Monthly Archives: June 2011

City of Winnipeg Program Extended

In our February blog posting we provided information regarding this subsidy program provided by the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba to assist residents in protecting their basements against flooding through the installation of in-line backwater valves and sump pit drainage water systems.

The funding for the program was initially set at $1 million dollars, but was increased to $3 million dollars in April. The response to this opportunity for homeowners was even greater than government had expected, bringing in over 1700 applications already.

One of the stipulations for applying for the funds available through the subsidy program is that you must have already had the work completed and paid for, prior to applying. There are also several other criteria that must be met. You can find a fully detailed list of the requirements on Winnipeg’s water and waste site. Or, if you’d prefer, give us a call at Derksen Plumbing. We are very familiar with the details of the program and would be happy to explain them to you.

On the water and waste website you may notice that funds for the current year have already committed to current applications, HOWEVER, as also stated on their website, funding that comes next year will be applied to any additional applications received in the order in which they are received. So, if you haven’t yet upgraded your drainage system, now is the time to do it, so that you can get your application for subsidy funding in as soon as possible, for when the next round of funds become available.

If you need help with installation, Derksen Plumbing is here to assist you. If you have any questions, complete our Contact Form, Book a Service or call us at 944-3444

Air Conditioner Basics

Your central air conditioning system is comprised of a condenser unit, which is the large unit that sits outside your home, and an evaporator, which usually resides in the plenum or main duct above your furnace.The cool air from your air conditioning system flows through the same filter and ductwork that your warm air does from your furnace.

The sizing of your AC unit is expressed in tons. The sizing relates to how much heat per hour the unit can remove from your home. A 3 ton unit can remove 36,000 btu’s of heat per hour. AC units also have a SEER rating. This is its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the ratio, the less energy the unit requires to cool your home. This translates into cost savings for the homeowner.

It is important to provide some basic protection for the condensing unit that sits out of doors. A homeowner will want to keep weeds and plants trimmed around the unit, so that there is no growth attempting to enter the unit. You should also make sure there are no overhanging tree limbs that could drop debris and moisture into the condenser.

When the cooling season is over, a piece of plywood should be set on top of the unit to protect it from falling ice and debris. Do NOT wrap the unit in plastic. It is important for the unit to have air flow to prevent trapping moisture inside.

Finally, a yearly service call from a heating and cooling professional to check the performance of the unit, will keep your unit it top running condition.

Walk for ALS – Saturday, June 4, 2011

Derksen Plumbing & Heating is once again proud to support the work of the ALS Society of Manitoba and the “Winnipeg Walk for ALS”. The walk takes place this Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Assiniboine Park.

The mission of the ALS Society of Manitoba is one of HOPE, to Help Our People affected by ALS Every way they can. Winnipeg’s walk is a family and pet (on leash) friendly event that includes music, clowns, face painters and much, much more.

Make a difference today, come out and support this very worthy cause while having a great time of family fun.

Visit ALS Website for more information on the Walks across Manitoba.

Air Conditioner Cleaning

The general care of a central air conditioning system is pretty simple. Your system is comprised of a condenser unit, which is the large unit that sits outside your home, and an evaporator, which usually resides in the plenum or main duct above your furnace.

The cool air from your air conditioning system flows through the same filter and ductwork that your warm air does from your furnace. Because of this, it is important to change your filters monthly all year round, not just during the heating season.

Once spring arrives and you are ready to begin using your air conditioner again, you will want to clean the condenser coil. To do this, turn the power switch for the condenser unit off. This is usually located on the exterior wall of the house near the unit.

Start by vacuuming the fins of the unit. Use your shop vac with a soft brush attachment. This should remove any surface debris. Next, use your garden house to spray water into the unit, forcing out any lodged debris.

Those are the basics. There are several other aspects of your central air system that should be checked periodically to make sure that everything is operating at its maximum efficiency. Scheduling a routine annual tune-up with your heating and air conditioning professional will provide you with assurance that every piece of the system is ready for heat and humidity of summer.