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Spooky Things Hiding in Your Bathroom

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Palmer’s House Hotel has nothing on what can be lurking in your own bathroom! Prevent any of these things from taking over your bathroom and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Malicious Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can build up over time around areas prone to getting wet. If your bathrooms aren’t clean, you could be facing some serious mold or mildew problems. This is the case especially if your bathrooms don’t air out and dry after showers. Allow for more ventilation in the areas you see getting attacked. Additionally, bleach is the best tool for fighting back against mold, so better start scrubbing!

Lifeless Leaks

The last thing you need is for your pipes to have a leak, but it happens easier than you think. It can be anything from a drip in the bathroom sink to a leaky shower head. Either way, it’s important to fix it soon so that you don’t continue to waste water!

Diabolical Drainage

Clogs build up over time and jump out at us when we least expect it. Know that both your sink and your shower/bath drain are probably prone to clogging. It’s not always an easy fix, sometimes it just takes over. Try pouring a baking soda and vinegar mixture down these drains to fix the jam.

Phantom Flushes

Does your toilet flush by itself during the night? Don’t panic, it’s probably not a ghost! This might just mean the flapper chain inside the toilet is not working properly to catch all the water. You’ll need to remove it and replace it with the type your personal toilet needs.

Are you having issues with your plumbing that you can’t fix on your own? Give Dean’s Professional Plumbing a call! Contact us at 612-424-0982 to schedule an appointment or for more information today.

If you’re tired of feeling like your home is stuffy and dry during the cold months, radiant floor heating may be your saving grace. Radiant floor heating is a heating system that is installed under your floorboards, allowing for heat to rise through your room rather than being blown out of vents. If you’re looking to upgrade your heating, here’s what you should know: 

Different Types of Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant heating can be installed using either electric or hydronic, that is, delivered through tubes of hot water. Hydronic systems are initially more expensive but are more cost-effective in the long run.

Advantages of Radiant Floor Heating

 A big advantage of radiant floor heating is that it makes you feel warmer than other types of heating. Heat rises; and since the floor is radiating heat, your feet stay warm, making your whole body feel warmer. With other types of heating, warm air rises up to the ceiling, leaving you often feeling a chill at times.

Many modern radiant floor systems can be controlled using smart thermostats, allowing for the most efficient usage possible. Plus, these systems are easy to maintain. With radiant heating, the floor is always warm, consistently keeping you very comfortable.

Disadvantages of Radiant Floor Heating

The main disadvantage of radiant floor heating is that you need to remove the floor to install it. The exception would be if there is a crawl space or other access to the underside of the floor. In that case, radiant pads can be placed beneath the floor. Otherwise, a good time to install radiant floor heating is when you are planning on replacing your floor anyway, or when building a new house.

Best Types of Floors for Radiant Heating

Floors that conduct heat easily, like tile, concrete, or stone floors, are best for use with radiant heating. However, other types of flooring can also work. Consult with us for details before choosing your flooring.

Installing Radiant Floor Heating

Please contact us at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating and Air for all of your heating needs! One of our experienced heating professionals will be happy to provide you with all of the information you need.

draining water from structure, generally accomplished with a pump or suction

An abnormally rainy spring or a Minnesota winter with heavy snow can cause serious water problems for homeowners. Once the ground is saturated, water may begin to find its way into basements, especially in areas prone to flooding or where the water table is high. 

Sump pumps can help move excess water away from your property, but they alone might not be able to fight the additional moisture. Investing in a backup battery for your sump pump will keep your home protected and flood-free.

Uses For a Backup Battery

Buying a backup for your sump pump may feel like a ‘what if’ scenario, but a battery backup has two efficient uses:

  • A power outage may occur. Your sump pump won’t operate without power, and water could build up while the electricity is out, and basement flooding could occur. A battery backup reduces or eliminates that possibility.
  • Your sump pump is older. As with all appliances, sump pumps lose functionality as they age. A backup battery can help prolong your unit’s lifespan.

