Sunday, 30 November 2014
Choked up drains is a nasty inconvenience, especially with a clogged toilet. A flapper valve may be easy to fix—just take it out and have your retailer match it with a new one, then clip it back on in two places and attach to the handle with the chain. Some toilet issues, however, require the experienced skill of a professional Calgary plumber. The most common—and vexing—of these toilet problems, is clogging. If your sink seems to be draining just fine, then the issue, most likely, is limited to your toilet. However, when both are slow to drain, something more serious is plugging up your pipes that may be beyond your DIY expertise to fix. Simply put, if the clog can’t be fix by your crafty plunger, then it’s time to concede that the problem may lie in the deeper netherworlds of the septic or sewer lines
Friday, 28 November 2014
A cross connection could occur with your garden hose, for instance, if it is left in places, such as a wading pool, a fish tank, or a floor drain, where contaminates could funnel into your drinking water. Homeowners are advised to consult with a certified Calgary plumber who can quickly identify the cause of discoloured water from your pipes, as well as they do with your clogged or smelly drain pipes and be able to assess and perform the repairs needed. Potable water can be seriously contaminated due to backflow, which is water flowing in reverse because of back pressure or back siphonage. Back pressure is caused when the system’s pressure (ex: thermal expansion) is higher than the pressure in the supply, while siphonage occurs when the main supply is being interrupted or temporarily depleted or drained, causing a vacuum that sucks liquid back up the pipes.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Like most of Canada, Calgary is surrounded by bountiful lakes and rivers, so the thought of a water supply crisis could understandably be far from any resident’s mind. However, environmental experts have been educating everyone about a possible clean water crisis that could hit the entire world by 2025, pointing to global population explosion as the main reason behind it. Calgary residents who wish to do their share can consider the various solutions that have been developed to conserve freshwater supply, and consult reputable Calgary plumbing companies on which would be most feasible for their homes.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Tankless water heaters are fast becoming popular in Canadian homes, including those in Calgary. To investigate on the possible reasons behind this, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp (CMHC) and Enbridge Gas have jointly conducted a study involving 23 homes which have made the switch to tankless water heaters. Benefits of Tankless Heaters Tankless heaters are being touted by energy conservation groups everywhere as an effective way to reduce energy use among households in Canada and other places in North America, particularly because hot water use is one of the biggest contributors to energy consumption in the region.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Generally called limescale, mineral deposits can thicken over time and prevent proper draining if not eradicated right away. This type of drain clog requires the expertise of a skilled Calgary plumber from a company like Son-Rise Plumbing given that in many cases, dealing with limescale entails the removal of the pipes from where they are embedded. To ensure effective draining, observe a regular inspection schedule of your plumbing system. This way, you can determine if a total pipe replacement is already in order long before troubles arise. If you live in an old house and your drains often get clogged, the source may be even deeper or worse than accumulated hair and suds. Professional plumbers in Calgary have the skills and tools to fix the problem.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Reliable plumbing knowhow, as well as knowledge of Alberta’s plumbing and building codes, are just two things that a skilled plumber in Calgary—such as someone from Son-Rise Plumbing—brings to the table. With such a professional on board, homeowners can steer clear of common mistakes like confusing the water pipe with the drain pipe in an attempt to fix a clogged sink. There is even the risk of misdiagnosing the problem, resulting in repairs that do more harm than good. For example, plumbing pipes can get clogged not only because of loose debris but also due to frozen water. This is a problem most Calgary residents are quite familiar with, given that winter temperatures in the city can drop to -15 °C. The best solution is to thaw the frozen water using dryers or the property’s own heating system. Subsequently, experienced Calgary plumbers can run an auger through the plumbing system to detect any blockages in the frozen pipes.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Much like the previous term, “clamping the nipple” also means an entirely different thing in plumbing. What local Calgary plumbing pros mean by this is they’ll have to install a component called a nipple, a short piece of pipe with male threads on both ends. The presence of the two threads on each end allows the plumber to “clamp” two female pipe fittings in order to accomplish an assembly task. There are a lot more technical plumbing terms out there that can enrich the typical homeowner’s understanding. At any rate, count a plumbing and drain cleaning authority like Son-Rise Plumbing to get the job done with superior results.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Ever wondered what those odd symbols at the back of your shirt or top mean? Industry Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs offers an explanation.The symbols describe the instructions for washing, drying, and ironing in accordance with the CAN/CGSB 86.1-2003, the latest version in a series of care labelling standards dating back as early as 1979. Much earlier versions still exist, but it's unclear when they were implemented. One of the most common labels in clothes and apparel pertain to the use of washing machines. The corresponding symbol is a bucket of water, often with dots inside the water and lines at the bottom of the bucket. The dots represent the ideal temperature for washing certain clothes. For instance, a single dot means that the water temperature must not exceed 30 degrees Celsius.
