Clogged Toilets

toilet For many new homeowners, the assumption may be that the adventure is over once you’ve actually bought your dream house. Existing homeowners, however, would almost certainly beg to differ. After all, getting the house could be said to be just the beginning. There are indeed quite a few stories to be told once this biggest investment of a lifetime has been made of course; actually living in that house makes this the case.
Living in a new house requires a person to relearn many things, and learn some new things along the way as well. Life skills and life lessons are all there for the new homeowner to pick up, not least of them making sure the house remains in good living condition and everything in it continues to make the investment worth the while. There is also the need to make sure to do this to avoid racking up even more costs, such as raised utility expenses due to inefficient or faulty fixtures or even repair bills for when things fall apart.
One room that commonly goes unnoticed when maintenance and repair discussions are being had is the bathroom. Actually one of the more important rooms in the house, the bathroom has plenty of fixtures that rely on precise installation and reasonably capable maintenance work to keep them in good working order. Of course, this usually goes unnoticed and ignored until the inconvenience of having a non-working shower or toilet comes up.
How do you know your toilet is blocked? Blocked toilets commonly have a few features in common. Water that isn’t going down or takes a while to go down is one of the most obvious signs – a bad clog in particular will have the water not just refuse to go down, but instead even go up and overflow over of the bowl.
One of the most common reasons behind blockage is toilet paper – not all toilet papers dissolve easily, and buildup can result in clogging. Cotton balls, Q-tips, hair and items other than the toilets intended purpose flushed down the toilet as a means of disposing them will almost certainly result in blockage, so avoiding this and making sure disposal is instead done properly will go a long way toward keeping your toilet clear of clogs.

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FURNACE FILTER TIPS

 furnaceIt’s no secret that air filters are an important part of your HVAC system – they keep the air in your home pure, they keep you healthy when they’re clean and the furnace runs more efficiently the list goes on. Here are some tips to make sure you’re making the most of your air filters and HVAC system, and keeping you and your family healthy and comfortable.

• Buy at least three filters at a time and store them near your furnace. This will reduce any procrastination to change your air filters when necessary, and in turn you’ll be keeping the air in your home clean and healthy.
• Always turn off your furnace at the service switch before replacing the air filter. It’s the easiest way to ensure your safety from any accidental start-up of the furnace.
• Your home environment and how often you run the heat or air conditioning can affect how dirty your air filter is. If you have no pets or few items collecting dust in your home, your filter will not get dirty as fast.
• If you are unsure about what type, size, or style of air filter you need, or if you’re unsure how to change out the filter, give DENOMMEE Plumbing & Heating a call at 978-649-8886 or schedule an appointment online at www.denommeeplumbing.com to help. Our technicians can show you the basic maintenance needs of your HVAC system and its air filters.

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WiFi Thermostat Deal Update !

2013-02-13_15-01-21_126We have scheduled 2 WiFi thermostats for installation so far, 8 more to go and We will be installing one at the Jack Trottier Up~Fit project for free. Share this with everyone you know who may be interested on the latest thermostat technology. Check out our Deals/ Rebates page at www.denommeeplumbing.com for details

Test Your Toilet for Leaks

Toilet1Avoid Losing Money Due To a Leaking Toilet

A leaking or constantly running toilet does one thing very well – WASTES WATER. Not only does it increase your water bill, but it some cases, becomes annoying to listen to it as the toilet starts and stops throughout the day and night. At times the home owner does not realize there is a leak because the water is leaking just enough so that the water is continually filling.

So what causes the leak? Typically it is the result of a bad stopper / flapper. If you lift the lid off the tank of your toilet, you’ll see the rubber stopper at the bottom center of the tank that drops and creates a seal after flushing.

If you suspect your toilet might be leaking, here is a helpful tip from Denommee Plumbing & Heating, Inc. that you can do with food coloring that does not require a plumbing service call:

* Take the lid off of your tank, and temporarily remove any toilet cleaners you may have inside the tank that adds color to the water. Flush the toilet so that the water is clear.

* Grab a bottle of food coloring and add some to the water in the tank. Add enough to make the water-color change.

*. Allow the toilet to sit for 15-30 minutes without use. See if any food coloring has entered the toilet bowl. If it has, you have a leak.

If you need further assistance, give Denommee Plumbing & Heating, Inc. a call at 978-649-8886 or schedule an appointment online at www.denommeeplumbing.com

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Generator Storm Safety

Generac Generator

Generac Generator

Old man winter is at our door step once more with one whopper of a storm. The potential for a sustained electrical power loss is all to real. If you have an automatic back-up generator please be sure to remember to clear at least 2 feet of snow from all sides. This will ensure the unit has adequate air for combustion, space to allow the exhaust gas to excape and to ensure the unit has adequate air for proper cooling. If you’ve invested in an emergency generator the last thing you want is to have it damaged or to have it fail when you need it most because it was starved for proper air. Be cautious when removing snow not to damage the external wiring, gas piping or the flexible gas connector. Take a few minutes before the snow falls to locate these connections to ensure you don’t accidentally damage them when shoveling.

