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Drain Cameras in Calgary

Calgary Drain Cameras

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Baker Plumbing takes its responsibility of cleaning and maintaining your plumbing and drainage systems so seriously that we only use the very best in tools.

Drain cameras have become an essential tool in providing both us and our clients the most accurate in information and assessments.

Truly its impossible to successfully diagnosis what might be happening to your drains without the drain camera being used.

These miracles of technology have come a long way over the last several years in resolution and in data transfer. We can now send video of your unique plumbing system with these amazing drain cameras almost instantly and provide equally fast solutions to any issues that we find during our examinations.

Amazing!!

According to Simon Blake

Drain inspection cameras that are affordable for the average contractor have been around for about 25 years. They have become sophisticated electronic devices and, like anything to do with electronics, the pace of change is rapid.

“The technology in cameras is advancing rapidly, probably more so than any of our other product lines,” noted Marty Silverman, vice president, marketing, for General Pipe Cleaners, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

In that short period of time, they have evolved from 50 lb. machines that recorded on VHS tape – if they recorded at all – to today’s compact three-pound machines that record via Wi-Fi to a smartphone or tablet.

A better picture

The primary purpose of a drain camera is to see what is blocking the drain. That sounds obvious, but manufacturers have gone to considerable lengths to improve the picture of not only what is ahead of the camera, but on some camera models improved peripheral vision helps the technician do a detailed inspection of the pipe walls and see clearly the type of pipe connections they are dealing with.

Pan and tilt – in which the camera lens rotates and tilts so the operator can inspect the walls of the pipe – is now available in smaller cameras, noted Frank D’Andrea, president of Ratech Electronics, Toronto. The company’s Pan n’ Tilt Push model is designed to inspect four to 12-inch lines, making it practical for residential and small commercial sewer inspection. “It allows you to see a lot closer and in a lot more detail.”

Ridgid, Elyria, Ohio, recently introduced its TruSense technology on standard and mini reels. It includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) and TiltSense technology. “The HDR balances out the light and the image in the pipe so you get a clearer overall image as well as being able to see much further down the line,” explained Amy Moneypenny, global product manager for underground technology, inspection and locating.

HDR balances the light and dark areas on the colour picture to avoid overly bright or dark areas. “You can see all the walls of the pipe in greater detail with HDR.” It can also be turned off for greater contrast. “On the monitor, they can toggle the HDR on and off depending on the job and situation,” she added.

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Ridgid’s TiltSense technology is an onboard inclinometer that measures and displays the pitch of the camera, allowing the plumber to immediately see the slope of the pipe, plus or minus in degrees. “When you are in muck and water and you can’t see much of anything, you can quickly find bellies in the pipe that you would not normally be able to see,” said Jeff Albertini, Ridgid global product manager, underground technologies, hand-held tools.

For more information See The Ridgid Website

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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.

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‘BEST IN CALGARY’ Plumber list again

AS GOOD AS ANY, BETTER THAN MOST

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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!!

Drain cameras can make the Difference

Drain cameras can make the difference. Cameras have a long way over the last 20 plus years with HD images, amazing push distances, wireless connections, sonars, the ability to tell slope. The medium to transfer the information has moved from VHS to DVD and now we can transfer to to USB and now we can transfer directly to a mobile device.

 

Drains and plumbing can be tricky business. Here at Baker Plumbing we bring the tools and the skill to tell our clients exactly what the issues are and how to fix them, PERMANENTLY! Don’t settle for, you should be good!! In Calgary, call Baker Plumbing and know your problems are flowing down the drain. Drain cameras can make the difference!

 

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Drain cameras can make the difference

At Baker Plumbing we understand the importance of knowing as much information as possible. That gives us the most options in determine what exactly is happening with your drain system. Those options ensure we can quickly diagnosis and solve your issues and prevent further issues.

A sewer camera is a valuable tool to help determine if there’s a problem with your home’s sewer system.

Maybe you noticed a nasty sewer gas odor. Or maybe your water isn’t draining as fast as it use to. Or worse, you’ve got an overflowing toilet.

If you’re like most people, you’ll call a plumber for help. And when that plumber comes to your house, more than likely, he’ll perform a sewer camera inspection.

But it’s important for you, the homeowner, to know what a sewer camera inspection can find and what it can’t. Armed with this information, you will know if the plumbing company you hire to come out and inspect your pipes is ripping you off or not.

What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

First, let’s cover what a sewer camera inspection is. Typically sewer lines are installed under the foundation of your house. There’s the concrete slab which is about 4 or 5 five inches thick and then about 2 feet or so of dirt above the pipe.

To inspect the pipes and find possible problems, a special sewer video camera head connected to a flexible cable is inserted into the main sewer line cleanout, or in some cases, the vent stack and snaked through the pipes. Then the plumber watches on a monitor at ground level to see what’s going on in your pipes.

Here at In-House Plumbing, we use a sewer camera to help us determine what your problem is. However, unlike our competition, we know there are some problems a camera alone can’t find.

