5 Reasons to Consider Ceramic Kitchen Tile

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5 Reasons to Consider Ceramic Kitchen Tile

  • Handyman/Contracting

At Papalia Home Services, we offer more than the regular home service experience. We’ve recently taken it upon ourselves to offer a variety of handyman jobs for your home or business. One of the jobs we can perform is to remodel your kitchen by adding ceramic kitchen tile flooring. This millennia-old style of flooring is an attractive yet functional choice for any kitchen, and we can tell you why you should consider it for your next remodeling.

Here are five reasons to choose ceramic kitchen tile for your next remodeling:

 

Stain and water-resistant

If you opt to go with glazed tiles, you’ll have a flooring that’s highly resistant to stains and water. Glazed tiles have a hard protective top layer that protects against moisture and can be easily cleaned. This protective layer makes glazed tiles popular in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Keep in mind that you can also choose to get unglazed tiles, which require sealing to get that protection. Whatever tiling you choose, you’ll also need to get regular sealing to protect the grout from water and stains.

 

Numerous design options

A major advantage of tiles is that they can come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs. You’re certain to find a tiling look that perfectly matches your kitchen. Even the grout comes in a wide array of colors. Go with a color that matches the tiles for a streamlined look or use a black or white grout to help the tiles stand out.

 

Highly durable

In addition to stains and water, ceramic tiles are highly resistant to damage. Tiles are unlikely to crack due to heavy foot traffic or from having something heavy fall on them. If a single tile does become damaged, it’s fairly easy to replace it.

 

Low-maintenance

Because dirt and stains rest on top of tiling, it’s very easy to clean tile floors. All most messes require is a simple mopping to remove them if you use ceramic kitchen tile. In the event of tougher stains, heavy-duty cleansers can help you get them out.

 

Environmentally friendly

Ceramic tiles are made up of sand, glass, and clay, all of which are naturally-occurring materials. These tiles are also easy to reuse and recycle, meaning their usage has a small effect on the environment. Also, ceramic tiling can keep your home cool in the summer while insulating your home in the winter.

 

What makes Papalia a good choice for remodeling my kitchen?

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to learn more about our handyman services!

By Brian Renadette

6 Benefits of Getting Boiler Maintenance

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6 Benefits of Getting Boiler Maintenance

  • Heating

With winter only a month away, we’ve been helping homeowners prepare for the cold. Over the past month or so, we’ve shut down AC units and fixed up furnaces. However, even boiler owners can benefit from our services! Like furnaces, boilers gather a lot of dust over the summer and can become unreliable. Getting boiler maintenance from our heating specialists is the best way to ensure you’ll stay comfortable this winter.

Here are six reasons to call us to get boiler maintenance before the Massachusetts storms hit:

 

Extend your boiler’s lifespan

Buying a boiler can cost a lot, so you’ll want it to last as long as possible. Getting your boiler maintenance from Papalia Home Services can let you get the most out of your boiler. On average, a well-kept boiler can last about ten to fifteen years.

 

Avoid carbon monoxide and explosions

Boilers produce heat, but they release carbon monoxide as a byproduct. That’s why boilers have exhaust pipes that safely vent the deadly and odorless gas outside. However, worn-down boilers can release carbon monoxide into your home, most often through a damaged exhaust pipe. Also, poorly-kept boilers are known to explode, so caring for yours is important!

 

Maintain your warranty’s validity

Like many warranties, boiler warranties have certain warranty stipulations owners have to follow. A common one for boilers is to give them periodic maintenance from a professional. Maintaining your warranty’s validity can help you save money if you need to pay for unexpected boiler repairs.

 

Decrease energy costs

Right behind HVAC systems, boilers have the second-highest annual energy usage in your home. Cutting back on that heavy usage by making your boiler more efficient can save you plenty of money. A well-maintained boiler can save you 10% on your energy bills.

 

Comply with local safety laws

Neglected boilers are dangerous, so you’ll often see local laws about caring for them. They’ll often require boiler owners like yourself to have a professional fix up your boiler every once in a while. It’s bad enough having a boiler in bad condition, but getting fines for it will only make things worse.

 

Better energy efficiency and reliability

Any appliance, boilers included, will wear down over time. Fortunately, regular maintenance can help keep your boiler in the best condition possible. Healthier boilers use less energy and avoid breaking down, both of which can cost you money.

 

Why call Papalia to ensure my heating works this winter?

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to learn more about our boiler services!

By Brian Renadette

5 Problems Professional Drain Cleaning Solves

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5 Problems Professional Drain Cleaning Solves

  • Plumbing

No plumbing drain is safe from the inevitability of clogs. Most of the time, you can clear these clogs out with store-bought drain cleaners or homemade remedies. However, some heavy-duty clogs can take these fixes and still gunk up your drains. When you get this sort of problem, you have to call for professional plumbing help to assist with your drain cleaning. Let Papalia Home Services help you recognize when it’s time to call for the heavy artillery.

