Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Having a reliable AC system at home entails maintenance and wise usage on everyone’s part. There are recommended ways to operate air conditioning units without excessively impacting the environment or consuming too much energy. Knowing about such aspects of your AC units will help you choose a type that will serve your home for many years to come.
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Friday, June 2, 2017
The Top Culprits behind Clogged Drains
After a bout of heavy rains, you may notice water accumulating in your driveway or garden. Perhaps your outdoor drainage has become clogged with dead leaves and dirt. It may be possible that plants or tree roots have grown over it, preventing water from passing through.
Likewise, indoor drains can be afflicted with a host of problems that are bit trickier to tackle. Kitchen sinks often have a buildup of leftover food and grease, making it difficult for water to effectively drain off. In the bathroom, the sink can overflow because of hair or products like soap and toothpaste clogging the drain.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Identifying Common Hot Water Tank Issues
A hot water tank fills itself with water before it starts heating its contents. In some cases, the water isn’t hot enough or it may be too hot. First check the temperature setting and adjust it as needed. Otherwise, a gas leak or an electrical issue may be to blame for the tank's inadequate performance.
Your tank, on the other hand, may not be producing enough hot water. For instance, after someone uses the shower or bath, the next person to bathe or wash must wait until the hot water is replenished. Such is a concern in many large Canadian households with fluctuating yet frequent water usage.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Particular plumbing problems especially need your attention and immediate action.
A clogged drain can be a nuisance. It can come with a gurgling sound, slow-draining water, odd toilet bowl levels, and repugnant odors. If you can see what’s causing the blockage, you can try purging the culprit. However, you must be careful and not worsen the problem with your attempted remedy as it can only result in more expensive repairs.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
A heating system needs constant attention. By giving it some TLC once in awhile, you can actually keep it in shape all year long to prevent problems that might require a spendy, emergency repair.
Schedule Regular Professional Checks
Even while not using your heater, you need to get your heating system checked periodically. This should be done by a Spruce Grove professional who knows where to look and what to do should a problem be detected. Old heaters are more prone to system issues and may be reluctant to turn on after a long period of inactivity. Regular professional maintenance is especially needed for older heating systems.
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Monday, May 15, 2017
As a homeowner, you must prepare the area for its installation. Just because you don’t know anything about its installation doesn’t mean you can abstain from the process. While the professionals conduct the actual installation, your role is to prepare your home for the process, allowing the installers to work quickly, safely, and efficiently.
Clear the Area
Contractors are trained to respect the homes of their clients. They will do their best to install the system without causing any damage to your property or belongings. However, your first step to preparing the work area is to clear it of any objects that can impede the installation or pose a hazard. These objects may include furniture, equipment or stored items—anything that clutters the work area. Your prep work is the first step to an expeditious installation.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Once you notice something wrong with the furnace, you need to act immediately in addressing the issue. Otherwise, you might end up spending a lot on repairs and putting your family’s health at risk. Depend on the following signs to tell you when it’s time to invest in a furnace replacement for your Edmonton abode.
On average, furnaces last between 16 and 20 years. Therefore, an easy way to determine whether it’s time to shop for a furnace is to know the age of your existing system. If it contains a pilot light, it’s most likely bumping or exceeding 25 years of life and is more than ready to be retired. You can’t rush into a replacement, however. Allot yourself enough time to weigh all the considerations required before purchasing a new unit. A panicked purchase can lead to trouble. Avoid a harried decision by planning ahead of time based on the age of your furnace.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Taking care of your plumbing poses the biggest challenge. Repeated bad habits stand to damage pipes more than any other causes. Homeowners may not even be aware of their detrimental habits. You may think that that your normal routines are harmless, only to end up in a panic when the pipe suddenly bursts or the water in the toilet starts gushing over the rim of the bowl. A simple clog can quickly turn into a nasty quagmire. To ensure that your Edmonton, Alberta home is equipped with the best plumbing system, start kicking some of the following nasty habits.
Pouring Coffee Grounds Down the Drain
Coffee grounds can be damaging to pipes because of the oils and greases they contain. These make the grounds stick together, collectively clogging the pipes. The same can happen when you throw them into the garbage disposal. The best way to rid them is to throw them straight into the trash can.
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Monday, May 8, 2017
If it’s not water supply that becomes the problem, then it’s water disposal. Toilet or drain clogs can cause the sludge to back up. This is not only unhygienic, but could also pose serious health hazards for you and your family.
When these problems manifest, it’s important to call professional plumbers promptly. Any delay brings risk of bigger damage and more expensive repair bills. Watch out for these early signs of potential problems, so you can act in a timely manner and seek help.
