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It often seems that plumbers are a necessary evil. They sort out your faulty plumbing. They also fix and service things like your central heating boiler which – like most essentials – always seems to go wrong at the worst possible time. But if your regular plumber is always promising to turn up “tomorrow” or just never returns your calls because he is too busy, how do you choose a new plumber and make sure they are more reliable?

1. Word of mouth

Asking friends and neighbors who they use when they have a plumbing problem can be a good way to find a reliable plumber. Your friends will know first hand whether their call was answered and returned, whether the plumber turned up somewhere close to the agreed time and whether the charge was reasonable.

Ideally you should go for someone who has been used for several years in a row. That will increase your chance of getting good service that is worth the money you pay for it.

2. Check they are registered

In Canada, the Government Gas Safe site has details of all plumbers who have passed their certification requirements. This at least means that your chosen plumber has been tested by an organization that has a reputation to protect.

If there’s any doubt – or if this is the first time you are using this particular plumber – don’t just take their reassurance that they are registered, spend a minute or two online doing your own due diligence.

3. Check how long they have been trading

  • The longer the plumber has been trading, the better.
  • Ideally from the same address.
  • If you’ve got some old copies of Yellow Pages or the Phone Book acting as makeshift doorstops, you can flick through those.

If not – and assuming the plumber has a website – you can easily find out how long their domain name has been registered. Just enter it in one of the many online “WhoIs” tools, enter the domain name and you can find when their domain was first registered. This will give you a good idea of the minimum length of time they have been trading. Always assuming that they have got round to registering a domain name – not always a given with this trade.

4. Check their reviews

  • There isn’t a Tripadvisor equivalent for plumbers but there are sometimes reviews of plumbers on other sites and even in the Google results.
  • As with any review, the chances of someone taking time to post a positive review is a lot slimmer than a bugged customer posting a negative review.
  • There will almost always be the occasional negative review. Just beware if you find too many of them!
  • And beware if you find too many positive reviews with no negative ones interspersed.

You’ll instinctively know what looks natural – go with that first reaction rather than making the facts fit your overwhelming desire to use the first plumber who actually answers their phone or calls you back.

Local Tip

If you live in western Canada then take a close look at Pioneer Plumbing. They have a good reputation online and a professional looking website.  This is a good indication that they are one of the best Vancouver plumbers in this local area.

5. If time permits, get a second quote

OK, this isn’t always possible in the real world. Especially for a profession that is notorious for being poor to respond.

But especially for larger jobs such as replacing an entire central heating system, it’s worth getting more than one quote for the work.

And if it’s a larger job, check what kind of guarantee you get. At a minimum, you need the manufacturer’s guarantee, so check that you get the completed card before you let your plumber leave. Don’t go as far as laying a stinger on your drive but do make sure they’ve legibly completed the card including their (checked!) Gas Safe number if appropriate.

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Improper drainage can lead to pools of collected water in your lawn and/or around your home or building, both of which pose a threat. When collected close to your foundation, standing water can potentially cause foundation cracks, foundation movement and flooded basements. When collected on your yard, pooling water gives mosquitoes a breeding ground and can leave your grass susceptible to disease.

Foundations: The most costly issue associated with improper drainage is your foundation. Soil naturally expands when it is wet and contracts when it is dry and as long as all the soil underneath your building expands and contracts uniformly, it is not likely to cause a problem. Damage is done, however, when only part of the soil heaves or settles. This differential movement is most often due to differences in soil moisture. Improper drainage on one side of the building can leave wet soil that remains waterlogged for days or weeks (or in worst cases leaves constant water pooled around your foundation walls) while the other side of the structure has soil that dries quickly following a rain.

The wet side has expanded, and remains so, while the other side contracts as it dries, and this action pulls the walls of the structure away from one another. Repetition of this process will eventually produce cracks in the foundations, walls and/or ceilings. Foundation repairs are not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance policies and can cost as much as $20,000 to $30,000 or more to fix, not including cosmetic fixes to drywall, door jams, bricks, flooded carpets, flooring, etc. Anyone who has experienced a flooded basement or cracks due to heaving can attest to a costly fix! In addition, the drainage issues which caused the problem will still need to be addressed.

Basements: The same issue associated with foundations applies to your basement, with the added problem of letting water into your home through the cracks. In addition to damaging carpets, flooring, drywall and furniture, the water increases your basement’s humidity creating the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria and mold. Mold enters your home as tiny spores, which need moisture to grow and multiply. They can grow on almost any surface and they digest and destroy your home as they do. When disturbed, mold spores are released into the air and can be breathed in by you and your family, aggravating allergies and asthma. A small number of molds produce mycotoxins which can induce nausea, fatigue, headaches and lung and eye irritation when a person is exposed to high levels. Furthermore, mites and spiders can proliferate in a moldy basement as mites feed on mold spores and spiders feed on mites.

