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Most people realize the importance of getting a Toronto plumbing inspection before they buy a home. The condition of the plumbing system can seriously impact the value of the property, and nobody wants to buy a home that is going to require costly repairs.

In the situation of a homebuyer in Toronto, the need is obvious, but for some reason, people fail to grasp the importance of regular plumbing inspections for the home they currently live in. Inspections are an important part of maintaining the plumbing system. Many of the most common problems with a home’s plumbing system will start out small and be almost unnoticeable. As time goes by, the problem gets worse, and eventually it is a major problem.

Scheduling a routine inspection is a great way to avoid these problems. When you get an experienced plumber to check your home out, they can find these small issues before they turn into a catastrophe. By getting them fixed early, you can save money on the repairs, and you can avoid problems with water damage or the potential for a plumbing failure that occurs at the most inopportune time.

While plumbing inspections are a good preventative step, you do want to make sure to hire a licensed Toronto plumber for all of your inspections. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from an inspection performed by a professional plumber.

Check Fixtures

leaking faucet that requires plumbing inspectionOne of the first points in a plumbing inspection will be to check all of the fixtures in the home. This includes all of the toilets, showers and tubs, sinks and any outdoor spigots. This will be to check the function of each fixture and to see if there are any obvious problems.

The plumber will flush each toilet to see how well it performs. They’ll look to see how strong the flush is, how well it drains, look for any leaks around the fixture and they will make sure that the tank fills properly. They might also inspect some of the components of the toilet to assess the condition.

At the showers and tubs the plumber will run the water to check the pressure. They’ll check both the hot and cold water to ensure that they are working correctly, and they will look to see how well the showers and tubs drain. In addition to that, the plumber will also make sure that there are no leaks from the tub faucet or showerhead.

At the sinks, the plumber will go through a similar protocol as they did that the showers and tubs. They’ll run both the hot and cold water to assess the function, check to make sure that there are no leaks from the faucet, and they will look to see how well the drain functions. The plumber may also inspect the supply and the drain lines to make sure there are no signs of leaks.

Hot Water Heater

The water heater is probably one of the most important parts of a plumbing inspection. The replacement or repair of a water heater can be expensive, but if the problems are caught early, you can usually keep the repair costs down. As an additional point, a faulty water heater can be more than just a practical problem. There are some water heater problems that can be a hazard to the health or safety of the people living in the home.

It is important to point out that there are different types of hot water heaters. The inspection protocol will change depending on whether it is electric or gas. Regardless of whether your water heater is electric or gas, one of the first points to check is whether the machine is producing hot water. After that, the plumber will look for signs of corrosion.

While inspecting the water heater, the plumber should check the shutoff valve and the pressure relief valve. An inspection of the flue will be in order, and they will also inspect any gas or electrical connections to the unit. The plumber will also listen for any noises that come from the unit when it is in operation, and they will check to make sure that there is no possibility of a carbon monoxide leak from the unit.

As I mentioned before, the protocol will largely depend on the type of water heater in the home. This is an important part of the inspection because it not only ensures that your hot water heater is ready to supply hot water as you need it, it can also protect your family from carbon monoxide and dangerous gas leaks. Older water heaters have a greater potential for tank leaks, and this could result in basement flooding. As a final point, the inspection also ensures the efficient operation of the machine, and this can save you money on your utility bills.

Inspecting the Lines

water main infront of beaches home in toronto A thorough plumbing inspection should also include an inspection of the supply lines and the drains. Depending on the needs or requests of the homeowner, this could just be a visual inspection of the exposed pipes in areas like the basement or crawlspace, but the plumber could also use a fiber optic camera to inspect lines in places that are harder to access.

One of the first points that the plumber will look for is the types of lines that are run in your home. In some older homes, they light look for things like lead pipes or galvanized pipes. Lead supply lines can be harmful to the health of people in the home, so the plumber would recommend replacement. In many cases, a plumber will also recommend the replacement of galvanized pipes because they are prone to corrosion.

Most modern homes would have copper or plastic PEX lines for the water supply. These materials would not usually be indicative of any problem, and replacement would only be recommended if some type of damage or leakage were identified. The only exception to this would be if the plumber were to identify the PEX as being from a brand that has been recalled.

Beyond assessing the materials from which the pipes are made, they will inspect the lines for signs of corrosion and leaks. They will look at all of the joints to ensure that there are no signs of leaks, and they will also go to any connection points to inspect for leakage or corrosion. While inspecting the lines, the plumber will also inspect any shutoff valves to ensure there are no leaks and make sure they still work.