What a Sewer Camera Inspection Can’t Do

Despite what many in the plumbing industry think, there are limitations to what a sewer camera sees inside your sewer lines. But there is one thing a sewer camera absolutely cannot see.

Locate Leaks

A sewer camera alone cannot determine if you have a leak or to locate a leak or leaks in your sewer lines. In fact, this is so important, it bears repeating.

While it’s a useful as a secondary tool in a leak location test, a sewer camera by itself cannot be used to to determine if you have a leak or to find a leak.

 

4 Reasons Why a Sewer Camera Can’t Locate a Leak

  1. A leak is water escaping the pipe through a hole, break, or crack. Since the camera is inside the pipe, it cannot see the outside of the pipe. Meaning, it can’t see if something is leaking OUT of the pipe. It can only show what is going on INSIDE the pipe.
  2. The plumber is looking at a monitor displaying what the camera “sees.” So the plumber has to interpret, or guess, what he’s seeing. He might think he see something that looks like a hole, break, or crack in the pipe. But keep in mind, this is your sewer system we’re talking about. This is where your waste flushes and runs through. Trust us when we say it does not look good. And all that gunk and waste makes it hard to tell if something is a leak based solely on what can be seen on the monitor.
  3. Sewer pipes are usually one of two types: cast iron or PVC, both thick-walled pipes. So something very possibly might look like a hole or a crack or a break. But because the walls of the pipe are so thick, it’s possible what the plumber is seeing does not go all the way through the pipe so no water is leaking out at all. The result: no leak.
  4. Particularly with cast iron, but this could also be true for PVC, there are years of buildup on the walls of the pipe. Calcium, soap scum, grease, debris… you name it, builds up on the walls of your sewer pipes. So any cracks or holes the plumber sees could very well be in the buildup and not the actual pipe.

We estimate about 95% of plumbing companies in the Dallas area are using a camera as their primary tool to locate a leak. They come in, run an inspection with just a sewer camera and then tell you you have a leak.

But keep in mind, what may look like a leak on camera may not actually be a leak. And vice versa.

Look at this image taken by another plumbing company and shown to a homeowner.

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This is cast iron pipe with a PVC repair. The plumber told the homeowner he had two leaks based on the image alone. But when In-House Plumbing came out to perform our Free Second Opinion leak isolation test, we found there zero leaks.

Everything was working and draining properly, and in our under slab leak test we found zero leaks.

What a Sewer Camera Inspection Can Do

While a sewer camera cannot find leaks, there are certain situations where the camera alone is effective.

Locate Lines

Sewer cameras have location devices that send out a signal. Using a special signal receiver above ground, our plumbers pinpoint where the camera is underground.

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Drainage or Stoppage Issues

We call this your “sewer is not working as it is designed to work.”

Sewer pipes work using the power of gravity. The pipes flow downhill so when something goes into the pipe—waste, debris, water—it flows or drains down through your piping system and ultimately ends up at your city’s waste treatment center or septic tank, depending on your particular situation.

However, if something is causing your system to not work properly, in most cases we can use a sewer camera to determine what is causing it. Often in cases like these we find stoppages, blockages, roots, mud, broken pipe, etc.

PVC or Cast Iron Pipe

We determine what type of system you have by running a sewer camera inside the pipes.

Sewer System Connections

With a sewer camera, we can see fittings, tee’s, and other types of connection. We can also use it at the connections to run water. We’re able to see where the water flows to or from and/or comes from one line to another.

Unnecessary Plumbing Repairs

Depending on your situation, a sewer camera inspection alone may not be adequate in finding potential problems. And it is not at all adequate if it’s leaks they are looking for.

The most important thing to know is if a plumbing company does a leak location test with a camera as the only or primary tool, it’s very possible you’re being told there are leaks when there are none. If that’s the case, you could end up paying for repairs you don’t need.

The Best Plumbers Calgary

Of course, Baker Plumbing is the best of the bunch! We’re here for 24/7/365. COVID-19 or not!!!

 

There’s nothing more inconvenient than losing your access to clean drinking and bathing water. A clogged sink or toilet will hinder your everyday tasks, so to minimise your suffering, here’s a list of the best emergency plumbers in Calgary!

Having faulty plumbing systems can cause electrocution, sanitary problems, and physical injury if left alone. Addressing these problems as quickly as possible is required to guarantee a safe household.

And we’d like for you to have an emergency contact you can count on whenever your pipes let you down. The best 24-hour plumbers in Calgary are here to take your call anytime!

BAKER 24/7/365

EMERGENCY 101

Day or night, we’re ready

Plumbing is a service, a service we take seriously. Commercial, residential, industrial! We’re ready when you need us! We understand that we you need a plumber in Calgary, you don’t mean tomorrow. As the saying goes, tomorrow never comes!! Next time you need a plumber, call an emergency plumbing service that will react to your emergency situation with the same urgency that you have! Summer, winter, spring or fall, Baker Plumbing and Heating is equipped and ready for whatever requests you may have or emergencies that pop up!!For any repair 24/7 call Baker Plumbing, you 911 plumbing company in Calgary and surrounding area!

