Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing Repair’

Don’t Ignore Low Water Pressure in Your Home!

Monday, April 20th, 2020

shower-headOf all the problems that you may encounter with your home plumbing system, low water pressure may not exactly sound like the most urgent. And you know what? It may not be. It’s hard to argue that low water pressure is more urgent, for instance, than an overflowing toilet. Or at least, it may seem that way in the moment. What too many homeowners fail to realize is that low water pressure can actually be indicative of very serious plumbing problems.

Today, we are going to look at some of the reasons why you may encounter low water pressure in your home. We’re also going to remind you that our plumbers in Southern Vermont are here to help you when you do find yourself in this unenviable situation. We cannot tell you that we can help you to avoid all plumbing problems all the time.  We can promise, though, that we can resolve any problems that you do encounter successfully.


Protect Your Pipes This Winter Season

Monday, September 9th, 2019

insulating-pipesWe know, we know.  It’s only September. You don’t want to be thinking about the snow and ice that winter will bring quite yet. Of course,  you also know that September is not too early to start thinking about the winter season. Not around here it isn’t. We know it, you know it, and our plumbers in New Hampshire know it. That’s why we want to remind you of some ways that you can protect your plumbing this winter.

One of the biggest issues that any homeowner might face during the winter months is frozen pipes. While we may not be able to guarantee with 100% certainty that you will never encounter frozen pipes on your property, we can guarantee that taking a few simple steps can greatly reduce the risk of running into any such problems. So keep the following information in mind, and be sure to let us know if you have any concerns, weather-related or otherwise, about your plumbing pipes. (more…)

Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze Up This Winter!

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Living in the Northeast means a lot of things. The beautiful North Woods. The ocean. The seasons. Winter. Ice. Frozen pipes. Okay, we went on a bit of a decline there at the end, but the fact is that, for all the benefits of living around here, there are some drawbacks. Sure, we can be on the beaches of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in a few hours—but we may also run into frozen pipes during our frigid Vermont winters.

Do you know how to mitigate the risk of frozen and burst pipes in your home? If not, you’re about to learn! The plumbers on our team are happy to help in any way we can and, sometimes, that just means sharing valuable information with our clients. So read on, discover some of the ways in which you can avoid frozen pipes, and let us know if you run into any trouble. We are available for any plumbing repairs you need.


Plumbing Tips for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Monday, 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.


3 Indicators That You Need Plumbing Repairs

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Plumbing repairs are tricky business, as many homes have very unique plumbing systems, and problems with those plumbing systems may have many different symptoms. While no two plumbing systems may be exactly the same, there are some common warning signs that homeowners frequently discover which can indicate the need for plumbing repairs in Southern Vermont. The only way that a homeowner can capitalize on such warnings, however, is to recognize that they are indicators of plumbing problems in the first place. A backyard full of sewage or a basement full of water are fairly obvious signs that it’s time to contact a professional plumber. Here are a few less obvious, though equally troublesome, signs that you need professional plumbing services. Contact HB Energy Solutions immediately if you discover them in your home.


What Does the Bend in the Pipe Below My Sink Do?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Most of the plumbing in your home remains hidden from view. The pipes snake between the walls, under the floors, and through closed-off utility rooms. But there is one section of plumbing that you probably know well, and that’s the drainpipes located directly below your sinks. You see these any time you open up the cabinet doors to retrieve something. Every time you do this, you’ll see an oddity about this piece of piping: the odd U-shaped bend it makes before it enters the wall.

That bend in the pipe serves an important purpose, but it can also lead to plumbing troubles as well.

We have 22 years of experience serving Vermont and New Hampshire. Should you encounter trouble and need plumbing repair in Southern Vermont, call HB Energy Solutions.

The p-trap

The bend in the drainpipe that you see is called the “p-trap.” The reason for the name is that the bend makes the pipe resemble a “P” with an open back when looked at from the side. (And you thought it was going to be called a “u-pipe” or something like that.) What it traps is water: after water pours down the drain, gravity traps an amount down within the bend. As long as water runs down the drain regularly, the p-trap will remain filled.

This water plug does the important job of stopping sewer gases from decaying material further down the pipe from coming back up and escaping through the drain. Without the p-trap, sewer odors would invade your home constantly.

Should your p-trap dry up—something that happens in sinks that aren’t used for a long stretch, like one in a guest room—the empty trap will allow the sewer odors to come up. If you encounter foul smells in areas with an unused sink, run some water down the drain for a few minutes, and that should take care of the problem.

P-traps can become sources of clogs. When debris that shouldn’t go down a drain does, it will often catch in the p-trap. Over time, the p-trap will develop a congestion of soap scum, hair, and food (depending on where the sink is located) that will lead to a slow drain or clog. Too much contamination can also lead to corrosion and leaks.

For serious clogs (anything a plunger cannot handle) you must have the assistance of professional plumbers armed with motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetters. Do not attempt to take out a set of wrenches and unscrew the p-trap yourself: this risks disaster. Instead, reach for the phone and call for plumbing repair in Southern Vermont from HB Energy Solutions. We offer full plumbing services to take care of all your needs, from blocked pipes to water heater installation.

Southern Vermont Plumbing Tip: Why Small Leaks Matter

Monday, September 30th, 2013

If you detect a small water leak in your home piping, you might decide to place a water pan underneath the drip and forget about it until you need to empty out the pan. “Oh, it will stop soon,” you think to yourself. But no leak should be ignored unless you want to incur larger damages or require emergency service down the road.

