Dirty Deeds Done

BAKER PLUMBING DOES DIRTY DEEDS

It comes as no surprise to anyone, plumbing is considered almost as the premiere career of dirty deeds. From septic fields, blocked sewage lines, grease traps, and plugged toilets. All would be considered the dirtiest of deeds. Tasks most people would rather run from, let alone actually talk about.

Dirty Deeds

Done, Properly

At Baker we dont just talk about doing dirty deeds, we actually perform those deeds for our clients every single day.

Baker gets Dirty

As shown by the video embedded anyone can see that we are prepared and ready to tackle the dirtiest of deeds that may arise in your life both planned or unplanned.

A thousand years ago our ancestors travelled over the island of Scotland and Ireland. They believed as we do today that Fortune Favors the Brave. Need a brave/bold plumber to discreetly handle your nastiest of plumbing problems then Baker Plumbing is the drain contractor, plumber and/or service team you need to get your through. Whether it’s a commercial or residential plumbing contractor then call us today. We’ll deal with all those dirty deeds, happily.

If you’re havin’ trouble with the high school head
He’s givin’ you the blues
You want to graduate but not in ‘is bed
Here’s what you gotta do
Pick up the phone
I’m always home
Call me any time
Just ring
36 24 36 hey
I lead a life of crime
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap
You got problems in your life of love
You got a broken heart
He’s double dealin’ with your best friend
That’s when the teardrops start, fella
Pick up the phone
I’m here alone
Or make a social call
Come right in
Forget about him
We’ll have ourselves a ball
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done…

The Commercial Washroom

Your Commercial washroom expert

Baker Plumbing spends more than its fair share of time in commercial washrooms. You might say it’s our home away from home. Commercial washrooms are even more important given our COVID environment. 

Part swap in record time

Commercial washrooms are specially designed to accommodate large numbers of patrons a day. The commercial washroom must still maintain high standards of cleanliness and sanitation. They are not your typical home bathroom. That’s why Baker Plumbing takes the time, tools and experience to ensure your Commercial washrooms are not a distraction. Your restaurant feel shouldn’t stop at the washroom and Baker will ensure it doesn’t. 

flushometer the staple of the commercial washroom. Typically, a washroom will have a half dozen or more flush valves keeping sanitation levels pristine. Invented by William Elvis Sloan and the legacy continued by the Sloan Valve Company.[1]   The flushometer revolutionized the commercial washroom. Innovations have come but the flushometer is still very similar to the original. See below.

A scuffed and oxidized metal flushometer valve with a porcelain handle attached to the back of a toilet
A polished and modern

A flushometer is a commercial setting fixture, as it provides a high-pressure and better-performing wash and flush than a normal gravity toilet. However, a flushometer requires that the building have a larger supply line than is normally found in small to medium residential buildings, and therefore such buildings typically use tank-type toilets.

For all your plumbing needs including commercial washrooms installations or repairs call Baker Plumbing today

Function of the Valve

The ingenious function of the flush valve is its use of water pressure rather than gravity from a raised tank like in previous models.

The diaphragm separates a pressure chamber from the main water supply. A narrow passageway leads from the main water supply into the pressure chamber. This passage meters the flow by slowing re-pressurizing of the pressure chamber after the action of a flush.

Diaphragm technology allows the flush valve to open and let water into the bowl. The main cylinder valve operates up and down. A groove allows water from the main supply to flow when in mid position. The valve is shut off at both its top and bottom positions.

A second valve releases the water in the topmost pressure chamber when the flush lever is activated, sending the main cylinder valve shooting upwards. The topmost pressure chamber slowly refills through its narrow passageway, pushing the valve cylinder back down gradually. A flush occurs while it is in its open mid positions. Because the water is gradually shut off, slower water at the end of the cycle serves to refill the bowl.

The valve cannot be kept open by holding the flush lever in the activated position, wasting water, because this only sends the main cylinder valve all the way up to its topmost shutoff position. A flush can only occur when the valve is in one of its mid positions.[1]

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Plumbing Mashed Potatoes

What do plumbing and mashed potatoes have in common?

Baker cleans impossible drains

This residential drain was so packed and plugged with every imaginable paper product it resembled mashed potatoes. With the use of the flex shaft we beat this mess into a puree and opened the drain line. In the video above you can first hand with our high powered camera. What we see here is 35′ of backed up piping and some poorly graded plumbing. These combine to make a difficult situation a bit more difficult but nothing that Baker Plumbing can’t handle.