Here are five problems you won’t have to deal with if you get professional drain cleaning help:

 

Slow draining

One of the most obvious signs of a clogged drain is when it drains slowly. When washing up in the morning, does the water take its sweet time going down the drain? That’s a likely sign of a drain problem, and you might need to get professional help.

 

Sewage odors

Most clogs have a good bit of organic material in them. Over time, that stuff can start to rot and release some nasty smells. The smells can become even worse when it gets hot out. If your drains start smelling like a sewer, give us a call.

 

Drain back-ups

Drains that have been clogged for too long may spit up sewage that’s been stuck down there. You shouldn’t have to allow sewage in your home, so call us if this happens. In extreme cases, backed-up drains can completely prevent draining.

 

Lots of flies

Sewage smells tend to attract certain kinds of insects. Fruit flies, for instance, are attracted to sewage and can cause health problems if they go after the fruit in your kitchen. Meanwhile, drain flies (also known as filter or sewer flies) will make any place with sewage their breeding grounds. If there are more flies in your home than usual, ensure your drains are in good condition.

 

Weird noises from the pipes

Clogged drains can make all sorts of odd noises. When drain pipes get clogged, the blockage can make water go through small spaces or change course. These interruptions can cause the water to make strange bubbling or gurgling noises.

 

What makes Papalia my best choice for cleaning my home’s pipes?

When you choose us, you’re choosing a top-rated commercial and residential plumbing service. We’re proud to share that we’ve been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award due to our professionalism, prices, quality, punctuality, and responsiveness! And every day, we work to improve our services even more!

That’s why all of our plumbers are highly trained and experienced, and why we only work with the best quality materials. We’re also fully insured, licensed and bonded, plus, we offer warranties on labor and parts, so you can rest assured you’re always getting a secure deal. Call Papalia today to learn more about our plumbing services!

By Brian Renadette

5 Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

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5 Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

  • Plumbing

If you’re getting a new water heater, you may want to consider other types instead of the basic tank models. One of the more common types is the tankless water heater. Instead of storing and heating water in a tank, they boil and heat water as it moves through the pipe into your home. The best kind of water heater depends on your living situation, but these models have some advantages over tank models.

Here are 5 reasons you should consider getting a tankless water heater:

 

Less bulky

The tank that comes with tank water heaters can take up a lot of space. Tankless water heaters don’t have this tank and consequentially take up about a third as much space. Also, they’re lighter and smaller than other models, some reaching only five pounds. They can also be mounted on a wall to save even more space.

 

Save money and the environment

On average, tankless models use about 10% less energy than the average tank model. In a four-person household, this can result in triple-digit savings over the water heater’s lifespan. There’s also the possibility of rebates for switching to a more energy-efficient solution.

 

Cleaner water

The interiors of water heater tanks can get pretty nasty. Hard water and sediment can leave behind lots of stains inside the tank. Also, sediment often builds up inside the tank, especially near the bottom around the heating element. Some of the other problems sediment causes include corroding the tank until it leaks or rust gets in the water, making loud noises, and making the water heater inefficient. Tankless water heaters don’t have to worry about having a tank that can get damaged or dirty.

 

Instant hot water

Tankless water heaters don’t store and heat water in a tank to use. Instead, they heat water as it goes to your faucet. Tank water heaters also heat water when you want it, but it takes a bit of time to heat the water, resulting in wasted water. Re-circling pumps can help you save the water, but now you’re wasting electricity and energy. An average tankless water heater can comfortably supply a full-sized three bedroom two bathroom home with water.

 

Longer lifespan; fewer breakdowns

On average, a tank water heater can last anywhere from eight to fifteen years. Many factors can cause this number to vary. Some of these include the installation quality, how often it gets maintenance, and the water’s quality. Tankless water heaters, under optimal conditions, can last for over twenty years. They can partially attribute their long lifespan to requiring less maintenance. This means you can save money on potential breakdowns. Also, manufacturers usually give longer-lasting warranties to tankless water heaters because they have longer lifespans.

 

Why call Papalia to service my plumbing?

When you choose Papalia Home Services for water heater repair and replacement services, you’re choosing a top-rated, family-owned company that’s been serving Boston’s Metro West for more than 26 years. We’re dedicated to keeping our customers happy by providing the very best water heater repair and replacement services for their homes or businesses. Call Papalia today to order your tankless water heater!

