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

Featured Recipe – Leg of Lamb

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Leg of Lamb

Ingredients:

1 – 6lb leg, with bone

¼ c soy sauce

¼ c lemon juice

5 cloves garlic, minced

2t. basil

2t. oregano

1 t. Worcester sauce

Preparation:

Rinse lamb with cold water, pat dry and place in a roasting pan,  cover and let sit for ½ – ¾ hour.  Mix all other ingredients together and pour over lamb, making sure all parts are covered.  Salt and pepper  as needed.

Preheat oven to 450, cook lamb for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 for one hour.  Remove and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been proudly serviced the Metrowest area since 1987. We provide plumbing, heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Littleton, Lancaster, Arlington and the surrounding Massachusetts areas. As a family-owned business we strive to provide the best technical expertise and customer service. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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What to Do About Leaky Plumbing in Westford, MA

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Leaky plumbing can be a frustrating problem for many homeowners in the Westford, MA area. After all, unless your basement floods, leaks can be difficult to detect, much less determine where they actually are. There are some common signs of leaky plumbing: spike in your water bills, discoloration of walls and flooring, decreased water pressure. But even if you know you have a leak, you might not know what to do next. In this post, the team at Basnett Plumbing has compiled a list of things to do when you suspect you might have leaky plumbing in Westford, MA. Call us today for comprehensive leak repair.

Because most problems in your piping occur at or near fixtures, connections, and appliances, knowing the basics about your water supply is crucial for handling a water leak effectively. Here are some steps to take:

  • Shut off the nearest valve. Your toilet and major plumbed fixtures have a supply valve, which controls the water flow. Knowing where that it is and how it works can help you stop a potentially damaging leak. If your leak is restricted to a place near this valve, this can help stave off the water.
  • Shut off the water main. There should be a main water valve somewhere in your house that controls the water supply. In cases where you do not know exactly where your leak is or if it’s in the middle of a pipe in the wall, you can always shut off your main valve. While there will still be a small amount of water in your piping system, this can give you some time to sort things out.
  • Call a plumber. Only a certified plumber will know how to accurately and quickly diagnose and fix your leak. Whether it’s a slow leak or a burst pipe, you need to ensure that you minimize the damage to your home by having the emergency number of a professional always close to hand. Make sure other family members know where it is, too, in case you’re not there.

Leaky plumbing can damage your home and hamper your comfort. Knowing where your supply valves are, and how to reach your local certified plumber are necessary steps towards dealing with water leaks effectively. For plumbing repair in Westford, MA, call Basnett Plumbing today! 

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Acton, MA Heating Question: What Causes Boiler Leaks?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Boilers are efficient heating and hot water systems that operate by sending hot water or steam throughout your home by means of copper baseboard or radiators. They are versatile systems that heat your home effectively during the coldest temperatures. Like any home heating and cooling system, however, boilers can develop leaks for a variety of reasons, from general wear and tear to the seals and piping to pressure issues. No matter what the problem is, it should be handled immediately and professionally by a boiler technician. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for any heating repairs you need in Acton, MA.

While determining that you have a leak is not always straightforward, determining its cause is even less so. There are a few common causes for boiler leaks:

  • Cracks. While your boiler may appear indestructible, anything made out of metal can begin to show stress and strain during cycles of repeated heating and cooling. Metal is not inert: it expands and contracts according to its temperature, and over time, this fluctuation may lead to a crack. While this can often require repair, if it happens to an older boiler, it may be an indication that it’s time for replacement.
  • Loose connections. This expansion and contraction of the mechanical structure of your boiler can also cause connections surrounding the boiler to loosen over time. It might be a pipe, fitting, tube, or valve that’s damaged.
  • Damaged seals. As with any highly pressurized system, your boiler has seals that ensure your connections are tight, and that the water passing through them doesn’t leak. The pump of your boiler may be pushing water out through the seals, for example. Deteriorating seals should be replaced.
  • Pressure problem. There is a pressure outlet pipe attached to your boiler, which allows excess water to drip outside of the boiler. This isn’t a leak, and it has the critical function of allowing pressure to escape from the boiler. If too much is coming out, you may have too much pressure in the tank itself.

Don’t wait to have your boiler leak checked. For heating repair in Acton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing today! 

