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A Noisy Tap And It’s Solutions!

Posted by on March 08/2016 | 0Comments

Common Tap Problems You May Encounter

Tap problems are not costly but also quite annoying. Screaming, gurgling, whistling, and chattering – no this isn’t your child we’re talking about; it’s your tap! If you’re tired of this annoyance wreaking havoc on your eardrums, take an afternoon to assess your taps.

Unhappy pipes kick up quite the fuss, and it’s a good idea to listen to what they’re saying. Each sound your faucet produces can reveal the source of the issue, which makes solving it that much easier. But if you’re not fluent in faucet-speak, these noises can leave you scratching your head. Don’t worry if you don’t speak tap; we do, and we’ve broken down each noise and explained their cause.

Screaming Taps

A screaming tap sounds a lot worse than it is. Typically, a screaming tap is caused by a faulty stem. A stem is a moving mechanism within your faucet that controls how much or how little water can move through it. It will screech when it meets too much resistance against a faucet’s threads every time you turn your tap on or off. To silence your faucet, you’ll have to lubricate this squeaky stem with some plumber’s grease. Sometimes, however, a stem and its connecting parts are so old they require replacement to truly stop the noise.

Hammering Sound

Another type of noisy tap is what is called a hammering sound.  Whenever your taps are producing this sound, it’s indicative of a vibration somewhere within the water-supply line. Vibrations can be caused by a worn washer, a check-valve, or even a foreign object that’s stuck within the water-supply and constricting the amounting of space the water has to flow.

To stop your faucet from vibrating, you’ll first have to isolate the problem. You can do this by turning the tap on slowly one temperature at a time to determine whether the vibration is in the hot or cold water supply line. Once you know which line is causing you grief, you can go from there. Before you attempt any washer replacement, check to see if the valve is open all of the way. Most of the time, our plumbers have found it’s a semi-closed valve constricting the water supply and creating a hammering sound.

Questions About Your Noisy Tap?

Noisy Tap

It can be relieving to finally know the exact reason behind your noisy tap. Once you know why your faucet is making so much noise, you can roll up your sleeves and attempt to fix it.

The most basic toolkits have the equipment you need (like a screwdriver and wrench) to make these repairs. If it’s not the state of your toolkit that you don’t have confidence in but your own DIY skills, don’t worry. Our licensed and insured plumbers have silenced plenty of loud faucets in their time, and they can add your taps to their list.

Simply call and we can send out an expert plumber to your home – whenever you need them! After a quick assessment, they’ll locate the issue causing your taps to scream (or vibrate) and make the appropriate repairs.

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Should You Or Should You Not DIY Common Plumbing Problems?

Posted by on February 23/2016 | 0Comments

Common Plumbing Problems

Common plumbing problems are the reason why resort to the Internet instead of a professional. Why? Well, because they are common. Because it’s common, there are bound to be effective DIY solutions somewhere. Sometimes what seems like an easy repair can quickly transform into a larger job – one that you’re in no way qualified to handle. Just as you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about deferring to the experts for a small repair, you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about throwing in the towel and admitting defeat.  Don’t struggle through any more of the repair than you have to; the faster we can arrive and take over, the earlier your home can return to normal.

Whether a client considers themselves knowledgeable or clueless about their plumbing system, our plumbers are often answering calls about the same issues. The following are some of the most common plumbing problems that require a visit from one of our experts.

Leaking Tap

A leaking tap can drive anyone crazy. No matter how hard you twist the handle, your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry tub tap insists on dripping. The noise of the water hitting the basin isn’t the only frustrating part of any leak; those drips add up to a serious waste of water that’s both bad for the environment and your wallet. Often a dripping tap is caused by a damaged washer, which is a piece of rubber that normally creates a water-tight seal on your pipes when your taps are off. You need specialized tools in order to reach and replace these washers, which not all homeowners have. Alternatively, it could be a less common problem involving the o-rings or jumper valves.

Clogged Drains

A clogged drain doesn’t always appear as a sink that’s slow (or impossible) to empty. Sometimes the only clue you have a blockage is a strange gurgling sound coming from your sinks whenever you shower or flush the toilet. However your clog presents itself, it’s caused by an obstruction of soap scum, hair, grease, or foreign objects – or a combination of all 4.

The clog isn’t always near the drain itself, and it can run deep into your pipes. When that’s the case, you need a camera inspection of your pipes to locate the block and hydro flushing to break it up. (We’ve yet to find a homeowner who owns these two pieces of equipment). Sometimes, something more serious is causing the issue like a tree root penetrating a line or a misaligned pipe, which necessitates trench-less technology spot repair.

