5 Plumbing Tips for Spring Plumbing

Plumbing Tips for Spring Plumbing

As the seasons are changing and we are approaching warmer days, now is the time to assess your plumbing needs. Plumbing problems often present themselves when the seasons change, and you can soon find yourself seeking out professional help and services. There are several ways that you can ready your business’ plumbing systems before any catastrophe happens. Here are a few plumbing maintenance tips and pointers for you to consider: 

Leaking Toilets

Whether it be a silent leak, running water or faucet leak, in bathrooms around your business, it can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. Not only will it increase your water bill, but any kind of leaks can cause major damage and possibly structural damage. Check your water bill regularly and if you notice any unexpected spike in price, call Tourangeau Mechanical to inspect any hidden leaks.  

Sweating Pipes

In the summertime, pipes can display the threat of too much flowing water. Sweating pipes are a common summer occurrence. The pipes sweat because the water inside them is significantly colder than the outside air. This can make your pipes appear as though they are leaking. The concern with sweaty pipes is that they are still wasting water. That is why it is advised to wrap your pipes- just like you would in the winter – which can help protect against waste.  

Clean Sump Pump

The sump pump in your building may be out of sight in the basement, but it is still a vital piece of equipment for keeping your building safe from water damage. When spring arrives, so do the rain showers and it is wise to inspect and test sump pumps regularly in order to prevent water damage. A plumbing professional would be able to inspect and test your sump pump. 

Drain Cleaning

Preventing a clogged drain is possible and relatively easy. A common way to alleviate clogged drains is by pouring an equal mixture of vinegar and hot water down the drains. The acidity of the vinegar will help remove any buildup in your drains. However, if this does not clean out your drains you will need to call a professional plumber to fully clean out your drain and ensure that everything meets all health code regulations.  

Hot Water Heater Temperature

It is common for water heaters to wear out over time, this is due to failures with the thermostat or sediment which causes hot spots in the water heater and a degradation of the heating elements. A common way to know if there is a problem with the hot water heater temperature is when the hot water is not as hot as it should be. When this happens, it is time to call a reliable plumber such as anyone on the Tourangeau Mechanical team.

Are you in need of some assistance getting your company’s plumbing ready for spring? Call Tourangeau Mechanical today!

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Top 5 tips to prevent damage from pipes freezing

How to prevent pipes from freezing

Canadian winters are long and cold in Ottawa and therefore can cause serious damage to pipes in homes, commercial properties, and buildings. Damage to pipes can leave you without water or worse pipes exploding causing costly damage. Prevention is the key so that’s why we want to share some valuable tips with you to prevent damage from pipes freezing.

  1. It is important that you know where to find your water shut-off valve (in case your pipes burst);
  2. Identify the pipes most likely to freeze and insulate them with foam Insulation;
  3. Seal air leaks from your home, garage, commercial property, and building to prevent cold air from entering the building causing your pipes to freeze;
  4. The exterior hose bibs on the outside of your house, commercial property and buildings are the first to freeze: unscrew the hoses, turn off the water supply inside the hose, open the valve outside and let the faucets drain; and,
  5. Keep things warm. Open the cabinet doors of the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry so that hot air circulates through these spaces because those pipes usually get cold.

NOTE: Never use a flame as this creates a fire hazard. Open flame torches are the most common cause of domestic fires associated with defrosting pipes.

Remember, that emergencies can happen at any time! Tourangeau Mechanical provides 24/7 emergency services in the Ottawa region. Our on-call technician has the knowledge and experience to provide you with swift and efficient service when you most need it.dmange 

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Did you know that working at heights regulations have changed?

heights regulations

“Employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by a CPO approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts” – Ministry of Labour

The new working at heights course must be taken before October 1 2017.

Read more details on the Ministry of Labour website.

Do you have any questions about drinking water quality in Ottawa?

City of Ottawa

“Every day, the City of Ottawa’s central water supply provides safe drinking water to approximately 865,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Using the Ottawa River as its source, drinking water is treated at two purification plants and subsequently distributed through more than 3,000 kilometres of water mains before arriving at your tap. In rural areas, the City operates six groundwater well systems.” City of Ottawa.

The city of Ottawa has helpful information regarding your drinking water. You can find it on the City of Ottawa website.