Monthly Archives: November 2013

Replace Your Sump Pump Backwater Valve and Get a Rebate!

Every homeowner cringes at the idea of their basement taking on flooding. Unfortunately, it seems to happen more than it should, thanks to backed up sewers and extreme weather conditions. For many people, this threat can be mitigated with a sump pump and backwater valve. At the moment, if you’re one of these people and you qualify, you can actually get a rebate for installing these systems and making your home better equipped to deal with flooding.

The City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba are currently offering a rebate program to subsidize homeowners who are looking to protect their basements from flooding. As of September 2013, only $875,000 of the available $3 million has been used, meaning you still have time to claim your subsidy. But hurry, as they are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and applications are currently taking six to seven weeks to process.

A sump pump is one of the best ways to protect your home from the damage of flooding. While it can’t stop flooding from happening, both pedestal and submersible sump pumps work to clear the water from your home.

While the city offers a rebate, you will still need a qualified plumber to install these systems. Consider Derksen Plumbing and Heating for the job. Since 1984, we have been the go-to company for plumbing in Winnipeg. Our expertise, service and dedication will help you make the most out of your share of that $3 million. Better to call us for help installing a sump pump or backwater valve than because your basement has taken on gallons of water and property has been ruined.

You can apply for your rebate through the city’s website or contact them by phone at 311. We at Derksen can be contacted, day or night, at 204-944-3444. We look forward to helping you achieve peace of mind.

No One Wants a Cold Shower: Call Us for Hot Water Tank Repairs

Derksen Plumbing Heating RepairJust about everyone begins their day the same way: with a nice hot shower. So accustomed are we to having one that a morning without a warm shower can be noticeably off-putting. However, nothing is worse than a cold shower. If your day is at risk because your hot shower is in peril, try the below methods to fix the problem yourself.

The first thing you should always check when your shower quits working is your home’s pilot light to make sure it hasn’t gone out for some reason. Without this light lit, the rest of your home can be a chilly place. If it is lit, confirm that the flame is bright blue, with a tip of yellow. If it’s propane, you should expect a blue-green flame that has a bit of yellow at the top. Should this be the issue, re-light the flame and check on it every ten minutes or so. The gas pilot control valve could be broken and if that’s the case, you can expect the flame to continue going out.

If that’s not an issue, check the hot water heater itself. It could be that the tank isn’t filling up properly with water. Try flushing it all out and re-starting the system to make sure it fills with water to be heated. You might also find that your hot water tank is dammed with debris. In some cases, you can flush this out as well. Just remember, if you’re going to do any work on your hot water heater or tank, turn their power supply off first.

While it’s fine to try to fix the problem yourself, there are some that will simply be over your head. When it comes to something like getting your hot showers back, you want a solution as soon as possible. In that case, call Derksen Plumbing and Heating immediately at 204-944-3444.

The Central Air Switch: It’s not as easy as You Think

Derksen Mechanical Plumbing and HeatingWith winter just about here in Winnipeg, most people will be switching on their central heat in the near future. Without this modern luxury, many of us probably wouldn’t make it through the winter. But those of you living in an apartment, condo or hi-rise may experience issues with trying to switch air conditioning off and central heating on. Below are simple solutions to the problem. If none of those works, contact Derksen Plumbing and Heating immediately.

If your central heating system doesn’t work when you attempt to turn it on, first check to make sure power isn’t the issue. A tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse could be the source of your problem. Some systems will feature a separate power switch or button that may have been turned off by accident. Double-check to make sure this isn’t the case.

Other central heating systems may be receiving power, but still in need of a reset. Many systems feature actual reset buttons by the motor housing. If the system was on, but not producing heat, turn it off and wait thirty minutes to let it adequately cool down. After this time has passed, hit the reset button and see if heating has been restored. If this doesn’t work, repeat these steps one more time.

Verify the thermostat is accurate. The problem could be that it is misrepresenting the temperature in your home to the rest of the central heating system. Raise the setting on the thermostat by five degrees to see if this gets the system to start.

If none of these methods fixes your problem, call Derksen Plumbing and Heating at 204-944-3444. You won’t have to wait for service, as that line is open 24/7. We understand how important your home’s heat is during a Winnipeg winter and will have it up and running again in no time.