Simple Remedies That Will Help Your Boston Plumbing Problems

September 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm | 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

September 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm | 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

September 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm | 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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Types Of Pipes

September 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Category: Plumbing

Plumbing is part of many remodeling projects, whether the plan is to install a small clean-up sink in a garage or the project is a bathroom addition or a complete kitchen or bathroom remodel.  Whether you are doing the remodel yourself or you are hiring a contractor, you will need to make some decisions about pipes.  If you have a contractor, s/he will be able to guide you in choosing the most appropriate pipe for your project.   There are many types of pipe, and some are more appropriate for specific jobs than others.  To help you with the decisions, here is an overview of the main types of pipe used in residential remodeling.   Plastic Pipe   PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can be used only for cold water. PVC is most often used to carry water from the main supply to a home. If you decide to use PVC, be sure that the pipe you choose is approved for drinking water.   ABS (acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene) is use for waste removal, drain and venting, primarily in bathrooms.  It is a rigid plastic pipe that can be connected to several kinds of metal pipe.  If you are considering this kind of pipe, you will need to check with your contractor or your local building codes office because ABS is not permitted in some […]

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The Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaners

September 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

If you’ve ever had a slow drain in one of the sinks in your home, you might think it’s better to use a chemical drain cleaner than to hire a plumber. After all, using a drain cleaner is easier and many times is all you need to take care of minor drain clogs. However, there are many precautions you need to take when using chemical drain cleaners that those TV commercials don’t tell you about – otherwise you could harm not only your skin but your pipes as well! When using chemical drain cleaners, there are certain precautions you should always take to protect yourself and your plumbing system. For instance: Avoid the Seriously Harmful Chemicals Obviously, any time you’re dealing with chemicals you want to be careful to avoid the ones that carry serious risks. Unfortunately, it can be hard to determine which chemicals are seriously harmful as opposed to just mildly harmful. When choosing a chemical drain cleaner, avoid ones that use acid or lye – these chemicals are extremely potent and can severely damage your waste water and septic systems, damage PVC pipes and even seriously burn your skin. If it gets to the point where you absolutely have to use harsh chemicals to clear out your drains, you’re probably better off hiring a plumber. That said, […]

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Choosing A Water Heater: The Basics

August 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Category: Water Heaters

No one ever thinks about a water heater and all it does for their home until the one they have stops working; then they will have to decide how to go about choosing a water heater, and for many this is a scary proposition. When you need a water heater you need to understand the different types, their pluses and minuses, and how all of that information applies to your needs. There are four basic types of water heaters, the storage tank model, the tankless model, the hybrid, and the solar water tank model. Each one of these different water tanks provide hot water to your home, but looking at how they work and cost will be the best way for choosing a water tank. First look at the water tank most people are most familiar with, the storage tank model. This water tank has a large storage tank that fills with cold water. Inside the tank are heating elements that keeps the water at a constant temperature, day and night. While this type of water heater is what most people have seen the most, there are some major drawbacks to buying another of this type of tank. First there is a fixed amount of water that can be heated at a time; therefore you may, depending on your usage, […]

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9 Steps To Avoid Drain Cleaning Disasters

August 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning

The fall time is coming, and it is one of the busiest times of years for plumbers and drain cleaning professionals. Sewage systems can become overrun with additional house guests, causing inconvenient backups. In preparing and cleaning up evening meals at home, homeowners can also clog up their sinks, disposals and washing machines. Below are 10 steps to help you avoid having a clogged drain… Do not under any circumstance dump grease directly down your drain. Grease solidifies when it cools, and will solidify on the inside of your plumbing. Always collect excess grease in spare containers. Wait for it to solidify and then dispose of it. Never force large amounts of food down the garbage disposal at once. Give the unit plenty of time to grind the food before adding more. Don’t use your garbage disposal as a trash can. Always turn on the water before starting the garbage disposal, and keep it running for a minute after turning off the disposal to move the waste through the pipes. Leftovers can do a number on your sink. Make sure all food scraps are scraped off plates before rinsing. Letting food remnants slide down your drain with cause backups in your kitchen pipes. In sticking with the same theme, also make sure dishes are scraped clean before placed in the […]

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Water Conservation One Drop At A Time

August 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Category: Plumbing

We hear the term “water conservation” all the time, but what does it actually mean and what can we do to help in the effort? Water conservation simply means that you need to use water wisely. Unfortunately, while we hear it all the time and know we should be careful in how we use water, we all start to take it for granted. As times passes by, more and more people are abusing their usage of water. Sure, some may never have actually understood the importance of conservation but most of us do and the fact is water conservation is now being neglected by the majority of people. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part to conserve water. Now, I am not talking about extreme conservation efforts like catching ran water and recycling it for other uses. Though one could if they were so inclined and it would be admirable. No what we are referring to here are little things that everyone can do to conserve water when they can. One example of a small thing you can do to conserve water is replace your older shower head with a modern low flow alternative. There would be no discernible change in the quality of your shower, yet a low flow variety can cut your water usage by as much […]

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Choosing The Best Water Heaters

August 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Category: Water Heaters

Water heaters are extremely important in any home – which is why homeowners should know exactly when to install a new one before the old unit decided to take its last breath. In fact, it might be best to time replacement during home remodeling to ensure that the new unit would be able to fit well with the overall design. However, considering the difference between past and present water heaters, it isn’t surprising if most home owners are unsure about what to purchase. That being said, following are some tips on how to choose the best heaters for home improvement.   What type of heater? There are several types of heaters being sold in the market today. These include tank less types, heat pump heaters or solar heaters. Decide on what type of power the heater would be running on although for better results, it might be best to choose a model capable of running on various power sources. On-demand heaters are also a good choice since they manage to conserve energy for the homeowner. Since there are so many types, it might be best to inquire sellers about the available ones, their features, drawbacks and cost.   How energy efficient is the unit? With the current cost of electricity nowadays, it isn’t surprising that more and more people want […]

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How Green Is Your Water Heater?

August 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Category: Water Heaters

No, we’re not talking about the color of your hot water – although green water could indicate a problem.  We’re talking about how your water is heated and about how much water and energy you could be conserving by switching to a tankless water heater (instant water heater).   Tankless water heaters can save water and energy. They also (because of this savings) can reduce your utility bills.  And, they can cost less to install and operate than a traditional water heater.   Whether you are using an electric or a gas water heater, you are actually heating the amount of water held in your tank again and again to maintain a constant temperature.  Depending upon the amount of hot water you use and when you use it, you could be spending quite a chunk of change to keep water hot for extended periods when you don’t need it.   For example, say you don’t cook (so you only run the dishwasher once a week), you don’t have a washing machine in your home, and you prefer to shower in the morning.  You need hot water in the morning and on the day you run the dishwasher. If you use a traditional hot water heater, with a capacity of 50 gallons, you will be heating 50 gallons of water to […]

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