Drain & Sewer Inspection

Along with checking all of the supply lines, the plumber should also perform a thorough inspection of the drains. The drain inspection will start with the plumber simply checking the function of various drains in the home, and then they will move on to performing a visual inspection of the drains to look for things like leaks in the line.

Beyond checking the drain function at various fixtures in the home and checking drain lines for any leaks, the plumber will also inspect the lines for any blockages or damaged lines. They will check the drains on the interior of the home, and they will also check the lateral connection to the municipal sewer.

A thorough drain inspection will include the use of a fiber optic drain-inspection camera. This tool can be run down the drain line to look for any damage to the line, and it can also be used to find any blockage that may be in the line. With the drain camera, the plumber can find things like cracks, tree roots that have grown into the line, obstructions and collapsed lines.

The camera inspection is another important part of the plumbing inspection. Many of these drainage problems start long before they become apparent to the homeowner. As time goes by, the problem gets worse, until one day, your drains no longer work and you need expensive repairs. A skilled plumber will be able to catch these problems using a drain camera, and this could save you a lot of money by giving you the option to repair the drain early.

Appliances

dishwasher before plumbing inspectionWhen appliances like the washing machine or dishwasher have problems, they can cause flooding and water damage. Checking these appliances should be a part of any plumbing inspection. If you have a refrigerator with an icemaker or a water dispenser, that should also be included in the inspection checklist.

At the dishwasher, the plumber is going to want to check the water supply line and the drain connection. They’ll check the lines for any damage and make sure the connections are secure. They should also check the intake valve, and they might inspect the filter.

In checking the washing machine, the plumber will look at the hoses that connect to the water supply, and they will also check the drainage. They will check the hoses for any signs of wear and for leaks, and they will also check the connections to make sure they are secure.

If you have a refrigerator that is connected to the water supply, the connections and the lines will need to be inspected. If you have been having problems with the lines to the icemaker, they might look to see if the lines are freezing.

Backwater Valve & Sump Pump

While inspecting the home, the plumber should also check your backwater valve and your sump pump. Both the sump pump and the backwater valve are there to protect your home from flooding. If either one of them has a problem, it could put your home at serious risk for water damage.

The backwater valve is designed to allow sewage and other wastewater to run out into the lateral while prohibiting the reversal of the flow. This keeps this nasty water from backing up through the drain and into the home. The plumber will perform a visual inspection to look for any signs of damage or malfunction. They’ll also open the cleanout to look for signs of blockage and to inspect the gate.

Your sump pump is a self-actuating pump that works to remove water from the basement. If you have a French drain, it might also be used to pump this water away from the home. Basically, the sump has a pit where the water collects, and when it rises to a certain level, the float arm turns on the pump to remove the water.

There are several points that a plumber may need to inspect when checking a sump pump. To start, they might just check the basic function of the pump by dumping some water in the pit. Along with that, they might check the intake screen to make sure it is clear, and they will also check the discharge line for signs of blockage. If the sump pump needs to be cleaned, the plumber can do that for you.

Water Pressure Test

shower head suffering from low water pressureThe plumber may also test the strength of the water pressure in the home. Low pressure is a common problem in some homes, but there could also be problems associated with pressure that is too high. By testing the pressure on the lines, this can help the plumber to identify problems with the plumbing system.

The plumber will perform the pressure test by turning off all of the fixtures that are connected to the water supply and closing all of the shutoff valves. They will then find the spigot or faucet that is closest to the water meter.  They will then attach a pressure gauge to this outlet and turn on the water. As long as no other fixture or appliance is drawing water from the supply, the gauge should give an accurate reading of the water pressure.

Low pressure could be an indication that there is a leak or an obstruction in the supply lines. If the pressure is too high, this could indicate that there is a problem with the pressure regulator. Either way, it is an indication that repairs are needed. You certainly do not want to leave lines leaking or obstructed, and the high pressure that results from a faulty regulator can damage water lines, fittings and appliances.

french drain in a ditch before being installed

As much as we may need water, it sure can cause us a lot of problems. This is especially true when it comes to the structures that we build and the management of land. Through the centuries, humans have developed all sorts of ingenious ways to get water where we want it, and to move it away from places where we don’t want it.

One of the most common ways to protect a property against water damage is the use of a French drain. Also known as a weeping tile, sub-surface drain and a whole host of other names, this style of drainage system can be used in a variety of different situations. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at French drains, the type of drain service they receive, how they work and the reasons that some properties might need them.