If you have an issue please remember Denommee Plumbing & Heating is a Generac factory authorized dealer and we have factory trained repair technicians on staff. We also carry thousand of dollars in replacement parts and are authorized to perform Generac’s warranty repairs. We also install Generac’s full line of generators.

If you have a standard gasoline generator, please remember to keep the generator a safe distance from flamable material and be sure the exhaust is free from obstruction. Never run the generator inside the house or garage even if the door is open! Be sure to shut the generator down prior to refilling and check the oil level every time you refill the fuel. Make sure you have extra fuel on hand, last time people had a heck of a time finding fuel since most gas stations had no power also. Make sure you put fuel stabilizer in the gasoline, today’s gasoline doesn’t last as long with out spoiling. Bad fuel can really cause you big headaches.Test your generator before the storm and don’t wait until it’s too late. Make sure it starts, properly idles and produces power. Make sure if you don’t have a manual or automatic transfer switch that the main breaker is in the off position. If you accidentially backfeed the street you could injure or kill a worker on the other end of the line or permanently damage the generator. Don’t backfeed the house through an outlet, this could cause a fire. Be sure to conserve as much energy as possible, always shut a light out before turning another one on. If you have a fully automatic natural gas or propane enclosed generator installed by Denommee Plumbing & Heating Inc. you don’t have to worry about this stuff. Just sit back relax and let the generator and automatic transfer switch do their job.

Stay Warm, Guy

Important storm safety for high efficiency furnaces, boilers and water heaters.

2013-02-07_14-46-18_987With up to two feet of snow expected in the next day or two, it’s important to keep flue outlet and combustion air inlet pipes in mind. These pipes can be located two feet or less from the ground can become obstructed by snow during wind-blown storms. There are generally two pipes, one for the combustion (flue) outlet and one for the combustion air (fresh air) inlet. Sometimes only one pipe is used (mostly water heaters) or the outlet might be square as shown in the photo. White PVC pipe like the sample in the photo is the most common type and usually has a 45 degree or 90 degree fitting attached to the end. These PVC pipes can be 2″, 3″ or even 4″ diameter in size. Some are made of metal and look like a standard or large dryer vent, these are usually on oil-fired systems and some older gas fan assist models.These pipes can exit within a few feet of the ground, higher up on the walls or through the roof. Even the roof outlets can become obstructed in drifting snow. Lots of older houses won’t have these pipes at all and use a standard chimney so don’t be surprised if you don’t have one at all. These pipes can easily become obstructed by drifting snow or ice during a storm. With newer installations a sign will be attached to the wall that says “gas vent located directly below” and the sign should be at  height of 8′ from the ground. Both the inlet or the outlet pipe must be free from obstructions for the unit to function properly. If either is obstructed the unit will shut down as a safety. This safety is to prevent the accidental release of carbon monoxide into the living space, prevent the over heating of the combustion chamber or to protect the unit from damage. Never disable a safety device to try to get the heat running. If you clear the vents and the system still won’t start, call the professionals at Denommee Plumbing & Heating to check it out. Always be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in the utility room/ area with the furnace or boiler and also on all floors with bedrooms. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, give us a call and we can arrange to install them for you.

It would be a good idea to take a few minutes to walk around your house before the storm, locate these pipes and be sure to pay close attention to them during the storm. Make sure they are clear from obstructions and shovel drifting snow as needed. A few minutes today could save you hours of shoveling trying to locate them in a large drift tomorrow night. Keeping them clear just might keep your family warm and safe and could also prevent an emergency service call during the storm. If you have a problem with your heat during the storm just call our Denommee Plumbing, Heating & Cooling office at 978-649-8886 and don’t forget to check out our website www.denommeeplumbing.com for more helpful hints.

p.s If you have a gas generator make sure to keep it free from drifting snow also, a clear area of 2′ should be present around gas generators during winter months.

Hydronic Heating System Maintenance

IMG_9541Can you hear the water flowing through your baseboard heat? Do they make a gurgling sound? If so, you have air in your baseboard heat lines and your system needs to be purged.
The air in the lines cause low heat output and increased heating fuel consumption. Give Denommee Plumbing & Heating a call at 978-649-8886 or request an appointment online at www.denommeeplumbing.com to have a technician clean and tune your heating system, it will save you money in the long run.

High Efficiency Furnace Regulation Postponed

Recently, home owner’s looking to replace their furnaces had until May to do so without being required to purchase a furnace that was at least 90% efficient. If you were in the market for a new furnace these last few months, chances are you were urged to purchase sooner rather than later so that you would not be held to these standards and you could save some money. However, officials have postponed the regulation that would go in to effect in May, stating that the proposal would be revisited again in one year.
This is a plus for homeowners looking to do some home projects, including upgrading their furnace, as lower efficiency furnaces are often cheaper than the 90% efficient models. The downside, noted by environmental groups, is that this amendment would have saved billions of dollars in heating bills and reduced emissions that contribute to global warming.
So for at least another year, home owners can purchase furnaces without any efficiency regulations.
If you’re in the market for a new home heating system or have questions regarding the energy efficiency of your system, give Denommee Plumbing & Heating a call at 978-649-8886 or visit our website www.denommeeplumbing.com to schedule an estimate online.