Is Your Home Ready for the New Year?

Happy New Year! At The Great Plumbing Co., we can’t believe that 2018 has already come and gone. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family, and we also hope that today’s post finds you optimistically looking forward to everything 2019 has in store.

With a new year upon us, there’s no better time than right now to begin investing in your home and fixing those little problems that sprung up in 2018. Keep reading below to learn how we can help you improve your home this year, and schedule a residential plumbing appointment online if you’re ready to get started!

How Can We Help You This Year?

Bathroom Plumbing

Did you have friends and family members staying with you for the holidays? If so, then your bathroom may have seen more use in a few weeks than it saw in several months. We won’t get into the fine details, but if your bathtub isn’t draining as well as it used to, or if your toilet is clogging frequently, then give us a call and we’ll help you get everything back in working order.

Even if the only complaint you have about your bathroom is the leaky faucet, you should still schedule a bathroom plumbing appointment. We detailed the numerous negative effects of a leaky faucet in a previous post, and we hope that the information will prompt you to call us for residential plumbing as soon as possible.

Drain Cleaning 

If you’re like many Toronto residents, then it’s likely that you had at least a few holiday gatherings in your home. Between delicious dinners and tasty confections, your sink may have become clogged from all of the extra leftovers and food it processed in the last few weeks. If your sink is taking longer than normal to drain, then give us a call or schedule a residential plumbing appointment online. We’ll help you safely clear the drains in your home while keeping your plumbing system safe.

Frozen Pipe Thawing

A frozen pipe is a problem no homeowner wants to deal with, especially as the new year is just beginning. We know that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kept you incredibly busy, but now that things have settled down, you should check to make sure that none of your pipes have frozen. We wrote a previous piece detailing the signs of a frozen pipe, so be sure to catch up on that information if you haven’t yet read it.

If you do notice any of the most common signs of a frozen pipe, then get in touch with us immediately and schedule a frozen pipe repair appointment. We can help you fix your pipes in a way that minimizes the damage to your plumbing system and prevents your home from flooding, and we’ll also provide you with helpful information that prevents your pipes from freezing again.

Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll be providing you with even more information about home plumbing in the coming weeks and months.

Are you ready to schedule an appointment and improve your home this year? Book your appointment online through this page! We look forward to speaking with you.

Why You Should Fix Your Leaky Faucet

Have you ever wondered if your leaky faucet is an issue that should be fixed immediately? The answer is “yes,” and in today’s post, we take an in-depth look at a few of the many reasons why you should fix your leaky faucet as soon as possible. If you have a leaky faucet in your home, then schedule a residential plumbing appointment with The Great Plumbing Co. and let us help you lower your utility bills and protect our global environment.

Read on to learn why you should make fixing your facets a priority!

How Much Does a Leaky Faucet Cost?

Almost all of us will rush to fix massive problems immediately, but we often delay and put off smaller problems if they don’t need to be addressed right away. For instance, we’re willing to bet that you’ll take your car to the mechanic as soon as you notice smoke pouring out from under the hood, but you’ve probably put off an oil change for a week or two because you didn’t want to make a trip to your local body shop. 

While it’s understandable to think of a leaky faucet as an annoying problem that won’t need to be addressed right away, the slow, insidious effects of a leak should prompt you to think otherwise. It’s been estimated that the average leak wastes anywhere between 5 and 10 gallons of water per day. Even at a fairly conservative rate of 6 gallons per day, you’ll be paying for almost 2,200 gallons of water that you didn’t use. When you consider that many Toronto homes have older fixtures that are prone to leaking, it’s highly likely that more than one fixture will be leaking.

If you still need to be convinced that calling a Toronto plumber to fix your leaking faucet is a good idea, then consider what happens when more than one home in the area has a leak. If 5,000 homes in the area had a leak of 6 gallons per day, then 30,000 gallons of water would be wasted every day. More than 1 million gallons would be wasted annually, and 5,000 homes with leaky faucets is a very conservative estimate when you consider Toronto’s population of just under 6 million.

