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Fall Plumbing Tips

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Is your home’s plumbing and heating system ready to take on cooler temperatures? Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning out of summer and into the new season and there are some things you can do around your home to help prepare. After all, you won’t want to be stuck with a major plumbing or heating headache when winter gets here.

Fall leaves with rake

  • After you’ve washed off the deck and all of the outdoor summer furniture, remember to turn your hose off from the main water line. Your pipes can freeze and burst if there is is any stagnant water in the line.
  • Save energy by keeping your thermostat set no higher than 68 degrees when you need heat and if the house gets too warm in the next couple of weeks, open up your windows instead of turning on the AC.
  • Check windows and doors to make sure the seals are still working properly. Drafts can cause your energy bills to increase.
  • Keep your water heater set to around 140 degrees. You can help reduce energy by wrapping it in an insulated blanket that will keep heat in.
  • Have your plumbing and heating equipment serviced by a professional. It’s the best way to make sure everything is ready to take on the new season.

Have you made a fall maintenance appointment yet? Contact the friendly customer service staff at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains today!

Need help tackling fall plumbing or heating maintenance projects around your home? The expert technicians at Dean’s are here to help! Want to hear about what some of our customers have said about our work? Read below:

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“Great service from start to finish. Trevor and Joe were great techs. Thank you for the wonderful fast service!!”

  • Debbie T.

“Today was a routine “wellness check” of my systems to prepare for the upcoming winter. The customer service was pleasant and efficient and the technician, Glenn, was knowledgeable and helpful. There were no problems and today’s appointment went just fine. However, we have had big, emergency, messy problems in the last few years and have relied on Dean’s to handle all of it. No matter what the hour or the problem, Dean’s has been there for us and has always treated us fairly. Glenn has been a particular Godsend, as some of our problems have been very complicated and difficult to diagnose. We recommend Dean’s every chance we get.”

  • Jay J.

“This company is visibly well run and with excellent staff. We had a phenomenal experience with their overall service. They were the only company who could be to our house same day to look at our expired air conditioner, provided very fair pricing and options for it and were thorough in explaining those options as well as the associated range of pricing. They communicated times they would be arriving our house promptly in advance, were punctual on the times specified for the evaluation and also the new install. Overall were clean, tidy, efficient and polite. Fantastic company and service.”

  • Carlee L.

When you need fast, reliable service you can count on the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains. Give us a call today to schedule your fall maintenance.

Fall is just about here in the Twin Cities and that means cooler temperatures are settling in. While you may still be able to crack the windows to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature, pretty soon it will be far too cold for that. It’s time to start thinking about having your furnace inspected and tuned-up so you don’t have to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the dead of winter.

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At Dean’s we are your certified specialists for home heating system maintenance. We offer the following services:

  • Forced air gas furnaces
  • Hot water boilers
  • Steam boilers
  • Radiant heating
  • Electric furnaces
  • Oil furnaces
  • Heat pumps

Why have a pro get your system ready for the season? Proper system maintenance can help lower utility costs and extend the lifespan of your system and its parts. Your system will work more efficiently and there’s much less of a chance for a breakdown when you need your equipment most.

Is your furnace ready for fall? Contact the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains today.

Leave the polluted air at the door. Did you know there are house plants that can double as beautiful decorations and help improve the quality of the air inside your home? Indoor air quality (IAQ) is especially important for those who suffer from- or live with those who suffer from respiratory problems. Find out how certain plants can help below:

Spathiphyllum

Peace Lily

Don’t receive too much natural sunlight in certain rooms of your home? That’s no problem for the Spathiphyllum, it adapts well to low light. This plant helps to get rid of the VOC benzene which is found in many paints, waxes and polishes. Just be sure to water it weekly!

Wax Begonia

Brighten up any room of your home with the bold colors of the Begonia semperflorens. This wax plant filters out benzene as well as chemicals produced by toluene.

English Ivy

Do you know what the most prevalent indoor air pollutant is? If you guessed formaldehyde, you’d be correct! The English Ivy, or Hedera helix, helps absorb formaldehyde which is common in wood floors and synthetic carpet dyes.

Worried about the quality of the air inside your house? Contact the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains today! We’ll get you breathing fresher, cleaner air before you know it.

Looking for a plumber for you office or building? Choosing the right company really makes a difference when it comes to commercial plumbing – you don’t want to be stuck with the headache a fly-by-night business can cause. When you need a job done right, call the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains.

With over 35 years of combined industry experience, Dean’s has experience and familiarity with properties, facilities, and businesses in the Twin Cities area and currently provide service and maintenance to a range of commercial customers. Here’s a list of some of our commercial services:

  • Water heaters and boilers
  • Backflow devices
  • Hydro jetting for drain clogs
  • Pipe replacement
  • Water, sewer and gas lines
  • Water mains
  • Ejector/sump pumps

The next time you need service, don’t hesitate to call Deans. We’ll get the problem solved fast so you can get back to running your business!

