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Plumbing Problems For Those Who Rent

Posted by on November 30/2015 | 0Comments

Plumbing Problems For Renters

Plumbing problemsThere are plenty of benefits to renting over buying your own home, apartment, or condo. You’re only responsible for each month’s (fixed) rent and a damage deposit, instead of amassing a large down payment for a mortgage with a flexible interest rate. You don’t have to pay real estate taxes with the worry that your property will decrease in value. As a renter, you have access to luxuries, like pools and gyms, which you would otherwise have to pay for on your own.

Possibly the biggest advantage is when there are issues that require maintenance or repair, you aren’t financially responsible for these repairs. But just because you don’t have to pay for maintenance or repair bills doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to keep your household running well and your landlord happy.

Before you even sign the lease, you can prepare for a successful tenancy by taking a detailed tour. As your landlord shows your potential new home, ask where you can find the main water shutoff valve is in the house or apartment. The valve itself should be easily identifiable and easily accessed if you need to shut off the water in case of a plumbing emergency.

Should the water heater break or your pipes burst, your landlord will thank you! You should also know where individual shutoffs for toilets and sinks are in case isolated overflows or floods occur, and where the interior shut-off for outside pipes and hoses are once the weather’s cold enough to warrant winterization.

What Do We Suggest?

Once you’ve settled in and gotten comfortable, our team of plumbing experts suggest your adopt healthy household habits into your lifestyle. Be careful of what goes down any of your sinks. If your kitchen sink isn’t outfitted with a garburator, then no food and especially no oils should be finding their way down the drain. You can buy cheap metal strainers to fit into the drains of your kitchen, washroom, and laundry room sinks, as well as your shower. These will help to catch any food and hair that gets passed your attention.

Your toilet should also be handled with care. Certain items – even if they are sanitary “bathroom” products – shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. If you have small children who are curious about what they can flush, make sure to keep the lid of the toilet shut and secure. Toys, cleaning wipes, baby tissues, and sanitary napkins will eventually cause a clog in your toilet.plumbing problems

Even the most vigilant renter may encounter plumbing problems, despite their attempts to prevent otherwise. Luckily, should a clog or a leak cause issue in your rental home, you don’t have to cover the costs; however, you can inform your landlord as soon as possible about your plumbing issue. Let them know that our team of fully licensed, certified, and insured plumbers are available 24/7 to help; or, make sure you discuss with your landlord your plan before you give us a call yourself.

Once a member of our plumbing team arrives at your door, you’ll have a quick and speedy repair, so you can go back to renting your home in peace. So take a look at our contact details, and keep us in mind the next time your plumbing needs some TLC.

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Common Plumbing Issues & Their Solutions

Posted by on November 23/2015 | 0Comments

Common Plumbing Issues & Their Solutions

Your home’s plumbing and drainage system is an intricate structure that allows you the modern convenience of running water throughout your home. Many of us take our plumbing for granted, thinking nothing of flushing a toilet, taking a shower, or washing the dishes. Even fewer of us thank our drainage systems after a particularly bad storm. It’s only when something in this complex system goes wrong that it gets our attention.

Sophisticated though it may be it still sees its fair share of troubles. As the GTA’s dependable plumbing service provider, we’ve seen and repaired everything that can go wrong with the average home and business. More often than naught, the same issues make our clients seek out help and schedule an appointment with one of our team. These calls can come after failed attempts at do-it-yourself fixes, or they can come in the middle of the night as an emergency. Whatever it is that makes you pick up your phone to speak with us, we’ll be there, ready and prepared to make the repair correctly, efficiently, and affordably. Here are some common plumbing issues you may have run into.

Problems & Solutions

Drains will forever give our clients trouble, especially for those who live in older homes with antiquated systems. Improper maintenance and inattentive usage can exacerbate these strained parts of your plumbing. These are the common plumbing issues our clients have had in the past with their drains. Food, oil, hair, and – yes – even children’s toys can find their way down sinks and into the pipes below, causing clogs and even destructive back-ups. The solutions to these common plumbing issues can be DIYs to remove the debris. However, you have to be careful on what you’re doing to your plumbing system.

While some homeowners try to clear these blockages with homemade remedies or caustic cleaners, we can’t recommend that strategy. These chemicals are harsh on both your pipes and the environment. They also might not clear the clog, particularly if it has origins deeper in your pipes. With a toolkit of advanced equipment, our team can locate and clear any blockages without harming your pipes or the environment. With state-of-the-art cameras and hydro-flushing, our plumbers don’t even need to touch your pipes!

