7 Budget-Friendly Bath Ideas

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When it comes to the bathroom, a small investment can make a BIG splash. Forget the ridiculously expensive accessories and opt for bold, budget-friendly items such as salvaged shutters or a unique vanity that will spice up the room a bit. See below for a few more inspirational ideas that will add some flair to your bathroom.

  1. Dress Up The Window: you don’t have buy expensive shades to make a statement. In fact, you can do the complete opposite. Try adding salvaged shutters to the window - they’ll offer privacy without blocking the sun’s natural light and you can get a pair for around $25.

  2. Mix It Up: who said you need to have the same flooring material throughout the bathroom? Why not mix it up with a combination of wood planks and tile?

  3. Sink Stand: not enough space for a large vanity in your small bathroom? Try a sink stand with a wall-mounted sink. Add a curved towel rail for functionality and for about $300 you can have a whole new look.

  4. Storage In The Shower: nowhere to put your shampoo or body wash? If you have a window in your shower you’re set! Add a ledge to the existing windowsill, but make sure to use material that can withstand water. For around $30, you’ll have a place to store your shower essentials without taking up valuable space.

  5. Multifunctional Shaker Pegs: have decorative towels? Need a place to store them? Consider installing a row of shaker-style pegs.But, if hanging decorative towels isn’t your style use it as a handy place to hang your robe or any other bathroom essentials.

  6. Color Coordinate: tired of boring white walls? Make a statement with subway tiles and colorful grout. This is where your artistic creativity comes into play - the possibilities are endless.

  7. Galvanized Roofing In The Bathroom?: if colorful subway tiles and grout doesn’t sound appealing, you can take another creative path. Wrap the lower half of the wall in metal roofing - it’s inexpensive ($12 for an 8-foot panel), rust proof and practically indestructible.

When you need help with your home's plumbing, heating and cooling, our expert technicians are available on-call to get to you fast with the tools and parts to perform repairs and installations. Give Uptown Plumbing Heat & Cooling a call today at 612-284-5789.

Fixing A Leaky Faucet In Your Minnesota Home

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Drip, drip, drip. Is that constant drip from your faucet driving you crazy? Leaky faucets are more common than you may think, and you may be able to stop it before it gets worse.

The first step in fixing a leak is to determine which type of faucet you have.

  • Compression

  • Cartridge (sleeve)

  • Ceramic Disk

  • Ball Type

A compression faucet relies on rubber washers to seal the valve seat. Washers wear out over time and must be replaced occasionally. To fix a compression faucet leak, you must remove the decorative cap on the handle as well as the handle screw. Remove the handle and use a wrench to unscrew the packing nut. Then you’ll be able to access and remove the washer and replace it with a new one.

If you have a leaky handle, the O-ring is most-likely culprit. O-rings come in a range of sizes, so make sure you know which size you need before taking the handle apart. 

To fix a leaky cartridge faucet, pry off the decorative handle cap and screw and tilt the handle back to remove it. Remove the cartridge using needle-nose pliers. This process should only cost you about $15-$20, but it’s vital to match the length of the new cartridge with the one you removed. Once again, you’ll need to remove the O-ring and replace it with a new one to stop the leak.

 

Ball-type faucets contain many parts so determining the cause of the leak can be very difficult. Purchasing a replacement parts kit and putting in all new parts can help avoid the aggravation of pinpointing the exact cause of the leak. Another option is to give us a call and we’ll stop by to diagnose and fix the problem.

If working with tools isn’t in your repertoire, the expert plumbers at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling would be more than happy to fix your leaky faucet. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.  

Twin Cities Shower and Bath Services

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Why choose Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for shower and bath plumbers in the Minneapolis - St. Paul areas of Minnesota? Well, if you enjoy rapid service and a helpful and friendly team who are experts when it comes to shower and tub installations and upgrades - you can count on us!

Shower and Bath Plumbing

Need service fast? Hate waiting for a technician to come back a second time to perform the work? You won’t have to worry about that with us. Our plumbers drive well-stocked vehicles equipped with the tools and parts necessary for the job, so we can do the work right away.

 

We understand that some plumbers like to cut corners. But when you choose Uptown to install your new shower or tub, you can rest assured that it has been properly installed by a plumbing

professional.

