DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

water-kitchen-black-design-768x512 DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance water-kitchen-black-design_web DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance Did you know there are some easy and quick actions you can do at home to keep your sinks and drains healthy? Yup. Sinks and drains need regular TLC, just like your car. By doing these super easy steps every few months, you can avoid unnecessary plumbing repair costs in the future. If you use your sinks and water lines often, you may want to do these steps more frequently. How do I “Flush” my Sink? Flushing a sink is so easy. And necessary. David, the owner of Aquality Plumbing & Heating, tells us his method: “I “flush” the kitchen sink once a week to help keep it healthy and clean. You “flush” a sink by filling it up once a week with hot water, then pulling the stopper so it really creates some pressure to clean out any debris left behind in the pipes. What shouldn’t I put down the drain? Just because it will go down your drain, does not mean you should put it down the drain! We want you to avoid unnecessary plumbing calls for clogged drains, so think carefully before putting anything down your drain that isn’t water. Food items that are solid, may be small enough to slip through, but they should ideally be caught by a mesh style drain cover or something similar. Even tiny stuff like the “hair” on corn or grains of rice, can make a real mess once it enters your piping system. Non-food items should not go into the piping system either. Kids paints, your paints (the City of Calgary has special drop off spots for chemicals), glue, chemicals, medicines, construction liquids and anything else that isn’t water, really should not go down your drain! If something slips down your drains that shouldn’t, we can help. In fact, we are really good at unclogging stuck drains, but truthfully, we’d rather see you keep your drains running clear and avoid an unnecessary plumbing service call. Can I Keep my Garburator Line Clean too? If you have a garburator, you need to give extra special TLC to that drain line! It is important to keep that line running clear and it’s easy if you follow some basic guidelines. For full details, you should read this blog: “Garburator or Compost?”. To keep it clean, you can cut up a lime or lemon once in a while and put it down the garburator. This helps to keep it smelling better and cut down on bacteria forming. Flushing the garburator line is also an excellent thing to do. Do this just the same way as you flush a sink, as described above. Always avoid coffee grinds, rice, potato peels, and large amounts of any one item down your garburator. This is very likely to clog the line. (But guess what! All those items can be composted!) Follow these simple guidelines and you can relax knowing that you are avoiding an unnecessary plumbing call because your drain lines are properly cared for.
DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

How to fix a water leak in my home

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What if you could tell you had a small leak in your home as soon as it started, before it becomes a huge wet mess that requires you to replace carpet, drywall, personal belongings and more?

Lots of items in our homes can leak and eventually cause water damage or even result in mold growing inside our home. Leaks happen while we are home and while we are away. Tiny drips of water can come from a dishwasher, washing machine, hot water heater, water softener and more and can lead to a large leak.

When clients call us after they’ve had a water leaker in their home, we always help them out by repairing or replacing the cause of the water damage but we also aim to discover what could have been done to prevent this unwanted water leak.

A Solution:

One solution is to install something like the Honeywell Lyric Water and Freeze Detector, which we think is a must-have for every single homeowner. It is easy to use, high tech and will potentially save you thousands of dollars of home repair when it detects water leaks as small drips. It will then alert you on your phone before it becomes a big water disaster.

The Lyric Water and Freeze Detector comes with a 4 foot cord that can be placed in smart locations such as under a hot water tank, near your washing machine and even along your basement’s foundational walls. It detects water drops and sends an alert to your smart phone right away so you can jump on the issue while it is still small. It works when you are home or not home, day and night. The system uses your home’s wireless wifi network.

Be smart and get on top of potential home damage. As my grandfather used to say, “Spend a little now, or spend a lot later!”. If you need help installing the device, we can help. In fact, with our professional installation, you will receive a 5-year warranty through Honeywell that is not available if you self-install.

Click here to watch the Honeywell Lyric Water and Freeze Detector.

Contact us to learn more.

 

WINTER IS HERE! STAY WARM INSIDE WITH THIS FURNACE OFFER

WINTER IS HERE! STAY WARM INSIDE WITH THIS FURNACE OFFER

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Have you serviced your furnace yet?  Now is the ideal time and it is worth it!  

