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Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

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You can expect two parts of the house to exhibit plumbing problems on Thanksgiving Day – the kitchen & the bathroom. Luckily you can avoid plumbing issues by taking a few precautions & using your plumbing wisely.

  1. Dispose of Food Scraps Mindfully: Putting food scraps, such as turkey bones, potato peels or celery in the garbage disposal might seem like a simple clean up – but they can easily become clogged or damage the disposal. 

  2. Run Water After Using the Garbage Disposal: Run your kitchen faucet for a few minutes after you use your garbage disposal, which will help wash everything down smoothly.
  3. Throw Away Grease: When cooking with fat and oil, be sure to keep it out of your drains. Instead throw it away in a sealed container to avoid plumbing disasters.
  4. Use A Sink Strainer: This will prevent any large food scraps from going down the drain the potentially clogging it.
  5. Remind Guests to Be Mindful: If you are expecting a house full of guests, remind them not to flush paper towels, sanitary napkins, flushable wipes, cotton balls or anything else down that can harm your toilet.
  6. Turn Down the Thermostat: Lower the temperature when you start cooking, the oven will heat up the house.

We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes, may you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving!

 

Annual Service Plans

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Did you know Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. offers annual service plans to inspect & maintain your heating, cooling and water system equipment? Avoid costly repairs and replacements by keeping your current systems in good working condition! Our team of licensed professionals can inspect everything from:

  • Pressure Systems:
    • Inspect for leaks
    • Verify tank pre-charge
    • Check water pump operation and controls
  • Water Treatment:
    • Service Water Softener
      • Set time and setup system
      • Clean injector
      • Check meter operation
    • Service Iron Filter
      • Check peroxide level & pump
    • Service Ultraviolet light
      • Change UV bulb
      • Clean sleeve, as required
      • Check overall operations
    • Service Reverse Osmosis System
      • Change filters, yearly
      • Change membrane & polishing carbon, every 3-5 years
  • Furnaces (Gas, Propane and Electric):
    • Clean and inspect furnace burner, blower and related components
    • Clean all drains and condensate equipment
    • Clean burner and flame rod
    • Test operation and combustion
  • Air Conditioners:
    • Clean A-coil in duct system
    • Check outdoor unit and wash out condenser
  • Fireplaces:
    • Remove the glass and logs
    • Clean the glass, burner and vacuum the blower assembly
    • Re-assemble unit
    • Test operations
  • Water Heaters (Gas, Propane & Electric):
    • Blow out and vacuum burner
    • Inspect vent system
    • Check operations
  • Automatic Generators:
    • Clean cell and filters
    • Check spark plugs, voltage and battery
    • Inspect all connections
  • HRV Units:
    • Change oil
    • Check intake and exhaust hoods
    • Clean system

And all of our service plans come with yearly service notifications, appointment setups and inspection reports! Our plans can be customized to suit your needs and include all of your heating/cooling and water system equipment. So contact us today for a Quote !

Well & Septic Inspections

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Did you know…Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. performs well & septic inspections? Whether you are buying or selling your home, or would just like your system inspected by a licensed professional, we can help by providing recommendations and identifying future problems that may occur, so you are prepared!

Call Hunter Plumbing today – (519) 458-4488 for more information!

Spring Plumbing Checklist

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Winters can be tough on your plumbing, with freezing temperatures putting a strain on your pipes and pressure on your tank, it’s no wonder homeowner’s experience unfortunate drips and leaks that didn’t exist last fall. Let Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. help you with your spring checklist to ensure your plumbing and drains are in good working order! Here are 5 things to check for this spring:

