Showing posts with label drain cleaning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drain cleaning. Show all posts

Monday, January 5, 2015

Plumbing DIY: Successful Drain Cleaning at Home

Blocked plumbing can bring your house to a standstill almost immediately. Efficient and successful drain cleaning depends on the pipes that are blocked and the type of clog you are experiencing. Some issues are simple enough for the novice homeowner to resolve, and other issues will require the assistance of a professional Toronto plumber.
The standard plunger may be the only tool you need to perform drain cleaning of a clog. A plunger creates suction, which can break loose a blockage and allow water to flow through pipes once again. Ensure that you use the correct plunger: a cup plunger is the type of plunger to use in a sink, shower, or bathtub, while a flange plunger is the type of plunger to use to unclog a toilet. Never use a plunger in conjunction with chemical solutions, because it's likely you will splash water and chemicals out of the drain as you use the plunger, which can lead to injury.
Another option for drain cleaning involves pouring a homemade solution down the drain to break through the obstruction. A homemade solution of saltwater brine can be extremely effective for breaking through grease in a kitchen sink. Saltwater brine can also help eliminate odors in a sink. Baking soda and white vinegar can also break up an obstruction, thanks to the chemical reaction of the two ingredients. As the mixture fizzes and bubbles, the reaction often breaks up a sink clog. Baking soda and white vinegar can also reduce sink odors, and this solution will not harm plumbing fixtures.
Store-bought drain cleaning solutions contain strong chemicals that can power through pipes to clear them of a blockage. It's important to use these solutions carefully, however. If the solution comes in contact with skin or eyes, serious injury can occur. In addition, with repeated use, chemical drain cleaning solutions can damage plumbing systems over time.
For stubborn blockages, you can rent or purchase a plumbing snake to push through the drain and the pipes. Snakes come in a variety of lengths, depending on the specific configuration. Simply insert the end of the snake and maneuver it through the plumbing to break up the clog. After loosening the clog with the snake, flush out the pipe with a strong blast of water to remove all residual debris from the pipe.
If these methods do not eliminate an obstruction, call a professional Toronto plumber to resolve the issue for you. Although plumbers can be expensive, it's likely that the professional will resolve your plumbing issues faster and more readily than you can on your own. The money you spend hiring a professional will be time you save when you have full use of your water and plumbing systems once again.
Whether you have a slow-moving system or your water is at a standstill, you can use a variety of solutions to clear your plumbing system so the water runs smoothly once again.
If you are still looking for trusted plumber, Mister Plumber in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York specializing sewer repair, upgrade waterline, water service upgrade, drain cleaning, backwater valve installation, lead pipe replacement, re-piping and emergency plumbing, Mister Plumber uses the latest technology to effectively troubleshoot and quickly repair any plumbing problem and offers a fast response and free estimates.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Pipe Cleaning and Repairs from Mister Plumber

Taking on drain cleaning tasks on your own can be entirely hit-or-miss, depending on whether or not you have the right tools and know-how beforehand. While it’s possible, or even likely in some cases, that your plumbing issues are an easy-fix, you should never go about DIY pipe cleaning and repairs blind.
If you’re not fully sure what you’re doing, or how the tools you’re using will affect your plumbing and drain pipes, don’t continue. Poor DIY plumbing can actually cause much more harm than good. When you’re truly in over your head with home plumbing problems, do not hesitate to call a Toronto professional.

However, if you’re feeling up to it and have the situation under control, here are DIY drain cleaning tips to help better prepare you for dealing with plumbing problems in your Toronto home.

- The Right Tools for the Job

When it comes to any DIY repair, having the right tools on hand is a must; this is still true with DIY plumbing repair and drain cleaning. Beyond the obvious plumbing tools (a plunger, wrenches, etc.), there are a few specialized tools you can pick up at your local home improvement store that are absolutely essential to any kind of home plumbing repair.
These tools include:
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Basin wrenches
  • Tongue-and-groove pliers
  • Hacksaws
  • Metal files
  • Tubing cutters

- Properly Diagnosing Your Plumbing Problem

With the right DIY plumbing repair tools at your disposal, you’ll be able to much more accurately diagnose your plumbing problems, such as the causes of clogged drains. With these tools (and the know-how to use them correctly), you’ll be able to reliably tell where a clog in your drains is located, or provide rough estimates for how extensive your plumbing issues are.
The best way to ensure your drains run efficiently continuously, and do not clog to begin with, is with these same tools; routine self-inspections are a key part of ideal home plumbing.

