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Posted Dec 28th, 2017

Frozen Water Pipes

Beware of unexpected cold snap or deep freeze. Frozen pipes may occur during these very extreme cold weather conditions.

If the pipe bursts, it could cause substantial damage to your home.

Some Possible Risky Pipe Locations:

  • ·        In an outside wall.
  • ·        Under a sink on an outside wall.
  • ·        In an unheated crawl space.

Here are some suggested measures to take to try to avoid issues of frozen pipes during extreme cold weather.

1.      Allowing a small trickle of hot and cold water from your faucets to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of water is a small price to pay to avoid possible frozen & burst pipes during these very extreme cold temperatures.  (and/or)

2.      Shut water off at the main water shut off near meter and open up faucets in the basement first and then open all the other faucets /taps (bathroom sink, bath and shower) in the house to drain the entire plumbing system (if you have an independent water heater and you have drained all the plumbing lines, it is suggested to turn the power off to the water heater to avoid damage to it).

3.      Crank up the heat in the house.  Incandescent lighting also helps heat the house. A space heater or blow dryer strategically placed and supervised can help the thawing process along.  If you have not drained the system and turned water off at the main, be prepared to run to the main water shut off and turn off water if you notice that the pipe has burst once it thaws.

4.      HOWEVER BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ARE ON A COMBI SYSTEM, (WHERE THE WATER HEATER IS THE SOURCE OF HEAT FOR THE CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM), IF YOU SHUT OFF THE WATER AT THE MAIN YOU WILL LOSE THE CENTRAL HEAT IN YOUR HOUSE.

5.      Advise the office or technician when calling in if you have PVC piping because the thaw machine does not work on it.

The success of this is not guaranteed but it helps. Call a professional plumber to take care of the situation (Hoerner Heating & Plumbing - 416 463 2573).

 

You can also go to www.hoerner.ca for additional information about frozen pipes.

 

Posted October 2016

How to prevent Clogs in Pipes

Tip 1: When cleaning up after dinner, run hot water through the drain to prevent grease buildup and hard water deposits. Once every few days, to really prevent buildup in your pipes, first put in a half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then wash it through with boiling hot water.

Tip 2: Check your bathtub stoppers every three months for hair and buildup of biofilm (a mixture of bacteria, food particles, soap residue, and body oils that hardens as layers begin to build up and lead to a clogged drain) and see if the stopper needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Once a week, fill the bathtub half way to three-fourths full (while the stopper is in the drain) and then pull out the stopper. The weight and volume of the water will fill the pipe and will flush the drain line.

Tip 3: Have your home plumbing system regularly inspected for maintenance. As a preventative measure, once every six months, or once a year, hire a plumber or plumbing technician to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildups that can lead to a clog. For major connections as main pipe to the sewer system, have periodic inspections. Small roots that penetrate a drain pipe can be cleaned up before it turns into a big problem. If regular inspections are not performed by a plumber, the roots can become entrenched in the drain pipe and will have to be replaced altogether. 

Tip 4:  Special clog prevention for kitchen sinks include: remove all kitchen waste from sink; do not pour coffee grinds down the sink; do not pour grease down the sink; and catch all food from falling down the sink.

Tip 5: Most plumbers will tell you to avoid using chemical-based cleaners as clog prevention on a regular basis as they can corrode metal pipes after awhile. A natural cleaner is an enzyme/bacteria based cleaner. Once poured down a drain, it creates colonies of good bacteria that destroy bad bacteria that cause clogs in your drains. Use natural-based cleaners at night, just before every one goes to sleep – large amounts of water used after the cleaner can get rid of the good bacteria before it has had time to work.

