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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Guardian Angle EP#6 – Carbon Monoxide

March 17th, 2021

Today, I have 3 simple pieces of advice that can save your life!

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.

Remember when you were a kid and you would ignore the advice of your parents. well….Now that you are older….and…. maybe you have kids who ignore you its time to you look back and realize how smart your parents actually were and how important it is to listen to people who have experience. Just like this video of my brother Joey and his son Caleb.

Keep Caleb in mind as I share this advice on Carbon Monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide is a tasteless, odourless gas that is extremely toxic. At times we get calls from people claiming that they can smell Carbon Monoxide in their homes and they could be right, There is a good chance that there could be Carbon Monoxide in the mix, its just not the carbon monoxide that you are smelling.

Interesting fact, a properly running gas appliance, with the correct combustion air, actually creates Carbon Dioxide, which is the same as what you breath out, but it can take a very little change, like a reduction of fresh air into your home, turn on some exhaust fans and your gas appliance will start to produce carbon monoxide instead.

Without proper ventilation these levels can increase causing serious health hazards.

  • At 35 ppm you will experience Headache and Dizziness within 6 to 8 Hours
  • At 400 ppm frontal Headaches can occur in 1-2 hours, becoming life threatening after 3 hours
  • 1600 ppm you will be puking in 20 minutes, death within an hour
  • And at 12,800 ppm you can die within 1 to 3 minutes

Carbon Monoxide displaces the oxygen in the body’s hemoglobin, essentially suffocating your organs.

The weird thing is that your body actually prefers Carbon Monoxide over 200 times more than oxygen, making the risk of poisoning extremely high.

So…. What are some things that we can do to protect ourselves?

1) Number 1 – the first thing you can do to protect yourself from CO is to get a Carbon Monoxide detector – Most commercial units go off between 30 and 50 ppm but you can also get units that will detect low levels down to 5 ppm

  • It is recommended that you place them outside the living and sleeping spaces

2) Number 2 – second thing you should do is to always check your vents, chimneys and air intakes. Especially when it gets extremely cold out, the intakes will freeze over suffocating your gas appliance and causing it not to burn clean.

3) Number 3 – you should have your equipment serviced annually by a professional. Not only will they clean your equipment, check for obvious signs of improper operation, but we always check the intakes and exhausts for blockages and the heat exchanger for cracks.

This unit is one that we found, and the clamshell design had failed and split at the seam. Looking in from the inspection panel you are actually able got see the blue flames in the plenum sending flue gases and potential carbon monoxide into the houses duct system and distributing them around the house – See Video

As you can see, it is extremely important to check over your gas appliances on an annual basis. Not only will they last longer, they will give you peace of mind that the gases are being exhausted out of the house in a safe manner. Please take the time to find the vents and intakes on your home and be aware of your neighbours vents as well as you could save their life if they don’t see it in time! If you have any trouble finding where your gas appliances exhaust out of your home, give us a call and we would be glad to stop by and show you what to look out for.

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 on Recommended Repairs.

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Are Your Frozen Pipes Starting to Thaw?

March 15th, 2021

If you haven’t given your frozen pipes a thawt since the colder days, then you might want to. Pardon our cheesy humor, but it’s important to remember that those frozen pipes will thaw and they’re going to start leaking water from where there was ice. What can you do?

Well, when it comes to plumbing in Vermilion, AB, you can always call our team. They don’t call us Lloydminster’s plumbing and heating authority for no reason! But also, while you wait for our plumbers to arrive and fix your new problem, there are a few things you can do to mitigate damage and keep your home safe.

Remember—burst pipes can start leaking a lot of water depending on the size of the rupture. It’s important to survey the damage so you’re prepared for what’s to come and so that you’re not surprised by any new problems ahead.

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A Good Relationship with Your Plumber Is Important!

March 1st, 2021

How many people do you let into your home on a yearly basis that you don’t like, or have serious problems with? Sure, maybe you’ve got a family member that’s a little hard to get used to, or a friend that’s rough around the edges, but your home is your sanctuary. You should actually like the people the go there and perform work that you need.

A plumber is no different. If you’re catching yourself groaning every time you call for plumbing service in Kiscoty, AB then you’re doing something wrong. Or, if you think that a smart or technical-minded plumber is going to be mean, dishonest, and obnoxious, then you’re also wrong. There are seasoned plumbers who are great to get along with, like the ones on our team!

Let’s talk about some of the benefits you get when you work with a plumber that you actually like while forming a lasting relationship.

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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. 

If you found this video valuable please subscribe to our YouTube account, signup for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, instagram and twitter. 

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

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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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