Jake’s News2020-07-24T15:29:59-05:00


Welcome to Jake’s Blog! Our customers include many DIY people, and we’ve included many handy articles on how to maintain and improve plumbing, fixtures, and appliances in your home.

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Meeting the Challenge of COVID-19 at Jake the Plumber

March 19th, 2020|

  Our plumbers are ready! In this increasingly difficult time of pandemic, at Jake the Plumber we have been learning as much as we can about plumbing, home visits, and COVID-19. Based on the best available information, including the IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials), we have invested in Hazmat suits, full face respirators, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Note that viruses like COVID-19 can live in sewer and drain [...]


March 13th, 2020|

Our plumbers are ready! At Jake the Plumber, the health and safety of our customers and our employees are our first concern. Jake has issued the following statement:The health and safety of our customers and employees is our primary concern. As such, we are notifying our clients of important policy changes aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.Sanitation is a critical component for preventing the spread of communicable disease. As plumbers, we [...]

The Earliest Plumbing – Roman Aqueducts

January 15th, 2020|

No doubt some of the earliest plumbers were the ancient Roman builders. They built sturdy, long-lasting pipeworks to serve their cities, called aqueducts. Aqueducts were found throughout the Roman Republic, and later, in lands they gained by conquest in the Roman Empire (France and England, for example). Photo Courtesy of NationalGeographic.org Some Roman aqueducts remain standing today - pictured at the left is a UNESCO World Heritage Site over the Gard River in [...]

How to Keep Your Drains Flowing This Holiday Season!

December 16th, 2019|

Holidays often mean company - for dinners and parties, and sometimes extra sleep-over guests. In the midst of all the cooking, meal preparation, and other planning, don't forget to keep your plumbing in mind! Emergencies with sink backups can really put a wrench in your get-togethers. Here's a few simple steps to keep your drains flowing freely: 1. No Grease Down The Drain! The most common kitchen sink backup is caused by grease. Our drain [...]

The Benefits of a Local Neighborhood Plumber

November 19th, 2019|

BUY LOCAL. We all know how supporting local shops keeps the economy local. When you choose a local plumber, electrician, or carpenter, you're helping people in your own community. We're putting those dollars right back into local supermarkets, paying for kids' music and dance lessons, buying school supplies, and investing right back in the community. We live where we work and are not part of a nation-wide chain. But, how do you know that handyman, [...]

Is Your Plumbing Ready For Another Minnesota Winter?

October 15th, 2019|

You probably don't want to start thinking about it yet, but winter is coming! We've already seen some little white flakes drifting down and had a few mornings with a hint of Jack Frost in the air. Along with tuning up the snowblower, bringing in the lawn furniture and plants, you should be thinking about your plumbing! Outside Lawn Faucets Don't wait until the first snow to take your hose in! This spring [...]

How To Pick A Toilet

September 18th, 2019|

Did you know that the average person will flush a toilet 140,000 times in their lifetime? Wow, that's a lot of flushing! So, if you're shopping around for a new toilet to update your bathroom, it's a good idea to know a few things about the toilet you're going to choose. First, do some measuring: How far from the wall is my current toilet? The standard distance from the wall to the bolt that holds [...]

Flammable Vapor Sensor?? What’s That?

August 16th, 2019|

Straight out of our customer files, we had a new client call the other day with a Water Heater that had quit working. The family had been without hot water for a couple of days and couldn't figure out what was wrong - their heater was only two years old! When the client looked at the unit in her basement, she reported that the panel had flashing lights. We asked for a photo and what [...]

How Does My Water Heater Work?

July 16th, 2019|

The lowly water heater in your basement or utility room may be one of the most-overlooked and hardest-working appliances in your home! When it stops working, it quickly becomes an emergency install to get hot water flowing in your home again. We probably miss hot water on tap as much as not having a refrigerator in the home! So, how does your water heater work? We'll focus on the most common unit, a tank water [...]

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