Check out our featured article on the Mechanical Hub website
Check out our featured article on the Mechanical Hub website
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.
At Baker we dont just talk about doing dirty deeds, we actually perform those deeds for our clients every single day.
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.
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.
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.
A 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. The flushometer revolutionized the commercial washroom. Innovations have come but the flushometer is still very similar to the original. See below.
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
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.
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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 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.
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.
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
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!!!
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!!
While we never really know what kind of issues we are going to run into. At Baker Plumbing, we prepare for the worse and hope for the best! Here we have a project completed by others yet us and the client are left dealing with the problems! This entire commercial property was installed with Pex pipe (no problem) and plastic fittings!! (Seriously why???) This is at least the 10th failure we’ve repaired since the building opened 2 years ago!! When installers try to save by cutting corners, the end result is always the same!! TROUBLE! We did fix this client up and all is well that ends well, until next time anyway!!
Few things cause the anxiety of a drain and toilet overflowing. Most have felt the fear rising with the level of the water or sewage. We understand that anxiety and can relieve that feeling quickly. No matter the size the purpose of drains to is to drain!! If your drains aren’t draining properly then there is only one thing to do. Call Baker Plumbing in Calgary! We have the tools, the knowledge, the skill and most importantly the experience to solve drain issues quickly and to give the necessary recommendations to keep those drains flowing no matter the type, size or location!! Call Baker Plumbing today!!!
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
Commercial drain cleaning and inspections are serious business in Calgary. Drain problems happen quickly and without notice. We are ready 24 hours a day to clean and inspect any plumbing you may have. Watch our techs inspect and find the issues with this commercial plumbing system which we’re able to pass along to the client. This allows them to make precise decisions about their Plumbing needs and wants!
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.
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.
This forces powerful streams of water into the pipe, allowing drainage engineers to target blockages and dislodge them with sustained assault.
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.
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.
Cross connection or backflow testing is a critical part of a building’s infrastructure. With annual testing of these devices a requirement for all commercial properties, coupled with the need for certified testers and equipment, their importance cannot be overstated.In Calgary, some homes and businesses have cross connection devices at their properties. This device prevents water that has been used for washing, heating and cooling from flowing into our drinking water. The City of Calgary oversees annual testing and compliance of these devices in order to protect Calgary’s drinking water supply from contamination.
If you received a letter, you need to have your cross connection device tested by a certified tester who is registered with the City of Calgary.
After testing is completed, the tester should submit the report to our office in 30 days. Check with your tester to make sure the report was filed with us and that you have received a copy of the test report.
To learn more about cross connection devices, home owner and business responsibilities, and certifications and renewals for cross connection testers, please visit the resources below:
For more information on cross connection guidelines, see:
If you have other questions for the program team, please contact 311 or submit an online service request.