“Big Bill’s” bathtub

Who had the first bathtub in the White House? Well that is greatly debated, Madison, Monroe, Fillmore, Pierce….?

Some say Pierce because he was the first to install a bathroom with hot and cold running water.

But, I think we can all agree the most famous bathtub was that of William Howard Taft nicknamed “Big Bill,”. Our 27th President was a large man weighing in at around 330 lb and was 5’11”. If was rumored that he got stuck in the bathtub and that is why he had a custom bathtub brought into the white house. It was so large it fit four grown men. It was 7 feet long, 41 inches wide!



If there is any delay it’s you we pay. We offer 24 hour emergency service. No job to BIG or too small!

Thanksgiving: How not to invite your plumber over

Winter is here. Make sure your plumbing systems are not only prepared for the cold weather, but also for the influx of family guests this month.

With the holidays coming down the pipe soon (pun intended), families and friends will be traveling from around the country to share meals together. As you’re cooking and disposing of leftovers, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield encourages you to be mindful of what you’re throwing down the garbage disposal. Surprisingly, many typical holiday dish remnants including cooking oil, grease, bones, veggies, pasta, coffee grounds, and fruit pits can hamper a disposal and back up a drain.

Additionally, as a host for holiday celebrations, it’s important to be aware of what guests are flushing down the toilet especially if you have an older or weaker plumbing system. Let them know what your toilet is capable of handling. Some of the most common items that should never be flushed include cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, cotton swabs, and facial tissues.


  • Did you know that starchy or stringy veggies should NOT go down the garbage disposal?
  • Pasta or rice can expand with water and clog up your garbage disposal. It is best to throw it in the trash.
  • Some toilets aren’t even made to handle facial tissue. Keep it to regular, ol’ TP.
  • Bathrooms can get a lot of extra use. Try and wait 10 minutes between showers and consider a tankless water heater to have hot water on demand when you need it. Remind guests not to flush paper towels or large, bulky items down the drain.
  • Never pour cooking oil or fats down your drain. Oil can solidify and clog your line. Pour oil and fat into a container or jar and then throw it in the trash.
  • Use your garbage can instead of your disposal to get rid of drippings and leftovers. Fats, bones, and fibrous foods can clog and damage your drain or disposal.
  • Have your kitchen drain line and plumbing lines maintained by a professional plumber regularly to prevent problems during heavy usage.


And don’t forget, we offer 24 hour emergency service. If you run into plumbing trouble during the holiday season, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield is always here to help. 507-645-4037


Thank You Veterans!

Thank You Veterans!

In honor of Veteran’s Day we would like to share with you our two favorite quotes and our two favorite veterans!

“How Important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

Did you know…
The owner of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield Gary Kes’ father Myles served in Japan as an MP for the United States Military during WWII? – such a good looking guy (picture below) but we might be bias! Also Gary’s brother Ron served as an United States Marnie in the Vietnam War.

Did you know….
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Many other counties celebrate the day still as “Armistice Day” including Canada and Great Britain.

Thank you to all who have served.




Winter is Coming: Tips for Keeping Your Plumbing System Safe



Yes you read that right! Snow this weekend!



Each season puts different demands on home systems. Regular maintenance and upgrades are necessary throughout the year to ensure you stay safe and your home equipment works as efficiently as possible.


For example, frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems in the winter, and without proper preparation, can lead to costly repairs. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield, Minnesota recommends taking precautions both inside and outside of your home to protect your pipes.


For starters, disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses could freeze and expand causing connecting faucets and pipes to potentially break. Also, inspect the faucets that are outside to make sure they’re not dripping, and then cover them with an inexpensive insulation kit.


Inside your home: check out pipes in basements, attics and other sparsely-used areas of the house to make sure frost or ice hasn’t accumulated and cracks haven’t developed. Also, be sure to run water from every faucet or valve in your house regularly during the winter. This will help provide relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and the ice blockage if freezing occurs.

We are always here to help! Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing today at 507-645-4037. And remember we do provide 24 hour emergency service and answer the phones live!  Have a great weekend.