Category Archives: Blocked Drains

Unencumber Your Drainage System – Learn the 5 W’s of Drain Clogs and What to Do about Them

If your plumbing system has clogging issues, you first need to figure out the cause. Only then can you decide what to do about the problem, including whether you can fix it yourself or need to seek professional assistance.

These five W’s are some of the common symptoms or factors that can help you determine why your plumbing isn’t working properly and what you can do to fix it.

Whoa There! – Do you frequently flush or wash down the sink large objects or lots of grease? That may be the problem right there. You need to be careful about what you put in your pipes. This will usually result in a simple clog that you can probably clean out yourself, but be more careful moving forward.

Widespread Clogging – If more than one fixture in your house is clogged, especially if it is the toilets, this could be a sign of blockage in your sewer line. In this case, you should call a professional or the city.

Weird Draining – Unusual effects after using a fixture, like using one fixture causing another to back up, is also usually indicative of a sewer problem.

Wooded Areas – If you are experiencing draining issues and have a lot of trees on your property, you may be experiencing a root clog. Professional plumbers should be hired to remove the roots and keep the problem from recurring.

Wrecked Pipes – Sagging or cracked pipes can trap water or allow backfill, which will affect drainage. These pipes will need to be replaced by professionals.

If your plumbing in Winnipeg is having draining problems as described above, you should call Derksen Plumbing and Heating at 204-944-3444 immediately to set up an inspection of your pipes.

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?

Clogged Drains are Never Fun

Going to the grocery store to pick up a
drain cleaner will help temporarily, but most drains will continue to
clog if you don’t have an expert look at them.

Roots intrusion is also one of the major problems that plagues homes.
Identifying intrusion by tree roots early can help you to avoid costly
repairs after.

Derksen Plumbing can help.

Drain Cleaning – Before It’s Too Late

If you are finding that water does not drain away quickly in your sinks, shower or drains, it is time to take action. Homeowners, who put off cleaning drains, usually do so because they believe that the task is difficult and time consuming. However, neglecting the maintenance of internal or external drainage systems can lead to much bigger problems.

By overhauling your entire drainage system, there are significant future savings to be made. With the proper equipment, a plumber can clean out drains, ensure that they are working correctly and are free from damage. Older drainage systems, for instance, are difficult for homeowners to maintain. This is a problem that is easily addressed by adding access points, which allow the homeowner to find and deal with common blockages. Replacing damaged or substandard pipes will also keep your drains free flowing and help prevent further breakages.

The natural enemies of our sewer pipes are tree roots. As well as breaking pipes, they cause blockages which often lead to plumbing backing up. The amount of work needed to repair broken sewage pipes, not to mention cleaning up the mess made in your home, will put untold strain on both your bank account and sanity. However, by preventing further damage from occurring, you can rest easy in the knowledge that your drains are safe. Applying grease and root destroyer, at least twice a year, will ensure that roots never play havoc with your sewer pipes again. What’s more, the chemical does not harm the actual tree; it only stunts the growth of the roots.

In general, it is advisable to keep a close eye on all aspects of your drainage system. A little maintenance now will save a lot of stress later. Don’t leave cleaning until it is too late.

Tree Roots Pain

Have you ever heard the saying, “Life will out?” It means, in essence, that life will always find a way. Which is rather profound and poetic, don’t you think? Bees are drawn to pollen; birds find protection in the skies; and trees seek out water, wherever it may lie.

However, as awe inspiring and beautiful as the determination of life is, it may cause problems for the sewer pipes beneath your property; at least in the case of trees. The slightest breach in a drainage system will allow water vapour to seep into the ground above the pipes, creating a welcoming beacon for nearby roots.

Upon reaching the moisture in the soil, tree roots will trace it back to the source. After which, it won’t take long before the roots find their way into the pipe’s internal cavity. Drawing from the nutrients found in their new home, these roots will spread and grow at an alarming pace. A natural dam will form within the pipe, preventing waste debris and grease from passing through the system. As the roots continue to feed, however, a much greater problem occurs. Fattened by the feast, the roots will eventually rupture the pipe entirely.

Signs of problems are evidenced by slow drainage in plumping and sewers. Homeowners should take steps to address issues, as soon as they become apparent. However, choosing which trees to plant and where, can often prevent problems before they arise. Consult a plumber in order to determine where your sewer laterals are. Avoid planting any tree or shrub, which is known to have an aggressive root system, within 10 feet of these areas. Period maintenance of lateral sewers will also ensure that you can have pipes repaired or replaced, which will prevent problems from arising in the first place.

Visual Inspection of Blocked Drains

When a homeowner is experiencing a drainage problem, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is causing the blockage and where in the drain system the blockage is occurring. The best solution for finding the answers to these questions is to look inside the drainage pipes themselves. So how do you do that without digging up the pipes? Camera inspection is the answer.

Using a camera to go down inside the drain pipe and show you exactly what the problem is and where it is located, has become a common practice with today’s video technology. The camera can show you if roots have invaded the drainage system and whether it is a mesh of small roots of one large one that is creating the problem. The camera can also provide an interior inspection of the drainage pipes themselves to look for cracks or breakage.

Being able see exactly what the problem is and where it is located in the line can save the homeowner a lot of time and unnecessary expense. A visual report eliminates guesswork on the part of your contractor. They can bid your project with confidence regarding the amount of work that will be needed to be performed, a very good thing for both you and them.

Drainage Problems?

Are your bathroom fixtures draining slower all the time? Are you having trouble with your toilets flushing properly? This may be an indication of a clogged drainage system. And if, the problem is evident through several different drains, the problem may be located in the drainage system between your house and the septic or sewer system.

To determine if the problem is in the internal pipes or the exterior drainage system, you may want to utilize ordinary drain clearing methods such as retail chemical drain cleaners to see if this alleviates the problem. Occasionally, these treatments will alleviate the problem completely, at other times they only provide a temporary improvement in the situation.

If ordinary drain cleaning methods don’t resolve, or only temporarily resolve the problem, you may have root growth in your underground drain lines. This can be a very serious issue that could result in a backup of sewage into the home. Determining whether root growth is the problem, and addressing that problem, should be handled by a professional who has the proper tools and equipment to accomplish the task.

If you suspect that you may have a drainage issue with your plumbing system, don’t wait until sewage actually begins to back up. Have the problem taken care of before it gets to that point. Call us at Derksen Plumbing. We’d be glad to assess the problem and recommend the best solution.

Four Common Causes of Blocked Drains

When your main drain from the house to the septic or sewer becomes blocked, the cause is usually one or more of these four items. Most of them are preventable, to a certain degree.

1. Accidental Damage – Damage to the drain pipes located in the ground can happen in a number of ways. Occasionally, the damage might actually occur during the backfilling of the home. What may have been simply a hairline crack at the time, can develop into a leak over time, which can cause solids to build up in the drainage pipe. Other times, the damage can occur because of a person is unaware of the location of the drainage pipe when digging to install a fence posts or plant trees.

2. Tree Roots – This is one of the most common causes for blocked drains. Tree roots can manage to push their way into pipes through the smallest of crevices. Once inside, the roots continue to grow and create a obstacle or collecting point for solids and fats. Root barriers installed around couplings can be helpful in preventing this problem.

3. Grease and Fats – These two elements are the most common cause of blocked drains from the kitchen. They have a tendency to build up along the walls of pipes, narrowing the flow way. Even when they are effectively washed through the internal piping with hot water, they can still assist in building onto a blockage that was begun by roots or other objects in the underground drainage system.

4. Undissolvable items – This is probably the most preventable of all the blockage causes. These blockages are caused by items being flushed, intentionally or non-intentionally, down toilets that do not dissolve. These objects range from the innocent toys of a child to sanitary napkins and disposable diapers.

Regardless of the cause, the best solution to having blocked drains properly cleaned and repaired, is to engage the services of a professional.