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Tips for safe Trick or Treating

At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing safety is very important to us, so we would like to share with you some tips to keep safe during trick or treating this year!

1. Instead of masks choose face paint. Unlike a mask it won’t obstruct your child’s view when trying to cross the street. Just remember to test a small amount on your child first to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction.

2. Want to make a difference this Halloween? Trick or Treat for UNICEF USA! Trick or Treat for UNICEF started in 1950 and since then has raised $175 million for the USA. For more information about how to get started this season go to https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat. They have tons of resources to help you get started!

3. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. If possible wear light colored clothing.

4. Put down electronic devices, keep your heads up! Always be aware of your surroundings.

5. Make sure your children make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of cars.

6. Make sure costumes fit right. If too long hem them prevent tripping. Don’t sew? Try safety pins or duck tape!

7. Plan your route before you go. Try to avoid a route that crosses busy streets, or neighborhoods with no sidewalks. If there is no path to walk on, face traffic and stay as far left as possible.

8. If driving, go slow! Add heavy pedestrian traffic into your drive time. And remember that children are highly unpredictable during trick or treating, don’t be driving distracted.

9. If driving, enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and cautiously.

10. Make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries.

11. Have a good meal before trick or treating. Then maybe your kids won’t fill up on candy later! Although treat tampering is VERY rare it is still a good idea to check treat bags.

Stay safe, Happy Halloween from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield!

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Summer is Coming to a Close

Summer is starting to coming to a close and it’s almost time for the kids to get ready for school. As you adjust to changes in your schedule, it can be difficult to keep track of your water use. We here at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® want to help you conserve and get the most out of your water usage during this back-to-school season.

An area that gets a lot of use this time of the year is the bathroom. Minor adjustments, like installing a low-flow showerhead, showering in the evening, shortening your shower times, and splitting up your shower times in your household are ways that you can reduce your water use.

Turn any running water off when it’s not being used directly. For example, remind your kids to turn off the faucet when they’re brushing their teeth or you can even turn off the shower while shampooing your hair.

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For more money and water saving tips visit our facebook and also check out Water Use It Wisely.

 

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June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, and while we want you to put safety first every day, we hope by focusing on safety this month we can help spread the word and awareness. We have a few simple tips that could help keep you and your family safe. Here are some things to consider…

1. Add non slip materials to the tub or shower: Bathrooms can be very dangerous because of the water, moisture and items on the floor. Tubs and showers can also create tripping and falling hazards. Consider adding non slip mats, tiles or strips to your shower or tub to help prevent accidents.

2. Find out where your main shut-off valve for you home water supply. If it is a dark or hard to reach spot, keep the tools you need close so when you do have emergency you can shut it off quick.

3. Water Heaters: If your shower heats up too quickly, or the water is too hot in general, check the settings of your home’s water heater. If it’s set higher than 120 degrees, consider lowering it to avoid injury.

4. Easy upgrades: Consider easy upgrades to your shower like a handheld or adjustable shower head. You can maneuver it easily and minimize your movement in the shower. Most of these are easy to install, but if you need help call a trusted plumbing professional.

5. Find out where the shut off is to all you water using appliances, like toilets, sink, refrigerators.

Safety doesn’t stop with these tips. Contact us today for a whole home plumbing inspection. We can offer other tips that can help keep your family safe at home. 507-645-4037
www.benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld.com

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Spring Cleaning Tips

We have compiled a list of items home owners should add to their “to-clean” list this spring that take only a few minutes. Using simple household items such as vinegar, tweezers and a toothbrush, you can potentially prevent future plumbing headaches:

 

  1. Shower head. Mineral deposits can build up, likely causing the shower to run inefficiently. Clean it by soaking the shower head overnight in vinegar. Gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove the mineral deposits.
  2. Drains. Use tweezers to remove hair visible in the shower drain, and clean underneath it. Use an old toothbrush to scrub soap scrum.
  3. Pipes. Pour half a bottle of white vinegar down your drains, leave for 20 minutes, and flush with hot water. This is an all-natural remedy that will help prevent clogs from forming without damaging the pipes.
  4. Garbage Disposal. Pour a cup of baking soda down the kitchen sink, and wait 20 minutes. Pour boiling water down to flush it out. The combined natural solution of hot water and baking soda will not only clean your garbage disposal but leave it smelling fresh.
  5. Washing Machine Lint Trap. If a washing machine has a lint trap, it should be cleaned, just like the dryer’s. The lint trap will either be attached to the washing machine’s drainage hose, in the agitator (the large plastic piece in the center of the tub), or at the top of the washer on the rim of the tub.
  6. Floss your faucet (yes, you read that right). The stringy stuff is perfect for tackling that narrow, grimy space where the base of the faucet and the taps meet the sink.
  7. Water Heater Flush. Corrosion causing sediment can build up in your water heater tank, likely reducing heating efficiency. We can help you flush out your water heater today. Call 507-645-4037

If you need any help cleaning these items, or if you’d like to schedule a maintenance check for your plumbing system, give us a call today at 507-645-4037

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Resolve to Improve Your Home in the New Year

Happy New Year from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield! With a New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions, and almost half of all Americans make their resolutions. If you haven’t made one yet, We is invite you to resolve to improve your home in the new year.

  • Using a water filtration system can help improve the taste of the water while helping remove contaminants and parasites which can be harmful to you and your family.
  • Make sure to get your water heater checked to make sure it’s clean and running well. Or consider swapping out for a new energy-efficient water heater, like a tankless water heater.
  • Replacing a shower head with a water-efficient model can help make showers more enjoyable and save money on your water bill.
  • The best way to get rid of a clogged drain is to prevent it from happening. BioBen is a natural biological drain, septic and grease trap maintainer that performs without all of the harsh chemical and additives that are damaging to our environment, ask your technician for more information.

Call us today at 507-645-4037 to learn more about simple improvements you can make to your home in the New Year. And as always we offer 24 hour emergency service.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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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

Winter is Coming: Tips for Keeping Your Plumbing System Safe

 

 

Yes you read that right! Snow this weekend!

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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.