March 13, 2017 Knowing how to begin the process of tackling a plumbing project can be tough. There is equipment to consider, project know-how and that little matter of county ordinances that may crop up. These tips can help you become a much better plumber. When concerned with waterproofing and plumbing, you need to know what can cause noisy pipes. This is important because it can mean the difference between an annoying noise and flooding in your house. Do your research to distinguish between the different noises and hire a professional if any serious risk is posed. Don’t pay a plumber until the job is completed. A plumber or a basement waterproofer may require some money upfront, but it’s wise to wait until the job is completely done before giving him the entire payment. Many things can happen between the stop and end of a job, so to be safe wait until you are satisfied with the completed work before paying. If your water is coming out black, then most likely you have an iron and magnesium issue to your water. You need to contact a water softener company, and get them to come out and assess your water. They will be able to fix the problem by adding a water softener. You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. Another great way to check is to actually sit on the toilet and move in a rocking motion, going back and forth from right to left to see how much give you feel. As with many problems, early detection can save you a lot of money. If water backs up from one sink to another, it is because the lines are connected. The part of the branch line for one device might be higher than another, but most likely there is also a blockage in the branch line connecting the two devices as well. This blockage must be cleaned. You can remove unsightly mineral buildup from your shower head by soaking it in vinegar overnight. This loosens the deposits, and in the morning you only need to wipe off the residue with a rag. If your shower head is high up an not removable, place vinegar in a plastic bag, slip the bag over the shower head and hold in place with a twist tie. If your toilet is constantly developing moisture on the outside, you may want to consider turning up the heat in your bathroom. The biggest cause of “sweaty” toilets is cool and moist air. Believe it or not, this moisture could actually cause damage to your toilet, so it is crucial that you fix the problem. Leaking , and basement waterproofing. Got a leaky pipe? In many cases you can repair this yourself without the expense of a plumber. If a joint is leaking, tighten it with a pipe wrench. If the leak is coming from a damaged section of pipe, you can try repairing with a store-bought patching kit. One method involves applying waterproof tape to the section of pipe where there is leakage. Before applying the tape, make sure the pipe is thoroughly dry. Make sure that the tape covers two to three inches on either side of the breakage in the pipe. It is not always necessary to call in a plumber when you have a damaged section of pipe in your plumbing. There are repair kits you can buy in your local hardware store which are excellent in repairing leaks. If you have a small leak, you can rub a compound stick over the hole or crack in the pipe to seal it shut. Epoxy paste is also an excellent remedy for a leaking pipes. Make sure you turn off the water and completely dry the pipe before applying the epoxy. Ensure that everyone in your household knows how to turn off the main water supply, or knows how to contact someone who can. In the event of a burst pipe or other water-related emergency, you should immediately turn off the water to prevent flooding, structural damage, and a sky-high water bill. One of the ways that you can improve the functionality of your shower head is to clean the mineral deposits from the surface. Unscrew your shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight. In the morning, brush off the deposits with a toothbrush to help the flow of water for your showers. If you find that your pipes have frozen during the cold winter months open all the faucets in your home. This lowers the water pressure for when the pipes thaw and the water is freely flowing again. Make sure to open all the faucets not just those that are frequently used. If you are going on vacation, look for individual valves under each of your sinks. Turn off water for each appliance. If you live in an apartment building, you will not be able to shut off your system completely but will have to turn off individual valves to prevent any leak from ruining your apartment. Plumbing doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you know what you’re doing. It’s just that there are quite a few basics to learn. Deciding where to start is easy once you complete your research and use a bit of common sense to figure out what the most effective method to complete your project is.
