Andrew Cisakowski founded his full-service residential and light commercial plumbing company, Iliad Mechanical, in the Tri-Cities area of the Lower Mainland in 2019. A family man, he recently moved with his wife and children to the qathet region, where he says they can take full advantage of the beautiful scenery and short commutes.
Andrew says moving felt like a no-brainer after reading about a shortage of plumbers in the area and the troubles local residents had finding emergency services and licensed gas contractors.
“It seemed like there was a role I could fill in the community,” he adds.
Iliad Mechanical focuses on offering its clients the highest quality product and knowledge at a fair price. The company is licensed, bonded and insured, and Andrew has his plumbing Red Seal and Class B gas ticket.
“My team is family who recently escaped the war in Ukraine,” says Andrew.
The family-owned and operated company takes on residential, commercial and emergency services. Whether it’s new builds, renovations, installations or repairs, Andrew and his team can help.
“I have lots of experience in renovations, large and small, including total gut jobs, new builds, everything,” he explains. “I have all the drain equipment necessary to handle any service job, including a camera, so we can handle emergencies, too.”
Leak detection, drain cleaning services, installations and replacements, inspection and maintenance, hot water tank work, repiping and renovations are offered as well.
“If I cut corners, it keeps me up at night, so I like to do things right,” says Andrew. “I like working with clients who want to have projects done correctly.
“If you’re looking for peace of mind and want to know the person who will show up at your door to work on your home, I’m your guy.”
Andrew and family moved to the area four months ago. He says he wanted to get out of the city and have a better life for his three kids, who are two, seven and 13 years old. Now, they live five minutes from downtown and enjoy all that the local landscape has to offer.
“Being a business owner has afforded me the flexibility to take my kids to their various activities,” says Andrew. “I’m a family guy. That takes up a lot of time right now with three kids.”
Although he says plumbers usually get calls when things go wrong, he offers a couple of friendly tips to avoid plumbing trouble.
“The number one important thing, in plumbing in your house, is to ensure you have a functioning and accessible main shutoff valve,” he adds. “Many people don’t know where it is or haven’t used it in 20 years. If it’s an older style of valve, it's like 50/50 if it’s going to leak or not fully shut off.”
“Also, for this time of year specifically, ensure that you take your hoses off the hose bibbs. And if you don’t have a frost-free hose bibb, turn the shut-off valve to the hose bibb.
To make an enquiry or book a service, call Andrew at 778.789.0037, or request a quote online at iliadmechanical.com.