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Stay On Top Of Your Kitchen Sink Maintenance!

Posted by on February 12/2016 | 0Comments

Your Simple Kitchen Sink Maintenance Plan

Having a simple kitchen sink maintenance plan can go a long way for the health of your kitchen sinks. We know you probably don’t spend much of your day thinking about your kitchen sink, but as the GTA’s top plumbing experts, we certainly do. We know it to be an important and hardworking component of your home’s plumbing and drainage system. In order for it to work seamlessly with the rest of this system, it can need a little bit of kitchen sink maintenance. That’s why we recommend following a simple yet effective maintenance routine. Regular upkeep of your sinks will keep your kitchen running as it should.

Keep Your Kitchen Sink And Its Vicinity Clean

A simple solution in kitchen sink maintenance is simply keeping your kitchen sink clean. This should also be your number one priority. By minding what is able to flow down its drains, you can delay—or outright prevent—a build-up from clogging your sink. Ideally, you should only allow soap and water to wash down your drains, but we understand that can be difficult to manage in a busy kitchen. To help you keep unwanted items from getting down your drains and causing problems, install a mesh strainer to fit over your drain. This will keep food particles from washing down with the water.

Be Cautious Of Grease And Oil

Kitchen sink maintenance is often difficult to do when you’re cooking with oils or grease. Be sure never to let any grease or oil to flow down this drain as well, as this fat will stay within the pipes and trap food and other particles that manage to get past your trap. Over time, enough food will get stuck to create a significant clog and back up your sinks. Avoiding this situation is simple. Before you place greasy plates or pots into your sink, pour the fat into a container that can be thrown out once the fat has congealed. Give any plate and pot a quick swipe of a paper towel to rid it of any additional grease that’s left behind.

Your Safe DIY Solution

If you notice your drains are still slow to drain, you don’t necessarily need to call us for repairs. You can try a simple and non-invasive DIY solution before you pick up your phone. Pour ¼ cup of white vinegar down your sink. Vinegar is a excellent, it is a green alternative to caustic pipe cleaning chemicals, and it’s not harmful to you or your home. Don’t run any water for at least an hour to allow the vinegar to get to work at whatever’s made a home in your pipe. Once it’s had time to sit, follow it with the hottest tap water possible. This should clear minor clogs that are slowing down your sink. It will also remove any gross odors as well!

For sinks installed with a garburator, the above rules don’t apply. You’ll allow food to regularly go down your sink; however, it’s still important to take care with how you use it. Before and after you use your garbage disposal unit, always run the coldest water your tap is capable of for at least 15 seconds. This will ensure everything is flushed through the line properly. Use only cold water, as it will ensure the kitchen scraps remain in a solid (and therefore easy to clear) state.  Don’t put any fibrous or overly stringy scraps through your garburator. These items (like celery, animal skins, and banana peels) are too hard for your garbage disposal to successfully grind.

The garburator is often forgotten in kitchen sink maintenance. To keep your garbage disposal free of foul odors due to food build-up, try pouring a pea-sized amount of dish soap while the machine is on. Alternatively, you can crush a cup of ice cubes with the rinds of any citrus fruit you have on hand. Our favorite is a mixture of lemons and limes.

Need More Information Or Tips?

Simple though these steps may be, they go a long way to keeping your kitchen sink happy and working as it should. Despite your best efforts, however, sometimes clogs happen. In the case of tenacious clogs, stubborn odors, or strange sounds, call our plumbing experts. A quick and efficient visit will have your sink back to normal.

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Trenchless Technology Replacing The Traditional Methods

Posted by on January 29/2016 | 0Comments

A New Way To Clean!

Trenchless technology is the newest and most efficient method for easier cleaning! We understand that many Canadians dread calling their plumber. When homeowners realize that they need a professional to de-clog, repair, or replace underground pipes, they expect the worst. They assume the work will involve time, money, and mess. While the average plumber will attempt to fix your buried plumbing in an expensive and time-consuming way, we are investing in trenchless technology. As the GTA’s premier plumbing and drainage service, we can offer a quick, affordable, and clean way to access and repair your pipes.

Unlike some novice plumbers, we can boast an advanced spot repair system. With trenchless technology, our team of experienced plumbers is equipped with the tools, training, and skills to repair, clean, and replace the pipes running underneath your home, driveway, or beautifully landscaped lawn without disturbing them. Without unearthing a single thing, we can access hidden pipes buried beneath your patio, garden, trees, or walkways. We can do this while navigating crucial electrical, gas, and water lines, so you never have to worry about cutting off any services to your home while we work. This means we won’t be interrupting your family’s routine.

