Plumbing Things To Check Before You Leave For Vacation

Posted on 22 March 2022
Plumbing Things To Check Before You Leave For Vacation
With things starting to return to a more normal, many of us are starting to plan some vacation time. While we can’t help you with what to see or do, we can offer you some tips about what to remember before heading out – plumbing wise. The PipeMaster Checklist includes: 1. Main Water Shut-off Turn off your water supply to ensure you do not return home to a flood in the event of a broken, frozen pipe. Going hand in hand with this to also shut off your hot water, gas or electric&nb...
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Tank Versus Tankless Hot Water Heaters – How To Decide?

Posted on 15 March 2022
Tank Versus Tankless Hot Water Heaters – How To Decide?
Time for a new water heater? You may be wondering about tankless vs traditional tank heaters and which one is the right one for you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages – it’s all about what’s right for you.  You probably are familiar with that big tank of hot water in your basement, it is always on to keep your tank of 30-60 gallons of water hot and ready. Tankless heaters produce hot water only when you turn on the faucet, start a cycle on the washing machin...
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What To Do When Your Hot Water Tank Is Leaking

Posted on 8 March 2022
What To Do When Your Hot Water Tank Is Leaking
Hot water tanks usually last about 7-10 years. When they do, often it’s leaking that you’ll notice. This can cause flooding and a host of other issues depending on how long before the problem is discovered. Having your tank checked/serviced regularly can help minimize this from happening. Emergency situations are beyond your control, knowing what to do quickly when your tank leaks is the best way to avoid costly damages. 1. Find the leak Determine the source of the leak. Hot wate...
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When Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet

Posted on 1 March 2022
When Is It Time To Replace Your Toilet
Toilets don’t make good table talk, even though we have all heard at least one amusing story about them. Ignore your toilet and you could end up spending money on repairs. Or worse ignore the problem and end up with a plumbing disaster. We’ve put together a guide designed to help you know when to replace a toilet, signs it’s time so to speak: Age. Toilets don’t last forever or the inner workings. While it still may do the job, older toilets do often suffer from inef...
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Top Plumbing Trends 2022, Part 2

Posted on 15 February 2022
Top Plumbing Trends 2022, Part 2
In this week’s second installment of the top trends in plumbing focuses in how these technologies and features can be installed or retrofitted to your kitchen and bathrooms. Last week we touched on how touchless fixtures have continued to evolve and how you can combine these new technologies to increase your savings. Traditionally the bathrooms and kitchens have not been very efficient. Now that these new technologies are proven to provide the same long-term reliability we look for in ...
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Top Plumbing Trends 2022, Part 1

Posted on 8 February 2022
Top Plumbing Trends 2022, Part 1
Technology continues to factor heavily in fixture design as well as installations to have homes and facilities much more functional, economical and stylish. In this first of two--parts, we’ll cover the latest trends in fixtures. Younger homeowners have been driving the demand for “smart” technology in many areas, including the plumbing systems of where they live. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to technology and market disruption more than any other recent factor. The...
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How To Prevent Mold In The Bathroom?

Posted on 1 February 2022
How To Prevent Mold In The Bathroom?
Bathroom mold is one of those cleaning struggles we tend to keep in the dark. No matter where you live, a high moisture level in your bathroom makes mold almost impossible to get rid of, no matter how much you clean. Eliminating bathroom dampness is the key to keeping bathroom mold from growing. Here’s a top 10 tip list: Always switch on the bathroom fan. Leave it running for half an hour to an hour after you shower. If you don’t have a built-in shower fan, get a fan and do the...
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Finding The Source Of Rusty Water

Posted on 25 January 2022
Finding The Source Of Rusty Water
Rusty water can be caused by a number of things; rusty pipes, damage to your pipes from construction, sediment in your water, a rusty water heater, a break in your water main or a problem with the water source be it municipal or private well.  Where is it coming from? To find the source, your first step is to do a small test. Run the cold water for a minute and then stop and rerun it. Do the same with the hot water. If the rust is only in the hot water, it’s likely caused by your...
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Should You insulate Your Water Pipes?

Posted on 18 January 2022
Should You insulate Your Water Pipes?
Canadian winters bring cold temperatures. Having your water pipes freeze or burst is a major inconvenience. It can also be an expensive frustration for home and cottage owners, easily causing property damage that can run into the thousands to fix. It’s pretty cost-effective to insulate your water pipes, so let’s look at the benefits of doing so over the long run. Some like it hot Insulating your water pipes will help keep your hot water hot. It helps save water too as you have ...
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COVID-19 Update 2022

Posted on 11 January 2022
COVID-19 Update 2022
It’s 2022 and we are all still concerned about the new variants of the COVID-19 virus. Our priority at PipeMasters & Oakridge Plumbing continues to be keeping our customers, staff and their families safe. With another round of restrictions underway in Southern Ontario, we continue to be available for critical plumbing services and repairs during these difficult times. Our commercial team is on standby to minimize any disruption in your operations. For more information on our service...
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