Friday, 14 November 2014
For simple blockages, an experienced Calgary plumber would suggest pouring boiling water into the sink, especially if the pipe connecting to the sewer line is made of metal. The temperature of boiling water can be enough to dissolve the clog, which in many cases would consist of hair and soaps. A solution of water, vinegar, and baking soda is also effective in dislodging hardened food materials stuck on the interior surface of the sink pipe.For installation-related issues, or if the blockage is too thick for at-home cleansers to dissolve, professional drain cleaning in Calgary is necessary. Likewise, expert services are needed when you can’t identify the source of the clogging.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Sewage back-up may be prevented by having your sewer lines regularly inspected by a licensed plumber from Calgary. This is all the more crucial when you’ve just bought a home and have no idea when the sewer lines where last checked. Scoping the lines will reveal any problems with the pipes that can cause clogging and eventual back-up. In cases where a sewage back-up does happen, it is not advisable to fix the problem yourself. Even handling the spewed materials should be entrusted to expert plumbers in Calgary, who use special chemicals to sanitize affected areas. Call on plumbing companies like Son-Rise Plumbing to ensure a long-term solution to your sewage issues.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Plumber to the Rescue A quick call to professional Calgary plumbing companies like Son-Rise Plumbing can’t get more important than it is now. They work around plumbing systems so residents don’t have to fill large bins at home with usable water. They patch up leaks, replace worn-out parts, and clean the soot from water heaters, all to ensure Calgary homeowners get the water they need, anytime they need it. Virtually nobody today can afford to lose efficient Calgary plumbing, especially when the temperature drops to extreme levels. A faulty water heater in a chilly day can be hard in the far north. Fortunately, plumbers are only a call away, day or night, rain or shine. Some plumbers are even willing to work in the late hours just to get homeowners’ pipes flowing again.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
This does not mean, however, that pregnant women in Calgary have no other choice but to brave freezing waters when taking a shower or bath. They can take warm (not hot) baths, which even offer several benefits, including decreasing the swelling of the arms and legs, and increasing the essential amniotic fluid in the womb. However, it is important to get the temperature of the water just right. As Ms. Motorwala says, the ideal temperature should be at around 45 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure this is strictly observed, water heaters in Calgary homes where pregnant women reside should be working optimally at all times. This includes an accurate and fully-functioning thermostat that effectively controls the water’s temperature.
Thursday, 6 November 2014
While there are a number of minor plumbing issues in your Calgary home that you can try fixing by yourself, such as unclogging the garbage disposal, some problems can get too major that expert attention is needed. For instance, when sewage starts backing up or when main valves need to be replaced, it’s high time to hire a professional Calgary plumber. Because no home is built immune to deterioration, expect to deal with minor and major plumbing issues every now and then. However, these instances can be minimized through regular maintenance by a professional plumber. Not only can scheduled inspections and maintenance prevent plumbing issues from worsening, it can also prolong the life of your plumbing system and therefore save you from the huge costs of a premature replacement.
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Water pressure is influenced by a range of factors, including the volume of water at the supply system, the diameter and length of pipes, elevation of the fixtures, and the pipe material. If your pipeline is made of galvanized steel and has been in use for at least two decades, chances are, mineral buildup within the pipe is already starting to clog the system. Even with sufficient pressure, you will end up having less water coming out of your fixtures. Therefore, it is crucial to have your plumbing system regularly inspected by a professional plumber in Calgary. These inspections should ideally be done on scheduled intervals, but certain signs can indicate that one is needed very soon. Monitor the flow rate of water in your home by recording and comparing your pressure gage readings. If you live in an old house, and you see that the flow rate has been on a decline, it is probably high time for a re-pipe.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
Reliable Calgary plumbing companies like Son-Rise Plumbing are highly knowledgeable about these regulations and can be expected to comply accordingly. Permits aren’t usually necessary in repairing simple leaks, fixing plumbing hardware, and removing blockages, but they can be required if more extensive work needs to be done. In addition to proper legal knowledge, professional plumbers also have the skills and experience for the job. However, they are also quick to remind their customers about the importance of speedy action. If homeowners aren’t prompt enough in calling the experts for repairs, flood damage may only get worse to the point that nothing short of a full renovation can solve their problems.