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Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers at Perfection Plumbing Tip Explaining How To Unclog A Toilet

Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. is a premier provider of quality drain cleaning and plumbing services in Saskatoon, SK. They are the company of choice to handle all of your plumbing concerns including drain cleaning service, water heater installation, plumbing repair, and more.  Perfection Plumbing is a Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers on the Saskatoon Directory. In their latest tip, they explain how to unclog a toilet without a plunger! 



Perfection Plumbing's Experts Explain How To Unclog Your Toilet


It’s one of the worst feelings in the world after you flush the toilet, the water doesn’t go down, but it actually starts coming back up and now you need to deal with how to unplug your toilet. Congratulations, you have clogged the toilet and your reward is going to be the awkward struggle of figuring out how to make things work again as quickly as possible.

 So let us tell you how to do it with no fuss, no muss, and no plunger. 

You’re going to need three things for this job: 

1. Hot water

2. Dish soap/liquid 

3. A little bit of time. 

You also may want some towels to put around the base of the toilet before attempting this job, or maybe just at least have some towels ready. 

The first step is to squeeze about a cup of dish liquid directly into the bowl. You’ll see it’ll eventually sink to the bottom of the bowl, where it’ll start to lubricate, whatever is causing the clog and the pipes around the clog. 

Next, add in as much hot water as you can, without overfilling the toilet, and allow that to help the dish liquid to do its job even better. Remember good things come to those who wait so we’re going to spend the next 15 to 20 minutes doing something else. While this magic potion does its thing (it’s been about 20 minutes), you’ll notice the water level has probably sunk quite a bit, this is a good thing, but resist the urge to flush. 

Fill your bucket up with hot water and dump it down the toilet again. The reason you want to do this is to help restart that water cycle and to further push that clog right down the pipe. Then you can flush and then you can move on with your day.


~Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. disclaimer: Clogs can be serious business if they are bad enough or deep enough into the system. You might need a plunger or a specialty drain product or even a professional plumber, to help you unplug your toilet. But hopefully, it won’t come to that.


For all the plumbing problems in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Perfection Plumbing for help.


Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store Palliser EQ3 Showcases the EQ3 Brand

Palliser Rooms is an independently owned business proudly serving Saskatoon and the surrounding area. Their experienced, friendly sales consultants are dedicated to ensuring your shopping experience is positive. This effort extends to their professional, courteous delivery team and onsite service department.  Their furniture brands are carefully chosen for their style and value with an emphasis on custom choices. In their latest Saskatoon furniture store article, they shine a spotlight on the EQ3 Brand. Palliser EQ3 is a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store!

 


EQ3


EQ3 designs produce and sell affordable, modern furniture for every room in your home. As a Winnipeg-based company, EQ3 was established in 2001 under the direction of President and CEO Peter Tielmann. Having grown up in Europe, Peter recognized the lack of modern furniture in North America. Today, EQ3 is a vertically integrated company specializing in modern design for everyday life with simple, clean and functional design. Customize with fabric or leather, finishes and legs for a style all your own.

CONSIDER WHERE IT'S MADE 


EQ3 does not make pieces limited to seasons, they make things to last. Because of this, they believe in finding the best materials and the best partners. So, although their products might not always be made in Canada, they are always made in consideration: of the quality, of the process, and of its place in your home.

CHOOSE CUSTOM BECAUSE YOU CAN

 

Leather or fabric, you decide. Choose from a curated selection of materials in a rainbow of colours and shades, to customize your piece your way. And if you desire an opinion or designer’s eye to help guide your decision, Palliser EQ3 staff are here to help.


Palliser EQ3 in Saskatoon is an independently owned business perfectly suited to those who appreciate modern design. Innovative, customized options and affordable pricing allow you to create upholstery as individual as you are. Their sales consultants have the experience and design know-how to help you find exactly what you're looking for!

Palliser EQ3 is a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store!


Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Magnus Construction Solutions For Popcorn Ceilings

 Magnus Construction Services offers quality you can feel! They offer you the best specialists from demolition to complete renovations. You can trust Magnus for your residential or commercial projects, including spray foam, insulation, roofing, asbestos abatement, basement renovations, attics drywall and finishing.  Magnus Construction is a  Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Specializing in Insulation and Fireproofing. In their first Trusted Saskatoon contracting tip Magnus shares advice on popcorn ceilings.

