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Tips for Home Renovation Projects with Derksen Plumbing & Heating

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The winter months in Winnipeg can be a great time to start a home renovation. Typically prices of supplies are cheaper and the availability of a contractor is greater, both are largely due to supply and demand during the winter season.

Here are some important tips that each homeowner should stick to when it comes to planning your next renovation. Continue reading

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Have you been planning a renovation but it keeps evolving? Do you have all the details drawn up and laid out? We can help you plan and budget so you have everything to code and can enjoy it without any future problems. Continue reading

Another Successful Gala Fundraising Event

Another successful event for Alzheimer Society of Manitoba as it raised over $300,00 at the Night to remember in Brazil Gala held on February 12, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre.

We look forward to doing it all over again next year and wish the Alzheimer Society Manitoba all the best for a successful 2015.  To read the community profile from the Winnipeg Free Press published on February 26, 2015, click here.

Alzheimer Society Manitoba Gala 2015

A night to remember in Brazil Gala 2015 is Alzheimer Society of Manitoba’s major fundraising gala held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, February 12, 2015.

We look forward to a night of celebration and wish the Alzheimer Society all the best for a successful evening.  To get a sneak peek at their auction items, click here.

Tree Root Got Your Pipe?

Most residential properties, and even many commercial ones, feature a landscape that includes at least a tree or two. While they look great, they can also cause major problems for the plumbing of a nearby building.

The roots of a tree can actually access the pipes a building relies on for its plumbing. Generally, it does this by snaking through holes in the piping’s joints. As time goes on, this root expands and, in doing so, it puts ever-greater pressure on the pipe. Eventually, the predictable result happens, and the pipe breaks. As you can imagine, the damage and ensuing costs can be substantial.

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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.

Stumped About Your Pump? – Let’s Take a Tour of Your Sump Pump!

Many homeowners may not know much about their sump pump, or even what exactly it is. Knowing about the pump will help you keep it maintained and keep your home safe from flooding, so it’s certainly advisable to inform yourself about the basics. Here’s a little tour of your sump pump!

First of all, what is a sump? It is simply a pit where liquid collects. Generally, the sump for your house will be a pit under a drain at the lowest point in your basement. Water will collect there as opposed to flowing randomly into your basement, which is good. However, it isn’t meant to hold that much water, so when there is a lot of water flowing, due to storming or flooding, the sump pump comes into play and pumps out the water.

Some sump pumps have the motor up on a pedestal to keep it out of the water, while others simply sit on the bottom of the sump and can be submerged. Both work, it is simply a matter of which was chosen when your house was constructed. Both may have ball float activated switches, as well. Both types also need to have valves on the outlet pipe to prevent backflow.

If you are experiencing regular flooding, you should also make sure that your pump drain hose is directing water to an appropriate location. If it pumps out water too close to your house or on a slope toward your house, the water may just come back in again.

While simple maintenance on your sump pump can be done yourself if you are handy, if you are feeling unsure, you should always call in experts. For sump pump cleaning in Winnipeg, call in Derksen Plumbing and Heating at 204-944-3444.

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.