Monthly Archives: March 2014

1103, 2014

Avoid the Joining of Dissimilar Plumbing Metals

March 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_131517701A number of factors can cause plumbing pipes to corrode, but a common factor is joining plumbing parts made from different plumbing metals. While professional plumbers know to avoid this, householders who fix their own pipes or do DIY plumbing jobs may not be aware of the risks of joining dissimilar plumbing metals.

The Risks of joining dissimilar plumbing metals

In any plumbing system, pipes and joints should always be of the same material. When parts made from different metals are used, the result is usually corrosion. Corrosion can occur much more quickly than expected. Corrosion can lead to brittle pipes and complete breakage or disintegration if the problem is left unaddressed for long enough.

903, 2014

Does your home need a sump pump?

March 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_168380606Sump pumps are a special type of pump designed to prevent basements from flooding. Not all homes require a sump pump, but if your residence requires one, there are a few different options available.

What’s a sump pump?

Sump pumps are installed in basements of homes that are susceptible to flooding. The pump itself is usually installed in special pits known as sump pits. Sump pits are not necessarily large; they are usually lined with gravel and measure around half a metre deep and wide. Water drains into the pit through drainage systems or through the soil, and the pump directs it away from the building.

703, 2014

The Dangers of Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

March 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_120844819The piping and drainage system in your home is something you rarely think about – except when you encounter an overflowing kitchen sink or bathroom drain. Before you reach for the chemical drain cleaner, you should be aware of the risks and dangers of chemical-based cleaners and the alternatives that are available.

Damage to pipes

Most off-the-shelf drain cleaners have strong chemicals, whether they are liquid, gel or powder cleaners. While they can create powerful cleaning results, the heat and the chemicals used could lead to a softening of the PVC piping commonly found in homes today. Older pipes manufactured from metal can also be damaged by these types of chemical cleaners.

603, 2014

How to Test for a Leaking Toilet

March 6th, 2014|News|0 Comments

shutterstock_96680230A toilet leak that goes unfixed leads to water wastage and a costly water bill. Some toilet leaks are easy to detect, while other types can be harder to identify and repair. These are common causes of toilet leaks and some basic steps you can take to repair them.

Take a meter reading

A basic test for toilet leaks is to check the meter. Wait until bedtime or a time when you do not expect  the household to use any water-based appliances, then turn off all taps and take a water-meter reading. In the morning, take another meter reading before using any appliances or flushing the toilet.