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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 [...]

How Drain Pro Finds And Fixes Clogged Pipes

Clogged pipes are usually caused by the build-up of substances or due to items ending up in your pipes that shouldn't be there. Blockages can cause a build-up of harmful debris and significantly impact your plumbing system. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is significant damage to their drainage system. This article will bring you through how Drain Pro finds and fixes the problem, signs to look out for, and ways to avoid clogged pipes. How We Find & Fix The Problem When Drain Pro arrives at your home, our expert plumbers will determine where the clog is located and how best to unclog it. Based on where you noticed the signs happening, our plumber will have a good idea of where to begin the repair. For instance, if your bathroom sink is showing signs of slow drainage, our plumbers will use that as a starting point. We use video inspection equipment to locate where in the pipe the clog is happening. This equipment allows us to look further into your pipe system to see where exactly the problem is. Once we locate where and why the clog is happening, we assess the seriousness of the blockage and then decide on the proper equipment to use to fix the problem. The time it takes to fix a clogged pipe can vary depending on its location. If the clog is located in an area that our plumbers can easily reach, then it could take as quickly as a few minutes to remove the clog. If the clog is deeper into the pipes, then it might take a few hours to locate and safely remove the clog. Signs Of A Clogged Pipe Early identification of a clogged pipe is an important part of making sure the clog doesn’t cause further harm to your pipes. Here are some signs of a clogged pipe to look out for: Draining Speed One of the first signs of a clogged pipe is the rate at which your water is draining. Water entering your pipes should be able to flow freely. There might be built-up grime or soap causing this to happen. If you’re experiencing slow draining as well as hearing a gurgling sound, this could mean that there is air trapped in your pipes. This air pocket is caused by a solid item blocking the pipe such as a toy or utensil. Flushing Speed If you’re noticing a change in how your toilet is flushing, this could be another sign that you have clogged pipes. This could be a result of too much toilet paper or other items that aren’t meant to be flushed. Using a plunger is always a good first step, however, if the blockage is too far down the pipes, it won’t be of any use. Calling a professional plumber will be the best way to get your drain unclogged. Foul Smells If you’re noticing any foul smells coming from the area near a drain, this could be another sign [...]