Shower & Tub Upgrades

Tired of your old bathroom? If you’re looking for ways to bring new life or a modern touch to your bathroom but aren’t ready for a complete remodel, consider simple upgrades like a new faucet or a new shower head - and leave the installation part to us.

 

Prefer a technician that is friendly and willing to answer questions during any step of the process? So do we. At Uptown, our plumbers will answer all of your questions and provide you with the best possible service.

For expert bath and shower installations, repairs and maintenance call and speak with our team today! 612-284-5789.

Brighten Up Your Minneapolis - St. Paul Home With Amazing Lighting Designs

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Picture your house with no lights. You wouldn’t be able to see anything at night, you wouldn’t be able to show off that special piece of artwork or furniture and you wouldn’t be able to perform daily activities such as brushing your teeth or shaving your face.

Now think about how much impact the lighting fixtures in your house really have. Want to take them to the next level and make your house shine? See below for 3 amazing lighting designs that will allow this transformation to take place:

Unique Lighting Fixtures

You can take any dull, boring room and completely turn it around by adding a unique lighting fixture. What exactly is a unique lighting fixture? This is where you can use your imagination. They can range from hanging pendant lights to fixtures with bizarre shapes and specialty bulbs. Not only will a unique fixture add character to your room, it can help draw attention to your favorite feature.

 

The Trick To Bathroom Lighting

Finding the perfect bathroom lighting fixtures can be difficult. You’ll want them to add to the decor of the room but practicality is key. The trick is to use layers. Include makeup lighting, wall sconces and decorative ceiling lights to create a beautiful and practical illuminated space.

 

Theatrical Lighting

You don’t have to be a theater major to enjoy this type of lighting - theatrical lighting can add a bold statement to any room of your home. A black crystal chandelier above a dining room table can add a dramatic touch to the room. Accompany the chandelier with recessed lighting to brighten up the rest of the room.

For quality electrical solutions and on-time service across Minneapolis - St. Paul, rely on the professionals at Uptown. Give us a call today at 651-315-7510 to schedule an appointment.

What Is A Small Duct High Velocity Air System?

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We bet you didn’t know that you can enjoy all of the comforts of a central air system even if you have an older home in Minneapolis. You also probably didn’t know that a small duct high velocity system can be installed without remodeling or renovating your home.

The Benefits:

  • Versatility - the SDHV system is incredibly versatile and it’s able to be installed in any home with little or no need to renovate or remodel. The ducts are flexible and can be routed through existing small cavities with ease. The outlets are small and unobtrusive and the system comes with a range of designs to suit any decor or aesthetic.

  • One Day Installation - with our expertise and experience in SDHV installation, your new system will be installed quickly with less disruption and a cleaner process than other ducted systems.

  • Quiet Operation - the supply tubing is designed to be as efficient as possible to minimize sound. In addition to the tubing, the air handler is designed to isolate noise and vibration so you’ll never even know it’s running.

To find out more about the advantages of a SDHV system, or to have one installed in your home today give the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling a call today!

Save BIG With A Tankless Hot Water Heater

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What’s worse than running out of hot water halfway through your shower? Not much, if you ask us. With a tankless hot water heater, you’ll save money while enjoying all the hot water you desire. Find out how this is possible below:

Big Savings

Believe it or not, the tank is the main cause of higher energy bills. A tankless water heater only heats water when you turn the faucet on giving you an energy efficient hot water solution that will help lower your utility costs. The days of paying for a tank to heat water even when you’re not ready for it are over!

 

Never-Ending Hot Water

You may be thinking to yourself, this is impossible. Well, it’s not. The tankless water heater allows all of your family to use hot water at the same time and without having to worry about the hot water running out. No more racing to be first to the bathroom and you’ll never run out of hot water mid-shower again!

 

We're fully licensed and insured for all your hot water and plumbing needs and we're so confident you'll enjoy the service level you receive from us that we back it with a satisfaction guarantee.

For expert tankless water heater installations, repairs and maintenance in your home in Minneapolis-St Paul, call and speak with the hot water specialists at Uptown Plumbing today.

Common Boiler Problems In The Twin Cities

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Picture this, you wake up one winter morning, teeth chattering, only to find out that your heating system has stopped working. We rely on our home’s heating system all throughout the winter months and we expect it to work when we need it. But what happens if it breaks down or stops working on a frigid winter day?

