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How To Unclog Bathtub Drains

Every month we have homeowners calling us because they need assistance unclogging bathtub drains, mainly due to the buildup of hairs and grime. It may seem trivial, but it's a real issue that can lead to the pooling of water. Once you have a buildup of standing water it can lead to a number of health issues, aesthetic damage, and hygiene concerns. If you can't get a plumber out to fix the problem, then there are a few steps you can take to try and combat it on your own, and one step you should always avoid.  

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5 Tips for Bathroom Remodelling

Whether you're looking to add value to your property for renting or selling, or you simply want to update the look of your home, remodelling your bathroom can be a great way to transform your property. As well as presenting the possibility of significant energy savings.  

A good remodelling requires the skills and expertise of professionals, so if you're going through remodelling, look no further than Plumbers 911 on Vancouver Island. We are a certified plumbing network with skilled and experienced contractors providing the highest quality of service. 

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Tips On Shower Head Installation

"Hansgrohe's shower head in a tiled bathroom" by PickComfort is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Shower head replacement is one of the simplest plumbing tasks you can do at home. There are many reasons why you would choose to install a new shower head — one of the most common is when your current shower head fails to spray properly. This can be caused by lime and calcium deposits that have collected over time, or due to corrosion. This guide will walk you through the entire process of shower head installation.

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Tips to Hot Water Heater Repair and Maintenance

A water heater’s energy efficiency is measured by the correspondence between electrical input, and the production of hot water. To maximize this energy efficiency, it's critical to have your water heating system installed by a water heater specialist. Trying to install your water heater on your own will affect its efficiency, costing you more in both the short and long run.

A lot of people try to take on water heater installation as a DIY project to save money and possibly pick up a new skill in the process. Most often, they do this without understanding how they might do things incorrectly and damage the entire system. Your water heater is delicate equipment that needs meticulous handling, otherwise you’ll end up with an ineffective — or even nonfunctional — water heating system.

This is why when you get a new water heater tank, you need the help of licensed local plumbing specialists to install your device accordingly. Proper installation guarantees that your water heater will run at maximum efficiency and give you a sufficient amount of hot water for your household.

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9 Common Toilet Clog Problems and Toilet Troubleshooting DIY Repair Tips

Friendly, affordable toilet repair in Saanich and Greater Victoria.

Ahh, toilets. What would we do without them? Ensuring that they work properly is important. But their parts break down over time, leading to common issues. No matter how strong and durable your toilet is, if you don’t give it the care it deserves, sooner or later it will fail.

The key is proper maintenance and care. We all know we shouldn’t flush foreign objects down the toilet, but aside from this, we also need to know how to keep our toilets in tip top shape.

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Clearing Your Gutter Can Make A Big Difference In Drainage Bills

A flooded roof gutter full of murky water and leaves. Photo credit Eric Schmuttenmaer/@akeg on Flickr.

Usually gutters remain out of sight and out of mind, until one day you suddenly find yourself spending a fortune on drainage costs and property repairs.

Old buildings often have gutters on the verge of failure, or gutter systems that were never installed properly to begin with. Modern buildings usually have more effective guttering systems, but even they need to be looked after.

If rain water starts overflowing from your gutter, don't ignore it — take immediate action! Clearing your gutter at the proper time can make a huge difference in your drainage and repair bills.

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Quick Tips to Save on Your Water Heating

Rinnai RUC 98 Tankless Water Heater. Photo David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca.

Most people know their water heater is an essential household appliance, but do you know that it typically accounts for 15-20% of your energy bill expenses?

When you use hot water in your home, some goes unused and then has to be reheated due to a process called "standby heat loss". This can account for up to 20% of your water heating costs in colder weather.

Going without a water heater entirely isn't practical, but there are definitely ways you can ration your use to conserve energy and keep some extra money in your pocket. Give these tips a try.

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Quick Tips For Sealing Air Leaks in your Home

An infrared camera reveals air leakage around the windows in this older home. Photo credit Green Energy Futures / @greenenergyfutures on Flickr.

A family generally spends one-third of their annual cooling and heating budget on air that enters the house through leaks, cracks, and gaps. This is often ignored by homeowners. Do you know how much money your home is wasting in a year?

Sealing air leaks is a very cost-effective way to conserve energy. Drafts and leaks are most common in attics and basements, but there are a few extra details to take note of when draftproofing. Here are some you can follow along with at home.

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Should You Keep Your Central Heating On All The Time?

There's been an age-long debate about whether to keep central heating systems on all the time, or only when you need them. In this post, we aim to guide you towards making sure your Vancouver Island home consumes less energy.

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Top Gas Safety Tips to Remember During Winter

Winter is here! But don’t get too excited about heading out to build a snowman (or play in the puddles). First, know that winter also brings about a long list of plumbing issues, including gas leaks. Our Saanich plumbers can confirm this. For one, gas meters can get damaged by extreme temperatures, shifting ground, fallen trees or debris, and more. It's best to remember these top gas safety tips year round, but they're especially important come winter.

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