 

Battery backups for sump pumps are easy to install and maintain. It’s essential to make sure the batteries are changed periodically and tested, so the unit functions correctly. Additionally, if your sump pump is five years or older, schedule a maintenance call to check the unit for the need of repair or replacement.

Minnesota Sump Pump Installation & Repair

Count on Dean’s, the sump pump experts, for the best advice and service. At Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air, we can help homeowners assess their sump pump and decide if a battery backup makes sense. Our backup systems will protect your home and provide you with additional pumping capacities for very heavy rains and will operate even if the power to your home goes out. Contact us today for more information.

 

Noticing that water is dripping from the area around the light bulb in the center of the room often means that water has accumulated overhead inside the ceiling for at least a few days. Not only will this affect your home, but it also could put your family at risk. Here’s what you should know to protect your property and your family:

Where Did the Water Come From?

It might come from an ice dam or a broken pipe, or maybe your sink overflowed. Regardless of the situation, the water damage can cost enough to make any homeowner worry. A more pressing concern, however, is the hazard of combining water and electricity.

Why Mixing Water and Electricity is Dangerous

The minerals and metals inside your home’s water supply conduct an electrical current. Though you may have a water softener install in your home, all water, no matter how much you treat it, contains these ‘contaminants.’ Because of this, you need to act quickly to prevent further harm from happening inside your home. Water and electricity should never mix.

Risks of Water Leaking From Your Ceiling

From causing potential health concerns to damaging the structure of your home, here are a few reasons why you take immediate action if you notice water leaking from your fixtures:

  • The worst possibility is severe injuries or death from electrocution. Any malfunctioning electrical outlets or devices can put you at risk for electrocuting yourself. It’s best to keep pets and small children away from the leaking fixture.
  • Your ceiling could be at risk of collapse. This happens from the weight of the water and also the weakened condition of the ceiling’s materials.
  • Water is used to put fires out, but when mixed with electricity, it could start one. In this situation, the presence of water can cause a fire if the wiring becomes corroded in crucial areas.

Act Fast to Protect Your Family and Your Home

The skilled experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air know how to handle these kinds of emergencies. Call us at 612-424-0982 for fast service by one of our reliable professionals. We will work fast to help you protect your family by fixing the problem.

 

Pets are considered man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean they can’t wreak havoc on our homes. That being said, one popular detail our living space that we tend to overlook, which is usually the first to be tarnished, is our plumbing. Granted, bathing your furry friend in the tub may seem like a cute, easy thing to do, but it could lead to a lot of plumbing problems down the line.

Keep your pup and your plumbing happy by avoiding these habits:

1. Don’t Throw Cat Litter Down the Drain

Even though your kitty litter may claim that it is flushable, there’s a strong chance that it is not. All cat litter tended to clump, meaning that you’ll be in for some serious clogs if you try to flush it

2. Don’t Bathe Your Pet in the Bathtub Without a Stopper

Some dogs and cats have long hair and shed pretty frequently. If you bathe your pet in the tub, their hair will slowly slip down the drain and cause a backup. You can reduce the risk of a slow-moving drain by either using a drain stopper (or strainer) when bathing your pup.

3. Don’t Leave the Toilet Bowl Open

It may seem pretty comical to picture your pet propped up on your open toilet bowl, but it can actually be extremely hazardous for their health. The residue left from cleaners, chemicals, and waste can be harmful to your pet’s well-being and should never be ingested. Make it a household habit to always keep the lid closed and protect your furry loved one.

No matter the size, Dean’s can help with any plumbing problems you may encounter. Our plumbing trucks are workshops on wheels, which are equipped with clean, modern tools and equipment. This allows Dean’s Minneapolis plumbers to complete any job quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionally licensed plumbers.

In a world of smartphones, laptops, and a plethora of electronic devices and accessories, keeping track of charging cables and their wall adaptor companions can be a hassle. A simple solution to this issue is to install USB power outlets, which have USB ports in place of, or alongside, traditional electrical outlets. 

With a USB outlet, you can charge your electronic devices and accessories with your regular charging cable without the need for an adaptor or a computer. 

Where Should I Have USB Outlets Installed In My Home?