Call a Toronto Plumber Today!

Many DIY guides purport to show you how to perform residential plumbing tasks on your own, but at The Great Plumbing Co., we always recommend calling a professional plumber for assistance. You can never be certain that the leak isn’t a sign of something more serious, and you don’t want to have an emergency on your hands if something goes wrong. Moreover, you’ve probably read or heard horror stories of people who tried to fix a simple problem and injured themselves in the process.

The Great Plumbing Co. is here to help you protect yourself, your home, and the environment. We provide a number of residential plumbing services, and we even offer 24-hour emergency plumbing response services if something goes wrong outside of our normal business hours.

Schedule your appointment through this page. We look forward to working with you!

4 Ways You Can Conserve Water

Water is a precious commodity. We use it every day, but we often don’t pay attention to how much of it we use. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at four ways you can become more water-efficient, lower your utility bills, and preserve the environment.

The Great Plumbing Co. can help you keep your home efficient with a number of different plumbing services. Schedule an appointment through our website if you need residential plumbing, and read on for easy water conservation tips!

Water Conservation Tips

Use Your Trash Can Instead of the Toilet

On average, toilets account for roughly a third of every household’s water consumption. Even if you plan to replace your toilet in the near future, you should get into the habit of only flushing your toilet when you’re actively using it. So, instead of tossing tissues you use to remove your makeup or blow your nose into the toilet, always make a conscious effort to throw them into the trash. You’ll almost certainly see a reduction in your monthly water bill!

Fix Your Leaks  

Leaks are one of the most insidious plumbing problems we address. Leaks are rarely so bad that they have to be fixed the moment they’re noticed, but this means that they often go unaddressed for months. In some cases, homeowners simply become used to them and never call a professional plumber to fix the problem. However, even small leaks can waste thousands of litres of water each year, so fixing a leaky faucet or showerhead should always be one of your top priorities.

Replace Your Toilet

If you have an older toilet, then it’s likely that it uses between 19 and 26 litres of water every time you flush it. This is much more than it actually takes to flush waste, and installing a low-flow toilet can reduce your consumption to roughly 4.8 litres per flush. Even if you opt for a toilet that uses slightly more water, both you and the environment will be better off in the long run.

While we’re on the topic of toilets, we noted a few of the most common signs that you need a new toilet in a previous post, so be sure to catch up on that information if you’ve been considering purchasing a new unit for your home.

Use Your Dishwasher

It might sound counterintuitive, but using your dishwasher instead of washing your dishes by hand is actually more efficient. Numerous studies have shown that it takes less water to clean a full load of dishes when they’re in a dishwasher, but it’s important to note that your dishwasher needs to be completely full. If it’s only partially full, then you’ll actually be using more water to clean fewer dishes.

Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll be adding even more water conservation tips in the coming weeks and months. If you need residential plumbing in Toronto or any of the surrounding areas, then schedule an appointment with The Great Plumbing Co. through our website!

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

4 Signs You Need a New Toilet

The toilets in your home get a lot of use throughout the year, but it’s only when they start to malfunction that you notice just how much you depend on them. In today’s post, we’ll take an in-depth look at four of the most common signs that you need a new toilet. When you’ve finished reading, be sure to schedule a residential plumbing appointment through our website. Many Toronto plumbers are taking the holiday season off, but you can count on us for fast and dependable service, no matter what time of the year it is!

Signs You Need a Toilet Replacement

Frequent Clogs and Overflows

Frequent clogs and overflows are two of the most common problems homeowners experience with their toilets. It’s completely expected that your toilet will clog every now and then, but if it’s happening more and more frequently, then you need to call a Toronto plumber for an inspection. The pipes connecting your toilet to the city’s sewer system could be blocked, or your toilet could be having water pressure problems.