Waterproofing your basement can help protect your home and is a good insurance policy, but your first line of defense against a wet basement is improving the drainage in the lawn and all areas surrounding the home or building. According to most engineers and home inspectors, 85 to 95% of wet basements and interiors of buildings can be made dry by improving exterior drainage around your house or building. Flushing the perimeter drains around your home once every two or three years is a good way to prevent problems. We suggest you hire a perimeter drainage Vancouver company to do this for you on occasion.

Mosquitoes: We are all familiar with one of the biggest nuisances of the summer but were you aware that mosquitoes need less than an ounce of water in which to lay their eggs? While standing water is generally the egg-laying site for mosquitoes, some species lay their eggs on damp soil and, if your lawn has poor drainage, leaves your grass as a perfect home for these pests. Needing only two to three days to hatch, your property needs to be able to dry out quickly enough either to prevent females from seeing your yard as a prime location or to dry out eggs that have been laid.

With females laying up to 300 eggs at a time, your yard can easily become infested, driving you and your family inside on warm summer nights. Along with the itching and aggravation of bites, mosquitoes bring diseases such as West Nile Virus, Malaria, Dengue and encephalitis. All are potentially fatal. Your pets are also at risk, as mosquitoes are the hosts for heartworm and can communicate this disease to dogs, cats and other animals. Additionally, West Nile and encephalitis can be transmitted to horses. The American Mosquito Control Association instructs property owners to not only eliminate standing water around your home or building, but to ensure proper drainage on your property to eliminate this potential hazard.

Turf Diseases: As the first impression a visitor or customer has of your home or business, it is no doubt important to you to have well-maintained and inviting landscaping around your property. Death and disease of grass and plants is not only ugly, it is a waste of money invested as well as expensive to correct. Excess water on or in your lawn prohibits the growth of grass, plants and trees by robbing them of their air and nutrient supply and leaving them susceptible to attack by fungi, moss and mold. Fungi, the most common cause of lawn diseases, are microscopic organisms that spread by air- or water-borne spores. The spores act like seeds, sprouting to life and infecting its environment when conditions are right.

Rhizoctonia Yellow Patch, Red Thread, and Pythium Blight are some common fungi diseases which appear in moist environments resulting from extreme soil and surface moisture. Many of the fungi diseases are difficult to control once they appear and damage may remain for two to four years following treatment. While fungicides can be applied to help prevent or control lawn diseases, several strains are resistant to fungicides. The best prevention is the absence of favorable conditions, including improving moisture conditions on top of, and under, your turf.

Mushrooms also need extreme wet conditions to grow. While mushrooms do not harm grass, many of them are poisonous and can be a danger to children and pets that ingest them. Poisonous mushrooms have no features to distinguish them from nonpoisonous mushrooms and identification, therefore, is only possible by those educated about the various genera and species.

Erosion: In addition to the issues associated with standing water, water moving too quickly off your property causes problems as well. As raindrops fall on your lawn, if there is sufficient intensity, the impact will dislodge small particles of soil which can then be carried off by the rain as it flows. This soil will either be carried off to sewers or deposited in another area of your yard, depending on your drainage conditions. Over time, original drainage measures, such as ditches and trenches, can become filled with soil, defeating their purpose and redirecting how water moves on your property. Erosion is accelerated where plant cover is sparse and spaces between plants become larger, leaving no protection for your soil during intense rains. Proper grades and slopes stop water from carrying away your soil by keeping water runoff at an acceptable rate. Slowing down water that is running off too quickly gives soil particles time to settle out of the water and back onto the ground before being transported too far away. Additionally, healthy plant life with deep roots protects and holds on to your soil.

Benefits of Proper Drainage

Structural Protection: Having a comprehensive drainage system in place protects your structure by preventing water’s damaging contact with concrete. Water that doesn’t evaporate and isn’t absorbed by soil eventually goes somewhere and, oftentimes, it sits under and around your foundations. Drainage solutions will keep the moisture content around your foundation stable and uniform, keeping contraction and expansion to a minimum. This maintains the integrity of foundations and helps prevent cracks and water seepage.

Plants and Landscaping: Proper soil moisture is essential for plants and lawns to establish a healthy root system. Removal of excess water in the soil deepens the root zone and increases the air in that area. The increased aeration, in turn, increases the supply of nutrients, many of which need the air to convert chemically before they are accessible to plants. The deep root system which grows will then holds on to the soil and protect it from erosion. Additionally, water will not pool in areas of your property, leaving turf susceptible to disease, and help you maintain the pleasing aesthetics in which you invested.

