General Plumbing Uncovered

General Plumbing Uncovered

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Plumb it right or plumb it wrong? When it comes to general plumbing, it is a good thing that your plumber knows the difference. Here’s why you might need our expertise for all your plumbing needs.

New homes don’t usually come with plumbing issues, however, if you experience any issues or want to put your mind at ease, hiring a plumbing company to do a home inspection is ideal. These professionals will ensure that all your general plumbing needs are met and that your pipes are working properly. They can also let you know when future maintenance and checks should be done to ensure you don’t have more serious issues in the future.

Any home can and will experience a plumbing issue in its lifetime. This can happen for many reasons namely:

  • Maintenance did not occur or your pipes were not properly maintained
  • Pipes may burst due to weather conditions, pressure build-up, damage, or corrosion
  • A faucet may start to leak or burst
  • Rodents or infestation may not issue in pipes
  • Boilers may overheat or become damaged
  • Water pressure issues may occur after or during pipework or construction
  • Toilets may clog up or stop flushing properly
  • Garbage disposals may become clogged up

Some warning signs indicating that you need work done ASAP include:

  • Your faucet is not working properly
  • Your pipes have burst
  • Your pipes are frozen
  • Your boiler is not working
  • Your water pressure is very low
  • Your toilet is not working
  • Your garbage disposal is not working
  • Foul odors are coming from your pipes
  • You can see rodents or other infestations

Whether you need minor plumbing repairs, replacement services for certain pipes, or a completely new plumbing system, your plumbing problems need to be taken care of ASAP. Not immediately taking care of a plumbing issue can lead to further damage to the plumbing system and home down the line. Fixing damaged pipes and replacing damaged items in a home will be more costly to homeowners than the initial minor repair work.

Plumbing repairs however don’t have to lead to extra stress for you. You need to ensure that you choose a professional plumber that is qualified, licensed, insured, and trusted. Choosing a plumber without the credentials can not just be worrisome for you, but lead to plumbing repairs being incomplete or done poorly. Furthermore, poor or cheap plumbing can lead to added expenses in the future as they are often temporary fixes.

It is not advised that you undertake repairs yourself as this could also lead to further damage. Some things should be left to the professionals. A plumbing company will make your life much easier. Be cautious when choosing a company as this needs to be a reputable company that will be liable for the repair and safety of your home. You need a company that is trusted to provide you with only expert teams that will treat you and your home with the respect you deserve. Plumbers should come with all safety equipment and work under good quality standards. A professional plumbing company will also come with the necessary and expensive equipment needed for repairs, saving you the headache of paying a fortune on DIY equipment.

WaterWorks plumbing and drains services
The important question here is, where do you go when you need an expert plumber? This is where WaterWorks Canada fits in. There are many advantages of using WaterWorks plumbing and drains services. These include:

  • You can depend on WaterWorks Plumbing & Drains for fast, and efficient service for all of your plumbing needs.
  • Michael Yuffa, our Master Plumber, has over 41 years of plumbing and drain plumbing experience under his belt, and there are no plumbing issues that he and his team can’t solve.
  • As a family-run and locally owned business, we here to best serve our community in times of need.
  • Our goal is to worry about your plumbing issues and to come up with the best solution for your personal needs.

Some of our specialties include the following services in which you can get fixed ASAP today:

  • Faucet Repair
  • Burst Pipes
  • Frozen Pipes
  • Repiping
  • Boiler Repairs
  • Low Water Pressure
  • Toilet Issues & Repairs
  • Garbage Disposals & Repairs

Reasons to Choose WaterWorks Plumbing and Drains:

  • We are a small, local, and family-run business that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for over 24 years.
  • We are not a franchised company. The importance of this is that you don’t have to deal with long waits to get your plumbing repairs or replacements done.
  • Our Master Plumber has over 41 years of plumbing and drains experience, guaranteeing you’re getting the most expert touch.
  • no-money-down financing available. We know how unpredictable home repairs can be and we will help you regardless of your current financial situation.
  • Your time is precious and we promise not to waste it. We carry 99% of the parts and fixtures you may need in our trucks so you don’t have to wait days to get good plumbing.
  • We keep the lines of communication open, and we are fully transparent with our customers at all times.
  • We use the finest products on the market
  • We are fully licensed and insured.
  • Upfront, flat-rate pricing is available so you receive no more surprises.
  • Same price during or after business hours, weekday, or weekends. We don’t charge extra for “after-hours” work. Count on us for standard rates no matter when you schedule our service.

