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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.

Important Facts About Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance

Your kitchen sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher are generally used on a daily basis. It is important for all three of these items to be used and maintained properly to avoid plumbing problems in your kitchen.

A simple, but important, maintenance item is simply to keep the strainers in your kitchen sink in their positions over the drains. They are designed to allow water to drain out of your sink, while trapping solids that might create a blockage in the drain. Also, avoid pouring greasy liquid down kitchen drains. Even when the grease is combined with hot water, it can still solidify in the pipes and create a clogged drain. Running hot water down your kitchen pipes periodically will also help maintain open drainage.

If you have a garbage disposal installed in your sink, make sure and run plenty of water through the disposal when feeding solid food waste into it. Follow the manufacturers guidelines carefully about what should and should not be placed into your disposal unit.

Lastly, don’t treat your dishwasher as if it was a garbage disposal. Even those that are designed to manage some solid food waste do not have the capacity to handle large food particles. Scraping and rinsing your dishes before placing them in your dishwasher is still a wise practice.

If your kitchen sink seems to be draining slower or there are any signs of a leak in the plumbing below it, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you solve the problem.

Property Management Plumbing Services

When tenants call with plumbing problems, they expect you to be prepared to solve the problem. In order to do that, you need to have a plumbing service who have plumbing professionals available to service your needs when you call. We understand that.

As the property manager, you get the calls about leaky faucets, clogged pipes and stopped up toilets. Your reputation with your tenants is based on the performance of the service companies that you hire to take care of these plumbing issues. That’s why we like to give our property management clients top priority, when it comes to plumbing services. We know that, if we perform well, you’ll call us again the next time.

Our professionals are also trained to treat our clients and their homes with respect. Your tenants will be treated courteously, and their living space will be left clean and neat. If a problem requires more than one trip, we’ll be in contact with you regarding those needs.

Another aspect of our plumbing services that property management appreciate is our detailed and easy to understand billing. There will never be any question as to what work was performed, on what day and at one location. We do our best to make your job easier.

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.