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10 Quick Tips to Keep Your Unclog Those Clogged Drains!

Posted by on March 26/2014 | 0Comments

Clogged Drains

To ensure you have smooth drains, clogged drains will usually require the work of trained professionals as it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to plumbing problems. Bad clogs may require snaking and this is best done by an experienced plumber so that they have to opportunity to make sure the clog is not systemic of a large problem. Very slow drains and stubborn clogs may require professional help but there are many things you can do to prevent your clogged drains from reaching that point.

Prevention

The best way to deal with clogged drains is to avoid having them by practicing some simple habits around the home. Here are some kitchen, bathroom, and some general tips to help your smooth drains running just as it should.

Kitchen Tips

Never pour grease or oil down the sink as this can have a serious impact on the health of your entire plumbing system. Instead, pour the grease or oil into a sealable container and throw it out.

Avoid letting food scraps go down the drain as they can get caught in bends and lead to clogs. Consider using drain screens on kitchen sinks to prevent this.

Garbage disposals are a great thing to have but they cannot handle every kind of food so avoid placing thick, sticky foods like banana peels and coffee grinds down the disposal. Always remember to run a steady stream of cold water while you are using it as this will help to carry waste material through the system.

Bathroom Tips

Clean bathtub and sink stoppers on a regular basis as hair, soap scum, and general gunk can quickly cause a clog, especially for those with long hair.

Never flush heavy paper products down the drain as they are common culprits of clogging problems.

General Tips

Pour boiling water down the drains once a week to help break up residue and move debris through the system. Second, adding vinegar or baking soda will help in breaking down soap scum. And lastly, never pour paint or paint thinner down drains.

Baking soda and vinegar can be combined in a one-to-one mixture to create a safe and natural solution which will help clear more stubborn residue. Leave the solution in the drain for at least 8 hours without running water and then run very hot water and plunge the drain to clear any remaining residue.

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to break down sediment and soap scum but it is not as effective on hair. If you suspect your slow drain is due to residue buildup, pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain. Wait 10 minutes and then plunge the drain. Repeat as necessary.

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Need Some Help?

If you’re noticing that your clogged drains are getting nastier despite your efforts, don’t hesitate to give us a call. At HY-PRO, we take great pride in unblocking clogged drains and maintain the health and cleanliness of your entire system.

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Essential Plumber Questions You Should Ask Every Plumber!

Posted by on March 14/2014 | 0Comments

Plumber Questions

If you don’t know much about plumbing, that’s okay. You’ll have to hire a plumber eventually, and you’ll want to know which plumber questions to ask. Here are a few of the most important plumber questions you should be asking any plumber you’re considering hiring.

Do You Have Insurance?

This is one out of the many plumber questions you should ask. If the answer to this question is no, run the other way. Every plumber doing work in your home should be able to provide you with insurance. Any damage that is caused to your home will have to be fixed, and you don’t want to have to foot the bill for someone else’s mistake.

Do You Have A License To Do This?

If there is a requirement for a plumber to have a license in your area, it’s important to know that they have one. If the plumber you’re considering to hire doesn’t have a license, there’s probably a good reason for it. You wouldn’t ask an unlicensed doctor to treat you, so don’t ask an unlicensed plumber.

Have You Any References?

References and good reviews are one of the strongest indicators of whether or not a person will use a product or service. Ask for references. Get names, phone numbers and call them. Find out if they were satisfied and if they would use the same person again if they ran into problems.

What’s The Cost?

A plumber should know the approximate cost of the job before they do it. You should be able to get a list of the required materials and a breakdown of the cost of service.

Can You Give Me A Guarantee?

A plumber should stand behind their work. They should be able to say that the job will be done right the first time, and if not, they’ll come back at no charge. If they can’t give you a guarantee, there are plenty of plumbers out there that will. The last thing you need is to be stuck paying to fix the exact same problem weeks or months down the road.

Have More Questions?

These are the most important plumber questions you should have on your list. Write them down and think up a few of your own. Keep them handy. Keep a tally of each plumber’s response, so it’s easier to choose which one is the best when the time comes. Make a good decision on hiring, and you’ll make a great decision for your plumbing.

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Thinking About A Plumbing Career? Here Are 6 Important Considerations

Posted by on March 10/2014 | 0Comments

Plumbing Career

A plumbing career can be a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have running water! And with a continued shortage of workers in the skilled trades across Canada, prospective plumbers could be well-positioned for steady work and a good salary. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Solid Prospects

The most recent job outlook published by the Ontario government predicted good prospects for trained plumbers. That’s good news, considering global economic instability and unemployment in Ontario at nearly 8 percent in December. For young people, that figure tends to be even higher.

Demand for plumbers is more solid than other trades linked to construction because there’s always a need for people with the know-how to maintain the existing network of pipes. That means you’re less vulnerable to economic downturns.

Work Hours Varied

The 2009 Employment Ontario report showed that most plumbers have a standard 40-hour work week. But that refers mostly to those working on the construction of new buildings, whose livelihoods may depend on the ups and downs of the real estate market.

A more varied schedule sometimes awaits those workers who choose the path of maintenance and contract work. If you go this route, you may find yourself doing weekend and evening shifts. And those plumbers who show up to fix your overflowing toilet or storm pipe in a time of need may find themselves working whenever and wherever disaster strikes!

The Money Will Flow

The average full-time plumber in Ontario was earning nearly $50,000 annually in 2005, according to Employment Ontario. It’s a decent salary, although a few thousand shy of the province-wide average of $56,000.

But how much a plumber brings home varies widely. If you have an entrepreneurial streak, consider going into business for yourself. One industry veteran noted recently on this Reddit thread that after 23 years in the trade, he has a staff of 17 people, over 3.5 million dollars in assets, and a salary of $180,000 annually.

Get The Skills To Pay The Bills

Choosing a career as a journeyman plumber means getting the right education. Ontario plumbers require a Certificate of Qualification, which they earn through a five-year apprenticeship. This mostly involves on-the-job training, along with about 720 hours of school.

This means you can often earn enough to pay for your studies and living expenses instead of taking out a student loan.

Tough Work

New technologies mean plumbers are increasingly expected to have computer literacy skills and book-smarts. But keep in mind this job requires a certain toughness: you’ll sometimes be fitting pipes or soldering metal in awkward physical positions for long periods of time.

There are also certain health risks, as detailed on this federal government list: you may be exposed to biohazards like raw sewage, or harmful materials like asbestos. Always stay safe.

Stick With The Pros

One of the best ways to get into the business is to start with well-established plumbing companies. Hy-Pro Plumbing operates across Southern Ontario, providing solid residential and commercial services.

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