Many of us take for granted that there will be clear water when we turn the tap on. But sometimes, you turn your faucet on, only for icky brown water gushing out. There are a couple of common causes of brown water, two of which we will outline for you today – along with when you need to call a Calgary plumber to get it fixed. Here’s what you need to know.

Disturbed Minerals and Sediments

Often, the most common cause of brown water is a disturbance of the minerals or sediment in the water – or an excess of them. These sediments and minerals are naturally occurring – both in the water and in your pipes, but they can, on occasion, become dislodged and discolour your water.

If your home has undergone construction or if there’s been work done on the main water line (or if either of those are going on nearby), then that could be the cause of the disturbance that’s turned your water brown. Usually, this problem corrects itself within a few hours.

Your Pipes are Rusty

One of the other common causes of brown water is rusty pipes. Although your plumbing system has a long lifespan, that doesn’t mean it’s free from the threat of corrosion. If that corrosion becomes bad enough, the rust can extend into the interiors of your pipes, causing the water to turn a brown, rusty colour.

If rusty pipes cause brown water in your home, then it will only get worse with time. Eventually, your pipes will corrode to the point where they’ll leak. You’re going to need a local Calgary plumber to come to investigate and replace your pipes if rusty pipes are behind your brown water emergency.

When to Call a Calgary Plumber

If your home has brown water and it persists for more than a few hours, than you need to call in Calgary plumber to fix the problem at its source. Especially if the cause is corroded pipes, then you are looking at a possibly expensive fix down the line if they start leaking.

Brown water is a cause for alarm. That’s why you need a reliable Calgary plumber to help you out. Give Crowfoot Home Services a call today!

If you’ve looked at your water heater’s manual, then you probably know that it’s recommended that you drain your water heater at least once every six months to a year. It’s a regular part of water heater repair and maintenance here in Calgary.

The reason that you do this is to help remove any sediment that’s built up within your water heater from the minerals and other particulates in the water. The build-up can cause your water heater to work harder to heat the water, which uses more energy and costs you more money in the long run.

Before You Start

Now, before you get started, you want to know where the shut-off valve for your home is located. You might not need to use it, but when doing any kind of plumbing maintenance, it’s important to know where this is located in case of something going wrong.

It’s recommended that you shut your water heater off several hours in advance of draining it, thus letting the water in the tank cool down before you drain. You will still probably want to use heavy rubber gloves and safety gloves if you do this yourself.

The Steps

  1. Perform a Quick Flush
  2. Turn Off the Water Heater (if you haven’t already)
  3. Open the drain valve
  4. Clean the sediment
  5. Turn on your water heater
  6. Relight the water heater
  7. Check the drain valve

By following the above seven steps, you will have successfully drained your water heater. There are a couple of other details that you might want to know, so if you find the process daunting or overwhelming, then you’ll probably want to call in a professional for water heater repair here in Calgary. If so, then give Crowfoot Home Services a call today!

Having hard water in your home can be a serious problem, even if you might not think so at first. That’s why you need to seriously consider installing a water softener in Calgary, as there are numerous benefits to doing so. Here are the top benefits of having a water softener in Calgary.

Saves You Money

Part of the reason that hard water can be such a problem, is that it causes negative effects to your plumbing that can be expensive to fix. Soft water, on the other hand, lacks the mineral ions that are present in hard water which cause buildup to occur within your pipes. Hard water can result in needing higher pump pressure and cause more energy use to heat or cool water. You also might, if you have hard water, have to replace your appliances – such as your dishwasher or washing machine – more often. Soft water can prevent this and extend the lifespan of your appliances.

Cleaner Hair, Softer Skin

Given the mineral ions present in hard water, these can have a negative impact on your hair and skin. With a water softener, these are taken out and you can enjoy having softer, cleaner hair and skin. Your hair and skin will definitely be thanking you (particularly if you have, say, eczema) if you install a water softener in Calgary.

Cleaner Dishes

If you’ve got hard water, than you’re likely familiar with the frustration of opening your dishwasher to find spots and residue on your supposedly “clean” dishes and glasses. These are caused by the minerals that are naturally occurring in hard water. A water softener will guarantee that you won’t be experiencing this frustration again!

Spend Less Time Cleaning

Much like with your dishes, you probably will notice excess mineral buildup if you have hard water, which means that you need to take more time (and energy!) to clean it up. A water softener can save you time when it comes to cleaning up these buildups, which won’t be occurring any longer with soft water!

