Parts of a Sink

August 2, 2016

Bathroom Sink

Stainless Inlet Supply Connectors

Flexible supply lines bring water and gas from the permanently installed pipes behind your walls to your fixtures and appliances. These lines connect your fixtures and appliances to the in-wall plumbing and have simplified the installation of  new toilets and faucets.

Emergency Shut Off Valve

You should not have to turn off the water to the entire house to fix a leaky faucet, but that’s what many people do if you don’t have individual shutoff valves installed under every sink. People should consider putting a valve on every hot- and cold-water supply tube. These valves not only allow you to shut off the water to one sink without water interruptions to others but they’ll also provide a quick way to turn off the water in the event of a flood caused by cracked fitting or ruptured supply tube.


A p-trap is the addition of a 90 degree fitting on the outlet side of a U-bend, that creates a P-like shape. It is also referred to as a sink trap because it is installed under most house sinks. Due to its shape, the trap retains a small amount of water after use. This water in the trap creates a seal that prevents sewer gas from passing from the drain pipes back into the room. All fixtures including sinks, bathtubs and toilets must be equipped with either an internal or external trap. As it is the low point in the plumbing, sink traps tend to catch heavy objects (such as jewelry) that accidentally get dropped into the sink. These traps also collect hair, sand etc. and limits the size of objects that will pass into the rest of the plumbing. Most traps can either be disassembled for cleaning or they provide some sort of clean out feature.

Pop Up Assembly

A pop-up drain assembly is commonly used in bathroom sinks. A mechanical plug called a “pop-up stopper” is used to hold water in the sink. The drain stopper and the rod that opens and closes it are part of the pop-up waste assembly.

Drain Line

DWV system maintains neutral air pressure in the drains, allowing flow of water and sewage down the drains and through waste pipes by way of gravity. It is really important that a large enough slope downwards be maintained to keep liquids flowing freely towards the main drain from the building.

Every fixture is required to have an internal or external trap. Double trapping is prohibited due to its susceptibility to clogging. There are few exceptions but every plumbing fixture must have an attached vent. The top of stacks must be vented too (stack vent).

All plumbing waste fixtures use traps to prevent sewer gases from getting into the house. Through traps, all fixtures are connected to waste lines, which in turn take the waste to a “soil stack or soil vent pipe.” At the building drain system’s lowest point, the drain-waste vent is attached, and rises (usually inside a wall) to and out of the roof. Waste exits from the building through the building’s main drain and flows through a sewage line into a sewer system.

Vent Line

The venting system/plumbing vents consists of a number of pipes leading from waste pipes usually through the roof. Vents provide a means to release sewer gases outside of the house. Vents also allow oxygen into the waste system to discourage noxious gas. Vents provide a way to equalize the pressure on both sides of a trap that allows the trap to hold the water which is needed to maintain effectiveness of the trap.

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Furnace and Boiler Rebate Available

July 7, 2016

FortisBC Furnace and Boiler Rebate

FortisBC rebate

Starting July 1st to August 15th (while quantities last), homeowners can apply for a prequalification code to apply for an $800 rebate when you replace your furnace or boiler for an eligible ENERGY STAR or equivalent furnace or boiler.

There are different requirements to meet, so please call us to learn more.

You will need to purchase, install and paid for in full for your new boiler or furnace by October 31, 2016. This is also the deadline when you need to submit your completed application. FortisBC will take your applications by mail (recommends registered mail) or you can email your application in by 11:59 p.m., October 31, 2016.

Call us to schedule a free appointment today at 604-283-2383.

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TriCities, Fraser Valley & Richmond/Surrey Celebrations 2016

June 30, 2016

canada day celebrations

Canada’s 149th birthday is only two days away. There are numerous celebrations happening all over Metro Vancouver and below are a few that you may want to check out in the Tri-Cities, Fraser Valley, Richmond and Surrey.

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Steveston Salmon Festival aka “Canada’s biggest little birthday party since 1945”

71st annual celebration of Canada’s birthday and the Steveston community. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade with more than 100 entries, entertainment,  Japanese Cultural Show, a car show, craft fair, trade show, children’s festival, food fair and the famous salmon barbecue (over 1,200 pounds) grilled over open fire pits ($15 per plate).

The celebration begins at 6:30 a.m. so start your day off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a citizenship ceremony, and then enjoy the parade (10 a.m.).

Canada Day at the Cannery

Enjoy outdoor kids’ games in Fisherman’s Park, fishy crafts and activities for kids inside the museum, and discover the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry. The museum will be open from 10am to 5pm, and admission is free.