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Friday, May 5, 2017
On average, a central air conditioning unit can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If your AC unit is anywhere near this age, you should definitely get started on scouting for a replacement. As an old AC unit consumes much more energy than newer models, you may end up saving a tidy sum if you buy a new one.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Broken Heating Elements
When the heating level of an electric water heater drops, there could be a problem with the heating elements inside the tank. One of them may have burned out, and if the other starts malfunctioning as well, you won’t be able to get any hot water at all. The heating elements might have also lost power due to a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. It’s necessary to inspect the fuse box to see what might have gone wrong.
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Telltale Signs You Have A Clogged Drain
Probably the only good thing about a plumbing problem is that it won’t take you by surprise. It will let you know it’s there. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good, because now at least you know you have a drainage problem. Bad, well, because you have a clogged drain.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a drainage problem is to check how much time it takes for water to go down the drain. If water settles in your sink or bathroom floor before going down the drain at a slower rate than usual, then it’s a clear indication that you might have to call for professional drain cleaners.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To keep your air conditioner running smoothly, there are certain parts that need to be checked and cleaned out on a regular basis. These include the air conditioner’s filters, coils, coil fins and more. If you fail to do this, your air conditioning unit’s performance will noticeably decline. And as it does, you will also experience an increase in energy use.
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Monday, April 17, 2017
If you’re interested in having high-tech features installed in your bathroom, you can speak to your plumber about sourcing, installing and maintaining it.
Showers have gradually become more than a simple water stream, and many people now choose to have extra jets and wide heads installed for a more enjoyable experience. Technology is now taking things one step further.
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Friday, April 14, 2017
Install a Pressure Reducing Valve
Many households use more water than they really need because there’s simply too much water pressure in their pipes. In reality, your family probably won’t notice a change if you dropped your home’s water pressure from 70 to 35 psi (pressure per square inch). Luckily, you can install a pressure reducing valve to automatically control the amount of pressure that flows into your pipe system. However, you will need the help of a professional Edmonton plumbing contractor to measure your home’s psi and to install the pressure valve.
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Is Your Furnace Filter Clogged?
This is one of the most common causes of HVAC short cycling. As its name suggests, the air filter cleans the forced air that flows into your home from the HVAC system. However, over time, the debris a filter collects can restrict the airflow in your system. When this happens, your HVAC system overheats, which prompts it to shut down prematurely. To prevent this issue, wash or replace your air filters at least every month to ensure that there is no debris buildup.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Replace vs. Repair
It is only natural for homeowners to avoid costly purchases, such as replacing an old heating system with a new one. As much as possible, homeowners want to maximize usability of their existing furnace. Unfortunately, due to a combination of neglect and age, replacing a furnace becomes inevitable.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
Factors to Consider in Selecting a Heating System
There are several factors to consider before finally selecting the heating system right for your home. After all, purchasing the appropriate heating system (either for a new home or a replacement of the old) is not cheap. You must be sure of your choice before making the final purchase.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
What Is Water Hardness?
All freshwater consists of trace amounts of naturally occurring minerals. However, hard water has an excessive amount of these minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium, and manganese. There are many factors that can affect water hardness. The water source can be contaminated with rain, dust, volcanic gases, and other naturally occurring gases, such as carbon dioxide. Or, it can be tainted by toxic pollutants, such as fertilizers and pesticides.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Thermostats have come a long way since the round dial models first seen in many older homes. Thermostat technology have become so advanced that there’s so many options to choose from, including line voltage thermostats, low voltage thermostats, programmable thermostats, and even Wi-Fi smart thermostats. Although your old thermostat may work fine, there are many reasons why you may want to replace it with a more modern and advanced model. Your Edmonton furnace professional explains.
The case for smart thermostats
Users of programmable thermostats were able to save considerably when the technology was first introduced, but now, with the introduction of smart thermostats, homeowners have the chance to make a much larger leap in energy efficiency, and consequently, bill savings. How does this happen, you may ask? That’s because smart models can actually learn your schedule, preferences, and habits. Some can even tell when you’re home. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2nF1W4P
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Monday, February 27, 2017
Your furnace is responsible for keeping your home warm, but it is the job of the rest of your home’s ventilation features to keep the warm air inside. If you own a multi-story home, you may have trouble maintaining warmth because of ‘stack effect’
The stack effect explained
The stack effect is a condition where the entire house acts like a giant chimney, pushing warm air upwards until it eventually leaves the structure. It occurs because of the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Cold air is denser than warm air, so when cold air enters the home from the first floor, warm air is displaced to the top. This airflow actually pulls more cold air in, worsening the stress on your home’s heating system.
