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

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Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Spot and resolve small plumbing problems before they become major issues at home.

Plumbing. It’s been with us since Roman times, but today’s homes have a lavish supply of hot and cold water on demand, thanks to modern plumbing systems. The principles are simple — pressure and valves — but if they fail, the household may be faced with a soggy mess. When this happens, act quickly to avert major problems.
Smart homeowners know how to spot and resolve small plumbing problems before they become major issues. Help your plumbing stay dry and happy with these tips:
Keep an eye out for trouble. When it comes to plumbing, little leaks can lead to big problems. Be alert to signs of impending plumbing failures: Leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets or dripping refrigerators all signal problems that need prompt attention.

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Water Heater Repair

Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement

Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement

Your water heater is an important part of your home. After all, it’s the only reason you are able to take nice warm showers every day and have plenty of warm water for doing dishes and laundry. Like any other appliance in your home, the water heater is almost certainly going to break down now and again.

When this does happen, you have an important decision to make: do you fix the water heater, or replace it altogether.

If the unit is more than eight years old, having it replaced is probably the safest way to go. Once they start getting up there in years, one problem tends to lead to another. By the time you’ve made all the necessary repairs, it might just cost you as much as buying a new heater altogether.

However, if the heater is still relatively new or still has some time left on the warranty, water heater repair is probably a good way to go. The replacement parts used in the repair may still be under warranty, which means you’ll only have to pay the labor costs. Read more

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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes Tips

Freezing temperatures are here. This may have you thinking about your furnace, but you should also be mindful of your household plumbing, frozen pipes risk.

When the temperature drops below freezing, there’s always the potential that the water in some pipes may freeze. In the best-case scenario, the ice temporarily stops the flow of water before thawing when temperatures rise. But it doesn’t take extreme temperatures for expanding ice to actually break a vulnerable pipe, putting your home at risk for leaks or even significant flooding.

During winter, keep these tips in mind to avoid this messy and costly problem.

Knowing is Half the Battle

Most homeowners don’t know the locations of every foot of pipe in their homes. A pipe that is heated or well insulated in some areas may be fully exposed to the elements somewhere else down the line. All it takes is a small frozen section to result in a major break. So to know where you might be at risk, ask your local plumber to conduct a thorough audit of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Read more

Plumbing, Heating and Gas Piping Services in Boston Metro Area

DIY Plumbing Gone Wrong

Homeowners are often tempted to fix minor plumbing problems to save money. It’s unfortunate that sometimes it’s not worth the trouble. Without the guidance of a professional plumber, a lot can go wrong. Many homeowners have encountered difficulties in their DIY plumbing endeavors. It’s of utmost importance that everyone learns from these mistakes to address common plumbing emergencies more effectively. Read more

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters - Boston, MA

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tank vs.Tank-less Water Heaters: What’s the Best Choice for Boston Homes?

You’re replacing your water heater and you want to know which is better: tank or tankless water heaters.

Well, it depends on many different factors (which we’ll go into more detail below).

But, in general, here are our recommendations: Read more