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Drain clogs

Drain clogsDrain clogs are a pain, but sometimes unclogging them can be an even bigger pain. There are a number of ways that a drain can be unclogged, but most of them involve chemical compounds that can eat away at your pipes. And what happens when those chemical compounds make their way into your sewer system? They certainly aren’t environmentally friendly.

Unfortunately, since even bleach (which can clear out mildly clogged drains) can be toxic, the search for liquid-based nontoxic drain cleaners doesn’t end well. The only truly nontoxic ways to unclog a drain involve a little manual labor:

Use a Handheld Snake

These are what the professionals use to unclog drains. These hose-like devices reach into your drain to manually break apart any clogs. The downside to this is that you must partially disassemble sink somewhat in order for the snake to reach the clogged part of your pipes and drain. While a handheld snake can be rented at most home improvement stores, you might be better off having a professional handle it.


Believe it or not, a toilet plunger will work on clogged drains as well. However, you must plug overflow hole for this method to work. Otherwise the suction between the plunger your drain won’t occur, and the clog won’t budge. On a good note, this is a method that even a non-experienced homeowner can try before moving on to some of the more complicated methods or calling in a professional.

Drainjet Hydraulic Drain Flusher

These are the “power tools” of the drain-clogging world. A hydraulic drain flusher uses fast moving jets of water to clear out your drain and pipes. They will take care of even the most stubborn clogs. You can rent a hydraulic drain flusher from most home improvement stores, but might be better off having a professional come in to do the job.


Top 7 Tips to Conserve Water!

Everywhere you turn, things are costing more! Here are the top 7 Tips Perfection Plumbing recommends so that you can conserve water, save money on your utility bill and Help Saskatoon become a greener city!

1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. The typical person can save up to 4 gallons per minute, and a family of four can save 200 gallons a week just with this one simple tip.

2. Install low flow showerheads. Take the bucket test. If your showerhead can fill a one gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, its time to replace your showerhead.

3. Don’t run your washer or dishwasher every day; only run them when they are full.

4. When running your washer, match the water level to the size of the load. Not every load has to be run at full capacity.

5. Reuse your shower towel. Even reusing it once can cut your laundry requirements in half.

6. Instead of running your tap water for cold water, consider filling pitchers and jugs, and placing them in your refrigerator. A cold drink will be easier – and more efficient – to get to.

7. Install a hot water re-circulation system. You can instantly have hot water whenever you choose, and save thousands of gallons of water per year.


Plumbing Directory Canada.

Plumbing Directory Canada

Why use Plumbing Directory to promote your website?
Plumbing Directory Canada.

Great, you have created a website for your plumbing company.

How to get visitors aka. potential client to you website?

It is well known that web site promotion is vital for website success. Basically your victory comes down to two simple steps:

  • Creating professional and interesting content.

Try to use as many key words as possible. For example: Plumbing Toronto, Professional Plumbers in Toronto, Plumbing experts, Plumbing Directory Canada etc…

  •  Building inbound links to your plumbing website

That is where plumbing directories come handy. There are two types of directories – article directories and business directories.

Plumbing Directory aka Business Directory

You should choosing theme directories that link to your web site. In plumbing business, you will get the best value from Canadian Plumbing Directories. It is very important that the directory provides link to your plumbing company. Many directories provide free business listings, however link to your website comes with a fee, and it is very well worth it. Some Canadian Directories provide free links, however you will have to link back to Directories.

Plumbing Article Directories

Plumbing Article directories are online databases that contain articles, opinion pieces, and DIY tips on a wide variety of subjects. Very often you can submit your article free or with a small fee to the Directory. Your plumbing company can take advantage of article directories to promote your website. It is very important that your plumbing article in the Directory links back to your website.

Your Plumbing Company is on its way to success!

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Emergency Plumbing Problems

Emergency plumbing

Emergency plumbing problems could be leaking pipes, floods, or blocked drains. It is always a good idea trying to prevent rather then cure plumbing problems. Emergency plumbing problems could result in expensive and extensive repairs.

The common plumbing emergencies:

  • Leaking pipes
  • Blocked or damaged water pipes
  • Burst water pipes
  • Blocked drains

If you have emergency plumbing problems you must call licensed plumber in your area immediately to avoid extra cost that could be caused by plumbing problems. Most plumbing companies offer emergency 24 hour plumbing services.

Toronto Plumbing articles.


Master Bath Remodeling

Master bath is all about luxury, no material is too luxurious for your private gate away. So where to start with the custom design for your private getaway? Visit to decorator show houses, kitchen and bath showrooms and plumbing showrooms is a great and enjoyable way to start the project and get fabulous ideas.

A very popular trend in recent years is custom showers including overhead showerheads, wall-mounted showerheads, hand-held showerheads, shower tiles, rain bars, body sprays and steam showers. Other recent trends include – fireplace, flat screen TVs, long and slick tiles. Yes trends do exist, however your master bath should have your personal style. It is a good idea to hire a professional designer. Designer could give you unique ideas for layout and exclusive decor thoughts, based on your preferences.

