5 Creative Ways To Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls


What do you normally do with the cardboard roll when you finish the toilet paper? You probably toss it in the trash and go about your day, right? Well, you should think twice before tossing next time because there are plenty of ways you can reuse toilet paper rolls around your house.

Store Collectibles

Does your child collect toy cars? How about action figures? You can create a toilet paper roll garage or storage shelf to neatly organize plenty of things in your home. Not only is it a great way to keep scatter to a minimum, you can also use it to teach your children how to clean up after themselves.

Grow Plants

Fold in the bottom side of a toilet paper roll and use it as a seed starter. Fill the tube with soil and sprinkle in some seeds and over time, your plants will grow and blossom thanks to the decomposing nature of cardboard.

Desk Organizer

Need somewhere to store pens, pencils, staples, scissors or other office supplies? Glue a few toilet paper rolls to a flat piece of cardboard and you’ve got yourself the perfect desk organizer. You can even spray paint and decorate the tubes for an added sense of customization.

Feed The Birds

This is the perfect arts and crafts project for anyone with young children. Have them create homemade bird feeders by applying peanut butter to the outside of the tubes and rolling them in bird feed. Then slide them onto a branch outside for a quick snack when birds get hungry.

Wrap Extension Cords

Tired of having extension cords get tangled into a mess in the closet or garage? Wrap them up nicely and slide a toilet paper tube over the wires so they don’t unravel.

For quality plumbing solutions and on-time service across Minneapolis - St. Paul, rely on the professionals at Uptown Plumbing.Give us a call today at 651-315-7995 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Make Sure You Do These 5 Things Before You Give Your Toddler A Bath


Bath time might be your favorite time of day, but things can quickly go south for you or your toddler if you’re not careful. No, we normally don’t consider the bathroom to be a super dangerous room of the house, but contrary to popular belief it can cause some major problems. So, in honor of National Bubble Bath Day, we’re highlighting a few important safety tips to keep in mind.


Prevent Scalding: even though you may have taken a few cold showers in your day because there was no hot water left in the entire house, you might be surprised at how hot the water can actually be when it comes out of the spout. Be sure to check the temperature with your wrist or elbow before placing your child in the water.

Avoid Slips & Falls: if you have throw rugs covering sections of the floor near the bathtub, we recommend doing away with them. Why? They’re the number one cause of slips and falls, especially when they’re not secured by double sided tape or a slip-resistant backing.

Keep It Clean: if you don’t clean the tub often, soap scum will inevitable build up which can become extremely slippery when it mixes with water.

Use The Right Soaps: not all soaps and body washes are safe for children. Search for products that are free of added perfumes or dyes which can irritate sensitive skin. We also recommend using tear-free shampoo just in case a small amount gets near their eyes.

Stay Organized: keep all medicines and toiletries on organized containers or stashed away in a cabinet or closet out of your child’s reach. Remember, kids are very curious!

Notice a leak during bath time? That’s where we come in! Call on the expert plumbers at Uptown for all of your shower and bath plumbing needs - 612-284-5789.

NYE Events in the Twin Cities



Still looking for New Year’s Eve plans? Don’t worry, it’s not too late and you’re definitely not alone! From live music and concerts to comedy shows and family events there’s something for everyone in the Twin Cities. See below for a list of ways you can ring in the New Year in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area:


  • Above & Beyond @ The Armory - 8:00pm

  • Bollywood NYE @ Blue Fox - 10:30pm

  • Crystal Ball @ International Market Square - 8:00pm

  • Grand Funk Railroad @ Treasure Island Casino - 9:00pm

  • Minnesota Jazz Orchestra @ Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center - 7:00pm

  • Phil Cook & Guitar Heels @ Icehouse - 10:00pm


  • Louie Anderson @ Ames Center - 6:30pm & 9:30pm

  • Dane Cook @ Mystic Lake Casino - 9:30pm

  • Scott Hansen @ 9475 Deerwood Lane - 8:30pm

  • Liz Winstead @ Cedar Cultural Center - 7:30pm

Family Events

  • Maple Grove Community Center - 2:00pm

  • Minnesota Children’s Museum - 6:00pm

  • Moonlight Circus @ Mall of America - 6:00pm

  • NYE On Ice @ Civic Center - 2:30pm

Wishing all a very Happy New Year from your friends at Uptown! Remember, when you need plumbing or heating service in the Twin Cities, you can always count on us!

What To Do When Your Garbage Disposal Stops Working



Picture this: you’ve just finished up a wonderful holiday feast and you’re in the kitchen rinsing off the dishes. You go to flip on the garbage disposal to grind up the scraps and nothing happens. Panic mode, commence. Not so fast…

First, Check The Power Supply

Oftentimes when an appliance isn’t working, the issue is with the power supply. Check to make sure that it’s plugged in. This may sound obvious, but think about how many things you have underneath the sink - there’s a good chance something knocked into the plug and caused it to come loose.

