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Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub experts at Backyard Living Center Answer FAQs! Part 2

Backyard Living Center is a locally owned and operated Saskatoon hot tub storeThey offer an exclusive line of high-quality Canadian-built hot tubs that are perfectly suited to the Saskatchewan climate. With a variety of design choices, they have a spa that will suit every lifestyle! Service means everything to owners Sheryl and Matthew! Whether it's finding the perfect spa, hot tub servicing or repair, water testing, or helping find or deliver parts for your hot tub, they're here to help.  In this Saskatoon hot tub tip, we continue the series of experts answering all your FAQs about hot tubs. 

Backyard Living Center Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub Store!

FAQs About Hot Tubs Answered By Backyard Living Center - Part 2

Should I have one or two jet pumps?


The answer is based on the number and size of the jets in the spa. Each jet is designed to work with a maximum water flow and H2O engineers calculate the total water flow required for all the jets in the spa and size the jet pump accordingly by using the most efficient combination of pumps.

Is one pump enough to give me the therapy I want?

One pump can be enough to give you the therapeutic experience you want. Remember not all hot tubs are created equal; many manufacturers have very different interpretations of horsepower, numbers of jets, etc. All of these factors will impact or have some relationship to what experience you will achieve in your spa.

Does a motor marketed as 7HP really produce 7 times the water flow of a 1HP pump?

No. Horsepower ratings on motors are not proportional with water flow and are sometimes misleading as they are not the true working horsepower but the motors’ breakdown horse power that if achieved, would cause the motor to fail. The horsepower rating of a motor refers more to the energy consumption required to operate the motor. At H2O spas we strive to provide the optimum water flow using the least horsepower because we know this to be the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible solution.

How is the Spa water cleaned?

The spa water is sanitized using either Chlorine or Bromine but the clarity of the water relies on the water passing through the built-in filtration system. Depending on the manufacturer this can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Timed Filtration – A system can be designed so that the large jet pump is programmed to run on its low-speed setting for a predetermined length of time, pulling water into the filter and removing particles. The limitations to a system such as this are that the jet pump has to run for a minimum period of 4 hours, twice a day, which can be noisy and not very energy efficient. Also, because the jet pump is filtering and pushing the water through the heater there are a number of restrictions to the water flow that slow the flow of water to the jets when high speed is engaged. This method is used mainly to save money because if you don’t have to install a circulation pump, you save money. But remember a spa without a circulation pump is a lesser product.
  2. Continuous 24/7 Filtration – H2O spas recommend using a dedicated small circulation pump to perform water filtration. This small pump uses very little energy, is quiet, and ensures your spa water is always crystal clear. A bonus of this system is that the now dedicated 2-speed jet pump is available to be plumbed directly to the jets to give the maximum flow of water.

Does a larger filter result in a cleaner spa?

A filter's ability to clean a spa is dependent on the density of the filter material and the amount of water flowing through the filter. To optimize these parameters, filters are made from a 20-micron weave to trap the majority of particles without being too dense to restrict water flow. An H2O spa with the 24/7 circ master pump passes 30 GPM constantly through the filter to give optimum cleaning performance.

The overall surface area of a filter is how the filter is measured i.e. 25 sq ft. means that if all the pleats of the filter were flattened out the total material used to make the filter would cover an area of 25sq.ft. Having a larger filter means that there is more surface area to hold particles between filter cleanings.

MORE Questions? 


See their selection of in-stock H2O Canadian-made premium spas at their showroom on Brodsky Avenue, or visit their website for more choices and information on hot tub supplies, hot tub care, and maintenance and service. Take it from us… you will not be disappointed!!!




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You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all products and services they offer by checking out the Backyard Living Center’s listing by clicking on the link below. 

Backyard Living Center is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub and Outdoor Furniture Store!

Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub experts at Backyard Living Center Answer FAQs! Part 1

Backyard Living Center is a locally owned and operated Saskatoon hot tub storeThey offer an exclusive line of high-quality Canadian-built hot tubs that are perfectly suited to the Saskatchewan climate. With a variety of design choices, they have a spa that will suit every lifestyle! Service means everything to owners Sheryl and Matthew! Whether it's finding the perfect spa, hot tub servicing or repair, water testing, or helping find or deliver parts for your hot tub, they're here to help. In this Saskatoon hot tub tip, they answer more FAQs about hot tubs. 

