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Trusted Tip How to hire a local qualified contractor for your Regina home improvement or renovation project.

As homeowners we all wonder what questions to ask a contractor to avoid a potentially horrible situation.  We have all heard  nightmare stories of home renovations gone wrong but how can anyone be sure this wont happen to them?   At Trusted Regina we believe we can help.  Trusted Regina was formed to help the public find local businesses you can TRUST.  In this article we share some of the ways we research businesses to ensure we have the best local contractors.  Giving you peace of mind knowing you have hired someone you can TRUST to do the job right.  

 

Requesting proof of insurance is one of the first steps in searching for a quality and Trusted Regina contractor.  

Are they Insured ? Any good contractor should carry liability and worker’s compensation Insurance this is something you should always require a contractor to have.

Contractor Liability Insurance

This will protect you if a contractor creates damage to your home, neighboring properties or injury to a third party that may occur during the renovation.  Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance; it should state the name and address of the contractor, the amount of general liability, including coverage for bodily injury and property damage, and the effective and expiry dates of the policy as well as the date of issue of the certificate.  Once you know the contractors liability coverage take it to your Insurance provider to ensure you are fully covered during the renovation as a renovation may require you to increase your coverage for a period of time.   

Workers Compensation

Except for single-person companies, Contractors are required by law to pay WCB premiums on behalf of their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Hiring a contractor that is not in compliance makes YOU the homeowner the project manager and liable for ANY injuries occurred during the renovation. Request a letter of good standing to ensure their premiums are paid up.  

Ask for references 

When anyone applies for a job they are required to provide references.  Why should a contractor be any different!  At Trusted we ask for so many references it's borderline obscene... it is A LOT and we call them all!. We don't anticipate you calling the number we do but we do think it is always a good idea to request references and that you call them.  Typed references or letters of recommendation are ok but a voice and a person are always best. 

There are two types of references you should request.

Client References:

Gaining a list of people who have used there service is extremely helpful and an indication of the amount of jobs they have done.  Asking if they did a good job is not always a good indication of the quality of their work and dedication to customer service.  Dig deeper. here are some suggested questions. - How did you find the contractor? how many jobs have they done for you?  Would you hire them again?  Would you recommend them to a family member? Did they finish the job on time?  Did they charge you the price quoted?  We have the 5 Trusted Guarantees and all of our contractors have to uphold them these are only some of the questions we ask. 

Supplier references

Though not always foolproof, supplier references are very important and help give some insight as to weather or not the contractor pays it's suppliers on time.  Which may in turn help you protect yourself from creditor liabilities.  Builders lien's are something you should know about and try to avoid!.  Here is a great article on how to avoid a builders lien.  

Check their online rating and memberships 

Another way to check and see if a contractor is worth hiring it to check sources like Trusted Regina to see if they have been put through a process of ensuring that they are who they claim to be. This is also are a very strong indicator of a company's commitment to professionalism. You should also search to see if any complaints have been made about them online and how they dealt with those complaints.  From time to time mistakes can happen.  But it is how a company deals with those mistakes that can show a great deal about how they would deal with you.  

Experience, education and certification 

Trade licencing requirements 

A contractor should easily be able to tell you how long they have been in business and have a valid business licence.  Beyond that there are other things you should ask.  Depending on the type of work you want done there are licencing requirements for different trades in Saskatchewan.  Ensuring that each trade has the proper licencing can prevent major issues down the line.  In Saskatchewan there are four compulsory apprenticeship trades. Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker. To work in a compulsory apprenticeship trade you must have a journey person certificate or be registered as an apprentice with the SATCC. If one of the trades your contractor has working on your project claims to be a professional in this area ask for their certification. 

Ask for Examples of their work

Most contractors have tons of images of work they have done in the past.  See examples of their work can give you a good indication of the type of work they can do.  We do caution you however that sometimes that though they may be very lovely images you can't always be sure of the quality of the underlying work!

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We hope this article helps you find the right contractor for your renovation project. We always hope you choose one of our Trusted Regina Contractors for any of your projects.   

