A Homeowners Guide to Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

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A Homeowners Guide to Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

  • Plumbing

As a responsible homeowner, you probably know that it’s equally crucial to keep those parts of your home that you can’t see in just as good a shape as the parts that are visible. One of those important parts that you can’t see is your plumbing system. If you don’t properly maintain it, all sorts of issues can occur, ranging from leaking pipes and clogged sewer lines to sediment buildup and blocked drains. One of the most important things you can do to prevent some of these issues from occurring is to keep your kitchen and bath drains in good working order. Here’s what you need to know.

Keeping Your Kitchen Drain in Good Shape

If you’re like most households, you make heavy use of your kitchen drain. You use it to wash your hands, wash dishes, and do food preparation. You might even have a garbage disposal you use to get rid of organic cooking waste. However, this heavy use can easily clog up the drain over time.

To prevent this from happening, you should avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain. Instead, you can dispose of this by pouring it into a bottle and throwing it away. Also, don’t throw any food waste down the drain unless you run the garbage disposal, and never throw anything made of metal, glass, or plastic into the drain.

In addition, you should clean the drain around once every two weeks. You can do this with a simple, homemade drain cleaning solution. Boil a kettle of water and pour it into the drain. Then pour in half a cup of baking soda and let it work for about 5 minutes. Next, mix a cup of vinegar with a cup of hot water and pour it into the drain. Cover the drain with the plug, and wait for five to 10 minutes. Finally, flush the drain with another kettle of boiling water. To clean your garbage disposal, you can fill it with ice cubes, cover it, and run it for a couple of minutes. The friction from the ice cubes will remove any grease and sediment buildup. Then rinse the drain with boiling water.

How to Keep Your Bath Drain in Good Working Order

Your bath drain might not be as heavily used as your kitchen drain, but it can still get clogged, especially due to hair and soap. You can prevent this from happening by cleaning it once a week. If you have a bath drain with a stop, remove the stop and clean it. Then use the same method as above to clean out the drain itself. You can also use a commercial drain cleaner, but be sure to wear protective gloves and follow the instructions to the letter.

Of course, it’s always possible that despite your best efforts, you can experience a clogged drain or other issues. If you can’t resolve the issue yourself, you’re best advised to call Papalia Home Services as soon as possible. Remember: Paying a little bit of money for some repairs right now can save you a lot of hassle and expenses instead of waiting until the issue gets out of hand!

If you are experiencing drain problems in your home, call Papalia Home Services today! 

By Dan Burrows

The Importance of Annual AC Tune-Ups

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The Importance of Annual AC Tune-Ups

  • Cooling

When the summer heat is blazing, it’s likely that you hang out indoors with your air conditioner on. Because you rely so heavily on your AC to keep you cool and comfortable, don’t you think that it deserves a little love and care?

You should have your cooling system professionally inspected and tuned-up at least once a year. This is especially important before extended periods of use – like the hot summer months. Professional maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your equipment, it prevents costly repairs down the road. Other benefits of an AC tune-up include:

  • Energy efficiency. With any appliance or system working in your home, energy efficiency is extremely important. If your AC is sucking up too much electricity to function, it’s not working efficiently. This can cause your electric bill to skyrocket if it’s left to worsen. A tune-up will let a technician inspect the working condition of your cooling system and make sure that things are running smoothly.
  • Longer lifespan. Think of professional tune-ups as preventative maintenance. The full system check and repair allows an in depth inspection of all your systems features and working parts. A Papalia tech will be able to spot any problems or areas of wear and tear so you will be able to get the most out of your machine.
  • Cleaner air. Did you know that an old or outdated air conditioner can potentially harm your indoor air quality? Pollen, dust, pet dander, and other contaminates can build up in your system over time. When you turn on the AC, it can be released into your air supply and cause a variety of symptoms among those living in your home. Because our tune-ups are thorough, your air filter will be changed and any debris build up will be removed.
  • Reliability. Professional tune-ups make your system more reliable. Every nook, cranny, and working piece of your cooling system is checked and adjusted for maximum function. If any problem areas are discovered during the inspection, your tech will be able to advise you of the best way to fix it.

Why Choose Papalia?

Considering how important it is to keep your home and business premises comfortable and healthy, you absolutely need to know that your AC maintenance company has a reputation for being effective and affordable. When you choose Papalia Plumbing & Heating, you can rest assured that you’re getting a top-rated AC maintenance service. We put your AC needs front and center. We’re not satisfied until you’re 100% happy with the work! When you choose us, you get:

  • Top-rated AC maintenance
  • Prompt and professional service
  • Licensed and background checked technicians
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Transparent pricing
  • Satisfaction guaranty
  • And much more!

Call Papalia today and schedule your AC maintenance. We look forward to helping you stay cool all summer long! 

