Perimeter Drainage and Your Home

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What is a Perimeter Drain?

In Canada we know it as weeping tile, though it was initially called a French drain – not because it was invented in France, but because it’s American creator was Henry Flagg French . There are lots of other names for this crucial component in a building’s systems for protection against water but, whatever you call it, boundary drainage is very important. Buried around the lowest point of a building’s perimeter, this drainage system is necessary to remove water, and the pressure it creates, from the building’s foundation.

img_2818Why is it so Important

Residences, and other buildings, are built on foundations that either rest on the ground or in the ground. That ground gets wet and the water in the ground around a foundation can cause a lot of problems. The structural integrity of a building’s foundation is put at risk by ground water, even in locations that do not get much rainfall. Perimeter drainage systems are designed to reduce the likelihood that ground and surface water will harm your home’s foundation by rerouting water far from the foundation. Without adequate perimeter drainage, the foundation will be subject to damage that could ultimately destroy a building. Note, too, that the installation of perimeter drainage is not required only for buildings, but is important for other structures such as retaining walls, pony walls, and terraces.

Nothing is Forever

Perimeter drain systems frequently last ten years, sometimes longer, without maintenance, but they are subject to damage from clogging, tree roots, shifting land and other problems. Such problems commonly happen without warning and repairs normally involve costly excavation around the border of the building. If you have cause to suspect that your boundary drainage is damaged or clogged, the sooner you have the issue addressed the much better off you, your residence and your bank account will certainly be. Problems can be prevented with routine upkeep, and professional plumbers suggest having your border drain system inspected and, if need be, serviced every 5 years.

 

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Heating For The Winter Months

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hot water tankNew homes in Canada install components similar to Vancouver heating systems when being built. This is especially true of the houses, apartments, and other structures built where temps can be below freezing for six months or more. In these areas, a heating system is used for long periods of time. Without heat in winter time, your home would be unbearable, and in some regions, unsafe. And yet those heating systems can become outdated and unsafe. It is essential to keep your central heating working properly to ensure warmth and safety all winter long.

Heating Maintenance

With frigid temperatures, it is vital that your central heating is working properly. Even though most heating systems can be relied on to keep your family safe and warm without much problem or upkeep, it is possible the heat could go out through a a cold snap. In such conditions, a home with no heat could turn out to be dodgy. Not only could the health and safety of your family be in danger, but your plumbing could freeze and split, causing damage and head aches you can do without. To avoid troubles like this, have one of our contractors inspect your house and tune up the furnace. This must be done at least once a year and is one of the best ways to be sure that you have a toasty warm house all winter long.

In case you ever do have a heating problem, you will need to know who to call. You don’t want to be searching desperately for a plumber. With that situation, you would be trusting a stranger to restore the heat to your home as your children suffers through a cold snap. It is important to locate a reputable plumbing service. You will also need to be aware of what things will cost, and look for a heating specialist can guarantee there will be no hidden costs.

Benefits Of A Sound Heating System

If you have kept your furnace tuned up by allowing a heating specialist to inspect it yearly, it is likely that you will be fine during the cold season. You also will have a good rapport with us which is great in the case of an urgent situation. If something does go wrong, then we can fix your boiler or the furnace right away.

If you realize that repairing the boiler would be more pricey than replacing it, then we can go over what type of heating system will be the best for your house. By having the heating system tuned up by a expert you can be certain that it is done precisely and will give off heat as desired. We’ll make sure that you are aware of what system will be the most cost effective. If you are replacing your appliance, setting up a more efficient system can save anywhere from twenty to thirty percent on your utility bills each month.

How To Flush a Hot Water Tank

If you are considering a new hot water tank, the square footage and number of people in your residence will be an important factor. Call anytime and we will be pleased to have a heating consultant go over your best choices.

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