What is a French drain?

As you may have guessed, a French drain is a type of drainage system. The primary purpose for most French drains is to manage surface water and groundwater. With most French drains, the idea is to take water that could threaten a structure, and move it to a place where it is no longer a threat.

You may have seen a French drain before. It looks like a trench that has been filled with gravel. Under that gravel, there is likely to be perforated drainage line, and if you were to go to the discharge end of the French drain, you would see the end of the perforated pipe.

You’ll often find the terms “French drain” and “weeping tile” used interchangeably. While this is usually acceptable, there are some slight differences between the two. A French drain is typically installed just below the surface, and its main intent is to prevent the over-saturation of soil. A weeping tile is a type of French drain, and it is a drain that is built to protect a structure against hydrostatic pressure. Since they are often used to protect the foundation of a structure, the pipe is usually much deeper in the ground.

If you are using the terms interchangeably or hear someone else do, it is no big deal. It has generally become accepted that they both refer to the same type of drainage system, and people will know what you are talking about either way.

How does a French drain work?

Whether you are talking about a French drain or a weeping tile system, the drain will work under the same principles. Gravity will always cause water to flow downhill, and the flow of water is always going to follow the path of least resistance. The operation of a French drain relies on these facts of nature to manage the moisture in soil.

As I mentioned before, a French drain is made from a piece of perforated pipe that is laid in a trench and surrounded by gravel. The gravel or stone in a French drain serves multiple purposes, but the most important feature of this packed gravel is that it is more permeable than the soil on the surrounding land. In technical terms, the gravel or stone in the drain would be known as the envelope. The increased permeability of the envelope allows water to flow more easily, and this draws the moisture from the surrounding soil, making the trench the path of least resistance.

French drains have been around for quite some time, but a modern French drain is also likely to have some type of landscaping fabric covering the gravel. The purpose of this fabric is to prevent the growth of weeds and to reduce the amount of sediment that can run down into the trench, and potentially clog the French drain.

Different types of pipe might also be used in the construction of a French drain. Some might use PVC that comes with holes predrilled, and in others, it is common to use a flexible drainpipe with small slits in the side. The choice between the two can depend on the exact application, but PVC tends to be more durable. You can also find pipe that is encased in a type of landscaping fabric.

A French drain will also be graded with a slope that descends away from the area from which you want to remove the moisture. This slope is where gravity comes in. The sloping grade of the trench, and therefore the pipe, will cause the water to run downhill to a discharge point. So you have the gravel that makes the trench the path of least resistance for the water, and you have the grade to take advantage of gravity, and make the water flow in the intended direction.

The discharge point of a French drain will depend on the application for which it is being used. You obviously want to direct the water to a location that is away from whatever you are trying to protect from groundwater, but there could be various laws and building codes that may prevent you from placing the discharge in certain locations.

For a weeping tile system, it is very common to have the end of the pipe discharge into the pit for a sump pump that is in the basement of the home. Some French drains might discharge into a local storm sewer, and others might just discharge at a different location on the property. One point that is almost always important in this regard is to avoid a discharge point that will cause the water to flow onto an adjacent property.

When is a French Drain Needed?

One of the best things about French drains is that they can be used to relieve a number of problems with ground water or surface water on a property. For the purposes of this post, we are going to stick to some of the more common uses for French drains.

Protect against wet basements and foundation damage

A French drain or weeping tile system can be one of the most effective solutions for prevent water from getting into a basement and for protecting a foundation against water that may penetrate the concrete.

When soil gets saturated with water, it can exert hydrostatic pressure on the foundation of a home. This can cause water to seep into the foundation, and it can allow that water to get into the basement. In addition to that, the hydrostatic pressure and seepage can also result in foundation damage. With a weeping tile system, the hydrostatic pressure can be relieved, and this should effectively prevent these problems.

Problems with surface water

Surface water can cause all sorts of problems for a property. You might have a low-lying area of your lawn that gets pooled with water or ends up soggy, or you might find that there are problems with soil erosion at some places.

In situations like these, a relatively shallow French drain can be used to direct the water away from these problem areas, and it can prevent problems with pooling water and soil erosion. In some cases, the French drain might be installed near the problem area to drain the water away, and in others, it can be used to divert water that is running downhill into the low-lying area.

