What are you growing on your roof?

Are you thinking of incorporating green roof design into your overall building design?  A green roof will allow your building’s roof to:

  • absorb more rainwater
  • double or triple the life of the roofing material, which will crack and break due to sun exposure over time
  • absorb sunlight, thus absorbing heat, keeping the interior of your building cooler
  • adds sound and thermal insulation
  • improves overall air quality

ZURN’s Green Roof Drains make it easy to design a quality long term sustainable building roofing system.  Their Green Roof Drains are:

  • ideal for all green roof applications
  • have perforated drains allows for optimal flow while preventing debris from entering roof drains
  • have removable lids that allow for easy routine maintenance
  • the height of Green Roof drains aligns with the green roof surface


Innovative Hospital Design

Val Temp Sales is proud to represent ZURN throughout Alberta.

ZURN has everything that you need for hospital design including ~ patient rooms, nursing stations, lab and research areas, surgeon scrub areas, kitchens, and emergency entrance areas.

Since our design team continually reviews and evaluates our products, we offer unique product solutions that deliver superior water efficiency and safety.

One solution we offer is our Silvershield Anti-microbial Technology provides a permanent glazing to ceramic surfaces that inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.

ZURN has over 100 patented designs, and we strive to use the latest technologies and materials to continually improve the performance of our products.




Give your Building a Facelift for 2018

Now is the perfect time to upgrade the washrooms in your facility to hands-free faucets and flushometers. Your taps and manual flush valves on your toilets have many challenges.  To flush toilets, many people commonly operate them with their feet, for fear of catching germs.  This operation by foot, causes an increase in the wear and tear on the flush valves.  This causes repetitive strain damage to the mechanisms, and leads to increased water loss due to slow leaks.

Also, your manual flush valves that are operated by hand, lead to more germ exposure, and more sick time for both you and your staff.  Sensor faucets and sensor flush valves are cleaner, they operate using Active Infrared technology which senses the presence of a person.  Active infrared technology, like the name implies is emitting infrared light and waiting for this light to come back to it. On the frequency spectrum, infrared light lies between radio waves and light waves.

Hands free faucets and sensor flush valves use less water, as they aren’t manually controlled by the user.  There is a small fixed amount of water used per hand wash and per flush. Low flow sensor flush valves offer over 30% water savings, when compared with typical 1.6 gpf systems. This helps to achieve the LEED® 30% reduction in renewable resources savings.

Send me an email today for info on how to move forward with your 2018 building facelift.

Christina Herbers, P.Eng, LEED AP

Business Development Manager, Val Temp Sales

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Top 5 things you need to know about Interceptors

An interceptor is a plumbing device that captures fats, oils and grease before they are released to the City sewer system.  If there is no interceptor in place, fats, oils and grease released in the wastewater can clog sewage piping over time, creating sanitary sewer line damage and costly system back up.

  1. Interceptors need to be sized to take into account the total flow from plumbing fixtures including commercial kitchen sinks and floor drains.
  2. Sizing of appropriate interceptor is to be based on bylaws and CSA Standards below:
    1. Total GPM flow rate from all fixtures x one-minute residence time = The Required Interceptor Size in USGal
  3. Most Cities in Alberta require that all commercial and institutional food facilities install and maintain oil and grease interceptors of a proper design and adequate size.
  4. The drainage bylaws in most Alberta cities require the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease to prevent them from clogging City sewers. Not doing so can lead to major fines.
  5. ZURN Green Turtle interceptors are made in Canada, come with a 30-year warranty, can be installed above or below ground, and are available in sizes from 50 to 10,000 gallons available for both new construction and retrofit applications.

The above picture shows the patented lightweight fiberglass construction, as well as the remote suction capabilities in the Green Turtle interceptors, with remote or hardwire sensor options.

Specify high quality ZURN Green Turtle Interceptors for wastewater pre-treatment on your next project.

Christina Herbers, P. Eng, LEED AP, Val Temp Sales,

What to flush (or not flush) … down the toilet?

I used to generally ignore, like the rest of you I’m sure, signs in almost every washroom that say “Don’t flush feminine hygiene products down the toilets.”  And then I started working in the water/wastewater field, and realized that all wastewater travels into the municipal sewage system and eventually gets returned to our water sources.   Look up your water treatment plant, it either is fed with groundwater (water found naturally below ground) or surface water (your local river or lake).

Simply put, what does this mean?  It means that what we put on our lawns and flush down the toilet, we will eventually drink.  Okay, so now I can tell that you are thinking about this differently!

It is in our best interest to keep our wastewater clean, as like I said before, we will eventually drink it.  Yes, there are multiple filters and processes in both Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Treatment Plants, that will filter out items to make it safe for us to drink.  But these all cost money, and there are certain contaminants that cannot be filtered from water.

So what can I flush?

This part is more obvious – human waste and toilet paper, and that’s all folks!

And what should I not flush?

  1. Tampons / Applicators / Pads
  2. Diapers / Bathroom wipes
  3. Condoms
  4. Chemicals

The first three items listed above will either cause clogging in your home or buildings plumbing system, which could become a major issue, or they will cause blockages in the municipal sewage system.  This blockage in the sewage system will likely need a costly sewage line repair.

  1. Prescription Medications – By flushing prescription medications down the toilet, you potentially kill good and/or bad bacteria naturally found in the water, thus contaminating the groundwater. This has the potential to cause devastating effects on both wildlife and human drinking water downstream.
  2. Fats, Oils and Grease(FOG) – These should never be poured directly down your drains! When grease hits a drain, it cools and hardens, becoming pipe-clogging wax.  If you operate, design or install commercial kitchens, car washes, restaurants or high-rise towers, there needs to be an interceptor designed as part of the buildings wastewater plumbing system to capture the fats, oils and grease before they enter our municipal wastewater systems.

For more details and a full list of Hazardous, Restricted, Prohibited Waste, please refer the City of Edmonton Drainage Bylaws at


Summarized by Christina Herbers, P.Eng, LEED AP, Val Temp Sales

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

I was honored to volunteer with the Canadian Institute for Plumbing and Heating – Edmonton chapter, yesterday at the Habitat for Humanity Build in South Edmonton. ‘Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’ builds homes for hundreds of families in need of safe affordable housing across northern Alberta each year

Our CIPH group brought out over 15 people to site, and it was an amazing experience. We cut boards, used power tools, stood up on ladders, trudged through the mud and hopefully made a small difference.

We had a very thorough safety orientation, and all of the volunteers were served an amazing lunch by a local church.

The South Edmonton Habitat build was chosen as a ‘Jimmy Carter’ Work Project – which means that on July 9th, 92 year old Jimmy Carter, and 800 volunteers from around the world, will descend upon our city.

Although ‘Habitat for Humanity’ has some amazing and dedicated volunteers, they are always looking for more, and I encourage you, if you have ever wanted to donate your time or materials, to contact Habitat for Humanity.

Thank you to Joe and CIPH Edmonton for organizing this day.