Spring is here:
March 23rd 2012
Spring is one of
the four temperate seasons, the transition
period between winter and summer. Spring and
"springtime" refer to the season, and broadly to
ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth.
definition of the exact timing of "spring"
varies according to local climate, cultures and
customs. At the spring equinox, days are close
to 12 hours long with day length increasing as
the season progresses.
In spring, the
axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward
the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly
increases for the relevant hemisphere. The
hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing
new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the
season its name.
Snow, if a normal
part of winter, begins to melt, and streams
swell with runoff. Frosts, if a normal part of
winter, become less severe. In climates that
have no snow and rare frosts, the air and ground
temperature increases more rapidly. Many
flowering plants bloom this time of year, in a
long succession sometimes beginning even if snow
is still on the ground, continuing into early
snowless areas "spring" may begin as early as
February (Northern Hemisphere) heralded by the
blooming of deciduous magnolias, cherries, and
quince, or August (Southern Hemisphere) in the
same way. Subtropical and tropical areas have
climates better described in terms of other
seasons, e.g. dry or wet, or monsoonal, or
It's the perfect
time to book an appointment to have your
plumbing and drainage systems inspected in you
think you may have a problem, such as a water
leak, wet, damp or flooded basement. Or even if
you are just using more water than you feel you
should be using.
Give us a call at
604-739-2000 and have a licensed plumber perform
an inspection of your homes plumbing system.
March 19th 2012
Preventative maintenance is always less
expensive than having to repair a major problem.
This is true when it comes to maintaining your
kitchen or bathroom drains.
Here are some easy
to follow tips that will help keep your drains
in your home flowing nicely.
1-You should never throw liquids down your drain
that will solidify in a few hours. This will
expend in your pipe when it mixes with water and
can clog or even damage your drains.
2-Keep your sink
free of food particles that can clog your drain.
You can purchase a strainer from any store to
keep food or larger items going down the drain.
Food build up can cause unpleasant odours,
3- Running hot
water down the drain on a regular basis will
keep the pipe flowing clean. Baking soda is an
excellent alternative to harsh chemicals to
disinfect the pipe, eliminate fatty substances
and general grime.
GRINDS should never be flushed
down the kitchen drain. It will build up at the
bottom of the p-trap with already existing
general grime and will cause a blockage that
will require a plumber to snake out the drain.
This can be expensive. Throwing down coffee
grinds in the kitchen sink is the number one
cause of service calls in the industry.
5-Clean your pop up stoppers on a regular basis.
If you run into a clog that causes serious
concern or non of the trouble shooting tips
listed above will solve, please contact us and
we will be happy to help with all your plumbing
It's Saint Patrick's Day:
March 14th 2012
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig
(The Festival of Patrick); Ulster-Scots: Saunt
Petherick's Day) is a cultural and religious
holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates
Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly
recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and
the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is
observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican
Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),
the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast
day in the early seventeenth century, and has
gradually become a celebration of Irish culture
The day is generally characterised by the
attendance of church services, wearing of green
attireand the lifting of Lenten restrictions on
eating, and drinking alcohol, which is often
proscribed during the rest of the season.
Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the
Republic of Ireland,Northern Ireland,
Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It
is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora,
especially in places such as Great Britain,
Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia,
and New Zealand, among others. Today, St.
Patrick's Day is probably the most widely
celebrated saint's day in the world.
One of the
longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parades in
North America occurs each year in Montreal, the
flag of which has a shamrock in one of its
corners. The parades have been held in
continuity since 1824.
In Quebec City, there was a parade from 1837 to
1926. The Quebec St-Patrick Parade returned in
2010, after an absence of more than 84 years.
For the occasion, a portion of the NYPD Pipes
and Drums were present as special guests.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was known as
the Toronto St. Patricks from 1919 to 1927, and
wore green jerseys. In 1999, when the Maple
Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada (national
broadcast of the NHL) on Saint Patrick's Day,
they wore the green St. Patrick's day-themed
retro uniforms. There is a large parade in the
city's downtown core that attracts over 100,000
spectators. 
Some groups, notably Guinness, have lobbied to
make Saint Patrick's Day a national holiday in
Canada. Currently, the Canadian province of
Newfoundland and Labrador is the only
jurisdiction in Canada where Saint Patrick's Day
is a provincial holiday.
In March 2009, the Calgary Tower had changed its
top exterior lights to new green-coloured CFL
bulbs just in time for Saint Patrick's Day. The
lights were in fact part of the environmental
non-profit organisation, Project Porchlight, and
were Green to represent environmental concerns.
Approximately 210 lights were changed in time
for Saint Patrick's Day and almost resemble a
Leprechaun's hat during the evening light. After
a week, regular white CFLs took their place,
saving the Calgary Tower around $12,000 and
reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 104 metric
tonnes in the process.
The Plumbers Site:
March 14th 2012
The Plumbers Site is a plumbing directory
that helps provide residential and commercial
customers with the choice of licensed plumbers
located in Vancouver and The Lower Mainland.