Recreational Areas: By implementing drainage solutions, recreational areas, such as parks, golf courses and athletic fields, improve traffic ability and increased use of the property. Drains help nature clear out excess water and allow turf to quickly recover from rain. The result is that the recreational area can be open for extended periods of time and for more intensive use, resulting in increased revenue.

Spring Showers Are Not The Only Cause For Concern

The Midwest is notorious for extreme weather changes with a drought one year and floods the next. While St. Louis has an average rainfall around 40 inches, in 2008 we had 50.72 inches pour down on us, with nearly half of that amount coming between June and September. If you have weathered winter snow and spring rains, do not let down your guard thinking you are safe for another year. Summer can sometimes bring surprises and the added deluge to your soil will only intensify existing problems requiring more extensive repairs.

A Note About Water Tables

Water table refers to the depth at which the soil always contains 100% water. In some areas the water table is higher than the bottom of the foundation, requiring a complex system of drains and sump pumps to draw the water away from your structure. High water tables can lead to devastating damage to your foundation or basement and is sometimes cited by professional waterproofers as the cause of a problem because of the expensive measures to correct it. The National Association of Home Builders, however, estimates that only five percent of wet basements are due to high water tables. If you have water damage, you are most likely dealing with surface runoff problems which can be corrected through slopes, grades and drains in your yard, along with proper gutter systems. Modern building codes prevent contractors from building basements where water tables are high and if your home or building is less than 30 years old you can be reasonably sure a high water table is not your problem. If you have a wet basement, be aware of this issue! Inform yourself by contacting your local building inspector and getting information about your local water table.

Do You Have Drainage Problems?

Try this experiment: dig a hole one foot across and two feet deep and fill it completely with water during a dry spell. If the hole drains completely in less than five minutes or in more than 15 minutes, you have a problem. A more simple way to spot problems is to look at your lawn during and following a rain. If you have water flowing quickly across the yard removing topsoil during a rain or pools of water on driveways, parking lots or lawns following rain, then you have a problem. Other indicators include yellowing plants, yellowing or thin turf although it receives plenty of sunlight and has no obvious disease, fungus or mold on the lawn, stagnate water smell and water seeping through door sills, basements and garages.

For more info on how to solve drainage problems click here to read more.

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A comprehensive drainage system will include surface and subsurface drain solutions. Surface drains remove the large amounts of water that fall in short periods of time and subsurface drains remove the excess water absorbed into the soil. The two systems work in conjunction to maintain the moisture in your soil at the proper level for protection of your landscaping and your home or building.

Gutters: Your first line of defense against foundation flooding is your gutters! During a moderate rainfall, the average sized roof sheds 160 gallons of water runoff per hour. To prevent the runoff from being deposited on the ground next to your foundation, a proper gutter system is essential. Not only is the correct gutter size for your roof area a consideration, but an insufficient number of downspouts is equivalent to having no gutter system at all. Downspouts are needed to handle the volume of runoff your roof will collect and splash blocks must be utilized to direct the runoff away from your home or building and out to your drain system. A better solution to splash blocks, however, is to install PVC piping to the end of the downspouts to remove the water 6-10 feet or more away from your home or building. Furthermore, gutters must be properly maintained to prevent clogs and gutter joints must be inspected for leaks. Having a suitable, effective gutter system should be the first step in your drainage solution.

Grades: To protect structures, the most important grades on your property are those within 10 feet of your foundation or basement. This will prevent the water you just diverted away from the structure from soaking back through the soil toward your structure. Suitable grades vary depending on who you consult but a safe measurement is a 1 inch (or more) drop for every 1 foot out for the first 10 feet. This results in at least a 10 inch slope for the 10 feet closest to your foundation walls. The rest of your yard should contain a continuous slope downward to keep the water moving away from your foundation.

Surface Drains: Surface drainage can be defined as the controlled removal of water that collects on the land from rainfall, irrigation, snowmelt or hillside seeps. As gravity is the primary force driving this type of system, it involves shaping the land with a continuous fall in the ground level to provide a downhill passage for surface runoff at an appropriate rate of flow. For grass drainage channels, or swales, a minimum slope of 1% to 5% is desired. The contours of the land then direct the runoff to a suitable collection site, such as ditches, basins or storm sewers. At the low point of the ditch or interception point, area drains are installed which are connected to a main or submain and prevents the water from pooling in your yard. The underground pipes need a minimum slope of 1% or 1/8 inch per foot to keep water moving through them. If the ditch is long, several smaller drains should be spaced in a series, rather than one large drain in the middle, to help prevent erosion.

