How NOT to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Monday, January 29th, 2018

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Use extreme caution when attempting to thaw a pipe with a space heater!

Frozen pipes in Minneapolis can be a nuisance. Some of us may be used to this occurrence in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean we are prepared or patient when it does happen. We want the pipes to be thawed out fast, but that may mean some improper methods are sometimes used to get them that way.

There are some methods you can use to get the pipes to thaw faster. However, there are some methods we’d like to warn you against. Here are some of the things you should never do while attempting to thaw a pipe in your home.

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Steps to Take for a Broken Garbage Disposal

Monday, 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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Prevent a Winter Plumbing Crisis This Fall

Monday, 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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5 Plumbing Errors We Find in Homes

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Why You Should Always Hire Professionals for (Most) Plumbing Problems

Monday, August 28th, 2017

plumber-technician-at-doorSaving money is a huge priority to most people. Unless you’re swimming in pools of cash, you’ve likely spent some time comparing prices on things such as airline prices, vehicles, and entertainment systems. You know you won’t be able to afford—say—a first class ticket or a Lamborghini, so you settle for the lower cost option.

But when it comes to home services, your considerations should be different. Attempting to save money on services you need for your home may actually cost you a lot more over time. Today, we want to look at the experience professional plumbers have, and why you should look for a professional plumber—not a handy neighbor—to handle your plumbing needs.

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What You Need to Know to Prevent Sump Pump Failure

Monday, April 10th, 2017

plumbing-flood-homeUnfortunately, you don’t usually find out a sump pump has failed unless it is too late. Some sump pumps are equipped with alarms to let you know if the system is not working—but then what? Unless there’s a simple solution to the problem, you’re left with a flooded basement.

However, you may be able to prevent problems with your sump pump simply by knowing what to look for. Follow our tips for sump pump maintenance and replacement, and call a helpful plumber in Plymouth, MN for more information.

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What’s Wrong with Your Water Pressure? 4 Possible Solutions

Monday, March 27th, 2017

dripping-water-dropsWhat’s more frustrating than turning on a sink or a shower only to feel a drizzle or a light drip come out of the faucet? This plumbing annoyance is one of the worst, but many homeowners don’t know what to do about it. But you don’t have to feel stuck with low water pressure in one or more fixtures of the house. We know a solution that may work for you.

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When Should You Replace a Sump Pump?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

plumbing-flood-homeTo many homeowners in our area, the sump pump is an invaluable device. Without it, you may have to worry about flooding in your basement or crawlspace, which leads to major property damage, and the potential for mold and mildew to develop. And that’s something you certainly want to avoid.

You can prevent your sump pump from failing when you need it most by replacing an older sump pump before it breaks. You don’t want to wait for your basement to flood before doing so, but how can you tell it’s time for a replacement?

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What to Do ASAP about a Burst Pipe

Monday, January 30th, 2017

plumbing-flood-homeIt’s one of the biggest fears about plumbing systems when you live in a climate as chilly as ours. Freezing pipes expand in volume, which can cause them to burst suddenly. This issue can catch you off guard, leaving you with a sudden flood of water you’ve got to get out of control ASAP.

Here’s some advice to keep on hand in case a pipe freezes in your home. Act as quickly as possible, and contact us in case you need some extra help.

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