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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:50

Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Spring is a good time to check your home's plumbing system inside and outside to ensure you are not wasting water from leaks or missing potentially larger problems in your home's sewer line. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips:

1. Fix Leaks - Inspect shower heads and faucets for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water in a year. Check toilets for leaks by adding several drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the tank is leaking, colored water will appear in the toilet bowl.

2. Test Your Sump Pump - Test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on immediately, remove the water, then turn off.

3. Sewer & Drain Maintenance - Check that all drains have strainers to prevent debris clogging the drain lines. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video sewer line inspection will help to find the small issues before they become a major problem.

4. Ensure Plumbing Systems Are Regularly Used - Exercising faucets and water valves under sinks and toilets will prevent them from sticking from underuse.

5. Maintain Your Water Heater - Drain a few gallons from the water heater tank to remove sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and can shorten the life of the water heater. Check with your water heater manufacturer's instructions for your specific make/model.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:13

Water Heater Leaking? Here's What To Do

Water Heater Leaking? Here's What To Do.

A leaking water heater can range from a small, barely noticable drip to a full-blown flood. Either way, the damage to your home and property can be expensive; ranging from damage to walls and floors, to unhealthy mold and mildew.

If you see water accumulating near your water heater, it may not actually be coming from the water heater. Nearby appliances and condesation on pipes near the water heater can cause moisture to accumulate nearby. Closely inspect the base of the water heater and valves for signs of leaks.

If you determine the water heater is the cause of the leak, the first step is to turn off power to the water heater. If you have an electric water heater, turn the power off from the cicuit breaker. A gas water heater can be shut of from the power supply attached to the unit, usually be turning a knob to the off position. Next, turn off the water from the cold water shut-off valve located near the top of the water heater.

Water heater leaks can occur in several locations, including: the cold water inlet and hot water outlet, the pressure relif valve, the drain valve, and the bottom of the tank. Fixing a water heater is not a do-it-yourslef project. A qualified plumber should make the repair. Depending on the location and severity of the leak, your plumber will either have to repair the water heater, or recommend replacing it.

Preventing damage from water heater leaks.

For an extra measure of protection from unexpected water heater leaks, specially designed pans can be installed unter the water heater to divert water leaks to a nearby floor drain. There are also special water leak alarms that can turn off the water when a leak is detected from the water heater or another source.

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1. Furnace Size

Choosing the right size furnace for your home is important for ensuring your comfort and the efficient operation of your heating system. If the furnace is not large enough, it will turn on more frequently and use more energy to heat the same space that a larger furnace would heat more efficiently.

2. Efficiency

The EnergyStar rating system is designed to help consumers make smart choices about how much energy a gas furnace will use during the heating season. While more efficient systems typically cost more initially, they will often pay for themselves in just a few years by using less energy to heat your home.

3. Noise

Todays furnace's are quieter than ever thanks to advanced engineering and features like two-stage fans, which allow the unit to distribute heat at lower fan speeds when less heat is needed.

4. Reliability

Being without heat during a cold Northeast winter is a real hassle. By choosing a furnace with a good record of reliabilty you will reduce the odds of a furnace breakdown and ensure your investment will provide reliable heat for years to come.

Have questions about buying a new furnace? The experts at Maxwell Plumb can answer all your home heating questions.

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During our hot New York summers the air quality often gets worse as the temperature rises. As the sun’s rays heat the outdoor air, excess chemical compounds mix with the air’s naturally occurring nitrogen oxide, resulting in a toxic soup of harmful ground-level gases. The risk is greatest to those who suffer from respiratory ailments. Add this pollution a high concentration of allergens like pollen and mold already present in the air and you'll be ready to take refuge indoors.

While the indoors may be the better place to breath easier during the hot weather, some of the same airborne particles and gases can become trapped inside - in some cases they can be in even higher concentrations than outside.

Whole House Air Cleaners

A whole-house air cleaner can provide homeowners with much needed relief from the many potentially harmful airborne particles inside the home, dramatically improving the quality of indoor air. Working in conjunction with the home's HVAC system a whole house air filter can provide hospital-grade air purification.  A removable media filter eliminates more than 95% of allergy-aggravating particles from indoor air. While an electronic purifier reduces ground-level ozone, an unhealthy gas.
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Monday, 06 January 2014 09:01

Maintaining a Tankless Water Heater

Maintaining a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless, or on-demand hot water heaters are wonderful, high tech appliances that deliver an endless supply of hot water, while saving on utility bills by heating water only when you need it. Tankless water heaters are also one of the most advaced plumbing devices available today and require special maintenance to ensure optimum performance and long term reliability.

Removing Limescale
Over time, minerals will accumulate on the inside of the tank's heating chamber. To remove this mineral build up the unit should be flushed regularly, at least one a year, to remove the accumulated limescale deposits. The steps involved in flushing the tank will vary by manufacturer, but the procedure typically involves attaching a hose and flushing the tank with vinegar. See your owners manual for details.

Cleaning the Water Heater Screen Filter
Another important tankless water heater maintenance task involves cleaning the in-line screen filter to remove any accumulated debris.  Turn off the incoming water supply. The filter is located on inlet fixture on the cabinet. Unscrew the plug to remove the filter. Rinse the filter off and reinstall it on the unit. Consult your owners manual for the location of the screen and important safety information.
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  • Maxwell Plumb Does Your Home Need a Dehumidifier? Written by Maxwell Plumb

    During a typical New York summer the air can be hot and muggy outside, which can mean excess moisture inside. Excessive indoor humidity is not just uncomfortable, it can lead to unhealthy mold, musty odors and condensation that can damage wood surfaces and paint.

    In today's tight, well insulated homes, excess moisture can make your air conditioner work harder to keep the air cool and dry. To help keep the air dryer, a dehumidifier can be an effective solution.

    How does a dehumidifier work?
    As warm, humid air is blown across a cold coil by a fan, moisture condenses into liquid, which can be removed through a drain pipe. The dry air then passes over a warm coil and is added back into the room. Dehumidifiers are controlled by an instrument called a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off depending on the amount of moisture detected in the air. The level of moisture is controlled by a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off. A dehumidifier's capacity is measured in pints of water removed every 24 hours.

    Carrier Whole Home Dehumidifers
    A whole house dehumidifier is designed to work in conjunction with your home's heating and air conditioning system by monitoring and controlling the level of humidity. It operates quietly and is easily maintained by cleaning a filter.

    Have questions about controlling excess humidity in your home? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.





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