For driveways and other hardscapes, channel drains and exposed French drains are ideal. These linear trenches collect sheets of water that run off, as concrete and asphalt absorb none of the water as it falls. The open area of the channel/ exposed French drain is much greater than an area drain and is better suited to the greater volume of rain it will need to collect. Additionally, channel drains allow designers to modestly slope hardscapes, rather than requiring numerous, extreme slopes to direct runoff to area drains.

Subsurface Drains: While the benefits of subsurface drainage are hard to see because they occur within the soil, the difference will be noticeable in your plants, grass and soil. Subsurface drainage is the removal of gravitational water from the soil, which is accomplished by placing French drains underground to collect and remove water to a drainage outlet. Subsurface drains do not remove water necessary for plants, only excess water, which flows to the drains by gravity. Sub-Surface French drains consist excavating a sizable trench and lining it with a filter or geotextile fabric, which helps prevent soil particles from entering the French drain. The trench is then filled with clean rock/gravel and a proper sized perforated PVC pipe for the application is placed in the gravel.

Once the trench is filled with grave, it will be covered with a layer a permeable filter fabric, installing a mixture of high quality topsoil/ sand and lastly installing new sod on top (assuming this French drain will be located in a grassy area). French drains function when water in the soil enters the gravel bed, flows into the perforated pipe and travels through connecting solid pipes to a discharge point. A general guideline for placing French drains is to use 4 – 6 inch perforated pipes, bury them 18 to 36 inches deep and space them 15 to 20 feet apart. In the trenches, pipes must maintain a .1% to a 1% slope. Soil construct, acreage and turf usage, however, may require variation from these guidelines and a professional can help you determine the best solution for your situation.

Discharge Outlets: Once water is collected in the pipes, it must be diverted to a suitable outlet to be released. This outlet can be a street gutter, a storm sewer or an onsite pond. Using a pop-up drainage emitter, water can be diverted to a water-safe area on your property away from your home or building. Pop-up drainage emitters are opened by the hydrostatic pressure of water flowing through the drain pipe, releasing water collected from gutters, downspouts, basins, grates, etc. If placed close to the street, the released water can flow over the curb and into the street without having to drill through the curb. The emitters then close as water flow diminishes, preventing debris and animals from entering the end of the pipe and clogging the system. Property owner or maintenance personnel need to make sure they perform routine maintenance on the pop-up emitters. This can be done by removing the pop-up to make sure there is no debris washed down from the roof gutters or surface drains that could potentially slow down the water flow in a heavy rainfall event.

Cleanout Connections: It is a good idea to install cleanout connections on all drainage systems integrated into your property. This is commonly overlooked until pipes need to be accessed by cameras or cleaning equipment years after the initial installation. Access points are needed for the following three reasons. 1) Routine maintenance, and especially if routine maintenance is neglected because the contractor will have to access the pipe to unclog them for a fee of course. 2) If the systems functionality has declined. 3)

If damage has occurred to the drainage system pipes from heavy equipment or excavation during an on-site construction project. Although cleanouts add cost to your project, it is highly recommended to have cleanouts installed on all downspout connections, all French drain systems and all long mainline pipe runs over 80′ without drain grates in which you can access. This type of maintenance should be done by a Vancouver drain cleaning company, and not left to chance or forgotten.

Before contracting to have you project installed, make sure cleanouts are integrated into your drainage system. It has been calculated that the cost to cut into a pipe and then patch it because there are no cleanouts will be a minimum of twice the cost as having them installed in the first place. Sometimes it is 5-10 times as much when access is needed to an existing French drain without cleanout connections. So don’t gamble because when you’re installing a system with materials that last decades, you undoubtedly will need access; if for nothing else, routine maintenance. A professional drainage contractor should be able to help you determine the best cleanout points for the system their proposing for your property.

For more information on finding a qualified drainage contractor follow this link to another post on our site.

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Doing your homework on potential drainage installers is important. You need to be assured that your contractor is insured and has the skills needed to properly install your systems. Be wary of “special deals” or the “great deal from a friend of a friend” – these will most likely cost you more dollars and headaches in the long run.

Tools for Locating a Potential Drainage Contractor: The Better Business Bureau is a great starting point in your search for a contractor. They maintain an online directory for BBB-accredited businesses in your area. You can check not only how long a contractor has been in business, but also any complaints filed about their operation. Angie’s List is another great tool for recommendations, as you can get testimonials from actual customers. Even if you “hear of a guy from a friend,” check their references online. See what other people’s experiences have been and choose a pool of potential contractors from the best you can find.

