Advantages of Using Tankless Water Heaters in Your Boston Home

Category: Water Heaters


So you’re taking a shower and just when you are about to rinse the soap from your face, the water gets bone-chillingly cold! How many times has this happened to you? Running out of hot water when it is needed is a common problem with traditional water heaters, you might think that this can easily be remedied by switching to a new heater with a larger capacity tank, but the truth is that even big tanks will run out of water eventually, bigger tanks also cost a lot of money. The real solution to this dilemma is to replace your old water heater and try one of those new Boston tankless water heaters. Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters over Traditional Ones Energy Saving – Traditional water heaters need to constantly heat up a water tank so that there is always hot water ready, the water gets heated up even if you don’t need it, and if you run it, a lot of energy needs to be used to heat up all the water in the tank. With tankless water heaters, you save on energy because it only heats the water when it is needed; it shuts off automatically when it is not needed. They last longer than traditional water heaters – Because tankless water heaters heat up the water as […]

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Water Treatment for Your Boston Home

Category: Water Softeners


In some Boston homes water treatment is a necessity. Not every home has access to good, clean water. This is especially true for those living in rural areas and those living in cities with older city water systems. Without home water treatment, tap water can contain an overabundance of minerals, bacteria, or even parasites. Water purification can both soften water for washing or bathing and make it 100 percent safe for drinking. Two forms of water treatment include water softeners and ultraviolet disinfection. Water softeners are fixtures that filter water, removing hard minerals that can be the cause of several problems. Hard water is not only bad for the hair and skin, but it also makes everyday chores like washing dishes and doing laundry almost impossible. In addition, there are several financial costs involved in having hard water. It is estimated that a family of four can save over $90 each month with a water softener system. One of the ways water softening will save you money is in soap costs. Soap and detergents fail to create suds and do their job as cleaners in water that is too hard. A water softener can end up saving you up to 70 percent on your current expenditures for soap. Another way home water softening saves money is in water heating costs. Hard […]

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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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Common Boston Water Heater Problems And Their Fixes

Category: Water Heaters


When water is heated, the calcium carbonate present in it gets precipitated and settles down. When this happens inside your hot water heater, it leads to a buildup of sediments inside the water tank. If there is any sand or other particulate matter present in the water, it can also pile up inside the tank. Sediment buildup is generally a very slow process, but if you live in an area where the water is very hard, your water heater can get filled up really fast. If your heater is all filled up with sediment, you might not get sufficient hot water flow or it might not be at the desired temperature. The best way to avoid this is to have the heater flushed out at regular intervals. Another common problem with Boston water heaters, both propane and electric is that of the appliance running out of hot water quickly or only supplying warm water. This issue might be on account of a broken or leaking dip tube or a burnt out heating element. The dip tube is a small plastic tube that allows cold water to flow into the bottom of the tank. If this dip tube is broken, the hot and cold water will mix and you will only get warm water. This issue can be easily and quickly resolved […]

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Got a Drain Blockage Problem? What Boston Homeowners Should Do

Category: Drain Cleaning


What’s the situation? Is it something you need to fix immediately or it can wait for few days? Will the small leakage affect other water supply systems or it’s alone need to be fixed? Trying to fix a major and interrelated plumbing or drain problem would not be a good idea. People sometimes try to fix the leakage all by themselves or call a good-neighbour for this to save the money they would need to pay the professional service provider. Decide the situation and the urgency. Trying to fix a major blockage or pipe fix all by yourself can cost you even more in the long run. If the problem is deep, it would require specialized equipments, high-tech machinery, skills and expertise to solve it. Trying to solve such a major issue would only make it more complex. Your professional Boston drain cleaning contractor can unblock clogged drains without even damaging the pipes and flooring of the home but your good-neighbour can create a bigger damage. It is often better to call a professional service if you’ve other tasks to finish. The costs are often affordable and the repair work is done pretty perfectly. What’s the reason behind the blockage or damage? Do you have any clue what could be the possible reason for the blockage or damage? Did it […]

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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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Getting to Grips With Boston Hard Water

Category: Water Softeners


People who already enjoy the benefits of soft water often forget how lucky they are. They take for granted frothy soap lathers, smooth clothing, and ultra soft towels. Perhaps people who live in hard water areas have got used to the disadvantages and are not aware of what they are missing. Hard water means scale building up around taps, in sinks, chrome pipes and shiny surfaces. Meaning additional washing powder or soap is needed to clean properly. Hard water is tougher on the skin, hair and clothing. It may form a scum deposit on your hot beverages and ugly bath rings! Most of the damage caused by hard water however is unseen. Limescale deposits will form on elements, pipes and boilers. These deposits reduce the efficiency of heating elements as more power is needed to heat through the scale. This will mean higher electricity bills. The damage caused to the element means that it will need replacing if not de-calcified regularly further adding to parts and maintenance costs. Untreated water will cause problems to dishwashers, washing machines, espresso machines and other equipment. It will clog up pipes in plumbing and central heating systems, again reducing efficiency and adding to costs and attract expensive repair bills. Soft water however, means luxurious soapy lather using only a small quantity of soap or […]

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Household Water Saving Tips From Your Boston Plumber

Category: Water Heaters


For most people, the idea of running out of water seems like a completely foreign concept. Unfortunately, in the United States alone, water demand has almost tripled since the early 1950’s. While a great deal of an individual country’s H2O usage is based on dietary preferences and cultural norms towards H2O usage, there are still a number of things that individuals can do on a daily basis to safeguard future H2O supplies. In The Kitchen The kitchen is one of the most common locations for wasted H2O in the average American household. A great deal of this is associated with constantly running faucets. Not only can dishes be washed in a basin full of H2O as opposed to a running faucet, but fruits and vegetables should be cleaned in the same manner. Additionally, the water used to clean fruits and vegetables can be collected and used to water hanging plants and flowers. Old fish tank water is also an additional high nutrient source of H2O for plants and flowers. Finally, garbage disposals are a major source of wasted H2O. Collecting food waste for composting not only saves the water used to run the garbage disposal, but it provides free fertilizer and nutrient rich soil. In The Bathroom The EPA estimates that the average American home can lose up to 10,000 […]

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