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The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters Compared to Traditional Water Heaters

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters Compared to Traditional Water HeatersRather than storing 30 to 50 gallons of water, or more in a tank and using energy to keep the water heated to the desired temperature levels, a tankless water heater operates much differently. When you turn on a faucet in the home for hot water, the tankless heater makes the hot water “on demand.” As a result, these types of water heaters are much more energy efficient because they only use electricity, natural gas, or propane, when you turn on the hot water. With traditional tanks, the heater can turn on numerous times throughout the day to keep stored water heated.


Another benefit of a tankless water heater is a reduction in your overall energy usage, which translates to lower hydro and gas bills, and can be as much as a 20% decrease depending on the amount of hot water your home uses. Over time, the energy savings alone, can easily offset the initial costs to convert your home to a tankless water heater. Plus, tankless models tend to last five to ten years longer than traditional water heater models.

A tankless water heater also uses less water. Instead of having to turn on the faucet and wait for the water to get hot, quit common with a traditional tank water heater, a tankless heater delivers hot water immediately. So you will also see a reduction in water usage and lower monthly bills.

In some cases, the Canadian government may offer special rebates and incentives on tankless water heaters, especially if they are Energy Star® certified. Remember to check out Natural Resources Canada or talk to your Mississauga plumbing company to see what incentives are currently being offered.

There are several different models of tankless water heaters, and installation is fairly easy, as long as you have a professional plumber do the work. The tankless heater can be installed in the same location as your current water heater and use the existing water, electrical connections, and natural gas line (if applicable).

Since tankless heaters take up significantly less space, they provide more flexibility where they can be installed within your home. They can be installed under sink cabinets, on walls, and other such locations. If you want the heater installed in a different are of the home, it is possible, so long as water, electricity, and gas lines are accessible.

To learn more about tankless water heaters for your home, help deciding which models would be best, or to find out current incentives on Energy Star® models, please feel free to contact Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 today!

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Mississauga Plumbers Share Tips for Finding Water Leaks

Mississauga Plumbers Share Tips for Finding Water LeaksNot all water leaks are easy to spot and find, like an annoying dripping faucet or the pooling water underneath a sink. Sometimes, leaks can occur in other areas of the home that are not as easily accessible or can even be out of sight. Just because you do not hear the drip, drip, drip sound of water or hear water flowing through the pipes within your home does not mean water is not leaking somewhere.


Water leaks can occur just about anywhere inside and outside the home. Even though they are hard to find, there are some telltale signs to pay attention to and if you notice them, contact a Mississauga plumbing company immediately for assistance. Ignoring the problem will not resolve it and will only lead to more costly repairs down the road.


Sign #1 – Water Bills Are Increasing

It is a good idea to keep track of your water usage and monitor it from month-to-month. Most households tend to use about the same amount, except for a few minor exceptions, like filling up the swimming pool in summer or when house guests visit over the holidays. If you notice a big spike in your water bill, but had no reason for the extra usage, you could have a leak.


Sign # 2 – The Appearance of Mildew and Mold

Both mildew and mold like moist, wet, and damp areas, which are common in the bathroom. However, if you notice mildew and mold growing in other areas of the home, like on the walls or along baseboards, it indicates a water problem and potential leak.


Sign # 3 – Your Water Meter Constantly Ticks

If you have easy access to your water meter – some are actually outside the home in the ground – while others are just inside the home where the main water line comes inside – one way to check for leaks is to listen to see if it constantly ticks when all water is shut off. If it is ticking, then that means there is a water leak.


Sign # 4 – Discoloured Floors, Walls, or Ceilings

Discolourations in the floor’s, wall’s, or ceiling’s primary finish is due to leaking water creating a wet spot, which starts to dry, but then is exposed to more water, and the process continues until it softens the area, cracks, and becomes an even bigger mess.


Sign # 5 – Newly Formed Cracks in the Foundation/Basement Floor

As homes age and settle, it is normal to find cracks along the foundation or even in the basement floor. However, if the occurrence of these cracks seems to be occurring more frequently or existing cracks are becoming bigger, it could be from a water leak.


If you notice any of the above signs or need help finding a water leak inside your home, please feel free to contact Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 and schedule an appointment with one of our plumbing experts today!

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5 Must Know Tips That Can Save You From Calling Emergency Plumbers in Mississauga

Five Must Know Tips That Can Save Your From Calling Emergency Plumbers in MississaugaWinter in Mississauga can be unforgiving when the temperatures dip down below freezing and the winds pick up speed. It is during these times, homeowners experience the most frequent problem with their plumbing in the winter: frozen pipes.


