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Our Homes Magazine | Home & Builder Feature

I still remember checking my email and seeing a response from the Our Homes Magazine team wanting to see photos of the custom built home we did the Plumbing and HVAC in… I was stoked! Be sure to watch for the Wellington County Fall Edition of the Our Homes Magazine to see the wonderful write up about the contractors who worked on this home, yes including JJ McLellan & Son.

Over the months that our technicians did work at this home I continued to hear more and more about it and the enthusiasm in their voices was just contagious! Everyone wanted to hear more about it, the guys all wanted to talk about it and talk about how much fun it was for them to do something out of the ordinary. For example each washroom was different, different fixtures, colours etc. The kitchen had a variety of stations, appliances and the finishings are just beautiful! The guys also put in the septic system for the plumbing.

I was lucky enough to get a few tours of the home by both our guys and the home owners. I loved going when the guys were there and having them show me what they each thought was awesome. Our plumbers of course were so very proud of the custom shower in the mastersuite as well as the other washrooms each with their own distinct look and then in the kitchen all of the cool features and finishes. Our heating tech’s were just as proud to show of their pride of the home… the mechanical room!

And where better to start than the true “heart” of the home, where everything mechanical is housed and runs. The mechanical room that our tech’s are so very proud of ! The mechanical room is for both the heating and cooling for the home as well as the hot water. The home has infloor heating in both the main floor and downstairs as well as geothermal (for heating and cooling). The infloor heating in the basement provides and excellent and very efficient way to keep the “chill” out all year round!

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Next up some of the work our plumbers are extremely happy with!

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May be a “standard” shower but an upgraded more custom shower head system!
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Master Bath Ensuite
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“His” side of their custom walk in shower.
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“Her” side of their custom walk in shower
At first I will be honest I thought really, does a married couple really need that big of a shower or an end for each other. After seeing the shower, my opinion has changed quite dramatically. Its genius really! I know my husband and I both use different products and there is only so much room on the shelf and the rest is on the floor of the shower… I would LOVE to put in a shower like this in our master ensuite!
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Isn’t an IN the wall dishwasher genius ! I want one thats for sure ūüėČ
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AND… as if the quality of workmanship and materials/finishings wasn’t enough inside – the true cherry on top! Our door living space including an outdoor kitchen, bar, bbq, table and chair set and of course for after eating a couch!
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Be sure to watch the Our Homes Magazine Website to see the entire Fall Issue!

Tech Topic: Grease Interceptors | Reeves Journal Staff

I saw this post on twitter today and thought it was a great article to share via our blog (in addition to twitter and facebook of course)!

Before becoming involved in the family business I really had no clue what a grease interceptor was or what on earth you would use it for – other than to “intercept” something … however now many years later I realize how important these are for many businesses.

Also… for any home owner how important it is to NOT put any type of oil/grease down your household drains. Have you ever left a pan sitting out on your counter after you’ve made bacon, and the grease in the pan begins to harden and forms a very thick film. Just think, if you had put that down your drain, even if you run the water for a few mintues, the grease will not cleanly rinse down your pipes without building up a residue as its making its way down the pipe – thus beginning to restrict the flow in your pipes. Do this multiple times a month after cooking anything with oil, for many years and you will have problems – which could result into major issues!

What could happen? Your pipes clog… where will you be affected? This could happen when you least expect it, you put your dishwasher on before bedtime, wake up in the morning to water all over your kitchen which is now flooding to your basement. Dishwasher’s do use hot water, however if over time this residue continues to build up and any food gets down the drain, this could clog and something that is preventable could cause thousands in damage. Where the damage can be major is where your household water waste and sewer water goes into your septic or sewers. If things get blocked here, you could have a backup in your basement… I dont need to go into any further detail because we can all imagine how awful that wouild be ! ¬†

Read the article below… if you have any questions feel free to give Jamie a call at the office and if you are ready to have your grease interceptor pumped out or your septic pumped give us a call 1-866-565-5513!

http://www.reevesjournal.com/Articles/Feature_Article/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000001162301.

