SIMPLE CARE FOR YOUR DISHWASHER

Having a dishwasher can save you time and money simultaneously. not only do you get your dishes clean in a fraction of the time, dishwashers generally use less water. Over the course of time, you may notice that your dishwasher doesn’t deliver the performance you’re used to, or it might start to develop an odor. A little TLC from time to time can help you avoid these issues.

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To keep up with your dishwasher we have added these maintenance steps to follow below:

Inspect the seals: Your dishwasher may well outlive the rubber gasket that forms a watertight seal around the door. If this happens, the gasket can crack and leak water onto your floor or into your cabinets. Contact your dishwasher’s manufacturer for a suitable replacement, or just call your local plumbing professional for repairs.

 

Clean the screen: Usually at the bottom of your dishwasher there is a screen designed to catch large chunks of food or fallen silverware. This screen should be removed and cleaned regularly to avoid unpleasant orders and to ensure proper water flow.

 

Clear the spray arm nozzles: Your dishwasher typically has two removable, rotating arms lined with spray nozzles. Its good practice to remove these arms in accordance with your manufacturer’s instructions by soaking them in warm water.

 

 

Fight mold and mildew: It’s not uncommon for mold or mildew to develop in a dishwasher, but fortunately, it’s easy to treat this problem. Simply pour about two cups of white or apple cider vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run it on the heaviest setting to clean things up.

 

The Level of your dishwasherEnsuring that your dishwasher is leveled is a safe way to avoid lacking performance and drainage issues.

 
By taking a few minutes each week to observe these simple steps, you can prolong the life of your dishwasher. If you need any additional help with the dishwasher in your home,

 

Accl Plumbing offers repair and replacement services. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed unique solution to keep your cleanouts, sewer blockages, clogged drains, burst pipes, broken water heater or over flowing toilets, free of any obstructions. We can help. Call 1(905) 448-5909 or visit our contact page to drop us a message http://acclplumbing.com/contact-us/

What is a cleanout?

Cleanouts are usually located on the side of the house or in the basement where your sewer can be accessed to clear out clogs or scope the line. A cleanout is a piece of sewer line that is set up vertically in your home’s yard extending above the surface of the ground. Cleanouts have a smooth angle to connect with the main sewer lines allowing a drain cleaning machine to run, clearing any blockages. Without a cleanout, the only access to the main sewer line is through a toilet. Cleanouts can be opened and closed, allowing an entrance point into the drainage system for clearing blockagesdrain cleaning, or camera inspections.

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Image of what a cleanout looks like before installed 

 

Why Do You Need A Cleanout?

The pipes inside your home are full of all the water and debris that has been drained through the fixtures of your home and toilet. When the plumbing system inside your house gets backed up, the cleanout in your basement will be full with water and sewage. If you were to remove the plug in your basement cleanout while the sewer is blocked up, it will result in all the water and debris being held in your system to forcefully flow back into your home.

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Image of what a installed cleanout looks like

Where Are Cleanouts Installed?

Cleanouts are installed in certain fixtures for example; bathroom sink, kitchen sink, laundry room. These fixtures need cleanouts installed at the lowest part of the trap while being located close as possible to the wall where the drain can flow outside.

Installation of a sewer cleanout

Installing a sewer cleanout involves coming into contact with the main line by digging down into the sewer line while clearing all the dirt out of the way. If you need to replace a cleanout inside or outside your basement, we would remove a small section from the old sewer line.

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Image of what a cleanout looks like installed 

A cleanout is an extremely important, and convenient to have as a part of your sewer system.

 

Accl Plumbing offers repair and replacement services. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed unique solution to keep your cleanouts, sewer blockages, clogged drains, burst pipes, broken water heater or over flowing toilets, free of any obstructions. We can help. Call 1(905) 448-5909 or visit our contact page to drop us a message http://acclplumbing.com/contact-us/

 

 

 

 

 

Get the Best Plumbing Services throughout your house!

