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Be Your Home’s Hero And Unblock A Clogged Toilet!

Posted by on December 29/2014 | 0Comments

Unclog That Clogged Toilet

clogged toiletWe’ve all been in that situation—equal parts frustrating, frightening, and embarrassing—when we’re faced with a clogged toilet and be the one who caused it. Try as we might, we can’t get the water to flush properly, and time’s running out. It’s bad enough when we’re alone, but all the more dicey when we have guests over or if we live with other people—and even worse when the clogged toilet is caused by us at one of our host’s washroom! So before you panic, start flushing madly (a terrible idea, by the way!), and flood the room, remember HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning’s quick (and dirty) tips on unblocking toilets and saving the day:

Clogged Toilet Tips We Recommend

If you’ve got the time, remember to slap on a pair of rubber gloves and prep the area around the clogged toilet with newspaper or paper towels. You don’t want to make an even bigger mess, and nobody wants to be shoving bare hands down a drain. Wait until the water level drops as much as possible before getting busy. If you have a real problem with excess water—and you have access—you can always turn off the water supply while working.

Suck it up and get it there. Seriously—use your gloved hand to try to dislodge what’s causing the blockage. It can be gross, but it’s sometimes effective.

Use a plunger. Sometimes all it takes is assiduousness, pumping up and down ten, fifteen, or twenty times, so don’t give up after a few feeble pumps. It’s worth a shot! Make sure the clogged toilet actually has water in it, or this method won’t work, and always wash your plunger off when finished. Purchase a plunger that’s actually designed for this task, with a small nozzle-like protrusion that fits into the drain (as opposed to the flat variety).

Try soap and water. Squirt a few drops of liquid dish soap into the bowl; then pour hot water from a few feet above the surface. This pressure and grease dissolving combination might force the water down and dislodge the drain. Be careful not to burn yourself while trying this out.

Hang in there. Grab a coat hanger, unravel it, and use it as a long, toilet-unclogging wand (bend it into a snake-shape). Try to dislodge obstructing masses and employ a circular motion for extra efficiency. If you can wrap a small rag or piece of fabric around the business end of the hanger, this might work even better, but make sure it’s attached securely (or you’ll just be adding to the problem).

Get cooking. Just kidding—but you can raid your kitchen for baking soda and vinegar, which make a great de-clogging combination. Add a cup of soda, then a cup of vinegar, and wash it all down with a pot of very hot water.

Use a commercial drain-cleaning product. If you opt for this method, always go for eco-friendly products. Our plumbers use GES+ Grease Eliminator and Drain Treatment, as well as Drain Blast Drain Fly Eliminator. These products are biodegradable, non-toxic, non-pathogenic, kill foul odours, and are free of pesticides and poisons. You don’t want to harm your plumbing system—or the environment—with harmful chemical products.

Out Of Options?

The final step in this fretful process should always be to call your local plumbing service, HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning! If you can’t get the job done using one of the methods above, there’s no need to worry; you’re clogged toilet isn’t blocked forever. We’ll be happy to help you out whenever you’re having trouble, night or day, seven days a week. Don’t let another clogged toilet cause you any discomfort—let us be your drainage experts and bathroom saviours!

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Prepping Pipes For Another Cold Winter Is Essential

Posted by on December 22/2014 | 0Comments

Prepping Pipes For Winter

Prepping pipes for the cold winter is essential in maintaining its health. You’ve enjoyed your cottage, lodge, or cabin as much as humanly possible this year—in fact, you’ve squeezed every last moment out of your cherished holiday house, trying to escape the city or the doldrums of work.

But now it’s time to face the facts: once again, winter is upon us, and you’re going to have to wait through another four months of cold wind, snow, and ice before you can enjoy another relaxing getaway. For you, it’s high time you made sure you cottage’s plumbing systems are outfitted for another winter. Here are a few things to remember when winterizing any vacant dwelling.

How Can You Begin Prepping Pipes?

Obviously, you’re going to want to have some heat flowing through the premises to not turn your property into an ice cube. Some residual heat through the house is absolutely essential. Pipes are most likely to freeze if they’re exposed to the elements, either outdoors or underground. Fiberglass and polyethylene are great for insulation, as is heat tape. If your pipes have sustained damage in the recent past, be extra careful when applying an insulating tube or tape. Of course, not everyone is experienced in insulating pipes, so get in contact with us at HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning if you need some help!

Know where your emergency shutoff valve is in case of any burst pipes, but always drain your pipes before leaving the premises. This means shutting off the water supply, opening up a faucet at the highest point in your plumbing system (and by highest, we mean furthest from the ground), and opening another faucet (or drain valve) at the lowest (often in a basement water heater). Make sure you have a bailing bucket with you while you open the drain valve in your water heater; since you’ve got another faucet open above, the water will come out quickly. This might take you anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes to finish, and may require an assistant!

You may need to blow water from dips and valleys in your piping system—and you may need help with this step. Moreover, you’re going to have to pour antifreeze into your drains so that it can coat your pipes. If you’re not comfortable doing any of these steps, or for help with any other plumbing concern, contact our drainage experts and we’ll get it done for you with speed and efficiency!

