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G&C Saves the Day During Home Evaluation

It was a typical day for the fantastic father and son duo of G&C Plumbing and Heating. The guys were providing excellent service during a home evaluation when suddenly they discovered their customer’s drains were piped completely wrong and illegally, and sewer gases were escaping directly under the new-born baby’s room (GASP)! Luckily, G&C was there to save the day!

“It irritates me that not all “experts” are willing to take the time to make sure things are done properly,” said Greg Sheck, the Grand Master Plumber and repiping extraordinaire from G&C. “This home had passed a home inspection, yet our guys immediately found plumbing leaks and the area where the most sewer gases were escaping were directly under the baby’s bedroom!” (Greg was not happy about how his customer had been treated, in case you hadn’t noticed)

This Requires a Home Repiping

Clean water enters a house at a pressure of 50-60 psi through supply lines. Dirty water, pulled down by gravity, exits through the drainpipes, while air coming through the vents keeps the drains flowing smoothly. “It’s a wonderfully simple and durable system when done properly,” said Sheck. “The network of pipes under your home should last a life time.”

There’s more to proper plumbing than just following the codes and rules.

Planning and installing a system that’s quiet, efficient, and leak free is something of an artform, or super-hero skill. You can actually see the skill in action when you watch the G&C team because they: Take the time to arrange pipes and valves for ease of maintenance, avoid wasting material or weakening framing, and take extra care to wipe joints clean.

When a home system is not done properly, it’s what you can’t see that is the big problem. Underneath the house, the leaky sewage can cause significant damage to your home and threaten the health of your family. Older or improperly installed drainage systems can:

  • Cause serious health risks
  • Cause sewage smells in your home
  • Slow drains
  • Cause toilets to over flow or flood
  • Flood bathrooms when running the laundry or dishwasher
  • Cause leaks from drain pipes in ceiling and walls
  • Result in pipe splits
  • Result in visible corrosion
  • Attract bacteria and sewage bugs (GROSS)

Whether you have older pipes or poorly installed ones, experiencing continual plumbing repair issues is a good indicator that the material is simply not up to the task. These repairs don’t need to be just leaks; constant clogging is also a sign of deteriorating pipes that are keeping water from efficiently flowing. “Interestingly, overly high-water pressure is another sign of poor quality or deteriorating pipes,” said Sheck.

G&C takes the time to do it right

Don’t risk your family’s health to save a buck. When you are looking for a crew to install a home piping system, make sure they intend to include shutoff valves for every fixture and appliance, and plenty of vents.

“Code dictates the proximity of vents to drains and experts should know this,” said Sheck. “If the vent is too far away, it won’t be able to break the vacuum and allow fast drainage so when you pull the plug on say a bathtub, you’ve got 40 gallons of water escape, but if there’s a vacuum, it can pull the water out of all the traps in the house.”

Thanks for Saving the Day, Guys!

The bottom line to ensuring a plumbing system is installed correctly is having a team with the know-how that actually cares enough to spend the time it takes to do it properly. G&C is that team. “We strive to be best customer service company in the plumbing industry,” said Sheck!

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G&C Teams Up with Random Smile Project

The Booster’s Club from King Phillip High School in Wrentham sent out a call for businesses to team up with the Random Smile Project to help renovate the high school’s coveted Snack Shack and guess which amazing plumbing team stepped up to answer the call – G&C Plumbing and Heating – you betcha!

“King Phillip High School is where Christine and I went to school, and when the king calls, I answer,” said Greg Sheck, Grand Master Plumber and life-long Warrior from G&C Plumbing and Heating. (In case you’ve forgotten, Christine is the love of Greg’s life and the “C” in G&C!)

Greg and Brandon Sheck worked with the Random Smile Project to provide plumbing services to renovate the Snack Shack which needed to have new appliances hooked up and all the plumbing updated and set to code.

The Random Smile Project provides a bridge of support to people or organizations in need of assistance. The Project has completed multiple accessibility upgrades and renovation projects like wheelchair ramps, handicap bathroom conversions, and home repair. The Snack Shack remodel is yet another example of how the Random Smile Project promotes the spirit of giving and receiving that reflects the greater good of what a community really is.

