Radon Gas Is a colourless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the decay of radioactive elements found in rock and soil.
Radon Gas Is released from the ground into outdoor air and is immediately diluted so it is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate and cause health problems for you and your family.
Radon Gas gets in your home through fittings, well water, sump pumps, cracks in foundation and windows at or below ground level.
Radon Gas can cause lung cancer, leukemia, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Radon Gas has been found throughout Canada and yes, even locally within Peterborough, the Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region.
Radon Gas can be measured. You can buy DIY test kits. If you do this, please follow the directions closely to accurately assess the levels within your home. Alternatively, call us at 1-877-706-2621 to make arrangements for our certified technician will test your home and make any necessary recommendations to reduce the amount of Radon in your home.
Radon Gas can be reduced through simple steps such as filling in cracks and fittings to more in-depth solutions including mechanical ventilation. At Doyle Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, our certified technicians will assess your needs, make recommendations to improve Radon gas levels and provide all the necessary solutions.
Radon Gas information may be found on the Health Canada website or call our office and we would be happy to provided added information.
Our water well is vital to the enjoyment of our home or cottage. We often take their smooth functioning for granted. But what happens when we experience problems with our water well? Before calling a well driller, perhaps we need to evaluate water system components. There are many options available for homeowners experiencing water well issues that do not require the drilling of a new well.
How Does a Well Work?
A water well is essentially a hole that is dug, drilled, bored or driven into the ground below an aquifer or water table. The aquifer fills the hole with water and then we use a pump to bring the water from the well to our kitchen tap. As wells age, these aquifers can begin to produce slower flow rates; however, the good news is that there are solutions that can remedy this that are more economical than drilling a new well. A new well requires hydrofracturing and system set up and design.
Hydrofracturing is the use of high-pressure water sent back down into your well, opening cracks and seams and stimulating more water flow. At Doyle Plumbing, after careful assessment and if deemed a viable solution, we can provide homeowners with this service.
However, in addition to water well hydrofracturing, upon inspection, experienced plumbers will be able to assess other components of your well system and make adjustments that can dramatically impact your water system. In order to better understand some options, let’s discuss the heart of your water well system – the pump.
Types of Well Pumps
There are 2 common types of well pumps. A Jet Pump commonly used for shallow wells. A jet pump is usually located in the basement or crawl space and uses suction to move the water from your well to your tap. The second type is a Submersible Pump. A submersible well pump is a sealed mechanism that is lowered down deep into the well and pushes the water up your well to your tap. The setup of your submersible pump is critical to the functioning of your well. It needs to be installed at the appropriate depth in your well to function optimally. It also needs proper setup and matching based on your well’s flow rates.
How Do I Tell if the Pump is Bad?
4 Common problems that arise from a tired well pump include;
No water flow from faucets
Poor water pressure
Fluctuations in water pressure
Constantly running pump (leading to higher electricity bills)
When you Experience one or more of the above conditions…
You will certainly need the services of a licensed plumber. It might not necessarily be the well pump. Other culprits that need to be considered include the clogged or broken pipes, well failure or equipment failures. Doyle Plumbing licensed plumbers will inspect all areas of your water source to determine the problem. And work efficiently to get your home water source back up and running again.
How do you extend the life of your well and equipment?
The setup of your water well pump and the design of your water well system is absolutely critical to the life of the components. Changes in water tables and water usage can impact this setup and cause demands on your system that were not present at the initial setup. Perhaps your home has undergone renovations that have resulted in changes in your water usage?
Drilling a new well costs thousands of dollars and there is uncertainty in the quality/quantity of water the new well will produce? Having an experienced, licensed plumber inspect your system and discuss options BEFORE calling a well driller is the best approach to improving your water well. Not only may it result in immediate improvements in your water well pressure or water quality, but it may result in significant savings over the cost of drilling a new water well.
If you have noticed any changes in your water quality, or you are experiencing fluctuations in your water pressure or perhaps even your well has ‘gone dry’, we welcome your call. Doyle Plumbing is licensed to work on wells by the Ministry of the Environment. We employ licensed plumbers and well technicians who are experienced in water wells and rural water systems. Our trained professionals will be pleased to assist you and help get your water well system functioning again. You can reach our team at 705.740.0505
Not only does a wet basement feel and smell nasty, but it also poses a great risk to your family’s health, not to mention your home’s value. If left unchecked, a damp basement with high moisture levels can ruin floors, walls, and other structural components. It also encourages mould, rot, and poor indoor air quality.
