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5 Questions You Should Ask a Prospective Plumber

While no one wants to deal with a plumbing emergency, it is almost inevitable that you will be faced with a burst pipe, a blocked drain, or an overflowing toilet at some point. Fortunately, when a plumbing emergency arises, having an experienced plumber by your side can help to reduce your stress and return your house to normal as soon as possible. However, when hiring a plumbing professional, it is important that you take your time and ask potential plumbers the right questions. 

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Q&A:Two-Piece Toilet Maintenance

Q: What maintenance is there to do on my two-piece toilet, and can I do it myself?
A: The two most common repairs or maintenance items on a two-piece toilet are the fill valve and the flapper, which usually last about 8 years. Tank-to-bowl gaskets should be replaced every 10 years or so.

Welcome to our Newest Plumbers


Over the last few months, we've brought on several more plumbers to serve the fine folks of Victoria, BC and the rest of Southern Vancouver Island. We're so thrilled with our new plubming recruits that we had to write a post about it.

Q&A: Winter Rains Are Coming

Rain drops on stone fence

Q: The winter rains we get on Vancouver Island will be here soon. Last year, every time we got heavy rain for a few days, I got water in my basement. How can I prepare this year?

Q&A: Preparing for Vacation

Plane in the sky

Q: We are heading out on vacation soon. Are there any valves that we should turn off while we are away?

Q&A: Water Heater Rebates?

Q&A: Who Deals With Warranties?

Q: We had our water heater and kitchen faucet installed by a company that we would prefer never to have back in our home. Can HomeWise Plumbing deal with the warranties on those products they installed?

Ask The Plumbig Experts! Temperature & Pressure Relief Valves

Q: I've noticed a little water on the floor around my water heater sometimes - it seems to come and go. Any ideas why this might be?

Ask the Plumbing Experts! Poly-b Water Pipes Replacement

Q: I have heard that it would be smart to get my poly-b water pipes replaced. Is that true?

A: Insurance companies are beginning to refuse to renew insurance for houses with poly-b water pipes, so it is a looming problem. Generally speaking the issue is more to do with the fittings than the pipe, especially if you have grey plastic fittings, and particularly on the hot side of the system.


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