Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Shrewsbury’

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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Is Your AC Summer-Ready?

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Getting your air conditioning in tip-top shape is key as the mercury climbs. Turns out, you’ve come to the right place! We’re proud to be the largest locally and family-owned home services provider around, dedicated to delivering top-notch HVAC services with a commitment to satisfaction that’s been unwavering since 2008. This summer, we are your go-to for air conditioning maintenance in Shrewsbury, MA. 

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Timelines and Tips for AC Installation

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Getting a new AC installed is a big move—it’s about ensuring your home stays comfortable and cool. There’s a lot to consider, from choosing the right unit to getting a handle on the installation timeline. We’re here to break down the essentials for you, offering guidance and tips to streamline your experience. Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric, a family-owned business since 2008, is ready to be your go-to for air conditioning installation in Shrewsbury

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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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What Can You Get Out of Maintenance?

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Money doesn’t grow on trees. In fact, if it did, you wouldn’t need a blog post like this to figure out whether maintenance was worth the cost or not. People’s budgets are tighter, and with record inflation and kids going back to school, homeowners just don’t have that much money to spend on home appliances.

What point are we trying to make? We’d like to make a case for heating maintenance in Shrewsbury, MA, even if it seems like an “additional service.” It’s not additional or optional, no matter what other people tell you, and investing in this service might save you money later.

If you’d like to learn more about why heating maintenance can save you money and improve your home’s efficiency, then keep reading. We’ll focus today on what customers can hope to get when they sign up for maintenance.

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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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The Different Plumbing Services We Can Help With

Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Plumbing can often be split into two categories–the plumbing work you can do yourself, and the plumbing work that should always be done by a professional. Plunging your sink, for instance, can usually be done by a homeowner as long as it’s done correctly. But plunging might not do enough for a clogged drain and you might require a professional plumber to step in.

Similarly, repiping is a plumbing service in Shrewsbury that can be complicated and almost always requires professional support. Trying to figure out what kind of plumbing material to install, how to install it correctly, and how to avoid disasters in the future is way too much for a homeowner to learn in such a short time. Not to mention the fact that equipment to perform this kind of work can be expensive and just downright inaccessible to regular people.

So, let’s talk about some of the best plumbing services we can help with right now. Then you can feel more comfortable deciding what plumbing work can be DIY, and what requires a pro.

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