Thanks to a wet spring and cooler than average summer in the Kawarthas, the earth around your house is already saturated. And with predictions for a heavy snowfall this upcoming winter, the spring thaw could result in disastrous wet basement problems. Now is the time to fix your issues before they turn into much bigger problems in the spring!
Fortunately, there are a number of wet basement cures. Depending on your situation, removing moisture from your basement could be an easy fix or you may need to call in the services of a professional. Either way, it’s important to act fast and get to the bottom of what’s causing your wet basement.
5 ways to keep water out of your basement:
Clean your eavestrough and unclog downspouts.
Even though your water issues are in the lowest part of your house, the eavestrough may be to blame. Your eavestrough could be overflowing when it rains due to downspouts being clogged up by leaves and other debris. Without a properly functioning eavestrough and downspout, water will pool up right next to your foundation. Eventually, find it’s way into your basement.
Leave a dehumidifier on at all times.
If you live in an older home with a stone foundation or have minor dampness use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels. This will keep the air dry enough to stop mould from growing. But if you have visible puddles in your basement or reoccurring damp spots, a dehumidifier is only a small part of the fix for a much larger problem.
Reshape the landscape around your foundation.
If your eavestrough and downspouts are properly carrying rain away from your home but water still finds its way into your basement or crawl space, the next logical step is to check the grading of your landscape. Your house should sit on layers of sand and soil that clearly slope down and away from your foundation walls. If the ground is sloping towards your house, water will eventually pool up right beside your foundation and lead to a wet basement or flood. It doesn’t matter how watertight a foundation might be; if water is there long enough it will get in!
Install an interior drain system & sump pump.
Interior drain systems consist of perforated pipe that is installed in the ground around the perimeter of your basement floor. The pipes drain to a collection tank located at the lowest spot of the basement floor. Next, a sump pump system removes all the water out of the house. This is a highly effective way to fix your wet basement issues from the inside of your home. Doyle Plumbing sells and installs industry-leading sump pumps, including battery backup systems that kick in during power outages.
Waterproof the exterior walls.
If your basement is finished and experiencing water issues, you should consider permanently waterproofing your foundation’s exterior. This requires excavating around the perimeter of your house. It is likely the best solution if you have a foundation with a number of cracks and gaps. This involves excavating to the full depth of your foundation’s walls and installing a membrane or waterproof coating. Drainage panels are also installed that provides an easy path for water to flow towards an exterior drainage system at the bottom of your foundation. The exterior drain collects the water and pushes it away from your property. Helping it find a wat to a storm drain, either by gravity or with the help of a sump pump.
Solving your wet basement problems is one of the most important things you can do to protect the value of your home and the health of your family.
We have the expertise, equipment, and know-how to identify and get rid of your wet basement problems. Call us to arrange your in-home consultation today!
It’s sump pump season in southeastern Ontario.
As we enter a damp spring season, sump pumps are working overtime to prevent basement flooding. But when the power’s out, a standard sump pump can’t protect your home. If you’re away during a thunder storm, you and your house could be stuck in the dark.
What’s the best way to protect your basement from flood damage?
Battery backup sump systems offer peace of mind during power outages.
Protect your basement from flood damage with a battery backup sump system that’s ready to kick in at any time. When the power goes out, the battery backup will start up immediately, ensuring your home is always protected from flood damage. You can get up to 6 days of flooding protection time per charge on our battery backup sump systems.
If a problem is found, you’ll be notified instantly.
We supply and install wifi connected sump systems that constantly monitor the backup battery’s usage. The system will send you a text or email when something needs attention.
If your home loses power, water levels in your sump pump are rising, or the backup system is activated, you’ll know instantly – whether you’re at work, on vacation, or at the grocery store.
With the average home flood claim around $30,000, it’s important to have a backup for your sump pump before there’s any risk of flooding.
Battery backup sump systems with remote monitoring and alert messaging start at $1295 (includes supply + installation).