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Should I Replace My Main Water Line?

Residential main water lines are often neglected, but crucial components of your home’s plumbing system. The main water line undergoes constant use as the pipe that carries water into the home—and if any problems develop in the line, service could be disrupted, property damage could result, and in some cases there could even be serious health risks. The main water line is typically buried, so it’s difficult to assess the pipe’s condition on a regular basis. Generally speaking, you don’t…

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How Should I Prepare My Home Plumbing for Cold Weather?

Winter in Canada is no joke, and here in Winnipeg we experience the coldest temperatures of any major city in the country. When you own a home, preparing for the cold weather is something you have to approach from a number of perspectives, like weatherproofing your windows and making sure mice can’t sneak in. There’s also a lot you can do to prepare your home’s plumbing for Winnipeg’s weather—and this preventative plumbing care can save you a lot of money,…

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Do I Need to Replace My Sump Pump?

Sump pumps need to be replaced every 7-10 years, even if they are quality pumps installed professionally. If you’re not entirely sure what a sump pump is, it’s located in a basin on your basement floor. Your sump pump’s job is to collect excess water from drains and redirect it away from your house. Needless to say, the sump pump and its function are pivotal to your home plumbing, keeping your foundation and basement clear of water and water damage.…

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Everything You Need to Know About Touchless Faucets

Touchless faucets are a great way to update your kitchen and give it a more modern look. Touchless faucets are not only a neat addition to your home, they also come with major perks. Having a futuristic kitchen gadget makes using the sink more convenient, it helps conserve water, and it helps to keep your kitchen clean and germ-free.  How Do Touchless Faucets Work?  Touchless faucets are the innovative versions of traditional kitchen faucets; however, the latter requires a person to pull the handle. Touchless faucets minimize that action and turn…

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The Best Toilet for Your Budget

There are many reasons you may be in the market to buy a new toilet, whether it be for a new home build, a bathroom renovation, your old toilet simply needs to go, or for any reason in between. Whatever the reason, we’ve curated a list of toilets that stand out and will give that “Wow!” factor to anyone that enters your bathroom. Types of Toilets  You may not realize it until you start shopping for toilets, but there are many…

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Plumbing Items to Have Before You Need Them

While many of us here in Winnipeg are comfortable with home DIYs, the fact remains that a lot of us prefer to go straight to the pros when it comes to home repair. And while we at We Love Plumbing think using professionals is absolutely the move for the majority of your emergent and preventative plumbing needs, we also know that sometimes there is absolutely no time to wait when it comes to plumbing – and sometimes problems can so…

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Backflow Prevention in Winnipeg

Homes in Winnipeg are among the many homes across Canada that are at risk of flooding. With the rainy season upon us, it’s important for you to be aware of the possible home risks associated with flooding – and it’s our job to fill you in when it comes to backflow. So without further ado, let’s get into it! What is backflow? In most cases, drinking water flows from a city’s distribution system into your property’s private water system. Backflow…

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Plumbing Inspections Before Moving Into a New Place

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, moving into your new home is always an exciting—and nerve-wracking—experience. Rightfully so, as this is a huge investment; it’s your time and money, going towards a house that will soon become your home. And let’s not forgot, moving means packing your entire life into boxes, meeting new neighbours, finding your new favourite café, and searching for your go-to emergency plumber – being a little stressed is understandable. The last thing you should have to focus on when preparing to move is the state of the plumbing…

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How Do I Prevent Fruit Flies and Other Bugs From Getting Into My House?

Spring is almost in full bloom, and we can finally enjoy the (occasional) warm weather that Winnipeg has to offer. It’s the welcome sort of weather where you can finally open your windows and let cool breeze circulate through your home.   Unfortunately, warmer weather also means the waking of the pesky creepy crawlies that always seem to find their way inside our homes. If you’re looking for ways to avoid little critters and rodents, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most effective ways to prevent unwanted guests from coming inside. Bugs Inside the Drains  Bugs coming out of your drains – aka bathtub bugs – is a real issue that sadly isn’t limited to imaginative horror movies.  While the state of the inside of your drains may not be appealing…

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Is My Water Softener Working? 

Winnipeg’s drinking water is very hard. Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium ions. These minerals come from rocks such as limestone that dissolve in the river system that supplies water to Winnipeg.   While hard water poses no harm to your health, it creates a build-up of minerals in your pipes and faucets, decreases the effectiveness of soap and detergent, and it declines the life of your water-using appliances. Hard water tends to be less effective in rinsing away soap and shampoo, so your skin may dry out as…

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