- Home Remedies Can Be the Effective Solutions

As it turns out, traditional home remedies to pipe clogging and drain repair do carry some real merit when it comes to resolving these minor problems. For starters, the plunger you have in your home right now could be the most effective tool at your disposal for eliminating clogging; it all depends on how well you use it.
For the best results, fill your clogged sink, tub or other fixture halfway with water, and form a tight seal around the drain entrance with your plunger (petroleum jelly can come in handy here, helping form a tighter seal around the drain in question). Once sealed, simply compress and decompress the plunger fluidly for around half a minute. The buildup of pressure will, in many cases, be enough to dislodge any clogged material in your drain pipe.
Another home drain cleaning technique involves the use of a baking soda and vinegar mixture. When combined, these elements react to one another and create a powerful dissolving agent, capable of clearing out more stubborn drain clogs. This solution is much safer than commercial chemical cleaner products, and delivers comparable, if not improved results.

- At-Home Drain Snaking

Even the professional drain snaking tools (or augers) that professional plumbing specialists use in the field are available for DIY cleaning tasks, and are very often found at home improvement stores across the country.
These tools, once only owned and used by the professionals, are actually very easy to operate, and can remove most clogging debris instantly. Professional-grade drain augers rid drains of clogs in one of two ways: by either latching onto the clogged materials, allowing the user to pull them out of the pipe directly, or by breaking away at the debris, sending it through your sewer system and out of your home plumbing.

- Clog Prevention is Simple

One of the best DIY drain cleaning tips we can provide is to avoid drain problems altogether with routine inspection and proper drain treatment. For the best results, we highly recommend self-inspecting your home drain pipes at least once per month, and having a professional inspection annually. With a consistent plumbing inspection schedule in place, you stand a much better chance of detecting, and resolving, drain performance issues early on.
Further, a wide range of drain pipe performance issues are the bare result of poor care and negligent plumbing behaviors; there are some things that just shouldn’t go down your sink or garbage disposal! By treating your home plumbing right, you can avoid many of the frustrating clogs and buildups that often result from poor care.

Namely, do not run the following through your drains or disposal system, as they are leading causes of common drain clogs:

  • Overly fibrous or starchy food products, such as celery, corn husks, potato and banana peels
  • Pasta or rice, which expand with water
  • Animal cartilage or bone
  • Paper or plastic products
  • Chemicals, grease or animal fat
source: expresssewer
If you are still looking for trusted plumber, Mister Plumber in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York specializing sewer repair, upgrade waterline, water service upgrade, drain cleaning, backwater valve installation, lead pipe replacement, re-piping and emergency plumbing, Mister Plumber uses the latest technology to effectively troubleshoot and quickly repair any plumbing problem and offers a fast response and free estimates.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tips For Drain Cleaning

Clogged drains represent a common problem that probably only bald people can avoid. The problem with hair is the fact that it is not soluble, and therefore it actually clumps and then it turns into a ball of strands that determines the clogging. Nobody can actually avoid it. In this case, your hair turns into your enemy.
Unwanted Issues Come When You Expect Least
It can be pretty exhausting to get the drain unclogged.
And this problem is even more unpleasant when it comes up in the wrong time. When this problem gets even worse, then your budget also has to suffer. You have different possibilities to eliminate clogs. In some cases, it is enough to pluck the strands. Still, in cases that are even more complicated, it is important for you to get assistance from professionals, if you wish to avoid any worse scenarios.
Getting Help
One after the other the strands will get past via the tube with no trouble.
Once they collect, that's when the problem begins. In case the problem gets too serious, then you definitely need help from experts. Still, before you make a call to the first number that you find, you should think about the reasons why you need to get help from a company that can help you with drain cleaning.
Quality Service
You do not actually need to find an extra popular company.
Many Toronto companies that offer good service do not opt to advertise too much. Their strategy is to provide service of good quality. Word to mouth is their only advertisement. Another aspect is the fact that the advertisement investments of a company also generate high prices. It's all about business.
Doing Research
Finding good referrals for the company means good advertisement.
All you have to do is some research in order to find the best prices for unclogging the drains. You can also get an offer for the services you require. You should not only think about the price - it is also important to find references from former clients. It is not worth paying a really small price for a service which lasts only 5 days. It is important to get a service that will actually last till you have to change the drains. That's what good service means.
Choose Wisely
It is reputation that matters more than fame.
One can easily find lots of companies that are famous, but which have actually faced a great deal of issues concerning the quality of the service. There are companies that are not that visible when it comes to advertisement in newspapers, billboards, TVs and other promoting media, but if business owners can actually prove the quality of the service, then you have found your solution. Do not rely only on popularity and price, quality is what matters the most.
If you are still looking for trusted plumber, Mister Plumber in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York specializing sewer repair, upgrade waterline, water service upgrade, drain cleaning, backwater valve installation, lead pipe replacement, re-piping and emergency plumbing, Mister Plumber uses the latest technology to effectively troubleshoot and quickly repair any plumbing problem and offers a fast response and free estimates.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Definitions and Explanations of Common Plumbing, Drain and Sewer Terms, Tools, Techniques and Fixtures

  • ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. A black plastic pipe used in plumbing for drains and vents.
  • Absorption Field: A leeching or seeping field engineered to receive septic tank effluent.
  • Adjustable Hot Limit Stop: Restricts hot water output in single control faucets and showers to protect against scalding by limiting the swing to the hot side.
  • Aerator: A screen-like insert screwed onto a faucet outlet. It mixes air with the flowing water to reduce splashing.
  • Air Admittance Valve: A plumbing device that replaces a traditional vent to allow air to enter the pipe and equalize pressure, preserving the seal of water in the fixture trap.
  • Air Gap: In the drainage system, the unobstructed vertical opening between the lowest opening of a waste line and the flood level of the device into which it empties. Its purpose is to prevent backflow contamination.
  • Auger (or Closet Auger): A bendable rod with curved end used by plumbers to remove clogs from a toilet’s trap.
  • Back Pressure: Pressure that resists the flow of fluid in a piping system.
  • Back Flow: When water traveling from one system backs into any part of the main distribution system, usually by siphoning.
  • Back Flow Preventer: A device to prevent back flow, especially into a potable water supply. Required for sprinkler systems, handheld showers, pullout faucet spouts, and kitchen sprayers.
  • Backup: Overflow of a plumbing fixture due to drain stoppage.
  • Baffle: An object placed in an appliance to change the direction of, or slow down the flow of air, gases or water.
  • Balancing Valve: A water heater valve that controls water flow and balances heat distribution to different locations.
  • Ball Check Valve: A valve that uses a ball to seal against a seat to stop flow in one direction.
  • Ball Joint: A spherical assembly in shower heads that allows the head to pivot and rotate.
  • Ballcock: A valve in the tank of a gravity-operated toilet that controls refilling of the tank. It is connected to a float via a metal arm. After flushing, the toilet refills until the float rises high enough to shut off the valve.
  • Backflow Preventer: A device that prevents wastewater and other contaminants from flowing into the potable water supply. Generally required for sprinkler systems, hand-held showers installed in bathtubs, faucets with pullout spouts, kitchen sprayers, and the like.
  • Bidet: A plumbing fixture similar in appearance to a toilet bowl used for personal hygiene. It is floor mounted, usually next to a toilet, and consists of a washing basin, faucet and sprayer.
  • Blackwater: Waste water from a toilet.
  • Bleed: To drain a pipe of excess air by opening a valve at the end of the pipe.
  • Blow Torch: A torch used by plumbers to solder pipes, activated by pressurized fuel and air to generate its flame.
  • Blowbag: A drain-cleaning device consisting of a rubber bladder with a hose fitting on one end and a nozzle on the other. The device attaches to a water hose and is inserted into a clogged drainpipe. As water is introduced, it expands to grip the pipe, and releases pulsating bursts of water through the nozzle, forcing water through the pipe to clear the obstruction. Also known as a blowfish.
  • Blowdown: Partial venting or draining, under pressure, of the water side of a boiler to reduce or remove unwanted contaminants. Also the pressure drops after releasing a pressure-relief valve.
  • Boiler: A sealed tank where water is turned to steam for heating or power.
  • Boiler Feed: A check valve controlling inlet water flow to a boiler.
  • Bonnet: The top portion of a compression valve assembly, it holds the valve in place as it is tightened against the valve seat at the other end of the assembly.
  • Brackish Water: Water containing bacteria between 1,000 and 15,000 ppm of dissolved solids.
  • Brass: Slang for faucets and fittings regardless of materials used.
  • Burst Pressure: The internal pressure that will cause a piece of tubing to fail.
  • Branch Drain: Plumbing fixture drain that leads to the main drain line.
  • Bushing: A fitting that’s threaded inside and outside that joins pipes of different sizes.
  • CPVC: Stands for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. A black plastic pipe that can handle high temperatures. Mostly used in water supply systems.
  • Cleanout Plug: A plug in a trap or drain pipe that provides access for the purpose of clearing an obstruction.
  • Closet Bend: A curved waste pipe fitting under a toilet that connects the closet flange to the drain.
  • Closet Flange: A ring that anchors the toilet to the floor and connects it to the closet bend. Also known as a Floor Flange.
  • Collar: A galvanized sheet metal restricting device used in conjunction with plastic pipe. Its function is to direct and control the intumescent action of the firestopping material.
  • Compression Fitting: A kind of tubing or pipe connection where a nut and a sleeve or ferrule is placed over a copper or plastic tube and is compressed tightly around the tube as the nut is tightened forming a positive grip and seal without soldering.
  • Coupling: A short fitting used to join two pieces of pipe.
  • Cowl: A short fitting used to join two pieces of pipe.
  • Dam: A barrier in the trapway of a toilet that controls the water level in the toilet bowl.
  • Diaphragm: A flexible membrane in a valve that deflects down onto a rigid area of the valve body to regulate water flow from the supply lines. This eliminates the possibility of debris build-up within the valve.
  • Diffuser: A device used to reduce the velocity and increasing the static pressure of a fluid passing through a system.
  • Dip Tube: A tube inside the water heater that sends cold water to the bottom of the tank.
  • Diverter: A faucet valve that redirects water from the tub faucet to the shower head.
  • Dope: A lubricant used by plumbers on pipe threads.
