Monthly Archives: February 2013

Winnipeg Toilet Replacement Program Continues in 2013

By replacing your standard toilet with a high-efficiency dual-flush or low-flow model, you could save up to an estimated forty litres of water every day. Over the course of a year, that translates to 14,600 litres and $180 saved by a family of four. The benefits of going green with your toilet also include doing your part to conserve energy and precious resources. Because high-efficiency toilets can make such a difference, the City of Winnipeg’s Toilet Replacement Program is continuing into 2013.

Owners or renters of a single-family home that are up-to-date with their City of Winnipeg water account can replace an inefficient, older toilet model with a WaterSense labelled toilet on the approved toilet list and have it installed after recycling their old toilet at an approved recycling depot. With a clearly marked receipt from the depot showing that you’ve recycled an older-model toilet and meter readings on a quarterly basis for a full twelve months after the installation of the toilet, you can apply for a sixty dollar credit from the City of Winnipeg. If you’re eligible for the credit, you’ll receive notification from the City of Winnipeg that your application has been approved. Six to eight weeks from the date of that notification, a credit of $60 per approved toilet will appear on your water bill. Each household may apply for the credit for up to two toilets per account each year.

At Derksen Plumbing and Heating, we can advise you on the selection of a new high-efficiency toilet that’s on the approved list for the Toilet Replacement Program and the installation of your new toilet. Contact us today to discuss all the ways upgraded plumbing can save you money, make a positive impact on the environment and keep your home in peak condition.

Maintaining Your Home Over the Winter Holidays

Escaping the harsh cold of winter in favor of warmer climes is a great way to beat the winter doldrums, but it can take a real toll on your plumbing if you’re not properly prepared. The mercury will drop below zero for a significant portion of the Winnipeg winter, and your vacant home can suffer from neglect if it’s not properly winterized before you leave. Whether you’re planning to spend the entire winter someplace else or are simply spending the holidays with loved ones, you’ll need to make sure that you take the proper precautions to protect your home.

It’s best to winterize your home by working off of a checklist, so that you have a quick-reference list of things that need to be reversed when you return home. Inside, turn off the main water supply and drain the lines. Even with the pipes drained, it’s important to keep your heat on to prevent damage. Setting the thermostat at about 58° Fahrenheit will keep your home warm enough without wasting an enormous amount of energy to keep an empty house toasty. You may also need to drain your toilets and septic systems to ensure no freezing damage occurs.

If you’ve forgotten to disconnect and store your water hoses for the season, you should definitely make sure that you do so before you leave for an extended period of time. Drain the water from any water lines, hoses and fountain water features to prevent them from being damaged by the expansion of freezing water.

The plumbing professionals at Derksen Plumbing and Heating are available to help you prepare your home for a long winter absence or to repair any damage sustained by faulty preparations. Contact us today with any questions or concerns you have about securing your plumbing against the damaging chill of winter weather.

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba – A Night To Remember

Alzheimer Society of Manitoba’s major fundraising gala, A Night to Remember in Africa is tomorrow evening, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, February 7, 2013.

We look forward to a night of celebration and wish the Alzheimer Society all the best for a successful evening.  To get a sneak peek at their auction items, click here.