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Hire a Plumber for New Home Construction – Boston, Worcester

25 Sep 2013

In this housing market, many people are building new homes rather than buying. In most cases, they rather build the home they want and need rather than inherit old problems. Breaking ground on a new home can be an exciting time. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to use your contractor’s plumber? You can hire a plumber for new construction on your own when you are building a home.  In fact, hiring a plumber on your own may save you money and time.  By hiring your own plumber you can ensure that you have a reputable, reliable licensed and insured plumber who is interested in your needs and requirements.
 
Initially, you will meet with your plumber with your home plans to determine the layout of your home and where you want everything to go. The plumber will layout the plumbing pipes, the fixtures, which rooms will have water and why, and they will be sure that all the plumbing will be coded for those rooms. Having a great plumber is very important because all plumbing will have to pass inspection before you can move in.

You need a plumber to handle the water supply lines that go into your new home. Sewer and water ‘tie-ins’ are taken care of during the site work. After the foundation is built, the water and sewage and gas lines are brought into your home from the street.

The plumber will also help you with specifications for which plumbing materials are needed for new construction and they will help guide you in the most efficient and longest lasting appliances.  Of course, once the home is built, toilets, sinks, water heaters and gas lines also need to be placed and tied into the sewer and water lines. Having a plumber you can trust ensures that your new home does not encounter plumbing problems after you move in.

If you are building a new home, and you would like to hire your own plumber, contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.

Lower Your Water Bill with Better Plumbing – Boston

02 May 2013

Water conservation has become essential as we see watering bans pop up each year. Even in areas where there seem to be no water issues, we see water bills rise higher and higher. But saving water not only saves money on your utility bill, it also helps prevent water pollution in area beaches, lakes and rivers.

Many homes in towns around Boston and Worcester have private septic. Conserving water can help your septic system last longer by reducing soil saturation. For homes on city sewer, overloading city sewer systems allows untreated sewage to flow into lakes and rivers. How many times around Boston have you looked for the blue or red beach flag in the summer? The less water flowing through these city systems, the lower the likelihood of water pollution.

Homeowners can conserve water and lower their water bills merely by calling the plumber.

Fixing a leaking faucet or drain can lower your water bill. A small drip from a leaking faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day and larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Hiring a plumber for a typical repair can cost more than four times what it would cost to do it on your own. Even if you are handy around the house, consider hiring a professional plumber if you’re unsure because damaging your pipes can do even more damage to your finances than a leaking faucet. Homeowners should call a plumber if there are leaky faucets or drains in their home.

Leaking toilets can cost you even more money, in fact, a leaky toilet can waste up to 52,800 gallons a year. But, you can check your toilet for leaks too.  Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, without flushing, within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.

Another way to check for water leaks in your home is to read your water meter. Read the meter, wait a couple hours without using any water. If the meter isn’t exactly the same, there is a water leak, call the plumber.

If you want your leaking faucets and toilets fixed, contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.



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