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Why You Should Install Flood Protection Devices in Your Basement

backflow-valveBeing the lowest part of your house, your basement bears the brunt damage when a flood or sewer backup occurs. A flooded basement does not only damage your home’s structure and your possessions, it also has the potential to encourage mold growth. After the recent flooding, the City of Toronto has taken several initiatives to encourage property owners to take the appropriate measures to minimize basement flooding. One of these measures is a financial subsidy of up to $3,200 per property to install flood protection devices, such as a backflow valves, sump pumps and pipe severance and capping.

What is a Sewer Backflow Valve?

A sewer backflow valve is a simple and effective flood protection mechanism for the basement. Placed at the point where the sewer exits the building, the valve allows sewage to flow smoothly out of the building but prevents it from flowing backward in case of an overflow. It is a one-way gate that opens only outwards and closes tightly as soon as there is a reverse flow. Since a single back valve is adequate for the entire building, installation, repair and maintenance is easier and a lot less costly.

The available subsidy to install a backwater valve is 80% of the total invoiced amount of up to $1,250. This includes the cost of the labour, materials, permit and taxes.

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How to Choose the Best Basement Waterproofing Contractors

waterproofing-contractorA wet basement is one of those things that can end up causing you a whole lot of problems if it isn’t handled correctly.  Not only does it cause damage to the actual structure of your home, but it can also cause tremendous damage to your wallet if the problem isn’t corrected immediately. If you have had wet basement issues in the past, or you want to prevent a basement leak, it’s a good idea to have your basement waterproofed.

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing basement waterproofing contractors for your home.

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How to Tell When You Need Drain Pipe Repair

drain-pipe-repairDrains seem to be one of those things in life where you don’t even really consider them if they’re working well, but they can really cause havoc when they are in disrepair.  Obviously, the key is to catch any issues before they become larger problems, but that’s sometimes easier said than done.

Here are some ways to tell when you need drain pipe repair:

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3 Tips on How to Unclog a Sink

unclog-a-sinkMost of the time, a clogged sink is nothing more than a minor inconvenience during the course of your day.  It may happen in the bathroom or it may happen in the kitchen, but more often than not, the water eventually goes down and you forget about it for a while.

Of course, there are those “other” times when the sink is clogged and the water doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.  These are the times you have to jump into action and unclog a sink yourself.  Here are 3 useful tips to help you out. 

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What You Need to Know About Waterproofing Basement Walls

basement-waterproofingBasements can be a source of family fun, a place to learn new hobbies, an escape or a great storage facility.  They are also one of the most vulnerable parts of your house when it comes to water damage.

Waterproofing basement walls is something that every homeowner should get interested in, the minute the real estate deal is finalized.  If it’s done correctly, you’ll never notice a difference, but if it isn’t you could be in for a whole lot of expense and headache. 

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3 Winter Plumbing Issues and How to Avoid Them

With the cold weather, icy roads and snowstorms, there are many unpleasant things to deal with in the winter. Maintaining your home can also be challenging in the winter especially when it comes to protecting your plumbing in cold temperatures. If you don’t want to be left without water, leakages, and cold water then read the following 3 winter plumbing issues and how to avoid them.

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How to Prevent a Nasty Basement Flood

As many people have found out from the recent superstorm Sandy, serious basement flooding is no laughing matter.  When water gets into your basement, it causes a lot of financial and emotional stress, and in extreme cases can alter your life.  And while there isn’t a lot you can do if a megastorm comes calling, you can prevent basement flooding from regular heavy rain or melting snow if you follow some basic guidelines.

Seal Up Holes

Holes and cracks in the foundation of a home are some of the primary culprits when it comes to basement leaks and flooding during storms.  It’s important to have a proper home inspection when you first purchase a home, and also have the foundation checked for problems if you’ve been living in your house for a while.

Basement windows are another area where water may get in, especially if they have older wooden frames that have rotted.  If you have older basement windows, consider an upgrade to vinyl or aluminum to keep water out.

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What Type of Drain Cleaning Equipment Should I Use?

If you live anywhere that has running water, you know how troublesome it is when drains become sluggish and slow, or even completely blocked.  It can certainly put a damper on your daily activities, depending on which drain is affected.

It’s wise to keep some basic drain cleaning equipment on hand, for when these inevitable clogs and back ups threaten to disrupt your day.  Here are some good choices:

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