Then, Press The Reset Button

After you’ve made the sure the disposal is plugged in, press the reset button. They’re usually located on the side or on the bottom of the under-sink part of the disposal, but if you can’t find it in either of these places it might be located on the back.

Next, Check The Breaker Panel

If too many appliances are running at the same time and are drawing power from the same electrical circuit, it could cause the breaker to trip. If this is the case, we recommend only running the garbage disposal while no other appliances are turned on in the future.

Finally, Call An Expert

If none of the above solutions seem to work, it’s time to call in a professional. It could be a more serious issue involving the motor or another more intricate component that requires the knowledge and expertise of somebody who is well-trained. That’s where we come in!

At Uptown Plumbing, we offer professional installations of all kitchen fittings, fixtures and appliances including sinks, faucets, dishwashers, washing machines, and garbage disposal units. Call us today at 612-284-5789.

4 Fast Ways To Troubleshoot Your Programmable Thermostat



Technology can be your best friend, but it can also seem like your worst enemy at times. Sometimes, gadgets can be too smart for their own good, or at least they can seem too smart for the average homeowner but there’s no reason to get disgruntled. When it comes to having problems with a programmable thermostat, there are a few simple solutions that’ll get it back up and running in no time.

  1. Temperature Reading Doesn’t Seem Accurate: feel like your thermostat is giving you an inaccurate room temperature reading? This could certainly be the case. Digital thermostats often get knocked out of whack and need to be calibrated so that the set point and room sensors are brought back into balance. The instructions to perform this task can usually be found either in the manual or on the inside cover of the actual thermostat. If you can’t find it in either of these places, give the manufacturer a call.

  2. Wires Are Not Secure: if all seems in check, but there still seems to be an issue, check to make sure the wires and connections are correct. Sometimes, poorly connected wires can vibrate to an inactive state even though they look like they’re connected properly. All wire connections should be tight and no stray strands should be in contact with any other wires.

  3. The Screen is Blank: if your thermostat isn’t displaying anything at all, it could mean the batteries have died or that there is a tripped breaker or a blown fuse. Check to see if your thermostat is running on batteries first and change them if applicable. Otherwise, head to your circuit panel to check for a tripped breaker.

  4. The Digital Display Reads “HOLD”: when a thermostat is set to “HOLD” mode, it means all other program settings will be overridden. In most cases, you need to press the “hold” button again to engage the other program settings to return to normal operation.

Still can’t seem to fix the thermostat? That’s where we come in! The heating experts at Uptown will help you diagnose and solve the problem right away so you can enjoy the comfort of a warm, cozy home this winter. Give us a call at 612-284-5789.

What To Do When Your Heat Suddenly Stops Working



Hosting the holidays this year? We know you probably have a lot on your plate - literally and figuratively. You have barely have time to breathe let alone deal with a furnace issue. Well, there’s never a good time for your heat to go out, especially when you have a house full of people. See below to find out what you can do when your heat suddenly stops working.

Check The Thermostat

The problem may not actually be the furnace at all - it could be an issue with your thermostat. Make sure it’s switched over to the “heat” setting and then check the temperature setting. It’s also important to make sure the time and date are correct, otherwise the system may not kick on when you need it.

Clean The Filter

One of the most common causes of furnace-related failures is when homeowners forget about the filter. A dirty or clogged filter limits airflow through the system which can cause heat and pressure to build up inside. Most newer systems will recognize this problem and shut the system down to avoid any major damage before it happens. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned or replaced the filter, chances are this is the reason your heat isn’t working.

Consider The Fuel

If your furnace runs on gas or oil, check to make sure there’s fuel left in the tank. You’ve likely been using the heat for at least a month now and if you haven’t refilled in awhile, you may need to schedule a delivery. We recommend checking beforehand so you can avoid ushering your guests into a freezing cold house!

Have a more serious heating problem that seems like a job for a professional? Call on Uptown Man any and all heating repairs this season! After all, he is the #HolidayHero! 651-315-7995.

How To Make Your Toilet Last: Tips The Experts Swear By


Toilets don’t last forever. Unfortunately, lots of homeowners believe they do and this theory can lead to some serious problems and major headaches down the road. However, a little bit of maintenance and a few minor repairs can go a long way. We get it, replacing a toilet can be pricey, so follow the tips below to extend the lifespan of your throne:


For A Better Flush

Find yourself having to hold down the handle for several seconds to make a complete flush? Your toilet isn’t broken, you simply need to adjust the chain. Remove any excess slack and adjust the lift so that the chain hands straight from the handle lever (a tiny bit of slack is normal).

For A Loose Toilet Seat

Lots of people think that when they sit down on the bowl and the seat shifts, it needs to be replaced. This is not the case. The screws holding the seat in place can loosen overtime and all you need to do is tighten them up for a secure experience. Lift the bolt caps and tighten the nuts.

