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EARLY REPLACEMENT BOILERS (GAS TO GAS ONLY)

As far as the early replacement of your 30 year old gas boiler, you would have to request an assessment

before August 31, 2015 from MassSave.com and the equipment will have to be installed by October 30,

2015 for you to be eligible for this program. This program helps defer the cost of upgrading your

heating system. If you are considering the early replacement of your boiler you can go onto the

MassSave.com website and click on Rebates and Incentives tab where you can find information on the

programs they offer. While you are in the MassSave.com website there is an area where they talk about

a HEAT loan program at 0% financing. Click on that tab and there will be information about the

financing programs to help cover the costs of installation.

If you would like to set up an appointment for one of our estimators to come out and talk about the

conversion or early replacement of your boiler please feel free to call our office we would be happy to

help. We can be reached at 617-244-6500. We look forward to hearing from you.

August 2, 2015   Comments Off on EARLY REPLACEMENT BOILERS (GAS TO GAS ONLY)

Oil to Gas Conversions

OIL TO GAS CONVERSIONS

Oil to gas conversions are a way to save money on your heating bills for your home and help the

environment. The way the program works is, if you live in the area serviced by National Grid you are

able to purchase the boiler directly through National Grid with our help. By purchasing the boiler

through this program there is a savings on the cost vs purchasing a boiler through a heating contractor.

The homeowner is responsible for the cost of the installation and would require one of our estimators

to come to your home to analyze and inspect your current heating system. This would enable us to

provide you with an estimate and discuss the possible options that you might have. Also, MassSave.com

has a heat loan program for 0% interest. Please look at their website for more information.

August 2, 2015   Comments Off on Oil to Gas Conversions

Start your boilers!!!

The weather is quickly changing and it is a good time to take stock in your winter life in Massachusetts with the cold on its way.  You could start up your boilers and make sure that they are working before the cold sets in.  It wouldn’t be fun to find out that your circulators are not working and your heat doesn’t come up when you want it.  Steam boilers require different maintenance than water boilers.  Steam boilers can knock and bang verses a water boiler where you might hear water rushing through the lines.  Having your system checked and cleaned can help with the different types of noises to make it a quieter system.  A great time to service your system is in the fall so it is ready to go for the cold winter. New boiler installation

September 18, 2014   Comments Off on Start your boilers!!!

Winterizing your outside sillcocks

Once the summer has past and you are getting ready to winterize your home…one thing that can commonly be missed is the winterization of your outside sillcocks.  Sometimes people to turn off their sillcocks and drain them down before we have a winter freeze.  If you miss making sure they are drained out it can lead to a potential water problem should they defrost and have split without you even realizing that it happened.  Make sure that if you have a shut off inside your home you shut it off and turn on the outside sillcock to make sure it has drained out so that this won’t happen to you.

 

 

 

September 8, 2014   Comments Off on Winterizing your outside sillcocks

Heating Season is approaching!

We all know that we don’t want to think about the cold weather to come…but you should try to remember that the fall is the best time to service your heating system for the winter months.  No one wants to find out that their heating system has a problem when the temps are falling and the house is getting cold.  Not all of us have experienced no heat but it really stinks when it is 15 degrees outside and your heating system goes on the fritz.  We recommend that you have your heating system checked before you find yourself shivering and waiting for the technician to come an help you out!

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September 8, 2014   Comments Off on Heating Season is approaching!

Touchless Flush

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Well….Kohler has come up with a new way to use your toilet without having to touch the handle.  Touchless Flush is a new device that works on certain Kohler toilets. Upgrade your toilet to a no-touch flush. This easy-to-install retrofit kit brings a KOHLER touchless flush to almost any toilet. Once it’s installed, just hold your hand over the tank sensor to activate the flush. No handle to touch means fewer germs to pick up or leave behind.

August 12, 2014   Comments Off on Touchless Flush

Watts IntelliFlow

There are ways to prevent catastrophic water damage from your washing machine.  If you have an automatic shut off valve, and  the hose or hoses break when you are not home, the Watts IntelliFlow will shut off your water so that the water will not continue to flow and cause you major flooding anywhere in your home.  The shut off can be installed on new construction as well as existing laundry boxes. These can be installed on washing machine valves that are already in a wall box as well as ones on the outside of the wall.  The following is a picture of the basic shut off.       Protect your home or business with the IntelliFlow™ automatic washing machine shutoff valve and enjoy peace of mind.

April 17, 2014   Comments Off on Watts IntelliFlow

The Advantages of Grab Bar installation in your home.

Grab bars are bars that you install in your shower or bathtub to help you move around. You can find them readily in handicapped bathroom stalls, bathtubs, clinics and hospitals. There are several advantages of getting a few of these installed in your home. For one, it will help you safely move around your bathroom, as getting in and out of the shower can sometimes be a hassle. If you have weak knees, they will take some of the pressure off of rising from the commode. If you simply need something to lean on, these grab bars will provide just that, and best of all, they can go just about anywhere where there is a wall to hang them on.

As a body gets older, it starts to slow down and move a little differently. This can make it so difficult to get out of a shower. With a grab bar, this is made simple once again. Since you can put them anywhere in the shower, you can find yourself having something to hang on to at waist height, or at standing level you have an aide to step out. If you are a person that bathes in the bathtub versus standing for long periods in the shower, having one at the tub level to push or pull yourself up on is ideal – and with the two hundred and fifty pound weight capacity you can pretty much ensure that you can lean as heavily as you like without compromising safety.

