Five Causes of Sump Pump Failure & What to Do

Hillcrest Plumbing, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A sump pump is used to remove water that has collected in a water basin. They are commonly found in house basements and are extremely useful in areas that receive a lot of precipitation like North Vancouver, Langley, Burnaby or Surrey. If you have a finished basement, then a sump pump is needed for removing excess water from around and within the structure. The water can flow into th ..

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Reasons for Annual Boiler Maintenance

Hillcrest Plumbing, Monday, September 11, 2017

If you’re situated in the greater Vancouver (/contact/vancouver) area, such as Richmond (/contact/richmond), Tsawwassen or Burnaby (/contact/burnaby), it is possible that your house or business is heated with a boiler. A boiler is essentially a water heater which distributes the heat via hot water. The boiler heats the water which is then pumped through pipes to radiators heating the space. As ..

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Tankless Heater

Hillcrest Plumbing, Friday, August 18, 2017

Canadians are increasingly looking to make both environmental and economical investments in their home. With increasing hydro and gas cost, along with water rates skyrocketing, tankless water heater units also called “on demand” units that only provide heat when you turn on the faucet, continue to gain popularity. But are they right for your home and usage – it’s a question Hillcrest ..

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Clogged Sewer Pipe

Hillcrest Plumbing, Friday, July 28, 2017

Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating has, for over 50 years, provided the experienced and qualified licensed plumbing experts covering a wide variety of plumbing services including addressing sewer and drainage (/services/plumbing-repairs) issues, and by using underground video scoping and hydro-jetting, sewer maintenance and drain cleaning (/services/sewer-drain-cleaning). Why is this i ..

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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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