Basement waterproofing starts with your plumber!

Waterproofing companies provide many solutions tailored to fit your specific needs. One thing they all have in common is that they rely on a properly working storm sewer. Without this, the moisture they have removed from the air, the water they have collected from the ground or the new interior and exterior perimeter pipes they have installed have no means of drainage. That’s where we come in. We are your storm sewer repair specialists

We guarantee the proper operation of your storm sewer system. Whether your system is plugged with roots or has collapsed completely – we will make sure your house is protected during the next snow melt or rain storm.

With one call, text, email or Facebook message – you can make an appointment with us to inspect your basement drainage system. We can insure your basement is protected this year with services and products such as:

  • Storm Sewer Inspection Services
  • Electric Sump Pumps
  • Water Powered Back-up Sump Pumps
  • Storm Sewer & Conductor Cleaning
  • Sewer Repairs and Replacements

Most often, the cause of a storm sewer system failure is due to roots that have infiltrated a compromised piping system.

Most of the time these can be cleaned out with our top-of-the-line sewer machines & inspection equipment. However, in more extreme cases it may require excavation and replacement. Don’t let this worry you. We are experts. And your home will be better off as a result.

Spring is right around the corner….don’t let the rainy season wash you out!

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Sill Cocks & Frost Free Hose Bibs (…and a little diy)

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Frost free hose bibs are specially designed to eliminate the need to turn an outside faucet off during the winter. Typically, there are two types of outside faucets: sill cocks (the bottom faucet) and hose bibs (the top faucet).

A sill cock is an older style of outside faucet that shuts the water off right near the handle of the faucet. This causes problems in the winter time because, even though the sill cock is shut off, you still have a portion of the water line which feeds the sill cock exposed to freezing temperatures. When water lines freeze they will break as a result of the expanding ice. To avoid this you have to go down into the basement before every winter and turn off the supply of water to the sill cock.

Frost free hose bibs are constructed differently. Instead of shutting the water supply off right at the handle, which we noted is susceptible to freezing, the handle is connected to a shaft that runs inside a tube which, when turned, shuts off the water supply further inside the house where warmer air will prevent the water from freezing. If installed properly, your frost free hose bib will have a slight angle which will allow any water inside the tube to drain away once the hose bib is shut off.

Here is a quick reference guide to installing a frost free hose bib

This project will require:

  1. Tampering with your water supply
  2. Use of a torch in a confined space
  3. Basic soldering knowledge
  4. Basic knowledge of use of both hand and power tools

**NOTE** If any water is left in lines you are trying to solder – it will fail and you will have a leak.  The hose bib must be installed at an angle towards to outside to allow water to drain and prevent freezing. The following step-by-step guide is a very basic illustration intended only to guide you. The actual process will vary based on your circumstances and requires you to be a little “handy”.

If you feel uncomfortable with the use of these tools then contact a professional. We are always here to help.

Things you will need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Tubing Cutters
  • Torch
  • Solder
  • Emery Cloth
  • Flux Paste
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screws
  • Plumbers Putty
  • Flame Retardant Protective Barrier
  • Rag

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Step 1:

Turn off the water supply line located at near the water meter. Then cut out the old sill cock and shut-off valve with a pair of tubing cutters.

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Step 2:

You may need to drill out the hole through the sill plate to accommodate the added diameter of the hose bib.

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Step 3:

Clean all of your copper and brass fittings with emery cloth and flux paste in preparation for solder.

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Step 4:

Solder your copper water lines and brass shut-off valve. Turn the water back on and test for leaks.

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Step 5:

Connect a hose to the hose bib and wash you car!

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Get ready for winter!

We’ve had an extremely mild winter so far this year to say the least. Don’t let this weather cause you to become complacent with the things that should still be done around the house. By paying attention to these few things you can save some money in costly repairs in the future.

  1. Remember to disconnect your hoses from all outside faucets. By doing so you allow the water that would otherwise be trapped in the faucet to drain away and thus not freeze and burst the faucet. This applies to both ‘frost-free’ and ‘silcock’ style faucets.
  2. Turn off all outside faucets from the basement. Unless you have frost-free faucets, it is a great idea to shut the water supply to the faucets off to prevent freezing this winter. If you are unsure of the type of faucets you have then give us a call and well will gladly conduct a walk through with you in insure you are ready for winter.
  3. Be sure your downspouts are connected and working properly. If rain water & snow melt doesn’t drain away properly, the freezing and expanding can cause cracks in the wall. Sometimes this can be solved by simply having us run a sewer snake down the line and clean it out.
  4. Turn off some things if you are going away. If you are planning a trip somewhere this year it is a great idea to turn the water off to the entire house and the setting the thermostat on the water heater to “vacation” or “pilot”. By doing this you are protecting your home from a flood in case a water line breaks while you are away. You can also avoid added costs of heating water while you’re away and not using it.
  5. Check your sump pump & have a back-up system in place. A sump pump is an extremely valuable item in your house. Without some means of drainage, the big hole in the ground that is your basement would surely fill up with water. Be sure you don’t get caught with a bad sump pump and a flooded basement. There are many other options available for a back-up system as well in case your primary pumps fails or you experience a power outage.

 

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