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Low-Flow Toilets May Not Work in Your Home – Boston, Worcester

15 Jan 2014

Many homes around Boston and Worcester are older homes. Today, more and more homeowners are interested in saving money and resources, which has people investigating low-flow toilets. Older homes were built assuming that toilets would use more than 3 gallons of water for flushing. Today’s low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons.

If you are considering changing to a more efficient toilet, keep in mind that there is a chance the plumbing in your older home may not be sufficient.

The pipes that take waste away from your toilet and your home need to slope between 1/8-in. and 1/4-in. per foot for the water to carry solid waste to the sewer. If the pipes are too steep or too level, the flow of water allows waste to collect in the pipe and that means you could get clogged toilets. Some old homes may even have a “negative slope” where water stands in the pipe. With a negative slope the waste is carried away only by the force of gallons of water flowing through the pipes because you have an older toilet that uses several gallons of water.

Here are a couple signs that your plumbing may not work for low-flow toilets:

  • The original toilet occasionally clogs, even when not flushing solids. This could be the toilet or a clogged waste pipe.
  • After lifting the toilet off the floor you see standing water in the waste line. That is a sign that your pipes have a negative slope.

In both scenarios a professional plumber can fix the problem. If your plumber says your plumbing may not work for a low-flow toilet, consider having a fixture with a pressure-assisted flush installed. When the toilet is flushed compressed air is released that forces the water out of the bowl and forcing it down the drain.

For  more information on if your home can handle a low flow toilet, contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.

Plumbers for Specialty Plumbing Needs – Worcester, Boston

06 Nov 2013

For a homeowners and businesses there are times when you need a professional plumber because the plumbing problem goes beyond replacing the inner workings of your toilet tanks.

Many household problems like a clogged toilet or a leaky faucet can easily be resolved by a plumber or homeowner with basic DIY skills, but some occasions require more specialized work. For example, there are plumbers who are specialized to work with natural gas lines, the installation of fire sprinkler systems, maintenance and repair of water pipes and on home remodeling projects.

A specialty plumber that installs fire sprinkler systems provides an important service in the plumbing profession. Almost all cities and towns have codes or ordinances that require commercial buildings to install and maintain fire sprinklers. They are also becoming more popular as an added safety feature in residential homes.

Make sure you hire a plumber with the proper training for any work that involves fire sprinkler systems. In most states, you can verify a plumbers’ credentials by checking with your state licensing board.

Besides making house calls and installing sprinkler systems, there are certain plumbers who actually specialize in the plumbing associated with home remodeling and new construction. When a new home is built, water pipes need to be run, and toilets, sinks and faucets need to be installed correctly and up to code. A more specialized plumber should be utilized for home remodeling work.

Plumbers for remodeling and home additions must be able to read, understand and communicate details laid out on blue prints. Also, plumbers should be able to understand the overall inner workings of the entire project and where the plumbing aspects of the project relate to the overall project as well as an in-depth understanding of city codes and ordinances regarding home construction, and the ability to work with and communicate with other contractors.

Before making a decision on which plumber to hire, check credentials and make sure your hire a plumber with the experience to complete the task at hand.

It is recommended that homeowners verify a plumber's license by checking with state licensing boards or through the secretary of state's office. For more information, 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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