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Manchester Plumbing, Remodeling, Electrical & Heating Tips


Water Softener vs. Water Conditioner

A water softener is a type of water conditioner. It reduces the hardness of your water. Hard water is caused by the minerals calcium or magnesium. If you have ever noticed a white film on your dishes, you have hard water. A water conditioner is a filter. It removes chlorine and helps to improve the […]




Tankless Water Heater vs. Traditional Water Heater

A tankless water heater provides a continuous supply of hot water from an energy-efficient and space-saving design. It is about the size of a medicine cabinet. Rheem has a wide variety of solutions for tankless water heating needs. Benefits of a tankless water heater A typical tankless water heater measures less than 15″ wide by just […]




What is an Anode Rod?

An anode rod (sounds like “anne” + “ode”) is located in your water heater. The picture below shows what one looks like:   The most common type of anode rods are made of magnesium, aluminum, or zinc. The one pictured above is aluminum. Okay, so what does it DO? Your water heater is made of […]




Wi-Fi Thermostat: control your heat from anywhere

Have you ever arrived at work and thought, “Shoot! I forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner tonight!” Yeah. Us too. Have you also thought, “Shoot! I forgot to turn the heat down!” or “Man, it would be nice to come home to a toasty house.” While we haven’t found a solution […]




Why Surge Protection is Important

A Storrs, CT customer decided it was time for a whole house surge protection system. “My electrical panel was on FIRE,” he worriedly told our dispatcher. His home had been hit by lightning. We sent one of our electricians out immediately to begin the work to get power back on at the residence. We wish we could […]




The Benefits of a Rheem Marathon Water Heater

Replacing your water heater? A Rheem Marathon electric water heater is durable, lightweight and non-metallic. It does NOT require an anode rod. With a seamless blow-molded polybutene inner tank, it is impervious to rust and corrosion. The tough molded polythylene outer shell resists dents, scratches and salt air. No anode rod means no smelly water, normally caused […]




How to Choose a Sump Pump

A sump pump is used in applications where excess rainwater or groundwater needs to be pumped away from a particular area. It sits inside a basin (also known as a sump) that collects this excess water. Types of sump pumps Pedestal – are positioned out of water, above your sump basin. They are good for small […]




Your Private Water System

A private water system works the same as a municipal water system. In most cases, the water is coming from the same aquifer. The main difference with a private water system is that you monitor and control the water, and have individual pressure tanks, instead of a large holding tank or tower. Three parts to […]




5 Water Leak Signs

Drip, drip, drip, drip… You have a water leak – cue the menacing horror music! When you hear that dreaded “drip” noise, it’s often like Chinese water torture. It either drives you insane from the annoying sound, or from the annoying water bill. Unfortunately, any pipe or drain is subject to everyday wear & tear. It […]




Pool Lighting: Why Fiber Optic is Best

The “unofficial” start of summer is finally here! It’s time to start thinking about uncovering that pool and planning family picnics. Maybe a pool party for your recent grad? Or how about relaxing in your spa tub to celebrate the start of your “empty nest”? No matter what your summer entertainment plans are, pool & […]




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