Is It Time to Replace Your Toilet?

June 22nd, 2016

Your toilet has been in your home for a while now. Maybe you’re experiencing problems, or maybe it’s starting to show signs of aging. Still, you’re unsure of whether or not it really needs replacement quite yet.

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What Sets Aeroseal Apart from Other Duct Sealing Services?

June 20th, 2016

One of the little known energy wasters in homes across the country is the air ducts. It turns out that most air ducts have air leaking into them, pouring into the attic or crawlspaces rather than moving into the living spaces in your home. This means that you pay for heating and cooling spaces that don’t need it, driving up your energy costs unnecessarily.

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Energy-Saving Tip: Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

June 15th, 2016

As summertime approaches, your bills can start to feel a bit out of control. You’ve just gotten a break from the high cost of heating in the winter, and now you have to manage outrageous summer cooling costs.

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5 Things That Make Your Home More Efficient in Summer

June 13th, 2016

Your air conditioning system uses a lot of energy. But by making some different choices and thinking about how you use energy in the daytime, you can save money and protect the life of your system, keeping it from wearing out before it’s due for a replacement.

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A Few Things You Should Know about Efficient AC Operation

June 6th, 2016

Want to save more money on your AC bills this year? Check out our guide to more efficient AC system, and save money while staying comfortable all summer long!

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Why Does It Take So Long for Hot Water to Reach My Faucet?

June 6th, 2016

Most of us cannot imagine going without hot water. It’s a near necessity for much of the year, and something we always expect to have when we need it. That’s why it can become frustrating when hot water takes a long time to get to your faucets and showers.

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3 AC Repairs You Might Make at the Beginning of the Season

June 1st, 2016

You assume that the very first time you run your air conditioner this season, it should work properly. Of course, that’s not always the case. Significant wear and tear may have developed toward the end of last summer, and if you did not have the system professionally maintained, it could have gotten worse over the winter and through spring.

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Checking Your Sump Pump for Problems

May 30th, 2016

In the springtime, making sure your sump pump is up and running is more important than ever. And, unfortunately, a sump pump can run into problems at any time of the year.

Your sump pump is designed to run only when the pit it’s installed in has filled up with water. Therefore, it can be difficult to tell when your sump pump is in trouble—until it’s too late and water has already flooded your basement. Learn how to check on your sump pump in this guide.

Visual Inspection

One of the first steps to take is to visually inspect the sump pump, checking for holes and cracks in the exterior, and looking for any signs of damage. This includes damage to the electrical cord, which could make your basement unsafe. You should also check the area where the water drains. If the drainpipe is clogged with debris, pull it out.

Checking the Plug

You can test to see if it’s up and running by unplugging the pump and plugging it back in. In most cases, you’ll hear the sump pump start up right after you plug it in. If not, you might want to check the circuit breaker box and reset the circuit breaker leading to that area.

Grab a Bucket of Water or Two

Pour some water into the sump pit and see if the system runs properly. Fill the pit only to the float line to make sure that the system activates at all. Then, continue pouring to make sure that water drains at a reasonable rate. If not, it’s time to call a plumber for a replacement or a system upgrade. Professional inspectors can also do a better job of determining if your sump pump is in good shape for the spring and summer.

Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today at 978-486-3767 for more information about sump pumps or to schedule service in Sudbury.

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Still Haven’t Gotten Your AC Tune-Up?

May 24th, 2016

Don’t waste any time. Your air conditioner only runs a few months out of the year, but when it’s hot, it’s tough to picture being without it. An air conditioner can break down at any time. Preventative maintenance is the way to go if you don’t want to deal with this troubling emergency event.

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What Should You Do When Your Toilet Leaks?

May 23rd, 2016

A leak from your toilet can become a mess really quickly. Luckily, there could be an easy fix. We’ll help you understand how to shut off the water, if necessary, and potentially take care of the leak. Otherwise, call our professional plumbers and we will get to your home to assist with the problem ASAP.

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