Category Archives: Pipes and Sewers

How Homeowners Can Reduce the Risk of Drain and Sewer Clogs

Flushing the toilet seems so mundane until the waste water backs up and starts spilling over the rim. Drain and sewer clogs can cause inconvenience, a smelly house, and even a noxious mess. Reducing or eliminating the risk of these clogs is the best way to keep them from happening.

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Tips to Protect Your Massachusetts Home This Winter

If the dropping temperatures are any indication, your Massachusetts home is probably beginning to get cold right about now. If you want to stay safe, save money and prevent problems, you suggest that you follow some of our favorite winter home protection tips:

Add Weatherstripping Around Doors and Windows

programmable thermostatYour goal should be to keep the cold air out while the warm air stays inside. Weatherstripping can be indispensable in making sure this happens.

Replace the Air Filter

When the furnace’s air filter is clogged up, the system won’t work as efficiently and you’ll waste energy. Replacement of the filter will keep the air flowing, and should be done every one to three months, as needed.

Wrap Exposed Pipes

Exposed pipes are susceptible to bursting due to their lack of protection from the air. Protect these pipes by sliding inexpensive insulation sleeves over them.

Schedule a Service Call

The furnace or other heating equipment should be serviced by a professional HVAC technician once a year. This will help maintain its efficiency and catch any potential problems with the system.

Check the Roof

A heavy snowfall can damage your home’s roof, costing you a pretty penny in some cases. Prevent this by calling a contractor to check the roof’s resilience.

Open Cabinets

When it gets especially cold outside, open up cabinet doors where pipes are located and leave them open. This will allow heat to get close to the pipes and help keep them from freezing.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Switching to a programmable thermostat will help you wrestle control over heating costs by giving you a way to set the days and times during which the heating equipment is in operation.

Turn On Faucets

Although wasting water is never the best strategy, keeping a trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to unprotected pipes will prevent freezing when you’re unprepared for a snap of cold weather.

For more expert winter home protection tips, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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Frozen Pipes? Here’s How To Thaw Out

frozen pipes, Boston, MassachusettsWith cooler weather on the horizon, homeowners in Massachusetts generally start winterizing their home by sealing air leaks and upgrading insulation. Because frozen pipes aren’t uncommon in our region, homeowners should also take the time to protect their plumbing systems.  Read More Frozen Pipes? Here’s How To Thaw Out >>

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Burst Pipes Are A Headache You Want To Avoid — Take Steps To Minimize Your Risk

insulate pipes, Boston, MassachusettsIf this catastrophe hasn’t happened to you, then take it on faith: Walking into your home and hearing the sound of gushing water from burst pipes is one of the worst household maladies you can ever face.  Read More Burst Pipes Are A Headache You Want To Avoid — Take Steps To Minimize Your Risk >>

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Keeping Tree Roots Out Of Your Sewer Lines

sewer pipes clear, MassachusettsIn the beginning, it’s just an occasional clogged drain. From time to time, you hear a gurgling noise in the toilet. After a while, drains clog more frequently. Read More Keeping Tree Roots Out Of Your Sewer Lines >>

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Replacing Your Galvanized Pipe With Copper Tubing

replacing pipes with copper tubing Boston, MA areaMany homes in Massachusetts were constructed with galvanized piping in the plumbing system. This means that the metal pipes (usually iron or steel) have been treated with zinc to reduce the risk of corrosion. While galvanized pipes have benefits, they also have disadvantages, and, as a result, more homeowners are turning to copper tubing. Read More Replacing Your Galvanized Pipe With Copper Tubing >>

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Keeping Sewer Roots Out Of Your Sewer Line

sewer line troubleshooting Boston, MA areaTrees lend beauty to a lawn. They can provide a shading that enhances your cooling in the summer and absorbs heat from the sun. Tree roots, on the other hand, can cause problems. One major problem happens when they grow into sewer lines and clog them.  Read More Keeping Sewer Roots Out Of Your Sewer Line >>

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Pipe Problems? Rodenhiser’s Piping Experts Can Help

pipe problems fixed Boston, MA areaBrown or foul-tasting water, leaky or noisy pipes, and water pressure problems are just a few of the piping issues you may experience in your home. These problems can be both hazardous to your family’s health and potentially damaging to your home. Because there can be major consequences that arise due to plumbing mistakes, it’s best to call a professional if you are experiencing any problems with your piping. Read More Pipe Problems? Rodenhiser’s Piping Experts Can Help >>

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Repiping Reconsidered

Like all household appliances and fixtures, water pipes don’t last forever. There will be times when you need plumbing maintenance or repair, which may include replacing the existing pipe with a more durable material. Older, corroded water pipes can cause undesirable effects that you don’t need to live with.

How do you know when to consider repiping in your home? If you are experiencing any of the following situations, pipe replacement may solve the problem: Read More Repiping Reconsidered >>

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Copper Still a Good Choice in Water Pipe Replacement

If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project that involves water piping changes or you’ve got corroded water pipes anywhere in your home, figuring out which piping material is best for your needs is one of the key questions you’ll have to consider. Local codes may regulate your piping selection and a professional licensed plumbing contractor should be consulted. Read More Copper Still a Good Choice in Water Pipe Replacement >>

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