Sunday, 13 August 2017
It’s not the most glamorous part of your home, but the toilet serves an important function every day. Over time, though, you will encounter certain issues with it. You can avoid these toilet dilemmas by staying on top of your toilet maintenance.
Avoid Flushing the Wrong Things
The toilet should be strictly reserved for body waste; anything else can cause a severe blockage—especially oversized objects. You may have kids who tend to flush their toys down the toilet out of curiosity or by mistake. In either case, you need to monitor your children whenever they’re in the bathroom.
Some other household essentials to keep clear of your toilet include feminine products, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, and pills. Cooking grease is also something that should never be flushed, for once it cools down, it hardens and can easily form a barrier that neither water or waste can pass. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2viCwND
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Many integral parts of your home’s plumbing system demand proper maintenance. One of the most costly, if you’re not careful about its maintenance, is the hot water tank. Fortunately, you can avoid any pricey dilemma by learning about your water tank’s operation and understanding how to take care of it.
Know What Type of Tank You Have
Several types of water tanks exist these days. Some of the most common include natural gas, electric, and propane. It’s important to know what type you use at home because different types require different repair methods.
If something breaks down, you can tell the repair specialist the type of unit in your home so that the experts can bring along the right tools. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2wt29K8
Friday, 14 July 2017
Without thinking twice, you may send large food particles, grease, and other substances down the sink that ultimately cause your drains to clog. When this happens, and it will, consider some helpful advice from a qualified plumber. It will save you time, energy, and expense.
Emphasize Clog Prevention
Sometimes, the best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them altogether. You then won’t have to spend time on your knees or a lot of money on repairs. As soon as you put anything down the drain, make sure to run hot water as a preventative measure.
If you accidentally spill a little grease into the drain, pour very hot water down the drain as well to prevent the grease from hardening. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2wt74uu
Friday, 7 July 2017
Leaky faucets present a nuisance that is sometimes not so hard to remedy. Not only do they keep you up at night, they can waste a lot of water if the problem is neglected. As soon as you realize a faucet is leaking, you need to act fast and inspect the valves. Sometimes, they just need to be tightened.
If, however, you notice damage and clear signs of rust, the valves need to be replaced by a plumber. They’ll bring the right sized valves and install them quickly. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2wsMc6B
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
So often, it’s the littlest of things that can cause the biggest problems. Consider leaking pipes, for example. There are many reasons why a pipe might leak, such as physical damage to the pipes or loose connections. There are many ways that even a small leak can wreak serious damage to your home in general. Following are just some of the dire consequences a dripping pipe may pose.
Because of gravity, water will always find its way to the ground. So, when a pipe leaks, the floor bears the brunt of the damage. In the case of tiled floors, for instance, the tiles may loosen from the moisture. If your floors consist of hardwoods, the material might become discolored or even warped when exposed to water. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2eTILi4
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
If you have turned off the faucet and yet the water in your sink remains, refusing to go down the drain, you might have a problem just waiting to happen. It means only one thing: you’ve got a clogged pipe. But think twice about grabbing that bottle of de-clogger under your sink. It may very well worsen your problems.
Take a look at the many disadvantages of commercial drain cleaners.
This should hardly come as a surprise, as these products were made to melt blockages and grime. Unfortunately, these same chemicals are also known to possess high toxicity levels. According to HealthyChild.org, these products often contain sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid, which make them very dangerous to inhale or ingest—and pose a threat to children and pets in your home. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2gD7RFG
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Getting the proper sized heater requires a Goldilocks equation. If you get one that’s too small, you risk running out of hot water in the middle of a shower. If you get one that’s too big, on the other hand, you’re wasting valuable money heating water that you’re not using.
So how to do find the “just right” heater? Take a look at its first hour rating.
Understanding First Hour Rating
To properly assess what size of water heater you need, it’s important to look at the unit’s first hour rating (FHR), which is the amount of hot water that a heater can continuously provide per hour before the tank runs empty.
Here’s another way of looking at it: How long can your heater provide hot water during a busy hour of the day, such as in the morning when your entire family gets ready for work or school. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2gCAKC4
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not important. Case in point: your plumbing. From the hot water in your shower to the water you use in your sprinkler, your plumbing system should facilitate the water flow you need at the time you need it.