     

Magnus Construction Services Solutions for Popcorn Ceilings!

We know, everyone is talking about this! Everyone says  Oh My gosh! Run AWAY, it's time to panic.You have a popcorn ceiling at home and you may get cancer out of it!


 Even though the last part is true...calm down! Let’s breathe, Don’t panic! -  MAGNUS has you covered.


You have probably heard about stucco ceilings or acoustic ceilings, those are just other ways to name popcorns ceilings. Apart from awful, it may represent a risk for you and your family, but there’s good news, we have a solution for you to get rid of it easily by keeping you safe. In Magnus we have more than 45 years combined experience in the construction industry, we have all the certificates and experts to do the job for you, and we are also supported by The Mesothelioma center in the fight against lung cancer.


If your home has a Popcorn ceiling and it was built more than 30 years ago the first thing we recommend is
DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF
If you don’t have the experience, tools, knowledge or the right tests. Hire a professional to do it properly.


If you scrap it yourself, all the particles could be inhaled by you. These particles may contain asbestos. This material was used for its benefits as its strength, resistance and heat resistance in most buildings in the past, but because of its hazard, it was banned in December 2018 in Canada. Making it illegal to import, manufacture, buy, sell, trade or use any product with this toxic mineral.
Learn more about Asbestos here

 

Now, that we know it is a good idea to restore your ceiling, let us help you protect your health and money with one of our free consultations and the best service: GET A QUOTE


Apart from removing asbestos, removing your popcorn ceiling may help the air quality in your home. These ceilings are dust traps, you may not see it, but you probably have accumulated all dust ever since the house was built. Isn't that Crazy? 

That’s why you see many people with “allergies” when it is really due to dust accumulation. 


So just remember, having a smooth ceiling is healthier, prettier, easier to clean and maintain. 



We encourage you to visit Magnus' listing on Trusted Saskatoon to see all their services and to find their contact details. Questions? Simply reach out to Conrad or Eduardo in person about your situation. They are here to help, they don’t speak construction language on technical concepts, they are very knowledgeable and will offer you a free consultation!


“Your One Partner Solution for Healthy, Efficient, and Durable Buildings!”

You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all programs and services they offer by checking out the Magnus Construction Services listing on the directory in the Saskatoon Contractors Category


Magnus Construction Services are Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing In Insulation & Fireproofing


20 Ways to Maximize Your Tax Return in 2022 from Hounjet Tastad Harpham your Trusted Saskatoon Accountants

Hounjet Tastad Harpham has decades of accounting experience working with clients across Saskatchewan. Their expert accounting advice is valued by clients ranging from individuals to businesses small and large. Hounjet Tastad Harpham is a  Trusted Saskatoon Accountanting firm and in this accounting tax tip, they share the ways you can maximize your Tax Return in 2022. 


Maximize Your Tax Return With These 20 Helpful Tips From Hounjet Tastsad Harphman Accountants.

See how you can use tax credits and tax deductions to get more money back this tax season.


Every Canadian must file their own tax return every year, even if they have a spouse. There are ways to maximize your spousal tax situation using methods like income splitting and transferring deductions between each other. Generally, the spouse with the higher income and tax bill should maximize deductions first as they’re likely to be in a higher tax bracket. 

Do you dread tax season?

If you’re expecting a refund or claiming any benefits or credits such as the GST/HST credit or Canada Child Benefit, it can work out well for you. In order to maximize your tax return, you need to calculate your taxable income first and then lower it using as many tax deductions and credits as possible. A deduction reduces your taxable income, while a credit minimizes the amount of tax you owe. You need to file your taxes by April 30, 2022. The deadline is extended to June 15, 2022, if you're self-employed or have a spouse or common-law partner who is self-employed. 


There are hundreds of credits and deductions you can take advantage of we share 20 of the most common. 


Childcare Expenses


If your child is under the age of 16 years old, you may be able to claim a deduction. Childcare expenses include daycare centres, summer camps, overnight boarding schools, and caregivers such as nannies. Generally, childcare expenses must be deducted by the spouse with a lower income.



