Boiler Repair 101: Terminology You Should Know

February 15th, 2021

Since the start of 2021, we’ve been hearing from homeowners all over the area who want to help maintain their heating systems. The first step towards this goal is being a more informed homeowner, and we’re always happy to help!

For boiler owners, this starts with understanding some of the ins and outs of your boiler system. That’s why we’ve put together a little miniature glossary of terms that can help you parse the different phrases that you might encounter when dealing with boiler repair in Kiscoty, AB.

Look, you should always call for professional help when you run into a boiler problem. But it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of knowledge about your heating system, so you can better communicate what the problem is to us. If that sounds like a good idea, then read on and keep a notebook handy or print this page out to use for future reference!

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Guardian Angle EP#5 – Indoor Air Quality

February 12th, 2021

Did you know?……There is someone that is poisoning the very air you breathe at home….. and It may not be who you think it is! (are you thinking of a video of a guy walking out of the bathroom?)

Blaine here for Guardian Plumbing and Heating. Excited to bring you our another Episode of the Guardian Angle. These videos are for you, our customers. They are not intended to be heavy, technical, install your own equipment tutorials, but alternatively, easy to understand tips about things that most people can do to protect their homes and increase the life of all their Plumbing and heating equipment.

Would you believe me if I told you, the very person that is poisoning your home is YOU…and your kids…and your dog! Not my dog?! Sounds like a country song!

Let me explain.

For years the construction on our homes was sturdy but not so efficient. It was a lot like this mask I made out of a pair of underwear! Basic protection from the elements. But it doesn’t wrench my beard!  With the rising fuel prices and our concern for greenhouse gas emissions we have become much more aware of making efficient homes. The best place to start for saving fuel and the environment is to prevent the heat or air conditioning from leaving the house. So we have become very good at sealing our homes. This has presented a new set of problems, it would be like putting a plastic bag over your head, you just can’t breath!

We now have extremely efficient homes but they are very unhealthy because we are not bringing in fresh air to replace the air that we have polluted with our breathing. CO2, our Pets, the VOC’s given off from furniture, carpet, viruses and gases like Radon are just a few of the contaminants we give off in our homes. Some people have tried to install an exhaust fan to pull polluted air out of the home, but if you take air out you have to bring air in to compensate or else you will create a vacuum in your home, Like the plastic bagwe talked about.  Many people will run a pipe into the return duct of your furnace and attempt to balance it out. Now all that heat you just paid for, you are blowing outside  and sucking in that -30º air in to make your house nice and drafty. 

The best solution for bringing fresh air into your home is to install an Air Exchanger. What is that, you may ask…. Basically it is an automatic window with a twist. As you push the hot, polluted air outside, the air exchanger also brings cold fresh outside air inside, through a box. As they pass each other the heat is transferred to the cold air and you recover some of the energy that you just paid for. 

The other benefit of this exchange is that in the winter the outside air is nice and dry, so it will de-humidilfy your home…. helping to prevent your windows from getting all frosted up and making a wet moldy mess!

There are many benefits to installing an air exchanger….. From fresh air, to creating a positive air pressure in your home and having control over air quality where you live. The latest information from the Public Health Agency of Canada on the best ways to prevent getting sick from virus’s is to have proper ventilation in your home. An air exchanger allows you to dilute the contaminated inside air with fresh, clean outdoor air. 

Call us for a free in home evaluation of your indoor air quality. We can offer you some no obligation solutions to create a safe and healthy Environment

Here at Guardian Our top priority is building trust and integrity through lifetime partnerships that meet our customers needs. This is accomplished through a WOW experience for our customers consisting of honesty and fairness, exceptional technical knowledge, reliable, efficient products and a commitment to excellence. One of the key ways we fulfill this mission is through the Guardian Protection Plan our protection plan includes Annual Maintenance included, 20% Discount on repairs, 24 Hour Priority Service and and industry leading Lifetime Warranty on Recommended Repairs. 

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Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze, Rupture, and Burst

February 1st, 2021

Things get cold here in Lloydminster this time of year. We’re not exaggerating, and anyone who thinks there’s nothing wrong with a little dip in temperature clearly hasn’t dealt with burst pipes this year. As temperatures drop, the water in your plumbing system could start to freeze up. Especially pipes that are on the outside of your home, they run the risk of freezing, expanding, and rupturing your pipes.

