Emergency Plumbing – Managing Water Leak and Broken Pipe

August 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Category: Emergency Plumbing

The first step to becoming a successful homeowner or renter is knowing basic emergency plumbing tips. It is no longer news that the joy of owning a home vanishes when emergencies strike. The frustration of an emergency plumbing problem is even more intense if house occupants are totally ignorant of how their plumbing system works or where the control valves are located. I agree that not everyone is gifted with plumbing skills and we all cannot be plumbers. However, it does not hurt to know the basics of your home plumbing system, just in case your water line chooses to burst and flood your house when you cannot get a hold of a plumber immediately. A broken water pipe is not the only emergency plumbing problem to watch out for. Clogged drains, frozen pipes and sewer backup are some of the other common emergency plumbing issues. A clogged drain slows or stops water from flowing in the drainage system and in a worst case scenario, the whole plumbing system blocks to a halt and occupants cannot use water anywhere in the house without having an overflow situation. The key to averting the ugly situation described above is knowing the basics about your plumbing systems and ultimately having an idea of what to do in plumbing emergencies. Managing Emergency Plumbing Water […]

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How West Roxbury Water Softener Units Work

June 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Category: Water Softeners

You may have wondered how water softener units work. Mineral laden hard water goes in, but soft, clean feeling water with no aftertaste comes out. Water softeners help us avoid spotted dishes and appliances, clogged water heaters, scale on pipes, sinks, and other metal, as well as improving the cleaning power of our West Roxbury water. It’s no wonder that so many people are curious about how a water softener unit works. These devices make sure that the huge amount of water we go through every day a lot easier to deal with. Most water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove minerals dissolved in hard water, producing cleaner water without any aftertaste. Some of the West Roxbury minerals that can be a problem in water are calcium, iron, sulfur, and magnesium. Your water softener contains many small plastic beads, or a matrix referred to as zeolite. These are covered in ions of sodium. When the water flows through the beads or zeolite, the unwanted minerals swap places with the sodium. This leaves more sodium in the water, but removes other minerals. Eventually, the zeolite or beads have no more sodium ions, and must be regenerated. Regeneration is an important part of how water softeners work. This involves soaking the beads of zeolite in a sodium ion containing […]

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New Home Plumbing Inspections in Boston

May 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Category: Plumbing

There is probably no item in your home that can cause more hidden damage than your pipes. Often, plumbing damage can go unchecked for years. Which is why, if you are purchasing a new home or condo, your home inspection should include a thorough plumbing inspection as part of the routine. The last thing you need is to buy a home that has plumbing issues. The costs can quickly jump into the thousands. And, it’s not just the financial costs. Bad plumbing can be down right dangerous. Here are 5 areas you need to check on your next property inspection. Whether you are purchasing a new home, or just making sure your existing one is up to par. If you are ever unsure, you should call a property inspection professional. But, it is actually quite straight forward. You just have to remember to check toilets, sinks, bathtubs/showers, water heaters and a few other miscellaneous plumbing areas. First, check the toilets. You want to verify that all of the lines running into the toilet are in good shape. And make sure that there is a functioning shutoff valve at the wall. Look for leaks and other signs of damage. And then perform a flush test to make sure everything is functioning as expected. Next, crawl under the cabinets and take a […]

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Dorchester The Functions and Benefits Water Softener Salt

May 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Category: Water Softeners

Hard water causes an array of problems in Dorchester home and industrial settings. Soap doesn’t lather or rinse well, clothing, skin, and hair feel stiff or sticky after washing, and dishes appear dirty after having been run through the dishwasher. Worst of all, plumbing can become clogged when scale builds up. All of this is caused by minerals in the water. The most common minerals that cause water hardness are magnesium and calcium. Hard water, water with a high mineral content, is softened by flushing the water through a tank that contains negatively charged plastic beads. Typically, these beads are bonded with a salt, whose components have a weaker hydrogen bond than that of calcium or magnesium. When hard water is run through the unit, the sodium ions change place on the beads with the ions of the harder mineral. Water softener salt consists of either sodium chloride or potassium chloride. The salt comes in several different forms. Which water softener salt is used depends on the type of water softener unit, household size and preference of the user. The use of sodium chloride raises the sodium content of the household water supply, however, only those with extreme sodium sensitivity or high blood pressure assume any health risk. It is also recommended that softened water not be used to water plants. […]

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South End Expert Plumbers Are Worth Their Heft In Gold

April 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Category: Plumbing

A South End  plumber is a skilled worker who specializes in installing and maintaining systems for drinking water, drainage, and sewage. It takes years of training to become a skilled plumber, and some areas also require them to have a license, but there is no federal licensing law. If you have some work that needs to be done on your property, plumbers are listed in the yellow pages or can be found online. It is important to find a reputable plumber. Since different states have different regulations regarding their licenses, be certain to check the requirements for your specific location. Always choose a plumber who is fully licensed and insured. You can start looking for plumbers online and in the yellow pages. This will often give information about whether or not they have a license, but they are free to print whatever they pay for. The best way to find a reputable plumber is by word of mouth. Ask your friends and coworkers if they have had work done by a plumber and were pleased. You can sometimes follow up by reading reviews of the plumber or South End plumbing service on the internet. There are 3 license levels for plumbers: master, journeyman and apprentice. It is generally a good idea to choose the one with the highest certification, and highest certification […]