Protection for retaining walls

A retaining wall can increase the usable land on a property, and it can also prevent erosion. The retaining wall should have few problems holding back the soil, but you need to protect your retaining wall against the pressure that can build up if that soil becomes saturated with water. To do this, you will need some type of toe drain for the wall.

With most retaining walls, the toe drain will follow the same design as a French drain. As water runs downhill toward the wall, it can put an immense amount of pressure on a retaining wall. This could compromise the integrity of the structure. In this case, you would build a French drain behind the wall near the footing.

How deep do you dig a French Drain?

The depth of a French drain is going to depend on a variety of factors. The most important factor in determining the appropriate depth is the application for which the French drain is being used. One important point is remember is that a French drain is always going to run on a slope, so the depth should get lower as you go toward the discharge point.

If you are talking about a weeping tile system, you would want the French drain to start below the level of the footing. It is the same with a French drain that is intended to protect a retaining wall. If you are trying to manage problems with surface water, then you have a little more play with the depth; in general, the recommendation is about eighteen inches to two feet.

How much does it cost to install a French drain?

As it is true with any construction project, the cost of installing a French drain will vary depending on a variety of different factors. Along with the exact application for which the drain is being used, factors like the length and depth of the drain can affect the cost. In addition to that, there might be soil conditions that might play a role, and you also have to consider the materials being used.

With all of these factors being accounted for, the cost can vary significantly. If you are pricing by the foot, it could run you anywhere from $12 per linear foot to $40 per linear foot. If we are talking about the average cost of completion, $1,000 is probably a good starting minimum cost, but depending on the size of the job, it could easily run to several thousand dollars.

How do you unclog a French drain?

As with any drain, a French drain does have the possibility of getting clogged. Sediment and other types of debris can build up in the line, and this can cause the water to backup. You can also find problems where a tree root grew into the line to form an obstruction. When this occurs, it can cause the water to backup, and this can cause flooding to the area that you were trying to protect.

A French drain should be installed with cleanouts. These are points that provide access to the pipe, and allow you to clear any clogs. You should have one at the highest point in the French drain, and you may need others depending on the length of the drain and changes of elevation to the drain.

Once you have access to a cleanout point for the French drain, it can then be cleaned in much the same way that you would clear any other drain. A drain snake can be used to clear a French drain or you could use water jetting to clear the line.

If you are having problems with your French drain, it might help to hire a professional. Some of these clogs can be very tough to clear, and in some cases, there is a risk of damaging the pipe. A professional will know how to clear the line and prevent damage, and they might even be able to use a drain camera to inspect for damage.

As an additional point, some problems can occur when a section of the line collapses. This is likely to result in the system backing up, and it will require repairs. If you find that your French drain is clogged and you can’t get it clear, this could be an indication of a collapsed line.

A French drain can be the ideal solution for a range of different problems connected to groundwater and surface water. A good French drain can protect the foundation of your home, and it can also protect the value of your property. If you need a French drain installed, it is important that the work is done right. If installed improperly, it will not perform in the way that it needs to, and it could end up costing you more in repairs, replacement and water damage.

man holding buckets to catch water that is overflowing from his clogged drain in the floor above, a phone is visible in the crook of his neck as he called a plumber to help

In many situations, issues with drains can wait a reasonable amount of time to be fixed. With some of the simpler problems, you might even be able to resolve the issue on your own. But what happens when a malfunctioning drain has the potential to damage the home or it is causing a significant disruption to your life?

When serious drainage issues occur, you need to call for emergency drain service right away. You need to be able to use things like your toilets and your showers, and you certainly cannot wait for a regular service call while a leaking or backed up drain floods your basement.

When it comes to emergency drain service, there are a lot of issues that require the immediate attention of a professional emergency plumber. In this post, we are going to look at some of these drain problems and why they happen.

Common Drain Emergencies

The plumbing system in your home could experience any number of drain emergencies. Even some drainage problems that seem similar could have very different causes. To provide you with a better understanding of emergency drain service, we are going to take a look at some of these common drainage problems and the types of things that cause them.

Clogged Sink Drains

a kitchen sink filled to the brim with soapy water, a drain cleaning device is visible attempting to remove the blockageThe drains for your kitchen and bathroom sinks can get clogged fairly easily. In some cases, you might be able to correct the situation by using a plunger, but there are tough clogs that will be too difficult for a homeowner to handle.

When your kitchen or bathroom sink is backed up or draining slowly, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Without the use of your kitchen sink, you won’t be able to prepare food or wash dishes, and if your bathroom sink won’t drain, imagine how hard it will be to get ready for work in the morning.

