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Floods in Toronto Will Only Get Worse. Is Your House Prepared?

For the last 15 years Toronto has experienced a number of major floods. Whereas before floods were a rare occurrence, unpredictable in their onslaught, nowadays they seem like an annual rite of passage, as predictable and inevitable as the…
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How to Make Sure Your Home Has Clean Water

Water is the source of all life, the primary makeup of our bodies. Every living organism needs it. Unfortunately, the path water takes from its source to our drinking glasses is a long one, and requires a lot of purification and protection.For…
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Spring Cleaning: a Handy Guide to Your Drains

Toronto is now firmly in the thick of spring. The cherry blossoms made their much-anticipated arrival, drawing throngs of onlookers to High Park. The rain has been off-and-on, with more than a few unseasonably cold days. The Blue Jays have…
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This Spring, Keep Your Kitchen Clog-Free

Your shower drain might give you a headache occasionally, as may your bathroom sink drain – after all, they bear the brunt of all that loose hair and soap scum. But far and away the most stubborn of the drains in your house is the kitchen…
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Avoid a Costly Sewage Backup – Remove Your Old Building Trap!

We’ve discussed the many plumbing quirks and pitfalls of older homes in Toronto on this blog before. We’ve discussed how, even though these houses come with a great deal of character and history, they might not always manage your modern…
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Considering Basement Lowering? Here’s How It Affects Your Plumbing!

Toronto is a city on the rise, growing in population every year, as new people from surrounding areas, and further abroad, flood in to call the Six their home. But with a finite amount of space, what this means is that the city’s population…
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Basement Floor Drain: What They Are and When to Replace Them

Often, homeowners like to leave the basement well enough alone. Whatever goes on down there is a mystery, since it’s outside your field of view, so rather than meddle you just let it do its thing. But unfortunately, basements are not self-regulating,…
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Then vs. Now: How Toronto Plumbing Has Changed and Improved

The streetcars here in Toronto used to look more like trolley cars. The skyline used to be low to the ground, with only the Royal York Hotel towering above the others. The buildings used to be covered in soot, and you used to be able to get…
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Backwater Valves: Your First Defense Against Basement flooding

Your basement can be flooded from a variety of different sources: it can be the sanitary drain, the storm drain, your weeping tiles, or it can be a faulty sump pump, a burst water pipe... The list goes on. Wherever the source and whatever the…
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Stack Pipes: Repairing and Replacing These Important Pipes

There are a lot of perks about living in Toronto: the thriving, busy city centre, the abundance of entertainment and cultural activities, and the surrounding nature, to name just a few. But being a homeowner in Toronto can sometimes be a headache.…
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A Short Guide to Main Drain Repair and Replacement

The joys of having an older home are numerous. They are often constructed solidly, in beautiful brick, brimming with old timey charm and character. But, as we have discussed many times on this blog, once you strip back that lovely exterior…
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How to Pick The Best Plumbing Fixtures for Your Home

As we head into a New Year, and yet another popular season for home renovation, we start seeing more and more homeowners mull over plumbing fixtures. Oftentimes, the first room to get renovated is the bathroom, and homeowners, eager to see…