  • Drain-Waste-Vent System: A pipe system that drains wastewater from the bathroom and vents the drain system.
  • Effluent: Septic system liquid waste.
  • Elbow: A curved fitting, usually 90° or 45°, used to change the direction of a pipe run. Also called an “ell.”
  • Escutcheon: A decorative metal flange or plate that covers and hides the supply line hole in the fixture or wall.
  • Fitting: Any part that joins together two sections of pipe. Comes in many shapes, sizes & connection styles. Examples: elbows, couplings, bends, wyes, etc.
  • Fixture: Anything that accepts or discharges water or wastewater: faucets, sinks, toilets, tubs.
  • Flange: The rim or edge at end of a pipe shaft that aids in connecting it to another pipe or anchoring it to a surface.
  • Flapper: A rubber flap with ball-like shape in the bottom of a toilet lifts to allow flushing and seals off the tank for refilling. Allows water to flow from the tank into the bowl.
  • Flex Coupling: A rubber fitting that uses steel band clamps to attach to the pipe ends. Mostly used to join sections of DWV pipe, but also connects PVC to clay or cast iron pipe.
  • Flow Control Valve: Device designed to reduce water flow to a plumbing fixture. Often used to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Flow Rate: Measurement of water flow through a plumbing system in gallons per minutes (GPM) or gallons per hour (GPH).
  • Float Ball: A floating device connected to the ballcock inside the toilet tank to activate or shut off the ballcock.
  • Flux: A jelly-like substance used in soldering copper pipes and fittings. Applied before soldering to aid bonding and prevent oxidation.
  • Galvanizing: The process of applying a coating of zinc to the finished product to provide corrosion protection. The coating can be applied by hot dipping or electrolytic deposition.
  • Gasket: Flat device usually made of fiber or rubber used to provide a watertight seal between metal joints.
  • Gate: A device that controls the flow in a conduit, pipe, or tunnel.
  • Gate Diverter: The pop-up lever on a tub faucet that activates the diverter valve.
  • Gauge: The thickness of stainless steel and is commonly used in reference to quality grades on certain types of lavatories and sinks. 10 and 20-gauge stainless steel sinks go through a number of polishing and buffing operations to ensure a beautiful finish.
  • GPF: Stands for Gallons Per Flush. The rate of water flow by which toilets and flush valves are measured and regulated. Current law requires maximum of 1.6 GPF. Older styles were usually 3.5 GPF.
  • Gravity Operated Toilet: A toilet which relies on the natural downward pressure of water in a toilet tank to flush the toilet effectively.
  • Gray Water: Waste water from fixtures other than toilets.
  • Grease Trap: A device that captures grease entering a system before it reaches the sewer lines. Usually used in commercial applications such as restaurants or cafeterias.
  • Hard Water: Natural water containing impurities in various proportions. Traditional hardness is a measure of calcium, minerals or dissolved solids in a solution, measured in parts per million. Hard water generally ranges from 100 to 250 ppm.
  • Hanger: A device used to support pipes.
  • Hose Bibb: An outdoor faucet, also used to supply washing machines.
  • ID: Stands for “inside diameter.” Measures the inside width of a pipe.
  • Impeller: A rotating wheel with vanes found inside a centrifugal pump. As it spins at high speed it draws fluids in and thrusts them under pressure to the discharge outlet.
  • Interceptor: A device for separating grease and oil from drainage systems.
  • kPa: A metric unit for pressure. 100 kPa = one atmosphere.
  • L Tubing: An industry standard for copper tubing defined by the tube wall thickness and identified by a “blue” strip. Type “L” copper tube wall is approximately 50 percent greater thickness than type “M”.
  • Leach Lines: Pipes that carry effluent from the septic system out to the leach field, a porous soil area where treated waste is emptied.
  • Low Consumption Toilet: A class of toilet designed to flush using 1.6 gallons of water or less. Also known as “water-saving” toilets.
  • M Tubing: An industry standard for copper tubing defined by the tube wall thickness. Identified by a “red” stripe.
  • Main: The primary artery of the supply or drain system to which all the branches connect. Referred to as the Main Vent in the vent system.
  • Manifold: A fitting that connects a number of branches to the main; serves as a distribution point.
  • Mapp Gas: A colorless, flammable gas made by combining liquefied petroleum gas with Methylacetylene-Propadiene. It is a stable, non-toxic fuel used in brazing and soldering.
  • MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level – The maximum level of a contaminant allowed in water by federal law.
  • Metal Fatigue: A breakage of the metal caused by the bending and flexing or the expansion and contraction of a metal part beyond its endurance limit.
  • Nipple: A short piece of pipe installed between couplings or other fittings.
  • No-Hub Connector: A connector for no-hub iron pipe consisting of a rubber sleeve and a stainless steel band secured by hose clamps. A variation, a neoprene sleeve with two adjustable steel bands, is used for connecting dissimilar materials, as when connecting new plastic pipe to an existing cast-iron drainpipe.
  • Non-ferrous: Not containing iron.
  • Oakum: Loosely woven hemp rope that has been treated with oil or other waterproofing agent; it is used to caulk joints in a bell and spigot pipe and fittings.
  • Overflow Hood: On a bath drain, the decorative hood concealing the overflow.
  • Overflow Tube: The vertical tube inside a toilet tank that directs water into the bowl in case the ballcock malfunctions and prevents potential water damage caused by a tank overflow. A constant running condition alerts the user to an overflow problem. On most toilets, the overflow tube also has a refill tube flowing into it, which directs water from the ballcock through the overflow tube to the bowl, after a siphon break.
