Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for December, 2016

Is It Time to Replace Your Gas Boiler?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

It’s already winter, and if you have a gas boiler to deliver comfort to your house, you’ve probably already had it running for a few days. But… will it be able to weather the weather this year? If the boiler is old enough, you may have some reservations about how much longer it’s going to last. Should you have it replaced before the winter gets colder?

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Is a Heat Pump Water Heater Enough for Winter?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We often recommend that our customers look into different options when it comes to a new water heater. The standard gas-powered or electric storage tank water heater isn’t the only choice any more. Tankless water heaters offer advantages like unlimited hot water and high energy efficiency. And for homes that use electricity, going with a heat pump water heater is a money-saving alternative to the conventional electric water heater.

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The Real Reason That Pipes Burst When They Freeze

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Winter weather puts a remarkable number of stresses on a home, which is why you take special precautions to winterize it against the chill. One important precaution is against pipe freeze: you want exposed piping (usually the pipes around the water heater) to have insulation against losing so much heat to the cold air around them that they freeze.

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When Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

“Drain cleaning” doesn’t mean pouring a bottle of acidic chemicals down a clogged drain opening and hoping that will take care of everything. This is just a type of “drain unclogging”—and unfortunately it often won’t even achieve that. Worse, those caustic chemicals can end up doing damage to the drainpipe!

Actual drain cleaning is a professional service that licensed plumbers can perform for you using tools such as motorized drain snakes and powerful hydro-jetting equipment. But when should you arrange for drain cleaning? There are two specific times, which we’ll look at below.

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Preventing a Flooded Basement with a Sump Pump

Monday, December 5th, 2016

One of the more common and disastrous problems that homes face in this area is a flooded basement. This can happen because of a plumbing accident or it can come from the rain. But no matter the cause, it’s a huge issue that can create trouble long after the main danger is gone. Water damage remediation is an expensive and prolonged process. The best way to deal with flooding in a basement is to find a way to stop it right as it starts.

This is where the sump pump is invaluable.

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