Posts Categorized: Plumbing Tips

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… Read more »

Septic Tank Repairs Minneapolis MN

SAFETY TIP: Never enter a septic tank. The tank may hold poisonous gases and insufficient oxygen. Always work on the tank from the outside.   Conserve water. The less wastewater your household sends to the septic tank, the longer your septic system will work trouble free. Avoid using a garbage disposal. The solids from the disposal will require more frequent pumping out of the tank. Do not put things in your drains or toilets that decompose slowly: grease, paper, rags, coffee grounds, sanitary napkins and cigarettes. Do not pour chemicals into the toilet or drains which might pollute the earth in the drainfield or damage the bacteria that decompose the solids in the septic system. Harmful chemicals include: solvents, oils, paints, chlorine bleach and poisons… Read more »

Gas Leaks St. Paul MN

Natural gas, often simply called “gas,” is used in homes to run many appliances. Gas is colorless and, in its natural state, odorless. The special “gas smell” is added to natural gas to let you know of a leak. It smells like rotten eggs or rotten cabbage. Whether the leak is large or small, it’s important for your safety and the health of your family to take action immediately. Natural gas is a fire hazard, it’s explosive, and inhaling it can damage health. You may want to buy a natural gas detector for your home, particularly if your sense of smell is not good. A carbon monoxide detector will not detect a natural gas leak. The two are different gases. While this article is about… Read more »

How to Save Money, Water and Time in the Twin Cities

Fix leaking faucets right away. Leaks can waste gallons of water quickly. If hot water is leaking, it’s wasting energy too. Insulate water heaters and pipes to prevent heat loss. If you’re doing it yourself, be careful not to cover the floor, top, thermostat or burner compartment of the heater. When in doubt, for safety, call us for expert advice or to do the job for you. Install low flow showerheads and aerators in faucets. When buying a new water heater, select one with thick insulation. It may cost more initially, but it will pay off over the years in energy savings. Hot water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 115°F. Each month,… Read more »

Toilet Problems in Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro

Flush Properly First determine the cause of the problem. fast Response ServiceRequest 1. Is no water running into the toilet? If you try flushing and no water runs into the toilet bowl, check the water level in the tank. It should be within about 1/2 inch of the top of the overflow pipe. The overflow pipe is the big vertical tube in the tank. If the water level isn’t high enough, parts inside the tank may need replaced. You can buy these at a hardware store. If you aren’t sure of how to do this, just give us a call and we can easily do the job for you. If water doesn’t run into the bowl and the water level in the tank is high… Read more »