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For more than 25 years, MSI has been providing Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania with the best plumbers, remodelers, carpenters, painters and tile artisans.

Our team is experienced, knowledgeable and trusted, and many of our craftspeople have been with us more than 10 years!

We understand the importance of providing superior customer services - from our Scheduling Department to our daily clean up after a job. We put you first!

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New Water Heater Standards

BIG NEWS !!!!

NEW WATER HEATER STANDARDS EFFECTIVE APRIL 16, 2015

By

Anne Thornton, President

MSI Plumbing & Remodeling

On April 16, 2015 sweeping changes that will affect the entire water heater industry go into law. These new federally mandated requirements call for higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless gas water heaters.

What does this mean for the average consumer?

Water heaters produced after April 16th will be larger, more complex and more expensive. Why? Because in order to meet the higher energy factor ratings, they will require more insulation, use newer flue baffling technologies, use electronic ignition in lieu of the standing pilot or any combination of these. Many water heaters are placed in "tight" quarters and since they will be larger, changes may have to be made to accommodate the larger heater or owners will have to go to a lower capacity water heater to fit in the current space. The new water heaters will be at least 2" taller and 2" wider.

Energy Savings Impact

It is estimated that the average homeowner will save $365 per year with the new style water heaters.

For more information, please give us a call at 908-735-4438 or visit us online MSI Plumbing & Remodeling at www.FindSolutionsOnline.com.

MSI & Tabby's Place

MSI & Tabby's Place, A Cat Sanctuary, recently held for their Open House featuring their brand new, state of the art, Veterinary Suite, built by MSI. People were able to tour the facility, enjoy refreshments and snacks and even adopt a new kitty! MSI is proud to be a part of the Tabby's Place Family!

Irrigation Solutions Merges with RR Irrigation of Middlesex, New Jersey

Irrigation Solutions and RR Irrigation are pleased to announce they will merge operations. Les Giese of Irrigation Solutions and Steve Dobossy and Paul Maiwaldt, RR Irrigation owners, have known each other for over 30 years. RR Irrigation has been in business since 1971 and has an impressive list of clients including Yankee Stadium and The New York Botanical Garden. While large projects may be impressive, RR Irrigation has always been committed to servicing residential customers throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. They will continue this tradition with Irrigation Solutions customers. Additional company information can be viewed at www.RRIrrigation.com. We thank you for your business and look forward to a great 2014!

Preventing Ice Dams

What are ice dams?

Ice dams are just that - blockages of ice that can form anywhere on your roof which prevents melted water from flowing downward off the roof. When this happens water begins to go backwards up beneath your shingles, tile, slates, shakes, etc. When that happens, the results aren't pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. Ice dams form in periods of heavy freezing rain and/or moderate or heavy snow conditions with an air temperature significantly below freezing. It is almost impossible to stop them from forming.

Can I stop the leaks caused by ice dams?

It is virtually impossible to stop ice dams from forming so the newest technology is to try and stop the water infiltration caused by them by using rubberized ice and water shield products. They work by creating a solid barrier to water wherever they are applied. It is similar to shrink wrapping that portion of your roof. When applied according to manufacturer's specifications all of them can be highly effective in preventing leakage from ice damming.

The most common areas to apply ice and water shield products are on low slope roofs, valleys, slope changes, hips, rake edges, dormers, skylights, and flashing areas. These products are designed to have other roofing materials applied over them. Sunlight will harm these products, so they must be covered. In ice dam situations, most leaking occurs within 3 feet of the gutter line. Because of this, you generally do not have to cover the entire roof with these products.

Are there things I shouldn't do about ice dams?

  • Do not try and remove snow from the roof. It can lead to shingle damage.
  • Do not attempt to "chip away" the ice of an ice dam because it will also lead to shingle damage.
  • Do not install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics, especially in cold climates.
  • Do not use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These chemicals are very corrosive and can shorten the life of metal gutters, downspouts and flashings. Runoff that contains high concentrations of these chemicals can damage nearby grass and plants.
  • Keeping the gutters clean of leaves will not reduce the occurrence of ice dams. However, clean gutters can keep them from overflowing and spilling rainwater next to the house which can cause moisture problems inside the house.
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