Tuesday, 16 December 2014
As the Christmas cold rolls in, a spike in heating demand is naturally expected. Now would be a good time for trusted plumbers like Son-Rise Plumbing to remind everyone about a common but hidden danger. As you're probably aware by now, carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless gas formed as a result of incomplete combustion. In most cases, combustion chambers (i.e. heaters) don't get enough air to burn the fuel completely. This leaves some carbon behind to mix with the air and form CO, as opposed to carbon dioxide (CO2).
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Of all the stress-inducing problems that can happen at home, clogged drains would have to be one of the most dreaded. Certainly nobody wants to deal with malodorous backflows that result from the everyday buildup of debris along pipelines. If left unaddressed, a clogged drain can cause serious problems such as negative pressure in the pipes and sewer gas leaks. Here, then, are some tips on how to deal with clogged drains.
Friday, 12 December 2014
Southern Alberta broke record lows recently after several communities recorded temperatures between 25 and 28oC below zero. Calgary, on the other hand, didn't come close on November 14, when its –21oC barely broke its 1911 record low of –27.2oC. Meteorologists are expecting warmer weather in the coming weeks but still around freezing.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Copper began taking over plumbing in North America after World War II. By the 1970s, it had already cemented its place as the quintessential plumbing material. It was easier to work with and didn't corrode as easily as galvanized iron, its predecessor. Yet for all its good qualities, copper wasn't designed to last forever. As soon as treatment plants started adding chlorine to water, copper plumbing systems soon began to suffer the effects of corrosion. Even with the natural protective lining formed after reacting with oxygen, copper pipes eventually succumb to leaks. Given that Calgary uses chlorine to treat potable water, homes with copper plumbing are placed at a disadvantage.
Monday, 8 December 2014
You’ll want expert plumbers in Calgary like those from Son-Rise Plumbing to check your home for leaks and to fix them as quickly as possible. For example, a leaky faucet may not seem like a big problem, but the moisture that it produces can corrode a sink’s fixtures and encourage the growth of mildew. If neglected, this can lead to more costly repairs in the future. Third, a plumber should clean your home drains regularly. Clogs don’t develop overnight—they are the result of accumulated dirt and debris that are thrown down your drains. At first, they slow down the flow of water in pipes, but they eventually form large blockages that ultimately cuts off the water supply. Hiring a plumber to routinely clean your home drains ensures these clogs don’t form at all.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Natural corrosion is just one of the many reasons to call in a plumber in Calgary who can take a look at your plumbing system’s pipes. Without their help, you’ll end up with a leak in your house and water damage. Another possible reason for a leak to develop is regular temperature changes; people like having hot showers, after all. However, metal expands when exposed to heat and when the heat goes away, the pipe contracts; this causes shifts in the piping that can cause leaks. Moreover, during winter, pipes can freeze which can lead to cracks, or worse, burst pipes. Your home can also develop leaks from a more obvious reason like clogs. Clogs form when dirt and debris like hair, grease, and materials like toilet paper or wet wipes enter the pipes and form blockages. This can make leaks occur in plumbing joints and cause your drains to back up.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
You come home after a long work day, and the sweltering heat is not helping at all. You decide to take a nice, cool shower in the bathroom, only to find that the water isn’t gushing generously and all you get is a slow stream of water. “Why? All the bills are paid for!” you comment in frustration. Chances are, your home’s suffering from low water pressure—a typical issue local Calgary plumbing companies such as Son-Rise Plumbing deal with on a regular basis. Home improvement expert Bob Vila knows a thing or two about how troublesome this issue can become; while also hinting on an appropriate course of action.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Lower Settings Set your water heater at a slightly cooler setting to reduce the amount of energy it needs to heat the water. It’s worth noting that you can save around 3 to 5 percent of your heating costs when you lower the temperature by 10°F. Water Heater Blankets If you have a Calgary hot water tank installed, consider purchasing a water heater blanket. By wrapping the blanket around the tank, you insulate the tank and reduce the amount of energy it uses to keep the water warm. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when using this device.