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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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.

Conclusion

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 Prepare Basement for Winter?

It is a common knowledge that winters in Toronto are very cold, top it up with closeness to the lake and you have perfect conditions for basement flooding. This is the last thing you want to deal with during the cold season. Decrease of temperature and icing of the water in soil can cause cracks and leaks letting the moisture to your basement. As a result you could have mildew, mold and damage to the staff you store in the basement.

You can prepare for it in advance to avoid the consequences. Below are tips on how to prepare your basement for winder to avoid headaches during the holiday season:

Check if There is Any Water Around Basement Windows

One of the ways for moisture to enter your home are windows. Walk around your house after the rain and check if there is any water near windows of your basement. Look for accumulations of water around window wells of the basement or for spots in the lawn where water does not drain.

If there are pools of water and you do have cracks in the foundation it may cause problems. Also, check for any running water from basement windows.

Window treatmens could be a temporary fix, though eventually you may need to replace your window wells.

Make Sure Your Sump Pump is functioning

Check for water pooling around sump pump hose, this may be happening due to dips in the concrete of the basement floor. When temperature goes below zero degrees and water freezes in unheated basements, it can cause break down of the sump pump or just temporary stop.

Your discharge lines have to be insulated to ensure the water is pumped freely away from the foundation. In the worst case scenario ice may cause damage to your sump pump and you will have to change it.

If you do notice that water is collecting around the pump or that sump pump is working, call professionals from Tornado Plumbing for repair.

Cracks in Seal

If you have any cracks on the exterior of the basement it may result into water leaking into basement during rain season or when the snow is melting. It becomes even bigger problem if the water that go into those cracks freezes again, as it will expand and make cracks even bigger.
Several cycles of this process could happen in one winter and your will end up having wide cracks in the foundation, which would cause mold and moist in the basement.

To prepare for winter, check concrete for cracks before the weather becomes frosty. If you know how to fill cracks you can apply some hydraulic cement or silicone to cracks smaller than two mm. And if you are not comfortable with filling those cracks yourself, call Tornado Plumbing for help.

Clean Snow Around the House

You do not want any snow, water or ice anywhere close to you the walls of your basement. Thus, you need to shovel snow away from the house and remove any ice, before it melts and gets into the cracks to freeze again. Also, do not pile snow or ice very close to the house, move it to the far
end of your backyard.

Clear Your Gutters from Debris

Always make sure your gutters are clean and nothing is blocking water flow, before winter. If you have any soil or leafs there it will cause water to go directly into the soil around the building and freezing when the frost starts. Check all gutters and drains are clean and water can travel at least five feet away from the house.

Protect Pipepes from Freezing

When water freezes it expands and if that happens in the pipes burst. To save your house from burst pipes, make sure that waterlines are well protected from cold air and freezing temperatures. Insulation can help or putting heater in the spaces with no central heating. You can also drip warm water overnight.

If you notice high humidity levels in your basement or if you know it has poor drainage, you may need basement waterproofing. Waterproofers from Tornado Plumbing are always here to help!

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Replace sewer lines in North York

On average a property owner will need to replace sewer lines once in a lifetime. Pipes are not supposed to serve forever and the older the sewer pipes are the more likely homeowners are going to have problems with them. Although modern PCV pipes are supposed to have a lifespan of over 100 years, temperature drops may cause sewer pipes cracks. Cracked sewer pipes are not just a costly repair —they can result in extensive and pricey damage to your property and lead to serious health risks. It’s important that drain line repair and sewer line replacement tasks should always be performed by certified, professional plumbers.

Solved Sewage Backup ProblemsA homeowner from North York contacted Tornado Plumbing team because he had persistent drain issues. The house was built in the late 1980s and he had a clay sewer line. This material can only last for 50 or 60 years and the homeowner was recommended to replace clay pipes because these problems would only get worse over time.

Tornado Plumbing team are fully trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to replace damaged sewer lines. We use new trenchless methods that lead to less damage to driveways and yards than commonly used traditional repair and replacement methods. Besides, these methods are more cost-effective.

In this case, we used the minimally invasive pipe burst method which eliminates the need for digging long and deep trenches and is now widely used in place of traditional sewer line replacement. The entire sewer line replacement was done in a day. We made small holes to access the places at the beginning and at the end of the damaged clay pipe. After that, we pulled a new plastic pipe through the existing clay pipe which burst the old damaged pipe into small pieces while simultaneously laying new pipe.

The old clay pipe was seamlessly replaced with a new plastic pipe and we had the drains running quickly again.

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