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A Local Plumber For All Of Your Renovation Needs!

Posted by on May 05/2016 | 0Comments

Are You Planning On Renovating?

local plumberBefore renovations, you should be consulting your local plumber to ensure your bathroom, kitchen, or whichever area you wish to renovate is prepared. If you’ve spent years living with outdated, faulty, and inefficient bathroom fixtures, there’s nothing as exciting as the moment before you take on its renovation.

That enthusiasm might override reason, and you may be tempted to slip on a pair of goggles, grab your sledgehammer, and start taking a few swings. But we advise against that. No matter how big or small your plans are it’s important that you take the time to consider your options. It’s the only way to ensure your upgrades don’t turn into new annoyances.

For some, renovating the bathroom is as simple as outfitting the sink and shower with new faucets. For others, it’s a total override of the entire room involving changes to the layout, tiling, and larger fixtures like toilets and tubs. It all depends on your budget, the help that you hire, and the time you can devote to such a renovation.

What Do We Suggest?

For those of you who are planning on doing a total overhaul of your washroom, we suggest you take a look at your pipes before you do any major work. Looking at blueprints of your pipes can be overwhelming as it can be pretty intricate and complex. As such, it’s best to do this with a professional local plumber around.

If it’s been several years (or decades) since you last redecorated then the chances of your home having outdated and deteriorating pipes are pretty high. Given enough time, they can pose a serious problem for your plumbing and drainage system that may require invasive repairs. You don’t to want to retrofit your home after you’d done your renovation; the repairs can potentially ruin all of the work you did.

Nobody likes seeing their time or money wasted, so before you start your upgrade, make sure your home doesn’t rely on pipes and service lines made out of galvanized steel. If your home was built during or before the 1960s then there’s a high probability that you have galvanized plumbing. You may have no problems with this material now, but eventually, you will. Galvanized steel corrodes easily and accumulates sediment and rust on the inside of the pipe. As a result, these kinds of pipes are prone to problems with water pressure and clogs. If the corrosion is particularly bad, they may also taint your water supply with lead or cause a damaging leak.

If you’re not sure of what type of pipe your home has, one of our expert plumbers can perform a quick preventative maintenance inspection. During one of these appointments, they’ll visually identify the material used in your pipes. They’ll also go one step further. Using state-of-the-art cameras that can provide a 360-degree view of the inside of your pipes and lines, our plumbers can determine if the steel has undergone significant corrosion since it was first installed.

If they detect galvanized piping, it’s not an immediate cause for concern. You can continue using galvanized piping safely for a long time before the corrosion and rust cause flooding and other problems. However, it is something that you should monitor, and if our plumbers find considerable damage to your pipes then you’ll have to consider a full replacement of the affected material.

Preventative Maintenance Inspection

This will be a large task – no question. It takes time, effort, and considerable construction – which is why it’s so important to determine whether or not you need to replace your galvanized pipes before you redo your bathroom. A local plumber should have the expertise to answer to all of these questions and concerns.

Can you imagine finally having the bathroom of your dreams only to find out a year later you need to rip out galvanized pipes? It won’t just be time and money wasted – we guarantee you’ll have some heartache over this renovation disaster. So follow our advice. Give us a call and book yourself a preventative maintenance inspection to save yourself the tears of ruining your renovation.

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Preventative Plumbing Care With Our Experienced Plumbers

Posted by on April 25/2016 | 0Comments

Plumbing Care With The Pros

Keeping up with daily plumbing care should be a priority. Keeping the various components of your plumbing clean is an easy way to keep your system happy and healthy. It’s also a great way to be aware of any changing conditions or developing issues so you can take the appropriate repairs to avoid a disaster. Unfortunately, even the best preventative measures can’t stop your home from becoming a plumbing nightmare should luck be against you. In which case, a well-timed visit from one of our emergency plumbers can help you control the situation and return your home back to normal.

No amount of drain cleaning will help you if you’re up against Mother Nature. The fact of the matter is, when it comes to weather and geography, she always wins. One of the most common issues behind the emergency calls that we receive has to do with destructive tree roots affecting your drain and sewer lines. Roots are attracted to moisture, and they will stop at nothing in order to reach that source – even if that’s your pipes!

Get Rid Of Those Tree Roots!

The strength of these root tips has to be admired, as they only need to find a small fissure within the walls of the pipes in order to make their way inside. Once inside, they never want to leave. The inside of these lines creates the perfect climate for these searching roots, as it contains all the things it needs to live. Once they benefit from the moisture, oxygen, and nutrients inside these pipes, the roots will begin to grow. Eventually, their presence in your lines will affect the way your plumbing and drainage system works. Their roots act as a catch-all net, trapping sediment, grease, oils, and other debris leaving your home. At first, this kind of blockage will decrease the flow of your drainage system until eventually, it’s blocked completely.

When it comes to tree roots, we’ve designed a convenient, non-invasive way to locate and remove obstructions. Our emergency plumbers use a state-of-the-art camera that offers a 360-degree view of your lines. Once they identify the location of the blockage, they can use a combination of hydro flushing and trenchless technology to remove the obstructions and repair any damaged pipes without having to dig up and disturb your driveway, landscaping, or other property. It’s quick, convenient, and keeps your costs to a minimum.

That’s what why our plumbers use it. Just like our tips for preventative cleaning and maintenance, it’s to ensure that your drainage and plumbing system is cared for as easily and affordably as possible. Even when there’s an emergency, we offer you a clear, logical, and quick way to keep your plumbing on track. So the next time Lady Luck and Mother Nature conspire against you, remember us – the emergency plumbers you can rely on!