Strategically placed USB outlets can enhance your home’s functionality specific to the needs of your household. Consider placing USB outlets in the following places: 

  • Entryways: Above a shelf, table, or in a cubby by an entryway is an excellent place to put a USB outlet. Here, you can keep track of your smart accessories with your keys, jacket, and other belongings, as well as remember to grab them on your way out of the door.  
  • Kitchen counters and islands: As one of the most frequented places in the house, USB outlets can be useful in the kitchen, similarly to the entryway. Here, you can charge your smart devices all in one place where they can be seen and grabbed on the way out. 
  • Floor outlets in the family room: Floor USB outlets in the middle of the room, i.e. next to the couch, eliminate the need for additional accessories like extension chords. You’ll be able to charge your phone, tablet, and more without additional clutter taking away from the visual appeal of the room. 
  • Wall outlets in bedrooms: Having a USB outlet by your bed, desk, or even behind a wall-mounted television can prove to be useful for accessories that need to stay plugged in like clocks, gaming systems, and charging stations. 
  • Bathroom vanities: Having a USB outlet built into or next to your bathroom vanity can be used to support bathroom accessories like electric toothbrushes and electric razors. They can also be used to charge your cellphones and smart accessories overnight. 

Installing USC outlets throughout your home can prove to enhance your home’s functionality and aesthetic appeal. From outlet installations in kitchen islands to wall-mounted outlets, contact Dean’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling today for all your electrical service needs!

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New developments in compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) are making incandescent light bulbs a thing of the past. These hi-tech bulbs are much more power-efficient. Instead of “watts”, these new lights include “lumens” on their packaging as another way to describe how much light the bulb produces.

We know that all these technical terms can seem confusing, especially when consumers look at bulbs in the store that advertise different amounts of watts and lumens. Here are a few of the most important things you should understand:

What Is Watts?

Watts is the amount of electricity a light bulb will use. The total electric used for the month will be shown as kilowatt/hours on your electric bill, which means how many hours you used 1000 watts of electricity. 

When purchasing new light bulbs, more watts means more electricity. Using watts as a deciding factor is only helpful to interpret the amount of energy the bulb will use, not to measure how much light the bulb will give off. For brighter light, you might want to use bulbs with more lumens.

What Is Lumens?

Lumens is the unit of light measurement found listed on newer styles of lighting. While lumens have always been a unit of light measurement, they have not always been available on the packaging for consumers to compare. Lumens are used to more precisely convey how much light is present. A larger lumens number on your light’s packaging means a brighter light.

Which Light Should You Buy?

The incandescent bulbs and the newer CFL/LED lights both have their strong points. If you want a smaller purchase price with a larger monthly electric usage, then the wattage rated incandescent bulbs should be your choice. However, if you are more interested in paying a slightly higher price for a longer-lasting bulb that is more energy-efficient and has a lumens rating that is easier to determine how bright it is, then you should choose the CFL/LED lights.

Lumens is a way to describe the brightness of a light, while watts implies the amount of energy the bulb will use. Now might be a great time for you to make the switch to more modern lighting that uses the lumens scale.

 

 If you are from Minneapolis, Minnesota or its surrounding counties and considering upgrading your lighting or have other electrical needs, then contact our professionals at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air to get help with your questions.

Hand checks the water that flows from the shower, fixed in the holder in the bathroom with blue tiles.Is your showerhead making a screeching sound every time you turn it on? If so, there may be a number of reasons as to why this is happening. While you’re probably better off hiring a plumber to properly diagnose the problem, there are a few things you can fix yourself to get rid of the noise.

Keep reading to learn the leading three causes of a screaming showerhead.

1. The Pipe is Clogged

If your water is hard and you don’t have a water softener installed, the screaming noise may be the result of the clogged showerhead. A buildup of minerals of your showerhead calcifies, making it difficult for the water to flow freely. To remedy this problem, you need to remove the showerhead and soak it in boiling water or white vinegar. Doing so will make it easier to remove any unwanted deposits.

