If a pipe bursts it will spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
There are three common causes of frozen pipes:
- quick drops in temperature
- poor insulation
- thermostats set too low
You can protect your home before the frigid winter months begin. Here’s how:
- Be aware of a cold snap or deep freeze. Keep your home thermostat at a base heat setting of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Insulate all water pipes from cold moving air and keep them dry.
- Use either heater tapes wrapped around the pipes or a heated reflector lamp in a dry enclosed space.
- If electric power is unavailable or is lost, let the water run no faster than a slow constant drip; this is cheaper than repairing it. First start a slow drip on the hot side faucet, then a faster drip on the cold side faucet.
- Insulate and heat the drain lines in crawl spaces and cold basements.
- Always disconnect your water hose from your outdoor spigot in the winter, or before the temperature in your area drops below freezing. The water inside the hose can freeze, and the freezing continues back into the spigot until it reaches your pipes. If you have PVC plastic piping leading to this spigot, it will burst.
- During frigid temperatures keep any exposed pipes or plumbing fixtures warm with heat lamps or a space heater, while making sure these heat sources are kept at a safe distance from flammable objects.
- Use a RedyTemp, a device which utilizes an internal water contacting temperature probe to monitor the temperature of the water inside the pipes.
If you do experience frozen pipes, here are a few tips to help you out:
- If the frozen pipe is exposed, then you have several options available but first here are some notes to remember. When working on thawing the pipe leave the main water valve open (near your water meter) and remember to heat the pipe from the faucet toward the frozen area. This way, the water can flow out as the ice melts and the water pressure in the pipe will force the ice out once it melts sufficiently.
- One of the best and safest ways to thaw the pipe is to heat the area with a high power hair dryer. Again, make sure to open the faucet and then heat the pipe working back from the faucet toward the frozen blockage. Also, if the pipe is close to the wall, place a cookie sheet behind the pipe to help radiate heat onto the back side of the pipe.
- Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard.
If you need a water pipe repaired – Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating is available 24/7 to help you maintain and repair your heating system. Call 877-386-7454.
Turning on your heat thermostat to take the chill out of your home is always comforting; except when you don’t get any heat! There are many reasons why this can happen. One important factor is maintenance and cleaning. Just like your car or truck engine; the heating system needs cleaning and maintenance to ensure efficient and safe operation. You may want to review your owner’s manual for more information or the manufacturer’s website of your heating system. Manufacturers recommend an annual cleaning and inspection by a licensed plumbing and heating professional.
These are the most common reasons for no heat:
- Thermostat is not functioning properly
The thermostat may malfunction and the heating system is not receiving the message to generate heat. A licensed professional can determine the source of the problem by running diagnostic testing.
- Heat vent blows cold air
The hot service igniter or flame sensor may need to be cleaned or replaced.
- Gas pilot is out or the pilot won’t stay lit
Gas is dangerous, so the best practice is to contact a licensed professional. Also, replacement parts may be required; such as a thermocouple or gas valve. Refer to your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for more information.
- Gas pilot is on and no air is flowing
The fan or pump needs to be serviced or replaced.
- Loose wires and dirty filters
An electric furnace no longer performs efficiently when there are loose wires or dirty filters. Troubleshooting your electric furnace often leads to simple repairs, some of which don’t even make it necessary to turn off the filter. Refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instructions. Other problems require professional repair.
If you don’t have heat, don’t despair – Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating is available 24/7 to help you maintain and repair your heating system.
Call 877-386-7454 for more information about our Service Plans.
According to the Department of Energy, the average household spends $400-$600 a year on heating water; which is 14-18% of homeowners’ utility bills. Did you know Tankless “On Demand” Hot Water Heaters can reduce that cost?
We all like a long hot shower, run the dishwasher daily; and we may even wash our clothes in hot water. In order to meet that demand, you can compare several varieties of Hot Water Heaters on the market today on the Department of Energy’s website. If your hot water heater’s life expectancy is nearing you may want to take a look before there is a “replacement” emergency.
How a Tankless Water Heater Works
“Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. A tankless water heater’s output has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.”
Tankless or “on demand” water heaters cost more than the traditional tank water heater; however there are many benefits that offset that initial investment:
- Energy efficient – only use energy when the hot water faucet is open
- Energy source – electric, gas or oil
- Never ending supply – instant hot water all the time
- Space saving – equipment mounts on a wall
- Long lasting – average life is over 20 years (compared to 10 years of a traditional water heater)
As further incentive to be energy efficient there’s a $300 Federal tax credit available on units installed by December 31, 2013.
For more information, call 877-386-7454 today or visit Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 56 percent of a home’s energy use [source: U.S. Department of Energy.] The use of green energy is better for the environment because it helps eliminate greenhouse gasses. In addition, the efficiency of these green systems allows homeowners to save money on their energy bills, which has the potential to make a huge difference!
Many homeowners today are aware of the benefits of green energy products for their homes, such as:
- reducing pollution
- reducing energy consumption
- reducing energy costs
Green solutions for the home heating industry are Combination Boilers. They are efficient, long lasting and warrantied for 10 years. A key leader in the industry is Navien America, offering “the ultimate in energy efficiency with Hi-Tech Comfort”.
