Even though American Standard toilet seats are not made in Canada or have anything ‘standard’ about them per se. In retrospect that is a good thing for you and me, the customers. The fact that they are made abroad allows them to be made for and subsequently sold at a cheaper rate. Due to the technology involved in the production of these products and the way that they are designed it is difficult for the spare parts of any other manufacturer to stand in for a genuine replacement part and vice-versa.

Our Story

In about 1992, we had a son who was still living with us and we also were fortunate enough to have a baby, and we were desperate to do improvements to our living area. We needed to extend it, and we finally came to the conclusion that we needed an extension. My business was at the time doing good and the construction was going to cost us about $54,000. The objective was to find the best available construction company. I thought I had this one sewed up as I chose someone who was a member of my sports club. That was my blunder.

I was seriously let down as I did not get what was promised. However, a fella with a blow torch, a monkey wrench and a few bits of copper pipe turned up. He really saved the day and his work was excellent. Not only this, he was also polite and very professional.

If there’s anything at all I can take out of the experience, it would be to spend a bit of time finding an experienced plumber close to you. Lucky for you, there are 3 things you can do to make sure you do not face the problems that I did.

Hire A Professional

First, don’t manage it all on your own. This is especially crucial when considering plumbing technicians. If you don’t have experience with hiring tradespeople and firing them, you shouldn’t try to do this yourself.

Second, do the research. Which means consult people in your area or in the bars that you frequent. Don’t forget to ask co-workers and family members too. They may inform you where to go to find good workmen.

Last, always get several price quotes from possible plumbers. Do not simply go with the lowest quotation because this isn’t always the best action to take. Plus, it may lead to something dreadful. If you do the research and get a few price quotes, you will be ok.

American Standard Dealers

While American Standard’s catalog of products is as varied as any other toilet manufacturers’ when it comes to size, style, color and design what sets them apart is the fact that their products are of consistently high quality than what is sold by the competition. The innovative features that they include with every product range also go a long way in setting them apart from the competition. Features like the ‘soft close’ hinges which will prevent the toilet lid from making that loud annoying noise if you let it down without being a tab bit too gentle.

It is however possible to find toilet units made by other brands to which you can fit a toilet seat which has been manufactured by American Standard. Like all companies selling sanitary ware, American Standard has assigned a variety of names to their range of toilet seats and it can be useful to know what they are before you go out to buy your toilet seat. The elongated toilet seats, for example go by the Bemis moniker while the ‘Rise and Shine’ is the name assigned to the standard sized seats. That is the thing with American Standard really; you can find a toilet seat in any finish or size for pretty much every toilet ever manufactured by American Standard. Wood finishes are quite popular his season!

As you can likely see from this article, the range of seats that can be purchased is quite extensive. Finding the best loo seat for your bathroom is no longer a tricky task and can be sorted out easily if you visit some of the online retailers such as Amazon and the like. They offer a huge range of seats and the shipping is often free. Not a bad way to buy and you get your product quickly and without fuss.

Call your local American Standard Dealer today

KCs Plumbing & Heating
1896 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N 2S7
(604) 873-3753
https://www.kcplumb.ca/


The guy that came to fix or service your furnace just came out of your basement and gave you the worst kind of news. Your furnace replacement is necessary now because it has become unsafe. The heat exchanger is cracked and you will have to buy a new furnace. How do you know that he is telling you the truth? What can you do to check him out and verify his finding?

A cracked heat exchanger is a very serious problem, because it can lead to very serious injury or death if it is not corrected. There are, however some contractors that will use this scare tactic to sell you a new furnace that you really do not need. There are also some things that you need to know so that you can intelligently question the contractor and find out for your self whether the truth is being told to you.

Facts About Needing A New Furnace

First off find out if the guy is using a combustion analyzer. If he does not use one then throw him out and find a contractor that does. That is your first sign that he is incompetent. Have the contractor show you the CO levels in the air stream of the supply duct. Usually you can see the CO levels rise before the indoor blower kicks on. There are some times that the crack will open later and the air from the supply duct will back into the combustion chamber a alter the flame. If this is happening the combustion levels in the exhaust pipe will change when the blower kicks on. I always check this as part of my safety check on every furnace.

Visible Cracks

If the contractor cannot show you a crack and can not prove to you with his equipment that you are getting dangerous gases into the home, then tell him to hit the road and try to pull his scam on another person. There are many times that I have been called to double check a furnace for a homeowner that was scared to go to bed, only to find out that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the furnace. I even changed out a furnace one time because another contractor had her so worked up that she could not forget what she heard and wanted the peace of mind, knowing that a new furnace was installed in her home, but there was nothing wrong with the old furnace!

Be careful, and make the contractor justify his actions! A good, competent contractor will have no problem doing just that. In fact I love to justify my recommendations, by doing this it sets me apart from the crowd and shows the homeowner that I know exactly what I am doing. Use your knowledge to show those that want to take advantage of you, that you are not taking their crap and you will get another opinion before buy from them.

There are a lot of great furnace replacement companies in every community. If you keep these tips in mind when you think it’s time for a new furnace installation, then you shouldn’t have any trouble hiring the right people.


A lot of people clean their own gutters every year and sometimes even repair them if they are some what of a handyman. Sometimes though general upkeep is not enough and you find yourself in need of a professional installer to fix things up and correct problems that happen over time with the weather and elements etc.

Cheap Gutters Fall Apart

Cheap gutters loosen over time and start to fall away from the house. They will start to rust and leak needing new caulking or corners. The downspouts need attention as well and over time if left unchecked the entire gutter system needs replacing.

