Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Chevy Chase’

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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Quick Garbage Disposal Reminder for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

thanksgiving-cornucopiaThe big holidays are coming up, and for many households that means hosting guests and enjoying big feasts. And that also means a lot of work for the kitchen plumbing. In fact, Thanksgiving time is one of the highest periods of the year for emergency plumbing calls! The #1 part of the plumbing that can go wrong during Thanksgiving is the kitchen garbage disposal.

We’re always glad to help out with plumbing needs—it’s why we offer 24-hour emergency plumbing service—but we also want you to enjoy as trouble-free a holiday season as possible. So here are some tips for your garbage disposal in Chevy Chase, MD to see that it doesn’t run into any major snags:

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Corrosion and Your Water Heater: What You Need to Know

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heater-repairThe word corrosion is derived from the Latin word “to gnaw.” And that’s a pretty good description of what corrosion does to metal: it gnaws it away. Corrosion starts when water is in contact with metal in the presence of oxygen, and it’s one of the main enemies of parts of your plumbing system. Even corrosion-resistant copper pipes can suffer from specific types of corrosion.

But we’re here to talk about your water heater, a vital appliance in your home necessary for day-to-day living. Because a storage tank water heater has water in contact with metal, it sounds like a prime candidate for corrosion. Let’s take a look at how corrosion does and doesn’t affect your home’s water heater.

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Ways Your Home Might Be Wasting Water

Monday, June 5th, 2017

leaking-pipeYou can find plenty of tips online for how to cut down on the amount of water you consume in your home. You’re probably already familiar with many of them: take shorter showers, only run dishwasher and laundry machines on full loads, don’t let the water run while you’re brushing your teeth, defrost food in the refrigerator rather than running hot water over it, etc. All of these are good ways to see that you aren’t using more water than necessary.

But your house might be the one doing the water wasting, and you can’t get your house to read online tips and follow them! We’re going to look at some of the places where your house is the source of water waste. With the assistance of our professional plumbers, you can have these problems fixed and your water bills reduced. The environment will thank you as well!

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When Slow and Clogged Drains Mean Something Worse

Monday, April 10th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramThe drain clog. The slow drain. We all know them, and we all find them an annoyance. Although we can take steps to prevent them by being careful of what goes down the drains and remembering to arrange for routine drain cleaning from plumbers, clogs are still going to happen from time to time. And in most situations, the reason for a clogged or slow drain is an obstruction or build-up in the drainpipes. This is a basic fix for a professional plumber.

But slow and clogged drain can also point to deeper plumbing problems: a busted sewage pump, a broken sewer pipe, or root infiltration into the sewer line. These are serious situations that call for professional repair work before sewage starts to back up into the house.

Below are signs that something worse than a standard clog is blocking up your drains or making them drain slowly. Don’t hesitate to contact us for sewer cleaning in Chevy Chase, MD when you have a bigger issue than basic clogged drains.

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The Importance of Water Testing for Your Well Water

Monday, February 13th, 2017

fresh-water-from-tapNot all homes in Silver Spring and Montgomery County have access to a municipal plumbing system. These homes instead rely on drawing their water from a ground well. Our plumbers are familiar with the plumbing systems necessary to keep water flowing from a well and into a home’s freshwater pipes. We work with well pumps, so if your home uses a well and  you’ve experienced issues with a drop in water pressure, contact our team. They can help with fixing your well pump or replacing it if necessary. Our regular maintenance will see that your well pump continues to work at its best.

Today, however, we’re going to address another important concern with wells, and one that our professionals can help you with as well: water testing.

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Problems You May Encounter with Your Home’s Grinder Pump

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The grinder pump is a part of the sewer system for many homes. Essentially, it functions similar to a garbage disposal, except it is more powerful and located farther along in the plumbing in a tank buried under your property. When the wastewater exiting your home reaches a set level, the pump turns on to move the water toward the civic sewer system—while also grinding down larger solid waste to prevent problems in the municipal sewer lines.

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A Way to Save Energy with Your Water Heater in Winter

Monday, November 28th, 2016

During the winter, many HVAC companies offer lists of ways that homeowners can save money through the cold weather. You might not think that you would be able to get similar sort of advice from a plumbing company, but when it comes to your water heater, there are ways you can cut down on your bill. After all, the water heater accounts for 18% of all energy used in a house—by far the most of any single appliance.

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Video Pipe Inspections: What They Are and Why We Do Them

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The technology of plumbing has both advanced and stayed the same. When it comes to many basic jobs, the tools haven’t altered much in decades. But developments in other areas have made it much easier for plumbers to put those standard tools to the best use. And there’s no better example than video pipe inspection equipment.

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