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Things To Keep Out Of Your Garbage Disposal

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Many of our service calls involve fixing plumbing problems caused by incorrect garbage disposal usage. As much as we would love seeing our valued customers, we encourage you to leave the following items out of your garbage disposal and plumbing system to keep them working correctly.

close up shot of garbage disposal Expandable Items

Some foods like oatmeal and pasta expand when they get wet. After these items leave your garbage disposal, they get washed into your pipes where they may get caught. When they do, they sit inside the pipe and continue absorbing more and more water until they get big enough to cause a blockage and back up your drains.

Fiberous Foods

 
Your garbage disposal works by cutting food into tiny pieces that can easily flow through your pipes. Fibrous and stringy foods like pumpkin, squash, celery and rhubarb tend to get tangled in the disposal’s blades. When the tangle gets too thick, the garbage disposal can’t turn its blades and food gets stuck in your pipes rather than chopped up and flushed away.
 

Foods With Membranes

 
While stringy foods can get wrapped up in the disposal’s blades, very thin foods can avoid the blades altogether. The thin layers of an onion peel, for example, are much more likely to fold away from the disposal’s blades than be cut by them. The same is true of the membranes inside eggshells. Avoid putting these items in your disposal as they may remain whole and then become stuck in your pipes.
 

Coffee and Nuts

 
Homeowners often tell us that they put coffee grounds in their disposal to cure a smelly appliance. Unfortunately, coffee grounds clump together when they’re wet. They’re much more likely to clog your pipes than to make your garbage disposal smell fresh. The same is true of nuts. When grinding nuts in your garbage disposal, you’re essentially making peanut butter. You need only think about how tenaciously peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth to see why it’s a bad thing to put in plumbing pipes.

Need Assistance?

If you’ve put something in your disposal that perhaps you shouldn’t have, give us a call today. We’re happy to help and can fix your plumbing woes quickly.Give Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air a call today for all of your home appliance needs. Let our team of professionals show you how we have earned our reputation for providing honest, reliable service!  

plumber minneaplis | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainsDuring this time of year, everyone is traveling to visit friends and family. Do you have any loved ones coming to visit your home? Take a few extra minutes to make sure that your guest bathroom is prepped for holiday travelers!

Guest Bathroom Tips:

  • Add a Bathroom Garbage Can – Make sure that your guest bathroom is stocked with an empty garbage can! This will keep holiday travelers from flushing items that they shouldn’t.
  • Stock Up On ToiletriesHoliday travel can be hectic. Add extra toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors to your guest bathroom. They’ll appreciate having any items they might have forgotten in the holiday rush.
  • Add a Drain Screen to Your ShowerCheck to make sure that your guest bathroom has as drain screen in place. You don’t want to end up with the frustration of a slow draining shower.
  • Light Some Festive Candles – Add festive luxury to your guest bathroom by adding a holiday candle or potpourri. This is a great way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh — and to get in the holiday spirit.

If you run into any plumbing problems this holiday season, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our professional plumbing technicians are here to help keep things running smoothly. Learn more about the plumbing services that we offer to Twin Cities residents on our website.

Contact our experts at:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber plymouth mnThe holidays are a time for lots of family and friends, lots of laughs, and most importantly, lots of food. The people of the Twin Cities know good food brings smiles and fun times to family gatherings, but we at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain know that food produces something else, too — waste. Usually during this time of year, your garbage disposal becomes your kitchen’s MVP, but these are two foods you should keep far away from your star player.

Meat

Throwing any meat down your disposal can cause major damage, especially if it’s greasy or has bones. Meat can become stringy and latch around blades slowing them down or making them dull, while bones can bend and damage your disposal blades. And it’s no secret that grease seriously affects your pipes. Putting any grease down your disposal will clog your pipes. The best thing to do with meat scraps is to bag them up and throw them into your regular trash (or feed them to your dog).

Eggshells

Between Aunt Millie’s famous casserole to Nana’s delicious chocolate cake, you and your family are bound to end up with a lot of eggshells to dispose of. Unfortunately, you’ll want to keep eggshells far away from your garbage disposal. Eggshells can clog your pipes or get caught in the traps below your sink. 

