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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 This could be because of badly clogged pipes or outdated, worn out hardware.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

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

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5 Most Common Causes of Household Water Leaks

  Clogs Clogged up pipes will put more pressure on the system which in turn causes strain on your pipes and can make them spring a leak. A bad clog can also cause your pipes to overflow. It is a good idea to have your drains professionally cleaned occasionally in order to keep your pipes healthy and blockage free.   Frozen Pipes A common cause of household leaks during the winter is frozen pipes. When a pipe freezes and then thaws, it expands and contracts,

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