Save money on your toilet installation and bathroom remodel

on Apr 09, 2018

If you're serious about water conservation AND your budget's bottom line when doing a bathroom remodel, toilet installation, or making any kind of plumbing repair, there are many great ways to save without potentially damaging your toilet and even your entire plumbing system. 

Forget about archaic and damaging methods like, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow… if it’s brown, flush it down…”New toilet installation in a master bathroom remodel in Rochester, MN

Instead, you can save money and improve your current plumbing system by installing a high-efficiency toilet. Not only will the “water efficiency” of a new toilet installation help lower your water bill, but you could potentially get money back on the toilet purchase if you live in Rochester, Minnesota! 

In 2018, the Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) “Conserve & Save” program allows you to recoup some of your expenses through their rebate offers. Their toilet rebates are for “high-efficiency toilets” and “flushometer valve toilets”.

Other 2018 RPU plumbing-related rebates include:

Minnesota Energy also offers a GREAT rebate program that you should check out when doing a bathroom remodel or making any household improvements in Olmstead County and the entire state of Minnesota.

Here’s what their program offers for plumbing in 2018:

IMPORTANT!

If you plan on doing a bathroom remodel or making any kind of significant plumbing improvement, give us a call at 507-254-8680 or email us at ElsmorePlumbing@gmail.com before you buy anything.

We can generally get you great prices on fixtures and appliances that will last longer than what you can buy at a big box store. Often, we can get prices that you can’t because of the discounts we receive for buying large quantities from a supplier each year.

We also stand behind the items that WE buy and install. In the long run, when you chose a better quality fixture, even if the upfront cost is a little more, you'll end up saving more money (and time!) because you'll have to replace it less frequently.   

Other questions about your plumbing?

Call Elsmore Plumbing at 507-254-8680 or email us at ElsmorePlumbing@gmail.com.

For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a burst pipe or major leak, which can cost you thousands.

 

How to limit the damage of a leaking toilet and leaking faucet

on Mar 15, 2018

What do you do if you have a leak?

Shower leak caused flooded basement in Rochester, MinnesotaThat depends... while it’s essential to know where your main water shutoff valve is, it’s just as important to know how to shutoff other water sources. If you have a leak that is confined to one source, like your toilet, then it usually best to shutoff that source before going all the way to your main shutoff valve.

Typical sources of leaks and how to locate the shut-off:

  • Toilet – Most often, the shutoff lever is located behind the toilet near the floor by the by the metal tubing. It usually looks like an oval – think football-shaped metal knob. Turn it clockwise until it stops.
  • Sink and faucet – Generally, there are two sets of flexible metal tubing in or behind or in your cabinet.  The tubes will have a lever that you turn clockwise to stop.
  • Washer – The shutoff valves are usually behind the washer near the top of it. If you do not see the valves, slide the washer further out (be careful not to disconnect anything) and you will likely see them.
  • Showers and Bathtubs – If there is exposed plumbing, the shutoff valves will be clearly visible. If not, they may be behind a panel. Otherwise, they’re probably not accessible without cutting a hole in the wall.

Your main water shutoff is the ultimate line of defense

Be sure to read our post on how to find your main water shutoff so that you aren't caught off guard should you have a major leak, burst pipe, or other flooding problems. 

Questions about your plumbing?

Call Elsmore Plumbing at 507-254-8680 or email us at elsmoreplumbing@gmail.com

For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a burst pipe or major leak, which can cost you thousands.

 

Plumbing tip: how to prevent major water damage

on Feb 27, 2018

In Rochester, Minnesota, we all know that freezing and thawing can cause pipes to burst and lead to major plumbing issues like leaks and flooding. Since winter lasts about five months out of the year, it’s essential for you to know where your water shutoff valve is located. This knowledge could save you thousands in damages.

Plumber showing water shutoff valves in Rochester, MN

Generally, the main shutoff valve will be in your basement. If you’re struggle to find it, then search for your water meter – the shutoff valve should be close by. If for some reason you still can’t find it, check your property inspection report, which should list the location.

