Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Archive for May, 2018

Off-Season Is a Good Time to Replace Your Gas Boiler

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

boiler-residentialWhen warm weather arrives, one of the last things you want to think about is providing warmth to your home. Most of the time, you’ll be focused on how to keep it cool. But the middle of the year is the right time to make any major upgrades to your home’s heating system. If you use an old, unreliable gas boiler in Chevy Chase, MD to handle your home heating requirements, we recommend using late spring and summer to schedule an upgrade to a new boiler system.

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Can Hard Water Be Harmful?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

closeup-hands-under-waterDrinking water is something we often take for granted in the U.S. We turn on a faucet in our home and out pours potable water. But a large number of homes in the country face trouble with hard water, which is water that contains a high level of mineral content suspended in it. Hard water minerals include calcium and magnesium—the primary causes of hard water—as well as aluminum, barium, iron, zinc, strontium, and manganese.

All those minerals may sound a bit concerning when you read about them. If your home has hard water, does it pose a significant health risk to your family? And is there anything you can do about getting rid of it?

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How a Tankless Water Heater May Malfunction

Monday, May 7th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWe often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater to our customers who are looking to have a new water heater system put in, either as the first water heater for a house or as a replacement for an aging tank water heater. There are numerous advantages to using a tankless water heater, such as lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and an unlimited hot water supply.

Another advantage of tankless water heaters is that they encounter fewer repairs on average than storage tank water heaters. This is because they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank and the continual need to use energy to keep the water heated. A tankless water heater simply does less work, and that means it doesn’t wear down as fast.

But … tankless water heaters may still encounter repair needs that will require calling on a professional plumber.

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Strange Plumbing Fact: World’s Oldest Toilets?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushThe toilet is one of the basic parts of any residential or commercial plumbing systems. It’s one of those items you know you can’t live without!

Of course, there were centuries when people did live without them—and it was a much less sanitary or comfortable time. The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, which included a flush valve and wash-down mechanism—convenient and sanitary. But it wasn’t for almost another 200 years that the flush toilet as we know it was invented, and only in the 19th century did its use become common because of increased city living, where sewer systems made toilets beneficial for hygiene. This was also the period when being a plumber became a professional occupation. You needed skilled individuals to help out whenever something went wrong with a household toilet. Plumbers were important heroes for public health! (And they still are.)

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