Gander Plumbing Blog Posts

Three Common Problems with Water Heaters

Once upon a time, hot water was a luxury. If you wanted to take a warm bath, you had to get some water and heat it on your stove or fireplace. But the invention of the hot water heater was a game-changer. Suddenly, homes could have one of these installed and voila! Hot water any time it was needed. But like any other appliance, sometimes hot water heaters need repair work. We specialize in installing and repairing water heaters in Byron and the surrounding areas, and we are often called for the same type of repair work. Here are a few of the most common types of repairs we do on water heaters.

Water that is too hot or not hot enough

This is a very common complaint that we get about water heaters. The solution is usually simple and doesn’t even require us to visit your home. You simply have to adjust the thermostat on the unit. Ideally, your water should be heated to about 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. But if the thermostat is set correctly and your water is still not coming out at the right temperature, then the heating element or gas thermocouple, depending on what type of water heater you have, could be broken. The only way to know for sure is to call us. We can come out, take a look and make the necessary repairs.

Water heater is noisy

Like just about any other appliance, water heaters can suddenly start to make funny noises like bangs, knocks, creaks or whines. Most of the time, water heaters start making these noises because sediment has built up in them. That debris will come into contact with the heating element and that can make noise as it is burning the sediment away. Usually, the best way to repair water heaters that are experiencing this problem is by flushing the tank. Call us to come out if your water heater is making any odd noises.

Water is discolored when it comes out

Discolored or rusty water is a sign that sediment and rust have built up within your water heater. This is usually a simple fix that involves flushing out your water heater and cleaning the tank. We can come out and take care of this for you too.

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

The Many Advantages of a Water Softener

Did you know that a water softener in your Stewartville home could help you save money over the short and long term? Water softeners are the best way to alleviate hard water problems in your home, and they offer plenty of advantages. We can think of a few benefits, so here is a brief rundown of why you should consider a water softener to solve your hard water problems.

For one thing, hard water can cause minerals to build up on your dishes and glassware, which can result in unsightly white spots. These spots are difficult to remove, and they only get worse as time goes on. A water softener gets rid of those spots so your dishes and glassware come out of the dishwasher squeaky clean like they should be.

A water softener can also help your hair and skin. Hard water is known to dry them out, so softened water can help make your hair and skin healthier and can give them the moisture they need. You might end up spending less money on soap and shampoo when you have a water softener installed!

And along the same line, a water softener can also result in less money spent on cleaning products for your bathroom and kitchen. Hard water can cause scaling on your faucets and other fixtures, and that means you spend valuable time and money trying to keep them clean. A water softener eliminates that scaling, and that means you could spend less time and money keeping your bathroom and kitchen clean.

Water-using appliances will also appreciate a water softener. The minerals in hard water can build up on these appliances and, over time, cause them to break down much faster than they normally would. A water softener could extend the life of your water-using appliances, and that could mean you save some money on expensive replacements or repair work.

Finally, you could see some changes in your clothing and laundry too. Hard water dulls colors in fabrics and actually decreases the lifespan of your clothing. A water softener could help alleviate this problem as well. So your clothes could last longer and look brighter!

These are just a few reasons you should consider a water softener. If you want to know more, give us a call!

And if you are interested in having a water softener installed in your Stewartville home, call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

All About Gander Plumbing

I have lived all my life in Rochester MN. And as a plumber in Rochester, I know this town very well. I started plumbing work during the summer months with my father, Bill Gander, when I was 16. I just turned 60 in March. It is hard to believe that I have doing this for 44 years.

Gander Plumbing has been a family owned business in Rochester for 52 years. It was started by my father in the 1960s. He did new construction in all parts of Rochester, particularly the Elton Hills area and the Meadow Park subdivision. In 1994, as his health was failing, I purchased the business.

I no longer do any new construction, but I try to do a lot of remodeling. As I am remodeling the work that my father installed years ago, I get an eerie feeling that he is right there with me.

I have always liked this quotation by Zig Ziglar: “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” I guess you could say that this is the motto that we try to follow at Gander Plumbing.

