Thursday, June 12, 2014

Protect Your Basement Against Flooding

Toronto-Backwater valve InstallationBasement flooding can be a serious problem. In addition to the obvious mess, inconvenience, and general chaos it can add to the household, there are other negative effects as well:
  • Chronically wet houses are linked to an increase in respiratory problems.
  • Restoration of a finished basement may cost thousands of dollars.
  • Insurance rates or deductibles may rise to compensate for repeated basement flooding claims.
  • Property value may depreciate because the basement is prone to frequent flooding.

Why Do Basements Flood?

Aside from a natural disaster, flooding is most likely to occur during periods of heavy rainfall, or when snow is melting rapidly during a spring thaw. In these cases, your basement can be wet because of:
  • Leaks in your home's basement walls
  • Poor lot drainage
  • Failure of the weeping tiles (foundation drains)
  • Over-saturation of the soil, which causes rising ground water
  • Overflowing gutters, leaking or plugged downspouts
  • Basement flooding may also occur because of:
  • A blocked connection between your home and the main sewer in the street
  • Back-ups of wastewater in the sewer system or a combination of wastewater and rainwater from the sanitary or combined sewer system
  • Failure of a sump pump used to pump weeping tile water

How to Avoid Basement Flooding

Your property drains through an interconnected system that must function properly from beginning to end to prevent flooding. You usually can best diagnose a flood problem by working your way down from the gutters and downspouts to the lot and foundation drainage, and then to the plumbing systemâ€"both inside your home and beyond its connection to the municipal sewer system.

Gutters and Downspouts

Water pours off the gutters and into downspouts. Your home's downspouts must be disconnected from drain tiles and directed over land away from your home so that water doesn't pool next to the basement walls or basement windows. Make sure downspouts extend at least 6 ft. from your basement wall, so that the water does not drain back toward the house, and are not directed toward your neighbor's property.
If your downspouts are connected to your home's sewer system or weeping tile, disconnect them.
Clean debris from gutters regularly. If they overflow even when clean, replace them with larger size gutters and downspouts.

Lot Grading

If the land around your home slopes toward the foundation, rainwater heads right for the weeping tile around the basement and can overload your foundation drainage system. Land tends to settle over time, causing the earth to slope inward toward the foundation. If your lot slopes inward, you'll want to fill in and grade the lot so that, for at least 6 ft. out from around the foundation, the land slopes away from your house and water drains away from the basement walls. Also, examine sidewalks, patios, decks, and driveways. These can settle over time and cause water to drain back towards your basement walls.
Be sure that any drainage improvements you make do not cause water to flow onto your neighbor's property.

Use Flood-Proofing Devices

If your Toronto home or neighborhood drainage system is prone to flooding, you should have flood-proofing devices, such as a sump pump or back flow valve, to keep rainwater and sewage from backing up. Each installation is unique, and some devices might require a plumbing permit. Check with your local government or talk to a qualified plumber before you proceed with any installation.

Sump Pit Drainage System

  • A sump pit drainage system includes a sump pit, a sump pump, and a discharge pipe. The sump pit, set into the basement floor, collects water from the weeping tiles around your basement. The pump pushes the water outside your house through the discharge pipe.
  • Place your sump pump discharge pipe far enough away from the house so that it drains somewhere onto your property where water can be absorbed and not drain back into the housesuch as the lawn or flowerbed. Do not allow water from your sump pump to drain directly onto neighboring properties, sidewalks, or streets. Installation of systems like this can be labor-intensive. You might want to consult a basement waterproofing professional on how to properly install the system based on local ground conditions.
  • Here are some helpful sump pit maintenance tips:
  • Clean the sump pit each year after freeze-up.
  • Check and test the pump each spring before the rainy season begins, and also before leaving your house for a long time. Pour water into the pit to trigger the pump's operation.
  • Remove and thoroughly clean the pump at least once a year.
  • Check the discharge point regularly to make sure that nothing blocks the flow.
WARNING: Disconnect the pump from the power source before you handle or clean it.

Backwater Valve

A backwater valve prevents sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement. The valve automatically closes if sewage backs up from the main sewer. A properly installed backwater valve must be placed so that sewage backup is stopped and does not come out through other outlets in your basement, such as sinks, toilets, and showers.
Make sure that you can get at the valve at all times. Check the valve regularly and remove material that might prevent it from operating properly.

