Newcap. Inc.'s mission for over 50 years has been to move people from poverty to economic security and opportunities and improve communities.
Check out this week's Weatherization Assistance Work!
March 21: On Tuesday, Jim (part of our HVAC crew) spent the afternoon at a home in De Pere tuning and cleaning a boiler. When one of our auditors had gone through the house the boiler gas pressure was at 800 for CO which is extremely high, as it needs to be under 100. After cleaning and tuning the boiler, Jim was able to get it down to 14!! Great job Jim!! See pictures below:
March 21: On Tuesday morning, Brian and Eric (part of our HVAC crew) completed several projects for a family in Green Bay. Brian fixed a gas leak from the meter by taking out the old pipping and putting in new pipping inside and outside the house. As you can see in the pictures Brian had to tighten the pipes really tight to be sure no gas could leak. While Brian took on that project, Eric put in an all new 50 gallon water heater for this family of 6! This tank is bigger than a normal household water heater because of the size of the family and their needs. Once he turned the water back on and it flowed back through the pipes to the faucets, it also sent anything that was sitting in the pipes back up and caused blockage. Eric then spent a few hours cleaning out the clogs in the faucets so that the pressure would be good. The owner of the house was thrilled when he was all done because her water pressure had never been that good! See pictures below:
March 21: Tuesday afternoon, Eric and Brian headed to another job in Green Bay, where they tuned and cleaned a furnace and put a new filter cover on the furnace. There were also a few gas leaks in the pipes to the water heater and furnace. Eric and Brian put in all new piping to ensure no more gas leaks and removed all excess piping that the house had. See pictures below:
March 21: On Tuesday morning, Jim (part of our HVAC crew) worked on a monster of a furnace adapting and resembling it to run more efficient. The auditor who assessed the home found a gas leak that also needed to be fixed. Jim cleaned out existing furnace, which had lots of old paper in the chamber where they would have to light the gas light. Jim then put in a new gas light, line, and valve to stop erase the gas leak, which made the homeowners safer, and put in a power pile that would allow them to use their thermostat to operate the furnace. It also enabled the furnace itself to continue keeping the house warm in case they were to ever to lose power. After Jim put the new system in the furnace, he changed out the old pipe for a new flexible connection (the yellow piece in the pictures). To ensure no more gas leaks, he used a sealant (the blue stuff you see him putting on the ends). He also added a drop leg at the bottom of the new gas pipe that would catch any impurities in the gas pipe and not cause any further issues. This family now has a much safer home and a more energy efficient home thanks to Jim!! Great job Jim!! See pictures below:
March 21-March 23: Tuesday through today, Ed & Chris (one of our Weatherization crews) worked hard through chilly and windy weather to help a Green Bay family and their home!On Tuesday, they started out by sealing duct work in the basement and putting in a new dryer vent to make the dryer more energy efficient and also by switching out the old vent they were able to save this home a fire hazard. Once they completed that they got all dressed up in their respirators and used spray foam to seal out an air leaks getting into the basement. When Ed was looking at home much they would need, he found that there was a lot. He showed me that you could tell by how dirty the fiberglass insulation was as it acts as a filter when air blows in, and it was very dirty!
On Wednesday, they returned to insulate the side walls. In the pictures you can see the holes they drill into the walls, underneath the siding to blow insulation in. When they drilled the holes, they found no insulation in the walls, which was a good thing for them as it meant they could put lots of insulation in without anything stopping it and decrease this families energy inefficiency by at least half! Once the insulation is blown in by Chris, Ed follows behind him and seals the holes with caulk and then puts the siding back down. This house took about 35 bags of insulation in it's side walls.
Today, they returned again to insulation the attic with another 35 bags of insulation, put weatherstripping on doors and windows, fix any other areas of the house that are bringing cold air in, and check their work by using an infrared camera to make sure they didn't miss any spots! After they were done today, it was like an entirely new home! Not only energy efficient, but much warmer and no longer drafty. The owners were very appreciative of the time Ed and Chris put in!! Great work guys!! See pictures below:
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