Plumbing FAQ: Do I have a Gas Leak?

March 12th, 2018

gas-burnersGenerally speaking, the use of natural gas is quite safe in this day and age. We have the materials and the techniques to ensure that gas is delivered to your home and its appliances safely, and that it is combusted properly. As is the case with any plumbing system, however, there is the potential for something to go wrong with your natural gas delivery or combustion systems. Should this happen, you really need to act fast to have the problem resolved.

Natural gas, like all combustible fuels, can be dangerous if it is not used properly every step of the way on your property. When you schedule any plumbing services in New Hampshire—and yes, natural gas piping requires a qualified plumber—you need to know that you are working with trained professionals. Working with us guarantees that. Your safety and complete satisfaction are our top priorities. So let’s take a look at some warning signs that you’ve run into a gas leak.

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Professional Plumbers Pinpoint Leaks Promptly

February 26th, 2018

leaking-pipeThere are a lot of reasons why you may hire a professional plumber in Springfield, VT.  Maybe you have a ruptured pipe that is spraying water everywhere. Maybe you need a new water heater installed. Whatever plumbing services that you may need, it is obviously going to be in your best interest to schedule those services with skilled, trained professionals—especially if you’re  not even sure what the problem may be or where it might originate. This is often the case with water leaks.

Sure, there are those plumbing leaks that develop in pipes that are exposed and which may even be in your line of vision on a regular basis. The fact is, however, that there is far more to your plumbing system than meets the eye. Because so much of your plumbing is hidden from view, it only makes sense that leaks may develop out of your sight line from time to time. When that happens, you’re going to want to call in the cavalry for professional leak detection services.

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How Prompt Heating Repairs Benefit You

February 12th, 2018

snowy-streetIt’s only mid-February, and Vermonters know that this means there is still a lot more winter ahead of us—though some of us may actually prefer the snow on the ground to the looming emergence of mud season. What does this mean for our heating systems? Well, that there is still a lot more work ahead of them. It may be tempting to turn a blind eye to heating problems when we’re creeping up, however slowly, on the Spring season.

That’s just not a risk that we can take around here, though. No matter how minor a problem with your heater may seem right now, there is plenty of time ahead for that “minor” problem to take a serious toll on your system. Scheduling prompt heating repair in Springfield, VT is always going to be your best bet. Here are some of the benefits that you have to consider in doing so.  Contact a member of our team should heating problems arise.

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Heating Showdown: Forced Air vs. Radiant

January 29th, 2018

dog-under-blanketWe’re creeping up on February, and you know what that means! Um, a lot more cold weather and winter scenery to come. Hopefully, your heater is hanging in there and giving you the support you need so far this season. If you are thinking about replacing your heating system once this winter is past, or if you need a new heater for a new property that you’ve got going up, chances are you are looking at both forced air and radiant heating options.

You cannot afford to take any chances when it comes to heating in New Hampshire, so the pros on our staff have some tips to help you determine which system is right for you. Remember, there is no single heater that is going to be ideal for every home or for every homeowner. You need to do some homework, and definitely ask questions as they come up. This is a major investment, and the heating system that you choose really needs to rise to the occasion in this area.

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Plumbing Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

January 15th, 2018


Winters can be brutal in our neck of the woods, and the recent cold snap was even colder than we’re generally accustomed to. Sure, there’ll be a January thaw before temperatures drop back down once again, but it is only a brief respite in an otherwise bitterly cold season. While a thaw is always nice, one thing you don’t want to have to thaw out is your plumbing system. It is much better to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.

Frozen pipes are not at all uncommon in this part of the country during this time of the year, and the truth is that there really isn’t a way to guarantee that you’ll never encounter the problem in your home. The good news, however, is that there are precautionary measures that you can take to at least reduce the risk of your pipes freeze up. Here are some tips to help you protect your plumbing in Chester, VT.

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Your Furnace Needs a Fresh Filter

January 1st, 2018

air-filterThe winter solstice may have just passed, but it has felt like winter in our area for quite a while, now. You have no doubt been running your furnace for some time already, and we certainly hope that you remembered to schedule professional heating maintenance in New Hampshire this year. If not, there is no way that you can expect your furnace to function at peak performance and efficiency levels. There is also one very important maintenance task that you should be handling on your own.

That is changing the air filter that your furnace uses regularly. Typically, you’ll need to do this once every 1-3 months. There are many factors that influence the need for changing a filter, though, so that is really just a basic guideline. The best way to figure out if the time has come to replace your filter is simply to check in on its condition from time to time. But how does a dirty air filter really affect a furnace? And is it really that big of a deal?

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Why Does My Heater Keep Shutting Down?

December 18th, 2017

chilly-couple-on-couchDecember is somehow already nearly halfway over. We’ve got a lot of the heating season left to go, though, and this being Vermont means that the cold weather is going to be pretty severe for the foreseeable future. If you hope to make it through the heating season in true comfort—or anything even resembling it—then you really need your heater to be firing on all cylinders. The fact that your heater is generating heat does not necessarily mean that it is doing so in the proper manner.

One question that we get from concerned homeowners now and again is why their heaters seem to be running in short bursts. The system starts up, but stays on only briefly before shutting back down again. While this may seem at first to be something of an odd quirk, the fact is that any problems with your heater have the potential to seriously disrupt your comfort. This particular problem is called short cycling, and it can definitely spell trouble for your heater in Ludlow, VT.

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Common Furnace Problems

December 4th, 2017

cold-manIf there is one system that you really don’t want to gamble with in the middle of winter in New England, it is your home heating system. These days, heaters in general are more dependable and reliable than ever before. However, no heater can truly claim to be 100% reliable. That just is not a possibility. Even the furnace, which stands as probably the most popular and common of all home heating systems, can suffer from occasional operational problems.

If you use a furnace to heat your home, you are going to need to schedule professional furnace repair services at some point. There are plenty of warning signs that you may notice that could indicate a furnace in need of repair. There are also some relatively common furnace problems that you may encounter,  and we’re going to cover a few of those today. Don’t be taken by surprise if you should encounter any of these issues with your furnace in Langdon, NH.

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Listen for These Strange Furnace Sounds

November 20th, 2017

chilly-manDo you use a furnace in Alstead, NH? If so, then chances are that you do not need us to elaborate on just how efficient and reliable these systems can be. The furnace has earned its place among the home heating system elite thanks to its prompt, effective heating performance. Like any other heating system, though, the furnace is not perfect. At some point, you are going to find yourself in need of furnace repairs. Ideally, you’ll realize this early on.

When it comes to having your furnace repaired, “the sooner, the better” is really the mantra to keep in mind. The longer that you wait to have any issues with your furnace resolved, the worse off that system is likely to be. The “good” news, if you can call it that, is that your furnace is going to exhibit some warning signs when trouble is brewing. You just have to know what to look for—or, more accurately, what to listen for. Continue Reading

How Do Boilers Distribute Heat?

November 5th, 2017

boilerTo be frank, we could answer this question with a simple, 2-word response — very well! Of course, we know that our readers here expect and deserve more than this type of reply, so today we will talk a bit more in-depth about how it is that boilers distribute heat throughout houses, and why they are so successful at doing so. The boiler has been a home heating favorite for a long time now, and newer technologies have only made them better than ever!

That being said, it is important to remember that the boiler is not right for every home, every homeowner, or every situation. This is true of any heating system. It is not a matter of finding the “perfect heater,” truth be told. Instead, it is a matter of finding the heater that is perfect for you. With our help, you’ll be able to invest in your new heating system with well-deserved confidence. You may decide that using a boiler in New Hampshire is right for you. Continue Reading