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

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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Top Three Benefits of Maintenance

Monday, January 1st, 2024

Maintenance has so many benefits that you can take advantage of, but it’s hard to make a convincing argument out of that. What good is a thousand small advantages compared to one huge advantage that’s undeniable?

Well, good thing we’ve got you covered. This blog post is going to go into detail about heating maintenance in Southborough, MA and the top three reasons to get started with it.

When we say the “top three reasons,” we’re talking about things that are amazing advantages that are almost impossible to ignore. When you evaluate those advantages over skipping maintenance for a few saved bucks, it becomes clear that investing in heating maintenance is your best choice by far.

Let’s get started!

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Which Heater Is Going to Be Your Next One?

Monday, November 6th, 2023

So you’ve finally come to terms with the fact that your old heater is on its way out. This is never a fun thing to find out, and we apologize if it’s been a long and arduous road to get here. But we’d like to start this blog by telling you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With a new heating system, your home will become more efficient and comfortable–and we’re not just saying that!

Heating systems have come a long way in the past 10-20 years. These units can run via natural gas or electricity and depending on what your personal preferences are, your home could be more comfortable than ever.

Today, we’re going to spotlight three unique heating systems and how they’re different from one another. Each heating installation in Southborough, MA represents a different way of approaching the heat in your home, and we’re confident that at least one of these will be the right fit for you.

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Don’t Overthink Your Plumbing System

Monday, July 10th, 2023

Technology, especially the newest and most advanced tech, always sounds like a good idea. You can probably remember how your mind was blown when you were first introduced to smartphones almost twenty years ago. Sometimes, it just feels great to be ahead of the curve.

However, some parts of a home can’t really be innovated. The more you try to upgrade and change things, the more failure points you’re adding to an already pretty simple and revolutionized system. Plumbing can be one of those areas where overengineering can be the cause of serious issues.

For instance, you might be bored or unimpressed at the piping materials you see at a hardware store, or offered by our plumbing services in Southborough, MA. But before you try to innovate a new solution, remember that there are hundreds upon thousands of years of knowledge and engineering behind just a simple piece of copper or PVC.

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A Heat Pump Is an Excellent Choice in Massachusetts

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Massachusetts is a diverse place. From the eastern side of the state with Middlesex County and Boston, to the western side with Springfield, or the central area in Amherst, there are a lot of different people who live in different ways. We can’t simply tell you which heating or cooling system is going to be best for everyone in Massachusetts, because everyone here is different!

But, what we can tell you, is that the climate is pretty similar all throughout the state. We’re not like Florida where one part of the panhandle might be a good 20 degrees colder than the tip of Miami. With consistent temperatures, we have better ideas of what to expect throughout our seasons.

With this in mind, we’d recommend a heat pump system for nearly anyone who is looking for this kind of air conditioning and heating unit. For heating installations in Southborough, MA and beyond, this blog post will hopefully explain this additional alternative heating system.

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The Dangers of a Neglected Furnace

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Gas furnaces can scare some homeowners. It’s not really their fault, people get a scary image in their heads sometimes when they find out that a combustion system is burning gas in the basement or crawlspace of their home. What if something were to go wrong? What if the system accidentally started a fire in your house?

We want to start off by saying that everything is going to be fine. We don’t want any of our customers to panic, and we’re confident in almost all of the gas furnace technology in our industry. These systems are designed to run safely and effectively for a decade or more. However, a furnace can run into some problems that can make it unsafe if it doesn’t get the heating repair in Southborough that it so desperately needs.

Let’s discuss together some of the safety features of a gas furnace, and what can potentially go wrong if they’re left neglected.

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3 Vital Components of a Furnace

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Every single gas furnace requires the support of these three components. Without these components, a furnace could run into major problems or even start operating unsafely. With a gas furnace, there are a lot of things to consider in terms of safety and efficiency.

For starters, the system itself is burning gas in a chamber to heat your home’s air. That’s combustion, and as everyone is aware of, combustion can quickly become dangerous if there aren’t certain safety measures in place to monitor and contain it. Also, the gas that’s burning can release carbon monoxide which must be safely ventilated from your home.

All of this being said, your furnace isn’t designed to be unsafe. It’s only after neglect or emerging problems that your furnace can become unsafe. When this happens, call our team for heating repair in Southborough.

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How Much Is Too Much For An AC Repair?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

There are times when you’re out buying supplies or gifts and you discover a price tag that you know is too high to justify. This can be easy to figure out when getting groceries, clothes, and household items. But it can be harder to figure out if the price of some other things is too high.

Determining if an AC repair in Southborough is too expensive is an important distinction to make. That’s because that price can tell you whether you need a new system or not. The price of your AC repair can be a warning that you need a system replacement instead. Here’s how to tell how much is too much for a system repair.

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