Black Water Flood Damage Calls for Professional Plumber Help

February 15th, 2013 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

flood damage

Nobody ever knows when the next disaster will strike. Weather conditions are changing and the storms we are experiencing these days are more violent, and flooding is often the consequence of these heavy storms. Of course water entering your home can ruin your possessions entirely, and anybody that has experienced a flood is urged to call their local professional plumber as soon as possible. However, methods of cleaning up after flooding will be determined by the severity of the flooding. Many people think that flood damage is just a matter of mopping up the water and waiting for things to dry out. They don’t realize that many times there is underlying damage which only becomes evident much later on. Secondary water damage brings on mold, mildew, and dangerous fungi which can cause a host of irritating allergies as well as serious diseases like hepatitis and cholera.

Flooding always brings with it a mixture of soil, bark, leaves, insects and other debris, and in many instances when the flood waters are so severe, sewers can overflow. Left unchecked, raw sewage can enter your groundwater and drinking water supply. With flood damage of this nature professional help is imperative because if you should come into contact with this type of contaminated water, you can become seriously ill.

Professional Restoration Machines

Professional cleaners will disinfect and decontaminate your entire home to eliminate pathogens and organisms that are present in the sewage.  Professional mop-up teams come rigged out with rubber gloves, boots as well as face masks. They come with the most  advanced flood damage drying systems and machinery which the average household will not normally have. They make use of specialized equipment like industrial strength dehumidifiers which encourage evaporation as well as tile and grout cleaning equipment, auto scrubbers, carpet cleaning machines and wet vacuums which pump out all water from your carpeting and home, making light work of the soggy and ill-smelling mess.

Removing Mold and Mildew a Top Priority

Professional flood damage restoration experts make use of their machines and special cleaning techniques to kill off  the mold and mildew which develops so quickly. They check over your home’s water and electrical systems and check the homes structural safety before commencing with the clean-up. Their aim is to thoroughly dry the house as quickly as possible. They are aware that ceilings which are mostly above the high-water mark may well be undamaged and even dry, but they will still need checking because surface damp can cause mold to grow there too.

Whether it is your hardwood floors that need to be restored, your carpets, curtains or upholstery, they know that even floodwater, which has not caused sewage spillovers, can contain dangerous microbiological organisms, and the longer you delay with calling professionals in, the more toxic mold and bacteria you can expect.  Before deciding on the techniques to use for a cleanup, these skilled experts first determine the source of the water.  Water from sewage spills, and which contains harmful contaminants is known as black water and swallowing black water can lead to  nausea diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting.

Professional Help for Flood Damage Available Around the Clock

When you are faced with flood damage and a sudden water emergency in your home, call your local Scarborough plumbers for help fast. Because of the seriousness of black water, only trained and certified water damage restoration experts, available 24/7, can help because they are highly skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects relating to mold and mildew prevention as well as sewage decontamination. They have your best interests at heart and they work out a course of action that will sort out your calamity in the most professional and safe way. In order to prevent future flood damage, consider contacting local preventative maintenance experts like Tony’s Roofing Services LLC for any consulting or construction needs.

Use of Custom Signs in Outdoor Promotion

January 25th, 2013 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

custom signs company

Sign concept is as old as the mountains. Signs and banners are used to draw attention of classes and masses. A lot of people have used signs to draw audience’s attraction, spread information about services or events and to develop consensus among different people and deliver particular messages. Many businesses hire a sign painting company to craft a custom sign for a variety of uses. Standard run of the mill signs look plain, uninspired, and downright boring. True customized store front signs clearly display for all to see the character, attract customers, and show off pride that the store owners takes in their establishment. They scream, “This is a place to do business!” and many people respond.

Custom made signage has been used for outdoor advertising. It is a reliable and cost-effective way to put up a store’s logo, name, emblem, service, motto and also menu up the front of the store such as back it banners, LED signs, sandwich board and street banners.