 

Here are a few of the most common boiler problems:

  1. No heat or hot water: why are you not receiving heat or hot water? Some of the potential causes include broken diaphragms or airlocks, failure with motorized valves or issues with the thermostat.

  2. Hearing strange noises: air in the system is a common cause of whistling or banging noises. However, it can also mean that you’re experiencing pump failure.

  3. Low pressure: most often, a water leak is the cause of low pressure. But you may have a more serious problem in the pressure relief valve. Call on an expert to find out if this is the problem.

  4. Cold radiators: if your heat is kicking on at the main unit but your radiators are still cold, you may have corroded pipes. This can cause sludge to build up and prevent the flow of hot water.

  5. Boiler turns itself off: Low pressure, a problem with the thermostat or lack of water flow can all contribute to this problem and prevent the system from operating properly.

If you experience any of these issues with your home’s heating system, call Uptown right away. Our trusted technicians will be over shortly to restore your home to warmth.

Laying Out A Small Bathroom In The Twin Cities

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Small bathroom? No problem! Here are some tips to help plan your layout carefully so your small space looks and feels much larger.

 

 

Create Consistency

If you master bathroom is connected to your bedroom, tie in a color or texture so the spaces flow together. The less walls the better in this type of situation as walls can make the room feel more cramped.

 

Storage Is Essential

Running to a hallway closet to get a towel after a warm shower is not ideal.Think about how many people are going to be using the bathroom. Make sure to include enough storage space so each person can keep their bathroom essentials organized. Running to a hallway closet to get a towel after a warm shower is not ideal.

 

Save Space With A Combo

If square-footage is not in your favor, consider a shower/tub combo. As a functional, affordable option you’ll be able to spend more on other items for the room.

For expert shower and bath plumbing solutions in Minneapolis–St Paul, rely on the plumbing professionals from Uptown Plumbing. Our helpful and friendly team will answer any plumbing questions or concerns you may have and we are dedicated to providing you with the best in service when you need a plumber. Call us today at 612-284-5789.

Kitchen Faucets: Luxury vs. Bargain

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You get what you pay for right? Well, not always. Take kitchen faucets for example. Their main job is to supply water to your sink for cleaning dishes and prepping meals. So why are some much more expensive than others, even if they’re virtually the same shape and size?

Take this luxury faucet by Kallista for example:

  • Height: 17 inches

  • Weight: 5 ¾ pounds

  • Warranty: 5 years

  • Cost: $1,170

Some additional features include a solid brass, with corrosion-resistant rubber spray nozzle and a pause button that stops water flow. A smooth braided-nylon hose extends up to 18 inches and the faucet comes in a brushed nickel finish.

 

Compare it with its bargain counterpart, Price Pfister’s Ashfield:

  • Height: 17 inches

  • Weight: 4 ⅛ pounds

  • Warranty: lifetime

  • Cost: $220

This faucet is has a painted chrome finish is a bit less durable than brass, but it’s much lighter making it easier to dock. There is no pause button included with this model. The valve cartridge is equipped with ceramic disks and the fittings are made of brass on copper tubes.

 

Moral of the story: for about $900 less, you can purchase the bargain faucet without sacrificing the main purpose of a kitchen faucet. Cheap isn’t always a bargain, and expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better in every way.

Looking for a professional to install your new faucet, or having a problem with your current one? Give Uptown Plumbing a call, we’re available to help with any of your plumbing needs.

What Is Home System Heating & Cooling Zoning?

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Ever wonder why some rooms of your house get much warmer or stay cooler than others? There are plenty of reasons why this may happen, but there is only way to even out the problem - system zoning.

There’s a good chance you have more than one thermostat in your house, which means you have more than one heating or cooling zone. Each thermostat takes a read of the temperature in its “zone” and then opens or closes the dampers within the ductwork to reflect the thermostat’s temperature setting.

System zoning is a wonderful way to save on your energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, system zoning can save homeowners up to 30 percent on a typical heating and cooling bill. How so? Rooms that aren’t used often don’t need constant heating or cooling. System zoning allows you to turn the heat down or the air conditioning up when nobody is in the room.

Thinking of converting to a zoning system in your Minneapolis or St. Paul home? Give the heating and cooling experts at Uptown a call to discuss how it can help you save money and make your home more comfortable!