January 15th, 2018
Drain clogs are a common issue with most plumbing systems: caused by foodstuffs and other materials that are inadvertently tossed down them. When that happens, most homeowners usually turn to the quick solution of storebought chemicals or perhaps a plumbing snake purchased over the counter. This is often a mistake. Calling in a professional plumber is usually the best way to deal with the issue.
January 8th, 2018
The East Coast was hit with freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions late last week, and we’re all still assessing the damage. When it comes to your furnace, any damage should be carefully assessed and immediately repaired. It can be tempting to try to “power through” any damage — winter isn’t going to get any gentler anytime soon — but that’s usually a big mistake. And in the case of a cracked heat exchanger, an immediate heater replacement session may be in order. To do otherwise risks more than a chilly home.
What is a heat exchanger and why is damage to it so devastating? We’ve prepared a quick summary below.
December 26th, 2017
When your furnace has trouble functioning, even if it doesn’t seem like it’s a huge problem, it’s a good idea to shut it off and call in a heater repair service immediately. Few serious repair jobs take place without giving you warning signs well in advance, and the sooner you can get a trained technician to address these issues, the better.
December 18th, 2017
Winter is almost here, and cold temperatures are going to be staying a good long while. Your forced-air furnace was likely called into action some time ago, and by now you’re likely running it on a daily basis. Hopefully, it’s in good working order and you won’t need to worry about a breakdown during the cold winter months. Trouble with most forced-air furnaces tends to advertise itself well before it forces a shutdown, however, and wise homeowners will learn to spot them before they cause an unexpected shutdown. That way, you can deal with the issue in a timely fashion.
December 11th, 2017
Winter is coming, and that means freezing cold weather will descend upon your home. A good heating system can keep you warm and comfortable, but other aspects of the household require attending to as well. Frozen pipes and burst pipes, in particular, are a danger this time of year. And they can strike without warning at any time: even in the middle of the night or while you and your family are away for the holidays. That can turn a comparatively minor household nuisance into a major problem in the blink of an eye.
The best solution to such an issue is to have a trained plumber install an automatic shut-off valve in your home. While it takes a proper plumber with the right training to do so, it can make all the difference in the world when trouble comes calling. Now is an ideal time to schedule an installation, before the temperatures get too cold.
November 27th, 2017
For many industrial businesses in the greater Boston area, backflow remains an important issue to prevent. This is the phenomenon whereby contaminated water mixes in with potable (drinking) water in a plumbing system and renders it unusable. It’s a problem anytime of year, but can be particularly thorny during the winter. That’s why a quality backflow prevention device may be just what you need to prevent the problem from occurring, and why now is the ideal time to get one installed in your plumbing system.
November 20th, 2017
Water heaters rank among the most important components to your home: providing safe, reliable hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Most of us are accustomed to the traditional tank model of water heater, with its tall cylindrical tank tucked away in the basement or garage. But it’s not the only type of water heater out there, and depending on your present circumstances, you might want to look into alternative models if you’re in the market for a new one.
More specifically, look for hybrid water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters. They could provide benefits uniquely suited to your home.
November 13th, 2017
Few problems are more pernicious in a home plumbing system than leaks. They can occur anywhere in the system and therefore are often hidden from view. For every length of pipe under the sink, there are dozens more in the walls or under the floor–hidden from sight. Leaks in those parts of the system can go on for weeks or even months if left undetected, and with the weather getting colder, now is the time to make sure your plumbing is in ship shape.
October 30th, 2017
New England winters are as fierce as they come, and this winter looks to be no exception. Your heating system is going to be called upon to function morning noon and night, and commercial HVAC systems are no less vital in that regard. In fact, they’re probably even more important, not only because most of us spend at least part of our day in an office, school or commercial space, but because a comfortable environment is vital to keeping your business operating. A good commercial HVAC service, with technicians experienced in commercial systems, can be your best friend when getting your system ready for the winter.
October 23rd, 2017
With the coming of fall comes cooler temperatures, and along with it an increased reliance on your heater to keep your household comfortable. If your system is in need of repairs, now is the ideal time to take care of them. You still have several weeks before the weather gets too cold, which gives you time to schedule the repairs at a time convenient to your schedule.