Sunday, 17 May 2015
Managing plumbing is a lot of hard work, especially when homeowners need to stay on top of numerous plumbing fixtures. Simply checking the fixtures for leaks is already a very demanding task that requires attention to detail and a lot of patience. Once an issue has been singled out, it will require repairs, and not all damages can be fixed with putty and/or a plunger. Fortunately, homeowners always have the option to hire a competent Calgary plumber from a local company such as Son-Rise Plumbing.
Friday, 15 May 2015
A plumber in Calgary can quickly mend or replace pipes that have been damaged and are leaking; the repairs need to be done as soon as possible before the damage spreads.
Although modern pipes are designed to withstand continuous use for a lifetime or two, they are not completely indestructible. Whether it is because of freezing weather, or an outside physical force, pipes can sport cracks and leaks; these problems can lead to even worse developments if not resolved immediately. Homeowners should not hesitate to call a plumber in Calgary if they suspect something wrong with the piping of their homes.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Fortunately, avoiding sewage backups is relatively easy. Sewage backups occur due to clogs preventing sewage from passing through your drains and sewer line, so the solution to the problem is simple. If you can prevent clogs from happening in your home, you also prevent sewage backups from wreaking havoc. Keep your home and family safe by following these tips from trusted Calgary plumbing companies like Son-Rise Plumbing:
Monday, 11 May 2015
"There is no denying that having hot water in your home makes life more convenient. Try imagining showering in the morning, doing the laundry, or washing greasy dishes without hot water, and you’ll see just how important hot water is for many everyday household tasks. Of course, the fact that you have hot water in your home is thanks to the presence of your hot water heater. This is why it is important for you to monitor the condition of water heaters in your Calgary home often to see if a replacement water heater is necessary. After all, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard by a failed water heater in the middle of a shower. With that in mind, be on the lookout for the following warning signs"
Sunday, 10 May 2015
As a full-fledged homeowner, you’re likely familiar with this occurrence: if you’ve ever left a puddle of fat, grease, or oil anywhere for an hour or so, it solidifies into something akin to wax from a candle. The same chemical change applies anywhere—heaps of kitchen grease going down the drain will also solidify once they’ve cooled. Furthermore, the congealed mass of grease can cling stubbornly to your home’s piping, whether or not you pour hot or cold water on them. If you’ve ever heard your local Calgary plumber warn against pouring kitchen grease down the sink, please heed the advice. Such a deed does nothing good to a home’s plumbing, and is easily one of the most common sources of service calls to drain cleaning firms like Son-Rise Plumbing (while also being a preventable one). Well, what is so bad about it in the first place?
Friday, 8 May 2015
With the mild winter and an early onset of spring here in Calgary, it is easy to forget that the mountain snow melt and spring rains are yet to come. It is important to check your home’s sump pump, which is often forgotten for most of the year. However, once the snow melts or rain starts pouring, the sump pump is expected to be working to keep the basement from flooding. A little maintenance check will ensure that it is in good condition. If anything seems to be wrong, then a plumber in Calgary can help out and see what the problem is. One of the first things to check is if the sump pump is plugged into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet. This will turn the sump pump off if it gets wet, so check and see that this hasn’t happened and reset if necessary. The second thing is to check if the pump hasn’t moved. It’s also important to make sure that it is upright, or else it may not work properly and may not activate when the well is full.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
House plumbing is something that should not be taken for granted. The system works round-the-clock to provide clean water and wash away waste. Various fixtures in the house, including pipes and faucets, that are on the verge of needing repair can usually be detected by the funny noises they make. Most Calgary plumbing companies, such as Son-Rise Plumbing, can look into these and take the necessary action to remedy the problem. Dripping Noise A common noise that is heard in some households is that of a dripping faucet that is supposed to be turned off. The constant dripping sound is annoying and much water is being wasted. In most cases, a new washer is all that’s needed, but if the problem persists or if the faucet is already old, then it may be time for a replacement.
Monday, 4 May 2015
When ThreeThriftyGuys.com moderator Aaron found out that his old water heater seems to be on its way to retirement, he wasted no time. Having never replaced a water heater before, he turned to a variety of sources to learn about when water heaters need replacing (and the signs indicative of such predicament). Like Aaron, you need to run up on your water heater savvy as well—you might not know when your water heater will go bad.
Monday, 16 March 2015
Another part of maintenance is regular checks on the condition of your plumbing. There are skilled plumbers in Calgary who can skillfully check for hidden leaks, inspecting fixtures and pipes if they are dripping and need replacements. Leaks in the walls, your basement, and other secluded locations in your home can develop into serious problems; an annual check of your plumbing can give you an idea of trouble areas and where pipes need to be replaced. - Regular Drain Cleaning - Drains are an important part of your plumbing, allowing the dirty water to leave your home and directing it to the sewers; however, dirt and debris can accumulate in your drains. This eventually leads to clogs, which are bad for your home. Cleaning your kitchen drains and other parts of your drainage system is a good start, but an annual check by experienced plumbers on your drains and septic system ensure that they are working in top form and are in no need of repairs.
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Plumbing leaks range from minor dripping faucets to severe ones (i.e. burst pipes) that can do widespread damage. Depending on how bad the leak is you can try to repair it yourself or call in a skilled Calgary plumber like those from Son-Rise Plumbing to do the work for you. Here are several common plumbing leak issues and how to determine whether you can do the job yourself or whether you need outside help. Many people are familiar with a continually dripping faucet. The constant dripping may seem like a minor inconvenience, but those drops can build up into gallons of water lost if it goes on for months or even years. Thankfully, it can be easy to repair; most of the time the problem is with the seals or washers inside the faucet itself.
