TIME TO TUNE UP YOUR BOILER

Every boiler gas or electric needs a regular tune up. Routine maintenance is important for the safety of you family home. if you haven’t done it yet, call us. Baker Plumbing will provide a qualified tradesman to troubleshoot your boiler. Call us at 403-279-7444 or contact us at info@bakerplumbing.ca

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!

You have turned your furnace on. If you are experiencing any problems with heat distribution, banging, clanging, lets us know. Baker Plumbing will check it out, get it working properly and keep you and your family warm. 403-279-7554 24/7 or at info@bakerplumbing.ca

Why You Should Schedule Annual Service of Home Heating

Having an annual service performed on your home heating is the best way to prevent expensive and inconvenient breakdowns as well as saving you money. Here are 5 reasons to have an annual home heating service before the cold sets in.

1. Prevention is always better than a cure. It is almost always less expensive to have preventative care done before you are faced with big bill for repairs. Regular service troubleshoot issues before they become larger issues.

2. Lower fuel costs. When the heating system is clean and running efficiently, it will use less fuel.

3. Reduction of wear and tear. A clean, well lubricated heating system will reduce the wear and tear on the components . This can extend the life of the parts as well as prevent breakdowns.

4. Protecting your investment . Your heating system is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your home. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your system.

5. Even heating. When your system becomes dirty and clogged, it can be difficult for it to heat your home evenly. Regular service can improve the comfort level within your home by ensuring that the heat is evenly distributed.

Baker Plumbing can provide you with the expertise to make sure that your system is working at its optimal level. Call us at 403-279-7554 24/7 or at info@bakerplumbing.ca and we would be happy to be of service

Should I have My Galvanized Pipes Replaced?

If your home is 50 years or older, there is a good chance that you have some galvanized pipe in your system. These steel pipes were used because they were thought to be resistant to rust due to the zinc coating on the outside of the pipes.

However, they do rust, generally from the inside out, releasing corroded metal and particles into the water supply. These particles wreak havoc on appliances and cause leaks and clogs and even contaminate drinking water.

If your home still has some galvanized pipe there is a good chance that they have outlived their life span. This type of pipe generally lasts about 40 years before it starts to corrode to the point that the pipes start to become clogged with an accumulation of the minerals and rusted pipe particles.

Some signs that you may have a problem are: decreased water pressure, rust colored water, stains on your sinks and tubs.

Baker Plumbing with over 58 years of experience can solve these problems for you. We are available 24/7 at 403-279-7554 or at info@bakerplumbing.ca. Give us a call, we will ensure that your home is in good hands.

CHECK THAT THERMOSTAT

If your heating bill is taking a beating a programmable thermostat may be the help you need.

Lowering your thermostate by just 2 degrees nightly will save you money, and if you lower it by 5 degrees for 8 hours a day you can save as much as 10% on your heating bill.

Baker Plumbing can answer all your questions regarding a programmable thermostat, call us at 403-274-7554 or info@bakerplumbing.ca.  We are always available to our clients 24/7

What Are My Options for Heating my Garage or Barn?

There are several options for heating your outdoor buildings.  The most popular are the unit heater [fan coil] or infrared heaters.

The unit heaters are generally the less expensive choice and can provide adequate heat for large spaces, their downside is that they tend to move a great deal of hot air around, not necessarily the best when dealing with dust or other materials that may be affected by moving air.  They can also be noisy as the unit operates.

The infrared heater is a great second option and it provides an effective solution for heating.  Working very much like the sun, it sends out waves of heat that are absorbed by the objects that the waves come in contact with.  They are very popular in hockey arenas and other commercial spaces.  It’s only downside is that the unit must be installed carefully with distance factors considered to prevent any damage to cars or other surfaces that might be subject to overheating.

For more information regarding your heating as you prepare now for cold weather, contact Baker Plumbing at 403-279-7554 24/7 or info@bakerplumbing.ca

HOW’S THE WATER??

If it’s not warm, maybe it’s time to get your hot water tank checked out. If you have any reason for concern regarding your tank or hot water supply call us at Baker Plumbing and let our experts help you out.

We are fully equipped to and well suited to handle all your water needs, hot or otherwise.

We are available 24/7 at 403-279-7554 or contact us a info@bakerplumbing.ca

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOUR BOILER NEEDS REPAIRS.

The Age of Your Boiler:  the age of your boiler is essential. Over time your boiler receives alot of wear and tear.  Boilers that are older require more upkeep and are more prone to issues

Unusual Odors:  If you smell a strong smell or a metallic odor, call for immediate repair.  The smell may be caused by an oil or gas leak from a faulty boiler.  Carbon monoxide leaks can be fatal, so it is critical that your boiler be repaired immediately.

