Plumbing Tips For Pet Owners

Plumbing Tips For Pet Owners

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If you are a pet owner, you might actually be surprised that your pet can have an impact on your plumbing system. What’s more, your plumbing system may actually have an effect on your pets. It is not something many pet owners consider, but it is wise to do so because it can mean the correct operation of your plumbing system and the health of your pet.

Pet Tip #1 – Make Your Home Pet Proof

If your pet is caged and small, keep drains covered on the lower level floor.

Pet Tip #2 – Put Pressure-Balancing Valves On The Showerheads And Faucets

If you bathe your pet in your bathtub or sink, having pressure-balancing valves can protect your pet from accidental exposure to scalding hot water. It also illuminates the issue where the water turns scalding hot when you are in the shower and someone flushes the toilet or turns on the water in the sink.

Pet Tip #3 – Toilet Lid Down

There is more than one reason to keep the lid down on the toilet if you are a pet owner. We already know that, for women in particular, getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and to not realize the seat is up, well, it is a formula for some serious frustration. However, leaving the lid up all day will allow pets to get into the toilet water too, and if you use harsh chemicals and cleaners in the toilet, it can get your beloved pet sick.

Pet Tip #4 – Use Strainers Or Drain Stoppers If Giving Pets A Bath

Doing so allows you to keep pet hair from clogging up the drain after you bathe your beloved pet.

Pet Tip #5 – Avoid Clogs – Cat Litter Is Not Meant For The Toilet

The only thing that should go down a toilet when you flush it is toilet paper and flushable waste. Cat litter is not considered flushable waste.

Pet Tip #6 – Have Knowledge Of How Deep Your Waterlines Run

If you have one or more dogs that love digging holes and burying bones, keep an eye on where they are digging and how deep they dig. Some pipes are underground a mere foot and a half.

If you did not implement these tips yet and you are dealing with a resulting clog, you can call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing. They will be happy to assist you when you need your drain unclogged or need other plumbing advice/assistance.

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Water Line Replacement Tools

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Trenchles drain repair. Pipe Burst by TorpedoFor the past few decades, a homeowner hearing that their water line needs to be replaced was one of the worst pieces of news to bear. After all, the main line is the source of not only a fresh supply of water to the home; it is what carries away gray water and waste to be cycled through the treatment plant.

The repair or replacement of this crucial pipe usually required digging up most of the yard to reach the trench where the line was situated, removing all the damaged components and then replacing them with a replacement pipe – not exactly a labor-friendly task.

Most homeowners could forget about curb appeal after they had their water line replaced. This was because gardens, sidewalks, and other landscape were mashed into mounds of dirt – all on the property owner’s dime as well. Luckily, modern technology has made these nightmares outdated and trenchless replacement methods have turned water line replacement into a non-invasive, one-afternoon job.

Trenchless water line replacement

Part of that new technology includes replacing deep set, damaged pipelines without excessive digging on the property. This not only keeps the yard intact, it also limits the risk of hitting underground gas, electrical, and phone lines.

The no dig method involves an almost ‘inside-out- approach to installing the new line. What this basically entails is feeding a new, undamaged piece of pipe into the old one, and then into the water main where it enters your home. This new piece of pipe is pulled into place with the use of heavy hydraulics. Once the new line has been properly situated, the old pipe is shattered with a bursting cone that fragments it as the new line replaces the old one.

Besides an entry point for the pipe and an exit point for the hydraulics to pull the pipe through, there is minimal digging involved. This process is fast, convenient, and is much more affordable due to less labor involved. Customers no longer have to look at a damaged water line as a financially crippling repair and instead can have the fixes done in a matter of a couple hours. The trenchless technologies also work in the case of sewer line replacement as well.

While there are still many needs for a shovel, thanks to the trenchless technology, those resources can be better focused on a garden or planting azaleas. If you want help with your situation, the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services have decades of experience and know when to step up.

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Common Autumn Plumbing Problems in Toronto

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Autumn in Toronto can lead to plumbing problems, the weather is cool, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling from the trees, many folks are preparing for the winter, it marks the change from summer into winter. Autumn reminds us that winter is coming. The temperature variation in the Greater Toronto Area brings common plumbing issues to the populace. Here are the common problems encountered in the area during autumn.Common Autumn Plumbing Problems in Toronto

Cracking/bursting of pipes

It is recommended that when you are done with the watering of your garden, the hose(s) should be disconnected and the faucets switched off. If there is a shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucet it should be drained and closed. It is better to stick to this precaution than allowing your pipes to be cracked.

Freezing of the pipes

Temperatures during autumn can go down far below freezing, especially during the night. These temperatures are capable of freezing the pipes when attached to your hose If you have an underground sprinkling system, the pipes should be removed and drained.

