Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for January, 2013

Arlington, MA Plumber’s Tip: Common Plumbing Clogs

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Maintaining the drain lines in your Arlington, MA area home is one way to avoid common plumbing clogs. This includes regular drain cleanings and avoiding flushing or washing anything down your drains that could cause a clog. It helps to know what these common clogs are and how to prevent from from occurring.

Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating any time if you have further questions or need plumbing repairs.

Toilet Clogs

Toilet clogs could be temporary or an indication that you may have a larger plumbing problem. While there could be a clog deeper in the drain line, you could have something caught near the base of the toilet. The only way to know is to call a plumber, since plunging it is only temporary. Toilets that are backing up often usually means there’s a larger issue. You don’t want to be left with a leaking sewer line at a joint where a clog is located.

Sink Clogs

Grease clogs are one of the most common kitchen sink clogs. Avoid putting grease or cooking oil down your drains or in your garbage disposal. Also avoid using conventional drain cleaners since they have chemicals that can hurt your pipes. Call for a professional drain cleaning service or use natural cleaning products.

Shower Drains

Hair, dirt, and soap scum can cause slow shower drains or clogs, so get a hair trap to avoid this. However, it is important to clean these out often so that the hair and other debris don’t cause slow drains or get backed up in the drain.

Call the Arlington, MA plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating if you would like to know more about common plumbing clogs and how to prevent them.

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MetroWest Area Heating Question: What is a Hot Water Recirculation System?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

When you turn on your shower’s hot water faucet, you normally have to stand back and wait for the hot water from the water heater to arrive. This is just a normal part of life that most people expect to happen. However, that water you waste while you wait for the hot water to arrive can start to add up. With a hot water recirculation system, those days of waiting for the hot water to arrive are over. At Basnett, we provide comprehensive hot water recirculation system installation, repair and maintenance in the MetroWest area. We wanted to make our customers aware of this terrific product that can make their home more comfortable.

Types of Hot Water Recirculation Systems

There are two standard types of hot water recirculation systems. Here is a brief description of how each one works.

  • Demand system – This type of hot water recirculation system uses an electric pump to circulate hot water through your plumbing system. When you need hot water, a motion sensor near the faucet or a manual switch is activated to turn the pump on. While this system typically is the most efficient, it doesn’t always work as quickly as the other types of hot water recirculation systems.
  • Gravity system – Thermosiphoning is the process of heat moving. In a gravity hot water recirculation system, the water heater is installed below the plumbing. This way, hot water from it rises through the pipes and the cold, more dense water falls back to the water heater through a return line to be re-heated. This system offers simplicity when compared to the demand system. However, it is typically less efficient because it has to operate constantly.

If you’re tired of having to waste water while you wait for hot water in your home, call the plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We provide complete hot water recirculation system services in the MetroWest area.

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Sudbury, MA Heating Question: What Are Unico High Velocity Systems?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Central heating and air conditioning are one of the truly great innovations in the business of keeping your home comfortable. There is nothing quite like the even, effective heating and air conditioning performance on those hot, sticky nights and bitter winter mornings. Unfortunately, a lot of homes in the Sudbury, MA area simply are not very duct friendly, meaning that the installation of a central heating and air conditioning would either be an involved, costly venture or compromise the historic qualities of the home. A Unico high velocity system from Basnett Plumbing & Heating is a great solution to this very predicament.

Traditional air duct systems are big and bulky. When installed during the construction of a home it is not that big an issue. However, if you have an older home without this type of ductwork system your home may not even be able to accommodate a retrofit. That is where Unico high velocity systems come in.

Rather than use large, bulky air ducts to distribute heated and cooled air throughout a building, high velocity systems use small, flexible ducts. The size and flexibility of these air ducts allow them to be threaded between walls and ceiling panels, eliminating the need for costly, disruptive construction and remodeling.

There are other benefits to these high velocity systems in addition to their versatility and the ease of their installation. The smaller air ducts that they use help to reduce the occurrence of air drafts. They also reduce temperature variations between different rooms in your home, allowing for even and comfortable heating and air conditioning performance. During the summer months the cooler air from these ducts will help to minimize the development of humid conditions in your home. These systems are also very efficient and can help cut down on the high energy costs incurred when using multiple window units.

For more information about Unico high velocity systems. contact Basnett Plumbing & Heatingg. We are happy to make your home in the Sudbury, MA area more comfortable to live in. Remember, just because your home is old or does not have preexisting ductwork, it does not meant that you should sacrifice comfort to preserve the building.

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What Not to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal: A Littleton, MA Plumber’s Guide

Monday, January 7th, 2013

With a professional installation and proper use a garbage disposal can be a great, convenient addition to any kitchen. Many homeowners, though, do not take the time to get to understand their garbage disposals or their limitations. While a garbage disposal that could efficiently and completely break down any substance you feed it may be ideal, this is likely not the case with the garbage disposal beneath your kitchen sink in Littleton, MA.

In order to keep your garbage disposal in the best condition possible it is necessary for you to better understand what it is capable of. In the case of your garbage disposal, we at Basnett Plumbing think it is just as important to be informed about what it is not capable of. Here are a few examples of some items and substances that should never be put down your garbage disposal.

  • Bones: Many people have taken up composting and discovered that bones do not belong in the compost bin. This may make the temptation to feed them down your garbage disposal even greater. In the case of bones, though, the trash barrel really is the best option. We all want to reduce our waste, but if you keep putting bones down the drain you’ll be adding a burnt out garbage disposal to the trash before long.
  • Fibrous Tissues: It may seem like a no brainer to think that anything we are capable of chewing with our teeth should be no match for a garbage disposal. Certain fibrous materials, though, such as celery stalks, corn husks and potato peels are exceptions to this seemingly obvious rule. The fibers compromising such substances can become entangled in the mechanisms of the disposal, causing it to jam. This is one for the compost bin or trash bucket.
  • Grease and Fats: It is important to remember that just because something is a liquid does not mean it can go down the drain. Fat and grease from your skillets or roasting pans may be liquids when they are hot, but they will cool down eventually. When they do they become gelatinous and solidify. This means that they can line the interior of your pipes, trapping more substances and causing serious blockages. Freeze your fat in a disposable container and throw it away.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep the garbage disposal in your Littleton, MA home in great working condition. If you have any further questions, just call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for a Second Opinion!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Heating and Cooling Repairs | Littleton | Basnett Plumbing & HeatingMake sure you are getting the best deal for any plumbing, heating or AC work by calling Basnett today! We are committed to providing top quality service and fair pricing. We are the reliable choice in the MA areas of Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, and Worcester County.

“We were having problems with our AC and had used another company to evaluate the problem. They said that we needed to replace the entire system at a cost of $7,000.00. That’s when we call Basnett for a second opinion. I spoke with Nancy who was very professional and knowledgeable and set up our appointment.

It took less than an hour for their technician Wayne to discover the problem and fix it without having to replace the entire unit for a fraction of what proposed by the other company. I was totally impressed and will recommend to anyone who is in need of services that they provide.”

-Neil M.

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