When it comes to plumbing, you need emergency services on standby and there is nothing better than our 24 Hour emergency plumbing services in Toronto. We are there for you whenever a water problem develops. We at WaterWorks Plumbing & Drains are available, should something in your water system needs immediate attention.

We know that during COVID-19, people are more cautious about their safety. You don’t want to put your family or yourself at risk and you certainly do not want to spend more money than you have. Our expert plumbers have been in business for 16 years. We are not only certified plumbers available any time you have a plumbing problem, but we follow all safety and COVID-19 protocols. We also do any type of installation in addition to repairs. That means we take care of all your problems at once and provide you with a flat rate and ease of mind in knowing you won’t receive any additional charges. Our 100% guarantee on all work we do is proof of our skillset.

We are proud to serve the greater Toronto area with plumbers who have had years of training and experience in the business. They are not only required to take extensive classroom training but must have on-the-job experience as well. Our emergency plumbers in Toronto are licensed experts who can look at a problem and immediately make the repairs needed. This means that the problem will be quickly solved, saving you both time and money.

If you need to read more about services for specific repairs, read more below:

Faucet Repairs

Faucet repairs can be needed in the bathroom, kitchen, toilet, or even shower. This is easily done by a plumber when a faucet breaks and needs replacement. There are various types of faucets and a good plumber will be able to assess the issue, provide upfront pricing and find a suitable replacement.

Our plumbers perform faucet repair in Toronto on all major makes and models of Moen faucets, Delta faucets, Kohler faucets, Emco faucets, Waltec faucets, Grohe faucets, American Standard faucets, Toto faucets, Crane faucets, and more. All you need to do is mention what it looks like when you call.

Burst Pipes

Pipes burst due to weather conditions or overheating. Burst pipes seem small in comparison to other issues but they can cause major damage and cost to the homeowner and are seen as a plumbing emergency. If you have a burst pipe, you need to take care of it ASAP.

We will not only repair your pipes but we will also help you to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We may upgrade your pipes to copper or stainless steel to prevent that type of incident again. We will even offer you a 20-year warranty on your new pipe and we also give you up front pricing so there is no surprise to you the customer.

Frozen Pipes

Canadian weather can get quite cold and pipes can get quite frozen. When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands enough to put pressure on the pipes and cause them to burst. This happens especially when you’re on vacation.

Winter can be a stressful time for homeowners but frozen pipes are issues that can be prevented and solved before it leads to further damage. We will answer any questions that you have if you have frozen pipes, and help you diagnose any potential plumbing issues before they become major problems.

Frozen Burst Pipe

Piping work may be needed when your plumbing system is not working properly. These can include repiping leaky faucets, overflowing sinks, and clogged drains. The time taken may be longer depending on how much repiping work is needed but if you choose a local company, you wouldn’t have to wait for pipes to be delivered.

There is no job too large or small for our team that we cannot make right. Our technicians are trained to be able to deal with any piping or water-related issue or emergency. We often use a single truck and local equipment and materials so you’ll have repairs and repiping work done almost immediately.

Boiler Repairs

A boiler is known as a central heating system of the home. If there is some problem with a boiler, the entire heating system may explode. When it comes to your family, a boiler failure can be more than just a minor inconvenience. Sometimes a malfunctioning boiler may emit harmful gases so the entire heating system may become dangerous.

We service your boiler regularly to ensure that it will not cause problems to you and your family anytime soon. As with other products on the market, a boiler should come with a manufacturer’s warranty. However, this warranty is subject to the condition that you get your boiler serviced annually. Therefore, this is necessary to avoid paying thousands of dollars for costly boiler repairs.

Low Water Pressure

If you notice your water pressure on your faucet or shower starting to slow down, you may need repairs done immediately. You don’t want to leave it until it completely shuts off or slows to a point that you and your family cannot have access to adequate clean water. Furthermore, you need quick repairs so it’s not an inconvenience for your day-to-day activities.

We have plumbers who specialize in identifying and repairing slow and low water pressure and taking preventative measures so that it doesn’t happen again. This will ensure that you aren’t left in the shower or washing dishes without clean running water.

