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Common Causes of Pipe Damage

A number of different things can damage your pipes, including corrosion, freezing temperatures, stubborn clogs, intruding tree roots and high water pressure. Keep an eye out for these to prevent pipe damage or to identify the cause of already damaged pipes.   Corrosion Corrosion is a part of the typical wear and tear for pipes as they age. However, pipes can corrode before their time if you regularly use liquid drain cleaners to get rid of clogs. These products

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My Pipes Froze – Now What?

There are things you can do to help prevent your pipes from freezing, but sometimes despite our best efforts, it happens. Here’s a simple guide to what to do when your pipes freeze to reduce the amount of damage.   What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze So, your pipes are frozen. Now what? Follow these steps first to try and thaw your pipes on your own. If your pipes are still frozen, it’s

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The Top 4 Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Know Where to Find the Water Main and How to Operate it One of the most important things every homeowner should know–and many don’t–is where their home water shutoff is and how to use it. Make sure that you know where your water main shutoff is located and practice turning off your water to make sure you know how to do it. If you need any tools to access your water shutoff, keep them easily accessible nearby so that

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Unexpected Signs That Your Pipes are Clogged

It’s not always obvious when your pipes are clogged. Here are some telltale signs to watch for.   Stains Around Drains You may notice residue or a stain near a floor drain pipe. With a clogged drain, the water level can rise above the floor and slowly drain away, leaving sediment from dirty water on the floor around the drain. You may also find this at other drains like showers or tubs. These problems typically don’t fix themselves so

Do You Do This? Common Shower Habits That Damage Plumbing

Are you guilty of these common shower habits that cause plumbing damage? Many people do all of these and have no idea that they are bad for their plumbing. Read on to find out how to avoid these habits and keep your plumbing running smoothly.   Letting Hair Wash Down the Drain One of the biggest causes of shower drain issues is clogging due to hair. The fact is, some hair is always going to make its way down

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Simple Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance Tips

These easy kitchen plumbing maintenance tips will save you money and time in the long run.   Don’t Abuse Your Garbage Disposal Are you guilty of using your garbage disposal to get rid of large kitchen scraps like melon rinds and corn husks? Many people do this, but it harms the garbage disposal unit by dulling the blades and causing blockages. Garbage disposals are not designed to handle large kitchen scraps, they are only meant to be used for

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Common Fall Plumbing Problems & How to Prevent Them

Broken Water Heater As fall comes on, you’re probably going to be taking more long, hot showers, baths, and using more hot water in general. Not only that, but the water going into your water heater is going to start out significantly colder than it was in the summer, which means your water heater has to use more heat to get the water to the right temperature. All of this means that in the fall your water heater has

How to Clean Your Toilet Tank & Why You Should

When’s the last time you cleaned your toilet tank? If you answered “never,” you’re not alone. A lot of people never think about cleaning their toilet tank, but it is actually an essential part of home plumbing maintenance.   Why Do I Need to Clean My Toilet Tank? Cleaning your toilet tank regularly is important because mineral deposits build up inside the tank, dirt and debris make their way in there, and mold and mildew can grow inside it.

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How to Get Rid of Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains are not only an eyesore causing your bathtub and shower to look stained and your shower glass cloudy, but it can also be clogging your faucets and shower heads. Check out these ways to remove hard water stains with items already found in your home, and simple ways you can prevent a buildup of hard water deposits.   What Removes Hard Water Stains? Hard water stains can be stubborn and hard to scrub off. For an

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Signs it’s Time for a New Water Heater

In Edmonton households, hot water is an absolute necessity. The typical household water heater gets an extensive amount of use daily by all members of the household multiple times throughout the day. Even with proper maintenance, there will come a point where the water heater will need to be replaced. Here are a few signs to look for when deciding if it’s time for a new water heater. Lifespan of the Heater The typical lifespan of a water

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