Under Pressure (Or Lack Thereof) in Boston

Category: Plumbing


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Multitask! Nix The Drip And Update Your Boston Kitchen



When it comes to making your kitchen stand out and look great even the littlest things can make a big difference, so if your kitchen faucets are causing you a problem it is well worth forgetting about trying to mess around with repairing them and instead consider having new kitchen faucets installed instead. This is a very cost effective and simple procedure that can make a huge difference in the appearance and practicality of your Boston kitchen. You can find faucets to suit all needs, and by installing faucets that fit in with any theme you have going in your kitchen or with the general décor of your Boston home, you can enjoy really adding to the appearance of the room. You will find the perfect sink faucet to match your kitchen, as there is such a great choice available, and you can find accessories to match your kitchen cabinets, countertops, sinks, and the decor of your kitchen. Replacing your kitchen faucets can make a real difference When you replace the faucets in your Boston kitchen you will enjoy a range of benefits. You can look forward to finding accessories that really fit in with your décor. You can add to the style and class of your kitchen as well simply be replacing the faucets for one of today’s modern […]

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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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Saving On Your South Boston Heating Bill This Year

Category: Heating


If you are a type of individual that always seems to feel cold, no matter what the weather is outside, the following South Boston heating tips and advice should ensure that you don’t get hit with an exceptionally high electricity bill for warming your home. Unfortunately, the cost of electricity is rising on an annual basis. Switch To A More Efficient South Boston Heater At the initial stage, it is important to install an efficient South Boston boiler and heating system. If you have an old boiler design in your home, it is likely it will be using far more energy than is actually necessary. By switching to a newer model, you would quickly recoup the cost due to reducing the amount of electricity that is required, and in a short amount of time you will start to make real savings. Turn Down The Temperature On Your South Boston Heater It is possible to reduce the cost of South Boston heating your home by turning the temperature on the thermostat down by just a couple of degrees. By doing so you will not start to feel cold, but you should notice big savings when your next electricity bill lands in your mail box. There isn’t really any need to have the temperature turned up to such a high level you need to wear […]

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Is Your Beacon Hill Water Heater a Time Bomb?

Category: Water Heaters


It’s hard to believe it, but over 19,000 water heaters are replaced every day. About 7 million heaters end up being tossed out each year in Canada alone. A large city such as Beacon Hill may see several thousand water heaters a year disposed of. Not only are water heaters a common plumbing malfunction, but unfortunately, they can be dangerous when they do malfunction. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently said that almost every single day someone gets injured or killed from a explosion. Naturally, then, extending the life of your water heater and preventing any unexpected break downs is a priority. So, first, we need to understand the common causes for problems. The first common problem would have to be sediment build up. Sediment comes from dirt, mineral deposits and rust. This build up of sediments and internal rusting can cause premature death of your device. It can burn out the heating elements and cause overheating. This also results in an increase of unnecessary energy use. Another common cause of rust inside the water heater is  hard water.  If that is the case, it would be a good idea to call an experienced Beacon Hill plumber for advice and recommendations when selecting your water heater.  An experienced plumber in Beacon Hill would be familiar with the quality of the […]

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Tile Ready Shower Pans in Boston



Tile ready shower pans are a modern alternative to traditionally built shower pan liners for ceramic tile showers. Traditional pans require masonry skills and some art for several of the construction steps. Tile ready pans require skill too, but not as much skill. Also the newer designs go in faster since there is no cure time for masonry liners.  Your Boston plumber is capable of installing either and will gladly advise on which is better suited to your needs. The new design shower pans are ready for ceramic tile setting as soon as they are installed. The drain is built in to the base pan and the slope is built into the pan. Check Boston building codes for approval of whatever system you choose. The traditional shower methods work great if done properly and are especially suited for custom sizes. But the newer systems are perfect for custom sizes too and are especially good for multi-unit installations like apartments or hospitals. The disadvantage of tile ready showers is cost. Installation is faster but cost is consistently higher. In most cases you can get a traditional shower pan built for just the cost of the ready-made shower pan material. So look carefully at cost. Consider these three systems. The Tile Redi system includes a polyurethane pan with a built-in drain. Standard […]

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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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Feel the Radiant Heat in Your Boston Home

Category: Radiant Heating


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How Often Should You Have Your Boston Drains Professionally Cleaned?

Category: Drain Cleaning


If you want to keep your drains clean and working, regular drain cleaning is a must. For sewer lines and basement drains and other bigger drains, your Boston professional plumber recommends regular inspections approximately once every two to three years depending on the proximity of typical clogging culprits like roots and the age of the system. It will greatly help you to ensure the longevity of your drains and drain pipes. Drains can become clogged for many reasons most often due to an accumulation of things like grease, hair, scale and dirt. The most common remedy used by Boston homeowners for attempting to unclog drains is the chemical drain cleaners. Most homeowners see it as the most convenient way to relieve clogged pipes. This method just requires that you pour a solution down the drain and leave it alone for a while. Please be advised this method poses many health risks for anyone who uses it. Chemical drain openers are very corrosive by nature and present the risk of damage to any part of the skin or the body that will come in contact with it. The fumes from these chemicals are very potent and can cause severe damage to the respiratory tract. This damage to the respiratory tract can be permanent and can happen easily without you realizing it. […]

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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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