4 Advantages to Using a Sump Pump in Massachusetts

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4 Advantages to Using a Sump Pump in Massachusetts

  • Plumbing

A sump pump is a kind of pump used to remove water build-up in basements and other crawlspaces by depositing it into a building’s wastewater system. They are useful for any home or building located somewhere with a high water table. Sump pumps require professional help to install but are simple to operate once it’s hooked up to your drainage system. If you’re looking to protect your basement, we can help you install a sump pump in Massachusetts.

Here are four of the benefits you can expect from installing one:

  1. Prevent flooding damage. While sump pumps are good at dealing with gradual water build-up, they really shine when dealing with large-scale flooding. If torrential rains cause your basement to flood, you could easily have over a foot of flooding. This could be disastrous if you store anything valuable in the basement. Fortunately, a working sump pump can prevent this problem.
  2. Reduced mold and mildew. If you have stagnant puddles of water and constant dampness in your basement, molds, and mildew are likely to grow there. Not only can this damage building materials and other goods, but it can also cause various health problems. Having a sump pump can keep your basement dry and avoid heavy mold and mildew growth.
  3. Increase property value. This may be an obvious advantage, but homeowners like it when their homes, current or future, are protected from damage. Consequently, installing a sump pump in your home can help maintain its value and keep the structure of the house from being compromised by water damage.
  4. Reduced fire risk. “Less fire” may sound like a strange benefit for owning something that keeps your basement dry. However, flooding is a big cause of electrical fires. The water that builds up in your basement can cause short circuits in any appliances you might have down there, like washing machines and heating systems. Even if the water doesn’t cause a fire, your appliances will be ruined. A sump pump can protect your appliances from water damage and electrical fires caused by said damage.

Why is Papalia the one to install a sump pump in Massachusetts?

Since 1990, Papalia Home Services has helped people in the Boston West Metro Area with their homes. This area of the States has a high water table and frequent issues with run-off, so it’s important to get flood protection. Here at Papalia, we can offer 24/7 service from trusted professionals who know all the latest technology. If you need to install a sump pump in Massachusetts, call on Papalia today and protect your home!

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Plumbing Leaks And The Problems They Can Cause

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Plumbing Leaks And The Problems They Can Cause

  • Plumbing

Leaks that are left to worsen can cause serious damages to your home! Whether they’re big or small, the damage can still be done. If you suspect that you have a plumbing leak in your home, it’s important that you call the plumbing experts at Papalia Home Services as soon as possible to prevent costly repairs and damages down the road. Here are some warning signs of a leak:

Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

  • Mold or mildew. These are telltale signs of a leak! When enough water accumulates, they can grow easily and rapidly. If you can see it, or you can smell it, it needs to be taken care of immediately. Not only can they result in costly repairs, they can cause breathing related illnesses to pop up in your home.
  • Damaged walls. Whether it’s paint, wallpaper, or wood, it’s possible for water damage to occur. Keep an eye out for any sagging or droopy spots, as well as discoloration.
  • Warped walls and doors. Any type of leak or water damage is very harmful to wood, and wooden walls and doors are no exception. While the damage might be slight at first, it’s a good idea to check your walls for any curved planks, uneven surfaces, or changes in color.
  • Condensation. If your walls appear to be sweating, it’s because there’s a leak somewhere inside your wall. A “sweating” wall or condensation is usually the result of excessive moisture accumulating behind a wall.
  • Damaged flooring. It’s important to not only watch your walls and ceilings, but your floors as well, as hidden leaks can happen beneath tile and wood planks. Be on the lookout for warped wood, stains, soft areas, loose or cracking tiles, peeling caulk, and damp carpet.
  • Foundation problems. House leaks can also happen underground. If you notice there are cracks in your garage floor, it could be due to an underground waterline leak. Broken pipes beneath your house can lead to soil erosion, causing parts of the house to settle at a lower level.
  • Warm or damp floors. A damp floor can indicate a plumbing or foundation leak, but if your floors are both damp and warm, the problem may have to do with your water heater. Hot water leaks are another potential problem, and if your water heater isn’t the culprit, you may have a sewer line leak. Hot water leaks are especially problematic, as mold grows faster with hot water.

How Papalia Home Services Can Help

Papalia Home Services provides leak detection services for both residential and commercial slab leaks. We will determine the problem with accuracy and efficiency. When addressing slab leaks, our plumbers are professionally trained to:

  • Pin-point the source of the damage
  • Determine the best course of action for resolving the issue considering all relative factors
  • The typical approach to slab leak repairs is  to remove flooring and concrete to disconnect the affected areas, then install a new water line. We will  provide other options to help minimize the destructive impact on the affected areas

Don’t wait until your home suffers damage – at the first sign of a leak call Papalia Home Services today! 

 

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Ways to Cut Costs While Using Your Hot Water Heater

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Ways to Cut Costs While Using Your Hot Water Heater

  • Plumbing

Think about how often you use hot water in your home. Every time you take a shower, scrub the dishes, or throw a load of laundry into the washer, you are using your hot water heater. Frequent use may be necessary, but it can potentially cause your water bill to skyrocket. Here are a few ways to cut costs while using your water heater:

Use Less Water

This is the most obvious way to save money. People use a great amount hot water when they shower. By tweaking your shower habits a little, you can save a good amount of money. Try taking warm showers instead of cranking the heat all the time. You can also use cold water to wash your clothes. Not only does it help to preserve your clothing, so they last longer – it cleans just as well as hot water!

Turn Down the Temperature

Your hot water stays the same temperature 24/7. That means that the water is constantly hot and ready to be delivered to you through your pipes. As you can probably imagine, this requires a lot of energy. By turning down the set temperature on your water heater, you can save. This cuts energy usage drastically and can help you save on your utilities. If you’re unsure about how to go about setting the temperature, as a professional for assistance.

Switch it Off When Appropriate

If you’re going on a trip or you know that you will be away from your home for a lengthy period of time, its perfectly find to switch off your water heater. Most models only take an hour to reheat after cooling completely, so be sure to give it time before hopping into the shower. If you’re not around to use the hot water, why should it have to stay hot?

Insulation

Your tank should be insulated! Any tank that isn’t can suffer massive heat loss which is a major waste of energy. Insulation is inexpensive and can save you on your utilities. Try touching your tank – if it’s warm to the touch it means you’re losing heat.

Set a Timer

Programmable timers on electric models can shut the heat off when you don’t need it. You don’t need hot water while you’re asleep in bed or away at work for the day. Again, it’s important to remember that it does take a while to heat back up. Just be sure that your timing is thought out and you won’t even notice that its off!

Invest in a Newer Model

Most hot water heaters have a lifespan of 8-12 years. With the modern technology of the past few years, it’s almost guaranteed that your older model is outdated. It may seem like it’s working perfectly, but all models lose efficiency as they age. An inefficient machine requires more energy to operate, which can put a dent in your wallet when its time to pay your utilities. Investing in a new machine will save you money in the long run, so call Papalia if you have any questions about selecting a replacement.

Go Tankless With Papalia!

With a tankless water heater, water is heated instantly, only when you need it. Instead of wasting money and energy with a constantly heated tank, the tankless water heater creates hot water the second you turn on the faucet. Because the water is heated on demand, you’ll never run out!

If you are thinking about making the switch to a tankless water heater, call Papalia today! We’re ready to help! 

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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

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