Derksen Sponsors 2017 Cornflower Gala

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Derksen is extremely proud to be sponsoring the 2017 ALS Cornflower Gala Dinner!

Last year’s gala raised over $55,000 to support Manitobans living with ALS.

This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.

There will be live music, by the Two Man Band. The Emcee for the evening is Caroline Hunter. There will be lots of great prizes in the live auction, art auction and Auction of Hope.

Tickets are $150 each (partial tax receipt) or table of 8 for $1,000 (partial tax receipt).

For more information call 204-831-1510 or email hope@alsmb.ca

Hope to see you there!

4 Simple Steps to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Winter

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Proper airflow is crucial to a furnace working properly. Without proper airflow, your furnace may have problems starting. It could also lead to more dangerous situations like Carbon Monoxide leaks inside your home.

Carbon Monoxide is a silent and deadly killer. It’s an odorless, colourless and tasteless gas. It is produced when fuels are burned. The danger is increased when that combustion is not properly ventilated or when the Carbon Monoxide can’t dissipate due to a blockage.

Symptoms caused by Carbon Monoxide poisoning can easily be confused with symptoms of the flu. And with the flu being more common during the winter months, it makes it even more crucial to checking your furnace’s airflow during these months.

Symptoms of low Carbon Monoxide exposure may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired
  • Impairment of motor functions
  • Headaches
  • Having trouble thinking
  • Chest pain

Symptoms of high Carbon Monoxide exposure may include

  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death can occur within minutes

It’s important to follow these steps after each snowfall in the winter to make sure your furnace runs properly.

  1. Inside your home, go to your furnace and look for white or black plastic pipes and note the spot where they exit through the wall. These are the intake and exhaust pipes.
  2. Now, go outside and find the location of where you saw the pipes exit to on the exterior of your home. Frequently, they are located near the ground, by the foundation, but sometimes, the pipes are located near the roof and you may need a ladder to access them.
  3. Ideally, the pipes should have a clear surrounding area of 3 feet. Examine this area to make sure it is clear of snow, ice build-up, leaves, dirt and other debris that could block the flow of air. Make sure to look inside the pipes as well in case there is something obstructing the inside.
  4. If you do find any obstructions, remove them. Once the pipes are cleared, your furnace should start right away if you were having issues with it starting. If it doesn’t, there should be instructions on how to start it located near the access panel or the furnace itself.
  5. If the furnace still doesn’t start, then there is a separate issue that needs to be looked at or there is still an obstruction causing the issue.

Winnipeg’s Walk for ALS Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Derksen Plumbing and Heating is a proud gold sponsor for Winnipeg’s WALK for ALS and we are very excited to announce the 2016 Winnipeg’s WALK for ALS is happening Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Assiniboine Park, conservatory tent.

Registration starts at 9am and the walk starts at 10am. We were very proud of the participation we witnessed last year and we hope to see even more people participate this year.  Winnipeg’s WALK for ALS in 2015 was record breaking with 2000 people in attendance and the walk raised the most money ever with $250,000!

Ever wonder what ALS is? We suggest clicking here for an infograph explaining the details. Even if you cannot participate in the WALK, your donation is still very important to supporting the ALS Society of Canada’s National Research Program, and the direct support services to and for the families of those living with ALS.

Those interested in pre-registration we invite you to stop by our ALS Manitoba Head Office located at 2A – 1717 Dublin Avenue, between these dates and times;
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, June 17, 2016 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Click here for the 2016 training package

Service your Air Conditioner before summer arrives

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Prevent air conditioner problems now with an annual service call for your air conditioning unit. Avoid forgetting about your spring maintenance until you actually need to cool your Winnipeg home and realize the air conditioning unit is not working properly.

If you’ve never had your air conditioning unit serviced, and haven’t had any problems, that is the perfect reason to schedule a tune-up this year.  Every winter your A/C unit will lose efficiency and properly cleaning the unit helps to sustain the efficiency and lifespan.  A service checkup this spring may save you frustration and money in the long run.
Call us at (204) 944-3444 and book your A/C unit tune-up today, or complete the online form found here.

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Winnipeg With Derksen Plumbing & Heating

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In Winnipeg, we get hit hard with winter weather.  Lots of snow and when Spring finally arrives everything melts fast and furious. Let’s consider the effects of the winter snowfall on your Air Conditioning unit. Continue reading

Protect Your Home From Basement Flooding in Manitoba

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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

Prevent Home Heating Problems in Winnipeg

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Winter might be a long way away but now is the time to take note of the important preventative maintenance tips to ensure our furnace / boilers are working as efficiently as possible.

Prevent any unforeseen inconveniences and ensure you and your family remain warm throughout the winter. Here are our preventative home heating maintenance tips from Derksen Plumbing and Heating: Continue reading