Backyard Living Center Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub Store!

FAQs About Hot Tubs Answered By Backyard Living Center - Part 1 

Is the jet count important to the operation of the hot tub?


The number of jets in a hot tub determines how much water flow is needed from the pump. Jet counts in excess of 55 jets give rise to more horsepower, less efficient pumps, which inevitably increases the cost of operating the spa. If a spa with more than thirty jets is not adequately powered the result will be low pressure, leading to inadequate water flow, resulting in weak jet performance.

Be aware of being misled over jet counts, a jet may have one orifice or up to ten orifices. Jet count means actual jets not the number of holes within each jet. For instance, a hot tub with one hundred orifices in fact may only be ten jets each with ten orifices. At H2O spas we count the number of jets, so in our spa lineup, a hot tub with thirty jets will have thirty separate molded jets. The pump size is in ratio to the number of jets, not orifices.

What make and model of Spa will best suit my requirements?

This question is difficult to answer unless you have a predetermined requirement like how many people will be using the spa. This will answer the first part of the question and determine the physical size of spa you need.
  • How much space have you allocated for your spa? Is it close to the house? If it is too far away from the house, it will not be used as much as if it is within 20 feet of the house. Remember location, location, location! Being too far away will deter you from using it in our cold Saskatchewan winter.

  • Visit your closest manufacturer’s dealer store and collect as much information as possible including any literature. Make sure you ask for information on the running costs of the spa during normal use.

  • Be aware that some manufacturers call their spas “8 man” when there are clearly only 5 seats with jets. As a simple rule of thumb, count only seats with jets when calculating the number of useable seats in the spa.


Remember that each person also needs leg space. The superior size and depth found in the footwell of an H2O spa allows you to put your feet directly down in front of you in a natural seating position. This allows everyone their own foot space. Never buy a spa without sitting in it with or without water to assess the seating comfort.

How many jets should a spa have?

Jets work to stimulate blood flow to tired muscles. It is not necessarily the case that more jets are better.  Jet positioning is far more important than how many jets you have because it’s the positioning that decides where the water stream lands, preferably, on your muscles and not your skeleton. Look for jets to work in pairs, massaging muscles on each side of the spine.

What is the difference between an air jet and a water jet?

Again as with jet counts, air and water jet counts can be confusing. Some manufacturers install small air outlets into the spa and count them as jets. They are in fact not jets but air ports intended to add ‘bubbling’ to the spa water. They have no significant value, in as much as they just release air into the water giving the impression of therapeutic value, where in fact they just cool the water. It is another way for a manufacturer to show an increased jet count deliberately misleading the customer. The air jets have no mechanical operating controls and therefore are either on or off. When cool air is drawn in through the small ports of the jet and exhaled into the spa it gives the impression of rigorous jet action when, in fact, it is just cooling air being injected into the spa. In particular, be aware of spas for sale with literally hundreds of jets, they will probably have a large percentage of air-only ports.


See their selection of in-stock H2O Canadian-made premium spas at their showroom on Brodsky Avenue, or visit their website for more choices and information on hot tub supplies, hot tub care, and maintenance and service. Take it from us… you will not be disappointed!!!


Your Backyard Oasis is Waiting For You!

You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all products and services they offer by checking out the Backyard Living Center’s listing by clicking on the link below. 

Backyard Living Center is Your Trusted Saskatoon Hot Tub and Outdoor Furniture Store!

Congratulations Razor Heating and AC Recognized As Trusted Saskatoon AC & Furnace Pros For 10 years

TRUSTED SASKATOON RECOGNIZES OUR PARTNERS WHO HAVE BEEN TRUSTED FOR OVER 10 YEARS!


In this series of recognition articles, we continue to shine a spotlight on the businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon Partners for over 10 years. This year we recognize the partners that joined us in 2012. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! This latest article celebrates and recognizes Jeff, Dustin, Laura and the hard-working team at Razor Heating and A/C.


Providing quality workmanship at a fair price since 2007” 

Razor Heating and A/C


A History Of Excellent Service To Be Proud Of.


Razor Heating and A/C Ltd. is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022 and is owned by Jeff Rewerts and Dustin Shaw. They are a local team that is dedicated to never stopping learning, and they ensure that they are always up to date with the latest HVAC industry standards.  Over the last 15 years, they have invested their energies into building a Saskatoon heating, cooling  & plumbing company to be proud of.

