Natural Gas Barbecue Conversion – How to Save Money!

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Every year as we enter patio season at R&B we receive many phone calls for estimates to convert propane-based patios to natural gas by installing a supply line to the area. These enable homeowners enjoy the space using barbecues, patio heaters, and fire pits that run on natural gas.   When you’re considering changing over to the […]

Top Ten Ways to Prevent a Clog

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As promised, here is our follow-up to our Ask an Expert question on using enzyme products. R&B’s top 10 list for preventing a clogged drain. Don’t have kids. Ok just kidding, we love kids, but they are by far the most common culprits.  The number of Hot Wheels and other children’s toys we’ve removed from toilets […]

Fortis Grants and Rebates – How to be Successful

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If you haven’t heard, Fortis grants are here and providing a significant boost to your buying power.  If you are faced with replacing your furnace or boiler this year, here’s how to make sure that you get the Fortis Grant / Rebate, and get it without delay.  Here are the top 3 MUST Haves. Choose the right […]

Ask an Expert – Do Enzyme Treatments Prevent Clogs?

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WHAT GOES DOWN SHOULDN’T COME UP!  Clogged drains can be inconvenient and expensive to clear.  If you could prevent the build up that leads to clogged drains using enzyme treatments, would you?  Should you? This week’s Ask an Expert question asked us to look at a product that promises to change “the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide […]

How often do we need drain cleaning? Ask an Expert

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Have you always had a question about drain cleaning but been afraid to ask? You aren’t alone. Today’s Ask an Expert topic has you covered: Dear Rob,  How often should your main drains be cleaned? Is it something you can do yourself or do we need R&B? Signed,  Can Lay-people Easily Auger Roots?   Dear CLEAR, […]

SAVE Money Buy Used Plumbing Parts

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This winter R&B is running ourAsk an Expert series where you can write in for free plumbing and heating advice.  This week’s feature letter is about buying used plumbing fixtures and parts.  Is it a way to save money, or false economy? Dear Rob, I am trying to update my kitchen, but good quality fixtures are SO expensive.  […]

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – the LAST line of defense

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The Headline “15-month-old girl saved family from carbon monoxide leak” was the headline in the Province News Paper a few years ago when this blog was first written.  We always reflect on carbon monoxide (CO) this time of year as heating systems are started and doors and windows are closed tightly. The Lesson The article […]

The calm before the storm sewer

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Are you ready? It’s late October and while it’s not yet raining in Vancouver, it will!  Will you be ready?  Even a native like me, who is experienced with Vancouver rain, never really believes it will actually flood… I mean, the storm sewer has managed the water every other year, and those people whose basements […]

Lap of Luxury Design with Heated Toilet Seats

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Do you have a taste for luxury design?  Maybe you’re planning to attend the Luxury Home & Design Show this weekend at BC Place.  At R&B we are lucky enough to have a little luxury design of our own with our Toto Washlet toilet.  And why not? After all, we supply and install some of […]