Plumbing Fixture Maintenance

Have a qualified plumber inspect the flood-proofing devices and plumbing fixtures regularly to ensure proper operation. Check the operating instructions for more detailed information and safety guidelines, or ask your local Toronto Mister Plumber to explain the details of your system to you. A Mister Plumber give you free estimates so you can consider the flood protection options.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Curtain Drains, Gutter Drains, Storm Drains and more

When most people think of plumbing services, they think of someone who will come inside their house and clean out a clogged kitchen sink or toilet drain. They think of someone who will install new toilets or faucets. But plumbing services include exterior work as well - they will clean curtain drains, storm drains and gutter drains.
It is essential that these drains be cleaned on a regular basis - whether by the home owner or by a professional Toronto plumber - because the integrity of your roof, attics, and basement depend on rainwater being directed away from your house instead of being allowed to insinuate its way into walls or onto floors and cause mold, mildew, or even worse destruction.

Curtain Drains in Toronto

In the Middle Ages, the aristocracy of Europe built castles to keep out intruders. One of the lines of defense against marauding knights on the side of the enemy was the "curtain wall", a defensive wall enclosing the living quarters. This wall had to be extremely high so that the enemy couldn't climb over it, and extremely thick so that cannon balls couldn't get through. A typical curtain wall was about 10 feet thick and 40 feet high, and presented a formidable barrier.
The principle is the same for a curtain drain. A curtain drain encircles your house - or at least part of it - and prevents water from seeping into your basement.
As a matter of fact, when people set out to purchase a house, that is one item that should be checked first - does the area get a lot of rain water over time, or is it subject to storms every now and then that dump several inches of rain on the ground. Does this water drain away from the home or does it periodically end up in the basement?
When water does enter the basement it can be cleaned up - but not after doing a lot of damage. The best thing to do is keep the water from ever getting in in the first place, and that means installing a curtain drain - and keeping it clean.
A curtain drain does not protrude above the ground, of course (still less 40 feet high!). It is simply a trench surrounding your home - or the water-endangered parts of your home, anyway - in which a perforated pipe is laid and angled so that it collects water and directs it away from the house. For easy access so it can be cleaned by a plumber, the trench is covered with gravel or even designer rock, not sod.

Gutter Drains in Toronto

A clue to whether or not a region gets a lot of rain is if every home in the neighborhood has gutter drains to ensure that water hitting the roof will be directed down the gutters and out into the yard away from the home. Leaves from trees looming over the home can clog these drains in the fall and cause havoc in the winter... or they can become clogged by bird's nests. Whatever the reason, you can hire a plumber to clear the gutters for you.

Storm Drainsin Toronto

Just as every city street has a storm drain set into the sidewalks to give rainwater a channel in which to receive runoff, so homes can have these drains as well... and of course they too can get clogged.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In the Plumbing World a Small Leak is a Serious Problem

Unfortunately, many Toronto homeowners do not feel the same way. They are under the impression that a small problem like this will take care of itself; this is not usually the case.

How can such a small leak turn into such a big problem? Well, here are simple ways:

Over time a small leak will eat away at the floor, walls, and pretty much anything else it comes in contact with.

This will not happen overnight, but over the course of several months standing water which is constantly added to will cause damage. This is even more so the case if you cannot see the leak and clean it up from time to time.

Mold is a major problem, and the main culprit is moisture.

A small leak can lead to mold and related issues in no time at all. Mold is a health hazard for those living in the house. To go along with this, it will also make your home nearly impossible to sell if the time ever comes.

Nobody wants to buy a home that has been affected by mold. It is expensive to repair, and if left alone, harmful to your health.

A leaking pipe can lead to poor performance.

This may not be a huge problem, but when you turn the water on it will feel like something is a bit “off.” This may be the least of your concerns, but one that should tip you off that something is going on.

Don’t let anybody tell you that a small leak is no big deal.

Instead, hire a professional Toronto plumber to come to your home, identify the problem, and implement the proper solution. This will cost you some money, but will put your mind at ease sooner rather than later.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Toronto Trenchless Sewer Repair: Advantages and Disadvantages

Many Toronto homeowners cringe at the thought of having to replace their water lines or pipes, and for good reason; this process is both arduous and unsightly. Traditional sewer repair involves the digging of trenches, which can mean a ruined driveway or lawn, in addition to an ugly trench in your front yard.
Thankfully, today there is an alternative to the messy sewer repair process, which is to go trenchless. This type of line and pipe repair replaces traditional digging and underground work with pipe rehabilitation. Pipes can be rehabilitated by injecting an epoxy liner into damaged lines, which seals all cracks and holes once it cures. Rehabilitation can also occur via pipe bursting, where new pipe is pulled into a small hole in the ground as a tool breaks up or bursts the old pipe ahead of it.

