Monday, 20 July 2015
Water backflow is a serious issue that must be prevented at any and all costs. It is caused by poor cross-connections in the piping of tap/drinking water and plumbing fixtures. Backflow draws dirty water back towards the house and potentially contaminates the drinking water source. If left unchecked, the bacteria in the water can seriously harm those who will drink from it. Common Sources of Backflow Cross-connections are common in many households, including those in York Region. These connections, however, must be properly monitored by licensed plumbers who specialize in backflow prevention. Remember that not all plumbers are allowed to tamper with your cross connections because a single mistake can easily contaminate the entire city’s water system.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Have you noticed yourself having allergic reactions like sore throat, runny nose, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties, and you know outdoor allergies are not the reason? What you have may be an allergic reaction to mold. Molds usually grow due to moisture in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other part of the home where water is present in large amounts. When you have a mold problem at home even without excessive exposure to the elements, the root of the problem may be clogged drainage. Drain clogs are not just inconvenient, they are also unsafe. Water build-up in your drains can cause moisture buildup, which can then attract mold and other organisms. Amongst all the mold types, the most dangerous is toxic black mold, also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum. Toxic black mold is harmful to humans and can cause serious health conditions on someone who is constantly exposed to it.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Is your bathroom floor always wet? Do you smell any strange odors every time you enter your bathroom? In all likelihood, the reason for the smell is stagnant water in your clogged drains. What you need to do is to immediately call up drain cleaning experts in your area and have them de-clog that problematic drain. Other than overwhelming the home with an unpleasant smell, stagnant water can be very dangerous. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stagnant water can become the breeding ground of many insects like mosquitos. After the female mosquito lays her eggs (over a hundred at a time), it only takes 10 days for the larvae to become pupae, and shortly after that they will become fully grown mosquitos. In just a matter of 10 days your bathroom can literally be the hub of an army of disease-carrying mosquitos.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Sump pumps are normally never given a second look, but when your house has a basement, these components will be critical in keeping the water away. This is especially true when the house is in a place with rather frequent occurrences of flooding, as every succeeding flood will drain the pumps’ effectiveness little by little. Writing for BobVila.com, Joe Provey said that installing and maintaining sump pumps can keep your downstairs as dry as you can make it. While Aurora, ON is relatively north of several danger zones in the Greater Toronto Area, changes in weather patterns during the summer can bring in a deluge when you least expect it. When you feel that your existing sump pump is not enough to firmly channel the water away from your house, a trusted plumbing company such as Harris Plumbing is prepared to aid you with a viable solution.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Water is essential in daily life, and almost every consumable item you know of will have water as part of its production process. However, the water you see at several locations is not as crystal clear as you see in the ads due to the presence of certain substances that murk the fluid to a degree. If you’re living in a multi-family apartment complex, for example, the problem of contamination may prove to be complicated, thus requiring an adequate water softening solution. Hardened or soft water is already a big problem for residents of Barrie, ON. Some studies have revealed that the hardness of the water in the southern areas are pegged from eight to 9.5 grains per gallon (GPG) while the northern sectors’ water hardness is estimated at a dangerous 21 GPG. When you consider that such contamination can affect your health in the future, prevent that with the help of a plumber who can hook up your place with a water-softening system, such as a product available from Harris Plumbing.
Drip, drip, drip… those are among the sounds you ought not to hear at home, especially when you know you’ve shut everything down for the day. Unfortunately, a leaking faucet is a common household problem that any homeowner can encounter at any time. Compounding to this fact, About.com Home writer Bob Formisano says that certain faucet designs like a two-handle cartridge faucet may be complicated to fix. These situations require the immediate services of an emergency plumber. Leaky taps and their effects on water consumption can be a serious issue among Canadians. An Environment Canada study of water rates in ten developed countries identified Canada with the cheapest rates at $0.31 per cubic metre (as opposed to Germany’s at $2.16). At the same time, however, leaking water is tagged as a problem for energy wastage, considering that 40% of Ontario’s natural gas consumption is geared towards the processing and pipe delivery of water to utility subscribers.