If you remember back to your chemistry or science courses, when water freezes it expands. This is why you hear nightmares about people’s homes getting flooded in the winter from frozen water lines. As the ice expands inside the pipe, it places added pressure on connections and different sections of the plumbing. Unfortunately, eventually something has to give, so the pipe can crack or be pulled apart at a connection, leading to water seeping in. As the pipes warm up and thaw, the water will quickly pour out of any openings and flood the home.


To avoid having to call emergency plumbers Mississauga from Precise Plumbing, we offer the following suggestions to prevent frozen water lines in the winter:


1. Keep outside doors closed. Water lines are ran into homes in different areas, which could include your garage and basement. During the winter, avoid leaving the garage door open for an extended period of time, especially on cold days. In the basement, make sure any doors and/or windows are closed. If you have a crawl space under the home, close any air vents around the exterior of the home in the winter, to block out cold air.


2. Open cabinet doors on extremely cold days. Allow warm air to get under sinks and around the water lines. The air will also circulate into the interior parts of the home and could prevent water lines from freezing.


3. Never shut off your heat. Hydro and energy bills can be expensive in the winter and some homeowners try to save money by shutting off their furnaces while they are away from the home. While temperatures inside the home might not get too cold, the interior areas of the home could potentially fall below freezing. Rather, it is better to turn down the thermostat three to five degrees lower than your preferred “at-home” temperature.


4. Verify pipes are properly insulated. The water lines leading into your home need to be buried deep enough underground to prevent freezing. In cases where they cannot be buried as deeply as required, they need to be properly insulated to keep the cold out. Indoor pipes also need sufficient insulation within the interior walls, attic, basement, and/or crawl space.


5. Wrap exposed pipes. It is also beneficial to wrap exposed plumbing with an approved product to further protect against cold and freezing temperatures. Outdoors use special covers to put over exposed water faucets.


In addition, if you know certain areas of your home are not fully protected from freezing temperatures, you can turn on sink faucets and allow the water to drip out slowly to help prevent them from freezing solid until temperatures warm back up, but this will increase your water bill. For assistance in ensuring your water lines are protected from freezing, or in the event you do experience frozen pipes, feel free to contact the plumbing experts at Precise Plumbing by calling 647-878-9293 now!

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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Water heaters are designed to last a set period of time before they need replaced. For most of us, we tend to take a “wait-and-see” approach to our water heaters,after continuing to run the heater on borrowed time, past its useful life cycle. Eventually, we will come home to discover water dripping or running out of the bottom of the heater, across the basement floor or other area of the home where the water heater is installed. Then, we scramble around trying to get it replaced so we do not have to go without hot water.


Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replaced

Sign #1

The first sign it might be time to replace your water heater is its age. Most traditional gas and electric water heaters last around ten years, or so. If your water heater is more than ten years old, you are now on “borrowed time,” so need to start seriously thinking about a replacement.


To find out how old your water heater is, you will need to look on the outside of the tank for the model number, serial number, and manufacturer date. Most manufacturer’s but a sticker somewhere along the upper section of the water heater with this information. Once you have it, if you have problem deciphering the manufacture date code, contact your Mississauga plumber for assistance.


Sign #2

Your water heater is making weird noises, like there is rocks inside rolling around. Over time, sediment within the heater will harden. When the heater has reached this point in its life, it is an indication it needs to be replaced as the hardened material will cause a loss of energy efficiency and can cause internal damage leading to leaks and cracks in the tank.


Sign #3

You notice rust-coloured water coming out of your faucets. Rust in the water could come from several sources, including galvanized pipes and well water. To determine if it is the water tank, run only cold water to see if it is clear or rusty. Next, run only hot water. You can also drain out several gallons of water out of the water heater directly. You should drain around ten to fifteen gallons out. Once you reach this amount of water, if it is still rusty, then more than likely your water heater has rusted from the inside and it will only be a short time before it starts leaking.


Sign #4

You start to notice water pooling underneath and around the water tank. This often indicates the tank has a leak in one or more areas. At this point, it is best to call a professional plumber to determine whether the leak can be fixed, if your tank is less than ten years old, or if you need to replace the water tank.


For further questions about water heater repairs and replacements or to schedule service, please feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our Mississauga plumbers, here at My Precise Plumbing, by calling (647) 878-9293 today!

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How to Find the Source of Dampness in the Basement

Waterproofing your basement is a good idea if you are experiencing problems with dampness, mold and mildew. If you smell a strong musty smell whenever you go down into your basement, it is often an indication of a water problem. If you ignore this early warning sign, eventually, over time, it can become worse and lead to actual water in the basement.