Portfolio and References: After you have a list of potential people for the job, ask to see a portfolio of their previous jobs and whether you can see former work sites. If possible, see their handiwork in person, perhaps driving by a home or business during or after a rain. This will help you not only to understand their drainage plans for your property, but to assure you they can indeed get the job done right. If you can speak with former customers, ask if they were satisfied with the work they had done by a Vancouver drainage contractor, whether the contractor stayed within budget and if the project was completed in a timely manner. You need to look for the best person for the job, not the lowest bid. You want the problem to be fixed upon project completion; you do not want to be dealing with drainage problems or, in worst case scenarios, legal problems, long after the contractor has left.

Bids: Get at least two bids for your specific job and get them in writing. Furthermore, make sure you understand the difference between the bids. Higher bids do not always mean a contractor is trying to get more money into his pocket. Better materials, more skilled workmanship and better reliability may be worth a slightly higher price. Keep in mind that, usually, you “get what you pay for.”

Insurance: An important issue when hiring a contractor is his insurance. If your contractor does not carry general liability insurance or worker’s compensation, the property owner can held responsible for any accidents which occur while work is being done. To protect yourself, ask for proof of insurance. Reputable contractors will understand that you are doing your research and will not be offended. Be wary of any that try to convince you this is unnecessary – they may have something to hide.

Skills Needed: Make sure potential contractors have the skills needed to do your job. Is your contractor a drainage specialist or merely a landscaper who has dabbled in drainage installation? Can he utilize a transit to analyze your slopes if needed? Does he know the proper depths and spacing for pipe placement in your yard? Most importantly, is he diverting your excess water to a suitable outlet? Purposefully diverting water to a neighbor’s yard, when runoff didn’t already naturally flow to that yard, can result in huge fines. As the property owner, you will be held responsible for your contractor’s end result.

Equipment, Supervision & Project Site Management: Find out who will supervise the work and how often will they be onsite to see that the plans are followed? Will the project continue daily until finished without interruption other than weather delays? You need to know who to call if you have a question or problem. Furthermore, does your contractor have access to the equipment needed to get the job done?

Products: Which products does the contractor use and are they the best in the industry? Be wary of contractors that offer a big discount because they will use materials left over from a previous job. While you may be interested in saving a few bucks, are you certain these materials are suitable for you project and needs? Having the project done with substandard materials that will not last never ends well for the property owner. You might have to have the system torn up and reinstalled a couple years later, costing you double down the road.

Warranty: Make sure there is some sort of a warranty with your drainage system installation once it is complete. More importantly feel confident enough with the company that they will even be in business to fulfill that warranty agreement. See if they can give you a past customer that you can call to talk to where they had a warranty issue that the contractor successfully resolved for them. Many specialized drainage companies offer a minimum of a 12-month warranty of full functionality, some contractors offer more.

Warning: We know of a family who hired a contractor that a friend’s neighbor had used. Although they met with him and thought he seemed like a “good guy,” they did no research on him or his business and references were not checked. After realizing that no real progress had been made in spite of the thousands of dollars they had paid him, they began to investigate. As it turns out, the friend’s neighbor had had similar complaints and was dissatisfied. If the homeowners had spoken to the people for whom the contractor had worked, rather than going by their impression of his personality, they would have been spared a good chunk of change. In addition to leaving their home a complete mess, they lost all the money initially invested and had to pay someone else to finish the job. Furthermore, because they had not done their due diligence regarding the contract, they had little legal recourse. The lesson: always err on the side of caution! Do not assume that a contractor has your best interests at heart; look at their previous jobs and, if possible, consult people for whom they have worked. Most people are happy to tell you about their experiences with a business, whether good or bad, and businesses with a solid reputation are not wary of you seeing their previous work.

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When homeowners perform home improvement projects, they often overlook their gutters. Plant debris can corrode and rust gutters, sometimes damaging them so much that replacement is more convenient than performing repairs. Gutter installation may sound like an overwhelming project for a homeowner to do, but it is actually not difficult.

Steps to Take Before Installing New Gutters

Before purchasing new gutters, map out the house and its current gutter system. Determine how long the gutter run must be and calculate the number and length of downspouts. If the old gutter system operated effectively, maintain the configuration with the new system. Make a list of materials and write down all measurements.

If the gutter run does not exceed 35 feet, its highest point will be at one end, with the run sloping downward toward the downspout. If the run exceeds 35 feet, the high point will be at its center, with the run sloping down on both sides to respective downspouts. For both lengths, the high point should be an inch below the fascia board that the gutters attach to and should slope ¼-inch for each ten feet of run. Snapping a chalk line while holding one end of the gutter at the correct angle provides a guide to follow during installation.