Tools of the trade

I remember using flat steel push cables and other such ancient devices. Today’s plumbing are far more capable, effective and yes more expensive. In this particular job we used our compressed Airgun, AirGun link my personal favorite for clearing toilets, then we switched to our reliable Super Vee cable snake Drain snake link . Both of these proved ineffective due to the amount of debris in the drain line.

Bring in the Heavy Artillery

The next move was to bring in the big guns. Today we choose the Ridgid Flexshaft Ridgid Flexshaft link and the Ridgid mini-camera Best cameras made This combination proved to be the deciding factor. Using them as a team we worked our way through the debris ensuring our effective disruption of the blockage, as we went. This proved the undoing of the blockage and the return to service that this family desperately needed.

The Finale

While it took some doing we were successful in clearly the line of all the debris. With the use of the latest in plumbing tools and technology we are able to prove to the client and ourselves that the work was not only complete but lasting. Isn’t that the most important thing? Lasting work done by your local Calgary Plumber, Baker Plumbing.

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Calgary winter

Calgary’s Winter Plumber

Baker White Winter Plumber

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.

urinals

Why No One Talks About Urinals Anymore

URINALS AIN’T NO ONE’S FRIEND

URINAL CLEANING DONE RIGHT

 

In every commercial restroom in the world you’ll find a urinal, at least in the men’s room anyway. With all that’s going on in the world, that could actually be a very bad thing. Check out this article from the Chicago Sun Times. Something to think about the next time you enter the men’s room.

Wearing a mask in public restrooms should be mandatory during the pandemic, researchers say, because there’s increasing evidence that flushing toilets – and now urinals – can release inhalable coronavirus particles into the air.

The coronavirus can be found in a person’s urine or stool, and flushing urinals can generate an “alarming upward flow” of particles that “travel faster and fly farther” than particles from a toilet flush, according to a study published in the journal Physics of Fluid Monday.

“Urinal flushing indeed promotes the spread of bacteria and viruses,” researcher Xiangdong Liu said in a press release. “Wearing a mask should be mandatory within public restrooms during the pandemic, and anti-diffusion improvements are urgently needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Liu and other researchers from Yangzhou University in China simulated urinal flushing using computer models and estimated that, within just five seconds of flushing, virus particles could reach a height of more than 2 feet off the ground.

“Potentially, it could contaminate other surfaces you would touch – the handle, the tap,” said Charles Gerba, a professor of virology at the University of Arizona. “The concern is also – was there anything left over from the person who was there before? Aerosolization from the previous user you may potentially inhale?”

Some of the same researchers released similar findings in June, focused on toilet flushing. Through another computer model, the researchers found that thousands of particles can come out of the toilet within 70 seconds of flushing, and that some can reach higher than a foot above the toilet bowl in half that time.

“It is reasonable to assume that the high-speed airflow will expel aerosol particles from the bowl to regions high in the air above the toilet, allowing viruses to spread indoors causing risks to human health,” the researchers said at the time.

The studies are interesting but unsurprising, as research on particles kicked up in “toilet plumes” has been around for about two decades now, said Joshua Santarpia, a professor of pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center specializing in bioaerosols.

“The more interesting thing to me was that I hadn’t considered the urine issue – whether SARS-CoV-2 was shed in urine,” he said.

Coronavirus found in urine, stool

Many people aren’t aware that toilets and urinals can release particles into the air, let alone that genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 – can be found in patients’ urine and stool, Gerba said.

“It’s probably been overlooked – urine contamination,” Gerba said. “Smallpox, Zika virus are excreted in the urine. What’s surprising is that a respiratory virus can be excreted in the urine.”

At least two studies – one in Tokyo and one in Guangzhou, China – have found coronavirus RNA in patients’ urine. Studies published in the journals Gastroenterology and The Lancet also found coronavirus RNA in patients’ stool, even weeks after the patients showed negative results in respiratory samples. One study in and around Beijing, however, did not find any evidence of virus in 72 urine specimens.

It’s still unclear whether COVID-19 can transmit through urine and infect another person, Gerba said.

“Is there enough virus in the urine to worry about? Does enough get aerosolized? Those are questions we need to look at,” he said.