  • O-Ring: A rubber washer that is round instead of flat. Used in valve stems to create a watertight seal.
  • OD: Stands for “outside diameter.” Measures the outside width of a pipe.
  • PB: Stands for polybutylene. A bendable plastic tubing most often used to supply water to bathroom fixtures.
  • PE: Stands for polyethylene. A flexible plastic supply line.
  • PEX: Stands for cross-linked polyethylene. A flexible plastic supply line that is stronger than PE. In bathrooms, it is used for water supply lines.
  • Plumber’s Putty: A dough-like putty that seals joints between fixture surfaces and metal pieces, such as the drain.
  • Plumbing Snake: A thin, flexible length of spiral-wound metal, which is inserted into a drain and rotated to clear anything that is clogged in the pipes.
  • Plunger: A rubber suction cup approx 6″ in diameter attached to a wooden dowel handle used to free drain clogs. Also known as a “plumber’s helper”.
  • Pop-Up Drain: Remote control drain assembly. Also known as a “trip lever drain” for tubs.
  • Potable: Water that is suitable for consumption.
  • Pressure Balance Valve: A shower valve that monitors fluctuations in pressure to maintain balance between hot and cold water so that temperature remains constant.
  • Pressure Head: Pressure in a plumbing system. The unit of measure which is the vertical force exerted by water at a depth of one foot.
  • PVC: Stands for polyvinyl-chloride. A rigid white plastic pipe used for bathroom drain, waste and vent pipes.
  • Reducer: A fitting that allows pipes of different sizes to be joined together.
  • Relief Valve: A valve that opens to relieve excess temperature and/or pressure in the system.
  • Return: A plumbing fitting with a 180-degree bend.
  • Riser: A supply line pipe that rises from one story to the next; also the short vertical pipes that bring water from the branch to the fixture.
  • Scald Guard: A valve designed to prevent extreme water temperature changes through pressure balance technology. When there is a drop in hot or cold water pressure, the scald-guard valve shifts back and forth behind the shower handle to compensate for the sudden change. This valve maintains a constant water temperature to help give you and your family a safe and enjoyable bathing experience.
  • Scale: A thin coating or layer, usually calcium on the bottom of a tank or interior parts that may prevent heat transfer.
  • Sediment: The substance that settles on the bottom of a water tank. Also known as lime.
  • Septic Tank: A tank used to detain domestic wastes to allow the settling of solids prior to distribution. Septic tanks are used when a sewer line is not available to carry them to a treatment plant.
  • Service Partner Plan (SPP): The Horizon Services Service Partner Plan (SPP) is a great way to be sure that in case of an emergency, you are guaranteed the priority service you deserve as a valued customer. Benefits, include, priority service for plumbing, heating and air conditioning calls (routine or emergency), a 15% discount on all repairs, no additional charge for overtime or emergency calls, a lifetime warranty on most repairs and much more!
  • Shutoff Valve: Valves installed under sinks and toilets used to shut off water supply in the event of a malfunction or repair. Also called an Angle Stop, Straight Stop or Supply Stop.
  • Siphoning: The suction or pulling effect that takes place in the trapway of a toilet as it is filled with outgoing water and waste.
  • Sleeve: A pipe which is passed through a wall for the purpose of inserting another pipe through it.
  • Soft Water: Water that has been treated so that it has low mineral content.
  • Solder: A metal alloy that is melted to create a fused joint between metal pieces. Also the act of melting solder into the joint.
  • Soil Pipe: A pipe that carries waste from toilets.
  • Sweep: A pipe bend fitting used in drains to permit smooth passage of waste.
  • T&P Valve: Temperature and pressure valve. A valve that opens to release excess pressure and temperature in a system.
  • Tailpiece: The section of pipe that runs between a fixture outlet and the trap.
  • Tee: A plumbing fitting in the shape of the letter “T,” used to connect three sections of pipe.
  • Tee Fitting: A fitting that allows another pipe to be joined at a 90-degree angle.
  • Teflon Tape: White tape made of fluorocarbon polymer. It has non-stick properties and is wrapped around pipe threads in a joint to create a tight seal.
  • Trap: A curved section of drain that traps a small portion of water to prevent sewer gases from escaping into the bathroom. “P” traps and “S” traps are the types of traps most commonly found in bathrooms.
  • Trap Seal: The water in a trap or toilet that prevents sewer gases from escaping back through the drain.
  • Valve: A device that regulates the flow of water.
  • Valve Seat: The immovable portion of a valve. Water flow is stopped when the movable portion of the valve comes in contact with the valve seat.
  • Vent: A vertical or sloping portion of drain pipe that allows sewer gasses to escape from the house into the outdoor air and lets air into the drain system to keep air pressure balanced and prevent water in traps from being siphoned off.
  • Water Hammer Arrestor: A device installed near a fixture to absorb the hydraulic shock that happens when a fixture’s supply is suddenly shut off, causing water hammer, a loud banging noise in the pipes.
  • Wet Vent: A pipe that both drains wastewater and vents air into the drains. Connects two or more fixtures.
  • Wax Ring: A seal located between floor flange and toilet to prevent leakage and fumes.
  • Wye Fitting: A drain fitting that allows one pipe to be joined to another at a 45-degree angle.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Plumbers Tips About Drain Cleaning

