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Halloween

Decorating for Halloween? Don’t Forget the Outside Faucets.

Really! Make the most out of Halloween décor and toss in these outdoor plumbing tweaks recommended by the great guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating. You’ll feel good about yourself!

Even though it’s been unusually warm out this fall, we all know that eventually the temps will drop – probably overnight when we all left the windows open. “No matter the weather, we always recommend customers turn off their outside faucets or sillcocks in October so it’s done and out of the way for when we’re hit with the cold,” said Brandon Sheck, Plumber Extraordinaire and all around good guy. “It’s very important to disconnect hoses as water will become trapped in the line and cause the outside faucet to freeze and split when it’s cold out,” said Brandon who didn’t go into the sort of mess this could make, but use your best Halloween inspired imagination. Yikes!

Good news is, winterizing outside faucets is as easy as hanging those annoying spider web decorations on your front bushes. Maybe easier!

  • Disconnect the hoses – Drain them and hang them up for the winter. Your hoses will last longer, be less likely to leak at the connectors, and be less likely to develop splits that leak when the hose is pressurized.
  • Close the shut-off valves – From inside your home, close the shut-off valve(s) that control the flow of water to the outdoor faucets.
  • Open the faucets to “bleed the pipe out” – Back outside, let any residual water drain out of the outdoor pipe. Creating an air space within the short segment of pipe gives residual water room to expand if it freezes. If you have a frost-damaged outdoor fixtures – replace them!

Disconnecting hoses and shutting off water to outside faucets are two of the most important things you can do to save yourself from a nightmare this Halloween season!  If you need any help, or would rather stick to the spider web hanging, call G&C and the guys will take care of your outdoor faucets and all of your plumbing needs.

 

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The Annual Turning on the Heat Holdout

Ah – Fall is finally here! Lovely crisp weather, FOOTBALL, and the New England time honored tradition of seeing how long you can holdout before turning on the heat.

Folks in these parts pride themselves in waiting until the end of October or the beginning of November to turn on the heat. (It’s just a thing) The die-hard heat waiters (wearing thermos to bed and beanies at the dinner table) sometimes wait it out until the first weeks of December – they are my heroes.

Whether it’s October or December when you decide to throw in the towel and turn on the heat, Greg and Brandon Sheck of G&C Plumbing and Heating want you to do them a favor: Go down to your heating system, right now, and make sure it’s in proper working order. Or, give the guys a call and they can check it out for you. Either way, we don’t want this years’ heater holdout winner to flip that switch in mid-December, with slightly blue fingers, only to be terribly disappointed.

So…

Run a Test

“Running a test on your heater doesn’t count as turning it on,” said Grand Master Plumber, Greg who once held out until Christmas eve to turn on the heat. “That was a proud moment.”

Follow these quick steps to make sure your heating unit is working properly:

  • Check that the thermostat switch is in the “heat/on” position and turn up the thermostat 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, take a deep breath, maybe start dialing G&C, while you consider these possibilities:

  • 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?
  • Is the thermostat set properly?

If the above don’t work, Greg and Brandon should be able to get you an appointment within the next 24 hours. The guys will check out your heater to ensure you’re ready for whenever you decide to dedicate as the big turn-on day.

Now the fun part…

G&C Friendly Heat Holdout Challenge

Since we all play this game anyway, why not add some friendly competition?

Let Greg and Brandon know on the G&C Plumbing and Heating Facebook Page when you turn on your heating system this year.

The household that holds out the longest will win a free tub of Bio Clean – Greg and Brandon’s all-time favorite drain cleaning solution. Using your fireplace to stay warm is allowed so long as it’s just supplemental. But, if you have kids or older people living with you, be smart – it’s just a tub of drain cleaner, after all.

Let the games begin!

Next Time…

The guys will discuss common heating systems used in New England just in case you are thinking of upgrading your system, or our simple test above failed miserably and you need a new system to play our Holdout game.

Until then, stay toasty my friends.

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Winterization Tips

We interrupt your regularly scheduled “Oh Good, You’re Going to Replace that Old Water Heater,” to bring you this Halloween Spooktacular:

Re-Occuring Nightmare on Your Street

The sight was unbearably gruesome. Greg and Brandon Sheck, the father and son team from G&C plumbing and Heating, approached the scene cautiously. The melting spring snow was almost indistinguishable from the bulbous mass around the garden hose protruding from the otherwise well manicured home. The plumbers braced themselves.

“NNNNNOOOOOO,” cried the homeowner, falling to his knees at the sight of the water squirting out from behind his new, and freshly painted, cedar shake shingles. Brandon placed his hand on the client’s heaving shoulder, looked at his dad and shook his head. It was hard to witness such neglect. Greg nodded, understanding his son’s dismay. He knew his client hadn’t intended to completely destroy the entire lower level of his home by leaving the garden hose connected and the exterior water on all winter. It was mistake. People get busy. But, such a sight still sent waves of nausea through the master plumber. If only they could go back in time, to October, before the mayhem, and warn everyone of what was coming. Could they stop the destruction from happening again?

Disconnecting hoses and shutting off water to outside faucets are two of the most important things you can do to save yourself from a nightmare on your street! “It’s very important to disconnect hoses as water will be trapped in the line and cause the outside faucet to freeze and split,” said Greg. October is the perfect time to do this, and, good news, it’s easy!

  • Disconnect the hoses – Drain them and hang them up for the winter. Your hoses will last longer, be less likely to leak at the connectors, and be less likely to develop splits that leak when the hose is pressurized.
  • Close the shut-off valves – From inside your home, close the shut-off valve(s) that control the flow of water to the outdoor faucets.
  • Open the faucets – Back outside, let any residual water drain out of the outdoor pipe. Creating an air space within the short segment of pipe gives residual water room to expand if it freezes. If you have a frost-damaged outdoor fixtures – replace them!

We now return your to your regularly scheduled program…..BOO!