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

January 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Category: Plumbing

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Pink Sink? Rust-Stained Clothes? Iron Out the Problem

January 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Category: Water Filtration

Did you know that iron is not dangerous to your health? However, I am sure you are tired of the effects of this mineral and desperately want to remove iron from water that supplies your Boston home. Are you tired of those nasty red stains in your sink and toilet? Does the thought of doing a laundry load of whites make you cringe because you know you’ll never see them white again? Iron in your water is a problem for many people especially those who live in rural areas dealing with well water. First of all let’s talk about the myth that you need iron in your water for your body’s sake. This is not the same iron you get in food or in vitamin pills. This is insoluble iron and cannot be assimilated correctly into your bodies. This iron just causes problems. It clogs your pipes. It ruins your laundry, and it makes rings around your pretty white porcelain sinks, toilets and appliances. This article will briefly explain what type of water purifier filter you will need depending on the type of iron you have your water supply and where the contamination is coming from. Choosing the best iron filter is very important for the efficiency of the system. The wrong type of filter along with being installed in […]

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3 Gallon Shower. 30 Gallon Load of Laundry. ?? Gallon Water Heater

January 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Category: Water Heaters

Whether you are buying a water heater for the first time, or replacing an old hot water heater, there are some factors that you definitely should keep in mind when shopping, such as: How much room do you have in the space where you will be installing the water heater? You want to make sure that you don’t buy a water heater that is too large to fit in the space you have available. So, it would be good to measure the space available and bring these measurements with you when you are shopping for the new water heater. Does your water heater need to be electric, gas, or propane? You can choose between an electric water heater or a gas water heater and they are not interchangeable. So, be sure the unit you buy is designed to work with your energy source. Choose a water heater that is Energy Efficient. A very high percentage of a  Boston household’s energy costs go toward heating the family’s hot water. The average family uses an amazing amount of hot water. Twenty five percent or more of a family’s energy expenses come from just the cost of running the hot water heater. Therefore, when you are selecting which hot water heater to buy, it makes a lot of sense to buy the most […]

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Boston Plumbing Repair

January 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm | 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?

January 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Category: Plumbing

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?

December 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Category: Plumbing

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

December 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm | 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

December 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | 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.

December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm | 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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PVC Your Way to Innovative Creations

December 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm | 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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