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Water Heater Program || Mount Forest Plumbing & Heating

Contact us to ask about our Water Heater Program .

There is some great information on the Union Gas Website (also seen below)

Natural Gas Water Heaters – Where to Rent or Buy

Natural Gas Water HeatersTo obtain a natural gas water heater, there are two options available which include renting or buying.

If you know where you would like to rent or buy, please click on one of the retailers below. If you would like assistance in finding a reputable contractor in your area to help you make the decision, please click on the HRAI logo below.

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Give us a Call or Email

We are members of the HRAI you can do a search for a local contractor by clicking on the logo image above and searching their Contractor Locator click For My Home, Appliance Info and be sure you enter your postal code, it searches based on your postal code for your area matching you with the closest Plumbing & Heating Contractor.

Give us a call or email to ask us about our Water Heater Program!

Its Spring… yet we woke up with snow || Boiler Heating System JJ McLellan Mount Forest

Waking up this morning… the Thursday before Good Friday and seeing a blanket of snow on the ground – just isn’t cool! Apparently its still heating season so make sure before you leave this morning your heat is on for when you get home this evening! Save a few dollars on your heating bill by lowering your thermostat just slightly when you aren’t home – even better if you have a programmable thermostat you can program it to lower during the day and increase a degree or two just before you get home!

Stay warm… this photo above is two of our gas technicians working on a boiler system with in floor heating.

Remember tomorrow is Earth Day!

Singular Green Onsite Wastewater Treatement – Septic System || Mount Forest JJ McLellan

Join us for an Information & Demonstration of the Singular Green (by Norweco) Complete Onsite Wastewater Treatment Package A great “green” alternative for your Septic System!

Information, Demonstration & BBQ

At our shop located at 695 Queen Street West in Mount Forest On Thursday May 12, 2011 from 4-8pm.

As your local, factory-trained, certified and licenses Singular Green Dealer we Sell, Install and Service every waste water treatment system with Pride! Consider the facts… Provided by Norweco

  • The Singular Green treatmetn unit is certified to NSF Standard 40 & the Bio-Kinetic Sstem is certifieid to NSF Standard 46. These listings provide you the highest safety, reliability and quality.
  • Contained in a rugged, heavy duty, UV protected polyethylene tank, the Singular Green treatment system weighs less than 900 pounds and can easily be installed with a backhoe.
  • 48-hour retention in the Singulair Green system reduces tank pumping frequency as compared to other systems that have smaller capacity.
  • System operating costs are low. The only electrical component is our low RPM Singulair areator.
  • Durable, reliable componets are safely installed out of sight, below grade. No exposed power cords, compressors, equipment or air lines that are above ground and accessible to children or pets.
  • The patent-pending internal and external ribbed design assures long term tank integrity and minimizes the potential for tank damage due to careless pumping or hydraulic forces.
  • The robust tank design and integrally molded internal walls allow Singular Green to be installed up to three feet below grade. Injection molded risers and lids, with tamper resistant fasteners, provide security, strength and safety.
  • Single tank convenience; the Singular Green contains pretreatment, aeration, clarification, filtration, flow equalization, optional disinfection and dechlorination all in one compact treatment unit. The need for addtional treatment system tankage is eliminated.
  • The inherently strong ribbed-arch shape of the Singular Green tank allos the use of most native soils for backfill and minimizes the need for water during the installation process.
  • The Singular Green system automatically equalizes influent and effluent flow through all stages of the treatment process. Even during periods of extreme hydraulic or organic overload, effluent quality is maintained. Variations in flow do not affect treatment performance or system operation.
  • Your local, factory-trained, certified and licensed Singular Green dealer sells, installs and services every wastewater treatment system with pride!

As a Norweco distributor we are fully trained to install your Singular Green system and any other Norweco product you may choose to protect your environment!

Our company has completed the Norweco nationally accredited Singular Green factory-training program and we have 5 fully trained technicians for the install and service of your Singular Green system!

