Sewage System in Vancouver

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Recently, the Province of British Colombia began working towards eliminating sewage overflows by the year 2050 in Vancouver. The Province is looking to replace all of its combined sewer systems with modern separated sewer systems. Well, what does this mean for you? Traditionally sewer systems are what are called “combined sewer systems”. What this means is storm water runoff is combined with the wastewater from your home into a single pipe. This combined sewage water then flows to the sewage treatment plant where it is processed and cleaned. The problem with a combined sewer system is space. If we are experiencing a particularly wet month with heavy rainfall the amount of storm water in the pipe greatly increases. This can cause the untreated water to overflow and empty directly into our waterways. How is the sewage system in Vancouver is going to change?

A two-pipe separated sewer system still collects stormwater from storm drains, however, instead of flowing into the same pipe as wastewater, it will now be carried in its own pipe. Not only will this greatly reduce the risk of overflow and water contamination, it also has environmental benefits as well. The stormwater can now be redirected and used for other purposes and not merely dumped in with the wastewater. The city of Vancouver is currently running two sewer separation programs. One is dealing with the sewer systems of public roads and properties. The other program deals with the sewer systems that serve private properties, like your home. This second program is focusing on smaller areas whose old sewer systems have to fall under specific conditions. First, there has to be a history of sewer blockages that the city of Vancouver is fully or partially responsible for. Second, that the sewer maintenance program the city of Vancouver implemented is no longer effective. Lastly, if the property owner has recently replaced the private property portion of the sewer system and reports to the city that it’s portion is in poor condition.

This last condition is the most important for all homeowners. The city of Vancouver is taking it upon itself to change the combined sewer system. However, they are leaving the homeowner responsible for their portion of the sewer system. This means that you, the homeowner, will have to upgrade the sewer connection on your property at your own expense.

The team at MidCity Plumbing don’t want to see your home get cut off from this new sewer system. A problem with your drainage system can cause a wide range of problems, from the seemingly trivial, like a bad odor, to the more serious, such as the foundation of your house becoming compromised. This can lead to even more costly repairs. MidCity Plumbing will gladly get your drainage system prepared for the impending sewer system change. Our experienced plumbers have the knowledge and the tools to deal with any sewer system. But don’t wait too long.  Separated sewer systems have already been installed in the following areas: Downtown, West End, Fairview, Hasting, Killarney, Mt. Pleasant, Renfrew and Burrard Inlet and Fraser River shorelines.  By the year 2020 there is plans to have separated sewer systems in Grandview, Kitsilano, Point Grey, Shaughnessy and Sunrise.  Let us at MidCity Plumbing help you get ahead of the curve and make this sewer system change a simple and easy transition.

How Vancouver Rain can Affect your Plumbing

How Vancouver Rain can Affect your Plumbing

Vancouver is a beautiful city that is surrounded by some of Canada’s most picturesque mountain scenery. Thanks to those mountains however, as well as Vancouver’s proximity to the coast, precipitation is very common throughout the year. In the early spring and fall months in particular, rainfall becomes heavier and more frequent, which can put a strain on the drainage systems found in and around your home. In addition, heavy rain can affect Vancouver’s municipal sewer system, which can make it impossible for water to effectively drain from your property. As a Vancouver resident, knowing how to prepare for precipitation and anticipate issues that may result from heavy rainfall is key to ensuring your home will stay dry, and your plumbing will keep running properly.

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Before You Call a Plumber: How to Stop a Leaky Pipe

How to Stop a Leaky Pipe

It’s a situation every Vancouver homeowner fears. A pipe in your house has begun to leak. A moment of hesitation could result in irreversible damage to your home and possessions.  Before you call the plumber you need to stop the leak. Don’t worry; MidCity Plumbers is here to walk you through the steps so you can fix a leaky pipe before any damage is done. The first step is to turn off the water valve to prevent any more water from flowing to the leak. If the leak is to a faucet you may be able to turn off the water for the faucet alone. The water shut-off valve is usually located under the sink. If the leak is coming from a pipe and you are unsure of its origin or its best to turn off the water to the whole house.  Your water shut-off valve should be located in your basement above any washbasin.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid when Hiring a Plumber in Vancouver

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When the time comes to hire a plumber, it is likely because you need something in your home or commercial property fixed or installed quickly and correctly. Any plumbing issue from a leaky toilet or faucet, to a cracked underground pipe, requires a skilled and knowledgeable plumbing expert to handle the job. The issue for you is how exactly to go about finding the right plumber for the job. To help you narrow your search, and find a plumber in the local Vancouver area that will get the job done properly at a reasonable price, be sure to check out some of the common mistakes people make when hiring a plumber below:

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Finding Us Online


Mid City Plumbing has proudly provided high quality and reliable plumbing, heating and drain services to home and business owners throughout Vancouver. For years we have helped customers all over Vancouver and the rest of the lower mainland with everything from plumbing and drainage repairs to installations for commercial heating units. Our skilled team of friendly and dependable plumbing and heating experts have helped put MidCity Plumbers on the map. Thanks to our reliable service and the excellent relationships we have built with our customers over time, we have proudly watched our MidCity Plumbers expand these past years, giving us more opportunities to provide top quality service to more customers located across a wider area.

As our company’s growth continues, we have made the decision to introduce new franchises located in Abbotsford and as far as Alberta that offer the same dependable, 24/7 service that is found in the Vancouver area. These franchises will put us in a position to better serve communities that lay outside of our original areas of service. Both residential and commercial customers in these areas will soon be able to enjoy the high level of workmanship and reliability that our team of plumbing and heating experts have to offer, since MidCity Plumbers will now be just a quick phone call or email away! Before searching for our company online however, there’s one thing you should keep in mind in order to be certain that you have found the right MidCity Plumbers in your area.

Our company’s full name actually happens to be MidCity Plumbing and Heating Ltd, but to our local customers we have always been known as MidCity Plumbers. If you wish to find us online at our website ( via an online search, it is important to make sure that you search for MidCity Plumbers rather than Mid City Plumbing. As it turns out, there are other companies with similar names to ours which causes some confusion when people try to track our Vancouver based company down online. A company based in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and another located in the US call themselves Mid City Plumbing, and may appear in your online search before our name, especially if you use the predictive text feature in your search. The best way to make sure that you get connected to the right team of plumbing experts at MidCity Plumb ERS, is to make sure that your online search doesn’t include results for Mid City Plumb ING.

We are very excited to be able to expand our service to a far greater area, and we hope to quickly establish the same high quality standards among customers in Abbotsford and Alberta as we have in Vancouver and the lower mainland. For all of your plumbing, drainage and heating service, repair and installation needs, the experts at MidCity Plumbers are ready to help. Be sure to call us, or find us online by searching for MidCity PlumbERS to get started on your project as soon as possible. No job is too big or too small, and we offer 24/7 services to all residential and commercial customers, so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to take care of that plumbing emergency fast! Remember, for the best customer service and most reliable team of plumbing and heating experts in Vancouver, Abbotsford and parts of Alberta, make sure you search for MidCity Plumbers!