When the drains on these sinks get stopped up, it is usually because a build of debris and muck in the drain line. In the kitchen, it is most likely things like grease and bits of food that have accumulated over time. With the bathroom sink, it is probably things like soap, hair and toothpaste.

For issues with sink drains, there are some options for what you can do. You could consider using a chemical drain cleaner, but this is not always the best solution. The chemicals in a drain cleaner are intended to dissolve the clog and open the drain. However, if you use them too frequently, they can damage the drainpipe and cause a leak.

If you have tools like a plunger or a drain snake, you could try to dislodge the stoppage. In many cases, these tools will be restore function to a drain, but there are some tough clogs that you might not be able to clear with common home plumbing tools. If you find that you cannot restore function to your sink drain, then it is time to call in an emergency plumber.

Basement Flooding

a flooded room in a basement, water is clearly visible on the floor at near ankle heightIf your basement starts to flood because of a drainage issue, it is a genuine plumbing emergency. You have the potential for water damage in the home and if it is a drain from a toilet, there is also the contamination of the water that is leaking.

With some drain leaks, it might just be something that occurred over time. If the pipes have been around long enough, things like corrosion can cause leaks and seals can go bad. For some of the most serious problems with basement flooding, it could be something like a backed up or surcharging sewer line.

When it comes to a leak in a drain line that runs in the basement, there is not much preventative maintenance that you can do. As long as the pipes were installed and fitted properly, you should not have problems with leaks for a long time, but they can occur.

If you are talking about a sewer line that has backed up and is flowing into the house, there could be several causes. It could simply be an accumulation of waste material or it could be tree lines that have grown into the line. Sewer lines can also deteriorate over time, so it could be an issue that will require clearing the line and some level of drain repair.

If you have a drain problem that is causing your basement to flood, the first thing you want to do is stop using any fixture that is connected to the drain. If the water is coming from your connection to the municipal wastewater sewer, then that will mean avoiding the use of any of the drains in the home.

In either case, the basement flooding is something that most homeowners will not be able to deal with on their own. You don’t want to wait around while your basement floods with unsanitary water and you also want to restore function to the fixtures that use the drains.

Getting an emergency plumber is really the only answer. When you call for this type of emergency drain service, you should ask the plumber if there is anything you can do to prevent further damage before they arrive, and if there is anything that can be done to get the site ready for them.

Clogged Toilet

a toilet is visible inside the bathroom of a toronto home, water is pouring out of the top as it overflowsWhen you go to flush your toilet and it does not drain, it is not a good feeling. A malfunctioning toilet drain is a serious problem, and if it is the only toilet in the home, then you are in some real trouble.

Clogged toilets are some of the most common drain emergencies that plumbers are called to fix, and they can have a few different causes. A build up of toilet paper and waste is one of the most common causes. Another common problem is flushing the wrong things down the drain. Some people might try to flush paper towels, baby wipes, tampons and a whole host of other items down the drain. It might seem like the easy and convenient thing to do, but a toilet is not a trash can, and it should not be used like one.

In some cases, a clogged toilet could also be the result of a backed up sewer drain. A compromised sewer lateral can restrict the flow of the toilet drain, and this will cause it to get stopped up. If you find that more than one drain is having trouble, then this could be a sign that the problem is at the home’s sewer connection.

If you are having problems with a backed up toilet, there are some steps that you can take to address the problem. Firstly, you do not want to continue flushing the toilet in the hopes that it will make the water drain. This could result in an overflow situation, and that will only make things worse. If you think there is the potential for the water to overflow the rim of the toilet, then it is a good idea to turn off the water supply as a preventative measure.

The first thing to try with a backed up toilet is to use a plunger. A plunger might be able to dislodge the clog, and this could restore function. If it is a reoccurring clog that you have cleared with a plunger before, then you might want to contact a plumber. As we mentioned with bathroom and kitchen sinks, you could try clearing the drain with a chemical drain cleaner. However, this comes with the risk that it could potentially damage the drainpipe, and it could eventually lead to a leak.

Clogged Bathtub Drain

a bathtub in the bathroom of a toronto home, dirty water is visible in the bottom as a result of a blocked drainHave you ever started the shower and found that the water started to rise around your feet? Or maybe you finished a nice relaxing bath to find that the water just sits there after you release the drain. A clogged bathtub or shower drain can be a real disruption to the lives of people living in a home, and it is something that needs to get fixed right away.