Trenchless Sewer Repair: Advantages

Rehabilitating pipes means that new drain lines don't need to be created. This means that your water doesn't have to be re-routed or turned off.
Another benefit is that when a plumber is called to conduct trenchless sewer repair, it can make it much easier to correct future issues with your lines, because any video inspections can be more easily done with updated pipes and lines. Also, access to make any future repairs will only be required from the small access points located at the ends of the pipeline, with no further digging being necessary.
A plumbing system that has gone through the rehabilitation process will last for much longer than its traditional counterpart. As well, water flow is greatly improved with rehabilitated lines.

Trenchless Sewer Repair: Disadvantages

As with anything, there is a downside to choosing the pipe rehabilitation alternative. One is the cost; the equipment used in trenchless sewer repair is more expensive than that used for traditional pipe and line work.
Some additional digging may be required with the rehabilitation option if no damage to nearby gas, electrical or other lines has to be confirmed by workers prior to beginning the process. However, this can usually occur with hand-digging.
If your yard contains shrubs, trees or other landscaping elements, these may need to be removed prior to beginning the rehabilitation process.
Some types of pipe and line rehabilitation may not be possible. Some states have prohibited pipe bursting. In other cases, pipes that are jointed are not able to be rehabilitated via the pipe bursting process.
In addition, your pipes may be too old to be rehabilitated, which could end up in double costs in calling out a Toronto plumber to do trenchless replacement, and then requiring more equipment for full pipe or line replacement.
The best advice is to seek out a Toronto professional in any case, because both the traditional and trenchless line replacement or rehabilitation options require specific knowledge. Neglecting to do so can result in dual costs, as the second plumbing company will have to clean up the mess made by the first company before replacement or rehabilitation can begin.
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Basement Floor Drain is Backing up and Flooding - There's Water in the Basement

Backwater valve connected to pipeFirst, you need to determine if it is local waste produced in your home that can't get out due to a blockage in the main line leaving your home, or if it is waste from the sewer system coming back in (called a backflow).
A blockage can occur if a portion of the line has broken, but generally a blockage is caused by roots that have grown into the line, or by something flushed down a toilet that has lodged in the drain pipe.
When this happens, you will see evidence of your basement drain backing up as the lowest point in the system (generally the basement drain overflows) is where the evidence is visible.
Chemical products may work to open the drain, but running a snake through the line is generally necessary.  In the case of roots of invading the basement drain line, a power snake with sharp cutting blades must be used to cut through the roots.
With your own local waste backing up it's one thing, but when nasty, contaminated waste from hundreds of neighbors starts pouring into your home, it becomes a whole different issue.
In this case, usually due to high levels of rainfall temporarily raising the water overall table, the system will be overwhelmed.  If the lowest drain in your basement (or other shower drain or toilet) is lower than this temporarily raised water level, you will find your basement drain backing up.  In some cases the pressure created by the raised water level is so great that water raw sewage will be spewing several feet into the room from basement drains.
There is only one way to prevent this particular condition of your basement drain backing up; the installation of a gate to keep the unwanted reverse flow out.  Some of these gates are manual and must be manually inserted or manually turned closed.

The best are automated solutions called "Backwater Valves" or "Backflow Preventers"

A Backwater Valve automatically senses a reverse flow (water flowing the wrong direction and back into your home) in your main line and completely closes it off from the sewer system outside.  This prevents your basement drain backing up.

A Mainline brand 4963 Backwater Valve installed in the main line below your basement floor is one of the most economical and effective ways that you can prevent your basement drain from backing up.

