Strange Smells In Your House and Where They Come From

If you are there are strange smells in or around your home, you may have a bigger problem than just the unpleasant stench. It is best have a full-service plumbing, HVAC, and electric company investigate the situation as soon as possible, as you could be in considerable danger.

How to Detect Strange Home Odors

TOP 5 STRANGE SMELLS:

1. Dead Animal

If you smell animal waste, dander, cat boxes, or any other pet smells, that’s probably what it is (either prior or current pets in the building); however, if the smell if a noxious sickly smell, most likely you have an insect nest or dead animal(s) somewhere in your plumbing or duct system.

We have found dead possums, rats, snakes, cats, raccoons, and insect nests that have made their way into the ductwork, or the air handler itself.

Trust your instincts with this one: if you smell a dead animal, it probably is one. Sometimes, people think they are smelling sewage, but regardless, it will be strong and noticeable. Call a professional HVAC and plumbing company to take a look at your plumbing and duct system and get this taken care of as soon as possible!

2. Something Smells Fishy

Strange Fish Smell in House

Unless it is fish, this strange smell is probably emanating from a burning electrical component. Electrical shielding, wires, and other plastic components emit a “fish” or “urine” smell when exposed to high heat. If you smell something fishy, go around your home and look for outlets and other electrical equipment that looks burnt or melting. Also, make sure that plastic and anything else that could burn is far away from any heat source, including light fixtures.

3. Sewage

If there is a sewer smell in your home, this might be caused by a dried up P-trap. P-traps are there so that water gets trapped, creating an air block for any sewer gases that might rise up. If, however, you have not used your drain in a while, the water in your P-trap could evaporate, clearing the way for noxious sewer gases to infiltrate your home. Water should be run in all of your drains at least once a month to prevent this from happening!

4. Moldy and Musty

If you smell a musty or mold odor, it is probably there. Go around your house and check for any water leaks, damp items, and moisture to find the source of the problem. Mold varies in severity from being merely cosmetic to dangerously toxic.

For small areas of mold, consult this mold inspection and cleanup guide. If, however, the problem is larger than you can handle, give Boulden Brothers a call.

You may need to recaulk your plumbing fixtures to prevent water from entering the area between the fixture and the wall, which could cause water damage and foster mildew and mold growth.

You may also need better ventilation, especially in areas of high moisture like your basement, bathrooms, and kitchen.

Another way to control mold growth is to have a whole-house humidification system connected with your HVAC unit to maintain safe levels of humidity in the home. In the winter, the air gets dangerously dry, contributing to illness and colds more than anything else, while in the summer, the air can get very moist, providing the perfect environment for colonies of mildew and mold.

5. Rotten Eggs

Rotten Egg Smell

The smell of rotten eggs is a tell-tale sign that you have a gas leak or a problem with your plumbing. The smell of sewage is often compared with the smell of rotten eggs.

The first thing you should check is if the smell is coming from your drains or when you turn on the water. You may have a dried out P-trap or water seal in a floor drain or the problem could exist in your home’s sewage tank or the plumbing water pipes. Depending upon the situation, the solution could be simple or complicated.

If you notice the smell more when you have the hot water running, then the problem probably lies in your water heater. You may have to replace the sacrificial anode rod, which needs to be replace every 5 years or so.

The other, more dangerous, cause of a rotten egg smell in the home is a gas leak. Manufacturers add a chemical to natural gas and propane to give it a distinctive odor, as they are naturally colorless and odorless. This smell is actually a safety precaution and it is supposed to bother you.

If you smell rotten eggs, you should call your trusted Plumbing and HVAC company right away. Boulden Brothers will dispatch an expert technician to inspect your home and pinpoint the exact source of the strange smell.

For tips on saving money and energy this winter, take a look at our previous blog posts:


If you have any questions about strange smells in your home or safety prevention, call the experts at Boulden Brothers Home Service at (302) 368-3848.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

To contact us, you can fill out an online form or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

How a Home Energy Audit Can Save You Lots of Money

Home Energy Audit

Do you know how much energy your home uses and loses?

Right now your answer is probably “no,” but by the end of this blog post, you’ll know what steps to take so that you can say “yes!” But before we begin, let’s clarify as to what a home energy audit actually is.