You need to have some knowledge of what to look for and expect from doing your own basement waterproofing and plumbing. You need to know what resources are available to you and who can provide you answers as to what you need for your future plumbing jobs. The tips below can help you with how to start. If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls. Look closely at your toilets several times throughout the year. Check to see if there are any leaks that you may not have noticed; you can do this by placing five or six drops of food coloring in the tank. If there is a leak, the color will seep into the bowl within half an hour. This process will help you catch a small problem before it gets too out of control. To help you find a good plumber, you should get recommendations from people whom you trust. Asking a friend or a neighbor is usually more trustworthy than picking a random plumber out of the phone book. You need a competent plumber, otherwise you could be in for a much bigger problem down the road. Install screen traps or drain covers on all of your sinks and tub drains. Most home plumbing calls are about clogged pipes. These can be caused by debris, especially hair, washing down the drains. Putting in a trap means that you can clean this debris off before it ends up in the pipes. Check your fixtures to ensure the overflow holes are clear of debris and mineral build-up. Overflow holes divert water when a sink starts to fill up. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can be a big problem if there is a clog. Clear out your sink’s overflow holes every so often, while checking for any other problems or necessary repairs. Some people have problems with their plumbing system in that the pipes sweat and drip condensation. You do not have to hire a plumber to take care of this nuisance. You can purchase self-adhesive drip tape from your local hardware store. This drip tape will insulate your “sweating” pipes which are dripping with moisture built up from condensation. To make sure the tape sticks firmly, dry the pipe thoroughly before applying the tape. Make sure you get a good recommendation or check the references before you hire a plumber. With good recommendations, it will assure that you are hiring an experienced plumber. If the experienced plumber is professional, he will have a fully stocked truck and be able to complete most small jobs in one visit. If you want avoid future issues with your toilet, don’t treat it like a trash can. Do not flush sanitary pads, paper towels, cotton balls, tissues, diapers or other materials, as these items do not dissolve and could cause clogs. Additionally, use the minimum amount of toilet paper required to clean up after you are done. Leaking You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet’s tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired. Have you tried patching your pipe with the store-bought patching kits only to have that section of your plumbing continue leaking? Replacing the damaged pipe is a more permanent solution than patching. First, you must shut off the main water valve, and drain the water from the damaged section. Cut out the damaged section of the copper pipe, leaving about an inch of extra pipe on both sides of the damaged area. Remove corrosion from inside the pipes with a wire brush. Apply flux to the replacement pipe and the remaining pipe. Slide the piece of replacement pipe into place with couplings. Apply solder all around the joint, and use a propane torch to solder the replacement section into place. Make sure everyone that lives in your house knows where to find and use the main water shut off valve in case there is a burst pipe emergency. This is especially important if you live in an area where your pipes may freeze. Take a moment to show your family members where the valve is and how to properly shut it off. If your toilet gets clogged, your plunger is not fixing it, and your water level inside of the toilet appears low, you can sometimes fix the problem by dumping warm water into your toilet at waist level (or maybe even a little higher). Do this every time the water level gets too low. During the winter, preventing frozen pipes when you live in a small dwelling can be something good to know. Frozen pipes will not only stop your flow of water but can crack and damage pipes. By running a little water out of every faucet during the coldest parts of the day, you can avoid this. As you have seen in the above tips, there is a lot of knowledge you can acquire before starting to do your own plumbing and it’s this knowledge that can help you with your future plumbing jobs. Do everything you must to find out what you need to get started.
When you are doing plumbing and waterproofing work, there may be some things that go wrong. Some things might be an easy fix for you, but others can be a little more challenging. No matter what the problem is, it is imperative that you become knowledgeable about plumbing so you can fix your plumbing issues quickly. As the weather begins to get cold, attend to all of your exposed pipes by adding insulation to them. Pay particular attention to pipes located in crawl spaces and the outside walls of your residence. Taking this step will help ensure that your pipes continue to function throughout the winter. Make sure everyone that lives in your house knows where to find and use the main water shut off valve in case there is a burst pipe emergency. This is especially important if you live in an area where your pipes may freeze. Take a moment to show your family members where the valve is and how to properly shut it off. Install screen traps or drain covers on all of your sinks and tub drains. Most home plumbing calls are about clogged pipes. These can be caused by debris, especially hair, washing down the drains. Putting in a trap means that you can clean this debris off before it ends up in the pipes. Basic problems with toilets can be a quick fix for even the rawest amateur plumber and is worth attempting if you can take the time to research the problem. Seek out the necessary part or parts from your local hardware store and ask for support in how to properly install them. Do not, under any circumstances, put lemons down your disposal. Although the lemon smell will give your disposal a great smell, its acid can corrode the metal parts in it. Instead, use products that are made specifically for this use. You can purchase these products at most hardware stores or wherever cleaning products are sold. To be successful in any plumbing project, make sure you turn the water off before you start unscrewing pipes. This tip might actually sound insulting, but you are probably getting caught up in having the right tools and parts and being dressed right. Double check that there is not a splash waiting for you. Then triple and quadruple check. Treating your drains every month is a great way to avoid future clogs and other problems, and it’s a very simple procedure. Just run one to two gallons of hot tap water down each drain in your house. When you’re going away on a vacation, you should consider shutting off the water supply to your home. This can help stop many problems before they start. If you don’t do this, you should have someone stop by your house regularly to check that nothing has gone wrong and that your home