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times, "I just had my basement drain overflow, and naturally I was I was . . . at work . . . asleep . . . out of town . . . on vacation.  In these cases, the fact that a backwater valve works automatically is worth  the associated costs of the valve and installation.  As many know, what's as stake is thousands of dollars of damage to the basement living space, not to mention the health hazards caused by the bacteria in the raw sewage produced by hundreds or even thousands of your neighbors.
Some people simply insert a plug into their basement drain in an attempt to stop a basement drain backup, but in a case where groundwater comes in when there is not a mainline backup, the end result is also flooding.  Additionally, the force of incoming water can simply push these plugs up and out of the way leaving you unprotected.   A good automated backflow valve is the best solution to avoiding a basement drain overflow that lets water in the basement.
The single biggest advantage of the Mainline brand Backwater valve is that it uses a patented normally open design.  When properly installed with a required minimum slope of 2% (or more), water and effluent leaving the dwelling works to continuously self-clean the gate, keeping it free and ready to seal when you need it most.  There are hundreds of cheap normally closed valves on the market that are destined to fail as debris accumulates at the sealing point.  The patented Mainline brand is the single brand backwater valve available with a self-cleaning normally open design.
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Early Leak Detection by Emergency Toronto Plumbers

Whether it is a major water leak or one that is barely detectable, it is very important that you get to know about it early enough so that you can take action to stem the problem from getting worse. There are many ways through which leaks can be detected in time and Mister Plumber can advise you on what is suitable for you.

The following are some of the reasons why you need to take steps to detect any leaks as soon as possible.

Prevention of Mold and Mildew

There is a lot of havoc that can be loosed on your house and the health of your family members by fungal growths like mold and mildew. It is so bad that once the health department finds these growths in your house the house is immediately condemned as unfit for human habitation.
It is for the safety of your family and house that early water leak detection is important since it is those very minute leaks that will create the moist conditions that favor the growth of mold and mildew.

Reduce The Risk Of Flooding

Think about the damage that can result when your house or sections of it are flooded by a sudden flow of water. Your wooden floors will be ruined, objects in the path of the water will be damaged, and the sections of the house that the water is in contact with will also suffer damage, and so on and so forth.
Such extensive damage can cost you a lot of money to repair; way beyond just the cost of fixing the leak. It now becomes clear why early leak detection is so vital.

Protect Electrical Systems

Leaks compromise a lot more than just the physical integrity of your home or office. When a leak occurs, the electrical systems are put at high risk since once water gets in contact with a power conductor then nothing is safe from the electricity therein.
The risk of electrocution is increased just as the risk of having your electrical devices suffer catastrophic power surges increases. Just imagine what cost you will meet if you have to replace all your electronics because they were destroyed by an electrical system gone wild.
There are very many benefits that come with early water leak detection. One should therefore take their time and learn all that they can about how to put in place early warning systems so that they can learn as soon as possible when a leak has taken place. Talk to your plumber and explore how you can protect yourself and your property from this problem.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

All About Sewer Pipe Lining

When a section of your sewer system breaks down, the old way of doing things requires that the entire system is dug up and then a new system is installed. Now, one does not have to go through that very lengthy and costly approach because pipe lining has evolved to provide an easier and cheaper way to sort out sewer line problems.
The following basic steps are used to get your system functional again, at a fraction of the cost of the traditional way.

Sewer Camera Inspection

Before any sewer works can begin, the first thing done is to know what exactly the plumbers are up against. Using CCTV technology, a team will inspect the entire line in order to know where exactly the damage is and the cause of that damage.
The problem may for instance be caused by a root of a tree that forced its way through the pipe and caused it to burst or get blocked at that point.
When the cause of the problem has been identified, it is easy to plan how the problem will be addressed so a permanent solution becomes possible.

Eliminate The Cause Of The Problem

Before corrective action is taken, the plumbing team first does away with the root cause of the problem. In the earlier example for instance the team would have to come up with a way to remove the offending party, the tree root.
Each cause normally requires a special approach to address it so once the inspection reveals what caused the damage or blockage to the pipe, then appropriate tools will be used to get rid of that problem.

Pipe Lining

Once the problem has been diagnosed and the cause removed, the next step is to repair the damage. In this case, the old pipe is lined with an epoxy pipe that will run within the old pipe.
There are very many positives to this method besides avoiding the extensive digging up that must be done in order to replace the entire pipe system with a new one. Other benefits include reducing the chances of additional damage from tree roots since they can't get at the inner pipe since the offending party (the root) will have been removed and also because the new pipe is protected by the outer pipe (the old one).
Conclusion
There is a lot of trouble associated with digging up your property. The landscaping gets messed up and you pay way too much to sort the piping problem. Pipe lining is therefore a good approach when looked at from several angles.
You should take quotes from several companies so that you get an accurate estimate of the cost of the sewer pipe lining. The quotes should have an itemized statement that breaks down each of the things that will be done, together with their cost, as well as the mark up for the contractor. When you take this approach you will be sure to get value for money.
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