These are just the main benefits of installing a water softener in Calgary. So you should seriously consider it if you want to save time and money. Give Crowfoot Home Services a call today for your water softener install in Calgary!

Got questions about your electrical system? Then your local Calgary electrician has the answers! Here, we’ve brought together the answers for five of the most frequently asked electrical questions. Read on to find some answers!

Are LED bulbs better than incandescent bulbs?

LED bulbs use less energy than incandescent light bulbs, as diode light is more efficient from a power perspective than filament light is. It’s important to know that LED bulbs use more than 75% less energy than traditional, incandescent bulbs and that, at low power levels, the difference is larger.

What are low voltage fixtures?

Low voltage fixtures are typically used for many types of traditional lighting – including sconces and ceiling lights. In this context, low voltage lighting uses less than 50 volts of power, relying on transformers which are built into the fixtures themselves to reduce the voltage from your electrical system.

What’s meant by “grounding”?

If you’ve ever heard the term “grounding” used before, it has a different meaning when referring to an electrical context. Grounding means that excess electricity is offered the safest route from an appliance or fixture to the ground via an electrical panel. At its core, electrical grounding is a backup system and path that’s only used if a fault occurs in your wiring.

What does GFCI mean?

GFCI in electricity terms is an acronym that stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter. What a GFCI does is that it’s a fast-acting circuit breaker that’s designed to shut off your electricity in the event of a ground-fault. How it works is that it compares the amount of current going into and returning from appliances and fixtures along circuit conductors.

Why do my outlets have a fishy kind of smell?

If you’re noticing a fishy smell coming from your outlets, it’s a sign of a serious problem. That’s because the electrical components and wiring in your walls and outlets are coated in heat resistant plastics and chemicals for insultation purposes. When these heat up to a significant degree, then they emit a burning odour that’s reminiscent of fish. If that’s the case, you’re going to need to call in a Calgary electrician.

Hopefully, you’ve found the answers to some, if not all, of your electrical-related questions. If you have concerns about there being problems with your electrical system, then you need to give your local Calgary electrician a call today. Call Crowfoot Home Services today for all your electricity needs!

If you’ve got questions or concerns about your plumbing, then your first and best resource is going to be a Calgary plumber – particularly if you can’t solve the problem yourself. But there’s a lot of information out there that you might need to know. So, your local Calgary plumber has brought together the answers to a couple of the most commonly asked plumbing questions.

Why do my drains clog frequently?

If you’re experiencing frequent drain clogs, then chances are that there’s a blockage in your drains that isn’t being fully cleared by any of your efforts. If that’s the case, then you’re going to need to call in your local Calgary plumber to fix the issue at its core.

A blockage can be caused by any number of things, depending on where the drain is located in your house. One of the ways that you can help to keep blockages from forming is by fitting your drains with drain catchers, which will collect any large pieces of dirt and debris and keep them from going down your drain. You can also look into professional drain cleaning on, at least, an annual basis to maintain the health and functionality of your drainage system.

Why is my toilet constantly running?

Often, there are three main causes for a constantly running toilet, those being: a dirty or broken flapper, a chain that’s too short or too long between the flush lever and flapper, or an out-of-position float. These are relatively easy-to-fix problems, although they can also be a sign of a deeper problem that requires a Calgary plumber.

Why do my drains have a foul odour?

Over time, bacteria, biological, and/or organic debris can build up within your drains. With time, they begin to decay, which brings about that foul drain odour. To fix it, you’re going to need to call a Calgary plumber to clean out your drainage pipes. There are chemical options for clearing out your drains that are available at your local hardware store, but these can be potentially harmful to your plumbing system and its lifespan.

Why has my water bill increased?

A drastic or sudden increase in your water bill can indicate a couple of things. A constantly running toilet can cause your water bill to increase, but the most common and likely cause is that there’s a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. If that’s the case, look around your home to see if you can spot it and call in a local Calgary plumber to come in and fix the issue before the damage (and cost) becomes astronomical.

If you’ve got questions about your plumbing system, then give your local, reliable Calgary plumber a call today. Hopefully, we’ve answered some of your most commonly asked questions. If you find yourself in need of a Calgary plumber, then give Crowfoot Home Services a call today!