Cleaning your Toronto home’s drain pipes with professional-level effectiveness does not have to be hard on your time or your budget. In fact, drain cleaning can actually be quite simple, if you know the proper tools and techniques you can use for at-home jobs! In this article, we’ve provided an outline for five of the most useful drain cleaning tips and tricks you can use today to improve your drain’s performance.

Hot Water and Home-made Solutions

Probably the most straightforward and harmless drain cleaning solution is hot water. Just running your faucet on its highest setting through your drain pipe can often dislodge minor clogs, and clear away grime; for drain pipes, temperature can work just as well as chemical cleaners at removing gunk and debris build up! If your sink’s water flow is not high enough, or it’s water temperature too low, try running boiling water through your drain instead.
Hot water applications are also effective cleaners for bathtub drains, where the tub faucet is directly above the drain. Just like sink faucet water cleaning, hot water run through your tub faucet can potentially clear out any grime and clogging materials within the drain pipe.
This solution is less effective for shower drains, as they receive hot water flow on a regular basis. In these cases, you may want to try a home-made, safe chemical solution.
A mixed baking soda and vinegar solution can also clear out stubborn gunk in your home’s drains, especially in shower drains that receive hot water regularly. A very effective home remedy, these solutions react to one another within your drain pipes, and can dissolve most minor clogging elements. They are also much safer than commercial chemical cleaners, which can corrode pipes and cause skin and eye damage upon accidental contact.

You Can Snake Your Own Drain Like the Pros

Another drain cleaning alternative, growing in popularity today, is drain snaking. Once considered only a professional practice, drain snakes, or augers, can be commonly purchased at home improvement stores, and are relatively simple to operate.
These snakes are fed through drains, and grab at clogs and blockages upon contact; then, they will either break away the blockage and force it safely through your plumbing, or can be pulled out with the clog material intact.

Mister Plumber go over the drain snaking process in detail, but here is a quick recap of how to remove clogs with a drain snake:

  • Feed the drain snake into your clogged drains and turn the snake’s handle clockwise
  • Keep feeding the snake into the drain pipe until you feel resistance
  • Rotate the snake against the blockage, and capture clog materials
  • Pull the snake from the drain slowly, as not to lose the clogged gunk
  • Reassemble your drain cover and test drain performance
Now, you can remove clogs and grime build-up with professional efficiency!

Your Home Plunger Can Do the Trick

As you may or may not be aware, the standard toilet plunger in your home right now can be used to resolve drain clogs! Simply fill your sink to a halfway point with water, and form a tight seal around the drain entrance with your plunger.
Simply push back and forth fluidly for about half a minute, forcing pressurized water into your drain and building up pressure with every push. It can also help to smear petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger, as this improves the plunger’s suction to your sink, and creates a much tighter seal. You can also buy a specialized sink plunger at your local home improvement store, a model more efficient at removing sink clogs.

Video Inspection Can Detect Major Clogs and Build up

For more severe clogs, you can contact your local Toronto plumbing professionals and receive a professional video inspection of your drain pipes. These inspections are completed using wire snakes much like standard plumbing snakes, but in this case fixed with a small camera.

These video inspection snakes are fed through your damaged, clogged or dirty pipes, and can use video relay to detect virtually any damage, such as:

  • Root infiltration
  • Drain pipe cracking
  • Blockages and loose debris
  • Chemical corrosion within a pipe
  • Collapsing inner pipes
Professional-grade video inspections of your home drains can determine whether your pipe’s poor performance is due to severe damages, or if your pipe is merely obstructed, such as by hair, oil or grease.
Toronto plumbing specialists can also use video inspection snakes to check how successful a cleaning was, and give home-owners peace of mind that their drain pipes are effectively cleaned. This innovative technology, similar in concept to the tube cameras used by surgeons and medical professionals, gives customers more accuracy and detail that they could ever expect from a plumbing service.