Boiler Failure:  If you begin to notice that your house is not heating properly or even at all, there is likely a problem with your unit.  Muck or sludge buildup can cause your boiler to malfunction.  It is essential that the proper repair be made.

Unusual Noises:  Hearing noises such a banging or clunking sound is a sign that you may need repairs.

Baker Plumbing provide with experienced technicians for the proper maintaining of your boiler.  Contact us at 403-279-7554 24/7 or at info@bakerplumbing.ca

Plugged Toilet with Poo

Some of the Craziness – Graphic Content

I thought we would compile some pictures of some the crazy, weird, and frankly nastiness we have come across this year. So sit and enjoy, well maybe prepare yourself some of these pictures are not for the faint of heart.

I repeat, some of these pictures are not for the faint of heart.

#10 – The Rip Off

Bad Plumbing

This one is awesome. This poor lady hired a licensed plumber to install this sink for her, she was charged $1700 and the plumber claimed that the inspector approved this installation. Of course she wasn’t home when the inspector supposedly showed up. There is so much wrong with this I can’t even begin to point it all out.

#9 – The Egg

Bird in Roof Top Unit

Yes, that is an egg by the power feed! The request for service was that the roof top unit is making a funny sound. Well, somehow a family of pigeon made their way into the unit and built themselves a little home. All was well until the thermostat turned the unit on.

#8 – Squirrel Cage

This one is of the actual squirrel cage. No explanation needed!

#7 – Greasy Business

Grease Trap Not Working

We’ve shown this one before but it’s a good one. This picture is of a 8′ deep man hole that is now full to the top with all sorts of nastiness.

#6 – The Bong

The Bong Found

Its always amazes me the stuff you find in peoples storage room, mechanical rooms, etc.. All the places the public normally doesn’t go. If my wife would allow it I could take pictures of the thousands of ladies that are plastered all over the walls of these same rooms.

#5 – Bath Time!

Bath Tub Toilet

Anyone feel like taking a bath? Is there really anything nastier than a tub full of poo?? Anyway, look away if you can’t take it.

#4 – Enough Fittings

Too Many Fittings

How many fittings does it take to go around a pipe? By this guy’s math-6-Awesome!

#3 – Explosive Expansion

Blown Expansion Tank

The power of water and cold weather.This little expansion tank was blown to bits and caused quite a little stir when it flooded the restaurant.

#2 – The Classic

Plugged Toilet with Poo

The list wouldn’t be complete without the classic plugged toilet. Although this one shows someone needs more fiber!

#1 – Meow

Cat Dead in Furnace

This one is both nasty and tragic. Poor cat went into the furnace to stay warm and I’m sure enjoying his new found until the furnace motor started. No doubt it ended quickly.

As you can see it was an eventful year! Check this blog often or follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of the wild and wacky world of Baker Plumbing.

Until next time!!

Summer Plumbing in Alberta

With summertime on the way, the last thing you want to think about is your plumbing. This is especially true if you plan to spend more than a few nights a week lounging in the Jacuzzi tub, or swimming in your pool. Summer typically means the showers run more than a few times a day, especially as you come in hot and sweaty from exercise or outdoor play. Good plumbing means a happy home, and in order to keep it that way you will want to head off plumbing problems before they require some expensive work.

You don’t need to get a certificate in plumbing mechanics to know how to keep good pipes and fixtures. Just take care not do overdo a few things and not to abuse plumbing during crucial months. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Watch how you use the garbage disposal. Summer may mean you’ll cook at home more, and make use of your sinks and disposal. Take care, though, not to get carried away by chucking vegetable peels and other compost down the drain. It’s a disposal, not a garbage can. Limit the waste to small shards and liquids when possible.

2) Keep an eye on the common bathrooms. Do you have kids? If so, chances are you’ll have frequent visitors this summer. You’ll want to make sure the toilets flush properly and little ones are not running off while leaving the faucets running.

3) Keep home plumbing tools handy. In case of accidents, have a good plunger and brand of plumbing liquid around to solve minor clogging issues. Some emergencies are not as harrowing as you may first think; your best defense is a clear head, calm hands, and a bit of research to get your plumbing operational again.

4) Watch usage of water for outdoor purposes. You might spend more time watering the lawn, or your kids may wish to fill up a pool. If you have not used outdoor spigots in several months, start gently with the water flow and make sure your hoses and sprinklers are working correctly. If you had a previous cold snap and did nothing for your outdoor plumbing, you may encounter problems. Always err on the side of caution.

With summertime comes more time to play, relax, and garden. As you are more likely to use your fixtures and water at home, you’ll want to head off plumbing issues before they get out of hand. Be vigilant and you should be fine.

If things turn out not to be fine, give us a call at 403-279-7554 or book online.