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

Groton, MA Plumbing Guide: Common Problems with Laundry Pipes

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Laundry pipes feed and drain the washing machine in your Groton, MA home’s laundry room or basement. Like any piece of plumbing, they need to be properly fitted and installed to match your washer’s requirements. They should allow the washer to do its job efficiently and without any problems. Like most plumbing in your house, you hardly notice your laundry pipes until they begin to leak or stop working. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating if you’re having any problems with your laundry pipes.

Below are some common problems that many Groton, MA homeowners have with their laundry pipes.

  • Damp walls or floors. If there is excessive moisture on the walls or floors of your washing room, there may be a leak in your laundry pipes. It could also be an air circulation issue. Dampness in your home can lead to a variety of problems, so call a professional plumber if you suspect a problem with your laundry pipes.
  • Clogged drain. Lint, hair and various debris tend to block drain pipes. Make sure that the waste pipe is properly cleaned so that your washer can drain.
  • No water. This problem can occur for a few different reasons, and may indicate a more general problem with your water heating system. Your water supply valve might be turned off, but if you localize it to your laundry pipe, call a Groton, MA plumbing professional.
  • Not enough water. The flexible inlet pipe might have been kinked by the machine or by something that fell on it. If it is damaged, it may need to be replaced by a laundry pipe professional. There may also be clogged filters preventing water from getting through to your washer.

Always remember to contact a professional plumber for service in Groton, MA. Many of these problems may be considered to be minor repairs, but hiring a professional gives you the confidence that comes in knowing the job was completed properly. The key to avoiding repair, however, is prevention. Scheduling routine preventive maintenance will help you avoid major and potentially disastrous washer leaks in the future. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today to schedule a consultation!

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Concord, MA Plumbing Tip: What is a Grease Trap?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Basnett Plumbing & Heating offers grease trap installation in Concord, MA and surrounding areas. Call one of our professional plumbers if you are considering a grease trap or would like to know more about benefits of installing one. First, we’ve put together a short post explaining how a grease trap works to help you decide which kitchen appliances work best for your needs.

Grease traps can collect extra cooking oil or grease that gets clogged in your drain lines. Modern grease traps have been around since the late 1800s, and today they are installed as small boxes inside the drain line that connects the kitchen sink to the sewer system. You can find them in a variety of materials, such as cast iron, stainless steel, plastics, and even concrete. Sizes range greatly, so it is important to know how much capacity you need, or if you want one installed inside the kitchen or outside your home.

Perhaps the most common type of residential grease trap is a passive grease trap, which is a small point of use unit installed under the kitchen sink, just like a garbage disposal install. Even if you have a garbage disposal, you can still install a grease trap under the sink to prevent clogs. While installing a grease trap is more common in restaurants, homeowners who cook more often may benefit from the installation of a grease trap. It really depends on the condition of your pipes and how much use they get.

Keep in mind that once your grease trap is installed, it will need to be maintained and cleaned regularly for optimal performance. We can handle all your grease trap maintenance and repair services as well. Call the Concord, MA plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating for comprehensive grease trap installation services.

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How to Tell If You Need Repiping: A Boxborough, MA Plumber’s Guide

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The pipes and plumbing system in your home work hard every day to bring fresh water into your home and to dispose of your waste water. Because of that wear and tear, you may eventually have to replace the pipes in your home. When you need repiping in Boxborough, MA, call your local plumber. At Basnett Plumbing & Heating, we thought it would be a good idea to put together some of the signs that could indicate that you need repiping services.

Low Water Pressure

If you’ve noticed a sudden or gradual drop in water pressure, it could indicate that you have leaks in your piping system. While leaks can often be replaced, if your plumbing system is old it might make more sense to get your home repiped. Older pipes will start to break down more often and replacing sections of it might only be delaying the inevitable.


When you notice rust in your water it means that you may need to replace your pipes. Rust is a huge problem for any home. While you can sometimes replace rusted sections of pipe it usually means that you have to replace your entire system.

Corrosion and Mineral Deposits

Over time, your pipes can start to corrode. While copper pipes are generally resistant to corrosion, it can still eventually can happen. Mineral deposits can also start to build  up in your pipes because of hard water. While these problems can sometimes just result in leaks and repairs it can also eventually get to the point where you need to replace your whole piping system.

If you need plumbing repairs in Boxborough, MA, call the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today. Our expert plumbers have years of experience working with all different types of plumbing problems.

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Common Causes of Boiler Problems in Concord, MA

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The boiler in your Concord, MA home is one of the hardest working pieces of equipment that you own. Boilers are also extremely durable and dependable. Because of this durability, though, problems are sometimes not noticed or ignored until damage is done to the system. Here are some examples of the most common causes of boiler repairs that we see at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. Keep these in mind, pay attention to the warning signs that your boiler exhibits, and schedule professional repair services as soon as you suspect a problem with your boiler in Concord, MA.

Among the most common problems homeowners experience with boilers is the lack of heat or hot water. This often seems to be a bigger problem than it actually winds up being, but it still always requires the service of a professional boiler technician. Any number of problems can lead to this issue, from a faulty thermostat to low water levels or a valve failure.

Your boiler is full of water, and the development of any leaks in your boiler system can lead to serious damage to your system and your property. Corrosion, loose connections and other problems can lead to a boiler leak. If you notice low water levels in your boiler or pooling around the equipment be sure to call a professional right away.

One of the most common service calls we receive has to do with strange noises emanating from a boiler. Again, this can be nerve racking but frequently is the result of a minor issue. There may be air in your system or your boiler may be kittling, which happens when lime scale builds up in the boiler. The only way to know for sure is to give us a call to inspect and, if necessary, repair your system.

If your boiler keeps switching itself off prematurely it could be a problem with the circulation of water throughout your system. A broken thermostat could cause this short cycling, or water pressure may be too low. Whatever the cause, the sooner the issue is resolved the less likely serious damages are to your boiler.

Many boiler repairs wind up being fairly minor. This does not mean that they should not be immediately performed by a qualified heating contractor, though. The longer any problems go unresolved the more likely they are to cause big issues with your heating system in Concord, MA. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today for more information about boiler repair service in your neighborhood.

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