Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

How to Prepare Plumbing For Summer Time

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024
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Summer is a season of warm weather, family barbecues, and time spent in the outdoors. The kids are off from school, and that means more stress on your plumbing system.

With all the summer fun, it’s easy to forget about the importance of seasonal pipe inspection and preparation.

However, Pipe problems often arrive when you least expect them.

Here are just a few of the common problems we see in homes:

-Low Water Pressure

-Pipe Burst or Crack

-Running Toilet

-Clogged Toilet, Garbage Disposal, or Drain

-Leaky Faucets or Spigots

With our tips you can save money by preparing your plumbing system for Summer time

Prepare your Plumbing for Summer Time

Moldy, Wet Basement with Water Damage
Got Water In Your Basement? Better Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works Properly!

Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works Properly

Power up your sump pump and make sure it turns on. Then pour a bucket of water into it. If the pump is working it will process the water. This is important because of summer thunderstorms and flooding.

Sump Pump Pumping Basement Water
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If you don’t have a sump pump you should consider having us install one. If any part of your home is below ground level you will need one.

Thankfully, Landry Mechanical specializes in sump pump installation, repair, and replacement.

Inspect For Leaks

Long, harsh New England Winters can create massive plumbing problems you may not notice. Checking for leaks before or during Summer can give you the chance to fix problems before Winter returns.

Therefore, you should inspect all appliances and equipment that use water inside or outside your home. 

Here are some common areas/equipment you should check for leaks:

-Toilet

-Bathroom & Kitchen Faucets

-Bathtub or Shower

-Water Heater

Outside or Underground Water Pipes

…In The Bathroom

For the toilet, put food coloring into the tank, Then, see if the coloring leaks into the bowl without flushing. If coloring leaks into the toilet bowl it may be a sign of worn down hardware that needs replacement.

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Next, try wiggling the toilet back and forth. If the floor feels soft it may indicate a leak between the wax seal and the toilet.

Finally, for the bathtub or shower, inspect the grout around the edge and make sure its secured tightly to the tile wall. Missing grout causes water to leak under the tub or other areas it shouldn’t.

…From the Water Heater

First, check water heaters for signs of rust, leakage, or external damage.

Then, look at the water heater and inspect the unit for corrosion, a flashlight will help you.

Lastly, run your hand along the base of the unit to see if you feel leaking water.

Rusty, Leaking Water Heater
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Water heaters often contain mineral deposits from hard water and will need occasional flushing.  Releasing a few gallons of water from the bottom of the tank can remove deposits from your system.

For other parts of the plumbing system, you can check the water meter to find unseen leaks.

Make sure nothing in your home is using water then jot down the numbers on your water meter.

Then, check the meter again in 15 minutes. If the numbers have changed there may be unseen leaks in your system.

If you notice that one of your lawn areas has become particularly saturated buried water pipes are to blame.

Luckily, Landry Mechanical has plumbing experts that are able to solve these plumbing problems.

They also offer fast video inspections to check pipes to diagnose issues unseen with the naked eye.

…and Don’t Forget the Sprinkler System!

Summer is a great season for checking your sprinkler system. Inspect and clean your sprinkler heads early in the season. If you see any damaged or rusted heads you should remove and replace them.

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Run each sprinkler zone and observe where it releases water. The sprinklers shouldn’t hit your foundation or any part of the house.

Under Pressure?

Good water pressure is necessary for a healthy plumbing system.

You can check your household water pressure using a simple gauge.

The household standard is 40-45 pounds per square inch (psi) and shouldn’t be higher than 60psi.

Water Pressure Gauge for checking plumbing system pressure
Water Pressure Gauges are used to Check Plumbing System Water Pressure

Stop The Clogs!

Do you have a slow drain or weak toilet flush?

People commonly encounter routine clogs, and they can typically resolve them with a plunger or auger.

If you see a weak flush or grey water in your tub after a rain storm it’s time for a professional plumbing inspection.

Food or grease buildup can cause clogging in kitchen sinks.

You can try flushing it with hot water or with clog-clearing chemicals.

Plumbing Auger for Un-Clogging Toilets and Drains
Augers Like This One Are Helpful for Resolving Routine Clogs in Bathrooms

For bathroom sinks, hair may be the cause of clogs. Using hot water or chemicals can release the clogs.

Thankfully, If these methods fail, Landry Mechanical can help.

Here at Landry Mechanical, we want you to enjoy summer to its fullest. You can prevent plumbing problems in your home. 

If all else fails, contact us today! “We take comfort in YOUR comfort”

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Does Your Water Heater Need to Be Flushed?

