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Supreme Makeover: Bathroom Edition

Looking for a great way to upgrade your home? One of the best rooms to consider remodeling is your bathroom. It’s an easy way to instantly spruce up and modernize the overall ambiance of your home’s interior design. By simply changing out the most outdated items, like your tub, toilet or sink, you can make your bathroom look fresh and contemporary. But, once you’ve found the company you’d like to work with on aesthetics, who is going to handle the plumbing? When you need help with bathroom remodeling in Lake City, call us, the bathroom remodeling professionals, at Gander Plumbing for help.
There are many beneficial aspects when going about your bathroom remodeling project, so here are a few of our favorites.

Bathroom Remodeling Lake City

Rub-a-Dub Tub

Since you’re thinking about a bathroom remodeling project, it’s time to finally get that tub or shower you’ve always wanted! If you like to take long, luxurious baths with plenty of room to stretch out and relax then look into getting a large bath tub installed like a claw foot tub or maybe even something with jets!

Shower Power

If you prefer to shower, maybe you don’t need a bath tub. And, don’t forget! Shower heads come with a wide variety of settings: sprays, hand-helds, rain and many more. Your shower can be as plain or as luxurious as you want.

Fairer Faucet

Take a look at your faucets. Could they use a little sprucing up? Faucets come in a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes, and finding the perfect ones to match your new bathroom’s décor can be a blast. Today there are even touchless or touch-activated ones if you really want to get high-tech.

Think Sinks

A huge trend in sinks right now is the farmhouse style sink. Whether you’re looking for a vintage-inspired style like this one or a style all your own, there are countless designs to choose from. Maybe you like vessel sinks, typically bowl-shaped units that sit on the counter’s surface, or pedestal sinks, wall-mounted, console, self-rimming, the list goes on and on!

If it’s Broke, Fix It!

Is your current bathroom sink leaking? Are your faucets, toilet and shower head not exactly running at top efficiency? A bathroom remodeling project is the perfect time to fix these problems and then some. You could see some savings on your water bill if you go for more water efficient appliances, and you will definitely be doing your part to help the environment.

For more information on bathroom remodeling in Lake City and any of the surrounding areas, call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or contact us and Schedule an Appointment.

Water Heaters and Their Problems

Hot water is no longer considered a luxury. In fact, hot water is almost an entitlement to most. The days of having to heat water on the stove to provide for a warm bath are long gone thanks to one of the more under-appreciated inventions, the water heater. Despite the inherent greatness of the invention, disrepair does occur. If you are in need of a new or repair to existing water heaters at your Zumbro Falls or nearby home, call on the professionals at Gander Plumbing.

Repairs being commonplace for water heaters, take a look at some of the common types of repair encountered with water heaters:

Discolored Water

Rusty or just discolored water is an indicator that rust as well as sediment has built up within the water heater. This, like temperature issues, is generally found to be an easy fix. Flush out the water heater and clean the tank. We at Gander Plumbing would be only too happy to come out and help you with this issue.

Not Hot or Too Hot

The most common of water heater repairs, it is a simple one that you should be able to handle on your own (in lieu of there not being a bigger problem). Just adjust the thermostat on the water heater—no more, no less. The preferred temperature range of professionals is roughly 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If the adjustments made here do not solve the problem, the gas thermocouple or heating element may be to blame. Your best bet upon this type of discovery is to call in a plumber. Gander will send someone out to take a gander and make the required repairs on your approval.

Obnoxious Sounds

With so much going on in the inside, water heaters, like any other appliance out there, make noise. The mechanics within allow for a lot of potential noise like bangs, creaks, knocks or whines. These noises emerge in water heaters usually as a result of sediment build-up within them. The accumulated debris will start to come in to contact with the heating element which will cause sound as the sediment is being burnt away. In most cases, the best way to repair water heaters that are going through issues like these is to flush out the tank. Call us to come out if your water heater is making any odd noises.

Do you want more information about water heaters in Zumbro Falls and neighboring areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Choose a Plumber That Gets the Job Done

Without a doubt, the plumbing system within your home is amongst the most important systems within it. Fresh water is brought in, used water is drained out—the latter also applying to sewage. As a plumber operating in Byron and other local towns, Gander Plumbing provides affordable, reliable, professional and trustworthy service to all customers. As such, we would like to share a few tips on what you should be looking for when debating the right plumber for your home or business.

A plumber needs to be reliable, arriving as promised and ready to tackle whatever the job at hand is. If it is 3 a.m. and a pipe has burst in your basement, a plumber like those working for Gander Plumbing will arrive as promised. Just knowing that there is a reliable plumber nearby who will respond promptly when called upon offers peace of mind when you are troubled over an emergency plumbing problem!

