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.

Finding a licensed plumber in Toronto is important when you own a home, and not just for drain cleaning. Here are just a couple more professional services that will make sure your plumbing system is working properly, and how often you should have these services performed.

Pipe inspection: Plumbing experts recommend you have your entire Toronto home’s plumbing inspected once every two years for potentials leaks and problems. Pipe inspections look at the inside and outside of your home and the pipes themselves, looking for leaks, weak joints, draining issues, and more. At the end, your plumber will give you an honest assessment of all the issues and how quickly the issues need to be addressed.

Backwater valve and sump pump inspections: Backwater valves prevent water that’s already drained from your house from coming back. With recent rain levels being as high as they are, many people in the GTA have reported extensive flooding, and much of that is from failed backwater valves. Your home may also have a sump pump, which also needs inspected every couple of years.

Of course, there are many things you can do on your own to make sure the water in your home is safe and going where it needs to. Here’s a list of things you can inspect yourself and call a professional if there’s an issue:

Water pressure: Water pressure can easily be tested and is a sign of sediment issues in your plumbing. If you notice a drop in water pressure in your shower and faucets, then call a professional for an inspection.

Drainage: Check to see how quickly water drains in your sinks, showers, and tubs. Slow drainage is indicative of many different problems. Draining should occur with a full swirl, any bubbles or gurgling sounds can be the result of issues further in the pipe.

Corrosion: Metal pipes corrode over time and that can lead to some serious issues in water quality and safety. Look for green stains on brass and copper pipes and orange or yellow stains on steel pipes. If there are any signs of corrosion, call a local plumbing professional immediately.

Iron levels: Iron in water is a growing concern in Toronto, believe it or not, but the city has free iron testing kits that can check how much iron is in your water. Iron is known to cause developmental issues in children and pregnant mothers, so it’s imperative that you get your water checked for iron as soon as possible, especially if your home is 15 years or older.

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