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A Stinky Sink & Its Solution

Posted by on April 08/2016 | 0Comments

Ever Had A Stinky Sink?

A stinky sink is something we never think about until it happens. Every day, you fill the sink, wash your hands, and carry on your day without a second thought for the intricacies behind your bathroom’s drain. It’s a whole different story when something interrupts your usual routine. We’ve talked about the reasons why your sink might not be draining, but a clog isn’t always the source of your problems. A free flowing drain can still cause you headaches if it’s particularly dirty and has an odor throughout your bathroom. You can’t ignore it any more than you could a clog. You need to follow a few simple tips to get your drain back to normal.

stinky sinkYour bathroom sink sees a lot more than just water flowing down its drain. Soap, toothpaste, hair, shaving cream and other toiletries make their way down the drain and through your pipes. Eventually, these substances build up and create a filmy coating within the pop-up stopper, the drain, and the p-trap of your sink. In some cases, this grime begins to smell. You’ll notice it as soon as it does, as the odors from a stinky sink are hard to miss. Luckily, it’s easy to fix. With just a wrench, some vinegar, and a bit of time, you can clean your entire drain.

Before taking these steps, always remember to tell your family that’ll be you working on the bathroom sink. As you’ll be removing parts of the pipes underneath it, you don’t want anyone to unknowingly turn on the taps and cause a flood! Once they’re aware of your plans, you’re good to start your cleaning.

Your DIY Solution!

Remove the p-trap, the pivot rod, and the pop-up stopper from your sink. All three of these pieces will likely be covered in film and will need extensive cleaning. You can remove most of the gunk using a toothbrush and paper towels. Once the majority of the film has been removed, place these fixtures in your kitchen sink and fill it with warm water and vinegar.

While you allow these to soak, return to your sink. Fold a paper towel and push it down your drain, using an appliance brush or a straightened coat hanger to get it through the entire pipe. You’ll want to repeat this process several times in order to scrape all of the film from the inside of the pipe.

Your p-trap, pivot rod, and the pop-up stopper will have soaked long enough by the time you’ve removed the film from your drain. Dry them off and reconnect them to your sink, remembering to tighten the nuts properly to ensure water has no means to escape. Once everything’s back in place, run the taps to test your tightening job. If all is well, you only have one step left in your cleaning routine. To ensure you’ve removed all of the remaining film, pour an additional cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes. After that time, run the hot water for a full minute to push any remaining sediment down and out of the p-trap.

By following these steps, you can eliminate that stinky odor from hanging around your bathroom. We admit that this an elaborate cleaning job, which you probably don’t want to repeat any time soon. To make sure your cleaning efforts last as long as possible, we recommend using GES+® Plus, which is an eco-friendly and biodegradable grease eliminator and drain cleaner. It contains live vegetative bacteria that will keep your drains fresh without harming the environment.

Having Some Trouble?

Removing and re-screwing these parts can be a scary challenge. You never know what’s going to happen. And you never know what you might run into on the way to find one problem. There’s a possibility of unable to re-screw something back into place or worse, breaking something.

As such, should you feel uncomfortable removing any parts of your drain to give them a deep-clean, our plumbers are happy to help you. You only need to give us a call, and one of our expertly trained and highly knowledge plumbers will be at your door, ready to fix your stinky sink.

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Save The Number Of A Licensed Plumber!

Posted by on March 21/2016 | 0Comments

Why A Licensed Plumber?

A licensed plumber is a valid plumber. When it comes to running a household in this economy, we can understand the desire to cut a few corners in order to save a few bucks. But when it comes to the plumber you hire, resist the temptation to call local services or jack-of-all-trades that offer dirt-cheap rates. There’s always a reason why they charge such reduced rates, and it never works in your favor. Without a license or insurance, these so-called plumbers can create an even bigger problem than what prompted you to call them in the first place.

The Certification Licensed Plumbers Need

In Ontario, plumbers-to-be must go through a lengthy certification process in order to gain their license. It all starts with a year (or 2 semester’s worth) of classes at a college of trades where they’ll learn the principles, techniques, tools, and safety of plumbing. To supplement their in-class training, students must enroll in an apprenticeship during which they follow licensed plumbers to different jobs. This gives them the opportunity to learn about the field in a practical way from a skilled professional. Typically, an apprentice completes anywhere between 6,000 and 9,000 hours of training.

