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Common Plumbing Problems Affecting Older Homes

Posted by on August 20/2015 | 0Comments

Common Plumbing Problems

In many of Canada’s older towns and cities, there are plenty of homes that date back to the turn of the century. And no, we don’t mean the one that just happened 15 years ago. Homes that are 100 years old (or more) have a distinctive and distinguished style that sets them apart from their newer counter-parts. Built by trained contractors or local novices, these historic homes have an individual look and feel that many people prefer over the style found in cookie-cutter subdivisions. If you own a historic house, then you know that they also have a lot of plumbing problems that they don’t share with those houses built after the 1970s.

Today, in order to construct or do any major renovation to a home, you have to acquire a permit from the city. Issued according to the Building Code Act, these permits assure that your renovations and construction abide by industry standards set to ensure your safety. This hasn’t always been the case. If you go far enough back, there were no regulations that standardized construction. As long as a person had the land and the means, anyone could build a house. This also meant that many unprofessional landowners were building homes alongside their professional counterparts. Without appropriate training, these builders could make unusual or unsafe choices when wiring their electricity and laying their plumbing which will cause common plumbing problems in the long run.

Materials Used For Pipes

Over the years, the accepted materials used for plumbing has evolved. Naturally, these materials will decrease plumbing problems that are commonly encountered in older homes. Before the 70s, many homes used galvanized steel pipes. Though strong, this material isn’t known for its longevity. After decades of water pushing through, the inside of galvanized pipes tends to rust. Owners of historic homes will start to encounter water pressure issues as the rust clogs restrict water flow through the pipes.

While galvanized pipes inside the home can rust, sewer lines leading out of the home to the municipal sewer system can be clogged. Depending on how old your historic home is either clay or cast iron pipes were used. Time isn’t gentle to clay or cast iron pipes, as these materials are prone to corroding over time. Both kinds of pipes are susceptible to invading roots systems as well, especially those that have had nearly a century to grow. Strong roots combined with weakened pipes aren’t a good combination for the integrity of your sewer lines, which is why so many historic homes experience sewer line back-ups.

As a historic homeowner, you don’t have to live with poor water pressure while under the constant threat of a flood. Our expert plumbers have been trained to handle any kind of plumbing system, including those dating back to the turn of the century. By using state-of-the-art cameras to inspect your pipes and sewer lines, our trained plumbers can identify the type of materials used and where exactly the issue is situated. From there, they can determine what part of your pipes needs to be repaired or replaced. By using hydro flush technology, our staff can blast away the corroded material causing blockages in your pipes. Using trenchless technology, our plumbers can locate and replace aged sewer lines without unsettling your landscape or destroying your property.

Need Some Help?

There’s a way to solve even the worst problems caused by old building standards and inferior materials. If you’ve noticed lowered water pressure or have walked into a flooded basement, call us right away. We’re available whenever you need us to inspect your property and replace your out-dated plumbing. After you get in touch, you can get back to enjoying the comfort and style an older home can afford you.

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Replace Underground Pipes And Save Time & Money!

Posted by on July 29/2015 | 0Comments

Looking To Replace Underground Pipes?

If you’re looking to replace underground pipes and are looking to DIY, proceed with great caution. Part of the reason you call a professional residential or commercial plumbing service is because you’re simply not an expert. It’s okay to admit that you don’t have the tools, training, and expert skills needed to conduct complex repairs and removals; that’s what a professional is for, after all! And one of the major obstacles preventing amateur (or would-be) plumbers from de-clogging or replacing buried pipes is the simple fact that it can require so much work — especially when it comes to underground pipelines that run beneath your home, business, parking lot, driveway, lawn, or other expensive investment.

Thankfully, our speedy and friendly service also boasts the latest advances in trenchless technology! This system lets our staff repair, replace, or clean out damaged or blocked pipes without disturbing (and often destroying) floors and other surfaces. We can get below driveways, streets, and any paved area; we can sneak beneath your patio, garden, trees, and walkways. We’ve got the skills to negotiate water, gas, and electrical lines that would have major consequences if they were damaged. All flooring, decks, hot tubs, and other surface installations can stay safe and undisturbed with our superior technology!

