Check Your Outdoor Hose Bibb For Leaks

Check Your Outdoor Hose Bibb For Leaks

Check your hoses! Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to spend more time outdoors. You know what that means: plenty of yard work. Your lawn, landscape, and vegetable garden all depend on getting enough water. This process gets much easier when you have an ordinary garden hose. That way, you won’t have to lug heavy buckets of water back and forth. But what if there are leaks? It’s time to do something about them. Read more

How Winter Creates Plumbing Problems

How Winter Creates Plumbing Problems

Did you know that your home’s water line can leak or break due to frozen water? Below-freezing temperatures cause water to freeze mid-flow through your home’s pipes. This can lead to a burst pipe or leaking water line. Also, septic tanks are more likely to burst when the dirt is frozenand snow is on the ground.
If you live in a location with hard water, sediment buildup in the water heater tank causes rust to develop. This rust is harder to get rid of during the winter.
Because of this, your family deals with contaminated drinking, bathing, and cooking water for months. These plumbing problems are a direct cause of winter’s harsh conditions. Sudden temperature drops, snowfall, hail, and other weather-related problems leave your home’s plumbing in a tough position.
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What To Do About Frozen Pipes

What To Do About Frozen Pipes

Frozen water pipes can wreak havoc on your home. One burst pipe can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage in a matter of minutes. That is not even mentioning the possibility of mold mitigation that may follow a burst pipe. For a burst pipe to happen, the water must first freeze and then expand, putting tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it. Pipes that freeze the most often are usually ones that are exposed frequently to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Here are some ways to prevent your pipes from freezing:

Prevention

The first action you should take in frozen pipes prevention is to locate and identify all valves in your home and to make sure they work correctly. Next, you should identify any potential problem areas, such as any place where your pipes might be vulnerable to the cold. Seal any gaps around your house where freezing air may find its way in and come into contact with your pipes. In severe cold, even the tiniest opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze. You should also make sure to turn off and drain any outside hose bibs.

Be Aware When The Temperature Drops

Make sure you keep watch over those problem areas! Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Whenever the temperature outside dips dangerously below freezing, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through pipes, even at the smallest amount, helps prevent pipes from freezing. You should also keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. If you are going away during colder weather, leave the heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do If You Have a Frozen Pipe

If you’re experiencing a ‘no flow’ situation, immediately turn off the main water valve to your home and leave the faucets open. Never use any type of flame to try and thaw the pipe. Apply heat in the form of an electric heating pad or towels soaked in hot water until water pressure is restored.

If you cannot thaw the frozen pipe, call a licensed plumber immediately.

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Seasonal Plumbing Tips for Fall

Seasonal Plumbing Tips for Fall

Chilly fall temperatures serve as a polite reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the troubles associated with extreme cold. A few simple plumbing preparations now will help prevent headaches and costly repairs throughout the winter months. Read more

Signs That You Need Sewer Line Repair

Signs That You Need Sewer Line Repair

The average person pays between $500 and $1000 per year on their home insurance policy. But there’s one major problem that your standard policy just won’t cover: sewage backups.

The main cause of sewage backups is due to a damaged sewer line. While it’s preventable, you may not always know you have a problem on your hands.

Here are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to schedule a sewer line repair appointment to keep your home safe from damage. Read more

Professional Plumber for Your Bathroom Remodel

Professional Plumber for Your Bathroom Remodel

Doing a bathroom remodel is no easy task. It involves plumbing, electrical, and ventilation work. You have to make a lot of big choices, work hard, and spend a lot of time on your new bathroom. You have to choose tile, fixtures, paint, toilet, and more. Before you know it, what you thought would be a simple project starts to feel overwhelming. Read more

The Benefits Of An Under Sink Water Filter

The Benefits Of An Under Sink Water Filter

Buying a water filter for your home is usually a great decision, regardless of where you live and what the tap water conditions in your city or state are. Even in places where tap water is well cleaned and filtered by the municipality, there are still a ton of benefits that you can reap from purchasing a nice water filtration system for your home.

The bottled water industry has been capitalizing on people’s fears about tap water for decades, and while these fears are mostly unjustified and tap water is generally a much better alternative to bottled water, it is true that a home water filtration system can further improve the quality of tap water and thus – the quality of your life. Read more

Bathtub Shower Installation and Repair - I&C Mechanical

Bathtub & Shower Installation and Repair

If you are thinking about replacing your bathtub or shower faucets in Greater Boston, look no further than I&C Mechanical – Plumbing & Heating. Transform your bathtub or shower into a spa to relax at the end of a long day with new fixtures. We offer complete bathtub and showering installation, replacement, and repair plumbing services in Greater Boston MA area. Read more

Spring Plumbing Problems - Boston MA

Spring Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems can be a scourge year round, but they often seem to rear their sludgy heads in the Spring time. Warmer weather brings thaws, and many of the plumbing issues that went unnoticed in the winter can suddenly become very noticeable. Luckily, many Spring plumbing issues have simple fixes. Check out below to find out fixes for common plumbing issues that often show up in the Spring. Read more