Toilet Issues & Repairs

A backed-up toilet is not fun. Not only are toilet issues a nuisance but they can also be unsanitary. Whether your toilet is clogged, leaking or wobbly, you need to get this taken care of as a top priority for your general health and well-being.

We are experts at repairing all brands of toilets. Our toilet repair experts know all major brands and have repaired the majority of all brands out there. We also carry valves, floats, and other components for all major toilet brands so your toilet can get repaired on-site and you don’t have to wait for ages to use it!

Garbage Disposals & Repairs

Smelly garbage disposals? It’s probably time to clean or repair your garbage disposal. This shouldn’t be a DIY project as you can cause more damage or perhaps even injure yourself. You should call an expert to unclog and repair any issues. Experts will bring the right equipment needed for the job.

If we determine that your current garbage disposal system can be fixed for cheaper than installing a new one, we will gladly fix it for you with our InSinkerator line of garburators. We have earned a reputation in Toronto as being the experts in garbage disposal repairs and replacements because we offer a high-quality service that you can count on.

As you can see, we handle everything when it comes to general plumbing, but if you need any assistance or have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Drain plumbing

Drain plumbing – 101

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Drain plumbing refers to plumbing that is specifically related to drain usage and drainage. The process of drainage occurs when wastewater is taken away from your property. A trap is the component of the drain system that traps water and prevents gas from coming out of pipes. Sometimes problems occur and these traps can malfunction or get damaged, leading to clogged drains and sinks. As a result of this flooding and hazardous waste occurs. Septic tanks also need to be pumped out every few years to prevent blockages. Drain plumbing solves these issues by taking care of all of your drainage repairs and maintenance to prevent future issues from occurring, keeping you and your home safe. 

So what is a plumbing system anyway?

Most homes have a basic plumbing and drainage system. Suburban and urban residential areas obtain water and have their wastewater drained by their municipality. Modern drain pipes are usually made up of copper, plastics polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). When it comes to wastewater removal of the drainage system, each fixture has a drain line and all of the fixtures connect to a mainline. Vents, in particular, are an important component as they allow water to easily pass through frains. In modern homes, the venting occurs through the roof and is led by rubber and metal sheets. 

There are single drain and multiple drain systems. Public areas such as pools and fountains have multiple drains as this is mandatory for the safety of the public. These are public areas that are more at risk of drain damaged and clogging, hence the need for multiple drain systems for increased protection. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool And Spa Safety Act of 2008 establishes rules for consumer protection concerning pool and spa drains.

However, not every plumber knows drain issues. Not every plumber has the right equipment for drainage issues either. 

People often confuse a drain plumber with a general plumber. A general plumber deals with basic plumbing issues and plumbing services relating particularly to water on a property, These include dripping taps and faucets, internal pipe leaks, basin, and toilet repairs, etc. Not all plumbers work on drains. Plumbing professionals specializing in drain plumbing are often technicians in their field with expertise relating to drain systems. Sometimes general professional plumbers may also have the expertise but lack the equipment necessary for drainage issues. A drain plumber has the equipment, especially for drain blockages. He/she will use special equipment to fix any drainage problems you have. 

You may wonder why this is important for you as a homeowner or someone who is having drainage issues. Well, knowing the difference between these experts and plumbing terms will save you time and money when it comes to dealing with any drain issues you have. You’ll know existing issues and you’ll know the right questions to ask if future issues occur. You won’t risk relying on a plumber who is not specifically trained to handle drainage problems. He/she may cause more damage or not fix the existing damage in the first place. When it comes down to drain issues, you need someone skilled enough to fix and diagnose problems the first time. Good plumbing and drains are essential to your everyday life and good well-being so you want to choose someone reliable and quick.

This is one of the reasons why drain plumbing is so important.

Once you choose a plumber and you realize he cannot solve your drain problems, you may start to panic. Your home might be flooded, your property getting damaged, the smell from the sewage is probably backing up and you are worried about hazardous waste. A clogged drain is often more than just an inconvenience, it’s a major problem that needs immediate attention. You may need to call a company that specifically deals with drain work. These companies will have expert plumbers that are specifically dedicated to drainage issues. A drain company will also have a drain inspection camera to visually diagnose drain issues to solve them fast before waster becomes a major problem for you and your family’s health. 