Examples of custom signs include:

Outdoor Signs

Back lit banners which have light source at their back or street banners near stores help in getting the attention of those who are passing by. You can put the latest store information and offers on the banners to do outdoor advertising.

Floor mats

A traditional way of promoting businesses is using floor mats with the store’s name on them. Floor mats can be eye catching and can be seen easily on the floor. Commercial places like theatre, shopping complexes and eating joints also have floor signs that normally advertise on particular service providers or shops.

LED Signs

A good example of custom sign is the use of LED signs to illuminate name of stores and LED lighting system during the night. They are very effective at night for outdoor advertising. LED signs allow for a store to be spotted from quite a far distance, so they are useful for stores that often have people travelling to visit them. They help in attracting visitors and distinguishing stores at night.

LED signs very cost-effective, have simple structures, can be implemented quickly, durable, creative designs and easy to repair and this makes them a favorite for many people.

Light Boxes

These are proper advertisements, which are put up in light boxes. You can see them both during the day as billboards and as light boxes placed near a store.

Sandwich Boards

This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to put up store advertisement or latest offering. An A-shaped sandwich can be put outside a store for advertisement. The signs can help in providing some useful information outdoors and catch the attention of the public.

Big and colorful things normally catch people’s attention. Custom signs always have and will continue to get the intended attention. Photographs and images sell your business. In your client’s eyes, beautiful hand-painted signs attract their attention and separate likable products from unlikable ones. These signs are like spotlights, which shine down on your property. Signs, which are beautifully designed, can be your calling card to the outside world.

Therefore, the custom signs can be used effectively to promote stores through outdoor marketing. Other outdoor advertising options include vehicle graphics, trade show displays, real estate signs, vehicle magnets and yard signs.

Efficient Toronto Plumbers Are a Must

January 22nd, 2013 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

When you end up with a problem relating to your plumbing system that requires a drain to be cleaned, potable water to be installed, a sewer be repaired, or installation of a plumbing fixture you need to call a trained professional – a plumber in Toronto. One of the most common tasks that plumbers perform is diagnosis and repairs of plumbing systems. Hiring a plumber should always involve some careful consideration for the contractor you are hiring. It’s important that your plumbing system be maintained properly to prevent costly service calls in the future. Make sure that the plumber you hire is experienced in their area of work; they should understand drain cleaning procedures such as drain snaking, hydro-jetting, and CCTV drain inspection. Any professional, licensed Toronto plumber will be able to provide service for your drain or plumbing needs.


An efficient, professional plumber will always take the most appropriate steps to provide an economical, long-lasting solution to your plumbing issues. In areas that provide rebates for plumbing work, your plumber should do their best to provide all the necessary documentation to the municipality so you can claim your rebate. This is particularly the case for instance in the City of Toronto where there is up to $3,200 available for the installation of flood prevention devices such as a sump pump or backwater valve.  With the stormy summer weather these devices can help to save your basement from flooding causing tens of thousands in preventable water damage.

When you encounter problems such as a collapsed sewer, or blocked drain pipe that you just can’t figure out on your own it’s time to call up a professional. A professional, licensed plumber will come out to your property and conduct a full investigation into the problem by way of a camera they insert into the problematic pipe. This camera will relay a high-definition video feed of the interior of your pipes, lit up with multiple LED lights on the end of the cable all of your problems will be revealed. This technique is called CCTV drain inspection and it will help to find problems in your sewer lines, drain lines, and any other pipe that can be easily accessed. This technology saves time in diagnosing the problem as there is no need to excavate and in most cases we can precisely repair the problem area.

Here are a few tips to keep you from calling your local Toronto plumbing contractor:

  • Always use a drain snake to attempt to clean your drain before resorting to chemicals which may cause corrosive damage.
  • Suspect your drain may be clogged? Pour baking soda and vinegar down it; this will help to break up some clogs and is a safe alternative to harsh chemicals.
  • Avoid pouring grease and oil down your drain; it may look like it goes down no problem but these substances build up on the interior of your drain system further down the line and attract other foreign debris.