By Brian Renadette

5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

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5 Benefits From Getting a Furnace Tune-Up

  • Heating

Fall has officially started and your AC has been shut down for the season, but now it’s time to think about staying warm. A furnace is one way to stay warm this winter. However, if you already own one, you’ve likely kept it inactive for around six months. Those months of inactivity will wear down any heating system. To make sure it’s still in working order, we suggest calling someone to tune-up your furnace. Doing so can ensure your family’s safety and comfort for the upcoming winter.

Here are five ways that getting a furnace tune-up can help you this winter:

 

Have a long-lasting furnace

Like the other systems in your house, keeping your furnace well-maintained can extend its life. Poorly-maintained furnaces, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan, break down more often, and cost more to run due to inefficiency.

 

Stay safe from dangerous leaks

Damaged or poorly-maintained gas furnaces can be dangerous, as they’ll leak gasses that could pose a threat to your family or home. Carbon monoxide is deadly to people and many animals, and the other gasses the furnace could leak are highly flammable.

 

Costs less than full repairs

Maintenance costs money, but a maintenance job will cost less than a full repair job. During our furnace tune-up jobs, we can fix any small problems that could become something worse down the road. By doing this, we’ll keep you from having to pay more money and deal with the inconvenience of a broken furnace.

 

Know your furnace’s condition

When we tune-up your furnace, you’ll be able to get a good understanding of its health. This will help you decide if you’re willing to use your furnace for the winter. If you don’t, you can always buy a new one. If you’ve got your tune-up earlier, you can also get more time for deciding on which model you want.

 

Improve energy efficiency

The Department of Energy says that about half of the average homeowner’s energy bills come from using the furnace. However, this percentage can be reduced through proper care. Worn-down parts and other problems can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, but you can keep it working its best through regular tune-ups. A well-maintained furnace uses about 30% less energy than normal.

 

 

What makes Papalia my best option for furnace maintenance?

It’s critical to understand that furnace repair isn’t something you should do yourself, or even leave to your regular handyman. Furnaces are complex appliances, and repairing them requires a good deal of knowledge and experience. That’s why you should choose a fully licensed, highly experienced company with a proven track record of satisfied customers.

Papalia Home Services has been serving homeowners and business owners in the Boston Metro West area for more than 26 years. We’ve worked hard to build a reputation for excellence, and we continue to work hard to maintain that reputation every day. That’s why we invest in ongoing education for our people and the best parts the industry provides. As a result, we provide superior customer service from the moment you contact us until the moment we wave to you as we drive away. Call us today to schedule your tune-up!

By Brian Renadette

How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

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How to Shut Down Your AC For the Winter

  • Cooling

With September half over and fall only a week away, it’s time to start thinking about winter. We all know that New England winters can be nasty, but we can stay indoors with the heat on. However, your AC, most notably the condenser outside, doesn’t have that luxury. That means you’ll have to shut it down and prepare it to face the winter storms. If you properly shut down your AC, you’ll be able to enjoy cool air next summer and avoid a hefty repair or replacement bill.

Here’s how to properly shut down your AC and protect it from the harsh winter:

 

Get in any last-minute repairs

Before you shut down your AC, you should ensure it doesn’t need any repairs before the winter hits. If it does need attention, be sure to give it what it needs. Letting a problem be throughout the winter will only result in it getting worse when it’s time to use the AC.

 

Turn off the condenser’s power

Your AC consists of more than your indoor unit, and simply turning it off isn’t enough to turn off the AC. You also have to shut off the AC unit’s condenser outside. Leaving the condenser on means that in the case of a warm spell, it will turn on and suck in some snow and ice. To turn it off, look on the side of the house or near the condenser under a flip-up lid for a power switch. Turn it off and it’ll shut off, but there’s more to be done. Also, don’t forget to turn the condenser’s power back on next time you want to use the AC.

 

Clean and inspect it the condenser

Since it’s an outdoor device, you should give your condenser some attention before finishing your work. First, brush away any debris, such as branches or leaves, near or on the condenser. Next, lightly hose down the outdoor shelf and check for damage or loose seals. If you notice any, let us know about the damage next time we’re helping you. Also, check the condenser’s filter and replace it if necessary.

 

Protect it from the elements

Finally, cover up the condenser with a waterproof cover and secure it with bungee ropes. You can buy a cover and ropes at most hardware stores, but a waterproof tarp will work instead of a cover if it’s big enough to cover the entire condenser.

 

Why call Papalia for my HVAC needs?

Papalia Home Services is a business that has been serving the Boston Metro West Area since 1990. With over 25 years of service under our belts, we’ve grown into the most dedicated plumbing & heating service in the Bay State, many thanks to our fully-trained technicians. No matter if it’s installation, repair, replacement, you name it—our staff is trained how to handle the latest technology and will always show up to your home with a fully stocked truck ready to go! Call Papalia Home Services today to learn more about our services!

By Brian Renadette