Constant Running 

A toilet that constantly runs isn’t just annoying, it’s expensive, too. The problem is generally that your fill tube isn’t working properly, and thankfully, this is a fairly easy fix that can be implemented by your plumber in a matter of minutes. However, if the problem persists, then it may be more cost-effective to shop for a new, more efficient toilet. As we’ll explain in the next section, constant running is often a sign that your toilet has a crack in the porcelain.

Cracks and Wobbling

Cracks and wobbling are two related, but distinct, problems. Cracks in the toilet’s porcelain can allow water to leak into the walls and floor surrounding the toilet, eventually leading to mold and mildew growth.

More often than not, wobbling is caused by loose screws that simply need to be tightened by a plumber. However, wobbly toilets are sometimes caused by the floor surrounding the toilet becoming unstable due to rotting wood and mold growth, so don’t hesitate to call a plumber the moment you notice that your toilet is shifting.

Frequent Repairs

Much like your car, HVAC unit, or anything else you depend on in your day-to-day life, there comes a time when you need to weigh the cost of repairing something against the cost of a new model. If you’ve had to call a residential plumber several times this year due to toilet problems, then it may be time to consider investing in a replacement.

As Toronto’s residential plumbing experts, our mission is to provide homeowners in the area with accurate and reliable information that helps them make an informed decision. We can come to your home and inspect your toilet, diagnose any problems, and make a recommendation about whether you should repair or replace the unit.

Call a Toronto Plumber Today!

We hope that today’s post will help you determine if it’s time to invest in a new toilet. With the holidays just around the corner, there’s no better time than right now to invest in preventative residential plumbing. Schedule your appointment through our website — we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Four Common Plumbing Problems

Your home’s plumbing is a lot like your HVAC system in the sense that you depend on it daily, but you don’t often stop to think about how well it’s working. In fact, we tend to only notice our plumbing and HVAC systems when they’re not working properly. In today’s post, we’ll review four of the most common plumbing problems homeowners in the Toronto area experience. If you are experiencing any of these problems, or any kind of issue with your plumbing, then schedule an appointment with The Great Plumbing Co.

Stubborn Drains

Stubborn drains are one of the most common problems homeowners experience throughout the year. Maybe your kitchen sink isn’t draining as well as it used to, or perhaps your shower drain is completely clogged. The good news is that while clogged drains can be frustrating, they’re often not difficult to fix. Instead of taking your chances with a drain cleaner from your local hardware store, call an experienced Toronto plumber and let us ensure that your entire plumbing network is working efficiently. We’ll perform an inspection and make sure that your drain is the only problem with your kitchen plumbing and that everything is in working order.

Leaky Faucets 

A leak of any kind will slowly but surely drive up your monthly water bill. Leaks are generally caused by a loose washer that leads to a broken seal, allowing water to slowly trickle out. Repairing a leaky faucet isn’t a difficult task in and of itself, but it’s always best to have a professional plumber perform the work. You may not have the proper tools and hardware to repair the leak yourself, and you may even inadvertently cause more damage.

Strange Noises

Strange noises whenever you flush a toilet, run the faucet, or turn on the shower are almost always a cause for concern. With the temperatures now dropping below freezing, clunks and bangs are often indications that there is ice in your pipes. During the summer, odd noises can be a sign that there is a blockage somewhere in your pipes, or that water is leaking somewhere in your system. Regardless of the season, you should always schedule a residential plumbing appointment when you hear odd noises coming from your home’s plumbing system.

Clogged Toilets

While many homeowners believe that toilets should be able to flush anything, non-flushable items like baby wipes, paper towels, and cotton balls can all contribute to toilet clogs. Even in instances in which you’re only flushing toilet paper, mineral deposits that build up over time can often cause a plumbing system to slow down significantly. The problem could also be that your sewer line needs to be repaired, or that your home’s toilet is simply outdated and needs to be replaced. Every situation is different, and we’ll work with you to find an ideal, cost-effective solution for your home.

