Do It Yourself Plumbing Tips

As mentioned, we like to provide all our clients with plumbing tips! See below for just a few examples:

Have a Plumbing Plan

Don’t start any do-it-yourself plumbing project without having a plan in place. You need to know beforehand exactly what you are getting yourself into. Know what kind of space you are working with and what lines are which. Getting a clear picture early on will make your plumbing project go a lot smoother!

Don’t Use Drain Clearing Chemicals

The next time you have a clogged drain, avoid the simple solution of dumping drain-clearing chemicals into the pipes. While this method involves the least amount of effort, the chemicals in these liquid cleaners are destructive to your piping. Instead, consider using a little bit of elbow grease with a plunger, snake, or other device designed to clear your clog without chemicals.

Enzyme based pipe cleaners work really well at unclogging your pipes. These cleaners have natural bacteria in them, which turn sludge into liquid form that can be easily removed from your pipes. The best these days are the enzyme cleaners.

Keep Dryer’s Lint Trap Clean

Always remember to keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Search the lint trap to see if there are any tears or holes, this helps to prevent lint from getting into the pipes, which can cause clogs and many other problems.

Check for Blockages

If the water is not going into your dishwasher, the first thing you should do is shut off the water under the sink. Chances are that you have some kind of blockage, and keeping the water turned on could actually create a bigger problem. To fix the blockage, you may need to call a plumber.

Clean Drains Effectively

If you have a water pressure or fill problem throughout the whole house, do not panic. It could be the simplest of solutions. Sometimes the city flushes their systems, breaking up debris and sending it to homes. This requires cleaning drains effectively and strainers in order to resolve the problem.

Brush Your Hair BEFORE Showering

To lessen the amount of hair going into your home plumbing, thoroughly brush hair and use a body brush to remove loose body hair before entering the shower or bath. If it’s been a while since you have shaved your legs or face, use an electric razor to remove the longer hair, before shaving in the sink or shower.

Use the Dishwasher at NIGHT

Run dishwashers and washing machines at night, or during times when people are not using that much water. This will keep water pressure strong for showers and other things, while making sure that dish washing and laundry still takes place in a timely manner. It also preserves energy costs and use.

Use Baking Soda to Clear Drains

To keep your drains moving freely and free from gunk and buildup, pour a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar down each drain once a month. The foaming action helps to push stuck substances through the pipe, while the vinegar neutralizes odors. You can follow this solution with a kettle of boiling water for extra cleaning power.

Plumbing Advice for Residents of Fort McMurray

There are plenty of plumbing companies in Fort McMurray that you can call when you experience a challenge. However, there are times where you can handle these jobs yourself. It is for this reason that we offer plumbing advice to all residents of Fort McMurray! Below are a couple things you must remember.

Use Sprinkler Timers

During the summer, purchase a timer that will restrict the amount of water that your sprinklers give off. Using excess water on your lawn can lead to an increase in your water bill and create plumbing issues down the road. Also, this will help to automate a manual process, saving you time and effort.

Find Slow Leaks

Are you searching for a simple tip to inspect your home for slow leaks in your plumbing system? Simply take a reading on your water meter before bedtime. Upon waking the next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed, you will know that somewhere in your plumbing system you have an undetected, slow leak.

Simple Bathroom Fixes

A leaking bathroom fixture does not necessarily mean that a full replacement or costly visit from the plumber is necessary. Often times, a simple rinse of the individual parts or repair of a rubber seal is all that’s needed to keep your bathroom fixture running properly for years to come.

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How Do You Hire a Plumber?

One question a lot of our clients ask themselves is where they can find a qualified plumber in Fort McMurray. It’s always a good idea to ask friends and family for suggestions. Doing so will help you to identify a good candidate or two, and you can research each. One of the most important things you can do is review their experience and certifications. Be sure to look at their previous project experience and ask about completion timelines.

Check Their Plumbing Experience

There is something else you should absolutely do before hiring a plumber — look at their previous jobs. Good plumbers take pride in the work they do, so they will have photos and references from previous jobs. Please contact us to get this information, and we will be happy to provide it to you. If the plumber you are considering hiring does not have references or photos of previous jobs, then stay away and find another.

Checkout Plumbing Company in Fort McMurray Reviews — It Could Be Your Saving Grace!

Our city isn’t massive, so it’s easy to just ask around about various plumbing companies in Fort McMurray. However, there is an easier way than calling all your friends and family and asking to refer you to the right company. Yes, it’s called Google Reviews!

These days, all business owners are rated and reviewed by their customers online — more specifically, on their Google My Business account. These reviews are managed by Google — and business owners aren’t able to control what is posted about them. So, if they have a good review, that’s a safe sign that they are a good company! So, just a friendly reminder — check references and reviews before you hire a plumber in Fort McMurray. By doing so, you can feel good knowing that you are hiring an experienced plumber who operates their business in a professional manner.

Rest assured, we are professional plumbers who can help you with your plumbing challenges. We are also members of the Fort McMurray Construction Association.

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Frozen Pipes?

Keep the Cold Away—Call Fort McMurray Plumbers!

When you think of winter, you generally think about fun activities like building a snowman with your family — or putting up the Christmas tree! Whatever it is you do in the winter months, rest assured there are many great things happening!

It’s important to note that winter isn’t all about good times and fun activities. In fact, you need to be aware of the dreaded frozen pipes situation! As we all know, winter can often result in plumbing issues if frozen pipes aren’t prevented or taken care of properly. So, what can you do to prevent this from happening to you? Well, it starts by doing some maintenance around your home so you’re prepared for colder weather including:

Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

Don’t underestimate the importance of frozen pipe prevention. If they burst, you can find yourself facing an extremely expensive home disaster. Think of it this way — if even one pipe bursts in your home, and let’s say it’s running at four to eight gallons a minute — well, this can do tens of thousands of dollars in damage (yikes!) So, when do bursts happen? Well, usually when the water cools several degrees below freezing in the pipe, which causes ice to form. This can result in pressure building up in the pipe, which can split the pipe and lead to eventual water damage once the water is thawed inside the pipe.

So, don’t delay — take action today to prevent frozen pipes in your home! And of course, if you do have a problem with frozen pipes, give us a call at 780-809-4524.

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