It might not seem like it at first, given their numerous benefits, but there are a couple of issues that are relatively commonly occurring with tankless water heaters. That’s why you need a reliable plumber for tankless water heater repair. Here are the four most common issues with tankless water heaters.

Ignition Failure

If there are issues with the flame igniting, then it’s likely either an electrical problem or there’s an issue with the gas line. Whatever the case may be, your water heater won’t be able to successfully heat your water. If you can’t or are unable to diagnose the problem yourself, then you need to call in an expert plumber to help diagnose and fix the issue.

Sediment or Mineral Build-Up

Your water heater and plumbing system are susceptible to partial or full blockages caused by a build-up of sediments or minerals. If you’ve got hard water, then this is particularly likely to happen – or if you have older, iron pipes. As time passes, the minerals in the water become stuck to the pipes or tank, which causes the passage for water to flow through to narrow. It affects the pressure and temperature of your water, which could potentially render it unsafe to use.

If you’re experiencing problems with a mineral or sediment build-up, then you’re going to need to call in a professional plumber to flush your system. Given that, this should be a part of regular, annual maintenance of your plumbing system and water heater, just to keep the build-up in check and keep more serious problems at bay.

Cold Water Sandwich Effect

A cold water sandwich occurs when one person finishes their shower and someone else hops in the shower immediately after. The water starts off hot, but then turns cold for a few seconds or a minute, before it heats up again. If you’re wondering why this occurs, it’s because once the shower’s turned off, the water isn’t heated any longer, but hot water remains in the pipes.

Now, this is fairly normal for a tankless water heater, as they’re not equipped with a tank to store hot water. However, if you’re noticing that these cold spells last longer than a minute, you might have other issues at play and it would be a good idea to call in a plumber to have a look.

Overload

All tankless water heaters have what’s known as a flow rate capacity that gives you an idea of how much hot water can be used simultaneously. If you happen to go over that, then you could potentially overload the system, which can cause problems. Overloading the system might cause some people in your household to get hot water, while others don’t. In the worst-case scenario, an overload can cause your heater to shut down completely.

If you’re experiencing any of the above problems with your tankless water heater, then you should call in for professional tankless water heater repairs. If you’re not sure who to call, then call the experts at Crowfoot Home Services. We’re here to help! Give us a call today!

If you’ve got a problem with your water heater, then it can potentially quickly escalate into a full-blown emergency. That’s why you need to know what to look out for so you can call in for a water heater repair in Calgary as soon as possible. Here are four signs to watch out for when it comes to problems with your water heater.

Low Water Pressure

While it might seem to just be a nuisance, low water pressure is actually a fairly common problem with water heaters. It can signify that there’s a blockage or leak in your plumbing system or water heater, so it’s vital that you get your water heater looked at if you’re noticing lower than normal water pressure when using hot water.

Water’s Too Hot or Too Cold

This is probably one of the most common problems. Your water’s too hot. Your water’s too cold. Either way, it’s a problem. It can indicate that there’s an issue with the settings on your water heater, which could be an easy fix. Or it could indicate that it’s time for you to replace your water heater because it’s nearing or at the end of its lifespan. It could also be a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with your water heater. Whatever the case may be, you need a plumber to come in and diagnose the problem’s source.

No Hot Water

Having no hot water is likely the bane of everyone’s existence. It’s also a sign that your water heater isn’t working properly and needs either repairs or to be outright replaced. However, you cannot properly diagnose the problem yourself, so you’re going to need to call a plumber to come in and diagnose the problem.

Strange Smelling Hot Water

If you’re noticing that your hot water has a funny odor to it, then that’s a sign that there’s something wrong with your water heater. It could be that sediments have built up in the tank or that your anode rod is corroded. Either way, you need to call in for water heater repair in Calgary.

Now that you know what the four most common water heater problems are, you’re better prepared to deal with them if you experience them yourself. You also need to be sure that you have a plumber to come in for water heater repair in Calgary. That’s why you need Crowfoot Home Services! Give us a call today!

Electrical problems are a potential danger, both to you and your home. That’s why you need to know when to call an emergency Calgary electrician. But how do you know when you have an electrical emergency on your hands? Here are four of the most common signs of an electrical emergency.

