to be too much for this simple tool, your Boston plumber can handle any clog you’ve got. Sink Plunger This is the standard plunger that we all recognize and has probably been around as long as indoor plumbing. Consisting of a pliable rubber cup and handle, this plunger is capable of creating both a positive pressure (by forcing the cup down) and a negative pressure (vacuum) when pulled away from the fixture. Variations on the design are typically limited to the size of the cup and length of the handle. The sink plunger; as it name suggests, is best used on sinks or relatively flat fixtures to which it can create a suction seal. When using the sink plunger: Cover the overflow hole of the sink or tub; Keep the fixture partially full of water, because water is not easily compressed it will place a stronger force on the blockage; Plunge forcefully […]

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Stainless Steel at Your Service

February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Category: Kitchen Remodeling

About Stainless Steel Sinks Stainless steel sinks aren’t “perfect”; no material is perfect for all conditions/situations. We are not aware of any material that is more durable and more “ideal” for sinks than quality stainless steel. Stainless steel sinks are made from nickel bearing stainless steel. The mellow satin surface is compatible with any décor and color scheme. It is timeless and elegant, and like fine silver, its beautiful finish becomes lovelier with use and age. A quality stainless steel sink, with proper care and maintenance, will give you a lifetime of service. Why Stainless Steel is “Stainless When the chromium in the stainless steel is exposed to oxygen an invisible layer of chromium oxide (Cr2O3) is formed. This layer is impervious to water and air giving the stainless steel exceptional corrosion resistant properties. 6 Reasons Why We Like Stainless Steel Sinks Tough – Stainless steel is more durable than porcelain and cast iron, and more forgiving than composites. Stainless steel sinks won’t chip, nick or crack. Thin stainless sinks can get dented, but “cheap” sinks of any other materials tend to have less life (longevity) than a “cheap” stainless steel sink. Luster – Stainless steel will not rust, stain or fade, and the finish resists scratches. It keeps its luster longer while other materials will show their age. Absorbs […]

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Sorry – This Toilet Doesn’t Do Windows

February 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Category: Bathroom Remodeling

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Getting Caulky in Boston

January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Category: Uncategorized

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Causes for Boston Furnace Repairs

January 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Category: Heating

As soon as you notice that the general temperature of your house is continuously dropping, there is a great chance that your furnace has stopped working. There are various reasons behind this sudden breakdown. Usually, these problems may warrant various types of Boston furnace repairs. While some of the furnace unit problems may be fixed using simple methods, you are not advised to try them. This is because most of these problems need to be addressed using extensive knowledge and a high degree of accuracy. If you attempt to address these problems yourself, you run the risk of compromising your safety. One of the most common criteria for Boston furnace repairs is a blown fuse or a tripped breaker. When your fuse breaks down, your furnace indefinitely stops working. This usually happens when your furnace is required to work more than the ideal duration. Also, the electrical ignition that may occur on the blower or other electrical components of the furnace may cause the entire circuit to break down. When this happens, you should immediately check the panel of the circuit breaker. While you are waiting for your contractor to attend to the furnace and the fuse, you may turn off the switch for the furnace first. Aside from that, you may disconnect the fuse that directly connects to the furnace. For this job, your […]

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Chemical Drain Cleaners, Electrons And More.

January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

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The ABCs of Garbage Disposal Repair

January 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm | 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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Noah Can’t Help You With This One

January 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

The laundry room, which can be located in such areas as the basement, the main floor of your Boston home, or even up in the attic, can be a place where a flood can occur. When a laundry room flood occurs, the damage can be extensive and expensive. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent flooding of your laundry room. To determine if you have a plumbing issue that could result in a laundry room flood, check to see if the floors and walls around the laundry room sink are damp. Check the joints in the pipe connections to see if they are loose. If they are, you can tighten them yourself. Also, check to see if there are tiny holes or cracks in a pipe. If there is a small hole that can cause a leak, you can wrap the pipe in rubber hose and attach clamps at the top, bottom, and at the source of the leak. There is also plumber’s epoxy you can purchase which is effective at sealing small holes and cracks causing leaks. Clogs are another cause of a laundry room flood as they can cause the floor drain line or sink drain line to backup. Causes of a clog can include: hair, soap, and lint which can accumulate in […]

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The Great TP Debate Continues…

January 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

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