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:

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.

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.


When the colder months come and the winter takes hold there is a real risk of pipe fissure or worse.  This is especially an issue when the temperature falls under 32 degrees, something guaranteed to happen a few times throughout a Canadian winter.  Pipes don’t burst at the point of a freeze, but somewhere between the freeze and a closed faucet due to a build in pressure.  Take precautions and be prepared with these tips.

Inside

Ensure that pipes are well insulated with polyethylene or fiberglass to keep the pipes cozy and prevent them from freezing.  A hole or a rip in the insulation can let cold air blow in and freeze the pipes.  You can also use heat tape which is wrapped around the pipe and has a built in thermostat which will ensure that the pipes are kept at the correct temperature.  We recommend you have heat tape installed by a professional.

Any room located next to a garage is vulnerable so ensure you keep the garage door closed as much as possible.  If any room in the house does not get heat, consider placing a space heater there, especially bathrooms on the exterior wall.

Open all sink based cabinet doors along the exterior wall to allow the heat to reach pipes.

You might want to fix any holes or cracks in your exterior wall using caulking or spray foam insulation to prevent freezing air from coming in contact with the pipes.

Outside

Disconnect your garden hoses and shut off any external faucets.  Ensure all the water is drained from the faucets.  Turn off and drain your sprinkler systems.  We recommend you call a professional company to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines.  A broken sprinkler pipe can damage the entire system and increase the cost of repair.

Find your main waterline shut-off before any problems arise.  Depending on the age of your house it may be inside your garage, basement or laundry room.  Be aware that it may also be underground in your yard.  After turning off the water, turn on the faucets to allow the water to drain and release any pressure held in your pipes.

How to know if you have frozen pipes:

  1. You turn on the faucets and nothing comes out.
  2. The water is turned off yet you hear it running anyway.  This could be a sign that your pipe burst and might have a leak somewhere.  Turn off the water line immediately and investigate.

Contact us if you have any other questions. 1-866-701-8484

A septic system is a sewage treatment system common in areas without municipal sewage systems such as rural homes and farms.  Here we will go through some key maintenance and use of your septic systems to ensure they are working smoothly.

Need to Know about Septic Systems

How do septic systems work?

If you have a conventional septic system, your wastewater travels through an outdoor, underground septic tank where it separates solids from liquids.  Light solids such as soap scum and fat float to the top and slowly thickens, staying until you clean the tank.  

The liquid waste travels through pipes connected to the tank and into a leaching bed.  The leaching bed is made up of sand and gravel which acts as a filter to clean the water before it makes its way back to the ground.

The heavier waste settle to the bottom of the septic tank where they are decomposed by bacteria.  Some non-decomposed solids will remain in the tank requiring it to be cleaned every three to five years.

How to Maintain Septic System:

  • Inspect your septic system every three to four years
  • Pump it every three to five years
  • Ensure to keep up to date on maintaining the treatment units and filters according to manufacturer instructions
  • Ensure to replace your septic tank if necessary.  Steel tanks need to be replaced every 20 – 25 years and sometimes you need to upgrade to a larger tank so it can take increased waste.
  • Have an effluent filter installed to prevent solids from clogging the leaching bed.  This will save you time and money later.

What Should and Shouldn’t go into your Septic System:

  • Ensure you safely dispose of hazardous wastes through a municipal facility, not through a septic tank or they will seep into your groundwater and possibly cause problems for your septic system.
  • Avoid using disinfectants that may kill the beneficial bacteria in your tank.  This would cause sewage to pass through your tank without proper treatment.
  • Keep household items such as feminine hygiene products, condoms, food solids, hair and cat litter out of your system otherwise they may clog your pipes.

How Will I Know if There is an Issue with my Septic System?

  • Above average algae growth in nearby lakes or water.
  • Sinks, showers and toilets back up or drain slowly.
  • There is surfacing sewage, soggy or wet areas near the leaching bed.
  • There is a sewage odour around your home or near your leaching bed.
  • Dosing pumps run constantly or not at all

Plumbing emergencies are dreaded by many people because of the damage they can cause in your house. If they are not given immediate attention, they can get worse and costlier to repair. Some may resort to doing things on their own. Nonetheless, this is not a good idea, especially if you do not have the knowledge and the tools required. With such, a better thing to do is to call an emergency plumber Toronto. To be provided with the best value for money, make sure to keep these five things in mind when looking for plumber in Toronto.

Immediate Availability

When looking for professionals in emergency plumbing services in Toronto, one of your greatest concerns would be their availability. The emergency plumber Toronto must be able to provide the services that you need the soonest possible time. Otherwise, the problem will only escalate, and this can cause inconveniences on your part. If the Toronto plumber is not available, you should immediately call your next best option to ensure that someone will provide the remedy that you are looking for as soon as possible.

Five-Star Feedbacks

Even if the plumbing Toronto problem is an emergency, this does not mean that you can just ignore what other people are saying. You should find time to read reviews from past clients and weigh their pros and cons. Through the experiences of other people, it will be a lot easier for you to come up with a well-informed decision. Consider asking referrals from people you personally as well with regards to the best Toronto plumbing contractor.

Competitive Rates

The price of Toronto plumbing services does not need to be cheap, but at least, reasonable, since it is often tantamount to quality of service that will be received. Make sure to ask the emergency plumber Toronto about the rates being offered and see if it is within your budget. Compared to Toronto drain cleaning, which can be done anytime, emergency plumbing can be more expensive because it is time-sensitive.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

It is important for Toronto plumbers to invest heavily on the equipment they are using and to be familiar with their methodologies. By doing so, they will be able to demonstrate the competence to handle any plumbing problem, regardless of how small or big it can prove to be.

Service Warranty

When comparing Toronto life best plumbers, it is also important to take note of the warranty they are offering. This can provide you with the assurance that you will be able to reap the best value for every dollar spent. If the problem persists in the future, as long as there is a comprehensive warranty offered, the Toronto plumbing company will resolve the problem at no additional cost, as long as the agreed terms have been met.

 
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