With a little care you can manage to save a call to your plumber and prolong the life of your plumbing system.


14 ways you can conserve your water this summer

June 22nd, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

water being poured into a glass

Water conservation is an important part of today’s world. Our resources are running out and the more energy we waste today the less we have for tomorrow, so conserving your water today is a very good idea. Not only do we save money, but we also help to reduce the strain we place collectively on the environment. In addition, when water is scarce it also helps to provide a more balanced usage of water to reduce the load on the municipal water system. This is why if you suspect you have a water leak or other problem it is a good idea to call on a professional plumber to inspect the issue. Without further rambling, here are some water conservation tips that should help you get through the coming summer months.

1. Washing dishes is one area that a lot of people waste quite a lot of water. If you set up one sink to wash all of your dishes in, and another sink that you can use to soak and rinse your washed dishes you can save a large quantity of water.

Without some water conservation tips, watering grass can be exceedingly wasteful.

2. When you are watering your lawn it is common for people to position their sprinkler in such a manner that it is also watering the sidewalk or street! Be sure to optimize your usage of water in this area, place your sprinkler in a position so that it is only watering your lawn.

3. Try not to use your garbage disposal very often. You can save a lot of water by composting materials instead of throwing them in the garbage disposal unit.

4. If you are drinking cold water from your sink often, consider just getting a jug of water and throwing it into your fridge for a few hours. You’ll have colder water and all of the water will be drunk by you, not flowing down the sink while you run the tap waiting for the water to cool down.

5. Make sure that you water your lawn in the morning or evening. This way the sun has yet to be blaring down on your grass. This will stop water from evaporating due to the heat of the sun, but additionally it is also good for your lawn as the sun when striking the small water droplets has a tendency to cause microscopic burn damage in your lawn. Obviously not a thing you are interested in doing!

6. Leaks inside of your home are usually more obvious, but don’t ever forget that you having an external plumbing system as well that is just as prone to leaking. Make sure that you check for leaks always, not only is this a waste of water but a leaking pipe will cost you a lot of money in the long-run.

7. If you are in the market for a new appliance that puts to use a large amount of water, make sure that you choose a green or energy saving appliance, and also check to see if you can change the load size for the appliance. This will help you to control the amount of water that is put to use during each cycle. There also exist rebate programs for green appliances depending on where you live, helping you to save even more cash!

8. Your toilet could be leaking without you even knowing about it. This is one very important area to check as you could be waste upwards of 900 gallons of water a month. Buy some food colouring and pour it into the back of your toilet, into the water tank. Next, go read a book, watch TV, admire the garden or whatever it is that you do to pass time. Check your toilet bowl after a couple of hours to see if the water has changed colour, if it has this means you have a water leak in your toilet tank. Call a plumber ASAP.

9. If you water your garden regularly you may be better off collecting rain water run off for this purpose. There are quite a few designs you can implement but one simple one is to just run your eaves trough run off straight into a giant garbage pail, then dip a pitcher into this to grab some water for your garden.

10. If you are commonly thawing food using running water, you are wasting a huge amount doing this. If you are defrosting completely frozen food, put it in your refrigerator the night before you need to use it and then the next day place it on your counter for a few hours. This will save you a lot of water.

11. You may follow a common place water schedule for your grass or garden, one way you can save water is to actually check whether or not the ground needs water. Do this by digging a small hole in the ground near where you are going to be watering. Check down a few inches to see if the ground is actually dry or not, if there is some dampness a couple of inches down then you are good for water, put it off for a day or two and check again.

12. A leaky tap can cost you a ton of money, be sure that all of your taps close properly and do not leak at all. One common problem is that your taps don’t close all the way and you need to tighten them exceptionally so. Make sure that all of your family members understand how to turn off your faucets if this is the case and consider calling a plumber to fix them, or putting on your DIY hat.

hand washing some dishes in a sink

Washing dishes in your sink can consume quite a bit of water if you’re not mindful of your usage.

