How To Find Trustworthy Whitby Landscapers

When it comes time to improve exterior look of your home, and specifically you home’s landscaping, you’ll want do make sure you are hiring professionals for this job. But not just any landscaper, you need to hire someone you can trust. I plan on improving my own property in the near future (just had a stump removed by the guys from StumpTech) and decided it would be beneficial to learn more about this so I looked around and found a local company to discuss this with. So here is what a Whitby landscaping company, with a few extra pointers from myself, have to say on the matter.

beautiful rock garden landscape design completed in the backyard of a whitby home

Look For Reviews

Reading online reviews are a bit of a no-brainer in the sense that you can definitely get an idea of how well a company is doing based on their feedback. But one of the biggest things to understand is that getting reviews can be tough for companies and so some actually turn to a bit of a dark side here by getting fake reviews. In order to see through this practice you’ll need to read a few of both good and bad reviews. Sometimes the bad reviews will reveal a customer who could never be pleased (unreasonable demands) and this can help to solidify a landscaper that you can trust. Other times it can be painfully obvious with some companies that their hundreds of 5-star reviews are simply fake, in such a case it’s difficult to recommend a contractor like this.

Look For Pictures

So you should be able to find some landscapers that seem to know what they’re doing, check out their website and see what sort of landscape designs they’ve done for other clients. Perhaps they have a portfolio of their work they can show you in person, regardless make sure that they can at least give you an idea of what sort of work they’ve done and are capable of doing for you. You’ll be trusting these guys with your landscape so you’ll want to be sure that they get it right.

Look For Personable Landscapers

You’ll want to make sure that your Whitby landscapers are friendly, this might seem like another obvious thing. But hiring someone who you get along with is going to be very important if you decided that you want to make changes to the design and/or need to make special requests. Plus, you’ll likely be seeing these guys working at your home for at least a few days – make sure that they are going to be nice to your neighbours and take care of your property is very important.

3 Unique Challenges for Toronto Eavestrough Cleaning Companies

Toronto is a unique city in many ways, but much of its climate, location, and environment has a great effect on eavestroughs. Toronto window & eavestrough cleaning companies face these challenges every day with a variety of equipment and skills. Here are just a few of the challenges facing Toronto eavestrough cleaners and why hiring professionals is a better idea than doing it yourself.

toronto eavestrough cleaning company working on a home in toronto area

1. Hot Summers and Cold Winters
Seasonal changes in Toronto affect almost every aspect of property ownership and management, from foundational maintenance right to roofing materials. The rapid temperature changes in the spring and fall can wreak havoc on your home or property, but especially in your gutters and eavestroughs. When water falls into your gutters, it can quickly freeze, melt, and freeze again, expanding and contracting with every change. This effect can damage your gutters by warping them or even pulling them off their mountings, which causes serious problems.

This can lead to:

  • Damaged property
  • Expensive repairs
  • Injury to nearby people

2. Humidity
Everyone who lives in Toronto is familiar with humidity, but they aren’t often aware of how that humidity can affect eavestroughs. In general, Toronto’s humid climate causes much of the same problems associated with freezing and thawing water, but the added water means eavestroughs often have to hold more weight than in other cities. The result is more water flowing and objects laden with water sitting in eavestroughs. This can cause them to fall right off your home if they aren’t properly cleaned out on a regular basis, or cause them to warp and improperly drain the water from your roof.

3. Local Flora and Fauna
Plants and animals love eavestroughs and this can cause major issues for your home. Besides the abundance of big leaves that can clog up your gutters, there are lots of birds and small mammals that will use your gutters for nests and food storage. The result is clogged gutter that simply do not work. When this happens, you need professional cleaners who can safely and humanely remove these obstacles, so that the animals aren’t harmed and neither is your home.

Professional Toronto eavestrough cleaning crews are your safest bet for getting clean, well-maintained gutters. Be sure to schedule regular cleanings so you don’t fall victim to Toronto’s unique eavestrough-related challenges.

3 Ways To Avoid Toronto Drain Cleaning Services

Having a clogged sink drain can be one of the most frustrating experiences, especially for someone who cooks, cleans, and does a lot of work in their home. The sad truth is that eventually all sink drains will become clogged. Some will simply clog a lot faster than others and may require special attention on a more regular basis. However, when your kitchen sink drain clogs there is more you can do than simply calling up a local Toronto drain cleaner, you can take matters into your own hands with these three awesome tricks.

toronto drain cleaning service professional working on drain

Prevent Problems Before They Start

Before we dig into how to unclog your drain it’s worth mentioning how to avoid this problem in the first place. Often people see their sink drain as an empty abyss, everything they put down there disappears never to be seen again, right? So people end up using their sink drain as a garbage for all the little tiny bits of food that might end up in their sink, or on their counter tops. The problem with this is that all those tiny bits of food are likely to end up stuck within the drain at some point. This problem is made even worse whenever grease or oil is poured down the drain. The oil coats the interior surface of the pipes and congeals into a sticky paste, this sticky substance than becomes a perfect place for food bits to lodge. Add a few years to this process and eventually we have a clogged drain (or a drain suffering from low flow).

1. Water & Hot Water

The simplest technique to try, before calling an experienced plumbing contractor, is to water down your drain. First, put the stopper in your sink (if you have a double-basin sink, put stoppers in both drains) and fill your entire sink up with hot water. You’ll want to make sure that it is not too hot that you would burn yourself because once you’ve filled it up all the way you need to remove the stoppers. Sink filled up entirely? Good, now remove the stoppers. The force of both sinks filled with water forcing it’s way down through the drain can sometimes be enough to block some stubborn clogs.

If that doesn’t work you can move onto to pouring boiling water down your drain, sometimes this boiling water will dislodge old grease breaking-up stubborn clogs in the process. Remember, boiling water can cause serious burns so be careful!

2. Use Your Plunger

Most people don’t consider the plunger as an item they’d ever want to see sitting around in the kitchen (or any other room where food is prepared), but the trusty plunger can be one of the most effective ways to clear your clogged sink drain. Most everyone has a flange plunger sitting in their storage or bathroom somewhere, it’s time to get that plunger out and put it to work.
If you can bend the floppy flange part back inside of the plunger, do so – it will make your job easier. Next, if your sink is a double-basin sink you will want to figure out which drain is directly above the trap, look under your sink to figure this out. Now, clog the drain of the opposite sink with the stopper, or if you’ve lost it like 80% of people, stuff a rag into the drain. It is time to start plunging now, make sure you put some muscle into the process and eventually you’ll get that sucker unclogged.
If for some reason, plunging fails to clear your blocked drain, it’s time to get serious.

3. Zip-It Clean

There is a fantastic product you can buy from just about every hardware store called the Zip-It. This product does a seriously awesome job at clearing the majority of stubborn clogs. It is a simple strip of plastic, a couple of feet in length (long enough to get into most drains) with a handle on one end, and barbs running down its length. It is incredibly easy to use as well, you may want to skip the plunger and try this product out first. Simply insert it into your drain and use those barbs to pull out whatever may be clogging it below.

If these three awesome tricks don’t solve you clogged sink drain problems it’s a good idea to get on the phone and call up a Toronto drain cleaning service professional that has the technical prowess to solve your problems once and for all.