The Way To Work-High School Students || JJ McLellan Mount Forest

This morning I had the pleasure to participate in “The Way to Work” for high school students which was presented by the CEC – Career Education Council for Guelph – Wellington – Dufferin. The purpose of this program was to give students hands on experience with meeting potential employers as well as resume, interview and networking tips. There were students from Mount Forest as well as Palmerston high schools and most who were already in a co-op course at the high school. We have had a wonderful working relationship with both the Mount Forest high school as well as the Palmerston high school with many co-op students coming from both over the years. One reason for the mentors being there was not only to represent area businesses but also to give the students an opportunity to try mock interview questions, have their resume critiqued and also practice their networking. For me it brought back some great learning experiences to how I personally have gotten to where I am now, I look back and not only was there learning experiences there was a lot of growing as a person and through education intellectually. For someone now working within a position which is within the trades, I was able to provide what we would look for… Someone looking for a future position within the trades or who is currently looking in the trades… some of these are generic to any position. Hints & Tips for Resumes, Interviews and Networking:

  • Make sure your name stands out on your resume – make it larger than your address and bold it.
  • Ensure your contact information is where you can be contacted and is professional – if you have voicemail make sure it is your name and not music etc, your email should also be your name in some form – not for example (from Emily at TG Minto used) hotstuff@hotmail.com
  • What job are you applying for… if you find a job posted for a company be specific and say you are applying for that specific job. Use this as your objective. If you are applying and there isn’t a posting specifically put what your objective is and position you are trained for. If a company is looking for a licensed gas technician… and you do not have a licence… does it make sense to apply? No.
  • If you have taken a co-op class which relates to the job – this is experience – use this on your resume. If you can get a reference letter or marks from your co-op placement even better.
  • Any other direct experience which can relate or is transferable to the job – this is key! The trades are all about hands on just as much as it is about learning the book work in school.
  • Training – if you have completed any type of training this is very important! Be sure to list it on your resume – however also be prepared to show proof if asked.
  • Before an interview – even before you apply do your research about the company. Do not get into an interview and then ask what we do.
  • Speak confidently and ask questions.
  • Networking is very important – a lot of time, although ‘what you know’ is very important for any job, its also ‘who you know’ that is almost equally or even more important in the job search. By networking you make connections and people talk, when people talk you can almost receive more credit/reliability/respect by obtaining a job this way.
  • Social Networking – this is becoming huge not just for inviduals but also for businesses. One tip by Bill Nelson this morning was related to Facebook and the content posted on Facebook. Beware what you post – it will be there forever and potential employers can search online and could potentially find this information.

Some other great tips in general…

  • Education is very important and essential to get any kind of job.
  • If you are unsure what you want to do as a career, however you are going forward with post-secondary education – choose a path with transferable skills. As a personal example, I took a year off after high school and worked full time at my part time job (maternity leave position at a local car dealership as the service advisor) this provided me with great on the job experience and also helped me to realize that I should to go school for Business. I then applied for General Business at Conestoga College and was accepted, it was a two year course which I thought was perfect, get in, get out! Half way through my 2nd year I seriously debated transferring over to the Business Administration Management Studies program. One thing I will always remember my parents telling me and making very clear is that if we ever wanted to work within our family business we had to go to school – this I am so very grateful for! I switched the program and spent another year in school after which I joined our family business, as a part of the 4th generation. On the job experience is important, however formal education is just as, if not more important. Receiving a diploma, degree, certificate or trade license is incredibly valuable, something that does not cost to carry around with you and once you receive it no one can ever take it away from you, these exact points I remember being reminded of from my own family… its true!

At the end of the workshop the mentors were asked to provide one piece of advice to the students. My piece of advice to the students was… Think of what you enjoy doing, whether it is your hobbies, a part time job, sports etc. Think of the skills you use to do those. Such as for me I enjoy working with numbers, writing, working with people and being creative/artistic. All of which relate to my career!

It was a pleasure speaking with the students and applaude the Career Education Council as well as the High Schools for doing workshops like this for the students. I am sure the information learned will prove to be quite valuable in the future !


Holstein Maple Fest 2011 – JJ McLellan Proud Supporter

JJ McLellan & Son is a proud supporter of the Holstein Maple Fest. I attended with my family on Saturday and had a wonderful time eating pancakes, checking out how syrup is made, the kids rode some pony’s, walked through the trails of the bush and came home with some fresh kettle corn!

