Here’s Why Your AC Is Probably Struggling

July 19th, 2021

Temperatures are breaking records as we’re in the middle of summer, so it’s really no surprise that our air conditioners are starting to struggle. While it’s important that your AC keeps you comfortable in your home, it’s also important that we don’t neglect it and allow it to fall into disrepair through sheer overuse. That’s what we’re going to cover in our blog post today.

It’s time we work together to help keep air conditioners from being worked into the ground, and start running them the right way.

We’re here to tell you about three things. The first is that your AC might need air conditioning repair in Blackfoot, AB. The second is that AC maintenance can help keep your system in good shape. And the third point is that there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that will improve the efficiency and output of your system.

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Keep Your Plumbing in Good Shape

July 5th, 2021

We love talking about tips and tricks on this blog, because they save you money and generally keep plumbing systems in good shape. The worst thing we can stumble upon is a plumbing system that’s been neglected and homeowners that don’t really care about them. They deserve at least a little bit of attention every year, especially with how often we use them!

Don’t worry, DIY plumbing maintenance doesn’t have to be a complicated topic. In fact, it can take a few minutes tops if you get good at it! We’re going to talk about some of the best things you can do for your plumbing system on a reoccurring basis.

As long as you leave the complicated stuff for expert plumbing service in Marwayne, AB, feel free to try any of the following DIY fixes for your plumbing system. Just make sure you call us if you need any help or guidance!

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Are You Suffering From a Plumbing Leak?

June 21st, 2021

Plumbing leaks aren’t always easy to spot. Likewise, they can sometimes cause a tremendous amount of harm before a homeowner has really dealt with them the right way. Sometimes we’re called to help plug a leak after hours or days of a homeowner trying their best to do DIY repairs but to no avail.

Let’s help get your home back on track by talking about the absolute best way to detect a leak and get it dealt with. This post is going to combine some best practices to help you notice a leak, as well as the best method for you to have it dealt with. Here’s a hint, it almost always includes calling us for plumbing services in Provost, AB.

Only the steady hand and high-tech equipment of a trained professional will be able to easily, quickly, and effectively deal with a plumbing leak of any magnitude.

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3 Ways to Guard Your AC From the Elements

June 7th, 2021

See what we did there? We’re not called Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. for nothing!

All jokes aside, this really is a serious issue for homeowners in our neck of the woods. We deal with a lot of precipitation that more arid climates don’t, and with that comes thunderstorms, gale-force winds, and huge fluctuations in temperature that can be terrible for your AC’s outdoor cabinet. We like to think that a little steel box can withstand the elements, but nature proves us wrong time and time again.

Before we get started on some tips to help protect your system, nothing can help like calling a pro for air conditioning service in Provost, AB. If you notice a dent, or a strange noise coming from the outdoor cabinet of your air conditioner, you’ll always want one of our professionals by your side to take a look.

That being said, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Are You Dealing with Hard Water?

May 24th, 2021

If you could use any word to describe the water in your home, you probably wouldn’t use the word “hard.” We get it, it’s a strange concept for homeowners to wrap their heads around. How can water be hard? Why is hard water even a problem? These are great questions to ask and today we’re going to get to the bottom of all of them.

If you’ve been experiencing some minor discomfort with your water, both personally and through the use of your appliances, then you could be dealing with hard water. Our team specializes in water treatment in Lloydminster, SK to the point where we have several types of water softeners that could help your home alleviate this problem.

The first step is figuring out whether or not your home is being plagued by hard water. Then, we can get down to business fixing the problem!

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The Guardian Angle #7 – Episode 6 Toilet Maintenance

May 18th, 2021

How would you like it if you found out that you were throwing $100.00 down the toilet everyday? I bet you would like it to stop! I can help!

Blaine here for Guardian Plumbing and Heating. Excited to bring you 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.

One of the greatest feelings in life is that first time the baseball bat connects with the ball, and I’d have to say one of the worst feelings in life is getting hit in the head with a baseball. Araeya gets to experience the highs and lows all in the course of 3 seconds. Kind of like the great feeling of knowing you have the security of an amazing appliance like a toilet in your home, and then getting the bill from the city for several hundred dollars cause it has been dribbling your hard earned money down the drain for a couple weeks!

Toilets have many parts to them, which means they have potential for many things to fail. We are going to address (3) things about your toilet. 1) How to shut off the water 2) How to find out if I have a leaky toilet  3) What not to put in your toilet

The first thing your going to want to know is how do I shut the water off. On a typical toilet  you will find the shutoff valve on the left hand side, either coming out of the wall or floor. If yours does not have a valve, you will want to have one installed otherwise if you have a problem you will need to shut off water to your entire home.

