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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

As winter draws closer, so too does the need to prepare for the inevitable occurrence of pipes freezing. Since water expands when it freezes, the pressure that creates increases the chances that frozen pipes burst. To avoid the many costly plumbing issues associated with the winter season, the professionals at Drain Pro Plumbing has some tips on how to avoid frozen pipes in the winter season. Insulate Your Home Insulating your house from drafts is a great, long-term solution to keep your pipes from freezing. Attics, basements, and crawlspaces are especially key when insulating your house. Any cracks or openings around doors and windows should also be sealed shut. This will maintain higher temperatures in your home and reduces the likelihood that your pipes will become frozen. Regulate Your Thermostat Thermostat maintenance can also prevent frozen water pipes. It may be tempting to set it back to save some money but all that money can disappear if you have to pay for winter plumbing issues. Keeping a steady temperature of 21 degrees Celsius or higher during the day and night can keep your pipes from freezing. Let Your Faucets Drip Allowing water to drip from a faucet supplied through an exposed pipe is a small but helpful way to stop frozen pipes from bursting. Moving water is less likely to freeze and can also reduce any built-up ice in the lines. A little trickle is more than enough to reduce the possibility of your pipes becoming frozen. Open Cabinet Doors Opening the doors around your indoor plumbing allows air to circulate around them and keeps your pipes from freezing. This is particularly useful for sinks that are attached to exterior walls. If those locations contain harmful chemicals like cleaning supplies, please move them somewhere children cannot reach. In addition to this, closing garage doors, especially if water supply lines run through the garage, can prevent cold air from icing up your plumbing. Drain Exterior Pipes Any water lines leading outdoors should be shut off and drained. The outdoor pipes are at a higher risk of bursting from frozen water since they are located in areas where heat and insulation are non- existent. Use Heating Pads Applying heating tape to exposed pipes can provide an extra layer of defense against frozen pipes. Manual heating tape will require to power it on and off when needed. Self-monitoring heating tape can sense when the pipes need heating and automatically turn on and off as required. Turn Off Water Main In the case of an extended absence or power outage, you should turn off the water main and drain as much water as possible from the house. Turn on taps, flush toilets, empty washing machines, and drain hot water tanks to fully drain the house during your absence or during the outage. If there is no water in the pipes, it cannot freeze, expand and burst your pipes. Drain Pro Plumbing Service – Nights, Weekends, Whenever By following these simple steps, you can keep [...]


Tips To Avoid Winter Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can be extremely stressful and costly. They’re especially common during the colder months, so implementing preventative measures is something you should consider. Summer is the best time to repair and replace plumbing, so here are some tips to avoid those awful winter plumbing emergencies for this upcoming season. Insulate Your Water Pipes Cold winter weather can cause your pipes to freeze and burst. To prevent this from happening, you can insulate them to ensure their warmth throughout the colder seasons. Getting this sort of insulation installed not only helps reduce the likelihood of winter plumbing emergencies but also helps reduce water heating bills. Insulating your water pipes can be done on your own, but hiring a professional plumber is the safer option. Check Your Pipes, Faucets, And Drains For Damages An important preventative measure is to check the main plumbing areas of your home that might be likely to cause emergency issues. Conducting regular household checkups by inspecting and cleaning pipes, drains, and faucet screens will let you know about problems before they happen or get worse. Call the experts at Drain Pro Plumbing immediately if you notice that anything has gone awry. Clean Your Water Heater Having access to hot water during the winter time is vital for our homes to run safely and effectively. To prevent issues arising with your water heater, it’s a good idea to clean, drain, and refill your water heater at least once a year. You can hire a plumbing service like Drain Pro Plumbing if you want to go ahead with this sort of water heater maintenance. Doing this will help prevent long-term issues and keep your heater in tip-top shape. Water heaters last about 15-20 years so continuing with maintenance like this can keep your heater lasting as long as possible. Take Care Of Your Drains Large parties and holiday cooking before winter can often result in clogged drains. Don’t neglect your drains! Below we’ll list a few preventative steps as an easy way to keep your pipes running smoothly: Don’t pour grease or fat down your sink drains. Don’t flush anything except toilet paper down your toilet. Install drain traps on all your household drains. If you have a garbage disposal, don’t grind sticky or overly hard items down the drain. 24/7 Emergency Plumbing Services in Victoria   Taking precautionary measures to avoid winter plumbing emergencies can significantly reduce the risk of them happening in your home. However, sometimes no matter how hard you try, things can come up unexpectedly. If you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, or do in the future, we have four decades of experience as Victoria Plumbing Contractors. We are locally owned and operated, licensed, insured, and all our work is guaranteed.


