Common Spring plumbing issues and how to prevent them

From Langley to Tsawassen, spring is coming to the Vancouver area. That doesn’t just mean it’s time to get your bike out of the shed and your running shoes out of the closet. It’s also a great time to give your property a thorough inspection to make sure that everything is prepared for the warm seasons to come.


As any plumber that works in the New Westminster area can tell you, winters can be tough on our plumbing in Vancouver. At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating Ltd., we help our clients get their plumbing in shape for the spring and avoid emergency plumbing calls. Here are just a few common spring plumbing issues you should know about:

  • Flooding. Spring is a time of renewal for nature. But it’s also a busy time for your plumbing. All the water that has been sitting on the ground in the form of ice becomes liquid again, so flooding becomes a much more serious risk in the spring.
  • Blocked drains and gutters. All the detritus that has built up over the winter months in your yard, on your roof and everywhere else outside is revealed in the spring. This can include garbage, rocks or plant-matter that have frozen in the snow and ice. These are prime candidates for blockages to your gutters, drains and pipes in the spring.
  • Cracked pipes. Throughout the winter, water has been freezing and thawing. That means that water has been expanding and contracting as it switches states. This frequent change in volume can cause cracks in your pipes that are sometimes not detectable until the spring.
  • If your house still has metal pipes, corrosion can also be a serious problem for your pipes in the spring. Corrosion occurs when metal comes into contact with water and air. There are a lot of preventative measures you can take that have varying degrees of effectiveness, such as anti-corrosive coating for your metal pipes. It may be time, however, to switch your home’s plumbing to a non-corrosive PVC.

All these common springtime plumbing problems can be prevented with a little care and attention. Of course, the only way to be absolutely sure that your system is ready to go for the summer months is to consult professional plumbers. If you’d like peace of mind that your plumbing system is prepared and you live in North Vancouver or anywhere else in the Vancouver area, contact us at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating today.

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