Expert Advice: Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter

Get free plumbing advice from the licensed and insured plumbing contractors at Roto-Rooter. We offer a range of residential and commercial plumbing services to help those living and working in Niagara, Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding areas. If you have a leak, clog or broken appliance, call Roto-Rooter for fast and reliable service today.

Sump Pump Systems

Sump Pump Systems are fragile inexpensive devices that are prone to breakdowns; I strongly recommend installing a back-up sump pump as well as a high level alarm tied to a security company so that you are notified if the sump pump pit overflows even if you are away from home. A few extra dollars spent today may save you a ton of grief in future.

Francis A., Plumber, St. Catharines, ON

Water Leaks

It is important to know where the water meter and shut-off valve for the main water service is located in your home. Make sure you test the main shut-off occasionally so that if you ever spring a leak within the water system you can quickly turn the water off until you are able to have the leak repaired. Water can cause lots of damage very quickly so the sooner you are able to turn of the main supply during an emergency the less damage is likely to be incurred.

Greg P., Plumber, Port Robinson, ON

Kitchen Line Back-Ups

Kitchen line back-ups are normally caused by grease build-up, the best method of reducing this grease is by periodically using an enzyme based drain cleaning solution. This is a green environmentally friendly product that is non-corrosive and eats away at grease and soap build-up while not damaging the drain lines. We do not recommend using acid based cleaners as many of them can cause damage to your drain lines. Enzyme based cleaners can be purchased at numerous hardware stores as well as your local Roto-Rooter store.

Chris M., Plumber, Welland, ON

Hiring a Plumber

Hiring a plumber/contractor? It is important for owners to consider who they are hiring. Does the plumber/contractor have liability insurance and WSIB? Are they licensed? How do they handle warranties? Do they provide 24/7 service if you have a problem after hours? Do they have the proper equipment to complete the necessary work? Is their staff knowledgeable and experienced? How many staff do they employ and is the staff bondable (do they conduct criminal background checks on their employees)? Most times the least expensive contractor is not the best option, make sure you research who you are hiring before letting them into your home or business.

Aaron A., GM, Hamilton, ON

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