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FREEZING & BURSTING PIPES

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The winter months sure can bring some cold temperatures. When temperatures drop, one major issue that could come up is a frozen water pipe. Learn why frozen pipes can burst, things to look for and how to avoid freezing pipes.

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Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the ice expanding in the pipe that causes the burst, but it’s the pressure that builds up between the closed faucet and the blockage. Ice doesn’t always expand & break the pipe itself, sometimes ice grows lengthwise which can put more and more pressure on any water not yet frozen. Because liquid doesn’t compress very well, the force is redirected against any weaknesses in the pipe and ultimately results in a break or burst.

Signs of Frozen Pipes


  1. STRANGE SMELLS – if you have an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain it could mean you have a blockage or frozen pipe. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.
  2. NO WATER OR VERY LITTLE WATER – if you turn on a faucet and only a slight trickle or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  3. THERE IS FROST ON THE PIPE – you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe, which can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen.
  4. THE TEMPERATURE IS RIGHT – pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. If you suspect a blockage in your pipes, but the temperature isn’t quite cold enough to freeze things, you may be at risk for other plumbing issues.

What To Do If You Suspect A Frozen Pipe

If you open a faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances and call in one of the professionals at Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc.

If a water pipe has burst you should:

  • Switch off the water supply at the main shut-off valve, & leave the faucet open until all repairs have been completed
  • Do not attempt to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame, blow torch or heat lamp as this could cause potential damage to the tube
  • You might be able to thaw a pipe with a handheld hair dryer. Work closely at the faucet’s end with the valve open and continue toward the frozen section. Remember to never use any electrical appliances while standing in water, as you are at risk of being electrocuted.
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Preventative Solutions

INSULATION – wall insulation or foam pipe insulation is the most effective way to reduce the possibility of frozen pipes.

LET IT DRIP – letting a faucet drip during extreme cold weather can help prevent a pipe from bursting. It provides relief from excessive pressure that can build up between the faucet and the ice blockage.

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The Hard Truth about Water Softeners

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The term hard water is used to describe a fresh water supply that contains relatively high amounts of the natural minerals, calcium & magnesium along with a variety of trace minerals. Hard water is not bad for your health, but it can cause problems with your plumbing & your household appliances. Hard water reacts with cleaning products, creates soap buildup & can wear down fixtures & appliances more quickly than soft water. The minerals found in hard water build up over time and can take a toll on dishes, clothing, fixtures & even skin & hair.


How does water become  h a r d ? 

Although rainwater is pure when it falls from the sky, as it flows from the surface into aquifers, it absorbs minerals, primarily calcium & magnesium. This absorption changes it from soft to hard water. The amount of mineral content the water contains determines the hardness of the water.

Where does your household fall on the water hardness scale?

Problems caused by  h a r d  w a t e r :

  • Hard water minerals clog pipe work & reduce water flow
  • Small films of lime scale build up on tile & bath/kitchen fixtures
  • Difficulty rinsing off soap & shampoo completely, leaving skin or hair feeling dry or dull
  • Glasses & dishes are left with streaks after cleaning
  • Hard water makes your clothes fade faster from washing

What does hard water do to your  p l u m b i n g ?

The buildup on tubs, showers, sinks & faucets caused by hard water are only part of the problem. The minerals in hard water build-up inside pipes, fixtures & appliances over time. We don’t see this buildup and it can cause all sorts of plumbing problems including; reduced water flow, clogs & increased stress on pipes & fixtures. The mineral deposits can also cause appliances to operate less efficiently & wear down faster.


Filter out hard water with a  w a t e r  s o f t e n e r .

Installing a water softener in your home will filter out all the nasty hard water minerals, keeping your plumbing clean & efficient. Water softeners convert hard water into soft water. They work by exchanging the hardness ions in your water with sodium ions. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc can install a water softener to filter out all the hard water coming into your home from the source. That way you have soft water running through your entire home & integrated through all your household appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.

Benefits of  s o f t  w a t e r :

  • Increased longevity of all your plumbing & water systems
  • Better efficiency of all water appliances; dishwashers, coffee machines, water heaters, etc.
  • Softer skin & smoother hair after showering
  • Reduced monthly energy costs
  • Softer clothes & reduced colour fading after washing
  • Cleaner & shinier glasses & dishes

Contact Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc today to have your water tested and we will recommend a water treatment solution that best fits your home.

Pure Water – Pure & Simple.

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Choose Purified Water.

