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What to do in a Plumbing Emergency

It happens to the best of us. Almost every household or business will have a plumbing emergency at one point of another. Learning how to deal with a plumbing situation will help you protect your home or business and find a solution way faster. Keep scrolling to learn how to proceed in the event of clogged drains, leaking pipes, gas line failure or any other plumbing emergency! Plumbing Emergencies: Call the Pros First When it comes to emergency plumbing repairs it's best to deal with experienced, professional emergency plumbers in Victoria & surrounding Vancouver Island communities  especially when it comes to major issues. Although some situations can lead to panic, you should stay calm and let the emergency plumber experts get the job done by the book. The steps below will help you handle the situation, but be sure to call a plumber in the first place. To avoid further complications, save the number or your local plumber. The Plumbing Emergency Checklist Here are some tips that will help you deal with a plumbing emergency and plumbing repairs in Victoria: 1. Shut Off the Water Regardless of the type of plumbing emergency, turn off the main water supply as fast as possible. For toilet plumbing repairs, it may be that all you have to do is turn the valve at the base or behind of your commode. When it comes to greater emergency plumbing repairs, such as flooding, first turn off the general valve in your home or workplace. 2. Call a Plumber, Ask & Listen Plumbing emergencies can be daunting, so people tend to forget to call an emergency plumber straight away. Addressing the situation on time is key, since it will reduce further damage. Also, emergency plumbers will give you help and support from the very beginning. Trained plumbing contractors will be able to assess the emergency and give you professional advice on emergency plumbing repairs. And remember: if you are told to leave your home or workplace during a plumbing emergency, please do so. It could save your life! 3. Check Your Water Heater In the event of a plumbing emergency, you want to shut the water heater off to avoid damage to the unit. However, make sure you do it only after the main valve has been turned off, as this will prevent heat from welling up inside, which can lead to bursting or overheating. If your heater is gas-operated, always turn the gas off first. 4. Stop the Leaks Search for leaks and tackle them as soon as possible. For example, you can stuff towels around pipes or place buckets under dripping leaks. This way, you will stop any further damage. That's when the emergency plumbing repairs can begin. 5. Open Drains and Spigots Even after the main valve has been shut off, there will still be water in your pipes. In order to move this water away, turn on any spigots outside your home or workplace, and shake your garden hose. If you happen to experience [...]

2020-03-23T16:51:19+00:00

The Differences Between Hot Water Tank and Tank Less Water Heater – Which One Is Right for You?

It is no secret that water heaters are costly investments. It’s important to consider their efficiency, cost and longevity, whether it’s for replacing an old model or equipping your new home. At Drain Pro, we provide quality and reliable plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients in Victoria and surrounding localities. Our experienced team is specialized in hot water tanks, drain cleaning and other plumbing fixtures. In this blog, we have put together a comparison of tank less water heaters and hot water tanks. What Are Hot Water Tanks and Tank Less Water Heaters? Most water heaters are insulated storage tanks that hold 20 to 120 gallons with either gas burners or electric heating elements. They segment hot water at the top and cold incoming water at the bottom, enabling you to consistently get hot water. In tank less water heaters, high-powered burners are used to heat water as it moves through a heat exchanger. The water gets directly delivered to your shower without storage. Factors to Consider Before Purchase Know your fuel source: The three main water heater fuel sources are electric, natural gas and propane gas. Determine the most efficient one for you before purchasing. How much hot water your household needs: It’s important to choose a water heater that provides enough for your whole household. An undersized one will need to work more than it needs to, which results in a shorter lifespan. The dimensions of your unit: It should have ½’’clearance on the sides, 18’’ off the floor and 12’’ on the front. While replacing, keep in mind that the new one may be larger and require more insulation to meet federal energy standards. Get the installation done by professionals: Installation of water heaters can be dangerous and it’s best to let professionals help. They will be equipped with the necessary skills and awareness of safety procedures. Why Is Hot Water Tank Right for You? Since a significant volume of water will be stored on the basis of stratification, hot water tanks can provide hot water for a complete household without needing fuel to heat the water. Hot water tanks have relatively small burners and where a half-inch-diameter gas line is adequate. This means that the rate of combustion can be fairly modest, saving on fuel expenditure. Electric tank less heaters large enough to serve a whole house needs a huge amount of current. The multiple breakers and wiring required in homes are highly expensive. Flow rates Certain tank less water heaters have a flow rate as high as 0.6 gallon per minute, meaning they won’t function at lower flow rates. Simplicity Hot water tanks are simpler and easier to use than the tank less variety. This simplicity also results in easy and low-cost repairs. Let Drain Pro Help Many things could go wrong with a water heater. It could be a gas leak, water leaking from the tank, a non-functioning pilot light or more. Our experienced staff can aid in all kinds of repairs, replacements and installations for hot water tanks. [...]

2019-11-18T10:31:41+00:00

6 Signs You May Have a Problem with Your Toilet

If you notice any strange noises or smell coming out of your toilet, it could be an indication of a major underlying issue. Overflowing and leaking toilets not only cause water damage to your house but may also significantly increase your utility bills. You can let experts help you determine the issue and fix it immediately to prevent it from worsening. If you want to get a clogged toilet fixed and are looking for professional plumbing services in Victoria, Drain Pro can help. We serve both commercial and residential clients. We also offer hot water tanks and excavation services. Toilet Plumbing Issues Here we have listed a few toilet plumbing problems you shouldn’t ignore: Clogged Toilet Although a common issue that can be resolved with a plunger, constant clogging may indicate a bigger problem such as the accumulation of waste in your drainage pipes. Flushing of toilet paper and sanitary pads down your toilet should be avoided. Sometimes, the age and condition of your plumbing can also cause problems. Most of the clogs occur in the trap area of the toilet. This may slow down or block the flush completely. Running Toilet Running toilets lead to a waste of water and can increase the water bill significantly. This problem can occur due to a lot of reasons, such as an old flapper or overflow. If the water seeps around the flapper and into the bowl, the flapper might not be sealing properly. It can also be caused by a leak in the fill valve. Cracked Tank Lid The porcelain lid of your toilet tank is brittle and can be easily broken. It cannot be fixed and you may have to replace it. Cracked Toilet Seat There is no way to fix a broken toilet seat; you just have to install a new one. This is easy as you just set the seat in place and tighten the nuts. However, removing an old seat can be very difficult and best left to the professionals. Overflowing Toilet If there is a serious clog in your drain pipes and the water is unable to push through, it may just flood your bathroom. Apart from leaving behind a bad odour, this can also have serious health effects on you. If you don’t have a proper venting system in your house, you may notice air bubbles rising up your toilet bowl or the water level rising and falling continuously. You can use a plunger to get rid of the clog. If it doesn’t work, use a toilet snake or get the help of plumbers. Leaks at the Toilet Base Water may sometimes seep out around the base of the toilet bowl and onto the floor to form a puddle. This is usually caused by problems in the wax ring that seals the base of the toilet to the drain opening. The toilet has to be removed to replace the wax ring. This can be a problem as the water is dirty. It is better for you to not use the toilet [...]

2019-11-18T10:31:48+00:00

The Differences Between Hot Water Tank and Tank Less Water Heater – Which One is Right for You?

It is no secret that water heaters are costly investments. It’s important to consider their efficiency, cost and longevity, whether it’s for replacing an old model or equipping your new…

2019-11-18T10:31:01+00:00