Info & Plumbing Tips

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We recommend that a professional plumber be consulted prior to attempting to service fixtures, faucets or other plumbing equipment.

YOUR HOME (GENERAL):

Your home’s plumbing system:

Water enters your home under pressure and is piped to faucets, toilets and appliances. With the help of gravity, it then exits through drains. The drains are connected to air vents (pipes that go through your roof).

  • Do not dispose of grease, fat and similar petroleum products through the plumbing system in your home. These materials tend to accumulate in your pipes which reduce efficiency. Continuous or lage scale disposal of this kind can affect municipal or price sewage disposal systems.
  • Know where your water main shutoff is located. Many homeowners do not know the location of the main water shutoff valve. Should a pipe or water heater leak occur, turning this valve off promptly will save a great deal in repair costs. Ensure that all members of your household are also aware of it’s location and action to take in case of a leak.
  • Before attempting to clear a blocked drain, turn the water off at it’s supply source.

Bathroom

  • It is important to monitor the caulking seal on a monthly basis. If this seal becomes damaged it can fail and result in severe water damage to your home.
  • Check the grout between the ceramic tiles on a regular basis. Inspect carefully and look for signs of cracks in the grout. These should be repaired immediately.
  • Should re-caulking be required around your bathtub, ensure that the tub has been filled prior to applying the caulking. Apply the caulking, let set for several hours and then drain the tub.

Kitchen

  • Sink odour can occur from a build up of food debris in your garbage disposal. To eliminate these odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal and run for about 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water.
  • Common kitchen plumbing problem is a clogged sink drain trap. This is due to the fact that the trap works by gravity (they hold water in them to prevent sewer gases from coming up into the house). This gravity however, also works to hold and accumulations or grease, soap and hair that can clog your sink. The trap can be cleaned out easily by removing it and dumping out the debris (put a bucket under the sink first).

Miscellaneous

  • Water Heater Maintenance; Once every six months, drain the sediment that can accumulate in the bottom of the water heater which causes it to become less efficient. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater and drain a small amount (20 litres or so) into a bucket until the water runs clear. This will keep your water heater operating at peak efficiency and may save you fuel bills.

YOUR HOME (FIXTURES):

General

  • To protect the smooth, glossy surfaces on your plumbing fixtures, avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners and soap pads. These wear down fixtures and cause the finish to become dull and porous. Most household cleaners are slightly abrasive but if they are used in moderation with plenty of water, they should be harmless. Note that steel pads and stronger, industrial cleansers can and will do irreparable damage.

Faucets

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.
  • On a monthly basis, remove the filter at the end of the faucet and rinse it thoroughly. This will remove and small particles, debris or small minerals that may collect over time.
  • Leaks may occur when seals in the faucet are dirty or worn. While you may choose to replace worn parts, replacing your old faucet with a new one can upgrade the look of your kitchen, bathroom or tub/shower d&ecute;cor and enable you to avoid further repair problems.

Toilets

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.
  • Replacing a toilet tank handle can, but need not be a frustrating exercise. It is important to note that the nut on the inside of the tank is usually threaded in the reverse way to how one normally removes nuts. To unscrew the nut, turn it clockwise.
  • What may seem to be a toilet leaking may actually be a condensation issue. Condensation problems can be solved by improved ventilation when bathing or showering. (To check if the toilet is leaking, put some food colouring in the tank and bowl).

Bidets

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.

Sinks

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.
  • Acrylic: Powders or abrasive cleansers should not be used to clean an acrylic sink as they may scratch and dull the surface.
  • Acrylic: Stubborn stains, paint or tar can be removed with turpentine or paint thinner. Clean up with a liquid detergent.
  • Acrylic: Plaster can be removed by scraping with a wooden or plastic edge. Be careful not to use metal scrapers, wire brushes or other metal tools in your acrylic sink.
  • To unblock a blocked sink, cover the overflow holes with a damp cloth, this aids by increasing pressure.

Tubs

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.
  • Acrylic: Powders or abrasive cleansers should not be used to clean an acrylic tub as they may scratch and dull the surface.
  • Acrylic: Stubborn stains, paint or tar can be removed with turpentine or paint thinner. Clean up with a liquid detergent.
  • Acrylic: Plaster can be removed by scraping with a wooden or plastic edge. Be careful not to use metal scrapers, wire brushes or other metal tools in your acrylic sink.

Showers

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.

Accessories

  • Always clean using a sponge or soft cloth.