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

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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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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Why a Higher Setting on the Thermostat in Summer Is Better

Monday, August 13th, 2018

thermostat-settingYou may look at the title of this post and think that we’re a bit batty. “It’s summer, it’s hot outside! Why would I want to turn my thermostat up and make it hotter?”

Well, we aren’t encouraging you to heat your house. We’re encouraging you (something the Department of Energy does as well) to put your thermostat at a higher setting than you normally have it when you’re trying to keep cool. It’s likely that you have the thermostat pushed down to a setting that’s too low for ideal comfort and energy conservation.

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Sump Pump Not Working? Call to Get It Repaired!

Monday, May 7th, 2018

sump-pumpWhen spring arrives, the weather starts to turn warmer. But warmer weather isn’t always good news. Nor are heavy spring rains. Both of them can mean water flooding into the basements of homes. Water damage is expensive to remediate, and this is why many houses have sump pumps installed to automatically remove excess water from a basement or crawlspace. If your home doesn’t have a sump pump already installed, call us today and we can arrange to have one put in.

If you already have a sump pump, we hope you tested it early in the summer. This is easy to do. First turn on the pump and let it run briefly to make sure the motor works. (Don’t let it run too long without water in the sump, since this can cause the pump to overheat.) Then pour water down into the sump and make sure that the pump activates automatically and removes the water from the sump.

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3 Ways to Unclog Drains before Calling a Plumber

Monday, August 28th, 2017

faucet-two-handles-onWhen you have trouble with your drains, the best thing you can do is reach out to a team of skilled professional plumbers. That is, of course, unless you can unclog it on your own. You may think that, as a plumbing company, we’d try to stop you from doing the job on your own. But we’re here to help. If we can save you the hassle and cost of calling in a plumber, we will do whatever we can.

However, there is a right and a wrong way to unclog a drain. Sometimes, you really do need to call in the pros. But we want to give you some ideas of what you might try first.

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3 Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Working

Monday, June 5th, 2017

showerhead-hot-steamIs your water heater struggling to work the way you want it to? Are formerly relaxing showers more of a chore now that temperatures have taken a dive? Have you lost access to hot water entirely? It’s a common problem, and one that requires attention fast. A water heater that isn’t working properly affects your life and your family’s comfort in so many ways, and you want to know what the problem is ASAP.

Below, we’ve outlined a few common issues that could be the reason your hands keep getting colder as you rinse the dishes. Keep in mind that these may not be the only explanations for your broken system. Call in a qualified technician for an official diagnosis and fast water heater repair!

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Taking Control of Spring Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 13th, 2017

virus-bacteria-cells-illnessSpring allergies are on the way, if they haven’t hit you already. At this time of year, you might try to spend as much time indoors as possible, in order to avoid any potential allergens. But as it turns out, your indoor air quality may do a lot to worsen your symptoms.

When you shut the doors and close the windows tightly, running your heating and AC equipment, particulate in the air simply gets a chance to recirculate, aggravating your preexisting symptoms. Take control of indoor allergies by dealing with the problem where you can. Follow these steps to improve your indoor air quality and help lessen the severity of your seasonal coughing and sneezing.

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How to Trade Up to a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

So you’ve always had a regular tank water heater, but you’re considering making a switch. There’s a lot of buzz out there about tankless water heaters, after all, and you know that this trade could save you some money in the long run.

But you may be unsure of how to go about switching up to a tankless water heater. Here is some advice from our plumbers, who are also happy to walk you through the entire process from start to finish when you call us for tankless water heater installation.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Something you don’t want to encounter when winter comes is a frozen pipe. Water expands when it freezes, so you’ll have bigger problems to face than a stoppage of water moving into your home.

Burst pipes due to expanding plumbing in the winter are all too common. We want to help you prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, so take a look at our expert advice and call our team to learn more!

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How Long Will My Tankless Water Heater Last?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The answer to this question is actually more complicated than it may seem. We’ll start by telling you that a tankless water heater in good condition can last over 20 years. However, this does not mean that your water heater will not need service before then.

You cannot expect a water heater to run smoothly for decades without proper maintenance. Learn more about how to maximize the life expectancy of your water heater here, and get in touch with our team for more information.

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