2. Swap Out the Cartridge

If unclogging the showerhead didn’t work and you still hear the screeching sound, you’ll have to replace the cartridge. The cartridge of the shower valve is what controls the pressure, operation, and temperature of the shower. Finding odd items, such as nails or rocks, in the shower valves are far from rare. In fact, it’s one of the most common causes of a noisy showerhead.

3. The Shower Valve is Fluttering

Although it’s a little less common than the other two causes, a fluttering shower valve may be why your showerhead is so noisy. This valve is also known as the pressure-balance valve. It helps the shower valve regulate the temperature and pressure of the water. The mixing spool of this valve can start to flutter as water goes through it. Try turning the valve to hot and then cold at least twice. If fixing these issues doesn’t stop the screaming, you may need to enlist the help of a plumber.

Are you having issues with your plumbing that you can’t fix on your own? Give Dean’s Professional Plumbing a call! Contact us at 612-424-0982 to schedule an appointment or for more information today.

Photo of a contemporary looking bathroom.Remodeling your bathroom is a fantastic way to increase your home’s value and enhance its functionality. Whether you’re trying to make the bathroom easier to use for family members or you just want to update a space that hasn’t been used, remodeling your bathroom is worth the investment. However, knowing where to start and what to buy can become overwhelming fast.

Keep reading to learn what plumbing fixtures you need to splurge on.

Quality Flooring

Your bathroom is an essential part of your household. Remodeling it to meet your needs while keeping it cost-effective is what’s ultimately going to make the renovation a success. Another key to a successful bathroom remodel is having quality flooring. Over time, the grout in our tile floors become exposed to water, which can cause water damage and mold. It’s highly recommended that you go with epoxy grout when splurging on plumbing fixtures This type of grout is very durable, hard and almost stain proof.

Storage

One reason you may have for remodeling is the lack of space in your bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t have enough space, then finding a better way to make the most of it will benefit you in the long run. There’s nothing wrong with splurging on extra cabinets to keep your bathroom functional and organized.

Here are a few other storage options to keep your bathroom organized:

  • Adding a vanity with USB ports and electrical outlets
  • Adding a laundry bin
  • Installing drawer dividers
  • Using baskets and bins
  • Use the space underneath the bathroom sink

Splurging on plumbing fixtures is necessary if you’re planning on doing a full bathroom remodel. Need a hand with the plumbing? You’ve come to the right place! Call Dean’s Plumbing at 612-424-0982 to schedule an appointment or for more information today.

A large crab- apple tree in front of an old style red brick house.

As a homeowner, one of the most costly repairs you can run into is sewer line damage. Often, sewer lines are damaged by the very trees and landscaping that attracted you to the house in the first place. If you have large trees in your yard, or you plan on planting trees in the future, you need to know why tree roots love your sewer lines and how to prevent them from getting in.

Tree Roots and Your Sewer Lines

It should come as no surprise that large trees require a large number of nutrients to continue growing. The job of the tree’s roots is to seek out those nutrients by burrowing deeper into the ground or moving toward a nearby source. In this case, your sewer lines present a perfect opportunity for a healthy tree to feed on. This is because your sewer lines provide a nearly constant source of water, as well as a variety of nutrients that are broken down from your household waste. Think of garbage disposal that is also breaking down raw food nutrients into your system. Also, the process of flushing waste out into the main sewage system serves to aerate the wastewater, making an oxygen-rich environment that trees can thrive on.

Why This is Bad News for Your Home

You may think that you are safe from worries because your sewer lines will keep tree roots out. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Tiny tendrils of tree roots can find their way into the porous surfaces on the exterior of the pipe. As they press inward, they exert pressure on the lines and can create cracks just large enough for them to inch their way in and feed on nutrients inside. At first, you may not notice any problems because the roots are relatively small.

However, as the tree learns how to access your sewer lines, more and more roots will find their way in, creating a tangled mess and blocking your pipe entirely. When this happens, you will notice that your plumbing starts backing up, and eventually the cracks might get so big that the pipe breaks completely.

Soon, you could be spending thousands of dollars on repairs and cleanup. If you need help repairing damaged lines from tree roots, call Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air today!

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!