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

Get Ready to Use that Sump Pump!

Monday, February 26th, 2018

flooded-home-waterSpring is coming in less than a month, and that means flowers and sun—when we’re not getting a whole lot of rain. With winter’s thaw and the coming rain, it’s never too soon to think about the home maintenance tasks that will prepare you for these events. And one such task to take on as soon as you can is maintenance for your sump pump unit.

If you don’t own a sump pump, or if yours needs replacement, now is the time to install one. Otherwise, you need to get yours ready. We go into detail below, but reach out to our team sooner rather than later if you need help with your sump pump.

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5 Winter Plumbing Tips

Monday, January 1st, 2018

winter-background-snow-treesThere’s no denying that winter can be a pain in terms of home maintenance. You may be too busy shoveling snow or deicing your car to realize that your plumbing system has sprung a leak or a pipe has completely frozen. Plumbing problems that arise during winter can cause major damage to your home, especially as pipes thaw and leaks start to flood your home.

That’s why it’s so important to focus on prevention. It’s not too late to get your home in order and prevent winter plumbing troubles that could be soon to come. Follow our plumbing tips for a safer, healthier home for the winter season.

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What You Can Do about Frozen Pipes

Monday, December 4th, 2017

icicles-pipe-freezeWhen the insides of your pipes freeze, the flow of water is halted to one or more fixtures in your home—but that’s the least of your problems. It’s a bummer to be without water, but it’s a lot worse when your pipes burst, leaving you with water damage and a costly repair ahead of you.

Water expands when it’s freezing. When it expands in the pipes, it slowly increases their chances of bursting and leaking water all over the foundation of your home. That means you should take action before it happens in the first place, or at least as soon as you notice a problem.

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How to Tell When Your Plumbing Fixtures Need Replacement

Monday, August 14th, 2017

kitchen-sink-faucet-waterMost homeowners hope that broken plumbing components in the house can be repaired, rather than replaced. They would prefer to hang on to their older appliances and fixtures—toilets, sinks, and faucets—as long as possible before having to replace them. But eventually, any part of your household systems, even those that seem most durable, need replacement.

Our plumbers are here to help, offering a guide for when you can hang on to your older fixtures and get repairs that will hold up, and when it’s time to let go. Thankfully, we offer the services you need to get plumbing repairs or the right fixture into your home as soon as possible for your plumbing in Maynard, MA!

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Prevent Heating and Plumbing Problems Over the Holiday Season

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We have been making homes comfortable since 1987, which means we’ve seen how the changing of the seasons can affect plumbing, heating, and AC systems. As the holidays approach, heating and plumbing systems can take a real beating. This is partially because temperatures keep dropping, but also because of family gatherings and more time spent in the home—or away from it.

Today, we’d like to spend some time helping you prevent plumbing and heating issues, so that you are not left frantically searching for the number of a plumber or technician available during your holiday dinner. Look through our tips and call our friendly team for more information.

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Why It’s Important to Hire Professionals for Plumbing Services

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

If there’s one part of homeownership that seems to be a target for DIY work, it’s plumbing. We don’t know if this is because plumbing looks like it is easier to manage or seems more accessible, but we can tell you without hesitation that plumbing work is not easier than working on other systems in your home, and in fact, it is quite complicated. Unless you are a trained expert, you should always hire an expert for all of your plumbing needs in Harvard, MA. The pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating are available around the clock, so when you have a plumbing issue, just give us a call! Here are some of the reasons why hiring an expert is important:

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Signs You May Have a Slab Leak

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Massachusetts made the national headlines this year for our record snowfall, and now that spring is here, that snow is going to melt. With that much melting snow, flooding and ground saturation are going to be an issue, and if your home is on a slab, you may have concerns about the potential for a slab leak. Because slab leaks are within your home’s slab, it can be very difficult to detect one, but there are some signs you can take note of in case you have concerns:

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When to Call in a Plumber for Leak Detection

Monday, December 9th, 2013

You know that leaks are bad news for your plumbing. However, you might not know how bad they can become. Leaks not only prevent your plumbing from functioning properly, but they can also cause water damage, mold growth, and many other issues.

Leaks are sneaky and insidious: they are difficult to detect because they often spring up in pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or spaces in the basement or garage; and once they begin, they start to worsen and spread. You need to find and repair leaks as soon as possible.

Here are some ways you can tell that it’s time to call a Littleton, MA leak detection expert. Basnett Plumbing & Heating is ready to help you stop up those damaging leaks before they get out of control.