Monday, February 5th, 2024

You’ve probably seen videos and online tutorials telling you to flush your water heater. They might be titled “Learn how to flush your water heater right now,” or “This is so easy, you can just do it yourself.” While we’re big proponents of DIY services, this might not be responsible advice that customers should follow blindly.

Water heaters are complex systems. They require maintenance on a regular basis. If they’re not maintained, then they could run into many different kinds of issues and lose efficiency over time.

This blog post is going to be a deep dive on flushing your water heater and the comparisons to investing in water heater maintenance in Worcester County. If you’re concerned about the condition of your water heating system, you might get a lot more out of scheduling a maintenance appointment than you would following an online tutorial about flushing your water heating system.

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A Water Heater Repair or an Upgrade: Which to Choose?

Monday, December 18th, 2023

Water heaters are complicated. If homeowners have learned anything over the last few years about major technological advancements and innovative home comfort strategies, it’s that this stuff can be complex and hard to follow.

All you know is that your water heater is leaking or running into problems, and you’d like that problem to be alleviated. How could you possibly know if a repair or replacement is better?

Well, our team likes helping our customer base learn about their water heaters so they can make more informed decisions that lead to better outcomes and long-term results. This blog post is going to serve as your main tool to get the most out of your water heater purchase. So, whether you just need water heater repair in Shrewsbury, MA or you’re starting to think about replacement, you’ve come to the right place.

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3 Water Heater Tips for the Holidays

Monday, December 4th, 2023

The holidays are just around the corner, which means folks are analyzing their budgets, fixing and cleaning things around the house, and generally preparing for the winter season. We hope that you’ve got some fun plans on the horizon to really make this year’s holiday season a special one.

However, one unsung hero that doesn’t get much attention during this season is the water heater. Water heaters in Worcester County are required for modern living, whether it’s showering, dishwashing, or even doing laundry. And if you’ve got family or friends staying over for the season who have traveled a lot, it might be getting an extra workout.

We’d like our customers to be prepared for this extra heavy lifting, so we’ve designed a few tips that should help ease that burden and keep it working for the rest of the season without any hiccups. And if you encounter any problems, you can always call our team!

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Why Your Water Heater Is Struggling

Monday, September 25th, 2023

Water heaters can run into problems–it’s okay! A worn-down water heater is not a reflection on your or your lifestyle, it’s just something that happens to these systems after years of dutifully providing us with hot water. But if your water heater is newer than 8-12 years old, then it might be a serious problem that’s worth addressing professionally.

In the spirit of helping our customers, we’d like to do a breakdown on water heater service in Shrewsbury, MA. We’ll talk about why it’s such a valuable service when you start encountering the following problems. Remember, only a licensed professional should be repairing or maintaining your water heater. Otherwise, you’re in for some nasty surprises.

So, let’s get right to work on finding out why your water heater is struggling.

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Our Seasonal Water Heater Check-Up

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Water heaters get used regularly, pretty much throughout the year. Hot water is a little more necessary during the wintertime, but we still have plenty of customers who take hot showers and run their dishwashers even during the summer. If that’s your preference, then more power to you!

However, just because you might use a water heater in Milford less often during the summer than you would in the winter, doesn’t mean you can forget about it. This is the same system that you’ll depend on in the coming months when temperatures begin to drop, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.

Right now is the perfect time to invest in water heater maintenance, since it’s not on most people’s minds and our schedules are open for it. Then, when your water heater is adjusted, maintained, and inspected by a professional, it will be in perfect shape for the future.

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Strange Water Heater Noises: What They Mean

Monday, June 26th, 2023

Water heaters are essential for our day-to-day lives. Whenever we take a warm shower or a hot bath, whenever we clean our clothes, and whenever we wash our dishes to keep our kitchens sanitary, it’s all thanks to having continuous hot water from our water heaters.

However, water heaters are rarely perfect, especially after years of dutiful service to your home. They can run into some peculiar problems, many of which involve strange or uncomfortable noises. From banging sounds to hissing or dripping sounds, if you’re detecting these kinds of noises, then you’ve likely got a serious issue with your water heater that needs to be repaired.

We’ll go over what these noises mean and why they’re so serious. But it’s up to you to consult with a professional for water heater repair in Marlborough, MA. Our team can get your system fixed and running smoothly in no time.

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Should You Choose a Tank Or Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Most residents in our area would agree that being without access to a supply of warm water is a less-than-ideal situation. In fact, we’d venture to say that pretty much no one wants to face that kind of situation. If you don’t have a good water heater for your home though, you may find yourself facing this issue. We want to help you avoid the chill.

If you need a water heater installed in your new home or you need to replace an outdated unit, you’ll want to make sure that you choose a water heater that suits your needs best. Here are the two main water heater types that you’ll be choosing from and details on their pros and cons. With this information, you can work with your technician to make a truly informed decision.

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