We offer plenty of plumbing services besides helping out with remodels. We also repair garbage disposals, drain cleaning, electric pipe thawing, sump pump repairs, water heater repairs, emergency plumbing repairs, repairs and installations of tubs, sink, toilets and more, water softeners, lawn sprinkler systems and just about every other plumbing service you can think of. If you don’t see what you need on this list, call us anyway. Chances are, we can take care of the plumbing problem for you.

At Gander Plumbing, our main goal is making sure that the plumbing work we do meet or exceeds our customers’ expectations. We want to be sure that every job we do, no matter how big or small of a project it may be, is done right the first time. And we want to be sure that you are happy with our work as your plumber of choice. We also help commercial customers with all of their plumbing needs as well. We offer our customers excellent service and products at fair and reasonable prices.

So when you need a reliable plumber in Rochester, call us at Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule An Appointment.

Spring Plumbing Tips

It’s spring time, and most of us are welcoming the warmer temperatures and milder weather. But did you know there are a few plumbing-related tasks you need to put on your to do list? As a plumber in Rochester and the surrounding areas, we have some tips on what you should check to make sure your plumbing is in tip-top shape.

Sump Pump

Your sump pump is an important part of keeping your home protected from flooding. That is especially important during the spring time when this area gets plenty of rain! You should test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. There are a few different ways to test your sump pump and most depend on the type of sump pump you have. For the most part, you can simply turn it on or plug it in to see if it turns on and runs. If the pump has a float switch, you will need to consult the owner’s manual to see how to safely turn it on and off. But if you are confused and are unsure of how to test your sump pump, call us. We can send a plumber to your home to test your sump pump so you can rest easy knowing that it is working properly.

Outside Faucets

Did you accidentally leave your outside faucets on all winter? Even the most conscientious homeowner can sometimes do this! If you forgot to remove your hose last fall and found it still attached, the freeze-less faucet may have frozen and broke. Give Gander Plumbing a call. We can send a plumber out to inspect your outdoor water lines before you turn on your hose or any other outdoor faucets. If your lines froze this winter and you try to turn on your hose, you could end up with a flooded house. But if you did remember to turn your hose and outdoor faucets off this past winter, take the time to test them as well. Turn them on for a few minutes and then go inside to see if there are any leaks. If you spot any, then it is definitely time to call us to get a plumber sent to your home. We can make sure your outdoor faucets are fixed so you can water your lawn, wash your car and use your outdoor faucets.

Do you need a plumber in Rochester or the surrounding area? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Next Winter

Although Spring is already in the air, you might be still dealing with the aftermath of a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes can burst and cause a lot of damage to your home and property. So when the weather turns cold again next winter, how can you prevent frozen pipes? We specialize in plumbing repair in Byron, and we have a few recommendations on the steps you can take to keep your pipes from bursting next winter.


When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipe. The pipe can then crack or burst and send water gushing into your home. The pipes that tend to freeze the fastest and most often and are most in need of plumbing repair are the ones that are exposed to severe cold and freezing temperatures: pipes in unheated interior spaces, like your basement, attic, kitchen cabinets or crawl spaces.

Before the cold weather hits, there are a few things you can do to try to avoid this plumbing repair problem. You should always be sure to insulate the pipes that are in the unheated portions of your home. Hot and cold water pipes should be insulated. If you need help with this or if you have any questions, you can give us a call and we can help.

You can also open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets when it’s cold out. That will keep the warmer air circulating through them and could help keep them from freezing and needing plumbing repair. You can also let water trickle out of the faucet. Keeping running water in the pipes is also a good way to help prevent freezing.

Thawing a Frozen Pipe

When you turn your water on and only a trickle comes out, even if the faucet is all the way on, that is a good sign that you are dealing with a frozen pipe. In order to prevent the need for plumbing repair, leave the faucet running and apply heat to the section of the pipe that is frozen. You can use an electric hair dryer, but be sure to keep an eye on it and never leave it unattended.

However, the best and safest way to thaw a frozen pipe is to call us for help. We can carefully thaw the pipe before it bursts and causes even more of a problem for you.

So if you need plumbing repair in Byron, call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or contact s to Schedule an Appointment.