You must have already come across the drain pipes in your home that were leaking badly. You know for sure how unpleasant this situation is. Think about real hazards and all that damage that is usually caused by it. It is still worse if the leakage goes unnoticed or ignored.
Is basement waterproofing a good investment? You bet it is. Unless you don’t want to prevent flooding, cut energy costs, and breathe cleaner indoor air, that is.
Clogs appear in any drain pipes if they are not maintained properly. If they continue to be ignored by a homeowner, that can lead to such disastrous consequences as backups, flooding, or burst pipes.
Very often, when something is wrong with your home plumbing system, you do not care much. You tend to consider it a minor issue and continue ignoring the problem until it turns into a complete disaster. Remember that you need to address any suspicious fault in your drainage, toilet bowl, or kitchen sink to an emergency plumbing service if you can see it obviously that the situation does not improve.
You may come across the clogged toilet at any moment. It is always better to have a plunger at hand. However, you may not have it when you need it badly. Doing something urgently is a must to avoid backup, so let us consider some other methods on how to do it without a plunger. These methods can be both mechanical and chemical.
The most widely spread cause of drain clogging is flushing down the items and substances that are not meant for that. Pipe clogging is usually referred to as a blockage.
What Causes a Sewage Backup
Blockages causes a Sewage Backup
The most common culprits of it are the following:
When building a new structure or only renovate one, underpinning is the method of strengthening the basis known as building-foundation. In this article, we will talk about the reasons why every construction should go under the underpinning process, but most importantly what you should look for when picking a company to make the underpinning for your property.
When is Mandatory to do Underpinning
Underpinning might be required for many reasons such as:
- The primary foundation is not reliable or durable;
- The reason why the structure was built has changed;
- The characteristics of the soil holding the foundation have changed;
- The building of nearby constructions requires soil excavation;
- To build another story to an existing building;
- To prepare for natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods is recommended also to do some basement underpinning and waterproofing.
What you should receive when doing underpinning to your house
There are many companies that offer underpinning services, but when looking for one that offers an affordable underpinning solution, you want to be sure they check some major aspects such as:
- Initial investigations to decide if extra work is needed;
- Plan and certification made by an engineer;
- A complete quotation of the expected work;
- Construction permission;
- Foundation stabilization;
- Jacking of the foundations;
- Force grouting;
- Root stops;
- Plumbing examination to guarantee there are no leaking;
- Engineer surveillance and certification.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should consider doing underpinning to your house. Also, there are many aspects when picking a company to work for you. Picking an organization that offers affordable underpinning solutions is not as easy as one might think because most of them reduce the quality of their work along with the price. However, if you are from Etobicoke, Mississauga or surroundings, we, the team from Tornado Plumbing are more than happy to come, take a look at your property and offer the best features for the most affordable underpinning solution.
We all know how important is to have a house protected by any water intrusion. This kind of “invasion” can come from almost every part of your home, such as roof, basement or walls and can produce severe damage.
This being said, people nowadays, when buying a house are interested in the subject of waterproofing. This means that if you are a house owner you might want to waterproof your property and not only for your own comfort but also in the probability of selling the house at, as real estate agents like to call it, to increase property value.
What raises property value?
You know that when buying a new house, the client is mostly interested in the state of that property. The better it seems, the higher the price.
So let’s see the ways to increase house value when it comes to waterproofing.
These being said, if a possible customer comes to view your property and see minuses such as a sloppy yard, bad roof, and cracked walls, you will probably sell your house at a very bad price, if any.
This is particularly true when considering pool areas because people interested in buying a pool house, they especially want that part to look perfect. Another great important aspect is the basement. If your residence is up on the hill and has a basement made into the hill, it can lead to itself, which could lead to possible water damage if the water is not led away well, making that even a little crack to become a big problem over time.
This is why our experts from Tornado Plumbing, recommend you to do an inspection each year to be sure that any subterranean or surface parts well and won’t provoke any water issues. This will help you very much to increase property value.