Residential Plumbing in Toronto

Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll continue to add information about residential plumbing and common plumbing problems in future posts. The Great Plumbing Co. is proud to be your Top Rated Local® plumbing company — schedule with an appointment with a Toronto plumber today!

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How to Keep Your Drains Clean

Drains are a lot like your HVAC system or gutters in the sense that you don’t usually notice them unless something is wrong. Maybe your shower is taking a while to drain, or perhaps your toilet is clogging more and more frequently. No matter what the problem may be, keeping your drains clean and working efficiently should be one of your top priorities. If you need to schedule a drain cleaning appointment, then schedule a residential plumbing appointment through our website! Read on to learn more about how you can keep your drains functioning properly.

Use a Filter

One of the best ways to keep your drains clean throughout the year is to utilize a filter. A high-quality filter will keep your drains from becoming overly saturated with hair, food products, and other materials (depending on where the drain is located, of course). Simply clean the filter whenever it becomes dirty and your drains will be in great shape year round!

Start a Compost Bin

What do egg shells, coffee grounds, potato peels, and leftovers have in common? They’re all things you should try not to put down the garbage disposal. While most of these materials will seemingly go down without any trouble, your garbage disposal isn’t a replacement for your garbage can. Moreover, you don’t want to discover that your sink suddenly won’t drain because of a food buildup deep in your pipes. Even worse, you may find yourself having to call a plumber due to a burst pipe.

Try starting a compost bin instead of putting your food waste down the sink. You can use the finished product for gardening, and you’ll be saving quite a bit of water over a long period of time. Even if you don’t see yourself using the compost, there are plenty of community gardens that would welcome a donation.

Collect Your Grease

As we noted in a previous blog post, pouring your grease down the sink is something you should always avoid. Many homeowners dispose of cooking oil or grease by pouring it down the sink along with hot water, but even this isn’t enough to guarantee clean pipes. The water will likely cool down before it reaches the sewer, which means that the grease has time to solidify in the pipes. Don’t risk a clogged drain — collect your grease in a designated container or speak with your local waste management company about how to properly dispose of cooking byproducts.

Contact Us for Drain Cleaning in Toronto

At The Great Plumbing Co., we know how important it is to have clean drains. As the Top Rated Local® plumbing company in Toronto and the surrounding areas, we’re committed to helping you keep your plumbing functioning flawlessly. When you call us for residential plumbing, you can expect fast, friendly, and affordable plumbing services that deliver lasting results. Whether you’ve got a clogged toilet or a sink that won’t drain as quickly as it once did, we’re the Toronto plumbing company you can count on!

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Plumbing Myths Busted — Part II

Can you really flush wipes down the toilet? Will using hot water allow you to pour grease down your sink? There are many myths in the plumbing industry, and it’s not always easy to know where to turn for answers. We examined and clarified a few common plumbing myths you may have heard in a previous post, and in today’s post, we’ll continue to examine some of the most common plumbing myths we’ve heard over the years.

If you need residential plumbing of any kind, then schedule an appointment with The Great Plumbing Co. through our website!

Common Plumbing Myths

A Leaky Faucet Is No Big Deal

You’ve heard your faucet leaking throughout the day, but it’s a slow drip that probably isn’t raising your utility bills by much, right? While a leaky faucet probably isn’t going to break the bank, unresolved drips will cost you a significant amount of money over a long period of time. Moreover, leaky faucets are one of the leading causes of water waste. In the United States, for instance, the average untreated leak is estimated to waste up to 10,000 gallons of water every year. As a nation, it’s estimated that roughly 1 trillion gallons are wasted due to leaks. While Canada’s population is much smaller, we can expect the figures to be proportional. Give us a call or schedule a residential plumbing appointment if you have a leak that needs to be fixed.

