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Have A Clogged Bathtub Drain? Avoid That Horrible Disaster!

Posted by on October 21/2014 | 0Comments

Tips On Handling A Clogged Bathtub Drain

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t enjoy taking a shower with a clogged bathtub drain. Having dirty water rising up past your ankles doesn’t exactly scream refreshing. But if you live in an old apartment or house, or your plumbing hasn’t been updated in a long time (or if you’re just particularly hairy!), you may have to endure this somewhat gross phenomenon more often than you’d like. Here are some tips of the trade to ensure that your shower or bathtub drain stays clog-free between major plumbing operations.

Regular Maintenance

Don’t assume that just because you can’t see it, the dirt and grime isn’t there! First, invest in a screen or mesh for your drain to collect any hair or chunks of soap (soap scum is a major factor in many clogs, so don’t overdo it on the suds and only use what you need to get clean). Second, once per week—maybe while scrubbing the tub—remember to remove the drain cover and get scrubbing underneath. If you’ve got a tub stopper that’s pre-installed, you’ll need a pair of pliers to get it up and to get cleaning. Third, you can then sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda down the pipe.

As a chaser, pour several cups of hot water down the drain, as this will push the soda through the pipe and get any grease moving along. Don’t use boiling water, though—this can potentially damage sealants, wax, and rubber parts. If the baking soda trick doesn’t work, try using white vinegar instead, but let it sit for about half an hour before you chase it with very hot water.

Beyond kitchen remedies, you should occasionally use a bacteriological drain cleaner and grease fighter. Look for something that’s 100-percent biodegradable, non-toxic, non-pathogenic, and non-corrosive. Here at HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, we use GES+® Grease Eliminator & Drain Treatment, which will keep your pipes and the environment safe and clean.

Kids and Pets

If you’ve got little children, sometimes a mysterious hole is just too tempting not to experiment with—tiny beads, pieces of LEGO, doll hair, jewelry, and other toys often wind up down the tub. Make sure you have a chat with your kids to let them know that drains aren’t fun to play with and that bath-time isn’t the place for anything smaller than the rubber ducky. Pets are also notorious for jamming your drains.

During the warm weather, and if you have the space, try to bathe Fido outside. If it’s not possible, make sure you use your sink’s mesh screen, or you lay a thin cloth over the drain when letting out the water—it’ll catch most of your best friend’s hair. Washtubs are another option.

Other Tips?

If your long gorgeous hair is to blame for the majority of your clogs, invest in a shower cap when just washing your body. Also, before washing your hair, give your head a vigorous brushing—you’ll collect a lot of loose strands that would otherwise come out in the wash (and head down the drain). Use rubber gloves when dealing with bathtub cleaning and even a clogged bathtub drain—you don’t want to get a lot gnarly gunk on your hands. Finally, and it may seem like common sense, but make sure you have a top quality plunger and drain snake—it’s surprising the difference a well made and functional plunger can make.

If you practice good drain care and drain maintenance, you should avoid a large number of minor clogs and jams. However, it’s always good to have the number of an excellent local plumber at the ready should you encounter a clog beyond your ability to clear. Sooner or later, we need the help of a trained expert, so contact us at HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning for all your residential plumbing requirements.

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The Importance of Having Professional Plumbers on Speed Dial

Posted by on September 05/2014 | 0Comments

The Need For Professional Plumbers

Professional plumbers will address any kind of plumbing issue at any hour of the day. Plumbing problems can happen to anyone, at any time of the day, in any kind of house or apartment. In many situations, they can seem to come out of nowhere – one day, you’re using your sink, shower, toilet or laundry with no real problems, and the next, your whole home is in chaos – but the truth is that most plumbing issues are so small that people tend to ignore them until they become massive and require large-scale repairs.

You may have grown used to overlooking or ignoring seemingly small issues with your plumbing, but once you’ve experienced the financial pain and general hassle of a large repair, you understand the crucial importance of catching even the smallest leaks or plumbing mishaps before they grow larger. Regular maintenance can always help to ensure that small problems are sorted out as they occur and future expenses can be avoided. But if you’re looking to do this, it’s important to choose professional plumbers and plumbing service that you feel you can rely on – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter how big or small your problem is.

