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.

Jake the Plumber

Quick! Where’s the Shut-Off Valve?

September 19th, 2018|

Straight out of our customers' files: We had a panicked caller on the line last month, screaming into the phone, "There's water spraying out all over our basement!" The calm, soothing voice of our general manager talked her through the process of locating her home's main shut off valve and stopping the water. We followed up with the prompt dispatch of one of our plumbers and a mitigation specialist, to avert much of this disaster-in-the-making. [...]

What Can Happen With Automatic Faucets?

August 14th, 2018|

On a recent trip to the dentist, I ducked into the rest room before what promised to be a lengthy stay in the dental chair. I set my purse (unzipped, natch) on the sink and turned away. Next thing I knew, I heard the faucet turn on. NO NO NO Nooo! My purse had fallen into the sink and tripped the automatic faucet to turn on. Filling my purse with water. Phone, coin purse, miscellaneous [...]

New Bathroom! Oops, Forgot About the Drains!

July 19th, 2018|

A case right out of our customer files: recently, a new customer called us after they had just had a different contractor finish a full bathroom remodel in their basement. Right after the work was completed, the laundry tub and floor drain in the basement started backing up. They called us, and after attempting to clear the drains, we found a break in the drain pipe. All that waste water we put down the tub [...]

Japanese Bathrooms

June 15th, 2018|

Any international travel plans in your future? You might want to check out the bathrooms in your destination. In Japan, for example, some education in how to use the public restrooms can be helpful. Pictured here is the control panel for a toilet common in public restrooms. If ya gotta go, how do you flush this unit? We're used to a simple lever, or perhaps a button. Pretty easy. Some of these buttons look like [...]

Homebuyer’s Plumbing Checklist

May 15th, 2018|

Ahhh - Springtime finally comes to the Twin Cities! And with spring, more people are looking at and buying homes. Before you get all starry-eyed about what seems to be the perfect home for your family, take a closer look at the plumbing. Most of us don't like to think about water coming in and going out of our homes. There are systems hidden behind the walls and underground, that provide us with modern indoor [...]


April 16th, 2018|

April Showers Bring May Flowers Spring Will Be Coming! Even if it doesn't feel like it now, all that snow out there will be melting soon. We've got 20 more inches from this weekend too! Add those lovely April (and probably May) showers, and many homeowners will need to be concerned about basement flooding. It's time to check out your homeowners' insurance policy, and your basement sump pump. Spring Checkup Most homeowners don't [...]

Whole House Water Filtration

March 27th, 2018|

Should you be concerned about your home's water quality? Most of us think only about drinking water purity, but sediments and chemicals in the water will affect the plumbing, faucets, and fixtures in your home also. To protect your plumbing and large appliances, as well as improving your family's health, you should consider a whole house filtration system, also known as point-of-entry filtration. Just as the name implies, whole house filtration treats all of the water coming [...]

OUTRAGEOUS Luxury Bathrooms!

February 8th, 2018|

If you had the money to buy whatever you wanted, what would your bathroom look like? Here are some ideas.   For just 1 Million Euros (about $1.5 million dollars), you can have a quartz crystal bathtub from the Italian company Baldi. It's carved from a single piece of rock crystal found in the Amazonian rainforest. It weighs about 22,000 pounds, so you'd better have a solid base to support it.   What goes with [...]

Your Tap Water Quality – How Good Is It?

November 28th, 2017|

How pure is the water coming into your house? Do you trust it for drinking, cooking, and washing? Most of us don't have any idea about our water quality, unless there's an obvious color or silt present, or it has a taste or smell. If you'd like to kick the bottled water habit, you may be considering a water filtration system for your home. Water quality can vary from one suburb to the next. Every [...]

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