Navien Gas Combination Boilers provide these key benefits:
- Green = low NOx emissions (≤ 20 part per million)
When burning fossil fuels, nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide produce pollutants which react and result in the production of ozone and acid rain.
- Efficiency = reduced use of energy
The boiler heats water as needed, making it environmentally sound as well as cost efficient.
- Long Lasting = dual stainless heat exchangers
- Integrated primary and secondary heat exchangers prevent corrosion.
- Ensures a longer life expectancy over copper heat exchangers.
- Stainless steel components maintain consistency, even during long period of use.
There are even Credits and Rebates that you can apply to your 2013 Tax Filing!
If any of these benefits are important to you, then Dun-Right Plumbing & Heating can help! CALL 877-386-7454 today to receive a free Navien quote from Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating, a certified Navien Installer.
If you are a homeowner with an outdated bathroom, you may be considering the option of having it remodeled for the new year. Not only can a new bathroom increase your home’s resale value, but it can also improve your home life. However, with as many plumbing appliances as there are in any given bathroom, a bathroom remodeling project can be quite involved and often requires the help of an expert Boston plumber. If you’re looking for a local plumber to assist you in this renovation, don’t look any further than Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating.
At Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating, we specialize not only in installing and repairing home heating systems and furnaces, but in anything and everything related to home plumbing. We have specific experience when it comes to installing the necessary plumbing for a bathroom renovation and doing so in an affordable and quick manner.
If you need of a bathroom design planner to help you figure out what the best choices for you will be for your renovation, the good news is that we can help you with that as well. We have a dedicated team of expert plumbers and bathroom designers who will be happy to work with you so that you can end up with your dream bathroom. We can also work with whatever budget you have in mind so that you do not have to worry about spending beyond your means.
Finally, our customer service and prices simply cannot be beat. Our plumbers and designers know what it takes to ensure your satisfaction and they will go above and beyond to please you. Furthermore, we offer free, no-obligation estimates for all of our services.
If you want to remodel your bathroom and need some assistance with design and plumbing, there’s no need to look any further than Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 877-386-7454.
One of the most frustrating things that can occur in the kitchen is to turn on the garbage disposal only to find that it won’t work. Luckily, this is a problem that is often easily preventable with regular maintenance. Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating is here to provide you with garbage disposal maintenance tips that will help your disposal run better and last longer.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips
Like any appliance in your kitchen, it is likely that you want your garbage disposal to run as long as possible. Here are some maintenance tips to keep it in top shape:
- Only run cold water through your faucets when you are trying to flush the system; hot water could melt sticky, gooey items, causing the clog to worsen.
- Periodically flush baking soda and white vinegar down the disposal. This will keep odors at bay.
- Periodically put rock salt and ice cubes into the disposal and then run the motor. This will sharpen the blades.
In addition to these simple maintenance tips, it is essential that you only run the appropriate items through your garbage disposal. Avoid these common forms of kitchen waste:
- Egg shells
- Potato skins
- Animal bones
- Rice or pasta
All of these items are not easily broken down and they can quickly clog even the most powerful garbage disposals. In addition, make sure you don’t attempt to put very large items through the system because they will often clog. Small particles are far less likely to cause backup within the disposal.
If you are experiencing difficulty with your garbage disposal, don’t let it cause you frustration any longer. Contact your neighborhood Boston plumber, Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating for a garbage disposal repair that will get things back in running order in no time. Give us a call today at 877-386-7454.
The benefits of radiant heat systems can be summed up in two words: even heat. In conventional heating systems, a cold indoor temperature triggers the heater to cycle on, blowing warm air into the space until the air reaches the temperature set on the thermostat, and then cycling off again. That on-and-off operation can leave you warm and cozy one minute and shivering the next. A radiant heating system from Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating lets you prepare for winter by ensuring that your family enjoys an even blanket of heat 24 hours a day.
How Radiant Heat Systems Work
Traditional heating systems heat air and circulate that heated air around your home. Radiant systems gently heat your floor or panels installed in your walls or ceiling. The heat radiates from the surface directly into your indoor living spaces. Installed by an expert Boston plumber from Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating, the radiant heat system uses slender loops of tubing filled with hot water to generate heat. Thermal radiation emanates from the heated surface, providing even heat throughout the space.
Radiant systems installed by Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating provide the highest degree of comfort for your home. They’re highly energy efficient systems that can reduce your heating costs by as much as 30% or more. Because air is not blown into living areas through a network of air ducts, you never have to worry about your family breathing dust and allergens that can have a negative effect on your family’s health.
Radiant heating is an unobtrusive system that operates quietly, never disturbing your rest at night as conventional systems can when they cycle off and on. Except for the degree of superior comfort that a radiant heat system delivers, you would never know that the system is operating.
As a leader in home heating system installations, Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating is pleased to offer innovative home heating solutions that keep you and your family warm and cozy while saving you money on monthly fuel and energy costs. Call us today at 877-386-7454 to learn more about the benefits of affordable, effective, and eco-friendly radiant systems.