172730009 WINTER IS HERE! STAY WARM INSIDE WITH THIS FURNACE OFFER Get it assessed and cleaned by one of our technicians to ensure a warm and cost-efficient winter.  The service also increases the chances of your furnace not failing when you really need it during the cold stretches this upcoming winter.

Here’s how it works.

If you service your furnace with Aquality Plumbing & Heating Inc, we only bill $115.00 for our time*.  And it gets better!  If your furnace has issues this winter after we have serviced it, we will only charge $69.00 for your first hour of service!

Let’s recap!  

  • Your furnace may not have been looked at in 1 year or more
  • Aquality Plumbing and Heating comes out and services it for $115.00!
  • Aquality will even come back this winter for any furnace related issues for only $69.00!
  • You get a winter of stress-free heating!

Oh and don’t forget we specialize in boilers too!  

And we have all the cool technology applications too if you want to check your heating on your phone while you are out during the day or on vacation!

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Call Aquality today 403-205-2782 to book in!

We have limited time slots available for this offer and pricing will

 be gone after Dec 15, 2017!

So call now:  403-205-2782 or e-mail info@aqualityplumber.com

 

*Exceptions may apply. Please call to confirm.

DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

5 Easy Steps: Shut Down Your Outdoor Hose Tap

 

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The season is changing.

The beauty of a sunny day paired with the chill of crisp, cold air, is nature’s way of saying, “SHUT OFF YOUR OUTSIDE HOSE TAPS INSIDE FOR THE WINTER!”

Every year at this time of year, we have so many people calling during the first Calgary chinook of winter because their basement wall is soaking wet and their carpet has become a wet mess. They have not shut off their outdoor faucets properly, resulting in  frozen pipes and a flooded basement. 

Water that is not moving, freezes relatively quickly.  Hose taps that are not being used have stagnant water under full pressure.  They are also on the exterior of your home where freezing is most likely to occur.  And yes, even if you have a frost-free hose bib, you should be shutting off the water supply inside.  

Water also expands when it freezes and when there is nowhere for it to go, it will split the pipe from the pressure. If you’ve ever looked at water you make into ice cubes, it rises higher than you poured it after it is frozen.  The same thing happens inside your pipe.  When a Calgary chinook hits the ice, it begins to thaw and returns to the state of water. 

And what’s the problem?  Your pipe is now cracked and letting water under pressure run non-stop until you shut the water off.  This can cause immense damage to your home in a very small time.

Aquality Plumbing & Heating is here to help you avoid this mess! Secure your outdoor taps by shutting your hose bibs off indoors for the winter.  Follow these 5 easy steps below.

  1. Find the shut-off valve inside your home for your outdoor tap. You may have more than one of each. shut-off-water-outdoor-plumbing-taps 5 Easy Steps: Shut Down Your Outdoor Hose Tap
  2. Turn clockwise to shut off or perpendicular to the pipe.  This depends on your valve type.  
  3. Go outdoor and turn on your outdoor hose tap.  Let the tap run until all the water is out and then stop fully.
  4. Leave the outdoor hose tap open for the winter. Do not leave a hose attached outdoor.
  5. Return back inside, find your shut off valve, find the stop & drain valve to drain excess water. This will relieve excess water in pipe through the stop & drain on the shut off to ensure that water has moved away from the exterior of your home.

Follow these steps and you will have peace of mind and save money!

If you can’t find your shut off valve, if water will not stop coming out of your outdoor faucet, or you have any other questions, give Aquality Plumbing & Heating a call at 403-205-2782 or contact us online and we will gladly come and resolve the issue.

We have been providing expert and honest plumbing and heating service in Calgary since 2004.

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DIY: Regular Sink and Drain Maintenance

IT’S BACK!! OUTDOOR COMFORT TAP SPECIAL

CALL US AT 403-205-2782

PRESET TEMPERATURE TO YOUR OUTSIDE TAP FOR THE SUMMER!

CALL FOR YOUR FREE ESTIMATE AND WE WILL INCLUDE THE MAGIC MIXING VALVE AT NO CHARGE!

($167.00 Value Free with installation)

OFFER TILL THE END OF JULY ONLY…DON’T GET LEFT IN THE COLD!

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REMEMBER THAT FEELING…NOW WITH WARM WATER ITS EVEN BETTER!