Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Causes of a Low Pressure Shower

You had a long day at work, then you head straight to the gym to get that workout in and after that, all you want to do is take a long warm shower at home. But when you get there, your shower pressure is weak, you ask yourself, why is the pressure so low?

There can be several answers to that question. The reason may not even be your shower; it may be caused by other factors in your household such as someone had just flushed the toilet, the dishwasher is in use, or another household member may be showering.

If any of these reasons are not related to your shower pressure, you will need to inspect your shower’s plumbing. The shower head could be clogged by hard water deposits.

You can clean your shower head and relieve it of any grim built up on it. If you do not want to remove the water head, you can pour about a cup worth of vinegar into a plastic bag and place it on the shower head and secure it with an elastic band. Leave it overnight, remove the bag of vinegar and begin to scrub off the deposit build up.

If the problem still persists, you may need to purchase a new shower head or call a plumber to figure out the cause.

Preparing for the Cold: Furnace and Boiler Tips for the Winter Season

There are many things we do not look forward to during Winnipeg winters so we should do as much as we can to prevent any other inconveniences.

We would all like to stay warm during the winter months, therefore we need to make sure our furnace or boilers are working as efficiently as possible.

Here are a few tips to ensure your household stays warm throughout the winter season.

• Check if you have a clean furnace. One of the major problems is dirt. It affects the three major parts of your furnace system: the filter, the blower and the motor. Take out the filter and hold it to a light, if it looks clogged, replace it with a new one.

• If you have a boiler, make certain that the expansion tank is filled, the pump is properly lubricated and the burners are cleaned.

• Check the fuel systems and test the boiler safety device as recommended by the manufacturer.

• Clean and inspect vents and chimneys to make sure proper draft occurrence and to remove combustion gases.

• Stay safe. Install a Carbon Monoxide (CO), a colourless and odorless gas that is fatal, detector in you furnace room. Carbon Monoxide is created by the combustion in your furnace and if it’s out of adjustment, CO can leak in your home and can be deadly.

If you need help with preparing your furnace or boiler for winter, give us a call at 204.944.3444.