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Jeff Bolton Owner of JOB Heating and Air Conditioning Shares why "Good Enough" Usually Isn't!

Saskatoon, if you are looking for a Trusted company to help you with your home or business Heating or Cooling system problems or to find the best and most high efficient air conditioner or furnace for your home, J.O.B Heating and Air Conditioning is who you need to call! If your family suffers from allergies a new furnace that filters and helps to eliminate those unwanted allergens will make a real difference. 

The amazing staff at J.O.B Heating & Air Conditioning will consult with you to get something that fits your exact and specific needs and budget. 



get to spend a good deal of time explaining to customers what you should ask for when choosing a contractor. We have all heard about the usual things. "Check the reviews", yes I agree that reviews are important but how many of the are legitimate? How many reviews are there because the contractor earned them and how many are there because he paid for them. How many are there because he has a disgruntled employee or a ruthless competitor and of course how many are there because they are real? 

Further to the reviews here are a few things to notice when they are in your house. What are they looking at and what questions are they asking? My Dad tells me that I have 2 ears and one mouth so it should be 2/3 listening and 1/3 talking. What that means is the contractor should be asking questions about your home but also how you live in that home? How can he or she offer you a product or service without knowing how you intend on using that product or service? In the case of an air conditioner are they looking to ensure that the unit can be placed where you would like it? Or are they looking for the most direct route that would save them time and money? Are they just automatically going to the "best" option because well its the Mercedes who wouldn't want it? In reality most of us drive  Chevy's or Fords. 



I believe that there are a couple of documents that they should show you. You should see their contractor license. In the case of heating contractors they should show you their gas licence. So many times guys hang their shingle out and say I can put that water heater in for you and the never take out a permit so the inspector never knows to go see the job. They end up making a mistake when installing it that causes you to have no hot water at the most inopportune of times.  Further to that if that contractor doesn't have a gas licence when the gas inspector issues a deficiency he has to issue it to the homeowner and if the homeowner does not correct it they could loose their gas service. 

Another document you should ask to see is their Workman's Compensation Board letter of good standing. This lets you know that they have a commitment to safety and they pay there premiums to the WCB which gives you an indication of their financial status. You should also ask to see their insurance certificate. How much coverage do they have? Is it enough to cover the worst case scenario? Check the dates, is everything you are seeing current?





If you are going to get a job done and you are researching the job and the equipment on the Internet please be careful with where you are getting that information. Is it a trusted source such as a manufacturer or a professional group or is it just some blow hard on a message board. When you are planning on researching equipment or contract work I think the best place to start is the glossary. Learn what the terms used are and mean. In the heating business we use terms such as delta T. Sounds impressive right? All it means the the difference between the supply temperature and return temperature. I've heard many contractors say "if you can't dazzle them with knowledge baffle them with BS". This can't be farther from the truth. If he can't explain what he's doing or selling in terms that you will understand then he doesn't completely get it himself. 

Now having said that sometimes in contracting there isn't absolutes, that is to say you never know what you'll find in a wall or under a cement floor. When dealing with new products the contractor will have to research it and get back to you. Don't be afraid if a contractor tells you this. This shows diligence and a commitment to getting it right the first time. 

Every job isn't going to go perfectly the best contractors are the one's that have a game plan in place to deal with problems when they arise. Having a plan means the problem gets repaired quickly and with as little disruption to the homeowner as possible. Remember even Mike Homes makes mistakes, he just gets to edit them.

- Jeff Bolton

At J.O.B Heating and Air they strive to hold up the values of Trusted Saskatoon! Find them online at www.jobheating.com or check out their listing here in the Saskatoon AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE Directory of excellence!

J.O.B. Heating and Air Conditioning Trusted Saskatoon plumbing & HVAC pros share a real plumbing story

Saskatoon if you are looking for a Trusted company to help you with your home or business Heating or Cooling system problems or to find the best and most high efficient air conditioner or furnace for your home J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning is who you need to call! If your family suffers from allergies a new furnace that filters and helps to eliminate those unwanted allergens will make a real difference.