They specialize in the service and replacement of all heating, cooling, water heating, and plumbing needs. Razor Heating and A/C is Saskatoon's trusted choice for everything from a whole house renovation, to the mechanical needs of your dream home, to simple preventative maintenance on your existing home's mechanical system.


Jeff, and Dustin, believe that the most important bit of advice anyone can give to you when it comes to hiring an HVAC contractor is to check their referrals and recommendations. They walk the walk - On Facebook, they have 78 x 5* star reviews and, combined with over 175 Google reviews at an average 4.9* rating, it's clear they are continually impressing their customers! Let's face it, not many contractors achieve that consistently great feedback and impressive review score! 

Here are some examples to showcase - if you take the time to look at their online reviews you will notice the comments are echoed time and again throughout their customer testimonials.


Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value


“We have been using Razor for a few years. They are always professional, on time, and have decent pricing. They fixed the wrongdoings of other companies and repaired and replaced the parts needed. They explained it all before and after. Even how to maintain it. Best service we’ve had. “- Tim Sharpe


“Had our Boiler/heating system for the house go down over the weekend. Razor was able to get us up and running again in less than 2 hours! This also included a rundown of how the system functioned, how we can maintain it and things to watch out for. This work was also done on a weekend after hours when most/all suppliers are closed for a boiler that needed a universal part since the boiler is older and not very common. Can't say thank you enough. I would recommend Razor Heating and A/C Ltd. to anyone who needed work done!” Shane Johnson

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Responsiveness, Value


“ Razor Heating replaced our furnace and did a great job so I did not hesitate to call them about our garage heater venting issue. Jeff took the time to talk to me and understand my concerns. I really appreciated his recommendation for the repair that would bring our garage heater venting up to the current code. He provided a quote and it included detailed information.  The technicians were professional and introduced themselves and completed the repairs in a timely matter.Paul Malbeuf

Meet the Razor Heating and AC Team 

Their path to entrepreneurship started in early 2007.  

  


Dustin, the guy behind Razor’s social media shares his journey…

“I began my career in late spring of 1999 with a local HVAC service and installation company here in Saskatoon. This is where I completed my apprenticeship in Plumber/Gas fitter. I gained a wealth of knowledge in my time there through apprenticeship training along with real world scenarios on the job site. In early spring of 2007 Razor Heating & A/C Ltd. started to get in the works. Jeff and I opened our doors in our first location by the airport. Within 5 years we had outgrown that  location and purchased our own place in the north east  of Saskatoon within the industrial area close to Silverwood. Aside from every aspect of running the business I enjoy time spend with friends and family outdoors. Especially sharing everything I enjoyed as a child with my son Nash. Everything from fishing, snowmobiling, quading, biking and projects around the house. Thanks for everything friends and family!!!!!“ - Dustin Shaw
Co-owner Jeff had this to say.  
“ I am a journeyman plumber and general gas fitter and I’ve been in the trade since 1998l. I love the daily challenges owning a business brings,  as well as interacting with all the customers and our awesome employees. In my  spare time I spend time fishing- (lake, fly and salt water fishing) ,   snowmobiling, and I treasure time at the lake with my wife Amanda and our three kids. “ Jeff Rewerts

Their longest-serving employee is Laura Slugowski. Jeff and Dustin explain that she is the glue that keeps the place running as smoothly as it does. Laura was indentured into the trade in early 2010 and completed her journeyperson plumber and general gas fitter in 2013. More recently she shifted into the office taking the role of office manager. Laura is the friendly helpful voice on the phone, she provides superior service to customers calling in as she truly understands the issues you may be facing and can provide her expert assistance to help troubleshoot from the 1st interaction you have with the company! 


A word from Sara, the Trusted Saskatoon founder, about her personal experience with Razor. 

 

“Razor has a wonderful reputation in the city, not just with the hundreds of happy and loyal customers they have serviced over the years, but also within the contractor community itself. They are respected for both their expertise and the fact that they can always be counted on to show up and do awesome work every time. In all honesty, nothing much has changed at Razor since I first met Jeff and Dustin in 2012, they have the same commitment to excellence and the same drive to be the best they can be!
I guess the most obvious difference is the change in facial hair from that first picture in 2007! Dustin’s beard has become part of the Razor brand! 