Clogging of drains

Drains are made up of tiles that are perforated and covered with gravel that pipes excess water away from the home. Leaves and debris can clog the drains and that overflow causes flood in part of your home. Inspection should be carried out in the drains regularly to clear the drains and remove the debris. Any damaged tiles should be removed and replaced.

Sewage/septic system

The autumn period can overtax your septic/sewage system, it is good to ask your plumbing professional at the beginning of the season to carry out routine checks on your sewage system and check for any future problems. The season is a good time to drain your septic tank if there is any need.

Hot water tank maintenance

When the weather is cold, there is a good chance that you will make far more use of the hot water tank for heating your water. You should ensure that it is working properly. This includes checking the tank bottom to ensure that water is not dripping under it.

General maintenance

In other to avoid the above stated common plumbing problems in Toronto, the following tips can help you avoid issues.

  • Conduct a regular check around your home, including leaky faucets and pipes. This procedure can prevent the problems before they occur.
  • Turn off the main water supply when you are away from your home.
  • Ensure that the heating system is always running to prevent freezing of your pipes.
  • Clear your drains to remove debris and leaves.

Have a regular inspection to ensure that there are no cracks or holes in your windows. If, they are present, make sure that you remove the problem. That will go a long way in preventing letting cold air in. Hire the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to help you with your plumbing inspection and preparation needs

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Effects of Leaking Pipes

Effects of Leaking Pipes

As a homeowner, you count on the parts of your house to work well to provide you the things you need – light, air, temperature, water and so on. This includes trusting everything from doors and windows to the unseen components of your home, such as plumbing, to perform the way they ought to. The structure of the house is even built around the assumption that things like plumbing will work well, which makes the effects of leaking pipes nearly catastrophic when they aren’t seen to immediately. The long term effects of leaking pipes aren’t just water stains and potential damage to drywall and wood – mold and mildew love damp, dark conditions. By properly taking care of leaking pipes, you aren’t just protecting your home, you’re protecting the health of you and your family as well.

When pipes leaking becomes apparent, telltale signs will start to emerge. These include “wrinkling” or warping of the wall with the leaking pipes, or a floor that feels soft and spongy underneath your feet. A musty odor is another one of the most readily noticeable – this occurs when a slow drip or leaking pipes let water gradually build up on a surface that is not intended for it, such as wood, linoleum, or even drywall. This can happen anywhere plumbing runs in your home, from under a sink to deep inside a wall, which means that odor is only a good indication of the existence of the problem, not necessarily the location of it. Even if you fix one leaking pipe, you have no way of knowing if that particular leak was caused by a failure further up in the system – which is why you should call professionals like Dr. Pipe drain and plumbing to assess the issue.

If pipes leaking all over your wall is unappealing, consider that not taking care of that leak may cause them to burst! Pipes are made to hold a certain flow of water at a certain rate, so when their regulating power is removed from the flow of water by a burst, the water will flow freely everywhere the pipe used to be until the main is shut off. To prevent this from happening, be sure to address all leaking pipe concerns as quickly as possible, and call an expert for advice if you’re out of your depth with a potential problem. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure.

How To Patch a Pipe Leak

How To Patch a Pipe Leak

So, you think you may have a pipe leaking somewhere in your home. Unlike a squeaky door or a fence in need of a fresh coat of paint, a pipe leak is an immediate problem that must be addressed. Leaving a pipe leaking behind a wall or beneath a floor can have devastating effects that far outweigh the cost of time and attention used in leak detection. Consider this – even if you are hesitant to investigate a pipe leak yourself, there are professionals at businesses like Dr. Pipe drain and plumbing that can be hired for far less than the cost of replacing a wall or tearing up an entire section of flooring. Naturally, you won’t want to ignore this issue, so get right to work tracking down the source of the leak.

Once you’ve located the source of the pipe leaking, the next step is to stop all water from flowing through the pipe. Water can be shut off using a water main, but bear in mind there will still be water in the pipes themselves. Open up faucets and taps off that line to naturally remove the water left in the pipes, then follow up by making use of check valves along the pipes themselves – this will keep water from interrupting your repair efforts. From there, a piece of rubber (a scrap from a rubber innertube or other heavy-duty thickness will do) wrapped around the pipe and secured with an inexpensive strip of metal called a hose clamp will keep the leak from getting out of control while you call an expert to come out to fix the pipe itself.

Another option, which will provide a slightly more sturdy “band aid” for your pipe leak, is a special water-activated version of fiberglass-resin tape, which can be soaked and wrapped around the leak. If using this method, be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles and allow to set per the manufacture’s instructions before turning the water back on. In special areas, such as fittings or couplings where pipe lines divide, epoxy putty can be used on the dried surface – this two-part compound becomes adhesive when combined to provide a powerful seal.

These patches will hold for awhile, but please note these are not permanent solutions. In addition, you should take special care if working on hot water lines – allow these to cool completely after draining the water to prevent burns and injury.