Types of Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can be costly and extremely inconvenient. They will cause structural damage without proper action. It is important to exercise an abundance of caution when dealing with a potential plumbing emergency. But how do you know when a plumbing issue is an emergency? Common Plumbing Emergencies Recognizing when a plumbing issue has escalated to an emergency can be tough at times. It is important to be vigilant and to recognize when a problem has escalated past something you can handle on your own. Here are some common plumbing emergencies that Victoria residents encounter: Major Flooding Major flooding can be caused by faulty plumbing, weather conditions, or even earthquakes. At the first sign of major flooding, contact a professional plumber to assist with the dissipation of the water. This will help avoid as much damage to prized possessions as possible, as well as damage to the structural integrity of your home. Major flooding is not uncommon in Victoria, so it is important to keep this tip in mind during any extreme weather conditions, or if you notice major flooding occurring in your home. Don’t hesitate to contact Drain Pro Plumbing, we are happy to help. A Leaky Pipe In the Walls A leaky pipe in the wall is one of the most insidious plumbing emergencies out there. By the time you notice any water damage to your walls, it will have spread quite far throughout the drywall and overall foundation of your home. It is important to contact a professional as soon as you notice water damage on your walls. A professional will come to check out your leaking pipe issue and determine how wide the scope of the damage is. They will provide you with a quote and take steps to eradicate the damaged drywall, insulation, etc. Water Heater Malfunctions Water heaters malfunction and many people don’t immediately recognize this as a plumbing emergency. Without a properly functioning water heater, your quality of life is greatly affected. Not having access to warm water will have more damaging effects than you might think. In terms of hygiene alone, people are significantly less likely to shower in freezing cold temperatures. Make sure to address your water heater issues as soon as they arise to avoid any long-term inconvenience. Here at Drain Pro Plumbing, we can assist you in a timely and cost-effective manner! Sewage Backups Sewage backups will be one of the most obvious plumbing emergencies you will encounter. The look and smell will immediately indicate to you that you require a professional to assist with this problem. If you notice your plumbing is beginning to back up, it is extremely important to contact a professional immediately to avoid any unnecessary complications. For example, you run the risk of the possibility of pipes bursting and sewage damaging the foundation of your home. 24/7 Emergency Plumbing Services in Victoria Drain Pro Plumbing has helped thousands of Victoria residents handle minor and major plumbing emergencies quickly and cost-effectively. We are dedicated to providing world-class [...]


