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Manchester Plumbing, Remodeling, Electrical & Heating Tips


Boiler vs. Furnace

The terms “boiler” and “furnace” are often used interchangeably.  They both heat homes and both are large pieces of equipment usually found in a basement. Both boilers & furnaces can be powered by gas or oil. Both can be expensive to maintain and each stands an equal chance of malfunctioning in their lifetimes. Tomato – […]




How to Locate Your Water Shut-Off Valve

Where’s my water shut-off valve?!?! When there’s an unexpected burst heating pipe or your toilet begins to overflow, panic sets in. A million things start racing through your mind and you’re not quite sure where to start to make it stop. We have a few simple steps for you to follow: 1. BREATHE! 2. Locate your […]




Signs You Need a Water Treatment System

What is “water treatment”? A water treatment system improves the condition of the water in your home, using salt or a filter.  If you have “hard” or “smelly” water, a treatment system will take care of that. It will improve the taste of your drinking water, protect your appliances, and can improve the condition of your […]




Troubleshoot Toilet Problems

Chances are, you don’t think too much about your toilet until something doesn’t work properly. The toilet is used multiple times a day and are pretty low maintenance. We scrub the bowl, wipe it down and that’s pretty much the extent, right? However, when it’s not flushing correctly or flushing on its own, it commands […]




Leaky Water Heater: What to Expect

Leaky water heater causes A water heater isn’t made to last forever. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent a leaky water heater. The typical lifespan of this equipment is 10-12 years. If the unit is inspected on at least every two years, you’re prolonging its lifespan. During a water heater inspection, the anode […]




Protect Pipes to Prepare for Winter

Heating season will be here before we know it! Although this weekend’s forecast is calling for temps in the 80’s, winter is just around the corner. We’ve had enough cool autumn mornings to remind us how chilly it’s going to be. Get prepared Last winter season, we had a TON of calls reporting frozen pipes […]




Plumbing Vocabulary: Thingamabobs and Watchacallits

Plumbing vocabulary We sometimes forget that we have our own little vocabulary in the plumbing world. We have to remember that terms we use everyday, are not terms that our homeowners are used to. In fact, if someone walked into our office, they might think we were crazy discussing bonnets and snakes! We’d like to […]




10 Ways to Spot Counterfeit Electrical Products

Counterfeit electrical products or legit? Buying a counterfeit electrical product may save you a few bucks, but is it worth putting the safety of your loved ones and home at risk? The Electrical Safety International Foundation (ESFI) has put together 10 tips to help you spot counterfeit electrical products. What to look for Only a […]




How to Save Money on a Water Heater

Save on an electric water heater There is a $400 INSTANT rebate out there right now to replace your old electric water heater. A heat pump water heater will cut your water heating costs by up to 50%. Energize Connecticut is offering the instant rebate. The heat pump water heater must be ENERGY STAR-certified and […]




Summer Plumbing Issues

Summertime plumbing issues As summer is winding down and back-to-school sales are being advertised, your plumbing may be showing signs of stress. Summer break meant that the kids were home more or that you had out-of-town relatives visiting. The burst of increased usage took a toll on your home’s toilets, garbage disposal, and faucets.  Toilet: Sleepovers, […]




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