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Calgary’s Winter Plumber

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Winter Prep in Calgary

Calgary’s Best Winter Plumber is prepping for a busy season of frigid. Winter is here and the only thing more important than good snow tires is a good plumber. In Calgary and surrounding area the best winter plumber there is, is Baker Plumbing. With 60+ years of experience under the belt, we have experienced all the intensity winters in Calgary can bring.

When the heat goes out, the lines freeze, or something just doesn’t sound right then Baker is Calgary’s Best Plumber which also means we’re your best plumber during winter or any other season for that matter. We seen the worse Calgary’s winter can bring, ice storms, deep snows, slicing gusts of wind, bone chilling cold that finds its way into recesses rarely thought of.

What makes Baker Plumbing the best winter plumber? Frankly, the same thing that makes us the best summer plumber! Our knowledge, experience, skills and tools means we can diagnosis quickly whatever is going wrong or may go wrong. Getting your home, business or whatever is necessary to make things right and maybe more importantly warm!

Our trucks come stocked with pipe, fittings, valves, controls and devices needed to ensure success and success quickly. We are commited to get your home or business back online safely and as efficiently as possible. Our plumbers come highly trained with access to the best online support if necessary to ensure accuracy in providing lasting solutions.

A Baker for all Seasons

What does all this mean? It means Baker Plumbing is one of the best suited professional plumbing companies to service most any heating equipment that may be causing issues.

Baker Plumbing is ready and willing to provide solutions and success to whatever problems you may be facing. It doesn’t matter what season it is, we at Baker Plumbing have the answer to the issues you’re experiencing. Call us today.

Winter in Calgary

Winter is Coming to Calgary

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Winter officially begins on December 21, yet if you live in Calgary you know that winter starts far sooner that than. In fact winter in Calgary is about to start this weekend with the mercury dipping below -20C. With temperatures like that it won’t take long to find out if your furnace, boiler and fireplace is working properly.

If by some chance you find out that one of your heating appliamces is not up to snuff. Baker Plumbing is ready with the knowledge, experience, tools and skills to get things warmed up fast!

Here’s a little more information on our favorite season, winter!

Winter is Coming

Winter, coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring; the name comes from an old Germanic word that means “time of water” and refers to the rain and snow of winter in middle and high latitudes. In the Northern Hemisphere it is commonly regarded as extending from the winter solstice (year’s shortest day), December 21 or 22, to the vernal equinox (day and night equal in length), March 20 or 21, and in the Southern Hemisphere from June 21 or 22 to September 22 or 23. The low temperatures associated with winter occur only in middle and high latitudes; in equatorial regions, temperatures are almost uniformly high throughout the year.

Definition of Winter

Winter is the coldest season of the year in polar and temperate zones (winter does not occur in most of the tropical zone). It occurs after autumn and before spring in each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. The moment of winter solstice is when the Sun’s elevation with respect to the North or South Pole is at its most negative value (that is, the Sun is at its farthest below the horizon as measured from the pole). The day on which this occurs has the shortest day and the longest night, with day length increasing and night length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates outside the polar regions differ from the date of the winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth’s elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).

Boiler Repair By Baker

Calgary’s Best Boiler Repair Techs, Bar none!

WINTER IS COMING

Proof positive, Baker knows its stuff

In Calgary they are few more qualified for Boiler repairs than Baker Plumbing! Since 1956 we have been among the best boiler repair professionals in Calgary.

With winter fast approaching the time is now to address any of those nagging or troublesome features about your boiler. In Calgary and area, Baker Plumbing has been servicing, repairing and replacing boilers since 1956. We know a thing or two about the severity that winter can bring us. That understanding of just how vital your boiler is during the harshest of all seasons is one of the best reasons to hire Baker.

The increase in technology and invention has brought a multitude of components to market. These marvels of tech allow for increased efficiency and function never before seen. That’s the upside, the downside is that each one of these wonders of engineering must be inspected, serviced, and calibrated. Failure to that can result in their failure to actually do their jobs and doing them well.

The time is now, don’t delay any longer. Call Baker Plumbing and ensure you and your family in Calgary remain toasty and warm with a boiler repair, service or replacement.

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Burners, burnt beyond repair

What is a boiler?

A boiler is a closed vessel in which fluid (generally water) is heated. The fluid does not necessarily boil. The heated or vaporized fluid exits the boiler for use in various processes or heating applications,[1][2] including water heating, central heating, boiler-based power generation, cooking, and sanitation.

