Monthly Archives: March 2014

Plumb Out of Ideas? Here are some things you (yes, YOU) can do to maintain your plumbing system as we approach warm weather

Many people know about winter preparations and maintenance for plumbing, but few realize there are steps you should take as the weather gets warmer, too. Many Winnipeg plumbing systems include sump pumps, which are pumps that help divert excess groundwater from your basement and foundation. While you always want your sump pump to be functioning, it is especially important to ensure that it works when spring arrives.

For one thing, there’s a good chance that if there was any freezing in your sump pump pipes over the winter, you didn’t detect it, because you never used the pipes. Therefore, if any damage was caused, you might not realize it until the spring. Additionally, your sump pump will get more work with the warmer weather due to spring rains and melting snow. If it is malfunctioning, there could be serious consequences.

You can check your pump very easily. Find your sump pump at your basement’s lowest point. Once you’ve ensured it has power, pour water into the sump pit until the pump starts running. Then go outside and make sure there is water coming out of the discharge line. If the pump doesn’t start or if the water is not discharged properly, then something is wrong.

You can check for debris fairly easily and make sure that the float for the pump switch is not caught on anything, but for more complicated problems or thorough sump pump cleaning in Winnipeg, you should call a professional. Derksen Plumbing and Heating has a 24/7 phone line at 204-944-3444. Don’t delay – make sure your sump pump is clean and working before the worst occurs and your basement is flooded.

Root Out Your Plumbing Challenges – What homeowners should know about detecting and preventing root problems in drains year-round.

Most people think of winter as a time when plants don’t do much, especially here in Winnipeg. However, in most cases, just because a plant isn’t active above ground doesn’t mean it’s not active below. In fact, roots can grow more in the winter. Roots grow most when they need to search further for moisture, and winter is often drier. They also may have more of a tendency to move toward pipes, as pipes may already have tiny cracks or other damage from the cold and might release minuscule amounts of moisture, which the root can still detect.

Some signs that you might have roots in your pipes include slow draining, gurgling noises, and moisture around floor drains. This means that the roots have started to form a blockage in your pipe. You should be extra vigilant if you have clay tile, concrete, or no-corrode pipes, as opposed to PVC piping. You should also be more concerned about leaks if you have poplar, willow, elm, ash, or birch on your property, as these trees are the most likely to damage pipes with their roots.

The problem will only become worse if you do not address it, since more roots will grow and they will also snag debris that comes through your pipes and can form a total blockage. Also, the longer you wait, the greater the risk of the roots growing so large they completely destroy your pipes, rather than just entering through joints.

If you think you may have root-clogged pipes, you should call Derksen Plumbing and Heating right away. Our line at 204-944-3444 is open around the clock, so you can get hold of us even if it becomes an emergency, but why wait for things to get worse?