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Faucet Problems in St. Paul

If your sink faucet is making a clunking sound or if it’s dripping, it can often be fixed by replacing the rubber washer. Take apart the faucet and pull out the old washer.

When replacing the old washer, be sure to bring it to the hardware store – you’ll need to find an exact replacement to ensure a perfect fit.  If you need us to do the repairs, we’re only a phone call away!

Contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online for all your St. Paul faucet problem repairs!

No Hot Water in Minneapolis

If you have cold water, but no hot water and you have a gas water heater, check the pilot light. Follow the directions on the heater to make sure that the pilot light is working properly. If you are unsure how to do this, call your local gas company. They may send out a serviceman, possibly at no charge, to help you with the heater.

As a note, many newer water heaters have no pilot light. Instead they have an electronic ignition.

If you have followed the directions for your heater so that the pilot is lit (or it has an electronic ignition) and you know that the gas is flowing to the heater, but it’s still not producing hot water, try turning up the water temperature.

If you can’t get the hot water heater working, we can send out one of our experienced technicians to fix the problem for you.

If you can’t get the hot water heater working, we can send out one of our experienced technicians to fix the problem for you. Contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online.

Low Water Pressure in the Twin Cities Metro

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Your water pressure may be low for one or more reasons.

If every home in your neighborhood has low water pressure, the problem may not be related to your house, but to the entire area in which you live. In this case you’ll need to handle the problem by contacting the utility company that supplies your neighborhood with water and alert them to the problem. However, if your neighbors have good water pressure and your home does not, or parts of your home do not, then here are some steps you can take that may help to detect and resolve the low water pressure:

  • Find out which of your plumbing fixtures has low pressure.
  • If the low water pressure issue is isolated to a single faucet, you can check for a clogged faucet or damaged washer. If the problem is in your shower, see our section on Low Water Pressure in Shower.
  • If you can’t determine the cause, you can request a check by your water supplier. The serviceman may discover that a valve to the entire house or to an individual fixture is partially closed.  Or, give us a call to schedule our service and we’ll come out right away to solve the problem for you.
  • If the cause is still not clear, your house may have older pipes that have rusted or become clogged with lime deposits. Your house may need new piping, and we can help you obtain an estimate for doing this type of work. Also see the section on Rusted Pipes .

Low Water Pressure in Shower

 

  • Sometimes the water pressure in a home is fine, but the pressure in the shower is low. There may be a problem in the pipe leading to the showerhead, or the showerhead may be clogged.
  • To check whether the problem is the pipe or the showerhead, start by unscrewing the showerhead from the pipe.
  • Turn on the water so that you can check the flow coming from the pipe. If the water flow from the pipe seems to be okay, then probably the head needs cleaning or replacing. If the flow coming from the pipe is the problem,then that’s an entirely different problem and if you give us a call we can quickly evaluate the situation for you.
  • If the head is clogged, locate a small disc or screen where the water comes into the head. Before taking it out, notice which side is facing outward so that you can replace it correctly. If you need to, slide a knife or razor blade under it to pry it out.
  • If the screen is only slightly clogged, you can try using a straight pin or something similar to clean out the holes. If it is thickly coated with mineral deposits, let the shower head and screen soak in vinegar for a few hours. Then scrub off remaining deposits.
  • Rinse the showerhead and screen with water. Replace the screen and screw the showerhead back on.

If you’re still experiencing low water pressure at your Twin Cities Metro home or commercial business, contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online.

Garbage Disposal Advice for Twin Cities Metro

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Garbage Disposal Not Working

1. Before doing any work on the garbage disposal, ALWAYS make sure the switch to the garbage disposal is turned to the OFF position.

2. Using tongs, clear out anything inside the garbage disposal which might be jamming up the motor.

3. Briefly flip on the switch to the garbage disposal. Flip it off again.

4-A. If you DO NOT hear any humming noise with the switch on, locate the small button that is somewhere on the disposal and press it. This will “re-set” the disposal. Try turning on the switch to the disposal again.

If you still don’t hear a humming noise, try re-setting the circuit breaker in your electrical panel that provides power to your garbage disposal. Click here to see How To Reset Circuit Breakers.

If you can’t get the garbage disposal to turn on or at least make a humming noise, it’s time to call us for advice.

4-B. If you DO hear a humming noise when you flip on the switch, there is power going to the disposal, but the disposal may be broken or there is still something stuck in it.

Your next step is to insert a ¼ inch Allen wrench into the hole in the center of the underside of the disposal. Wiggle the wrench back and forth until it moves freely. Again, you can use tongs to remove any obstruction.

Now try flipping on the switch to the garbage disposal. If it works now, great! If not, it’s time to call us for some expert help.
Garbage Disposal Smells

If a bad smell is coming from your garbage disposal, cut up some lemons and ice and drop them into your disposal. Turn the disposal on for about 30 seconds and rinse with water for about 20 seconds.

Preventing Garbage Disposal Problems

  • Use plenty of water when running the disposal.
  • Avoid overloading.
  • Don’t dispose of hard or stringy things like bones, fruit pits, celery, asparagus or corn husks.
  • Make sure that your dishwasher does not drain into your garbage disposal.
  • Never use a caustic drain opener in the disposal.

Do you need expert help with your garbage disposal woes? Contact our team today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online.

Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro Rusted Pipes

If your home or building was built prior to 1980, then the chances are that you have galvanized (steel) plumbing pipes. Galvanized pipes rust. A one-inch galvanized pipe can become so clogged with rust over the years that it narrows to where you can hardly see through it.

The result can be low water pressure or clogged drains. Worse, the pipes can leak or burst, damaging your home or business.

If you see signs of rust on the pipes or if they suffer from low water pressure, or clogs or leaks which just keep happening, then we recommend repiping with copper or pex pipes, which do not rust. If you would like a free estimate, please contact us. We work with fully licensed plumbers in the metro area.

If you see signs of rust on the pipes or if they suffer from low water pressure or clogs or leaks, which just keep happening, then we recommend repiping with copper or PEX pipes, which do not rust. You can Request a Free Estimate Online, as well as Contact us Online or call us today at (612) 922-9422. We work with fully licensed plumbers in the metro area.