Follow These Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

Posted by on February 06/2017 | 0Comments

Are Preparing Your Home Plumbing for Winter?

Follow These Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for WinterWinter’s freezing temperatures can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. Before it gets too cold, make sure you follow these tips for preparing your plumbing for winter. They could save you a lot of time and money… not to mention the inconvenience of living in a house with busted pipes!

Plumbing for Winter Tip 1: Insulate Your Pipes

This is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes. Start by searching your home for exposed pipes. They could be in your attic, basement, or even under your floor. If you find pipes in areas that don’t receive adequate heat, then you should insulate them.

Wrap the pipes with insulation that will protect them from the bitter cold. Insulating foam doesn’t cost much. It’s also very easy to install.

Note that you should also insulate any outdoor spigots and hose bibs. Several manufacturers make insulating products that fit right over them. Many hose bibs also have shut-off valves. If yours does, turn off the water so that it can’t reach the outside.

Plumbing for Winter Tip 2: Fix Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes tend to freeze more easily than those that aren’t leaking. That makes it important for you to search the interior and exterior of your home for even small leaks.

Do this before the temperatures drop too far. Once a leaky pipe freezes, you’ll have a hard time fixing (you also run the risk of the pipe bursting, which could lead to mold and other problems that you do not want).

If you have insulated pipes (good for you!), you can check for leaks by feeling around the insulation for wet areas. Any moist area probably indicates a leak. Remove the insulation for a closer look.

Plumbing for Winter Tip 3: Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Most sprinkler systems are designed to handle cold weather. Still, you want to give them some extra protection, so they don’t break before the spring thaw.

Start by turning off the water running to the sprinkler system. Once you have turned off the source, remove water from the irrigation system so that it cannot freeze. Newer systems usually have drains that will eliminate the water automatically. If yours does not, or you aren’t sure whether it does, then you can drain the pipes manually by turning on the sprinklers and letting them run until they stop putting out water.

Winter can bring hard times to household pipes. By taking a few preventative steps, though, you can give your pipes a fighting chance no matter how cold it gets.

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Green Plumbing Tips

Posted by on June 22/2016 | 0Comments

Green Plumbing

green plumbingGreen plumbing is a great efficient method to save money and create an eco-friendly household. As global warming becomes an ever-increasing concern in Canada, many homeowners in Southwestern Ontario are investigating ways they can make their homes eco-friendly.

While there are certainly large changes you can make to your home to make it greener, things like retrofitting it with solar panels, energy efficient fixtures, and insulation can take a lot of money you don’t necessarily have. We are huge proponents of the idea that every little bit helps, and we appreciate that even small changes to your daily habits can have a huge difference.

Running an eco-friendly household doesn’t have to involve an exhaustive list of invasive home renovations, nor does it have to take a huge bite out of your savings. In fact, going green can involve a few minor adjustments to your plumbing habits and you can end up saving money! Today we’ve provided a list of green plumbing tips that you can easily introduce into your household’s routine. We’ve compiled this list because of the water, energy, and cash savings that they offer.

Conserving Tips

How and when you choose to use the water in your home can have a direct impact on your energy consumption. Your first step is realizing when you end up using more water than you need, and your second is to slowly cut down. Here are several easy ways most people can save some liters.

  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth
  • Use the tap in short bursts when rinsing dishes
  • Fill a small bowl full of water when washing fresh produce
  • Only use your appliances (like dishwashers and laundry machines) when they have a full load

There are other methods you can do to conserve water. However, by turning these common techniques into habits, it will ultimately save you money in the long-run.

Green Cleaners

Many of us rely on harsh, caustic chemicals to get our homes spick and span, but in reality, we don’t need these toxic cleaners to get the job done. There are a variety of eco-friendly products on the market that can ensure your home is clean without tainting the water supply or leaving behind noxious residues in your living spaces. You can even make your own cleaner using vinegar and essential oils. We also have a line of green drain cleaners to help you keep the insides of your pipes clean and clear.

