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5 Star Reviews Keep Rolling In

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The reviews keep rolling in for Superior Plumbing – 5 stars all around.


Superior Plumbing is where it is today primarily through trusted referrals and recommendations. We have built our business through integrity and the continued support and referrals of customers and clients.


This is what customers have shared this week: 


I needed a gas line run for a new stove so I called five different companies. One was charging too much for a call-out. One didn’t show for the quote appointment. One guy had no clue how to do the work properly. One company wanted more than three times what Superior Plumbing quoted. Then there was Blair from Superior – knowledgeable, professional, fair pricing, and impressive quality of work. I couldn’t be happier with the service that Superior Plumbing provided. They are the only plumber I plan to use in the future and the only one I would recommend. Google review – January 2017


Blair was excellent! Very professional and did a great job. I will definitely call him again next time I need a plumber. Yelp – January 2017


Blair was great. We had a toilet that was old and needed to be replaced. He sourced the new toilet, did the replacement and hauled away the old one. Very satisfied with the experience. Home Stars – February 2017


Thank you ! for your continued support and we look forward to serving you in 2017.


Superior Plumbing receives Top Scores !

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It has been a good year for Superior Plumbing.


Last year Superior Plumbing was in the top 20 of plumbers in Calgary – this year Superior Plumbing in the top FIVE, coming in as the THIRD best plumbing company in Calgary.


Best Plumbers rated SUPERIOR PLUMBING as one of the top 5 plumbing companies in Calgary. “They rank in at number three on’s scoring system which evaluates and ranks plumbers across Canada using over 20 factors. The rating system analyzes all information available online for every plumbing company in the Calgary area – and across Canada – and scores every company on three categories: Accountability and Trust, Online Reviews, and Warranties and Satisfaction Guarantees.”  Check out Best Plumbers in Calgary.



We didn’t stop there, we also hit the TOP 10 list of plumbing companies on YELP – Top 10 Plumbers.


Superior Plumbing prides itself on being trustworthy, honest and SUPERIOR. We consistently receive positive feedback and referrals from our clients. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to continuing to provide superior service to Calgarians.

Recent Reviews: Superior Plumbing = Satisfied Customers

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Take a look at what our clients are saying about us…….

Highly Recommend Blair – 10/10 


I had a water heater that spewed water all over my basement. I tried calling a couple of people including the major company who services my furnace annually. Either they never got back to me as in the case of the major company or they were unable to come quickly enough. Blair was excellent. He promised to try to get over as quickly as he could, in between jobs. When he arrived, he was very easing going and pleasant to deal with. He took out the defective tank and rerouted the piping. He was fast and did an excellent job. The job site was left clean and I was happy with the price for the work done. I now know who I will call for any plumbing issues in the future. Great guy. Great job.


Another 10/10


Blair was very knowledgeable and straight forward. He was prompt, friendly, and honest. Blair not only changed the faucets, he educated me in what he had to do an why. I appreciated this as it made me feel confident in his ability and judgement. I would most definitely recommend his services!


Complete re-plumbing of 1911 home 10/10


Blair’s expertise and his willingness to share it enabled us to quickly and cost effectively resolve issues with the services and plumbing in our new/old 1911 home. He completely re-plumbed our home; he did it on a tight schedule and at a very reasonable cost. He’s tied in new services (sewer and water), installed both new and vintage fixtures, and this year he completed the plumbing work required for a new basement laundry. City inspectors commended the quality of his work. We consider Blair a trusted advisor for all things plumbing, and highly recommend Superior Plumbing’s services to family, friends and anyone in need.


Check out more reviews on Home Stars: Home Stars – Superior Plumbing


Superior Plumbing Sponsors CKE Community Event

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We are proud to once again be a sponsor to this great event. This year the Wine and Whisky committee at CKE is hosting The CKE Social. Check out all the great sponsors that support this community event.

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Toilet rebate program ending – take advantage now !

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The City of Calgary’s Toilet Replacement Rebate Program is ending. Apply by August 15, 2016 to get your $50 rebate from purchasing your high efficiency (low flow) toilet. To see if you are eligible visit Calgary Toilet Rebate.

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Superior Plumbing is ranked in the Top 20 plumbers in Calgary and Area

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Superior Plumbing is rated as one of the top 20 plumbing companies in Calgary. We rank in at number seventeen on  BestPlumber‘s scoring system which evaluates and ranks plumbers across Canada using over 20 factors.

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Merry Christmas from Superior Plumbing

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Clifford (the big red van) is in a Parade !

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“Clifford” – Superior Plumbing

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Clifford in the CKE Parade





Clifford again.








Everyone loves a parade, including Clifford, the big red van (named by my wife and kids). Superior Plumbing believes in supporting the community where we live and work. This past weekend CKE (Chinook Park/Kelvin Grove/Eagle Ridge) hosted a parade and homecoming barbecue. Superior Plumbing got a little “dressed” up and drove the route.