You want to spend your holiday season creating memories with your loved ones, not trying to unclog your disposal. Help your family gathering run smoothly by keeping these two foods far away from your disposal. Happy Holidays!

If you have any issues with your garbage disposal this season, call us and let one of our professional technicians help. We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Contact our experts at:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

plumber minneapolis | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainsThe holiday season is a busy time of year. With all of the family and friends you’ll have over throughout the season, your plumbing system will be working overtime. Here are a few tips to help you reduce holiday plumbing stress this year.

Reduce Holiday Plumbing Stress:

  • Warn Guests Beforehand – Make sure your guests know not to flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down your drains.
  • Place A Garbage Can In Your Bathroom – Don’t tempt guests — have a garbage can available in your bathroom so that they can toss anything that they need to without feeling uncomfortable.
  • Keep An Eye On Your Disposal – Many holiday foods can cause plumbing problems. Be sure to keep troublesome foods – like starchy potatoes, stringy vegetables and hard bones away from your garbage disposal blades.
  • Fix Leaky FaucetsA faucet drip might be the least of your concerns during the busy holiday season, but even a small leak can add up to significant water waste (and money) over time. Fix those leaky faucets early on to prevent serious plumbing problems.

If you do run into any plumbing problems this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional technicians. We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumbing minnetonka mn | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & DrainHalloween weekend is here! As everyone gets ready for Halloween costume parties and trick-or-treating there is one surprising festivity you’ll want to watch out for — pumpkin carving!

Many homeowners don’t realize that although pumpkin pulp may seem soft and squishy, it can actual cause serious damage to your home plumbing. When the pulp and seeds dry, they stick to the insides of your plumbing pipes and cause a drainage problem. You might notice slow draining kitchen sink or even problems with your home’s garbage disposal.

Instead of putting pulp down you drain, you should:

  1. Dispose of it in the garbage! Lay down some newspaper for easy cleanup and keep a garbage can nearby when carving. This will help keep pulp and seeds out of your drains.
  2. Roast your leftover seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a delicious fall treat. Instead of throwing them down your drains or in the garbage, roast them in the oven with some salt and olive oil instead!

If you do run into any plumbing nightmare this weekend, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. Our professionals are here to help you keep your plumbing running smoothly all weekend long. You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber brooklyn park mn | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainOn average, water heaters last about 10-15 years.  Are you due for a replacement? If your water heater is near the end of its life, it might be time to consider upgrading to a tankless heater. Here are a few pros and cons to consider before making your final decision.

Pros:

  • You’ll Save Space – As the name suggests, tankless water heaters don’t have a big storage tank that holds hot water. Instead, it heats the water as you use it. This means that you’ll save space in your basement.
  • Unlimited Hot Water – Do you find that your current water heater isn’t large enough to meet your family’s needs? Tankless water heaters provide your home with unlimited hot water. You’ll never have to worry about taking a cold shower!
  • Longer Life Expectancy – Tankless water heaters last more than 20 years. That is nearly double the life expectancy of a traditional water heater.

Cons:

  • Higher Cost – While you will save on energy bills and won’t have to replace your water heater as frequently, tankless water heaters do have a higher upfront cost.
  • Hot Water Isn’t InstantSince you are not storing hot water in your home, it does take some time for your shower or sink faucet to heat up. However, once it’s heated, you’ll have unlimited hot water.

Are you having trouble with your water heater? The last thing you want on a cold Minnesota day is to be stuck without a hot shower. With over 35 years of experience working in the Minneapolis, MN area, you know that you can trust our professionals to help you with all of your water heater repair and replacement needs. Call us today to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing!

plumber minnetonkaThe first day of fall is just a week away. Is your home ready for the new season?

As the cooler weather approaches, now is the perfect time to shift your focus towards keeping your plumbing and HVAC systems in good shape. Here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind as the summer comes to a close.