It needs a little help from you, however, in the way of maintenance. Take care of plumbing as you would other parts of your home. Not sure where to begin? Follow a few simple tips.
Think Twice About Chemical Drain Cleaners
While these products promise to make quick work of blockages, they may also make quick work of your pipes as well. Just read the ingredients and warnings on the label; drain-cleaning products use harsh chemicals that can erode your drain pipes. Moreover, they typically don’t remove the entire blockage. The best way to address a blocked pipe is to call on trusted plumbers in Saskatoon who will use specialized tools to fix the problem once and for all. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2gDkdgZ
Thursday, 18 May 2017
By learning more about plumbing, you are likely to see through common misconceptions about this most critical household utility. If you keep on believing the myths, your actions just might create a problem that ends up very costly and very debilitating. It’s therefore important to know the truth behind these myths.
Myth 1: Water Heaters Explode
A lot of people get scared when their water heater starts making popping sounds. They think it’s going to explode. The truth, however, is that sediments are the cause of the noises. Loose minerals, such as calcium from hard water, collect at the bottom of the tank and create a buildup. It then prevents the heater from distributing heat when the burner is turned on. Air bubbles are created, resulting in the popping sounds.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Regular maintenance should be done by a professional, but it’s also important to learn how to check the system yourself. This way, you can ensure that the heater is in good condition and better determine whether it needs professional servicing.
Inspect the Pressure Valve
The pressure relief valve acts as a safety device for both gas and electric water heaters. You need to verify that the pressure valve is working properly. Failure can excessively pressurize the tank, resulting in an explosion because the valve cannot open to release the pressure.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017
Bathroom Drain Gunk
They may seem harmless, but dirt, hair, and skin flakes can block the drain pipes in your shower. When they accumulate and bind to soap scum that sticks to the walls of the pipes, they can result in a premium clog and impede water flow.
You can fix the flow by removing and cleaning the drain stopper. You can also use a plunger to unclog it, but if this doesn’t work, try removing the elbow joint in the piping and clean it out. It is hardly an uncommon problem, but a hair-straining drain cover can help prevent future clogs if not waylay them.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017
The reasons for re-plumbing your bathroom can vary. Regardless, it is first important to learn and notice the signs that portend pipe replacement.
Glaring Water Problems
Leaks and drips shouldn’t be ignored. These are obvious signs that your pipes suffer some problems. For instance, water dribbling out around the sink tap or other fixtures means the hardware lacks proper sealing. The same goes for water pooling around the tub when in use.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Take your plumbing for example. There may be some things you are doing every day that compromise your pipes little by little. You may think they are harmless, but eventually, your habits will soon cause your drain to back up or your pipes to break. As a heads-up, following are some common home practices that can lead to major plumbing damage in no time. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2oM3Mxa
Monday, 17 April 2017
The cost of repairing a home’s drainage system might come as a shock to you. On average, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety says the damage can cost the homeowner $4,000 per incident after the insurance deductible has been paid. By attending to the problem right away, you can avoid very high repair costs in the long term.
The best way to determine whether professional drain cleaners are necessary is to be on the lookout for any signs of trouble. Following are some that should be easy for any homeowner to recognize. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2oM2dj5
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
The key to always having enough hot water to go around at home is to make sure that you get your hot water tank size right. This would usually depend on how many people are occupying your home. For instance, a home with one to three occupants would usually require a hot water tank with a storage capacity of 50 to 60 gallons. On the other hand, a home with three to four people would require a medium hot water tank that can accommodate 80 gallons of water. Meanwhile, a home with four to six occupants would require a much bigger hot water tank. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2p6XPP7
Monday, 10 April 2017
On the other hand, your alleged handiwork might wrought issues less visible, such as leaks masked by walls or other structural components. You may eventually notice them, but by then it is too late. The damage and resulting expense is already done. In fact, a persisting leak may end up compromising the structural integrity of your home as it damages the frame and foundation.
To avoid these types of disaster, it’s always better to call professional plumbers the moment you suspect that something is wrong with your pipes. There are easily detected signs that tell you when it is time to call for immediate plumbing assistance. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2p6Opmx
Monday, 13 March 2017
Most people will experience a drain blockage in their home at some point, and many will face regular blockages in their plumbing systems without understanding why. To avoid blockages, you will need to understand how and why they occur, and learn the best ways to avoid them.
