Is My Water Pressure Too High?
While low water pressure can be frustrating, high water pressure can cause leaks, pipe damage and wasted water. Here’s an overview of the issue and how to address it. Why is it a problem? High water pressure means more water is flowing out of your faucets faster. In addition to inflating your water bill, it […]
Help! I’ve Dropped My Ring Down the Drain!
It’s not uncommon for a ring to get swept down the drain while you’re washing your hands or the dishes. To save you some frustration and panic, here are three ways to troubleshoot the recovery of your lost jewelry. 1.) Remove The J-Bend Most items that fall down the drain will get stuck in the […]
The Truth About Chemical Drain Cleaners
Are you struggling to clear a tough clog? Before you reach for a bottle of drain cleaner, here are five things you should know about these harsh chemical products. Chemical drain cleaners contain corrosive substancesThere are two main types of household drain cleaners, and they both use strong chemicals to dislodge clogs. The bleach and […]
9 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet
Your toilet was designed to do one thing: dispose of human waste and toilet paper. While you may be tempted to use yours as a garbage can, you shouldn’t. Doing so will only clog your pipes and cause you plumbing-related headaches. Here are nine of the absolute worst things to flush. Feminine hygiene products. Even […]
Help! My Hot Water Tank Is Leaking
Water heaters will typically last for many years as long as you take care of them. However, there’s always a chance that they may leak. When this happens, it’s crucial that you call a plumber right away to repair the damage. While You Wait – Initial Steps To Take While you wait for help to […]
How To Avoid Common Plumbing Issues In High-Rise Buildings
A simple plumbing problem can be disastrous in a high-rise apartment or condo complex and set off a domino effect of emergency repairs and plumbing updates. This is why it’s a good idea for property managers to be aware of the most common plumbing issues that can occur and how to avoid them. Here’s what […]
What’s the Difference Between Drain Augering & High-pressure Flushing?
If you ever have to deal with roots infiltrating your plumbing or even soft clogs, you’ll need to decide which method to use to solve your issues. Here’s a quick look at two common pipe-clearing methods. Drain Augering Augering relies on the use of a long, flexible cable with a tightly coiled tip which is […]
5 Reasons to Call a Plumber for Drain Cleaning Services
When faced with slow or clogged drains, many homeowners reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner. However, these products can actually damage the pipes they’re meant to clean. A better solution is to call a professional. Here are five reasons to call a residential plumber for drain cleaning services. To get rid of foul […]
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? […]
Our 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 […]