Useful Tips for the Floor Drain Maintenance

The floor drains are often overlooked when they do not cause any trouble. Though, it is not correct.

Floor drains are similar to those drains in the showers and bathtubs that are located on the surface and flush with it. Most floor drains, however, are located in garages and laundry rooms as well as in basement and bathroom floors. They can also be found on driveways and patios, in all the places where you need quick and effective water drainage.

Homeowners need to think about the maintenance of floor drains because, if ignored for some time, they can cause problems. These problems can be easily avoided when just some simple maintenance and pre-planning actions are applied. Your floor drains will cope with any water flow more efficiently if you follow a certain maintenance plan. That will prevent flooding and damage from any extensive water you may face.

Check the Traps Regularly by Filling Them with Water

As for the indoor floor drains, they prevent overflows from water heaters, washing machines, tubs, toilets, or sinks. The outdoor floor drains help capture the water from heavy rainstorms. The main function of the inner and outer floor drains is to direct the extensive water to a municipal drain or a sewer. They help to keep the floor dry and clean any time. The water traps also block the sewer gases and odors from penetrating into your home. You need to make sure that these traps are working properly by filling them with a gallon of water on a regular basis. Simply, pour this water down the floor drain. The water fills the trap in order to create a barrier between the sewer system and your home.

Clear the Clogs at Once

The different types of debris are always collected on the floor, including dust bunnies or pet hair. They can clog the floor drain in a while. Watch the signs of clogging such as slow draining. To reduce the risk of overflows and flooding, take the clog out as soon as possible. Such a small clog can be removed with a strong pump or a plunger. If the clog hasn’t been removed, pour a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain. You can also apply a drain auger. Put the cable into the drain until you feel the resistance and then, turn the cable round and try to take out the clog.

Regular Cleaning of the Drains Is Essential

You should check and clean the floor drains at least once a quarter. You can use a liquid drain cleaner if it is available or, if your drains haven’t been cleaned for a certain time, call a professional plumber for help. Your local Tornado Plumbing & Drains can assist you with this job. Scheduling the expert drain cleaning for one time a year is also a good idea. That can prevent clogs and provide the smooth running of your drains.

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A Few Quick Tips to Help You Find the Best Plumbing Companies in Toronto

Plumbing is a well-known profession. There are some general problems with water lines that only a plumber can fix. Plumbing services are also necessary for construction and repair jobs. A contractor will install a new drain system, floor drain with primer, back water valve, new water line,it’s ideal for your house or commercial sanitary drain system. Drain system is unique for each and every project. It is very important to install sewer system correct and with accordance to the local building code from the first time, in order to avoid any drain problem in the future or damage from sewer back up, such as a flood in your basement or apartment!!. However, if you run into a problem such as a faucet leak, bathtub or toilet blockage you will need to contact emergency plumbing services in Toronto.

Any plumbing repair job starts out by removing the existing system. If the deinstallation is taking place in an old building there is a good chance of a water line bursting or thread stripping. Therefore, it is necessary to take precautions, otherwise it could lead to bad consequences such as flooding your own place or worse the neighbors’. Toronto means ‘a place where trees grow out of water’. And since plumbers work for the city and in this particular case a city ‘upon water’ there is a lot of work to do.



You need to start looking at some of the plumbing services near you and call them. In your conversation you need to ask them questions regarding their qualifications and expertise. A quality plumbing service will readily provide you with answers.


An expert plumbing company in Toronto should have a portfolio with pictures, videos and links to their previous projects. Although most contractors will post these materials on their web page you need to make sure that they are pictures of real project sites.


Low-cost plumbing services may end up costing you a fortune. It is tempting to save money by hiring someone cheaper but the risks need to be taken into consideration. A professional license is of vital importance! The majority of states require that repair and construction businesses are licensed. Licensing is done by local or state authorities from the Department of Consumption. A licensed business will always have insurance, which is of imminent value especially in jurisdictions where companies are liable.


Displaying reviews of their previous clients is a trademark of a good company. Read the reviews left by the clients of Plumbing Services in Toronto both on the contractor’s site and on independent sites. There is a clear advantage in hiring a plumber based on positive reviews as their services have already been tested by others.


Some companies will offer you free quotes whereas others will require a fee.


Some companies can also produce proof of their expertise and a warranty. It is important that a plumbing company stands behind their work and offers additional services free of charge should a problem arise. By choosing wisely you will be able to receive high-quality services at a reasonable price. This will save you not only time and money but a lot of headaches as well!

Looking for a Plumbing Service near you?

Contact a Tornado Plumbing! We provide the best services in Toronto. Our team consists of highly qualified contractors. Please consider our offer and give us a call (647) 784-8448.

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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter in 7 Easy Steps

If your home is not ready for winter, cold temperatures can harm your plumbing system and lead to costly damage caused by burst pipes. So you should take certain measures to protect your plumbing system from winter weather and avoid costly burst pipes issues. Learn how you can prepare your home and your plumbing for winter and prevent plumbing damage from freezing.