If you are looking for more information about hiring a contractor we have several other articles that can help steer you in the right direction.




Universal Plumbing and Heating a Trusted Regina Heating professional shares a tip on sink drain smell

Colin and Jason, the owners of Universal Plumbing and Heating Inc are proud to call Regina, Saskatchewan home, and they really pride themselves on offering the best possible customer service experience! The Canadian HVAC industry is notorious for bad service, and the guys at Universal started their company with the intention to do everything possible to create a good, solid reputation! They are in demand from both home owners and home builders alike.

Universal Pluming & Heating Inc are Trusted Regina Air Conditioning & Furnace professionals.

How to get rid of sink drain smell?

One question I have been asked a lot in the past few weeks.

My bathroom sink smells like really musty water, and the stink only happens when the water is running. But the water itself doesn’t smell. The sink doesn’t appear to be clogged.

                                                


The only thing that has worked temporarily is pouring bleach down it.  

  • Take out the drain plug or stopper and look down the drain pipe for gunk.  Clean it out with a coat hanger if possible. 
  • Pour bleach down the drain and overflow to kill anything growing in there.

                                             

  • Get a large bowl or bucket. Fill it with water. Quickly pour all the water down the drain. at once. The goal is to fill the basin and displace all/any water in the overflow drain and trap. Sometimes there can be nasty things in there that float so they don’t go through the trap, and this forces them out the drain pipe.  
                                                           

Try these steps if smell persists all the time you may need to call a professional. You could have a venting issue that will have to be repaired by a qualified plumber.

If you are looking for Air conditioning and Furnace contractors you can trust in Regina, look no further than Universal Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call them today to book your service call or install! 


                                                         

Universal Plumbing and Heating a Trusted Regina Heating professional shares a tip about furnace maintenance.

Colin and Jason, the owners of Universal Plumbing and Heating Inc are proud to call Regina, Saskatchewan home, and they really pride themselves on offering the best possible customer service experience! The Canadian HVAC industry is notorious for bad service, and the guys at Universal started their company with the intention to do everything possible to create a good, solid reputation! They are in demand from both home owners and home builders alike.

Universal Pluming & Heating Inc are Trusted Regina Air Conditioning & Furnace professionals.

Furnace Maintenance Tips


If you haven’t had your furnace looked at in the past year or two you may be at risk for a cold home. Always hire qualified heating contractor when it comes to your gas fired appliances.

All furnaces burn some type of fuel to create heat. Cracks and leaks around the combustion area could compromise your family’s safety, as a furnace can leak poisonous gas, like Carbon Monoxide, into the home. 

Having  your furnace heat exchange checked for cracks, your gas burner assembly cleaned and gas valve calibrated is vital for your family’s safety.

  • Change your furnace filter at least every three months
  • Check your chimney for obstructions. 
  • Check venting on high efficient furnaces for snow build up, nests and debris.
  • Make sure your condensate line is clear of debris or sludge to prevent premature inducer motor failure.
  • Remove blower and clean blower wheel. Lubricate moving parts if applicable.

These are only a few but probably the most important things that should be checked annually on your furnace.


Universal work with many fantastic HVAC suppliers and you can count on them to do the job right the first time Check out their gallery of work here 

If you are looking for Air conditioning and Furnace contractors you can trust in Regina, look no further than Universal Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call them today to book your service call or install!  

A Trusted Regina Air Conditioning and Furnace experts share a tip on Basement Flooding

Colin and Jason, the owners of Universal Plumbing and Heating Inc are proud to call Regina, Saskatchewan home, and they really pride themselves on offering the best possible customer service experience! The Canadian HVAC industry is notorious for bad service, and the guys at Universal started their company with the intention to do everything possible to create a good, solid reputation! They are in demand from both home owners and home builders alike.

Universal Pluming & Heating Inc are Trusted Regina Air Conditioning & Furnace professionals.

Here they share a tip on Basement flooding

Basement Flooding due to sewer backup is an all too frequent occurrence in certain areas during heavy rainstorms. Many people are not aware that they can modify the plumbing in their houses to help prevent sewage from entering their basements. Three different approaches are common and the one you choose depends on the piping layout of your house.