If you are on the budget, but still wish to have a perfect master bath. You have an option to buy materials from independent supplies. You should consult and higher a professional plumber, who will do installation for you. Professional plumber can analyze the size of the space, give you advice on which bath or shower to purchase. He can show you where you can relocate you bath tap or toilet.

Consult your plumber regarding: Floor plan, Shower or Bath or both, Glass shower, Steam Shower, Number of Sinks … (your imagination and budget)

Expert Plumbing – Toronto Bath Remodeling articles.


Basement waterproofing in Toronto


The basement is a perfect spot in your house for additional finished space, but only if the basement is dry. However if your basement is wet it turns into a wasted space, or even into a source of moisture and mold. Moister can damage health of your house and family.

The key source of basement problems is aqueous vapor. As the foundation walls get enclosed by wood, when finishing the basement, aqueous vapor turns into a real issue. Thus, your perfect family space – finished basement might hide major mold problems, even if foundation of your house is dry.


Top Plumbing Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Top Plumbing Tips to Prevent Frozen PipesBurst pipes can be a disaster. And you won’t just need a plumber, either.  While the plumber will replace the pipe—and should ensure it doesn’t happen again—even a small crack can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home each day, destroying possessions, causing structural damage and creating the kinds of conditions that dangerous molds love.

First a little physics: Why do pipes burst?

Water expands when it freezes. Think of ice cubes—when you first put the tray in the freezer, the water is neatly contained in its little compartments. If the tray is filled a little too full, however, when you go to add a cube to your drink, you’ll find they’re all frozen together. At some point the water in each compartment expanded, overflowed and fused with its buddy in the next compartment over.

The same principle is at work when pipes burst.

Interestingly, though, it’s not usually the outward pressure of expanding water on the pipe walls that causes the pipe to burst. Here’s why. When a pipe is completely blocked by ice, water gets trapped between the ice dam at one end and the closed faucet at the other. As water expands further down the pipe and freezes, pressure builds up between the blockage and the tap…and the pipe will burst at its weakest point.

Think prevention: Winterize your plumbing

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…and in the case of frozen and burst pipes, a little prevention will save you whack of cash and some huge headaches, too.

Here are four tips worth taking as winter gets closer.

  1. Wrap up to stay warm. Check that any pipes close to the exterior walls or floors in a basement or crawlspace are properly insulated. Insulation value increases with the thickness of insulation you use, so don’t be afraid to wrap to the max. Not sure if you’ve got enough insulation? Call a plumber to do a quick assessment.
  2. Keep the heat in…and the cold out. Seal up any air leaks near your interior pipes to make sure they aren’t being exposed to freezing outdoor air. Cover any nearby outside vents that could let cold air. Don’t forget to check that there aren’t any gaps or cracks where the pipes enter your house, too.
  3. Turn off the taps. Outdoor water taps are a recipe for pipe disaster if the pipe running between the tap and the interior pipe freezes and bursts. Turn off the exterior water source…and don’t forget to turn on the taps to drain all remaining water.
  4. Keep the heat on. If your furnace quits, your basement pipes won’t stay warm for long. Invest in a little proactive heating maintenance to keep your water flowing well all winter. Even if your furnace is functioning properly, if your thermostat is turned down too low or you’ve closed all the vents in your basement, it may not be warm enough to keep pipes from freezing.

Plumber’s wisdom: How to fix a frozen pipe

Sometimes our best efforts at prevention aren’t successful. Or an early cold snap catches us unawares. If you turn on your tap and nothing comes out—and this is problem your neighbours aren’t also experiencing—here’s what you should do.

  1. Stay calm. Just because your pipe is frozen doesn’t mean it has—or will—burst.  
  2. Turn off your main water valve. This is absolutely necessary if you know your water pipe has burst, as it’s the only way to stop the flow of good ol’ H2O. But it’s a good precaution if your pipe is frozen, just in case there’s a small crack you’re unaware of because the water is frozen.
  3. Try to locate the frozen section. This will be a part of the pipe that is noticeably colder than the rest…and there may be more than one if you have multiple blockages.
  4. Turn on the cold water tap closest to the frozen section of pipe. This will let the water escape safely down the drain when it melts.
  5. Warm the pipe. A hairdryer is best—unless the pipe has burst and there’s been a flood, in which case you should never operate electrical devices in the area.  Start near the closest tap and work your way towards the frozen sections. Never use an open flame to thaw a pipe—it’s a fire hazard and could harm your pipes.
  6. Inspect the pipe for cracks. You’ll want to know you won’t cause a flood when you turn your main water valve back on.
  7. Fix the problem. Call in a reputable professional plumber to assess the situation and make recommendations. 

Plumbing in a digital world: How Tablets will Change the Industry

The landscape of the plumbing business has changed dramatically over the past five years. We have gone from phone books to iPhones in an instant. At the forefront of embracing new technology into their business is Rooter-Man Plumbers.