The second problem that will cost you a lot of money is if your toilet is leaking. The number one usage of excess water in home is a leaky flapper. Flappers are made out of rubber and over time in the chlorinated water they can crack, or become distorted no longer sealing against the porcelain. Sometimes this leak is so small you can barely tell its happening. We have special dye tests or you can use food colouring to test out the flapper. Start by removing the tank lid and put a few drops or tablets into the tank.  Wait for 15 minutes to half an hour and if the colour is still in the tank and you don’t see any moving into the bowl you know that your flapper is sound. If you see small streaks of colour starting to make their way into the bowl, it is time to replace. The other thing that can happen, is if the level is set to high or the float gets stuck, the water can rise and pour over the overflow tube. You can visibly see this as we have simulated. Here you need to lower the water level by adjusting the float.

The last thing we want to talk about with toilets is what not to put in them. First don’t use in tank chemicals to clean them. These harsh chemicals can prematurely degraded the plastic and rubber parts and we have seen home flooded because of this. Just use your toilet bowl cleaner and brush on a regular basis.

While we are here, just a reminder do not flush wipes (even the ones that say flushable) paper towels, cotton balls, q-tips, medication, diapers, grease, food, hair. Basically the toilet is for 2 products, and you naturally produce them both, other than toilet paper everything else put in the garbage.

Toilets are one of the most amazing inventions, but if not maintained they can cause a lot of damage and expense. At the current water rates here in Lloydminster, a toilet with a leaky flapper can waste upwards of 6000 gallons per month, costing you close to $100 extra. If the flapper were to stick wide open, it could be $100 a day! The City of Lloydminster has installed new smart meters so they are able to notice if your water consumption has changed drastically and will let you know so you can find and address it. We also have a new product called a Moen Flo that will notify you in case of leaks and even shut off your water if necessary

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 industry leading Lifetime Warranty life time warranty, silver and gold logos on Recommended Repairs. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with us today. We hope that this information serves you well!

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And that’s how we saw things today from the Guardian Angle!

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Stay Far Away From Drain Chemicals

May 10th, 2021

This is a pretty important thing we need all of our customers to be aware of. Think of this like a public service announcement by the professional plumbers of Lloydminster. We don’t just focus on drain cleaning in Lloydminster, SK, we also focus on helping homeowners keep their drains in good condition.

If you’ve ever thought about buying one of those bright, colorful bottles of chemical drain cleaner from the grocery store, then you’re not alone. There’s a huge market for these chemicals, and a lot of homeowners have their cabinets stocked full of them. It doesn’t really matter which brand you’ve chosen, you’ve most likely chosen wrong.

Let us explain—chemical drain cleaners are a terrible idea for a number of different reasons. We’ll get into those reasons below. And, if you’re looking for a better solution for your drain clog, then we’ve got that as well. Just keep reading!

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Are Your Drains Starting to Slow Down?

April 26th, 2021

Think about your drains like a race. Wastewater should go from point A to point B in the fastest, most efficient way possible. When something starts causing your drains to slow down and lose the race towards your sewer system, something is wrong.

We’re here to talk about slow drains. We’ll go into detail about what they mean, why they can be a big problem, and what our team usually does about them. No home is identical to the next, so the solution might be dependent on the type of home you have and your specific drainage system. But, we can promise you that there’s no better team to call for plumbing in Lloydminster, SK than Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

There’s a very good reason why we’re known as “Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority.” Keep reading as we address the problem with your slow drains.

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End of the Season Boiler Checklist

April 12th, 2021

Boilers are durable if anything. Homeowners are often surprised when they call our team thinking their boiler is on their last legs, only to hear that it’s doing rather well and will last another 5 years pretty easily. It’s not magic, boilers are robust and designed to outlast other heating systems because they don’t focus on sending air through the vents. You’re never in need of air filter changes because the system doesn’t utilize air at all!

We’re going to provide a pretty thorough end of the season boiler checklist to ensure you’re taking appropriate care of your system. While our team performs expert boiler services in Lloydminster, SK, we can’t do everything by ourselves. You as a homeowner will be in charge of the interim for your system.

So, let’s talk about just a few things you can do for your boiler to ensure it lasts well into the future!

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5 Tips to Keep Things Cozy

March 29th, 2021

Nobody wants to confront the fact that their heater might not keep their home warm enough every winter. We like to think that when we press the button and the heater turns on, that magically every inch of your home will now be comfortable, but that’s just not always the case.

Heaters have it rough up here, but luckily we don’t need to sit here and take it. While we would urge homeowners with serious problems occuring in their heating systems to call us for heater repair in Vermilion, AB, we’d also like to tell you that there are other things you can do.

Homeowners have a plethora of best practices that they can participate in to minimize fuel costs, improve the air quality of their home, and make things more comfortable. We’re always here to help, and if your heater needs an extra nudge, don’t hesitate to call us.

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