How Is It Efficient?

Your property is safe because all we need to access your damaged pipes is a four-inch cleanout. From there, we can thread state-of-the-art cameras to find the issue in question. These cameras afford a 360-degree view of your pipes, so it’s a simple process to find what’s causing your plumbing to act up. Once the problem is identified, we can fix burst or cracked pipes with our lateral lining systems. The advantages to this system outnumber the traditional dig and replace methods that give so many homeowners nightmares. We won’t have to dig out your basement or backyard in order to access your plumbing system, so you can save money, time, and clean-up. And the materials we use in replacing your old pipes are stronger than the originals which mean you won’t need to call us to repairs these areas for a very long time.

If you think a root has infiltrated your pipes or you know an underground pipe has burst, your nightmares of costly repairs that ruin your landscape investments won’t become a reality. Trenchless technology is the only way you can ensure your underground pipes are repaired without large holes dug into your property. In avoiding disruption to your landscapes, you’ll also avoid the dangers of having a gaping pit open on your property until work is completed. Our certified plumbers can make repairs without opening up the ground, so your front or backyard won’t become the hazard of the neighborhood.

Your Trenchless Technology Experts!

The next time you need to repairs done to your underground plumbing, don’t leave this to novice plumbing services. Contact us for the advanced, non-intrusive trenchless technology that guarantees quick, inexpensive, and affordable repairs to your pipes. One of our certified, licensed, and insured plumbers can be at your property to inspect your plumbing and provide a trustworthy consultation.

We take pride in the abilities of our plumbers, so we’re happy to help with any of your plumbing issues. Whatever prompts you to call, our competitive prices, expert repairs, and friendly service will make you call anytime you need help. Give us a call to find out more about our unique spot repair system, but don’t hesitate to speak with one of our representatives about any other plumbing issue giving you and your home trouble. We’re just a click or phone call away!

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The Benefits Of Installing A Water Softener

Posted by on January 22/2016 | 0Comments

Investing In A Water Softener?

You may have heard of a water softener or even have one in your own home. If you travel often and sip from the local tap water, you might not be surprised to realize that the composition of water differs from place to place. The presence of minerals in your water supply can do more than alter its taste. Depending on the hardness of your home’s water, it can affect the health of your pipes and the way that you clean.

But what does hard water even mean? Your home’s water supply can be categorized as soft or hard depending on the minerals found within it. When your water has a high percentage of minerals, like lime, magnesium, and calcium carbonate, it’s considered hard. While these minerals are what give your drinking water flavor, they can be difficult on your pipes. Moreover, they can make cleaning an even bigger chore that it already is.

Hard Or Soft Water?

Not sure if you have hard or soft water? It’s obvious what kind of water you have when you know what to look for. Hard water makes using soaps and detergents a little frustrating. If you have hard water, you’ll notice that you struggle in the bath or shower to recreate the soapy suds shown in shampoo and body gel commercials, as soap doesn’t want to lather with hard water. You’ll also see the evidence of hard water in your tub and on your shower curtain. All of the minerals in hard water have to go somewhere, after all, and they appear as lime scale and soap scum in your tub. Extremely hard water can have even more destructive consequences as well. Water that’s particularly high in minerals can be very harsh on your skin, making it rough and dry. It can also make your skin and hair look dull and unclean.

If you have hard water, the issue isn’t restricted to your washroom. It can make your chores like laundry and dish washing annoying and time-consuming. You’ll notice that your dishes, particularly glassware, will look dingy with smudges from the soap scum left behind. Likewise, your clothes will come out of the wash lacking that clean, bright look and feel of freshly laundered fabrics. In turn, you and your appliances end up working harder to clean your basic loads of laundry and dishes, running more water and electricity to do common household tasks.

Hard water can do more damage than lower your home’s efficiency. Limescale, soap scum, and the other minerals found in hard water can build up in your pipes. Calcification and rusting of your plumbing system can lead to serious problems. We understand that you need your plumbing and drainage system to work smoothly, which is why we offer water softeners and water filters for our clients struggling with hard water. When one of our certified plumbers installs a water softener in your home, you can escape the problems of hard water. With soft water, you won’t spend as much time, water, and energy on cleaning.

Having Problems With Your Water Softener?

Give us a call to learn more about the water softeners that we offer. We’ll ensure it is properly installed and operating smoothing; and with regularly scheduled maintenance checks, our team will make sure it continues to run well into the future. Don’t struggle with hard water any longer. Get in touch and enjoy bathing and cleaning again!

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