Springtime Flood Avoidance

Rapid spring melting often results in saturated or even flooding properties. Prevent the water outside from winding up in your basement by evaluating your drainage, testing the sump pump, and checking for leaks when you turn your lawn service taps back on.

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Poly-B Piping: Why You Ought To Be Concerned

We get a lot of calls about plumbing problems with polybutylene pipe (“Poly-B”). We’ve written about this stuff before; it has a tendency to develop leaks, and insurance companies sure don’t like it! One might wonder why there’s so much of this grey tubing installed in Calgary. Since we’ve been plumbing here since 1972, we

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Soft Water A Must For Baxi Boilers

In our last blog, we discussed water softeners, and this brings us today’s topic. We’ve been getting a lot of service calls lately regarding Baxi boilers. These are wall-hung “combi” boilers, designed and built in the UK, to provide hot water as well as in-floor heating. These units are common in Calgary communities like Hawkwood,

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Life in Plastic: How Modern Building Codes Affect Your Health

Houses are now built to be nearly air-tight, which is positive for two reasons: first, it means that our homes are less drafty and we lose less heat through our walls and ceilings; second, it means that we have more control over air flow and humidity. However, an air-tight house without proper ventilation, air filtration and humidity control can be a recipe for disaster!

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Stuck in Cold Water

Have you been wondering if your water heater is almost ready to give out? If you have had your water heater for 8-10 years, you would be wise to plan to replace it sooner rather than later — likely in the coming year or two. But did you know that when temperatures are especially cold — as they have been in Calgary this month — your water heater is more likely than other times to quit for good?

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