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

Littleton Plumbing Tip: What to Keep Out of Your Drains

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

You depend on a lot of different systems in your home to make it through your day as comfortably and conveniently as possible. Few, if any, of these systems are as important as your plumbing, though. Needless to say, you want to take every measure possible to ensure that your plumbing system is kept in the great shape. Here are a few tips about items to keep out of your drains from the Littleton, MA plumbing team at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

First of all, make sure that any time you shower there is some sort of trap over the drain. The most effective way possible to keep your drains clear and effective is simply to not allow anything other than wastewater down them. When you shed hair or shave in the shower, those small amounts of hair and whiskers can get stuck in the drain. As time goes on, a full blown clog can develop.

The kitchen sink is one of the most common plumbing trouble spots in many homes. This is because many homeowners are simply careless when cleaning up after meals. If you allow food scraps to make it into the sink, some of those scraps are going to make it down the drain. Even the best drain covers cannot prevent this completely. Make sure that you scrape any scraps into the garbage or compost prior to putting dishes in the sink.

Also, never pour grease or fat down the drain. These substances are only liquids when they are hot. When they cool down in your drains they can cause serious clogs and trap many other items that would otherwise make it through just fine.

To learn more about keeping your drains clean, call the Littleton, MA plumbing professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We want to make sure that your plumbing system gives you the performance you deserve. Schedule service today.

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Littleton Plumbing Tip: Equipment Every Homeowner Should Have

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Are you concerned that you may not be prepared should an emergency arise in your home? While professional service is necessary to handle any major plumbing problems in your home, it can be helpful to know what type of equipment you should keep on hand in the event that something does go wrong with your plumbing. At Basnett Plumbing, we are committed to informing our customers about their plumbing systems, and that includes making sure they know what equipment they should keep on hand. In today’s post, the Littleton plumbing experts here would like to help you assemble a starter plumbing toolkit.

  • Plunger: Make sure that you have a good plunger at your disposal. It’s best to pay slightly more at a good hardware store, than to be frustrated at a cheap model’s inability to handle even the most minor of clogs. These can often be used to unclog drains as well as the toilet.
  • Auger: An auger is a flexible hose that has a variety of attachments on its end. It is inserted into the sink or toilet to dislodge stubborn clogs and blockages that are preventing normal operation. But be careful with the use of your auger. There are different augers for different applications, and using the wrong attachment can actually cause significant damage to your plumbing system that can result in high repair costs.
  • The phone number of a good plumber: While some homeowners are more enthusiastic about approaching their plumbing system, everyone needs the phone number of a good plumber. Make sure you keep yours in a place within easy reach in case something goes wrong with you plumbing. This is an essential part of your plumbing equipment.

Call Basnett Plumbing today for comprehensive Littleton plumbing services

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Why is My AC Blowing Warm Air? An Air Conditioning Question from Westford MA

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

We all rely on our air conditioning systems to keep us comfortable during the hottest months of the summer. However, a very common Westford, MA air conditioning repair that we see is an AC that is blowing warm air. Make sure that you call the professionals at Basnett Plumbing and Heating if you’re having any problems with your air conditioning system. We can fix any issue that you might be having no matter what make or model of AC unit that you have. Here are a few of the most common causes of warm air coming out of your AC.

  • Thermostat – Your thermostats are one of the most important and most overlooked components of your air conditioning system. If your thermostat is mis-calibrated or malfunctioning, it could be telling your air conditioning system to blow warm air into your home.
  • Compressor: The refrigerant goes into the compressor as a gas, where it is compressed which causes its temperature and energy to rise. Then it goes to the condenser coils, which dissipates the heat. If your condenser coils are dirty or your compressor is malfunctioning, your AC will not be able to cool the air properly.
  • Fan motor – The fan motor in your air conditioning system is critical to its operation. If the fan motor isn’t working well then it could meant that you aren’t getting enough cool air into your home. As the air moves slowly through your ducts it could absorb quite a bit of heat and cause it to be warm once it actually gets to the registers in your home.

Call the Westford, MA air conditioning repair, replacement and installation experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today. If your air conditioning system needs to be replaced we will work with you to find a good system that matches your home’s needs and your budget.

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Beef Tenderloin Crostini Recipe

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Try this delicious summer recipe, perfect as a snack or appetizer at any summer BBQ or party!

Beef Tenderloin Crostini (Serves 6 –8)

½ baguette sliced into 20 (¼–to–½–in. –thick) slices
Extra–virgin olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. coriander
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 4–oz. filet mignon steaks
½ cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp. mascarpone cheese
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
1 ¼ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1. Preheat oven to 400º. Arrange bread slices on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with ¼ tsp. salt. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave oven on.

2. Spray a small baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.

3. Combine ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, cumin, coriander and garlic. Rub the mixture all over the steaks. In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium–high heat. Add steaks and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing across the grain into 20 (¼–in.–thick) slices.

4. Whisk together mayonnaise, mascarpone cheese, basil, curry powder, smoked paprika, ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper.

5. Spread ½ tsp. of mayonnaise over each toast slice. Top each with a slice of steak. Place ¼ tsp. of mayonnaise on top of the steak. Finish with a cilantro leaf.

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Concord, MA Plumbing Repair Tip: Why Drain Clogs Are Serious Business

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

For most homeowners, the word “plumbing” makes us think of the kitchen sink, of showerheads, faucets, and hot water. But the pipes in your plumbing system are a complex and integral part of your home that needs professional attention just like any other part. In particular, most non-professionals are apt to take the wastewater disposal system for granted.  By swiftly removing organic waste from your home and disposing of it in the septic tank or municipal waste management system, your plumbing allows you to flush the toilet, take a hot shower, and wash your clothes and dishware. That’s why drain clogs are serious business, and should not be taken lightly. Call Basnett Plumbing for comprehensive Concord, MA plumbing repair services.

There are numerous potential causes of drain clogs. Considering how much wear and tear they endure, it’s no wonder that hair, grease, food, and other organic waste may begin to accumulate on the interior surface of the piping. While you’re probably familiar with having to plunge the toilet or remove an unsightly clump of hair at your shower drain, clogs can also occur deep within your plumbing system, which makes them difficult to fix without professional equipment and skill.

Another problem arises when mineral deposits attach themselves to the interior of your drainpipes, having been left behind by hard water. Such blockages are much more difficult to remove than other types of clogs, but can be removed by hydrojetting. Another potential cause of a clog occurs if your sewer main fails. If it has collapsed or it becomes blocked by penetrating tree roots, then your plumbing system simply can’t work properly.

Fortunately, you have options. Professional plumbing technicians can repair such issues by using video camera inspection and other tests to determine the location and type of problem. Once it is diagnosed, then he can offer a solution that works for you. It’s best to call immediately for professional Concord, MA plumbing repair, to ensure that it doesn’t worsen. Call Basnett Plumbing today!

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