A home energy audit helps identify precise locations of where your home is losing energy and what you can do to save money. It is recommended that a licensed, trained technician perform your energy audit as they are the ones can provide you with the most precise answers.

Your technician will be comprehensive and thorough when assessing your home’s energy use, examining your house room-by-room as well as your past utility bills.  An audit is comprised of two parts: the home assessment and an analysis using state-of-the-art computer software. An audit should include the following:

  • Explanation of the auditing process
  • Checking for Leaks
  • Examining Insulation
  • Inspecting Furnace & Ductwork
  • Blower Door Test
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
  • Exterior/Indoor Inspection
  • Health and Safety Inspection
  • Combustion Appliance Inspection
  • Explanation of final analysis

While the first three tasks are pretty self-explanatory, you may be wondering what in the world a blower door test is. Well, we have the answer for you!

Source: Holtkamp Heating and Cooling

Although we recommend having a professional perform your audit, it is possible to conduct a DIY assessment of your home. While they are not as thorough, it is possible to pinpoint some of the most obvious areas to address. When doing a walkthrough of your home, complete the following:

1.     Locate Air Leaks

You can solve this problem with caulking and weatherstripping. By reducing drafts, you can save anywhere from 5% to 30% annually, not to mention, you’ll feel more comfortable in your home. Use a smoke/incense stick to help you pinpoint the air leak near windows, doors, and utility entries.

2.     Check Insulation

You could be losing a significant amount of heat due to low insulation levels. If you have an older home, it is likely that the builder installed insulation levels adequate to that day’s standards. The two areas the could benefit most from some insulation are your attic and basement.

3.     Inspect Heating & Cooling Equipment

All heating and cooling equipment should be inspected annually. Additionally, if you have a forced-air furnace, check and replace filters as needed. Generally, filters should be changed every 30-90 days depending on occupancy, pets, and other factors.

If your system is more than 15 years old, it’s time to consider having it replaced as continuing to use an old, inefficient system will cost more to operate in the long run.

4.     Appliances & Electronics

When and for how long you use an appliance or electronic device affects your monthly energy bill (duh). For this reason, if you don’t use an appliance or electrical device on a regular basis, unplug them after each use. Even if your electronics are turned off, they are still consuming some energy just by being plugged into the outlet. Additionally, consider changing the settings on a device to be more cost-efficient.

Fans use very little energy. Switch your ceiling fan setting to create an updraft, which will work to circulate the warm air throughout your house.

For more tips on saving money and energy this winter, take a look at our previous blog posts, which include:


If you have any further questions on home energy audits or how to save money and energy this fall and winter, talk to the licensed, trained technicians at Boulden Brothers.

Visit us on our websiteFacebook, and Twitter or give us a call at (302) 368-3848. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

Propane Safety and Maintenance for Winter

We’re just a few weeks into winter and we’re already noticing a significant drop in temperature. While a select few may enjoy the wintry weather nature has in store for us, we know many of you are reminiscing the warm, sunny days summer gifted us, wishing you were lounging next to a pool.

We hate to burst your bubble, but winter has made it’s presence obvious by bestowing upon us the frigid Alberta Clipper, known as Gorgon. Don’t worry, though. We’ll help you get through these next few months with some propane safety tips that will allow you to keep warm and cozy all winter long!

Boulden Propane Safety and Maintenace

As the temperatures continues to drop, the likeliness of a winter storm only increases. The best way to beat a winter storm is by being prepared and knowing how to deal with harsh weather before the storm comes. Propane safety should be high on your list!

Before the Storm:

Locate It

First and foremost, make sure everyone in your household knows the location of the propane tank, whether it’s above ground or below. Then, properly mark the tank with a flag, pole, or stake so that it’s easier to spot.

Your reaction to this next tip may be “obviously,” but it’s important to establish all of the basics. You should also know how to shut off the outdoor propane supply and indoor propane appliances.

