Skip to main content
#
Cape Cod Master Plumbers Inc.
Home
Why Choose Us
Plumbing and Heating
Standby Generators
Reviews
Service Area
Contact
giveaway
Blog
  
Blog 
Saturday, January 19 2019

An Import Service Alert from Tim McElroy

After every polar blast, our phones ring with requests from our Cape Cod customers to fix frozen pipes. Here are some tips to help you avoid such expensive repairs and the damage to walls and furnishings that often accompanies frozen pipes. Keep in mind, an 1/8 crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day causing serious damage to your home.

Preventing Frozen Pipes:

  1. Keep your home temperature 68 degrees or higher even if you plan to be away for extended periods.
  2. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow for air circulation.
  3. If supply lines run through your garage walls, be sure to keep the doors shut.
  4. If supply lines run through cold areas, insulate them or install heat tape (available from home centers and hardware stores).
  5. If for any reason you lose heat, run a slow drip from faucets. The cost of wasted water will be far less than repairs to pipes, walls and furnishings should your pipes freeze.

Thawing a Frozen Pipe:

  1. If only a trickle comes out when you open a faucet, suspect a frozen pipe.
  2. Locate the frozen section. Likely places include where your water service enters your home, where pipes run along exterior walls or through non-insulated areas of your home. 
  3. Carefully check the pipe for damage. Copper and plastic lines are particularly likely to split if frozen.
  4. If you have any difficulty locating the frozen area, if it is in an inaccessible area, or if you are NOT ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that there is no damage to the pipe, call your Cape Cod Master Plumbers professionals at 508-317-5525.
  5. If you decide to thaw the pipe, keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. This flow will help melt ice in the pipe.
  6. Apply heat to the section of pipe using a space heater or electric hair drier. DO NOT USE A BLOWTORCH OR ANY OPEN-FLAME METHOD.
  7. Keep applying heat until full water pressure is restored.
  8. Check the water pressure in all other faucets in your home. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
Posted by: Tim McElroy AT 04:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, January 04 2019
Rebates Up to $2,750 Available

Replace Your Aging Boiler or Water Heater and SAVE.

Rebates up to $2,750 are available for replacement of your boiler as part of the mass save(R) program.

To qualify, replacement units must have a certified inspection to assure its age and operation. Installation must be completed by 12/31/19.

Under the same program, up to $800 each is available for the installation of qualifying ultra-efficient water heaters. These rebates are available for both new installations as well as for replacements for existing heaters.

Additional Rebates Available for These Energy-efficient Controls.

  • Rebate of $225 on After-Market Boiler Reset Control. This is an add-on unit. Traditional boilers maintain a constant water temperature (typically 180 degrees F) throughout the heating season. With a boiler reset control, water temperature is reset according to the prevailaing outdoor temperature. During the coldest days, the 180 degree temperature is maintained, but on milder winter days the temperature is lowered maintaining comfort while signifcantly reducing fuel consumption.
  • Rebates of up to $100 are available for the installation of new wireless Energy Star Smart Thermostats.
  • Rebates up to $25 available for installation of new Programmable Thermostats.

Give us a call at 508-317-5525, or click below to schedule your FREE no-pressure/no-obligation consultation.

Schedule FREE No-Pressure Consultation

Posted by: Tim McElroy AT 02:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email