Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Potomac’

YouTube Videos Won’t Make You into a Plumber

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Pictured: Not Learning to Be a Plumber

YouTube has brought some wonderful things into our lives, such as a wide array of opinions on almost any topic. And cute animal videos. Lots and lots of cute animal videos.

One of the downsides of YouTube, however, is that instructional videos have led many homeowners to believe they only have to watch five minutes of a professional performing a task, and presto! they become professionals as well! This can be extremely damaging when it comes to something like plumbing for a house. A YouTube video may help explain how your plumbing works, or show you a basic job like how to replace a washer in a faucet. But for almost anything else, simply watching a video doesn’t mean an amateur can then do the job.

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That “Thump” from Your Plumbing—It’s Not a Ghost, It’s … Water Hammer

Monday, March 5th, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseTo have us reassure you that those thumping noises you hear in the walls don’t mean you live in a haunted house, they just mean you have water hammer, might not actually feel assuring. Water hammer sounds sinister. Possibly dangerous. What is it?

First, it’s not dangerous—at least, not to you or your family. It can be a problem for the plumbing, however, and if it happens frequently, it’s an issue you’ll need a professional plumber in Potomac, MD to fix.

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A Reminder about Frozen Pipes (What to Do and NOT to DO)

Monday, December 11th, 2017

frozen-metal-pipeAs we head into the seriously cold weather of the winter, a concern you may have about your plumbing (and a concern you should have) is pipe freeze. We’ve previously written about what causes frozen pipes to burst, and it’s definitely something you want to watch out for. We recommend taking precautions now to help prevent pipe freeze, such as disconnecting outside hoses, insulating hose bibs, and checking to see that exposed pipes have insulation sleeves.

What do you do, however, when you do end up with frozen pipes? We have some advice on what you shouldn’t do…

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Why Schedule Drain Cleaning This Fall?

Monday, September 25th, 2017

sink-drain-and-waterYou probably have a long list of fall “to-dos” planned to prepare your house for the coming change of seasons. For example, you will have to schedule maintenance for your heating system, and if you have a generator for emergencies, it will need an inspection before it’s ready to go.

But have you put down “professional drain cleaning” on your list of fall to-do items? We’d wager you haven’t, since homeowners in general tend to think of drain cleaning as something that they only need to have done when there’s a major clog in a sink, shower, or bathtub. There’s also a tendency to connect “drain cleaning” with bottles of chemicals at the grocery story, not the work of professional plumbers. But we strongly recommend you call our plumbers this fall and arrange for drain cleaning in Potomac, MD for your home’s plumbing system.

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What to Do with an Overflowing Toilet

Monday, August 21st, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushNow here’s an emergency with household plumbing everybody dreads, one that’s likely to send people into a panic: a toilet that starts to overflow when flushed!

But there’s no need to panic. It’s easy to stop the problem immediately and take care of some potential damage so you can get a professional plumber out to your house to handle whatever repairs are necessary. Below we’ve listed some steps for the best way to handle this problem in your bathroom plumbing in Potomac, MD.

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Why Not Use Summer to Replace Your Home’s Boiler?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

boiler-systemDuring the heat of a summer here in Maryland, you probably don’t want to hear the word “boil” in any context. It’s just makes you feel that much hotter. But summer is often a good time to have work done on the heating system in your home, especially if it’s a big job like taking an old boiler out of the house and putting in a new one. You won’t need your boiler during the summer, so you can take your time to pick a new model and work with your local contractor for boiler services in Potomac, MD so you’ll be ready to go in fall when the cooler weather returns.

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The UV Water Purifier: How It Works and Its Benefits

Monday, April 24th, 2017

water-and-tapPeople are more worried than ever before about the contaminants that might enter their home’s drinking water. Although lead is the first worry of the majority of homeowners, bacterial and microbial infections are often the bigger danger. Microorganisms that can lead to health problems can seep into a home’s water supply in a variety of ways, and unfortunately they often slip through water treatment systems such as charcoal filters designed to trap larger particles.

Our plumbers recommend our customers look into the installation of UV water purifiers in Potomac, MD or elsewhere in Montgomery County for their homes. We offer many types of water treatment systems, and we’ll see your home receives the protection it needs.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters perform a tremendous amount of work throughout the year. According to the Department of Energy, 18% of most home’s energy costs go to running the water heater. (A decade ago it was 25%, which shows how much water heater technology is improving at efficiency.) This stress on a water heater will eventually wear it down past the point of no return, where repairs can only patch the system up for a brief time and aren’t cost-effective. The better option is to replace the entire water heater.

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Times When a Tank Water Heater Is a Good Installation Choice

Monday, January 9th, 2017

We’re proud to offer a number of excellent alternate options when it comes to water heaters. The standard for most homes is a storage tank water heater, but now there’s the choice of a tankless water heater or a heat pump water heater. Both offer many benefits, such as cutting down on energy use and enjoying longer service lives.

In fact, when you look over all the benefits of these types of water heater, it might seem like there’s no reason to go with the conventional storage tank model. However… this isn’t exactly the truth.

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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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