How to Turn Off Propane Gas

Fill It

If there’s going to be a storm brewin’ in your near future, make sure your tank has an adequate supply of propane. The last thing you want is to run out of propane during a brutal winter storm. We recommend that you call for a delivery service when your tank is 30% full. Now, it’s important to note that due to inclement weather, the roads aren’t always accessible to delivery trucks, so it’s important to establish regular delivery service.

Boulden Brothers Propane can install wireless tank monitors or simply call the homeowner when the propane tank depletes to 30% using our prediction methods. We want to make sure that all of our customers have reliable propane delivery.

Smell It

Propane is an environmentally-friendly, safe fuel; however, a gas leak can be very dangerous! Propane smells strongly of rotten eggs, skunk spray, or a dead animal. All in all, it’s quite an unpleasant smell! Since propane is naturally odorless and colorless, this potent smell is added for safety purposes. By knowing how to identify a propane leak by smell, there is a better chance of detecting a gas leak more quickly.

For added safety measures, it is possible to install propane gas detectors. Speak with your local propane company on what you can do to add security to your home.

Hopefully you will have heeded the advice above and have enough propane to get through the winter storm. Be aware that snow and ice can make this a particularly difficult time for you as they can freeze and crack pipes, regulators, valves, and other types of propane equipment.

Click here for a guide on how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes this winter.

Clear It

Be sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys and flues. Doing so will reduce the potential for CO (Carbon Monoxide) poisoning. Amerigas recommends using a broom instead of a shovel so that you don’t damage your propane system components.

Additionally, clear snow and ice around or near your propane tank. If the pipe freezes and cracks, gas can pool in the snow, causing it to become an ignition source, thus creating a potentially dangerous situation. In addition, the heavy weight of snow and ice around your tank can cause component damage and leaks.

After the Storm:

We recommend taking the time carefully inspect your tank and the area surrounding it. Look to see if there are downed power lines. Strong winds and falling ice can alter or damage gas lines ad tanks. Immediately call your local propane retailer if you notice anything that could be potentially hazardous.

We do construction and retrofitting of gas lines, gas logs, propane for cooking, and above or underground tanks. We are also a full service provider, offering maintenance of the entire propane system. All of our technicians are NPGA (National Propane Gas Association) Certified.


We are continuing our tradition of supporting The Ronald McDonald House by giving a penny per gallon sold to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, where we personally witnessed the love and support they give to family members of ill children. In fact, with your help, we recently gave them a check for over $5,900.

We look forward to providing your home with propane and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to learn more about the propane services offered by Boulden Brothers, give us a call today.

Call Today: 302-368-2553 • Toll Free: 800-296-2553

Visit our Propane Safety page for safety information and links for more in-depth propane heating studies.
If you have more questions, visit the Propane FAQ page.
Here is a Google Map that shows you where Boulden Brothers Propane Refill Stations are located.
To contact us, you can fill out an online form, call us at (800) 296-2553, or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Many of us are busy creating long New Year’s resolutions to improve our lives this 2015, but what are you forgetting?

New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Although most resolutions are unfortunately not very “resolute,” we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home that you may actually be able to accomplish.

We know a little something about following through on our promises, so here is a list of manageable resolutions that are broken up into simple tasks to help you achieve your goals this year.

This year,

I will remember to check and/or change my air filters.

When asked what the most important thing a homeowner can do to extend the life and improve the operation of their HVAC system, without pause we say, “check and/or change your air filters every month.” Many people forget this basic maintenance requirement for HVAC systems. Remember that if you have pets or people with asthma and other breathing problems, you should be changing your air filter more frequently.

I will remember to schedule annual HVAC maintenance.

The second most important thing you can do as a homeowner this year is to remember to schedule annual heating and cooling maintenance. Not only will regular maintenance save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills; it will also double the life of your HVAC system, saving you money in the long run on expensive repairs.

Call Boulden Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your furnace tune-up today! (302) 368-3848 for 24 hour emergency service.

I will remember to schedule annual maintenance for my water heater.

In general, your water heater should be serviced once a year to drain it of harmful sediment, check/replace the sacrificial anode, and inspect for corrosion and other damage. Most people forget this annual chore and as a result have a water heater that will last half as long as a regularly maintained one. Tankless water heater models do not require service this frequently, but it is a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations even if your water heater is brand new. There is no substitute for proper maintenance service and it will likely save you a lot in the long run.