Cat Litter Is Flushable

Many litter manufacturers claim that their litter is flushable, but it’s best to throw your cat’s litter out with the rest of your waste. Many modern toilets use less water than their older counterparts, meaning that they may not have enough water to transport the litter all the way through the pipes. Further, cat fecal matter isn’t exactly the softest material around. It dehydrates within a matter of days, and if you’re not scooping multiple times per day, then it’s likely to become stuck in your pipes.

If this isn’t enough to convince you, then consider the fact that cat waste sometimes contains the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is one of the most common in the world, and it can cause toxoplasmosis, a flu-like disease that can lead to serious complications. Water treatment facilities have become more and more effective in recent years, but many are still not able to fully filter out every contaminant. Keep yourself and your fellow Canadians safe by disposing of your kitty litter elsewhere!

Letting Bleach Sit Is Fine

Bleach is a common chemical used to clean toilets, but letting it sit for too long can corrode your toilet and your pipes. If you’re going to use bleach to clean your toilet, then let it sit for no longer than 10 minutes before you begin cleaning. Letting it sit for any longer won’t increase its effectiveness, but it can slowly damage your porcelain.

All Plumbers Have Similar Skills

This myth couldn’t be further from the truth! If you’re relying on someone for residential plumbing in Toronto, you need to ensure that you’re choosing a plumber with the skills to get the job done correctly the first time around. At The Great Plumbing Co., we’re proud to have been in the industry for nearly three decades. We’re known for quality, integrity, and fast service, but don’t take our word for it — read our reviews for yourself!

We’ll keep revisiting this topic in future posts, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog page. If you need residential plumbing in Toronto or any of the surrounding areas
, then get in touch with The Great Plumbing Co. We can help you with kitchen, bathroom plumbing, and so much more!

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Plumbing Myths Busted — Part I

Every industry has myths that have somehow remained in public consciousness for decades, and the plumbing industry is no exception. As one of the top residential plumbing companies in Toronto and the surrounding areas, we’re proud to be a go-to resource for information about drain cleaning, frozen pipe repair, and other common plumbing problems.

If you need residential plumbing in Toronto or any of the surrounding areas, then schedule an appointment with The Great Plumbing Co. today!

Common Plumbing Myths

Ice Is an Effective Disposal Blade Sharpener

You’ve probably heard that pouring a few ice cubes down the sink will keep your blades sharp before. Maybe you had a parent who would put a few ice cubes in the disposal every month or so, or maybe you read about this myth online. This myth is false, in large part because most garbage disposals have teeth and grinding mechanisms instead of blades (and even if they did have blades, ice would quickly dull them). Ice can damage and jam the mechanisms in your disposal, so call us for garbage disposal repair if you’re concerned that your disposal isn’t working as well as it once did.

Hot Water Prevents Grease Clogs

While it’s true that hot water melts grease, it’s unlikely that a hot stream of water will carry the grease all the way out of your plumbing system. In fact, it’s likely to cool down around the same area and cause a buildup further down the pipe, which can be even more difficult to repair. You don’t want a clogged pipe to burst and cause damage to your home, so practice proper grease disposal whenever you’re cooking with oils and fats. For instance, if you’re cooking bacon on a weekend morning for your family, then pour the grease into a disposable container and throw it away once it’s solidified. Alternatively, you can reuse the grease, use it for compost, or ask your local waste management company for disposal advice.

You Can Flush Wipes

Wipes, and even wipes marketed as flushable, are one of the most common reasons why clients schedule clogged toilet appointments with our plumbing company. Toilet paper is designed to break down as it travels through your plumbing system, but wipes won’t break down as easily. If you’re going to use wipes — even flushable ones — then err on the side of caution and find somewhere to throw them away rather than putting them down the drain. We provide exceptional bathroom plumbing, so get in touch with us if you need help with a clogged toilet in your home.

These are just a few of the most common plumbing myths we’ve heard in the past few years. Keep an eye on our blog page for future posts in which we’ll continue to revisit this topic in more detail. If you’re ready to get started with an appointment, then click on the button below to schedule plumbing services at a time that is convenient for you. We look forward to working with you soon!