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Our friendly plumbers are backed up by years of experience. Encounter any problem, and it will be resolved by a knowledgeable and skilled professional. Our technicians have your best interests in mind, and vow not to sell unnecessary services. Our team services the entire Rochester metro area for your convenience.
Time to renovate the kitchen? Be sure to invest in high quality plumbing, using the best materials to save headaches down the line. Of course you are probably excited about that new garbage disposal or dishwasher, but the hidden plumbing systems are even more important in upgrading your quality of life long-term.
You or your plumber should first complete an inspection, everything behind the walls or under the floors, even verifying the concrete foundation will support your kitchen renovation. It is critical to repair any issues behind the scenes before getting to the fun, esthetic change to your home.
Garbage disposals will upgrade your quality of life significantly. If you have an old garbage disposal, it may be worth replacing it in combination with your kitchen redesign. There are energy efficient models that will help save you money in the long-run.
The next top item for a remodel is likely a dishwasher. There are constant esthetic updates and energy efficient models being brought to market. You likely use more energy with your dishwasher than you do even with your refrigerator. Plus, a new dishwasher will offer more features to make your life easier.
Inexpensive finishing touches are key to any kitchen remodel. Consider new plumbing fixtures like faucets and handles, sprayers, drains, and shutoff valves. Your remodel will only last as long as the quality of these items, so confidently purchase high quality materials that will retain their metal finish. If you need suggestions, reach out to our team.
You’re probably renovating your countertops during your kitchen remodel. Consider adding another sink to the kitchen. Imagine a custom second sink on the island or buffet. Two sinks is better than one in our opinion. Of course, this is optional, but a consideration is the design process.
Heating and Cooling:
Principles of Heat Transfer
Heat transfer is completed in three different ways: conduction, radiation, and convection. These are principles you probably learned about in high school physics: Remember, heat is a form energy!
Conduction transfers heat energy through a solid material, like a warm pan on a stove. On hot summer days, heat conducts into your home through all outdoor surfaces like your roof, walls, and windows. This is why it may be critical to complete an energy audit. Heat-reflecting roofs, insulation, and energy efficient windows will help to reduce unwanted heat transfer.
Radiation is heat traveling as waves, like visible and non-visible light. Sunlight provides ultraviolet radiation, one of the higher energy forms of radiation, raising temperatures quickly. Longer wavelength (lower energy), non-visible infrared radiation can carry heat directly from warm objects to cooler objects. Infrared radiation transfers heat from a hot pan throughout the room. Older, less efficient windows allow infrared radiation to enter your home from warm objects outdoors. Even shades on windows can help block this heat transfer. Newer windows have special coatings that block infrared radiation.
Convection is a way in which heat moves through a physical space, typically via air flow. Think of it as con”vection” moving heat by a “vector” of air movement. Hot air naturally rises, carrying heat away from objects in your home, leading to circulation. As the hot air moves past your skin, your body loses less heat to the surroundings, giving you the sensation of warmth.
Cooling Your Body
Your body cools down via three methods: convection, radiation, and perspiration. Proper ventilation enhances each. You can also cool your body via conduction – using a special mattress or car seat designed as such. But this is generally impractical as a cooling system for your home.
Convection is heat transfer that occurs when circulating air moves heat away from your body. If the surrounding air is cooler than your skin, you skin “gives” away its heat as physics tries to achieve an equilibrium. The warmed air will then rise, cooler air circulates in to replace it and absorb more of your body’s warmth. The more often or faster this convecting air moves, the cooler you feel. This is why windy days come with a “wind chill.” The moving air “steals” more of your heat than static air. This is also why you open your windows on moderate days, allowing circulation to take away the heat that was conducted into your home.
Radiation occurs when heat radiates across the space between you and the objects in your home. If objects are warmer than you are, heat will travel toward you. Removing heat through ventilation reduces the temperature of the ceiling, walls, and furnishings. The cooler your surroundings, the more you will radiate heat to the objects, rather than the other way around.
Perspiration can be uncomfortable because people do not like feeling wet. However, during hot weather and intense physical exercise, perspiration is the body’s brilliant cooling mechanism. Your body produces a water solution to adhere to your skin. Due to the properties of water, when it becomes warm, it can either boil or evaporate. Your body doesn’t boil the perspiration, but it does transfer heat from your skin to the water. Then physics takes over again and tries to reach an equilibrium, forcing the water to evaporate, and taking your heat with it. If a breeze (ventilation – convection) passes over your skin, that water evaporates even more quickly, cooling you down faster! This is once again the brilliance of physics, and involves the water solution reaching equilibrium with its surroundings, specifically vapor pressure.
