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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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Do I Need a New Water Heater?

June 18th, 2019|

Your lowly water heater. It works day in, day out and we never think about the magic that happens when we turn the hot water tap and presto! Hot water comes out - and we can adjust the temperature to whatever we need. Most of our appliances use hot water - the dishwasher, the washing machine, the shower and bathtub. Instead of ignoring this hard-working fixture in your basement or utility room, pay some attention [...]

What to Expect From the Inspector

May 16th, 2019|

At Jake the Plumber, all of our work is up to code. This means that we pull city plumbing permits and have city inspections on all work required. As a homeowner, what does that mean? Each city has its own inspectors of plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and construction work. It's both a safety factor - and a double-check that all of the work done meets necessary code compliance. Some suburbs have contracts with a larger cities [...]

Spring! Time to Test Your Outdoor Lawn Faucet

April 16th, 2019|

Outdoor Lawn Faucet Don't despair, spring is coming to the Twin Cities! Are you planning your outdoor activities in the garden, watering the lawn, washing the car in the driveway, cleaning the gutters. Well, you'll need to unleash your outdoor lawn faucet! It's been neglected all winter long, and it's been colder than usual. Turning the water on to your outdoor faucet should be planned. Plumbers call these faucets hosebibs, outdoor spigots, or [...]

Smart Toilet Seats!?

March 21st, 2019|

Have you heard about the new Smart Toilet Seats? You may be interested in upgrading to smart bath options, and a toilet seat is a great place to start. Kohler makes a line of Cleansing Seats that can make your ordinary toilet seat into a mini-bidet. You can choose from a variety of options: LED Lighted Seats, as shown to the left Soft-Close or Quiet-Close Seats Automatic open and close Warmed water with adjustable temperature [...]

Smart Bathrooms!

February 18th, 2019|

Everything else in modern homes is getting smart these days, so why not your bathroom? If the sky's the limit, Kohler has an Intelligent Toilet (!) they have just unveiled. The Numi® offers: Motion-activated hands free seat opening and closing Adjustable heated seat and foot warmer Bluetooth speakers Touchscreen remote Advanced cleansing capability All for only $7,800 (plus installation) Ah, but why stop there? Kohler also has a new mirror - integrated with Amazon Alexa! [...]

Do I Need Water Leak Sensors?

January 16th, 2019|Tags: |

The answer should be a resounding YES! Flooding of your home can happen from a leaky water heater, a pinhole crack in a water pipe, or a leaky appliance. To the left, see the creative solution to a leaky toilet above this first floor bathroom that one of our plumbers found recently. That's hardly a permanent fix, and the ceiling and flooring needed to be replaced after we put in a new toilet and seals. [...]

How to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

December 14th, 2018|

Now that winter has settled in, and especially with sub-zero overnights common in January, some extra attention to your plumbing will pay off. If you've ever had frozen pipes you know how damaging they can be - pipe replacement for sure, and sometimes causing flooding. Especially if your house is older and has water supply pipes running along an exterior wall, these steps will help prevent a catastrophe. 1. Make sure outdoor faucets are off [...]

Eleven Things to Never Flush Down the Toilet!

November 14th, 2018|

How to Keep the Drain Cleaner Away Do you have repeated visits from a Plumber to unclog your toilet? Some preventive measures will help! Here's a list of 11 things you should *never* flush down your toilet! They all belong in your trash or elsewhere. Baby Wipes - the number one offender our drain cleaners pull out of toilets are wipes of all kinds - including "flushable" wipes. Sometimes they will pull out a whole [...]

Why Are Plumbing Supply Prices Going UP UP UP?

October 16th, 2018|

Plumbing Fixture Costs UP We've all noticed prices going up, whether it's at the gas pump or the grocery store. Our plumbing supply houses have all announced price increases. The prices we pay for water heaters, filtration systems, even toilets, faucets, piping, and sealants, all have gone up in the last six months. Some costs have risen 4%; others 25%.   Tariffs - Here and Overseas A big part of this price spike is due [...]

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