Posts Tagged ‘bathroom plumbing’

PostHeaderIcon Prevent Clogged Drains Before They Even Happen

I am sure everyone has experienced a plugged toilet or a sink before. And I am sure it came at the most inopportune time. Perhaps you had your relatives come stay with you for the holidays and your kitchen sink backed up. One of the reason we see a lot of these calls is because the increased volume down the drains can reveal or exacerbate a preexisting problem. Taking some precautionary steps can save you the inconvenience of inviting a plumber over to your dinner party. Have your drainage system inspected by a licensed plumber annually and also follow the steps below in order to cut down on potential blockages.

Reasons For Clogged Drains

Carelessness is the number one cause of blockages. Kitchen sinks are very easily clogged. As you can imagine food can build up in the drains and very easily cause a blockage. Be careful what you put down your sink, and if you use the a garburator, make sure to rinse it down with very hot water. Also avoid putting greasy food and oils down the drain. Bathrooms are another place where backups occur. Try to limit anything you flush down the toilet. You would be amazed at what we find sometimes. Try to avoid flushing paper towels, baby wipes and feminine products down the drain. Also limit the amount of toilet paper. Bathroom sinks and showers often get clogged by hair so be mindful of this.
It is easiest to avoid all this by snaking these drains annually. Or if you notice that its draining a little slow have it snaked more often.

Remedies

You can pour certain chemicals down the drain and some will do the trick. However keep in mind that chemicals are harmful to your body, your plumbing system, and the environment. They may be a quick fix, but we never recommend doing that.
One trick that a lot of people use is to pour vinegar down the drain with a healthy amount of baking soda. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. Pouring boiling water down the drain on a regular basis can help to prevent blockages.
Sometimes it is very simple to unclog your kitchen sink, especially if you have a double sink. Simply plug one side of the sink with the drain stop and have someone hold it tight. The take your toilet plunger and plunge the drain as you would a toilet. That will usually do the trick.

Prevent and Protect

Your plumbing system is like a machine. It needs regular maintenance in order to run smoothly. You should have all of your drains snaked at least once a year and periodically have a camera inspection to make sure there is not trouble spots where disaster could be looming. To see more check out our drain cleaning page

We would love to take a look at your system anytime! Call 604-283-2383

PostHeaderIcon Langley Plumbing Tips: How to Install a Toilet

A toilet is a relatively basic piece of bathroom plumbing equipment for a Langley resident to install, but that does not mean that installing it is easy. While the installation itself is not terribly complicated, it is quite important that you get it right, so make sure you have all of the necessary materials, equipment and tools before you begin.

The first thing to remember is that you need to install your toilet in an appropriate place relative to the rest of your bathroom plumbing. Especially if you are installing your toilet along a branch drain, make sure that the sink, shower and any other plumbing fixtures are upstream of the spot where you will be installing the toilet.

You will also need to make sure that you install the toilet an appropriate distance from the wall. You need to be able to get around the toilet, and you also want to leave space so that work can be performed on the unit later. Putting your toilet too close to the wall can cause all kinds of complications in the way the unit functions and there is also a possibility of condensation build-up. For all of these reasons, it is important to make sure you are allowing an adequate amount of space on all sides.

The procedure you will have to follow when installing a toilet will be slightly different depending on whether you are installing it in a new spot or simply replacing an existing unit. When replacing an old toilet, you need to remove everything involved in the previous installation. That means taking the old bolts out of the floor and scraping away any residue to ensure that you have a clean and even surface to begin your installation on.

You should also make sure that you are aware of all applicable local codes before you begin your work. Even if you technically install your toilet correctly, you could run into trouble later on if your installation is not actually up to code. It is also important to remember to level all of your fixtures before you complete the installation process and to make sure you use a dielectric or brass fitting when attaching galvanized steel and copper to each other.  

If you have any questions about this process please call Ashton Service Group at 604-283-2383  or schedule an appointment online and save $ 20.00 on the service call.