Why do you need a Frost Free Hose Bib?

Edmonton gets real cold in winter. Very, very cold. We get temperatures as low as -40°C. Temperatures this low can cause homeowners all kinds of problems: cars that won’t start; outside locks that freeze; frozen window locks, and; frozen outside garden hose taps.

You probably won’t even know the pipe to your outside tap has burst from ice expansion until spring comes with warmer temperatures. With the spring thaw that split pipe is going to start spraying water everywhere. If the pipe is somewhere in your house that you don’t normally see, the escaping water could cause some serious damage.

Don’t let your pipes freeze, because they will split the pipe when the water turns to ice which then expands:

Burst pipe from freezing water.

With warmer temperatures, the ice in the pipe will melt and escape through the split part of the pipe:

Burst pipe will cause water damage when water sprays everywhere.

Frost-free hose bib installation prevents frozen pipes and the resulting water damage in the spring.

At JW Brian Plumbing and Heating we can’t do anything about Edmonton’s horribly cold winters. But, we can help prevent ultimate water damage from a split outside pipe. We can install a frost-free hose bib that will eliminate standing water in your outside tap system.

Call JW Brian Plumbing and Heating at (780) 249-1496 for more information or to arrange an in-home consultation.

Weil-McLain Indirect Water Heater Leaking

Weil-McLain Indirect Water Heaters are a great accessory to your home or business’s hydronic heating system. Unfortunately they do, like all the equipment in your boiler room, have a limited life span and will need to be replaced at some point.  

If your Weil-McLain Indirect Hot Water Heater is leaking water, and it has been determined that it is the tank and not any of the connecting pipe, it will need to be replaced as there is no repairing it. The shell is corroded and beyond help.

JW Brian Plumbing and Heating  has years of experience installing and replacing Weil-McLain Indirect Water Heaters. Call us today for a professional and reasonably priced installation.

Weil-McLain high efficiency indirect fired water heater system
Weil-McLain boiler with an Indirect Water Heater

When Should You Call an Emergency Plumber in Edmonton?


We are often asked by Edmonton home and business owners with a plumbing issue whether it’s an emergency situation. However, the reality is that there’s never a convenient time for a home or business owner to call (and hire) a plumber, there are certainly moments when it is absolutely mandatory that you call an emergency plumber in Edmonton.

The main concern that constitutes a plumbing emergency is whether or not there is flooding. Therefore, if there is any sign of a flood you will need to call a plumber immediately. However, if it’s not and it is after hours, you should be able to wait till regular business hours for service.

If you are the operator of a restaurant or night club, a plumbing emergency could possibly shut you down for the night, resulting in lost revenue. In order words, a reliable plumbing contractor such as JW Brian Mechanical is essential for avoiding a disaster. We are available 7 days a week for all your plumbing emergencies.

To help you understand the underlying causes of an emergency plumbing scenario in Edmonton, we have created this simple article that outlines the most common emergencies.

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What to Look For in a Good Plumber or Plumbing Contractor in Edmonton?


What to Look For in a Good Plumber or Plumbing Contractor in Edmonton? Plumbing is a compulsory trade, meaning the only people allowed to work in this trade, by law, are either Certified Journeyman or Registered Apprentices. For many in need of a plumber in Edmonton, the process of finding and hiring the right person/company usually goes something like this:

  1. Go to Google and search “Edmonton plumber”.
  2. Scan the first page of the search results or possibly a local review site or directory (e.g. Homestars).
  3. Pick a few companies that came into their view first or have high reviews.
  4. Call a few of these companies for rates and availability.

There’s nothing wrong with this step-by-step because not only is it simple and puts you (the customer) in control, but it’s also the easiest way to weed through so many options.

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