 

 

Posted Dec 2016

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Tip: Is your gas bill very high? Your old boiler may be on its way out.  On average a mid efficiency boiler will only last 15 years. Upgrade to one of our high efficiency models and enjoy your fuel cost savings. The new high-efficiency boilers are wall-mounted which allows for more clearance and space in your basement. Mid efficiency boilers need to be serviced every year. We recommend that the high-efficiency boilers are maintained every other year for best results. Have Hoerner Heating & Plumbing install a high-efficiency boiler and enjoy having more space better heat and more money in your pocket!

It’s time for a Boiler Inspection - start thinking about a boiler inspection now! see our recommended radiator and boiler cleaning schedule.

 

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Posted March 2016

Tree Roots in Sewer Lines are a Nuisance this Spring

Tree roots in sewer line damage can be a nuisance. Tree roots often cause severe damage to sewer and waste-water pipes buried underground. Roots grow into pipes.

Symptoms of Roots in Drains

The first sign of roots in pipes is usually diminished water flow. If you have tree roots in sewers, you will note slow flushing toilets in basement or the water level may be higher than usuall in the floor drain which may or may not  cause pooling around the floor drain this symptom is typically accompanied with a smell of sewer gases. It could lead to sewer backups and worse.

We are also offering $35 off any camera inspection expiry May 31, 2016

If camera inspection shows infiltration of tree roots and clay pipes still exist. We recommend replacement of clay pipes with plastic (pvc) piping to prevent infiltration of roots.

It is very important to keep your sewer lateral structurally sound. Any cracks or loose connections in the pipework can allow roots to penetrate causing a restriction of flow and eventual back-up. You may wish to hire an experienced local Toronto plumber like Hoerner Heating & Plumbing to send a special video camera into your sewer lateral to check the inside and see if any repairs are needed. 

 

Read more on Tree Roots in Sewer LinesTree Roots in Drains and Tree Roots in Sewer Lines and Digs 

 

Posted March 1, 2016

Tips That May Help Prevent Water Pipes Freezing this March Break

- Attention all march break vacation travellers/homeowners! Some homeowners had experienced extended power outages last year in March and extreme weather conditions …Possibly a new Normal. You may want to consider these steps that may assist in preventing water pipes from freezing and other heating and plumbing component failures. Read MoreRead our articles on: Tips for Winterizing your Home this March BreakFrozen Pipe FAQs, how to prevent Frozen pipes and Frozen Pipes what to Do7 Suggestions - reducing liabilities in the home while you are on vacationPreventing Water Pipes from Freezing

 

- Beware of unexpected cold snap or deep freeze. Frozen pipes may occur during these very extreme cold weather conditions. Read more about our 5 tips for preventing Frozen Water Pipes.

Posted Feb, 15 2016

 

 

Posted October 31, 2015

How to prevent Clogs in Pipes

Tip 1: When cleaning up after dinner, run hot water through the drain to prevent grease buildup and hard water deposits. Once every few days, to really prevent buildup in your pipes, first put in a half cup of baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then wash it through with boiling hot water.

Tip 2: Check your bathtub stoppers every three months for hair and buildup of biofilm (a mixture of bacteria, food particles, soap residue, and body oils that hardens as layers begin to build up and lead to a clogged drain) and see if the stopper needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Once a week, fill the bathtub half way to three-fourths full (while the stopper is in the drain) and then pull out the stopper. The weight and volume of the water will fill the pipe and will flush the drain line.

Tip 3: Have your home plumbing system regularly inspected for maintenance. As a preventative measure, once every six months, or once a year, hire a plumber or plumbing technician to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildups that can lead to a clog. For major connections as main pipe to the sewer system, have periodic inspections. Small roots that penetrate a drain pipe can be cleaned up before it turns into a big problem. If regular inspections are not performed by a plumber, the roots can become entrenched in the drain pipe and will have to be replaced altogether. 

Tip 4:  Special clog prevention for kitchen sinks include: remove all kitchen waste from sink; do not pour coffee grinds down the sink; do not pour grease down the sink; and catch all food from falling down the sink.