By Dan Burrows

Generac Service and Sales

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Generac Service and Sales

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Papalia Home Services is Now Certified to SERVICE and SELL Generac!

Papalia Home Services - Certified Generac dealer and repairs

Public safety power shut-offs could leave you without power for days or even long. That means no lights, no refrigerator, no electronics that keep you comfortable and safe. A home standby generator installation from Generac will give you power when you need it most! Whether you need to buy a system or have your existing one services, Papalia Home Services can help.

Why You Need a Standby Generator This Year

  1. Comfort and safety during power outages. This is one of the obvious advantages of having a standby generator. When the power goes out, the standby generator automatically disconnects you from the grid and starts supplying its own power. This means your food won’t spoil, you can still enjoy some electronic entertainment, and you won’t have to worry about extreme temperatures.
  2. Protection from surges. A standby generator will ensure that your electrical systems are safe during power outages, burnouts, and spikes.  These disasters can cause damage to the circuits and may ruin some electronics and appliances. Your generator will automatically disconnect you from the grid when lines fail and reconnect safely when the power returns. 
  3. Increases your property’s value and decreases insurance rates. There’s always the possibility that you will move out of your home someday. If you sell your house, a standby generator on the property will significantly improve its value. In addition, having a standby generator may result in a reduced insurance rate. Standby generators make the property safer by protecting electrical systems. In conclusion, the insurance company may lower their rate if there’s less risk.
  4. Peace of mind. If you have children or other family members at home, you may be worried about their well-being if disaster strikes. You don’t want to think about how they’ll do if the power goes out in the middle of winter while you’re away. A standby generator will help provide your family with power during tough times and let you rest easy.
  5. Permanently installed. There are other kinds of generators that you can buy that are more portable. However, to use one, you have to set it up, and that might not be the best idea during a storm or other natural disaster. Standby generators are a one-time installation, and when it’s installed, it will automatically start working when the utility lines fail.

Why Choose Papalia Home Services for your generator installation?

Even when the worst weather strikes, your standby generator will be there ready to help. Here at Papalia Home Services, we put your family’s safety and comfort first. Our years of experience ensure that your installation and maintenance will be performed by a trusted professional. We’d be honored to provide you with the same peace of mind we have given to the countless customers that are already on board. 

Call us today to schedule your service!

 

By Dan Burrows

A Message To Our Customers

A Message To Our Customers

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TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

We are open and servicing all essential and urgent plumbing, heating, electrical, and drain cleaning issues.

If you require our services at your home you will not need to get close or physically sign a receipt.  Our technicians have been trained to practice social distancing, avoid touching anything unneeded, and to fix the issue and leave as quickly as possible.

We take your health and safety, along with the health and safety of our team, extremely seriously. Your well-being is our top priority at Papalia Home Services. We understand the concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being both responsive and responsible to our customers and staff.

We are following recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are taking extra safety measures and precautions for all of our office employees and field technicians. These include:

  • Limiting our technicians to conduct service only to those homeowners not exhibiting symptoms.
  • Wearing face masks (if possible)
  • Routinely applying sanitizer.
  • Wiping surface areas in our work vehicles and tools after each visit.

For service please call or email us
and we will do our best.
978-897-1701 or care@papaliaservices.com  

We kindly ask that if you or a household member is sick or showing symptoms, please notify us when calling.

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

Sincerely,

James D. Papalia, President

By Dan Burrows

Eight Signs That You Need Sewer Repair

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Eight Signs That You Need Sewer Repair

  • Plumbing

Winter is almost here which means you’re busy insulating your home and protecting your plumbing from the freezing temperatures. Functional plumbing, however, relies on more than just the drains and pipes inside your house. What you flush down your drains and toilets affects the sewer line connected to your house. A damaged sewer line is not just a costly repair; it interferes with your home’s plumbing. If your sewer line is damaged somewhere then you need sewer repair! It’s best to repair it as soon as possible, not just for the sake of effective plumbing, but to prevent backed up sewage, burst pipes, or a flooded basement.

How You Can Protect Your Plumbing

One of the worst problems of a damaged sewer line is the cost. It can cost thousands for a licensed plumber to access and replace a broken section of a sewer line, or clean out the flooded sewage in your basement. Sewer damage can cause water leaks which bring mold into your house and slowly eats away at the foundation. A damaged sewer line can also invite unwanted pests like rats and roaches into your home. Most plumbing catastrophes can be prevented if caught and treated early, and luckily there are plenty of warning signs. To protect your plumbing, here are ten signs to watch for.