The researchers at Yangzhou University argue that transmission in a public restroom has already happened. They cite local news reports of a couple, who work at a food market in Beijing, contracting the virus at a restroom nearby.

“What’s worse, two of COVID-19 reemerging confirmed cases in Beijing have been reported to be infected from a public toilet, which practically proves the danger from the public restroom,” the researchers wrote.

Can the coronavirus disease spread through air?

Health experts believe the virus mainly transmits through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, but the World Health Organization says that “short-range aerosol transmission . . . cannot be ruled out.”

Researchers measuring the amount of viral aerosols in different areas of two Wuhan hospitals found that while the concentration detected in isolation wards and ventilated patient rooms was very low, it was higher in the toilet areas used by the patients, according to an April study published in the journal Nature.

The researchers recommended that room ventilation, open space, sanitization of protective apparel, and proper use and disinfection of toilet areas could effectively limit the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols.

“I think there’s a lot of strategies and interventions that could be developed if it really turns out that there’s significant risk,” Gerba said.

For now, the next best step would be to put the researchers’ computer model to the test to see if flushing a urinal actually kicks virus particles up into the air, Gerba and Santarpia said.

“Somebody should really validate some of this experimentally. It’s a model, and there are a lot of assumptions,” Santarpia said. “More work needs to be done.”

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‘BEST IN CALGARY’ Plumber list again

AS GOOD AS ANY, BETTER THAN MOST

MADE ANOTHER LIST

Best Plumber in Calgary

 

Looking for one of the Best Plumbers in Calgary then look no further. Baker Plumbing is proudly a multi-generational family business which has been serving Calgary and area since 1956! That’ s 64 years of experience under one roof! Read about our history here, BAKER HISTORY

Currently the family business is being directed by Bob Baker whose been practicing as a Master Plumber since 1996. Bob’s sons Isaiah and Peter are at present completing their apprenticeship programs at SAIT ensuring the 4th generation of Baker plumbers servicing the greater Calgary area which also Okotoks, Rocky View, Airdrie, Cochrane and Bragg Creek, for years to come.

Looking for a local plumbing company with experience in a wide ranging skill set from hot water tanks (Bradford White), water softeners, furnace installs/ tune ups and other guaranteed services? Baker ranks among the best plumbing and heating companies in Calgary.

Our services of course include plumbing, heating, gas fitting along with an impressive array of Plumbing and HVAC equipment. We repair, install and service what we sell.

Our clients include industrial, commercial and residential locations of all types. We ensure their bathrooms, kitchens, furnace rooms, boiler rooms and so much more are working effectively and efficiently. With over 64 years of experience and with a dedicated team of actual plumbers and not technicians, our service is considered one of the best in the city of Calgary. We strive on time, on budget and we guarantee always our work.  Our equipment is maintained to the highest standards while our knowledge, experience, and skills exceed industry expectations at all levels, to the benefit of all our clientele.

Call Baker Plumbing today!!

6 Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Press Vs Solders

PRESS OR DIE

Rookies in Action, YouTube

The plumbing world just like everywhere else is moving at a record pace. New technologies emerge almost on a daily basis, at the forefront of these technologies are 2 companies leading the way in form and function.

RIDGID and VIEGA are those companies improving the plumbing, heating and gasfitting trade worldwide and right here in Calgary!!

Viega press fitting system solutions are designed to integrate and our preferred press tool for installing Viega systems is designed the same way. One press tool can make connections on Viega ProPress, Viega MegaPress and Viega PureFlow PEX systems, simply by changing jaw sets.

Viega has partnered with RIDGID since 1999 to offer system-matched tools for each of our engineered press fitting systems. With jaws, rings and actuators in sizes ranging from ½” to 4″, these tools can accommodate nearly every type of plumbing, heating or pipe joining project.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection. With Viega as the single source for the entire installation, you can trust that all components will work together as a unified whole.

No Sparks, No Mess
Flameless press technology eliminates sweating, brazing and grooving. No need for burn permits or fire watches.

Leaves no joining material buildup, exposed threads or tarnish, creating a clean, professional appearance.

Fast and Reliable
Makes secure wet or dry press connections in less than seven seconds on existing or brand new systems.

Installers no longer need heavy welding tanks or cumbersome threading machines to make a secure pipe connection.

Trust every connection you make knowing we spend thousands of hours every year testing our tools in real-world situations; the result is total compatibility on every job in nearly every condition and application.

