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Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:05

Oil and Gas Boiler Maintenance

Oil and Gas Boiler Maintenance

Whether you have a gas or oil boiler, it's important that it be kept clean and properly tuned to keep it running safely and efficiently all winter long. Annual boiler maintenance will pay for itself in prolonged heating system lifespan and fewer service calls.

A Maitz Home Services Boiler Tune-Up is designed to find the small problems that could lead unsafe carbon monoxide levels or breakdowns. We do the following:

Clean the Combustion Chamber

The combustion chamber is where fuel mixes with air and is ignited, generating heat. The byproducts of combustion are soot, water vapor and carbon dioxide. If soot is allowed to buildup it can cause the chamber walls to corrode. The chamber is also inspected for holes or corrosion.

Inspect the Flue Pipe

Holes in the flue pipe can leak carbon monoxide so small holes are patched with foil tape, while corroded flues are replaced.

Replace the Oil Filter

A clean oil filter is important for keeping oil-burner nozzle free of contaminants, which could result in a combustion problems that can shut down the system.

Adjust the Burner and Test Efficiency

A combustion analyzer is used to calculate furnace efficiency by measuring gasses in the exhaust flue. The burner's air gates are adjusted as needed for the proper fuel to air mixture. The oil nozzle, which atomizes the fuel just before it ignites, is inspected and replaced if needed.
Published in Heating Tips & Advice
Heating water is one of most energy intensive tasks in the home, second only to heating and cooling. By changing some habits and performing a few simple tasks, you can reduce energy consumption from your hot water heater significantly.

1. Reduce Hot Water Usage At the Source. One of easiest ways to cut hot water usage is to install water saving shower heads. The minimum flow rate on a shower head should be no more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Many water conserving shower heads can reduce flow to as little as 1.6 gpm while maintaining acceptable water pressure. The water savings for a household of four could be as much as 14,000 gallons a year along with greatly reduced energy required to heat the water.

2. Insulate -  Even in a smaller home, as much as 10 percent of the energy used to heat water can be lost in the pipes that supply the hot water. Insulating hot water pipes is an inexpensive way to significantly reduce heat loss.

3. Use a Water Heater Blanket - While many new water heaters have sufficient insulation built into the tank wall, many older tanks will allow heat to escape. The larger the water heater, the more surface area that will allow heat to escape. Prevent heat loss by wrapping your water heater tank in an insulation blanket available from most home supply stores. Some manufacturers recommend against installing insulating blankets on their energy-efficient models, so be sure to read your owner's manual before adding a blanket.

4. Perform Regular Maintenance - Over time, storage tank water heaters can accumulate sediment that reducing heating efficiency. Flushing the tank annually will remove the sediment and make it easer for the burner or heating element to heat the water.

Have questions about your water heater? Call Maitz Home Services. We're here to help.
Published in Plumbing
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:54

Preventing Sewer Line Damage

As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your home's sewer line (also called the lateral) that runs from sewer main in the street that is owned by the city. By performing regular sewer line maintenance and fixing the small problems before they lead to major repairs like a backed-up sewer line, you can extend the life of the sewer line.

So what causes sewer line damage? The most common problem we see is tree root intrusion. Tree roots are drawn to the water and nutrients inside the pipe. If a sewer pipe develops even a small gap or crack, you can be sure that tree roots will find a way in where they will eventually obstruct the flow of waste and potentially break open a pipe joint.

There are several ways you can prevent sewer line problems.

1. Watch what you put down the drain. Never pour grease, paint or other thick liquids down the drain. Even if a product says it's "flushable", play it safe safe and throw it in the trash rather than flushing paper towels, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, q-tips and other items down the toilet.
2. Schedule a sewer line inspection. A video camera inspection can locate defects such as cracks, bad joints, leaks, as well as obstructions like tree roots.
3. Install a back flow valve. Many cities require that new homes have a back flow preventer installed to prevent wastewater from re-entering the house.
4. Keep the sewer line up to code. Never connect storm drain systems like french drains or sump pumps to your home's sanitary sewer system. It illegal in most cities and can allow mud to clog the sewer line.

Call Maitz today and schedule a sewer line camera inspection. You'll rest easier knowing your sewer system is working safely and reliably.
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