Monday, June 30, 2014

How to Help Air Conditioning in Edmonton Beat the Heat— and the Bills

Clean the Filters

Summer is the time when all sorts of things will get caught in your air conditioner’s filter. When the filter is blocked by debris, the flow of air will be reduced substantially and thus lower the unit’s cooling ability. Have a trusted Edmonton air conditioning contractor like one from Capital Plumbing clean your filters regularly, or replace them if need be.

Plant a Tree

While this might not exactly be a “simple solution”, it does help cool your home significantly. If you do decide to plan a tree, try to plant it so that the shade it produces during the early afternoon covers the condenser of your unit. This way, it keeps the condenser cool, resulting in a more efficient and longer-lasting unit.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Extend the Life of an Air Conditioner

When you bought that new air conditioner, the salesperson was probably encouraging you to buy the latest energy-efficient model. He or she probably told you how much you’ll save on your energy bills and how the unit “pays for itself”.

Of course, the savings you enjoy will depend on how long the unit lasts, as will everything you do to help extend its lifespan. Although that is a relatively simple task, it will still require you to be vigilant about it. Here are a few suggestions you can try for yourself:

Saving Lots of Water from Excess Flushing through Plumbing in Edmonton

Low-flush toilets are generally classified into two categories. Gravity-flush toilets are like standard toilets but are designed to use less water for flushing. The smaller amount is compensated by siphon jets and the flush valve using more force to push the waste into the drainpipe.

The second class of low-flush toilets, the pressure-assist model, works on drainpipes that are not properly sloped; your Edmonton plumbing expert may recommend such an installation if the evaluation of the drains reached the same conclusion. Standard drain slopes are set at 1/4th of an inch per square foot for three- or four-inch drainpipes. Pressure-assist toilets work by using compressed air to push the waste down the bowl and through the drainpipe, thus eliminating the danger of water backup.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Enlisting Expert Edmonton Plumbers to Turn the Tubby into Showers

A general inspection of the bathroom by your preferred contractor will help determine your course of action for removing the tub. Tubs are generally attached atop a bed of mortar and locked onto the wall studs with a set of screws. The screws will have to be removed before the renovator can pry the tub away from the wall frame; the wall studs and subfloor should also be stripped.

With the bathtub’s old area now stripped bare, you can talk to the contractor about determining the prospect material for the shower pan. Anderson said most pans are square or rectangular models, with custom renovations requiring specially-shaped concrete pans. In some cases, the pan’s drain hole may be mated to the bathtub’s original drain, but the sloping should be enough to facilitate drainage.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Switching Water Main Pipes

All the water coursing through your house always comes from a water main pipe courtesy of your city’s utility authorities. However, some pipes may have degraded over the years, which can compromise the water’s cleanliness and the health of residents. As such, replacing the main line piping with modern materials take precedence– often through the assistance of the best plumbing contractor you can find.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Quick Guide to Buying New Showers

Hitting the showers is a great recourse for people who just had a grueling day at work or school. Nothing refreshes you like a stream of water coursing over your skin… but what if the time has come to do away with the showers that have been there since your house was built? Professional plumbers will be ready to help you with that.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cleaning Drains without Polluting the Environment

It’s important to keep the drains in your house clean, unclogged, and free from bacteria that cause odor. While you undoubtedly have a wide array of options when it comes to cleaners, many of these drain cleaners aren’t helpful to the environment. Here are some environmentally friendly alternatives you can try before calling your plumber for help:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Drain Cleaning Techniques for the Beginner

Clogged drains happen unexpectedly. You’re using the sink and the water won’t drain or the bathwater drips out slowly. You don’t have to call the plumber just yet. There are several drain cleaning techniques that anyone can do.

Setting up your New Tankless Water Heater through Edmonton Plumbers

Let’s say your household has racked up a hefty heating bill over the years, and a considerable sum of the expenses went to warming up your water for various purposes. That could be traced to one suspect: your old water heater. If that machine is of the tank-based variety, it will warrant replacement with a tankless water heater via Edmonton plumbing firms like Capital Plumbing and Heating.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Stop Shower Backflow with Help from Plumbing Companies in Edmonton

Edmonton residents are all too aware of the dangers of backflow at some points of the house’s plumbing grid all too well. Many of them still remember the early July, 2012 storm, which triggered a raft of floods due to sanitary sewer backflow; the city also offers a subsidy program for backflow preventer installation. If you’ve suffered the ignominy of sewer backflow blasting out the shower, you must call plumbing companies in Edmonton such as Capital Plumbing and Heating for effective solutions.

Stopping the backflow often requires probing the likeliest areas of blockage and reviewing them on blueprints of the house’s plumbing grid. One place to start would be the toilet itself; your preferred plumber may need to run a flexible toilet auger down the line to gradually probe for blockages. The entire line should be probed to ensure full clearance of the toilet drain.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Want an Efficient Edmonton Heating System? Choose the Right Furnace!

Keeping warm during the winter months in the most practical way is what many Canadian homeowner wants – and the core of almost every home’s heating strategy is its furnace. Having a fully-functioning furnace ensures that a house is well-heated when cold weather comes.

Edmonton heating specialists would be able to help make sure that a home is properly heated. Experienced HVAC technicians from companies like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. would be able to advise homeowners on what furnace to buy for their house and how to keep their unit in good condition. An excellent example of the sort of advice they can give is on the size of a furnace.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Useful Tips on How to Reduce your Heating Bill

In the coldest months when your heater is working on high gear, staying comfortable and warm can cost you. Families on a tight budget can get squeezed dry as the monthly heating bills spiral out of control. Before you get taken on a costly ride just to heat your home, learn a few things to help you work through your energy consumption, while keeping pleasantly warm during the frosty months.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How Air Conditioning throughout Edmonton and the World Came to Be

What if you lived in an era before high-tech air conditioning in Edmonton and other cities of the world was invented? Have you ever imagined what your summer days would be like back then? You (along with millions of other people) probably can’t – as well as contributor Elizabeth Palermo. She’s definitely one of those who regularly “sung praises of air conditioning on a sweltering summer day” (as written in her LiveScience article), and she writes that modern consumers have one man to thank for such a “refreshing convenience” – American engineer Willis Carrier.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Toilet Trouble: Know the Basics of Common Edmonton Plumbing Problems

Only a few of these toilet problems seem to match the headaches that an overflowing toilet causes, which could be attributed to a broken or worn fill valve (the mechanism charged with stopping water from flowing into the tank once it’s filled). You may have to adjust the height of the lever connected to the fill valve to prevent an overflow until a plumber comes in to fix it up.

Always remember that when your toilet problems turn out to be more than you can handle, call in Edmonton plumbing professionals for help. Tough jobs are exactly what pros like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. are equipped to handle.