13. When you are washing your dishes, make sure that you soak your pots and pans that have food caked onto them. Some people will run the tap and let water cascade over the stubborn old food while scrubbing away intensely. This will waste a huge amount of water and also takes more work. Soaking is an ideal solution that reduces water usage and effort to clean these problems.

14. If you are watering your lawn or garden with a sprinkler system make sure that you setup a timer to let you know when it’s done. These systems can pump out a lot of water very quickly, upwards of 9 gallons a minute, so if you’re not monitoring this usage of water it can very rapidly get out of hand. Try watering your lawn of 15 minute intervals to see what works best.

There are quite a few things that can be done to save water; these are just a few tips that address most common areas that people over look.

How does a home plumbing system work?

May 22nd, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

Large house

A critical aspect of your home

Let’s look at some of the very basics here – house-hold plumbing systems are one of the most crucial aspects of a house, without a plumbing system, you may as well consider yourself living in antiquity. Indeed, plumbing systems have been one of the benchmark achievements of modern civilizations, and have been around since the times of ancient Rome. Although home plumbing seems to be a very difficult science to master, by understanding the general principles by which a plumbing system operates, you can understand a lot about plumbing. Firstly, it is crucial to understand that in any plumbing system there are certain key forces at work; gravity, pressures, and water seeking.

Plumbing subsystems

All plumbing systems have two main components, called subsystems. One component works to bring in water from the street, while the other functions primarily to remove water that is already used. When water initially enters your house it is pressurized. This water pressure allows it to flow into house and go around any obstacles like bends and turns, that it may run into. As the water flows into your house, it is measured by a meter which allows a meter reader to inform the water company of how much water you are using. Typically, the main water shutoff is located somewhere in the general vicinity of the meter. If you have a plumbing emergency, it is important that you go to this main shutoff valve and shut off the entire water supply. If you do not do so, then your entire house could stand a risk at being flooded.

Sink faucet

Taps are, of course, a critical aspect of home plumbing

Conversely, if the problem area is confined to a smaller part of the house, let’s say, a sink or toilet, it could be possible to shut off only one stop valve located nearest to the problem area. The drainage system which allows the waste water to exit your home does not depend on pressure. All of the drainage pipes pitch, or angle, downward, allowing gravity to pull the waste water out of your plumbing system. This is the simplified version of how a home plumbing system works. There are, however, additional components that make the system function. There are vents that go into your drainage pipes. These vents enter into the drainage pipes, letting air in, for if there were no air entering into the drainage pipes, then the waste water in the traps would need to be siphoned out, as it would not flow correctly.

Plumbing traps

Traps are another vital part of your plumbing system, traps, also called u-joints, and are S-shaped sections of pipe under a drain. Water flows through these traps with enough force to remove the excess water, but the trap retains enough water in it to not allow sewer gases back into the house. There are many these fixtures in your home such as in your sink. Remember: Before you attempt to do any repair on a fixture, make sure that you have turned off the water supply to the fixture or the main shutoff. This is what home plumbing is all about.

The History of Your Average Joe Plumber

November 21st, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

When you think about plumbing you aren’t perhaps immediately filled with excitement; yet the concept of plumbing can be considered to be one of the earliest and most widespread examples of great engineering that mankind has put into practice. Plumbing is a fundamental part of our lives and one that we readily take for granted as a standard function of contemporary living; but the means with which to source water into and out of our homes wasn’t always as easy as it is today.

During the Neolithic period of man, between approximately 10,000 – 2000 BC, the first signs of large human settlements began to emerge across central Europe and North Africa. These communities placed an emphasis on the farming of animals and the building of tools. In this respect, the communities exhibited the first examples of a lifestyle that was no longer considered transient; the communities were now fixedly located in a specific area and work habits and family orientated lifestyles became the norm.

Life in the Pits

It was during the Neolithic era the first pit toilets were ‘built’ – in the loosest possible definition of the word. A Neolithic pit toilet was simply a hole dug deep into the ground into which Neolithic folk relieved themselves. Decomposition would then take its natural process before soil was tossed over the waste.