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Surrey Canada Day at Millennium Amphitheatre

A free family event with a musical performances by Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, lots of food, midway rides and games, activities for all ages, and a spectacular fireworks finale. This is happening at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre from 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Canada Day by Semiahmoo Bay

Celebrate along the shores of Semiahmoo Bay. This annual celebration spans the waterfront from West Beach to East Beach with a variety of  free family-friendly activities that run from morning to night. There will be a family sandcastle building competition, an hour long performance by THE BOOM BOOMS starting at 9:15PM and fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

Delta Canada Day Celebrations

Celebrate at Chalmers Park from 5pm-10pm with the entire family. Free crafts, games and activities for children, live musical performances featuring the Purple Pirate (6:30pm) and March Hare Band (8:45pm). 

From 10 am until 1 pm, start the day off at Diefenbaker Park where Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions host an official ceremony and cake cutting, as well as tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The ceremony and cake cutting take place at 1 pm.

Afterward, head to Kirkland House for some old-fashioned family fun! There will be delicious food, fun games and rides, live music, and an incredible collection of antique tractors and vehicles to check out. Festivities run from noon until 4 pm.

These events are free, so bring your family and friends along with your lawn chairs and blankets!

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Langley Canada Day JRBQ

This free family event features old fashioned fun with a country feel. Enjoy a barbecue, family fun zone, live music, a spray park and more at the Langley Events Centre / Willoughby Community Park from 11 a.m.

Canada Day in Pitt Meadows

Visit us at Spirit Square from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and enjoy early morning pancakes by Pitt Meadows Lions Club, an official Canada Day Ceremony, cake and hot dogs, local arts and crafts, games and challenges, interactive displays by community groups, entertainment and more.

Maple Ridge Canada Day Celebrations

Enjoy lots of free interactive activities for children and families at Maple Ridge Memorial Peace Park. Begin your day with a visit to the Haney Farmers Market and BIA Summer Market and watch the official flag- raising and awards at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment, singing, dancing, activities, food and fun will continue throughout the day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Canada’s Birthday & Coquitlam’s 125 Anniversary Celebration

Free community festival at Town Centre Park from noon-10:30 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks at 10 p.m. There is going to be a Canada Day procession at 12:30 p.m, free birthday cupcake and a climbing wall & bubble ball activities.

Port Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 8-11:30 a.m. at Lions Park $5 per person and $3 for children under 12.
15th Annual Fishing Derby for children under 10;  from noon-dusk at Castle Park there will be an opening ceremony and cake cutting at noon; followed by children’s activities, live entertainment, an international bazaar, salmon barbecue, and entertainment and fireworks.

Canada Day Celebration at Rocky Point Park

Celebrate with Port Moody Council and enjoy the festivities of Golden Spike Days. Join Port Moody Mayor and Council for an official ceremony, refreshments (cookies and juice around 1:45pm) and entertainment.

It is good that Canada Day falls on a Friday so you have the weekend to recuperate from all the fun and sun from all those celebrations.

Note our office will be closed on Friday July 1st for our staff to take part in all the celebrations. We will have guys on call for those emergencies that happen so feel free to give us a call at 604-283-2383.

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Canada Day Events: Vancouver & Burnaby/New West

June 28, 2016

canada day

Canada’s 149th birthday is only a couple of days away. Most people will have this federal statutory holiday off to spend with their friends and family celebrating our country’s birthday. There are many great events happening all over Metro Vancouver and below are a few that you may want to check out.

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Canada Day at Canada Place

This very popular event is the biggest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa! It is a full day of festivities (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) that highlights include musical performances, a citizenship ceremony, multicultural talent performances, an Expo ’86 pavilion, street hockey, the 8th Annual evening Canada Day parade (7:00 p.m. start), and so much more. There will be a fireworks show that will take place at 10:30 p.m. at the Burrard Inlet with two simultaneous barges full of fireworks that will be set off. The two fireworks barges are located in Coal Harbour and Dundarave in West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island

A family-friendly celebration will take place all day at Granville Island on Canada Day. The street will be transformed into a sea of red and white. It is a good day when you can colour-coordinate in public spaces. Enjoy festivities that range from a parade and an official Canada Day ceremony to TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival concerts and street performances. Lots of special Canada Day treats will be for sale including a Lobster Man cookout at The Lobster Man and a special donut at Lee’s Donuts.

Canada Day Run and Celebration

Come run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park by UBC at this 5th Annual  10K, 5K and 1K Kids Run and Seniors Walk. After the run enjoy a hot dog barbecue and cake at Wesbrook Village. An early start to your Canada Day festivities with  an 9:30 a.m. start that goes until 2 p.m. There will be a Kids zone, singing of the national anthem and an awards/prizes ceremony. Note there is a registration fee to take part in the run.

