Get The Plumbing Inspected Before You Buy

If you are in the market for buying a new home there are a lot of things to do so adding another task into the mix may not sound very appealing. However, when you are looking at investing in the purchase of an older home, and even some not-so-old ones, there is an important task that everyone should do before you commit to buying it. And that task is a thorough plumbing inspection.

Getting the plumbing inspection done is a no-lose situation. If a problem is identified, you get to have the current owner make the repairs prior to signing the contract. If no problems are found, you will get a sense of security knowing that there are no hidden repairs lurking in your pipes that could cost you big later.

The Value Of An In-depth Inspection

All home buyers will get an inspection of the property done by a home inspector, but this only covers a very superficial inspection of the plumbing system. A home inspection is crucial and this article does not in any way suggest that a home buyer should skip it. But it is strongly recommended that every potential buyer get a licensed plumbing professional to inspect the plumbing. Only a plumbing expert will be able to really let you know the condition of the plumbing in the house.

The problem with an unfamiliar house’s plumbing is that it can’t be seen. Even if a house has been renovated and is in great condition, it does not mean the plumbing is good. Plumbing is not like chipped tiles, a crack in the ceiling, or a bad paint job. It is beneath the surface and needs a professional to look at it closely.

You should have a professional plumber use a video camera to inspect the drains and check the pipes around the house. This is important to be done to make sure you aren’t being put into a position where you may have to spend thousands of dollars later to fix a cracked line in the drain tile. This may seem extreme, but it’s well worth the time and the expense, especially if there is something wrong. If nothing is found, then at least you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing a thorough inspection was performed.

Avoid Hidden Expenses

All too often we hear stories of people either not wanting to spend the money or not even thinking about getting a plumbing inspection done when purchasing their dream home. Sadly, soon after they buy their home they find they need thousands of dollars of work to repair a damaged plumbing line that they could have found before signing the purchase offer.

So hopefully, now you see the importance of a plumbing inspection when purchasing a home, and will call a licensed plumber to do it on your behalf. Then once this has been done and you are satisfied that the plumbing is good then you are ready to proceed. It’s a small price to pay to have the knowledge and security that there is nothing wrong with the plumbing. If something is found, that’s fine too. You can always negotiate the repairs into the purchase price. Either way, you win.

If you need a plumbing inspection by a professional plumber Vancouver company, give Pioneer Plumbing a call. When you call us you will be choosing a company with a reputation for quality service and value.

Pioneer Plumbing & Heating Inc

Pioneer Plumbing & Heating
Phone: (604) 872-4946
626 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5T 3K4

Proper Maintenance Of Heating Systems

For most of us who live where winters get cold, there is no other option but to have a well functioning comfort system in our homes. Nevertheless, it can get expensive having a Vancouver plumber or heating technician come to the house to effect repairs. Everyone should be able to do some simple repairs, but not everyone knows how. Here are a few simple tips about furnace repair that can save the budget.

Regular Maintenance of Your HeatingĀ  System

Just like most of us have regular maintenance performed on our vehicles, maintenance is also important on a central heating system. There are many things that homeowners can do, but there is nothing wrong with signing a maintenance contract with a local professional furnace service. For many, boiler service once a year is sufficient, but don’t let it go beyond two years.

Increase Energy Efficiency

If you have not already done so, take some time now to increase energy efficiency of radiant heat being used. When heat is being lost through cracks around windows and doors, money is being wasted in higher energy bills. It is not difficult to caulk around these cracks and keep the home warm and toasty when the weather outside is cold. Ask local plumbers for advice about other tips to keep the cost of heating your home as low as possible.


Sometimes, the only thing wrong with forced air furnace is that the pilot light has gone out. It is easy enough to check to see if this has happened, and just as easy to follow the instructions on the furnace to re-light it. Thermostats that operate on battery power may just need replacement batteries to keep them working properly. Then again, a check of the circuit breaker or fuse box may turn up the culprit.

Central Heating Help

When all else fails, one should never be embarrassed to call in reinforcements. Professional furnace cleaning technicians are always there to help. If all the basics have been checked and problems still exist, boiler service from trained plumbers may be the only thing left to do. Unless you are absolutely sure you know how to do repairs, it is worth spending a little on furnace repair rather than risking doing further damage to the system.

Time to Update

There comes a time when all heating systems must be replaced. After years of giving good service, it can cost more than the unit is worth to continue repairing it. When this time comes, the only sensible thing to do is update it to a newer version with a new Vancouver furnace installation. Besides, newer units are more energy efficient and the savings will help pay for the unit with lower energy bills. They also require fewer costly repairs which spells even more savings.

Living in cold climates should not mean anyone has to be uncomfortable in their home. By maintaining the heating system in good condition, this will never happen. Homeowners can affect many repairs on their own, but it never hurts to have the phone number of a good North Vancouver plumber handy just in case.

Water Damage Restoration

A flooded basement or home can be a heartbreaking affair. Cleaning up the mess, restoring structural components of the building and replacing valued possessions can be a monumental task, when something like this happens you will need professional help. Not only will clean-up, restoration and drying be required there will be insurance to deal with if your policy covers it.

Technical Knowledge Required

A great deal of knowledge and skill is required in a restoration, in addition to the experience needed to deal with insurers and authorities. Some of the things you are faced with during water damage restoration include:

  • Water and sludge removal
  • De-humidification
  • Mold remediation
  • Insurance claims
  • Deodorization

Specialized Equipment

A well established plumbing and restoration company will have the experience to deal with flood and fire restoration and the latest equipment to get the job done right. Their team of specialists know how to locate and identify hidden damage that might cause problems later, particularly the possibility of mold that could make your family sick after the event.

Potential Mold Problems Must Be Eliminated

If you have had a disaster such as described here, you need to pay attention to getting it done right so as to eliminate any chance of mold developing. You have probably heard of the sick building syndrome. It is a real possibility when there has been water damage. When this type of growth starts you are faced with mold remediation and restoration regardless.

If wet construction material like drywall is allowed to dry on its own it probably will not dry out completely. If that was to happen there will be mold growth. Once mold takes root you are looking at spores in the house and other nasty viral things that can destroy your health. A poor restoration job such as that done by amateurs is playing with fire. You are asking for trouble if the damage is not restored to its original dry condition.

Do not try to cut corners when you have had a basement flood or similar trouble with water damage. Call a professional plumbing and restoration company who deals with it regularly. You will not regret the decision.