Is a boiler safe?

To define and secure boilers safely, some professional specialized organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) develop standards and regulation codes. For instance, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is a standard providing a wide range of rules and directives to ensure compliance of the boilers and other pressure vessels with safety, security and design standards.[8]

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How Calgary winters can make you a better lover

Proof Baker brings the heat! 🔥

Is there anyone out there that really and we mean really loves being cold? It’s one thing to enjoy “the cold” and doing things outdoors but we mean actually being cold. If everyone is honest then the answer must be a solid, NO!

We can see from the above infographic provided by http://hikersbay.com/climate/canada/calgary?lang=en that it can get mighty cold here in Calgary. At Baker Plumbing, we take that type of cold seriously and are prepared if and when an emergency strikes. Whether is busted pipes, broken drain lines, boilers and furnaces that have failed you when the need is the greatest, we can fix it and do it in a hurry.

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We take pride in being able to provide that kind of quick and effective service to all of Calgary and its surrounding locations. With over 60+ years in business, we have the knowledge, the experience, the skills and the tools to get you warmed up quickly. As discussed, no one likes to be cold and we can ensure that your home or business is warm and toasty. What better way is there to get in the mood than being a beautifully heated home while looking at the frost and ice outside. At Baker we can’t think of a single thing. Hence, its actually Baker that’ll help you be a better lover. You might just have to trust us on that last statement.

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Call Baker Plumbing anytime, day or night! 403-800-3007

Homer Simpson’s Guide to Grooving Copper Pipe

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Even better the young apprentices that have their fingers on the button as it were and ready to show the world how this important skill can be developed. With a whole 5 years of experience between them, what could possibly go wrong? Follow along as the steps needed to complete this important skill are discussed. If you’re looking for a commercial plumber near you then look no further than Baker Plumbing in Calgary.

Copper Pipe

Copper pipes are commonly used in the commercial construction industry for water supply lines and refrigerant lines in HVAC (heating, cooling, and air-conditioning) systems. Copper pipes can be manufactured as soft or rigid copper and offer excellent corrosion-resistance and reliable connections. The three most common types of copper pipe used in residential and commercial construction are Type K, Type L, and Type M. A fourth type, used for drain-waste-vent, or DWV, piping, can be found in some older homes.

For today we using 2.5″ copper K pipe which is the only type or quality that is approved for this type of joining method. Working on commercial boiler systems can be a hazardous undertaking. This work should only be completed by professional tradesmen or women that have extensive experience completing such work. Or as shown here under the direct supervision of a Master plumber.

  • Type K Copper Pipe: Type K copper pipe has the thickest wall of all the common types. It is used for water distribution, fire protection, oil, HVAC, and many other applications in the construction industry. Type K pipe is available in a rigid and flexible form and can be used with flared and compression fittings. Pictured below is that very thing, Type K copper pipe! It’s been cut, reamed and sanded in preparation for the application of a RIDGID grooving tool.

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Next step grooving

According to many industry experts “grooved mechanical piping” reduces risk, cost and construction schedules.

Grooved mechanical pipe joining is a method of fabricating piping systems that eliminates the need for welding and flanging pipe. Grooved-end pipe, fittings, valves and accessories are joined with mechanical couplings that provide a secure, reliable union at every joint. These connections are designed to handle a variety of utility and process piping services. Grooved pipe solutions can be used on carbon steel, stainless steel and galvanized pipe, as well as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), fiberglass-reinforced pipe and American Water Works Association ductile iron pipe ranging in size from a half inch to 60 inches.

A grooved pipe joint is comprised of three core elements: the pipe groove; the gasket and coupling housings; and nuts and bolts. Grooves are cold-formed on the pipe ends with tooling specifically designed for this process (we are using the RIDGID 914). The coupling housing engages the grooved ends of each pipe, fitting or valve to be connected. A resilient, pressure-responsive elastomeric gasket provides a leak-tight seal, even under a vacuum. The coupling housing fully encloses the gasket, reinforcing the seal and securing its position. The coupling is fastened with two track head bolts and nuts.

Grooved mechanical piping has its roots in World War I, during which this innovation was used to deploy fuel and water to Allied forces on the front lines. The system proved beneficial over other joining methods, because as troops’ positions changed, the pipes needed to be disassembled, transported and reassembled quickly and efficiently.