Prevent The Backflow!

When faced with a backflow problem, your home can be brought to a standstill. Something as simple as flushing a toilet or doing the dishes will be impossible when the lines leading from your home are blocked. That’s why we’ve made our emergency plumbers available 24/7. We don’t want you waiting for assistance for a few hours (or more) until our offices are open. Should you realize that your sewer lines are blocked at 2 o’clock in the morning, then you should expect to speak with a plumber at that time. You can call one of our emergency plumbers at any time of day or night, and they’ll make their way out to your home, armed with the appropriate equipment.

Worried About A Plumbing Problem?

Backflows and tree roots are two out of the many common types of problems that can occur with your drains. While these two issues do not show immediate problematic results, the long-term effects can be drastic. Every plumber emphasizes the importance of plumbing care. Plumbing care is not addressing a problem when it is too severe or resorting to questionable DIY methods on the Internet.

plumbing careYes, the Internet is a vast and helpful resource. However, the information should not be weighted just as important as a professional. Do take into consideration the advice you find on valid plumbing websites. But keep in mind that all systems are different. And depending on how your house is structured, an innocuous method can be potentially dangerous or hazardous. As such, the best and logical preventative plumbing care is to consult an experienced plumber. He or she will take a close inspection of your home architecture to deliver the best plumbing care accordingly.

We at Hy-Pro Plumbing & Drain Cleaning love to assist people like you. If you have any questions, call us anytime. We’re always here to help with any of your plumbing needs, emergencies, and plumbing care.

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A Bathroom Cleaning Check List

Posted by on April 14/2016 | 0Comments

The Importance Of Bathroom Cleaning

Many do weekly bathroom cleaning for hygiene purposes and prevention of stains. As winter comes to a close and spring finally starting to bloom, it’s the perfect time to shake off the winter doldrums and think about the state of your home. Draft up a spring cleaning list, so you can perform a few badly needed deep cleans around the house – and a few repairs too!

It’s natural for your bathroom to make its way to the top of your to-do list. It’s a heavily used room that can need a lot of TLC, even if you keep up with cleaning it on a regular basis. As you prepare for an afternoon of scrubbing and mopping, don’t be shy to take a closer look at your plumbing’s health. A quick inspection of your washroom can ensure your plumbing matches your spotless cleaning job.

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A Thorough Bathroom Clean-Up

The must-do bathroom cleaning can be a tedious effort. But that would depend on how thorough you are. Where should you start? What tools do you need? What should you be aware of? And perhaps the most important question, how can you save time and speed up the process to get as much done as possible? Below are some handy tips to keep in mind when bathroom cleaning. We outline what materials you may need and what else you can be doing while what you’ve done is doing its thing. Before you begin, place a bowl underneath your sink faucet. You’ll see why later on.

The Bathtub

The exterior of perhaps anything in your bathroom is the easiest to clean. Once you get down to the nitty-gritty is when you may start feeling frustrated. As you’re giving your tub a good outer scrub, take a moment to look at your drain. Can you see hair clinging to the cross bar of the drain itself? If so, don a pair of gloves and pull the hair out. You might be surprised at just how much it comes out of your drains! Once you’ve removed the obstruction, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes. During this time, you can give it a good outer scrub while mentally noting if you see rust anywhere. After 30 minutes, follow the vinegar with lukewarm water.

While you’re waiting, keep the vinegar handy as you move to the showerhead. Hard water can leave mineral deposits that clog the showerhead, and the enzymes in vinegar can dissolve the sediment. Disconnect the showerhead and place it in a bowl of vinegar overnight. If you feel uncomfortable with removing the showerhead in such a way, you can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the head with a rubber band. By the next day, use a toothbrush to clear away any of the remaining sediments.

The Toilet

With the bathtub down, you can now move onto the toilet. If you’ve got rust stains in the bowl, it suggests that you’ve got a leak. But let’s get to the stain first. We don’t recommend that you use caustic chemicals, as these aren’t environmentally safe to pour into your plumbing system. If you aren’t sure which products are eco-friendly, you can always use the very same white vinegar you used in your shower. Spray any stains above the water line directly with vinegar, and pour half of a cup into the water for those stains under the water line. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub at the stains with steel wool. And since you used all natural vinegar, you can feel good about flushing it down. As for the leak, it might not be noticeable save for the stains that it made; however, it will rear its ugly head later on in your utility bill. Leaking tanks are an expensive waste of water, so be sure to give us a call for immediate repairs.

The Sink

Last but not least, make sure to inspect your sink before you tick off the bathroom from your list. Often, small leaks slip past our notice because they’re not obvious. You can catch a sneaky leak by placing a bowl underneath the tap for the afternoon to see if any water collects. If you placed a bowl underneath the faucet before you’ve begin it should have been a long enough duration to catch any sneaky leaks. Don’t forget to check underneath the sink as well. Look out for any signs of mold or mildew growing there. If the bowl trick results in collected water or you see signs of water damage underneath the sink, don’t worry. We’re only too happy to help with the job – whether it’s a small issue or an emergency repair.

Found A Problem In Your Bathroom?

Doing a thorough bathroom cleaning will allow you to be aware of problems or growing problems in the vicinity. Big or small, these problems should be taken care of immediately to prevent its growth. Keep in mind that a problem may seem small but is guaranteed to be a costly investment in the long run.

Available at any time, our plumbing experts are ready to help with your springtime maintenance and year-round repairs. Simply pick up the phone and get one of our plumbers out to your home. Together, we’ll make your home ready for spring – and the rest of the year too.

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