Preparing your heating system for Fall and Winter temperatures


hydronic heating in TorontoAs the cooler temperatures of October roll in, time is running out in terms of preparing your hydronic heating system for winter. Whether you plan to head south during the winter, or staying in Toronto, it's now time to prepare your home heating system for the final preparations to winterize your home.


The last thing you want is to be caught with a malfunctioning hydronic heating system during a cold snap, or when the roads are icy and technicians are busy with countless call-outs.


Rent or Own:  Pros & Cons of Buying vs Renting a Water Heater

In Alberta, most homeowners own their water heaters, while in Ontario, most people rent. When asked why, it comes down to habit. People have always rented water heaters in Ontario, so why change now?

One of the best reasons to buy your own water heaters, is because over time, you end up with a better deal. However, people who rent claim that the hassle-free service and convenience make up for the added cost.

Easter means turkey dinners and family gatherings. For household drains and aging sewers across Toronto, it means a lot of grease going down the pipes - and into the sewers.

For some harried cooks, the simplest way to get rid of fat from turkeys, bacon and roasts is down the kitchen drain. There it congeals, clogging the pipe and trapping food scraps until the only solution is to call the plumber.

Easter is especially stressful for household drains.

Congealed grease can harden into a consistency like candle wax or clay.

When houses are packed with guests, there are more showers and toilet flushes than normal. People chuck disposable wipes, cotton balls or hair down the toilet.

Your house kind of has a heart attack.  All that extra activity is enough to push it over the edge.

Some of that household oil and fat makes its way into the aging sewers.

To avoid home drain problems, experts have some advice:

Toronto is a beautiful city with grand old trees, and lovely landscaping, but in early spring, tree roots wreak havoc on our plumbing. Once the snow has melted and oxygen-rich water full of nutrients flows freely through the pipes again, the tree-roots infiltrate sewer lines. This is the second-most busiest time of the year for plumbers in Toronto as we are called to help rehabilitate pipes.

Tree roots in sewer lines and digs usually occur on the main line running from the street to your home, and is a problem particularly on older properties that still have clay sewer drains that easily develop cracks in the joints. Causing backups and blockages. The roots grow on the inside of sewer pipes and can lead to costly repairs if not seen to.


What Happens When You Have Roots in Drains?

As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your sewer lateral line, which connects to the pipes in your home. Tree roots grow through cracks in pipes that have occurred over the years to reach the moisture and nutrition inside the pipes. They will continue to grow undisturbed until the pipes are filled to capacity with hair-like root masses that catch all the tissue paper, grit, fats, oils and grease (FOG) and other household debris.

As roots in drains continue to grow, they continue to exert pressure and expand the crack in the joint, causing major leaks or breaks. At worse, it may result in the total blockage of the pipe, requiring replacement of the pipes.


Symptoms of Roots in Drains


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