The Maple Fest information can be found at http://www.holsteinmaplefest.com/

Plumbing – Hot Water Heater || Mount Forest Plumber

Have you noticed your showers aren’t lasting as long or by the end of the night and the kids are all bathed and in bed… you go to enjoy a nice warm and relaxing shower to find that there is no hot water!

Do you know how old your hot water heater is ? Or when the last time it was serviced?
A properly maintained and serviced Hot Water Heater will provide you with much more available hot water than a poorly maintained and not-serviced Hot Water Heater.
One way you as a home owner can save money is by properly maintaining your hot water heater… and another is renting your hot water heater. By renting your hot water heater you simply pay a low monthly rental fee which covers any repairs which may have to be done to the hot water heater – reducing your out of pocket expenses!
Another way to save is with a Natural Gas Tankless Hot Water Heater!
Give us a call or drop us an email and we can discuss your Hot Water Needs and provide a FREE Estimate!
Some great information provided by Union Gas at http://www.uniongas.com/residential/naturalgasproducts/waterheater/

Natural Gas Water Heaters – Product Overview

Natural Gas Water HeatersNatural gas water heaters offer two distinct choices in style (storage tank and tankless) and three choices for venting (conventional, direct vent, power vent). Additionally, you may be able to combine your water heating with home heating.

Storage Tank Water Heaters
A storage tank water heater is the most common type of water heater in Canada. It consists of a gas burner and a steel cylinder storage tank with capacities ranging from 30 to 100 gallons (113 to 378 Litres).

How storage tank water heaters work:

Cold water is drawn into the bottom of the tank where it is quickly heated by a gas burner. Hot water rises to the top of the tank. As the hot water is used, it is replaced at the bottom with cold water.

The tank thermostat controls the water temperature in the tank both when it is leaving the tank to your taps and when it is on “stand by”, waiting in the tank to be used. The more efficient a water heater is the less heat is lost when the unit is on “stand by”.

Tankless Water Heater (also called On-Demand or Instantaneous Water Heaters)
A tankless water heater has no tank and stores no hot water. When hot water is needed, the water is heated on demand. When the hot water tap is turned on it triggers a flow switch that activates the burner which heats the cold water entering the tankless water heater. The water is rapidly heated to the desired temperature. This continues for as long as the hot water tap remains in the ‘on’ position. When the tap is turned ‘off’ the system shuts down resulting in substantial energy savings over units that have hot water stored in the tank on ‘stand-by’.

A tankless water heater can save space and offer flexibility being able to be installed close to the point of use.

Combination Water and Space Heating Systems
While many people have one appliance for space heating and another for water heating, you can have one natural gas appliance that heats both your water and provides heat to your home. This is called a combination system. These systems have one heat source that is shared between conventional pieces of equipment such as a tank water heater and an air handler to accomplish dual heating purposes.

Water Heating Venting 101

A natural gas water heater requires air for combustion and igniting. The air required can either come from outside or from the home itself. There are three types of venting for natural gas water heaters, each offering benefits depending on your installation limitations and requirements:

Direct Vent
A direct vent does not require a chimney, but vents through an outside wall and also brings air for combustion in from the outside. Some types of direct vent water heaters must be located close to an outside wall, while others may be located further away. Replacing

This style of venting is most often convenient when:

  • Replacing an electric water heater and a chimney is not available

  • You do not have an electrical source close to the water heater to power the vent

FACT – Neither a direct vented nor a conventional vent water heater requires electricity. If there is a power outage you will still have hot water.

Power Vent

A power vent water heater does not need a chimney, but uses an electrically powered fan to move combustion products outside.

This style of venting is used when:

  • Replacing an electric water heater and you do not have ready access to a chimney

  • You have access to a dedicated electrical receptacle within six feet of the unit

Conventional Vent
A conventional vent is required on most standard natural gas water heaters. Conventional vents can be either type B, double-wall metal vents or a tile-lined brick chimney. The conventional vent can be shared with most standard mid-efficiency furnaces or boilers. This type of vent draws the air it needs from inside your home. In airtight homes it is important that there is an adequate air supply from outside.