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Read Our Blog about Drainage, Plumbing, Water Lines and Sewer Lines in Vancouver

When it comes to drainage and plumbing, the team members at Budget Drainage are experts. To help you learn more about your drainage system and plumbing needs in Vancouver, we’ve started this blog. With articles on topics such as when to get water line repairs and how to know your sewer lines need service, this blog is meant to help you save money on extraneous repairs and understand what your drainage contractor is doing the next time you call.

Read our posts below and contact us to learn more about our extensive drainage and plumbing services available to you throughout the Vancouver area.

  • 01/11/2022
    Perimeter Drainage Maintenance scheduling in North Vancouver and West Vancouver – Summer is a great time to check that off your list

    Routine maintenance of perimeter drainage is a household task that is easily neglected.  However, neglecting these systems, whether they consist of perimeter drainage, sump pumps or backup generators, can result in significant issues that can dramatically impact your home.  Homeowners in North Vancouver and West Vancouver should undertake regular maintenance of these systems to help ensure that their home is kept safe from flooding.

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  • 15/09/2022
    What lies beneath: underground inspection services for your new home

    If you buy a home, you don’t just buy all the things you love about it, you also inherit its problems. However, not all the potential issues in a home are immediately obvious or easily fixed. Much of what’s essential about a home—its pipes and sewage systems, for example—are hidden from plain sight and are therefore a little harder to identify and correct.

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  • 14/09/2022
    The Benefits of adding a natural gas generator when you install or replace your sump pump

    Why do I need a Natural gas backup generator for my sump pump system?

    Many homes in West Vancouver and North Vancouver need to have a sump pump and catch basin installed at their property to help prevent flooding inside their home.  If all, or part of a property is substantially lower than the road or storm city drain connection, or the house is located on low lying ground then the homeowner runs the risk of water accumulating in their basement or of flooding.  If water can’t move off the property by gravity, then a sump pump will likely be required.


    Sump pumps typically operate using electricity.  They pump water that accumulates in the catch basin they are submerged in away from a dwelling.  They need to manage the removal of water from the catch basin.  It is important to have a backup continuous power supply that kicks in when there is an electrical outage to keep the pump system working and help to prevent your basement from flooding.

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  • 12/07/2022
    Why is My West Vancouver District water bill is so much higher than usual?

    West Vancouver has some of the world’s best drinking water coming from our local mountain watersheds.  Residents pay The West Vancouver District for their water based on their household water use.  This helps to pay for the infrastructure that delivers that water to homes as well as to create awareness around waste of this precious resource.


    If you live in West Vancouver and your water bill is higher than usual, then read on to learn about some reasons why:

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  • 13/05/2022
    Waterline, sewer Line and Drainage system repairs, who is responsible, the Homeowner or the Municipality?

    Waterline, sewer line and drainage issues are problems that no one wants to have.  Some of the time, the homeowner, or the homeowners’ insurance, is responsible for the repair, but sometimes the Municipality is on the hook for fixing the problem.  Underground services contractors often get questions from homeowners about this issue and this blog should help to answer some of the most fundamental questions and give the homeowner some insight. 

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  • 05/11/2021
    It’s Time to Take Your Drainage System Into the 21st Century

    Are you worried about the funny smell in your basement? Is there moisture on your foundation? 


    The estimated annual rainfall in Vancouver is 146 cm. That's a lot of water. A wet basement is one of the most frustrating, expensive and destructive problems a homeowner can face.


    If you have an older home, you might want to consider changing your old clay drainage system to PVC before it fails? 


    Here's what you need to know to make an informed decision.

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  • 19/07/2021

    Many homes have garburators or garbage disposal units built into their kitchen sinks.  While these units are handy for disposing of small-scale kitchen scraps, they can cause your household sewer system nothing but trouble if they are not used correctly.  Read on to learn about the proper care of your garburator and minimize the risk of messy blockages.

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  • 14/06/2021
    Factoring the Replacement of your Underground Service Lines and Drainage into your Landscaping, Paving or Driveway Projects

    As the weather gets warmer, Greater Vancouver homeowners start to get excited about sprucing up their outdoor living spaces. It is tempting to get straight into replacing pavers, installing lawns, planting flowers and shrubs, installing a hot tub, building decks, or resurfacing that old, crumbling driveway.

    However, it is crucial to ensure that the services that lie under all of those wonderful upgrades that will make your yard a sanctuary are also in proper working order. If these services aren't checked as part of the project plan, the time, energy, and money invested might be wasted.

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  • 02/02/2021
    What is a Sump Pump, and why do you need one?

    You may not even know it but there could be sump pump working tirelessly at your home right now. Lots of homeowners in North Vancouver and West Vancouver have sump pumps and don’t even know it. Even if they are aware of their sump pump, they don’t think about them until something goes wrong and when this happens, the result is usually not pretty – think flooded basements and property damage that may or may not be covered by insurance.

    This blog is intended to teach you about sump pumps, why you may need one and when you have one, how to keep it working to protect your home.