Gutter Installation Steps

Downspout outlets can be installed with 1 ¼-inch deck screws. They should be close to the run but not at its end and attached to the end of the house along the chalk line. Attach gutter hangers to the fascia at 24-inch intervals, using 1 ¼-inch deck screws. Fasten these approximately one inch from the roof ends, following the chalk line and leaving room at the ends for new Vancouver gutters.

All corners that do not feature a downspout and are not at the end of a run should be covered with gutter covers. Now, gutter sections can be cut with a hacksaw to fit between the end of the roof and the downspout outlet. Place a cap on the end, snap the gutter section into the nearby downspout outlet, and hook the gutter on the hangers, following the chalk line.

Gutter sections should be connected on the ground using special connectors to attach them. An assistant can support the gutters during hanging. The final step in the gutter installation process involves cutting drainpipes to fit between the elbow joint on the downspout outlet and the joint on the wall and between the wall elbow and the ground.

While gutter installation Vancouver can be a DIY project, we realize a project such as gutter installation is not for everyone. If you would like us to handle your gutters or any other roofing project, please visit our website for more information and pricing. We also provide pressure washing services, which can really spruce up the look of your property.

Maintenance

If you see dirty water coming out of the tap do not panic. It could be the simplest of solutions. Sometimes the city flushes their systems, breaking up debris and sending it into your home. Fixing this requires flushing the drains and strainers until the water runs clean again. Most times a plumbers auger will do the trick.

If a municipal flush caused a problem like water pooling in your yard or a wet basement, that could mean your drains need to be flushed to clean out mud and debris. Or it may also mean your drainage system has root intrusion and may need a roto-rooter machine to cut out the roots.

In extreme cases you may have to replace the perimeter drains or even have the pipes leading to the sewer system replaced.

Here’s What A Plumber Does For a Plugged Drain

In Case of a Flood

If water is flooding your home, immediately switch off the main electrical power. If water comes into contact with any electrical components, it can become a fatal situation. Once the power is off, then deal with the flood water. Put your own and your family’s personal safety first, and show each member of the family how to shut off the power.

To help you find a good plumber, you should get recommendations from people whom you trust, or read more about good plumbing tips. Asking a friend or a neighbor is usually more trustworthy than picking a random plumber out of the phone book. You need a competent plumber, otherwise you could be in for a much bigger problem down the road.

The Main Water Shut off Valve

Make sure you know where your home’s water shutoff is located. You never know when there might be an emergency involving a broken pipe or damaged connection that requires you to turn off the water right away. In addition, knowing where the shutoff is located is vital before you start any plumbing project, in case anything goes wrong.

For a clogged drain try using a plunger first, as your clog may simply be a build-up of hair and debris. If this doesn’t work you may have to clear the drain with a snake. Feed the snake into the drain line as far as it will go. Turn the crank gently which will either collect the blockage or loosen the clog. Remove the snake, and run water down the drain to see if the clog has been removed. You may have to use the snake a couple of times, before the clog is cleared so don’t give up!

How to Retrieve a Lost Ring

If you drop a small item like a ring or earring into a sink drain, hope is not lost. By carefully removing the U-shaped trap underneath the sink, you can probably retrieve the item. Be aware that the trap will be full of water, though, so have something under it to catch the spills.

If all else fails click here and call this local Vancouver plumbing company they will dispatch a technician right away if it’s an emergency. If it can wait we usually book an appointment that’s convenient for both.

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Sometimes the city flushes their systems, breaking up debris and sending it into your home. If this municipal flush caused a problem like a drop in water pressure though, that could mean your drains need to be flushed to clean out mud and debris. In extreme cases you may have to replace the perimeter drains or even have the pipes leading to the sewer system replaced.

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With short term loans becoming so hard to get nowadays, the majority of persons may breathe a sigh of relief. Blue Copper Capital Corporation smooths the procedure and makes much more alternatives obtainable for people in search of loans.

Blue Copper Capital Corporation has managed to noticeably simplify the entire process which one must perform in order to apply for a financial loan. This technique is effective, as it has many positive effects on the customers. Dave Chen, director of Blue Copper Capital Corporation, provides the mystery behind this accomplishment, saying that, “We shifted our focus and catered to the needs of various clients and worked to please them rather than choosing to create services which accommodate mostly to the requirements of a bank first.”

Company Loan Objectives

This specific job has certain complicated objectives, like Chen states that not only one time he and his colleagues selected to go and help a client instead of having him visit the head office. This entailed that many times, they would be either within a coffee shop or at their client’s house. Trusting this to be one of the attributes which help solidify the relationship with their consumers, Chen says that “We bring the loan procedure to the customer.”