Running Toilet

Your toilet is made of several intricate moving parts that can be the cause behind a constantly running toilet. Adjusting the chain length doesn’t always fix this issue; sometimes a replacement of the chain, the stopper, or another piece is required; or another (hidden) issue altogether lies behind your running toilet, like a problem with your water supply line.

A Professional Versus DIY

With solutions to common plumbing problems across the world wide web, it’s unlikely that someone won’t go searching first.  From time to time homeowners and renters have been known to roll up their sleeves and apply a little elbow grease to their plumbing system in the hopes of saving a few dollars in repairs. We can appreciate trying to save some money, and it’s true that many individuals across the GTA have the skills and gumption to take on basic plumbing repairs. But some jobs are just better left to the professionals. The larger, more complex and invasive problems can surpass the limits of your expertise. Without the right tools, experience, or understanding of your plumbing system, a DIY approach isn’t always the best method.

The key is understanding when you’re out of your depth. When this happens is different for each of our clients. For the handy, proactive homeowners, you probably have a decent tool kit that can help you with minor, contained problems like a clogged toilet or a plugged drain. For others, these seemingly simple repairs are far too complex. Wherever you draw the line, there’s no shame in calling one of our expert plumbers to help you with these jobs.  No task is too large or too small for our trained, insured, and certified staff.

These common plumbing problems don’t always have an obvious solution. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a pro, when you notice something isn’t quite right with your plumbing system – whether it’s one of these 3 or something completely different – don’t hesitate to call. One of our plumbers will be at your door ready to find the source of your problem and apply a quick and affordable repair that lasts.

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Keep Your Septic Tank Happy

Posted by on February 17/2016 | 0Comments

Your Septic Tank

Not all of our clients live in a house or apartment that’s connected to a centralized wastewater treatment facility. We know some live in a home that relies on a septic tank, and there are more than you think! For those with a drainage system that involves one of these tanks, we have a few pieces of professional advice to keep it working well.

Tips On Keeping Your Septic Tank Happy

Be aware of what you’re putting down your drains, taking care to limit the amount of food particles and grease that pass your mesh strainer. We may come across as a broken record for our regular readers, as we offer this piece of advice time and time again. But we mention it so often because it truly makes a difference. Anything that gets past your defense will eventually find its way into your septic tank. Your tank isn’t designed to handle anything but water, soap, and bio-degradable waste. That means food and oils can create a block in your tank’s inlet drain.

This caution applies to how you clean your drains as well. Your septic tank relies on an anaerobic bacterial environment to decompose and mineralize the waste. Its success is reliant upon keeping a chemical balance. When you use caustic cleaners (think those heavy-duty cleaners with toxic ingredients like Draino), you’re upsetting this delicate balance. The bacteria that your septic tank needs to operate will die, making it impossible for the tank to process waste water. We recommend using environmentally friendly cleaners (like our line of biodegradable products) whenever you clean. Meanwhile, avoid letting oils, varnish, and paint thinners go down the drain.

We recommend you extend your mindfulness beyond your drains, too. Be attentive of your plumbing system as a whole. Don’t overtax this system any more than you have to. Ensure your house is in good repair, so no leaks, clogs, or other drainage issues put strain on your tank. If you’re a little hesitant to try your hand at DIY fixes, give us a call. Our plumbers will make short work of any leak or drainage issue.

It’s also a good idea to use your water efficiently, so you don’t put too much pressure and overload your tank. By this we mean simple changes to you routine, like waiting until your dishwasher is completely full before you turn it on or making sure you collect a full load of laundry before you put in the machine.

Our last bit of advice is to schedule a routine check-up with one of our professional plumbers. This includes a general inspection of the tank itself before they pump the tank. By pumping the tank, our plumbers can remove the sludge that naturally collects at the bottom of the tank over time. How often you do this depends on the size of your home, but on average a family of four should schedule an appointment every four years. Never do this on your own, as there are inherent dangers to opening your septic tank, so be sure to give us a call once your four years is up!

Having Problems With Your Septic Tank?

We’re also available day or night should you encounter any other issues with your tank in the meantime. Unusual odors, flooding around the tank or drain field, backups, or unusual coloring of the grass on your drainfield—you name it, we can fix it. Just pick up the phone, and we’ll be there today! Our help, combined with your careful maintenance, will ensure your septic tank works as it should for as long as it can.

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