When you need a plumber, you usually need it fast, but you also want to get the best quality service for the price. Plumbing emergencies such as plugged toilets, blocked drains, leaky taps, cracked pipes, broken sump pumps and loss of water pressure can have a disastrous effect on your entire house in no time. Knowing ahead of time who the right plumber to call can save precious time and expense in the long run.

Look no further than to the professionals at ACCL Plumbing, for all your plumbing needs whether it is for urgent repairs, routine maintenance or planning major renovations and upgrades. ACCL Plumbing has over 25 years experience in a variety of plumbing & Drain projects, for new construction, renovation, and major or minor plumbing repair jobs.

ACCL plumbing is dedicated to providing professional plumbing & drain services. our work is done with utmost care and respect for clients property, Knowing the kinds of problems that often arise during renovation and repair plumbing work.

Having access to the latest plumbing fixtures and designs allows Us to bring you the best solutions to all your plumbing needs.

Fixing a leaking tap or toilet valve might seem like a simple job that anyone can take on. But having the right experience and equipment to do even the simple jobs on a professional level can also ensure that it will last longer and the best possible actions are taken before any further damages can occur. When our experienced plumbing professional do the repair jobs, they often take a look at your overall plumbing situation and provide advice about what needs replacing before any occurrence of  further damages.

And when it is time to plan any home renovations they can recommend possible improvements or upgrades that will add better value from a professional plumber’s perspective.

Even small jobs, like hooking up a new dishwasher in the kitchen or washing machine in the laundry room, will benefit significantly from the help of professional plumbers. It is critical that the right connections are made to automated equipment like dishwashers because they can stress the water supply lines much more than manual taps and faucets do. And if something breaks or starts to leak when you are not watching, the resulting floods can be disastrous. Only with the right tools and skills from the professionals at ACCL Plumbing will these seemingly simple jobs be done right and provide trouble free service for the long term.

Your kitchen and bathrooms are likely some of the busiest rooms in your house, and the plumbing fixtures get the most use of anything there. Don’t let them get to the point of disrepair that will require urgent service calls when something eventually goes wrong. Contact us for a routine plumbing inspection and get preventative maintenance recommendations. Then you will know us and have our contact information handy for any future plumbing emergency or upgrades when they might be required.

If you are buying a new house or selling your current one, having a complete plumbing inspection by a certified professional plumber will provide greater protection and investment security, than a general building inspector can offer to you. At ACCL Plumbing you will get immediate action from the best professionals ready to solve all your Drain and plumbing requirements at any given time.

 

 

When you choose ACCL Plumbing, you have the peace of mind, knowing that you have a trusted name in plumbing working to keep your plugged toilets, blocked drains, leaky taps, cracked pipes, broken sump pumps, and loss of water pressure free of any complications you may encounter.

When you are planning and designing your new kitchen renovations it is important to get the advice and resources that are only available from professional plumbers. The kitchen sink, faucets and drains make up one of the most critical components of a well designed modern kitchen. The importance of reliable hot and cold water delivery and drainage provided by the kitchen plumbing features is critical for everyday food preparation, dish washing and cleaning up functions. This is not an area to take shortcuts.

Kitchen Renovation

Starting your kitchen renovation designs by consulting experienced plumbing professionals can ensure that your kitchen renovation plans include all the latest and best suited pipes, drains and plumbing fixtures that will be required to incorporate into your new layout and functionality. Without adequate foresight you could make a lot of the common mistakes when it comes to the plumbing installations such as missing shutoff valves, adequate drain pipe venting and/or improper drain connections.

Don’t forget about specialty appliances for your upgraded kitchen that will also require some plumbing services. There is normally a new automatic dishwasher, but it may not be located near the existing sink or water supply. Also having an extra cold water supply that is filtered for drinking would need additional installation work around the sink. Even modern combination refrigerators and freezers will often need their own water supply for ice cube makers and integrated water dispensers.