isn’t flooded. As the weather turns frosty, make sure faucets outside are not dripping or leaking. Checking them before winter is the best time, so you can make any repairs before the temperature gets down to freezing. Pipes that are made of copper, steel, or plastic are vulnerable to cracking when water freezes and increases the pressure. Even a small crack will let enough water out to cause some serious damage. Leaking You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet’s tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired. DIY plumbing jobs will require that you understand how to solder copper for the lines for the water supply. You can practice this skill so that you will be able to run your lines without worrying about it leaking. Search online for video tutorials that can help you get a handle on how to go about soldering. If the hot water heater in your house is over ten years old, you should look at replacing it. Hot water heaters are very susceptible to corrosion on the bottom. This can lead to leaking and flooding whatever room it is in. Then not only will you have to replace it, but you’ll have to fix any damage caused by the leak. WaterProofing the property is a good idea meanwhile. In order to keep your garbage disposal in optimal working condition, run it on a regular basis. Just a simple 60 seconds per day under cold water can keep it running clean and smooth. If not run regularly, your disposal can be susceptible to corrosion that will eventually make it inoperable. To avoid sediment buildup, drain gallons of water from your water heater to flush any corrosion. This will help your heater to run more efficiently therefore saving you regular energy costs. Make sure to read your heater’s instructions before attempting this, and do this periodically to make sure that your heater is running as well as it can. Sometimes you have to make the choice between replacing or repairing. If you have an old appliance, that uses a lot of water or electricity, it may be best to replace. Sure, it will cost more initially, but it will save you money in the long run. The other thing is, you can’t be sure how well a repair will work out, whereas with a new appliance you’ll at least get a guarantee. As you can see, plumbing can present a whole host of small and large problems. If you use the tips that were given to you in the article you just read, you will learn that it doesn’t have to stress you out to deal with these issues.
March 11, 2017 Meeting your Plumbing and Piping Needs Ready to make plumbing work for you? Great, time to get started! Wait, how do you do that and how do you get started? Never fear, here are some plumbing tips! This collection of advice should provide you with just the right amount of knowledge and inspiration to do your own plumbing. Cost Effective Pipe Maintenance To avoid clogs, pay attention to what you flush. Sanitary napkins, thick toilet paper and baby wipes should never be flushed. These items can expand and cause a clog, or get caught on a pipe. Instead, dispose of them in a sanitary way that does not involve flushing them down the toilet. Routinely check your appliance connections and faucets around the house for any kind of obvious leaks or nearby signs of moisture. Not only do even the smallest leaks lead to a large waste of water and money, they also can lead to damage to your home or even the development of harmful molds. Schedule your plumbing work simultaneously. You might be tempted to call the plumber every time you need something fixed, but if you wait and hire the plumber for a single visit, you can save up money for repairs. You will also save because plumbers usually charge hourly rates, so hours they can charge you are reduced if there is only one trip made. Always keep your garbage disposal clean. You can do this in many ways. Pour some dish soap in and let the disposal run for a few minutes with some cold water. Be sure to run it regularly, if not, it can cause rust. To eliminate foul odors, grind lemon or other citrus peels. You can clean the walls of the disposal by grinding small fruit pits or egg shells. Don’t shrug off that trickle coming from your toilet as a small problem. Even the tiniest leak can be quite expensive in the long run as you end up wasting potentially hundreds of gallons of water. See if you can find the root of the leak, or seek out professional advice, and keep your toilet running efficiently. How to Extend the life of your Heater and Improve your Shower Head One way to prevent water heater problems is to turn down the heat. As long as the water is still as hot as needed for showers and washing dishes, turning it down won’t hurt anything, and will extend the life of the heater. Holding very hot water can corrode the inside. One of the ways that you can improve the functionality of your shower head is to clean the mineral deposits from the surface. Unscrew your shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight. In the morning, brush off the deposits with a toothbrush to help the flow of water for your showers. Emergency Temporary Fix for Damaged Pipes It is not always necessary to call in a plumber when you have a damaged section of pipe in your plumbing. There are repair kits you can buy in your local hardware store which are excellent in repairing leaks. If you have a small leak, you can rub a compound stick over the hole or crack in the pipe to seal it shut. Epoxy paste is also an excellent remedy for a leaking pipes. Make sure you turn off the water and completely dry the pipe before applying the epoxy. Have you tried patching your pipe with the store-bought patching kits only to have that section of your plumbing continue leaking? Replacing the damaged pipe is a more permanent solution than patching. First, you must shut off the main water valve, and drain the water from the damaged section. Cut out the damaged section of the copper pipe, leaving about an inch of extra pipe on both sides of the damaged area. Remove corrosion from inside the pipes with a wire brush. Apply flux to the replacement pipe and the remaining pipe. Slide the piece of replacement pipe into place with couplings. Apply solder all around the joint, and use a propane torch to solder the replacement section into place. Tips on Ensuring you Pipes Survive the Winter Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair. Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes, after you shut off the water to the Toronto house. A hairdryer will gently heat the pipe and thaw the ice without causing significant damage to the pipe. Shutting off the water first means that if the pipe is broken, there will be no rush of water into the house. You need to winter-proof (waterproof) your Toronto house. You have to make sure you switch of the master circuit breaker or the shut-off valve before you leave your house. Since one small hole or congested water can quickly freeze and cause pipes to break and expand, you need to drain and open all outdoor and household water lines. Now is the perfect chance to make plumbing work for you! Don’t worry; it can be personally tailored for just your home. After reading these previous tips, you should have seen that techniques and equipment are numerous and that anyone can can apply them to their plumbing jobs. It just takes research and experimentation.