I will remember to purchase/use my programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat is essential for cutting HVAC costs. When you are asleep or away from the home, the temperature should be dropped to compensate for a lower demand for heating and cooling.

Nest, a “smart” thermostat (purchased by Google early last year) is the next-generation thermostat which learns your schedule after just a couple days of setting the temperature to your preference.

I will be better about electrical safety.

Remember to schedule an annual electrical safety inspection every year along with your HVAC maintenance inspections. This will ensure that you have proper Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) installed by a qualified professional electrician. AFCIs protect your home against unintented electrical arcs, while GFCIs protect a person from getting shocked due to wetness or moisture. All outdoor outlets and any outlets in the bathroom and kitchen should be GFCI-protected.

Also, make sure that you have the appropriate wattage bulb for each light fixture and that you are not overloading your circuit. Don not use extension cords for long periods of time and never run them under rugs or where they can cause a tripping hazard.

Hopefully these are New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home that you can actually keep this year.


 

Follow these tips for a safe and energy efficient 2015! For more plumbingHVAC, and electrical information, visit us on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Wishing you a Happy New Year from everyone here at Boulden Brothers!

Boulden Brothers Are Best for Propane

Boulden Brothers offers all the components your home needs for propane. We do construction and retrofitting of gas lines, gas logs, propane for cooking, and above or underground tanks. We are also a full service provider, offering maintenance of the entire propane system. All of our technicians are NPGA (National Propane Gas Association) Certified. In addition, we conduct weekly training and safety meetings so we can continue to provide outstanding service. Our goal is to make it so our customers don’t even have to think about us. We want propane to be delivered early, so there’s absolutely no concern of running out.

We can reliably predict the amount of propane a homeowner will use for cases like home heating, water heating, or cooking. We have a degree day system that uses average temperature combined with any non-heat usage. In some use cases, such as for heat pump backup or generator pool heat, we can’t predict when or how much gas will be used. In those instances, we can install wireless tank monitors or simply have the homeowner give us a call when the propane level reaches about 30 percent.

We try to schedule a delivery so the tank will be refilled when it reaches between 20 and 25 percent. If a customer wants us to refill the tank when it is completely depleted, national code requires us to perform a leak check on the system. We will perform the leak check for customers who are signed up for automatic delivery at no additional charge. For customers on will call, there is a nominal fee.

Because propane prices fluctuate, every year we give our customers some convenient options to protect from the unlikely event that propane prices increase dramatically. We offer a pre-buy plan where some or all of the estimated propane use for the winter can be purchased in advance. We also offer a fixed price plan with a small enrollment fee. The price is locked in for a 12 month period, no matter how much or how little propane is used during that time. We also offer a budget payment plan where the annual household’s fuel cost is estimated and divided across 12 monthly payments. This allows costs to be evenly spread across the year instead of becoming high only during the winter months.

Boulden Brothers and the Ronald McDonald House

Several years ago, our mom was celebrating her fifth year breast cancer-free. To celebrate, we painted a propane truck pink and donated a penny for every gallon of propane sold to the American Cancer Society (around $5,000 a year on average). The truck was ready to be turned over in the fleet, and as a result we are very excited to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House.

When my son was in the hospital with pneumonia some time back, we were able to witness the support that the Ronald McDonald House gave to the family members of ill children. We are continuing our tradition by giving a penny per gallon sold to the Ronald McDonald House. In fact, with your help, we recently gave them a check for over $5,900.

We look forward to providing your home with propane and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to learn more about the propane services offered by Boulden Brothers, give us a call today.

Protect Your Home While You Are Away

Going away for the holidays? Protect your home while you are away for the holidays with these simple, but effective, anti-burglar precautions.

Boulden Security

If you have a security system for your home, that is great; if you don’t, there are still many ways to prevent a burglary from happening to you. Don’t let the excitement of the holiday season make you forget

1. PUT YOUR LADDERS AWAY

With all the Christmas decorating you’ve been doing, you may have forgotten to put away the ladder. Leaving a ladder out provides the perfect opportunity for a burglar to access your 2nd and 3rd floors. Regardless, you should always remember to lock and secure upper floor windows. Just because you put away your ladder doesn’t mean that the burglar won’t bring their own.

