Is it TIME TO REPLACE YOUR TOILET? make the right CHOICE

You might be thinking your toilet will last forever but as durable as most toilets are, they all must be replaced at some point. Some homeowners choose to replace their toilets that are still in working condition, because there are various new designs and features to choose from. So, if your toilet needs to be replaced or you’re just eager for a change! In this article we will go over the options a homeowner has when choosing a new toilet.

 

High Tech Toilets:  

If you are looking for a smart toilet then technology toilets are your best option. Features of these types of toilets include temperature-controlled seats, automatic flush, led lights and remote controls, self-cleaning technology, bidets and dryers.

Use Less, Save More

Federal standards limit the flush volume of all new toilets to 1.6 gallons, which is a big improvement on older, unregulated toilets that used as many as five gallons of water per flush. But many toilets go even farther than that, and you can be sure that you’re buying a water-saving toilet by looking for the federal WaterSense label at the point of purchase.

 

Form Follows Function:

Designer toilets have various unusual shapes, when it comes to finding the right toilet of your choice there are a couple of design elements that all toilet shoppers should think about before they buy. The bowl height and bowl shape play the main role when choosing a designer toilet. The bowl height of a standard toilet is 15 inches ranging from as low as 10 inches to a high of 20. Taller toilers are beneficial for people with limited mobility as it reduces the amount of effort it takes to stand up and sit down.  The bowl shape of a toilet typically only has two main choices: round and elongated. Elongated toilets have an egg-shaped opening and many people claim them to be more conferrable because they’re more spacious. Round bowls might be less comfortable, but they do take up less space.

 

 

 

If choosing the right toilet is proving more difficult than you thought, or if you just need help installing the toilet of your choice, Rely on our plumbing experts at ACCL Plumbing call us your today!

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 backwater valve?

Do you have a backwater valve in your basement? Have you ever wondered what exactly a backwater valve is? in this article we are going to clarify what a backwater valve is and why you might need one.

The backwater valve is a device that allows water to flow in one direction from your home to the sewer. If any water attempts to flow back towards the backwater valve the device will completely shut down to protect your home allowing no sewage to be able to flow back into your home. In simpler words a backwater valve is a device that lets sewage flow in one direction while not letting it flow backwards. No-one ever expects their sewage water to flow backwards! But it can happen. The most common reason for backflow  is blockages somewhere in the city drain along with surrounding neighbors who continue to use their water systems particularly the ‘out’ pipes to sanitation. The water has nowhere to go and pipes start to fill up due to gravity basements tend to be the first victim when it comes to backflow! Another common occurrence is during and after heavy rain falls making public drainage and sewage systems become over whelmed hence filling and backing up the pipes causing your basement to flood. A backwater valve WILL NOT fix your drains and cannot do their job and save your home from backups if drains have shifted, collapsed, there are tree roots intrusion, or grease deposit in the home drains.

what a backwater valve looks like before installed

backwater valve

Do you already have a backwater valve in your basement installed?

Majority of our customers are unaware if they have backwater valves installed on their house drains, especially new home owners. Typically backwater valves are installed inside basements as it is much easier to clean, repair, and maintain. Regarding plumbing codes it is the last device on any drain system just before the drain pipe leaves the home. Usually you will find the backwater valve just before the foundation wall in the basement the device should have an access lid but might be covered by hardwoods or tiles. Additionally, backwater valves could be installed outside as well.

If you make the decision to get a backwater valve installed the first thing your plumber should do is a camera drain inspection to locate the pipe and mark the spot where the device should be installed. Then your plumber would apply for city permit, arrange an inspection and once cleared they can proceed with the work. Normally it takes one day, but sometimes due to soil conditions, accessibility of the spot where back water valve is to be installed it may take two days.

A backwater valve will protect your home and won’t let storm waters together with sewage water enter your basement. Now one might understand why installing such a device is a good move, especially with the weather changes over recent years, heavy downpours in short period of time becomes more and more common.

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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/

Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest holidays apart from Christmas. In the emergency plumbing business, garbage disposals and sink clogs are becoming apart of the thanksgiving and holiday tradition.

During these holiday traditions it can push some household plumbing systems to their limit due to increased kitchen and bathroom activity. By observing a few best practices and by performing some light duty maintenance, you can help keep your kitchen and bathroom in prime plumbing conditions for the holidays.

Disposals:

Remembering that disposals aren’t for everything is key to helping you maintain healthy plumbing. Used properly your garbage disposal can save you from some of the messiest kitchen tasks. Disposals are ideal for disposing of leftovers that are to liquid or smelly for the trash can. Knowing what type of substances to avoid putting in your disposal is key.

Listed below is kitchen waste that belongs in the trash, never in the disposal.kitchen disposal

Celery and asparagus: vegetables like these are so fibrous that they can actually wrap around the disposal blade and grind it to a halt.

Potato peels: this is a rookie Thanksgiving mistake — if you peel your potatoes into the disposal, you run the risk of creating a starchy paste that can gum up the works.

Fat, grease and oil: These can solidify around the blade and in your drain pipe, restricting movement and water flow.

Pasta and rice: These foods expand in water, even after they’ve been fully cooked. Stuffing your disposal with leftover noodles can overfill the chamber before you know it.

Bones: Fine fish bones are generally okay, but turkey bones and anything larger belongs in the garbage or compost.

How To safely clear a clog in your garbage disposal:

The best source for this information is your disposal’s manual which you can likely find online with a quick search for your disposal’s manufacturer name and model number.

Most models have a manual crank at the bottom that allows you to turn the blade when it’s stuck. It’s never truly safe to reach into a garbage disposal, even when it’s completely disconnected from power, so the manual crank is the preferred method for loosening clogs.

Your disposal may also be able to shut itself down to prevent damage to the motor in the event of a clog. If your disposal has this feature, you’ll need to press a reset button to restore power once you’ve manually cleared the clog.

 

 

Increased Bathroom Activity:

 

Whether you’re just entertaining for the evening or you’re putting up a house full of guests for several days, your bathrooms are going to get busy when you’re playing host. Before your guests arrive, peek inside your toilet’s tank just to make sure your flapper is in good condition and everything is in its place. It’s also a good idea to stick a plunger in the bathroom just so that it’s at the ready in the event of a potential overflow.

As for furnishing hot showers for everyone, you may find that you need to stagger showers at different times to avoid outrunning your water heater. If your water heater’s thermostat is set lower than 120 degrees (the highest safe setting) you’ll get a helpful boost by temporarily increasing the setting to that level.

And if you tend to play host to a big crowd year after year, you might consider making your next water heater a tankless model. They come at a higher upfront cost, but they’re more energy efficient than standard water heaters and you’ll never run out of hot water with their on-demand heating.

 

Accl Plumbing offers repair and replacement services. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed unique solution to keep your overstuffed disposals, water heater installations, 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/

 

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.

dishwasher cleaner

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.

what a cleanout looks like before installed

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.

cleanout installed

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.

plumbing snake

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:

Flooding

  • 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.

 
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