Today, the grooved pipe system still proves advantageous in critical fluid handling applications. Grooved piping systems can be installed on a variety of piping applications, including alcohol; caustic; chilled, cooling, potable, wash and demineralized water; fire protection; glycerin; instrument and plant utility air; oil feed; reverse osmosis; and wastewater treatment.

Pictured below is Peter with Baker Plumbing using the RIDGID 914, a product no longer made by RIDGID but continues to be useful and effective in completing complex plumbing and heating work.

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The tools that actually make it work

The RIDGID® 915 Roll Groover is a manual roll groover for in-place field applications. The 915 requires only 3 1/2″ of clearance to travel around a pipe and a minimum of 2 3/4″ of exposed pipe for grooving. With the appropriate roll sets, the 915 can groove from 1 1/4″ to 12″ pipe, the widest range in its class! The 915’s cast-in handle allows for easy transport or chaining the groover down to prevent theft. The 915 is a must for service work crews. RIDGID TOOLS


Watch the Baker Boys in action

While a little raw the young apprentices did get the job done and the systems back online. If you’re looking for plumbing and heating services in Calgary then contact us today!!!

BAKER IN ACTION

Navien tankless installation via Timelapse

At Baker Plumbing we strive to bring our clients the latest technology. While at the same using the latest technology. NAVIEN, one of the premier tankless water heaters made, is pictures here. We’re installing it with the latest press tools and very cool lasers. If you have any questions about what the plumbing and heating has to offer, call Baker Plumbing today!!!

 

WATCH THE MAGIC

 

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HIRE A PRO!

Gas is a very big deal and not something that should be addressed by the untrained. When you had a spark or flame to the mix things can becoem a disaster quickly. Here one of our competitors was called in and serviced this large boiler system. Please watch the video link and see for yourself that these bozos had no idea what they were doing and do mostly residential work. A quick glance proves to anyone that instead of making the boiler operations safer, they have in fact put everyone in the building at the risk of dying!! YES DYING!!! Message, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!!

 

Watch and be HORRIFIED!

 

Tankless heater maintenance and repairs

The world of technology and plumbing are forever mixed together now. Your search in finding company that can both install and service these high tech tankless units can be challenging!! At Baker Plumbing we are fully trained in both installation of tankless and the maintenance of these units. One visit provides you with years of knowledge and experience few companies have access too. In Calgary? Call Baker Plumbing and get the information and assistance you need today!!

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Boiler maintenance beyond essential!

Today’s high end and high efficiency boilers are marvels of technology. As such they require no less than an annual inspection and cleaning. Due to the myriad of sensors, safeties and limits these appliances incorporate maintenance of these devices are an absolute must to ensure longevity. Pictured here we can see the problems that arise from neglecting the required maintenance schedules. Think maintenance is due? Do it now! For Boilers and maintenance in Calgary and area, call Baker Plumbing for all your boiler maintenance needs!

The boiler must be inspected and started annually at the beginning of the heating season by a qualified service technician. In addition, the maintenance and care of the boiler designated on page 5 of this manual and explained on pages 6 through 8 must be performed to assure maximum boiler efficiency and reliability. Failure to service and maintain the boiler and system could result in equipment failure, causing possible severe personal injury, death, or substantial property damage.

 

Service and maintenance schedules
• Address reported problems
• Inspect boiler area and boiler interior
• Clean condensate trap
• Check all piping for leaks
• Check air openings
• Flue vent system and air piping
• Check water system
• Check expansion tank
• Check boiler relief valve
• Inspect ignition electrode
• Check ignition ground wiring
• Check all boiler wiring
• Check control settings
• Perform start-up and checks
• Check burner flame
• Check flame signal
• Check flue gas temperature
• General maintenance
• Review with owner
• Cleaning boiler heat exchanger

Big boilers in Calgary

Boilers today are complex systems that require professional maintenance provided by skilled and trained tradesmen. Winter in Calgary can wreak havoc on these systems if that maintenance is neglected! Here is a perfect example of what can happen when a boiler system is left unchecked and neglected. Luckily, no one was hurt or any of the equipment damaged, we were able to repair this boiler by replacing the burners, cleaning the orifices, adjusting the gas manifold pressures and inspecting the combustion products via electronic analysis. We treat boiler maintenance, commercial or residential, like a patient. For any boiler service requirements in Calgary, call Baker Plumbing, we come to you!!! Watch a quick clip via hyperlink of how this job went down!!

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