Admittedly, Clifford has a bit of a crush on a blue and white VW van in the neighbourhood, so jumped on the chance to follow “Buttercup” from Hip Image around the block.

"Buttercup"...from Hip Image

“Buttercup”…from Hip Image

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The Parade !












…..I heart Buttercup




Talk the Trade – Common Plumbing Terms

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Like most professions, plumbers are known for using lingo, acronyms and plumbing “terms”. If you are a homeowner, it’s to your advantage to understand key terminology related to plumbing. Listed below are common terms used by Plumbers. Understanding these basic terms will help you with your next trip to the hardware store or in the event you have Superior Plumbing in your home !



Standing for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (thank goodness for this acronym), a black, rough plastic piping used in drainage

Access panel

Opening in a wall, floor or ceiling that allows plumbing or electrical service


Fitting that joins pipes together

Air Gap

The path of the water flow; for example, the distance from a faucet to a drain

“A” valve

Shuts off gas manually

Back vent

One of two vents that are part of a plumbing fixture

Backflow Preventer

Mechanical plumbing devices installed in a plumbing system to prevent water from flowing backward in the system.

Ball joint 

Sphere-shaped part of a joint that rests in a socket

Branch Drain

Drain that leads to the main drainage line of a plumbing system

Circuit Vent

In drainage systems, this vent runs from the final traps of a horizontal drain line to the primary stack of vents


One of the more helpful common plumbing terms when troubleshooting, a plug that is used to access the pipe in order to clear an obstruction

Closet Auger

Tool that removes toilet obstructions


Type of fitting with two female ends


Standing for Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride, this rough piping is used in water supply systems


Standing for polybutylene, a type of plastic tubing used for water systems in some parts of the country


Cross-linked polyethylene. PEX tubing, is commonly used for water supply lines and radiant floor heat systems.

Plumber’s putty 

Soft substance used to seal joints and fixture bases


Standing for Polyvinyl Vhloride and one of the more common plumbing terms, referring to white piping used in many home plumbing capacities


Fitting that connects one pipe to another that is smaller


Installation phase that covers waste and vent lines, drains and water

Shutoff Valve

Most commonly refers to the shut-off valve located under sinks and toilets. Valves are also installed on branch lines and alongside the meter.


Slang for soldering.

T&P Valve

Temperature and pressure valve. A valve that opens to release excess pressure and temperature in a system.

Tee Fitting

Fittings that allow pipes to be joined at a 90-degree angle. Tee-fittings for drain systems use a sweeping bend to prevent blockage. See Sweep.


A temperature control device, typically located on an inside wall that is used to set and maintain a desired room temperature


A fitting or portion of a fixture that, when properly vented, holds water to prevent entry of sewer gases.


A device that regulates the flow of water.

Vent Stack

The upper portion of the soil stack above the topmost fixture through which gases and odors escape.

For a full lists of terms and for all your plumbing needs call Blair – Superior plumbing.


Permits – to pull or not to pull?

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In the City of Calgary there are specific requirements as to when you are required to have a gas or plumbing permit pulled for work done in your home. Below are some circumstances where you are required and not required to pull a permit:




  • If you are planning on building, modifying or extending a plumbing system you are required to get a permit from the city prior to starting the work.
  • If you are planning on replacing water/sewer lines in and around your house you will need a permit from the City of Calgary.


Performing this type of work without a permit is against the City of Calgary by-laws. It’s always a good idea to get a permit for extensive plumbing work so that you can ensure it is completed properly, within code and will be covered by insurance.


Not Required:


  • Repair leaks in water or draining systems
  • Replacing faucets and fixtures
  • Repairing or replacing a hot water tanks
  • Removing blockages in the drainage system.


A city-qualified tradesperson can pull a plumbing permit with the City of Calgary. A City qualified tradesperson has been pre-approved, understands what is necessary in the permit application and can apply on-line. At Superior Plumbing, we are city-qualified tradespeople with the City of Calgary and are set up to pull permits for your plumbing jobs.


If you are looking to have any gas work done in and around your home, a permit can ONLY be pulled by a certified gasfitter. Superior Plumbing employs certified gasfitters and are qualified to pull permits within the City of Calgary.


Here is a list of FAQ from the City of Calgary Technical Assistance Center, further information can be found on their website.


City of Calgary – Technical Assistance Center


Do I need to pull a permit for my new hot tub?


Yes, Electrical and Plumbing Permits are required. Depending on the structure that the tub is built on and around a Building Permit may also be required. If the hot tub is installed on the interior of a building then a HVAC permit may also be required for ventilation. A Development Permit may also be required depending on where on your property you want to place the hot tub.


Do I need a permit to replace my hot water heater?


Not normally, however if there changes to the gas line or venting, a permit may be required.


Can a homeowner apply for a gas permit?


No. Only a licensed gasfitter is allowed to apply for a gas permit.


Do I need a permit to replace bathroom or kitchen fixtures?


No, a permit is not required to replace fixtures. It is only required if you modify the plumbing system or change the location of the fixtures.