Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Lloydminster’

Are You Dealing with Hard Water?

Monday, 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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Stay Far Away From Drain Chemicals

Monday, 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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End of the Season Boiler Checklist

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

Monday, 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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3 Signs You Could Use Sewer or Drain Cleaning

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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?

Monday, 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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Guardian Angle EP#3 – Fall Chores

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

THE END IS NEAR!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!! 

Ok maybe it’s just the dawn of winter, but even so there are a few things that you as a homeowner should do before the deep freeze sets in or it may feel like Armageddon and as the Actor Sean Patrick Flanery said, Do something today your future self will thank you for.

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.

We have all looked back and thought, I sure could have done that differently. Well at least I have. Often a little bit of foresight or if someone had just given us a little bit of information we could have saved ourselves a whole bunch of hurt. Like when Ethan trusted Hailey to give him a ride on the spinny chair at the park

 No children were permanently harmed in the making of this video. My wife Elisa might kill ME for releasing it though!

After plumbing for over 30 years, one of the most common mistakes I’ve seen made by homeowners is forgetting to remove the hose from their outside tap. Many people assume incorrectly that because the valve is referred to as a Frost Free Hydrant, that they don’t need to worry about them. Let me explain how these handy devices work and why leaving a hose on can be so disastrous.

The Frost-free Hydrant was designed in such a way that when you close the handle it has a long shaft that closes the tap 12” back inside your house where it is warm. When installed correctly the water that could potentially freeze is able to quickly drain out and thereby protect the faucet from freezing. The issue that happens when you leave your hose on, is that when you turn off the tap, there is no where for the water to drain away, allowing the water to remain in the pipe, as the water freezes it begins to expand and eventually will blow out the side of the hydrant. 

Most of the time when it does freeze and blow out the side, the water is turned off, so you won’t see the problem right away. But what ends up happening is, come springtime, you are outside and you hook up your hose to water your beautiful garden and unbeknownst to you the water is spraying out the hole in the side of the faucet and into your basement and since your outside enjoying the beautiful spring day, it floods and you don’t have a clue. 

Some older homes may have an outside tap that looks like this. These do not drain out and need to be shut off on the inside of the home with the outside tap left open to let the water drain out. A lot less common, but we still see them out there.

Now the best thing that you can do is come September 1st, start removing the hoses from your outside faucets. Maybe even go into your phone’s calendar and make an alert right now “ Take hose off of tap” for Sept 1st.  If you have a hose reel, put on a quick connect to make it easy to remove and less of a hassle.  

This may seem so simple, but you wouldn’t believe how many Frost Free Hydrants we replace every spring that could have easily been avoided if the hose had just been removed earlier in the season. While we’re chatting here, don’t forget to blow out your underground sprinklers and remove the hose from your sump pump. 

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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5 Signs Your Drains Are in Trouble

Monday, October 26th, 2020

How are your kitchen drains? How about your bathroom drains? If the answer to that question is anything other than an enthusiastic “great!” then you might need our help. Drains go through cycles of being clear and clogging, it’s just a fact of plumbing life. But what homeowners don’t realize is that there are effective and affordable solutions out there to their plumbing woes.

If your drains are starting to slow down, you don’t have to play the waiting game while you get ready for the inevitable clog to happen. You can address things before they get really bad. By using the help of a licensed and certified plumber, you can avoid some of the most obnoxious plumbing problems like drain clogs.

So, let’s talk about some signs indicating that you need our drain services in Lloydminster, SK.

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Your Emergency Plumbing Checklist

Monday, October 12th, 2020

The term “emergency plumbing” is probably not something you enjoy hearing. In fact, it usually makes homeowners have a migraine when they remember the last time they had to deal with an emergency plumbing issue. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a gushing leak, or an overflowing toilet, emergency plumbing is nothing to scoff at.

Luckily, we’re the pros and we can help you out. Staying calm and collected in an emergency situation is not a natural talent, but a technique that can be learned. Take it from the experts on emergency plumbing in Lloydminster—there are ways to make these nightmare situations just another normal day.

Down below, we’ve put together a checklist of what you can do when encountering an emergency plumbing situation. You can print this list out, or keep it on your phone in case you need it at a moments notice. We’re here to help!

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