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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. […]


Hot Water Tank Or 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 tankless water heaters and hot water tanks to help you determine which style will best suit the needs of you and your family. It’s important to do your research before making any big decision. We hope this makes it a little bit easier for you so you can go back to doing whatever it is you love to do! 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 tankless 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. As of late, solar has become a popular source of fuel for water heaters as well. 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. We will dive more into this below. 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 a 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 tankless heaters large enough to serve a whole house need a huge amount of current. The multiple breakers and wiring required in homes are highly expensive.  Flow Rates Certain tankless water heaters have a flow rate as high as 6.5 gallon per minute, [...]