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A backwater valve is an important part of your home’s anti-flooding system, responsible for keeping sewage out of your home and where it belongs. They require regular inspections, at least once every few years, but this can increase depending on what your habits and the weather. Today, we’ll discuss how you can give your backwater valve a quick spot check and some factors that mean you should get your backwater valve checked sooner rather than later, just to be safe. Read more

fall day in forest

Autumn is here and that means preparing for winter and, believe it or not, spring as well. Getting work done during the winter can be a little bit harder, so you should focus on getting your home ready now, in the fall, instead of when disaster strikes. Canadian homeowners report nearly 40,000 incidents of basement flooding ever year at the average cost of around $4000. If you want to be proactive instead of reactive, you may want to inspect your home for signs that it’s basement is less than watertight. If you discover any of these signs, be sure to call a professional basement waterproofing expert who can help you prevent a flood before it happens.

1. Eaves Troughs and Downspouts

Clogged downspouts and eaves troughs are a large culprit in basement flooding, but it may not be their fault. Clogging can be a result of any number of factors, from poor runoff strategies to a messy yard, so keep a regular eye on your eaves troughs and downspouts. If you notice they fill up fast, you will need a professional to see exactly why. If you need them cleaned out professionally, be sure to contact someone who can keep the parts of your home that get rid of water working their best.

2. Water Against the House

Water should always run away from your home, so any signs of puddling against your house is a sign that flooding could be coming in very shortly. Water shouldn’t be pooling within a 6’ radius of your home in every direction. If you discover it is, then you should call a basement waterproofing expert. The issue could be your landscaping and possibly even your foundation. Either way, getting that inspected and fixed quickly is paramount. Puddling can swiftly get worse and that can lead to floods and higher repair costs.

3. Backwater or Sump Pump Problems

Sump pumps and backwater valves are specially designed to keep water out of and away from your home. If either of these devices fail, then water and even raw sewage can actually flow directly back into your home. There are a few ways to tell if your backwater valves and sump pumps are in need of repair or replacement, but one telltale sign is water already appearing in your basement. If water accumulates around these devices, they won’t protect your home from the rain. Have them inspected immediately by a professional to keep your home protected and safe from flooding.

Autumn is a particularly hard month on your basement. The ground is getting harder from the falling temperatures, making any work that needs excavation that much harder, but there’s also a fair amount of rain. As we all know, water expands when it freezes, so wet ground that gets cold puts pressure on your home, your basement and foundation in particular. These are just a few other ways your home may not be as waterproof as you thought. Instead of waiting for the worst, be proactive and check for signs of basement flooding or potential flooding. Doing so could save you thousands of dollars.


Winter is coming. For many homeowners, this means getting everything ready for winter. This is no small task, everything from exterior painting, window inspections, and basement inspections should be on your list, but so should calling a plumber. Just about everyone in Toronto should be familiar with how hard our winters can be. Winter is hard on your pipes, especially since water expands when it freezes and melts everywhere come spring. Calling a plumber for a pre-winter inspection is the best way to ensure your home is absolutely ready for whatever winter has in store, here are just 3 reasons why. Read more

large pipe with extensive water leaks

Leak detection is one of the more fascinating aspects of plumbing that uses all sorts of technological innovations to detect and locate leaky pipes. These methods are diverse and come with their own pros and cons, so we’re offering a two-part guide to the general types of leak detection methods out there (see part one). Read more

man catching water in pot, wife calling plumber to find a leak

Leak detection is one of the more fascinating aspects of plumbing that uses all sorts of technological innovations to detect and locate leaky pipes. These methods are diverse and come with their own pros and cons, so we’re offering a two-part guide to the general types of leak detection methods out there.

In part one, we’re focusing on internally-based leak detection systems, methods that use field instruments to analyze the inside of pipes and plumbing systems. Read more

man working on his sink

Plumbing is like most other elements of your home, it’s much better to be proactive than reactive. A burst pipe, for example, is much more expensive overall than a pipe inspection because one involves water damage and then other does not. There are many inspections and measures you can take to be proactive with your own Toronto home. Drain cleaning is just one of these services, one that will keep your pipes clear and working at maximum efficiency. Today, we’re going through just a few of the services available, and a few quick things you can do on your own to make sure your plumbing system is working at its best. Read more

listening for water leaks

Many people think plumbing is an old trade, one that hasn’t really evolved over the years. The image of a man with a wrench and a plan still dominates the popular imagination of the humble plumber, but they are now more likely to be holding all sorts of new technology. Pipe cams attached to tablets that live-stream the inside of your plumbing systems, for example, are just as useful as a wrench for the modern plumber. But one of the latest and most interesting technologies available to the men who work on the waterworks is acoustic emission leak detection. Read more

plumber inspecting bathroom sink in toronto home

Plumbing inspections are a necessary aspect of any regular home maintenance routine and a great idea for keeping costs low. Acting proactively is especially important with plumbing, not only because of the cost of dramatic plumbing repairs if things are left too long, but also because of the prevalence and totality of water damage, which can affect your home in many ways for literally years after you think the issue has been addressed. Read more

man unclogging sink drain in kitchen

Unlike many plumbing issues, unclogged sinks are often something you can do yourself without too much know how, or really any wrenches or tools. A sink clog is often the result of built up gunk in the plumbing, so there are a couple of ways you can unclog the sink on your own. Here are two major DIY drain clearing methods that require little to no know how of plumbing. Read more

cracked concrete in basement floor

Your home’s foundation is one of the most important parts of the entire structure. It’s literally the foundation of your home and that means it needs extra special attention. Unlike a leaky faucet, a poorly maintained or broken foundation can take your home from a lovely place to live to a condemned building. When dealing with any sort of foundation problems, be sure to call a professional and get an inspection. Here are some signs that you’ve got a cracked foundation in need of repair: Read more


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