Nothing is more important to you and your family’s health than drinking clean purified water. The recommended daily intake of purified water is between 1.5 to 2.5 liters per day. The water you drink helps flush your kidneys of toxic substances & assists in controlling your blood pressure. Reverse Osmosis is a great way to ensure you are getting enough purified water to keep yourself healthy & well-hydrated.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

The best & most efficient method of transforming undesirable water into clean, healthy & tasty drinking water. In reverse osmosis, untreated water flows through a semi permeable membrane & carbon filters. The size of the membrane lets the water flow through the filter, but leaves behind salt, chemicals, minerals & impurities. The result is “pure” water that’s free from bacteria & minerals.

Benefits of Reverse Osmosis.

Reverse Osmosis Systems Remove Contaminants – No matter where you live, there’s a lot more than just H20 in your home’s water. However, with an RO system, you can drastically reduce many of those unwanted contaminants.

Reverse Osmosis Systems Reduce Sodium from Soft Water – Water softeners solve a lot of hard water problems, but they are not meant for purification. Your water softener uses an ion exchange process where hard minerals are replaced with sodium molecules and can leave behind a high level of total dissolved solids. These dissolved solids can impact the taste of the water. RO systems filter out the sodium that your water softener adds.

You’ll Stop Buying Bottled Water – Bottled water is expensive and those plastic bottles create a lot of waste as they all too often go unrecycled. The type of treated water most often used by bottled water companies is reverse osmosis water, so why not cut down on waste and install your own unit under your sink!

It’s Better for Cooking – The water you cook with often ends up in your food and the impurities in your home’s water are going to affect the taste of the food you make. When you boil pasta, make soups or bake homemade bread, pure water can make a big difference.

Your Ice Cubes will be Crystal Clear – Have you ever noticed when you make ice cubes, they look white and cloudy? The impurities and gasses in your water crystallize when they freeze giving your cubes this cloudy appearance. Cloudy ice cubes have been shown to be softer and melt faster than clear ice cubes made with pure water from an RO system. That means ice cubes made with an RO will keep your drinks cooler longer without watering them down as much.

Reverse Osmosis Water Tastes Delicious – Perhaps the best reason to have an RO system in your home is how great the water tastes. When you remove all those impurities, all you’re left with is clean, refreshing water.

Space Saving – Getting a reverse osmosis system can be a space saver depending on where you would like to put it. There are so many sizes to choose from, so you can tailor your decision to fit your needs.

Saving money, space and time are all attractive things that will be provided from one of our Reverse Osmosis systems. Not only that, but it will also taste better and be better for your health. What are you waiting for – contact us today!

Keep Your Fire on Demand

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As the season turns and temperatures are beginning to drop, now’s the perfect time to think about heating & how you want to manage the coming cold. Clean, efficient and cost-effective, a gas fireplace is the perfect solution – and keeps away the mid-winter brrrs.

Get the professionals at Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. to install a gas fireplace in your home and you will reap all the benefits.


GAS FIREPLACES CAN REDUCE YOUR YEARLY HEATING COSTS – Turn down the temperature on your home’s central thermostat, and zone heat the areas where the most time is spent (often the family or living room) with your gas fireplace. This keeps those rooms warm and comfortable & reduces the amount of money spent heating rooms that aren’t in use.

GAS FIREPLACES ARE EASY TO ENJOY – Bedroom, living room, or bathroom – it doesn’t matter! Gas fireplaces come in all shapes & sizes and can be easily installed in almost any room in your home. Flip it on, flip it off, turn it up and turn it down – they offer plenty of heating options with just the click of a button! There’s no messing around with thermostats, timers or baseboards – when you want heat, you get heat immediately and in the dead of winter, there’s nothing better.

GAS FIREPLACE = NO MESS – Once installed, you can say goodbye to dirty wood, smoke, smelly fire-starter, and kindling splinters. Anytime you want to enjoy a soothing fire, just flip the switch (or tap your remote) and let the relaxation begin!

SAFETY FIRST – Managing an open, wood fire can be hazardous. You should opt for a glass-encased, gas-burning fireplace instead, you still get to enjoy the beauty of an open-flame fire but without the worry of wayward sparks.

LIGHT IT UP – When power lines go down, it doesn’t take long for the cold to seep in. Many gas fireplaces don’t require electricity to function, making them a great option for heating your home during a blackout.

Keep it simple (and safe) and go with gas!

How Does My Septic System Work?

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So you fulfilled your dream of owning a country property where there is room to grow and you can enjoy the peace and quiet. More than likely, you have purchased a home that has a septic system. Buried in your yard and built to last, your home septic system may never have crossed your mind. But out of sight and out of mind, it still performs a vital task. So, how does my septic system work?

