How to clear a main line blockage?

The beginning of a drain blockage can be seemingly harmless. The water might start bubbling up in the sink and/or drain slower than normal. It may even back up into another sink or bathtub. And you might have to experience a small domestic drama with a plumber. Here is how plumbers tackle a clogged drain.

How Do You Know When Your Main Sewer Drain Is Clogged?

1.      When the water drains out of the pipes slower than usual and you are unable to remedy this with a plunger or chemical drain cleaner. You have made several attempts but all to no avail.

2.      The water goes up into the bathtub after you flush the toilet.

3.      Your sink or toilet fill up with water when you start using the washing machine.

The toilet drain pipe is larger than the other lines in the system. It also has the most direct route to the septic source. Therefore, as long as you have no problems flushing the toilet the blockage in the sink, bathtub or shower shouldn’t be hard to fix.

How To Clear A Main Line Blockage

1.     Shut the water off from the main supply.

2.      Then look around in your yard or basement and try to find the cleanout in the sewer pipe. It shouldn’t be hard to see. Usually it’s a short 4 -inch pipe diameter with a screw-on cap with a square nut or indentation on top. More than likely this pipe will be protruding from the ground somewhere outside the house between the foundation and the road. It also might be off the side of the house where the bathroom is. If you can’t locate it you should contact a plumber.

3.      Remove the cap with your hands. If it proves too hard use a wrench to loosen the cap and then take it off. You should do it slowly to prevent any backed up water from gushing out. Be ready to step aside if it does. You might want to wear waterproof boots and gloves.

4.      Your goal is to let the water out. By releasing the pressure in the sewage line you are letting the excess water drain out.

Main Line Pipe Still Clogged?

Once you reinstall the cleanout cap and test the drain and find it’s still draining slow call a plumber.

What do plumbers use to unclog drains?

Plumbers use different methods and a variety of tools to remove drain blockages. Some of the things they use are electric power augers (also known as plumbing snakes) and high pressure water jetters (plumbing jetters, jet-sets). They may even put an inspection camera down the pipe to examine the problem.

Drain cleaning and unclogging photo picture, Tornado Plmbing
Drain cleaning and unclogging
  1. Powerful motorized augers have long steel cables with a tip that has blades on the end and revolves very much like a drill does. They can clean out lines that are 50-150 feet long. The motor turns the blade equipped tip and feeds the cable into the drain. With a push of the switch the two-way feed will push the cable forward or pull it back. And the blades cut through the blockage. Plumbing snakes are sent down a drain into the plumbing system in your home closest to the blockage.
  • High-pressure water cleaning systems are used to break through grease, sand and even ice! However, they will not remove tree roots that get inside the drain line. This method is used when a blockage is too far down for an auger to reach. Plumbing jetters clean out water lines with powerful jets of water. They are able to reach as far down your pipes as four hundred feet.

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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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How Can Waterproofing Help You Get Rid of Mold

Moulds are parts of natural environment but they can become a serious problem if they begin growing indoors. Moulds grow in your house in places where is moisture – around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes or in basements and if left unaddressed, can spread indoors and have potential risks to human health because they produce allergens and irritants. Moulds often release spores into the air and have a negative impact on the indoor air quality because mould spores are so small that people can actually breathe them in.

Exposure to mould environments can lead to a variety of health effects on people who are sensitive to mould. It can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, symptoms of asthma, skin irritation, and allergic reactions.

No matter what type of mould is present, the best practice is to remove it and take measures to prevent its future growth to make your home a healthy environment. Removing black mould is a complicated and time-consuming process that requires specialized services that can be rather expensive and disruptive to your home life or business operations. If you want to avoid that, you should take measures to prevent mould growth.

To prevent and stop mould growth and improve housing conditions, you need to eliminate factors that moulds need to survive – water intrusion and moisture. So you should control moisture in your house and fix water leaks. Water can come into your house by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. That’s why waterproofing your basement is an essential step in preventing these unwanted issues that can damage your property and present a number of health risks to people. Waterproofing solutions for wet basements include exterior waterproofing, interior waterproofing, French drains, and sump pumps which can also be used as combined methods.

Tornado Plumbing offers high-quality waterproofing services to property owners in Toronto and GTA. We use the latest waterproofing technologies, tools, materials, and techniques. We will identify all factors that need to be addressed to ensure that your property is protected from the water damage and will offer you effective solutions that meet your needs and budget. Contact us and find out how we can help you.

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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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