Chen claims this type of strategy is important to Blue Copper Capital, as a lot of borrowers have signed up with them. In addition, in just a few years, the loans given by the company have tripled and also the same happened with the service listing supplied.

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Unique Lending Approach

Chen confirms that his approach has attracted growing numbers of borrowers to Blue Copper Capital, practically tripling the financial loans his company services in the last few years. Chen emphasizes that “Lots of clients needed only about a thousand dollars. Many lenders and banks would rather decide on overlooking their requirements. These organizations have only served to successfully erect an unreal barrier which appears between the wants of actual persons who are struggling to find cash and the capital that can help to transform their lives. At Blue Copper Capital, our approach is made to suit each individual’s specific demands and our rates are identical to those of credit cards. ”

“Often time, the past history of an individual’s credit gets the major problem which they cannot get across. Because of the various standards applied by many lenders, there is absolutely no room to take into consideration each account as a personal case. Recovering the credit condition when one is overcame because of the situation is an extremely tough job for that person. Here at Blue Copper Capital, we open doors that have been closed for them and give them options that have been out of their reach for some time now.”

Following the Rules

Alberta’s Fair Trading Act is strictly followed by Blue Copper Capital. Working like an economically different business, Blue Copper Capital has grown since the company started out in 2009 and it has within three years, managed to service a total of 1,490 loans within 2012. Here is a link to the Canadian consumer tip sheet for financial information.

Certainly, the market provides diverse alternatives, but clients that worked with us once tend to return. That degree of client loyalty proves to us that we’ve turned out to be a Vernon  payday loans source.” Chen says.

Blue Copper Capital is expert in supplying a number of loans that include debt consolidation, pay day loans, leisure loans, personal loans, car loans, apprentice loans and trade loans as well. Although the ordinary loan is actually $5.000, customers have loaned smaller sums such as $100 or bigger ones, nearly $30,000. Chen is able to support his clients by using a “Hand Up” approach. “Bad or poor credit mustn’t be accountable for hindering an individual who has a reliable residence along with a job which is very good.”

About Blue Copper Capital

Created in Alberta in 2006, Blue Copper Capital Corporation started off by providing minor loans to friends and also associates. These days, individuals that reside in Calgary, Edmonton, Vernon and Vancouver may ask for support using this business, which started small, but after continuous efforts

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When you buy your first home you discover there are quite a few things in your home that can very easily go awry. From heating to roofing to floods and more, it can be quite daunting at first. However, experienced homeowners will always tell you that having first-hand knowledge of a few simple home repair skills can truly be a lifesaver.

This can be especially true when it comes to plumbing. As many homes will have any number of toilets, sinks, washbasins, dishwashers, baths, and more in their home, there can be problems just lurking around the corner. So, the very best thing a new homeowner can do is to get yourself a few simple supplies that will enable you to fix any minor issues that may come up. Save the big problems for your trusted local plumber.

The number one supply in any home should be the plunger. Let’s face it, things with drains clog, for a variety of reasons, it is one of the most common plumbing issues out there, and you don’t need to be stumped when it happens to you. Make sure you have a good quality plunger that forms a really tight seal and get pumping.

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Another indispensable tool is an auger. You may not have heard of an auger, but you probably have seen one, another term used for it commonly is a plumbers snake. Essentially it is a very long steel cable that gets cranked out to untangle a clog. The benefit of this is that it can reach clogs that are further down the toilet or drain than you cannot get to manually. Augers can come quite in handy, so it is a great tool to have. Here’s a little more detail on why drains get plugged.

Pliers and wrenches are also good to have around the house, not just for plumbing, either. Pliers and wrenches come in a few different types, so it’s a good idea to take a peek around your home to see which kinds you will need, but generally speaking having a nice set of pliers and wrenches will be able to tackle any sort of loosening or tightening that you would need to perform on any pipes, nuts or bolts around your home.

Teflon tape is one of the best things to have in your toolbox in case of a plumbing emergency. If a pipe springs a leak, get your Teflon tape out and wrap it around the leak as well as the surrounding area, this will make a huge difference in stopping water damage, and should be able to hold the situation steady until a professional plumber arrives.

As you can see, all it takes are just a handful of tools to get yourself started. This way, you will be able to tackle a variety of small issues right away before they might become big problems down the road, saving you quite a bit of time, energy and money later on.

If you think there is something more serious looming in your plumbing  system then read our article on how to avoid a serious plumbing problem.