The amazing staff at J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning will consult with you to get something that fits your exact and specific needs and budget. With a new high efficient furnace you should cut your heating bills about 35% on average. We all love saving money!

J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning are SASKATOON PLUMBING, AIR CONDITIONING & SASKATOON FURNACE Experts

 

Here they share a tip on acceptable risk:

 

Recently, while doing a renovation in a very old commercial building, we found, as with a good majority of older structures, that the building had been neglected with many items falling into disrepair.  Some repairs were made incorrectly that negatively affected the structural integrity of the building. As we progressed with the reno, one item after another would crop up causing a one step forward and two steps back approach.

 

 

Two crucial steps  that affect any job are the deadline and total cost of that job. This one was no different, the deadline was fast approaching and many people‚Äôs lives were going to be negatively affected by missing this deadline. Professional contracting companies are legislated to put a high priority on safety no matter what the scenario. We attend safety courses offered by the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association or by retail suppliers to demonstrate our commitment to safety. The information we garner from the classes is very beneficial to our day to day operations. But what happens when push comes to shove and a deadline is looming, you have many hours and much material on a job that you haven't been paid for? Do you accept that there is "acceptable risk" because of the deadline or that you have money owing to you? I believe the answer to this is, no. Receiving a fine from the Government notwithstanding, I'm the person that after an accident happens will have to go and bring the wife, husband, Mother or Father to the hospital or dare I say morgue. To me this would be the hardest thing I would ever have to do in my life and if I was to ignore a safety concern because of a deadline or budget, how could I look my own family in the eye? As business owners we cannot be on every job site all the time. We rely on our supervisors and employees to bring these concerns to our attention and to deal with them promptly. As sub contractors we have an obligation to bring the safety concern to the General or building owner. But what happens when their good judgement is clouded by that looming deadline or budget restraint? Our training tells us that it doesn't matter. Work must stop and corrections must be in place to ensure the safety of all people on that job site, not just your own worker.

 

 

On this job site I mentioned, this was exactly what took place. The instructors in all the classes we have been taking said this would happen but it doesn't really prepare you for the reality when it does. I found myself with my team having an argument about what is considered safe and what measure's should be taken before we continue with work. The irony of this situation was this argument was taking place right beside a broken ladder owned by another trade or the general / owner himself. This was a metaphor for his safety plan on his job site. I had a hard decision to make, forget about the deadline and the financial cost or use "acceptable risk" and hope for the best. That's when I thought " do I want to make that call to a wife, or a new mother?" The answer was emphatically, no.

 

 

Upon reflection the valuable lesson that I learned was that safety has no price. Professional contractors of any kind believe and live this every day. Yes sometimes safety can be taken to the extreme or taken advantage of. It is the professional contractor and his commitment to ongoing learning and behavioural change that will make the correct decision when the time comes.

 

When you choose a contractor you should ask about their commitment to safety and be prepared yourself as the home owner or building owner to make the site safe. Or it could be you having to make the dreaded call to that young mother.

 

 

You can find J.O.B. Heating and Air conditioning online www.jobheating.com. Check out their listing here in the SASKATOON AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE  and in the Saskatoon Plumbing categories on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence..they are your Trusted boiler EXPERTS Right here in Saskatoon!

 

 

Trusted Saskatoon Plumbing Pro Perfection Plumbing tip on Myth vs Reality

Perfection Plumbing was founded in 1996 and is locally owned and operated. They are different than any other plumbing company in the area. In 2001 they became affiliated with a national plumbing association called Plumbers Success International. Through this affiliation, they are able to bring valuable products and services to clients that they cannot obtain from any other plumbing service company in the area.

