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4 Simple Steps to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Winter

Two residential heat pumps buried in snow.

Proper airflow is crucial to a furnace working properly. Without proper airflow, your furnace may have problems starting. It could also lead to more dangerous situations like Carbon Monoxide leaks inside your home.

Carbon Monoxide is a silent and deadly killer. It’s an odorless, colourless and tasteless gas. It is produced when fuels are burned. The danger is increased when that combustion is not properly ventilated or when the Carbon Monoxide can’t dissipate due to a blockage.

Symptoms caused by Carbon Monoxide poisoning can easily be confused with symptoms of the flu. And with the flu being more common during the winter months, it makes it even more crucial to checking your furnace’s airflow during these months.

Symptoms of low Carbon Monoxide exposure may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired
  • Impairment of motor functions
  • Headaches
  • Having trouble thinking
  • Chest pain

Symptoms of high Carbon Monoxide exposure may include

  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death can occur within minutes

It’s important to follow these steps after each snowfall in the winter to make sure your furnace runs properly.

  1. Inside your home, go to your furnace and look for white or black plastic pipes and note the spot where they exit through the wall. These are the intake and exhaust pipes.
  2. Now, go outside and find the location of where you saw the pipes exit to on the exterior of your home. Frequently, they are located near the ground, by the foundation, but sometimes, the pipes are located near the roof and you may need a ladder to access them.
  3. Ideally, the pipes should have a clear surrounding area of 3 feet. Examine this area to make sure it is clear of snow, ice build-up, leaves, dirt and other debris that could block the flow of air. Make sure to look inside the pipes as well in case there is something obstructing the inside.
  4. If you do find any obstructions, remove them. Once the pipes are cleared, your furnace should start right away if you were having issues with it starting. If it doesn’t, there should be instructions on how to start it located near the access panel or the furnace itself.
  5. If the furnace still doesn’t start, then there is a separate issue that needs to be looked at or there is still an obstruction causing the issue.

Commercial Plumbing Maintenance

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Your Winnipeg business depends on a complicated anatomy of pipes and wiring to keep you comfortable. Everything from your heating to A/C to plumbing and sump pumps are made up of countless components. Ideally, everything works in concert, as designed. However, as you probably already know, heating, cooling and plumbing in Winnipeg can be full of surprises. That’s why a maintenance contract with Derksen Plumbing and Heating for your business can be one of the best investments you ever make. Continue reading

Splashing Good Times!

Spring is here! That means summer is right around the corner and wading pools and sprinklers across Winnipeg will reacquaint themselves with young children. Plumbing issues on the other hand, are no fun at all.

Here are the top five tips from Derksen Plumbing and Heating about getting your plumbing ready for a carefree summer. 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.

Give Some Summer Love to Your Furnace – Don’t Wait Until Fall for Maintenance and Repair

It can seem bizarre to be thinking about your furnace in the summer, but it’s actually a very good idea. You can end up needing your heating in Winnipeg pretty suddenly, and if you haven’t maintained your heating system over the summer, it may malfunction just as it starts to actually get cold. Especially in the face of the extreme weather we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s more than worth it to do a summertime check of your furnace.

First, you can either visually check over your furnace yourself, or have a professional do it. This simply means examining the furnace set up and looking for any damage. You should also check the thermostat and the vents. If you also have air conditioning and use it during the summer, you probably already know whether those components are working, so you don’t have to perform a special check.

Make sure to change or clean the furnace filters, and to run your furnace at least once before it gets properly cold. Also make sure that you haven’t stored anything that could be damaged or ignited by heat near your furnace while it wasn’t being used.

If you do detect any problems, especially if you see a crack in the heat exchanger, call in the professionals. A cracked heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide problems when you turn your heater on, so it is crucial that it is fixed before the weather gets colder.

Even less serious problems are better attended to before the furnace is needed. Derksen Plumbing and Heating can get your furnace in working order before the cold weather comes. Give us a call at 204-944-3444!

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.

Winter Renovation Project on the Way? Derksen Can Help!

While winter is often the season most Canadians decide to stay indoors and avoid the cold, there’s still plenty that can be done. If you’ve been putting off repairs or renovations, for example, winter can be the perfect time to finally execute the project. Continue reading for some of the reasons why this winter is the perfect time to renovate the inside of your home.Derksen Plumbing and Heating Winnipeg

As so few people want to approach a renovation project during the winter, many companies try to incentivize the market with sales and rebates. Labor and materials will often be cheaper thanks to the lull in demand. If you can’t afford the whole project now, consider purchasing whatever materials you can now, while the prices are down.

Everyone takes part in spring cleaning, but many homeowners in Winnipeg find themselves spending more time and money on repairs. Spring repairs come as a consequence of all the damage that can be done over the winter due to severe weather. As such, many companies will be tied up meeting the demands of those people who came out of hibernation to find problems with their homes. Do your renovations in the winter and you can often expect your pick of plumbing, heating and construction companies.

If nothing else, now is the right time to begin planning upcoming projects. Again, you can begin purchasing supplies now while they’re cheap and start scheduling services before the season’s thaw spikes demand.

Those in the Winnipeg area should contact Derksen Plumbing and Heating. The company has been in business for almost thirty years and has spent that time building a reputation that speaks for their excellent service and customer care. They also have COR certification and are the only business in Manitoba to have MSCC certification.

Call them at 204-944-3444, day or night, to schedule an appointment and begin planning that upcoming renovation.

Replace Your Sump Pump Backwater Valve and Get a Rebate!

Every homeowner cringes at the idea of their basement taking on flooding. Unfortunately, it seems to happen more than it should, thanks to backed up sewers and extreme weather conditions. For many people, this threat can be mitigated with a sump pump and backwater valve. At the moment, if you’re one of these people and you qualify, you can actually get a rebate for installing these systems and making your home better equipped to deal with flooding.

The City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba are currently offering a rebate program to subsidize homeowners who are looking to protect their basements from flooding. As of September 2013, only $875,000 of the available $3 million has been used, meaning you still have time to claim your subsidy. But hurry, as they are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and applications are currently taking six to seven weeks to process.

A sump pump is one of the best ways to protect your home from the damage of flooding. While it can’t stop flooding from happening, both pedestal and submersible sump pumps work to clear the water from your home.

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.

You can apply for your rebate through the city’s website or contact them by phone at 311. We at Derksen can be contacted, day or night, at 204-944-3444. We look forward to helping you achieve peace of mind.