How Blockages Occur
Blockages occur when a substance gets stuck in your piping system and cannot move through. For a foreign object, it may be too large or the wrong shape to pass through the shaped pipes. For waste products, there tends to be a build up over time. Read more from this article http://bit.ly/2mGBfbw
Friday, 10 March 2017
As a restaurant owner, your focus is often always on the customer’s food and dining experience, which is why it’s quite easy to overlook something as ordinary as your drainage. Unfortunately, its failure can have a huge impact on your operations, making it difficult to prepare meals in sanitary conditions or clean your equipment properly.
Clogged pipes, for instance, is a common issue that restaurant owners face. While some drainage problems merely slow down operations, others are so severe that you may need to suspend work completely. Working with a professional drain cleaning service on a regular basis is just one way to make sure this type of business interruption doesn’t happen to you. Read more from this article http://bit.ly/2mGyYgk
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Normally, you can expect water heaters to last between 8 and 12 years before they need to be replaced. Even with proper maintenance, it’s inevitable for the internal parts of the heater to become corroded or coated in a buildup of minerals. When this happens, the efficiency of the water heater declines until it decides to give up altogether, leaving you with no hot water.
Fortunately, there are some signs to watch out for indicating that a replacement for your failing heater is warranted. Spotting any of these signs can save you a lot of time and money, while rescuing you from the nasty surprise of suddenly losing hot water in your home. Read more from this article http://bit.ly/2n5fwNR
Monday, 6 March 2017
It can be extremely stressful to find out that one of your drains is slow or clogged, especially if it’s happening on a regular basis. For some people, calling a professional plumber might not be the first thing that springs to mind. After all, it’s easier and cheaper to grab a standard bottle of household liquid drain cleaner from under the sink.
Before you reach out for that drain cleaner, know that you have the better option of calling professional plumbers instead. At the end of the day, these drain cleaners might clear clogs today, but may cause serious harm to your plumbing system in the future. Read more from this article http://bit.ly/2mGDP11
Sunday, 19 February 2017
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Friday, 20 January 2017
If you discover that your water heater is giving out rusty water, it could be an indication of the tank rusting away, which may soon be followed by leakage. When the walls of the tank start to rust and the rod fails, sediments form at the bottom and could alter the performance of water heaters. It is, therefore, essential to hire an expert to clean and replace the anode to prevent the buildup of rust. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2iGhWjE
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Why It Matters
Waterproofing is essential because it helps keep the structural integrity of a building intact by protecting its foundation. Water drains downwards once it leaves the different fixtures in the home, and if the drainage in the floor is not up to standard, then that will cause moisture damage to the foundation. When a large amount of water comes down the pipes, floor drains provide room for the overflow so that the main drain does not have to deal with too much pressure. These floor drains connect to the mains sewer, so any blockage means that waste is not leaving the system, which could lead to flooding if the right measures are not implemented. A Saskatoon drain cleaning expert can handle clogged floor drains to ensure that your home retains its value. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2iBcg7h
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Pitting corrosion is the biggest problem that your copper pipes may acquire during their lifetime. This kind of corrosion occurs on the inside of the pipes and is localized to small parts of the pipe walls. It may not be as widespread as other piping problems, but it can cause pinhole leaks in the system. Copper pipes are popular because they put up quite a fight in the face of corrosion, but that does not prevent rust when the environmental conditions are right for such deterioration to take place. As with any other metal, copper will oxidize when it comes into contact with other materials and the problem with corrosion on the material is that it can be hard to detect, which is a problem that may escalate significantly by the time you think of hiring a trusted Saskatoon plumber. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2iGsYFJ
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Why It’s Clogged
Main sewer lines can clog due to several reasons, the least of which is the accumulation of grease in the kitchen drainage pipes. Dirt and grime can build up and interrupt the flow of waste to the main sewer, while some of the issues that cause clogging incidences may be out of your control, such as tree roots growing in the pipes. For a homeowner with a yard full of trees, this problem may be more common as roots crawl into sewers in search of water. Read more on this article: http://bit.ly/2iB96jW