WaterWorks Canada can solve all your draining issues speedily, including:

  • Slow draining sinks, toilets, or bathtubs
  • Water bubbling up in your basement floor drain
  • Smelly Kitchen or bathroom or laundry areas
  • Corroded Pipes and or leaks
  • Root overgrowth and Earth movement causing water seepage
  • Pipe shifting and settling over the years

WaterWorks Plumbing & Drains comprises Michael Yuffa – a master drain specialist with over 41 years of drain plumbing experience. Not only is he fast and efficient when it comes to drain plumbing, but he can also cost0effectively solve your drain issues. Some of Michaels expertise include:

  • Drain Inspection
  • Drain Repair
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Clogged Drains
  • Hydro-Jetting Drains

WaterWorks is not a franchised company and rather a small, local company that treats customers like family – meaning you’ll get the best service and understanding of your problems. If you have financing issues, there is a money-down financing option available to help you to get going. Time is crucial and you don’t want to wait on large companies to arrange staff and parts. WaterWorks has trucks that carry 99% of the parts and fixtures you may need with communication open throughout the process to keep you updated every step of the way. If you’re worried about the quality or longevity of the products used, you can trust the company as it always stocks the finest drain products and equipment to clear and service your drain. Being fully licensed and insured is a guarantee of this.

WaterWaters has also compiled a handy information guide on drain plumbing to help you learn how everything from drains to toilets works below:

Drain cleaning

Drain cleaning refers to the extraction of blocked or slow-running drains. If the water is your drain stands or if there are unpleasant odors, this is a good indication that you need to get your drains cleaned ASAP. Backed-up drains can eventually lead to leakage in pipes, flooding, and lots of waste issues. It is also both unhygienic and inconvenient as you will have to use another sink, bath, or resort to using another person’s home. WaterWorks Canada has a drain cleaning service that begins with a drain inspection using the latest CCTV camera to pinpoint the exact location of the blockage. Drain cleaning is accomplished with an expert plumbing tool called a “Drain Auger ” or more commonly referred to as a drain snake cleaning can be messy if you don’t use the proper plumber for the job. 

Drain repairs

If you have collapsed or blocked drains, repairs are going to be needed fast before it leads to further damage and costs. You may not need drastic drain repairs but you need to contact an expert to see if you require thorough drain cleaning. Depending on the situation of your home, you need an actual full drain repair. If that’s the case, remedying your home’s low water pressure/flow is a great thing to do at the same time. Remedying your low water pressure at the time of a drain repair is the most cost-effective, and efficient solution for our customers. 

Our plumbing team uses CCTV drain inspection cameras and Cleaning Root cutting snaking technology, to properly assess and locate any problem. If any drain repair is needed then precise excavation will take place to fix the broken or shifted drain.

Clogged drains and sinks

Clogged drains and sinks can be unpredictable and lead to emergency repairs. If there’s a total blockage of the drain, then the sink, toilet, shower, or tub is filled with water and the blockage has to be removed through that and the chances of the homeowner being able to clear it themselves using household remedies diminish and the need for a plumber increases. The more stubborn the blockage, the more likely it is that your plumbing expense is going to be bigger. It is better to avoid a clogged drain altogether to save you time and money in the long term.

Pipe repairs and replacements

If a drain is thoroughly blocked, replacement of parts may be your only solution. At that point, the expense of clearing the drain will depend on the cause. drain pipe where the roots have grown and become entrenched may have to be dug up and replaced altogether. Depending on the situation of your home, the best option might be a basement or underground drain repair. Our experts will do a thorough assessment before deciding on the best solution and if beyond repair, all replacements will be done promptly and with the least cost involved. Our philosophy is not to hard-sell our customers, but to find the most cost-efficient and effective solution. 


Hydro-jet machines use a stream of high-pressure water to blow out any debris, grime, and grease. The result is a drain that is restored to like-new condition. A video camera is used to check the inside of the pipe after this service is complete. This is done to check a pipe for problems and to verify that it is fully clean. Our state-of-the-art technology will ensure your home’s drains and sewer lines are pressured-cleaned and free from grime build-up and tree root debris so they are as good as new.

Drain inspections

We use CCTV Cameras Inspection as a non-invasive method to see where exactly the problem is. Once we’ve detected the location of the drain clog, a professional plumbing tool called a drain auger, or drain snake, is used to safely and easily unclog the drain and return your peace of mind. We specialize in residential drain inspection and drain clearing in Toronto. While others focus on commercial and industrial settings, we take pride in focusing on fixing our customer’s homes and restoring your drains so you can get back to enjoying your home to its fullest.

