Hillcrest Plumbing, Friday, March 17, 2017

American Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and while he was speaking about fire safety, the same can be said about many things in our lives, like appliances and our household plumbing. When it comes to specifics, proper maintenance and operation will extend the life of your garbage disposal and prevent plumbing and drain mishaps. A garba ..

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Winter Heating

Hillcrest Plumbing, Thursday, March 02, 2017

Vancouver’s weather has been all over the place this winter with record breaking temperatures in both directions. While the weather is inconsistent, to ensure you are maximizing the energy-efficiency of your furnace, and to save money on your energy bills, here’s a few things you should know. According to Statistics Canada, home heating accounts for a large portion of Canadian household t ..

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Tips for Keeping Your Furnace in Top Shape

Hillcrest Plumbing, Friday, February 03, 2017

To ensure your home is prepared for the cold days ahead in Vancouver now is the time to do a little routine maintenance on your furnace. It doesn’t take much time or effort to keep your furnace in good working order, but it does take some dedication. Most of all, keeping your furnace clean can prevent a host of issues and save money on energy costs. 5 tips to help you get started  ..

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How to Heat Your Home Effectively This Winter

Hillcrest Plumbing, Friday, January 20, 2017

Just because winters can be cold, wet, and miserable in Richmond, it doesn’t mean that you need to put up with the resulting high heating bills. Reinsulating your home is the best way to avoid overrunning your furnace, but that can be costly and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are many other small things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency which will all add up to saving y ..

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Boilers and hot water heaters have similar features but their core functions can be radically different.

Hillcrest Plumbing, Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Is your boiler or water heater due for replacement in Vancouver? It might be worth your while to consider the advantages and disadvantages of both before making a decision. Let’s compare boilers and water heaters: A hot water heater is basically an insulated storage tank with a heating element in it. Its job is to heat incoming cold water to about 125C and store it until it is needed. The m ..

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How to Avoid Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Hillcrest Plumbing, Wednesday, December 21, 2016

With the cold and wet season, there is the inevitable torrent of rainfall and temperatures so low it chills you straight to the bone. But it affects more than just people; it affects your home’s plumbing too. 5 Common Winter Plumbing Problems In Burnaby, plumbers often see five common residential plumbing problems each year. Here is what they are and how you can avoid them. 1.) Leaky  ..

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How often do you think about your water heater in Vancouver?

Hillcrest Plumbing, Thursday, December 08, 2016

Hot water tanks in Vancouver rank pretty near the bottom of any homeowner’s list of concerns, until—you guessed it!—no hot water comes out your tap. Or worse, your tank ruptures and leaves you with an expensive mess on your hands! Let’s take a look at eight signs your Vancouver water heater may be in need of repair or replacement: Age. Check your water heater’s warranty. If it’s getting clo ..

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How to Change a Furnace Filter

Hillcrest Plumbing, Thursday, December 01, 2016

As temperatures begin to drop, many residents in Vancouver are turning their heating systems on for the first time this year. And, if you’re like most homeowners, you probably give very little thought to your furnace after that. But to keep it working in top condition — and avoid possible malfunction — you need to change or clean your furnace filter on a regular basis. Ho ..

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Plumbing problems in North Vancouver can range from the mundane to the apocalyptic!

Hillcrest Plumbing, Monday, November 28, 2016

Depending how handy you are with tools and your tolerance for the “ick” factor, you can resolve many home plumbing issues in North Vancouver on your own. The trick is to know how much you can do yourself and when to call a plumber. Let’s take a look at five common home plumbing problems in North Vancouver: 1.Toilet leaks can range from the barely perceptible to the dramatic ..

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High Efficiency Water Heaters – When to Update Your Old Water Heater

Hillcrest Plumbing, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We've all heard the horror stories—water heater ruptures while residents are away and floods out the basement or the apartment below. These aren't just urban legends. They are very real daily occurrences. Is it time to change your water heater before disaster strikes? Well, it depends: How well has your water heater been maintained? Annual flushing, for example, can extend a water heater's  ..

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