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Top 5 Ways to Prevent Major Plumbing Catastrophes In Your Home

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Our Blog

I am often asked about ways to maintain levels in septic tanks – how to get more life out of it before it needs to be pumped out. Granted, pumping a septic is a nuisance and often costly; however, using excessive additives with the hopes of getting another year out of your septic space can often lead you down a nasty path. Clogged leaching fields is a common occurrence as solids (instead of clear effluent) make their way out of the septic tank and into the leaching field.  Also keep in mind that using a lot of chlorine bleach and caustic chemicals in your home will kill a lot of the...

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The 3 Most Common Plumbing Issues

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in Our Blog

1)      Sump Pump Failure There are a few reasons why your sump pump may have failed. Lack of maintenance is a major factor. You should be testing your sump pump every 2-3 months. Your sump pump is responsible for removing water that enters your home through the foundation. Especially during heavy rain months, it is imperative that you know you can count on your sump pump to be in good working order.  Here are a couple tips to get you started on maintaining your own pump. a.It may sound silly, but check to ensure your sump pump is plugged in and that there is power to the electrical...

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Updating Fixtures – A Quick Way to Add Value

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in Our Blog

Updating fixtures in a home can be a quick and fairly inexpensive way to add value without turning the space into a construction zone. Replacing taps, basins, sinks, and that pink toilet from the 90’s are just some of the options available. Popular brands will offer different finishes for the same model and these can be mixed & matched to create the desired look. As of January 2014, all CSA approved fixtures that convey drinking water are now required to be lead free (0.25%). Lead is a harmful substance that accumulates in your body, and will “sequester” (leech) into water....

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The Dreaded Leaky Faucet

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in Our Blog

Leaky faucets, whether on the kitchen sink or the bathroom basin, can be irritating to listen to. More importantly, these small leaks can lead to a big water bill, discoloration of fixtures or deterioration of a finish. Often times, homeowners will try to temporarily fix the drip by further tightening the handles. This will misalign and damage the “O” Ring that is inside and in the long run will make the situation worse. The solution can be as simple as replacing the cartridge – a small device located in the faucet which allows you to control the flow of hot and cold water. “O”...

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Small Renovations Can Add Great Value to Your Home

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in Our Blog

Bathroom and kitchen renovations can be a small investment that adds value to your home. As a homeowner, the two top priorities in a renovation are effective use of the space and that the new area is aesthetically pleasing. Any budget should be sure to include what is needed to update plumbing. Stand-alone tubs and rain-head showers, double basins, bidets, personal washers, and jet-tubs can all be considered when assessing the needs of those who will be using the bathroom. Take into account how often the room will be used – is this for visitors? Is it an en-suite? Is this the main bathroom?...

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Safe Drinking Water With UV Lights

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in Our Blog

Ultra-Violet or UV lights can be added to a residential water system to disinfect water and make it safer for drinking. Added “in-line”, the water passes through a chamber which is illuminated with ultra-violetlight in order to kill any bacteria that may be present. When properly maintained, these systems areable to eliminate over 90% of viruses that exist in drinking water after it has been chlorinated and/or softened. The light is the last apparatus that the water will pass through before it goes to your fixtures – this ensures that it is as pure as possible.   Maintenance...

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