Plumbing professionals will make sure all the hot and cold supply pipes are in the right locations to fit all of the counter-tops, sinks, and appliances that will require them, incorporate adequate shutoff valves in accessible locations, and are connected to the fixtures correctly and securely. They will also install all the necessary drains, traps, vents and back flow elements required to give you years of trouble free service. And they will look at the overall plumbing systems in your house to make sure it can accommodate the new installations seamlessly. It is also a good time to perform a sewer line inspection or video pipe inspection to detect any potential leaks, blockages or damage to the downstream parts of your system.

Finally you can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and business connections available from ACCL Plumbing to help you, in selecting and installing the most suitable plumbing fixtures for your kitchen renovation. We have access to the best professional quality and reliable water faucets, and kitchen sink packages. These can be integrated with the latest marble, stainless steel or designer counter-tops with the best skilled trades doing the job right the first time. We can also install any new or existing kitchen appliances that need plumbing connections too, such as dishwashers, ice cube makers and water filters.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some common signs that you may need to repair your plumbing before it becomes a major problem and expense:

Low water pressure

Turning on the tap or shower should result in a steady stream of water. If instead you get low pressure, a slow drip of water or no water at all, no matter the setting, then there is a problem. Low water pressure has a number of potential causes including clogs in pipes, damaged water heaters or a burst pipe leaking behind the walls.

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If your sink or shower is always dripping, even slowly means you have a plumbing issue. It is possible the water pressure in your pipes is too high, or water no longer needed after you turn off the tap isn’t being properly drained. It is also possible that the valve which controls the on/off setting of your taps or shower head is broken. While a minor issue to begin with, constant dripping is not only annoying but can permanently damage the plumbing if left untreated and drive your water bill higher.

Leaky Pipes

Leaks can be a costly nuisance and usually happen at joints.  Using commPlumbingercial joint fillers and fitting compounds products are a temporary plumbing fix.  A more permanent plumbing repair may mean replacing a length of pipe or its fittings. Although replacing a leaky U-joint under your sink isn’t a complex repair, it is a messy one. You may want to have a professional handle it for you to save the clean-up time.

Slow or Clogged Drains

When the water that goes into your sink, tub or toilet won’t go out; you probably have a partial or complete clog. In many cases, a plunger can help fix the problem. Plungers use air pressure to dislodge a clog, but they can’t remove it entirely. Commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are safe for most drains for occasional use, but these acidic materials can damage the pipe materials if used too frequently. Even if you don’t have a complete clog, debris such as hair in pipes can slow drainage to a trickle. Installing drain screens can help prevent debris from finding its way into drains but if you’re dealing with clogs on a regular basis, it’s time to call a professional.

Oddly colored water

Water should be clear coming out of your pipes. If you have another color, you may need a plumbing repair. White or cloudy water typically signifies air in your pipes; brown, red or yellow water means rust usually due to a water main breaking in your area or very old pipes. Green water means copper plumbing has corroded, while blue water means the corrosion is almost total.

 

plumbing snake is best described as a slender, flexible auger used to dislodge clogs in plumbing. An auger is basically a boring tool consisting of a bit, rotated by a crosswise handle. It works by moving materials or liquids from onplumbing snakee area to another. When the tool is rotated, the materials or liquids move along the spiral to the desired location.

If neither cleaning the trap nor plunging clears a plumbing clog, your final weapon is a drain auger also known as the plumbing snake. It is also sometimes called a toilet jack or electric eel.

The plumbing snake is a coiled spiral snake usually about 1/4-inch thick with a handle on one end and works the opposite way that a plunger does: You push the snake into the clog and crank it to drive the snake farther into the obstruction. While parts of the clog break up and flush through the drain, the plumbing snake helps you gain access to the clog so that you can pull it out. Some plumbing snakes can fit as an attachment on an electric drill, giving it more power to force it through the clog. As the auger rotates, it also moves against the interior walls of the pipe, scraping off minerals and oil.