“It’s important for us to give back to this community that supports us in so many ways like waves when we drive by in the G&C van, business referrals, and just a great place to call home,” said Sheck.

A bit about Greg’s alma mater and the Snack Shack

King Philip Regional High School is a regional high school in Massachusetts that draws students from Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville. The Warriors compete with eleven other area school districts in the Hockomock League. The school colors are green and gold, and the school mascot is (obviously) “The Warrior.” The Warriors have won several Hockomock League Championships and State titles in recent years including the Division 1A state championship in football in 2016 and 2017. The Snack Shack is the place to see and be seen at all Warrior home games!

G&C worked with the KP Sports Boosters, Random Smile Project, and a local Eagle Scout to help reduce the costs involved in remodeling the iconic Snack Shack. “I can’t wait to go back for a home game and see everyone enjoying the new Shack,” said Sheck.

Thanks for helping out our community, guys!

Ok, we know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the last two weeks to hear more about the dual flush toilet and here we are telling you about all the wonderful things the guys are going outside of work. We promise, we’ve not forgotten!

 

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Importance of Annual Maintenance on Your Instantaneous Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are the bomb! They are quiet and super-efficient, but what many people don’t realize is that tankless water heaters need maintenance as well. And much of the maintenance completed for tank water heaters is similar to the maintenance performed on tanks. Summer is the perfect time to run some annual maintenance on your system.

We’ll let Greg and Brandon from G&C Plumbing and Heating tell you more.

“Scaling can have a major effect on a water heater because the mineral buildup clangs around in the tank and causes problems with pressure, temperature, and potential corrosion,” said Greg Sheck, Grand Master from G&C. “Tank water heaters need flushing every now and then to offset this effect.”

  • Water has a high content of minerals in it – Calcium and magnesium being the most common. When mineral deposits are left behind in appliances or pipes, it’s called “scaling.”
  • Scaling can affect the heat exchanger of your tankless water heater. “That’s what heats up the water in the first place” said Greg. “You need it to be clean, so the water heats efficiently.”
  • Scaling makes your burners work harder and can overwork an on-demand system to the point that it breaks down – noooooooo!

The guys at G&C use a noncorrosive solution to clean the heat exchanger and recommend you have them come out to service the system annually. Otherwise, you can see what happens here when you DON’T keep the filter clean.

Even with annual maintenance, most tankless systems typically last for about 20 years. If your system starts to fail much sooner than this, it may be due to a lack of maintenance and whether you start to do it yourself or call Greg and Brandon, here are some things to know and assist with maintenance tasks:

  • What type of water heater do you have?
  • Is your water heater natural gas, electric or propane?
  • Is it a basic tank or a tankless design?
  • What is the serial number?
  • How do you turn off the water?
  • How do you shut off the fuel or power supply?
  • Is the water heater area clear?

The more you know is better for the guys – that’s what they tell us, anyway! If you need help or have questions about your instantaneous water heater (any water heater, actually) please give Greg and Brandon a call and they’ll be happy to help keep your system in good working order.

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Introducing Mr. Casey Perry

Last time we introduced you to G&C Plumbing and Heating’s new team member, and next Star Lord, Chris Goguen. This time we have another awesome team member to tell you about – Casey Perry! But, listen, we need to admit ahead of time we totally let Casey down in finding that one awesome superhero/actor/singer/social light to make “punny” famous references to, like we did for Chris. Nothing worked and let me tell you we tried. Here is the list so you know we put some serious effort in: Perry Mason, Steve Perry, Katy Perry, Perry Como, Tyler Perry, and Bryan Ferry.

Sorry Casey.

What were we going to do, tell you Casey Perry is a master plumber and gas fitter master process pipe fitter just like Perry Mason was a master public defender and only lost one case on black and white reruns?

Or that Casey Perry was drawn to working at G&C Plumbing and Heating because of their core values and pride in customer service just like Katy Perry was drawn to becoming a judge on American Idol as a way to revive her popularity?

We spent days trying.