When stack effect becomes a problem
If the airflow is strong, thus puts undue pressure on cracks, deteriorated masonry, cracked weather stripping, and other vulnerable areas. With constant pressure, these leak sources can become larger, intensifying the airflow and worsening your energy loss problem. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mPa12n
Friday, February 24, 2017
April is the time for flowers and all things spring. It’s also a great time to replace an old, decrepit water heater. So how do you know if your water heater needs replacing? Edmonton HVAC professionals share with you the five biggest telltale signs to watch out for.
It’s past its lifespan
A well-maintained water heater can function properly up to ten years—twelve to fifteen years if you really want to push it. If yours is close to or over a decade old, it’s likely that performance has degraded considerably. Avoid having to deal with the hassles of an unexpected breakdown by replacing your old unit this spring.
You get higher energy bills
If you observe a considerable increase in your energy bills despite your water heater usage staying consistent, your water heater’s age could be the culprit. As mentioned, water heater efficiency drops with time, and so it needs to consume more energy to provide you with the same amount of hot water you’re used to. When your heater starts making a huge impact in your energy bills, it’s time to think of replacing it. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2nAxGrV
Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Toilet clogs are a problem that all homeowners must eventually face. And while your favorite Edmonton plumbing companies will always be there to help, most of the time, this is a job that you can handle on your own. With a little practice and the right tools, even a home repair newbie can get unclog a toilet in minutes.
A plunger is your best friend
It pays to have a plunger at home for those toilet emergencies. In the event that your toilet gets clogged, having a plunger can save you from all that foul smell. There generally two plunger types in the market—with flange and without. Choose the one with a flange as these are specifically designed for toilets.
Use liquid dish soap
Liquid dish soap can lubricate whatever’s blocking your toilet and make them slippery enough to slide away. To use, pour a generous amount of liquid dish soap into the bowl and let it settle. After a few minutes, pour hot water in to push the lubricated clog away. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mODhGE
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Modern furnaces can feature intermittent pilot or hot surface ignition. With the former type, a gas line is designed to allow gas flow when the thermostat calls for heat. There is a high voltage electrical spark that ignites to form a flame, which powers the pilot light. A furnace contains a flame sensor that tracks pilot light to see if it is functioning properly, and if it is, the main gas valve is allowed to open, causing the burners to light up. When replacing your appliance with an intermittent pilot system, a few potential challenges may arise during its lifetime. For one, the pilot gas pipe may not be correctly positioned, which is why you should consider professional furnace replacement. Another problem is that the connection to the thermostat may be faulty or loose. A dirty nozzle or defective electronic spark may also cause a lot of trouble. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOeYr4
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Type of Furnace
The suitability of a furnace installation site will vary depending on the type of furnace you pick. A gas furnace, for example, requires sufficient air for circulation, meaning that you have to consider the oxygen supply of the location first. Unconfined spaces have no problem providing fresh air, but for confined spaces, you may have to add openings to make sure that a gas furnace does not lack the air needed for complete combustion. Consider any other appliances in the vicinity that will compete for air supply. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOt9fI
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Problems in your central heating system
If your property is fitted with a central heating boiler and pipework to the radiators, you will almost certainly be well aware of the importance of regular maintenance to keep the system in working order. Nonetheless, despite annual services, central heating systems can still accumulate debris or unseen sludge over time. Some of the common symptoms include a noisy boiler, cool or cold radiators, and increased energy bills due to the system becoming less efficient. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOogTX
Friday, January 20, 2017
The Candle Method
This is actually one of the most traditional techniques and yet, it has been all but forgotten in these modern times. Carefully hold a lit candle up to a window or door frame. Watch to see if the flame flickers. If a great deal of movement is observed, this is a sure-fire sign that a leak is present. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jn7DlN
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Usually, water heaters connect to hot and cold water supply lines. These two pipes come with joints to allow them to bend toward the water heater. The cold or the hot water line could leak around the joints, making it hard to identify where the seep out is emanating from. A plumber can identify the problem and fix it. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOqm6A
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Why You Need Them
The cooling cycle needs to process air from two sources for proper conditioning. A building must provide the supply and return air, meaning corresponding ducts for each source, while some homes also require exhaust tubes, particularly the multi-storied ones. The supply ducts let air come in from the outside through the ventilation while the return air goes through the filter and into the plenum where it mixes with the incoming flow. Maintaining these two separate duct systems allows the circulation of air in your home to be completed, meaning no accumulation of contaminants that pose health risks. An Edmonton air conditioning company can ensure that the appropriate return and supply pipes are working right before you become frustrated over problems brought about by your AC not meeting its cooling loads. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOjw0z
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A toilet that won’t drain or takes too long may be due to blockage in the vents that lead to the main sewer line. If debris is stuck in some parts of the vent, waste removal becomes a problem for the whole system. A clogged vent can also lead to low toilet water levels. Vents allow air down the system, which pushes the water through the drain pipes, so when they don’t work right, it causes a vacuum to form when water is passing through the pipes, and this pulls the liquid from the toilet bowl. If the installation of the vents is not up to standard, this too will interfere with the flow of waste from the toilet. Cracks in the venting can be another reason for your toilet to experience this problem. Edmonton plumbing companies offer vent cleaning and installation services that are effective in such instances. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jn30Iz
Monday, January 16, 2017
Getting Rid of Bacteria
Showers are connected to the rest of the plumbing, so any microorganisms that enter the system may find their way to the shower head. Some installations come with filters to prevent bacteria and dirt from ending up in the water you use, but a shower that has gone too long without a replacement will build up bacteria, which poses certain health risks. Plumbers can provide replacements of the head and filter as well. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2jOq8fu
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The furnace is an essential part of any home in Edmonton, especially during those chilly winter nights. As such, it is essential to ensure that your furnace is functioning properly and is well-maintained. When repairs are needed, it should be fixed right away, and if a furnace replacement is necessary, then it should be done immediately.
