March 11th, 2019
The sump pump is one of those devices in your home that you hope you don’t have to use. It’s an emergency appliance to handle flooding or excess water getting into your basement. But, like any preventive device, you must make sure it’s in working shape year after year. You don’t want it to fail the first time you actually need it!
Spring is about to begin, and this is one of the periods when you may need the services of your sump pump. There is the issue of snowmelt and more rain. The ground around your house will absorb more water, and this can lead to water seeping into the basement through the walls. If your sump pump is working correctly, it will remove the excessive moisture and stop extreme water damage from flooding.
How do you tell if your sump pump is ready to go to work?
February 25th, 2019
The term radiant heating has a few different meanings when it comes to central HVAC for homes. The general meaning of radiant heating is a way that heat moves: waves of heat radiate off a hot object, and those move through space without heating the air until the waves meet another object and heat it. It’s the feeling you get from the pavement on a sunny day, or when you place your hand near a hot plate.
Radiant heating also refers to types of home heating systems that use this method of heating. Most radiant heating systems use a boiler to circulate water to points in the house, raise the temperature of those objects, and send heat into the rooms. Radiant heating systems can use radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor pipes at the terminal points that radiate heat into the room.
February 11th, 2019
Drain cleaning is a term that often gets lumped together with the so-called “drain cleaners” people can purchase off store shelves. We wish this connection didn’t exist! Pouring these acidic chemicals down drains can do more harm than good, and they’re highly toxic. They certainly don’t “clean” drains, but instead only chew through obstructions just enough to allow water to flow through.
Genuine professional drain cleaning is actual drain cleaning. Our plumbers use special tools to do the job so that the interiors of your drain pipes are scoured clean of debris like food deposits, fat and grease buildup, soap scum, and mineral deposits.
January 28th, 2019
If there was one fact about furnaces we’d love to permanently secure in everyone’s minds, it would be that the furnace’s filter needs to be changed for a clean filter every 1 to 3 months.
There is plenty of info about furnaces we’d like our customers to know, but this single fact can make an enormous difference in how often someone needs to call for heating repair in Andover, MA and how much they pay each winter for heating. It can even prevent a furnace from needing an early replacement. In this post, we’ll go over what can go wrong with a furnace due to a filter that’s become clogged because it hasn’t received a regular change.
January 14th, 2019
You 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.
December 31st, 2018
If 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.
December 17th, 2018
A 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.
December 3rd, 2018
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.)
November 19th, 2018
You 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?
November 5th, 2018
Not 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.