Water Pipe

What’s a Water Hammer and How Do I Fix It?

Water hammer or hydraulic shock is the loud bang you hear when a faucet or water-using appliance is quickly shut off. The banging is caused by the shock wave that causes the pipes to move and strike against one another or another closeby structure such as wall studs or floor joists. But it isn’t just annoying, it can potentially damage your plumbing system. Read on to find several methods of eliminating water hammer.

Tightening Pipes

Even a tiny shock wave can create loud banging if the pipes aren’t secured well. This usually won’t cause pipe damage, but the sound is still an annoyance to deal with. Tightening any loose pipe straps or hangers that secure the pipes to studs or joists will prevent water hammer from occurring. Foam pipe insulation can be wrapped around pipes to absorb any shock and prevent banging. Additional pipe straps or hangers can be installed where pipes cross studs or joists.

Resetting Air Chambers

In older homes, water supply systems may have air chambers located on every hot and cold water line or near each faucet or water inlet valve. These chambers are usually located behind walls along with the rest of the plumbing pipes. The purpose of the air in the chamber is to act as a shock absorber for high speed flowing water. Overtime, this can fill up with water, eliminating the air that absorbs shock. By shutting off the water supply and draining the pipes, air can be filled in the chambers again.

Installing Water Hammer Arrestors

Installing a water hammer arrestor on each water supply line is usually the best solution for the long-term elimination of water hammer. The water hammer arrestor is similar to an air chamber but it includes air or gas-filled chamber sealed by a diaphragm or piston. The diaphragm or piston moves to absorb the shock from the water. The water and air or gas are kept separate, meaning that water will never need to be drained from the arrestor.

Installing a Water-Pressure Regulator

When the pressure of the water entering the building is too high, water hammer can occur. Normal water pressure runs between 40 - 80 psi (pounds per square inch). Anything past 80 psi is considered very high pressure and can damage appliances. Installing a water-pressure regulator where the main water supply enters the home will help to control the pressure, protecting all appliances and fixtures against high water pressure. After testing, if water pressure is higher than normal with a pressure gauge kit from a hardware store, adjust the regulator to a pressure below 50 psi or as needed.

If the source of your water hammer issue cannot be found. Consider calling your local plumbing professional to assess and fix the issue for you. If you have any further questions, contact us!

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Fixing Your Toilet DIY

Having problems fixing your toilet? Don’t worry, because here at Drain1, we have experience helping our clients in Toronto, Mississauga and even Brampton in helping with their broken or failing toilets. Here are some things to know when your toilet isn’t working and you want to fix it! It’s Not Draining One issue many of our clients face is that despite how many times they try to press the plunger…

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Signs A Sewer Backup Is Coming

Awaking in the morning and hearing that the house has a sewer backup is the probably one of the worst things to hear.  You can hear your toilets are overflowing. Also, the water is not draining down the sink, and your children are screaming all around the house. No one should have to go through this. Yet, the best way to fix this issue is to have avoided it from the very beginning. Here at Drain1, we understand this pain more than anyone else. We have many customers call in to our Drain 1 Toronto location asking for help. However, we also know that it is best to prevent them before they begin. We will take you through signs that will help you spot them before they begin!

Sign of Sewer Backup #1

The first and usual indicator that your house is about to have one's if there are more than one drain having issues draining. Remember, it has be more than one, since a single drain getting clogged happens occasionally. It can be fixed easily too. If the drains that are getting clogged are ones that you do not use frequently, then it is a much bigger warning, and something that requires dire attention.

Sign of Sewer Backup #2

Everyone likes bubbles. Kids, adults, and even grandparents can find enjoyment in them. However, if you see them popping out of your toilet, or any other area which has a drain, it isn’t anything good. The bubbles are coming from the air bubbles that are getting trapped when water trying to get past a clog. The best way to determine if this is a one-off event, just collect several gallons of water and flush it down the drain.

Sign of Sewer Backup #3

Say you flush your toilet, but then hear the water gurgling as it flows down a drain perhaps under your shower. Sure, it sounds creepy, however it hints at a greater threat, which is a clog existing in your plumbing. When the water is flushed down the toilet, since there is a clog, it is seeking another way of getting past it. Hence the reason you hear water gurgling in other drains.

These 3 signs will be enough to spot a sewer backup happening in your house early on. However, if you have questions, or any comments on what we said, please contact us at our Drain 1 Toronto location!

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Common Plumbing Issues In Toronto

COMMON PLUMBING ISSUES IN TORONTO HOMEOWNERS SHOULD KNOW The plumbing system is a really complex one. With the huge amount of components that need a plumbing system in order to run smoothly, it is not such a big surprise that from times to times some of them are in need of replacement. In addition, in Toronto, we have another factor that plays a significant role in common plumbing issues. Most…

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Tips for winter plumbing

Protect Your Plumbing System The winter seasons in Canada is hard to come across for anyone, not to mention plumbing systems in the harsh stormy winter. Without the right preparation you might face a couple of problems related to your plumbing system. Here we have several winter plumbing tips for Toronto home owners to prevent plumbing problems. Always have warm and circulated air in house Staying with a steady temperature…

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5 Tips for Keeping Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks Clean & Clear

Bathroom drains routinely become slow from sticky substances like toothpaste, shaving cream and hair which all collect in the drain pipe. Kitchen sink drains have similar problems because oil and grease tend to solidify and build up over time.

Drain Cleaning Tips From the Pros

It is easy to treat and prevent these issues using items you already have at home. Learn how with these simple drain cleaning tips:

1. Do-It-Yourself

It is Bathroom sinks and tubs that usually become slow and blocked for different reasons than kitchen sinks, so you have to deal with them in different ways. For cleaning bathroom drains, ordinary table salt can be a very effective ingredient in your toolbox. Pour at least one tablespoon of salt into your bathroom drain followed by 1⁄4 cup of plain white vinegar, and let it sit for an hour. Then, run HOT water to clear out all of the loosened substances from the drain. For best results, do this a second time. So, to treat and prevent these issues using items you already have at home.

2. Maintain Your Sinks

To keep your drain clear after you clean it out, you need to pour a little bleach into the sing from time to time. Let it sit overnight or for at least an hour before you run water down the drain again

3. Ditch the Grease

 bleach into the sink to fight grease build-up in your kitchen sink. The drain can be remedied with liquid dish detergent and a large volume of boiling water. Put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Squirt a generous amount of dish liquid (at least a tablespoon) directly into your drain and pour the boiling water into the drain, a little at a time. The rapidly boiling water will melt grease deposits while the detergent helps to dissolve grease and oil and allow the boiling water to flush it away. You may want to repeat this process two to three times if the grease build-up is substantial. Let it sit overnight or for at least an hour before you run water down the drain again.

4. Hotter Than Usual Water

It may seem obvious, but simply putting hot water down your kitchen and bathroom sink drains at least weekly can go a long way to keeping them clean and clear. For the kitchen sink, hot water will help to melt and flush away light grease deposits. Bathroom drains also benefit from very hot water, since you normally wouldn’t use such hot water for washing your hands or face.

5. Use Cold Water Wisely

Conversely, when running your garbage disposal, it also runs copious amounts of COLD water down the drain, not hot. Coldwater will keep oils and grease in a solid-state so they can break by the disposal, whereas hot water will melt and soften grease and encourage it to coat the inside of your drain. Only use hot water after you have already run the disposal to help remove any grease deposits that may have formed when you were washing pots and pans.

Contact Drain’s 1 team for more tips.

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