  • Check your pipes for leaks and fix them

It’s the first step that you should take. Inspect all your pipes and check them for possible leaks. In winter months, even the smallest leak can cause serious problems. If the temperature drops, the water in your pipes can freeze and swell and lead to bursting pipe around the leaky section and spread to surrounding pipes which can be expensive and time-consuming to fix. If you notice any signs of leaks, you should have all leaks repaired early because that can save you unnecessary work in the future.

  • Insulate your pipes in unheated areas

Water pipes in your crawl area, garage, basement or attic are more vulnerable to freezing when the temperature drops. Insulation is the first thing you should do to prevent leaks, cracks and burst pipes in these unheated areas and it will be wise to protect pipes in closets or under sinks as well. Wrap all exposed pipes using heat tape, insulation foam or insulation sleeves and do not leave any gaps.

  • Winterize your outside faucets

Turn off outdoor faucets and taps and drain water from them. A good idea is to turn off the water supply to them. Disconnect and drain water hoses and store them indoors in winter.

  • Service your water heater

Give your water heater a tune up. You should drain and maintain your water heater to get rid of sediments at the bottom of the tank but as it’s hard to do it yourself, you should call a qualified professional for this task. He will do a professional check and repair to keep you from making an emergency call to a plumber in winter.

  • Open cupboard doors

Leave cabinets doors open under sinks in your bathroom, kitchen or basement to allow warm air to circulate and insulate the pipes to prevent them from freezing.

  • Keep your home warm

Make sure your heating system is in good order and do not turn off your furnace even if you are going away for winter holidays. You should keep the thermostat set at least to 55 degrees to avoid thousands of dollars in water in water damage from a burst pipe.

It’s vital to invest your time and take care of your plumbing system before the winter sets in so you don’t have to worry about frozen pipes or deal with any plumbing emergency in winter when you need your pipes the most. If you want to get a professional plumbing system inspection, contact our team of certified plumbing experts at Tornado Plumbing. We will gladly help you prepare your plumbing for winter. We also provide emergency plumbing services 24/7 and offer competitive rates.

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Basement full range plumbing renovation

In May Tornado Plumbing was busy doing complete plumbing renovation of the basement for client in Toronto Downtown. This project included the following:

  1. Complete basement demolition, which included removal of the following:
    • Brick and drywall walls
    • Subfloor
    • Ceiling
    • Old washroom
    • Old concrete floor
  2. Removal of clay drains and replacing them with plastic (PVC) drains
  3. Installation of backwater valve
  4. Rough-ins installation for toilet, vanity and shower
  5. Installation of floor drains with primers
  6. Interior waterproofing of basement walls
  7. Basement concrete floor finish
  8. Removal of brick posts and installation of new adjustable metal posts

It took us almost 9 days to finish this project , which is 2 days sooner than original estimate we gave to our client.

Basement demolition

Making drains and concrete floor 11-min

We started from removing of all the garbage in the basement and preparing the area for demolition of drywalls. After all the garbage and drywalls were removed, we took down one small brick wall which was separating the washroom from the rest of the basement. Then we removed the remaining part of old washroom and prepared for demolishing ceiling. Ceiling was removed in no time and we started working on subfloor and then concrete floor removal. This stage was the most labor intense part as it involved a lot of work with jackhammer and we had to clean the floor from the remains of the old concrete.

Clay drains replacement

Making drains and concrete floor 17-min

When we removed the concrete floor, old clay drains where exposed and it was easy to replace them with new pvc pipes. It took us only a few hours to finish this part of the project.

Backwater valve installation

Backwater valve installation was next on our list. It’s extremely important to install it to prevent sewer backup. Moreover, city of Toronto gives a rebate of up to $1,250 for backwater valves installed by Tornado Plumbing. Our plumbers installed it and made sure that every single step and detail are aligned with city guidelines, so that our client received a rebate from Toronto.

Floor drains and primers

Now we started preparing basement for new drains that would be a substitute for old clay ones. That was easy to do since we prepared the area and now it was just a matter of placing pipes. Also, to prevent sewer gas from coming into the basement we have added a trap seal (a P shaped piece of pipe) and a priming line that ensures the water in the seal does not dry out. It is important to always have water there as it is the main barrier for sewer gas.

Waterproofing of basement walls

Making drains and concrete floor 9-min

After drains were finished we moved to waterproofing of the walls in basement. In Ontario it is extremely important to prevent basement floods. As in winter moist that gets into the concrete of walls from outside freezes and expands, which results in cracks and when spring comes water leaks through those cracks into the basement. We used waterproofing membrane to cover the walls of basement and prevent water from coming in.

Concrete floor finish

Making drains and concrete floor 21-min

When walls were ready, we covered the floor surface with gravel and prepared everything for pouring the concrete. It took us some time as we had to level the concrete to make sure the floor is flat. The process was long and involved a lot of man/hours, but we managed to make the new basement floor perfectly even and flat.

Substitution of brick posts with metal ones

Changing brick posts to metal adjustable posts 5-min

Now when the floor was ready, we still had to demolish old brick posts and substitute them with new adjustable metal posts. This change was a huge improvement in terms of space usage and safety. We were demolishing and substituting brick posts with metal one by one, as we had to ensure that the weight of the house was evenly distributed. The results were stunning, we managed to release the amount of space that was around 15% of the total area of the basement.

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