Spring Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Everyone loves Spring. There is something refreshing about the ice clearing up and the emergence of warm sunny days.  Spring cleaning is an amazing springboard to start the season anew before we get our feet in the sand and break out our spring clothing. However, Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to a clean house and a sprouting garden, this is the perfect opportunity to check on your plumbing and save yourself money on expensive repairs down the line. You probably don’t think about checking your plumbing unless there’s a problem.  That said, when plumbing issues occur they can cause significant unexpected costs. To avoid this, we have gone ahead to create a checklist for you this spring. Here is your spring plumbing maintenance checklist: Checking for pipe leaks Checking for toilet leaks Checking drains Checking water heater Checking all appliances that use water Checking sump pump Checking outdoor plumbing   Checking for Pipe Leaks The extreme cold of the winter might have repeatedly frozen the pipes and caused cracks in the piping system. Leaks from pipes can become problematic if not discovered in time. Increased water bills and water damage to property can be avoided by checking the pipes for leaks. Look for signs of leaking and water damage around exposed pipes and pipe connections under sink cabinets and in the basement. Check if all faucets are not leaking when turned off. If any leaks are found, plumbing maintenance will need to be done on the affected areas.   Checking for Toilet Leaks Look for signs of leaking in your water bowl, the water tank, surrounding pipes and connections to the wall. Flush the toilet and check again. Finally, use the colour test to make sure your tank isn’t leaking. Put a few drops of food colouring in the tank and wait 45 to 75 minutes. If there is any change in colour in the water bowl or If any leaks are found, plumbing maintenance will need to be done on your toilet.   Checking Drains Check all drains in the house for smell or slow drain, if there are drains that are not in use all the time, fill it up with water and clear the drain, and snake slow drains. Place strains on exposed drains to prevent clogs. If any problematic drains are found, you should enlist professional help.   Checking Water Heater The water heater in your home has taken care of you during the cold months, now it is time to make sure it is operating properly. Newer model water heaters are more efficient and require maintenance less often. However, regardless of the age of your heater, check if all hoses are in place and there are no signs of leaking, declutter the surrounding space and verify the set temperature. Temperature over 120 degrees Fahrenheit could cause scalding.   Checking All Appliances That Use Water Check all water appliances in the house for leaks. Inspect hoses and connections for bulges, loose-fitting, old hoses and general functional [...]


When to Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain

All homeowners eventually have to deal with a clogged drain at one time or another. When water goes where it’s not supposed to, it can cause leaks and damage to the walls and inner structure of your home in a short period of time. While it may be tempting to try and fix a clogged drain yourself, one misstep can easily turn a simple problem into a nightmare scenario. Whether the clogged drain is in your kitchen or bathroom, it’s essential to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid more extensive damage. Though it can be an incredibly frustrating problem if you can't identify the source of the clog, there are a few telltale signs that will help you know if professional help is needed. Signs You Need to Call A Plumber Sometimes all you need to resolve a plumbing issue is a plunger, whereas other times a more experienced hand is needed. The first, and most obvious sign that a drain has been clogged, is when you turn on a faucet and no water comes out. Frozen pipes, major leaks, and backup problems can all cause you to lose water. Having a water leak puts your home at risk of developing structural issues and wrecking the foundation. Another sign that some of your pipes might be leaking is if your water bill is much higher than usual. Low water pressure is usually caused by a clogged aerator, which can be easily remedied with a vinegar soak. However, if the poor water pressure is in more than one sink, you may have a more significant problem to deal with. If you notice that the water in the sink or tub won’t drain, try unclogging the drain with a plunger. In case that doesn’t work, or if the same sink is continually becoming clogged, it’s best to have an expert take a look at the issue. Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber Conducting minor DIY fixes may fix the immediate problem, but there’s a possibility that undetected issues are hiding behind walls or under cabinets. Small problems, such as a leaky faucet or clogged drains, can develop into major plumbing issues. Having a professional drain cleaning once you notice the signs of a clogged drain will prevent any further deterioration from occurring, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Although you may know the basics about plumbing, a professional will have more extensive knowledge and will be able to spot larger problems you are not aware of. In addition to that, they can offer useful advice on what to look out for and steps to perform in case another issue arises. Victoria’s Clogged Drain & Plumbing Experts Having a clogged sink, toilet, or shower drain can be a great hassle, as your quality of life gets negatively impacted. Even a minor clog can be a source of concern, starting a buildup of harmful debris that adversely affects your plumbing system. Addressing the problem quickly will help [...]