Bad Odors

Burst pipes can lead to bad odors and this can be hazardous to your health and your loved one’s health. Bad odors indicate a burst pipe or clogged drain. This needs to be taken care of ASAP before it leads to further problems down the line and more smelly odors. When pipes burst, that is an emergency and you want to know that the people you call will get it taken care of quickly and efficiently. We have two goals, get you back up and running quickly and also make sure that you are a happy client. We do both of those things then we have done our job

What to Do If You Need Sewer Repair

We will not only repair your pipes but we will also help you to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We may upgrade your pipes to copper or stainless steel to prevent that type of incident again. We will even offer you a 20-year warranty on your new pipe. We also give you up-front pricing so there is no surprise to you the customer.

Stop now and call WaterWorks Plumbing & Drains at (647) 691-0022 for fast, reliable, and efficient burst pipe repair in Toronto from one of our Toronto plumbers so you can get back to your routine with the least disruption possible.

Sump pump

Everything you need to know about Sewers & Sump Pumps

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Not choosing a quality sump pump can lead to clogging and costly expenses. Sump pumps are essential to ensure that solid waste is easily handled through the sewage system. Whether you are working with sump pumps and sewers or a newbie to sewage systems, we have tips, tricks, and more info about sewers and sump pumps, straight from the experts themselves.

Pumping systems need to be cleaned and tested at least annually to ensure their proper performance. You need to be able to test your system out to make sure that it’s performing optimally. A good plumbing company will diagnose and fix any sewage issues that you may have and take care of your sump pump installation or replacement. 

Sewer line damage is never fun. When blockages occur, health hazards can soon follow. It is therefore important that you keep your sewer line running smoothly for your safety and to reduce costs. There are several types of sewage pumps available for domestic and industrial wastewater and choosing the right type is crucial to preventing clogging and damaging to your system. A professional plumber can help to ensure that you choose the right sewer pump for your particular building, situation, or home. There are signs that point to you needing to repair your sewage or sump pump system. These include:

  • Signs of flooding or water leakage – a leakage from sinks, rainwater, big storms, etc
  • A home or building has soil that traps water easily. 
  • Climates that have frequent rain or snowstorms.
  • Basements that need extra protection – older homes, vintage homes, homes that had previous damage.
  • A faulty sump pump, a sump pump that has not been properly maintained, or one that is about 10 years old – this is usually when replacements are needed. A plumber can help you out here with the tools required to check age and usage. 

Once you detect an issue, you need to know how to choose the right sump pump for your home or building. Some tips include: 

  • Choose a sump pump with a submersible pump if you have lots of space available. A pedestal pump is best if you have a tight space or a smaller basement, or you don’t want to take up a lot of room. Submersible pumps are also quieter if you live in a suburban area.
  • Choose pumps with an airtight lid to stop debris from falling into it and extra moisture to be absorbed.
  • Try to find a cast iron core. These are better than plastic pumps when it comes to heat management. They also last longer than plastic pumps.
  • A no-screen design is best to handle solids. 
  • Look for pumps with an alert system that tells you when water is about to overflow.
  • A mechanical switch will last longer and not burn out the pump.

Both sewage pumps and sump pumps are important when it comes to protecting homes or buildings. It’s important to learn more about your septic systems and parts so that you can properly diagnose issues or prevent damage from occurring. A damaged sewer system line or sanitary sewer system happens with age but leaving repairs for the last minute can lead to flooding, jamming, and even more damage, in the long run, causing you to lose tons of money. 

A good plumber can solve all of your problems and detect any sewage system or drain damage. If the installation is not done properly, you are going to have a mess on your hands. Make sure you get a building permit before the installation or you’ll risk legal issues on your hand. Professionals such as plumbers and handymen who are certified can easily help you with installation and are your best option. A professional will help you to decide what size is best for your particular location and situation. 

The investment in a professional plumbing company will help you to save costs on errors with sizing that could lead to water damage and flooding. It may cost a bit more than if you are undertaking the installation solo, but professionals have the experience and knowledge to thoroughly diagnose wet spots. They will properly install your sump pump to ensure that you will not have water damage for years to come. 

