Ooh Ooh That Smell! Could It Be the Plumbing?

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

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

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.

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

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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Under Pressure (Or Lack Thereof) in Boston

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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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