LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS: THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS: THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

LEARN HOW TO UNBLOCK DRAINS:
THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY

A clogged drain is a real hassle, whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom. If you want to keep using your plumbing, as usual, that clog has got to go. However, you may not want to have harsh chemical drain cleaners in your home. Children and pets may get into them and present a serious hazard. But you may also want to minimize the number of chemicals you put into the environment via the water supply cycle. If that’s the case, follow these tips to learn how to unblock drains in eco-friendly ways!

TRY USING A PLUNGER FIRST

Using the proper kind of plunger for your drain – and yes, there are plungers that are appropriate to use on a sink. They are usually red rubber and have a shallow suction cup. Plunging the drain may be all you need to do. The suction could force the clog away, leaving you with a clear drain.

TURN TO BAKING SODA

After the plunger method, your drain may not be totally clear. If this is the case, pour a cup of baking soda down it and then 3 cups of very hot water. This can resolve clogs nicely, but if it doesn’t, there are still other tricks to try.

ADD VINEGAR

Vinegar and baking soda may bring elementary school science projects to mind, but in reality, they make a great combination for cleaning drains. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then half a cup of white vinegar. You can also heat the vinegar first or follow up the combination with very hot water if it’s a really stubborn clog. Some people also swear by adding just a little lemon juice to the mix.

A Green Solution

Once you’ve tried all these eco-friendly drain cleaning methods, you’re clog should be gone! If it isn’t, don’t turn to a chemical drain cleaner! There could be adverse reactions within your pipes when you mix all these items with chemicals. If your drain still isn’t clear, it’s time to call a professional!

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3 Common Office Plumbing Issues

3 Common Office Plumbing Issues

3 Common Office Plumbing Issues

It doesn’t matter if your place of business has 10 employees or 100, plumbing issues will be inevitable. However, you can take conscious steps to ensure these problems don’t get serious. Here are some of the most common plumbing issues for your, office and how to fix them:

1. A Clogged Toilet

You probably have experienced a clogged toilet at home before. At an office, more people are using the toilets and urinals, so a backup may occur regularly. In public places, people are a lot more likely to flush items they shouldn’t causing the fixtures to back up. If this happens often in your office, be sure to put up a sign on the doors noting not to. Also, place wastebaskets in between all the stalls so the ladies can easily pitch these things in the trash.

2. Water That's Too Hot or Cold

Have you ever tried to wash your hands in the office’s kitchen only to be met with freezing water from the faucet? If this is a common occurrence, your building’s central water heater might not be working properly. Sometimes this can be fixed by simply resetting the heather, but in other cases, it requires the work from a professional plumber.

The same goes for water pressure. If you notice the faucet isn’t spewing out water at its normal rate, it can be because your aerator is blocked or the fixture needs to be replaced completely. If your faucet pressure is lower than usual, don’t ignore the problem – get it looked at.

3. Bad Odor

No one expects plumbing fixtures to smell like roses, but if you notice something particularly odorous, it could be a part of a larger issue. Many smells can be a telltale sign there’s water leakage. If you sniff something off, call your local plumber to take a look.

A Green Solution

There are plenty of ways to make your office’s plumbing more environmentally friendly. Your building can install low flush toilets. These are fixtures that use less water – some only 1.1 gallons per flush. Dual-flush toilets, which are fixtures that separate liquid and solid waste, are also popular in buildings. Replacing your old toilets is an essential step in making your building more green and saving money.

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3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

3 REASONS TO INSTALL A TOUCHLESS FAUCET

We are beginning to see many touchless or hands-free faucets in restaurants, stores, and offices. These automatic faucets are gaining in popularity in the commercial world and for many good reasons. Here are three reasons you should consider a hands-free fixture in your place of business:

1. WATER CONSERVATION

Studies have shown that every time you wash your hands with a traditional manual type faucet, you are using about 2 gallons of water per minute! Hands-free or automatic faucets turn off automatically, potentially conserving a significant amount of water each year. Water conservation is an important issue for all of us. Not only are touchless faucets better for the environment but you should also see a decrease in your water bill as well.

2. PREVENT THE SPREADING OF GERMS

Not having to touch your faucet can help prevent the spread of germs. Germs often linger on faucet handles, which means you can easily pick them up when you’re turning the water on or off to wash your hands. Having a hands-free faucet can help prevent other employees from becoming sick and missing work. A simple upgrade could pay for itself in lost work time and save employees the need to spend off in the doctor’s office.