January 26, 2017 Everyone has plumbing questions, sometimes. Be it a do-it-yourself repair or just general preventative maintenance, we need plumbing advice. Read this article to give you the basic knowledge to allow you to fix any problem you face and keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape! Having your septic tank pumped out on a regular basis will keep it functioning properly. This will keep sediment from hanging out in your tank and eventually causing there to be a backup in your home. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property. If you have a clogged toilet with a low water level and a plunger isn’t doing the job, it’s time to try adding a bucket of lukewarm water to the toilet from a around three feet or higher. If the water goes down to a lower level again, then you should repeat the procedure. Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. Sit on your toilet and sway across both feet to feel if there are any spots less firm than the others. This will save you a lot of trouble and money if you find the issue before something horrible happens. A strainer should be placed over all the drains in order to gather particles that would just get in the drain and potentially cause stoppage. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed. If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You may want to have each minor problem attended to as the occur, but having multiple repairs done at once allows you to save up for the cost. It can also save money since most plumbers will charge you by the hour. Coming out just once will cut down on the time it takes, making your bill smaller. Do special checks on your sink overflow holes to ensure they are not becoming clogged. Overflow holes drain sink that fill too full and may go unnoticed until they are needed. When you do periodic checks for any other problems or repairs that are needed, take the time to clear the holes that are there to protect you from overflow. Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent a lot of problems, including a fire. Always check your lint trap for damage, such as holes or tears. This could allow lint to enter your pipes, leading to clogs or other plumbing complications. There’s no reason to run water while running your garbage disposal. Water will not make your garbage disposal run smoothly. Water can cause food to stick to the moving parts, and this could create damage. If sewage is overflowing your toilet, then check the connection between your home’s sewage line and the city sewage line. When your personal efforts can’t deal with such a clog, your only option is to have the line snaked out by a professional plumber. When it gets cold out, ensure that your faucets outside aren’t dripping or leaking. If the faucets have these problems, they will have to be repaired before temperatures reach the freezing point. Pipes that are made of copper, steel, or plastic are vulnerable to cracking when water freezes and increases the pressure. One small crack is all it takes to cause serious water damage to your home. Infrequently used valves can stiffen with age and become inoperable. Use penetrating oil to maintain them and run water through them once in a while. If you are looking for a plumbing contractor, take some time to check with the Department of Consumer Affairs. You should verify that they hold a valid licence and look over any bad feedback filed against them. If their license is questionable or expired, you won’t want to hire them to do work for you. Everyone in your family should know exactly where your home’s main water shut off valve is and how to use it. It is likely very close to your water meter. Fixtures, such as sinks or toilets, may also be equipped with individual cut-off valves. Add marks to the valves so everyone in your household knows what direction to turn the valves in case they need to cut them off in case the need should arise. Plumbing is not limited to water. Many skills are needed to be a plumber with expertise. Fixing water lines is a key part of plumbing, and requires a fair amount of knowledge to do correctly. Proper education prior to a problem arising is imperative. Also, keeping your system maintained properly will help you avoid future disasters. Use the advice in the article above to maintain and fix your home’s plumbing. Are you In Mississauga? Please make sure you check cities we service below.