To detect these problems, you need to ensure that you use only a licensed plumber. WaterWorks Canada has one of the longest-running, reliable, and reputable plumbing companies in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you have an emergency, repair or installation inside your home or business, you deserve service from professionals you can rely on to fix problems properly the first time at a fair price. All work is performed by licensed, experienced professionals who put customer satisfaction first. Employees are dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service professionally and courteously. 

If you want to have your basement water free, we have expert basement waterproofing services. This will save you time and money on DIY projects as sump pumps and sewage systems are quite complicated to install or repair. Our professional plumbers have the background and years of experience in dealing with these services and provide water leak detection and sump pump installations. They can help diagnose and fix issues with leaking ceilings. In some cases, they can pick up future sewage issues that could occur and help prevent these issues from leading to damage and costing you a fortune to repair. The competent teams involved also perform regular maintenance to ensure that your systems are up-to-date. The purpose of the maintenance ensures that all pump systems are kept up and running properly and you won’t have any unexpected surprises.

Learning more about sump pumps and sewer systems can help you to help plumbers to diagnose and fix problems in your home. It can be easy to detect problems on your own with the right information and guidance . You can then pass on the harder work to a plumber who can help fix problems in a professional manner. We rounded up some common questions that we are often asked and important answers to these questions below. Be sure to take a look at this information compiled by experts themselves and contact us should you require further assistance to protect your home.

Here are some common questions and information when it comes to your sewage pump and sewer pipe:

Are sewage pumps and sump pumps the same thing?

No. Although sump pumps and sewage pumps are similar, they do not serve the same purpose in a sanitary sewer system. A sump pump is primarily used to get rid of water in buildings with a basement that tend to flood fairly easily. They reduce damage to the property by protecting the plumbing system. 

A sewage pump on the other hand removes water and also waste materials from a building into a septic tank. They are usually found where a bathroom and toilets are present. Both need to be checked regularly and maintained to ensure their longevity, especially if a building is located in an easily flooded area or areas with unpredictable weather. 

Who Needs a Sump Pump?

A sump pump in general will help you to solve all your flooding issues and protect your building from future flooding, however, every home is designed differently and some do not require a sump pump. Whether you should invest in a sump pump depends on your home inspection reports, where your home is located, and how much protection your home requires.

If you have basement plumbing or septic systems in areas that are prone to flooding, a sump pump is needed. Sump pumps will help to break down the waste and prevent flooding issues from occurring – saving you time and money on repairs and protecting your beautiful basement. If you do not have access to a public sewer, you will probably also be needing a sump pump.

How Do I Get a Sump Pump?

Now that you know that you require a sump pump, you probably want to know how to obtain one. Firstly, a sump pump installation requires a building permit and you should obtain this before beginning with your installation. A plumber can probably help you out here if they are certified and licensed to handle sump pump installations. 

A professional is best when it comes to obtaining and installing sump pumps as they know what fits your home best and DIY projects when it comes to sewage systems are likely to end in mistakes being made. If you want to buy a sump pump yourself, you need to ensure that you find the correct pump for your home and budget. 

How Do I Know What Size Sump Pump I Need?

The type of model is usually the same as the sump pump that your home currently has. If you do not know the size, a professional can help you out. The standard size for sump pumps is 30 inches deep x 18 inches – 24 inches across. Standard sump pumps have a capacity of up to 30 gallons. 

The size of the sump pump will also depend on your home size. A smaller basement or basin unit will fill up faster and work harder. A minimum basin size of 7 inches is usually needed. If you have issues determining the size or model needed, you may consider contacting a professional. 

Is Installing a Sump Pump Difficult?

Installing a sump pump can be quite difficult and risky if you plan on doing it yourself. Before installing, you need to ensure that you chose the right sump pump as the right sump pump is crucial to ensuring that your home is kept dry and safe. 

A lot of skill is needed for the proper installation of a sump pump. If you plan on doing it yourself, you are going to need to brush up on your plumbing knowledge and have a lot of time (and patience!) to dedicate to the installation. Ideally, you should replace your sump pump before it fails so you don’t have to risk costly damages from occurring. 

What Is A Sewage Pump?