Burning Smells

If you notice a burning smell coming from your cords, outlets, walls, or appliances, then it’s vital that you don’t ignore it. Any smell of burning is an emergency – as is any odd smell coming from an electrical outlet. If you notice the smell of burning, then unplug everything that’s connected to the outlet (or outlets) in question and make sure that your entire household is aware of the issue. Then, you need to call for an emergency Calgary electrician.

Power Outages

If you’re experiencing power outages without an explanation, then that’s a cause for concern. Your home might have old wiring that needs replacement or the system could be overburdened. Either way, you need to call for an emergency Calgary electrician to diagnose and fix the issue as soon as possible.

Hot Receptacles

If you notice any changes to your receptacles – such as a change in colour or if they’re hot to the touch – then that’s a cause for alarm. It’s extremely vital that you keep an eye out for this, as it can pose a fire hazard.

Carbon Monoxide Alerts

Carbon monoxide is one of the most deadly electrical emergencies that can occur in a home. If your appliances aren’t installed properly, they can leak carbon monoxide, which puts your health and that of your household at risk. Making sure that you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home is essential; and if it alerts, evacuate as soon as possible before you place any calls for assistance.

If you’re experiencing any of the above, then it’s essential that you have an emergency Calgary electrician on-call to solve the emergency. After all, electrical emergencies are incredibly dangerous, especially if they’re not caught early. That’s why you need the experts at Crowfoot Home Services. Contact us now with your electrical emergencies.

It’s crucial to have your furnace inspected on an annual basis. There are benefits to having it serviced that will save you from costly repairs and possible health hazards. It would help if you had somewhere you could trust for furnace repair in Calgary. Here are the top four reasons you should have your furnace inspected yearly.

Saves You Money on Your Bills

A well-maintained furnace runs efficiently, meaning that it uses less energy to heat your home. That saves you money on your energy bills and the costs of fuel as well – depending on the type of furnace you’ve got. Saving money every month is a massive incentive to keep your furnace well-maintained so it continues to run smoothly.

Prevents Furnace Breakdowns

One of the most significant benefits of annual furnace maintenance is that it catches issues before they can become problems for you. This could mean seeing something that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak in your house, forcing you to evacuate and call in an emergency furnace repair. Regular furnace maintenance can spare you from dropping money on expensive repairs down the line by taking care of parts and replacing them before they become dangerous.

Extends Furnace Lifespan

Much like every home appliance, furnaces have a lifespan. But if you keep your furnace well-maintained and service it regularly, you can extend its lifespan by years! That saves you from having to foot the bill for a massive furnace and, potentially, ductwork replacement bill.

Maintains Manufacturer Warranty

Furnaces typically come with a ten-year manufacturer’s warranty. But frequently, one of the conditions for keeping that warranty valid is that you need to have your furnace serviced regularly. If you don’t maintain your furnace, you could void your warranty in a case where you need it.

Furnace maintenance is an essential part of home ownership. You need an excellent place to turn to for furnace repair in Calgary. Trust Crowfoot Home Services with your furnace repairs; we have years of experience and the know-how to keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently. Give us a call today!

There’s a lot of information about water heaters, and it can be intimidating to find the information you need to make an informed decision. If you need water heater repair and installation, the experts at Crowfoot Home Services are here for you. Here are their answers to three of the most common questions about water heaters.

What’s the best temperature for a water heater?

When it comes down to the best temperature for your water heater, the EPA recommends setting it to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s because that temperature is hot enough to keep disease at bay while not hot enough to cause scalding. It’s also a relatively energy-efficient temperature, and your water heater should be able to produce enough hot water at that temperature to supply your family’s needs.

Why do I keep running out of hot water?

If you’re constantly finding that you’re running out of hot water or competing with the rest of your household to make it to the shower first, then your water heater is likely too small to keep up with the household demand for it.

Conventional water heaters can supply an amount of water equal to the size of their storage tank. If that’s the case, your best solutions are to either upgrade to a water heater with a larger storage tank or switch to a tankless water heater.

Why does my water take so long to heat up?

There are a couple of reasons why your water takes so long to heat up. It could be because there’s already water in the pipes. Or it could be because there’s too much distance between your faucet and your water heater. The last two reasons could be volume restrictors –designed to control the amount of water that flows through your fixture – or that your water heater is malfunctioning.

Hopefully, these answers will help you with your questions about water heaters. If you’re looking for help with water heater repair or installation, check out the Crowfoot Home Services professionals. Give us a call today!