This was one of our best: The name of Tyler Perry’s next hit movie could be “Casey Perry” makes repairs on frozen plumbing pipes under a mobile home in negative temperatures and doesn’t loose his mine. See, we used Casey Perry there instead of the Tyler Perry because plumbing repairs under mobile homes in the freezing cold are one of the craziest jobs Casey Perry has ever done and Tyler Perry make movies with sarcastic and often long titles.

Forget it.

(Casey Perry does bring professional and friendly service to G&C just like Steve Perry brought real talent to Journey – that’s just the honest to goodness truth).

So, we are going skip the hoopla and straight-up introduce you to this great guy who’s working with Greg, Brandon, Christine, and Chris at G&C. Here are some interesting facts:

“I have 20 years of plumbing and heating experience and a willingness to learn from and teach my co-workers,” said Perry (not Steve, Katy, or Tyler).

  • Casey tells us that if he were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one item with him, it would be his torch – and that is pretty darn smart (although Christine would bring a boat).
  • When friends or family try to trick Casey into coming over to fix their plumbing he tells them to “get the food cooking!”
  • Finally, and this is a good one, Casey’s favorite plumbing joke is “your brown is our green.”

Welcome Casey!

The guys are super happy to have you onboard and we know customers will enjoy your professionalism!

 

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Heater’s Still Standing

We’ve spent the better part of this spring talking about your heating system miraculously making it through the wicked winter of 2017. Some of you realize this past winter was certainly your heater’s last stand, making now the best time to hook yourself up with a new unit. But, what about the rest of you with heating systems that still have a few good winters left in em? What about the heaters that are still standing strong? Is there anything you can do to make a decent system more efficient? The guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating have just the news for you!

Boiler Add-Ons

If you heat your home using a hot water boiler, there is an easy way to improve the efficiency of your system and save money without having to replace the boiler itself. All you need is a boiler outdoor reset control.

A what?

A boiler outdoor reset control can be installed on an existing boiler to automatically adjust the temperature of the water heated by the boiler based on the outdoor temperature. “With boiler water temperatures adjustable, you can improve the comfort of your home, the lifespan of your heating equipment, reduce standby energy loss, and lower your heating bills by an average of 10 percent,” said Grand Master Plumber Greg Sheck from G&C. All you have to do is call the guys at G&C to install it.

Boilers are traditionally designed to heat water to peak temperatures, anywhere from 160-200 ºF. This temperature range typically keeps your home comfortable even the coldest days of the year in New England. “In the spring and fall, and during some of the wacky winter days when we get in the 50’s, you don’t need peak temperatures from your boiler even though you still need heat to keep your house comfortable,” said Sheck. “Without a boiler outdoor reset control, your boiler doesn’t adjust according to the mild or wild temperatures, it heats water to peak whether you need it or not.” At peak temps, your using energy you don’t need, which is like throwing money out the window.

More Mass Save Benefits

To help more people realize the benefits of outdoor reset controls, the Sponsors of Mass Save® are offering rebates of up to $225 on controls for natural gas boilers and up to $100 on controls for oil and propane boilers. That’s free money from Mass Save that you just can’t pass up, especially if you know your boiler is good for a few more winters! For more information about Mass Save rebates, click here or call the guys at G&C and they will happily walk you through it.

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Heater’s Last Stand

Raise your hand if when you turned off the heat last month you were amazed your system lasted through winter because you’re pretty sure it’d been circling the drain since Thanksgiving.

Hands down.

Greg and Brandon Sheck from G&C Plumbing and Heating know you don’t want to talk about heat after the winter we just survived, but now is actually the best time of the year to make some critical decisions about your heating system. “Because you don’t need it right now,” said Grand Master Plumber Greg Sheck. So, whether you’re certain of your system’s impending death or just curious, Greg and Brandon want you to do them a favor…

Go over to your heating system, right now, and run a quick test to make sure it’s in proper working order. “Don’t worry, running a test on your heater isn’t technically the same as turning it on,” said Greg for those still suffering from the psychological effects of March.

  • Move the thermostat switch to the “heat/on” position and turn it up at least 10 degrees higher than the actual room temperature.
  • Listen carefully. Within a few minutes, you should hear your heating equipment jump into action.
  • If the equipment doesn’t start up, press the reset button on your burner’s relay. Press it just once.
  • If your system still doesn’t start, consider these points:
    • Are the emergency switches on? (There may be two: one at the stairs and one at the unit)
    • Did the fuse or circuit breaker for your equipment trip?