Plumbing snakes are especially handy because they’re long enough to reach clogs that are deep within a drainpipe.

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The best defense against clogs is to try and avoid them in the first place but here are a few tips:

  1. Use a sink strainer to prevent garbage and foreign objects from entering the drainpipe.
  2. Take care of the garbage disposal – always run cold water at full volume when grinding to move waste all the way through the drain lines. Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water which can then be flushed through the system. The use hot water when grinding because it can dissolve fats and grease, which may then accumulate in the drain-line.Leave the running water for a full minute as well after you shut off the disposer.
  3. Don’t dump materials down your drain.

Frozen pipes and sewer backups

The spring season is upon us now but the warm weather can bring some unwelcomed surprises with it. With the risks of spring flooding around your house and the sudden strain on municipal drainage and sewer systems, the chances of having some unwanted flooding in your home or backup from the sewer system is greatly increased. Water pipes in your house or the ones connected to the outside may have suffered frost damage over the winter, and now that they are thawing out possible leaks and cracks are appearing. A professional plumber can track down the root cause of the problem and have it repaired immediately before the flooding damages gets any worse. Backed up sewers have the added problem of contamination and odour damage which is even more difficult to remove and repair.

Flooding

A professional can also do preventative jobs such as inspecting your sewer lines for blockages or damage, and installing backflow prevention valves as your best protection. They would also be able to perform an inspection of all the water supply locations in your house for potential frost risk and will recommend improved insulation, ventilation or relocation repairs before any more damage can happen. A few small improvements done professionally can prevent most major sewer and water damage problems before they happen.

Basement flooding

The spring warm weather also brings the greater risk of basement flooding from all the extra water buildup around your house. This is when your basement and foundation structures are really put to the test to see how well they will stand up to the extremes. You can help reduce the water build up around your house by doing a few simple maintenance checks:

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  • Remove excess snow and ice buildup from around the basement walls and window wells.
  • Make sure the grade around your house slopes away from the basement walls to help prevent water collecting there
  • Clear out the rain gutters and downspouts on the roof so they don’t just overflow down the side of the house. Also make sure the downspout directs the water away from the house or into drains that go out to the storm sewers
  • If you have a sump pump check it regularly and makes sure it is working well and not blocked or burned out. Also having a battery backup can eliminate the risk of flooding during any major power outages to your house.

Hiring a professional plumber: Many plumbing projects maybe simple enough to do by yourself, especially with the help of online resources. However, there are times when calling a professional plumber is the best option. Even some seemingly easy projects are best handled by a pro. Save yourself some time and hassle by calling a professional plumber for the following types of plumbing projects:

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When Permits Are Required: For some projects such as: bathroom remodeling or moving existing plumbing or adding new a new gas line may require a permit. A professional would be able to access the situation to determine if a permit is required, walk you through and help you with the process and ensure that all codes are adhered to.

Main Line Stoppage: Anytime the toilets are backing up into the tubs and showers the problem is most likely the main line. This usually requires special equipment that most homeowners don’t typically have. Renting the equipment may be an option but it’s not advisable unless you have experience using it.

Shower Valve Replacement: There are many options available and selecting the right valve might be confusing. A professional can help guide you through the process of picking the best one for you. There is also the possibility of damaging the shower walls in the process. A professional plumber will know how to change the valve with the least amount of damage (if any) to your walls.

Water Heaters: Depending on this situation it is not recommended to work on your own water heater without experience or proper guidance as there are a lot of things that can go wrong during a repair which may end up causing more damage.

Tub Replacement: This is a big project even for the professional plumber. It may sound straight forward, but it is quite a complicated process and not recommended for the do it yourselfer!

Even with small projects it can sometimes be worthwhile to call a professional plumber as it can sometimes save both time and money.

