Lewis Maclean February 2019



Here we are once again — spring is only a few weeks away! February and March are months of transition. Temperatures are slowly climbing, and the days are getting incrementally longer. But these months are also a time of discovery. What do we mean by this? During the winter months, most homeowners don’t routinely check their outside taps. On top of that, they don’t conduct regular inspections of their plumbing system — including the pipes that run under and out of the house. As a result, when temperatures rise, homeowners start to discover leaks. They might only be a few drips, or they might be much more significant, but these are often signs that the pipes froze during the winter, then the ice expanded in the pipes. This is a major cause of ruptures. All it takes is one frigid night. Even during mild winters, pipes can freeze for just long enough to cause problems. In the months leading up to winter — and during winter — we try to remind people to make sure their outside taps are completely shut off, their hoses are flushed and stored, and their homes are heated just enough to keep the inside temperature above freezing. That last point is especially important while you are away from home — you don’t want to return from a trip to find your home flooded! If you’re going away, whether it’s for a day or an extended period of time, it’s always a good idea to set your thermostat at about 15 C. This temperature keeps your heating bill low — but keeps your home’s temperature high enough to prevent freezing.

If you do notice any leaky taps or pipes, don’t let them sit! These need to be taken care of before they get worse. As temperatures rise, it’s always a good idea to do a walk-around of your home. Look for leaks and signs of moisture where there shouldn’t be any. Telltale signs of moisture include water stains, mold, mildew, and wood rot.

Should you find anything, or you aren’t sure about what

you’re seeing, all you have to do is give us a call and we can send a technician out to help. As always, our plumbing technicians know exactly what to look for and can trace leaks (or signs of leaks) to their source in order to take care of them. Also on the topic of water, we want to remind homeowners, and all property owners, about the dangers of standing water. It can get really wet around the Lower Mainland in late winter and early spring, and that means moisture saturation. Water can pool around homes and foundations — and if this excess water can’t properly drain, it can cause a lot of damage. Some homes may need a drainage pump, if they don’t already have one. Oh — and don’t forget to clear out your gutters and downspouts! Gutters are incredibly easy to forget about. When they fill up with leaves and other gunk, they become useless. And when water cannot properly flow off of the roof, you may end up with water in your attic, which will eventually find its way into your home. That’s no fun. If you’re concerned about excess or improperly flowing water in or around your home, be sure to give us a ring. You know the drill! We’re standing by the phone, ready to take your call and ready to address any of your plumbing, drainage, and heating needs!

–Tyler Dillon

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