If the system kicks on, good! But, Greg wants you to consider a few things while it’s humming:

  • How many times in the past three years have you had the system serviced? Check out your service history to review the dollars spent. “If the numbers are creeping up there, you might want to invest in a new high-efficiency system instead of return-repair visits,” said Greg.
  • Are there any abnormal smells or funky noises? A bump or two from the basement is to be expected, but “if you hear excessive humming, clunking, banging, or smell strange odors, that’s not good and even if you don’t replace the system, it certainly needs a check-up.”
  • Is the air dry or dusty? Noticeable amounts of dust or drastic changes in air humidity can be symptoms of a declining heating system.

“We don’t want folks to sit back, enjoy their spring and summer and then find themselves in October with a faulty system,” said Brandon Sheck. “That is actually the worst time to make critical decisions about your heating system because that’s when you need it.”

G&C is pleased to offer financing options for pro-active customers this spring. “We have a 12-month financing option with 0 percent interest if you pay it off in said months, or longer terms like 60 to 84-month options for about six to nine percent interest,” said Brandon who is glad this gives customers peace of mind about coming up with money upfront for something they don’t even want to talk about when the weather is nice.

If you’re suspicious that your heater may have made its last stand over the winter, call the guys at G&C Pluming and Heating to get some honest advice and suggestions about what you should do right now.  In addition to financing options, Greg can tell you about some helpful MASS Save rebates that will also help.

We’ll tell you all the details next time!

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Plumbers Without Cracks

To follow-up on G&C Plumbing and Heating’s THIRD Angie’s Super Service Award, we figured we’d fill you in on how this A + customer service providing and major award-winning team does business!

Father and Son

It’s incredibly refreshing to know that when Greg and Brandon Sheck come into your home they are acting not only as excellent customer service providers, they are also acting as a father and son team – there is a level of respect and care in this working combination that elevates the service they provide to something pretty cool.

“My dad taught me from a young age to be respectful. That’s why we both think it’s important to wear booties on our shoes in our customer’s home, place mats down for our tools to protect our customer’s floors, and pick up after ourselves,” said Brandon who probably takes his shoes off at home too.

“One thing we hear often is how we’re the only plumbing company to answer the phone or to return a phone call. Not just within a day or so, but to return the phone call at all,” said Greg who is super happy is wife Christine is great with customers on the phone.

Over the years, the father and son team has added crew members to their A+ business. Even though the “new” guys may not be related, Greg and Brandon treat them like family and expect them to treat customers in the same fashion G&C has always run the family business.

  • They believe in treating people how they would like to be treated.
  • They get a lot of work from word of mouth and strive to keep those words positive.
  • They are polite and personable with customers and even their pets.
  • They feel it’s a lot easier to be nice to people than to be mean to them.

Greg’s Story

Greg worked for the same plumbing company for 14 years and was fairly happy until his boss changed his business model in an attempt to make a quick buck and “things went downhill real fast,” said Greg.

In 2005, G&C Plumbing and Heating was born.

As a Master Plumber of his own company, Greg worked for well-known builders and general contractors in the Franklin, MA area until the housing crash of 2009, when “five general contractors filed for bankruptcy all at the same time -that was tough,” said Greg.

Always an optimist, Greg used the crash as an opportunity to change the G&C business model and started working exclusively for homeowners doing residential service and repair work. “Turns out it was the right move, business has never better.”

Brandon’s Story

Brandon participated in wrestling year-round and it taught him a little something about having a strong work ethic. He took his energy to Westfield State where he was regularly on the Dean’s List and eventually graduated with a 3.3 GPA in Business and Marketing.

“During summers and school vacations, I would do plumbing with my dad to earn spending money for the next semester,” said Brandon. But, after a few years of working with his dad, he started to realize he was incredibly talented at the plumbing practice. He enjoyed figuring out the best way to solve plumbing problems and became serious about learning the trade and family business.