Thinking about converting your home’s heating system from oil to gas? We understand that it can be a difficult and confusing process – making sure you get the right equipment and choosing the right contractor when making such a major purchase. At Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains we have over 35 years of heating experience so you know you’re getting a job well-done.

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Why Make The Switch?

Converting your oil system to a gas alternative will provide you and your family with many benefits. Compared to oil heat, gas systems provide your home with:

  • Increased heating efficiency
  • Cleaner and quieter heat
  • Less maintenance
  • Greener heating option
  • Potential increase in your home’s value

Our professionals will provide timely, professional and accurate manufacturer-authorized service for you Minneapolis oil to gas conversion. Ready to make the move? Give us a call today at 651-237-9190 to schedule an appointment.

Have a tub in your home that just won’t seem to drain as fast as it should? Everyday items like dirt and hair can build up and lead to a slow drain, but you can likely fix the problem yourself in just a few minutes. Try these steps below, but if the blockage is major you may need to call in a plumber:

How to clear a slow draining tub

  1. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain and follow it with 1 cup of white vinegar. After allowing the solution to foam for about 5 minutes, run the hot water. This mixture will help deodorize the drain and should loosen up a mild blockage.
  2. You can try using a plunger but make to exercise some caution. Place it over the drain opening and plunge 4 to 5 times. Then run hot water down the drain to see if the blockage was cleared.
  3. Still not working? Use a pipe snake, but be sure to remove the drain cover first.

If none of these options works, call on the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains. Our experts will clear the drain for you so you can get back to your daily routine.

How much is your water heater costing you each year? Even if you don’t know the exact number, we can bet it’s more than you’d like to be paying. While upgrading to a more energy efficient model can reduce costs, we understand that you may not be ready right away. So here are a few things you can do to start saving today:

Heating Pipes

Insulate The Tank

In most cases, even when your water heater is not being used it’s still storing hot water. Chances are, that stored water is cooling off as it sits which means your water heater has to kick back on to heat the water constantly. You can purchase a blanket or jacket for your water heater that can reduce heat loss by 25% to 50%.

Use Less Hot Water

Do you crave hot, steamy showers? Do you wash your dishes with the water on the warmest temperature? Whether you realize it or not, these tasks are costing you. Lower the temperature a few degrees to cut down on the hot water demand in your home.

Insulate The Pipes

Insulated hot water pipes have the ability to raise the water temperature at your showerhead or faucet by 2 to 4 degrees on the same setting compared with pipes that are not insulated. Don’t want to go around insulating all of the hot water pipes throughout the entire house? Don’t worry, you only need to do the first 5 to 10 feet from the water heater.

Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains is Minnesota’s premier plumbing company, priding itself with over 35 years of combined industry experience. Dean’s plumbing and heating specialists have the knowledge you need to handle all of your service needs. From installation to repair, Dean’s crew of professional Minneapolis plumbers can do it all. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

There’s nothing better than returning home to a perfectly cooled home after being out in the summer heat all day. But keeping your home cool isn’t free – running air conditioners can get costly. So what’s the most cost-effective means of cooling your home – is it several wall air conditioners or one central ac system?

Air Conditioners

Energy Usage

Compared to an average wall unit, a central air conditioning system will typically use more energy. While window units typically use between 500 and 1440 watts to run, a 2.5 ton central unit will use around 3,500 watts. So if energy consumption is a major concern and you can last the whole summer with one or two window units, this might be your better option.

Installation Costs

The up-front cost and installation costs of central cooling systems are much higher than window units. Most homeowners are able to install window units themselves, and therefore are able to save when it comes to the installation process.

Which Should You Choose?

When it comes down to it, window units cost less to purchase and install but are definitely not the best choice if you plan on cooling your entire home. If you are looking to cool three or more rooms, it’s much more cost-effective and energy-efficient to have a central air conditioning system installed – not to mention it can give your home a much higher resale value. It’s also important to keep in mind that more than three window or wall ac units will likely use more energy than one central system.

Want to learn more about central air conditioning systems? Contact the cooling experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains today.

It’s bad enough to have a clogged drain or a clogged toilet, but what happens when you have a clogged sewer drain? This can be a very serious plumbing problem since the water has no place to go. How can you tell if you have a clogged sewer drain? Find out below:

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More Than One Fixture Is Clogged

If your toilet, tub, and/or shower are backed up at the same time, this is an obvious sign that you have a clogged sewer drain. You may notice it in your toilet first since this is the most direct path to the sewer and has the biggest drain line in the house.

Flush The Toilet And Water Enters The Tub

Have you ever flushed the toilet only to notice water coming up in your tub or shower? This means that the flushed water wasn’t able to go down the sewer drain and had to escape at the lowest point – which is usually the shower drain.

Check The Main Clean Out

If you ha main line clean out this is another way you can tell if the sewer drain is clogged. Remove the cap and check for any waste or water that has backed up. If water is flowing up and out of the clean out pipe or standing in the pipes, you have a main line sewer blockage.

Have a slow moving drain or a clog? Give the experts at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains a call right away!

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