Plumbing ventilation: what is it and how do I know if it’s working?
Most homeowners know that every toilet, sink, shower, dishwasher and washing machine has a drain to carry dirty water away. However, what many don’t know is that ventilation is also an integral part of their plumbing system. Here’s the lowdown on plumbing ventilation and how to tell if yours isn’t working. What is plumbing ventilation? […]
A guide to catch basin cleaning
Catch basins can literally be found on every street corner. These traps for debris, sand, grit and contaminants are used in the storm drains on the sides of roadways. They’re also used as drainage systems in yards, parking lots, along the sides of building and various other places. One thing all catch basins have in […]
How to unclog your kitchen sink
No matter how diligently you care for your plumbing, a clogged kitchen drain can happen to anyone. Food, grease and gunk slowly build inside the pipes and next thing you know you’re stuck with a pile of dirty dishes and a sink full of standing water. Don’t panic and call an emergency plumber yet. Here […]
How to dewinterize your house
If you’re leaving your home vacant for more than a few days during the winter, it’s a good idea to winterize your house. This means draining water from the plumbing system to prevent your pipes from cracking or bursting due to water freezing within them. Dewinterizing involves reversing that process, and here are the steps […]
Preventing and thawing frozen pipes
Winter can bring a lot of inconveniences your way, and while you can’t prevent horrible road conditions or poor visibility, there are some things you do have the power to control. Fortunately, frozen pipes fall into the second category. With a few preventive measures, they’re easily avoided. Quick fixes to prevent frozen pipes Some of […]
Everything you need to know about sump pumps
Sump pumps are a common feature in Ontario homes, but do you know what they do or why they’re important? In brief, these machines prevent basements from flooding by redirecting water to an offsite location like a dry well, municipal storm drain or your lawn. How does a sump pump work? A sump pump is […]
6 Plumbing resolutions for 2019
This year, resolve to treat your pipes right with these six plumbing resolutions. Stop treating your toilet as a garbage bin. Your toilet isn’t made to flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste. Toss your dental floss, hair, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues and cotton balls in the garbage can where […]
5 Ways to prevent sewer backups
When the line that goes from your home to the sewer is backed up, it can send sewage back into your house through the drainpipes. Not only is this disgusting, but a sewer backup can cause a lot of damage and potentially harm your health. What causes sewer backups These are the most common […]
Avoid burst pipes by winterizing your plumbing
Winter is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking getting your plumbing ready for the cold months ahead, especially if you’re a snow bird that’s planning on leaving town or you have a summer cottage that needs to be shut down for the season. Failing to do so can cause the water left in […]
Why is it important to get your backflow preventer tested?
In order to keep your drinking water supply clean and safe, buildings need a backflow preventer to guard against contamination from non-potable water. Because residential homes are less likely to have their water supply become contaminated, they aren’t included in municipal bylaws for backflow prevention in Hamilton. What is backflow and how does it happen? […]
5 Tips for avoiding plumbing emergencies
You know the feeling: the sheer panic that grips you when, after flushing the toilet, you see the water heading in the wrong direction—towards you! Plumbing issues are never fun and often costly. Here are five things you can do to avoid plumbing emergencies. 1. Be careful about what you flush The only product […]
3 Common plumbing problems in restaurants
Owning a restaurant can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be quite hectic. Every restaurant comes with its own challenges, and unfortunately, even the most smoothly run establishment isn’t immune to plumbing issues. Luckily, with some extra care on your part and regular maintenance from your plumber, these problems can be prevented, allowing […]
Common plumbing myths
There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to plumbing. Because we can’t see most of the waterlines in our homes and businesses, we tend to take them for granted until something goes wrong. It’s important to realize, however, that what appears to be a minor inconvenience can eventually have a disastrous effect […]
Causes of stinky water and drains
While having stinky water and drains is usually a benign occurrence, occasionally it can indicate that there’s a potential health risk somewhere in your water system. If bad odours persist, it’s important to get your plumbing inspected by a professional. Here are some of the typical causes of that foul smell in your sink or […]
Trusted Plumber for Your Business Premises in Oakville, Hamilton, and Surrounding Areas
With an eye on cost control, it can be tempting to call a general handyman or try to DIY a plumbing problem at your commercial establishment. When you are running a business, trying to fix all problems by yourself is not only inconvenient, it will also come in the way of your productivity and profitability. […]
Found A Leak? Should You Fix it or Call A Plumber?
If you have ever spent a sleepless night with the sound of a continuously dripping faucet or running toilet, you probably woke up feeling frustrated and tired. Perhaps your DIY enthusiasm tempts you to fix the leak right away. Going on a vacation and discovered the water heater is leaking? Considering a quick fix on […]
Innovative Tips from Your Plumber in Oakville on How to Save on Heat
Every winter, you find yourself cringing at the sight of your heating bill. The rest of the year it stays tolerable, but once the cooler temperatures roll around, it can double or triple in cost which is never easy on the home budget. While heating costs go up in the winter and you cannot avoid […]
What Should I Do in a Plumbing Emergency?
There are certainly a few services offering an emergency plumber in Oakville, Hamilton, and other surrounding cities, but what can you do while you wait for your plumber to arrive? To limit the damage to your home, and possibly mitigate the costs, there are some essential steps you can take while you wait. Troubleshooting and […]
Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Every fall, you prepare your lawn for winter, get the cars ready for snow and ice on the roads, and tackle those fall to-dos. One item that is very likely to be missing from your fall checklist is that of your home’s plumbing. Just like the exterior of your home, the plumbing inside and hiding […]
Incorrect Dishwasher Installation: What Does This Mean for Your Home?
Instead of spending your precious time manually washing your dishes, why not take advantage of a dishwasher to do the work for you? While it may appear like a simple appliance to install, doing it incorrectly can result in flooding or pooling, that may lead to bacterial or mould growth. These scenarios can amount to […]