Facts to Know about Your Water Boiler

Facts to Know about Your Water Boiler

Boilers provide a comforting heat that other heating systems simply cannot match. Heat radiates out into a room, rather than moving through ductwork and vents in a home, as hot water allows for easy, reliable heat transfer.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding boilers and their associated components: underfloor heating systems, radiators, and baseboard heaters. As experienced heating technicians, we hear a lot of misconceptions every day, and we feel it’s our job to clear them up. Read on to learn what we think any boiler owner should know, and call our team for boilers in Boston, MA. Read more

Drain Clogs - Boston Plumber - Plumbing Needs

How Drain Clogs Happen

How often do you think about the drain clogs in your home or business?

If you’re like many individuals, you probably don’t think about drain clogs until there are obvious signs of problems. There’s nothing wrong with that, but life can be much simpler and less messy if you pay a bit of attention ahead of issues like that. Understanding the causes of drain clogs can help you to fix the problem more easily and more quickly. It helps to understand what causes drains to clog and back up, and how to avoid it in the first place if possible. 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

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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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