3. REDUCES THE NEED FOR REPAIRS

Hands-Free faucets are not subject to the physical abuse that the traditional faucet receives. There are no handles, internal washers, packing glands or cartridges to become damaged from the constant use.

When considering a faucet for your commercial property, be sure to compare and contrast a traditional faucet to a touchless faucet. Never forget the benefits of going hands-free. The biggest benefit you can’t beat is never having to worry about someone leaving the water running, resulting in high water usage and a large bill! Save time, money, and health by going hands-free!

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Three Types of Wastewater

Three Types of Wastewater

Three Types of Wastewater

Oh no! You’ve experienced a flooding or sewage emergency. What happens next?

The steps you’ll take to begin addressing water damage in your home depend heavily on the type of wastewater you’re dealing with.

BLACKWATER

Blackwater refers to wastewater contaminated with human waste. Blackwater comes from flush toilets, urinals and bidets, and contains human waste such as urine and feces as well as toilet paper. Blackwater can also include water from food preparation sinks, dishwashers and other sources. Raw sewage is classified as blackwater. Blackwater is a haven for dangerous bacteria and pathogens that must fully decompose before being released into the environment. It can also be contaminated with dissolved chemicals and particulates, making contact even more dangerous.

When it comes to flooding emergencies, blackwater floods are the most dangerous and the most destructive. Because of the extremely unsanitary conditions of the water, porous and absorbent items such as carpets, upholstery and drywall are often unsalvageable. Contact with blackwater via ingestion or skin contact can cause illness.

If you suspect that the flooding situation involves sewage or blackwater, it is advisable to contact a professional plumber and a water restoration expert to assess the situation before attempting to begin remedying it yourself.

GREYWATER

Greywater, or sullage, refers to wastewater that is not contaminated with fecal matter. Greywater could include water from bathtubs and showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and sinks. It generally contains fewer pathogens than blackwater and can be reused for non-potable purposes, such as toilet flushing. Greywater still contains small amounts of contaminants and can induce illness if ingested.

Floods by greywater can be caused by a weather event, an overflowing plumbing fixture or appliance or even a broken pipe. This type of greywater can saturate carpeting, furniture and drywall. If you experience a home flood with greywater, take caution when beginning the cleaning process. Wear protective gear, and keep children, pets and individuals with a compromised immune system away from the flooded area. If the flood is extensive, such as several inches of water in the basement, it is advisable to hire professionals to safely clean up and decontaminate the area. Cleanup must begin immediately–greywater can become blackwater in as little as 48 hours.

CLEAR WATER

Floodwater that does not post an immediate health threat is known as clean water. Seems obvious, right? Clear water floods can result from malfunctioning appliances, toilet holding tanks, and melting snow, rainwater and groundwater. Clear water home floods are generally safe for you to clean up yourself but remember–time is an important factor. Standing clear water can become greywater in as little as 48 hours.

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Backflow Prevention – What is it and Why Do We Need it?

Backflow Prevention – What is it and Why Do We Need it?

Backflow Prevention –
What is it and Why Do We Need it?

Cross-connections in plumbing are defined as actual or potential connections between a potable and non-potable water supply. This can constitute a serious public health hazard. There are numerous well documented cases where cross-connections have been responsible for contamination of drinking water and have resulted in poisoning and or the spread of disease through the water.

This problem is a dynamic one because piping systems are continually being installed, repaired, replaced, or extended. Control of cross-connection is possible, but only through knowledge and vigilance. Under Public Law 99-339, the “Safe Drinking Water Act” (SDWA) was passed in 1986. This act placed the water purveyor with the primary responsibility for preventing water from unapproved sources, or any other substances, from entering the public water system.

All Municipalities with public water systems are required to have a cross-connection control program in place to protect the water supply. Backflow prevention devices are installed on water supply systems for this reason.

TYPES OF BACKFLOW DEVICES

There are many types of backflow devices, but there are only three types that can be tested:

1. Pressure Vacuum Breakers – PVB

These vacuum breakers are used where a condition of back-siphonage could occur. Back-siphonage can be the result of a total loss of pressure within the system due to a breakage in the main supply piping or other reasons. The pressure vacuum breaker is a mechanical device consisting of one spring loaded air inlet valve on the discharge side of the device. This device includes shut off valves and test ports on each end of the device. They are used in low or high hazard conditions.