My family has hired Razor on a number of occasions over the last 10 years, and my partner Kim ( who is very hard to please ), has always been impressed with their work and we both appreciate their honest expert advice. The guys are very humble, so I want to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on them and to say how proud we are at Trusted Saskatoon to have such an integrity-driven team as part of our community. The trade has a lot of negativity surrounding it, I have heard so many stories of nightmare jobs and companies leaving consumers in an awful mess with bad quality work. In fact, I started Trusted becuase I was ripped off by a big plumbing company right here in Saskatoon. I know that Jeff & Dustin spend a lot of their time fixing others shoddy work, and that they truly care about their reputation, their customers, their partners and their team. They contiue to get a big thumbs up from me!" - Sara Wheelwright - Trusted Saskatoon Founder.    



The Trusted Saskatoon team guarantees when you choose  Razor Heating & Air Conditioning you will receive outstanding value and prompt, professional service from a locally owned business that is committed to being there for you when you need them with your heating & cooling needs, Winter, Spring, Summer Or Fall - all you have to do is call and Razor is there for you!  


Contact Razor for more information or to book your next service or project! 



 

Thank you for TRUSTING us Jeff, Dustin, Laura and the rest of the Razor team. You have provided 10 years of AMAZING service to the people of Saskatoon as a Trusted Saskatoon Air conditioning & Furnace Pro. We are proud to support them and to share that they have diligently upheld the 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service.

Razor Heating & Air Conditioning   - Your Trusted Saskatoon AC & Furnace Pros for over 10 years  

   


When the Trusted Saskatoon team gives a business the 'Thumbs Up' it really means something!! So continue to use and recommend TrustedSaskatoon.com to FIND GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES YOU CAN TRUST like Razor Heating and A/C

Trusted Saskatoon Funeral Home Provides Information On Burial Services

Since 1910, Saskatoon Funeral Home has responded to the needs of Saskatoon & area citizens of every faith and every walk of life. They have a proud history as Saskatoon's longest-serving, local, family-owned and operated, full-service funeral and cremation provider to trace its roots to the beginning days of our city. Saskatoon Funeral Home are a Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. 


Burial Services

Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, funeral home, or another place of worship. The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not. After the funeral service, the deceased is interred (earth burial) in a cemetery. Family or religious traditions are often a factor in choosing burial. Decisions need to be made on whether the deceased will be embalmed, what kind of casket to use, what cemetery to use and what to put on the gravestone.

Cemetery Types

Monumental cemetery: A monumental cemetery is the traditional style of cemetery where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground. There are countless different types of designs for headstones, ranging from very simple to large and complex.

Lawn cemetery: A lawn cemetery is where each grave is marked with a small commemorative plaque that is placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground level. Families can still be involved in the design and the information contained on the plaque.

Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains. While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family with a place to come to mourn and visit.

Burial FAQ

What is opening and closing and what is involved?
Opening and closing fees can include up to and beyond 50 separate services provided by the cemetery.  Typically, the opening and closing fee include administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be required, entering the interment particulars in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space); installation and removal of the lowering device; placement and removal of artificial grass dressing and coco-matting at the grave site, levelling, tamping, re-grading and in some cases sodding the gravesite and levelling and re-sodding the grave if the earth settles.

Can we dig our own grave to avoid the charge for opening and closing?
The actual opening and closing of the grave is just one component of the opening and closing fee. Due to safety issues which arise around the use of machinery on cemetery property and the protection of other gravesites, the actual opening and closing of the grave are conducted by cemetery grounds personnel only. Some rural cemeteries do allow families to dig and fill the grave on their own.

Why is having a place to visit so important?
To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs. A permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and memorializing of the deceased. Throughout human history, the memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping them bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfils the natural human desire for memorialization.

What happens when a cemetery runs out of land?
When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and serve the community. The rate of cemetery usage has slowed due to cremation. Some families choose not to inter at a cemetery or they may be interred in an existing grave above a traditional burial. The projection of cemetery land running out has changed and the cemeteries in our area have adequate room for years to come.

In a hundred years will this cemetery still be there?
We think of cemetery lands as being in perpetuity. There are cemeteries throughout the world that have been in existence for hundreds of years.

