Garbage Disposal Repair - I&C Mechanical Services - Plumbing & Heating

Garbage Disposal Repair

When you are cleaning up, should you rinse the residue and food particles from the sink into the garbage disposal? Unfortunately, when homeowners have a garbage disposal, they forget that there is a sewer line attached to it. When a garbage disposal is used to get rid of grease, coffee grounds or harmful chemicals are used, the long-term damage can be caused to your sewer line. To get a better understanding of how to avoid damaging your sewer system through liberal use of your garbage disposal, keep reading. If you are asking yourself, which are the best garbage disposal repair plumbing contractors near me?, may we suggest I&C Mechanical – Plumbing & Heating for those who live in the Boston Metro area. Read more

3 Potential Causes Of The Dreaded Rattling Pipe

3 Potential Causes Of The Dreaded Rattling Pipe

No home plumbing problem is quite as frustrating as a pipe that rattles or vibrates loudly every time you turn on the water. Unfortunately, many homeowners remain completely stumped when it comes to the potential causes of this problem. Learn more about diagnosing an annoying, rattling pipe. This article will discuss three possible sources of a rattling pipe in your house.

Loose Pipe Clips

The simplest explanation for a rattling pipe is also the most common: the pipe simply has too much “wiggle room.” The pressure of water moving through the pipe thus causes it to bang and rattle against the nearby framing elements. So now the pipe clips are loose. To fix this problem, all that needs to be done is secure the pipe more firmly using new pipe clips. Of course, this can be easier said than done, depending on the particular location of the rattling pipe. Portions of wall or flow may need to be removed. Read more

What to do When Your Toilet is Overflowing

What to do When Your Toilet is Overflowing

If there’s one thing you should be able to count on, it’s that the toilet should flush properly when you need it to. But life isn’t fair, toilets clog, and to make matters worse — they can overflow.

Preventing raw sewage from spilling over onto your bathroom floor can be fail-safe, but only if you know what to do and have the proper tools at arm’s reach. If your toilet is prone to clogs — or if you just want to be prepared for the worst — this emergency protocol is critical.

Stop It at the Source

No matter the cause, if a toilet is overflowing, the most urgent action is to stop the flow of water into the bowl. In many bathrooms, the best place to do this is at the toilet’s main shutoff valve. Read more

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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Spring is a time for lots of things, and most of them have to do with fresh starts, new beginnings, and plain ol’ rejuvenation.

Where we can be helpful is to provide you with some timely tips to help make sure your household plumbing is ready for the spring. By doing a little spring plumbing (detective) work now, you’ll have much more time to enjoy the beautiful weather that surely lies just around the corner. Read more

Trust Us for Emergency Plumbing Services

Trust Us for Emergency Plumbing Services

Do you have a burst pipe that is causing damage to your home? Clogged toilet? Call us 24/7 at 617-908-5780 to get expert I&C Mechanical’s emergency plumbing services.

When a plumbing emergency arises, panic sets in. You worry that you won’t find a reliable plumber in time to prevent damage. Trust I&C Mechanical to quickly repair leaks, burst pipes and clogged toilets. We offer same-day service and are available around-the-clock for emergency plumbing. Get a Free Quote online ! Read more

Preventative Drain Care Keeps Clogs Away

Preventative Drain Care Keeps Clogs Away

Preventative Drain Care Keeps Clogs Away

You have a variety of options when it comes to clearing clogged drains — there are chemical cleaners, organic solutions, plumbing snakes, plungers and more. But why go to the trouble when it’s cheaper and easier to just prevent clogs in the first place?

Taking care of a drain mostly just requires you to be careful. Add to that a few proactive cleanings each year, and your chances of developing a serious clog become very low.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Read more

Lead Free Pipes and Plumbing Fixtures

Lead Free Pipes and Plumbing Fixtures Are a Must

Lead can infiltrate a home through various channels, but when it affects the water, the health of the community is at risk. The presence of lead in water immediately draws attention, and for good reason: lead is toxic. Making sure your home has lead free pipes and fixtures is essential to decreasing your exposure to lead.

Why is lead used in pipes and plumbing fixtures?

The use of lead in plumbing dates back to Ancient Rome, where Romans fashioned the world’s first plumbing system out of of lead. Lead is a desirable element for constructing pipes because it is malleable enough to mold into the desired shape but strong enough to prevent “pinhole” water leaks. Lead is also present in the solder that connects copper pipes.

Infrastructures from the 60s, 70s and the 80s, including pipe and plumbing system components, are the main contributors of trace amounts of lead in the water supply today.

Most homes built prior to the 1980 still have lead solder connecting copper pipes. Unless they have upgraded the home piping to a lead free infrastructure, there is a good chance that the fixtures and pipes contain trace amounts of lead. Read more

Water Heater Trouble? Signs it’s Time to Replace

Water Heater Trouble? Signs it’s Time to Replace

When you think of your plumbing system and water supply, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Many would say the hot water heater. This residential plumbing powerhouse is the 2nd highest energy consuming appliance in the home, and accounts for nearly 25% of your energy bill, per the DOE.

Age is one of the most important factors in determining the efficiency and performance capabilities of your water heater. In addition, the design and location of the unit plays a big part.

Conventional water heaters are estimated to last roughly 12 years. For hybrid and tank-less models, you can expect up to 20 years of performance, maybe even more.

From laundry to bathing, washing dishes and cleaning, hot water is a staple in your daily life, and it’s often taken for granted—until something goes wrong. Any disruption in hot water delivery hits hard.

What you don’t know is that issues in your water heater develop over time, starting in the form of normal sediment and building up, but eventually resulting in tank corrosion and damage. This can have a serious impact on the quality and volume of water available to your home.

So, what should you look out for to know if your water heater is nearing the end? Here are some telltale signs of water heater failure… Read more

Heating Rebates from Mass Save

Heating Rebates from Mass Save

Early Heating Rebates from Mass Save are back!

Rebates are available for replacing inefficient heating  equipment. Replacing a natural gas boiler that is over 30 years old could generate a rebate up to $3,500.00. Replacing an oil boiler that is over 30 years old generates rebates up to $1,900.00.

Of course, Mass Save has some eligibility requirements to receive heating rebates: fuel switching/conversion (ie oil to gas) is NOT eligible for this offer, customer must complete a Mass Save home energy assessment or site visit prior to replacing the heating equipment, and the rebate form must be completed and submitted by the deadline. For a full list of Mass Save heating rebates eligibility requirements, click here. Read more

Is your water bill too high? - Plumbing Services in Boston, MA

Is your water bill too high?

We always get these calls: My water bill is too high, is something wrong with my water meter? Is it defective? It is usually a problem originates from leaky plumbing fixtures . Across the country people are spending more money on their water bill because they are not even aware they are wasting water each day. While water conservation has brought awareness to being wasteful, there are still conditions in your home where water is being wasted unnecessarily. Let us help with our plumbing services.Is your water bill too high? - Plumbing Services in Boston, MA

If you feel your water bill has been climbing while your conservation efforts have been rising, consider a few of these things before leaving it unchecked. Read more