Grab bars are especially vital if you have elderly parents or relative living with you. They provide the extra support needed to lift themselves from the toilet which is much safer than placing their hands on the slippery tiles. It is also very useful for those who are handicapped as well.

If getting out of the shower isn’t a problem, perhaps your body has trouble riding from a sitting position on the toilet. If you install on or two bars on each side, the problem is eliminated. Don’t worry – grab bars come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can fit them in even the tightest spaces to lean on, or even in front your toilet so that you can grab onto it and pull yourself up. Grab bars are peened, which makes them a little rough so that there is less chance for your hands to slip.

Grab bars are an essential part to the safety of an elderly or disabled person who wants to stay at home. These items are made so that people can move around safely in an environment that can be quite dangerous for anyone. Children can also benefit for the bars when standing in a tub so that they don’t slip as well.

At Baker Elman Plumbing, we are conscious of the needs of the elderly and handicapped. Hence we now offer a wide range of grabs bars and hand held shower systems that is easy to install and maintain with the goal of making your bathroom and home a safer place.

For more information about grab bars and handheld shower systems, call us at 617.244.6500 or visit us at http://bakerelman.com.

About the Author

Baker Elman Plumbing is the leading Boston plumbing company in the greater Boston area. Their award winning services are unsurpassed and with over 60 years of experience in the plumbing business, they are confident in their ability in offering high quality workmanship at affordable rates.

If you’d like to know more about making your home elderly or disable friendly, let the expert plumbers at Boston plumbing, Cambridge plumbing, Somerville plumbing, Arlington plumbing, Belmont plumbing, Brookline plumbing, Jamaica Plain plumbing, Newton plumbing, West Roxbury plumbing or Watertown plumbing provide you with the appropriate advice and guidance.

April 30, 2011   Comments Off on The Advantages of Grab Bar installation in your home.

Boston plumbing company Baker Elman provides tips on the benefits of installing handheld shower system in your home.

One of the important things to consider when designing your bathroom is the type of hand held shower system that you are going to install. Choosing the right shower system for your bathroom may be confusing as there is a wide array of choices available for you to choose from. Some of the types of showers, which you may consider are the handheld and overhead showers.

If you prefer handheld showers, you can choose from among the different styles. If you are often experiencing leg and back pains, you may try the massage handheld showerheads. This type can relieve stress and relaxes your tired muscles. It has adjustment mechanisms where you can set your desired water level and pressure.

The handheld shower is more suitable, especially if someone in the house is elderly or handicap, as it allows one to control the water pressure and the movement of the water that comes out. It is also great for caregivers because you can get hold of the shower with one hand and your other hand to hold your patient without you getting wet. This also allows the person to sit on a chair and control the water if they like.

Installing the handheld shower is easy. There are several ways to install the handheld depending on your individual needs. It can be used as a showerhead and a handheld or it can be put on a hose that hangs on a cup on the wall. You can also install a slide bar and make it adjustable to the persons height.

Boston’s leading plumbing company Baker Elman Plumbing specializes in installing grab bars and hand held shower systems that caters to the elderly and disabled.

For more information about handheld shower systems, call us at 617.244.6500 or visit us at http://bakerelman.com.

About the Author

Baker Elman Plumbing is the leading Boston plumbing company in the greater Boston area. Their award winning services are unsurpassed and with over 60 years of experience in the plumbing business, they are confident in their ability in offering high quality workmanship at affordable rates.

If you’d like to know more about making your home elderly or disable friendly, let the expert plumbers at Boston plumbing, Cambridge plumbing, Somerville plumbing, Arlington plumbing, Belmont plumbing, Brookline plumbing, Jamaica Plain plumbing, Newton plumbing, West Roxbury plumbing or Watertown plumbing provide you with the appropriate advice and guidance.

April 30, 2011   Comments Off on Boston plumbing company Baker Elman provides tips on the benefits of installing handheld shower system in your home.

Boston Plumbing Company’s David Elman offers expert insights on frozen pipes: Interview with 7 News WHDH.com

NEWTON, Mass. — The cold temperatures on Monday could mean problems in your home, and one of the biggest – frozen pipes.

The subfreezing temperatures have put one bathroom out of commission in Newton.

“The pipe to the bathtub is frozen, and the drain, so it’s not working,” said the homeowner. “No bathtub. No shower.”

David Elman of Baker-Elman Plumbing says he’s been responding to multiple frozen pipe calls all day long.

“No heat. No water – just typical cold weather related issues,” said Elman. “All because of frozen pipes.”

Elman says this particular pipe froze because it was in an uninsulated part of the house over the garage. He says to help prevent frozen pipes, you can insulate the pipe or the area around it, run a faucet connected to the pipe, and for houses with hot water heat, don’t turn the thermostat down at night.

“Keep it at one temperature through the cold weather because the water will circulate more often and won’t freeze,” said Elman.

But Elman says frozen pipes can’t always be prevented.

“Pray for warm weather would be the only way. In some houses there’s no way to prevent it,” said Elman.

Elman says there is one other thing homeowners can do. If the frozen pipe is inside a cabinet, he suggests that you open the cabinet doors to expose that pipe to warmer air.

Click HERE for a complete footage of the video interview with David Elman.

January 25, 2011   Comments Off on Boston Plumbing Company’s David Elman offers expert insights on frozen pipes: Interview with 7 News WHDH.com