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Phil Laprairie, manager of Arpi’s residential division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 34 years. He raises funds for various organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and enjoys spending quality time with his two grandchildren...

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Shopping for a New Toilet? Use These TipsPurchasing a new toilet shouldn't be a stressful endeavor, but the truth is, there are a lot of different models to choose from these days. To help you find the best one for your needs, here are a few tips:

Research Before You Buy

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Most people realize that the less water they use in their household, the more money they'll save when the water bill arrives at the end of the month. But that's not the only benefit of conserving water; it prevents a precious natural resource from being wasted. That's why it's reassuring to know that a government program is available, WaterSense, that provides guidelines for conserving water.

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Save Water With These Plumbing Fixtures in Your HomeAny reduction in your monthly water usage will reduce the amount of money you spend for your residential water supply. At the same time, using less water will help your local community by conserving what is becoming an increasingly precious natural resource.

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If you're having issues with your water quality such as scale accumulation due to hardness, sediment buildup, rust stains on laundry and plumbing fixtures, or you're simply tired of the taste and smell of added chemicals, you should consider having a whole-home filtration system installed.

How a Whole-Home Water Filtration System Works

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Do you know as much about your water shutoff valves as you might need to know in a plumbing emergency? Knowing where the valves are located and what they do could help prevent water damage in your home. Here's a basic primer to familiarize you with shutoff valves.

Main Water Shutoff Valve

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Even the most handy homeowners can find themselves frustrated by plumbing. Not only is there a lot to know, but there are a wide variety of materials to choose from when making repairs.

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Plumbing 101: Cloudy Tap WaterWhat's going on when the water from your tap comes out cloudy? Also described as "milky" or "murky," cloudy tap water can be unnerving if you don't know the reason for it.

Most frequently the cloudiness is caused by tiny air bubbles. Usually once the bubbles rise up and dissipate, the water should clear. If it doesn't, you may have a problem that bears looking into.

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Troubleshooting the Toilet FlapperIf the toilet in your Calgary home isn't flushing properly, is running continuously or making whining or dribbling sounds, a flapper issue is most likely to blame.

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Don't Forget About Plumbing Preventive MaintenanceThe time you spend in preventive plumbing maintenance will pay you back by having a reliable plumbing system in your home. Plumbing, largely hidden from view, rarely gets the attention it requires until something goes wrong.

In the Bathrooms

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Here's What to Do About Low Water PressureThe last thing you want when you jump in the shower is to be greeted by a trickle of water. Low water pressure is annoying, but there are often simple solutions to fix the problem.

If you just have low pressure in one faucet or shower...

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