Archive for November, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Items To Not Put Down Your Garburator

The handy kitchen garbage disposal is useful for getting rid of a variety of food scraps and waste that might otherwise create unpleasant smells in the kitchen. However, many foods can actually damage your disposal or render it useless. These tips can help keep your garbage disposal running smoothly.

1. Avoid putting fibrous foods or tough-skinned vegetables into the disposal. The strings of celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots, onion skins and potato peels can wrap around the blades, preventing proper operation of the motor. If you feel you must put fibrous foods into your disposal, do so in very small quantities, and run the cold water while you operate the unit.

2. Don’t put extremely hard foods into the garbage disposal. Items such as bones and fruit pits can dull and even break the unit’s blades. In a worst-case scenario, hard foods will jam the disposal, preventing blades from turning and causing the motor to burn out.

3. Keep grease and greasy foods out of the disposal. Greasy foods will distribute a film over the blades, diminishing their effectiveness. Eventually, the grease will begin to decay, causing an unpleasant odor in the kitchen. Pouring grease into a garbage disposal can result in clogged drains when the grease solidifies.

4. Contrary to popular belief, egg shells have no place in the garbage disposal. Some people claim that egg shells sharpen the blades of the unit, but this is not true. The shell’s stringy membrane layer can wrap around the shredder ring, and the shell itself will be ground to a sand-like consistency capable of clogging pipes.

5. Avoid putting expandable foods such as pasta and rice into the garbage disposal. Even small particles of these foods will swell with water and eventually clog the trap.

6. Exercise common sense, and don’t put non-food items into the garbage disposal. Avoid the example of homeowners who have placed rubber bands, twist ties, cigarette butts, pull tabs, fabric, sponges and plant clippings into their disposal units. These items cannot break down enough to wash down the drain.

The garbage disposal is a sturdy kitchen appliance; however, even the best model cannot handle unsuitable items. If you run into any problems with your unit, you should seek the help of a licensed plumber or contractor. Call Ashton Service Group at 604-283-2383 or book online if you are still experiencing problems.

PostHeaderIcon Donation of 2011 Chevrolet HHR and $5,000 to the Richmond Caring Companies Program

Donation of 2011 Chevrolet HHR and $ 5,000 to the Richmond Caring Companies Program:

Elizabeth Specht proceeded to introduce Brian Williams, Ashton Service Group founder and president, as its lead company for its new program.

Williams, who was born and raised in Richmond, donated a 2011 Chevrolet HHR, which he had painted by Richmond’s TrimLine Graphic Expressions (which donated its services and products), with the Richmond Christmas Fund logo and bear.

Williams also presented Specht with a $5,000 donation to benefit both the Richmond Caring Companies program and the Richmond Christmas Fund.

The crowd stood and gave Williams a standing ovation. After the clapping died down, Williams took to the podium to say how thrilled and honored he was to be part of this program.

“My wife Julie and I started our business 26 years ago. The support we have received from our community has been tremendous and enabled us to grow to 25 trucks and 41 employees,” said Williams.

“A few years back, Julie and I made a decision to give back to Richmond, our community that we love.

“Everyone in our company is excited and they all contribute to the community.”

To find out how your company can be a Richmond Caring Company, call Volunteer Richmond at 604-279-7020 or visit:

Read More: www.richmond-lennials/5715936/story.

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PostHeaderIcon Thank You In Return

Dear Mr. Busey:

I want to thank you for recommending Ashton Service Group to take a look at my 93 year old mother’s hot water boiler.

We replaced the old boiler February this year because the old one was leaking. Shortly after the boiler was installed, it would give out a high pitch screaming sound every time it came on.  He called the mechanic that installed it to come back to fix it. There is supposed to be a one year warranty. The mechanic came back several times. Each time, the screaming sound stopped for a while but then, after a month or so, the screaming would come back. We called the installer each time this happened and he did come several times. Finally, he said that the problem is not the furnace itself. It is because the pipes were dirty. He said that the pipes have to be drained and cleaned. We agreed to call him back in the summer when we can turn off the heat without getting cold.

In July this year, I called the mechanic to say that the weather was warmer and we could turn off the furnace to drain out the pipe. He said he was going to call me the next week. He never called. By end of August, I called and he said he will call me the following week. Finally, in September, I called him again. I also told him that a friend was visiting and heard the screaming. He took a look and said that the noise was actually coming from the furnace itself.

The mechanic was upset at that and said there is nothing wrong with the furnace. He insisted the pipes were very dirty. He said that he has already put in tons of cleaner and he needs to charge us when he comes again. We were prepared to pay even though there is a one year warranty. We told him we will pay and asked him to come. He never came. Perhaps, he was waiting for the warranty to expire in February. But then it will be in the middle of winter and we cannot turn off the heat because of our aged mother. It was at that point that we knew we needed a second opinion.

I am very impressed with your receptionist for taking my call and referring me to talk to you. I am very thankful that you recommended Ashton Service Group to come and take a look. They came September, so It is now slightly more than a month since they came. The furnace is not making the high-pitched screaming sound and so far it is quiet and warm. We hope it will continue to provide enough warmth to our mother this coming winter.

We appreciate your help. We will recommend your referral service and Ashton Service Group to our friends and relatives.

Sincerely Yours,
Vancouver Resident

PostHeaderIcon Time to Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour

Daylight SavingTime ends on Sunday, November 6 this year.

With fall upon us, it is time set your clocks back 1 hour this weekend. It is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, too.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives by alerting you to a fire or CO buildup. They can’t do their job if the batteries aren’t working Protect your family by replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries at least once each year.

In addition to changing batteries every year, it is recommended consumers test their alarms monthly. Place smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. About two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that don’t work.

CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas. CO alarms should not be installed in attics or basements unless they include a sleeping area. Combination smoke and CO alarms are available to consumers.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers cannot see or smell. To protect against CO poisoning, schedule an annual professional inspection of all fuel-burning appliances, including furnaces and chimneys by a certified Heating Contractor.

PostHeaderIcon Canadian Contractors First Annual Community Leader Award

It seems like Brian Williams can’t say no to customers, charities or to investment in his staff at Ashton Service Group of Richmond, B.C. His record on corporate responsibility would embarrass companies ten times Ashton’s size. The firm combines high levels of community service with an effective business strategy that has driven growth in tough economic times.

Williams parents arrived in Canada from England in 1957. His father was a plumber and worked for most of his career in local shopping malls. Starting at the age of five, Williams helped his dad out whenever he could. Money was tight when he was young, and by the age of ten, he had a paper route. By 11, he was selling ice cream from a cart. I was always the top guy, he says. I would start as soon as they opened the shack and work until it was dark. I just kept riding around Richmond so I always made sure I sold the most! At 14, Williams was working as a busboy at the Richmond Inn, eventually working his way up into room service. That was where he met his wife-to-be, Julie, and decided to find something that left his evenings free.

He joined B.C. Plumbing Supplies and decided to pursue a pre-apprenticeship in plumbing at British Columbia Institute of Technology. After completing the course, he joined Pascoe Williams as an apprentice. He worked there for the next eight years.

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