Perfection Plumbing are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers on the Saskatoon Directory

Here they share Myth vs Reality:

1. MYTH: Lemons and other citrus are perfect for your garbage disposal.
Although they produce a pleasing odor in your kitchen, lemons and citrus can damage your disposal. The citric acid in lemons and oranges corrode the metal components that make up your disposal. Instead of citric fruit, clean your disposal with ice or mild soap and warm water.

2. MYTH: As long as things are going down, my drain has no clogging issue.
Although food waste and debris may be disappearing down ...your drain and your disposal is still operating, you may have a serious clog on your hands. Early warning signs of an impending clog include a slower moving disposal or waste fragments collecting on the discharge pipe. Responding to these telltale signs of an impending clog sooner, rather than later, could save you some serious repair costs. Not sure? Call your friends at Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. to do what they do best; wash away all of your plumbing fears and anxieties.

3. MYTH: You can use hand soap to clean plumbing fixtures.
Hand soaps contain agents that can actually cause damage to your plumbing fixtures depending on their material makeup. For your brass plumbing fixtures, use a gentle solution such as cut lemons and baking soda. For your toilet bowl, use a a reliable disinfectant to eliminate germs and prevent infection.

4. MYTH: Running water while the garbage disposal is in use will help waste travel smoothly.
There are some things that your disposal simply cannot handle, no matter the water added. Banana peels and eggshells, for example, should never be put down the disposal, as they can cause unrepairable damage to your appliance. If you must put large chunks of debris down your disposal, be sure to break them down into smaller pieces if possible and mix with water before turning on the disposal.

5. MYTH: In-tank cleaners keep your toilet fresh and clean.
No one wants to clean their toilet. In-tank cleaners seem to be the perfect solution and make your bathroom smell better. Unfortunately the easy way is not always the best way. In-tank cleaners bleach smelly build-up to eliminate odors but do not get rid of it. Eventually the build-up can wreck havoc on your plumbing. Instead of in-tank cleaners, try pouring vinegar down the overflow tube. Vinegar will both remove build-up and help eliminate unpleasant odors.

 

Check out their listing in Saskatoon Plumbing on the Saskatoon Directory to read what their many happy clients had to say to us at here at the Trusted HQ.

 

 

  

 

Trusted Saskatoon Plumbing Pro Perfection Plumbing tip on sparkling water

Perfection Plumbing was founded in 1996 and is locally owned and operated. They are different than any other plumbing company in the area. In 2001 they became affiliated with a national plumbing association called Plumbers Success International. Through this affiliation, they are able to bring valuable products and services to clients that they cannot obtain from any other plumbing service company in the area.

Perfection Plumbing are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers on the Saskatoon Directory

 

Perfection Plumbing gives you tasty sparkling water at home: 

Can water get any healthier? Yes, just add lemons. 

Although not new, lemon water is among the latest health crazes taking the world by storm. In fact, many attribute the recent increase in internet searches for "lemon and water" to the increase in global lemon exports. Not only does lemon water offer various health benefits, it also adds a tangy taste to plain water, making it more enticing to drink.

 

 

For just half a lemon for every 8 to 12 ounces of water, you can get between 15 and 20 mg of Vitamin C. Grate the rind to get the zest, which contains an essential oil that serves as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Remember not to add any sweetener to help cut your craving for sugary foods. If you must, go with honey; it has fewer calories and more nutrients than sugar. 

Water, on the other hand, generally has no nutritional value, but it’s a nutrient in itself, and humans will not survive without it. The human body is basically 75 percent water, but it loses around 3 liters daily. The rate of water loss increases under conditions like hot weather, intense physical activity, and air travel. A fruity flavor in water can encourage people to drink more. 

For this, the quality of drinking water must be nothing short of acceptable under existing quality guidelines. To put it simply, it is advisable that every household must have filtration systems like reverse osmosis (RO) in place. Using a filter with the diameter smaller than a hair strand, RO systems installed by professional Saskatoon plumbers are effective in removing most water-borne pathogens. 