Now that the
clocks have sprung a head 1 hour and spring is
fast approaching, it's the perfect time to check
on your plumbing systems. The Plumbers Site has
a large listing of plumbers in your area who
specialize in repairing broken or damaged sewer
and water lines, drain tile problems that can
cause major leaks into your home causing you to
have a wet or even flooded basement.
Plumber invites you to shop around for the
plumbing experts to help solve and repair your
problems, but in the end we are sure you will
choose our company which has over 25 years of
experience and a fleet of trucks with licensed
plumbers available 7 days a week, should a
serious plumbing problem occur.
Garbage Disposal Care:
March 10th 2012
A garbage disposal unit or waste disposal unit
is a device, usually electrically powered,
installed under a kitchen sink between the
sink's drain and the trap which shreds food
waste into pieces small enough—generally less
than 2 mm (0.079 in)—to pass through
Garbage disposal units are widely used in North
American households, but far less commonly used
elsewhere. In Canada, they are commonly called
Garburators are hardly ever thought about .....
until they stop working, start giving off
strange smells or sound like a blender filled
with foreign metal objects.
A garburator is basically a hefty motor attached
to an impeller that pulverizes food until it is
small enough to pass into the drain pipe as you
run water into the unit. Garburators are usually
very reliable but many older older ones tend to
have problems, if they have not been used in a
The switch is the biggest problem that causes
the unit to not operate any longer. You usually
will find out you have a problem when scraps
from your last meal, snack, etc are to big to go
down the drain and cause that nasty smell.
If it is smelling sour, cut up a lemon and dump
it into the unit to help clean off whatever it
is that is causing the odour. In fact, once a
month or so, it doesn’t hurt to cycle the unit,
to be sure it doesn’t seize up again.
You should also
avoid putting in onions, carrots, celery and
banana peels which do not break up well in the
disposal. You should always keep a cover
on the Garburator opening to avoid dropping
unwanted items in the garbage disposal.
Vancouvers Best Plumber:
March 5th 2012
Plumber. We have offices in Vancouver Burnaby,
Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New
Westminster, North Vancouver Richmond, Surrey
and Vancouver, BC. Canada
We are plumbing specialists in no dig trenchless
sewer and water line repairs and replacement. We
can replace your sewer and water lines without
digging a trench, therefore we do not damage
your lawns, gardens or even you driveway.
We use our own patented trenchless "Pipe Genie"
pipe bursting equipment to get the job done
right on time and at the best possible price.
We guarantee all of our work and have licensed
plumbers available 7 days a week should an
emergency arise or if you just need to replace
your sewer or water line before a major problem
Your sewer or water line can turn into a huge
problem due to age, corrosion and tree roots
evading your lines that may have been damaged.
Our plumbing experts are here to help you. With
over 25 years of experience you can be assured
that we will do the job right the first time.
Call our central office at: 604-739-2000 for a
free quote on repairing you sewer or water
lines, drain tiles or any other plumbing
problems you have.
March Events In Vancouver:
March 1st 2012
Playhouse International Wine Festival - February
27 – March 4, 2012
The 2012 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine
Festival will serve 1,600+ wines from over 183
wineries representing 15 countries at 61 events.
Vancouver International Dance Festival – March
A social-profit, artist run exhibit that takes
to the stage during March 2011. We aim to share
with you the most cutting-edge, thought
provoking, visually stimulating, exciting new
dance works available anywhere.
CelticFest – March 10, and 14-18, 2012
With 50+ live Celtic performances over 6 days,
the CelticFest showcases the best of Celtic
music, dance, spoken word as well as film, food
and fare and the much-anticipated St. Patrick’s
Trade Shows In Vancouver:
Date: 14-MAR-12 to 16-MAR-12
GLOBE 2012 Trade Fair will be the 12th event in
the GLOBE series of biennial conferences and
trade fairs on the business of the environment.
This series of events is dedicated to bringing
together professionals from the environment
sector. Every two years, corporate executives,
government representatives, environmental senior
managers, urban planners and financial
executives meet to discuss emerging priorities
and opportunities in the business of the
Venue: Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 23-MAR-12 to 23-MAR-12
The 8th Annual Business Career Expo is
exclusively open to students and alumni from SFU
Business and the Sauder School of Business, UBC.
This was attended by over 100 companies, more
than 450 company representatives and 900
undergraduate & graduate students and alumni.
Attending Business Career Expo is your
opportunity to explore your career options,
network with industry leaders in a professional
Venue: The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada
Date: 27-MAR-12 to 29-MAR-12
The World MoneyShow Vancouver is one of the top
most events which bring together all the
individual investors, financial experts, and
investors, traders, leading financial services
firms and the top investment media partners
together in a live forum from different corners
of the world. As we know that the recent global
market is facing recession which has prompted
investors to take more personal control of their
portfolios than ever before. Before this, a need
to understand new economic forces was never
arised. This year massive worldwide stimulus has
impacted investment markets. Thus watching the
need of having in-depth knowledge about the
markets, the organizers have arranged the World
Venue: Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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