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Common Plumbing Problems to Watch Out For in Your HomeWhen it comes to plumbing, a little maintenance can go a long way. By checking over some of the common plumbing areas in your home, you could potentially prevent a disaster from occurring. While a water leak can happen anyplace in the home, you'll usually find one most often in the bathroom, laundry room and in the kitchen.

Look Around the Toilet

Leaky toilets aren't always obvious to spot as the leakage typically goes right down the drain rather than causing visible damage. A continuously running toilet from a faulty flapper valve can lose up to 200 gallons of water every day! This is an easy fix, but failing to do so will get expensive fast.

If you're not sure whether your toilet is leaking or not, place a few drops of food coloring in

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4 Common Questions About Home Warranties ExplainedWhat is a home warranty? Home warranties help to protect a home buyer from certain defaults in the home, particularly for new buildings in Calgary. With this information, home buyers will understand the uses of home warranties, when home warranties are typically required, and how to take advantage of their home warranties if they need it.

Why Are Warranties Necessary for New Homes?

Home warranties are often considered necessary for new homes, but why is this? Buying new construction has a number of benefits for people, including:

  • access to new building practices and technologies
  • ability to use all products for the first time
  • likelihood of better documentation on the structure and systems

Despite this, a new West Springs home

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The Best Dog Parks in Each Quadrant in Calgary

Soon it will be time for sunshine, iced coffee, and dog walks! But until then it can be difficult to ensure your dog gets the exercise they need when temperatures are -20 and below. But with spring on the horizon, it is time to start getting ready for dog walks and play days, and Calgary dog parks are the place to start! The city is fortunate to have over 150 different dog-friendly parks where pups can frolic off-leash, chase balls, and play with others. Take a look at the many Calgary dog parks located in each neighbourhood and quadrant of the city and plan out some quality time with Fido!

Note: Before letting your dog run free off-leash, be sure to check the designated area for signs indicating that it is an off-leash area. Keep in mind that

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Home Buying Tips for WomenWomen home buyers in Calgary have to come represent a huge market these days when it comes to the purchase of real estate. More than 20 % of those investing in real estate are single women and close to 40 % of this group are first time home buyers. From a demographic perspective, women are slightly more likely to look at the purchase of condos than home purchases, mainly because they don’t offer more bedrooms than they require if they don not have children. However, many other women are also very involved in buying a new home.

If you are a single woman, real estate is a good long term investment for your money as homes and condos invariably appreciate over time. A home or condo also allows you to build up equity in your property as you pay down

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Top Softball Leagues in Calgary for Men and WomenSpring weather in Calgary is historically unpredictable. Cool days mixed with warm days mixed with freak snowstorms has been a recipe for disaster on many occasions. Our crazy weather was enough to chase away pro baseball teams that have tried to make Calgary home. But not enough to deter little league teams and softball or slow pitch teams who just want to have fun.

The Best Softball Fields in Calgary

Team tryouts start indoors because of this but once the season is underway there's no denying that we're got some great facilities in our city. Here are just a few of them with more outlined on the City of Calgary website.

South Calgary

Pop Davies Athletic Park: This park in the heart of the community of Ogden was dedicated in 1983 to

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The Best Lunch Restaurants in CalgaryEnjoy some amazing eateries around the Calgary area. While you're out shopping or partaking in some activities, you will want to grab a bite to eat. Here are some places that are open for lunch, and have some delicious menu options. Your sure to find what your craving in Calgary.


If the occasion calls for something a little nicer, Belvedere is the place to go. This fine dining restaurant is housed in an old structure that use to be a bank. The atmosphere is enchanting, with the décor and offerings. There is a lounging area separate from the dining area, which adds to the fine dining experience.

Menu options are a mixture of flavours, including exotic and unique. Dishes such as rack of lamb in artichoke crust with peppermint beet

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How To Spot Mold Growth In Your HomeEveryone should feel safe when living in their own home, but there can sometimes be something very dangerous lurking in the walls or under the sink. Mold can be detrimental to the health of people living in a home if it goes unnoticed, so homeowners need to educate themselves in order to catch it before it can do any harm. It is also almost impossible to sell a home with a mold problem. Here are some of the signs of mold in a home that homeowners can look for and some of the health hazards it can cause if left to grow.

Where Does Mold Grow?

The problem with finding mold in a house is that it usually grows in places that aren’t highly visible. However, one thing that attracts mold like a magnet is standing water and other forms of moisture. If

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Where to Gamble in CalgaryCasinos are more than just a place to try your luck at the hottest games in town. They're a break from the standard dinner and a movie, a place to feel the excitement and exhileration of the unknown. And this is true whether people like to gamble or not. Calgary's casinos are filled with everything from special performances to bowling and mini-golf. Calgary has more than a few choices for those with a little extra cash burning a hole through their pocket, so see which spots make the top picks.

Grey Eagle

As one of the newest entertainment destinations in Calgary, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino provides plenty of fun. It's located on the Tsuu T'ina First Nation and offers guests plenty of entertainment in a very unique environment.

Grey Eagle

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Should You Install a Pool in Calgary?The perennial question for homeowners considering a backyard pool is whether the return on investment will be positive. Pools are expensive, and there may be no easy answer. There is no doubt that, at least for some, enjoying a private pool is as desirable as an expensive annual vacation. That enjoyment factor is a prime reason for installing a pool in the first place.

Other homeowners suggest, however, that over time a pool loses much of its appeal, and that long-term maintenance and upkeep costs climb. Some of those families believe that fitness club dues or a country club membership can represent a better long-term use of funds.

Prime Factors: Weather and Cost

In Calgary, weather is a limiting factor for use. The season for an outdoor

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Visiting the Spas in CalgaryNothing is more luxurious and relaxing than a day spent in a spa getting pampered. Calgary has the answer for you in one of the finest facilities you can find anywhere in the Alberta area. TripAdvisor has delegated special ratings for each of these fantastic locations.

The Health Benefits of Visiting the Spa

Many of us think of the spa experience mostly as a rare opportunity for some quality “day of beauty” pampering. And there's no question that spas excel at giving clients a glowing, younger looking complexion, gorgeous nails, and lustrous hair. Yet spas can benefit you in even more profound ways. Among the top health benefits of going to a spa are:

Stress-busting treatment. Researchers are now beginning to understand how dramatically

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