Common Winter Pests

Winter is the time of year everyone likes to spend more time indoors where it’s so warm and cozy. Some pests don’t differ in that way and while some go into hibernation others want to invade your home with all the warmth and food source to tide them over until Spring arrives. Your local pest control association strongly suggests that homeowners take some precautions to keep these pests from invading your home. Listed here are the most common pests that a Vancouver pest control company sees and how to deter them.

House Mice

By far the most common rodent you will encounter is the house mouse hidden away in dark, secluded places. Once in the attic or basement they can cause serious damage by chewing through drywall or electrical wires that can spark an electrical fire. They can contaminate food and spread disease like salmonella and tapeworms.

Norway Rats

Along with the house mouse Norway rats will nest in basements as well as piles of debris and other undisturbed materials. They have the ability to gnaw through plastic or lead pipe in search of food or water. These carriers of diseases like jaundice, rat bite fever and cowpox virus need to be preventing from invading your home.

German Cockroaches

The most common type of cockroach, the german cockroach is found all over the world and can be found in small areas close to food and moisture in your home. Gaining entry by way of second hand appliance, grocery bags or boxes they prefer the kitchen or bathroom. Once inside they can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens and are known to trigger allergies, exacerbate asthma symptoms especially in children.

Brown Recluse Spider

Found in closets, attics, crawl spaces and basements where they like to spin their webs, be sure to check inside cardboard boxes, under window moldings and inside seldom used clothing or shoes. They can bite and inject venom when disturbed so approach with caution.


These pests are known to enter homes through attics and chimneys in search of a denning place and are a major host of rabies.

If you have concerns about these common winter pests contact us now at Local Pest Control.

How To Fall Proof Your Home

Caregivers are well ware that falls are the number one cause of injuries and injury deaths in the older population. Falls in seniors can cause injuries and lead to effects that impact their physical and emotional quality of life. When caring for a loved one at home there are ways to lessen the chance they could experience a serious fall, check out the tips listed below.

  1. Remove any items that could might pose a tripping or slipping hazard – small pieces of furniture, even everyday clutter like bags, pet bowls, electrical or phone cords or rugs can be a problem for seniors
  2. Keep walkways and pathways clear – furniture should be out of the way to be sure a loved one has plenty of room to walk freely, stairs and hallways free of any items that could be a tripping hazard.
  3. Make sure carpets are secure – use non slip rugs or secure them with double sided tape.
  4. Avoid wet floors – in the bathroom wipe any water on the floor right away, use only non skid wax on floors that require waxing.
  5. Apply non slip mats or strips in the shower or tub.
  6. Install adequate lighting – Good lighting is a simple way to avoid falls in seniors, remember eyesight diminishes with age.Well lit entrances, stairways and outdoor walkways assist seniors in navigating safely.
  7. Use Handrails – a flight of stairs is one of the most dangerous places in the home for seniors. Remind them to make use of the handrails and avoid carrying any items up and down the stairs they need to hold on to the handrails to help them with their balance.
  8. Use caution at night – getting up in the night means they could be groggy and have poor balance so have a bedside lamp as well as night lights in the bathroom, kitchen and hallway. Put a flashlight on their night table in case there is a power failure and they need to use the washroom.
  9. Encourage them to keep up a regular health and exercise regime – eating a well balanced healthy diet and staying physically active allows seniors to improve their balance, coordination and health, focus on balance exercises and ones for lower body strength to help avoid falls.

Thinking of installing a stairlift or elevator in Vancouver to make life easier for your loved one, contact Home Elevators today.

4 Signs Your Water Heater is About to Fail

Homeowners are afraid that the day would come when their water heater stops working, and sometimes when this does happen there are no warning signs and it may happen at an inappropriate time. The truth is there are actual signs that your water heater is failing if you know where and what to look out for.

Below are 4 possible early signs from Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning that can help you determine if your heater is breaking down:

The Age of Your Water Heater

Do you have any idea how old your heater is? To check for the age of your heater, check the serial number of manufacturer’s sticker. The serial number will show the date the water heater was manufactured. The serial number will start with a letter which represents a month and a number, which will represent the year of manufacture. If you are having trouble with the serial number and in determining the date, you can always check the website of the manufacturer. If your water heater is almost 10 years old, then it is recommended that you replace it before you incur damages.

You notice rusty water

If you notice the water is rusty, it is can be a sign that you need to have your water heater replaced. If rusty water comes from your home’s hot side piping, your water heater may be rusting from the inside and may start leaking in the future. If your pipes are galvanized, the pipes could be the source of the rusty water. To check this, you can try to drain buckets of hot water and if the third bucket still has rusty water then it time to consider having your water heater replaced.

Noise or Rumbling  

Water heater tends to accumulate sediments as they age, and these sediments will harden at the tank’s bottom portion. These sediments will create banging noises as the water heats up due to the extra work it has to do to heat the water through the sediments. If you notice unnecessary noises and banging, consider replacing your water heater for it is beginning to wear and is also inefficient.

Inspect for water

Check for any moisture surrounding your heater, for this can be a sign that your heater is leaking. Leaking or fracture is a clear sign that your water heater needs to be replaced to avoid further damage. Your home could get flooded if you don’t replace a leaking water heater.

Contact Goodsense if you’re looking for a Victoria BC plumber.

What Is a Dumbwaiter

A good way to describe a dumbwaiter might be to think of it as a small scale freight elevator to move food, laundry and other items from one floor to another. They are not intended to be used by animals or people and can be useful as a portable serving stand or table. They’ve been in use for a long time in restaurants and large, older, private homes and can be handy for moving meals, dishes for example from the kitchen to another level of the home or restaurant. A basic dumbwaiter is designed using shafts, pulleys and ropes to move it between floors. The more modern version can include an electric motor and is similar to  a smaller version of a passenger elevator.

Earlier, simple versions were in use throughout Europe before the 1930”s and consisted of a metal or wooden frame. Basically a box suspended within a shaft with ropes to pull it between floors. These primitive dumbwaiters were widely used in European restaurants as well as  restaurants in larger cities in the United States in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Orders were often shouted down the shaft and the filled order was then loaded and delivered to the dining level.  The ropes used at the time were prone to stretch until they tore and pulleys with thin or shallow wheels that were easily pulled off track would up unceremoniously depositing the contents of the dumbwaiter.

Often the simplest ideas are the best ones and beginning in the 1930’s the simple dumbwaiter, long acknowledged for its’ usefulness was modernized. Employing an electric motor and automatic moving systems improved the sometimes faulty rope and pulley system used in earlier models. Some modern dumbwaiters are available with a higher weight capacity and outperform the unsteady dumbwaiters in use in the early 1930’s. Still in use in office buildings, factories and shops to move products with benefits in today’s work world although they play a less prominent role. With the  many multi level homes being built today  the dumbwaiter may find a renewed usefulness in residential settings.

Searching for Home Elevators in Vancouver, contact Russ at Home Elevators of BC.

During a home renovation, should painting come last?

You’ve purchased a house, and it’s a great deal. You saved a lot of bucks. Now it’s time to renovate, but you have no clue where to start.

Renovations, when done correctly, can refresh, revive and energize a small part of your house or your whole house for that matter. If you are planning to do a home renovation project that involves various works including painting, you may wonder if paint must be applied first or last during the home renovation work. So, should painting come first or last? Read on and let Paint Works help you find the right answer.

What’s best for you?

This is one great example of a “chicken and egg” question that nobody seems to have a definite answer for. The answer is, it depends on your situation.

For most people, instinct would tell them to have the walls painted first to avoid dripping paint into the newly made floors. Although it is possible to just sand away some paint stains, it is not always that easy.

One way of knowing what work must be done first is to determine the amount of dust and debris estimated to float in the air. It is important to know that paint brushes and paint mixtures can easily become soiled by small airborne particles. This will affect the quality of work as it concerns the colour and texture of the paint.

If this is the case and floor sanding is required, it is highly suggested to do the floors first. This will let you remove all the dust after sanding before you proceed to paint. Dealing with dust problems prior to the painting job will give you an assurance that everything will finish great.

Try to use paper or plastic dust sheets to make sure that dust stays off of your newly painted walls. Covering the floor must not be done hastily. It is important that such work must be done properly and patiently to have full coverage and prevent any potential problem.

Don’t Rush

Lots of people get too excited and try to finish their renovation projects in haste. Bear in mind that one must spend adequate time planning and preparing for the different stages of the renovation to prevent any issues like splattered paints on the floors or floor debris splashed on the walls.

Thank you to Paint Works for stopping be. If you are looking for house repainting in Victoria BC, please contact them.

3 Reasons You Need to Hire Professional Plumber

For some homeowners, do-it-yourself repairs can sometimes be tempting when it comes to handling small maintenance setbacks. However, when it comes to plumbing in Victoria BC, it is much better to hire a professional plumber. Professional plumbers can provide a number of maintenance services that can help in preventing small problems from turning into big ones.

May it be a whole kitchen remodeling or fixing a leaky faucet, here are three reasons why you must hire a professional plumber to do the job:

Prompt and Safe Work

Professional plumbers have the right tools and equipment to do appropriate plumbing works and repairs without hassle. They also have the latest technology in the field of plumbing that makes them finish plumbing services and repairs promptly. These tools are the advantages that professional plumbers have over DIY enthusiasts. Services such as sewer line repairs, inspections, leak detection, excavation and more can be accomplished easily and correctly with the aid of their technology. The advantages of modern tools and technology don’t only help in plumbing services; they also play a huge role for you and your family’s safety.


The main reason some homeowners would go with unlicensed plumbers is to save money. Unlicensed plumbers may have skills when it comes to plumbing works and may also be considered as a good handyman; however, if you are hiring an unlicensed plumber, you are running the risk of having an individual doing improper work to fix plumbing issues.

Incorrect plumbing works will unavoidably lead to more problems in the future. These problems may not be easy to repair and may result in spending thousands to correct them. By contracting a licensed plumber, you can be guaranteed that the job performed is correct and further issues can be prevented.

High-Quality Work

A professional plumber can finish plumbing repairs more efficiently compared to an individual who has no training or experience. A professional plumber has the skills, training, know-how, experience and the mentioned tools. If a DIY enthusiast has to do his own plumbing repairs, he would have to remember everything before he starts to work. By the time an individual acquires the skills, know-how and tools to do the repair, another individual has already contacted, hired and finished a plumbing repair by a professional plumber.

When your supply of running water is cut off, time is important. A licensed plumber like Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning can repair your plumbing problems in as little as one day, helping you save time, money and worry.

5 Things to do After a Fire

We often assume that our house will be safe from things like fires and floods, but in reality we can’t be protected from everything. In the case of a fire depending on the damage, you might lose a lot of valuables and need to repair your home, as well as deal with the emotional trauma of going through an event like that. Yet there are some helpful tips that can help you go through this type of event with less stress, and greater knowledge. You will be aware you will need to call a restoration company in Calgary at some point.

What to do First

Once the fire and rescue service do their duty and extinguish the fire, the property becomes your responsibility once again. If the damage is great enough that you can’t stay there, remove any valuables, and lock all windows and doors that there’s no chance of someone else coming in. Also, if you have an insurance policy that deals with house fires, call them to see what kind of cover you may receive.

Take Care of Your Health

If you were in the house during the fire, there may be a chance that you inhaled smoke, which can be further exacerbated if you have asthma or other respiratory problems. Even if you feel a bit unwell, see your doctor as soon as you can, and if you feel very unwell, make your way to the hospital through accident and emergency. Try to have someone go with you for support.

Seek Alternative Accommodation

If a large part of your home was affected by the fire, and you feel unsafe to enter it, arrange an alternative place to stay, perhaps with friends or relatives. If that is not an option for you, check your insurance policy and see if they cover a stay at a hotel while your house is being checked and repaired.

Checking Utilities

You may be tempted after the fire to turn utilities back on, such as the gas supply. However, it is important that you do not turn these back on until everything has been checked by a professional. If you do so without the aid of a professional, you are risking even more damage to your home.

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

If you find yourself reliving the event of the fire over and over again, it will be important to talk to a professional counsellor or therapist about the fire. Not only will you need to effectively clean your house to protect your physical health, but protecting your emotional health is just as important.

This post has been brought to you by Calgary Water and Flood Services.

Differences between residential and commercial elevators

An elevator designed for your home will be designed differently because each serves an entirely specific purpose. What are the differences?

Designed to carry different objects

Commercial elevators are often put in place out of necessity to get work completed efficiently moving items between floors. Elevators in restaurants where the space covers multiple floors and the kitchen happens to be on a lower floor helps transport meals safely. Cruise ships would be another commercial application for moving meals, tableware etc between floors where thousands of people are fed many times a day. Office buildings transport important documents and hotels move laundry and other items easily through what can be very large spaces. In many ways commercial elevators are used for a business to keep up with demand where efficiency is key. These elevators used to move smaller items for commercial use are called dumbwaiters and then there is larger ones we are more familiar with using. The ones installed to carry guests in hotels, cruise ships, large complexes or office buildings have a larger capacity.

Home Elevators

Home elevators in Vancouver are different in that comfort and style are often more important, the homeowner will likely want them to blend in with the home’s decor. With many large homes and all townhomes being built on multiple levels they would find a dumbwaiter convenient when transporting larger items. If your garage or main entrance is on the lower level moving groceries, prepared meals or laundry frequently would make installing a dumbwaiter an easy decision.You may opt  for the larger version of home elevator is an alternative to moving disabled or elderly people between floors allowing them to live independently.

Carry More

The home dumbwaiter used for carrying objects would allow a total weight capacity of 50 to 120 pounds, the ones for carrying passengers would have a higher capacity. Residential dumbwaiters can typically make up to four stops and go to 35 vertical feet. The commercial version is able to be programed for up to six stops with a maximum of 50 vertical feet. Elevators for carrying people will be able to hold more weight which determines the number of people at one time. Dumbwaiters have been around for a long time although originally they were moved between floors using a pulley system unlike the motorized ones now in use. Both commercial and residential applications benefit from the ability to move heavy items and people efficiently and with greater ease.

Contact Home Elevators Of BC if you have any more questions.


How to Successfully Check for Mold

Mold in your home should be dealt with as soon as you realize you have it. A problem arises when you can’t verify that mold exists, though. Often there will be a smell of mold or it will be visible on your walls or other surfaces. If this isn’t the case, here a few ways you can successfully check for mold in your home.

Observe whether you and others in your home have developed any health problems

If you constantly have a stuffed up nose, irritated eyes, a sore throat, or rashes, or you experience wheezing, you could have mold in your home and require removal. Only some people who have particularly sensitive bodies will experience these symptoms, so there is definitely more to look out for than these symptoms. More extreme conditions such as shortness of breath, lung infections, and fever can show up as a result of mold, too.

Turn off your fans and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems before you start looking

There’s a chance that if you start looking under couches or other hidden areas where mold may be present, you will spread the pores and allow the mold to grow further. To lower the possibility that this will happen, turn off everything in your home that increases the movement of air.

Check for mold in the areas that are most easily accessible first

Look in cabinets, on walls and ceilings, and in basements and bathrooms before you attempt to search deeper into the problem.

Talk with a professional before you get into the more difficult-to-reach spots

Mold likes to hide in the spaces we can’t get to, especially if there are moisture problems there. But before you look inside walls, take apart carpeting or do anything else more drastic, you should speak with a professional to get their advice or to get them on the case. If you have had moisture problems before, whether in your basement, on your roof, in a bathroom, or anywhere else, it is especially important that you see professional support.

Know the most common areas where mold likes to hide

If you’ve sought advice and will now do some groundwork yourself, you should be aware of the areas where mold commonly lies. This includes underneath carpeting and carpet pads, behind wood and drywall, on the outside of pipes, above your ceiling tiles, behind drapes and wallpaper, and on top of ductwork.

Whether you have identified the source of mold in your home or not, our services for mold removal in Calgary are here for you.

Preventing Water Damage

There is the possibility that at sometime a homeowner may have to deal with water damage, either through flooding or a sewer backing up. Here are some tips, things to be aware of until such time as the Kennewick water damage restoration company is there with the equipment and expertise to minimize the damage. The primary focus should be on safety, is it safe to stay in the home? Electrical and slip and fall hazards are the primary concern.Only do activity that is safe to perform and be aware waterlogged materials are very heavy.

What to do after a flood

1) Remove excess water by blotting and mopping

2) Wipe excess water from wood furniture after moving lamps and tabletop items

3) Remove wet upholstery and cushions, prop them up to allow them to dry

4) Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

5) Turn air conditioning on to allow maximum drying in Summer months

6) Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting or any area rugs

7) Place any art objects in a safe. dry place

8) Gather loose items from the floor

What not to do after a flood

1) Do not leave any wet fabrics in place, hang furs and leather goods

2) Do not leave books or any colored items on wet carpets or floors

3) Never use a household vacuum to remove water, they are not made for this purpose

4) Refrain from using the television or other household appliances

5) Do not turn on ceiling fans, if the ceiling is wet

6) If the ceiling appears to be sagging stay out of that room

Dealing with water damage yourself

If you are not covered by insurance and taking care of the cleanup yourself you can rent fans and heaters to extract the moisture on your own. A good shop vacuum will remove moisture from carpets and floors, complete removal of water is the first step. Disinfecting any drywall and wood surfaces should follow to prevent the growth of mold in the future. Discard any damaged electrical appliances in a safe manner as well as items  you may be concerned with their safe use. Most water damage will occur in the basement, or ground floor of the home besides any damage from a leaking roof. When storing items, precious family photos or business papers in the basement investing in waterproof bins could avoid disaster in the future. Some things can be replaced or repaired and we don’t often think that some possession are irreplaceable.

Contact Continental Carpet Cleaning and their water damage restoration service if you need help.

The Benefits Of Installing A Skylight

There is nothing a homeowner can install that has the impact of a skylight in an otherwise uninviting, drab room. From reducing energy usage  by providing natural daylight as well as other health benefits skylights offer the homeowner much worth having them installed by Kanga Roofing.  A great addition in bathrooms or other areas of new or existing homes where a window is not an option.

Health Advantages

The natural sunlight a skylight provides increases a person’s exposure to Vitamins D and B1. This leads to higher levels of serotonin, which elevates mood and helps prevent Seasonal Affected Disorder. Dark rooms contribute to the development of depression, drowsiness and fatigue. Natural light has the opposite effect and stimulates the brain, lowers blood pressure and decreases stress.

In addition the sunlight  from a skylight works against mold development, mold and mildew thrive in dark spaces. Mold invasion can lead to interior and exterior home structure damage and contribute to illness to inhabitants of the home. Plenty of sunlight flooding otherwise dark areas of the home will help to inhibit the growth of mold to the same degree without skylights.

Energy Savings

Less electricity is needed to carry out tasks due to the increase in natural light. The savings on electricity as well a heating costs due to the warmth of daylight filtering through your skylight make the addition a good reason to have one installed.

Increased Ventilation

Skylights can be regulated by means of a remote or by employing a crank inserted in the mechanism. The advantage in promoting ventilation throughout a room and the air quality, as well as providing a nice breeze on warm, stuffy days, cooling the room.

Add Value

Natural light is an important aspect when potential buyers are considering a home purchase, A The additional daylight a skylight brings to what might otherwise be a dark space, brightens and adds depth to any room. By adding this to your home it just could be the deciding factor when a buyer views your home.

Even homes in the moderate climates of southern British Columbia can enjoy the many benefits of skylights. The Vancouver roofers at Kanga Roofing are experienced in the installation, repair and replacement of skylights. A BBB accredited company, call for a free estimate.

Tips For Buying a Home Elevator in Vancouver BC

A home elevator is a great investment if you or a loved one has difficulty with stairs at home or with moving food or possessions around. With so many options nowadays for different types of home elevators, you should be careful with making a purchase. Your home elevator should meet the needs of the person who will use it as well as be convenient for other members of the household. Here are our tips for buying a home elevator, to make the experience a positive one for everyone involved.

Make a list of your home elevator requirements and budget

Vancouver home elevators can meet different needs, depending on the type that you buy. Does you or your loved one only need help with stairs? Or is it most difficult to transport food or move other items around as needed? Have a clear idea of what you need before getting too far ahead of yourself. Home elevators also require you to have a certain amount of space free in your home for its placement, so figure out what space you can make available–before you get your heart set on an elevator that is too big.

Setting a budget ahead of time will help to ensure that you buy only what you can afford, which may mean letting go of a special feature that would be more helpful but is not necessary for you. A home elevator should be a convenience, not a new source of stress because you spent too much.

Pick a home elevator business that you know you can trust

In this age of detailed websites and online reviews, it should be easy to find information on a business. Always do some research on your own, as you want a home elevator business that can provide you with quality products and service plans. If you know anyone who has purchased a home elevator recently, ask them what their experience has been with the business they purchased from, too.

Learn about the technical aspects of any home elevator you consider

Figuring out the exact mechanics of a home elevator will help you to visualize how the elevator will work in your home. How does it move from one floor to the other, for example, and how will this affect other aspects of the house?

If you do the right planning ahead of time, a home elevator can create additional convenience and safety at home. We hope this post has been helpful, and welcome you to contact Home Elevators Of BC if you live in BC and have any questions about what we offer.


Where To Buy Hot Tubs In Edmonton

There is no doubt a hot tub improves your home and health. Sitting in your back yard enjoying the soothing benefits of a hot tub is something many people dream of.

But the decision to buy a hot tub can be a big one for you, for financial reasons and because of the time commitment you will need to give to maintain the hot tub after you have purchased it and had it set up. Because of this, you need to buy your hot tub from a company that has the necessary knowledge and experience of hot tubs to make your purchasing and maintenance experience a pleasant one. You will find more than one place to buy hot tubs in Edmonton, but finding the best place will make a difference for you in the long run.

As with any big purchase, the initial cost of a hot tub is only one factor to consider in your decision making process. We at World of Spas not only have a wide variety of hot tubs for you to choose from, we also can share our knowledge of hot tubs and their accessories and products with you. We have great installation and service programs and sell many hot tub and spa chemicals, so we can be your one-stop shop for everything you will need to have a positive hot tub experience for many years to come. Our customized shipping plans for hot tub and spa chemicals means that your convenience will be a continued priority to us even after you have made your big hot tub purchase.

You may have a distinct reason why you want to purchase a hot tub in Edmonton now, whether for fun, for your health, or as an investment to add value to your property. Whatever your reasons are, the most important item to keep in mind is that you ultimately need a hot tub that will work for you. Every hot tub has different features and each one is designed with specific purposes in mind, which means you need to purchase one from a company that will be able to share their knowledge of hot tubs well. World of Spas in Edmonton can do this for you, and we welcome you to contact us to find out more.

Basement Renovation Ideas

You’ve seen those renovation TV shows where a family gets their unorganized basement turned into a new work, play, or relaxation space. Maybe you have wondered whether you could actually get something like that done for yourself. We are writing this today to tell you that you can make your Victoria BC basement renovation ideas a reality. Toolbox Renovations has some ideas of our own for how you can change your basement into something more liveable and eye-catching.

If your basement’s walls are unfinished, with framing or insulation visible, you have a few options getting that job completed. Your walls can play a big part in creating a different feeling for your room. You could get wood panelling to create a cozy feeling, or use different colours of paint depending on the mood you want to create. The same can go for your floors. If you have an old carpet down there now, taking it out and adding new floor tiles or panels can make all of the difference. Adding carpet onto a concrete floor can also make your basement so much more likeable to you and your family, both to look at and relax in.

Your basement could currently feel outdated, but a basement renovation can change that. If you have a brick fireplace that catches everyone’s attention for the wrong reasons, you can get the bricks removed or covered and put a wood or stone mantel in its place. An old staircase in your basement can be redone to match the rest of the space too, so the whole area will feel unified as you come downstairs.

Do you use your basement for storage? If you go through the items you find down there, you may find that you really do not need to use all of that space for storing your things. With the right shelving units, your basement can be transformed into a space that is both useful for storage and enjoyable to be in.

Hopefully this has given you new ideas for your basement renovation. If you are in Victoria BC, we at Toolbox Renovations would be happy to discuss the possibilities today.

Unfreezing Your Frozen Pipes

Winterizing your pipes is a good plan when you live in an area where freezing conditions are a normal winter condition.  Frozen pipes are a major inconvenience; frozen pipes that burst can cause catastrophic damage.  You can protect your pipes and property during freezing weather conditions with a few simple steps.

The physics of frozen water

Water expands as it freezes.  This expansion places immense pressure on “containment structure” – the metal or plastic pipes, and can cause the pipes to break.

Plumbers Victoria BC are often called to fix burst exterior pipes.  They know that outdoor hose bibs, pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, lines in unheated interior areas, and any poorly insulated lines located along exterior walls are all vulnerable to freezing conditions.

When the pipes are frozen

When your pipes are frozen, the most likely locations are where water enters your house.

Thawing frozen pipes takes patience and careful action.  Plumbing Victoria BC professionals recommend the following steps:

  • Keep the faucet open so that water can flow as the frozen area begins to melt.
  • Apply heat.  Wrap an electric heating pad around the pipe, or use an electric hair dryer or a portable space heater to warm the pipe.

o   Aim the heat stream in the vicinity of the pipe; don’t focus the heat from a hair dryer or heater directly on the pipe.

o   NEVER use a blowtorch, charcoal stove, kerosene or propane heater to thaw frozen pipes!

  • Keep applying heat until full water pressure is restored.
  • If you can’t locate the frozen pipe or it is inaccessible, call a plumber.
  • Check every faucet in your home:  there may be more than one frozen pipe.

Protect your pipes

It isn’t always possible or feasible to relocate exposed pipes to protect them from future freezing.  But there are some basic steps you can take to protect pipes from freezing and breaking.

  • Insulate –crawl spaces, attics, and basement, outside taps and pipes (including drain and overflow pipes).
  • Leave the heating system on at all times during cold spells.
  • Make sure that all leaks and dripping taps are repaired before cold weather sets in.
  • Remove outdoor hoses before winter.
  • Wrap or place hose bib covers over each bib.
  • When freezing conditions are expected, let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes.  Even a small trickle helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Leave the heat on in your home (set no lower than 55°F / 12.7°C) when you are away during cold weather.

If you are an inexperienced home owner or renter, consider hiring a plumbing Victoria BC professional to evaluate the current condition of the plumbing, show you preventive steps to protect the pipes during freezing weather, and how to shut off water in case of a plumbing emergency.

Plumbers Victoria BC are experienced at handling frozen and burst pipes.  Be sure you keep their contact information easily accessible and call one of these professionals if a pipe bursts.