For Constant Running

Hear water constantly running or trickling into the bowl? It’s probably just a worn flapper. You can replace this piece in just a few minutes and a brand new one will only cost a few bucks. Just be sure to take the old flapper to the store with you to make sure you’re purchasing the proper replacement.

Don’t forget - regular cleaning goes a long way! Just be sure to stay away from harsh chemical cleaners. Although they might get the toilet sparkling clean, they have the ability to damage the porcelain and the pipes.

For all the toilet plumbing service needs in your home in Minneapolis-St Paul, enjoy fast repairs and installations along with satisfaction guaranteed service from Uptown Plumbing.

Festive Holiday Events in the Twin Cities


Here in the Twin Cities, we already have the first snowfall under our belts and now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s officially time to get in the holiday spirit! Push your thoughts of hibernating aside and get out there and have some fun! See below for a list of family-friendly holiday events taking place in our own backyard:

Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater

This one is a true holiday favorite and Charles Dickens’ haunting tale won’t disappoint this year! Bring the kids on out to Guthrie Theater through December 30th for a night out. Tickets start as low as $15.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Who’s going to save Christmas this year? Find out in the Children’s Theatre Company’s rendition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. This holiday tradition is guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes. Enjoy the show through January 7th.

Holidazzle 2017

There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with the winter wonderland at Loring Park. This year, some of the main features include local people, products and places focusing on the food scene, the art district, the park system, active lifestyles and everything else that makes Minneapolis unique.  It runs Thursdays - Sundays through December 24th.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

Want to check out some of the most spectacular holiday displays around the Twin Cities? Now is your chance! Go on a public tour or rent a private rise around the cities. You’ll be accompanied by holiday music and special treats. Rides take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in December.

Need a plumbing or heating specialist this season? You know how to call! The experts at Uptown have been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

Five Thanksgiving Foods That Should NEVER Go Down The Garbage Disposal



You’ve got enough to worry about on Thanksgiving - the last thing you need is a stopped up drain or a broken garbage disposal. As you prepare the feast this year, remember that not all foods can be processed and discarded by the disposal and repairs can be costly. See below for a list of common Thanksgiving fare that should NEVER be disposed of via the kitchen sink.


Turkey Bones

Would Thanksgiving really be Thanksgiving without a turkey? It’s the centerpiece of just about any dinner table during the holiday and while it tastes great going down into our tummies, the bones won’t taste so great to your disposal. Even if they pass through the blades, they won’t make it through the pipes.


Whipping up your famous homemade mac n cheese for a side dish? We’re sure your guests can’t wait to dig in and if there happens to be any leftover pasta, please do not throw it into the sink. Pasta swells when it comes in contact with water and it can easily cause a clog in the drain.

Potato Peels

There’s nothing like sweet potato casserole or candied sweet potatoes to light up your tastebuds in between fork fulls of turkey and stuffing. It is important to note though, that potato peels don’t get along well with garbage disposals because they often create soupy mess.

Carrots & Celery

Stringy vegetables tend to wrap around the disposal blades and cause serious problems. This can result in grinding teeth which can lead to motor issues. Use the garbage can for carrots and celery instead.

Egg Shells

Whether you’re cooking up a feast for breakfast or using eggs as part of an appetizer, do not throw the shells into the disposal. The stringy membrane can wrap around the shredder and crushed up shells have the ability to clog the pipes.

For on-time sink and garbage disposal installations and repairs in your home or business in Minneapolis-St Paul, call and speak with the professional plumbers at Uptown Plumbing today.

3 Simple Ways To Keep Your Guests Comfortable On Thanksgiving



Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Aren’t you lucky that you don’t have to wrangle all the kids, pack into the family vehicle and drive for what seems like forever to your relatives’ house. While you’ll probably be busy with the big bird and the side dishes, remember that your family did all of the above the come to your place. With that said, it’s all about making them feel at home and that starts with making them feel welcomed and comfortable.

Comfort in the Kitchen

Does your front or back door lead directly into your kitchen? Not only should you spruce up the entrance most of your guests will be passing through, keep in mind that opening and closing the door means cold air will blow through. You’ll also want to stop the cool draft coming in - you can do so with a door snake and a little bit of caulk for the cracks and gaps.

Comfort in the Living Room

If your family is like most families out there, the guests will likely end up in the living room to relax after filling up on the delicious food you cooked. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down next to a warm fire so it’s a good idea to get the fireplace going. You may also want to place a humidifier or an air purifier close by to promote a clean and pleasant indoor environment.

Comfort in the Bedrooms

With all of the cooking and the commotion going on in the main living spaces of your house, chances are the heat produced will travel into the bedrooms as well, especially if they’re located upstairs. For this reason, you can probably get away with lowering the thermostat a few degrees to cut down on heating costs.

Wishing all a very Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Uptown! And remember, for fast, quality, same day repairs on your heating system across Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with us today.