Prepare For Winter and Avoid Plumbing Problems

When Old Man Winter comes to town, he can sometimes come with a vengeance. If your home or business is not properly prepared, the cold temperatures and snowy or wet conditions can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Several issues may pop up unexpectedly, forcing you to either work your handyman skills, call a good plumber, or end up spending hundreds of dollars in repairs. Let’s take a closer look at one of the most common winter plumbing problems that can be avoided, along with tips to help you get through this year’s cold season.

The Problem with Pipes

Free-flowing pipes are a big part of keeping a home functional and intact. Although they are buried out of sight and out of mind, a broken or damaged pipe will soon draw attention to itself in a very noticeable way. However, the homeowner may not always be aware of the possible risks pipes may pose during a cold winter season. As night-time temperatures plummet below comfortable numbers, the water that is kept within the pipes of your home may experience some freezing.

This poses a problem, especially because water expands when it freezes. Unless careful and immediate action takes place, the pipe may burst, then allowing water to pour into the home when things begin to thaw. This can lead to expensive water damage and other costs that most homeowners don’t like to deal with.


How do you keep pipes from freezing? Here are a few simple ideas, although some may be better suited for your home than others.

Pipe Wrapping: For some homes or businesses, it may be appropriate to wrap the pipes before the cold season occurs. This may help to insulate the pipe in such a way as to avoid severe temperatures from causing problems.

Routine Maintenance: Weak or old piping systems may be more at risk for plumbing problems than newer, carefully maintained pipes. If you live in an older home, or suspect that your pipes are old, contact a plumbing service to come take a look.

Run a Faucet: During especially cold times of the season, it is recommended that you keep the water running, thus forcing the water to stay moving, instead of allowing it to sit in the pipe and freeze. It doesn’t have to be much, even a small flow of water from a bathroom sink may be adequate.

Other Solutions

If you are unsure how to deal with your frozen pipes, or have discovered an issue that needs immediate attention, don’t hesitate to contact a plumbing service as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

If you are uncomfortable with any of these suggestions, we are a local plumbing company who will be happy to assist.

We can tackle any business or home service needs, including leak repair, routine maintenance, new installations and any sort of plumbing work in commercial and residential environments. Tub, tap or toilet… whatever your need you can count on us to send an authorized plumber to take care of things in an efficient and courteous fashion.


Potential repairs can run from the minor variety – like a leaking tap – to those that are, or possibly may become, catastrophic. Our plumbers can offer the experience, tools and skills to solve any challenge that crops up, and they’re experts at pretty much everything from resolving leaks to pipework installations.

We can quickly handle all sorts of plumbing problems which could arise at your home or commercial premises. For any plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to call. We have a 24-7 emergency plumber available who will be dispatched to your premises in Vancouver ASAP. Any time of the day or year, you’ll be able to depend upon us for fast and patient help in an emergency. We understand just how upsetting plumbing related issues are, in particular when it’s an urgent situation out of the normal working day.

Every Form of Installation

We at Pioneer Plumbing are proud of our lengthy history of quality work. No matter whether you wish to have a nice new bathroom sink or some pipe insulation installed, or you’re looking for an installation or re-piping in a commercial or residential premises, we have the know-how and the experience to be certain it is carried out properly.

We are acknowledged also as leaders in updating plumbing systems in older homes, a thing that we have been working on for a long time, in particular in some of the eye-catching properties in Vancouver’s West End.

Our dedicated residential and commercial plumbing service is the top choice for both heritage homes and newer properties throughout the greater Vancouver region.

Pioneer Plumbing & Heating