2. Double Check Valve Assemblies – DCVA

The double check valve assembly is a mechanical device that consists of two spring loaded check valves. This device includes shut off valves and test ports on each end of the device. This device is effective against back pressure and is used to isolate low hazard pollutants (non-health threatening/non-toxic).

3. Reduced Pressure Zone Assemblies – RPZ

The reduced pressure zone assembly is a mechanical device that consists of two spring loaded check valves and a relief valve. This device includes shut off valves and test ports on each end of the device and can be used for backpressure, back-siphonage, and it can be used in toxic or high hazard conditions.

WHAT IS REQUIRED

A backflow prevention device needs to be inspected annually. The 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code in section 603.2 states:

Devices or assemblies installed in a potable water supply system for protection against backflow shall be maintained in good working condition by the person or persons having control of such devices or assemblies. Such devices or assemblies shall be tested at the time of installation, repair, or relocation and not less than on an annual schedule thereafter, or more often where required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Where found to be defective or inoperative, the device or assembly shall be repaired or replaced. No device or assembly shall be removed from use or relocated without the approval of the AHJ. Testing shall be performed by a certified backflow assembly tester in accordance with ASSE Series 5000 or otherwise approved by the AHJ.

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WHAT THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY SHOULD KNOW AND DO

1) Backflow devices are not limited to being installed on the main water line into the building from the water purveyor. You may also have them throughout the building on supply lines to equipment or machinery within the building. These are installed to protect the occupants within the building from a potentially hazardous condition. They should also be set up on an annual inspection plan.

2) If you are responsible for the safe operation of any backflow device you should partner with an experienced, licensed, certified, and insured backflow tester. Qualified testers are individuals who have passed an approved certification course and hold a valid license to test and repair or replace the devices. They may work alone as a sole proprietor or be employed by a larger company. Regardless, find someone who is knowledgeable on the various devices and knows what the local codes require in your area. They should be knowledgeable on how the device operates, how it should be properly installed, what the testing parameters are, and how to file all necessary documentation and/or permits that may be required for the work.

3) The testing procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. During this time the water will need to be shut down on the water line where the device is installed. Oftentimes this could be the entire building.

4) Backflow devices are well designed. Most all devices can be repaired. Replacement is not always necessary.

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Managing your Drain Lines

Managing your Drain Lines

Managing your drain lines

Maintaining and Managing Drains

‘Out of sight out of mind’. That’s the problem with the drain line. What we can’t see will hurt us. When the drain line backs up everything connected to it backs up with it.

There are many drain lines within a building and they come in different sizes for different applications. Regardless, they will all need and should be maintained. Depending on what the drain line is used for will determine what type of maintenance is required. For example, a drain line to a hand wash sink in a washroom won’t require as frequent maintenance as a drain line to a sink for a hair wash sink. When you own a business, you should consider having a maintenance plan in effect to protect your company or business from that dreaded blockage that can cost you money in down time. Our plumbers can review your situation and make recommendations to suit your needs.

DRAIN SERVICES:

Having a service or maintenance plan for drain lines may not sound practical but it is prudent. The nature of your business will determine the best plan for you. Keeping drains clear and free flowing is vital for any business. A good plumbing company will be able to offer drain maintenance and drain cleaning for the commercial sector and they will have the proper equipment to do the job. Here are a few examples of maintaining your drains:

  • Main drain maintenance and inspections.

  • Small fixture drain line maintenance and inspections.

  • Floor drain inspection.

  • Cleanout inspections.

  • Vent inspection.

  • Grease trap inspection, cleaning and repair where applicable.

  • Storm water drain line inspection.

Maintained Drains Last Longer.

No matter what the problem may be, your local plumbing professionals will have the best tools for the job. To diagnose major issues deep within drains, technicians utilize high-tech camera systems to spot blockages several feet beneath the surface. Once they’ve spotted the problem, they can then use high-pressure water jetting to penetrate through thick grease, sludge or roots that may be disrupting water flow. All of this is done without being invasive and without major disruption to business operations. Maintaining and managing your drain lines is one of the most important parts of owning a business. Being proactive will help avoid problems down the line – literally!

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