It’s simple: a tank, a network of pipes and billions of microscopic organisms. Yet it’s received every flush, every shower, and whatever else anyone who’s lived in your house has ever poured down the drain. Your septic system treats tonnes of organic waste each season. The tank treats sewage by letting the heavy solid material settle and allowing time for lighter “scum” to float to the top. This partly treated liquid then flows into perforated pipes, called the leaching bed, where it filters into the ground and is further treated. Helpful bacteria and other soil organisms do the bulk of the work.

Over time, your septic tank will accumulate solid material which must be pumped out. Allowed to accumulate, this sludge may reach the outlet level and begin flowing into the leaching bed. There, it can plug the pipes or the bed. Many septic systems are subject to increased usage, especially when additions are added to an existing home. The new volumes of water can strain the septic system to the point that it eventually gives up and stops working. What happens next? Well, a clogged septic system can be hazardous to the environment and your wallet. It can degrade water supplies and reduce your property value. The required repairs can be messy, often involving excavation and replacement of the whole drainage field. Frequently, the local building department will require replacement of the entire system and any damaged landscaping.

So what are some signs of a failing system? The grass over the system may become unusually green and spongy to walk on. Toilets, showers and sinks may take longer to drain, and may even start backing up. Occasional sewage odours may become noticeable, often after a rainfall. Sometimes, homeowners discover grey or black liquids surfacing in their yards or backing up through fixtures into the house. Whatever the warning sign, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. fast! We provide on-call emergency service 24/7 and can help repair your septic system problems by recommending the best solution. A call now, can save big bucks later.

Knowing what can happen, how can we help prevent these issues and keep our septic system running properly? Remember, if in doubt, don’t throw it out! Septic systems thrive on wastewater, but certain chemicals can cause major indigestion. Flushing even small amounts of paints, solvents, thinners, nail polish removers and other common household compounds (or pouring them down the drain) can poison the organisms that break down organic material. Laundry bleaches, toilet bowl cleaners and caustic drain openers can also slow the treatment process, allowing sewage to pass through without proper treatment.

Septic systems cannot digest oils, grease and fat. Poured down the sink or toilet, they congeal in pipes sometimes plugging them. Grease can also combine with detergents and flow into the drainage field where it may clog the soils. Fats can form in the top of the tank, and interfere with the biological activities taking place. All oily waste should go out with the garbage only.

Using your septic system to dispose of garbage is another no-no. In sink garbage disposals or garburators are unwelcome strains on the system. Disposable diapers, tampons and their holders, condoms, wrappers and many other kinds of refuse can plug and impair septic systems. Basically, if something doesn’t break down naturally, don’t flush it into your septic tank.

So there you have it, now you are an expert on your septic system and how to use it properly. Just remember it you do start to notice warning signs that your system may need attention, do not hesitate to call in a professional like Hunter Plumbing for our opinion and advice. A new septic system can prove very costly indeed.

Winterizing Your Plumbing (Inside and Out!)

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As you ready your house for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your water pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take the following precautions now to avoid a major headache (and costly service call!) later.

  1. Inside Your Home – Anywhere cold air blows on a pipe, it creates the potential for freezing. To make sure your pipes are well-insulated, close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings. Even a tiny hole can let a lot of cold air blow in; make sure you fill in all the cracks.
  2. A bathroom or laundry room located above or next to a garage can be particularly vulnerable, so keep the garage door closed to maintain maximum heat.
  3. If your bathroom pipes run along an outside exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside. If you’re anticipating a deep freeze, consider using a fan to help circulate the air near the pipes, or purchase a small space heater for some extra temporary heat.
  4. Never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees F (higher if you’ve had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold). If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all thermostats appropriately.
  5. Outside Your Home – Disconnect and store garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets, turn it off and drain the water from those faucets.
  6. Turn off and drain sprinkler systems. You may want to call in the professionals at Hunter Plumbing & Heating to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines. A broken sprinkler pipe can do damage to the delicate components that make up the entire system, increasing the cost of repair.
  7. Know where your main waterline shut-off is before problems arise. Depending on the age of your house, it can be inside a garage, basement or laundry room, or underground in your yard. After turning the water off, turn on faucets to allow the water to drain and release the pressure in your pipes.

How do you know if you have frozen pipes?