  1. Check over your drains – Spring is here and so is the rain and wet weather. You need to make sure the drains in your home are clog free and ready to take on anything. If you have any unused or infrequently used floor drains in your basement, fill the trap by pouring in a gallon of water. You can also do this to test your sump pump by pouring a few buckets of water in your sump pump pit. The sump pump should immediately switch on and pump out the water before turning off again. If it doesn’t do this, it is best to get your sump pump checked over by the professionals at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before it’s too late and your basement floods.
  2. Check over your exterior plumbing – Your exterior plumbing can and will have a negative impact on your home if it is not in good working order. It is not uncommon for leaks and flooding to occur. Start by cleaning out all the gutters and eaves and ensure the downspouts are directed away from your house at the right degree. Check visible pipes and faucets for leaks or erosion. Also check your roof vents to ensure the mesh surroundings are clear of leaves, ice, sticks and possibly even a bird’s nest.
  3. Check over your water heater – You will want to check for leaks before anything else. Look around the bottom of the tank for water and around the fittings at the top of the water heater. Depending on if it is a big leak or a slow leak, there may be just a few drops of water or a big pool of water. If left unchecked, these leaks can become worse, more costly problems in the future. Also, look for the flush valve on your water heater and pump out a few gallons. This will drain out sediment and allow you to look for corrosion in the tank. Doing this once a year can actually make your water heater a more effective system and protect the life span of your water heater. Not comfortable checking this out yourself? Call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating! We provide service, maintenance and repair services on plumbing and water heaters!
  4. Check your toilets – While running toilets are easy to spot and hear, you may not know how to look for a leak. Try putting a few drops of food colouring into the tank of the toilet. If the colour appears in the toilet in less than an hour, it is time to get that toilet fixed. If you also notice water around the base of the toilet or water dripping from the supply, it is time to call in Hunter Plumbing and Heating to fix and/or replace your toilet to prevent further mold and water damage.
  5. Check your faucets for drips or leaks – Look over your kitchen and bathroom taps for water leaking around the base or water dripping from the drains under the sink. Ensure that all drains are in good working order and drain properly. If they are slow, check the drains for clogged food debris and hair. Clean mineral deposits from your shower heads, toilets, bathtub tap and faucets using vinegar or CLR. If you find you cannot unclog your drains yourself, or fix the leak at your faucet, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before the problem worsens and becomes more expensive!

Spring is a busy time of year both inside and out, but your household plumbing should not be overlooked. Drips, leaks, and floods can become costly and easily ruin your home. If you are too busy, or notice a problem but don’t have the time or know-how to fix it, call Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. at (519) 458-4488. We are here to help with your spring repairs and projects!

Well Owner Information Package

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Well Owner Information Package

Now that you have a well on your property, you are legally responsible for the proper maintenance and abandonment (plugging and sealing) of your well.  A poorly maintained or improperly abandoned well could result in contaminated well water and ground water, and it could affect your health.

The following tips will help you protect your well:

  • Test the quality of your well water on a regular basis and look for changes in the water’s appearance (colour, taste and odour).
  • Keep surface water and foreign materials (especially insects, snakes and mice) from entering the well by securing the well cap in place and checking your well regularly for signs of rust and wear, cracks, holes or gaps in the well’s structure.
  • If materials get in your well, safely remove them.
  • Keep ponded water, vehicles, pet waste, salt and fertilizer away from the well.
  • Make sure the ground around your well slopes away from your well.
  • Ensure the well is accessible for future repairs and maintain the minimum above ground height (typically 40cm above the surface).
  • Check for and identify abnormal sounds. They could indicate wear on the well’s pump, waterlines or electrical cables or other issues.
  • Check the pump’s efficiency. If the pump is continually running or losing pressure, it may be a sign of a crack or hole in the waterlines.
  • Ensure your septic system is in good working order and is pumped out regularly to prevent contamination of your well water.

For information on testing the quality of your well water, visit:

For more information on properly maintaining or abandoning your well:

Inspecting your well can be dangerous work. If you are not familiar with wells, let an experienced and licensed well technician perform the work. Hunter Plumbing & Heating is a licensed well contractor through the Ministry of Environment and employs licensed well technicians. 

