Vogt Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog

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

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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How New Thermostats Are Changing the AC and Heating Industry

August 14th, 2017

Digital-Thermostat-HandIt’s never been easier to be comfortable. When programmable thermostats first hit the market many years ago, the HVAC industry was forever changed. And now, with the advent of smart thermostats from various brands in home comfort and technology, you have more control over your air conditioning and heating than ever before.

Learn about some of the innovative ways new thermostats are changing the way people see air conditioning and heating, and find out why you should consider making the switch.

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3 Easy Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioner-money-pileSaving money in the summer months is never easy. For those of us with kids in school, summertime means more time spent at home and more energy used throughout the day. You may be scheduling vacations and stocking up on summertime clothing. But one of the biggest costs of all is also one of the most annoying—the cost of air conditioning.

You need your air conditioning system in order to stay cool, but it’s possible to be comfortable without shutting off the system altogether. We have some tips to help you stay cooler without spending a ton of money on AC.

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4 Things You Should Know about Hard Water

July 17th, 2017

water-softener-tankIf a plumber tells someone their plumbing is afflicted by “hard water,” it might sound somewhat ominous. Experienced homeowners or those who have lived in many different areas may be used to the term, but others we talk to have never heard of it or have never had to deal with it before.

If you’re worried about hard water, we’re here to ease your mind and offer the help you need to get the problem under control. First, we think there are some things you should know about hard water if you really want to work towards a solution.

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Your Air Conditioner May Be Using Too Much Energy

July 3rd, 2017

air-conditioner-money-pileIn the summer, we expect our bills to take a hike. Spring was a nice reprieve from the higher bills of winter, but summer is when many of us run the air conditioner at full force and try to stay comfortable on the hottest, most humid of days. Your bills should go up somewhat, but if your electric bills seem out of control in the summer, there may be a reason within your control.

Check out some of the reasons central air conditioners end up using more energy than they should, and learn what you can do to get bills under control, in the guide below. Call our friendly team for more information!

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