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Manchester Plumbing, Remodeling, Electrical & Heating Tips

Benefit of a Frost Free Outside Faucet

Part of the spring & summer ritual is hooking up the outside garden hose. Whether it’s used for watering the garden or washing the car, nothing is as discouraging as to find out the faucet isn't working. Even worse, discovering that the basement has flooded because the pipe feeding the outside faucet has burst! You don't notice the leak until you turn on the spigot. If a hose is left attached outside, water remains in the hose, and backs up into the faucet plumbing. It expands when frozen and...

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 taste of water. It does NOT remove hard minerals. We will discuss the benefits of both water treatment systems in this article. Here is an Aqua-Pure water softener system we installed for an East...

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 2 feet high. It can be mounted on an interior or exterior wall. A typical tank water heater takes up about 9 square feet. A tankless water heater weighs as little...

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 steel. Over time, the minerals in your water can eat away at the steel. This causes rust and corrosion . This is where the anode rod comes in. The magnesium or aluminum of the anode is less resistant than the...

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 to your dinner woes, we CAN help with your climate control. Honeywell carries thermostats that you can control from anywhere! All you need is a computer, smart phone or tablet...and of course, internet access....

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 say this was the only time we've performed this service. Why Lightning and Surge Protection is Important Electrical surges are sudden spikes, also known as surges. They occur in the...

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 by chemical reactions with sulfates. Its lifetime warranty means the tank is built to last for as long as you own your home....

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 basins, as the pump isn't submerged. They are powered by electricity. Submersible - are positioned under water in your basin. They are powered by electricity. Back up - only used in the...

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 your water system Most home water systems include three basic elements, shown in the diagram below: 1. A well or other water source 2. A pump to move the water from the well into the home...

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 can often develop water leaks at the most inconvenient times. (Ever set a beautiful table for a dinner party...only to come back to the water glasses already filled and NOT by...

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