Rookies in Action

 

PRESS OR PUSH

SHARKBITE AND PROPRESS COMBINED PROPERLY

Time saving
Push fit technology has been designed to optimise time efficiency and to help ensure installers are able to work across jobs more effectively.

No tools needed for installation
Unlike press fit methods, push fit fittings require no additional tools for installation. Once cutting, measuring and deburring of the pipes has been undertaken, the actual jointing takes just seconds to complete.

Easily de-mountable
Another key benefit is that the fitting can be easily de-mounted if there has been an error in installation or removal is required. This is not as simple with press fittings, or where traditional methods are concerned.

Importantly, if removal is required, there is only minimal need for additional materials or new pipework; the installer need only remove the existing fitting with the appropriate release tool and replace with a new one providing the pipe is not damaged.

SHARKBITE USED IMPROPERLY

Its vital to the success of your job and the trade to be blunt that you understand the difference and proper applications of press, push, soldered and mechanically jointed systems. If in doubt hire a professional in the Calgary area like Baker Plumbing Inc.

 

Credit to RIDGID TOOLS VIEGA PRESSand HVP Magazine

Why Handymen Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

HANDYMEN ARE THE DEVIL

Handymen are the Devil

Have you ever had problems with a handyman you hired? I got a call from a lady the other day who had problems with a handyman she had hired. She needed me to finish a job that someone else had started and she had fired because he did not know how to do the job and he had made a mess.
There are many good people in the Handyman business today but anyone with a truck and a hammer can call himself a handyman. So, what can a homeowner do to reduce the risk when hiring someone? It’s not easy, but there are several obvious steps that can be taken.

1. Ask prospective handyman if they are licensed and carry liability insurance. If they have employees or do rental properties they need to have (workers comp) coverage. Don’t take their word for it, ask to see proof. Any legit handyman will be happy to show you this documentation. Any handyman that offer excuses why it can’t be produced walk away from.

2. You can ask for a list of references but how can you check them out? They could be giving you a list of their friends. Some online rating sites are unreliable as a reference due to the ability to post bogus reviews therefore you need to check reviews from more than one source. Just because someone has a bad review does not mean they are not good. There are always two sides to a story. How they respond to a negative negative reviews speaks volumes.

3. Do a search on the internet of their name and their company. Check their social media, what kind of person is he? Does he look like someone you can trust? How many places does his business show up on the internet? Has he invested the time and money to create a web page? Is there pictures of his work?

4. Be wary of requests for a large up-front deposit. If a job requires the purchase of custom materials and a large deposit it is probably a sign that the handyman is taking on a job that is bigger than he is capable of handling or you are trying to save money by hiring a handyman rather than a general contractor. Large jobs with longer durations will have payment milestones (including the deposit) clearly outlined in the contract. Small jobs that handymen do don’t require deposits because most handymen work on an hourly basis and charge you for the time it takes.

5. Be suspicious of really low pricing. We all love a deal and for some people price is the only criteria that matters. However, low-ball pricing is a classic scam that is irresistible to many of us. It is also a sure sign something may not be right. Choosing a handyman to do a full bathroom renovation asking for trouble. A handyman can not do any electrical work or any new plumbing and he can not hire an electrician and a plumber since he is not a general contractor.
Large renovation projects require a contract with milestones and payment schedules. If everything is not spelled out in the contract the homeowner can expect to be hit with numerous “extra” material and labour costs. If your handyman does by some miracle manage to complete the work, odds are substandard materials and workmanship are what kept the cost down.

6. Do not ask for cash only deals, that is asking for problems with a handyman. Cash only with no paper trail equals no recourse for you in the event a problem arises. You want to hire a honest handyman to work in your home. If he will work for cash and be dishonest with the government what makes you think he will be honest in his dealings with you?

7. Think it over. Take the time you need to make an informed decision and you won’t have problems with a handyman you hire. If you have to sign a contract you probably should be hiring a general contractor.

IF ONLY THEY HAD LISTENED!!

At Baker, we encounter the issues created by unqualified and uninsured work almost weekly. This past week’s experience was one for the books and hence the post. This do-gooder obviously had watched dozens of YouTube videos trying to understand the complicated design he was undertaking. Unfortunately, it appears he combined several different techniques and came up with a huge pile of crap that:

  1. Doesn’t adhere to any code.
  2. Doesn’t work
  3. Needs to replaced
  4. Actually causing physical damage to the home.