 

From clogged sinks to hot water tank repairs, and everything in between. Need something cleaned? Our specialty drain cleaning service can power through any clog. Need something new? We’re there to repair, replace, and install sinks, toilets, faucets, drains, and garburators. People love winter, but nobody lives winter’s bitter cold! We’re here to repair your current furnace, install a new one, and manage your humidifiers, gas fittings, and hookups. Let’s stay warm!

65 Years is a long time! There’s a reason we have been around for so long and are consistently rated as one of the best plumbers in the city…..we love Calgary, it’s our home. With each passing year, our team is reminded f what a pleasure it has been to work within the community and of why we base our business on dealing honestly and taking pride in our expertise..
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Day or night, we’re ready

Clogged Shower Drains in Calgary

Unclogging a Slow Shower Drain

Clogged Shower Drain Calgary

Everyone has had that moment: standing in the shower, washing your hair, when suddenly, water is up to your ankles. A drain clog! Hopefully not as bad as our picture above. Typically, a buildup of hair, by itself or combined with bath product gunk, is to blame. In this situation, many reach for the Drano. Instead of turning to harsh chemicals that might damage the finish of your tub or eat away at your pipes, try looking to some simpler (and possibly more effective) solutions first.

Before any tools or concoctions make an appearance, try sticking your fingers in the drain. If the hair is up near the top, this might be all it takes to fix the problem. You’d be surprised at how effective fingers can be as a hair removal apparatus. I doubt it if it will be as obvious as below!

Hair Ball Clog

There are two tools you can try if you can’t fix the problem that way, one of which you already own, and one that you can buy at the hardware store for under ten bucks. The first is a plunger. Try using it just as you would on a toilet, and see if the clogging culprit comes to the surface in the drain. The second is called a Drain Claw, and it is essentially a piece of wire with barbs on the end for catching hair. Stick one down the drain, twist it around a few times, and pull it out. Repeat until you stop pulling out hair, and run some water to test whether the clog is gone. You can even try to make your own out of a metal clothes hanger and go do some fishing.

Drain Ring

If the clog persists, it might be time to move on to a homemade clog-busting concoction. Pour one part baking soda down the drain, and follow it with one part vinegar. That’s right- the same as your kid’s model volcano. Wait until the foaming subsides, and follow that with boiling water. This method is effective when bath product gunk, rather than hair, is the problem.

I’ve added some pictures of typical plumbing system so you visualize what’s happening under the floor.

Drain Drawing

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Whatever you do, don’t add nasty chemicals that can potential melt your pipes or destroy appliance finishes.

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After all this, if your shower is still not draining properly, it’s probably time to call in the pros. Baker Plumbing can handle any clog you throw at us, quickly and professionally.

Give us a call at 403-279-7554 or book online.

The Plumbing Consultant Okotoks

Plumbing is something that everyone needs to deal with. Every person some time or the other needs the help and assistance of plumbing consultants. These plumbing contractors can give you the best plumbing solution.

Plumbing consultants are people that come up and give you plumbing advice. They are the people who can tell you the exact problems of your plumbing. The plumbing consultants not only solve problems related to the plumbing field, they can also do many things in the areas where the plumbing is concerned. However, there are many reasons why you should hire a plumbing contractor. Read as we give you the reasons.

You need to consult a plumber for new construction of your home. Having the consultant at the site would make you know what you need to do or which direction you should take the plumbing. You should always consult a plumber to get the plumbing work done.
If you have plans of remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you should hire a plumbing contractor. With the help of the plumber, you will be able to know the best way to get the work done and moreover, if remodeling will be possible or not. Call the consultant before you start the work to save money and time in the long run.

If your pipe is leaking under your home which is being impossible for you to fix up, then it’s the time to contact a plumbing consultant. They by coming to your home will give you the best piece of advice of how to get your pipe fixed and keep them away from leaking.

You may sometimes face problem with plumbing and you may simply do not want to handle it yourself. What should you do then? Call the plumbing consultant to get the job done for you. Their help and assistance will keep you away from crawling under the house to get the work done.

Moreover, if you have plans to install bathtub, water heaters, shower, sinks or faucet in your home; call the plumbing consultant to get your work done smoothly. Just be sure to find the plumber that is knowledgeable about the part you are planning to do in your home. Make sure that the plumber you have hired knows the best way for the installations and the plumbing to be handled at the same time. A reputable plumbing consultant can surely help you out with this.

So, there are many reasons for which you may need a plumbing contractor. These plumbing consultants are more than just a mere plumber. They can get your work done smoothly if you do not want to mess it up yourself. So, it is best to consult them whenever you are faced with some plumbing problems. They will take money for their help and assistance but you will find that they worth the price for the work they have done for you.

For all your Plumbing, Heating, Gasfitting and HVAC needs call the “consultants” at Baker Plumbing!

Give us a call at 403-279-7554 or book online.