The first thing you need to do is determine the source of the dampness or water. One easy trick is to tape a large piece of aluminum foil to each basement wall and leave it up for at least 24 hours. Then, the next day, check it for signs of condensation. If the dampness on the outside of the foil, it signifies you have a high humidity level in the basement.

When the air reaches the cooler basement foundation walls, it is cooled and condensation forms. The easy fix for humidity problems is to get a humidifier and use it to remove the excess humidity from the basement.

On the other hand, if you find condensation under the foil, it means the water is being forced through the walls due to hydrostatic pressure and could be the result of rising and falling groundwater levels or poor drainage around the exterior of the home. In this case, you will want to get your basement walls waterproofed by a qualified plumber and drain cleaning service in Mississauga, like us, here at My Precise Plumbing.

Why Use a Professional?

Granted, there are DIY products on the market but these do not necessary address the actual cause of the dampness and water in your basement. Most DIY solutions are essentially a Band-Aid and fail to fully identify the source of the problem so it can be resolved properly. For instance, one DIY solution some people try are those “coatings” they apply to their basement walls on the interior of the home.

While this stops the dampness from forming on the walls, water could start accumulating inside the cement or cinder blocks that support the home. Eventually, the water will build up enough hydrostatic pressure and force itself through the coating, creating an even bigger mess.

Furthermore, the types of solutions that will work best for your home can vary based upon the type of water problem you are experiencing. It is for these reasons you should obtain a professional opinion. The most effective solution to preventing water and dampness from getting into your basement is to have the exterior foundation walls waterproofed.

In cases where the foundation is not easily accessible, the next option is interior waterproofing. With our detailed interior water heater, we provide a complete solution for addressing the water problem, ensuring it drains away correctly, and prevents damaging the foundation of your home.

For more information about waterproofing your basement, or to obtain a free quote, please feel free to contact My Precise Plumbing at (647) 878-9293 today!

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Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Before you know it, another cold winter will soon be upon us. Now is the time to start winterizing your home to protect from the long cold days ahead. Not taking the time to prepare your home can lead to costly repairs down the road, like frozen and burst water pipes. In fact, one of the leading causes of wintertime damage to homes is from water damage from a burst pipe.

To avoid costly damage to your home, the Plumbers Mississauga  at My Precise Plumbing offer these valuable tips and suggestions to prepare your home for winter:

  1. Verify your basement is properly waterproofed. Wet and damp basements can turn into bigger problems if cracks in the home’s foundation develop and become bigger. These same small openings can also allow freezing air into the home and cause pipes to freeze.
  2. Have exposed interior pipes wrapped in insulating materials. Whether under your home in a crawl space or your basement, wrapping exposed pipes provides an added layer of protection from cold temperatures.
  3. Shut off outdoor faucets and cover. Outside water faucets should be turned off, the water drained out of the line, and covered. Covering the faucets helps prevent the transfer of cold down the water line and into the home. Draining the water from the line will prevent the pipes from freezing.
  4. Verify exterior plumbing from wells is protected. If you have a well, take the time to inspect the pipes that run from the well into your home. Above ground pipes need to be properly wrapped and insulated. Below ground pipes should be buried at the proper depth to prevent freezing.
  5. Shut down your AC and prepare your furnace. Test your furnace now to make sure it is functioning correctly. You should also inspect and replace air filters and remember to turn your humidifier to the winter setting if it has been shut off throughout the summer.
  6. Check for air leaks around windows and doors. If you notice areas around windows or doors where you can sunlight coming in or feel air drafts, you need to seal these up using an appropriate winterization door or window kit.
  7. Clean leaves and debris out of eaves and gutters. Wet, damp leaves, combined with heavy snow falls can cause your eaves and gutters to become over-weighted and be pulled off the home. In addition, improper draining eaves and gutters and cause water to get under shingles and siding, where it can freeze and lead to even bigger problems.
  8. Have your hot water heater serviced. It is beneficial to have your hot water heater serviced to verify it is operating correctly. You should also consider getting the heater wrapped in an approved insulated “blanket” to help prevent heat loss and improve its efficiency.

For assistance with all of your plumbing winterization and waterproofing preparations Mississauga, please feel free to call My Precise Plumbing at 647-878-9293 today!

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Common Causes for a Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet can be rather annoying as you sit and hear the drip, drip, drip sound of water drops hitting the bottom of the sink. Besides being an annoyance, dripping faucets waste water and increases monthly water bills with Mississauga plumber.

