Why Is My Radiator Leaking?


It’s never a good thing when you come home to wet carpet or a pool of water on the floor. Alright, maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world if your pet spilled their water bowl or your kids dropped a cup on the floor - but when you the wet floor underneath a piece of equipment, like a radiator for example, it’s definitely not something to take lightly. See below to find out why your radiator might be leaking and a few fast fixes to try until the plumber arrives:

Is It Leaking From The Valve?

This is a very common place for a radiator to spring a leak and it usually happens when the spindle packing in the valve begins to wear out or gets damaged. Try closing the valve fully to see if it still leaks - more often than not, leaks will only occur here if the valve is in the “open” position.

Is It Leaking From The Spindle?

Completely dry the radiator near and around the spindle. If you notice it’s wet again within a few seconds, this is likely where the leak is originating. Tighten the gland nut and see if the leak subsides. If not, you may need to loosen the nut and apply some leak-proof tape before tightening it back up.

Is It Leaking Elsewhere?

If you find the leak isn’t coming from either of the previously mentioned areas, your radiator could be losing water as a result of corrosion. As time passes, minerals in the water can wear down the pipes and sludge can build up simultaneously. The result? A pinhole leak that could mean it’s time for a new radiator.

For expert installations, repairs and advice on your radiator needs across Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the radiator experts at Uptown Heating today.

3 Winter Events in the Twin Cities This Weekend


No matter how cold it gets outside, our cities never hibernate. Sure, you may have to throw on a few extra layers, but the fun definitely doesn’t stop just because we’re in the dead of winter. Instead of staying in your bed or on the couch all weekend, get out there and enjoy some of the festivities the Minneapolis - St. Paul area have to offer!

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

If you’re looking for some ways to spend a cold winter day, you definitely won’t get bored at the winter carnival. They’re gearing up for another year with over 50 events and new attractions. Best of all, most events are absolutely FREE! The festivities will be taking place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Pond Hockey Championships

If there’s one thing Minnesotans take pride in, it’s our hockey. This year marks the 13th Annual Labatt Blue U.S. Pond Hockey Championships taking place at Lake Nokomis. Ready to mingle with thousands of fans and players and enjoy fun and fierce competition?

Built Ford Tough Sleigh Ride

We’re gearing up for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis this year and it’s time for you to enjoy some fun leading up to the big game. Cruise around on a sleigh pulled by Ford Trucks through downtown Minneapolis.

Enjoy on-time plumbing, heating and air conditioning repairs and new systems across Minneapolis - St. Paul areas with the professionals at Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.


Do I Need To Get A Boiler Tune-Up Every Year?


Would you go an entire year without performing any sort of maintenance on your car? Probably not, right? Well, it’s important to think of your home’s heating systems the same way. The longer you go without paying them any attention, the more likely they are to malfunction and break down. The question is - do you really need to get your boiler tuned up every year? Find out below:

Why Should I Have My Boiler Tuned Up Every Year?

  1. The number one reason is safety. It’s your goal to keep yourself and your family safe, right? One of the main byproducts of boiler usage is carbon monoxide. A tune-up will help make sure your system is not producing too much carbon monoxide and that it’s safely being vented up and out through the chimney.

  2. The number two reason is to maximize efficiency. A technician will come in to clean out the burners and tunes the actual performance of the system in order to maximize efficiency which will save you money.

  3. The number three reason is to prevent emergency breakdowns. The technician will inspect the operation of the critical systems such as the pump, the controls and the thermostat and will fix any issues right away before they become major problems down the road.

The answer is - yes. In order to make sure your boiler is operating a peak performance, you should have it serviced every single year. 

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your boiler in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the heating professionals at Uptown Heating today: 612-284-5789.

5 Creative Ways To Repurpose Copper Pipes



Have old copper pipes lying around your house? You may be tempted to toss them in the trash, but think twice before you take that route. Why? Copper piping creates a gorgeous industrial look and you can use it for a number of DIY projects to add some flair to your living spaces.

Kitchen or Laundry Room Faucet:
with a few old copper pipes and some fittings, you can create an industrial look in your kitchen or laundry room. Get rid of that outdated faucet and give the sink a much-needed update.

Coffee Table:
time for a new table in the living room? Why purchase an expensive table from a furniture store when you make your own for a fraction of the cost? Use copper pipes to create the base of the table and you’ll just need to find a piece of glass or wood to lay on top.

Storage Rack: need more space in the kitchen for pots, pans and utensils? By putting a few pipes together and attaching it to the wall, you’ve just made room for a number of kitchen gadgets. Hang pots and pans on the horizontal pipes to free up some space in the cabinets.

Coat Hanger: use copper elbows to create hooks for jackets, umbrellas and hats in near the entryway to your house. You can even use them to hang things like ironing boards, gloves or scarves.

Toilet Paper Holder: sick of the same old look in the bathroom? Get to working on a few copper pipes and you can create a unique toilet paper holder in as little as 20 minutes.

For fast same day, quality plumbing services and solutions for your home or business in Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the team at Uptown Plumbing today.

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.