Friday, February 27, 2015

Tips on Replacing Plumbing Fixtures

When it comes to plumbing fixtures, whether in the kitchen or the bathroom, replacing them means looking for a new, suitable unit. Here are some things to know in replacing a fixture:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Tankless Water Heater in Edmonton can Warm Your Home Up for Less

Conventional storage tank water heaters come in sizes from 20 up to 80 gallons. The larger the unit, the more it will cost to maintain because the water in the tank should always be kept at a high temperature. An on-demand or a tankless water heater in Edmonton processes the water as it passes through the pipes instead of heating it inside a tank. Jason Yang writes about the perks of keeping things hot by going tankless in an article for Apartment Therapy: Is it worth the cost? If the idea of constantly heating your home’s water in a big tank sitting in your basement sounds inefficient and wasteful, then a tankless water heater is the right option for you. From increased energy efficiency and lowered operating costs to space savings and a greatly extended lifespan, going tankless never sounded better.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Edmonton Plumbing Companies are the Ones You Call for the Big Jobs

At some point in the lifetime of a plumbing system, it will encounter a major issue that will require the expertise of Edmonton plumbing companies. These are the issues no DIY homeowner should even attempt to solve. Paige Turner of Demand Media writes in SF Gate Home Guides about the major plumbing problems that are better left in the hands of the professionals: Corroded Pipes They may be out of sight, but they definitely won’t be out of mind once they leak or burst. Old pipes made of galvanized steel or iron eventually spring pinhole leaks due to corrosion. These were commonly used in the construction of homes up until the late 1950s. If you’re unsure about the age of your plumbing, try estimating it based on the condition of the shutoff valves and faucets. If these are ancient, then it’s likely the pipes are, too.

How To Silence Noisy Pipes

Do you hear banging, clanging, creaking, and other unusual noises whenever you turn on the tap, water heater, or any water supply fixture? Well, one thing is for certain: your pipes shouldn’t be making those noises at all. Fortunately, there are ways to fix them. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Edmonton Heating Technicians Recommend Annual Inspections for Furnaces

Good HVAC systems are indispensable parts of everyday life. These systems provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to make indoor environments comfortable. They also keep air inside houses and offices clean, free of unpleasant smells, and just at the right temperature. HVAC systems are designed to provide comfort throughout the whole year, whatever the season. Furnaces are the main heating component of the system, and extremely cold weather can put a lot of strain on it. Edmonton heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technicians recommend that you get annual inspection and servicing for your furnace, especially before the cold sets in. Not only will this save you a lot of grief during the winter, but it will also help prolong the lifespan of your furnace. In addition, it pays to know whether you would need to completely replace the furnace or just make quick repairs.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stay Cool During the Summer Season With Air Conditioning in Edmonton

It is crucial to have reliable air conditioning in Edmonton as well as any other area that normally experiences humid and warm climates, especially when the summer season starts. You should not wait for the summer’s scorching heat before you get an air conditioning system for your home. Before you make your choice, however, there are some things to consider. Proper calculations of the cooling required should be made based on measurements of the house’s floor, ceilings, and walls. Determine where the ideal placement for a unit is for maintenance purposes. Furthermore, only choose air conditioning units that abide by federal and provincial laws. Keeping these points in mind, there are many options to choose from to keep you cool all throughout summer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stop the Flushing of Wipes

Wet wipes are handy supplies that you can use to clean yourself in any situation. Lately, many have been enticed to use a special kind of wet wipes: the so-called “flushable” wipes, which their manufacturers say can be flushed down the drain after use. Are “flushable” wet wipes really as their name claims them to be? If you ask local Edmonton plumbers, they wouldn’t agree. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Three DIY Plumbing Mistakes Edmonton Plumbing Firms Can Help You Avoid

When drains get clogged, homeowners tend to look for solutions that can address the problem without calling for Edmonton plumbing firms in order to spare their wallets. But mistakes through these DIY methods often lead to greater complications. Here are common mistakes that homeowners commit, escalating the damage to their drains.

Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Drain Cleaning Products

Clogging in your drainage system brings nothing but inconvenience to your homes. Be it your drains in the kitchen, the bathroom, or in your gardens, the inability of wastewater to pass through freely is definitely a problem that needs immediate action. Proper maintenance of your drainage syste is important, and a simple step such as thorough cleaning on a regular basis can prevent the development of complex problems.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Local Edmonton Plumbers: Four Common Causes of Clogging in Your Toilet

It can be really frustrating when you’re in a hurry for school or work and yet you find yourself attending to blocked pipe lines in the bathroom. The tendency is to pour more water to force the obstructions down–only to be threatened by a possible overflow, which leaves the next user to take care of the mess. But what could cause the clogging? Here are some of the things that might be responsible for your toilet backing up.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heating Furnaces: Common Problems and DIY Repairs

Heating furnaces are household devices primarily used to distribute heat throughout the household—heat which in turn is meant to provide comfort for the residents from the cold weather. However, comparable to other equipment, damages are inevitable in furnaces due to various machine deficiencies, not having proper maintenance, and using it beyond its recommended lifespan.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spring Cleaning Project: Your Air Conditioner

Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to welcome it than by beginning with your annual spring cleaning? Among many other rooms, nooks and corners that need cleaning after months of cold weather, you should also remember to take this opportunity to clean your HVAC system, most especially your air conditioner, to ensure that it will continue cooling your home efficiently.

Check It Out

First things first–you should be able to check your air conditioning unit before proceeding to the actual cleaning. Is there a dust build-up, or does the filter need replacement? Simply replacing the filter can save you a lot on your energy bill, and eliminating dust build-up on vents can ensure air flow efficiency.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hard Water: The Bane of Plumbing

While drinking water with minerals is recommended for your health, the same cannot be said for your plumbing: hard water, or water with high mineral content, can be the cause of a bigger plumbing headache.

Water normally becomes hard as it flows through the ground, since it can collect minerals such as calcium and magnesium along the way. Water, which has a mineral content of over 3.5 grains of mineral per gram (GPG) is already considered hard water, but to accurately and easily test whether your household’s plumbing contains hard water, you can test it by looking at the sud formation in water: hard water would normally yield less lather formation when used with soap, and would instead produce soap scum, or a white precipitate.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hard Water in Your Pipes: How You Can Deal With It

Water can be a lot more complicated than most people think. For one, water is a universal solvent and a lot of things can be dissolved by it. When water comes in contact with soil or rocks, like what happens in natural aquifers or rivers, the water erodes away the topmost layers of these rocks or that of the stream bed. This results in trace elements or minerals in the water you use for bathing or drinking. If there is too much mineral content in the water, it becomes hard water.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Three Common Causes of Clogging in Your Toilet

Clogged toilets can be caused by several factors. Here are some of them:

·         Waste build-up - Dental floss, wipes, band-aids, sanitary napkins, cigar butts, children’s toys, and many others–you may think these are too small or too thin to create obstructions in the pipeline, but remember that it’s hard for water to break down clumps of these objects. Even if the manufacturer says an item is flushable, do not throw it inside the toilet. Let the trash can do the job.