Common Winter Plumbing Issues in Victoria, BC

As we settle into the winter season, it’s time to start preparing our homes for the cold weather. There’s nothing better than being wrapped up in a cozy blanket and having a hot drink, although you won’t be able to enjoy your afternoon if you have to deal with a frozen plumbing system. When temperatures drop significantly, water pipes have a higher chance of bursting or freezing over, which can wreak havoc on your home. Victoria’s winters are unpredictable, but whether it’s unusually warm or incredibly cold, it’s essential to make sure your plumbing systems are fully functional. Fortunately, many plumbing problems can be avoided when homeowners proactively seek plumbing services and maintenance. Frozen Pipes Plumbing problems are most prevalent during the winter months, as water can freeze quickly when the temperature drops below zero. Many homes have outdoor plumbing lines that are used for summer irrigation purposes. Since these lines are located outside, there’s no protection from the cold, making them the most susceptible to bursting. It can be difficult to detect frozen outdoor pipes, as the water sources aren’t used during the winter. Any water damage may take days to be discovered, during which the flooded water will negatively impact your home’s structural integrity. Although the interior of your home offers a semblance of protection, uninsulated areas along exterior walls can cause the water supply lines to freeze as well. Watch out for a light flow of water from sinks and showers, as it’s often a sign of frozen pipes. Water Heater Troubles One of the many things people look forward to after spending the day outside is taking a steaming hot shower. However, water heaters may struggle with the demand, as the winter temperatures make it harder to warm water quickly. If you notice that your taps or showers are not giving hot water, it may be a sign that your water heater is failing. The last thing anyone wants is to take a cold shower in even colder weather, making it crucial to have your heater working at its highest efficiency. Clogged Kitchen Drains The holiday season is the perfect time to cook and celebrate as a family. As more food waste is sent down the kitchen sink, clogs are more likely to occur than at any other time of year. Certain things such as cooking oil, eggshells, and grease should never be disposed of in the drain. The cold weather can cause these materials to freeze in the pipes, clogging the drain and creating a nasty smell. To help prevent a clogged drain, run cold water while using the disposer and keep it on for 30 seconds after everything has been dumped. If you don't have a disposer, consider getting a sink strainer to ensure that your drain doesn't get clogged up. And if you're here because your drains are already clogged, give us a call today. Professional Plumbing Services in Victoria, BC Is your water pressure not as strong as it used to be? [...]


Preparing for Winter: How to Drain & Protect Your Pipes

Winter is only a couple of months away. This is the time of year when people start to get their property ready for the winter months. Whether it’s putting away patio furniture or storing machinery, there is quite a bit to do. One thing that homeowners tend to leave to the last minute or forget is getting the pipes in their homes prepared for the winter. From draining your system to adding winter-friendly features, here is Drain Pro Plumbing’s guide to preparing for winter in Victoria and Lower Vancouver Island. When to Drain Your Pipes There are a few instances when you may need to drain your pipes year-round, including after a repair has been done. However, during winter, anytime you are leaving your home unheated for some time, you should drain them to keep your pipes from freezing. Whether you’re going on vacation for two weeks or you’re headed south for the winter, draining your pipes before your leave will help you avoid damage to your system. If your pipes are not drained, any water that has flowed to a source will remain in the pipes until the next time you open the faucet. If the temperature drops, the water inside the pipes will freeze. As a solid, water is larger than it is in a liquid state. The frozen water will expand and put your pipes at risk of cracking or bursting. Only when the water thaws will you know whether any damage has been done. Meaning you can expect a welcome home flood when you return! How to Drain Your Plumbing System Depending on how complex your pipe and plumbing system is, the draining process is rather straightforward. You’ll want to start by shutting off the main water supply of your home. The shut-off valve is usually located near your water meter. The next thing you’ll want to do is open all your sink faucets starting with those on the top floor of your home. This will likely be your upstairs bathroom, followed by downstairs bathrooms, your kitchen sink and any sink faucets you have in your basement. Doing so allows air into the system and helps the water flow when draining.  Once the lowest faucet in your home has been opened, allow the water from the upper floors to drain completely. Once this has been done, you’ll want to open any other faucets such as shower and bathtub faucets. You’ll then want to flush each toilet until the tanks are empty. There should be no more water coming from the faucets. At this point, aside from droplets, your system should be drained! Preparing Your Pipes for Winter If you choose not to prepare your pipes or plumbing system for the winter, you’re leaving yourself at risk of damages and costly repairs. There are a few things you can do to prepare your pipes for winter including: Shut off any outdoor faucets at their shut-off valve & drain them - if not drained, there is a chance [...]