Category Archives: Back Water Valve

Protect Your Home From Basement Flooding in Manitoba











Winnipeg homeowners that need to install Sump Pump Systems and In-Line Backwater Valves should refer to the City of Manitoba website about the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program that is offered to help homeowners protect their homes from severe weather.

The program is dependent on available funding however, they still accept applications until the funding is confirmed at which point they process the applications in the order they are received.

The province will cover up to 60 percent of the purchase and installation of a drainage backup system. This comes as a relief to many homeowners as the province is helping address seasonal flooding issues that seem to occur ever year. Continue reading

Home Renovations with Derksen Plumbing and Heating

Winter is here Winnipeg!  That doesn’t stop us though and there’s still plenty that can be done inside the house. If you’ve been putting off repairs or renovations, continue reading for some of the reasons why this winter is the perfect time to renovate the inside of your home.Building Maintenance Continue reading

Sump Pump Rebates and Discounts in Manitoba

Derksen Plumbing and Heating WinnipegWe just talked about sump pump preventative maintenance in our last blog so now let’s take it one step further and discuss the possible discounts, rebates and overall cost saving opportunities we have here in Manitoba.

The City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba offer a sump pump rebate program to subsidize homeowners who are looking to protect their basements from flooding.

While the city offers a rebate, you will still need a qualified plumber to install these systems. Consider Derksen Plumbing and Heating for the job. Since 1984, we have been the go-to company for plumbing in Winnipeg. Our expertise, service and dedication will help you make the most out of your share of that $3 million. Better to call us for help installing a sump pump or backwater valve than because your basement has taken on gallons of water and property has been ruined.

Sump Pump Preventative Maintenance Tips


If we prepare our plumbing now before winter arrives, we will be able to help prevent possible flooding in the springtime.  Preventative maintenance for plumbing only take a few precautionary steps such as turning off the water flow to the exterior pipes. Blowing out your sprinkler system, or inspecting and adjusting your sump pump and backwater valve. Continue reading

Protect Your Basement this Spring

Are you looking for the 311 on protecting your basement from flooding during severe weather?  Hopefully we can resolve most of your questions and concerns here.

Sump pumps may not be the be-all end-all as all machines are capable of breaking down. Installing a backwater valve might be an invaluable investment.  Sewer backflow can be disgusting and an experience you never want to deal with twice.  Derksen Plumbing can install a backwater valve before severe weather such as heavy rains, cause serious damage.  A backflow valve is typically required in older homes as it became mandatory for new construction in 1979, and sump pumps in 1990.

The City of Winnipeg has a basement flooding protection subsidy program that helps homeowners protect their basement from flooding.  For the complete details and conditions and application form, please visit the 311 City Services page, click here.

If you need help with installation or service and repair of a backwater valve, or sump pump, Derksen Plumbing can assist you. Connect with us today via email or call us at (204) 944-3444.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Sump pumps are a great way to protect your Winnipeg home from all the rainfall we receive over the summer. Sometimes this rain turns into flooding, which can leave your home ruined, as well as your bank account. Yet a machine as simple as a sump pump can help ensure this issue remains a relatively minor one. However, if you don’t maintain your sump pump properly, it can turn into one more expense you need to handle after a flood. Continue reading

Summer Brings Showers. Protect Your Home and Upgrade Your Backwater Valve

For any homeowner who’s dealt with sewer backflow before, it goes without saying that it isn’t an experience you want to put up with twice. During the summer, heavy rainfall can cause your sewer system to overflow all the way through the drains and into your home’s plumbing. The result is as disgusting as it can be costly. So this summer, have Derksen Plumbing and Heating install a backwater valve before heavy rains threaten to cause serious damage.

Despite how bad the backflow of sewer water can be for your home, the solution is actually quite simple. A backwater valve only works one-way. This means water can travel to the sewer system, but it isn’t allowed in the opposite direction. Backwater valves are so effective that all modern homes have to include them in their construction. However, older homes generally need them installed.

If your home is flood prone, as many are in Winnipeg, you should really consider installing a backwater valve. Sewer backup is disgusting, and it can also cost you more than $25,000 when you consider all the damage it can cause to your home and personal property.
Even if your home has a sump pump, this may not be good enough. As a Winnipeg sump pump provider, we’re all for this useful device. However, a backwater valve is still a good backup plan to have, just in case. After all, sump pumps are machines capable of faulty operation. If their motors and any of their other parts fail, having a backwater valve will be an invaluable investment.

For any Winnipeg plumbing services you may need, give us a call at Derksen Plumbing today. Our number is 204-944-3444 and can be used to reach us 24/7. Amongst other things, we have the skill and experience to help you decide if a backwater valve is necessary and install the right one if we find that it would be best for your home.