You know AC season is in the summer! Air conditioning is a method of removing heat and moisture from a physical space, ultimately resulting in the comfort of the occupants. Whether it be for a business or a home, you’ll want air conditioning during the Rochester MN summer. Of course, you know and use air conditioning to improve the comfort of your living spaces. But air conditioning is used to cool and dehumidify rooms that rely heavily on power for their function, like those with computer servers requiring a lot of electricity. Moderate temperatures in dry rooms are essential for proper display and storing of delicate products, such as artwork. It is critical to keep the temperature and humidity at appropriate levels for electronics to work properly and to store valuable items.
Air conditioners have multiple working components. A fan is used to move cooler air throughout a space, like a living room or car. There are air conditioners that can be carried by an adult, able to cool a small bedroom. Then there are massive, industrial units installed on the roof that can cool an entire office building. Cooling may occur most likely through refrigeration cycle, but could also be carried out via evaporation or free cooling. Desiccants can also be a key component to air conditioning systems, aiding in the dehumidifying process. Some AC systems have pipes under the ground to store or reject heat. If you need air conditioning installation or repair, our local plumbers and AC specialists can advise you on the best choice.
You have probably heard of HVAC, which is comprised of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. According to the US Energy Information Administration, over 87% of American households have AC installed in their homes. In 2018 the United Nations called for the technology to be made more sustainable to mitigate climate change. Thus, a move to more sustainable solutions should be top of mind when considering an air conditioning system.
What is Radiant Heating?
Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor, side panels, or ceiling of a house. This heat transfer is completed via infrared radiation. An example of radiant heat is a warm pan or stovetop providing heat from across the room. Radiant heating systems can be located within the floor, simply termed floor heating or radiant floor heating.
Radiant heating is more efficient than baseboard heating and typically more efficient than forced air heating because duct loss is eliminated. Radiant heating is better for people with allergies because it doesn’t distribute stale air like forced-air systems can. Efficient radiant heating systems use hydronic systems (liquid-based). This uses less electricity due to the properties of water (high specific heat capacity). For more on the different types of energy sources and heat distribution systems for home heating, explore energy.gov’s Energy Saver 101 infographic on home heating.
Drains and Sewer Overview:
To understand drains and sewer plumbing, we must understand water systems. There are many pipes making up the water system.
Water enters your house from what is called a “mains” water pipe. This pipe brings in clean water and connects to the home via a stopcock. You should know where your home’s stopcock is located, in case of emergency. You may need to turn off the water supply by twisting the stopcock, often located underneath the kitchen sink. Pipes connect the taps to your stopcock, giving you drinking water. The mains pipe may also supply the storage tank for all rooms, including bathrooms. In modern homes, the mains often directly connects to all taps in the home. Contrary to the mains supplying clean water to your home, pipes and drains also exist to take away waste within your water system. Obviously, this includes the toilet waste pipe and the pipes connecting to your sinks, baths, and showers. These may be termed “soil” pipes.
Ever smelled malodor emerging from a drain? Well, hopefully your home doesn’t have that issue, which would mean that you have a “stench pipe” (aka soil vent pipe). The stench pipe removes smelly gases from the drains in your home. Drains are pipes that carry waste away from your home, and connect to sewers downline. Sewers are collection points for the collective waste from the drains of many houses and buildings. Sewers are typically monitored by your water company.
RPZ Backflow is the acronym for reduced pressure zone backflow valve. RPZ valves prevent dirty water from back pressure and siphonage, protecting the mains water supply from disgusting waste water. This prevents contamination of your drinking water.
Water softeners solve the problem of hard water. So what is hard water? And why is it a problem? Hard water is a general term that refers to a water supply with minerals dissolved in the solution Typically, calcium and magnesium levels are the prominent minerals. If no minerals exist in substantial quantities, the water is considered “soft.” Water from lakes and streams are normally soft, naturally. Some municipalities treat their water supply to soften the water delivered to the city. If you have hard water, our qualified technicians can install or repair water softeners in Rochester MN.
Water softeners work by removing the excess magnesium and calcium hardening the water. There are several types of water softeners: ion exchange, salt-free, reverse osmosis.
The water softener industry pushes water softeners as a necessity. Though the reality is starkly different, and water softeners are not necessary in many areas. The official USGA map of water hardness indicates that the regions of the USA with hard water are primarily in the Great Plains, Rocky Mountain, and Midwest states.
A few benefits of soft water are:
- eliminating build-up of scale on dishes, pipes, plumbing fixtures, and may extend the lifetime of other plumbing appliances.
- More effective soaps and detergents
- More comfortable for sensitive skin
Water softeners are not a cure-all. They are great at removing calcium and magnesium, but they don’t remove other minerals and gases that can cause problems. They do not remove ferrous iron (famous for the rust appearance), manganese (black stains often found with iron), rotten egg smell of hydrogen sulfide gas. In order to remove these minerals and gases, you must have a water treatment system installed that is designed for eliminating these materials.
The hot water in your home doesn’t work just by turning on the hot water valve. The water heater in your home is where the magic happens. You water system delivers water via your mains pipe, then the water heater super heats the supply to a high temperature and consequently stores it in a well-insulated tank. With an effective water heater, you can access hot water as soon as the tap is turned on, saving time and reducing water waste. If you desire a hidden solution, an under sink water heater can be plumbed in to make for a clean finish. Over sink water heaters are also an option to provide instant hot water straight from the unit.
What is commercial plumbing? Well, it includes much of what was written above. Commercial and residential plumbing share much of the same principles when it comes to either new construction or service and repair plumbing. Commercial plumbing refers to large scale buildings, like hospitals, hotels, and a variety of businesses. Commercial plumbing also includes multi-family buildings and high-rise office spaces. Though many of the plumbing principles are the same in residential and commercial plumbing, there are differences in how the plumbing is used, the actual fixtures and piping involved, thus bringing different potential problems along with it.
When choosing a commercial plumber, it is vital that facility managers and business owners choose carefully. With Plumbers Rochester MN, you get plumbers experienced in Uniform Plumbing code. Making sure your commercial space is up to code is critical for medical facilities, multiple story housing units, and office buildings. We want to make sure you choose a commercial plumber fully licensed and insured, providing a solution for major plumbing issues.
Routine plumbing maintenance is a critical step to preventing problems for commercial spaces. Many commercial facilities even have in-house maintenance teams that perform daily maintenance checks to evaluate the health of the building and plumbing system. For this more involved case, a twice per year frequency would be appropriate for professional commercial plumbing maintenance.
For commercial buildings without in-house teams, a quarterly maintenance visit may be more formidable for stopping problems before they start. Due to more extensive use of commercial properties, potential problems increase in frequency. If a valve bursts or a water leak occurs, it may go unnoticed for days if the facility is not open for 24/7 service. The unattended leak will increase the cost and time to make a plumbing repair, incurring downtime for your business. In addition, a leak may extend it’s unexpected cost impact by causing water damage. These are problems best prevented, as repairing them cost noticeably more in business expense and business shutdown time.
Hydro Jetting: What is it?
Toilet clogged? You may reach for a plunger first. Maybe it works, maybe it is unsuccessful. If the drain blockage is severe enough to require professional tools, the most effective options are snaking the drain, hydro jetting, or chemical drain cleaners. Chemicals should be your last resort, as they could do more damage than good in comparison to the two other options: hydro jetting and snaking.
Hydro jetting is a much more advanced method brought with an advancement in technology. Technology allowed plumbing tools to become much more compact. But, hydro jetting should only be completed by a professional, like Plumbers Rochester MN. Hydro jetting works by forcing water through a high-pressure nozzle at one end of a hose and a vacuum pump at the other. The water can be reach a pressure close to 4000 psi. This high pressure works to dislodge debris, grease, and grime from the sewer pipe lining.
There are three steps involved with hydro jetting:
- Camera inspection
- Hose and nozzle connected to water pump, inserted
- Set the pump at the correct psi, then clear the drain and sewer debris by turning on the high pressurized water.
Hydro jetting utilizes gravity. Water moves up the drain pipes at high pressure, breaking down the obstruction. The broken down debris then falls and flows down the sewer lines with the water ejected by the hydro jetting procedure.
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