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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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Is it Time to Replace Your Pipes?

Wondering if you should replace your pipes or not? These tips can help you determine whether your pipes are reaching the end of their life. Old Age All pipes will eventually break down when they reach a certain age, and the life expectancy of pipes differs significantly depending on what materials they are made from. If you know what your pipes are made of and approximately how old they are, that can tip you off as to whether

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How to Pet Proof Your Plumbing

If you have furry friends, these tips will help make sure that your plumbing is safe for your pets–and safe from them, too.     Use Pipe Covers It’s a good idea to cover up exposed pipes, especially those that are located at ground level or low enough for your pup to access. Sometimes pets will decide to chew on pipes if they can get at them, which can result in damage to Fido’s

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Summertime Plumbing Problems and What to Do About Them

Summer should be a time of fun, relaxation, and leisure, not dealing with plumbing issues! Here are the most common summertime plumbing problems and how to prevent them this year. Need help now? Schedule Service!   Clogged Shower Drains All those summer trips to the beach also tend to mean a lot more sand and debris going down the drain than usual, which is why summer is the most common time for shower drains to get plugged up. Members

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4 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Wondering if it’s time to upgrade to a new toilet? Here are our top 4 signs that it’s time to replace your toilet.   It’s Clogging Often If you find yourself reaching for the plunger all the time, there is probably something wrong with your toilet. This could be because of badly clogged pipes or outdated, worn out hardware. If you’re toilet is clogging regularly, have a plumber inspect it. They can let you know what is causing the

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A Guide to Plungers (and How to Use Them)

Plungers are a homeowner’s best friend. You should always have a plunger handy and reach for it first when you have a clogged toilet or sink.   Why to Use a Plunger Many people’s first instinct when they have a clog is to pour store-bought drain cleaner down the drain, but this is actually harmful to your pipes. Liquid drain cleaners are full of caustic chemicals that eat away at clogs to get rid of them, but the problem

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Simple Things You Can Do to Save on Monthly Bills

Looking for easy ways to save on your monthly heating and water bills? Here are our favourite tips.   Fix Minor Leaks Immediately You know that tiny leak you decided to ignore because you don’t want to deal with it? It’s costing you money. Even a minor leak wastes a significant amount of water. Minor leaks are also likely to turn into major issues later, so you’re not only saving money on your monthly bills when you have leaks

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Tips to Prevent Clogs

Use Drain Strainers Hair washing down the drain is a common cause of clogged up bathtub and sink drains (especially if you have pets that you bathe in the sink or tub). When we shower, hair comes loose and washes down the drain, eventually building up and causing problematic clogs. A great and simple way to prevent this is to use drain strainers in your sinks, bathtubs, and showers to collect hair and prevent it from going down the

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