Tech Topic: Grease Interceptors
by the Reeves Journal Staff
March 5, 2012

Everybody likes to eat at a restaurant once in a while. We love our carne asada and pasta with pesto and all the things that taste better somehow when somebody else prepares them. There’s one small problem, though. Commercial kitchens prepare a boatload more food than a residential facility. That means more food waste, more water used and more fats, oils and greases doing down the drain.
¬†¬†¬†Left alone long enough, these FOGs can get into a municipal system and clog it right up with vast quantities of semi-congealed, sticky gunk that costs a fortune to remove. Enter the grease interceptor. Think of them as “rest stops” along the drain line where the outgoing water/FOGs emulsion can rest a minute and take advantage of the old “oil and water don’t mix” thing for the water to shed the FOGs before heading on down the line.
¬†¬†¬†“They’re required by code for commercial kitchens,” said Charlie Ismert of Schier Products, a manufacturer of drain line purity products based in Edwardsville, Kan. “They get installed downstream of the kitchen waste lines and the waste water goes into the grease interceptor. The two biggest differences between the Uniform and the International codes when it comes to grease interceptors are the UPC doesn’t allow garbage disposals or dishwashers to discharge through a grease interceptor.” [This may have changed-IAPMO said the 2012 editions of its Uniform Plumbing and Uniform Mechanical Codes were set to be available Mar. 1. See pg. 23. -Ed.]
¬†¬†¬†Basically, Ismert said, “It gives the flow enough time and space to let Mother Nature do what she wants to do.”
¬†¬†¬†Michael Whiteside, president of MIFAB, a manufacturer of commercial and industrial plumbing and drainage products based in Chicago, said the whole thing is based on the old “oil and water don’t mix,” thing.¬†
¬†¬†¬†“Oil and grease will rise to the surface in the grease interceptor, just as if you were on a lake or ocean and you spill some gasoline onto the water,” he said. “The idea is to size the interceptor to be big enough to hold the water long enough so there’s time for the FOGs to rise to the surface. If not, and FOGs are emulsified into the incoming water, it won’t have time to separate and will blow right out the other end.”
¬†¬†¬†Grease interceptors are commonly made of rolled steel, stainless steel or one of two types of plastic, polyethylene or polypropylene. There are even interceptors made of Fiberglas, Ismert said. Each material has its own application. “Most of the automatic recovery units are stainless steel, but the regular units are mostly 10-gauge hot rolled steel,” Whiteside said. “That’s because most people don’t want to pay stainless steel’s cost, but stainless is better because it lasts longer in the long haul.”
¬†¬†¬†Plastic interceptors, Whiteside said, are becoming more popular and MIFAB, like most companies, offers plastic versions. “When you get into custom sizes and really large units they tend to be (rolled) steel,” he said. There is a lot of automatic recovery grease interceptors sold in Atlantic City, for example, because they want to know it will automatically remove the grease as it comes in.
   The market, Ismert said, caters to two different strategies or grease removal. 
¬†¬†¬†Most new construction markets where there is still real estate available will want the grease interceptor to be installed outside: “For the more landlocked markets and more Midwestern markets, they’re used to seeing indoor, typically smaller, grease interceptors. These will be under the sink or buried in the floor of the kitchen. We make both.”
¬†¬†¬†But, he said, if he were a restaurant owner, he would “want that thing out of my kitchen.” Grease interceptors at work are, by their very nature, some nasty, nasty things. With an in-kitchen installation the cooks run the risk of a seal going bad and then having bad smells come up into the environment. “And you do have to pump these things out when they get filled up,” he said.
¬†¬†¬†“The biggest problem with grease interceptors is they’re not cleaned enough,” Whiteside added. “That’s because they’re horrible things. Nobody wants to clean them so they get full and everything just passes right through. There are also cases of plumbing lines becoming blocked-filled with grease-because grease interceptors aren’t being maintained or aren’t even there in the first place.”
¬†¬†¬†One way to make sure the interceptor is cleaned regularly is through the installation of an automatic recovery interceptor. In drastic cases, such as recently in relatively tiny-but restaurant-rich-San Francisco, automatic recovery units are mandated by law. “We know these things aren’t cleaned-nobody wants to clean them and as much as we talk about it it’s not happening,” Whiteside said. “The city doesn’t have the resources to go around and inspect them so now you either have an automatic recovery unit or you don’t get the permit to open the restaurant.”
   Automatic recovery grease interceptors, which are offered by most manufacturers, often use an internal skimmer wheel to nudge the FOGs out of the unit and into a portable container for easier removal.
Which begs the question, removal to…where, exactly? “At best they’re probably throwing it in a dumpster,” Ismert said. “At worst they’re probably taking it and dumping it by the side of the building or in a floor drain that bypasses the interceptor. Our recommendation is to have a professional come and pump it out, whether it’s inside or out. Pump-out charges vary from region to region, but I’d say a minimum of $100 to pump out a grease interceptor, depending on where you are in the country.”
¬†¬†¬†OK, so some companies accept money to cart the goop away. Other companies will pay the restaurant for the stuff: “It has multiple uses, Ismert said. “Brown grease from grease traps, I believe, can be made into biogas by catching the methane from the decomposition process. They’ll turn it into animal feed. They’ll spread it on agricultural fields in a certain mix with lime and other things. Some treatment plants are geared up for treating it. I don’t know exactly what that means, but they dewater it and sell some sort of fertilizer cakes or something.”

