Risks of Having Older Pipes in Your Home

Not everyone wants a brand-new house. Older homes have a sense of character and charm and are often in more central locations. However, older homes also come with old plumbing systems made of lead or galvanized steel, which if left unchecked can cause problems for your health and safety. If your home is built before 1960, your pipes could likely use some upgrading.

Here are a few risks associated with having older pipes in your home.

Increases Home Insurance Premiums

Did you know that the type of pipes used in your home can affect your home insurance premiums? Insurers often charge higher premiums if your home has lead or galvanized steel piping as they are more prone to leaks and ruptures. Copper or plastic pipes are … Continue reading

What Is Backflow Testing and Why Would I Need It?

As the name suggests, backflow occurs when water flows backwards in the opposite direction of its intended course. This may occur due to back pressure or siphoning of the water. Backflow is essentially the mixing of safe, drinkable water with ‘dirty’ water. A backflow preventer can be installed to prevent this and should be tested to ensure it works properly.

Backflow Testing Basics

When a plumbing system is running smoothly, water pressure is maintained at a certain level to facilitate flow from pipes to the faucet. Sometimes leaking, or a burst pipe occurs which alters the water pressure and can cause backflow.

Back-siphonage occurs when there is a vacuum in the supply pipe line which is typically from a burst pipe, or similar breakage. Back-pressure occurs … Continue reading

Benefits of Emergency Shut Off Valves

Your home is equipped with a main water shut off valve. In case of a plumbing emergency, it’s very important to know where that valve is located so that, when necessary, you can quickly stop the flow of water into your home.

Regular Shut Off Valves

What your home may not have is one or several secondary valves that can be used to shut off the water supply to certain sections of your home or to individual taps, appliances or fixtures. These can be particularly useful while completing minor repairs. For example, if you need to replace a washer in one of your taps, you can shut off the water supply for that one location while completing the job, and still have regular water flow to … Continue reading

Tips for Preventing Burst Pipes in Winter

Canadian winters, or any cold weather winter locations, can experience many different issues based on cold temperatures. Car troubles, frostbite and poor driving conditions are common concerns, but inside the house, burst pipes are probably at the top of the list. Just one burst pipe inside your home can cause massive water damage and result in a costly cleanup. Here are some tips to help you prevent burst pipes in winter.

Why Pipes Freeze

In the winter, burst pipes generally happen because the pipe has frozen. There are a few reasons that your pipes may freeze in the winter, and it’s important to address all of them if you want the best chance for success. Pipes that are poorly insulated have the potential to freeze, as … Continue reading

What Is a Backwater Valve?

Heavy rains have the potential to cause massive amounts of damage in your home, with the main issue being a backup from the main sewer line, into the house. Having sewage inside your home creates health concerns, not to mention the horrible smell and the mess that needs to be cleaned up. Having a backwater valve installed can prevent most of the issues associated with sewer backup, giving you peace of mind each time it rains.

Backwater Valve 101

A backwater valve can be your saving grace when heavy rains cause sewage from backing up into your home. It is a valve that will close automatically if sewage backs up from the main sewer line. If your home is in a low-lying area and is susceptible … Continue reading

What to Do If There Is Water In Your Basement

A wet basement can happen to anyone, and even though you’d rather just forget it and hope it never happens to you, having a plan is always a good thing. Water in your basement can create health concerns such as mold, along with massive property damage. Here are some quick tips to help you if you ever end up with a wet basement and aren’t sure what to do.

Safety First

Family health and safety has to be your first consideration, and depending on the amount of water that’s in the basement, there are several issues that might come up. If the water level is higher than the electrical outlets in your basement, the risk of electrical shock is enough to keep you away. There is … Continue reading

Flood Prevention Solutions

Flood Prevention Solutions…Protecting your Home, Family and Your Health

National Flood Prevention (NFP) is dedicated to providing you with the very best solutions to l help you reduce the risk of  a destructive, devastating health hazard….basement and home flooding. It is never too late. Even if you’ve already had a flood, there are solutions that will help you be proactive to reduce your risk rather than reactive and cleaning up after another flood.

Insurance Bureau of Canada Reports On Home Flooding

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports that, “flood has overtaken fire” as the highest claim catastrophic event.

After the floods of 2013, and the subsequent huge claim payouts, the insurance industry is looking for ways to reduce your (and their) losses from home … Continue reading