Handyman Gone Wild!

 

GOING FORWARD

 

When you hire a handyman near you to help you with various tasks around the house and yard — such as outdoor cleaning, light or fixture installation, or constructing a shed — you might think of asking them to take care of your kitchen and bathroom plumbing problems as well. However, consider the following crucial factors before you go ahead.

Beware of Amateur Plumbing Work

Handymen in some states are prohibited by law from performing plumbing tasks — other than minor jobs such as installing a new faucet fixture. The main reason for this prohibition is that an amateur, incorrect, or shoddy plumbing job by someone who is not a professional plumber can be disastrous for your home. A handyman, no matter how competent he or she may be at performing other chores, probably does not have the necessary training in dealing with plumbing blockages and other problems.

This could set you up for further damage to drains, appliances, flooring, and other things in your home that need proper plumbing in order to function correctly. And to make matters worse, your insurance might not cover the damage, since it was caused by an unlicensed worker. For major jobs, such as a bathroom remodel, a good handyman should either subcontract the plumbing work to a licensed master plumber, or leave it to you to find a plumbing professional who will pull permits, successfully install the necessary components in compliance with code, and make sure that everything works.

Plumber Licensing Requirements

Licensing is another very important difference between a handyman and a plumber. Plumbers must be licensed in 46 out of the 50 states (the exceptions are Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming). Requirements for working as a handyman tend to be less rigorous, although a few states, such as California, do require that self-employed handymen obtain a contractor’s license.

If you want to find out more about your area’s licensing policies for handymen, enter the name of your state and an appropriate term, such as “handyman license requirements,” into an internet search engine. Doing so should bring up the website of your state government’s licensing board (the site address will end in .gov).

Training and Apprenticeship

Handymen and “real” plumbers also tend to differ a great deal in their level of professional training and education. Master plumbers must pass a rigorous examination, after completing two years of vocational school training and/or a lengthy apprenticeship, which usually lasts at least four years. Since their licensing requirements change very often, many professional plumbers also attend continuing professional education as part of their career.

While some homeowners will want to save a bit of cash by having a handyman install or fix plumbing, the plumbing job may well end up costing you more money if you need to pay a professional plumber to fix shoddy work. In most cases, it is worth investing the extra money in the first place, to hire a reliable licensed plumber for plumbing installations and repair of significant plumbing problems. This helps to ensure that you will not end up going over your budget for a costly mistake.

Folk Remedies for Improving your Life using only Hydro Jetting

YOUR LOCAL DRAIN CLEANER 

BAKER JETTING THOSE DRAIN LINES

As Spring arrives and the urge to clean arises, it the time to clean those drains. Your plumbing system is much like your arteries, they need to clear of obstructions to in order for proper flow and use. At Baker Plumbing, your local drainage contractor which means we clean drains locally, we have all the necessary equipment to do the job right the first time.

For commercial properties one of the most effective tools is the jetter. Capable of blasting dirt and debris with up to 3000 psi, those drains will sparkling inside and out. Most importantly your drains will remain trouble free with regular maintenance, ensuring no downtime during operating hours.

The next time your worried about your drains, give Baker Plumbing a call! We’re your local drain expert.

How does Drain Jetting work?

Drain jetting is a high pressure cleaning method for blocked drains and sewer pipes. It works by pumping water – which is stored in tanks – through a high pressure hose fitted with a jetting nozzle.

How does drain jetting work

This forces powerful streams of water into the pipe, allowing drainage engineers to target blockages and dislodge them with sustained assault.

 

Remove large drain blockages

Drain jetting is most useful when removing larger, stubborn blockages from pipes. Jetting hoses can negotiate tight bends in pipes, so are great for tackling clogs that would be difficult to reach by any other means – drain rods or DIY clearing kits, for instance.

 

Clean your drains in the process

Drain jetting is also an effective preventative measure. The sheer focused power of the jet spray won’t just remove a blockage, it will clean the pipe surface itself, reducing the risk of grime, oils, fats and other waste products gathering and turning back into a blockage.

As you can expect, this also improves the flow, efficiency and performance of your pipes; think of drain jetting as a highly intensive spa treatment for your sewer, refreshing it and restoring it back to peak performance.

 

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