Helpful Plumbing Solutions

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Good plumbing maintenance is relatively easy, but failing to keep up with it can mean costly repairs. Here are some good ways you can take care of your plumbing, either yourself or with the help of a licensed professional. Take care of your house now and it will beneift you in the future.

Taking the time to prepare your plumbing before you leave on vacation may save you quite the mess when you get home. The easiest way to avoid these disasters is by shutting off the main valve to your house. This will keep any more water from entering the lines in case there is a rupture somewhere.

Work with plumbers that offer flat rates. When a plumber is charging by the hour, they do not have an incentive to get the job done quickly. It is human nature to go just a little bit slower if it’ll mean extra money in our pockets. If you cannot find someone who charges per project make sure that you ar vigilant in watching the clock and their work.

Are you searching for a simple tip to inspect your home for slow leaks in your plumbing system? Simply take a reading on your water meter before bedtime. Upon waking the next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If the reading has changed, you will know that somewhere in your plumbing system you have an undetected, slow leak.

If you have a plumbing nightmare and your house gets flooded, avoid using heat and heat lamps to dry the property out. Let it dry naturally if you can because the additional heat can cause problems. When building materials dry too fast, they can warp and crack causing more damage than just the water.

If you have an ice maker or other plumbing going to your refrigerator, every six months or so pull the refrigerator away from the wall and inspect this plumbing. There should be no condensation or corrosion on these plumbing lines, if there is, contact a plumber and have them look at it.

For people who live in an apartment complex, plumbing is often forgotten about. The first time they move into a home they are unable to resolve any minor plumbing problems, because they have never dealt with this kind of thing. It is good to get a basic understanding when moving into your first house.

The most common culprit in a running toiler is the flapper or the ball assembly. Both of these are easily replaced so check on these before running to call a plumber. If you have mineral deposit buildup in the tank, a try vinegar, boiling water and baking soda to help remove it and get your toilet back in tip top shape.

As mentioned above, most periodic plumbing maintenance is simple and straightforward. Most repairs resulting from serious damage to your plumbing are not. Now that you know how to deal with the plubming issues in your home, you should be more prepared to prevent or mitigate the more serious problems that can result.

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Home Plumbing System

plumber-fix-faucetEvery homeowner should have a good basic understanding of the plumbing system in their home. We guides you through the layout of the standard plumbing system, the materials used, both past and present, the tools necessary for repairs and projects, and numerous projects and repairs you can easily accomplish. The plumbing system, like the electrical system, may seem deeply mysterious at first glance. How does this seemingly jumbled assortment of pipes
(especially in an older home that may have  been updated many times) make any sense.  You will see that it actually does make a good  deal of sense. While not as dangerous as the electrical system, improperly installing or repairing plumbing systems can cause serious damage to your home through water leakage. It is important to follow current code and building practices to assure a dry, functional installation.
Because most oF a plumbing system is hidden inside walls and floors, it may seem to be a complex maze of pipes and fittings. But the information  will help you gain a basic understanding of your system. Understanding how home plumbing works is an important first step toward doing routine mainte- nance and money-saving repairs. A typical home plumbing system includes three basic parts: a water supply system, a fixture and appliance set, and a drain system. These three parts can be seen clearly in the photograph of the cut-away house on the opposite page. Fresh water enters a home through a main supply line (1). This fresh water source is provided by either a municipal water company or a private underground well. If the source is a municipal supplier, the water passes through a meter (2) that registers the amount of water used. A family of four uses about 400 gallons of water each day. Immediately after the main supply enters the house, a branch line splits off (3) and is joined to a water heater (4). From the water heater, a hot water line runs parallel to the cold water line to bring the water supply to fixtures and appliances throughout the house. Fixtures include sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry tubs. Appliances include water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, and water softeners.
An outdoor main shutoff may be as simple as an exposed valve that you turn by hand. Or it may be buried in a housing that is sometimes called a Buffalo box. In this example, both the meter and the main shutoff are housed in the box; in other cases, the meter is located inside the house.
Toilets and exterior sillcocks are examples of fixtures that require only a cold water line. The water supply to fixtures and appliances is controlled with faucets and valves. Faucets and valves have moving parts and seals that eventually may wear out or break, but they are easily repaired  or replaced. Waste water then enters the drain system. It first must flow past a drain trap (5), a U-shaped piece of pipe that holds standing water and prevents sewer gases from entering the home. Every fixture must have a drain trap. The drain system works entirely by gravity, allowing waste water to flow downhill through a series of large-diameter pipes. These drain pipes are attached to a system of vent pipes. Vent pipes (6) bring fresh air to the drain system, preventing suction that would slow or stop drain water from flowing freely. Vent pipes usually exit the house at a roof vent (7). All waste water eventually reaches a main waste and vent stack (8). The main stack curves to become a sewer line (9) that exits the house near the foundation. In a municipal system, this sewer line joins a main sewer line located near the street. Where sewer service is not available, waste water empties into a septic system.
You may have an inside main shutoff, usually located near the point where the main supply pipe enters the house near the water meter. There may be valves on each side of the meter; turn off either one of them to shut off water to the house. The copper grounding wire is an important part of the electrical system and should never be removed.