Determine what plumbing arrangement your home has:  

In the most basic type of basement plumbing, the basement drains are joined directly to the sewer pipe before it leaves the house. This plumbing is found in many older homes with basements and no sump pumps. Both sewage and footing drain water enter the sanitary sewer. Excessive footing drain flow from a residence may or may not cause flooding in that particular home. The footing drain flow contributes to any sewer or basement flooding that may occur. Your home may also have one of the fol lowing basement plumbing enhancements. Whatever your current plumbing arrangement, there usually are further steps that can be taken to prevent basement flooding. 

Upgrade #1: Add a Sump Pump  

A sump pump is needed as part of any corrective measure. The sump pump removes the footing drain water from around the basement wall and discharges it to the surface of the ground, a ditch, or a storm sewer, depending on the surface grading around the house. Many communities require that new homes include sump pumps. Sump pumps can discharge to the sewer system, or directly to the outside. 

To protect a basement from flooding due to sewer backup, the plumbing fixtures and floor drain in the basement also need to be protected. 

Upgrade #2: Add a Sump Pump and Valves 

If a sump pump is not sufficient, a check valve and a shut-off valve can be installed to provide a good measure of protection from basement flooding. These valves can isolate the house plumbing from the public sewer in the street. The check valve includes a flapper that shuts when water level in the public sewer is high enough to flow back into the house. The shut-off valve can be manually closed as an added measure of protection. The shut-off valve will also need to be closed if debris becomes lodged in the check valve preventing its full closure. 

The homeowner will need to discontinue or, at least, sharply curtail the use of the sanitary facilities while the potential for flooding exists. During this time, showers, the clothes washer, and dishwasher cannot be used.


If you are looking for Air conditioning and Furnace contractors you can trust in Regina, look no further than Universal Plumbing & Heating Inc. Call them today to book your service call or install! 


                                                         

Plumbing experts share a tip on Clogged Toilets, Drains, Showers & Sinks


 

 tip on Clogged Toilets, Drains, Showers & Sinks:

Is a clogged shower drain getting you down—or slowing you down—as you get ready for your busy day? End your frustration by calling Mr. Rooter® Plumbing. We’ll be right over! Our plumbing professionals respond quickly to accommodate your schedule when you have a washroom issue like a tub or shower clog. Call at the first signs of a slow drain to prevent a complete clog or backup from happening.

Although we're a recognized national brand, at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we think like a small business. Your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing technician will get to your home on time. We'll diagnose and explain the cause of your clogged shower drain and recommend the best solution. We carry all specialized plumbing tools and commonly needed parts right in our service vans. Mr. Rooter Plumbing will get your home back up to speed quickly! Our courteous plumbing professionals always respect your home—and we always clean up after ourselves. You can call on us anytime, 24/7, in an emergency.

Clogged Drains

What are the signs of clogged drains?

  • Water backs up out of a sink drain.
  • Water pools around a shower drain, then drains out slowly.
  • Toilet bowl water bubbles when you run the sink.
  • Slow draining of water from your bathtub, sink or other fixture can indicate a clog, even if there's been no backup yet.
  • Gurgling sounds from drains, especially after running a washing machine or dishwasher.
  • A mysterious puddle of water on the floor near tub or sink.
  • Rotting food smell from the kitchen sink drain or disposal.

Before calling in an expert, you can try these clogged drain tips:

  • Fill your sink part way with water.
  • In a double kitchen sink, plug one drain with a wet rag while plunging the other side.
  • For washroom sinks, plug the overflow hole with the rag.
  • Work the plunger up and down many times, then quickly pull it off the drain. Repeat this a few times.
  • For your toilet, use a flange plunger rather than a cup plunger.
  • Don’t resort to chemical drain cleaners as they can corrode your pipes.

This diagram shows many of the common types of vents and drains in most homes. The green pipes represent outgoing wastewater, the yellow pipes represent ventilation tubes, the red pipes indicate hot water, and the blue lines show cold water.