A sewer pump is a type of pump that is commonly used with basement toilets to transfer sewage (liquids and solids) from one place to another. A sewage pump pumps the sewage up into the sewer lines, sewer, or septic system while the sewage or solids are still intact. It is generally a less expensive system that takes considerably less power than grinder pump systems. 

Sewage pumps have a variety of uses, with the majority of sewage pumps installed at wastewater treatment plants. When toilets and septic systems get clogged, an effective sewage pump is needed. The best types of sewage pumps have reduced wear and tear and can last for years. Pumps should also have a steady flow and good suction power so that solids can pass through easily without clogging up the system. 

How do I know that my sewer is not working?

Here are some warning signs of a sewer system that isn’t working:

  • Blockages – if your system backs up every time you flush the toilet, for example, you probably have a problem. If your drains are constantly getting clogged, this could be another sign of an issue. 
  • Bad odors in pipes – If something smells foul, there could be a leak in your sewer line. 
  • Mold – If you start to see molds spreading to your building, this is a sign of a bad sewer system. Mold is dangerous so you should call a plumber immediately. 
  • Patches of grass or lawn indentations – Sewage acts as a fertilizer so patches of green grass and lawn indentations may indicate an issue. 
  • Unsettled foundation – sewer issues can cause damage to a home’s foundation. 
  • Pests – if you have unwanted pests inside your home such as rats, these probably indicate a gap in your sewer.

My sewer line is damaged, what are my options?

If you find a sewer line is damaged, you need to work fast. Damaged sewer lines can lead to further costs if left for too long. You could also have a hazardous waste situation on your hand that could hurt your health or the health of those around you. A common fix or hack isn’t going to solve a problem and may cause further damage and costs. You are going to need professional help as expert knowledge is needed to take care of sewer issues. A licensed plumber will detect any problems and repair or replace sewer lines and sewer pumps if needed. 

WaterWorks Canada has an expert team to find, diagnose and fix your household leaky pipes and repairs including sewers and sump pumps. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us to fix all your sump pump and sewer issues today!

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Simple Ways to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster

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The toilet supply lines in the couple’s rented home were only about ten years old. Within a year of each other, two of the three lines failed and flooded the floors with water, which found its way down the heating vents to the floors below. Luckily, this couple was home at the time and were able to shut off the water supply before it did too much damage.

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Why You Should Hire a Plumber, Not a Handyman

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If you’re planning on having plumbing work done that requires more than simply changing a faucet or installing a toilet, you should hire a plumber, not a handyman. The reason is that a handyman, while he/she can handle many different types of jobs, like patching a hole in the wall, painting a room or changing a hard-to-reach light bulb, they have no formal plumbing qualifications, licenses or certificates. Indeed, none are needed to be a handyman.

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When to Replace Your Plumbing

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Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and that includes the pipes inside your house. Over the years, they gradually corrode rust and decay. When that happens, you’re going to eventually get leaks, maybe even a flood of water or raw sewage that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and belongings. It’s far better to replace the pipes before a plumbing disaster happens.

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5 Plumbing Projects That Are Actually Fun (And Won’t Be Hidden Behind a Wall!)

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When you think of plumbing projects, “fun” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Usually, these jobs are just a lot of work that will never actually be seen.

But for you crafty folks, there is no shortage of enjoyable projects that use common plumbing supplies to create unique and functional household items.

Here are some of our favorite fun plumbing projects:

Copper Pipe Towel Rack

Fun Plumbing Project

Not only does this unique towel rack look amazing, copper also has natural antimicrobial properties.

Wine Rack Made From PVC Pipe

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Even Martha knows that basic PVC from the hardware store can be spruced up into something amazing, like this sleek wine rack that will slip right inside an existing cabinet.

Pipe Lighting Fixture

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Water and electricity normally don’t mix, but we will make an exception for this stunning light fixture made from plumbing pipes.

Pipe Shelves and Hangers

Fun Plumbing Project 4

Pipes are extremely versatile for making attractive and durable industrial-style shelving. With various lengths and fittings, the options are endless.

PVC Water Shooter

Fun Plumbing Project 5

Why buy dollar store squirt guns that shoot tiny trickles of water when you can make an awesome water shooter using PVC pipe? This is a simple project that little kids – and big kids! – are sure to love.

Have you done any fun plumbing projects?

If you have a not-so-fun plumbing project that needs tackled, don’t hesitate to contact WaterWorks Plumbing and Drains at (647) 691-0022.

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