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Signs Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Depositphotos_85512874_s-2015Is Your Furnace Ready For Winter?

With the cold winter months quickly approaching, a thought that should be crossing your mind is whether your furnace is ready. Unfortunately for many homeowners this is not at the forefront, with holidays only a couple months away and the allure of summer still fresh in our minds. It’s easy to forget about your home’s heating system, so if that sounds like you, you’re not alone. Tucked away in your storage room in the furthest corner of the house lies that all-important device that too often goes unnoticed, especially after a long summer of inactivity. That’s why we’re here to remind you: your furnace needs your attention!

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How To Unclog Your Shower Head

shower headA natural Way to Unclog Your Shower Head!

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of it by now – the carbon monoxide detector. This simple device detects the presence of carbon monoxide, a substance that kills more than 400 people in North America every year. It’s a relatively low-cost feature of your home and a crucial component of your home’s safety system, yet many people still fail to ensure there are properly working detectors throughout their home.

It is recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors within 12 feet of each bedroom as well as in common areas such as the living room and kitchen. This ensures that you and your family are alerted with enough time to get to safety if the gas is detected.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

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What to Do About Limescale on Fixtures

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What to Do About Limescale on Fixtures

If you're like most people, you've probably noticed annoying limescale buildup in your home. The usual places limescale accumulates are faucets, toilets, and bathtubs or showers. But what causes limescale? And what are the easiest ways to remove and prevent it so the fixtures in your home look clean and polished?

What Causes Limescale Buildup?

Limescale build up is easily recognized as a white film that is often found on the fixtures in your home. This buildup is caused by a deposit of calcium carbonate that is left behind by hard water. Hard water causes limescale buildup because it contains more dissolved minerals than soft water. Because limescale can form on any surface that comes into contact with hard water, deposits can form quickly and are often difficult to get rid of.

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Benefits Of Braided Metal Washing Machine Hoses

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Braided Metal Washing Machine Hoses Reduces Risk of Water Damage

One of the most common causes of significant water damage to homes is burst washing machine hoses. When washing machine hoses burst, they can cause significant water damage to your home.

What Leads to Burst Washing Machine Hoses?

Many washing machine hoses are made from rubber, which inevitably cracks over time, increasing the risk of the hose bursting. By using hoses that are covered with metal casings, you prevent the likelihood of weak spots developing in the hose and creating leaks. While washing machines come with warnings to turn the water off when the machine is not in use, many homeowners don’t heed these warnings, putting their home at risk for serious damage.

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Unclog Your Drain With Baking Soda & Vinegar

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Baking soda and vinegar are one of the most underrated power couples. The two of them combined are unstoppable and provide a wide range of uses for all around the house (besides fun science experiments!). One of the more useful duties these common household products are capable of performing is cleaning drains.

If you’ve read our previous posts, you’ve probably noticed that we are a big fan of the Bio Clean – a natural enzyme that breaks down organic materials to allow water to flow freely. While we stand by this, we’ve also found that in a pinch, baking soda and vinegar will clear some of the less-stubborn drain clogs.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Garburators and Garbage Disposals

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Do you know how to properly maintain your garburator?

Having a garburator or garbage disposal in your kitchen is a great way to make clean up faster and easier. However, proper use of these appliances is necessary to prevent them from becoming blocked or breaking down. To prevent the inconvenience of clogged drains or expensive garbage disposal repair, follow these tips on the correct way to use and maintain your garburator or garbage disposal.

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Humidifier Valve Leaks May Lead to Furnace Failure

water dropletsDid you know that the humidifier valve is the place on your furnace where many contractors use the cheapest part? 

A leak caused by a faulty humidifier valve can cause furnace failure.

Furnace humidifiers add water vapour to the heated air that is distributed throughout your home. The humidifier valve is what allows the water to enter the humidifier. If debris builds up between the valve’s plunger and the solenoid, the valve may become propped open and allow water to leak through. Debris buildup becomes more likely if a contractor has installed a cheap valve.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters

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Thinking about getting a tankless water heater? 

 

Tankless water heaters, or on demand water heaters, operate differently than traditional water heaters because they only heat water when the faucets are turned on. This means that water is only heated when it’s needed, and a tank is not necessary to hold heated water. Tankless water heaters come in small sizes that require the unit to be installed near the point of use, or larger sizes that are able to provide water to an entire house. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a tankless water heater instead of a hot water tank? 

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What to do After a Flood: The First 24 Hours

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What To Do After A Flood: The First 24 Hours

Flooding is many homeowners’ worst nightmare. Large amounts of water are difficult and sometimes dangerous to remove from your home, and have the potential to destroy everything they come in contact with. A flood may even force you to evacuate your home, without any way of telling how much damage will await you when you return.

Since a serious flood can cause damage to your home and pose risks to the safety of yourself and family, it is important to know what to do afterwards, and the first 24 hours are crucial. The following steps will make sure that in the event of flooding, you are more prepared to safely handle the aftermath.

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