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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Leaks, Leaks Everywhere—What’s the Best Solution?

August 27th, 2018

old-leaking-pipe

You’ve got a leaky house. Leaks are springing up in pipes everywhere, and it seems as if a new one pops up—or maybe two new ones—only days after you got the last one fixed. What can you do? Aside from move into a new house? (But good luck trying to sell a home with massive water leaking problems!)

The best path forward is to ask a professional plumber in Carlisle, MA for advice. You’ll find out why your home has such a leaking problem and the best method to fix it. Leaking pipes and other fixtures in a house not only waste water, they inflict huge amounts of property damage and give mold and mildew a chance to spread. Leaks spell bad news all around—especially when those leaks are all around.

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Why a Higher Setting on the Thermostat in Summer Is Better

August 13th, 2018

thermostat-settingYou may look at the title of this post and think that we’re a bit batty. “It’s summer, it’s hot outside! Why would I want to turn my thermostat up and make it hotter?”

Well, we aren’t encouraging you to heat your house. We’re encouraging you (something the Department of Energy does as well) to put your thermostat at a higher setting than you normally have it when you’re trying to keep cool. It’s likely that you have the thermostat pushed down to a setting that’s too low for ideal comfort and energy conservation.

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What Is Hot Water Recirculation? Is It Worthwhile?

July 30th, 2018

young-woman-cold-shower-screamYour household uses hot water in many different ways throughout the day, and this makes the water heater one of the essential home appliances. You always want your water heater to work at its best, and if at any point you think you need a professional plumber in Sudbury, MA to fix your water heater, never hesitate to give us a call. We’ll see that you receive the hot water you need.

You can also call a plumber to help you improve your hot water system. For example, you may have heard about something called a hot water recirculation system. This is a great way to make hot water use easier in a home. But what is it, exactly?

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The Overcharged or Undercharged AC: Why You Don’t Want Either!

July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhat does an overcharged or undercharged air conditioning system mean?

It doesn’t have anything to do with price, and it isn’t electrically charged the way a cell phone or other mobile device is charged. The “charge” in this case refers to the amount of chemical refrigerant circulating inside an AC system.

  • Too much refrigerant: overcharged.
  • Too little refrigerant: undercharged.

To understand why either situation is a serious problem, we have to explain a bit about refrigerant.

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