Professional Plumber

A good plumber should also be knowledgeable on the subtleties of their vocation. They should be able to answer all of your questions and they should be up to date on their knowledge of the most recent advances in plumbing and plumbing systems. In reality, a lot of old plumbing systems still exist out in the world and a plumber needs to have insight into their functionality as well. More homeowners can be helped with this level of knowledge so that they can truly tackle any plumbing situation encountered.

A reliable plumber will also want to make completely sure that the customer is satisfied with the plumbing services provided. If you are unhappy over the job done, any good plumber and company that they work for will want to hear about it. We want to do right by any customer that hires us to remedy plumbing issues.

Always look for a fully licensed, bonded and insured plumber, like Gander Plumbing. Any reputable plumbing entity will have all of the sought after licenses, insurance and other paperwork necessary to operate legally. Anything comes up, all parties are fully covered.

Word-of-mouth recommendations are an excellent way to find a plumber, especially if you are new to an area and do not know of business reputations yet. You can ask your neighbors and colleagues, or you can check a variety of online review sites. This is a great way to see what other people are saying about their services.

Are you interested in hiring a plumber in Byron and surrounding areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

Something About Sump Pump

Flooded lower levels are happening everywhere across the country. A Stewartville area sump pump is no stranger to water in the basement. If your home sits on a high water table, chances are you encounter a soggy lower level every single time it rains, not to mention what occurs during a deluge. With this water comes frequent replacement of sump pumps—they are counted upon to do quite a bit of work. We at Gander Plumbing have seen this on a regular basis. As such, we would like to share some tips with you on how you can try to ensure that your sump pump lasts a while—the bonus being a dry lower level!

Sump Pump Efficiency Tips:

  1. Pour buckets of water into your sump pump to test it out. You do this by dumping the water directly into the sump pit, which, should in turn, turn on the sump pump. The sump pump on, it should move the water from the pit, shutting itself off within seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.
  2. Take a good look. Clean the pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to make the pit more efficient, enabling a longer life. Make certain the discharge line opening is not obstructed so that water can be pumped through the line, out of your lower level or crawlspace.
  3. Use a back-up battery to ensure it works through a power outage. If a power outage lasts for an extended period of time, or if you run into frequently occurring power outages, the back-up battery will keep things running. You have multiple options here, marine-grade being strong enough to last half a day. A different type of battery uses water pressure from your water lines to force flood water out of your sump pit.
  4. All sump pumps eventually die. Being both mechanized and electronic, the moving parts wear down and need replacement at some point. No general timeframe exists on the lastability of a sump pump—its life dependent upon how much it is used. Check it fairly often to ensure it is in working order.
  5. Know a good plumber and reach out to them if sump pump issues appear too daunting. If you find yourself standing in the middle of a flooded lower level, you do not want to have to call around for a best option.

Are you interested in learning more about potential issues with your sump pump in Stewartville and surrounding areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

Toilet Repair or Toilet Replace?

When it comes to a mess, there may be nothing more efficient than repairing or replacing an ill-functioning toilet. It can be expensive, and, shall we say dirty. Not something to let fester, you will want to get on a toilet repair or replacement as soon as is possible, repair being the cheaper option. Many frequent toilet concerns exist, should you be experiencing any of the below, call us and we will be happy to see what we can do to perform a toilet repair:

-Toilet keeps running…
continuously and without an upcoming stop, your flush valve is likely not closing within the toilet. The problem could also be that your float ball is not in the right place. Peek inside the toilet tank, verify that the  chain that connects the flush valve is not caught on itself. Adjust the float ball so it is 50% below the surface of the water.

-Flush that ends early…
may indicate that the flush valve is not opening fully. There may be an overall lacking of water in the tank. Look in the tank to see if the chain is broken or is just loose. Make sure to adjust the float ball and to get the water level roughly an inch above the overflow pipe. Should this not provide for the desired full flush, call at Gander Plumbing.

-The clogged toilet…
is often a sign that the drain pipe or trap is obstructed, which, of course, may lead to a very messy situation.  Break out your plunger, covering the bowl bottom. If plunging does not remove the blockage, throw some  dishwashing liquid accompanied by a bucket of hot water into your bowl and let it fester for a few hours. If this solution does not work, ask a professional for help.

-Sluggish filling of tank…
shows a likely loosening of the shut off valve. Check your valve handle to ensure its connected to the wall, allowing the toilet to fill to the line. If your filling grows slower, replace your fill line.

-Water under tank…
may be leaking from your feed line or tank bolts. The repair may be as simple as replacing the washers and/or other accessory pieces.

The goal is a toilet repair and not a toilet replacement. If you experience a cracked bowl or trap jam (something stuck in the trap that can not be reached), you may have to accept the cruel fact that a replacement may be in order.

Are you interested in learning more about toilet repair in Byron and places nearby? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.