Don’t Pit On Your Own Doorstep

As a result of the emergence of these larger communities of people who settled in a specific area for the duration of their lives, the concept of a designated area for communal relief became the norm. Tribes tended to build their pit toilets away from their huts and in nearby bushes.

When in Rome, Do a Do-Do as the Romans Do

Flash forwarding a couple of thousand years, the public sanitation systems in Rome displayed the first examples of plumbing as we now know it today; evidence of public latrines can be traced back to 200 BC. The Roman latrine was a large U-shaped wooden box or stone tablet with a series of holes cut into the top and far from being a private affair the latrines could seat up to twenty people at any one time; with no partitions and no privacy. The act of going to the toilet was considered to be a social affair in which family and friends would meet to swap gossip. One such toilet, located close to the Theatre of Pompey in Rome, had a squatting capacity for as many as a 100 theatre-come-toilet goers.

In place of toilet paper the Romans used a dipstick – a short wooden stick with a sponge attached to one end, an item which gave rise to the derogatory word ‘dipstick’ and the confused state of getting ‘the wrong end of the stick’!

Flushed Out

After use the dipstick would then be washed in a small stream that ran around the foot of the latrine which, in turn, ran into a deeper stream located a couple of metres underneath the squat hole. This stream then ran into a larger sewer system and into the river Tiber and then out into the sea in one of the earliest examples of plumbing on a large scale.

Going to the John – Approaching the Contemporary

In 1596 the courtier Sir John Harrington invented the first flush toilet which came complete with a flush valve that realised fresh water into the basin and a wash down system that carried waste away. Whilst lauded as a great invention at the time it wasn’t considered to have practical applications due to a widespread lack of running water with which to use the devise. Harrington has survived in contemporary expressions with the use of the American idiom, ‘going to the John’.

Modern Plumbing – The Bog Standard

As a result of Harrington’s invention and the widespread construction of sewer systems, combined with water on tap, bathroom plumbing evolved to how we now know it around the 1960s. Up until this point many UK households didn’t actually have an indoor toilet and toilet-goers were relegated to using an outhouse in the backyard.

A Plumb Job

Contemporary plumbing now incorporates all manner of paraphernalia such as bidets, designer bathroom suites, rainwater guttering and fast-action boilers that feed hot water into your home in a matter of seconds.

If you are considering reworking any aspect of your household plumbing then companies such as The Plumb Store offer a consolidation of all modern plumbing services available in the UK. All jobs and installations are considered, with the exception of the pit toilet – it’s perhaps best to leave that in the past.

Installing A Dishwasher Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

November 19th, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

Is there anyone out there who still washes dishes by hand? Unless you enjoy when your ankles are swollen and having varicose veins as a result of standing over the sink while washing the dishes, why not get a dishwasher. May be you were hesitant thinking that this appliance is hard to install, it is not. Installing a dishwasher can be for some one of the simplest projects a person can do, if you are having troubles though you can always call on a plumber do perform the dishwasher install procedure.

You should make space for a dishwasher if you do not have one. The appliance should be as close to the sink as possible and because of this it should be adjacent to the sink. If the sink is in the corner of the kitchen, then there is only one available location for your dishwasher. If your sink has cabinetry on both right and left, then there are 2 possible locations.

With the area clean and the dishwasher ready, it is very easy to take out the appliance from its box and placing it on the created slot. You might be wondering why it has no sides or back when you take it out of the box, but don’t be surprised. It might look like there are some pieces which are missing but they are not. The front side of the dishwasher is the only one which is visible and it is the only finished side. While directing your dishwasher in, you can have a friend to help in taking the hoses and guiding them through the drilled hole on the cabinet side.

dishwasher during installation

Easy Dishwasher Install

Any person who has a garbage disposal can get the dishwasher pipe installed very easily. May be you have never noticed this but the garbage disposal normally has a plug on its side. You can use this as the dishwasher’s drainage outlet. With a screw driver, force it inside the hole to remove the rubber plug. Insert the pipe, tighten it and your dishwasher installation is complete.