Canada Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

There is free admission from 10am-5pm. Enjoy stories from the Canadian Arctic with Inuit storyteller and children’s author Michael Kusugak, crafts for children, and an opportunity to explore the historic RCMP Vessel St. Roch and the temporary exhibit, Across the Top of the World: the Quest for the Northwest Passage.

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Canada Day Concert and Fireworks at Swanguard Stadium

The City of Burnaby hosts a free Canada Day concert with Canadian rockers The Trews, country/pop singer Madeline Merlo along with Vancouver reggae band Purple Soul at Swangard Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m., concert at 6:30pm ending with fireworks at dusk.

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby’s official Canada Day celebrations offers visitors the backdrop of a 1920s village with plenty of multi-cultural family entertainment including musicians, displays and demonstrations. Free admission for the entire family from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Carousel rides are $2.60.

Canada Day Celebration at Edmonds Plaza & Park

A fun day of free family activities including: face painting, music, arts and crafts, bingo, cake, multicultural entertainment from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Edmonds Park (located behind the Edmonds Community Centre).

Canada Day in Queen’s Park

A day of free, fun and celebrations for the entire family at Queen’s Park Bandshell from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Features entertainment, interactive community display booths, cupcakes, arts and crafts, face painting and the celebrated ‘Pick-a-Box’ silent auction. There will be fireworks by the waterfront at 10pm.


There is going to be so much to do and not enough time. Pick and choose the ones you must have to get to.

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Bathroom Fan Rebates from BC Hydro

May 31, 2016

Upgrading Your Bathroom Fans

bathroom fan energy star

If you feel your current bathroom fan is not working as well as it used to or if your home ventilation seems poor it may be time to replace your bathroom fans. There are many Energy Star® rated bathroom fans that will save you on energy (electricity) costs while improving the air circulation and moisture removal from your home.

Bathroom Fan Rebate

BC Hydro is currently offering a rebate of $25.00 on select ENERGY STAR® bathroom fans. There is no expiry date that we can find so it is best you act on it now if you are looking to replace those fans.

There is a maximum of two (2) bathroom fans per home and one of the bathroom fans has to be installed in the main bathroom that contains a bathtub/shower. Also the fine print states that the bathroom fans have to be ducted to the outside of the home.

If you are looking to do a bathroom renovation or redo some plumbing, feel free to give us a call as we enjoy updating bathrooms and installing new fixtures that are shiny and new. Call us at 604-283-2383 to schedule an appointment.


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Cost of a Leaky Faucet or Running Toilet

May 24, 2016

Leaky Faucets Add Up Over Time

It is easy to live with the dripping sound of a leaky faucet as it becomes part of your background noise in your home but if you collected and kept all the water that dripped out of the showerhead or faucet you would be surprised by the amount of water you would have.

Take a look at the pictogram below and see how much water that would have went down the drain. If your house had a water meter installed you would get the leaky faucet or running toilet tended to right away as you would be charged based on usage. We recommend getting the leaking faucet looked at to reduce water waste. There are many how to videos to walk you through repairing a leaky faucet which can be found through a simple Google search.

Don’t forget to turn off the water supply to the sink so you don’t get sprayed by accident.

Note: There are 4 types of sink faucets: compression, cartridge (sleeve), ceramic disk, and ball type.

leaky faucet, running toilet

If you are not handy, please feel free to give us a call and we can schedule a plumber to take a look for you.

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Ductless Splits vs Window Shaker Air Conditioners

May 18, 2016

People have many choices for cooling down their home. A window shaker air conditioner is one inexpensive way to do it but they do come with some disadvantages. Their cooling capability is not comparable to a ductless split to give you the desired temperature or same level of cooling in the room.

Why Not Use a Window Unit?

window shaker ac

– They’re an invitation for burglars and intruders due to the window where the unit is placed.
– Your view outside and incoming light is blocked.
– Old window units are ugly, sweaty and add no value to your home.
– The noise levels of the window unit cycling on and off during the night can disturb your sleep especially if someone in your home is a light sleeper.
– Window units need to be installed every summer and stored every winter. It can be a chore to do this twice a year every year.

Benefits of a Ductless Split Air Conditioner

Mr. Slim ductless split
– Stylish and secure.
– Full use of your window.
Whisper quiet
– Adds value to your home if you decide to sell in the future.
– Compact and can be installed almost anywhere.
– Typically, window units only come in cooling-only models whereas ductless splits have both cooling-only and heat pump models.
– Install it once and leave it where it is year round.
Energy savings. Uses less energy vs conventional systems.

If you are considering putting in an air conditioner in your home and would like recommendations on how to best cool your home.

Feel free to give us a call and schedule an appointment with one of our advisors today.

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Vancouver Canucks Prospects – A Heartwarming Gesture

May 9, 2016


It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to change someone’s life, and Saturday night Brock Boeser, a Vancouver Canucks prospect and University of North Dakota State player, cashed on in his opportunity by taking a Grand Forks student with Down syndrome to prom.

