Do you have questions about our services or plumbing in general? You're not alone! Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.

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Backwater Values

What is a backwater valve?

A backwater valve is a device installed on your homes sewage line, where it connects to your municipal sewage system. It has a flap that allows waste water to flow away from your home, but prevents it from flowing back into your home.

Backwater Values

How does a backwater valve work?

If your municipal sewer system encounters problems waste water and sewage could back flow into your home. A backwater valve has a flap that lays on the bottom of the backwater device. As waste water flows towards your home it raises the flap, stopping the waste water from enter your home.

Backwater Values

Why do I need a backwater valve?

Backwater valves can prevent damage to your home and serious health risks. If waste water and sewage back up into your home it could damage your floors, walls and personal belongings, it could also cause health risks for any occupants of the home. A backwater valve is a smart investment.

Backwater Values

Do backwater valves need to be maintained?

Yes. You should inspect your backwater valve at least once per year. Over time sediment can build up and prevent a backwater valve from functioning properly. If you need help maintaining your backwater valve, contact your local plumber.

Hot Water Tanks

Which is a better option - hot water tank or tankless hot water heater?

Hot water tanks and tankless hot water heaters each have their advantages and disadvantages. The type you decide to invest in will depend on numerous factors. Two of the bigger factors that you will need to consider are cost and space.

Hot water tanks generally cost less to purchase and install, however they take up much more room. Tankless hot water heaters on the other hand, generally cost more to purchase and install, but do not require much space as they are wall mounted.

If you are not sure which type of hot water heating system is right for your home or business, contact a local plumber. They will be able to help you determine the right hot water heater for your situation.

Hot Water Tanks

Do hot water tanks require maintenance?

Like most appliances, hot water tanks require periodic maintenance in order to maximize energy-efficiency and the lifespan of the unit.

Depending on the type of hot water tank you have, it is generally a good idea to have your hot water tank professionally serviced once a year. Refer to your hot water tank's instruction manual for maintenance requirements and recommendations.

Hot Water Tanks

Can I flush my hot water tank myself?

Flushing, or draining your hot water tank, is a maintenance task most home owner can perform themselves. It's a good idea to flush your hot water tank at least once a year. This can help extend the lifespan of the unit and help maintain maximum engery-efficiency

Refer to your hot water tank's owner's manual for instructions on how to flush your hot water tank. If you are unsure how to do it, contact a local licensed plumber.

Hot Water Tanks

How often does a hot water tank need to be serviced?

Hot water tanks are often out of sight and out of mind. But like other appliances, they do require maintenance from time to time.

As a general rule, you should service your hot water tank once per year. While you might be able to perform some repairs yourself, you should always contact a licensed plumber if you have any questions or concerns.

Hot Water Tanks

Can I install my own hot water tank?

Depending on where you live in Canada, you may be able to install certain types of hot water tanks yourself - but that doesn't mean it's a smart idea.

In most areas, a licensed professional will be required to hook up the power source - typically gas or electric.

If you have questions about installing your own hot water tank, you should contact your local municipality and/or a local plumber.

Clogged Drains

Do home remedies work for unclogging a drain?

From boiling water, bleach, and vinegar, there are no shortages of home remedies for unclogging drains. While some may be harmless or ineffective, some could even make your problems worse.

Before trying a homemade concoction to unclog your drain, it's a good idea to consult with your local plumber first. You don't want to create more problems than nessecary.

Clogged Drains

What is the best liquid to unclog a drain?

Visit your local hardware store and you'll find numerous liquid drain cleaning options. A few of the more popular brands include: Drano, Liquid Plumber, and Bio-Clean. A quick search on Google can help you find the best liquid drain cleaner for your situation.

Clogged Drains

Do liquid drain cleaners work?

Liquid drain cleaners can come in handy for minor clogs. But, depending on the severity of the clog, they may not remove all the material causing the clog. If your clog is causing water to drain slower than usual, a liquid cleaner can help. If your drain is severely clogged, your best option is to call a plumber.

Clogged Drains

Are liquid drain cleaners bad for your plumbing?

In short, the leading brands of liquid drain cleaners will not harm your plumbing system. However, be cautious as liquid drain cleaners are very caustic and can burn your skin and/or eyes. Be sure to follow the directions of any liquid drain cleaner you use, and notify your plumber before they perform any repairs.

Clogged Drains

Can I unclog my drain myself?

Depending on the severity of the clog you may be able to unclog your drain without having to call a plumber.

You'll find numerous drain cleaning options at your local hardware store. From liquid drain cleaners, to plungers and drain augers. Some are inexpensive while others rival the cost of hiring a plumber.

In any case, make sure you are comfortable in your decision to unclog your drain yourself. You don't want to make your situation worse. If you have questions or are uncertain as to what you should do, consult a local plumber first.

Well Pump installation & Repair

What type of well do I have?

A dug/bored well is approximately 48 inches in diameter with a concrete lid on top, usually no more than 30 feet in depth.

A drilled well is typically 8 inches in diameter with a metal casing pipe and metal cap a few inches above the ground. A drilled well can go more than 250 feet in depth.

Well Pump installation & Repair

What is a submersible well pump?

Submersible well pumps are the most common type of well pump. They are installed inside the well and pump water into your home as it is needed.

Well Pump installation & Repair

What is a jet well pump?

Jet pumps are used to draw water from a ground water source into a home. Jet pumps are located in the home, generally in the basement. There are two types of jet pumps - shallow and deep - and are used with a pressure tank. Shallow pumps use a single pipe to to draw water from up to 25 feet, while deep pumps use a two pipe system and can draw water from between 25 and 90 feet.

Well Pump installation & Repair

How long does a well pump last?

While there are various factors that will determine the lifespan of a well pump, a typical submersible well pump will last for approximately 10 years. However, if your well pump only gets moderate use, it could last 15 years.

Well Pump installation & Repair

What is a well pump?

Unlike municipal water systems that provide water to local residence and businesses, rural homeowners need to supply their own water. A well pump is used to pump water from a ground water source into the home.

There are various types of well pumps but submersible well pumps are most common in Durham Region.

Backflow Prevention

What is backflow and why is backflow prevention important

Backflow is the undesired reversal of water flow from a building back into the drinking water system that is caused by either back siphonage or back pressure.

Municipalities throughout Canada have implemented back flow prevention programs to help eliminate contaminated drinking water that can cause human health implications and safety issues.

Backflow Prevention

Can I install my own backflow device?

In order to install a backwater device in Durham Region, the installer needs be a person certified by the Ontario Water Works Association, or other governing body as approved by Durham Region.

Backflow Prevention

Are there different types of backflow prevention devices?

There are two types of backflow prevention devices for premise isolation:

Reduced Pressure Pricipal Assembly (RP) devices - these are used for any type of cross-connection or potential cross-connection involving water that has additives or substances, that, under any concentration, can create a danger to health.

Double Check Valve Assembly (DCVA) devices - used on connections that have a low probability of becoming a high or severe hazard.