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Are there really no good jobs left in America?

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mike Rowe/mikeroweWORKS Foundation have been teaming up! We have a major skills gap happening right now!

“The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.”

In episode 1 Mike will debunk the myth “There are no good jobs left in America”!

 

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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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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!!!

http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/faq/pdfs/fs_healthseries_filtration.pdf

http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/12/save-water-and-money-by-replacing-your-shower-head-with-a-watersense-model/

 

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“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!

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http://www.potus.com/fpierce.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Howard_Taft
http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/floor2/master-bathroom.htm

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