How soon after or how long after a death must an individual be buried?
There is no law that states a specific time from burial. Considerations that will affect the timeline include the need to secure all permits and authorizations, notification of family and friends, preparation of the cemetery site, and religious considerations. 

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?
No. Embalming is a choice which depends on a number of factors: if there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an extended time between death and internment. Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail depending on the destination.

What options are available besides ground burial?
Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer entombment in mausoleums. In addition, most cemeteries provide choices for those who have selected cremation. These often include placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an urn space.

What are burial vaults and grave liners?
These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed. Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket and may be made of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fibreglass. A grave liner is a lightweight version of a vault which simply keeps the grave surface from sinking in.

Must I purchase a burial vault?
Most large, active cemeteries have regulations that require the use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements. Some smaller rural or churchyard cemeteries do not require the use of a container to surround the casket in the grave.


Visit their website to learn more about pre-planning a funeral and grief support, as well as the traditional funeral and cremation services that they have to offer. They are always there to help. Check out their listing on Trusted Saskatoon to read more reviews and to see all the services they offer. 

Saskatoon Funeral Home is your Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. 


Trusted Saskatoon Funeral Home Share Information on Funeral Etiquette

Since 1910, Saskatoon Funeral Home has responded to the needs of Saskatoon & area citizens of every faith and every walk of life. They have a proud history as Saskatoon's longest-serving, local, family-owned and operated, full-service funeral and cremation provider to trace its roots to the beginning days of our city. Saskatoon Funeral Home are a Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. 


Funeral Etiquette

Like everything in society, funeral etiquette and what is expected of you have evolved over time. As always common sense and good discretion are the best guides to proper funeral etiquette. Here are a few do’s and don'ts of funeral etiquette.

DO:

  • Express your condolences – It’s not easy to come up with words to offer sympathy to someone who has just lost a loved one. You don’t need to be a poet, simply saying something like “I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family” is enough. If you can’t be at a funeral service in person, sending a card or leaving a message on a memorial website is a perfect way to express your sympathy.
  • Dress appropriately – Gone are the days of dressing up in all black for a funeral, but jeans and a t-shirt aren’t exactly acceptable either. You should still dress to impress and avoid any bright or flashy colours. Wearing what you would wear for a wedding or a job interview would be the most appropriate. 
  • Sign the register book – The family will keep the register book as a memento for years. Be sure to include your full name and relationship to the deceased.
  • Give a gift – You don’t need to go overboard with your gift, after all, it is the thought that counts.  Suitable gifts include: flowers, a donation to the charity of the family’s choice, or you can make a commitment of service to the family at a later date. A commitment of service can be something as simple as cooking them dinner or offering to clean up their house, any of the “little” things that may be neglected while a family deals with death. Make sure you provide a signed card so the family knows who gave the gift.
  • Keep in Touch – You may feel that the family needs their space and time to grieve, but a simple phone call or note after the funeral lets the family know you care. With social networking leaving a quick note is as simple as a click of a mouse. The months following a death are when grieving friends and family need the most support.

DON'T:

  • Bring your cell phone – Your phone ringing will be highly inappropriate and will cause a disturbance, so turn any ringers or notifications off. Even better, leave your phone at home or in your car, a funeral is not the time to be texting or checking your messages.
  • Allow your children to be a distraction – From a very young age children are aware of death, and if the funeral is for someone that was close to them (grandparent, aunt, uncle) they should be given the option to attend. However if it is not appropriate for your child to be there, and if you feel they will cause a commotion, leave them with a babysitter.
  • Be afraid to remember the good times – Funerals are obviously a time of grieving and mourning, but remembering the good times helps with the healing process. Sharing a funny and appropriate story is acceptable, and in some cases exactly what the deceased would have wanted.
  • Overindulge - If food or drink is served, do not overdo it. Have a bite to eat before you go to the service, you do not want to be that guy parked at the snack table. If alcohol is served, limit yourself to one or two, do not become inebriated and risk doing something inappropriate.

Visit their website to learn more about pre-planning a funeral and grief support, as well as the traditional funeral and cremation services that they have to offer. They are always there to help. Check out their listing on Trusted Saskatoon to read more reviews and to see all the services they offer. 

Saskatoon Funeral Home is your Trusted Saskatoon funeral home. 


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