Cold air is your main enemy, so do what you can to allow for heat to reach your pipes. Leave cabinet/cupboard doors open to allow access. Make sure that exterior cracks in your home’s walls are filled in to avoid infiltrating breezes. If you have a cold crawlspace or unheated basement, make sure that it’s sealed off from the elements. This is especially appropriate for homes with ventilated space beneath the main floors.

Any cracked glass in your basement could allow cold air in to damage your pipes. Garages and other outdoor areas might have insufficient insulation, so be sure to check that there aren’t cold drafts and weakened areas. If you have open vents that can’t be easily closed, you can always cover them with thick cardboard.

Protect Your Investment

You, of course, want to protect your investment, so knowing your home’s plumbing and drainage issues is an absolute must. Contact us at any time to help you winterize the pipes in a home, cottage, getaway, or any place that’s going to be unoccupied for an extended period. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are happy to help you with all your drainage concerns.

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A Trusted Plumbing And Drain Specialist Is Even Handier Over The Holidays

Posted by on November 17/2014 | 0Comments

A Handy Dandy Drain Specialist

Having a trusted plumbing and drain specialist is handy, especially over the holidays. Have big plans for the holidays? Are you fixing to entertain friends, family members, and other honoured guests, preparing sumptuous and multi-course feasts, stop-overs for out-of-towners, and plenty of fireside cheer for those cold (but very merry) nights? Got a major “ugly Christmas sweater” party planned? How about a comfy evening of wine and cheese for a few close friends? Maybe you’re saving all that energy for New Year’s Eve, when you’ll open your doors to 2015 and to a crowd of countdown revelers!

Choose A Local Drain Specialist

However you decide to share your home this holiday season, having substantial meals and numerous guests means your plumbing and drainage system will be working overtime to accommodate all that extra flow. Dishwashers, sinks, and garbage disposal units will have their work cut out for them with all that scrubbing and cleaning to do after your merry meals. Overnight guests will be giving your showers and bathroom sinks a run for their money as they freshen up in the mornings. And if alcohol starts flowing at your party—as it has a propensity to do, for some reason—your toilets will certainly be taxed, so to speak. So let’s be clear—the worst time to encounter a plumbing problem is while you have guests! Imagine being unable to clear up after dinner, run a bath in the morning, or use the washroom during a major bash! Suddenly those little drains will become the focal point of a whole household of people.

So let’s be clear—the worst time to encounter a plumbing problem is while you have guests! Imagine being unable to clear up after dinner, run a bath in the morning, or use the washroom during a major bash! Suddenly those little drains will become the focal point of a whole household of people.

Knowing this—and especially if you know your plumbing isn’t exactly in tip-top shape, or is in need of a good tuning up—you’d be wise to plan ahead and know who you’ll call if problems arise. Choose a local plumber like the good people at HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, who are available seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day! There’s no time too late and no day too busy to give us a call—our live operators are waiting to help you even when the weather outside is frightful.

In fact, if the weather does drop down to frosty levels, it’s even more imperative that you have HY-PRO’s number handy. Water in unprotected pipes can freeze, expanding to a point where it might burst your pipes (especially if they’re in an unheated basement or in outdoor walls). You can prevent damage from becoming permanent by having HY-PRO experts come and thaw your pipes properly.

Most people are on a budget over the festive season—gifts, food, alcohol, party supplies, and clean-up means everyone is watching their wallets. For that reason, you don’t want to be buried in debt if you have an unavoidable plumbing problem over the winter. Luckily, HY-PRO will never charge you for time and materials, but will ensure you receive a flat rate and an honest, up-front price. As many people who host annual holiday parties and extended stays are often grandparents or parents to returning children, you’ll also be relieved to note that HY-PRO offers a generous senior’s discount—just let our operators or attendants know and they’ll be happy to adjust the final price accordingly. And rest assured that if having a spic-and-span venue for inquisitive (and let’s be honest—sometimes nosy!) guests is a top priority for proud homeowners, our neat and attentive plumbers will treat your home as they would their own, wearing protective shoe coverings and ensuring that any mess made in the process is cleaned up, leaving your house as good as new.

As many people who host annual holiday parties and extended stays are often grandparents or parents to returning children, you’ll also be relieved to note that HY-PRO offers a generous senior’s discount—just let our operators or attendants know and they’ll be happy to adjust the final price accordingly. And rest assured that if having a spic-and-span venue for inquisitive (and let’s be honest—sometimes nosy!) guests is a top priority for proud homeowners, our neat and attentive plumbers will treat your home as they would their own, wearing protective shoe coverings and ensuring that any mess made in the process is cleaned up, leaving your house as good as new.

Get Prepared!

An excellent host is a prepared host; you won’t leave your much-anticipated holiday gathering to chance, so don’t turn to just any service if you run into an issue with your pipes. Contact HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning to keep people smiling (and merry!) by keeping the water running!

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