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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:52

Does Your Home Need a Dehumidifier?

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.
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.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:36

3 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is dependent on many factors, but there are three important steps that you can take to keep the air healthier, safer and more comfortable inside the home.

Air Filtration

One of the most important steps you can take to keep the air clean is to change your furnace air filter on a regularly. For most 1" pleated filters, that means replacing the filter once per month to keep the air clean and the furnace operating efficiently. If there are pets or allergy sufferers in the home, consider a whole house HEPA air filtration system to reduce pet dander and allergens.

Maintain Proper Humidity Levels

During the summer, a central air conditioner will do a good job of removing moisture from the air. In extremely humidity environments, excess mold can form, leading to health problems. If the humidity is over 50% you'll likely be feeling uncomfortable and may benefit from a whole house dehumidifier.

In the winter, humidity levels between 30-40% are ideal. If humidity levels are too low, you may experience dry, cracked skin and a upper respiratory irritation. A whole house humidifier is a better option than standalone units, which are less effective and can harbor mold and bacteria.

Exhaust Systems

Many of the most harmful contaminants in the home are unseen. Carbon monoxide and radon are colorless, odorless gases that can cause serious health problems or death. Gas furnaces, water heaters, dryers and other appliances that produce carbon monoxide exhaust must be properly vented to the outside of the home.
Have your home tested for Radon. If your home tests high for radon gas, special exhaust systems can be installed to improve ventilation to reduce exposure.

Have questions about indoor air quality? Give Maxwell Plumb call, we're here to help.
It's a fact that heating and cooling makes up the largest chunk of most of the average energy bill. The good news it with a small investment starting at as little as $99 you can save thousands on annual heating and cooling costs. Regardless of what kind of HVAC system you have, you can save money without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.

Increased Energy-Efficient

How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic programmable thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when the rooms are unoccupied will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.

Advanced Technology

If you’re a technology buff or just like the thought of a large, easy to use touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.

Precise Temperature Control

A digital thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature when rooms are empty, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when rooms are occupied.

The heating and air conditioning experts at Maxwell Plumb will install your new thermostat, show you how to program it correctly. So call Maxwell Plumb Today and start saving right away!
Reducing water usage around the home not only helps to conserve and protect our critical water supply, it also saves energy, reducing your utility bill.

Conserving water saves energy by reducing the cost of water treatment, heating water and running appliances that use water.

In fact, according to the EPA, if every U.S. home had efficient plumbing fixtures the U.S. would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water, and an estimated $18 billion dollars per year!

Here are some water saving plumbing upgrades to consider.

Water Conserving Toilets

Toilets typically are responsible for most water wasted in the average home, consuming as much as 30 percent of an average home’s (indoor) water. If your toilets were installed prior to 1994, there is a good chance it uses more than 1.6 gallons of water when flushed. Consider replacing older toilets with a current EPA standard 1.28 gallon model. As an alternative for older larger tank toilets, you can conserve water by placing a small water filled bottle into the toilet tank to reduce the displacement.

Low-Flow Shower Heads

Showering accounts for around 20 percent of an average homes indoor water consumption. Today's low flow shower heads can reduce water consumption by as much as 70% will still providing a strong spray of water.

Efficient Faucets

If you have older, inefficient faucets that use more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), consider replacing them with high-efficiency faucets that have a flow rate of less than 1.5 gpm. Alternatively, you can add an aerator or flow restrictor to the faucet to easily reduce its water flow.

Have questions about water conserving plumbing fixtures? Call Maxwell Plumb. We're here to help.

Choosing the Right Furnace Filter For Healthier Indoor Air

When choosing the right furnace air filter, there is more to consider than just filter size. The design of the filter can make a difference in how effectively it cleans the air. Furnace filter efficiency is measured on the MERV scale, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, which rates efficiency on a scale of 1-20.

Less expensive filters have a MERV scale between 1-3 are are usually constructed of disposable fiberglass. Around 1-inch thick, these filters are designed to prevent larger particles of dust, lint, and other debris from damaging your furnace. They do little to keep the indoor air clean.

Disposable, pleated furnace filters are the most popular option found in stores. These filters are made from polyester or cotton paper and will remove smaller particles like mold spores and dust mites. Because of their higher filtration rate, pleated filters should be changed frequently to avoid clogging and reducing airflow through the furnace. Pleated filters have a MERV rating of at least 6 and are more expensive than fiberglass filters.

The most effective air filters are disposable or permanent electrostatic air filters. With a MERV rating of 10 or higher, they are highly effective and are recommended in indoor environments with persons suffering from allergies or upper respiratory conditions.

Have questions about furnace air filters and indoor air quality? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:18

What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and clogged drains to a faucets that won't shut off and leaking water heaters. It's important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home's main shutoff valve.

Water Shutoff Valves

If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system.

The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance

If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.

Have a plumbing emergency? Call Maxwell Plumb. Our professional plumbers will be there in minutes to help fix the problem.
The Causes and Fixes For Low Hot Water Pressure

Low hot water pressure can worsen over time as sediment, rust and mineral deposits accumulate in pipes. Galvanized pipes are especially prone to clogging over time.

Another common source of low hot water pressure is clogged faucet aerators. To remove mineral build up from aerators and shower heads, remove them from the fixture and soak them overnight in vinegar.

Finally, the water heater itself may be clogged or simply worn out. Accumulated sediment in the water heater tank can reduce heating efficiency over time. Check you water heater owner's manual for instructions on flushing the water heater tank.

Have plumbing questions? Call Maxwell Plumb. We're here to help.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:46

Choosing a Water Heater For Your Business

When selecting a new water heater for your business, there are a number of important things to consider. First, you need to ensure that the water heater will provide enough hot water during peak demand. Second, water heaters are rated for efficiency, which is found on the EnergyStar label. And finally, their are very different technologies available to heat water.

Ensure You Install a Sufficiently Sized Unit

If your current water heater struggles to provide enough hot water, there are two options. You can upgrade to a larger tank style water heater, or convert to a newer, tankless style water heater.

Tankless or Conventional Water Heater?

While tank water heaters have the lowest initial purchase price, they typically have a shorter lifespan and use more energy by having to keep a large volume of water hot continuously. Installing a water heater blanket can reduce heat loss and lower energy use.

Tankless water heaters heat water only when it's needed, meaning less energy is used and there is a continuous supply of hot water. While they are more expensive to install, they typically last more than 20+ years and can save up to 34 percent on energy costs.

Have questions about hot water heaters? Call Maxwell Plumb, our hot water experts can answer all your questions.

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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  • 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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