Minneapolis Plumbing FAQ’s

At Dean’s we hear a lot of questions about plumbing in Minneapolis.  We’re happy to answer them.  If you don’t find what you are looking for below, feel free to contact us.  We’re here to help!

  • Dishwashers
  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Garbage Disposals

Q: Why would our dishwasher not completely drain?
 It is common and expected to have dishwashers leave some water in the unit at the end of each cycle.  The reason is so that the element-type header, used in the drying cycle does not burn up.  However, if a lot of water stays in the unit, the drain might be clogged.  Call Deans, we have customers throughout Minneapolis.

Q: What is happening if water is not going into the dishwasher?
  The most common reason is that there is a blockage in the water line.  Call Deans, we can help! Also, see our Drain Services for more information.

Q: What do you do if your kitchen faucet breaks? 
A:  Don’t panic, faucets do sometimes break.  Under the sink there will be a shut-off valve.  There should be a hot water shut-off valve and a cold water shut-off valve.  Most often they are chrome with an oval valve handle.  Turn the handle clockwise until the water stops.  Once the water is off, call Dean’s right away!  Our plumbers in the Twin Cities area will be able to help.

Q: Should water restrictors in faucets be removed? 
A:  Commonly, the water restrictors in faucets are usually found in the neck or threaded end of the faucet.  It is possible to remove water restrictors, but they were put in place for several reasons.  They control the flow rate and if removed, could result in an uncomfortable flow.   The other reason is for water conservation purposes. See our faucet repair and replacement page.   If you are experiencing decreased water pressure, call Dean’s and we’ll be out to help!

Q: What is a “pressure balancing” shower faucet?
A: A pressure balancing” shower faucet automatically senses any fluctuation in water temperature caused by such actions as flushing a toilet or starting a dishwasher cycle.  The faucet has a pressure balancing valve that compensates for these fluctuations, hence, the water temperature stays constant.

Q: What can you do when the garbage disposal has a horrible odor?
 The unpleasant odor is usually a sign of food buildup.  A cleaning with “green” natural cleaners or vinegar and baking soda can often get rid of the odor.  To prevent it from coming back, periodically put a lemon wedge and sprinkled with baking soda down the disposal.  If the odor persists, Call Dean’s and we’ll help!

Q:  What do I do if my garbage disposal is jammed?
  DON’T USE THE DISPOSAL!  Serious damage to the motor can be a result of running a jammed disposal.  Call Dean’s and we’ll be out to fix the jam.  If the unit can’t be unjammed, our experienced technicians can replace it for you.   Check out our Garbage Disposal Repair page.

Q: What is a low flush toilet?
  A low flush toilet is also called a low flow toilet.  It uses less water to flush the waste down the drain.
The standard low flush toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

Q: What are the signs of a leaking toilet that would need repair?
  1 – Does water keep running into the toilet bowl after it is has been flushed?
2 – Will the tank not fill again once it is flushed?
3 – Are there water spots or even mold behind the toilet tank along the wall?
4 – Does your toilet turn the water on without you even flushing it?
5 – Is your toilet handle loose or do you have to jiggle it a few times to stop the water?  Dean’s professionals can help you with any toilet repair in Minneapolis area.
See our Toilet Repair page for more information.

Q: What do I do when the toilet clogs?
 It’s unnerving when water is rising in your toilet bowl and spilling onto the floor!  If you have tried using a plunger without success, it is possible there is an obstruction in the toilet traps or even further down the drainpipe or sewer line.  We are experts at dealing with clogged toilets.  Call Dean’s and we’ll be right out.