But wait, that’s not the end of it. Rupture pipes could then start profusely leaking water as warmer temperatures hit and the ice thaws, so this kind of problem is really two problems in one! That’s why it’s so important we talk to homeowners about preventing this kind of issue.

Take it from the experts on plumbing in Lloydminster, we know exactly how you can prevent frozen pipes and everything that comes with it. Just make sure you call us if you think your pipes are starting to freeze and you’d like to deal with them head-on.

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Let’s Focus on the Safety of Your Furnace

January 18th, 2021

There’s a pretty heightened concern for safety nowadays. While a global pandemic rages on and health concerns become front and center, we thought it would be important to touch on one of the most important aspects of HVAC service—furnace safety.

Thousands of homes in Canada experience fires every year due to gas furnaces that have malfunctioned. This isn’t to say that the technology is at fault since many of these fires can and should have been prevented. This goes to show the importance of gas furnace maintenance, and ample repairs when you need them. If you’ve ever wondered about what can go wrong when you decide to skip maintenance repairs, you could be inviting a safety concern into your home.

So, let’s focus on your furnace’s safety by staying informed. We will talk about the benefits of furnace repair in Maidstone, SK and how you can better avoid a catastrophic problem.

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3 Plumbing Upgrades You Should Invest In

January 4th, 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you’re enjoying some well deserved time with your friends, family, or virtual neighbors this year while we welcome 2021 with open arms. Hey, we know that this past year has been kind of different, but shouldn’t you be thinking about a new years resolution? Remember those?

Well, have no fear, your Guardian plumber is here! We’d like to make the case that your new year’s resolution should have something to do with your plumbing system. They often go neglected until something goes wrong and then you end up paying all the money you had saved up for a vacation on a pipe repair.

How about investing in these three upgrades, so that your plumbing in Maidstone, SK stays in great shape? We promise that when next year rolls around, no matter how bad or good 2021 is, you’ll be thanking us for the advice.

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Deal with the Cold Using Our Help!

December 21st, 2020

Temperatures are plummeting. It’s been an exceptionally warm year, but that was bound to change eventually. Heaters are being used on full blast these days and it’s up to you to ensure your home gets the comfort and efficiency you want.

Sure, you can ignore the heater problems that are constantly giving you headaches. Maybe your heater has another few years left in it if you ignore any noises or higher heating bills as they come. You could just say goodbye to your old system and invest in the cheapest heater installation in Lashburn, SK. Though, these are far from the most economical solutions to choose from.

Let’s talk about why our team does what it does and has the price tag you see on our website. We want to make the case that there’s nobody better to choose for your next heater installation than us.

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It’s Time to Repair Your Grain Dryer

December 7th, 2020

We don’t talk about grain dryers enough on this blog, so we’re going to hopefully start changing that by addressing something that’s big in our area. Grain dryer repair in Lashburn, SK is a service we provide for the many farmers that need it. If you run into any problems, like a chemical reaction on your dryer’s steel or a problem with insects ruining the interior of the dryer, we can be the team to help.

So, if you’ve been staving off repairs because you just don’t know the exent of the damage yet—we’re here to change that. Getting our team to quickly address your grain dryer’s issues can be the difference between an inexpensive repair now, and a huge bill down the line for grain dryer replacement.

Let’s break down the different types of issues a grain dryer can run into, and what we can do specifically to help!

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3 Signs You Could Use Sewer or Drain Cleaning

November 23rd, 2020

Sewers aren’t really the most glamorous topic to talk about on this blog. Believe us, we’d rather talk about going fishing or fun quarantine projects, but how about we cover the important stuff first?

Sewers and drains need to be cleaned on a periodic basis so that you’re never suffering from the extreme plumbing problems they can cause. A backed-up sewer system or busted septic tank is going to spin your head around with the problems it can cause. That’s why we’re going to talk about signs that scream the need for drain and sewer cleaning in Lloydminster. As long as you’re vigilant and you know a thing or two about what to look for, we promise the problem won’t get as bad as you might think.

For those who do encounter drain and sewer issues, remember to call us—Lloydminster’s plumbing and heating authority—for fast and friendly service.

