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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

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

Are You Properly Scheduling Sump Pump Maintenance


Sump pumps are a great way to protect your Winnipeg home from all the rainfall we receive over the summer. Sometimes the rainfall turns into flooding leaving your home ruined yet a simple sump pump and backwater valve can help ensure this issue remains a relatively minor one. However, if you don’t maintain your sump pump properly, it too can turn into one more expense you didn’t budget for.

Sump pump cleaning in Winnipeg should happen on a short and long term schedule. Continue reading

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.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Sump pumps protect homes from flooding and water damage by rising groundwater and accumulated water due to surface run off. Without their protection, homes can be susceptible to not only basement flooding, but also moisture accumulation within the interior of the home that can lead to water damage and dangerous mold. It is easy to forget how much you rely on these devices until they stop working, which is why it is important to keep up on their maintenance.

Maintenance Tips
Just like any type of power equipment, a sump pump needs regular maintenance to perform properly. Sump pumps are self-activating or automatic, turning on when the sensors detect water at a certain level. If not maintained, these pumps can become clogged or jammed and not able to remove water when needed. Some maintenance tips to ensure sump pumps are kept in good working order include:

- Remove excess debris. Although sump pumps will have a screen to keep dirt and other debris out of the pump, these screens can become clogged if not cleaned regularly. These screens should be checked throughout the year, more often in pumps that are constantly running.
- Annual performance tests. Sump pumps should be tested at least once a year and whenever a home is sold. Performance tests can be done by adding water to the pit to ensure that pump turns on and removes the water.
- Check movement of float device. The float device must move up and down to allow the pump to detect water. If it becomes jammed and stuck in one position, the pump will not work correctly. Caution: Never reach into the pit to test the float.

Many homeowners choose to have a professional perform their annual maintenance on their sump pumps, although many do-it-yourself homeowners do the routine check-up on their own. However, if the sump pump is not working correctly, a professional may be needed to fix the problem before it leads to water damage or flooding in the home.