2. KEEP POTENTIAL INTRUDERS FROM PEEPING IN

If you have an alarm system, make sure that it can’t be seen from outside. If you have anything valuable make sure it is out of plain sight. A clearly visible laptop or iPad is reason enough for someone to break and enter. Take a walk around your house and peer inside. Can you see anything that could tempt someone?

3. HAVE SECURITY LIGHTS INSTALLED

Lighting up the exterior of your house is essential for preventing a home break-in. Motion sensors are great but they should an add-on to other landscape lighting. Not only does landscape lighting accentuate the beautiful features of your home like columns, bushes/shrubs, and trees, but it also deters would be thieves. Check out our electrician page for more information.

security-lighting

Source: Bill Beazley Homes

You can install a random vacation light timer from Smarthome which will turn on lights, radios, and tvs at random intervals from 9 to 34 minutes. Here are 5 other products that allow you to turn on your lights while away from home.

4. HIDE YOU VALUABLES

The best thing you can do it buy a fireproof safe for your precious items. Other tactics for hiding jewelry and other valuables include: a carved out book, coffee grinds, a tampon box, buried outside or in a potted plant, or  this cool fake outlet.

Fake Outlet

 

5. FIND A BETTER SPOT FOR THAT SPARE KEY

If you keep your spare key underneath the mat or potted plant, chances are that if I can guess, a burglar can too. Use your imagination and find a good spot for that spare key. Oh, and not on the top ledge of the door either.

Outdoor Key Holder

Source: amazon.com/Stalwart

Protect your home from plumbing disasters as well! The best way to prevent leaks and burst pipes while away from home is to turn off the main water supply valve and leaving all the faucets open to drain out the remainder of the water. If you have a basement, this valve will usually be located near front of the house. Otherwise check next to your water heater or in the garage. It is possible that your main water valve is located outside underneath a cement box buried in the ground. Check near the curb in the grass. If you have trouble locating your main water supply valve, call your local plumber.


If you have any questions about security lighting, preventing plumbing problems, or winter maintenance, pick up the phone and call the experts at Boulden Brothers Home Service at (302) 368-3848.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

To contact us, you can fill out an online form or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone here at Boulden Brothers wishes you a safe, warm, and happy holiday! Merry Christmas!

 

 

Tankless Water Heaters vs Traditional Ones

If your water heater is over 10 years old, seriously think about replacing it! This infographic does a good job of outlining all of the advantages and disadvantages of switching to a tankless water heater.

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As you can see, one of the biggest problems with traditional water heater tanks is that they run the risk of leaks or ruptures that could completely damage your finished basement or garage. Tankless water heaters don’t have to worry about storing water, making them a lot smaller and more efficient.

If your water heater is over 10 years old, you should seriously think about replacing it.

It is important to shop around, ask questions, and find the best home service company to install your new water heater.

When it comes to hot water, we can all agree on three things:

1.) We hate waiting for water to heat up.
2.) Nobody likes a cold shower.
3.) We want hot water at a price we can afford.

Now that we’ve found some common ground, let’s get some facts straight about tankless water heaters vs traditional ones:

PROs

  • Tankless water heaters use 30 – 50 percent less energy units than a traditional tank.
  • Depending on how much water your house requires, you could potentially save up to 60% on your water heating bill.
  • Tankless water heaters only heat water when the faucet’s on, saving you on energy costs to constantly have a pilot light on.
  • They last twice as long as traditional water heaters and have easily replaceable parts that can extend their life even more.

CONs

  • The initial upfront price is much higher, but they will last twice as long and save you money every year with its energy efficiency savings, thus offsetting the higher upfront cost.
  • If your home uses a lot of water, you may need two tankless water heaters, raising the upfront costs even more. Still, if you are using that much water to begin with, you probably run out of hot water with your traditional tank too.

Before buying a demand water heater, you also need to consider the following:

Whether you choose a tankless or tank water heater for your home, it’s imperative to have a licensed, expert technician install it, as it is an expensive piece of equipment that should be handled with care. The energy efficiency and useful lifespan are heavily dependent on the quality of installation. Don’t let all those benefits go out the window because you wanted to save a little money on the upfront costs.