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Leaky faucets can be fixed by replacing worn-out washers. Similarly, leaking toilets can be patched up by purchasing and installing a new flush or flapper valve. Again, hire the services of Calgary plumbing companies if you don’t feel your plumbing skills are up to par. Water is essential to man’s survival, that’s why it’s important to make water conservation a big part of your daily life. Hopefully, you’ll find the tips above extremely useful to your efforts.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), water heaters account for an average of 17 percent of the energy that an average Canadian home uses up. Depending on factors such as house type, number of family members, and lifestyle habits, that number can drop to 15 percent or rise to as high as 25 percent. To save time, money, and to comply with Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, Canadian homeowners are advised to replace their old water heaters with modern and energy-efficient ones. The implementation of Energy Efficiency Regulations is part of NRCan’s continuing efforts to protect the environment and address climate change. The installation of high-efficiency water heaters in Calgary homes and elsewhere can lower energy costs by as much as 50 percent, and this plays into the achievement of NRCan’s goals. Granted, the amount that can be saved can still be affected by other factors like house size and heat loss.
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Bathroom Wipes Popularly known as “moist towelettes” or “adult baby wipes”, these are becoming an increasingly popular bathroom accessory. Despite the fact that they’re marketed to be flushed like toilet paper, these wipes are largely responsible for creating clogs and back-ups in sewer systems. Cotton Balls & Swabs It might seem like these tiny harmless bathroom tools would just get soggy and eventually break down in the watery pipeline, but they don’t. They eventually accumulate in pipe bends, causing rigid obstructions.
Monday, 2 March 2015
During a plumbing emergency, all hell breaks loose and life at home comes to a standstill. When the situation requires professional assistance, you can put your trust in an experienced plumber in Calgary, like a professional working with Son-Rise Plumbing. Don’t just hire the first plumbing professional you find in the local directory—there are important qualifications to consider before hiring one. Here are several indicators to look for when hiring a professional plumber.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Quebec government didn’t mind the energy wells that line the St. Lawrence River—until environmental activist Serge Fortier set these on fire. Fortier’s objective was to raise awareness about a problem with these energy wells: they have leaky plumbing. After trying to make this known for years and engaging in drastic measures to attract attention, Fortier finally got the government to acknowledge the problem. Why do these wells badly need attention? That’s because they are a threat to the environment, in the form of damage that allows methane and other gases to leak. Aside from contributing to global warming, the Calgary Herald also described how the leaks are a risk to water, resources, and public safety.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
These problems are usually not immediately evident, and it may take a leak or, worse, a flooded basement to alert a home’s occupants that anything is wrong with their heaters. Calgary hot water tanks might have a lifespan of several years, but regular maintenance every couple of years will help homeowners ensure that their equipment is in top shape. In addition, a properly maintained hot water tank can be beneficial when it comes to insurance collection in case of emergencies. Leaks, pools of water around the tank, drops in normal water temperature, or abnormal pressure are common signs that there’s a problem with a hot water tank, and they should never be ignored to avoid further impairment to the equipment and possible water damage to the property. It would be wise to call professionals such as Son-Rise Plumbing to address these concerns immediately to avoid landing in hot water.
Monday, 19 January 2015
For most homeowners, as well as plumbing companies, winter in Calgary invites a multitude of potential plumbing problems. Pipe burst, leak, broken radiator, and flooding are only some of the most common. It also isn’t a good time to be careless when using your drains, as drainpipes can quickly freeze when temperature plummets to zero degrees. Among the plumbing issues you can encounter during this season, clogged drainpipe is the nastiest. Well, that’s because you will be dealing with wastewater (fluids you would not want to come in contact with, which is why you have drainpipes to convey them away from your home). If those fluids back up into your house, your family can be under threat from certain health issues. Cleaning up the mess would provide temporary solution but unclogging your drain with the help of a Calgary plumber will resolve it altogether.
Saturday, 17 January 2015
There are ways for homeowners to tell if their plumbing is at risk of bursting from frozen water. One telltale method is to check the water pressure issuing forth from a faucet; a suspiciously weak pressure or complete absence of one might mean a possible freezing problem. Homeowners and cottage owners should contact experienced Calgary plumbers to help in the detection and resolution of frozen pipes. If the pipes already show signs of damage, the helpful contractors should be able to either repair or replace the pipes affected.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
It may seem like an obvious item that should be kept out of the toilet, but you’d be surprised at how often disposable diapers clog plumbing systems. The bulk of the diaper alone is enough to clog a toilet as soon as it hits the outgoing pipe. In the event that the thought slips your mind and you flush one of these items down, be vigilant in searching for any signs of a clog. The moment you detect a sign of a potential clog, immediately call a trusted Calgary plumbing service to assess the situation and perform any necessary repairs.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) means well when it recently proposed that water heaters in Calgary and the rest of the country conform to energy efficiency standards. Easier said than done, as manufacturers and homeowners have raised their concerns, as reported by Simon Blake for plumbingandhvac.com.ca. Canadians don’t really spend a whole lot of time fussing over their water heater. The heater quietly does its job and is easily replaced if it malfunctions. If the proposal of NRCan to reduce the energy consumption (by as much as 30%) comes to light, homeowners may be faced with an expensive upgrade or re-fitting. Only about 5% of the population currently utilize energy-efficient water heaters, such as higher-efficiency condensing units as well as heat pump and tankless models. The technology used in more energy-efficient heaters is, after all, neither free nor inexpensive.