  1. If you turn on the faucet but nothing comes out, your pipes may be frozen. Look in the most likely places and use the techniques listed above to gently thaw the area. Whatever you do, do not use a blowtorch to warm up a frozen pipe! Many homes have been set on fire this way!
  2. If the water is turned off but you hear rushing water running anyway, your pipes may be frozen. This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere. You should turn off the water lines immediately and investigate.

If you are still unsure if your pipes are frozen, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing & Heating, we thaw out frozen waterlines & can also replace split or broken pipes to prevent them from leaking. We can also help you take necessary precautions to prevent your waterlines and drain lines from freezing this winter. Call us today to prevent bigger problems tomorrow!

Existing Water Wells

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If you live in a rural area, you more than likely have an existing well that supplies your household with water. As the homeowner, it is your responsibility to maintain your well and keep it properly sealed to prevent groundwater contamination. Water wells are a serious business and many are not aware of how to properly maintain them or what options are available to them to keep them running. This article hopes to provide information on existing wells and make homeowner’s, like you, be more “well aware”.

Upgrade your well, or construct a new one?

If there are significant problems with your existing well, one option is to drill a new well. A new well may be the best way to go if your existing well is:

  • poorly located, close to permanent sources of contamination, or at risk from flooding
  • producing insufficient quantity for the intended use
  • substandard and cannot be upgraded for technical or regulatory reasons (e.g., a brick-lined dug well)

Well pits

Prior to the mid-80s, well pits were commonly used to protect water line connections from freezing. Due to age and deterioration, some wells located in pits no longer provide potable water because the pit can fill with surface water and debris. This debris and surface water can be drawn into the water supply, leading to contamination. An MOE-licensed contractor, like Hunter Plumbing & Heating, can do a thorough assessment of your well to help you determine whether your well can be upgraded. Upgrading may involve extending the well pipe to the required height above grade and filling in the pit.

Chemicals and fuels

Any chemical or fuel spills that infiltrate the ground can contaminate your drinking water source. Check that gasoline, pesticides, and other chemicals are stored in proper containers designed to help prevent spills or leakage. Don’t store these materials anywhere near your well(s). Refuel lawnmowers and other machinery a safe distance from the well. (One litre of gasoline can contaminate up to 1 million litres of groundwater.) Refuel over hard surfaces to help prevent infiltration of spills. Change the oil in your vehicle on a sealed surface such as pavement or concrete, away from the well. Clean up spills with an absorbent material (clean sand or kitty litter) and remove to a Household Hazardous Waste depository. Keep a bucket nearby for quick access when spills occur.

Underground storage tanks are used to store home heating fuel and large fuel supplies for equipment. These tanks, pipes and fittings may leak, especially if they are over 15 years old or lack corrosion protection. Underground storage tanks are a special concern if the water table is shallow or if the tank is close to your well (or surface water). If possible, replace underground tanks with above-ground storage that has proper spill/leak containment.

Septic systems

Malfunctioning septic systems are a leading cause of private well contamination.  Ensure that your system conforms to the Ontario Building Code and is a safe distance away from your well. Keep chemicals other than human waste out of the system. Pump out your septic tank every two to three years and keep your system in good running order.

Inspecting your well

Ontario’s Wells Regulation requires that you maintain your well to keep out surface run-off and foreign materials.

It is recommended that you conduct an inspection of your well at least once a year, as outlined below, at the same time as you check for potential contaminants.

If you have problems with your well water, or concerns about your well, have your well inspected by an MOE licensed well contractor, such as Hunter Plumbing & Heating. Contact us today to learn more!

Things to consider:

Access

As part of your maintenance routine, keep your well head clear of brush, debris, and other obstructions.

Well cap

Check the well cap for signs of cracking or damage, and have it fixed or replaced immediately if there is a problem. The well cap should be firmly attached to the casing. The vent should face the ground and be properly screened to keep out insects. Only air should enter. Clean the air vent regularly to remove debris and moisture.

Annular seal

Look for problems with the sealant used to fill the annular space between the drilled hole and the well casing. A depression in the ground around the edge of the casing can indicate that the sealant has shrunk, collapsed, or cracked. If you can move the casing around by pushing it, that’s a bad sign. Cracking and gaps allow run-off and surface water to move down the outside of the well casing and contaminate your drinking water. A faulty annular seal should be repaired.

Well casing – condition

Look for any external signs of damage, cracking, or dislocation on your well casing, e.g., due to vehicle damage. If your well has been damaged, removing the cap is not recommended. Visibility is limited and you could cause contamination or further damage, especially if you have a submersible pump. At this point, it may be time to call in the licensed well contractor, such as Hunter Plumbing & Heating.