So how do you tell when your furnace needs replacing? You will find a list of some of the key indicators that your furnace may be in need of replacing. Being alert to these factors is vital – after all, the last thing that you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of a cold snap when you could have easily had it replaced a couple of months prior. Read more on this article:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
If you are seeking to install a furnace using an Edmonton furnace service, you may well already know that there are several different types of furnace fuel. Below, you will find a guide to the different furnace fuel options that are out there and their various pros and cons.
Understanding these things can help you make an informed decision before using expert furnace installation services.
Natural Gas Furnaces
These types of furnace heat up very quickly – indeed, almost instantaneously – and they use looped pipes filled with water to heat up your home via radiators. Natural gas is a relatively inexpensive fuel, though it is a fossil fuel associated with a higher carbon footprint for your home. The three primary types of gas furnaces from which you can choose are single-stage furnace, two-stage furnace, and modulating furnace. Read more on this article:
Monday, January 9, 2017
In recent years, plumbing has started to become automated. Sensors and warning lights enable us to keep track of the health of our plumbing system at all times of the day. These features are very useful, however, it is always worthwhile remembering that no matter how advanced your plumbing system is, you will always need to have the number of an Edmonton plumbing company on hand. This is to ensure that any plumbing problems are dealt with as quickly as possible by a professional. Below, you can find out about two key types of technical innovation that have helped in revolutionizing the world of plumbing.
Chemical Dosing Pumps
Some homeowners like to add substances to their water, such as chemicals that will remove limescale from their pipes or drain blocking substances that will stop the plumbing system from getting clogged up and causing flooding. Usually, this is done by hand, but chemical dosage pumps can do this automatically. Read more on this article:
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Having a quality, energy-efficient boiler, furnace, or any other type of heating system is highly desirable in any home. Unless your home is also well-insulated, however, you will find that heat escapes fast through the ceilings, floors, and walls – not to mention poorly glazed windows. So, if you want to make the most of your heating in Edmonton or Stony Plain, make sure to follow the handy home insulation guide below.
Windows: Sealants and Double Glazing
Seal up any gaps in window frames and invest in double glazing. What you spend on getting double glazing fitted will be saved many times over on your heating bills. This is due to the double glazing stopping heat from escaping through cracks between window panes and window frames. Read more on this article:
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Moving to a new home can be so much fun, but there are also some practical things to sort out, such as knowing who your local plumber is. Below, you will find two hot tips for making the most of your new Edmonton house or apartment.
Water Safety: Run the Taps
Now usually, water experts would advise not running taps needlessly for long periods of time. This is because leaving taps running is a waste of water and bad both for the planet and for your wallet when it comes to paying the water bills. When you first move into a new property, however, it may well have been vacant for some time. Read more on this article:
Friday, January 6, 2017
Exploring air conditioning options is a fantastic idea, especially if you live in Edmonton. You need the guidance of a plumbing and HVAC expert, such as Capital Plumbing & Heating, to fully understand how air conditioning systems work and what benefits they can offer your home.
How Do Air Conditioning Systems Work?
Air conditioning systems work to cool down the air in your home. They do so by taking in hot air, and using special chemicals to trap that heat and then release it outside before pumping the newly cooled air back into your home. Air conditioners are usually composed of three sections. The first part is a compressor, the second is a condenser, and the third is an evaporator. Read more on this article:
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Problems with plumbing all too often lead to burst or leaking pipes or overflowing drains. In cases like these, it is crucial to get in touch with one of the top plumbing companies in Edmonton to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. This article explains some of the unfortunate consequences that water damage can have in your home.
Unsightly stains on carpets, ceilings, and plaster work are some of the first signs of water damage. Not only can mold grow and spread over time, these stains may also be hiding damage deeper in the fabric of your home. Read more on this article: