A Few Plumbing Tips For Simple Home Inspection

By on December 21, 2017

Even if you are good with home repairs and can generally do your own fixes, a time may come when you will need a plumber’s assistance. Whether the job at hand is too unsafe, too difficult, or will take too much time, sometimes calling a professional is the sensible thing to do. On the other hand, there are also preventative measures you can take to minimize the need to hire a plumber.

Nasty Drain Clogs

If you weren’t aware of this already, clogged drains are among the most common plumbing issue most people will encounter in their home. Drains in your home most frequently get clogged by grease or by hair. You can prevent those pesky clogs caused by grease if you periodically treat your drains with drainage products designed to reduce grease build-up. Or if you’re good about not pouring grease down the drain to begin with, continuing not to do so is the simplest solution. Drain clogs caused by hair can be avoided by frequently cleaning the drain cover each time after showering. If the drain is already clogged, there are commercial products that can fix the problem, just be sure to read the label to make sure it’s specifically formulated for shower drains.

Frozen Pipes

If you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures, another common plumbing problem you may run into is frozen pipes. It is important to take all possible preventative measures to avoid it since frozen pipes are one of the most expensive plumbing problems to fix. The best way to avoid this costly repair is to make sure that pipes are both heated and insulated well. Be sure to disconnect outside garden hoses, turning off the indoor cut-off valve located close to the faucet, and opening the outdoor faucet to let out the excess water that would otherwise be exposed to sub-zero temperatures which would freeze and cause cracks in the pipes.

If and when the time comes you finally do need to hire a plumber, here are some tips to keep in mind. While the most common ways for plumbers to charge is by the hour, looking for the lowest hourly rate may not be the best way to choose who works on your home. You should decide on a plumber or plumbing company based on their reputation and customer satisfaction rather than just costs. It is a pretty smart idea to ask family and friends about referrals for plumbers they have hired in the past to work on their plumbing. Chances are if others had a good experience with a plumber, so will you.

If you just moved into the area and don’t have local friends to depend on for a referral, the next best thing is to search online and check for high ranking websites in the search engines. Pay attention whenever possible to available reviews online. Although there are certainly possibilities that some of the reviews are fake, more than likely each one was submitted by a real person. If a review sounds genuine then this could be a plumber you can trust.

Before calling a plumber, spend a little time and check all your faucets, toilets, drains, and other plumbing inside your home to make sure there are no other problems going on. List out any and all issues so your plumber won’t have to spend time looking and can fix them all in one visit instead of making multiple trips later on, saving you money in the long run as well.

As one can see, preventing a plumbing problem before it strikes would be best and with these plumbing tips one can be assured of a long period of problem free plumbing. If the need does arise for a professional plumber and you live in Vancouver BC, make sure to see our recommended plumber in Vancouver. KC’s Plumbing has been around for decades and has a great reputation of doing good work. They stand behind the work they do.

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Renovation & Construction Plumbing

By on June 7, 2017

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Plumbing, Heating & Drain Cleaning Services

Plumbing – Including 24 Hour Emergency Service

  • Frozen or burst pipes
  • Leaky faucet
  • Garburator issues
  • Sewage back-flow
  • Septic system issues
  • Installations & upgrades
  • Washing machine hoses
  • Water pressure testing

Drains – Including 24/7 Emergency Services

  • Sump pumps
  • Clogged toilets or drains
  • Clogged shower
  • Clog removal – power snake
  • Perimeter drain tile cleaning – power flush
  • Drain tile installation and replacement
  • Root removal – sewer lines
  • Laundry room drains
  • Basement drains

Heating – Including 24 Hr Emergency Calls

  • Furnace service – gas or oil
  • Furnace repair, cleaning and installation
  • Electric heating
  • Radiant heating
  • Hot Water Tanks
  • Boiler systems
  • Heat exchangers
  • Heat pumps
  • Gas leaks

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  • 24 hours a day
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We are a full-service plumbing, heating, drains and restoration contractor for residents of the greater Vancouver Regional District. We provide expert technical know-how, honesty, integrity and reasonable rates.

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24 Hour Emergency Plumbing Service

As seasoned Vancouver plumbers we have seen thousands of lower mainland residents in emergency plumbing and heating situations ranging from the unpleasant to disastrous. We are also called upon quite often to repair something that had been done by a “handyman” or careless “plumber”. Repairing something a second time because of poor workmanship costs more than having it done correctly the first time.

If you have a difficult plumbing or heating problem we are the right company to call. We place a high priority on delivering prompt emergency service and repairs that are done to spec.

Our field experts are equipped with the skills, equipment and hardware necessary to solve any plumbing or heating problem, and will get to your home or place of business as fast as is humanly possible. In the event of flooding we have a modern pumper truck on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In every case you can expect the best Vancouver plumber to arrive at your home or business.

Plumbing Service in Kelowna

If you are own property in Kelowna BC or you live there and found us online then we will recommendation our plumbing partner in Kelowna. Shamrocks Plumbing and Heating services Kelowna, Vernon, Peachland and Lake Country. They are on of the best Kelowna plumbers in the area and run a capable service operation. Call and ask for Brent if you have any home service needs such as a plumbing, heating or drain problem that needs professional attention.

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Professional Gutter Cleaning Tips

By on May 18, 2017

Gutter cleaning is a dangerous and difficult chore. It is time consuming and unpleasant. Unfortunately, most people put off cleaning out their gutter systems until there is a problem. The reality is that your gutters should be cleaned twice a year: once in early spring to clear out any leftover debris that has accumulated during the winter, and more importantly, in late fall. It is very important to fully clean out your gutter system during this time of year in order to clear out all of the falling leaves and things that gather in your gutter system during fall before the rains starts.

It is imperative that you exercise caution when cleaning your gutter system, keeping in mind that it is a potentially dangerous activity.

As is common with most home maintenance activities, it is wise to have your entire gutter cleaning materials you will need prior to beginning. Preferable materials to have in order to properly clean out your gutter system include a ladder, a pair of sturdy gloves, a bucket with a hook, a gutter scoop, and a water hose. However, you are able to clean your gutter system with alternative “tools.” This is explained further below.

Getting Started

The first step in cleaning your gutter system is gaining access to the gutters themselves. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you remember to exercise caution and safety precautions. There are many deaths associated with homeowners not using ladders correctly. Gutters themselves are not sturdy, and are often unstable. Ensure that you are using a sturdy, solid ladder. Be sure to lean the ladder against a solid surface. Do not lean the ladder against the gutter system. The aluminum system can, and often will, buckle under the weight of a person climbing on a ladder. The most important ladder safety tip is that the base of the ladder must be on solid ground. A good general rule is that for every four feet high that the ladder is going, the base should be one foot away from the side of the house. Another important safety precaution to keep in mind is to always face forward when moving up and down on the ladder and keep at least one hand on the ladder at all times.

Before climbing the ladder, assemble all of the materials you will need in a way that will allow you to bring them up with you as you climb the ladder. It works well to put your gloves on, place the scoop and hook inside the empty bucket, and then sling the bucket over your forearm so that you are still able to use both hands when climbing the ladder. Once up the ladder, place the hook on a rung in front of the ladder that will keep the bucket accessible, and hang the bucket from the hook. It is now time to begin actually removing the debris from your gutters.

Tools You Will Need

Gloves are a very important part of safety. There are many sharp edges in an aluminum gutter system. Additionally, there is no way to know what else you may find that has taken up residence in your gutters. You do not want to be touching the debris, often moldy and quite possibly bacteria laden, that have contaminated your gutters.

You are now ready to begin the actual process of removing the debris from your gutter system. If using a gutter scoop, not only will you be able to pick up more debris with each swipe, but your reach will be extended so you will not need to move your ladder quite as often. The efficiency of cleaning out your gutter system will be much quicker if using a gutter scoop. However, often times people do use their hands as a scoop. You are only able to pick up a much smaller amount of debris at a time using your hands. If you are using your hands, then it really is extremely important that you are wearing a sturdy pair of gloves to protect your hands from any dangerous debris that may have landed in your gutter systems.

Up and Down The Ladder

Cleaning out a gutter system requires many trips up and down a ladder, moving the ladder, and emptying your bucket. Once you have removed all of the debris from the gutters themselves, it is time to give your gutter system a test run using your garden hose. A final and good rinse with a garden hose is essential. It is important to test your gutter system in order to ensure that you do not have any clogs, especially in the downspouts. Start at one end of your gutter system and start running water. Check to make sure that the slope of your gutters is steep enough so that no pools of water form. You want constant movement toward the downspout with no accumulation. The next thing you will check for is that the water flow continues out the bottom of the downspout at the same rate that it is going in. If the water only trickles out or stops coming out all together, then you know you have a clog somewhere.

