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Disposal Dos and Don’ts

There are a lot of myths out there as to how you should actually use your garbage disposal. We’re here to clear some things up once and for all. Here are our top dos and don’ts for home garbage disposal units.   Don’t Use Your Disposal as a Trash Bin Despite what many people think, garbage disposals are not designed for you to intentionally throw all of your excess food scraps in there and be done with them. The

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How to Keep Tree Roots from Damaging Your Plumbing

We don’t often give a lot of thought to the tree roots growing in our backyards, but when it comes to plumbing, they can be a major problem. Roots can make their way into sewer lines through tiny cracks or joints in the pipe, then block up the pipe completely. Roots are attracted to sewer lines because they are full of water and nutrients that help roots grow. Here are some steps you can take to prevent

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Adding Value to Your Home with Plumbing Upgrades

Making a few minor plumbing renovations can add major value to your home. Not only do new fixtures and appliances make your home more up-to-date, stylish, and appealing to buyers, they are also usually more energy efficient than older models, so they save you money that way!   Revamp Your Bathroom Adding modern bathroom fixtures to your home can increase the value quite a lot. Simply upgrade to new, stylish showers, tubs, and sinks or go for an all-out

When to Call a Professional Plumber

Sometimes it’s hard to know if you should ignore that weird noise your pipes are making, try a DIY fix, or call in the pros to step in. If something dramatic like a burst pipe happens, it’s obvious that you need to call a plumber right away, but what about in those non-emergency situations? Here are a few examples of those less sure situations and how to tell if and when to call a plumber.   Running

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What is a Sump Pump and Do I Need One?

Does your home need a sump pump? Does it already have one? Do you even know? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s all the info you need on sump pumps.    What is a Sump Pump, Anyway? Sump pumps prevent flooding and divert moisture away from your home by pumping excess water from the lowest point in your home. In addition to flooding, a sump pump also helps prevent mildew, mold, and fungus. There are different types

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How to Prevent and Remove Limescale

What is Limescale? Limescale is the crusty whitish buildup that often appears on showerheads, faucets, appliances, and pipes. It can make appliances run less efficiently and lower water pressure, plus it looks ugly. Limescale is caused by hard water, which is water with a high mineral content. Many homes have hard water, so limescale is very common.   How Do You Get Rid of Limescale? So, now that you know what that unsightly stuff on your showerhead is, what can

Never Wash These 12 Things Down Your Drain

It’s so easy to just rinse whatever you please down the drain, but there are some things that will damage your pipes and bungle up your plumbing. Refrain from sending these 12 things down your drain or disposal and your pipes will thank you.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Autumn’s here! We love this time of year—the crisp, cool air, the changing colours, pumpkin spice everything. When fall hits, it’s an important reminder to get a few things in order with your plumbing to make sure everything runs smoothly throughout the winter. Here’s your handy fall plumbing maintenance checklist:

Combi Boiler

What is a Combi Boiler? Combi boilers are a dual-purpose option for heating your home while also providing hot water to your home. They eliminate the need for a separate water tank, and combine these two functions into one compact appliance, rather than two systems.   Boiler Systems vs. Forced-Air Heating Systems Forced-air heating systems (furnaces) focus on heating and circulating the air around the home, whereas boiler systems distribute hot water through pipes and radiators. Using boiler heat will