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9 Common Toilet Clog Problems and Toilet Troubleshooting DIY Repair Tips

Friendly, affordable toilet repair in Saanich and Greater Victoria.

Ahh, toilets. What would we do without them? Ensuring that they work properly is important. But their parts break down over time, leading to common issues. No matter how strong and durable your toilet is, if you don’t give it the care it deserves, sooner or later it will fail.

The key is proper maintenance and care. We all know we shouldn’t flush foreign objects down the toilet, but aside from this, we also need to know how to keep our toilets in tip top shape.

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Clearing Your Gutter Can Make A Big Difference In Drainage Bills

A flooded roof gutter full of murky water and leaves. Photo credit Eric Schmuttenmaer/@akeg on Flickr.

Usually gutters remain out of sight and out of mind, until one day you suddenly find yourself spending a fortune on drainage costs and property repairs.

Old buildings often have gutters on the verge of failure, or gutter systems that were never installed properly to begin with. Modern buildings usually have more effective guttering systems, but even they need to be looked after.

If rain water starts overflowing from your gutter, don't ignore it — take immediate action! Clearing your gutter at the proper time can make a huge difference in your drainage and repair bills.

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Quick Tips to Save on Your Water Heating

Rinnai RUC 98 Tankless Water Heater. Photo David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca.

Most people know their water heater is an essential household appliance, but do you know that it typically accounts for 15-20% of your energy bill expenses?

When you use hot water in your home, some goes unused and then has to be reheated due to a process called "standby heat loss". This can account for up to 20% of your water heating costs in colder weather.

Going without a water heater entirely isn't practical, but there are definitely ways you can ration your use to conserve energy and keep some extra money in your pocket. Give these tips a try.

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Quick Tips For Sealing Air Leaks in your Home

An infrared camera reveals air leakage around the windows in this older home. Photo credit Green Energy Futures / @greenenergyfutures on Flickr.

A family generally spends one-third of their annual cooling and heating budget on air that enters the house through leaks, cracks, and gaps. This is often ignored by homeowners. Do you know how much money your home is wasting in a year?

Sealing air leaks is a very cost-effective way to conserve energy. Drafts and leaks are most common in attics and basements, but there are a few extra details to take note of when draftproofing. Here are some you can follow along with at home.

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Should You Keep Your Central Heating On All The Time?

There's been an age-long debate about whether to keep central heating systems on all the time, or only when you need them. In this post, we aim to guide you towards making sure your Vancouver Island home consumes less energy.

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Top Gas Safety Tips to Remember During Winter

Winter is here! But don’t get too excited about heading out to build a snowman (or play in the puddles). First, know that winter also brings about a long list of plumbing issues, including gas leaks. Our Saanich plumbers can confirm this. For one, gas meters can get damaged by extreme temperatures, shifting ground, fallen trees or debris, and more. It's best to remember these top gas safety tips year round, but they're especially important come winter.

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Plumbing Fixture Purchase Guide

New copper sink and faucet in a stone bathroom counter. Photo credit TerraArtesana on Pixabay.

While plumbing is essential to your property, not everyone knows how to buy the right plumbing fixture.

It's important to buy the plumbing fixtures that are best for your home to maximize their usefulness. Plumbing fixtures aren't very cheap, and once installed they should last for a long time and only require maintenance at regular intervals.

The good news is that there are hundreds of different plumbing fixtures that you can browse, both online and offline, that can fit the overall design, style, and function of your home. Our plumbing experts are happy to lend their expertise in finding the fixtures that are best for you, but here are a few basic steps that you can start with on your own.

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Plumbing FAQs

Rusted and corroded pipe

Plumbing is a common requirement, and almost every home has a plumber that they rely on. Homeowners often have a lot of plumbing questions, so we thought we'd answer some of the most common ones in a post. These are some of the most frequently asked questions our Greater Victoria plumbers hear.

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The Biggest Plumbing Myths

Myths vs Facts

Usually homeowners consider plumbing an emergency service, and when not immediately required it's "out of sight and out of mind". On top of this, there are several plumbing myths that most homeowners believe that prevent them from seeking help even when they are aware of various plumbing issues. Here we take a look at some of the most expensive plumbing myths.

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Plumbing Dos and Don'ts

Natural gas submeter service

Many homeowners and business owners in Victoria find DIY plumbing repairs tempting. Yes, you can do minor repairs yourself, but you should definitely call a plumbing company to manage the serious tasks. If the company is trustworthy, you should be comfortable handing the regular maintenance tasks over to them.

So here are plumbing do’s and don’ts that will help you know when to call a plumber, and what might save you from having to call in the first place.

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