Tip 5: Most plumbers will tell you to avoid using chemical-based cleaners as clog prevention on a regular basis as they can corrode metal pipes after awhile. A natural cleaner is an enzyme/bacteria based cleaner. Once poured down a drain, it creates colonies of good bacteria that destroy bad bacteria that cause clogs in your drains. Use natural-based cleaners at night, just before every one goes to sleep – large amounts of water used after the cleaner can get rid of the good bacteria before it has had time to work.

 

Posted March 2015

Tree Roots in Sewer Lines are a Nuisance this Spring

Tree roots in sewer line damage can be a nuisance. Tree roots often cause severe damage to sewer and waste-water pipes buried underground. Roots grow into pipes.

Symptoms of Roots in Drains

The first sign of roots in pipes is usually diminished water flow. If you have tree roots in sewers, you will note slow flushing toilets in basement or the water level may be higher than usuall in the floor drain which may or may not  cause pooling around the floor drain this symptom is typically accompanied with a smell of sewer gases. It could lead to sewer backups and worse.

We are also offering $35 off any camera inspection expiry Aug 31, 2015 

If camera inspection shows infiltration of tree roots and clay pipes still exist. We recommend replacement of clay pipes with plastic (pvc) piping to prevent infiltration of roots.

It is very important to keep your sewer lateral structurally sound. Any cracks or loose connections in the pipework can allow roots to penetrate causing a restriction of flow and eventual back-up. You may wish to hire an experienced local Toronto plumber like Hoerner Heating & Plumbing to send a special video camera into your sewer lateral to check the inside and see if any repairs are needed.

 

Read more on Tree Roots in Sewer Lines, Tree Roots in Drains and Tree Roots in Sewer Lines and Digs 

Posted December 2013

Know how to shut off the water supply.

This includes both the main water supply and individual fixtures like sinks, toilets, water heaters and clothes washers. If a pipe bursts, a toilet overflows or your water heater fails the first thing you’ll want to do is shut off the water. Be sure everyone in your household knows where they are and how to shut them off.

 

Posted February 2014

 

Frozen Water Pipes

Beware of unexpected cold snap or deep freeze. Frozen pipes may occur during these very extreme cold weather conditions.

If the pipe bursts it could cause substantial damage to your home.

Some possible Risky Locations

·In an outside wall;

·Under a sink on an outside wall;

·In an unheated crawlspace

Here are some suggestions of measures to take to try to avoid issues of frozen pipes during extreme cold weather.

1.       Allowing a small trickle of hot and cold water from your faucets to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of water is a small price to pay to avoid possible frozen & burst pipes during these very extreme cold temperatures; and or, 

2.       Shut water off at the main water shut off near meter and open up faucets in the basement first and then open all the other faucets /taps (bathroom sink, bath and shower) in the house to drain the entire plumbing system (if you have an independent water heater and you have drained all the plumbing lines-it is suggested to turn the power off to the water heater to avoid damage to it).

3.       Crank up the heat in the house.  Incandescent lighting also helps heat the house. A heater or blow dryer strategically placed and supervised can help the thawing process along.  If you have not drained the system and turned water off at the main- and it thaws-be prepared to run to the main and turn off water if the pipe has burst.

4.       HOWEVER BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ARE ON A COMBI SYSTEM(WHERE THE WATER HEATER IS THE SOURCE OF HEAT FOR THE CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM)WHEREBY  IF YOU SHUT OFF THE WATER AT THE MAIN YOU WILL LOSE THE CENTRAL HEAT IN YOUR HOUSE.

5.       5-advise technician if you have PVC piping because thaw machine does not work on it.

FINALLY PREVENTION OF FUTURE FROZEN PIPES

1-Reroute the piping to warm area of house or if on exterior wall reroute to interior wall.

or

2-Insulate wall where pipes are freezing

Whatever the technician recommends.

More Information: frozen pipes and what to do

 

See our Video on Tips That May Help Prevent Water Pipes Freezing During March Break

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