Boulden Brothers Home Service can help you choose a water heater that best suits your budget and needs.

Don’t forget to check out our latest blog post on WATER HEATER PURCHASING AND MAINTENANCE


If you have any questions about tankless or traditional water heater repair and replacement, pick up the phone and call the experts at Boulden Brothers Home Service at (302) 368-3848.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

To contact us, you can fill out an online form or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone here at Boulden Brothers wishes you a safe, warm, and happy holiday!

Water Heater Purchasing and Maintenance

Water heaters are often taken for granted until they stop working. On rare occasions, there may be a sign that something is going wrong: the water might not be as hot as usual, or there might be a popping sound in the water heater’s tank as it begins to warm up. This is likely an indicator that some sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank. More often than not, however, there will be absolutely no indication that the water heater has a problem. That’s why some preventative maintenance is critical in order to keep the water heater working properly.

 

First of all, water heater manufacturers recommend that the tank should be flushed on a regular basis. This allows any sediment that has built up at the bottom of the tank to be removed. Hard water is very common in our area, which can shorten the life of the tank while also making it less effective at heating water. If you don’t flush your tank on a regular basis, it will become nearly impossible to remove the accumulated sediment once it has hardened. Accumulated sediment in the tank will simply end up costing you more money.

 

Next, water heaters have a sacrificial anode rod in them so the corrosive properties of the water will act upon the rod instead of attacking the wall of the tank. This rod needs to be inspected, since it is critical for maximizing the tank’s lifespan. When we visit your home to maintain the water heater, we will check the burners, check the operation of the gas valve (for gas water heaters), and check the thermostats and elements (for electric water heaters). By making sure these components are all operating properly, many surprise issues will be prevented.

Buying a New Water Heater

 

When the time has come to replace your water heater, this is the perfect opportunity to consider whether or not you have adequate water capacity. It may be a good idea to think about purchasing a larger (or maybe smaller) sized tank. Tank water heaters supply a limited amount of hot water, and once the tank has been depleted there is a period of recovery time where no hot water will be available.

 

The main point to consider is how much hot water your household needs. Contributing factors to hot water usage are the number of people who live at the home, the number of bathrooms, whether there are any large garden tubs, etc. If you have any questions, we would be happy to assist you in figuring out the best water tank size for your home.

 

Additionally, there’s the choice between electric/gas, and tank/tankless water heaters. Technology is rapidly improving—most people are familiar with traditional electric water heaters, but there are now electric hybrid water heaters on the market. They function like a heat pump in your house, but instead of heating air, they transfer heat to the water. These electric hybrid water heaters are extremely economical to run.

 

There are also traditional tanked gas water heaters that can be vented in the chimney or power vented out of a side wall. Tankless water heaters offer the advantage of never running out of available hot water. Additionally, tankless water heaters only power on when you need hot water (traditional tank water heaters can be thought of as keeping a tea kettle warm on your stove all day long just in case you wanted a hot cup of tea).

Expected Lifespan

Tanked water heaters have the same lifespan regardless of whether they use electricity or gas. Tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than tanked water heaters, but they also require maintenance such as flushing to prevent buildup from hard water. Solar water heater systems have the longest lifespan. Both the solar panels and the tank itself will last significantly longer than the components of a traditional water heating system.

 

Unfortunately, we don’t know when a water heater will fail. It may just stop heating water because it is so old. Other times, it can spring a leak—either big or small. There are situations where a homeowner returns from a long day of work to find a huge flood. Not only did the water heater leak its contents, but it continued to dump up to 45 gallons of water per minute because the water supply was not shut off.

 

Many people prefer to proactively change their water heater before it has a chance to fail. Another option is a flood safe system, which is a pan that has an integrated sensor. If the water heater ever were to leak, this sensor would automatically shut off the water going into the system to prevent a catastrophic leak from occurring. This is a small investment to pay, especially if the water heater is in a finished basement.

 

If you would like us to help you maintain your existing water heater or install a new water heater, give us a call today.

 

Why Should You Choose Boulden Brothers Propane?