Keep Your Drain Clean With Routine Inspection

Something many home-owners forget is the importance of regular drain pipe inspection. These inspections don’t even have to be completed by a professional; you can self-diagnose your drain pipe performance at home, and should do so once a month. A regular self-inspection and cleaning schedule can largely prevent grime, debris, gunk and other objects from gathering in your drain pipes.
That said, you should not completely abandon professional drain pipe inspections. Most Toronto plumbing professionals suggest having a specialist inspection once a year, if not more. This is because these specialists know the signs; they know what to look for in problem areas, where to look for it, how problems develop and the ideal remedial steps you should take in you specific circumstances.

When the times comes to call a professional Toronto plumbing service, there are three key traits to look for:

  • Unmatched service quality
  • Efficiency and prompt service
  • A fair, affordable price
Sometimes, home remedies won’t be enough to effectively clean your drains. If you feel in over your head, know when to call a Toronto plumber. If you’re experience frequent drain clogs or other performance abnormalities, or would like to set up a professional inspection of your home drain pipes today, contact Mister Plumber right now!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Toronto Plumbers Tips About Drain Repair

Before reaching out to plumbing professionals in Toronto for professional drain damage inspections, there are some handy home remedies you can try; remedies that often clear clogs or grease concentrations within home drain pipes. These simple solutions can usually be completed with items you already have in your home! Here, we have outlined ways Toronto homeowners have thought outside-the-box to resolve problems with their home drain pipes.

- Baking Soda Solutions

One of the more common home drain cleaning remedies, baking soda solutions are less damaging and probably cheaper than chemical drain cleaners. All you’ll need is regular baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour a cup of baking soda and one cup of warm vinegar down affected drains, and follow it after a few minutes with boiling water.
This home remedy is just as effective at removing clogs as chemical solutions, and much less chemically dangerous, or corrosive to your drain pipes.

- Everyday Plumbing Tools

You’d be surprised how effective everyday plumbing tools can be in eliminating drain clogs and performing repairs. ­Namely, conventional plungers, sink plungers and drain snakes. The plunger in your home right now can resolve sink and bathtub clogs, as well as toilet clogs.
Fill your clogged sink or bathtub a short way with water, and use your plunger the same way as you would with your toilet, pressing and pulling fluidly for about half a minute. Make sure to completely cover the drain with your plunger; you can also use petroleum jelly, coated on the brim of the plunger, to form a tighter seal around the drain. Move the plunger back and force consistently to build the pressure required to disrupt clogs.
Drain snakes, typically available at home improvements stores, can also be fed through drain pipes to dislodge clogged substances. Buying or renting a professional drain snake can be a cheaper alternative to hiring a plumbing specialist for your drain repair needs.

- Don’t Forget Overflow Vents!

What many homeowners forget to consider when cleaning clogs in their drains and repairing their pipes is their overflow vents. These are the open slits or holes near the brim of sink fixtures and bathtubs. These openings protect against water overflows, and funnel gratuitous water back into your plumbing system; because of this, they provide an additional air tunnel to your drain pipes, in addition to the actual drain entrance.
When unclogging a drain with a plunger, you will need to seal these overflow vents tightly to force maximum air pressure against a clog. A wet cloth usually will do the trick, and also catch any excess water trying to escape through the overflow vent. For side-by-side sinks, you may need to cover both vents (and the other sink’s drain) with a cloth, as they are likely connected to the same drain pipe. Remembering to cover these air vents is crucial for successful plunger solutions.

- Approach Clogs Like A Plumber

By this, we mean to approach clogged drains and damages from a professional plumber’s perspective; know how to navigate your pipe system, and properly dismantle or repair individual parts.
For example, many severe clogs can be remedied by removing your drain pipe’s plumbing trap. In most modern systems, this trap is known as a P-trap for its curved “P” shape. The curvature in these traps creates a water barrier between the air in your home and the unpleasant, even dangerous natural gases in municipal sewer lines. It is also in this curve, however, that grease and food debris can collect and form frustrating clogs. Plumbing traps are low-points in plumbing systems. Following the correct steps, however, removing and cleaning your plumbing traps can be a near effortless drain clog solution.

Simplified, these steps are:

  • Shut off water to your drain and plumbing trap
  • Use conventional tools to loosen nuts connecting the trap to the drain pipe; have a catching bucket in place for water and sludge spillage
  • Use a wire brush to clear out grease and clogging agents
  • Reattach the trap to your pipes, and test it by running water and watching for leaks
For a more in-depth explanation of plumbing trap cleaning, read our blog, “Understanding and Cleaning Plumbing Traps.” Plumbing professionals recommended that you regularly clean your plumbing traps, at least four times a year.

