Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

As October winds down homeowners have long ago turned off air conditioners and started up their furnaces to take the morning chill off the house. If you’ve discovered your heating system is already acting up, is sluggish or won’t start at all, it’s not too late to replace it. Call Stan the Plumber and we can make sure all of your heating and plumbing systems are in tiptop shape for the upcoming holiday season. Maintenance and seasonal tune-ups of all your systems will ensure they work efficiently throughout these long New England winters.

Preventing Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

Running Interference on System Failures

Dropping temperatures tend to turn our thoughts to the upcoming holiday season. There are lots of entertaining and family dinners that will be taking place during the next few months and the last thing you need is to have a plumbing or heating system failure in your home. If you’re planning on traveling over the holidays take precautions so your pipes don’t freeze while you’re away. Leave cabinet doors open and keep the furnace turned up to at least 65 degrees. It’s always a good idea to have someone check on your home while you’re away. For complete peace of mind, hire a house sitter and make sure they know where the water supply turnoff valve is located.

Don’t Ignore the Early Warning Signs

Consider if you’ve had warning signs that maybe you keep putting off. Have you noticed water accumulating under appliances in the basement? Is your kitchen sink draining at a snail’s pace? Do you suspect a toilet is leaking or have seen your faucet dripping? Deal with these things now, before the holidays arrive, and you can entertain with a peaceful mind. Give Stan and the Plumb Perfect team a call and we’ll schedule a time to come in and take care of these pesky issues for you.

Stressing the System

Having company staying in your home over the holidays puts added strain on your plumbing systems in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Get your drains running freely long before your guests arrive and they’ll appreciate it immensely. Nobody wants to take a shower standing in 3” of water. If you’re having trouble with a sluggish toilet be sure to keep a plunger in the bathroom that is easily accessible. Then call us and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem for you.

We can fix that dripping faucet

Basic Maintenance for the Homeowner

~ Use a sink strainer in the kitchen sink if you don’t have a garbage disposal. This will prevent food waste from going down the sink drain and blocking it.
~ Keep your drains running smoothly by squirting Dawn dishwasher liquid down your drain with hot water at least once a month to cut the grease.
~ Run the cold water for 30 seconds after using the garbage disposal to push food waste further down the drain.
~ With company coming you won’t want to run out of hot water. Adjust the temperature on your water heater a bit and it will go further.

Call For Emergency Plumbing Services

Stan the Plumber provides a full range of comprehensive plumbing services around Chittenden County in Vermont. Whether you need service, installation or repair, we’re equipped to get all systems in your home up and running in a short amount of time. Give Stan a call at 802-233-5564 and he’ll schedule a time to meet with you.


Upgrade to a Boiler Heating System and Save $100 Now

With autumn officially here we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the temperatures are now falling into the 30s. Foliage is changing fast and frost is in the forecast for northern Vermont. It won’t be long before the snow flies. As we wake up to a chillier house each morning, thoughts turn to our heating systems and when we’ll first turn them on. If you’ve been considering an upgrade, you can get $100 off a furnace and boiler installation and replacement at this time.
 
Upgrade to a Boiler Heating System and Save $100 Now
 
Autumn is your last chance before winter sets in to get that new heating system installed. Don’t make this be another year that you spend in a drafty house with outrageous repair bills for that old furnace. No matter which type of heating system you go with – boiler or furnace — it’s important to consider the advantages of each.
 

How Boiler Systems Work

A boiler heating system uses water to distribute heat throughout the house. We install a network of pipes through the subfloor of each room in your home. When the system is turned on the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the pipes. As the water flows through the network of pipes, the heat radiates off the pipes and into the rooms of your home. Forced air furnace systems, are different in that they use air to circulate heat throughout the house.
 

Advantages of Boiler Systems

A boiler system uses less energy than a forced air system does meaning your electric bills are going to go down. Water is a better thermal conductor than air. This means it warms up faster and retains heat for longer. Boilers also heat rooms much more comfortably than forced air systems, because this method of heat distribution prevents hot and cold spots from forming.
 
Stay warmer with a boiler heating system
 

Local Installation

At Plumb Perfect we can install Weil McLain GV90+ and HTP VersaFlame high mass combination boilers for you in the greater Champlain Valley area. Whether you need the traditional reliability of American made Cast Iron oil or gas boilers, or the latest high efficiency boiler systems, we have the experience necessary to help you make the best choice for your home.
 
High efficiency modulating water boilers are the fastest growing segment in hydronics. These products are generally lightweight, space saving, and utilize advanced controls and operating systems.
 
Cast iron boilers are known for their rugged reliability, operating efficiencies and longevity. Our products range from small residential boilers to the large cast iron models.
 
Give Stan a call at Plumb Perfect at 802-233-5564 when you want to talk heating systems and specifically boilers.