Sunday, August 31, 2014
A lot of care needs to be taken when repairing a bathroom. The job can be too much for a layman, and so if you want to have the best plumbing in Edmonton, Alberta, you’re going to need professional help. First, professional plumbers would be familiar with all the possible problems associated with bathrooms. They would be familiar with what can leak and what can break down like the pipes under the sink and the various fixtures. They’ll also know what to check to ensure no future problems emerge.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Plumbing is a huge part of the everyday function of your Edmonton home, so unless you’re showering very sparingly, chances are you’d be getting drain clog problems every now and again. While you might be tempted to call up your trusted Edmonton plumbers every time the sink gurgles or drains slowly, here are some steps you can take to remedy minor clogs before it’s too late: Gear up Start your plumbing troubleshooting by getting the right equipment in the first place. You’ll need a plunger, and in case the clog is more than a bit of plunging can take care of, you might want to bring a drain snake or hand auger, too. You’ll also need a wet cloth to cover the overflow vent of your sink’s basin— only by covering the vents properly can your plunger work efficiently.
Friday, August 29, 2014
A flooded basement is one of the worst disasters a homeowner can face. There are several reasons why basements flood: clogged main drains, leaking or clogged downspouts, and foundation drain/sump pump failure are just some of the most common culprits. If you have cracks in your basement walls, even the slightest pipe leaks could lead to a catastrophic basement flood that causes extensive and expensive damage.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Many homeowners end up taking their plumbing system for granted, so much so that they’ll only inspect it when things are already going wrong. If you want to keep from getting inconvenienced every time a fixture fails or some pipes burst, be sure to look out for these signs of potential plumbing problems:
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Most plumbing problems can be a real nuisance in your home and many can lead to serious issues like water damage. Your bathroom, for one, can be plagued by a lot of potential problems, since it plays host to majority of your home’s plumbing fixtures and pipelines. Here are some of the signs that you might need to call your plumber quickly.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The final type is considered to be the most environmentally-friendly – a solar heater. Roof-mounted collectors absorb the heat and transfer it down to the water tank via an antifreeze-like fluid. This is great for summer days, but winter can put a damper on its functioning. Whatever type you buy, installing a water heater in Edmonton will require the help of professional plumbers like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. It would be best to consult with them on which type would be best for your home.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
However, before you pick up that phone and call the experts, you might as well try to at least minimize the problem that the plumber will have to deal with. First, there’s the hot water solution. You may be tempted to go directly to the chemical solution, but water is easier on the pipes than most other solvents. All it involves is boiling water in a kettle to pour down the drain. Of course, this works best with light clogs that slow the draining of water, and not full-blown blockages. Additionally, don’t get the water too hot – PVC pipes melt at 175 degrees; if you don’t know what type of pipes you have just go for just the right amount of hot water. Second, there’s making your own drain cleaner. You’d think it would be better to shop around Edmonton for drain cleaners, but commercial solutions can be too harsh for your pipes.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A clogged drain is no fun at all when you are heavily engaged in activities that require a constant flow of water. If left unchecked, they can contribute to more dreadful occurrences such as backflows, requiring the help of Edmonton drain cleaning experts.
Stony Plain homeowners often pay quite a bit on their heating bills during the cold season. It is possible, however, to reduce these expenses through a few useful tips.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
"It is highly recommended that the filters be regularly cleaned and replaced, because a dirty filter can cause a lot of problems. For instance, unmaintained filters allow more contaminants to get through, which leads to a gradual decrease in the home’s air quality. They also make the furnace’s motors work harder, which makes them more susceptible to wear-and-tear. The blower must also be free from accumulated dirt, as such contaminants can collect in virtually every crevice inside a furnace and cause troubles in the long run. Specific concerns must also be addressed. For example, gas furnaces have a pilot light, whose sole job is to light the gas fuel of the furnace to make it work. If this doesn’t work at all, the entire heating system is at a standstill. A faulty pilot light is one of the most common problems gas furnace owners face, and while this issue is fairly troublesome, it can be readily fixed by a local Spruce Grove heating pro."
Monday, August 11, 2014
This summer, widespread air conditioning use is as inevitable as beach parties. Despite this fact, you don’t always have to let your power bills balloon. There are quite a number of ways for you to help your air conditioning stay energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.
What if a time comes when your bathtub no longer fits your personal needs? How do you go about removing and replacing it with a walk-in shower? Where do you start?
Sunday, August 10, 2014
If possible, the person’s core temperature must be taken and cooled down to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternative strategies can include fanning over the patient while wetting his/her skin with water, applying ice packs to the armpits, groin, neck, and back, or immersing the person in an ice bath. Installing efficient air conditioners in Edmonton from companies like Capital Plumbing and Heating Ltd might not be enough to prevent heatstroke alone, but they offer a great starting point for both prevention and first-aid. This summer, keep those dangers at bay.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Rattling and banging – Rattling pipes are caused by three common factors, namely loose fittings, high water pressure, or water hammers. Loose pipes rattle because as water runs through them, they vibrate and hit the nearest wood framing when they’re loosely fitted. High pressure causes pipes to vibrate rapidly and doesn’t spare tight or loose pipes, and water hammers bang because of the water slamming an abruptly closed valve (causing the characteristic banging sound of a hammer). First, loose pipes can be fixed by securing the pipes to the wood framing using pipe clips. Second, rattling caused by high water pressure can be eased by lowering the pressure to a recommended level, which is often between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). This can be done by adding a pressure reducing valve to the incoming main line.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The water sustainability training and accreditation program for plumbers launched by the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) receives appreciation from the plumbers’ community of Canada. It focuses on the various conservation solutions that can be applied in their practice. On the other hand, as a homeowner, there are several ways for you to transform your old-fashioned plumbing system into a green one.
There will come a time when you will no longer feel satisfied bathing in a tub, in which case a shower will sound like a nicer option. Should you decide to turn that idea into reality, you have a number of things to consider, including hiring a skilled plumber who can do the transformation well and easily.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Washing Soda Reinforcement You can take this method a step further by pouring a cup of washing soda on the clogged drain just before you use the baking soda method above. Washing soda contains a high alkaline level (pH 11), so make sure that you don’t use it if you’ve already administered a commercial cleaner on your drain. Make sure to use only non-toxic chemicals on it—after all, you want your drains unclogged and running smoothly to your sewage system, not all chewed up and spewing waste all over your house. Then again, it may probably be for the best if you rely instead on professional Edmonton or Spruce Grove plumbers for drain repairs. For sure, they’ll know just the right thing to do.