How Do We Work?

All we need is a small cleanout area where we can then gain access to underground pipes of all shapes and sizes. No need to shut down power, water, or gas — your family can go about their day-to-day routines without a considerable interruption, and you’ll be able to enjoy continued business operations. Save money, time, and the need to hire other types of experts who might have to dig out your backyard or basement.

We can handle brief and simple spot repairs, burst or cracked pipes, and leave your system with better strength (pipes are more durable, compressed, and with increased tensile toughness). Forget the old dig and replace techniques that other less advanced companies provide! In fact, our lateral lining service means you can add an extra layer of protection that will give your current system a life-extension of about 50 years!

Imagine trying to find the problem in your system if it’s buried deep beneath your backyard, patio, or basement. Trenchless technology is essential for all tasks that require work deep underground, and it’s perfect for busy urban areas where disturbing even a bit of ground will mean major interruptions, expensive repairs, shut-downs, and ugly construction — no one likes a gaping pit in their sales floor or backyard!

In Need Of A Professional?

When you need this kind of advanced and non-intrusive plumbing work, contact us now and we’ll be happy to inspect your property, work through a consultation, and execute the best course of action for your plumbing systems. We’ve got competitive prices, friendly and courteous staff, and all the essential licenses, insurance, and policies to help you emerge from your plumbing problem with a perfectly working system. We’re thrilled to be your reliable local plumbers, and we’re ready to get to work when you are — all you have to do is email or call!

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Backflow Prevention With HY-PRO’s Prevention Service

Posted by on July 17/2015 | 0Comments

Backflow Prevention

When you’ve got a properly working plumbing system, the clean water and waste water run in predictable directions — the waste runs down into your city’s sewer system (or into your sump basin), and fresh water flows down to refill your pipes and tanks. If wastewater starts running in the opposite direction — in other words, dangerous or toxic substances find their way back into your toilet bowl or water supply — then you’ve got a serious problem that can result in anything from basic aesthetic issues to extreme (and deadly) health hazards from pesticides and biological waste.

You’ve got to ensure that your potable water supply stays clean, so if you suspect (or know) you’re facing a backflow problem, be sure to call us immediately!

Problems Related To Backflow

You’ll be happy to know that backflow prevention is a part of our regular services. A working system is one that has proper levels of pressure. Sometimes major increases in temperature can change the pressure in your system; with heat comes expansion, which means the pressure in your system is higher than in the water supply. This causes what’s called “back pressure,” and it can be reversed and prevented by installing (or repairing) automatic check valves or double check valves, depending on the severity of the problem. Valve installation is no easy task, so always requires the assistance of a trained and licensed professional — this is no task for the plumbing amateur, so be sure to get us to help you!

Another related problem with backflow is called “back siphonage.” This situation occurs when the water supply becomes drained, emptied, or interrupted. The best way to fix this issue is through the use of air gaps, installed in taps, cold-water cisterns, and other parts of your plumbing system. These open spaces help get things moving again, and, like check or double check valves, they are difficult to implement properly. Always call an expert if you have a backflow problem that needs an air gap to be cleared up.

Risk of contamination is broken down into five distinct categories. Numbers 1 and 2 aren’t dangerous — the second level is only when you encounter discoloration or temperature fluctuation. Level 3 indicates some toxicity that may cause illness or unpleasant symptoms and needs your action. Level 4 demonstrates significant dangers associated with chemicals and pesticides, while Level 5 — the most severe category — means you’ve got possibly deadly bacteria from human waste back in your system. There’s no point in trying to fix the matter yourself or ignoring it, hoping it goes away. When you’ve got a backflow problem, you need to solve it fast.

Need More Information?

For all kinds of backflow prevention, including inspection, repair, installation, and regular maintenance calls for both residential and commercial properties, book a service call from our fleet of trained and courteous plumbing technicians. We’ll get you back in working order in no time and help you keep your water safe, potable, and healthy for your guests, employees, and family. Stay on top of your plumbing issues; call us any time!

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