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Boston Jazz Up Your Washroom With Decorative Plumbing

February 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Category: Plumbing

Today’s world is highly fashion conscious and we always try to follow the current style or trends in whatever we do these days. The same notion is followed in decorating or renovating our home. A bathroom is one of the important zones of our house and more and more people today are inclined towards decorative plumbing while planning for a stylish decoration for their house. These days’ washrooms are not only considered as our mere bathing zones. After a hard day’s work we all rush to our bathrooms for relaxation and refreshment. And a well decorated washroom always creates a welcoming ambience when you return home after a long tiring day. Decorative plumbing gives your home a new and classy feel. Now, you can easily host the weekend celebrations or parties and display your well adorned bathroom to the colleagues and friends with great pride. Now what is a decorative plumbing? It actually refers to the system of installing beautiful bathroom fixtures, faucets, bathtubs and showers. It also involves unique and stylish fixtures for your kitchen. Decorative plumbing is among the most upcoming trends in the sector of home construction nowadays. There are many well reputed companies which provide us with innovative and stylish designs of different bathroom fixtures, elegant faucets for both bathroom and kitchens, bathroom cabinets, bath tubs, […]

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Going Green With Boston home Plumbing

January 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Category: green plumbing

f you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, you just might want to consider going ‘green’ with plumbing in Boston Yes… it’s true that the environmental protection effort has not only affected your water saving toilets. There are a number of ways to go green with plumbing, and it is fully expected that one day the newest technology and plumbing fixture designs will all be mandatory per building codes. That’s just one reason why you need to utilize a plumbing company that is technologically current and familiar with the newest materials, water saving designs and even the potential problems. Though installing water saving devices while building a home is a good decision, you can also upgrade your existing fixtures now or when something needs replacing. Green technology has affected everything in the home and that includes plumbing. The water saving low flush toilets may be a bit of a mystery to many existing homeowners, but they are now the standard installation in new homes or for remodels. Doing Your Part for the Environment There are two main advantages to plumbing and plumbing fixtures and both are environmentally related. They use less water and require less energy. Residents who choose green plumbing in Ambridge, PA are doing their part for the environment while also saving on their utility […]

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The Benefits of Boston Tankless Water Heaters

September 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Category: Water Heaters

Have you ever thought about getting a tankless water heater, based off a plumber’s recommendation? Boston tankless water heaters are definitely something you should be looking into. Tankless water heaters, sometimes known as instantaneous, continuous flow or inline are the perfect alternative to conventional tank heaters. They heat liquids on demand or instantly rather than keeping liquids in reserve like conventional tank heaters. They use less energy than tank heaters which in turns means lower energy bills for you. They can be operated electrically or with natural gas or propane. Gas ones can heat more liquid faster while electric ones need access to a lot of electric power to rapidly heat water. They are very efficient when it comes to energy conservative. They have efficiency ratings at nearly 99%. Most supply hot water for the whole Boston house including appliances. The ones that supply hot water for the whole house are largest of the heaters. Point-of-use tankless water heaters are smaller units and can be placed under sinks or other easy access areas. Point-of-use tankless water heater units provide hot water for a specific outlet versus the whole house. They are located right where the water is being used and save more energy than centrally installed tankless water heaters, but are usually used in combination with a central water heater […]

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Electric Water Softeners Will Cure Hard Water Ills in Boston

August 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Category: Water Softeners

The “hard water in your Boston house” symptoms are obvious, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to realize that something needs to be done about the hard water issue that makes your life miserable. Knowing that there is a salt-free option with electric water softeners is not so cut and dry. Most people think about dealing with bags of salt when they think of water softeners. This article will review the soft water plagues and the benefits of using a Boston electric water softener. Here is a brief reminder of the symptoms of hard water ills: • You have ugly white spots all over your silverware, glasses or dishes. • There is lather when shampooing • Your hair feels sticky and stiff after shampooing • No orange rings left around sinks and tubs • Fabrics are stiff, or you can see or feel soap residue after washing. • Whites turn a dingy white color over time For most people it is the sticky, stiff or lifeless hair that does it, there is nothing worse and more uncomfortable that your hair that just does not feel or look right. Add in to the mix the awful spots on the glassware that makes it look like you never wash your dishes and you have your obvious, hard water ills. There are […]

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Plumbing Design: Why it is Important in Boston

August 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Category: Plumbing

Your plumbing design for your home is very important. You need to be sure that everything is connected properly, and is going to the right place. What happens when you do not have a good design is something you will not want to experience. If you are building a new home, be sure that you hire a professional that will make sure that all of this is taken care of and you will not have to worry about it. The plumbing professional will ensure that all is connected, tightly, and you will have the plumbing that you need for the most efficient use of your water as well. When you have a poor plumbing design, you might be experiencing things such as the kitchen sink gurgling when your washing machine drains, your toilet and bath tub might even be backing up as well. This is something you will not want to experience, not only will you have to call your plumber, you will have a mess to clean up that might be rather large. To prevent all of this, you need to make sure that your design is one that will work from the beginning. You will not want to get your Boston house built to later find out that you have these problems because of the design, then it will […]

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