Once you’ve located it, you’ll need to know how to shut it off. To stop the flow of water, turn the valve handle clockwise.

There are usually two types of valves:

  • One type is a flat straight piece of metal (often with a colored rubber grip on it), which should only turn about 90 degrees
  • The other type is like your outdoor spigot shutoff – a metal knob that has a pentagon or hexagon-like shape which turns clockwise.

If you still can't find the shutoff valves, feel free to give us a call. We'd be glad stop by and help you find them.

What do you do if you have a localized leak?

Is your toilet leaking? Or maybe your sink? Read our post on leaks to find out what steps you can take before resorting to using your main water shutoff.

Is your plumbing ready for winter?

Make sure read about and implement these important steps to help prevent frozen pipes and burst pipes. 

Questions about your plumbing?

Call Elsmore Plumbing at 507-254-8680 or email us at elsmoreplumbing@gmail.com

For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a major leak that could cost you thousands of dollars in damages.

 

Winter plumbing: how to prevent frozen pipes, burst pipes, & flood damage

on Jan 03, 2018

Keep your plumbing from freezing

Waterline leak due to holes in copper pipe in Rochester, MNWinter weather in Rochester, Minnesota is cold – bitter cold. And your pipes and waterlines are under constant threat of freezing and bursting. That’s why it’s important to check your plumbing, especially in the areas where there is little or no consistent source of heat. It’s essential to make sure your pipes are properly insulated and any outdoor hoses are disconnected.

You may even need to make improvements like installing new windows as well as a new furnace and ductwork to get enough heat to where you need it. And don’t forget about your garage. Often times garages face more exposure to freezing temperatures. This might be because the heating system doesn’t reach it, or because it’s not as well insulated as well as the rest of the house

Your main water shutoff is the ultimate line of defense

Be sure to read our post on how to find your Flooded basement in Rochester, MNmain water shutoff so that you aren't caught off guard should you have a major leak, burst pipe, or other flooding problem. 

What do you do if you have a localized leak?

Is your toilet leaking? How about your sink? Read our post on what you can do before resorting to using your main water shutoff if you have a leak that is limited to a single source like your faucet, toilet, or sink.

Questions about your plumbing?

Call Elsmore Plumbing at 507-254-8680 or email us at elsmoreplumbing@gmail.com

For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a burst pipe which could cost you thousands of dollars.

 

Plumbing tip: Treat your toilet well

on Dec 10, 2017

Seriously though, caring for your toilet is no joke. Your porcelain throne is the cornerstone of your bathroom plumbing. It's used on a daily basis, so you need to ensure it's got a clean bill of health. Not properly caring for your toilet leads to water damage and the deterioration of components. This ultimately results in you having to shell out your hard-earned greenbacks (it's generally not cheap). That's exactly what we hope to prevent.Clogged toilet problems in Rochester, MN

We're here to tell you that the old adage, "if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down..." isn't the best advice. While we're all in favor of not wasting money and water, going long periods without flushing causes calcium build-up like what you see in the image to the right. This build-up could end up causing drainage problems that result in damage. The expensive repairs will likely cost you MUCH more than the amount you've saved in water costs. 

If you're serious about water conservation and your budget's bottom line, there are many great ways to save without creating costly damage. One way is by installing a high-efficiency toilet. If you live in Rochester, make sure to check out the Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) rebate program which currently enables you to save $50 off of a high-efficiency toilet. 

Speaking of mellow, don't put cleaning tablets in your toilet tank. Using them will void all warranties for your toilet. Toilet tank tablets contain harmful chemicals that hang out in your tank and destroy the rubber components (they're kind of like the teenagers of the cleaning product world). You'll end up with costly water leaks and prolonged use can cause even more damage that will likely require full replacement of your toilet! We suggest only using cleaning products in the bowl.

It's all about that toilet TLC! 

Corroded toilet tank not flushing properly in Rochester, MN

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