Install Low-Flow Fixtures

You can purchase affordable low-flow aerators and showerheads at most hardware stores. They are inexpensive and relatively simple to install, yet they can come with huge benefits. Aerators can cut down your water and energy consumption by 50%. If you feel uncomfortable installing these devices on your own, pick up your phone and call us for help.

Banish Leaks

A leaking faucet or showerhead is one of the most deceptive issues affecting your plumbing and drainage system. A few drips here and there may not seem like much waste, but they can really add up.

Green Plumbing

A tap that leaks a single droplet of water every second will waste over 11,000 liters of water each year. To put that into perspective, that’s the equivalent of 180 showers! A running toilet is even worse – and it isn’t because of its incessant noise. A leaking toilet can waste up to 750 liters a day, which amounts to over 270,000 liters if left for a full year.

By simply arranging a quick maintenance visit from one of our expert plumbers, you can eliminate these leaky fixtures and conserve water and money. They’ll inspect more than just your faucets during their sweep; they’ll also ensure your toilets, showerheads, and pipes are in working order.

Going green can be simple, especially when you have our team of plumbers ready to help you make the transition. Give us a call and see what kind of difference you can make. Saving the planet also comes with money savings you can put in the bank. It’s a win-win!

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Basement Flooded? Stay Calm!

Posted by on June 16/2016 | 0Comments

Is your Basement Flooded?

April showers bring May flowers, but you know as well as anybody in Southwestern Ontario that it doesn’t stop there. We have a moderate climate, but we’re no stranger to extreme weather. We get a little bit of everything, including rain well into the summer. In June, that means roughly one-third of the month sees precipitation. As such, your home or commercial building may be prone to a flooded basement.

For the most part, these rainy days don’t affect much more than the clothes you choose to wear to work or when you plan a picnic. But there are days when excessive rainfall can put extra pressure on your plumbing and drainage system. When combined with crumbling infrastructure, it can result in massive problems for your home. A basement flooded is frustrating and an unwelcomed surprise. So after calling your Ontario home insurance broker, let’s jump into some of the most critical things you need to know.

Overland Flooding

When your city sees excess rainfall, something called overland flooding can occur. This is when water is unable to drain properly. Those houses that are situated at the bottom of a slope or near a body of water are at higher risk than other homes. Usually, a house can withstand this collection of water, but a small fissure in your foundation or pipes is all it takes for the flood waters to find the interior of your home.

It won’t take long to realize the sound of water isn’t just the rain hitting your roof. Unfortunately, overland flooding isn’t the only cause of basement flooding you have to worry about. Your home’s sewer lines can overflow when there’s a blockage obstructing a pipe in your home or somewhere within the municipality’s system.

Call Immediately!

A damaged pipe or backflow issue don’t need much time to cause serious damage to your home. A small fissure in a pipe has the ability to release hundreds of liters in as little as a few hours. Backflow problems can cause just as much as damage in less time, as tree roots, debris, and others build-up obstructs the lines running water to your municipality’s waterlines.

When you see water levels rising, don’t waste any time before you call our emergency plumbers. Our licensed, insured, and capable team are available 24 hours a day every day – including weekends and holidays. Mother Nature doesn’t take a break and very rarely operates within the regular 9-5. For that reason neither do we. Should heavy rainfall or damaged infrastructure caused a flood in the middle of the night, one of our emergency plumbers will be at your door.

Fully trained, experienced, and equipped with the appropriate tools, our plumbers can handle any plumbing problem. From cracked pipes to tree root obstructions and everything in between, we’ll deliver on quality, reliable, and efficient repairs. With an up-front pricing system that relies on a flat rate, you can guarantee our help won’t break the bank either. We never rely on vague additional charges like time and material, so you’ll never be surprised by our final cost.

You have enough to worry about when you basement’s flooding. Should the unthinkable happen to you this June, give our offices a call. We’ll take care of the rest. One of our team members is always available to handle any of your emergencies as well as basic maintenance and inspections. You only need to pick up the phone and give us a call.

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