There can be several reasons why your faucet is dripping including:

  • Age of the Faucet – Over time, the hardware within the faucet can simply wear out due to age and not operate correctly.
  • Worn Out O-Rings – O-rings are a small discs, normally attached to a screw on faucets with turning knobs. O-rings can become loose or wear out and allow small amounts of water to pass through and drip into the sink.
  • Defective Washers – Most washers are made of rubber and are found inside the spout piece on most faucets. The washer helps seal the faucet when the valve seat is closed and stop leaks.
  • Worn out Valve Seat – The valve seat is a moveable component that opens and closes against the washer. Hard water mineral deposits and corrosion can cause the valve seat to wear out.
  • Wrong Size Faucet Washer – While a rare occurrence, sometimes faucet manufacturers do make mistakes and could use the wrong size washer in the faucet. If the washer is too big or too small it can leak.
  • Worn Out Gaskets/Seals– Dirt, dust, and other particles can get trapped inside certain areas on some faucet models. Over time, this causes the seals and gaskets to stop working correctly and leads to dripping faucets.
  • Hard Water Mineral Deposits – The calcium and mineral deposits in hard water can lead to leaky faucets. The deposits prevent the valve seat, washers, and O-rings from closing correctly. They can also cause blockages on faucet filter screens.
  • Corrosion– Some of the metal parts and components within the faucet can corrode and cause the faucet to malfunction and not operate correctly.
  • Broken Pipe Fittings/Broken Pipes – While rare, sometimes cracks in pipe fittings and pipes can cause a change in the water pressure. This change in water pressure can cause water to drip from faucets periodically, where you night not even know there is a problem.

TIP: An increase in your water bill, when you do not have dripping faucets within the home and have not used more water than usual, is a sign you have a water leak somewhere in the plumbing lines within the home.

When replacing leaky faucets, it is recommended to seek assistance from a professional plumbing company in Mississauga. There are specific methods used, depending upon the type of faucet that require precision alignment of inlet hot and cold water lines to prevent further leaks. In addition, your plumber can inspect existing hardware to determine the most appropriate solutions to fix the dripping faucet. In some cases, your plumber might be able to repair your existing hardware, too.

To learn more about faucet repair and replacement options or our other plumbing services, please contact My Precise Plumbing at (647) 878-9293 to talk to one of our plumbing experts and discuss your specific needs today!

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Causes for Clogged Pipes and Drains

Causes for Clogged Pipes and DrainsThere are several reasons why drains and pipes become clogged and no longer work correctly. It is important to realize that when water starts draining more slowly or occasionally backs up, it is an early indication a clog is developing. Simply ignoring the problem and hoping the clog will resolve itself is never a good idea.

Eventually the clog will block the entire drain pipe and could lead to the water overflowing out of the sink, shower, or toilet and onto your floor. Not to mention some backed up water overflows can be rather messy to clean up and could result in water damage to your home.

  • Hair – Hair is a common cause of clogs as everyone sheds some hair while bathing or showering. Hair also goes down the drain from shaving. To prevent large amounts of hair from going down the drain, you may want to install screens on the drains.
  • Grease/Oil – Some people pour grease and cooking oil directly down their drain. Not only is this bad on your pipes, but also not good for the environment. When grease and oil interacts with water, it coagulates and attaches itself to the interior of pipes. Over time, these deposits can restrict water flow and eventually clog. It is better to keep a container to pour the grease and oil into that you can recycle later.
  • Gels and Soaps – Certain types of soaps and gels can coat the interior of pipes, much like grease and oil. Not to mention, hair sticks easier to the pipes. To help prevent soap and gel buildup in pipes, periodically pour boiling water down drains as this will help break down the deposits.
  • Paper Products – You should never flush non-biodegradable paper products down the toilet, like paper towels and feminine hygiene products. Both of these items can get stuck in drains cause clogs as well as the toilet to overflow.

Toddlers – Your curious toddler can clog cause problems with clogged toilets. Most children of this age are enticed by the swirling water and seeing toilet paper disappear. It is not uncommon for some children to flush massive amounts of toilet paper down the toilet or even some of their toys.

Tree Roots –

Depending on where you drain pipes run outside of the house, if there are nearby trees, sometimes the roots will grow into the pipes and create clogs.

Certain Food Products put in the Sink Disposal – Potato peelings and other food products can cause clogs and block pipes as they are not meant to be put into a sink disposal system.

If you have problems with slow draining water, clogs, or blockages, it is recommended to contact professional plumbers in Mississauga, here at My Precise Plumbing(Drain Cleaning  Mississauga). There could potentially be a bigger problem than a simple clog and discovering it sooner, rather than later can save you money. Contact us today by calling 647-878-9293 to schedule service now. We are even available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies Mississauga.

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