Another popular problem that besets homeowners is low water pressure. The average home sees water under 40 – 50 pounds per square inch (PSI). When the water pressure dips lower than this median, it becomes difficult to do much of anything. Seeing the slow trickle of water drip from your taps can be incredibly frustrating at any time of day. When you’re late for work and struggling to rinse conditioner from your hair, you’ve got the beginnings of a no good, very bad day. A couple of things could be causing low water pressure in your home, including a faulty faucet or a larger issue with the aerator. Our expert plumbers can tackle both, helping to install new taps or clearing out clogged aerators.

Of course, plenty of more things can go wrong with the average household or commercial plumbing and drainage system. Our team of licensed, certified, and fully insured plumbers can service it all. From faulty septic tanks, sewer line, and service pipes to broken water heaters, softeners, and pumps. When you have an issue with your plumbing, give us a call. We’re available across the GTA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we can help with emergencies and maintenance calls with equal aplomb. So the next time something isn’t quite right with your plumbing and drainage system, give your local expert plumbers a call, and we’ll help!

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Eco-Friendly Drain Treatments On Your Drains

Posted by on October 28/2015 | 0Comments

Eco-Friendly Drain Treatments

Not all of the service calls we respond to are due to middle-of-the-night plumbing emergencies. Most of the time, we receive a lot of calls about the common clog that can stop our clients’ homes’ drainage systems from working properly. Time and time again, when we send out one of our experienced plumbers, they hear the same thing all across Southern Ontario.

After weeks of homeowners trying to remove the clog themselves, they finally broke down to let the professionals get the job done. The lengths some people will go to find DIY drain treatments for kitchen and bathroom sink clogs are astounding, and our plumbers have heard it all. The most common and most concerning method, however, is the simple drain cleaner. The average drain cleaner contains caustic chemicals that can do more harm than good to your pipes!

It all depends on the type of cleaner that you choose. Walk down the plumbing aisle at your neighborhood Home Hardware or Home Depot, and you’ll find shelves upon shelves of options. Unfortunately, these are the wrong options. Whether they’re liquid, powdered, or gel, they all have one thing in common. They contain some pretty powerful chemicals that can be dangerous to your health, your home, and the environment.

Caustic Drain Cleaners?

These substances rely on heat-generating chemical reactions to remove the clog. For caustic drain cleaners, the main chemical is lye or potash. When heated, these chemicals transform dense grease clogs into a runnier consistency that’s easy to dissolve. Oxidizing drain cleaners contain chemicals like nitrates, peroxides, and bleaches to corrode the clog. While effective in removing a clog, these drain cleaners don’t discriminate. Their chemical reactions are designed to burn through or oxidize materials, including your PVC or galvanized steel pipes.

They will also do damage to your person. Caustic and oxidizing drain cleaners are extremely corrosive to your skin, eyes, and mucous membranes should it come into contact with them. They also produce very toxic gases that, if inhaled, can be harmful. If you’re to take a look at these kinds of drain cleaners, you can’t miss the warnings on the label. Gloves and goggles are suggested, as well as instructions to call poison control and the hospital should you accidentally ingest it or get it in your eyes. For those of our clients with young children, having this dangerous substance in your home is a disaster waiting to happen.

These drain cleaners are also harmful to the environment. Remember, your plumbing isn’t a self-contained system and is actually a part of your municipality’s water supply. Whatever you put down your drains will eventually find its way throughout this city-wide system. But its effects don’t stop there. Even after you’ve used up the last of the cleaner down your drains, it will continue to negatively impact the environment. The empty bottles are also considered hazardous waste, as the small portion of chemical remaining in the container will end up in landfills and pollute the Earth.

But when clogs are such a common occurrence, many of our clients wonder how they can combat them without using these cleaners. For one thing, preventative measures like vigilance is instrumental in avoiding a clog. Don’t let any food scraps or grease go down your drains in the kitchen, and in your bathrooms, be sure to install a hair trap for your sinks and showers. We also have a line of effective products that provide a safe alternative to these chemicals. GES+®, a Grease Eliminator & Drain Treatment, is a non-pathogenic, non-toxic, and biodegradable substance that degrades grease and other clogging materials naturally. In place of harmful chemicals, this product uses vegetative bacteria that eat away at blockages. Our plumbers trust these enzymatic drain cleaners because they are environmentally friendly and won’t cause damage to your drains or pipes.

DIY Or To Not DIY

DIY fixes aren’t necessarily a bad idea, if you use the right products. You can safely attempt to clear a clog on your own without worrying about the damage you’re causing to your pipes in the long-term when you use our biodegradable line of products. Of course, should your clog turn into a bigger job than what even the GES+® can handle, our expertly trained plumbers are available 24/7 to help you remove it. Just stay away from the average cleaner you can purchase at a hardware store, as these chemicals do more harm than good!

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