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Commercial Drainage Systems Expert Plumber

Posted by on October 20/2015 | 0Comments

Commercial Drainage Systems

Lately, our blog has focused on plumbing and drainage issues that affect homeowners, but we want to remind our readers that we also service commercial plumbing systems. Office buildings, restaurants, and medical clinics are high-traffic places of business that see a lot more people coming and going than the average home, which means there’s a lot more pressure put upon these drainage systems. That’s why it’s crucial for every business to have the number of your local plumber on hand for preventative maintenance, expert advice, and emergency repairs.

As the go-to plumbing service in many communities throughout Southern Ontario, our team of professional plumbers are prepared to tackle any problem your business may encounter. It’s because we only hire the best. All of our plumbers are expertly trained and certified to be qualified for the job – whatever that might be! Along with competence and experience, our plumbers carry the appropriate liability insurance in order to protect themselves, their work, and your business. We enforce these strict expectations on all of our plumbers because, just like you, we want the job done right the first time.

Commercial plumbing maintenance and repairs requires special training because it’s so different from what can be found in the average home. While there are situations where homeowners can successfully repair a small plumbing error on their own – in fact, we encourage it occasionally depending on the issue – DIY should never be considered at the corporate level. The size and complexity of the drainage system as well as the legality and insurances regarding the repair are all things that complicate matters, so it’s better to leave it to us – the professionals.

As your local expert plumbers, we can offer dependable services to a wide variety of industries. Our clients take us from fast-paced kitchens to sophisticated office settings. Take a look below to see where our most common commercial clients take us.

Office Building

Whether it’s a micro business of less than 10 people to a huge corporate headquarters of an international company, we can help any office’s drainage systems run smoothly. To keep business running as per usual, our plumbers ensure drains and facilities in staff washrooms, utilities closets, and kitchens are free of blockages. Our team of experts can also be at any location should an emergency leak, flood, or other issue stop business.

Restaurants

Due to the volume of plates coming in and out of a popular restaurant, kitchens can have oily, dirty, and greasy traps that make them smelly and disgusting places to work. Paired with our expert drain unclogging services, our grease trap rescue kits can save even the highest volume kitchen from being mucky, grimy insect magnets. There are plenty of valves, pipes, disposal units, and washroom facilities in the average restaurant. You name it, we can service it.

Medical Clinics

Medical and dental clinics are a change of pace from the drainage systems of offices and restaurants due to the kind of chemicals that can be washed down their drains. Backflow prevention and maintenance are our top priorities to ensure a clinic’s drainage systems won’t back up and contaminate the facilities. As dental and medical clinics have unique legal specifications, you can trust our certified team to follow the law when servicing drain outlets and supply lines.

Regardless of whether your place of business is an office, restaurant, clinic, or something else entirely, you should think “HY-PRO” the next time your plumbing and drainage systems start to act strangely. Give us a call today to get your commercial plumbing back on track. There’s no task too large or too small, and, since we’re available 24/7, there’s never a day you can’t expect one of our plumbers to help out.

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How To Answer A Gurgling Sink

Posted by on September 23/2015 | 0Comments

Have A Gurgling Sink?

A healthy home’s drainage system is nearly silent when in use, save for the sound of water flowing through its pipes. If strange sounds are produced whenever you use your sinks, bathtub, or toilet, then it’s an indication that something isn’t quite right. While the most common cause of gurgling drains is due to venting problems, that’s not always the case. There are a few reasons why your drains are gurgling, all of which require local professional assistance to repair.

In the average London, ON home, water flowing through the drains fills and seals the pipes to create a vacuum. A sink and main vent alleviate the pressure created by the vacuum, preventing its suction from gathering air into the plumbing. When these vents are damaged or clogged in any way, then the pressure created by the vacuum goes unchecked and the air is sucked in behind it. When air rushes through the standing water in your pipes, you’ll hear the tell-tale gurgle.

Gurgling Tub Or Toilet Drain?

While gurgling sinks is one thing, a gurgling tub or toilet can point to far more serious consequences. This suggests a blockage in the main vent, which is responsible for removing the build-up of sewer gasses in your drainpipes. A blockage prevents it from directing gas from your pipes to the roof, which means you’ll be able to smell sewage in your bathrooms.

There are plenty of reasons why your vents can fail. Improper installation at the time of your house’s construction can place vents too far apart to effectively relieve the vacuum. This would require extensive repairs to get your drainage system back up to Ontario code. More often, however, the calls our plumbing experts answer in Southern Ontario are due to less serious reasons. Blockages created by animal nests, debris, and sediment can easily block vents and just as easily be removed.