If you’ve sprung a leak and aren’t sure how to repair it, or if you are concerned that you might have a larger problem on your hands, get hold of the Southern Vermont plumbing experts at HB Energy Solutions right away.

A small leak isn’t necessarily a localized issue with your plumbing: it might be the only visible part of more significant trouble, such as pressure building up from clogs, or a widespread corrosion problem that is only now starting to appear. You may already have other leaks in places you can’t see, and these leaks may be much larger ones. None of these leaks will get better on their own—they will probably continue to get worse.

A leak is not just an indication of trouble with your plumbing. It can create its own trouble. No matter the amount of water dripping out of the leak, when water drips where it shouldn’t and starts to form stagnant pools, it can lead to mold growth. This extra water can also cause a rise in humidity and the warping of wood and other building materials that can lead to damages. It only takes a small amount of standing water to damage drywall, plaster, paneling, wallpaper, and paint—and the repair needs will mount the longer the problem continues. Don’t wait for sections of your ceiling to start falling before you address the problem.

Professional plumbers can fix a small leak fast, but they will also be able to determine if the leak is a symptom of a bigger problem. Don’t rely on your own patchwork fixes to solve the trouble, since there might be much more going on than you can see. For excellent help from an experienced and friendly company, look to HB Energy Solutions to handle your Southern Vermont plumbing worries.

I Smell Sewage: Should I Schedule Plumbing Repair in New Hampshire?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The smell of sewage in your home or business can be a cause of great concern. Is there a plumbing leak? Are there gases or waste products in my house? Should I schedule plumbing repair? Whether you live in New Hampshire or Vermont, it’s imperative you get plumbing problems fixed right away.

If the sewer line has ruptured, you can spot signs beyond the smell that can alert you to the problem. The ground in your yard may become soggy, or you might notice that the grass is greener and more vibrant than the surrounding plant life (which means it’s being fertilized by the sewage form the line). You may also hear a bubbling sound or see bubbles in your toilet.

It may also be that your plumbing system is having issues with its drain traps or vents, which keep sewage smells from entering your house. If that’s the case, then you need to summon a trained professional as quickly as possible to discover the problem. Your vents or traps may be faulty, with a broken seal or an inability to hold sufficient amounts of water in the system. Clogged vents happen too, and with the clogs can come a suspicious sewer smell. Again, however, a qualified expert can conduct repairs: replacing the seal, plugging any leaks and cleaning clogged vent pipes no matter where they are in the house.

Repairs can thus run a broad gamut from a simple clog or faulty seal to a wholesale installation project. Regardless of the source of the sewage smells, however, you need a reliable and professional expert on your side to help. You also need to trust them to accurately assess the causes and to implement a solution that’s going to work.

At HB Energy Solutions, we are fully insured and licensed, with a dedication to 100% customer satisfaction. We provide free estimates so you know what to expect before going in. Pick up the phone and call today if you need plumbing repair in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Plumbing Tips: Some Basic Plumbing Components

Monday, May 20th, 2013

In this post, we’d like to give you a rundown of some of the basic plumbing components in your home, so that you can stay a little bit more informed about how your plumbing system works for you. But if something goes wrong, or you’re looking to replace your piping or plumbed appliance, then call the New Hampshire plumbing experts at HB Energy Solutions.

  • Water heater: You need your water heater to wake up in the morning with a hot shower, or to clean your dishes and laundry effectively. While the conventional water heater is made up of a large tank that holds as much as 80 gallons of hot water at a certain temperature, there are other models now available. Tankless water heaters, for example, are highly energy efficient because they don’t have to heat a large tank of water constantly. There are also solar water heaters that use the radiant heat of the sun to supplement your existing hot water system.
  • Water line: Your water line is vital to the operation of your home. Without a good working water supply, you simply would not be able to enjoy many of the conveniences of the modern home. Over time, however, whether because of mineral deposits or tree root penetration, your water line may need to be professionally serviced.

Call HB Energy Solutions today if you need comprehensive New Hampshire plumbing services

When to Call a Southern Vermont Plumber for Professional Repair

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Your plumbing is a complicated system, and there are a lot of different parts that need to work together.  From your drain pipes to your water heater, your local plumber has extensive training on how to make sure each component is working as it should.  In this post, we’ve given you a shortlist of when you should call a southern Vermont plumber for professional repair instead of trying to fix the problem on your own. For more information, call the experts at HB Energy Solutions today!

  • Water heaters: Hire a pro to come take a look at your water heater problem. Your home water heater can be difficult to work on, as well as dangerous. It is not only a tank filled with hot water, but it is also a lot of pressure. 
  • Septic line blockage: If your septic line becomes clogged, make sure that you get it professionally inspected and fixed. The problem may be deep down within your septic line or the septic itself, and a professional will have the equipment to fix the problem properly.
  • Low water pressure: This is often the result of an obstruction in your water supply line, or some other issue with the integrity of the piping.  Alternatively, after his professional diagnosis of the situation, he may recommend supply line modifications, which might be inhibiting the flow of water.
  • Sump pump: There are numerous reasons why your sump pump may not be operating properly. The drain line might be clogged, or there may be a mechanical or electrical issue. Whenever you are dealing with electricity and water, you definitely want a trained professional taking care of any repair.

Recognizing a problem is the first step to ensuring that your home plumbing system works well. When you need a Southern Vermont plumber, call HB Energy Solutions!