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Tips for Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance

Don’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaner 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. Book Drain

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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

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Stay Warm and Save Money: Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill

It’s getting cold out there! The good news is, you can stay comfortable and cozy inside. The better news is, you can do it without running up an exorbitant monthly bill all winter! Here are our best tips for keeping your heating bill low without sacrificing comfort. Bundle Up One trick is simply to dress cozier. Bring on the fuzzy socks, slippers, and slouchy sweaters. Adding an extra layer to your outfit can go a long way in

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What Causes Changes in Water Pressure and What to Do About it

Have you noticed a change in your water pressure and you don’t know why? Here are a few of the most common culprits.   Obstructions in the Piping Sometimes a dip in water pressure is caused by an obstruction caught in your pipe. Check your valves for limescale build up which can cause restrictions or have a plumber inspect your pipes for internal blockages.   Improper Pipe Sizes If you have consistent low water pressure, it may be that your

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How to Choose the Best Plumber for You

So, you need a plumber? Great, but how do you pick from the long list of plumbers in your area? It can be overwhelming and difficult to figure out which plumber to choose and, believe us, you don’t want to accidentally go with someone who isn’t right for the job. Here are some simple steps to take before deciding who to hire for your home plumbing maintenance.   Do Your Research Do a little digging before you pick your

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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