Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for January, 2020

What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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The cold weather is hard on more than the people in your household. It can be brutal for the plumbing pipes, which often don’t have the right insulation or access to heat. Without the right precautions, a frozen pipe can bring a house to a standstill. Worse, the pipe can burst. Not always, but it’s a major risk.

When you detect frozen pipes in your house, it’s important to take action soon. You’ll not only have the water flowing back to your taps, you’ll stop a damaging burst pipe that can lead to flooding in the house and more expensive repairs.

So what should you do in case of a frozen pipe?

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Is It Time to Upgrade an Ancient Heating System?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

We have many vintage homes in our area, and most of their owners love them and don’t want to make drastic modifications to them. But older homes are often difficult to heat. It’s not only due to less tight construction that allows for drafts and lower levels of insulation. It’s also the antiquated heating systems that can cost enormous amounts each winter to power. Old heat systems are sometimes Frankenstein monsters constructed of different parts, such as an oil-fired steam heating boiler, cast iron radiators, multiple different units for each floor, and electrical back-up heat.

If your home heating in Acton, MA is an old-fashioned system like a steam boiler or gas-fired oil furnace, or you’re needing to rely on space heaters for extra energy, and all of this is costing a small fortune each winter, we highly recommend an upgrade. The changes don’t have to be as drastic as they may at first appear—at least not if you work with our skilled professionals.

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