Water Well Checklist

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As a well owner, you want your water to be clean, clear and safe for your family to drink. Your water may look clean and clear, but how can you be confident that it is safe? Properly constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These simple steps will help protect your system and investment.

  1. Always use licensed well contractors by the Ministry of Environment when a water well is constructed, a pump is installed or the system is serviced. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. are licensed well contractors that employ licensed well technicians to perform water well service work.
  2. An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or when the water well system is serviced.
  3. Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well to prevent contamination.
  4. Periodically check the water well lid or cap on top of the well casing to ensure it is in good repair. If you notice any cracks or holes in the well lid, or the well cap is not properly sealed, it is a good idea to replace the well lid or cap to prevent contaminants from entering the well or freezing in the winter.
  5. Always maintain a proper separation between your well and buildings, septic systems or chemical/waste storage facilities (garbage bin) to prevent contamination and possible health complications.
  6. Prevent backflow or back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals, don’t put the garden hose inside the tank or container.
  7. When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your water well for proper drainage.
  8. Take care in working or mowing the lawn around your water well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well by allowing contaminants to enter. Don’t pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.
  9. Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, as well as annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.
  10. Be aware of changes in your water well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
  11. When your water well has come to the end of its serviceable life (usually 20 years, plus), have a qualified water well contractor, such as Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc., decommission it after drilling a new well and hooking up a new system.

As a private well owner, it is your job to be well aware – to understand the basics of well maintenance and operation, and to take the necessary actions to keep your water wells in safe running order. By performing regular well inspections, you can ensure your well stays in good working order to prevent future emergencies that lead to costly repairs. If your water well does require service or maintenance, make sure you call in the licensed well experts at Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc.! We provide well drilling, well cleaning, well decommissioning, pump and pressure system services.

Is it time to replace your furnace?

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The heating season is fast approaching (for most of us, it’s already here!) and the last thing you want to do is return home to a frosty house. The best time to examine and evaluate your furnace is BEFORE the unit fails, not when the problem arises.

So how do you know when it is time to replace your furnace? If your furnace was installed when you purchased your home, the first thing to do is find out the age of your unit. This may be as simple as looking at the original owner’s manual or invoice, or calling the manufacturer with the unit’s model number.

Most of today’s models operate reliably for 20 to 30 years, however, if your unit is more than 15 years old, it may be time to think about replacing it.

According to many programs, a new Energy-Star certified gas furnace is typically 15% more efficient than a conventional gas furnace, and can save families an average of $94 in energy costs per year.

Here are some telltale signs your furnace should be replaced:

  • Your furnace needs frequent repairs (that aren’t cheap!)
  • Your energy bills are going up, despite usage staying the same
  • The rooms in your house are heating unevenly, with some rooms hotter or colder than others
  • Your furnace is cycling on and off more frequently than in the past
  • Your home is starting to have humidity problems
  • Your furnace has become excessively noisy and/or develops rattles, buzzes or hums
  • Your furnace starts putting out an excessive amount of dust, soot, dirt, or rust particles
  • You see visible signs of rust in and around your furnace
  • Some of the furnace components show cracks or corrosion

If your furnace exhibits any of the above “warning signs”, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing & Heating to inspect your unit. A simple repair may be able to solve your problem; in other cases, changing the filter or adding a new thermostat may also do the trick. In worse cases, replacing your furnace may be the best option.

New furnaces are generally ranked by efficiency: mid-efficiency furnaces average 80% efficiency; high-efficiency furnaces reach about 90% efficiency; and ultra high-efficiency furnaces improve on standard high-efficiency models with variable-speed fans and controls, which enable these units to achieve up to 97% efficiency.

Not sure which furnace will best suit your needs? Contact Hunter Plumbing & Heating for a free estimate and furnace inspection appointment.  We will clean and inspect your furnace burner, blower and related components, clean all drains and condensate equipment, clean burner and flame rod and test your furnace operation and combustion. This way, you will never be stuck without heat in the dead of winter!