Safety Tips

Again, it is imperative that you exercise proper safety precautions through this final step. Make sure that all of your materials are now away from the ladder so that the hose cannot get tangled up in or around them. Handling a hose up on a ladder can be tricky and you need to make sure that you always keep at least one hand on the ladder and do not lean. Make sure that the dangling hose is not caught on your feet or in your way when you are climbing up and down. Another potentially dangerous situation to keep in mind is that your ladder rungs will get slippery when they get wet. Anytime you bring water into the equation, the danger level of any home improvement task goes up. Be extra careful of your footing and hang on tight when climbing down a wet ladder.

If all this sounds like too much trouble then we suggest you contact a Vancouver gutter cleaning company to get the job done. Our professional services include gutter cleaning, repair and installation, minor roof repair and power washing. Click the link for more information.

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Tips For Choosing The Best Plumber

By on May 2, 2017

It often seems that plumbers are a necessary evil. They sort out your faulty plumbing. They also fix and service things like your central heating boiler which – like most essentials – always seems to go wrong at the worst possible time. But if your regular plumber is always promising to turn up “tomorrow” or just never returns your calls because he is too busy, how do you choose a new plumber and make sure they are more reliable?

1. Word of mouth

Asking friends and neighbors who they use when they have a plumbing problem can be a good way to find a reliable plumber. Your friends will know first hand whether their call was answered and returned, whether the plumber turned up somewhere close to the agreed time and whether the charge was reasonable.

Ideally you should go for someone who has been used for several years in a row. That will increase your chance of getting good service that is worth the money you pay for it.

2. Check they are registered

In Canada, the Gas Safe site has details of all plumbers who have passed their certification requirements. This at least means that your chosen plumber has been tested by an organisation that has a reputation to protect.

If there’s any doubt – or if this is the first time you are using this particular plumber – don’t just take their reassurance that they are registered, spend a minute or two online doing your own due diligence.

3. Check how long they have been trading

The longer the plumber has been trading, the better, ideally from the same address.

If you’ve got some old copies of Yellow Pages or the Phone Book acting as makeshift doorstops, you can look through those.

If not – and assuming the plumber has a website – you can easily find out how long their domain name has been registered. Just enter it in one of the many online “WhoIs” tools, enter the domain name and you can find when their domain was first registered. This will give you a good idea of the minimum length of time they have been in the business. Always assuming that they have got round to registering a domain name – not always a given with this trade.

4. Check their reviews

There isn’t a Tripadvisor equivalent for plumbers but there are sometimes reviews of plumbers on other sites and even in the Google results.

As with any review, the chances of someone taking time to post a positive review is a lot slimmer than a bugged customer posting a negative review.

There will almost always be the occasional negative review. Just beware if you find too many of them!

And beware if you find too many positive reviews with no negative ones interspersed.

You’ll instinctively know what looks natural – go with that first reaction rather than making the facts fit your overwhelming desire to use the first plumber who actually answers their phone or calls you back.

5. If time permits, get a second quote

OK, this isn’t always possible in the real world. Especially for a profession that is notorious for being poor to respond.

But especially for larger jobs such as replacing an entire central heating system, it’s worth getting more than one quote for the work.

And if it’s a larger job, check what kind of guarantee you get. At a minimum, you need the manufacturer’s guarantee, so check that you get the completed card before you let the plumber Vancouver leave. Don’t go as far as laying a stinger on your drive but do make sure they’ve legibly completed the card including their (checked!) Gas Safe number if appropriate.

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Taking Care of Perimeter and Interior Drains

By on March 5, 2017

Clogged drains happen to everyone, and they are not fun. If the drain is completely blocked, the bathtub, shower, sink or toilet become full of water. At this point, the offending blockage must be removed through all that built up water and chances are that the homeowner will not be able to clear it using household remedies or drain products. Once you call a professional plumber in, you’ll be looking at an expensive bill. The more stubborn the blockage in your drain is, the higher the cost can be. If you have multiple clogged drains in your home at any given time, you will wish you had taken the precaution to preventive have your drains inspected.

How Do Clogged Drains Happen?

Carelessness is the number 1 cause of clogged drains. Kitchen sink drain clogs can take place when you don’t use the drain strainer to catch particles of food and rubbish from falling through the drain into the pipes. A buildup of these particles can easily clog the drain. To make matters worse, cooking grease and/or oil can build up in the pipes (or on a developing clog). In the toilet, the flushing of excessive toilet paper is the main culprit. Flushing items not intended for the toilet is also a main cause of clogged toilet drains. Items such as baby wipes, paper towels, and sanitary napkins can singularly or over time cause a stoppage. Bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs can become clogged when hair gets caught in the pipes and builds up. Items such as shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, hair gel, exacerbate the problem as they produce a build up that further adds to the blockage.

