Hello! We sure hope everyone is staying heathy during these difficult times. We thought we would bring you a few plumbing related things that you could do to help make sure your home plumbing stays safe and runs well.
First, there are shutoffs under most sinks, on your dishwasher, on each toilet, the top of your hot water tank and at the main waterline coming into your house. Try to turn them all on and off a few times to make sure they operate incase you need to shut them off in a hurry. This is something we should all do once a year anyways. With our hard water they can build up calcium over time and may not work when you need them to.
Second, make sure that your Carbon Monoxide detectors are working properly and are up to date as they do have an expiry date on them. As we all spend more time in our homes it is especially important to make sure we are on top of these things. Smoke alarms should also be tested.
Fourth, if you think your toilet is leaking you can add food colouring to the tank. Watch to see if it drains the colour into the bowl over time. If there is a leak it is likely the flapper. This can be easily replaced and will save you water.
As always, if you have any problems, give Paul a call …he loves this stuff!
We have talked about gas appliances before but with winter upon us it warrants mentioning a few key points again.
Many Albertans have multiple different gas appliances in their homes. Natural gas appliances, although more expensive to purchase and install, over time, are more economical. Gas, however, takes the trophy as more eco-friendly! In particular, Gas Dryers, use 30% less energy than electric ones. That reduces your carbon footprint!
Some things to consider when you have gas appliance:
Ensure the appliances is installed correctly, with all the correct clearances and that the connections are soap tested for any potential leaks
Keep the area around your furnace and water heater clear of clutter
Do not store items near any heating appliance, especially combustable items
If the flame on your pilot or gas burner is yellow, it may require an adjustment by a qualified gas fitter
Always ensure that your furnace and home get proper ventilation. Make sure these intake vents are kept clear of ice and snow in the winter time.
Do not run your furnace with the fan compartment cover off. This will severely upset air circulation and may cause a dangerous build up of Carbon Monoxide.
Be aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Dull headache, tight feeling across your forehead, watering and or burning of your eyes, abnormal tiredness, dizziness, weakness, nausea and/or vomiting, difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, go outside immediately and then call 911.
Always have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home.
Examples of gas appliances include furnace, hot water heaters, BBQ, clothes dryers, stoves, fireplaces. Any fuel burning device has the potential to produce carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide detectors should be placed in every bedroom or room where someone is sleeping. They should also be placed on every floor of your home.
If battery operated, these batteries should be changed every 6 months to ensure the detector works when needed.
***Safety Note – Most Carbon Monoxide detectors expire after 5-7 years. Most have an expiry date stamped on them.
Natural Gas is growing in popularity throughout Alberta. It is convenient, environmentally friendly and efficient. It heats instantly, it is safe and burns cleaner than other fossil fuels. Natural gas is not affected by electrical outages making it available even during bad weather or electrical service disruptions. It is the single, largest form of energy used in Canadian homes. It is used to heat and cool our homes, cook our food, heat our water, dry our clothes and much more. Natural Gas is significantly less expensive than electricity, propane or oil. Natural gas dryers use 30% less energy than electric dryers, reducing your carbon footprint as well as saving you money!
Safety! Natural gas appliances must be properly installed and vented to prevent a build up of carbon monoxide. All gas appliances should be inspected by local authorities. A carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in your home if you don’t already have one.
We provide gas line maintenance, installation and repair to the pipes, valves and meters that bring natural gas to your home or business. Natural gas can be used in BBQ’s, kitchen stoves, dryers, furnaces, hot water tanks, tankless water heaters, fire tables, patio heaters, garage heaters and more.
At PMC Plumbing we provide full residential and light commercial gas fitting services. Paul is an Alberta trained Journeyman Gas Fitter and Red Seal Journeyman Plumber. He has been doing this work for over 20 years. Our work is always up to the Alberta Gas Code, permitted and inspected by local authorities. We are fully insured.
Call or Text Paul at PMC Plumbing for a free written estimate
NOTE: If you have a Natural Gas Emergency in the Calgary area call Atco Natural Gas at their emergency line anytime 1-800-511-3447.