Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

Don’t Try to DIY These 4 Plumbing Problems!

Monday, November 18th, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a family in possession of a good house, must be in want of amateur plumbing. It’s generally just a bad idea to have amateurs work on your plumbing issues, and even worse to try to do them on your own. Yes, there are a few small fixes you can handle yourself, such as cleaning the aerator in a faucet when it gets jammed up with silt, or using a basic sink plunger to clear out a clog.

So take this as our basic caution against trying any “do-it-yourself” magic on your plumbing. But in particular, leave the four following troubles to a certified plumber in Concord, MA.

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Water Hammer: What It Is, What to Do About It

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Water hammer sounds like a magical weapon an aquatic superhero might wield, but it’s more mundane than that. Mundane doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, however. A flat car tire is mundane, but it’s still bad news and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

When you notice water hammer in your plumbing—and it’s hard to ignore—it often means issues requiring a licensed plumber in Andover, MA to investigate and discover what repairs the pipes may need.

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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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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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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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What the Slab Leak Is—And Why It’s a Tricky Plumbing Problem

Monday, September 10th, 2018

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationLeaks. The horrible five-letter word no homeowner wants to hear in connection to their plumbing. Leaks mean wasted water and severe water damage. Now add the four-letter word slab, and you have an even bigger worry. You may not have heard about this specific type of leak, but slab leaks present a tricky plumbing problem, and only the best professionals can solve them.

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Leaks, Leaks Everywhere—What’s the Best Solution?

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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You’ve got a leaky house. Leaks are springing up in pipes everywhere, and it seems as if a new one pops up—or maybe two new ones—only days after you got the last one fixed. What can you do? Aside from move into a new house? (But good luck trying to sell a home with massive water leaking problems!)

The best path forward is to ask a professional plumber in Carlisle, MA for advice. You’ll find out why your home has such a leaking problem and the best method to fix it. Leaking pipes and other fixtures in a house not only waste water, they inflict huge amounts of property damage and give mold and mildew a chance to spread. Leaks spell bad news all around—especially when those leaks are all around.

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Are Old Steel Pipes Dangerous for My Family’s Health?

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

rusty-burst-pipeMiddlesex County has a long history of homes stretching back to the seventeenth century. There are still many vintage homes in the area with families living happily in them. But parts of any home need to be upgraded for safety and health—the electrical grid, for example.

Plumbing is also a part of older homes that concerns people. You may have remodeled parts of your house but haven’t touched the piping. And if your home is as “new” as even 40 years old, it probably has galvanized steel pipes in it. These were the main types of pipes used for construction until the 1960s. Do these pipes pose a danger to your family or your home?

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Pinhole Leaks: A Sinister, Sneaky Plumbing Problem

Monday, June 4th, 2018

two-copper-pipesOne of the big advantages of using copper piping in a house rather than older pipe materials like galvanized steel and cast iron is that copper is corrosion-resistant. Steel and iron tend to rust away over time, while copper has a much longer life and won’t allow toxins to get into the freshwater.

But people often get the idea that copper doesn’t corrode at all, which isn’t true. A corrosion-resistant metal isn’t a corrosion-proof metal. There is a type of corrosion that affects copper, and it can lead to one of the most insidious of all plumbing problems: pinhole leaks.

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