Saskatoon plumbing companies like Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning offer topnotch water treatment systems from local and global brands. Everpure, for instance, offers up to three-stage RO systems that have a larger sphere of protection, notably filtering out particles that give water a bad smell. 

In addition to purifying water, an RO system also makes the taste of water so much better. When lemon is added, you get nothing less than pure, sparkling water with an extra tang. It’s all the beverage you will ever want, and it’s a very healthy one at that.

 

 

Check out their listing in Saskatoon Plumbing on the Saskatoon Directory to read what their many happy clients had to say to us at here at the Trusted HQ.

 

 

  

 

Trusted community steps up to help a local Saskatoon woman after her contractor nightmare Part 1

The Trusted team work for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These 5 Trusted guarantees are the cornerstone of our business and the businesses we partner with, and if something does go wrong we hold the businesses to their obligations....thats what the Trusted Saskatoon businesses sign up for. That's why we promote them and why we believe they are the best  businesses in the cities we serve. 

 

 

JANICE'S BUILD- the Trusted Rebuild

Last week we heard about Janice, a single Mum in Saskatoon that has not been lucky enough to deal with a  ' Trustworthy' business, in fact she has dealt with the kind of company that we set Trusted Saskatoon up to protect people from....lets share the first part of the story. 

Janice is a lovely women who has been left in a house that was a home 5 months ago & now is a dangerous unfinished, building site. She is trying to keep on a brave face for her 10 year old daughter, but is sick with worry that the house won't survive the Winter cold that is on it's way,  and wondering every day how she is going to manage to get back on her feet .......why? All because of an unscrupulous Saskatoon contractor that has been her worst nightmare! 

 

We heard of her story last week though a friend of Sara's, the Trusted founder, and we were extremely moved by her plight, and wanted to do what we could to help...it's a great thing we know an amazing group of local Saskatoon businesses, who are invested in their community and who truly set the standard for integrity in the Saskatoon Business community!

 

We sent out an email at 9pm that night, we had some responses back within the hour and by the end of the week we have already had so many wonderful Trusted Saskatoon directory partners offer Janice their help...and 2 Trusted Regina partners!  

 

 


Thank you also to to Aaron Loraas- from Loraas disposal for donating bins and garbage fees for the project , Winroc and rona for materials and Heating roofing systems in Colorado for the roof!! 

Sara went to surprise Janice tonight, who knew nothing of this until then..it was extremely emotional, Janice was completely gob smacked when Sara knocked on her door and told her why she was there. Once the first round of tears were dried, and she realized Sara was above board, she showed her round the house and Sara couldn't believe the state this contractor has left her in. We shared the news about the wonderful Trusted Saskatoon companies that had already stepped up to help her, and she was happy to allow us to document this journey by blog and video, so she could prevent other people from having the same thing happen to them....so this is Part 1 of THE HOUSE THAT TRUSTED SASKATOON REBUILT!   

So whats Next ?
 
 
Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction, a well recognized business leader and expert in the construction industry is going to cast his professional eye over Janice's bomb site of a home, and he will then be able to assess just what needs to be done, and from there we can start planning the rebuild, and what we need in regards help & materials from these amazing Trusted Saskatoon companies.
 
 We will leave you with Sara's comments as the last words of Part 1
 
" Saskatoon has been amazing to me and my family, and I believe it's important to step up to help people in the community you live in. Janice's situation is not uncommon unfortunately, thing like this happen every day to families and individuals in this city and this province, thats why I was motivated to start Trusted. I am just glad I am in a position, along with the Trusted partners  to help her with this hand up back on her feet again. 
 
To start the ball rolling I will donate $1000 in TrustedSaskatoon.com  Gift Certificates for Janice to put towards this rebuild. She can use them at any of the partner businesses on the www.trustedsaskatoon.com directory.  I am not going to publicly name the contractor, or his business...that is not my place, but after what I saw & heard today I believe strongly that the company  should have their A rating on the Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan lowered to an F, and the insurance companies should take them off their preferred list of contractors"  
 
  

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