If it’s not your vents that are causing the gurgling, a clog could be the reason you’re hearing strange noises. A clog in your sink can sometimes contain pockets of air. Until the clog is big enough to cause a backflow, it will release the air and its bubbles moving through the standing water can create a gurgling sound. In a more severe scenario, this clog can have its origins in your sewer line, which will first present itself as gurgling before sewage back-up is pushed into your home and causes serious damage. Backflow can lead to serious health risks, as it can contaminate your house’s water supply.

What Should You Do?

Because there are so many reasons why your sink could be gurgling, we advise that you call one of our team members before you try to fix it yourself. Often times, homeowners believe that they can repair the issue themselves by pouring chemical drain cleaning agents down their sinks and bathtubs. These caustic chemicals actually do more harm than good to your pipes, as they are strong enough to damage their material. And in the case of venting problems, it will all be for nought.

Alternatively, our plumbers can assess your drainage system and determine exactly where the issue stems. Using state-of-the-art pipeline inspection technology, one of our experts can insert a small, debris-shedding camera into your pipes without disrupting or shutting down your water. Offering a full 360 degree view, this camera can reveal even the smallest damage or blockage. It can help locate and examine your valves and reveal any clogs or anything else that can cause abnormal flow conditions. Once they identify the issue, they will report back to you and suggest the appropriate repairs.

When you hear gurgling in your sinks or worse – you smell sewage in your washrooms – it’s a sign that you need professional help. Our team of licensed and experienced plumbers in the London area specialize in a variety of plumbing services, so they can identify the root cause of your gurgling sink and repair it. Should their inspection reveal any other issues threatening your drainage system, they’ll report back to you and suggest your best course of action. So before a gurgling sink becomes a bigger problem, call the professionals. We’re here to help.

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Get Ready For Fall & Winter With Our Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Posted by on September 16/2015 | 0Comments

Fall Plumbing Maintenance To Prepare You For Fall And Winter!

As much as we don’t want to admit it, the summer season is finally winding down in southern Ontario. While the cooler temperatures start to roll in, we suggest our readers in London to follow a few fall plumbing maintenance tips to get your drains ready for fall. Taking preventative measures now can save you time, money, and heartache once winter arrives, when complications from freezing temperatures can cause real damage to your pipes. To save yourself from a household emergency, follow these helpful pointers compiled by our expert team of plumbing professionals.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips And Tricks

The most common mistake we see homeowners make during the seasonal changeover is forgetting about their garden hose. If left connected to your house, the water in the hose can freeze once the temperatures dip low enough. When water freezes, it also expands and causes the hose to break, and – more importantly – the taps, spigot, and connecting pipes leading into your home can be damaged too. Our plumbers have had to repair a lot of cracks and even burst pipes for their clients due to this very issue. Remember to disconnect your garden hose and drain it of extraneous water before storing it away for the winter.

Double check that the faucet is tightened to ensure that the water can no longer flow, and turn off any interior shut-off valves that lead to these pipes if your house has them. If you want to go the extra mile and secure you outdoor faucet with a Styrofoam insulation kit (something you can buy at most hardware stores in London), you’ll be as good as gold.

Styrofoam (or rubber) is also a good insulator for indoor pipes in the parts of your home that are unheated. Crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages are prime locations for pipes prone to freezing, so be sure to check these areas of your house. The cost of these insulators varies depending on quality and the pipe material it’s compatible with, but even the most economical foam will prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter. They’ll also cut down on condensation in the summer. While you move throughout your home checking unheated pipes, you should also be inspecting your taps for leaks.

Another part of your home that needs autumnal inspection is your hot water heater. It goes through the ringer during the colder months, as you and your family jack the heat for showers and baths in order to combat the frigid temperatures outside. Make sure you’re heater is up to the challenge by speaking with a trained member of our team. Whether yours is electric, gas, or propane with a storage tank or tankless, they know hot water heaters inside and out. They’ll be able to flush out unwanted residue built up over the summer to reduce corrosion. They’ll also complete a full inspection of the appliance, to make sure there are no underlying issues that could cause your heater to malfunction.

Get Your Drains To A Great Start!

Taking the time to complete these simple fall plumbing maintenance tips during the month of September will help you prevent a major catastrophe this winter. Once you’re ready to prepare your hot water heater for the winter, get in touch with a local representative, and we’ll set up an appointment with one of our fall plumbing maintenance experts. They’re available 24/7 to help homeowners like you winterize your homes. While you wait, you can check out what other services we offer in the London, Ontario area. We can help any time of the year!

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