Owning a home in an area prone to flooding or the occasional sewer backup can be a source of worry for many people. As your Boston plumber, Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating offers sump pump systems that protect your home from the infiltration of flood or sewer waters. Learn more about how sump pumps keep your home dry and how you can get one of these devices installed in your basement and prevent costly damage to your home and possessions.
How Sump Pumps Work
A sump pump uses electricity, gas, or a battery to move water from one location to another. In a home, the sump pump is usually situated in the basement where water is most likely to come inside. Most pumps are submersible and permanent, although there are portable pumps as well. The pump moves water from the basement through the waste water system to get rid of the water.
Benefits of Sump Pump Installation
Any basement can benefit from the installation of a sump pump. Whether a home is older a new construction, or situated near a flood plain or not, any house can experience a flood or sewer line backup. Installing a sump pump can prevent costly damage to items stored in the basement and mechanical systems such as the furnace and hot water tank. Flood prevention is also important for your family’s health, as flood and sewer waters can contain harmful parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Flood waters also bring with them mold growth, which has many adverse health effects. Installing a sump pump could even lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
At Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating, we keep your basement and the rest of your home dry and free of damage and odors. Our plumbing professionals install and repair all types of sump pumps so that you can rest assured knowing that your home is protected from the worst of what nature has to offer. When you need a sump pump system to prevent flooding and backup, we are here for you. Call us today at 877-386-7454 to schedule your sump pump service.
A problem with your toilet, sink, shower, bathtub, or water heater can leave your family in a bind. A plumbing problem could cause you to go days without taking a shower, have dirty dishes piled up in your kitchen, or leave you without a working toilet. If you don’t want to take a cold shower, be unable to wash your hands, or have water leak issues for days or weeks, you need to call a plumbing company that can help you deal with your problem quickly. Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating, a Boston plumber, provides a range of plumbing services to people in cities surrounding Boston. If you need a plumbing, heating, bathroom remodeling, or related service, we will assist you in getting the repair, inspection, maintenance service, or remodel that you need to make your home more comfortable or livable.
Our team of licensed technicians is knowledgeable on any plumbing issue. All of our staff undergoes background checks, so you can feel secure when they come into your home to do a repair. If you need a repair or replacement to your garbage disposal, sink, water heater, toilet, faucet, water booster pump, or other fixture, they can do it. Our experts can also perform upgrades or full remodels on your bathroom. If you need a new cabinet, lighting fixtures, toilet, shower head, whirlpool tub, stand-alone shower, or anything else installed or replaced in your bathroom, we will be there to help you every step of the way. Our technicians are also skilled in repairing or replacing heating or boiler systems. You can count on Dun-RIGHT Plumbing & Heating for all of your plumbing, heating, and remodeling jobs, no matter how big or small they are.
Dun-Right Plumbing & Heating works hard to make getting maintenance, repair, or replacement work to your plumbing or heating systems affordable for you. When you purchase our service plan, you become a priority customer. The service plan includes discounted rates, timely services at any hour of the day, and an annual inspection and routine maintenance to your heating and plumbing systems. We care about providing quality heating, plumbing and remodeling services to our valued customers. You can reach us at 877-386-7454.
At Dun-RIGHT Plumbing and Heating, many of our customers have asked about tankless water heaters; more specifically, what they are and if they’re worth the investment. These water heaters only heat water when you need it, unlike standard units that heat and reheat the same tank of water. Tankless units have attracted a lot of attention for their ability to cut energy usage and utility costs. Considering that a hot water heater is the second highest energy-draining source in the home, tank-free water heaters are a thought worth entertaining.
As a premier Boston plumber, we’re familiar with the benefits of installing a tank-free water heater in homes and businesses. These appliances are an upfront investment, but the benefits offset the cost early on. Here’s why:
Greater Quantity of Hot Water
We could all use more hot water, and with a tankless unit, you can have your cake and eat it too. Since the hot water won’t run out, you can run as many appliances as you need at one time, and everyone can enjoy a hot shower in the morning. Consider that a 50-gallon electric water heater can take an hour to restore itself.
Standard tank units have a 6-year warranty and only last for 8 to 10 years. Tankless units, on the other hand, have a 10 to 15 year warranty and last up to 20 years.
With tankless units, you’re only heating water when you need it, which means you’re cutting down on energy and water consumption. These appliances are also often made from recycled materials, compared to standard tank water heaters that must be disposed of in landfills. The water is also cleaner and healthier since there is no rust and corrosion building up in a tank.
Cost- and Space-Effective
For homeowners looking to lower their utility bills, a tankless unit is a smart move. You save money by only heating water when it’s necessary, which can slash utility bills by as much as 30 percent. Since these appliances are not nearly as bulky as a traditional unit, you can have the plumbing installation done just about anywhere in the home, giving you back precious closet or floor space.
To learn more about what a tankless water heater can do for your home, call Dun-RIGHT Plumbing and Heating at 877-386-7454.