Polybutylene (Poly B) Piping and Homeowners’ Insurance

May 24th, 2023

Some Calgary homeowners have received notification from their homeowner’s insurance companies about Poly B or polybutylene pipes. The information generally conveys that repairs or damage caused by Poly B pipes may not be covered by the insurance company.

Many houses in this area that were built from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s utilized Poly B piping. Due to flaws in the manufacturing, they are likely to leak. If you’ve ever had one repair because of Poly B piping, you’re likely to have more issues. 

The pipes in your home have a big job, bringing fresh water to appliances and fixtures throughout the house and carrying wastewater out to the sewer lines and municipal sewer system. If a leak or a broken pipe were to develop, it has the potential to cause major damage that can be expensive to repair. If it’s possible your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover this, that’s a major risk.

That’s why we recommend whole home repiping for homes that have Poly B pipes. Although repiping is a big job, it’s an investment in your property. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings won’t suffer from major water damage in the event of a burst pipe. 

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What Are My Options for AC Systems?

May 15th, 2023

You have a variety of options when it comes to a new air conditioner for your home. In fact, you have so many options that you may feel overwhelmed in trying to make the right decision. The good news is, our team is here to help. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of different air conditioners for your unique needs and family.

We can help with anything from installation to repair when it comes to air conditioning in Calgary because we are the local experts. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of air conditioners, and then give us a call to schedule your in-home assessment. 

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Tank Vs Tankless Water Heaters: Pros and Cons

May 1st, 2023

If you want to install a new water heater in your home, you may be considering a tankless water heater instead of a more traditional tank system. If you’ve used both in the past, you may already have a preference for one over the other. But, if you are new to tankless water heaters, you may have some questions.

Both systems have a variety of benefits, but they also have their own unique downsides. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to water heaters. You have to make the decision that fits your family’s unique needs. If you are interested in the installation of a tankless water heater in Calgary, you can give our team a call for an assessment at your home. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of tank and tankless water heaters.

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Signs it’s Time for Professional Drain Cleaning Services

April 17th, 2023

No matter how well you take care of your plumbing, eventually you’ll have to schedule a professional service. It may be for a plumbing repair or some other need. But there is a plumbing service that you can invest in that is preventative and that’s professional drain cleaning services.

You can even consider us the all-in-one solution in Okotoks for plumbing and heating. No matter what the problem is, we can help. But ideally, you want to stay ahead of problems. Keep reading to learn more about the warning signs that can indicate you need to schedule a professional drain cleaning now before your plumbing problems get worse. 

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Most Common Bathroom Sink Clogs and How to Fix Them

April 3rd, 2023

If your bathroom sink is persistently getting clogged, you may be tired of using things such as drain cleaners or plumbing snakes that seem to only help temporarily. Instead, you want to solve the bigger problem. The good news is, we have a team who are experts at plumbing and heating in Calgary, and we’re always here to help your family.

First, you want to find the reason for the persistent clogs and solve it. Then, you want to be more careful of what you’re washing down your drains. You can keep reading to learn more about bathroom sink clogs as well as ways to fix and prevent them from happening again.

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Common Drain and Sewer Problems We Can Take Care Of

March 20th, 2023

When you think of plumbing needs, you probably think about the pipes and fixtures inside the walls of your home. But there can also be drain and sewer problems outside of your home that have negative consequences for your home and family. The good news is, our team handles all of the above–and then some!

So, if you need drain cleaning in Calgary, give us a call. We can help with all of your plumbing needs, big or small. If you think that you’re having a drain or sewer problem at your house, keep reading to learn more about common issues that we see in the area.

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These Unsettling Noises Mean You Need AC Repair

March 6th, 2023

In future years your AC unit might be advanced enough to help identify problems early on before they spread. You might think of it like your car’s warning system that offers system lights when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of technology for air conditioners quite yet. Until you have a smart AC unit, it’s your responsibility to pay attention to signs that your HVAC system may need repair.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether AC sounds are normal or not. The best way to differentiate is to listen for new, surprising or unusual sounds. Of course, if you have any doubts it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you think you need air conditioning repair in Calgary, our team can help. If you hear any or all of the five sounds outlined below, it’s a sign that something is wrong with your AC and needs to be addressed by an expert.

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Don’t forget to check out our affiliate, Blackstone Refinishing

March 2nd, 2023

So, what do we need to know about Blackstone Refinishing

What started out in 1978 as a house painting company, (Temple Decorating Ltd) specializing in the new home industry, morphed into a bathtub refinishing company in 2002. Blackstone Refinishing started as an added service offered by Temple Decorating, then quickly branched out on its own path. We are a team of 5 and have always believed that a service should be offered at a fair price for both the customer and contractor while Providing Affordable & Safe Bathing Solutions.

What are Blackstone Refinishing’s primary products?

Blackstone Refinishing has 2 primary products:

  1. Bathtub refinishing. We offer the best option vs replacement, with renovation cost savings of up to 75%.
  2. Tub-to-shower conversions. Our tub-to-shower conversions are installed in an existing bathtub and help those with disabilities maintain their independence while saving them money.

What makes Blackstone Refinishing stand out from the competition?

While we’re likely the most expensive refinishing company in town, we also provide a No Surprises quote and like to over-deliver on all our services. We believe in going the extra mile on every job.

What should every customer know about Blackstone Refinishing?

At the end of the day, we want to leave the customer knowing our quality and workmanship were worth more than their investment and that they and their property were treated with integrity and respect.

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Skip Drain Cleaning Chemicals, Because This is What They Really Cost You

February 20th, 2023

When you have a tough drain clog, you may be tempted to make a quick trip to your local hardware store to pick up an over-the-counter drain cleaner and take care of the problem yourself. Why involve a professional plumber, when you have resources at your fingertips?

Some clogs are DIY jobs, and others need the help of a professional. No matter what the case, you want to skip the drain cleaning chemicals at all costs. There are other methods for cleaning out your drains, and getting rid of clogs. And if you need plumbers in Calgary, our team is always here to help. 

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What Is Hard Water and Why Is It a Problem?

February 6th, 2023

If your home has hard water, it means that your water has high mineral content. Your water may have higher or lower mineral content. The more minerals that are present, the worse the water is for your home. In Canada, the highest concentration of hard water is in Ontario, but that doesn’t mean our area is not affected to some degree as well. 

Keep in mind that many people don’t think hard water has a taste, and it is not necessarily bad for your health. But hard water can stain your faucets and sinks, and damage your plumbing. If you suspect that you have hard water, you may need help from expert Okotoks plumbers – and that’s us! Keep reading to learn how you can address hard water and protect your home’s plumbing. 

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