  • Slow drain. If you notice the water in your sinks, toilets, and bathtub are having a hard time going down the drain, you might be due for a sewer repair. A slow drain could indicate a clogged pipe, which usually can be resolved with a drain cleaning. If that doesn’t solve the problem, however, then the clog is somewhere much deeper in the sewer line. Sewer line clogs can be caused by a variety of things such as tree roots, flushing down sanitary wipes and other objects, or cracks in the pipe.
  • Low water pressure. Your plumbing is sensitive to water pressure and relies on a good balance of water pressure in order to work effectively. If your showers become disappointing, or it seems little to no water is flowing out of your faucets, it could be time for a sewer repair.
  • High utility bills. If your sewer line is in need of a sewer repair, chances are that you’ll start to notice your utility bills are constantly getting more expensive. Higher utility bills usually indicate a leak somewhere that needs urgent repair.
  • Pools of septic water. A damaged sewer line can result in several different problems, and water leaks can sprout just about anywhere. One big clue if you’re in need of a sewer repair is if you start to find pools of standing septic water inside or outside your home. Your plumbing should never leak, but if you starting finding water where it shouldn’t be, call a plumber right away.
  • Loud gurgling noises. Your plumbing will make some level of noises when the water is running, but it’s important to listen carefully for any unusual noises. If you start hearing loud gurgling sounds coming out of your plumbing, it’s usually an indicator that’s there’s trapped air somewhere inside your plumbing which could be coming from a clog somewhere.
  • Cracks in the foundation. A home in need of a sewer repair should never be ignored, as a damaged sewer line left untreated can eventually lead to structural damage. Some of the most extreme results of a broken sewer line are cracks in your foundation or even sinkholes. If you’re good at maintaining your plumbing, it would be very rare for it to get this bad, but if you find cracks in your foundation, the problem could be with your sewer line.
  • Foul odors. A functional sewer line should always be sealed airtight, meaning no water or gas should ever leak out. If however, you start smelling something foul coming out of your drains or around the house, there could be a crack somewhere in your sewer line.
  • Lush patches of grass. If you notice your lawn is looking particularly green and lush this year that could be thanks to a septic leak. Plants thrive on sewage because it makes for a great fertilizer. Leaking sewage may be good for your lawn, but it’s bad news for your home and plumbing.

Don’t Wait Until Your Home Reeks of Sewage

A damaged sewer line is bad news, especially as it causes expensive damages to your plumbing and home. Luckily you can prevent a plumbing catastrophe, with routine maintenance done to your home’s plumbing and catching a sewer line problem early. If you suspect your sewer line is in need of a repair, don’t hesitate to call a plumber today. A licensed plumber will not safely repair your sewer line, but ensure your home remains sewage free.

Call the professionals at Papalia Plumbing & Heating to schedule your sewer repair service today!

By Dan Burrows

Furnace Maintenance by Papalia

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Furnace Maintenance by Papalia

  • Heating

Furnaces are often uncomplicated and relatively easy to keep up. The purpose of systematic maintenance is effective operation and efficiency so you save on heating costs.  Whatever kind of furnace that is heating the house, there are several steps to take to preserve the heating in prime operating condition.

At Papalia Home Services, we specialize in furnace maintenance as well as installation of new systems!

Why Choose Papalia For Furnace Maintenance?

Safety Features When Working on Heating System

Several safety factors should be considered before working on the furnace. Turn off all power to the heating unit before working on it. At the main electrical panel, remove the fuse that regulates the furnace or trip the circuit breaker. Another alternative is to take out the main fuse or trip the circuit breaker for the power for the entire house. If the circuit trips or the fuse blows continuously when the furnace is turned on, then the problem exists in the house’s electrical system. This issue should be repaired by a professional electrician.

Maintaining a Clean Furnace

If the furnace is dirty, the heating system will run less efficiently and waste fuel. Dirt can reduce the efficiency of all three workings of the system, so cleaning is a significant part of system maintenance. Belt adjustment and lubrication are important steps.

Precautions with a Gas Furnace

If the furnace has a gas power source, and gas can be smelled in the home, the home owner should not turn off the gas and should not use any lights. The first step is to call the gas company and leave the doors open.

Annual Professional Furnace Check

To maintain the heating system in top condition, the furnace should be serviced by a professional once a year. The end of the heating season is the best time to get the furnace maintained. This is the least-busy season for service professionals, so it is possible for the homeowner to get a discount. Service is more likely to be completed more rapidly.

Warranty for Heating System

Another step to take is to purchase an extended home warranty when purchasing the furnace or when arranging to have the furnace serviced. The furnace will be serviced on a regular basis with parts being guaranteed.

No matter what kind of heating system a house has, the homeowner must not wait until the furnace stops working before calling for maintenance. If a heating system is kept up, the homeowner will save cost on fuel and lengthen the life of the furnace.

If you need furnace repair, replacement, or maintenance, call the experts at Papalia Home Services today! Don’t forget to check out our maintenance club!

By Dan Burrows