Firstly, you should check that the supply valve to the shower is fully open. But likely since no one has touched the supply valve, it could be that water pressure and volume have been dropping over time but you are only realizing now that the less water is coming from your shower head. Secondly, the…Details
Many people interchange both terms as being the same but the two devices are quite different. Backflow Valves prevent effluent and sewage from backing up into the home from an overflowing municipal sanitary sewer system through a home’s drainage system. Backflow Preventers stop the backward flow of possibly contaminated water from private property into the…Details
My neighbours’ basements were flooded out during a storm but my house was spared. Do I have to worry about future flooding in my basement? How can I ensure sewage water from backing up into my basement?
Since the local flooding, your neighbours likely installed backflow valves and sump pumps to keep their basements dry during a major storm. Since your neighbours houses are protected, there is a greater risk then that since no water will get into their basements, neighbours’ houses with no protective flood prevention devices could now be at…Details
Lately our house has a sewer smell which we never had before. All our taps and toilets seem to be working all right. Can you help us?
You may have overlooked unused the floor drains in the house. All plumbing devices contain in-line water traps that hold water as a “stopper” to prevent gases from backing up into your house. You are probably familiar with a plumbing “U” trap or more commonly called a P-trap located under your sink that fills the…Details
The problem is likely due to sediment and lime deposits at the bottom of the tank. As these deposits accumulate over time, it reduces the heating efficiency of the tank. As a result, it takes longer to heat hot water and therefore energy is being wasted. Hot water tanks should be drained and cleaned of…Details
Industry average for a newly installed HVAC is about 12-15 years and 20-25 years for a new gas furnace provided that HVAC equipment is maintained with regular prescribed preventative maintenance.
Since your HVACs are considered to be beyond the normal economic life, it does not pay to keep fixing them. Sooner or later, if it already has not already happened, major components like compressors and heat exchangers will fail. And we all know that when this happens, it likely happens on the hottest day of…
It seems that every 3 or 4 months the main drains have to be snaked. There are 2 restaurants in the strip plaza. What should I do?
Firstly, high pressure hydro jetting would be a far better solution than snaking but the critical issue seems to be that sanitary main drain pipes are getting clogged with fat oil and grease (FOG) from your tenants’ restaurants. Secondly, having to clean main drains every 3 months or every quarter is excessive and costly. The…
Almost in all cases where a backflow valve is specified to be installed into an existing building, the original building water supply line is not designed with a water supply bypass allowing the backflow preventer to be installed without disruption to the supply of domestic water. Although this is inconvenient for everyone, GreenCity Plumber will…
I received a letter from the City to install a backflow preventer. My building is 30 years old. Why do I have to install the backflow preventer after all this time?
It’s the law. City bylaw says that all industrial, commercial, institutional ICI properties and multi-residential properties of more than 4 units require backflow preventing devices be installed. Regardless the size of the building water service, a permit is required from the City. GreenCity Plumber can take out the building permit and install the backflow preventer.…