End of Summer Maintenance Tips:

  • Check Your Hose Bib – You will want to check your hose bib for leaks at the end of the season. If there is any water left inside of the hose bib, it can freeze, expand and cause a crack over the cooler winter months.
  • Check For Plumbing Leaks – Take a look around your home for any plumbing leaks. Check exposed pipes in the basement, address any leaky faucets, and inspect the plumbing under the sink hidden away in cabinets.
  • Upgrade Your Plumbing Fixtures – Cooler weather is the perfect excuse to focus on indoor remodeling projects. Consider upgrading your kitchen faucet or bathroom showerhead to a more energy efficient model.
  • Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up – Don’t forget to schedule your end of season HVAC tune-up. This will help you address any inefficiencies with your home’s air conditioning system, as well as prep your heating system for the cooler months to come.

If you have any questions about your home plumbing, heating, air or drain, don’t hesitate to give our professional technicians a call. We are here to help you with all of your plumbing, heating and cooling needs. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber minneapolisWashing dishes is no one’s favorite chore. Fortunately, our dishwasher is there to help when we need it most! These tips will help your dishwasher run smoothly and efficiently.

Dishwasher Tips:

  • Run Hot Water First – Running hot water before you start the dishwasher will make sure that your dishwasher is filled with hot water instead of cold. This will help save water — especially in the winter when the water takes longer to heat up.
  • Avoid Overcrowding – It can be tempting to do one big load of dishes, forks, and spoons. However, overcrowding the dishwasher means that you might need to re-run the dishwasher later on because things are too tightly packed.
  • Clean the Trap – Under the lower sprayer there is a dishwasher trap. You might see food and other particles that didn’t make its way into the drain. Rinse this in your sink to get rid of the gunk and keep your dishwasher running smoothly.
  • Check Your Water Heater Temperature – Your water heater should be set to 120 degrees F. This is the ideal temperature for washing dishes!

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing system, don’t hesitate to give our professionals a call! We are here to help you with all of your plumbing repair and installation needs. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber plymouth mn | plumber maple grove mn | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & DrainsAre you planning a Labor Day weekend celebration? There is nothing better than spending time off of work with friends, family and a BBQ. Here are a few plumbing tips you’ll want to keep in mind during your party.

Labor Day Plumbing Tips:

  • Keep Grease Aways From Drains – Although grease may look like a liquid, it hardens when cool. Be sure to keep any cooking grease out of your kitchen sink. Dispose of it in a container in the trash, instead.
  • Keep a Trash Bin in the Bathroom – Make sure that there is an empty trash bin in the bathroom for guests. You want to ensure that only toilet paper and waste are being flushed down your toilet!
  • Know How to Locate Your Main Water Valve – In the event of an emergency, it’s important to know where your main water valve is located. Knowing how to quickly turn off the water in your home can help prevent flooding and property damage in an emergency.

If you do experience any problems with your plumbing system this weekend, our professional technicians are here to help you get things back up and running. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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Plumber Maple Grove MN | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & DrainThere is nothing better than coming home to your furry friend at the end of a long work day. However, many pet owners don’t realize that pets can affect your home plumbing.  Fortunately, there are a few quick fixes that will help making caring for your plumbing and your pets simple.

Bathroom Tips for Pet Owners:

  • Use a Drain Stopper – Make sure that you have a drain stopper in place when giving your pet a bath in the tub. You don’t want your fur to clog your bathroom plumbing!
  • Install a Hot/Cold Hose Bib – If you prefer to bathe your pets outdoors, consider installing a hot/cold hose bib. This will combine hot and cold water taps into a single hose so that you can wash your pet down with water that is a comfortable temperature.
  • Keep Toilet Lids Closed – Pets have a tendency to drink toilet bowl water (even when you’re not looking). Always keep toilet lids down so that your pets don’t ingest any toilet cleaning chemicals that may be harmful to them.
  • Don’t Flush Litter – Even if the litter is labelled as “flushable” it can still damage your plumbing. Make sure that you are only flushing waste and toilet paper down your drains.

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing system, our professional technicians are here to help! We can help you keep your drains clear and address any repairs or installations you may need. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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As of Thursday, March 26, 2020, Dean’s Home Services is OPEN to service customers with their plumbing, heating, air, electric, sewer, drain and duct cleaning needs.

Dean’s Home Services is taking every precaution to keep our employees and our customers safe through these uncertain times. We are training on best practices to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have any immediate services needs or any questions about how Dean’s Home Services can help you and your family over the next few weeks, please call/email/text us right away. We are here for you!