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    Learn Some of the Basics of Home Plumbing

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many people don't know much about their plumbing other than when they turn the faucet the water runs.  Check out this great video to learn some basics of your home's plumbing.

    Are you having plumbing problems at home? Contact New Canadian Drain and Plumbing, Toronto’s premier residential plumbing service. Call (416) 651-2990 for 24/7 plumbing services.

    Click These Resources To Get More Valuable Plumbing Information

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Head to the links below to learn how leaky plumbing can cause damage to your home, why should have your basement waterproofed, what could be causing drain problems, and how to conserve your water usage the summer. Contact New Canadian Drain & Plumbing at (416) 651-2990 to explore these topics in detail with us.

    • This page from the CMHC can help you understand why waterproofing is important if you ever want to renovate your basement protector foundation.
    • For conserving water around your entire home, take a look at this guide from Health Canada and start saving.
    • Help yourself to some water-saving tips on this page from WaterUseItWisely.com and reduce your consumption and utility costs.
    • Let this guide from HGTV.ca help you plan your budget for home renovations, including plumbing components.

    How To Properly Use a Plunger

    Last updated 1 year ago

    It may seem simple, but using a plunger correctly can make all the difference when you're trying to unclog a drain. There are two different types of basic plungers: a sink plunger, and a toilet plunger.

    This video explains the proper usage of both. The flat nature of a sink plunger is designed to be used with sink or bathtub drains. When plunging a sink, cover the overflow hole with a wet cloth to help you create a seal. The flange on a toilet plunger is designed to fit within the exit pipe of the toilet bowl. Don't mix and match your plungers. Instead, use each plunger for their appropriate applications for the best results.

    If you're experiencing the stubborn drain clog that you can't tackle, call New Canadian Drain & Plumbing at (416) 651-2990. We provide emergency plumbing services to the greater Toronto area, so choose us the next time you require assistance.

    Tips for Saving on Your Water Usage this Summer

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Conserving water is good for the environment, and it can also lower your utility costs. You can reduce your summertime water usage in several ways that all add up. Simple fixes like using less water or installing new plumbing fixtures can make your home is water-efficient and more environmentally conscious.

    • Take shorter showers. Quite simply, using the shower is one of the largest water-consuming activities that you do. Even reducing your showering time by two minutes you can save 15 litres of water — and that's with a typical showerhead. Using a low-flow showerhead can earn you further savings. A happy side effect is that you'll use less energy to heat water as well.
    • Install aerators in all your faucets. If you don't have them already, then contact your plumber and have aerators installed in your kitchen and bath faucets. These provide you with the same amount of water pressure for your cleaning and grooming needs, but make the water flow with air so far less water is used.
    • Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth or shave. Lots of water is wasted during these simple activities. Instead, load your tooth brush with toothpaste, wet it, and then turn the faucet off. Only turn it back on when you need to rinse. You can use a bowl of warm water or partially fill your sink for shaving purposes instead of running the razor under the faucet for the entire time you shave.
    • Replace your old toilets. Low-flow toilets are an ideal replacement for models manufactured in the 90s and earlier. These older models can use up to 20 litres per flush, which is an egregious waste of water in comparison to modern standards.
    • Repair plumbing leaks immediately. At any time you detect any issue with your plumbing, such as a leaky faucet, have your local plumber addressed the issue as soon as possible. Minor issues left unattended can cause high water bills and waste large amounts of water.

    New Canadian Drain & Plumbing can help you save water this summer with more tips and techniques. Call us at (416) 651-2990 to schedule a consultation where we can help you understand what types of plumbing improvements can save more water for your home.

    What's Causing Your Drain Problems?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your home's plumbing is a complex system, and it needs regular maintenance like any other type of system. Your drains are a central component of the system and can be an indicator of problems. Of course, your drains may be the source of issues themselves. This guide explores different causes of drain problems in a home plumbing system.

    Minor Drain Issues and Clogs

    You may notice an occasional odor coming from your drains. Your home's plumbing is designed to prevent sewer gases from traveling backwards up your pipes and out of your drains. Typically, minor odours can result from rotted material in your garbage disposal or grime buildup in your pipes. These can be cleaned by your plumber as a part of regular maintenance. In the event that you do experience any kind of sewer gases coming up your drains, be sure to contact your plumber. It can be indicative of issues just beneath drains, which are allowing these odours to enter your home.

    As a homeowner, it is likely you will experience at least one drain clog in your lifetime. Grime builds up naturally on the insides pipes, especially if oil and grease have been poured down your drains. Hair can also cause clogs in bathroom drains, so include your plumber in some regular maintenance to make sure your drains stay clear.

    Major Problems and Backups

    Larger plumbing problems, such as foreign objects or tree roots in the main sewer line, can cause whole-house backups that are very unpleasant. This is why it is important to have your sewer line inspected, if not annually, at least every couple of years. A backup in your sewer line can even eventually cause a backup in your neighbourhood. Catching any problems early on is the key to avoiding this unfortunate situation.

    Burst or broken pipes constitute an emergency situation that requires the attention of your plumber. Call the emergency line to have your plumber out to your home as soon as possible, and that will avoid much of the damage that can otherwise occur.

    New Canadian Drain & Plumbing can help you keep your home's plumbing in good condition. Call us at (416) 651-2990 or visit our website to learn about our range of residential plumbing repair and maintenance services today.

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