Slightly Harder installation

To any person who does not have a garbage disposal, the installation can be a bit technical though doable. With PVC on the sink, you need to cut out some section and put in a new intersect point. It is easy to join the two sections of your pipe by getting a pressure coupling. This is a piece of rubber pipe which has a pipe clamp on both sides. Just insert your dishwasher pipe into one end attaching the remaining end into your new intersect point that you have made. The entire process can take around 30 minutes. This is not a very long time but when you compare it with garbage disposal installation which takes less minutes, it looks tedious.

Now you now know how simple and fast it is for one to install a dishwasher. If you have not purchased one, rush to the nearest home appliance shop and get yourself a dishwasher. After this simple installation process, all the work and dirty dishes will be a thing of the past when you use a dishwasher.

How To Install Bathrooms Or Showers

October 20th, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

If you are moving into a new house and wish to redecorate your bathroom, or even if you just find your current one outdated, then chances are you are likely to want to know where to start when installing a new one. These essential tips for installing a bathroom or shower will make it easier, quicker and more efficient when the time comes to update that all important room.


1) Choose your bathroom or shower carefully

Firstly, are you looking at changing over your entire bathroom, or just installing a new shower? When you know exactly what you are going to need in the bathroom, it is time for the fun part; shopping!

There are hundreds of different styles in terms of bathroom suites and furniture, some more popular than others. If you are looking for everything from a toilet to a bath, then try to find a matching suite that will work well with your chosen décor.

In terms of showers, it is important to decide what type of system you want, as well as the shower frame itself. Everything from simple one-person electric showers to wet rooms are available on the market, so decide what works best for your family and your budget.

Make sure you get your bathroom furniture, suite or shower from a trusted company that delivers, so you do not have to worry about things not turning up on time or in pieces. Some plumbers may even offer you catalogues featuring suites from their own suppliers, which they would then be able to get for you.

2) Removing the old bathroom and designing the new one

Before you can begin work on your new bathroom, you must first remove the old one. Depending on which features you want to keep, this could be a task for a qualified plumber, or just a handyman with a hammer.

If toilets or other plumbed in facilities need to be removed, then ensure your water supply is switched off before attempting this. The last thing you want is a flood in your bathroom which could cause many future problems!

Those who know exactly what they want may wish to come up with a design plan for the new bathroom, showing what they want and where. It is advisable to seek the advice of a professional when constructing your plan, as there may be some limitations depending on water inlets and outlets in your room.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want your bathroom to look like, most good plumbing companies will be able to offer you design ideas and plans to suit your needs.

3) Getting your new bathroom/shower all plumbed in

Unless you have passed several plumbing exams, it is inadvisable to try and plumb in a new bathroom or shower by yourself. Trying to DIY a project such as this could cause a lot of problems such as leaking or flooding.

When you have a design ready, contact a plumbing service that will be able to go through the details of your plan and install everything for you.

A good plumber should be able to remove your old bathroom (including tricky elements such as electrical work), design a new one and install it all for you without any trouble at all.

If you need something specialist such as a bath or shower with disabled access, tiling or towel radiators installed, then ensure your plumber is able to do this before agreeing to provide them with the work.


There are a few reasons that you may be thinking about getting a new bathroom installed, whether you fancy updating the one in your family home, or perhaps even to up the price of a property you want to sell.

Picking out the bathroom suite and furniture will be a fun part of the process, so enjoy it as best you can! Work out your budget and stick to it, including labour and extras such as decorative items.

A good plumbing company should be able to carry out any work that you do not feel comfortable doing, or complete the whole job if you would rather not get your hands dirty at all.

Make sure that the plumber you hire is aware of anything specialist or different that you might need, or if you would like them to provide the suite or furniture themselves.

By Rebecca Walton who writes articles for DIS Plumbing, Plumbers St Albans, England.