Clogged Showers and Bathtubs

What are the signs of a clogged shower or tub?

  • Water rising slowly toward your ankles as you shower or overflowing as you bathe.
  • Flood conditions in your washroom.
  • A slow-to-drain tub or shower.
  • Strange gurgling or “strangled” noises coming from the tub or shower drain.
  • An unpleasant odour coming from the drains.
  • A pool of water around the drain when it hasn’t been used in hours.

What you can do to fix a clogged shower drain or tub before you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing:

  • You might have a simple, easy-to-reach hair and soap scum clog in the bath or shower. You can check by removing the drain screen, if you have one.
  • For pop-up drains, raise the lever to open, then grab the stopper and pull (or unscrew) from the drain hole.
  • Use a bent wire to grab and pull out the clog.
  • Clean the stopper of hair and soap--and replace.
  • No luck? Try plunging, with about 25-50 mm of water in the bottom of the tub or shower.
  • Cover the holes of the overflow plate using a wet rag or duct tape.
  • Plunge the drain. You can try a series of 3 or 4 plunging attempts if the first doesn't produce results.

 

Clogged Toilets

What are the signs of a clogged toilet?

  • Toilet clogs and overflows
  • A constantly running toilet that may spontaneously refill
  • Poor flushing or no flush at all
  • Leaks around your toilet
  • A hissing sound or water trickling inside the toilet tank

What might be going on with your toilet:

  • Clogs and overflows: Clogs are a common toilet repair issue, which, after a flush, result in the dreaded overflow. Clogs can often be addressed with a plunger.
  • Toilet runs constantly or spontaneously refills Toilets that run constantly or spontaneously flush can add up to a lot of money in wasted water, and typically indicate a worn or damaged flapper. Flappers are relatively simple to replace and a leak can be verified with a simple dye test.
  • Poor flushing or no flush at all: poor flush is usually the result of the holes under the rim of the bowl or the siphon jet becoming clogged. You may be able to loosen the debris with a wire coat hanger, using a small mirror to see under the rim. Be careful not to scratch the toilet bowl.
  • Leaks: Leaks around the toilet may result from a leaky supply line, a cracked bowl or tank in need of replacement, or leaks from one of the five seals on your toilet. Identify the seals and see if their bolts and nuts can be tightened or if the seals will require replacement. You will find seals:
    • Between the tank and the bowl.
    • At the mounting bolts at the base of the ballcock assembly (the water supply valve inside your toilet tank.)
    • On the plastic flange underneath the base of the toilet. Please note: If you discover a broken flange is the source of your leak, toilet repair performed by a professional plumber is recommended.
  • Hissing or water trickling in the tank: Water trickling into the tank from the supply line may be a result of a stuck float, the refill tube being inserted too far into the overflow tube or the need to replace the entire ballcock assembly (fill valve).

When to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for toilet repair:

  • Severe leaks and overflows with structure damaging potential.
  • Raw sewage backups and overflows that could present a health hazard.
  • Complete loss of water supply to your toilet that cannot be restored.
  • You can't find the source of a leak or find a solution to your toilet issues.

Prevent a Clogged Drain from Ever Ruining your Day Again

Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping your home’s plumbing system healthy. We offer an economical maintenance plan to clean and maintain your pipes, drains and your entire plumbing system. Neglected pipes are often lined with years of buildup (including hair, sand, rust, grease and minerals from hard water) and they may begin to corrode. Mr. Rooter Plumbing maintenance is a great way to save money and help prevent future repairs, burst pipe emergencies or inconvenience.

Be Prepared in Case of an Emergency

Locate the shutoff valves throughout your home and familiarize yourself with the components of your plumbing they control, including the main water shutoff valve for your home. Familiarizing yourself with these valves can be the difference between mopping up a small leak or major water damage effecting the structure and contents of your home. If you are having problems addressing toilet repair issues in your home, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our licensed, professional plumbers can quickly and correctly address your home’s toilet repair needs.

 

 

 

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