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Guardian Angle EP#4 – Drain Care

November 19th, 2020

What universal event in life is guaranteed to cause extreme anxiety? Besides what just happened back there. That moment when you flush the toilet and the water in the bowl begins to rise! As the singer Tim Leher is credited with penning – Life is like a sewer: what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.


Blaine here for Guardian Plumbing and Heating. Excited to bring you our another Episode of the Guardian Angle. These blogs are for you, our customers. They are not intended to be heavy, technical, install your own equipment tutorials, but alternatively, easy to understand tips about things that most people can do to protect their homes and increase the life of all their Plumbing and heating equipment.


First things first, if the water is rising in the toilet, take the lid off the tank and push down the flapper, this will stop more water from entering and causing it to overflow. This will give you time to call the plumber or grab a plunger!


Today I want to address the problem of drain maintenance. As Tim so elegantly wrote, what you put down the drain is very important. But what’s more important is what we avoid putting down our drains. Some of the biggest culprits that are completely preventable are, coffee grinds, egg shells, grease, fat or oils, paper towels, wipes, condoms and feminine hygiene products. Some of the items that are not so preventable are hair, hair products and roots.


The City of Lloydminster finds that this is such a problem that they have dedicated time and resources into an initiative called the Grease Beast to help bring awareness to the items that they don’t want put down the drain.

The best way for us to protect our homes from the expense and inconvenience of backed up drains is to prevent things like grease and coffee grinds from entering the sewer. One way to help with grease is to use parchment paper when cooking items like Bacon, Then you can just pull the parchment paper off when the grease has hardened and throw it into the garbage. The city of Lloydminster has a neat idea they call using a FOG Cup. FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. Your FOG cup can be a used Biodegradable coffee cup that you would have gotten from Tims, Mc D’s, Second Cup, Starbucks or wherever you get your coffee. Place your hot or cold Fats, oils or grease into the cup, keep it in the fridge or freezer to make sure they remain in a solid state and when it is full you can actually put it in the green Organics recycling bin! Coffee grinds, just throw your paper filter into the trash. If you use a reusable filter, you need to try to get as much grinds cleaned off as possible. The other items like paper towels, baby wipes and so on, we just need to educate the people in our homes of the cost to get those items removed, and that it is not worth throwing down the drain when the garbage is just as close.


If you find yourself in a situation where people in your home have not been careful, Guardian Plumbing and Heating has Lloydminster’s most equipped Sewer Cleaning Service with the Guardian Drain Doctor. We can Auger out the lines, We can high pressure jet the lines, even removing roots and we always include a camera inspection with every service so that you know exactly what is happening and can make the best decision for your system. We have some customers that upon investigation found their line had broken or have continuous issues with roots, and with semi annual maintenance we can keep them flowing without having to dig up the lines and dumping their money down the drain. This also allows us to keep an eye on the problem to see if it is getting worse. Our protection plan members even get a complimentary 30 day guarantee on drain cleaning services. So if you are in a JAM!! Give us a call!

Here at Guardian our top priority is building trust and integrity through lifetime partnerships that meet our customers needs. This is accomplished through a WOW experience for our customers consisting of honesty and fairness, exceptional technical knowledge, reliable, efficient products and a commitment to excellence. One of the key ways we fulfill this mission is through the Guardian Protection Plan our protection plan includes Annual Maintenance included, 20% Discount on repairs, 24 Hour Priority
Service and and industry leading Lifetime Warranty on Recommended Repairs.


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Could You Use a Backflow Preventer?

November 9th, 2020

Backflow is one of the worst things a homeowner can experience. Imagine you’re trying to take a bath, and after you’ve filled the tub up with fresh water on your relaxing day off, it begins to fill with water that comes from the opposite direction. That’s what we call backflow, when water flows backwards from the direction it should be going. It’s unsanitary, unsafe, uncomfortable, and it makes everyone unhappy.

Luckily, there are answers out there to this kind of problem. As your local experts on plumbing installations in Lloydminster, SK, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to talk about how a backflow preventer works and how we can help you get this component in your plumbing system.

Preventative work is always a good call, and when it comes to the safety and security of your plumbing system, a backflow preventer can be an amazing way to keep things in good shape for years to come.

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