Once they complete their apprenticeship, they write a final exam to prove that they have a firm understanding of the industry. Only those that can prove their knowledge and skill will pass and become a licensed plumber. Naturally, those unlicensed plumbers can’t guarantee the same level of understanding of residential and commercial plumbing systems. As such, the chances that an uncommon problem stumps their rudimentary grasp on plumbing repairs increase exponentially, as will the probability that they’ll botch your job.

A failed repair – or even a substandard one – will end up costing you more in the end as you have to fix any damages their shoddy work causes in addition to repairing the original issue. The cheaper (and easier) option is to hire a plumbing service to supply you with licensed, insured, knowledgeable, and friendly plumbers.

Choosing The Right Licensed Plumber

Licensed PlumberWhile a licensed plumber is without-a-doubt more suitable for the job, it does not mean every licensed plumber is suitable for every job. Depending on what needs to be done, you should be choosing the correct licensed plumber for the work. Plumbing companies typically have a large number of licensed plumbers available for you. As such, there are plenty of ways to ensure you are choosing the correct licensed plumber for your plumbing needs.

Before calling any service, do some online snooping. You can find reviews for almost any business nowadays, and plumbing services are no different. Always confirm that they have a license and double check that it’s valid. You can also ask for any individual plumbers to present their Certificate of Qualification when they arrive at your home. Before they do any work, a licensed plumber should be comfortable answering any of your questions, like the number of homes they’ve worked on and how long they’ve been a plumber.

We’re proud to say that all of our plumbers meet Ontario’s and our own strict standards, and you can confirm this when you call our number. With the license, insurance, and skills that you need, we provide a reliable and professional alternative to those suspiciously cheap services. Our licensed plumbers get the job done right the first time around, and as a 24/7 service, we can do at any time you need. So skip the local handyman for your next repair. Call us instead and stay on budget!

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Most Common Problems Befalling Sump Pumps

Posted by on March 14/2016 | 0Comments

Problems With Your Sump Pump?

Your sump pump is a unique part of your drainage system, in that, in the best-case scenario, you’ll never need to use it. Nevertheless, in the case of emergencies, it can be an indispensable tool that prevents costly water damage. It does this by removing flood waters from your basement and rerouting them to a drain pipe or dry well via a discharge pipe. This, of course, only occurs when your sump pump has been well maintained and kept free of mechanical errors.

In our mission to maintain the sump pumps across the GTA, we’ve seen our fair share of issues afflicting this particular machine. We’ve seen and repaired old, new, good and bad sump pumps during our many years of operation. Below are some of the four most common problems that our plumbers have encountered.

Power Failure

Like any other appliance in your home, your sump pump relies on electricity to operate. Unfortunately, you’re more likely to rely on your sump pump when the power goes out. Bad weather that results in flooding can often lead to power failures, which renders your pump completely useless. Without power, it won’t be able to reroute the extra water away from your basement. During a maintenance appointment, our plumbers will suggest that you back up your sump pump with a generator so it can still do its job when the power goes out.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes always spell trouble when it comes to your plumbing and drainage system, and it’s no different for your sump pump. When cold weather freezes the discharge pipe, your sump pump is incapable of drawing water away from your home. More immediately, it will cause back flow to flood your basement. Our plumbers can install a specialty discharge line that allows excess water to flow away from your home even if the main pipe freezes.

Caught Switch

In order to keep your basement clear of flood waters, your sump pump relies on a float switch that activates the pump once water reaches a certain level. Sometimes, when the pump is in operation, it can cause the float to shift within its basin. During the commotion, the switch can get stuck and disrupt the machine’s ability to tell when water has reached its safe threshold. Routine maintenance that includes intricate cleaning can keep the switch free.

Overwhelmed Pump

Sump pumps are chosen for their basin size and horsepower. The right balance will make for a long-lasting appliance that can keep up with the demands of your household. Unfortunately, the right size or power isn’t always chosen. Typically, 1/3 horsepower is required to prevent a flood, as it’s capable of pumping 132 liters a minute; however, the horsepower that you need depends on where your home is in relation to the water table.

Questions Regarding Your Sump Pump?

To find out if your sump pump has the necessary horsepower, schedule an appointment with our expert plumbers.  During their assessment, they’ll check for its switch, discharge pipe, and backup power too. Their thorough inspection will determine if your sump pump is up to the task of protecting your home. If it isn’t, they’ll perform the necessary repairs to make sure your sump pump is running smoothly.

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