If you have a structurally sound well – drilled, dug or bored – you can remove the lid with care. Be mindful of electrical wiring and debris falling into the well. Inspect the inside the casing using a strong flashlight. Look for holes, evidence of animal infestations, or stains from casing joints that may indicate water leaking into the well.

Backflow prevention

Under certain circumstances, contaminated water can flow backwards through your plumbing into your well. Backflow prevention devices are available from your MOE-licensed well contractor.

Well pit

Remove the lid of your well pit and look for water, debris, vermin, etc. at the bottom of the pit. (Remove the cement outer cover, not the well cap inside the pit). Do not enter the pit or breathe the gases which may fill the pit and take extra care to ensure children do not gain access to the well pit. The pit should be clean and dry. If water or other material has entered the pit, your well water is at high risk of contamination. Consider upgrading or constructing a new well.

Hiring a Contractor

Ontario Ground Water Association and/or your Ontario Ministry of the Environment district office if you have any questions or concerns about the qualifications or work procedures of contractors. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. is a licensed MOE well contractor and specializes in well and septic system work. With over 50 years of experience and knowledge, their team of professionals can certainly help homeowners maintain their well and keep it running. Contact us today for your well inspection and quote!

 

Fall Maintenance Checklist

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It’s that time of year again! Fall is a perfect time of the year to start getting your home ready for those winter months ahead. Cold weather can have a big effect on your home’s plumbing and heating system. If not properly prepared, you could face frozen pipes, burst pipes and “no heat” service calls that end up being costly. Luckily, these disasters are easy to prevent. The professionals at Hunter Plumbing & Heating have compiled a fall maintenance checklist to help get your home winter-ready:

  1. Turn off and drain sprinkler systems. You may want to call in the professionals at Hunter Plumbing & Heating to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines. A broken sprinkler pipe can do damage to the delicate components that make up the entire system, increasing the cost of repair.
  2. Check, clean and inspect your humidifier, furnace, water heater, HRV, and fireplaces to ensure each unit is working properly. The professionals at Hunter Plumbing & Heating provides yearly heating system inspection and maintenance service visits. Contact us today to customize a plan to suit your needs!
  3. Change your furnace air filter. This goes hand in hand with your furnace cleaning, but just in case you forget, we recommend changing your furnace filter every 1-3 months to keep the air in your home clean and prevent problems with your furnace.
  4. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. If you are planning on travelling someplace warm during the winter, a programmable thermostat can help keep your home at the correct temperature during the day and night to save on energy costs and keep your home comfortable.
  5. Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. You never know when you might need them, so make sure they are all in good working order!
  6. Clear gutters and inspect your sump pump & drain lines to ensure there are no blockages and the pump is functioning properly.
  7. Fix any waterline leaks you are aware of. You can usually spot these from water marks on your basement ceiling. It is also a good idea to inspect your water pump, water softener, iron filter, water heater and pressure tank to ensure nothing is leaking around these units either. Hunter Plumbing & Heating also provide yearly water system service inspections. Contact us today to customize a plan to suit your needs!
  8.  Inspect your well and well lid for cracks and damage. It is not uncommon in the dead of winter to deal with frozen well service calls due to improper well maintenance. You don’t want to be stuck without water until your system thaws out, trust me!
  9. Insure waterlines are properly insulated to prevent freezing and bursting. Close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings, ensure pipes that run along outside walls are well insulated and stay warm. Even a tiny hole can let a lot of cold air blow in; make sure you fill in all the cracks.
  10. Shut off and drain outside taps and store garden hoses. If you are not sure where the shut off is for your exterior taps, contact the experts at Hunter Plumbing for help!

Start your fall maintenance checklist today before you forget! Sometimes winter can strike early and you’ll be unexpectedly caught in the cold. The last thing you want is for a burst pipe or falling gutters to ruin an otherwise cozy winter day. Don’t have time to complete your checklist? Call in the professionals at Hunter Plumbing & Heating for help! We provide complete plumbing and heating services to get your home ready for winter.

Bin Rentals

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HUNTER PLUMBING NOW DOES BIN RENTALS!

Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating now offers dumpster bin rental services for household cleanup, junk removal, renovation waste, re-shingling your roof, yard cleanup or anytime you just need garbage brought to the landfill. Or, we could drop the bin off full of mulch, stone, topsoil or fill for your landscaping needs and pick the bin up full of your waste, ready to be dumped. We service Brantford, Paris, Princeton, Woodstock and surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free quote!

