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What to do in a Plumbing Emergency?

We sincerely hope you don’t have to deal with a plumbing emergency anytime soon, but read this to make sure you’re prepared and know what to do in case one happens.  Shut Off the Water If you find yourself with a plumbing emergency such as a burst pipe or overflowing drain, the first thing you should do is shut off the water. Before you have an emergency, make sure that you know where your home water shutoff is located and how to

Does Your Shower Take a Long Time to Heat Up? Here’s Why

A warm shower can be the highlight of your day, especially during the tenacious yeg winter, but if you find yourself waiting long periods of time for your shower to heat up, it could be cause for concern.  Here are the most common reasons your shower is taking its time to heat up.  The Distance and Size of Your Pipes The further water has to travel from your water heater to your faucet, the longer it will take to heat up. If this

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Should My Pipes Be Making that Noise? Common Plumbing Sounds and What They Mean

Pipes aren’t perfect and sometimes they start making the strangest of sounds. Some of these noises can be particularly unsettling – do you call a plumber or an exorcist?  Don’t worry, this blog will help you identify the most common plumbing sounds and understand what they mean.  Banging or Hammering Sounds  When your pipes make a banging sound within your walls, this is known as a ‘water hammer’ and it’s the most common plumbing noise people complain about. You’ll often hear this sound

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The Truth About Flushable Products

You know all those handy products that say “flushable” on the label? Is it really such a good idea to flush them? Read on to find out.   Wipes There are plenty of sanitary wipes, baby wipes, and makeup remover wipes that are marked “flushable” on the package, so they’re fine to flush, right? Wrong. These products should actually be disposed of in the trash instead. These wipes are advertised as flushable because they do eventually break down, however

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How Different Water Purification Systems Work

Activated Carbon Activated carbon filtration systems use carbon to absorb organic contaminants that impact the taste, safety, and odour of water. Some activated carbon filtration systems also remove byproducts of chlorination, solvents, and pesticides. Activated carbon filters are especially efficient at removing metals from water, but do not remove dissolved minerals, nitrates, or bacteria.   Ion Exchange Ion exchange water purification systems use cation resins activated alumina to remove minerals that produce hard water, such as calcium and magnesium as

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At-Home Plumbing Health Checkup

Now is a great time of year to do a thorough at-home plumbing inspection to determine whether there is anything that needs attention before the issue gets worse and causes damage. Follow these steps to give your home plumbing a checkup and diagnose any problems.   Test the Taps Test out all of the taps in your home (including any outdoor spigots) and check that they’re working, have appropriate water pressure, are reaching the right temperature when you turn

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Tips for Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance

Pass on the chemical drain cleaners. They are corrosive and will gradually eat away at your pipes, causing much bigger problems than the clog that you started with. Using a plunger is a much better solution because it won’t damage your pipes. For particularly stubborn clogs that your plunger is no match against, call in the professionals to clean your drains using a snake or hydro jet.

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What is Professional Drain Cleaning and Do I Need it?

Many peoples’ first instinct when they notice a slow or clogged up drain is to reach for a bottle of store-bought chemical drain cleaner, but that actually does more harm than good. This is because liquid drain cleaners from the store contain caustic chemicals that not only eat away at the clogs in your pipes, but also eat away at your pipes too and can cause leaks and serious damage in the future. When you notice a

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Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter

Frozen pipes are a pain at best, a major expense and stressor at worst. Prevent your pipes from freezing this winter with these simple steps.   Insulate Your Pipes Insulate any exposed pipes, particularly those located outdoors or in unheated areas (like garages), before winter hits. There are a number of different effective insulation options, such as insulating tape that you can wrap around a pipe or insulating foam. Check your local home improvement store for pipe insulation materials.   Let

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Reasons We Love Radiant in-Floor Heating

Radiant in-floor heating is a system that heats your home through a network of tubing installed underneath your flooring. As the tubing heats up, the flooring heats up, keeping your home cozy. This type of heating system is getting more and more popular and, frankly, we’re not surprised! Here are our favourite things about in-floor heating.  Consistent, Uniform Heat Because radiant in-floor systems heat evenly under your entire floor, you will get consistent heating throughout your home