Read the full store here:

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Ductless Split Maintenance

May 2, 2016

Mitsubishi ductless split head
Congratulations! if you have an ductless split/ air conditioner in your home. You are one of the growing number of homes in Metro Vancouver who are fed up with leaving windows open and fans on during the night.

You get to enjoy the benefits of staying cool in you home and sleeping well through the night during the hot summer and spring season. As with other major mechanical equipment in your home like your furnace or boiler , the ductless split requires some maintenance to ensure it is running at peak performance.

Prior to starting the air conditioner for the first time this season it would be best to get an inspection and maintenance to ensure all the operations and controls are working properly.

Below are some things you can do to keep your air conditioner investment running.

1) Clean the Filters

As you can see in the image above the mesh/net looking cover inside the head is the filter. With the metal rod in the middle dividing it there are two filters inside the indoor unit of a ductless mini split/head. The filters catch dirt, dust and other particles  in the air before the cool air is blown into the room. If you are able , you can remove these filters and vacuum them after the first full month of operation and then every couple of months after.

If you have pets such as a dog or cat, we recommend you to check these filters every couple of weeks for the first couple of months to determine the frequency of cleaning these filters as fur and down are easily trapped in the filters and restrict the flow of air.

If you do not clean these filters they will become clogged and will restrict the air flow and your unit will struggle to get the room to the temperature you set on the thermostat. The unit will work harder and use more energy but the desired cool temperature will not be met.

2) Clear Any Obstructions Away from Outdoor Unit

The next maintenance point for a ductless heat pump is to ensure the outdoor unit stays clear of snow in the winter (not likely in Vancouver), grass and weeds in the summer and leaves or branches in the fall.

If the outdoor unit does not have clear air flow than it is forced to work harder to produce the right amount of heating or cooling. Overworking the outdoor and indoor unit will eventually lead to premature breakdowns and equipment failure. So it is really important to make sure things are not blocking them from freely drawing and expelling air into the environment.

3) Annual Outdoor & Indoor Coil Cleaning

It is recommended to have a heating/cooling contractor come to clean any build up of dirt or grime on the outdoor unit coil as well as the indoor unit coil. The contractor will use a special solvent solution and equipment to deep clean the coils that won’t damage them.

This service is comparable to an annual furnace maintenance. This coil cleaning will ensure your unit is ship shape and ready for the next cooling or heating season.

Do not use a pressure washer or high pressure hose to spray your outdoor unit. This can cause damage to the outdoor coil and cause the air conditioning unit to not function.

If you would like to schedule your air conditioner maintenance, please give us a call at 604-283-2383.

If you had your air conditioner installed by us last year then you may be due to have your AC maintenance as Ashton includes the first maintenance at no charge in our installation package.

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Air Conditioning in Vancouver

March 24, 2016

Like it or not, it’s clear that Vancouver is experiencing ever changing weather patterns with mild winters and searing hot summer. Metro Vancouver saw record temperatures in the summer if 2015, causing not only numinous wildfires, but left many Vancouver residents suffering from the intense heat.

As such, many homeowners are thinking about installing ductless split air conditioning systems or heat pumps in their Vancouver area homes to help beat the heat. Here are a few frequently asked questions about installing air conditioning:

Can I install air conditioning in my Vancouver area home?
99% of the time, yes! Air conditioning and heat pump technologies have come a long way from the old window shakers that are noisy and not to mention, ugly!

From single family homes, to townhouses and multi-level penthouses, we have installed air conditioning in all shapes and sizes. If you live in a Strata building, please give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with an information package you need to seek strata approval.

How long does it take to install an air conditioner?
Most AC installations can be completed within one or two days. We only use certified air conditioning technicians to ensure your AC system installation goes smoothly.

Is ductless split air conditioning loud?
No! The great think about ductless split systems is that it is comprised of two main components. The “head” is mounted to the walls in the rooms you wish to cool and the “condenser” sits outside, often times on a vibration reduction pad. Modern condensers run quietly and meet most strata and by law noise regulations.

How much to install air conditioning at home?
It depends! Air conditioners, like automobiles come in all types, sizes, applications and of course, cost. Many factors come into play with pricing out a new air conditioner:

  • Type of equipment current in the home
  • Size of the home/room the unit is cooling
  • Which rooms are you planning on cooling?
  • Location of electrical panel and space for condenser mounting

That’s why at Ashton, we provide a comprehensive free quotations. Our certified HVAC technicians will sit down with you to go over you needs, wants and options available to you.

If you are interested in installing air conditioning in your Vancouver area home this summer, give us a call. We’re happy to help.

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