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4 Things to Do when your Pipes Burst

A burst pipe is the bane of any homeowner's or business owner's existence. It's the last thing anyone wants to deal with. Winter is a particularly tough time for weak pipes here in Victoria and Lower Vancouver Island. During this time of the year, water freezes and expands considerably, giving Canadians a hard time. If you are experiencing a pipe burst, call your Drain Pro, the trusted Victoria emergency plumber as soon as possible. Read on to learn how to reduce potential damage to the property. The Importance of an Emergency Plumber in Victoria Plumbing emergencies can be extremely stressful. When situations such as a burst pipe occur, you must address the issue immediately. However, handling emergency without proper expertise can pose a risk to yourself or your loved ones and may worsen the situation, resulting in more serious concerns and therefore, more money. Our emergency plumbers are well trained and hold expertise in fixing pipes while ensuring the safety of our clients for plumbing in Victoria and Lower Vancouver Island. What to Do in a Burst Pipe Plumbing Emergency? First things first, get hold of your emergency plumber in Victoria or nearby areas. While you wait for professional help, be sure to take the following steps in case of a burst pipe. 1. Completely Switch Off your Water Supply For this purpose, you need to find out where your shutoff valve is located. Check your basement and any other area close to the water boiler. If it is not inside the house or business, try to find a metal lid on the street. When water freezes, it expands by about a 9% with tremendous force. Since no pipe can hold that much pressure, they tend to break open. On top of the water, you may also need to cut the electricity supply too. 2. Get Rid of the Water Grab a mop and some buckets. A quick but thorough clean-up will prevent the water from soaking into other rooms or properties. In addition, it will reduce the chances of something getting mouldy. 3. Let the Warm Air in If the cause of your burst pipe plumbing emergency is the winter weather, let some warm air in. Once you have cleaned the mess and released the water from the pipes, turn the heater on or train a hair drier on the damaged pipe. 4. Start Documenting Once the burst pipe plumbing emergency has been contained, take pictures of the mishap and document any damage to your property or business caused by the burst pipe. Remember: do not throw anything away yet, as you will want as much evidence as possible on your side when you contact your insurance company to make a claim for the burst pipe situation. Leading Plumbing Contractor in Victoria & Lower Vancouver Island Plumbing issues can create chaos at home. Pipes bursting can be enough to drive you nuts, especially if the emergency happens in the middle of the night. But you are in luck. Our [...]


Winter Plumbing Tips for Victoria & Lower Vancouver Island

With winter on the horizon for Victoria and surrounding communities on Lower Vancouver Islands, it’s time to make sure your plumbing, home, property and even your car are prepared for what Mother Nature could throw our way. While Victoria and this part of BC enjoys the warmest temperatures in the nation, we are of course not immune to winter weather. That’s why it’s best to be prepared for snow, freezing rain and temperatures that can dip below the freezing mark and even stay there for a spell. […]


5 Tips to Prevent Clogging Your Drain

Have you ever experienced a clogged drain? If so, you know what a challenge it can be – both unclogging the drain and getting rid of the mess that’s caused on either end of it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. That’s why, in this edition of the Drain Pro Victoria Plumber blog, we’re bringing you 5 Tips on How to Prevent Clogging Your Drain. […]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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…