Boulden Brothers Propane Since 1946

Choosing a reliable supplier to fill your needs is just as important as finding the best propane equipment.

Boulden Brothers Propane Service offers the best propane options, is always timely and reliable, has 24-hour on-call service, as well as:

  • Automatic delivery that ensures you will always be comfortable in your home
  • Level payments that take the guess work out of bill paying
  • Managed price volatility through smart buying
  • Annual price protection programs to further manage market fluctuation
  • On call service, 24-hours a day, seven days a week
  • Service plans for your heating & air conditioning system
  • Wireless tank monitors and scheduled delivery
  • Construction and retrofitting of gas lines, gas logs, propane for cooking, and above or underground tanks
  • Pre-buy plan so that you can pay for estimated propane use in advance. Price stays the same for 12-month period.
  • Payment plans to spread the cost out evenly over 12 months

Propane Vehicle Conversion

Boulden Brothers Propane offer incentives to those who use propane as motor fuel. The Alternative Fuels Data Center mentions that these are offered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, visit dmv.org.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE of DELAWARE

We are continuing our tradition by giving a penny per gallon sold to the Ronald McDonald House. In fact, with your help, we recently gave them a check for over $5,900.

We look forward to providing your home with propane and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to learn more about the propane services offered by Boulden Brothers, give us a call today.


This video from the The Propane Education & Research Council goes over all of the propane benefits and advantages compared against other energy-efficient measures (EEMs):

We currently service the following counties in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania: New Castle & Kent County DE, Cecil & Kent County MD, Southern Chester County PA.

Visit our Propane Safety page for safety information and links for more in-depth propane heating studies.

If you have more questions, visit the Propane FAQ page.

Here is a Google Map that shows you where Boulden Brothers Propane Refill Stations are located.

To contact us, you can fill out an online form, call us at (800) 296-2553, or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.

Propane Benefits and Advantages

Thinking about switching to propane?

Propane heating offers homeowners many propane benefits and advantages. If you are looking for a more energy-efficient and cleaner energy source, propane is the perfect choice.

Propane Benefits and Advantages

All the propane benefits and advantages that you could be missing out on:

  • The fuel itself is a clean and environmentally friendly way to heat your home.
  • It installs easily and has a lower cost when compared to other heating fuels.
  • Propane heating reduces the need for frequent maintenance.
  • Instant and effective heat and hot water.
  • Propane benefits the local economy since it is a domestically produced fuel source.
  • Delaware, along with most other states (sorry, Alaska) offer rebates and other incentives for switching to a cleaner and more energy efficient propane heating system. Check with your state. Boulden Brothers provides rebates and incentives for switching to propane gas.
  • Propane heating ensures year upon years of reliable and quality service. They can last up to three times as long as electric systems for instance.
  • Propane heating is also quite versatile, so if you want to be install a hydronic or zoned heating system, it is quite easy to do so. You can also switch all of your cars and trucks to propane to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • If you already have a propane system, we can convert your electrical appliances to propane as well, saving you even more money.
  • If you have a large propane tank, it will be automatically refilled on a set schedule to make sure you always have heat. We have an abundant supply.
  • To fill a 250 gallon tank costs about $200. In the case of a strong winter, it might cost you in total $400 for the whole year!
  • You can also use your propane tank to heat your pool during the colder months. It is much cheaper and heats faster than an electric heater.

The Designing Spaces home improvement television show recently showcased propane benefits and advantages with Rich Napier, builder, and Mike Cline, sales executive:

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE of DELAWARE

We are continuing our tradition by giving a penny per gallon sold to the Ronald McDonald House. In fact, with your help, we recently gave them a check for over $5,900.

We look forward to providing your home with propane and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House.


Propane is a reliable, affordable, and clean alternative source of fuel made right here in the United States!

If you would like to learn more about the propane services offered by Boulden Brothers, give us a call today. We currently service the following counties in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania: New Castle & Kent County DE, Cecil & Kent County MD, Southern Chester County PA.

Here is a Google Map that shows you where our Propane Refill Stations are located.

To contact us, you can fill out an online form, call us at (800) 296-2553, or send us a message on Facebook and Twitter.