Why Choose HY-PRO?

That’s why, at HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, we’re so committed to offering reliable and round-the-clock plumbing services to our clients – to us, it’s not just a gimmick, it’s the best way to help make sure your needs are always taken care of. Some of the most common plumbing-related issues our clients call us with include backed-up toilets, cracked or busted pipes (or frozen ones in the colder months), cracked water heaters and fissures in a house’s foundation, which can let in moisture and cause structural damage.

Professional Plumbers

The reason why we want to be there to help our customers no matter when these issues arise is that they are serious, and if a well-meaning handyman or woman tries to apply DIY techniques instead of calling in the experts, the results can be disastrous. They can make the work of professional difficult and a job which could have been solved by simple repair would need replacement because of unnecessary DIY tricks. We make our services as readily available as possible because, above all, want to save you and your home from the trouble that these kinds of situations can cause.

So why should you trust us? Well, we’re not just available on call when you need us. Our professional plumbers are highly qualified and experienced. As Canadians, we understand exactly how harsh winters can be difficult on your home, and our professional plumbers are prepared for all eventualities. We live where you live, and there’s a good chance that we’ll already have all the parts you need for your repair on hand when we show up at your house.

Not to mention the fact that we’re always doing our best to stay up-to-date with the latest equipment like drain cameras and other useful tools, so we can be on the cutting edge of the plumbing game. The next time you need a licensed, insured and reliable plumber to take care of your problem before (or after!) it gets big, get in touch and we will be at your service. Don’t hesitate – call a HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Cleaning plumber today!

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Upgrade Plumbing Pipes And Skip The Redecoration To Enhance Your Home’s Value

Posted by on August 25/2014 | 0Comments

Looking To Upgrade Plumbing Pipes?

By upgrading plumbing pipes, you can increase the value of your home. If you’re like many of the property owners we know, there’s a good chance that recently, you’ve found yourself looking around your house and wondering what you should be doing before summer comes to an end. You want to take care of any renovations or repairs before the winter cold sets in and renovations become costly and difficult – but where to begin? What’s the most crucial thing you can do for your home that will serve you all year ‘round? How can you know what the right thing to do for your home is?

Now, we understand that we might sound a little biased when it comes to this question, but hear us out: there’s a good chance that the thing your home needs most as this summer comes to a close is a good plumbing check-up. This will ensure that your upgrade plumbing pipes is looked at by professionals. A well-maintained plumbing system is worth its weight in gold, and if you take the time now to look after any existing issues, you’ll be doing so much more for your quality of life than a new armchair ever could.

Issues With Plumbing?

There are any number of issues that can come up if you’ve been taking your plumbing system for granted: Maybe your water simply isn’t coming up out of the pipes like it used to, or maybe your drains aren’t working properly. Or perhaps – as is common in many cases – there is a smell permeating up from the drain that smells like rotten eggs. These are signs of clogged and debris-filled plumbing lines that need repair, and they need to be addressed immediately. Stagnant water flowing back and onto counters or flooring can not only cause water damage that is costly, but can also be a real breeding ground for hazardous mold and mildew.

It’s absolutely crucial for your health, safety and comfort (as well as the happiness of everyone else in your home) that you seek out professional help when it comes to your upgraded plumbing pipes – and now is the perfect time to do it. At HY-PRO Plumbing and Drain Services we are here for you in these situations, as well as for annual maintenance and repair work – whatever you need, whenever you need it. Our technicians believe in a job done right the first time, and will arrive at your home with all the tools and parts to get the job done.

Upgrade Plumbing Pipes Today!

Using state-of-the-art equipment, we can check out your drain conditions with cameras, easily obtain access to tight spaces and ensure back flow is prevented. Outside drains and clean-outs are also worked on to ensure the proper flow away from the home, and tree roots choking the lines can be cut back. If your problem does end up happening in the colder months, we can help with pipe thaw to prevent freezing and cracking.

Whether you have an urgent plumbing-related issue or are just looking to get your systems checked up and fine-tuned as summer comes to a close, we’re here for you. Contact us now to set up an appointment with one of our technicians, and feel safe in the knowledge that you’ve made the right call.

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