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Plumbing Tips and Tricks for Homeowners

September 21st, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

One aspect of owning a home is to know how the plumbing system works in the house. You need to be able to quickly deal with blockages in drains, waste pipes and air vents. The drainage system in any house is designed to pull waste away from toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks and other devices that are connected to the water supply, such as washing machines and dishwashers. To keep your home’s plumbing system up-to-date, it’s imperative that you frequently check to see if there are any blockages. You should deal with them in a timely manner.

Preventing Blockages in the First Place

A fundamental rule of home plumbing is that you should avoid putting solid items in the sinks as much as possible. Not all liquids are suitable for sinks as well, especially oil and fat. Many people flush hair after brushing or shaving down the sink, but this can build up very quickly in the piping. When hair builds up, it also bonds with any liquids that do not mix well with water such as oil, fat or body fluids and causes clumps that clog up the pipes. It’s best to throw hair into a garbage can instead of flushing it down the sink.

Likewise, when using a toilet, make sure that you only put toilet paper into it as that is usually the only paper thin enough to go down well. Tissue paper, paper towels, sanitary pads, diapers and contraceptive devices should never be flushed down the toilet. Moreover, if you are flushing old food into the toilet when cleaning pots or pans, make sure that it is free of bones or other large solids that can block up the pipes.

Winter Tips & Tricks for Home Plumbing

Another important aspect of preventing blockages in your plumbing comes into play in parts of the world where the temperature drops below freezing in the winter. Ideally, water should be used regularly (at least several times a day) in winter homes, so that it does not have a chance to freeze up in the pipes. If you are going away from home in the winter, leave a tiny trickle of hot water coming out of the taps so the pipes do not freeze. Ice in pipes can cause serious damage when it expands. This can be very expensive (not to mention that you won’t be able to use your water at all until repaired).

Dealing with Minor Blockages at Home

If you only have a minor blockage in one of your sinks at home, then they are usually easy to deal with using a commercial drain cleaner. Toilets can be unblocked easily with a plunger. Before you try a chemical cleaner on your sinks, it also pays to give it a shot with a plunger first and see if you can get anything blocking the pipes out by force.

If you are having difficulty with unblocking pipes at home, then you might want to call in a professional plumber.

Dos and Don’ts of DIY Drain Cleaning

September 18th, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

If you have indoor plumbing as many modern homes do, you will eventually be plagued with stopped-up drains.  In the best of circumstances, it is a minor annoyance; in the worst of circumstances—say, during a family gathering or house party—it can be catastrophic.

However, there is no need to panic.  There are plenty of do-it–yourself remedies you can try before calling a plumber.  But, be aware that the methods and tools needed vary according to which drains are affected.

Using a Plunger to Unclog Drains

It is always better to use environmentally friendly solutions when possible.  One tool no home should be without is a basic plunger.  Used since the late 1800s, a plunger is the first line of defense for any drain blockage.  This simple device is effective on any drain and can often solve the problem in a matter of seconds.

A plunger works by creating suction in the offending drain.  The procedure is the same for any drain in the home.  Make sure there is enough water – in the toilet bowl, sink or tub – to fill the plunger cup.  After ensuring a tight seal, vigorously work the plunger in an up-and-down motion for approximately 15 seconds, releasing it sharply from the drain on the last stroke.

When done properly, you will feel water moving in the drain.  This movement will either push or pull the clog out of the pipe, allowing the water to flow freely through the trap.  Several attempts may be necessary to clear the line.

What if the Drain is Still Clogged?

When dealing with a toilet that will not unclog, it is possible that an object such as a washcloth or a child’s toy may be stuck in the trap.  In this situation, you will need a commode auger to clear the obstruction.  Augers are tools designed to fit into toilet bowls and grasp the object, allowing it to be removed.

For sinks and tubs, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda poured directly into the drain will cause a chemical reaction that should usually clear the pipe.  After letting the mixture work for several minutes, flush the drain with a large container of boiling water.  This will remove hair, soap scum and even grease build-up, which are often the primary causes of sluggish draining.

