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

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

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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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Heat Pump Technology: A Deep Dive

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Heat pumps have been around for decades now, but they’re still relatively “new” in the minds of our customers and community. Unless you decided to pursue a science degree or get into the HVAC industry yourself, it can be extremely difficult to learn exactly how these systems work and why they’re becoming so popular now.

Well, like your favorite high school science teacher, we love to spread the knowledge of how heat pumps work and help to explain their popularity. And, to top things all off, we perform heat pump installations in Worcester County for customers who are ready to have an all-electric heating and cooling solution for their home.

Don’t let the price tag or myths about these systems fool you–let’s go on a deep dive and talk about how these units work and why they’re worth the money.

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Electrical Upgrades, Insurance, and Your Lifestyle

Monday, February 19th, 2024

The world is slowly but surely electrifying. Ever since the mass production of electronic devices in the 20th century, the world has started to become more electrical, more lit up, and more accessible to people. Entire cities now light up the sky with only the energy from solar panels or hydroelectric power plants, which means we’re getting more efficient and effective at using electricity.

But what about your home? Everyone’s home was built in a different time period, and you could see old or outdated electrical components on a regular basis. Ungrounded outlets, fuse boxes, and even old knob and tube wiring could be keeping your home in the 20th century when it should be in the 21st.

Don’t worry, our team is here to help. We’re fully staffed with licensed electricians in Worcester County who can help you with your electrical upgrades. Just schedule an appointment to get started.

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The Best Plumbing Tips for Your Next Upgrade

Monday, February 12th, 2024

Your sink drain has finally called it quits and you’re thinking that it’s finally time to make an upgrade. By your best guess, your sink has to be roughly 20-25 years old at least, so it’s a miracle that those pipes lasted as long as they did. But now you’d like to make the best decision for your home’s future without breaking the bank. What do you do? Where do you start?

Congratulations! Welcome to the world of plumbing upgrades and replacements. We’re glad you’re trying to do your research before ripping anything out of the wall or unscrewing something that starts to leak. This due diligence will go a long way in making your home more comfortable and keeping your budget in a good place.

But where do you start when it comes to a plumbing replacement in Worcester County, MA? How can you know that you’re making a good decision?

Well, you can call us first and then read this blog to walk through a few important tips that could make all the difference.

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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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5 Heating Tips for a Cold Spell

Monday, January 22nd, 2024

The cold weather is here, and as you can probably tell, it’s been pretty intense. Cold weather is hitting most of the country, but up here we’re a bit more used to it. Cold spells can come and go in the winter, but intense ones can be hard to shake off. As long as you’ve got a powerful heating system to keep your home warm and comfortable, you should be fine.

Whether you’ve got an energy-efficient heat pump or a gas furnace, efficiency and comfort should be the top priorities on your mind. These are going to be necessary to make it through the next dip in temperatures, and we’ve got a few tips that can help.

But remember–none of these tips can replace professional heating repairs in Worcester County, MA. Your heating system is the star quarterback of the team, and it requires its own professional attention by an HVAC technician. So, unless you know for a fact that your heating system is in good shape, call our team for support. Otherwise, keep reading for some tips.

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Three Noises from a Malfunctioning Furnace

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Heating systems all over the country are on full blast right now as we face the brunt of some serious winter storms. That’s not changing for our neck of the woods, which is why your furnace needs all the help it can get.

If your furnace is in good shape and working perfectly, then congratulations! We’d like to take this moment to say that you’ve been an excellent furnace owner and you’ll be enjoying those rewards for the foreseeable future. But if your furnace is barely hanging on and making some pretty strange noises, then we’re here for you.

There are many different noises that signal furnace repair in Worcester County, MA but it would require multiple blog posts to go into each of them in detail. So we’re going to start with three of the most common noises that a malfunctioning furnace might make–and what they mean for you.

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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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Our Holiday Plumbing Guide

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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The holidays are upon us! We hope that this brings a smile to many of our customers’ faces as they reminisce on the beautiful traditions, snow, and activities that come with this time of year.

You’re probably excited about cooking some wonderful meals over the next few weeks, but in order to do this properly you’re going to need a functioning plumbing system.

Plumbing pipes are complicated. They can seem perfectly fine from the outside but inside they could be gurgling, clogging up, and eventually ruining your day. Nothing can make an otherwise fun holiday into a stressful event like a drain clog, which is why we’d like to propose this nifty holiday plumbing guide.

Many of these tips are absolutely free and can be done by homeowners to help keep things running smoothly. But if DIY tips and tools don’t work, you can always count on us for drain cleaning services in Worcester County, MA.

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EV Charger Installation: Where to Start?

Monday, November 13th, 2023
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Electric vehicles are becoming more available and affordable after each and every year. We’re sure that many of our returning customers who are reading this blog post right now are driving them. But the truth is that charging stations just aren’t as widely available as gas stations at this point.

EV charging stations are being set up, both privately and publically, throughout the country at a record rate. This includes people setting up chargers in their very homes!

If you’re interested in setting up a charging port for your electric vehicle, or even for your hybrid, then we’d like to help you get started on your journey. Don’t worry, EV chargers in Worcester County, MA might seem complicated from the onset, but it’s really simple once you call our team. We’re proud to be the largest locally and family-owned home services company in the area!

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