 

 

the Reeves Journal Staff

 

Is your house ready for fall?

I am personally in an organization and declutter mood here at our house. Thankful we do not have plans this weekend so we can get things organized and cleaned up and complete the purge I started a couple weeks ago! I did a search online for “organizing your home” and found a fabulous website I had to share… especially for all those moms, who like me are still adjusting to the kiddos being back in school and getting into routine again, all while working and taking care of things at home. Perhaps I should mention hubby does help out quite a bit, but I’m sure those moms out there can relate we have a million home, work, kid etc things running through our heads ūüėČ

The website is http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/fall-cleaning-chore-checklist . and they have some awesome Fall tips to help get started… my real reason for searching, really where do I start…

Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist
Clean House Cleaning Checklists
By Cynthia Ewer
Editor, Organized Home

It’s Autumn.

Pumpkins glow in golden fields. Shorter days, crisp mornings signal winter’s approach.
Can the holidays be far behind?
Use Autumn’s brisk and breezy days to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home, and wrap up summer’s outdoor areas.

Our Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist will help you prepare home and hearth for the coming of winter:

Outside The House
Summer’s come and gone–and left its mark on outside the house.
Time to come inside for winter! Outside the house tend to these autumn chores:

Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, children’s summer toys.
Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations to re-caulk if needed.
Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.
Wash exterior windows.
Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.
Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.

The Inside Story
Autumn’s the time for “spring cleaning”. Deep clean now to take advantage of good weather, and face the coming of winter and the approaching holidays with a clean and comfortable home.
Learn how to clean efficiently! Check out the Clean House Guide for more information on how to clean fast and furious.

Focus on public rooms: living room, family room, entryway, guest bath.

Clean from top to bottom. Vacuum drapes and window treatments. Clean window sills and window wells. Vacuum baseboards andcorners.
Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it.
Wash interior windows.
Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to equalize wear.
Launder or clean all bedding: mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, comforters. Tuck the family into a warm and cozy winter bed.
Schedule professional carpet cleaning early this month! Warm October afternoons speed carpet drying. Carpet cleaning firms get busy by the end of October, so schedule now for best service.
Prepare the kitchen for holiday cooking. Clean and organized kitchen cabinets, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment.
Clear kitchen counters of all appliances not used within the last week. Clear counters look cleaner–and provide more room for holiday cooking.
Pull refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
Wash light-diffusing bowls from light fixtures.
Inspect each appliance. Does it need supplies? Stock up on softener salt now, and avoid staggering over icy sidewalks with heavy bags.
Check and empty the central vacuum’s collection area.
Clean electronic air cleaner elements monthly for most efficient operation. Wash them in an empty dishwasher (consult manual for specific product recommendations).
Clean or replace humidifier elements before the heating season begins.
Inspect washer hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
Check dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds’ nests! Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
Schedule fall furnace inspections now. Don’t wait for the first cold night!
Buy a winter’s supply of furnace filters. Change filters monthly for maximum energy savings and indoor comfort. When the right filter is on hand, it’s an easy job!
Drain sediment from hot water heaters

Don’t forget to give me a call at our office to book your fall cleaning and servicing or take advantage of the fall promotions and save up to $2025 on a new system purchase AND do not pay for 3 months!!! oac

TSSA – IMPORTANT NOTICE – Majestic, CFM, Instaflame and Northern Flame Fireplaces

Please call our office to schedule an inspection of your Natural Gas or Propane Fired direct vent free standing fireplace if you see any of these names on your unit – Majestic, CFM, Instaflam and Northern Flame Fireplaces.

We just received notice last night from TSSA directly that a Safety Order has been issued FS-195-12.

Please click here to view the Director’s Order

As per the order effective September 14, 2012…

1. Director’s Safety Order, Reference No. FS-195-12, dated September **, 2012 prohibits the sale,

leasing, renting, installation or use of Natural Gas and Propane Fired Models: FSDV22, FSDV30

and FSDV32, Series manufactured by CFM Inc (Majestic Fireplace);

2. Any affected fireplaces currently in use shall have the fuel supply terminated immediately. Since

the manufacturer is no longer in business no retro fit kit is available; and

3. Distributors, certificate holders and fireplace owners shall consider operation of the affected

fireplaces to pose immediate hazards and shall follow the directions prescribed in section 13 of the

Ontario Regulation 212/01

If you have a free standing fireplace with either of these names on it – DO NOT USE THE FIREPLACE. Please call us to do a thorough inspection. If you have any of the above models your Fireplace will be red tagged and you will NOT be able to use it any longer.