Spousal & Child Support Payments


Support payments sent to a former spouse and/or children can have a noticeable impact on your tax bill. Tax rules will vary depending on the type: spousal or child support


Student Loan Interest


If you or your child is studying at a post-secondary institution, you can deduct the interest paid on a student loan if you received the loan under the Canada Student Loans Act, Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, Apprentice Loans Act, or similar laws in your province or territory. This deduction does not apply to something like a personal loan or line of credit. Apply this deduction if you owe taxes. Otherwise, it’s better to carry it forward. Interest can be carried forward and applied to any tax return for the next five years.


 Maximize your RRSP Contribution


Your RRSP contribution limit is 18% of your earned income from the last tax year, plus any unused amounts from previous years. Check out your latest notice of assessment or log into your CRA My Account to find out what your RRSP contribution limit is. It’s a good idea to maximize your RRSP contribution in any way you can. You can even transfer TFSA interest gains (which are tax-free) to bump up your RRSP contribution. If you don’t currently contribute to an RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan), it’s not too late to benefit from a significant tax deduction for the 2021 tax year. You have until March 1, 2022, to contribute. Use Wealthsimple’s free RRSP and TFSA calculators for more insights on how you can maximize your savings. Read more: TFSA vs. RRSP in 2022: Comparing What’s Best for You



Property Taxes (owners) & Rental Payments (tenants)


Landlords can use Form T776 to claim property taxes for the period in which a rental property was available for rent. Employed and self-employed tenants can claim partial rent payments as a home office expense if they use their home for employment or business purposes.


Association & Union Dues


Most professional association fees and union fees are tax-deductible, therefore lowering your taxable income


 

Employment Expenses


You can deduct work expenses such as cell phone bills and office supplies if your employer asked you to purchase them. Educators can also claim up to $1,000 of eligible teaching supplies.


Tuition Expense


Post-secondary tuition fees can be deducted. Qualifying students can check the tax form from their educational institution to learn how much tuition fees were paid this year


Moving Expenses


If you moved at least 40 kilometres closer to your work, a new business, or for post-secondary schooling, you can claim expenses from that move. Qualifying expenses include storage costs, travel expenses, temporary living expenses, the cost of cancelling a lease, and more.



Medical & Charitable Expenses


You may receive a partial deduction for charitable donations and certain medical expenses, including any medical cannabis products you purchased as a patient. Spouses should consider pooling contributions on one spouse’s tax return for maximum benefit.


Home Buyers’ Amount


You can claim a $5,000 tax credit if you purchased your first home and did not live in another home owned by you or your partner in the past four years.


GST/HST New Housing Rebate


You may qualify for the GST/HST New Housing Rebate if you did substantial renovations or purchased or built a new home. A similar provision exists for landlords under certain conditions.



Provincial Credits


In addition to federal and provincial GST/HST credits, Saskatchewan has additional credits for certain segments of the population. These include safety-related home renovations for seniors in New Brunswick to climate action incentives in British Columbia. Check out Saskatchewan's website to see what credits you may be entitled to.


Capital Gains - RRSP & TFSA 


Always try to leverage your TFSA and RRSP accounts because the interest earned in these accounts are tax-free. While this won’t create a tax deduction, it will help you grow your savings.


Write Off Capital Losses


If one of your investments goes sour and you sell it at a loss, you may be able to apply it against your taxable capital gains. If you don’t have enough capital gains to cover the loss, you can claim the leftover amount as a net capital loss. Net capital losses can be used to lower capital gains in any of the three preceding tax years or carried forward to future tax years. Keep in mind you can't deduct capital losses in tax-free accounts like RRSPs and TFSAs. Learn more about capital losses on the CRA website.


Self-employed Business Expenses


Small business owners can deduct various business expenses, including advertising costs, bank fees, office supplies, and travel expenses. Those who work from home can claim a portion of their utilities, insurance, and maintenance costs. Deductible amounts are based on what portion of the residence is used for business purposes.



Disability Tax Credit


The disability tax credit (DTC) helps disabled individuals and family members reduce the amount of income tax they pay. To qualify for the DTC, a medical practitioner must certify you’re living with a severe mental or physical disability. Payment amounts vary by province, but if you qualify for this tax credit, it could open the door to other benefits


Home Office Expenses


Did you work at home during the pandemic? If so, the CRA has implemented a new temporary flat rate method that makes it easier to claim deductions for home office expenses. You can claim $2 for each day you worked from home, up to a maximum of $400 (200 working days). There is also no need to calculate the size of your workspace, keep supporting documents, or submit Form T2200 


Canada Workers Benefit


If you’re a low-income worker, you can claim the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) when you file your taxes. The refundable tax credit provides up to $1,381 for single individuals and $2,379 for families. It also includes a disability supplement if you have an approved Disability Tax Credit Certificate (Form T2201) on file with the CRA. If you qualify, you can request an advance payment, which allows you to receive half of your benefit in four separate payments. 



