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What Causes a Sewage Backup

Blockages causes a Sewage Backup

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. The most common culprits of it are the following:

  • Any kind of wipes: you need to be aware of the fact that even those of them that are marked as ‘flushable’ can lead to clogging.
  • Any products of personal hygiene, such as sanitary supplies, condoms, or dental flosses.
  • Cooking grease, fat, or oil that tends to lodge on the inside surfaces of pipes.

There are some other items that should not be flushed down or poured into the drains to avoid clogging. Every item of such kind has instructions on how to dispose of it, so you need to consider them carefully.

Tree roots

When your drain pipes get clogged, consider the roots of the trees around your house. Very often, they grow fast and penetrate into the sewer. That causes blockages or damaged drains which can start leaking any time or block the sewer flow.

Broken or cracked sewer pipes

With time, even the sewer pipes of the best quality can break down. Cracks often appear in those pipes that were installed in old houses and made of clay or cast iron. The matter is that durable materials of nowadays were simply not available.

Heavy rain

In some places and seasons, the weather conditions may not be quite favorable. Heavy rains and storms can fill in the sewers and, when they are full, they can overflow. The excess water can penetrate into the home and cause severe damage. You need to consider the possibility of your basement flooding and learn how to avoid such situations.

Call Now for Tornado Plumbing & Drains If You Have a Sewer Backup in Your House

If a sewer backup has already happened in your home, do not waste time. You may think that you are able to repair everything on your own. However, the lack of special equipment can lead to a disastrous delay. You will face severe water damage and it can be much costlier than hiring an expert plumbing company immediately to deal with the problem. Call a local plumbing company at once for water damage restoration and repair.

Do not hesitate to get your flooded basement cleaned up. Only the professional plumbers can extract the backup sewage substances from your home and help you get rid of all the contamination. They can also repair the damaged pipes, disinfect the spaces, and do some rebuilding work if needed.BlockagesBroken or cracked sewer pipesHeavy rainSewage BackupTree roots

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All you Need to Know about Underpinning. Affordable Underpinning offered by Tornado Plumbing

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.

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How Waterproofing can Increase the Price of your House? Secrets Provided by our Experts

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.

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Clogged drain – Causes and Solutions Provided by our Experts

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.

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Everything there is to Know about Drain Replacement Explained by Experts

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.

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How to leave a review about our business on Google

Here at Tornado Plumbing we are confident in the quality of our work and that’s why we encourage our clients to leave review about us on Google. Since not everyone knows how to do it, here is a quick step-by-step guide:

On Desktop or Laptop

    1. You need to have an email registered with Google (i.e. JohnDow@gmail.com). If you don’t, please register one here
    2. Then in your browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome etc.) you need to open Google Maps and make sure you’re signed in to your Gmail account.
    3. On Google Maps search for “Tornado Plumbing” in the search-box.
    4. In the left column, scroll down and click “Write a review”

Google Maps

  1. Next, in the pop-up window click the number of stars you’d like to give to Tornado Plumbing (5 stars is the highest score) and write the text of the review. Also, you can attached photos of the job that was done.
  2. After your review is reviewed by Google and published, it will be visible to everyone on Google Maps. If you decide to make any changes (edit or remove) to a review or add more photos, you can always do that.

On Android devices (phones or tablets)

  1. Go to Google Maps app on your phone or tablet
  2. Search for “Tornado Plumbing” in the search-box or tap on it, if already have it on the map
  3. Next, tap on the name “Tornado Plumbing” or the address of our company
  4. Then tap “Reviews” at the top
  5. Scroll all the way down to 5 empty stars and click the number of stars you want to give as a score (5 stars is the highest score)
  6. Also, you can write a review in the text box and upload photos of the job

On iPhones and iPads

  1. Go to Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad (you may need to install it from Apple Store, if it’s not installed)
  2. Search for “Tornado Plumbing” in the search-box or tap on it, if already have it on the map
  3. Next, tap on the name “Tornado Plumbing” or the address of our company
  4. Then tap “Reviews” at the top
  5. Scroll all the way down to 5 empty stars and click the number of stars you want to give as a score (5 stars is the highest score)
  6. Also, you can write a review in the text box and upload photos of the job

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Sump pump installation project in Mississauga

One of Tornado Plumbing clients in Mississauga area had a flood problem in their basement and need a sump pump installed. They have a concrete floor in the basement, so all we had to do is to create a hole in a concrete floor down flush with a floor level.

We were lucky to have the stone under the concrete, which implied that all the water would easily drain down to the hole with the pump. After digging a hole we had to install the basin with a cut off bottom there. This way the water would easily get into the basin with the sump pump and the level of the water in it will be the same as under the concrete. It is important to put the filter fabric under the basin, so that any of the silt will be filtered and the pump will be protected from dirt with could cause clogging. On top of the fabric we put some clean stone, just to keep it down and prevent from being sucked into the pump. We also put a paver on top of the stone to avoid any small stone from getting sucked in and it also creates a flat surface for the pump to sit on.

Inserting the Pump

Then we put the pump into the water just to make sure it is properly leveled and that the switch is on the correct height. Next step was piping up the pump, we attached a one-way pipe at the 45 degree angle to the wall. Then we laid the pipe along the wall strait up to foundation and installed the PVC pipe to come out of the wall along the ground to the point where the grade slops down to avert the water from the house and prevent it from going back to the foundation.

Voila the job is done, then we just fixed the concrete around the basin and clean up, to make sure everything looks good as if there was no construction anywhere close!

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