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  • 21/09/2020
    Why should you hire a local drainage contractor for your North Shore Drainage project?

    Vancouver is a big city with lots of choices for the consumer so when you need a drainage contractor why is it a good idea to hire a company that focuses their business in the area that you live in?


    Vancouver has a lot of diverse geology – from sand flats to mountainsides.  A North Shore based contractor understands the different geology that makes North and West Vancouver such a beautiful but complicated place to work in the underground services industry.

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  • 15/06/2020
    Common Causes of Broken Water Lines

    Not sure if you have a broken water line? Continue reading below for the signs and causes of broken water lines along with the solution.

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  • 21/04/2020
    4 Signs You Need Water Line Repair or Replacement in West Vancouver

    Your water line is one of those things that you barely know exists until it stops working. But you depend on it to bring fresh water into your home. Keep reading to learn more about your water line and four signs that it needs to be repaired.

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  • 15/04/2020
    What’s the Difference Between a Drainage Contractor and a Plumber?

    Homeowners can be confused about whether to call a plumber or a drainage contractor when they experience issues in their drainage systems, sewer systems or water lines. Our blog will help homeowners understand the difference between plumbers and drainage contractors. Count on Budget Drainage to provide homeowners on the North Shore and Greater Vancouver with solutions to their drainage, water line and sewer system issues.

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  • 10/04/2020
    Reasons to Maintain Your Perimeter Drainage

    There are different kinds of drains all over your house, such as one under your sink, near your washing machine, in your washroom etc. But there is one important drain which often gets neglected and is located outside your home. It is called your perimeter drainage system, also known as your drain tile. Its main purpose is to carry the water which gets accumulated due to rain, snow or rising underground water away from your house. Sometimes, homeowners don’t realize they have a drainage system around the perimeter of their house which acts as a barrier and stops underground water from entering their home. In short, perimeter drainage helps to keep your home dry.

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  • 30/03/2020
    COVID-19 Bulletin

    As you are aware, COVID-19 is creating many challenges and unease globally as well as in our local community. We wanted you to know that the crew at Budget Drainage is working and here to help should you need it. 

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  • 19/02/2020
    Professional Drain Cleaning in Vancouver

    Your home’s perimeter drainage moves water from your property to the municipal drainage system. Routine inspection and maintenance of your drainage system will help to keep the water that moves through your drains flowing efficiently. If you need professional drain cleaning in Vancouver, Budget Drainage is your one stop solution. We are a family owned and operated business serving the North Shore, Vancouver and the surrounding areas since 1994. We are underground services experts specializing in sewer lines, water lines and drainage and we take pride in our customer service and professional approach.

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  • 28/01/2020
    Sump Pump Maintenance

    If your property or a part of it is substantially lower than the road or city storm drain connection, water may accumulate in the basement. A sump pump can be installed to move the ground water from the drainage system to the city drains. Depending on the size of your pump, it can remove up to 44 gallons of water per minute. Regular maintenance to check the float switch levels and keep pumps clear of debris will help to prevent damage to the pump and extend its lifespan. Budget Drainage can help you with services such as underground pipe inspection to maintain or replace your sump pump with ease. 

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  • 25/10/2018
    Tree Root Infiltration and Sewer Lines

    When you consider all the things that can go wrong with your sewer system, clogged lines may come to mind. While these are indeed potential issues you should be aware of, one of the most serious problems that can affect your pipes is tree root infiltration. Although trees create shade in your yard and add beauty to your property, their root systems can pose a threat to your pipes and lead to broken sewer lines. Let Budget Drainage in Vancouver give you a little more information about how tree roots can damage your sewer system, how to tell if damage has occurred, and what to do if it does.

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  • 09/08/2018
    Trenchless Versus Traditional Sewer And Water Lines

    When you have problems with your plumbing, it’s in your best interest to know all the options available, from the most traditional to the most high-tech.

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  • 08/03/2018
    Trenchless Technology for Water Line and Sewer Line Replacement

    Pipe repair can be a costly and time-consuming business. Broken sewer lines or other water line repair often require large sections of your yard or sidewalk to be dug up.

    Trenchless technology is a recent innovation trend that has revolutionized underground digging!

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  • 05/02/2018
    What to Do When Perimeter Drainage Fails

    If your drainage system is doing its job, you don’t have to think about it. Its main task is to prevent the large amount of rain we get in Vancouver from becoming a problem inside your home. One essential part of your drainage system that you may not give much thought to is your perimeter drainage, also known as foundation drainage. Perimeter drainage is your first line of defense for keeping water away from your home’s foundation. Learning a bit about drain cleaning for your perimeter drainage can go a long way to saving you money on your Vancouver property.

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  • 27/09/2017
    5 Signs you have a clogged or broken sewer line

    When was the last time you had your sewage lines inspected? Clogged and broken sewer lines in Vancouver can quickly become a smelly, unsanitary and costly mess if they aren’t handled promptly. Fortunately, problematic sewer lines often give you warning signs before completely giving up the ghost. Let’s take a look at five signs you may have a clogged or broken sewer line in Vancouver:

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