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emergency plumber

Many people do not consider the value of a quality plumbing system expert, until the basement floods or one of the pipes burst. When a overnight plumbing emergency occurs, not just any type of plumbing contractor is a good choice. When you’re wanting to hire someone on short notice, there are a few questions you should ask. You will want to know is whether he has a certificate and proper insurance. It is also important that they carry workers compensation in case someone gets hurt on the job. You don’t want to be held liable for injuries of this nature, especially when the best course of action is to sue.

Reputation

As soon as you have confirmed that the company is appropriately qualified, learn just how long they have been in business. Fly by night companies are usually start up’s and will not have any references. Another way to do a quick search on a companies integrity is to look for online reviews. A good company will have at least 50% or more of their reviews positive. Any less than that and you might want to look further. Don’t get turned off by one of two bad reviews among lots of good ones, sometimes competitors will post negative comments to hurt the other guys.

Some plumbing companies do not have a lot of reviews, but it doesn’t mean they are no good. For example the vancouver plumbing company Pioneer Plumbing is a great resource if you want a quality plumber to do the work for you. If price is more of a concern then you should call around for quotes and find a handyman you are comfortable dealing with. If you have a plumbing issues you want fixed right then use a licensed plumbing contractor who specializes in solving these type of problems.

Pricing

Ask about the prices and the quality of parts they use. Another good question is about any kind of assurance they offer. A reputable plumber will freely offer all their connections and associations. A shady guy will hum and haw trying to beat around the bush.

If you are somewhat handy you should be able to stop the water fro flooding your basement if you know where the main shut off valve is. If you are reading this for the information, take a few minutes and get familiar with where that is. Another thing you can do is walk around and do a simple inspection of the visible plumbing in your home. Here are a few tips for taking care of the simplest stuff. Catching something before it becomes a major problem is well worth an hour or two of your time each year.

If you ever have the lousy experience of a sewer overflow remember how to look for a reputable plumber, if you don’t already know one.

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landscape-design-300x224The term “natural landscaping” can include various definitions. In this article I’ll be referring to “natural” in the sense of an un-winded design verses a formal style landscape. Natural landscapes can be incorporated on every property, however you ought to initially consider the architecture of your home and the naturally existing environments to make sure a natural style landscape will contribute. Material choice plays a large part in producing a natural landscape. You’ll normally find indigenous products being executed in different applications throughout the design.

A natural landscape needs to be one that’s simplistic in blending colors, shapes and patterns. When developing a less official landscape, we tend to use more natural shape for patio’s, walkways and bed lines. Within the growing bed, mass plantings of perennials or bushes will certainly produce a basic yet aesthetically striking impact.

Certain Garden Types

Meadow style is one that first comes to mind and contributes to mass plantings and a great deal of repeating. You will typically discover native ornamental grasses and wildflowers at the heart of the design.

Home yards are also considered to be a natural design of landscape and in this design you will typically see less mass plantings of one certain plant and use more specimen-type plants. Cottage yards also include meandering paths generally made from natural stone or pavers and are used to connect outdoor rooms and yards.

Woodland gardens are another terrific example of a natural style landscape and include shade loving plants in a mix of mass’s and samplings. Woodland yards can likewise be based around native choices of plants, which will supply constant seasonal interest. When developing a woodland yard envision exactly what you would see in a forest and obtain its design.

Design of Architecture

Homeowner should identify whether or not their surroundings and design of architecture work with a natural landscape. If your style is natural however your houses architecture is not, you can still designate a location for a natural yard. Do not hesitate to mix a little bit of natural with formal; when succeeded the overall look is unique and one of a kind. An example of blending natural with formal is using an upright/columnar ornamental yard which is natural however yet the upright form is considered to be official. With natural landscaping along with any style of landscaping the objective is to produce a connection in between the home, naturally existing elements and the landscape design.

Material options for a natural landscape are normally indigenous, but there are exceptions to the policy. For the most part natural style and native plants go hand in hand but it’s crucial to integrate some sampling plants that could or might not be native. Duplicating plant product and planting in masses produces a unity considered the landscape and is visually striking. It’s essential to utilize a mixture of sizes when very first setting up plants to achieve some instant effect. Likewise, remember the modification of periods and incorporate plants that will offer something distinct such as flowers, berries and fall color.

How to Lay Out Gravel Landscaping

The hard scape material be used can likewise be native. In Minnesota, you will usually find field stone, Virginia slate, trap rock and limestone. Using wood that is native to the area such as Ironwood for decks or pergolas is an excellent method to make a connection to nature.

In order to create an ageless, beautiful landscape a strategy is an essential part of the procedure. Let our design group at Pine to Prairie help you in developing a landscape that fits your style – call us today!

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