How Being Proactive With Leaky Pipes Saves You Money

Many homeowners can be reluctant to call a plumber to fix a minor issue, as it can be expensive and time-consuming. Although it may seem easier to just wait until something goes wrong to call a plumber, taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach can be detrimental. Not only will waiting for a major problem to arise be more expensive than fixing the problem beforehand, but it can also cause damage to the rest of your home. A minor inconvenience can easily become a great crisis if left unattended, which is why it’s best to address the issue immediately rather than wait for a disaster to occur. Signs You Have Leaky Pipes Plumbing problems, such as leaky pipes, can be hard to spot, especially if the pipes are hidden behind walls or under floors. Once you notice that one of your pipes is leaking, action must be taken immediately. But what do you do if you can’t see the pipes directly? A telltale sign of a plumbing leak is damaged walls or ceilings. Moisture from a leak will cause stains to appear on the surface of the walls. Peeling paint and wallpaper can be an indication that the walls or ceiling have been exposed to excess moisture. Bubbling or cracking paint are also common signs of water damage. Mold and mildew thrive in environments with excess moisture, making your walls the perfect breeding grounds for fungi and bacteria. Cleaning the mold and mildew will only solve half of the problem. Mold will grow again if the walls still have moisture in them. You may also start to smell a musty odor, indicating that there is mold growing behind the walls. A slow stream or low water pressure in your taps and faucets is also a sign that you have a water leak. It’s probable that the water is leaving the system through a leak before reaching the faucet, resulting in low water pressure. Save Money By Being Proactive If you notice a leak, it’s better to address the problem as soon as possible, since the longer you put it off, the more it will cost you. The most common places that leaks occur are in showers or bathroom faucets. These leaks can vary from just a few drops falling to an entire stream of water separating from the main flow. Other than having your water bill skyrocket, unfixed leaks can cause more severe damage than simple water stains. Leaks could eventually burst, causing your home to flood. Not only will you have to fix the plumbing, but you’ll also have to fix the damages to the rest of your home caused by the flood. When water leaks are left undetected, they can compromise the structural integrity of supporting beams, walls, and ceilings, making your home unsafe to live in. If too much water is absorbed, the drywall and other building materials will begin to warp and weaken, creating a safety hazard. Water Leak Repairs in Victoria Even though [...]


Sump Pumps: Your Main Defense Against Home Flooding In Victoria & Vancouver Island

If you live in an area that has a high chance of flooding, chances are you’ve heard of sump pumps before. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a sump pump is a system placed underneath the floor of a basement. Its purpose is to collect groundwater before it can flood your home. As the name suggests, this system works as a pump to remove any water that may be building up. The pump is installed in a pit, called the basin. When the water level gets too high, the pump will begin to drain the water away from the home's foundation. Other than keeping your basement from becoming your personal swimming pool, sump pumps offer several useful benefits. The Benefits of Sump Pump Installation The main reason people choose to have sump pumps installed is to prevent their homes from flooding. Mold and mildew are known to thrive in areas where there is any excess water or moisture. These types of fungi can cause significant structural damage if left untreated along with some serious health risks. The fumes that mold emits can be incredibly harmful to a human's health, especially if an individual suffers from any allergies or respiratory problems. There's nothing worse than living in a home infested with insects and rodents. These unwanted guests use damp basements as breeding grounds, so by installing a sump pump, you’ll be eliminating any moisture and dampness, getting rid of mold, insects and rodents. Any lingering water can cause wire damage and pose a threat to any electrical appliances you have at home. These electrical devices need to be repaired or completely replaced, not to mention the risk of an electrical fire that may occur. Finally, having a sump pump can increase your property’s value. Potential buyers appreciate having a home that is protected from any water damage, making it safer and more reliable. The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance Like any piece of equipment, sump pumps require regular maintenance now and then, although maintaining the system is relatively easy. Having a professional inspection of your sump pump system makes all the difference when a heavy storm hits. This is why it’s recommended that an inspection is done every 3-4 months. When a storm hits, you’ll be confident that the system will work flawlessly, giving you one less thing to worry about in an emergency situation. During an inspection, any slight issues are fixed, so that the next time there is a chance of flooding, you’ll know that the sump pump is working as efficiently as possible. Without regular maintenance, any small problems will be left unattended, causing the sump pumps to not work properly and creating water damage. Keep Your Home Safe With Drain Pro The Victoria and Vancouver Island region is known for pretty heavy rainfall and a high risk of flooding. A sump pump system keeps your basement from flooding and keeps your loved ones away from any possible health risks brought about by mold and rodents. Our [...]


5 Signs Your Gas Line Needs Repairs

Functioning gas lines are essential for every commercial and residential property. They keep your water heater, furnace, grill and other appliances operational. If gas lines malfunction, however, it’s not only your appliances that will suffer. Damaged gas lines are exceptionally hazardous and could put you and your family in danger. That’s why it’s critical to catch gas line problems before they get out of hand. […]


How Subpar Plumbing Can Cause Dangerous Mold in your Home

Mold can become the bane of existence for many property owners. Mold smells bad and it gives the house a terrible appearance, resulting in big-ticket expenses when it comes to repairs. But there is more to mold than how we see it or smell it. If you have mold issues in the home, chances are close to definite that our home’s plumbing system needs to be looked at. […]


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. […]


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. […]