A bathtub or shower drain can get backed up for a number of reasons. If people that live in the home have long hair, it can easily build up into a serious clog. You might also find that issues with an accumulation of soap scum have the ability to clog a shower. Quite often, the clog is just a mess of tangled up hair that is loaded with soap scum and grime.

When a shower or bathtub does get backed up, you do have some options for trying to remedy the situation on your own. Drain cleaners are one option, but as we mentioned before, they do have their problems. If the tub has slowly drained over time, you could consider pouring hot water down the drain. Boiling hot water can loosen up many of the most common clogs, so if you have the time to wait, it might be worth a shot.

If you have the tools, you could also try some of the same steps that you would use on a sink that has a backed up drain. A plunger can work just as well in a tub as it does in a sink. You could also try running a snake down the line if you have one.

If all else fails, you should call in an emergency plumber. You can’t do without your shower or tub for a day or two, and you can’t keep using it if it won’t drain or if it drains too slowly. This is especially true if you have multiple people that need to use the same bathtub or shower as they get ready in the morning.

Preventative Maintenance

While there are some leaks and clogs that will occur no matter what you do, preventive maintenance can significantly reduce the possibility of emergency drainage issues. Depending on the specific drain, there are different things that you can do to prevent problems.

With most drains, preventing problems in the future is all about controlling what goes down the drain. The different drains in your home are designed for different purposes. When you start using them incorrectly, you can expose yourself to the potential for a backed up drain.

To protect your kitchen sink drain, you just want to start putting more things in the trash. Cooking grease is a big problem for kitchen sinks, so you want to save it in a container and throw it in the trash. Things like coffee grounds and bits of food can also clog a kitchen sink. Try to scrape your dishes in the trash, and prevent food from going down the drain.

The prescription for the bathroom sink is similar to that of the kitchen sink. You just want to try to stop things from going down the drain. Getting a screen for the bathroom sink can help to catch many of the items that might fall down the drain. If you have long hair, try to avoid brushing your hair right over the sink.

Other than toilet paper and human waste, you should not be flushing anything down the toilet. Things like napkins and paper towels might seem harmless, but they are made from a thicker paper and it can clog the drain. If you have children, you also need to talk them about what can go down the toilet and what cannot.

For problems with the sewer line backing up, the best preventative measure is to have a backwater valve installed. It is a simple device that will prevent water from coming back up the sewer line and into the home and it can do a lot to prevent basement flooding that is related to the sewer line.

Serious drainage problems tend to occur at the most inconvenient times. That is why so many plumbers offer emergency drain service. We know that plumbing problems can occur at any time of the day, and that there are some issues that just can’t wait. If you have a drain emergency, you can give us a call any time. We offer speedy service to get emergency issues taken care of right away.

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One such product that turned out to not be as good as it first appeared is Kitec plumbing. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at Kitec plumbing, the issues surrounding this product and whether it is something you need to worry about. Read more

If you are planning a home renovation you probably already have a few ideas of what you want. It might be a smaller project where you are just concerned with renovating the bathroom or kitchen or it could be a large-scale project where you are renovating the entire home.

A home renovation is a good opportunity to get a range of different upgrades. If you already have the work going on in the home, adding a few additional tasks could help you to get more value from the project.

Today, we are going to take a look at a few ideas that any homeowner should consider when they are doing a renovation. Some of these might already be on the list, and others might not apply to the type of renovation that you are doing. However, if you can fit any of these in with your current home renovation plans, it could make for a better value in the long run. Read more

Completely flooded home in a mississauga residents

If you live in Mississauga, having a basement that is wet or damp is hardly a unique problem. Just because it is a common condition, that does not mean that it is one that should not be taken seriously. Many people think that a little bit of moisture in the basement is normal, and they don’t fully appreciate the kinds of problems that it can cause.

When you have a wet basement, it is not so much the water that you are worried about. It is the kind of environment that this water creates. Things like mould and mildew can grow quickly in this cool, damp environment. If the condition is left unchecked for long enough, it can cause damage to the walls, the floors, the ceilings and more. In addition to that, it can be harmful to your health to have this kind of biological growth in the home. Read more

kitchen renovation project in a toronto home after plumbing installation and completion

A home renovation can be an exciting project for a homeowner. You start with a vision of what you expect from the finished product, but there is a lot of work that goes into getting a renovation from inception to completion. If you want to achieve the desired end result, it will take a lot of planning, and you need to have the right professionals on the job. Read more