Repair – Replacement – New Installation

Welcome to St. Paul Plumbing Services

header-plumbers2Sink, bathtub or toilet stopped up? We are ready to help with your plumbing needs. Whether it’s clogged drains, a failed water heater, stopped up bathtubs, leaky faucets, a leaking toilet, or frozen pipes, we can handle it. No job is too small and if you are in the St. Paul, MN area we have you covered.
If it’s dripping, spraying, or just not draining, Saint Paul Plumbing Services is the plumber to call!

Our Commitment To You

Excellent Workmanship – We Do The Job Right The First Time!
On-Time, Courteous & Professional Plumbers!
We Will Leave Your Premises As Clean As When We Arrived If Not Cleaner!

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Clogged Sink, Shower or Drains
•Clogged Toilet or Broken Toilet
•Broken Plumbing Fixtures or Pipes
•Broken Water Heater
•Leaky Faucets
•Pipe Thawing
•Sewer or Gas Line Repair
•Broken Garbage Disposal
•Broken Sump Pump
•Leaking Water
•Low Water Pressure
•Bathroom Remodel
•Broken Valves
•Water Conditioning

Plumber Services Areas
Roseville, Arden Hills, North Oaks, Shoreview, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, West St. Paul
South St. Paul, Eagan, Oakdale, Woodbury, Maplewood, Cottage Grove, Eden Prairie, Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Plymouth, Maple Grove St. Louis Park. New Hope, Hopkins, Anoka

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•Clogged Sink, Shower or Drains
•Clogged Toilet or Broken Toilet
We will clear your drain(s) and leave the work area tidy! We have the parts, tools and expertise to get the job done quickly.

•Broken Plumbing Fixtures or Pipes
•Broken Water Heater
We can replace your old or failed components name brand or generic.
We are experts and carry a complete line of heaters for any capacity or budget.
•Leaky Faucets
•Pipe Thawing

•Sewer or Gas Line Repair
•Broken Garbage Disposal
•Broken Sump Pump
•Leaking Water
•Low Water Pressure
•Bathroom Remodel
•Broken Valves
•Water Conditioning

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Plumbing Tips

Why Do My Drains Clog?

Drains clog due to materials such as hair, food, soap residues, etc. While most drains will eventually clog, attempts to eliminate much of the debris that enters them will go a long way in keeping them running freely. For example, wiping out hair from a bathroom sink before it has a chance to wash down into the drain will help.

My Toilet Keeps Running & Running. What Should I Do?
If not repaired soon, this can lead to expensive water bills. For a quick remedy to save water, turn off the “shut off” valve next to the toilet. Remember to let family or guests know the water is temporarily turned off and call us to schedule an appointment.

What Should I Do If My Hot Water Heater Is Leaking?
This is typically an indication of rust at the bottom of the water tank. Attempts to repair this condition are usually not effective. It is time to replace your old hot water heater with a new one.

I Am Experiencing Low Water Pressure. What Should I Do?
Low water pressure can be caused by several things including water softeners, valve issues, pipe corrosion and others. If you have concluded that your neighbors are not also experiencing this problem, and the problem is limited to your property, call us. Our trained professionals can determine the cause and advise you accordingly.

My Garbage Disposal Is Jammed. Now What?
Most garbage disposals have a hole in the bottom of the unit that allows you to hand crank it to free up the jam. You will need a 1/4″ alan key for this. If this does not work, call us – you may end up doing damage to the motor. Keep in mind that garbage disposals are designed for grinding up small bits of leftovers. Do not attempt to grind bones, plastic or metal at any time and always run water before, during and after using your disposal. This will help keep your disposal running for a long time.