Sometimes, it is inevitable—you’d need to get a repairman for a busted pipe, or a specialist to fix your roof gutter, or you might think of doing the repairs yourself. After all, there is a wealth of information online that has detailed instructions on just about anything you can imagine, and it might even save
In the last couple of months, we have received numerous call outs in relation to substantial water damages found in homes. After investigating the cause of the damages, we have found that the culprit has been the braided supply tubes that are used for toilets and sink faucets. Unfortunately for these homeowners, the leaks have
If you have been watching the news recently, you may have seen a report regarding a national investigation into drinking water. The report revealed that shocking levels of lead particles were present within the water being consumed by Canadians. Why Lead is dangerous in drinking water? Lead is a toxicant that can affect the body
What a winter we’ve had, with few chinooks and much more snow than we’re used to in Calgary. If you’ve lived here very long, you know we could still see plenty of wet, wintry weather in April and May; you’ll want to keep that spring precipitation and melting out of your basement. Icy Rooftops
Like we’ve said before, by global standards Calgary has a spectacular water supply– clean, safe and plentiful. The high mineral content, however, is problematic for most water handling surfaces and equipment. If you lack a water softener, or have only recently added one, you likely have hard water deposits to contend with. These are a
It’s a fact that here in Calgary we enjoy one of the world’s safest, cleanest water supplies. It’s also a fact that our water supply has a fairly high mineral content; this is understandable considering our water comes to us via overland drainage from a mountain watershed– namely the Bow and Elbow rivers. Calgary’s
Mom would tell me, “keep your grubby paws off the thermostat and put on a sweater!”… I suppose that’s still good advice, but what we perceive as a draught– cold air entering– also means warm air escaping. Remember, interior air warmer than the outside ambient temperature is primarily air you have paid money to heat.
Have you ever considered an overhead gas heater for the garage? You might associate them with commercial spaces, but they can be a great addition to a residential garage if you like a warm, dry car in the morning, or if you use your garage as a workshop or utility space. Natural gas heaters are
We face a lot of competition from unlicensed contractors (via Kijiji and social media) who charge low rates. In this tough economy, if a large company lays off a lot of employees, some will decide to be self-employed freelancers. You should be aware of the potential risks of hiring the unlicensed independent “handyman.” The
Too many of us treat the toilet like a garbage can, when our sewage systems are designed strictly for water-soluble waste. Here’s a quick rundown of some things you should never put down a toilet or drain.