In a free market, selling your house can be trickier than you think and getting a good price for your goods is even harder. So, if you are from Etobicoke or Mississauga, give us a call and we will be sure that your house will have everything it needs to have an increased property value.
There is nothing more stressful than a clogged drain. Why? Because it takes along other issues such as flooding or paying for a clogged drain repair. But let’s see first what causes a blocked drain. This way you will know what not to do.
Clogged drain situations
Food pieces that don’t break like eggshells or grease will build up in your pipelines and produce a clog in your drain in time. This usually happens at your kitchen sink.
Now, moving to bathroom-related issues, hair is a very big issue when it comes to your shower or tub’s drain. But it is not the only problem. Soap is just as responsible. Soap and hair together create a deadly combo for your drains and unless you have a backup drain, you will encounter nasty residues.
How to do a Clogged Drain Repair
Let’s find out the best things you can do to fix your clogged drain.
Using Boiling Water
Boil a big amount of water, at least 4 liters. When is boiling hot, pour it slowly into the drain, leaving some seconds of pause after each pour.
Using a Bent Wire Hanger
Get a normal wire coat hanger and level it out. Turn one end over in a way to generate a little hook. Shove it in the drain cover. You should be capable to get out a lot of things that are obstructing the drain. In the end, turn on hot water.
Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
For this to work, you need to mix a third of a cup of vinegar and a third of a cup of baking soda. Let it fizz and pour it into the drain. Let it sit there for at least one hour before pouring hot water.
As you can see, there are many reasons for why your drain can get clogged. Also, there are things that you can do at home to solve this nasty issue.
However, sometimes the problem may be more serious and old school tricks won’t solve anything. In these cases, you need to contact a specialist to come and do a pipe cleaning.
If you are from Etobicoke, Mississauga or surroundings, the team from Tornado Plumbing is more than happy to assist you in this matter, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Drains or sewers? What is the difference between them? Is the process the same for drain installation and drain replacement?
These are all questions that will find their answers in this article, so stay tuned.
The distinctions between a drain and a sewer
Before moving forward, let’s see what are the main differences between drains and sewers.
A drain is a tube that drains from buildings water and waste from a building. You can find a drain in each sink, tub or shower.
On the other hand, a sewer accumulates water and waste from the drains from multiple buildings.
Small description of the drain replacement process
The drain replacement process is not a very complicated one if done properly. Let’s see the steps that are required.
Step #1. Prepare the Work Space
Traps are regularly full of drain water. Because of this, you should put a small bucket under it and also have some towels prepared for unwanted spills. A flashlight will also come handy.
Step #2. Lift the Trap Bend
Take out the trap bend. To do this, unthread the slip nut, then turn them by hand. Extract the trap straight down to separate it from the rest of the components and empty it.
Step #3. Eliminate the Trap Arm
Lift the trap arm by releasing the slip nut binding it to the drainpipe in the wall. If it is stuck, turn it back and forth when pulling.
Step #4. Test the New Trap
Be sure that trap arm is lining up with the wall pipe and the tailpiece.
Step #5. Position the Nuts and Washers
Provide a slip nut and washer on the top of the sink’s tailpiece with the washer slope leading down.
Step #6. Join the Pieces
Slip the trap arm in the drain hole in the wall. Match the trap bend at the edge of the trap arm and on sink tailpiece. Push the slip nuts upon the connections, and loosely attach them on the threaded hubs.
Step #7. Test the Connections
Turn on the water. If any joint leaks, then tighten the slip nut smoothly till there is no more leaking.
This is all you need to know about any drain replacement you might need. Just another thing you have to remember is to also check the roughing drains.
Yes, it is not a complicated process, but I strongly recommend you to hire a professional to handle this work. So, if you are Etobicoke or Mississauga, feel free to contact us and we will handle the heavy work. If not, we are happy to answer any questions you might have.