Signs of leaking

Discolored stains on the wall: Because much of your plumbing runs through your walls, leaks will often first start to emerge on their surfaces. If you find wet spots on your walls, or you notice rusty stains, it means that water is leaking through the drywall, starting to destroy it and cause the growth of mildew. If you notice wallpaper peeling and warping, it’s another possible sign of leaking.

Warped floor boards: Leaking that occurs from pipes in your floors will start to warp wooden boards. If you discover uneven spots in your floor where you’ve never encountered them before, you may have an issue with leaks that are rapidly growing.

Unexplained high water bills: Even small leaks can add up to immense water waste given time. Keep a close watch on your water bill each month; if you notice an increase for which you have no explanation, then you may need to call a plumber to investigate where this loss of water is coming from.

Damp smells: As water accumulates from leaks, it will stagnate and develop a moldy and damp smell. If cleaning doesn’t eliminate these odors, the problem may come from leaking occurring out of your sight.

Don’t wait: call for leak detection and repair!

Leaks will get out of control quickly if you ignore these signs. Avoid the high cost of repairs and water wastage, and hire a profession to find and repair the leaks as soon as possible.

If you think you have a leak in your home, call the Littleton, MA leak detection experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We strive for prompt service and work that is done right the first time.

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Why Install a Hot Water Recirculation System?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

You may have heard about hot water recirculating systems as a way to provide hot water to your home without large water waste. These systems not only reduce water loss, they offer the convenience of instant hot water with no waiting.

If you are curious about hot water recirculation systems, contact the Harvard, MA plumbing experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

Here’s hows a hot water recirculation system can help you save water. In standard water heaters, once demand for hot water ceases as a faucet is turned off, the heated water remains in the pipes where it soon cools down. The next time a faucet is turned on, the first water out will be this cold water. However, with a hot water recirculation system, the heater constantly moves water through the hot water pipes from the heater to the farthest fixture in the plumbing. Whenever you turn on a hot water faucet, the first water you get will be at the temperature you want.

Here’s what this means for you:

  • Convenience: Because there is hot water always available in the pipes, you no longer have the inconvenience of waiting for the water to warm up. Instant warm shower! Instant pan of hot water!
  • Less water waste: One of the biggest drains on water is the waste that goes down the drain while you’re waiting for the flow to warm up. On average, 2 to 3 gallons of water goes down the drain each time you turn on the faucet. With a recirculating system, the instant hot water means you won’t have to waste around 20 to 30 gallons of water per week waiting for it to warm up.
  • No extra pipes: A hot water circulation system can use your already existing set of pipes, so the systems are not difficult to install and are usually reasonably priced.

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It’s important that you hire installers with experience to handle your new hot water recirculation system. An improperly installed system can drain too much energy to operate. Experts can recommend the type of hot water recirculation system that will give you the best energy use to fit your home.

Contact Basnett Plumbing & Heating when you are thinking of upgrading how you get your hot water. We have a variety of options to suit your needs. For fine quality plumbing in Harvard, MA, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.

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Hard Water and Your Plumbing

Monday, October 28th, 2013

In this post, we’ll explain to you exactly what hard water is, and what worries it can cause your plumbing in Concord, MA. Basnett Plumbing & Heating has served the Metrowest Area with high-quality plumbing services since 1987, so if you have plumbing damage from hard water, contact us for help.

Hard water is water that contains high levels of the minerals calcium and magnesium (and sometimes other minerals as well, but these are the most common). This condition often occurs in water from a municipal supply. The good news about hard water is that it’s rarely harmful for you to drink, although it won’t taste as good as water with the proper balance of minerals. Hard water tends to make it difficult to work up a decent lather of soap, which is often an early warning of its presence in your plumbing.

Hard water is most troublesome for your pipes and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. The high amount of calcium in hard water will leave calcite deposits any place that your plumbing reaches. You’ll notice white deposits around faucets and drains. But the biggest problems will go unseen, inside your piping. Calcite will begin to build up inside the pipes. Although there is almost no danger that this buildup will completely close off the pipe, the growing calcite layer will restrict the water flow, and this will cause an increase in water pressure throughout your plumbing. High water pressure can lead to leaks springing up in numerous places, wasting water and threatening drywall, wood, plaster, and other building material.

Don’t ignore a hard water problem. If you would like to prevent these kinds of issues and make the water in your home taste better, ask your plumber about installing a water filtration system.  You want to catch these problems before the leaks can start—once water starts dripping, the repair needs will begin mounting.

Your plumbing in Concord, MA will be in excellent hands with the aid of Basnett Plumbing & Heating. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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