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Featured Recipe- Something Green for St. Patty’s!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

St. Patrick's Day RecipeAre you looking for something green to bring to a St. Patrick’s Day Party? Try this traditional Guacamole recipe- with a twist!

Ingredient of the Month:

Avacado

  • Many health benefits and nutrients.
  • Beneficial fats
  • Available year round
  • Use in salads, wraps, dips and stir fry

 

Rob’s Favorite Guacamole:

2 ripe avocados, cubed, not smashed

1 small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

½ fresh lime, juiced

½ cup pomegranate seeds

Salt to taste (optional)

Corn or pita chips

 

Mix the onion, garlic and lime juice together.  Add salt to taste.  Carefully fold the cubed avocado and half of the pomegranate seeds in to onion mixture.

Top with remaining seeds and serve.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been proudly service the Metrowest area since 1987. For the past 26 years we have been providing plumbing, heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Littleton, Lancaster, Arlington and the surrounding Massachusetts areas. As a family-owned business we strive to provide the best customer service and technical expertise available.

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Littleton, MA Heating Guide: Why You Need a Load Calculation for Your New Heating System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A load calculation should be performed by a heating professional before selecting your new heating system in your Littleton, MA home. Only a comprehensive evaluation of your home and property, including house layout, orientation, and size, will be able to indicate what type and what size your heating system should be. For professional advice and installation of your new heating system, you can rely on the Littleton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. As one of the leading providers in the area, we can perform a comprehensive load calculation of your home so that we can make sure your new heating system works effectively and efficiently. Call us today!

A load calculation seeks to measure the potential for heat gain and heat loss of your home. There are a variety of measurements and factors to take into consideration. Heat gain is how much your heating system can produce, which is typically measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). If your heater is too small or large, it won’t be able to create the appropriate amount of heat, which can cause all sorts of problems, from overheating your system to unpleasant indoor temperatures.

Heat loss is just as important. It is the measurement of how much heat your home will lose and how fast the temperature will fluctuate. The size and thickness of your walls, windows, floors, basement, ductwork, roof, doors, as well as the quality of your ventilation, and the slab grade all determine how much heat loss your system will undergo during the heating season. It depends not only upon the durability of these parts of your home, but also upon their installation. Like all mathematical calculations, however, it is only an estimate, and it has to make certain assumptions in the process. For example, a typical heating load calculation will assume, for the purpose of measurement, that heat transfer occurs instantaneously, and that all materials are the same.

That’s why you need a heating contractor with real-world experience. If you’re considering a new heating system for your home in Littleton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We can perform an accurate load calculation for your home, in order to ensure that your new heater provides lasting comfort and energy-efficiency. Call us today!

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Lancaster, MA Plumbing Question: Why Is My Water Heater Rumbling?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

If your water heater rumbles or makes other strange and unusual sounds, it may be an indication that you need professional plumbing repair. Often, the sounds your appliances make are warning signs that something needs to be fixed and it’s important that you heed those symptoms. Not only will repair get your water heater working again, but it may also prevent future repairs and premature replacement.  If your water heater makes too much noise, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating plumbing repair in Lancaster, MA today.

There are several different reasons your water heater makes a rumbling noise:

  • Scale. About 85% of homes in America have hard water. Hard water refers to high levels of calcium and magnesium bicarbonate in your water supply. These deposits tend to build up on the inside of your water heater and on the heating elements. Those deposits are commonly called limescale and often cause problems in your water heater’s tank–including overheating. A professional repair service will likely delime your tank in order to get it working again.
  • Sediment. Silicate and sand can build up on the inside of your water heater. Whether drawn from the main water supply or introduced into the system by pipe leaks underground, sediment can also cause your tank to overheat. It can typically be removed by periodic system flushing. Check with a pro to see what the best course of action for your water heater is.
  • Cold water. If the amount of cold water entering your water heater is excessive, then this can also cause a rumbling sound. If there is a leak around the input valve, this can lower the total temperature of the tank and cause your heater to work more than it needs to. The rumbling noise occurs as a result of cold and hot water mixing together.

Sounds are difficult to diagnose during plumbing repair. Let the Lancaster, MA plumbers at Basnett Plumbing & Heating figure it out for you. We offer exceptional plumbing services for all of your home’s needs. Call us today. 

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