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Winters can be tough on your plumbing, with freezing temperatures putting a strain on your pipes and pressure on your tank, it’s no wonder homeowner’s experience unfortunate drips and leaks that didn’t exist last fall. Let Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. help you with your spring cleaning checklist to ensure your plumbing, heating, water well, septic system and drains are in good working order! Here are 10 things to check over this spring:

  1. Check over your drains – Spring is here and so is the rain and wet weather. You need to make sure the drains in your home are clog free and ready to take on anything. If you have any unused or infrequently used floor drains in your basement, fill the trap by pouring in a gallon of water. You can also do this to test your sump pump by pouring a few buckets of water in your sump pump pit. The sump pump should immediately switch on and pump out the water before turning off again. If it doesn’t do this, it is best to get your sump pump checked over by the professionals at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before it’s too late and your basement floods.
  2. Check over your exterior plumbing – Your exterior plumbing can and will have a negative impact on your home if it is not in good working order. It is not uncommon for leaks and flooding to occur. Start by cleaning out all the gutters and eaves and ensure the downspouts are directed away from your house at the right degree. Check visible pipes and faucets for leaks or erosion. Also check your roof vents to ensure the mesh surroundings are clear of leaves, ice, sticks and possibly even a bird’s nest.
  3. Check over your water heater – You will want to check for leaks before anything else. Look around the bottom of the tank for water and around the fittings at the top of the water heater. Depending on if it is a big leak or a slow leak, there may be just a few drops of water or a big pool of water. If left unchecked, these leaks can become worse, more costly problems in the future. Also, look for the flush valve on your water heater and pump out a few gallons. This will drain out sediment and allow you to look for corrosion in the tank. Doing this once a year can actually make your water heater a more effective system and protect the life span of your water heater. Not comfortable checking this out yourself? Call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating! We provide service, maintenance and repair services on plumbing and water heaters!
  4. Check your toilets – While running toilets are easy to spot and hear, you may not know how to look for a leak. Try putting a few drops of food colouring into the tank of the toilet. If the colour appears in the toilet in less than an hour, it is time to get that toilet fixed. If you also notice water around the base of the toilet or water dripping from the supply, it is time to call in Hunter Plumbing and Heating to fix and/or replace your toilet to prevent further mold and water damage.
  5. Check your faucets for drips or leaks – Look over your kitchen and bathroom taps for water leaking around the base or water dripping from the drains under the sink. Ensure that all drains are in good working order and drain properly. If they are slow, check the drains for clogged food debris and hair. Clean mineral deposits from your shower heads, toilets, bathtub tap and faucets using vinegar or CLR. If you find you cannot unclog your drains yourself, or fix the leak at your faucet, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating before the problem worsens and becomes more expensive!
  6. Check your septic system – Septic system cleaning is important for many reasons. The primary reason cleaning your septic system is important is to ensure that your septic system lasts as long as possible in good condition. It is recommended that your septic tank should be pumped out every 2-5 years, depending on the number of people living in your household. After the tank is pumped, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing and Heating to inspect your system for potential problems that may arise, so you can get them fixed.
  7. Inspect your air conditioner – Your furnace has worked hard all winter and now is a good time to change your air filter if you haven’t already done so to get things ready for spring. Check over your air conditioner to ensure it is clean and there is no debris, such as leaves, in and around the unit. Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. offers yearly air conditioner inspections, if you are unsure or notice a potential issue with your unit.
  8. Inspect your well – Snow and ice buildup can cause your well lid to crack, leaving areas for contaminants to enter. Inspect your well lid and casing and re-seal where necessary. Clean debris such as leaves, mulch, soil, etc. around your well and regrade the soil so water runs away from it. If you do notice any issues, or areas where bacteria and other contaminants could enter, call in the experts at Hunter Plumbing & Heating to inspect your well. We will recommend the best solution to protect you and your family.
  9. Install new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – Now is a good time to ensure these detectors are functioning in case there is an emergency.
  10. Inspect caulking – Be sure to inspect the caulking in your bathroom around sinks, toilets, taps, bathtub and shower surrounds. In your kitchen around sinks, taps and counter tops and around windows and doors. Re-caulk where necessary to prevent water seepage and mold growth.

Spring is a busy time of year both inside and out, but your household plumbing, heating, well and septic system should not be overlooked. Drips, leaks, and floods can become costly and easily ruin your home. If you are too busy, or notice a problem but don’t have the time or know-how to fix it, call Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. at (519) 458-4488. We are here to help with your spring repairs and projects!