Why Are There Bad Odors From My Garbage Disposal?

January 14th, 2019

girl-pinching-noseYou never want any bad smells to come from sections of the house, such as moldy odors from the air vents. (This is a common problem called “dirty sock syndrome,” and our HVAC technicians can help you out if it occurs.) But few odors are more distressing and downright unpleasant than foul smells coming from a stinky garbage disposal.

What is the cause of these terrible odors? There are a couple of possibilities we’ll look over, and we’ll also tell you how we can help. We have the professional plumbing in Acton, MA to fix any disposal, drain, or other home plumbing trouble you’ve got.

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Why Consider a High Velocity Heating System

December 31st, 2018

woman-relaxed-on-couchIf you’re in a position where you believe you’ll need a new heating and cooling system installed for your house, one option to consider is a high velocity system. These systems can provide numerous benefits for homes, such as a better spread of heating and a reduction in energy bills.

What Is a High Velocity System?

In its basics, a high velocity system is similar to the standard HVAC system you probably already have installed. Air is heated in the unit, then sent into ducts to travel to the various rooms. Most high velocity systems are types of heat pumps, so they offer both heating and cooling.

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Uneven Heating: Here’s Why It May Be Hitting Your House

December 17th, 2018

man-keping-warmA reliable and powerful heating system is necessary to make it through one of our Boston winters. But proper home heating requires something more than just heating power. After all, a furnace that can heat up air to a comfortable 72°F isn’t much good if the heat doesn’t go anywhere. That’s why a central furnace has an air handler and a duct network. A problem that many homes face during winter with their heating is that heat isn’t reaching all the rooms evenly, leading to cold spots.

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Should My Furnace Be Making That Noise?

December 3rd, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseProbably not.

Yes, that answer is a bit flip. But if a sound from a furnace is significant enough for you to ask the question, chances are high it’s an abnormal sound. You’re accustomed to the noise your home’s furnace makes—at least if you’ve already had it working for one winter—and when a new sound interrupts it, you’re right to be concerned. It might be a small issue, or it could be a warning you need to have furnace repair in Andover, MA from professionals.

(And we do mean professionals. Never try to go “do-it-yourself” with a furnace fix, and don’t let amateurs take on the work either.)

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What’s It Mean to Be a “Master Plumber?”

November 19th, 2018

plumber-with-sink-p-trapYou may have noticed on our website that we have five registered Master Plumbers on our staff. This does sound impressive (it’s one of the reasons we put it on the site), sort of like having a black belt in plumbing! But… what does it actually mean to be a Master Plumber? And why would you want to hire a plumbing contractor who has Master Plumbers on staff?

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Time for Some Winter Plumbing Planning

November 5th, 2018

frozen-glassNot all cities need to worry about winterizing residential plumbing, but the MetroWest Area definitely does! Frozen pipes in the winter are bad news and can lead to burst pipes and damaged appliances. We advise you take some steps to winterize your home plumbing before the coldest weather of the year arrives. The amount you’ll need to do varies: older homes or homes that will be empty for part of the winter need more work. You can rely on our plumbers for the assistance you need to ensure proper winterization if you are unsure about the amount your house requires.

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Saving With Your Water Heater This Winter

October 22nd, 2018

showerhead-dripping-close-upThe heating system in your home you probably worry about the most during the winter is the one that sends warm air around the rooms, either via forced air (furnace, heat pump) or radiant heat (boiler, in-floor heating).

But there’s another heater in your house that uses an immense amount of energy over the winter, and that’s the water heater. If you’re looking for ways to reduce energy costs during this winter, we recommend putting focus on your water heater.

Below is some advice we have for cutting down on hot water and the energy required to heat it.

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The Big Benefits of Fall Heating Maintenance

October 8th, 2018

calendar-scheduling-bookEvery fall, we make a big push with our customers and soon-to-be-customers to schedule maintenance for their heating systems. This isn’t something we do just so our technicians can keep busy during the crunch seasons of summer and winter. We do it because any HVAC company worth hiring recommends it, and so does the US Department of Energy. In over thirty years in business, we’ve seen the major benefits of routine heating maintenance. We’ll explain below what these benefits are so you’ll know not to miss a fall maintenance inspection and tune-up for your heating system.

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Do Low-Flow Fixtures Really Make a Difference?

September 24th, 2018

green-leaf-houseIf you are considering making some updates to the plumbing in your bathroom or kitchen, the low-flow fixtures are probably on your list of installations to consider. (And if they aren’t … put them on the list now.)

Low-flow fixtures work pretty much exactly like their name: they slow down the amount of water flowing from a tap. In the case of toilets, low-flow models restrict how much water is used per flush. This helps to save water. But how much of a difference do these fixtures make? Enough for them to be worthwhile upgrades for a bathroom or kitchen?

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What the Slab Leak Is—And Why It’s a Tricky Plumbing Problem

September 10th, 2018

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationLeaks. The horrible five-letter word no homeowner wants to hear in connection to their plumbing. Leaks mean wasted water and severe water damage. Now add the four-letter word slab, and you have an even bigger worry. You may not have heard about this specific type of leak, but slab leaks present a tricky plumbing problem, and only the best professionals can solve them.

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