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What You Can Learn From 5 Commonly Requested Jiffy Jobs

At Jiffy we're always learning about Toronto homeowners. Especially the jobs that come up time and time again. This list, though not exhaustive, is full of tips on how to lessen the costs of these jobs and see our pros less. 1. Snaking a Clogged Drain | Plumbing About once a year (or more), homeowners will get their drains snaked by a plumber. Shower drains are particularly vulnerable - hair and…

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New House? Our Tips for Week 1

First-time homeowners make up a large portion of our client base. As a result, we hear a ton of stories about mistakes made in the early days of homeownership. Like the guy who uninstalled his old dishwasher himself, caused a giant leak, didn't know where the main water shut-off valve was, water-damaged his floors, and broke the dishwasher. A bit of a disaster, to say the least. There's a lot…

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Plumbing 101: Tree Roots & Drain Invasion

When tree roots grow into pipes, they cause blockages that prevent water and sewage from reaching city drains. For homeowners with older clay pipes still in place, the fix is often prohibitively expensive and requires digging up at least a portion of the lawn. What should you do if you have an old house, a big tree or two on your property, and deep-rooted anxiety about it? Here's what you…

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5 Home Upgrades to Reduce Water & Energy Consumption

As a whole, we don’t have much to be proud of when it comes to homeowner environmental responsibility: Canadians have the third highest per capita energy use in the world, and on average, we use 300 litres of water per person daily, making us the top household consumers of water globally. This means one thing and one thing only: we’ve got some serious work to do in our…

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Realtors Tell All: 5 Quick Updates to Sell Your House for More

When prepping a home for sale, small updates and fixes can go a long way toward increasing a home’s value and making it more attractive to potential buyers. For the most part, buyers want a home that’s move-in ready. If a house has a number of overlooked maintenance issues and outdated features, it can be taken as a sign of homeowner neglect and scare buyers away. The less…

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Why Plumbers Advise Against Drano

A homeowner once told us that kitchen sink clogs can be prevented by using Drano twice a year. We wondered if this was sound advice. Googling ‘Should I use Drano?’ tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the Drano Gender Test (myth) and the Drano Bomb (not recommended). When it comes to household usage, however, even our most trusted sources are at odds with one another. Some swear…

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