(NC) There are many reasons why homeowners renovate and one important consideration is the return on investment. Macerating toilet systems, like those by Saniflo (Saniflo.ca), are a great option for homeowners looking to maximize their return on a bathroom addition because of their comparatively low installation costs.
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There's an ugly side to whirlpool baths. Aside from getting your hair caught in a suction fitting, and possibly drowning; failure to follow proper maintenance procedures for a whirlpool bath's circulation system can result in the growth and transmission of infectious bacteria.
Keeping your feet warm is the key to comfort, which is one reason why homeowners are increasingly turning to hydronic radiant heating systems over conventional methods.
Ontarians deserve access to clean, safe water. This means keeping water free of pollutants and contaminants that could harm the environment and human health.
Polybutyline (aka Poly-B or PB) water piping was used in many homes built from 1970 to the mid-1990s. Polybutylene water piping is no longer accepted by building codes and has been the subject of class action lawsuits due to problems with broken pipes and water damage.
Technological advances in recent years now allow most modern basements to be made into comfortable living space. However, all basements are vulnerable to some water penetration during their lifespan.
Ordinary sump pumps need electricity to operate, but water-powered sump pumps work without electricity – so they can pump water out of your foundation drains during a black-out, or if your primary sump pump fails.
Water-jet sump pumps or "sump-jets" as they are sometimes called, can be a reliable back-up to your standard sump pump in the event of a power outage or pump failure during extreme weather conditions.
Q: Since we have been on higher water pressure from a new source, we are getting more noise in the pipes.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.