- A Sugary Solution: Soda Products

What may come as a shock to many homeowners is that drain clog solutions on par with chemical cleaners may be in their homes right now: sugary sodas, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, can virtually eliminate buildup in your drain pipes. In fact, cleaning your drains with soda is even safer than using chemical cleaners, which can cause skin burns upon contact and damage your drain pipes after extensive application.
The powerful dissolving agents in soda products, such as phosphoric acid, break down clog materials and grease with ease. This acid can even fight through some clogs and tough debris buildups that regular chemical cleaners cannot. Once poured through your drain pipes, flush the pipes with hot water to clear out the loose grease and food materials that cause your clog.

- Easy Prevention Tips

Prevention of drain damage and clogging is actually quite simple, if you understand what can and cannot be processed through drain pipes and your kitchen sink fixtures. A simple drain filter, which catches loose debris before it can flow down drains, will essentially prevent all large material buildup in your pipes, and can be found at your local home improvement store, if not department stores.
Knowing what kitchen garbage disposals can’t handle will also help you prevent many frustrating clogs from forming. Most garbage disposals are meant to handle easily processed food waste, yet many homeowners treat their disposals like a trash bin, resulting in the need for extensive drain repair.

Just as shower drains have trouble with hair clumps, kitchen garbage disposals cannot effectively process:

  • Potato and banana peels, or other food skins
  • Expandable rice or pasta
  • Celery, corn husks and other fibrous food products
  • Plastics, such as wrappers or containers
  • Animal bones and cartilage
  • Paper products, such as paper towels and napkins
  • Bleach, and other harmful chemicals
  • Food and kitchen grease, or oil
By following these tips, you can significantly improve your drain cleaning, clog-dissolving efforts. To learn more about effective drain pipe maintenance, or what other tools plumbing specialists use to resolve home plumbing issues, contact the Mister Plumber!
If you are looking for trusted plumber, Mister Plumber in Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York specializing sewer repair, upgrade waterline, water service upgrade, drain cleaning, backwater valve installation, lead pipe replacement, re-piping and emergency plumbing, Mister Plumber uses the latest technology to effectively troubleshoot and quickly repair any plumbing problem and offers a fast response and free estimates.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

What is high pressure water jetting and how it works?

High pressure water jetting, also called as hydro-jetting, is a technique of cleaning and unblocking drains of clogs. The technique involves usage of water, which is jet at extremely high speed in order to clean the drains properly and remove the toughest of blockages that may exist in your drainage pipes. If the job is done professionally well, then you won’t notice a clog at least in the near future.
Hydro- jetting drainage pipes functions the same way as power washing. If the blockage is stubborn and located far deep in a drainage pipe, the high pressure from this equipment, which is around 60000 PSI, can easily clear it and fix any drain blockage problem quickly.

Top benefits of hydro-jetting


Certainly there are some traditional methods that can deal with blocked drains. However, they can’t match the effectiveness of the hydro-jetting. Snaking a drain or rooting it can never clean the pipe fully. Often the traditional techniques let many residues inside the drainage pipes even when the unblocking job is done. Some residues are very sticky and thus the process of clogging begins again.
To the contrary, high pressure water jetting line cleans the drainage pipe to an extremely thorough extent such that no residue is left inside it. And thus, it promises steady and continuous flow of water through the pipe, minimizing the risk of clogging in the future.


Jetting technique can be used to fix both commercial and domestic drain related problems. Most drain service provider companies use cutting-edge technology to clear blockages using hydro-jetting theory. And the drainage engineers are trained and skilled to perform the job such that it will not pose any threat to your drainage or sewer pipes.


High pressure water jetting is faster and more efficient approach to drain cleaning. The faster the job can be done, the less people will be exposed to possible contaminants. Meaning, there is no health risk involved.


Compared to its traditional counterparts such as chemical cleaners, snake, baking soda and vinegar, and hot water, hydro-jetting will certainly cost you more. But the traditional methods are less efficient and will take longer to fix the problem. And if the drain repair company you hire charge per hour, then the cost may stack up quickly.
Instead hydro-jetting takes only a fraction of the time needed for those standard techniques of cleaning and unclogging drains. So ultimately, the cost may get tossed up. Hydro jetting is truly a cost-effective means of drain unblocking.


Thinking from an environmental point, at a first glance, you may consider hydro-jetting as a waste of water, which is of course very valuable resource for the mankind. However, the hydro-jetting method doesn’t actually waste water; instead it uses water for a very important purpose. If you are living near a lake or river, hydro jetting is the best alternative for you. Above all, this method doesn’t involve usage of any harmful chemicals which may negatively impact the environment. And like other traditional methods, it doesn’t bring the harmful bacteria from underground to the surface.

Preventative Maintenance

Yes, drain jetting is a good preventive measure. Regularly hydro-jetting will always keep your drainage system free of blockages!

So, what are you waiting for? Call the Mister Plumber high pressure water jetting specialist in Toronto area today!

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