When this happens to the gutters you may want to hire a contractor for that job. We have found that Reliable Gutters run a tight ship, guarantee their work and use top quality materials from a manufacturers to back their product as well.These guys have been around for about 20 years and know their business inside out.

Cute Gutter Service Promotion

Here is a link to a company that does great gutter cleaning Vancouver, so if you live in that area, anywhere from West Vancouver out to Langley or Maple Ridge then check them out. They are a great gutter service company who clean and repair gutters and can also install a custom gutter system on your home if that is what’s needed.

Calling In the Experts

Often times, owing to physical limitations or the proper know how, many people are incapable to perform gutter cleaning on their own. Similarly, gutter cleaning is a time consuming task. Owing to increasingly tight schedules, many people may not have the time to do this work on their own.

However, even if you don’t want to clean your gutter because it is particularly dirty or that you feel that you are lacking in technique in cleaning it, you can easily call a reliable gutter cleaning company and avail their services

To look for gutter cleaning companies, you can even look up and search various reliable companies in the gutter cleaning industry. They are also able to help with other conditions that related to this aspect of your house. Coming properly equipped with the correct tools for gutter cleaning and also have all the proper know how about how to deal with various conditions that can arise owing to clogged gutters.

We are dedicated to delivering the utmost attention to detail and customer satisfaction. Information about products and materials used are also provided.

Reliable Roof Repair
408 East Kent Avenue South
Vancouver, BC V5X 2X7


Every day, your plumbing system pumps clean water into your home and removes dangerous toxins so your family doesn’t ingest chemicals. In addition, your plumbing system provides hot water so you can shower, do laundry, and more. Many people don’t understand or appreciate all the complex workings of their plumbing system until they run into a problem. Without understanding your plumbing system, you could be causing serious harm without knowing it. Here are the top 10 plumbing myths about plumbing systems debunked!

1. It’s okay to put all foods down the garbage disposal.

False! Many foods are extremely harmful for your garbage disposal. Although garbage disposals may seem like they can handle anything because they are made of metal, they are actually fragile mechanisms that can break easily. Learning how to better take care of your garbage disposal means less clogs and a longer lasting plumbing system. Cooking greases and oils should never be put down a garbage disposal because these can congeal and cause future clogs. Also, soft foods like pasta, potatoes, and vegetables are harmful for your garbage disposal because they can build up at the bottom and form a lumpy substance that keeps other foods from getting past. Coffee grinds and chicken bones should also never be put down the drain.

2. Citrus fruits are a great-smelling cleaner for my drains and garbage disposal.

False! Lemons, limes, and oranges are great in salads and smoothies but not on pipes and drains! The acidity of the citrus fruits corrodes and rusts the drains, quickly causing damage to the metal pipes running through your home. Avoid using citrus fruits in your drain and stick to vinegar and hot water instead.

3. Experiencing low water pressure for no reason is perfectly normal from time to time.

False! Random bouts of low water pressure could be a sign of a water leak. Low water pressure can be caused from water leaking from one part of your plumbing into another part of your house. If you experience low water pressure in conjunction with wet or warm spots, a high water bill, foundation cracks, or the sounds of water running when no one is running water, don’t hesitate to call a professional Vancouver plumber to check for a water leak.

4. Until you experience a clog or another “serious” problem, your plumbing system doesn’t need professional help.

False! Simply because you can’t see the work your plumbing system is doing day after day doesn’t mean it isn’t working hard. Without regular professional check-ups, a more serious problem could be developing in your home. Get your plumbing system looked at every six months to a year to make sure everything is in good working condition.

5. The best way to deal with clogs is by using chemical drain cleaner.

False! Chemical drain cleaners are not only bad for the environment, but they are full of caustic toxins that can corrode your pipes and cause permanent damage to your drains. What’s more, chemical drain cleaners are expensive and often ineffective. The best way to deal with clogs is by using a much more effective, safer, and eco-friendly alternative you can often find right in your kitchen pantry. Run hot (not boiling) water over the clogged drain, and if that doesn’t work, use vinegar and baking soda to loosen the clog. You can also try manually removing the clog with a plunger. If this doesn’t work, call a professional to help you with your clog.

6. Soap will make my pipes nice and shiny.

False! The foam from soap and water will actually do the opposite – over time, it can cause pipes to corrode, cloud, and peel. The best way to keep your pipes nice and shiny is by keeping them dry and cleaning them with professional stainless steel metal cleaner.

7. In-tank toilet cleaners take care of toilet cleaning so I don’t have to.

False! In-tank toilet cleaners only bleach toilets, keeping them nice and white, but you still need to clean them to keep bacteria at bay. The best method for killing bacteria is a simple combination of vinegar and a toilet brush. Clean your toilet at least once a week.

8. There’s nothing you can do to prevent a clog.

False! You can do plenty of things to prevent clogs. In bathrooms, clogs are most commonly caused by soap scum build up, hair, and grease. Avoid putting these items down the sink and regularly run hot water down the sink to cut down on build up and you should see a decrease in clogs. If the clog is too deep for you to get at with your household tools, call a plumber Vancouver for professional clog removal.

9. All plumbing issues are easy to fix by myself.

True and false. Many plumbing problems are easy to fix, and using an at-home user manual or learning how to fix things at home is an empowering way to learn more about your plumbing system. However, your local Vancouver plumber near me is happy to help you with more difficult issues. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Plumbing systems are complicated, and asking for help when you need it can save you from making a dire mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars. Plus, by asking your local plumbing expert, you can increase your knowledge so you know how to do it yourself next time.

10. All plumbers are created equal.

False! Make sure you research the plumber you call. Plumbers vary in expertise, quality, and more importantly, price! Make sure you call a plumber who has reliable reports and is trusted by others so your plumbing system doesn’t get left in worst condition than before.