Unfortunately, some clogs can occur as a result of problems that have nothing to do with what you put into your drains. Scale, tree roots, deterioration of pipes that are rusted and crushed drain lines have also been known to cause plumbing problems. These are problems that occur in the perimeter drain tile Vancouver. It’s a problem that can only be fixed with professional equipment in most cases.

Drain Clog Remedies

You can attempt to clear clogged drains yourself by using acids or other chemical products designed for this purpose. These chemicals, however, can actually be harmful to your pipes, your fixtures, your health and the environment. Luckily, there are also natural methods of clearing drain blockages. One such method involves running boiling water through the drains on a regular basis. Another method employs baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour vinegar into the clogged drain, and then sprinkle it liberally with baking soda. Let the mixture sit in the drain for at least 15 minutes, then pour boiling water over it to rinse and hopefully wash the blockage away.

Inspect and Prevent Instead

The plumbing system in your home is just like any automobile, machine, or tool. It is a system that requires routine examination and maintenance. You can be vigilant about what’s going on with your drains and pipes and perform part of the inspection yourself, as you are most familiar with how the perimeter drains Vancouver behave. In order to truly avoid the hassle and expense of seriously clogged drains you must have all of your household drains inspected on a regular basis by a qualified plumber.

As a preventative measure, you should also have a plumbing technician snake all of your drain lines once a year or so. If you experience drain clogs very often or your pipes are susceptible to blockages, you may wish to have your drain lines snaked more often. The major drain connections should periodically be subjected to video inspections.

It is very important to have your drains inspected on a regular basis to prevent problems that can be not only expensive, but also very annoying!

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Cleaning Heating Vents in Your Home

By on November 7, 2016

Cleaning the heating vents or as many people like to call them… ducts, enhances the quality of air in the home. Dirty vents; keep the occupants in a home at a constant danger of contracting respiratory complications.

Therefore, furnace ducts or furnace vents should always stay clean so that the homeowner can protect himself and the other occupants from the following health hazards.

Health Hazards in Dirty Heating Ducts

To begin with, dirty ducts pollute the air inside the home. Once there is air pollution, the occupants are at risk of contracting numerous illnesses. Unbelievably, 50 percent of all diseases come from polluted air inside the house. Add that to the fact that about 60 to 90 percent of people spend most of their time in the house while with the windows and doors closed for the better part of the day, and you see how, unclean heating vents can easily lead to health problems. Dirty vent ducts also expose people to allergies due to the constant exposure to fungi and other pathogens. Therefore, this explains why many people suffer from respiratory illnesses.

Actually, seniors in a residential home with dirty ducts increases their chances of contracting Asthma, which means that such people would remain safer outdoors rather than indoors. Apart from seniors, children breathe faster, inhale more air in very breath they take, and they spend a lot of time close to the ground heightening their chances of catching illnesses associated with untidy ducts. Fortunately, homeowners can avoid such problems and illnesses by cleaning the ducts to keep the air fresh after every five years, the maximum time required before you call a duct cleaning company. The best way to remedy dust build-up is to hire a heating or furnace repair company Kelowna who can also clean the vents.

Central Heating Vents

Fundamentally, this system is usually placed in one specific part of the house to supply warmth to all the other rooms inside the house or office. To provide the heat, the central system uses furnace vents. The heat ducts play a major role by providing the entire house with warm and clean air especially during cold seasons thereby giving the homeowner a better alternative as compared to heating the home using logs, coal and other fuels. However, to ensure that the warmth produced does not pose any threat to the health of the occupants; homeowners must clean the vents regularly.

Another area to consider when getting this type of service done is the dryer vent for your laundry machine. With constant use the dryer accumulates lint that can easily catch fire thus you should consider regular dryer vent cleaning. In fact, of all the elements in this kind of system, a plugged dryer stands out as a fire hazard.


Duct cleaning for central heating vents helps in keeping the house safe from health and fire hazard. Homeowners who cannot find time for cleaning can hire a professional cleaner. Overall, a residential home with clean furnace ducts offers a safe environment to the occupants in all seasons. Therefore, ensure that you clean your system regularly.

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