Canada Training Credit


The Canada Training Credit supports workers over age 26 by reducing barriers to professional development. It offers $250 every year ($ 5,000-lifetime limit) for eligible tuition and other course fees. 




Accounting Services:

If you are looking for a Saskatoon chartered professional accountant for your personal taxes or business accounting needs, contact the team at Hounjet Tastad Harpham today.

Hounjet Tastad Harpham are Trusted Saskatoon Accountants



Trusted Saskatoon Plumbing Experts at Centennial Shares a Tip On Toilets

Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers that have been one of Saskatoon's most recommended plumbing companies for over 50 years. In their first Trusted Saskatoon plumbing tip they explain the WORST things you can do to your toilet. 


Centennial Plumbing Pros Share The WORST Things You Can Do To Your Toilet 


Don’t Do This to Your Toilet!


Toilets may seem like a non-issue and like they’re just another household appliance that doesn’t need a whole lot of care and attention other than a good, frequent cleaning. Actually, toilets need a lot more attention than you may think!

You would be surprised how many things you may be doing without knowing that could be bad toilet habits and lead to clogged pipes or an overall plumbing problem

How Bad Habits Cause Plumbing Problems

Sometimes, all kinds of things get flushed down the toilet. Maybe you accidentally threw something in one day and noticed your toilet doesn’t flush the same. Or maybe even your kids were a little experimental one day and flushed something like a toy.

Maybe you don’t have a bad habit of tossing things down the toilet but you do ignore red flags and general signs that something may be wrong with your plumbing. Here are a few of the habits that you may not notice you’ve been ignoring.




1. You use a liquid drainer when you think your toilet is clogged.

Liquid drainers usually always end up doing more harm than good for your pipe’s overall health.


2. You don’t flush your toilet often enough.

It’s common for people to want to save on water costs, so they flush as little times per day as possible. While this may sound like a good idea, it’s actually one of the worst habits to have. You could potentially clog your toilet by flushing too much tissue at once.


3. You Ignore When Your Toilet Has a Small Issue.

When it comes to toilets, small issues can likely lead to bigger problems that can result in you having plumbing problems in your entire bathroom. If you notice your toilet has been running water for a while or the flush isn’t as powerful as it normally is, then you should call a professional to check to see if there may be an underlying cause.


4. You Flush Anything Down Your Toilet

One of the worst things you can do to your toilet uses it as a garbage can. Everything isn’t meant to be flushed down the toilet, and your pipes are only so big to let everything flow through without any hiccups.

Try not to throw anything absorbent like cotton balls, sanitary napkins, chunks of hair, wads of paper towels or tissues, or anything else that is known to soak up water. Keep your flushable items limited to toilet paper and your toilet should work properly.


5. You Ignore Signs of Bad Piping


Do you notice a difference in how powerful a flush sounds when you’re flushing your toilet? Or maybe you’ve noticed your toilet is leaking water? These are two subtle signs that could mean something is up with your pipes.

If you notice that your flush is weak or your toilet is leaking water, call a professional as soon as possible to examine your toilet and pipes. Waiting to fix a toilet leak can cause water damage and mould from the moisture. We recommend that you act fast to avoid having to fix further damage.


6. You Don’t Consider the Cost

Fixing your drain system may not sound too expensive to you, but the cost could gradually increase based on how much damage needs to be fixed. We know how quickly the cost of fixing your pipes can add up, so we recommend that you call an expert as soon as you notice a problem with your toilet that you can’t fix.


Searching for a Professional Saskatoon Plumber That You Can Trust?


Your friendly neighbourhood Saskatoon plumbers at Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical are always available to lend a helping hand. They offer fast, reliable service and competitive pricing. No job is too big or too small for their professionals, and they pride themselves on finding the best, long-term solutions that work the first time around. Schedule your service by contacting Centennial Plumbing today!  They look forward to working with you!


Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical are Trusted Saskatoon Plumbers

 

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