Vogt Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog

Which Drain Cleaning Products Work Best?

January 15th, 2018

plunger-basicClogged drains can quickly become a mess you just don’t want to deal with, so you want a solution fast. You may have heard about a new product to unclog drains, or you might go for the old standby chemicals. But we have some warnings about these. Often, it’s better to leave drain cleaning to a qualified professional who already has the right tools on hand.

Otherwise, the best drain cleaning products are often things you already have! Check out our list of the best drain cleaning products, and which ones you should avoid, in today’s guide. Contact our plumbers for fast drain cleaning in Minneapolis, MN.

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How to Run Your Heater Efficiently

January 1st, 2018

green-home-energySometimes, the only way to get better efficiency from a heating system is to replace it. Most furnaces only last about 10-15 years, while boilers can last a few years longer. Before your heater gives out for good, though, you might notice efficiency dropping. It may seem normal that a system drops in performance levels with time, but a well-installed system should be able to keep up about 95% of its original efficiency levels when properly maintained.

Keep your bills low without losing any of the performance you expect from your heater. Follow our tips and you may notice your bills drop as soon as next month!

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Steps to Take for a Broken Garbage Disposal

December 18th, 2017

checking-disposal-drain-plumber-womanThank goodness for garbage disposals. Many of us have lived without them before, and it is certainly a pain. Garbage gets fuller and smellier faster, so you have to take it out more frequently. Washing dishes means a lot of back and forth to the trash can. And you have to clean out drain covers you use to catch food debris…yuck!

As great as the garbage disposal is, though, you may not feel so grateful when it breaks and you’re stuck without the powerful processing you needed. Often, this happens right in the middle of cleaning, when you’re using it, which may lead to a clogged sink. Will you have to call a plumber? Or can you handle it on your own?

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Why Does the Furnace Only Work in Some Rooms?

December 4th, 2017

woman-shivers-cold-scarfYou come home from work, greeted by the heat you always expect from your furnace. The kitchen is warm, the bathroom is warm, but when it comes time to go to bed, you make a chilling discovery. There is no heat, or very little heat, making its way into the bedroom.

Before you take out the portable heater or resolve to spend nights with the doors open huddled under plenty of blankets, you should know that this could be a major problem. As long as there are air vents in the room, your heater was designed to heat it, and a lack of air circulation could cause some problems with the unit. So what’s the deal?

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What Are the Best Heating Systems for Cold Climates?

November 20th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-burnersLooking into purchasing a new heating system? Our team is here to help. Sometimes, a technician simply recommends the most convenient system to install in a short period of time. If you have time to make an informed decision, though, check out our guide to the best heating systems for cold climates like ours.

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Prevent a Winter Plumbing Crisis This Fall

November 6th, 2017

frozen-pipe-iciclesSome of the worst plumbing problems strike homes in our area right in the middle of winter. Primarily, this has to do with the pipes freezing, something that doesn’t happen throughout every part of the U.S. If you’re new to the area, or if you’ve recently bought a new home in Minnesota, you may be unfamiliar with the process of winterizing a home, something that should happen in the fall if possible.

In fact, any homeowner can benefit from knowing what to do to prevent a major plumbing problem in the winter. Take some time as soon as possible to do what you can and stop frozen pipes from getting in the way of your relaxation time and holiday preparation this winter. Call our expert plumbers to learn more!

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Our Best Advice for Clogged Drains

October 23rd, 2017

drain-sink-waterWhat’s the most annoying problem you come across as a homeowner? While mortgage payments may come at the top of your list of grievances, we’re willing to bet that drain clogs leave you saying, “Why me?!” Clogged drains are a major pain point for most of us, especially when you don’t know how to effectively tackle the problem.

Sometimes, you will need to call in a plumber to work on your clogged drains and provide professional drain cleaning. The problem may be further along in the drain and sewer pipes than you would think. Often, though, you simply need a little bit of elbow grease (and a few supplies from the local hardware store or grocery). Here’s our best advice for unclogging your drains!

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5 Plumbing Errors We Find in Homes

October 9th, 2017

plumbing-parts-pips-valvesOftentimes, we’re called in to correct someone else’s plumbing mistakes. Occasionally, a professional plumber makes an error out of carelessness or because they were rushing the job (something we train our plumbers never to do). What’s more expected is that it was a do-it-yourself fix or that a “handyman” did the work—someone with a general knowledge of tools and pipes but without the specialized expertise required to properly finish the job.

Today, we want to help you see the importance of calling in a professional plumber when a plumbing problem gets really serious. Here are some plumbing errors we get called in to correct way too often.

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An Overview of Your Home’s Plumbing System

September 25th, 2017

pipes-layoutYour home’s plumbing is not a huge mystery. You know that water comes in from the water company, or perhaps from a private well on the property, and then drains to the sewer lines, or possibly out to a septic tank on your property. Most plumbing systems have the same parts and inner workings, but there may still be some components of your home’s sewer and water system you’re unsure about—and that’s okay!

The professional plumbers at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing are here to tell you the basics about your plumbing system. And when something goes wrong, you don’t have to worry about the rest.  

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What Plumbers Find During Drain Cleaning

September 11th, 2017

plumber-cleaning-drain-auger-tubDo-it-yourself work can be appealing for many reasons. The money you may save, along with the sense of accomplishment you feel, offer a satisfaction that can leave you always searching for a DIY solution when something goes wrong in the home. For example, you may be able to clean out a drain on your own—but this isn’t always the best idea.

There are some ways to clean out a problem near the drain opening without damaging the drain.

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