Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Questions to Ask a Plumber Before Choosing One

Monday, August 26th, 2019
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When you’re looking to a hire a new plumber, you’ll have numerous choices available. The internet makes it easier than ever to pull up a lengthy list of local plumbing contractors. But more choices rarely mean better choices. It isn’t simple finding a plumber who can deliver quality work, excellent customer service, and whom you can trust over all.

The best way to find out if you’ve found the right plumber is to take a proactive approach and ask questions. Don’t feel bashful about this! You aren’t being rude. Plumbers are professionals and should expect questions from potential customers. And they should be able to answer them honestly.

Below are questions to ask any plumber in Sudbury, MA whom you’re considering as your on-going permanent plumber.

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Toilet Won’t Flush? Some Reasons Why

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Any appliance or fixture in your house that doesn’t do what it’s designed to do is a problem. And a toilet that won’t flush—that’s something you want fixed as soon as possible!

There are several reasons why you may have a toilet that isn’t flushing when you press the lever or the top button. In some cases, the solution may be a simple one you can remedy on your own. Other times, you’ll need to call professionals for plumbing in Sudbury, MA to fix the issue. Below are some of the common causes of a non-flushing toilet and what you can do about them if anything.

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Protect Your Pets From Your Plumbing (And Vice Versa)

Monday, July 15th, 2019

If you are a pet owner, you’ve probably read a good number of online articles about how best to make your home safe for your furry and feathered companions. Electrical safety is especially important, as well as knowing what food items to keep out of reach.

But have you ever thought of your pets and your plumbing? You may need to take a few precautions to keep your pets safe from possible mishaps with the plumbing. It works the other way as well—your pets may accidentally cause problems with pipes and drains!

Our plumbers have a few tips on ways to make your pets and your plumbing get along better so they both stay in good health.

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How to Fix a Slab Leak

Monday, July 1st, 2019
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We can finish this post in record time: you fix a slab leak by calling a professional plumber. You cannot fix a slab leak if you aren’t a trained plumber with the right equipment.

But we like to provide education to our customers about their plumbing in Acton, MA, since even a bit of knowledge can make a difference in knowing when it’s time to call a plumber and what sort of situation you have on your hands. And with that, let’s talk about …

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Out With the Old, In With the New—Pipes in Your House

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The pipes in any home are subject to wear and aging, same as everything else. However, since the pipes in a home are (for the most part) hidden from people’s eyes, it’s easy to ignore them and passively imagine they’ll last forever. Maybe a few repairs here and there, but otherwise the pipes are solid and don’t need to be upgraded.

But this isn’t the truth. Not at all. In fact, if you live in a home built earlier than 1970, or possibly even later, you probably need to have some amount of the pipes replaced with new material. Our team of experts, who are experienced with plumbing in Westford, MA and throughout the MetroWest, can give you a rundown on the condition of your pipes and what work needs to be done to upgrade the plumbing.

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How a Plumber Can Help You Save Water

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Almost any home can improve its water use to lower monthly bills and benefit the environment. You’ve probably seen lists of tips for lowering how much water your household consumes: shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing, only running the dishwasher on a full load, restricting watering the lawn, etc. These are all helpful ways to reduce water use.

But a plumber in Acton, MA can provide you excellent water-conserving solutions as well. Your household plumbing may be wasting water in ways you never considered, and a professional plumber can take care of jobs that will help you save water every day. Below are some of the services our plumbers offer that can make changes in your water bills:

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Toilet Leaking From the Base? Here Are Some Reasons Why

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Few plumbing appliances cause people to panic as fast when they start to malfunction as the bathroom toilet. A leaking toilet, an overflowing toilet, a clogged toilet—these are serious problems you’ll want fixed as soon as you can. Some you might be able to handle on your own, such as using a toilet plunger to clear out a simple clog. Most other toilet repairs will require the assistance of a professional plumber.

Today we’re going to look at a problem that often affects bathroom toilets, which is water that appears to be leaking from around the base.

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It’s Time to Service Your Sump Pump

Monday, March 11th, 2019

sump-pumpThe sump pump is one of those devices in your home that you hope you don’t have to use. It’s an emergency appliance to handle flooding or excess water getting into your basement. But, like any preventive device, you must make sure it’s in working shape year after year. You don’t want it to fail the first time you actually need it!

Spring is about to begin, and this is one of the periods when you may need the services of your sump pump. There is the issue of snowmelt and more rain. The ground around your house will absorb more water, and this can lead to water seeping into the basement through the walls. If your sump pump is working correctly, it will remove the excessive moisture and stop extreme water damage from flooding.

How do you tell if your sump pump is ready to go to work?

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What’s It Mean to Be a “Master Plumber?”

Monday, November 19th, 2018

plumber-with-sink-p-trapYou may have noticed on our website that we have five registered Master Plumbers on our staff. This does sound impressive (it’s one of the reasons we put it on the site), sort of like having a black belt in plumbing! But… what does it actually mean to be a Master Plumber? And why would you want to hire a plumbing contractor who has Master Plumbers on staff?

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Time for Some Winter Plumbing Planning

Monday, November 5th, 2018

frozen-glassNot all cities need to worry about winterizing residential plumbing, but the MetroWest Area definitely does! Frozen pipes in the winter are bad news and can lead to burst pipes and damaged appliances. We advise you take some steps to winterize your home plumbing before the coldest weather of the year arrives. The amount you’ll need to do varies: older homes or homes that will be empty for part of the winter need more work. You can rely on our plumbers for the assistance you need to ensure proper winterization if you are unsure about the amount your house requires.

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