Although their personal and professional approach to business has blessed the guys at G&C with a dedicated client base, Brandon has applied his business and marketing education to help bring G&C Plumbing and Heating’s marketing strategies into the now. His efforts have made finding G&C Plumbing and Heating much easier by focusing on their website, business partnerships, and social media – He was the guy who came up with the idea of writing this absolutely amazing, potentially award winning, blog!

And that’s the story

A father and son team working hard to serve their community. They know your name, and you recognize the G&C Truck as it travels back and forth across southern Mass. It’s a great story when you think of it: A successful local business that helps friends and neighbors.

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Let’s Hear It for The Boys…

You sang. We know it.

New England’s premiere father and son plumbing and heating team, Greg and Brandon Sheck, who pride themselves in being professionals that return your call, show up on time, and keep their glutes completely covered have won The Angie’s Super Service Award for the third year in a row!

“We would like to thank our customers for supporting us,” said Greg. “This is such an honor and makes all of our hard work worth it.”

In case you’ve just emerged from under a rock, Angie’s List is a consumer-driven organization that collects customer satisfaction ratings on local service companies in more than 720 categories. They provide an exclusive list of these companies to members based on feedback from local consumers.

G&C Plumbing and Heating, along with all the other 2017 Super Service Award winners, had to meet strict eligibility requirements, which included maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade. The SSA winners had to be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, submit a current trade license verification, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted.

“This award not only honors providers who have excelled in the past year, but also makes it easier for consumers to identify high quality service providers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks in a statement. “The Super Service Award logo has come to be a symbol that consumers look for as a sign of quality, and a tradition for many top-rated service pros.”

We knew the guys at G&C did their homework!

The 2017 SSA covers performance from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017. Service professionals who have earned and accepted the award will have distinctive badges displayed on their company profiles identifying them as 2017 SSA winners. Companies must earn this award each year based on the prior year’s performance and will have the 2017 SSA badges on display until January 1, 2019.

Give a honk to the guys and their new badge the next time you see them drive by in their famous G&C truck!

Congratulations guys!!

 

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G&C Knows Heating

In New England, we have a variety of heating systems; furnaces, boilers, and pumps to name a few. When sitting in our living room, enjoying the Olympics, we’re not too concerned about how the heat gets to us, just that it does and that it follows us everywhere in the house.

As the temps outside fluctuate wildly (as they are now), it can be tough on a central heating system and sometimes cause it to go belly-up. Should that happen, the guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating think it’s good to be in the know just in case you have to shop around for a replacement system.

Furnaces

Furnaces are how the majority of North American households’ heat. “This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system,” said Grand Master Plumber and Heating Expert Greg Sheck.

Basically, a furnace works by mixing fuel with air to create a fire. The flames heat an exchanger which produces hot air. The air is pushed by a furnace fan and forced through ductwork downstream of the heat exchanger. “These types of systems used to be big energy guzzlers, but as the demand for conservation has increased, the standards on furnaces have gone up dramatically,” said Sheck.

Boilers

Instead of carrying heat in warm air like a furnace, boiler systems distribute heat in hot water which then gives up heat as it passes through radiators or other devices in rooms throughout the house. The cooler water then returns to the boiler to be reheated.

Long ago they used steam boilers which boiled water and then steam carried heat through the house, condensing to water in the radiators as it cools. This technology, although effective, was very inefficient. Today, boilers are considered top of the line in energy conservation, especially in on-demand systems and radiant heat components.

Heat Pumps

“Heat pumps are basically two-way air conditioners and are very popular,” said Sheck. Heat Pump are often considered the wave of the future for energy conservation. There are a few common types of heat pumps:

  • Air-source heat pumps use the outside air as the heat source in winter and heat sink in summer.
  • Ground-source, or geothermal, heat pumps get their heat from the constant temperature underground.
  • Ductless heat pumps distribute energy through refrigerant lines instead of water or air.

Now You Know

Those are a few of the common central heating systems you run into in today’s heating system market. If you are one of the unlucky few who find themselves heatless as the outdoor temps go up and down like a yo-yo this month, call Greg and Brandon today, they can go over more specifics about which system would be best for your home. G&C knows heating!