Many water heaters sit out of sight until there is an issue with them that needs to be addressed.  Should there be a problem with it, there are a few solutions you can turn to without calling a professional.

If there is too little hot water you can turn up the tanks thermostat, just be careful not to turn it up too high or it could be a scalding hazard.

If there is no hot water and your water heater is gas-powered it is likely the pilot light has blown out and need to be relit.  It could also be a heating element for electric, or thermocouple for gas, that need to be replaced.  These can be replaced easily by a professional and is not a project we recommend you take on yourself.

If you have smelly water (a sulphur or rotten egg smell) it means your water heater has been infected with bacteria.  Try flushing the tank and filling it with a water and hydrogen peroxide solution.  Allow it to sit for two hours before flushing it with clear water.  If this does not solve the problem call a plumbing professional to tackle the issue.

If your water tank is noisy it could be several problems.  The first and most likely is that your tank has sediment at the bottom of it and the heating system is burning the sediment.  Once you drain your water tank and refill it the issue should be resolved.  The second situation that might be causing your water tank to make noise is the heating element starting to burn out.  You will need a service professional to replace the heating element.

If your tank is leaking then it is beyond repair and you will need to purchase a new once.  At the first sign of a leak call a professional or your 30 or 60 gallon tank might leak all over your basement.

For any questions of if you need any help please call our ACCL Plumbing 24 hour emergency line; 1 (866) 701-8484.

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Plunger

Tried and tested, most of the time a plunger will work fine.  Purchase one with a rubber bell-shaped end as these are typically better at pushing air to remove the obstruction.  You can also use these on sink and tub drains so long as you fold back the flange.  If the toilet is full ensure that you wait around ten minutes for some of the water to drain prior to using the plunger.

Here is the best technique to use with a plunger:

  1. Place the head of the plunger under water and slowly push out the air.
  2. Ensure there is a seal between the plastic rim of the plunger head and the ceramic bowl and begin to plunge vigorously in and out while maintaining the seal.
  3. If this doesn’t work right away try to alternate slow and steady strokes with the robust ones.  This should only be necessary 15 – 20 times.

However, if this doesn’t work try one of these techniques:

Snake

If you don’t own a snake you can purchase a cheap one from a hardware store or borrow one from a friend.  A drain snake is a long wire with a spiral tip that you feed into the pipes until it encounters resistance.  You then turn the snake clockwise so the corkscrew digs into the clog breaking it up and allowing you to pull it out.

A Wire Hanger

If you don’t have or want to buy a snake, a wire hanger will make due.  Wrap the end in a rag and secure it with duct tape to ensure you don’t scratch the porcelain and slowly feed it into the toilet, pushing and turning when you find the clog.  This will only work for the first few feet but most clogs are found before the first s-bend so this should work fine.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

There are two prevailing methods in order to use homemade objects to unclog a drain.  First heat up water.  It should not be boiling as it might crack the porcelain, but around as hot as you would like your tea to drink.  Pour either:

  1. 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of distilled vinegar or
  2. A generous amount of shampoo

into the toilet.  Either of these methods should work, though the baking soda and vinegar might fizz quite a bit.  Then, from around waist height pour at least a half gallon of the hot water into the toilet.  Let it sit for a while, possibly overnight and this should free up the blockage.  This will not work if it is something like a toy blocking the drain however.  Ensure you flush the toilet once or twice after the clog has been removed in order to cycle through to fresh water.

The don’ts of clearing a clogged toilet:

  1. Avoid chemicals.  If you happen to use these and they do not work, you will have a pool of corrosive water on your hands.  If you insist on working with chemicals, make sure you us rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself.
  2. Leave to toilet cover up, especially if you have small kids.  Last thing you need is a toothbrush or toy falling into the clogged toilet.
  3. Be afraid to call a professional if any of the above methods haven’t worked for you.

ACCL Plumbing 24 hour emergency line; 1 (866) 701-8484.

 
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