Have an expensive home improvement project coming up this Spring? Spring is a popular time to get started on that to-do list you’ve been dieing to tackle, but you might have some questions about your plumbing.
How will my plumbing be affected by my project? Do I need to update my plumbing systems to achieve the overall result I am looking for?
Don’t let your questions go unanswered. Dean’s is always sharing plumbing tips and service updates on our social media sites. We’re also always happy take your call.
Plumbing is an extremely important function in your home and therefore the decision to hire a plumber should never be taken lightly. In order to ensure you’re choosing a plumber you can trust to do the job, and to do it right, be mindful of the following criteria:
Are they licensed and insured?
To protect yourself and your homes, these are two basic qualifications you don’t want to skip.
How long have they been in business?
Long standing companies come with a proven track record of success and highly trained and experienced plumbers.
Did they provide an estimate?
A quality plumber should be able to give you a price before they start. Likewise, if their estimate seems unusually low in relation to other quotes you received their might be prices that come later they aren’t telling you about.
Is there work guaranteed?
You should never hire a plumber that does not guarantee their work and the parts they use, at least for a one year minimum.
Have they been reviewed?
Plumbers with a good reputation likely come with a handful of positive reviews. If the plumber is not being directly referred by a family member or friend, consider scanning sites like Facebook to see what past customers have to say about their service.
Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains has been serving Minneapolis and the surrounding areas for over 35 years. Call us today at 612.424.0982 or visit our website for more information.
To ensure safe and proper use of the plumbing fixtures in your home, it’s important to be aware of and stay up-to-date with typical usage protocol. Your water heater, for one, is a valuable system in your home because it keeps your bath water warm throughout these long and cold Minnesota winters.
On the other hand, a water heater could cause unnecessary dangers if used incorrectly. Stay on top of safe habits with this quick Do’s & Don’ts guide:
Do keep the hot water temperature set at a maximum of 120 degrees. Do flush out your hot water heater and refill it at least once annually. Do test safety relief valve at least once annually to make sure it is working properly.
Don’t set the hot water heater above 120 degrees for any reason. Don’t leave children unattended near the hot water heater. Don’t keep combustible or flammable materials within two feet of your hot water heater.
At Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Drains & Air we repair, replace and install all water heaters. Visit our website for more information or call us today at 612.424.0982.
How would you like to save between 5% and 20% on your heating bills this winter? With temperatures on the decline and energy prices on the rise, staying warm can be a difficult and costly task this season. See below for a few winter time energy savings tips that will keep you comfortable and keep your wallet full:
Cranking up the heat to stay warm is not your best option. Turn your thermostat down a few degrees because for every degree you lower your
heat, you’ll save up to 5% on heating costs. You may have to throw on an extra sweater but it will be worth it.
When was the last time you cleaned or replaced your furnace’s filter? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time. Dirty filters restrict airflow and decrease the unit’s operating efficiency. Keeping your furnace properly cleaned and maintained will reduce its energy use and can save you an additional 5% on heating costs.
Your water heater is probably set to a higher temperature than what is necessary. Most come with a factory preset temperature of 140 degrees, but you can lower it down to 120 without sacrificing a hot shower in the morning. Doing so will save you around 11% on water heating costs.
There’s a lot more to plumbing than the copper or PVC pipes you’ve seen behind walls and underneath sinks. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians were the first to construct a drainage system because of the significance that water plays in rituals of their culture? It started way back in 2500 B.C. and has evolved tremendously over the years all the way up to modern plumbing practices today!
Moving right along the history of plumbing timeline, The Minoan Palace of Knossos featured four separate drainage systems that empty into the great sewers in 1700 B.C.
In 800 B.C. the first sewers of Rome were built and in 312 B.C. the first aqueducts were built in order to transport water to Roman baths. It wasn’t until 4th Century A.D. that Rome had 11 public baths, 1,352 public fountains and 856 private baths. Can you imagine what it was like bathing in public back then?
So when was the first toilet, as we know it, created? It wasn’t until 1596 when Sir John Harrington invented a “washout” closet and then 1738 when JF Brondel introduced the valve type flush toilet. Believe it or not the first ever packaged toilet paper was invented by American Joseph Gayetty and it was called Gayetty’s Medicated Paper. Finally, in 1870, Thomas Twyford comes up with an improved version of the Bramah with no metal parts and is credited with the revolutionary redesign of a one-piece toilet.
Today, there are over 555,000 plumbers and pipefitters working in the United States. As the plumbing industry continues to grow, so do modern advancements in plumbing systems and plumbing technology.
If you’re looking for a plumber in Minneapolis, give Dean’s Plumbing a call today! Follow us on Facebook for more plumbing updates!
Having a drain problem? It may be due to an increase in sink, toilet and shower usage this time of the year. Cleaning and maintaining your pipes can be a messy task if certain precautionary measures aren’t taken.
Some common drain-clogging culprits include:
hair and soap scum
unflushables, such as paper towels, cotton swabs and baby wipes
Watch the short video below to find out about the drain services we offer.
At Dean’s Professional Plumbing we cover everything from clogged kitchen or bathroom lines to storm drains and sewer drains. If you’re having a drain problem give us a call, we do it all! Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook for more plumbing updates!
Popular Plumbing Myths that People Actually Believe
“True or False” is everyone’s favorite game, isn’t it? Plumbing is one of the oldest professions in the world. When it comes to residential plumbing systems, our Plumbers have seen and heard it all. There are a number of hacks that people believe, some true, some not so much.
Sure, it might not be bothering you, but a leaking bathroom faucet can cause damage and cost you a ton of money. On top of that, it’s awful for the environment – wasting about a trillion gallons annually.
Myth # 2: Flushing Cat Litter Down the Toilet
Please don’t do this! For one thing, cat feces contain parasites that can be extremely harmful to human beings as well as to marine life. The wastewater treatment facility will likely eradicate these parasites, but why risk it? (Note that the risk is most acute for pregnant women.)
No they DON’T! This plumbing myth is a head scratcher but a lot of people believe it. While they will clean the blades up a bit they aren’t going to make them any sharper.
Myth #4: You should flush lemon peels down the disposal to make it smell good.
Well, it might smell good but you shouldn’t do it. Lemon peels will likely clog your drain unless you have a really powerful disposal. Not to test it, use white vinegar instead when you feel your disposal needs to be freshened up a bit.
Myth 5: Hot Water Dislodge Slow Drains
It’s understandable to believe that hot water will melt grease and carry it safely through the plumbing system. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Once that liquefied grease gets further down the pipes, it cools down and re-solidifies. One meat marinara night won’t cause a clog, but repeated grease dumping eventually will. It’s best to keep a heat-proof container to collect grease and toss it in the trash when it’s full.
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