Over the course of the last five years the paradigm of communication has shifted immeasurably. The shift from landlines to cell phones seemed like an eternity, but the change from cellphones to iPhones, Smart Phones and Androids occurred in an instant. The new toy-of-the-moment is tablets, and over the course of the next couple years they will stabilize and become the “norm” in an ever-changing business.

Every major player in the tech world- from HP to Sony – has developed a tablet to compete with the almighty iPad tablet. The invent of the tablet has blown up the notion of the iPhone and compacted the convenience of the laptop to create a mobile web-surfing device that is a game-changer in the plumbing business.

Technology has changed the way we, as a plumbing business, communicate with customers and our plumbing technicians in the field. As recently as 2008, the Yellow Pages ruled the plumbing business and it was the only method by which customers found plumbing companies. In 20011, we find an industry that has gone completely online. As a plumbing company, Rooter-Man has a roster of technicians that all use iPhones to communicate with head offices and receive calls that are dispatched via text and e-mail…no paper required.


iPhones and Android Smart Phones have altered the way customers reach their local plumbing company. Users simply “Google” (as the verb is now known) the company name and click on a phone number without even leaving the browser. As amazing as iPhones and Androids are, but they do have a “shelf life”. The invent of tablets is taking the world by storm, and tablets are quickly prevailing as the more practical method of Internet searching eclipsing desktops and laptops


Even plumbing technicians in the field have been impacted by the technological innovations of the last few years. Before 2008, “MiKE Phones” were the industry-standard; awkward and cumbersome, they were how plumbing offices communicated with their plumbers in the field. That has all changed thanks to the invention of the iPhone / Smart Phones. At Rooter-Man, our technicians now carry all of their information on their iPhones — everything from service calendars to incoming call information is housed in their iPhones.


Tablets are definitely the way of the future in the plumbing business. They are link users to companies instantly and you can connect with a company without even leaving the browser page. Furthermore, they make the web search process easier for everyone, allowing everyone access to the same content regardless of what device they are using. Tablets such as the Kindle Fire and BlackBerry Playbooks are small enough for a lady to carry in her purse or a man to carry in his briefcase, and they can use them anywhere and connect with a variance of companies with great ease. But what tablets have greatly improved upon is the web-surfing experience. No more small screens or prolonged upload times; tablets have put your laptop in the palm of your hand. By 2013, we will be a tablet-based society.

Furthermore, powerful advances like credit card processing by Square will allow plumbing technicians to accept payment on-site via their tablet (or iPhone).

Plumbing companies are now plumbing in a digital world. The industry has changed forever and plumbing companies like Rooter-Man Plumbers are at the forefront of adopting technological innovation into their day-to-day business.


Save Water

The average Canadian household is among the biggest consumers of water in the world.

We use, on average, 333 litres per person per day. That’s about twice as much as people in France or the United Kingdom!

A significant percentage of that consumption comes from wasted water.

By reducing or even eliminating wasting of water, we can save money and help our environment. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

Here are a few tips on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly.

  1. Check all toilets and faucets in your home.
    A leaking faucet is easy to see, but a toilet leak can be detected by adding a colouring agent to the water tank (i.e. instant coffee). If after 10-15 minutes the water in the bowl changes colour, then you have a leak.
    Statistics says, that up to 7% of water consumption comes from leaking faucets and toilets.
  2. Replace old toilets.
    Old toilets use up to 20 litres of water per flush. A new generation toilet uses only 6 litres.
    This makes a big difference. On top of helping conserve water, you can also get some cash back for your upgrade. Most municipalities offer a refund of up to $80 for upgrading your toilet.
    An additional benefit of a low volume flush toilet is no overflow. The bowl capacity exceeds 6 litres, so your toilet will not overflow, if it ever clogs.
  3. Replace shower head with a water saving model. It can reduce up to 40% of water usage.
  4. Collect rainwater in barrels.
    Install water barrels on downspouts to collect rainwater for outdoor use. This significantly cuts your need to use the municipal water to sustain your garden. You can find many designs of barrels that will compliment your backyard.

The average household wastes up to 16 000 gallons of water per year waiting for hot water!
If you are waiting for hot water from your faucet more than 20 sec, then you should think about installing an “Instant Hot Water System”. No extra piping required.

Expert Plumbing – Toronto Drain and Plumbing articles.


Winter Plumbing

Winter plumbing

Winter could be harsh on plumbing system and could cause extensive plumbing repairs. Preventive actions could protect your plumbing system and avoid unnecessary plumbing problems and expenses.

Avoiding plumbing problems could be done with common Must Have Plumbing Tools. The most common winter plumbing problems:

Kitchen Sink – The Outside Wall:

To prevent this common plumbing problem you need to put portable heater under kitchen sink during extremely cold weather. Also you might want to improve pipes insulation.

Frozen pipes: learn more Frozen Pipes

Outside plumbing:

You will need to shut down the water supply and to drain the water from the basins or tanks. After you will need to remove the p-trap from the fixture and drain the water from it. Once it is done you can add a non toxic anti-freeze.

Toronto Plumbing articles.