Can Chemical Drain Cleaners Be Safely Used?

If the eco-friendly measures are unsuccessful, the clog may require a stronger, chemical drain-clearing agent.  At this point, it is worthwhile to call a professional plumber as most commercial products contain lye or hydrochloric acid and can be dangerous.  Using the wrong product—or the wrong amount—can seriously damage your septic system.  Safety should always be priority, and the cost of a new sewer system will greatly outweigh the cost of a plumber.  In this situation, be smart and contact your local plumber for help.

How to Install an Under Counter Water Heater?

September 14th, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

Even if you are not a tech savvy person you do not have to get overwhelmed and call for a plumber and electrician every time you need to install an appliance. In fact, for certain appliances like an under counter instant water heater, which is also popularly known as under sink water heater, installation is easier than you think. And you don’t have to spend even a penny in plumbing and electrician’s bills! Curious how you can do this? Well, read on.

What the hell is an under counter water heater?

Under counter water heaters are small home appliances that are usually seen in kitchens. They are akin to hot water dispensers and provide instant and point of service water heating both for domestic and commercial purposes. To get optimum output from an under counter water heater, you must ensure that it is installed properly and you could do this by simply following a few installation steps and guidelines. Don’t get bogged down by the many steps. Just get them done one by one.

The right place for everything

Before you install your under counter water heater, you must find a proper place for installation near the fixer. This may be a place inside the kitchen cabinet, under the countertop, and under the sink. Make sure that all the necessary plumbing requirements have been met and water supply connection is available in the installation area.

Get the right kit

Before installing the water heater, procure all the necessary tools for installing your under counter water heater. Keep the installation manual within easy reach as you will need to refer to it again and again. The manual will also help you with the appropriate application of the tools in the installation process.

Don’t call the plumber

Don’t call a plumber to install your under counter water cooler. Just brush up your basic plumbing skills by observing a friend or family member or by watching a YouTube video. The plumbing components that you will need are clamps, valves, pipes, and cables required for connecting the water heater to the direct water supply near its mounting point.

Manual help

Follow the installation steps outlined in the manual meticulously and in orderly fashion. The installation steps, if followed to the T, will ensure that you have done everything right required for completing the installation process. Additionally, you must check if a T&P valve has been installed for the water heater.

All done

Once the installation steps of the under counter water heater have been completed, you need to test whether you have performed everything perfectly or not. Before that, you also have to make sure that the water heater does not have any waste, debris, or air. Foe this, fill the heater with water and drain for some time. The drained water will carry along with it the waste, air, and debris from the water heater and your under counter water heater is all set for use.

Stop Your Basement from Flooding Today

August 29th, 2012 by Blogging Plumber No comments »

Picture of backflow prevention valve

Just imagine for a minute, you walk down to your basement like you always do, maybe you’re putting the laundry into the drier for instance. The light is off but you hear something unusual like water running when there shouldn’t be. When you flick on the light water if pouring into your basement! You frantically try to grab up your possessions that you don’t want to become water logged or damaged but there is only so much you can do. Time is limited and most things have already become soaked with water – water that in some cases is backed up from the sanitary waste sewer. Something you definitely do not want to be dealing with.

When it comes to your home you must do every little thing you can to prevent it from getting damaged, this is especially the case when it comes to your basement. A flooded basement can very quickly become an extremely costly problem to deal with easily ending up costing $20,000 or more to repair depending on your specific circumstances.

Backwater Valve Installation

One very important part of your basement you must have protected is your drain connection that attaches to the municipal sewer system. In stormy weather with heavy rainfall the water level in sewers can quickly build-up resulting in the water backing up into your home. In order to prevent basement flooding a device must be installed on you drain line called a backwater valve. The way this device works is that it only allows water to flow out of the valve towards the sewer, any water that is force back towards the valve will not be able to penetrate it as it’s a one-way only device. Always hire professional plumbers to perform your backwater valve installation as it is imperative that the procedure is completed properly.