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Jan 06 2023
We recently got this question...
"How can I prevent plumbing problems"
The short answer is you can't foresee what's going to happen. All you can do is mitigate the possibility.
The Best way to prevent plumbing problems is to have regular maintenance and inspections done on your prlumbing system. This includes checking for leaks, inspecting pipes and fixtures, and ensuring that all connections are secure. Additionally, it is important to be aware of any changes in water pressure or temperature, as these can indicate a problemt. Finally, it is important to be mindful of what goes down the drains, as certain items can cause clogs or other issues.
Read the blog below for more tips on doing your own inspection as well as basic tasks to complete if you're comfortable. Otherwise feel free to book our professional services online.
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DIY - 10 Plumbing chores you can do in under 60 minutes.
~ Must do chores for any home owner!
The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and focus on setting new goals and objectives to reach in the coming year. It's also a time to review your financial goals, plans and make sure you're on track to reach them. Home owners often forget to budget for maintenance. But this list I'm creating for you now doesn't have to cost much if anything but a little bit of your time.
Please note* (disclaimer) Read all instructions from your fixtures and or equipment before performing any maintenance task. Read warning labels and if you have any questions consult the manufacture and or a professional. This is general guidance only and at your own risk. Gas, Hot water and Bio-hazards are to be considered dangerous activities if you so choose to complete your own home maintenance. Do so at your own risk.
If you've gotten this far... Thank you for your time I hope there were some tips that will help you. If you need help and live in Calgary Alberta feel free to use the link below. We do video calls also and are able to help that way too!
*Note If you're unsure about any of the tasks I've talked about today please do some more research or ask for help from a professional. Working with Gas, Hot water and Bio-hazards can be dangerous. This information is to be used at your own risk where foreseeable risk is evident. Burns, flooding etc. If you attempt these tasks in your own home there is risk involved. Read instructions or labels on fixtures or equipment before performing any maintenance. Read all warnings thoroughly and call the manufacture if needed.
Hose BIB Winterization
Winterize your hose bib!
What is a hose bib? It's the faucet on the outside of your home that you connect your hose to water the grass or garden. Sometimes it's also called a silcock, spigot or irrigation valve.
Regardless of what you call the valve it's important in Calgary to winterize it every fall. We generally suggest doing it when the morning temp reaches 3C on a consistent basis. Currently 10/24/2022 there is snow on the ground. Yet it was a beautiful fall for the entire month of September and most of October. Jack frost came again and now it's time to get those hose bibs winterized.
There are multiple types of systems in homes these days. I'll go through the common ones i see in NW Calgary
This is a type of valve that is usually about 12" long and has the actual shut off inside the home. Yet the handle and spigot is on the outside. These are meant to be the do nothing type of valve. However they are not entirely frost free. If installed properly they should drain towards the spigot that means they are angled to the outside not installed flat. However sometimes plumbers will install them flat or grading backwards because there is a drain valve or nipple on the inside of the home. Which ever way it's installed make sure it's well insulated (not with spray foam) and working properly. No dripping.
Standard (old school ) silcock or hose bib
The standard old school way was having a valve on the outside of the home then an access hatch on the inside of the home usually where the faucet exits the building. To winterize this system Shut off the inside valve and then open the outside valve. (leave wide open for the entire winter) The inside valve may have a bleed nipple. Make sure to get a small bucket handy and open the bleed valve and drain until no more water comes. Close up the bleed nipple again. Leaving the inside valve off for the winter while the outside valve is wide open.
Standard (New school) Silcock or hose bib
The standard new school method is having one or two bleed valves located in your furnace room or water room usually labeled. This location is much more practical for winterizing. Close off the valves usually labeled "hose bib" outside water connection etc, Then go outside and open the hose bibs wide open. Going back in to the furnace room or water room open the bleed nipple with a bucket handy. If no water comes you may need a compressor or pump or siphon tube to push water out. Once it seems reasonably clear then put the bleed nipple back on and leaving the inside valve off for the winter and outside valve Open for the winter.
I prefer the standard New school method and this is what I install during renovations. I do not like frost free unless there is a bleed valve in the furnace room. Even then I find that frost free hose bibs do not last as long as regular silcock type hose bibs. I also prefer rebuildable style valves over non-rebuildable type ones. I generally will choose Emco style valves with a fully removable core. This isn't overly necessary but this is my preference.
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