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 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!






Covered for the Cause!

covered_for_the_cause1For the month of October, we are partnering with ShuBee® for the Covered for the Cause Campaign.

Since 2011, ShuBee® has raised over $15,000 for their Covered for the Cause Campaign for breast cancer awareness.

This year, we need your help! ShuBee® will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every photo homeowners post on their favorite social media site of a technician wearing pink shoe covers that includes the hashtag  ‘#coveredforthecause‘. Please also tag us @benfranklinnfld– twitter, @Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Northfield– facebook, @benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld– Instagram so we can see all the great photos!

We all know someone or are someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.”  My own grandmother, Dorothy Kes, passed away in 1999 after a 7 year long battle.  I was 7 years old when she first got diagnosed, and at that time, I wasn’t really sure what that meant. Over the years, it became clear what it did mean. Even though she was sick most of the years that I came to know her, I still have many happy memories with her.


Pictured above Dorothy Kes along with her husband Myles Kes (featured as our favorite veteran)

So, along with helping ShuBee® reach their goal of 5,000 pictures for October 1st- October 31st, we would like to share some breast cancer facts from National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC.

Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Exercise boosts the immune system and helps you to keep your weight in check. With as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?

A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

How often should I go to my doctor for a check-up?

You should have a physical every year which should include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. If any unusual symptoms or changes in your breasts occur before your scheduled visit, do not hesitate to see the doctor immediately.

Where can I find a breast cancer support group?

NBCF has an online support group available 24/7 at Beyond The Shock. You can ask questions and get answers from your fellow survivors, learn more about breast cancer, and hear the inspiring stories of real people. If you’re looking for an in-person support group, we have created a list of third-party organizations who provide this resource.

So please help us and ShuBee® reach the goal of 5,000 pictures! Post on your favorite social media site photos of a technician in pink shoe covers and include the hashtag  ‘#coveredforthecause‘. Please also tag us @benfranklinnfld– twitter, @Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Northfield– facebook, @benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld– Instagram so we can see all the great photos!

Thank you for your support!









Tallgrass Prairie

If you have driven past our shop lately you might have noticed that we have made many improvements.  We have new pavement in front and gave the building a new coat of paint. We also added two native flowerbeds to our landscape! Our newest of the two is a tallgrass prairie. It is small but has attracted so many visitors! Bees, ants, monarchs, and more can’t keep away and it is amazing. I took the photo below on Friday. Look close, you can see the bee’s pollen basket (corbicula) for storing the pollen before the bee returns to the hive.


Did you know… “the tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet”*. And that some of these plants can get up to 7ft tall. I have some New England Asters in bloom in my our front yard that are almost 7ft tall. Below you can see Sweet Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Quinine, Hoary Vervain, and more. You can also see the two grasses Big Bluestem and Indian Grass.


As you can see below we also added Butterfly weed, although not part of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.


We are so excited to see what it will all look like over the years to come, 7ft tall New England Asters are a site to see! Below is a view from this morning you can see the asters a bit and right in the middle the Prairie Blazing Star!


We love to shop for native plants at Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN and also right in our own town at Eco Gardens in Northfield, MN. Native plants very easy to care for, require less maintenance and attract pollinators.

Also new, we have an instagram account, benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld

And as always feel free to contact us with any of your plumbing needs 507-645-4037!

*and thanks to prairie moon nursery for that bit of knowledge!





Thanksgiving Tips

The holidays can bring stress for only you, but also your plumbing. Here are some tips from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Northfield, MN to help keep things running smoothly:

  • 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 or damage your drain and disposal.
  • Have your kitchen drain line and plumbing lines maintained by a professional plumber regularly to prevent problems during heavy usage.
  • 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 when you need it. Remind guests not to flush paper towels or large, bulky items down the drain.

To find out more about how to best prepare your plumbing for the holiday season, visit or make an appointment with a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield, MN at 507-645-4037. And remember we offer 24 hour emergency service.


Thank You!

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. They are both greatly missed.

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.



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.


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




No April Fools…

No April Fools… Did you know according to the EPA, the average American family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, which is considerably more than our foreign friends!


In honor of Earth Day this month, we want to educate the community on how easy it can be to conserve water, help the planet and save money!

1. Turn the water heater down. Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees when installed, but they should be set at 120 degrees. Double check yours. Turning it down 20 degrees can help save energy and money on your utility bill.

2. Be mindful of laundry. Only wash your clothes if you have a full load to do. Also, washing in cold water will help save energy that would have gone to heating the water (and it works just as well!).

3. Don’t leave water running. Remember to turn it off while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your face, washing dishes, etc. Every little bit counts!

4. Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Every flush wastes gallons of fresh water.

5. Take shorter showers. If you’re already showering as quickly as possible, consider investing in a high-efficiency shower head. You’ll be able to enjoy the same water pressure and amount of time in the shower, while saving water and money.


Happy World Plumbing Day!

Happy World Plumbing Day

Did you know in the United States that it was only a little less than two hundred years ago that plumbing was still not considered a necessity? Only fancy hotels and mansions had indoor plumbing. In fact the White House didn’t even have indoor plumbing until 1853. And even then, “…there were no toilets, showers, or tubs for the servants.

“Running water, not yet considered a necessity, was available only where it could increase the servants’ efficiency—in the pantry on the main floor, in the hall of the basement, in the upstairs hall.”*

Plumbing is still a luxury in some parts of our world, so when you turn on the tap today be thankful! It provides us with clean water, and keeps our houses and streets free of waste! Thus stopping the spread of disease.


And Happy Whimsical Wednesday! Here are some our favorite blog posts about plumbing to honor World Plumbing Day….

Did you know that The Indus Valley Civilization (what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India) were the first peoples to use plumbing 2700 B.C? They used earthen pipes with asphalt to prevent leaks for their bathhouses and potable water. Later the Romans would use lead piping and aqueducts around 300 BC.



To Read more…

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


To Read more…


Did you know that people used hollowed logs for pipes?


To Read more…

World Plumbing Day Facebook
World Plumbing Day
Indus Valley photo credit
Lead Pipes photo credit
Hollowed Log photo credit 


“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!