How Often do I Need to Replace My Water Line?

Since the 1950’s copper has been the primary material used to bring water from the street to your home. Under normal conditions copper can last as long as 100 years, however sometimes problems arise that may result in a need to replace your waterline. Make yourself aware by reading below:


Although copper pipes are resistant to many kinds of corrosion, there are 2 types to which they are susceptible. Formicary and pitting corrosion are caused by the presence of formaldehyde and chlorine particles in the soil and air. Over time these types of corrosion can degrade the copper and result in leaks. If left unchecked, the pipe will be damaged and require replacement.

Tree Roots

Everyone enjoys having trees for the privacy and shade they provide, and having trees on your property even increases the value of your home. It may come as a surprise to realize that tree roots are a major threat to your water lines. A tree anywhere near your waterline means the root system could grow into the pipe, as roots will naturally seek out any source of moisture. Catch the problem early and cut the roots out to prevent further damage and save you from replacing the whole pipe. If left unchecked, the root system could end up obstructing the flow of water through the pipe and possibly crack the pipe, causing it to need replacing.

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

There are some warning signs that your waterline may have been damaged by a tree root system or by corrosion and they should not be ignored. For example, a stammering faucet could be an indication that your waterline is leaking. Uncovering and fixing the problem as soon as you suspect an issue can save you money.

If you have concerns about your waterline or other plumbing issues, residents searching for Victoria BC Plumbing Companies can call upon the professionals at Goodsense Plumbing Heating & Drain Cleaning.

How to Lower Water Bills in The Winter

The winter months are a time when families and friends gather to enjoy the holidays, visit and share time together. This extra company can lead to higher utility costs in the winter months, including water bills. Below are some tips that could help lower those bills.


Leaks that you may not be aware of can easily add up and result in higher water bills throughout the winter months. One of the best ways to prevent leaks is to schedule regular maintenance, both for your main plumbing as well as for the various plumbing appliances. Regular maintenance allows the technician to find and fix any problems with the system which can prevent water waste and save money in repair costs if caught early.

Prompt Repairs

Any time you notice a problem with your plumbing, it’s wise to address it quickly as an issue can escalate and cause further damage to your system and appliances. Prompt attention will save you money on your water bills over time and lower repair costs as mentioned above.


Everything from water heaters to plumbing pipes have an expiration date and will need to be replaced eventually. When part of your system is getting old or too worn out to operate properly it’s a good idea to replace it now. Older plumbing systems are more prone to develop leaks and malfunctions up to and including full breakdowns. The new low flush toilets and low flow shower heads available can help lower water bills not only in the winter, but all year round. Older shower heads put out 4-5 gallons/minute while a low flow shower head has an output of 1.5 gallons/minute and still provides a forceful shower. Low flush toilets use 4.48 litres less compared to the 6 litres needed in older models. Both will provide savings over the year.

If you suspect your plumbing systems are in need of replacement, contact our plumbing contractors in Victoria BC.