Why You Should Upgrade To Flat Panel Radiators

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When was the last time you gave your home’s heating system much thought? Probably not since it stopped working last winter, right? Well, if you’re looking to repair, replace or upgrade your home’s radiators you’ve come to the right place. See below to find out why flat panel radiators are the solution you’ve been searching for:

When it comes to heating repairs in the Twin Cities, Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is top-notch. We can show you a full range of both the latest and the more traditional radiators for your heating system.

  • Traditional Radiators: these have the advantage of matching the style of many older homes in our area.

  • Flat Panel Radiators: if you’re looking to save on heating bills this season, this is the best option for you. They are more modern when it comes to aesthetics, they give off more heat than traditional systems and are far more efficient. Their slenderness is also a major benefit. They can be installed in rooms of all shapes and sizes without compromising efficiency.

But no matter what the case may be, from expert installations on new equipment to fast repairs and anything in between, you can count on the pros at Uptown for a job well-done.

Trust the experts at Uptown Heating to provide you with an experience based professional opinion and advice on the best radiator to provide the perfect heating solution for your home.  We have been operating since 1914.

5 Household Myths Debunked

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Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. We’re sure you’ve heard that about a thousand times, but we highly recommend keeping the thought in mind. Whether you’re looking to hire a contractor, complete a project around the house or find the right tool for the job there’s tons of misinformation available. So, before you go making any decisions read the 5 common household myths below:

  1. The lowest bids and the highest bids are always the worst choices. This is definitely not the case. Sometimes the lowest bid is coming from a company experiencing some down time and the highest bids could be coming from a company that doesn’t want the job.

  2. You never need a permit for DIY projects. It all depends on the project you’re tackling, but there are lots of remodeling jobs that require a permit, even if you’re doing all of the work yourself.

  3. Low-flow toilets don’t work. When the first water-conserving toilets were made, it’s true that some of them weren’t very efficient as they required so much extra flushing. But most of the models on the market today work just as well as those old 7-gallon models from back in the day.

  4. The best solution for getting rid of mold is bleach. While it’s true that bleach does kill mold spores, they can still can allergic reactions even after they’re dead. The better alternative is to use a detergent and water or a scrub brush and a HEPA-filter vacuum.

  5. New washers and dryers are always more efficient than older models. In most cases, new dryers won’t save any more energy than older ones. But when it comes to washing machines, new Energy Star-rated models use an average of 40% less energy.

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.

The Solution For Drafty Windows

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It’s just about time to turn of those central air conditioners and open up the windows. After all, temperatures are falling and pretty soon we’ll need to crank up the heat. So this is the perfect time to fix your drafty windows once and for all. Don’t wait until the cold weather really settles in.

Aside from making your home feel much colder, drafty windows could be the reason for your astronomically high energy bills. A colder house means running for the thermostat to raise the temperature a few degrees which leads to an increase in utility bills, bummer. So let’s take a few hours to stop drafts in their tracks.

Find The Source
Maybe not all of your windows are letting in a draft, but how do you know? An easy well to tell is to light a candle and hold it in front of the window. It the flame blows around or flickers chances are you have a draft.

Get To Work
Afraid that eliminating drafts requires too much work? Don’t be scared. Most homeowners can easily install shrink insulation film to their windows or apply weather stripping where it’s needed. Both items can be found at most local home improvement stores.

You should also look for and fill in any noticeable cracks or gaps with caulk. If you’re not comfortable with these tasks, don’t hesitate to call on the experts at Uptown!

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your new heating system in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the heating professionals at Uptown Heating today.

4 Tips For Choosing A Smart Thermostat

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You’ve got a smartphone and maybe even a smart car so why not upgrade to a smart thermostat? As technology continues to advance before our eyes these devices make our lives a heck of a lot easier all while saving us a few bucks on energy bills. So, if you’re ready to take the next step, read the tips below for selecting the right smart thermostat for your home:

  1. Do they work for both heating and cooling? Most models on the market have both heating and cooling capabilities which is vital in most of our homes. Just be sure to read the packaging for any sort of exceptions.

  2. Some thermostats have remote access features. What does this mean? It means you can control your thermostat from down the block or out of town. These models offer greater control of your HVAC system and can drastically lower your home’s energy usage.

  3. Don’t want to spend the extra money on a thermostat with remote access? Sure, there are models without it that cost less but keep in mind that they are not quite as accurate or site-specific as units with multiple sensors.

  4. Most models come with a clear screen and are equipped with intuitive controls. These features will help you avoid making energy-wasting mistakes and large, backlit displays make them easier to read and program in the dark.

Want to learn more about smart thermostat options? Contact the expert HVAC technicians at Uptown today! We've been providing quality home service solutions for over 100 years, since 1914, so you know you're working with experienced professionals.

7 Ways To Repurpose PVC Pipes

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You never want to end up just one PVC pipe short when trying to complete your latest home improvement or plumbing job, so you shop with the “better safe than sorry” mentality and load up your cart. But now that the job is successfully finished, you’re looking around and realizing you bought a few too many pipes. Don’t be too quick to throw them away and instead check out some of these handy ways to repurpose those unused pipes.

 

 

Storage – Cap one end of a wide pipe and hang it on the wall of your garage to hold everything from stray nuts and bolts to future building plans.

 

Control Cords – Paint PVC to match your floor or baseboard, and then run stray wires through for a cleaner look.

 

Water Plants the Right Way – First, drill small holes two inches apart down the length of the pipe. Then place the pipe in the middle of a pot and pack dirt around it. Next time you care for your plants, pour water down the pipe to evenly distribute water to the entire plant.

 

A Makeshift Vacuum Hose – Attach a 1 ½ inch PVC pipe to the end of a vacuum hose to clean hard to reach places, like ceiling fans and lighting fixtures.

 

Hang Drapes – PVC is cheaper and more durable than your average curtain rod, so hang drapes on a standard ¾ inch pipe.

 

Protect Your Foundation – Attach a thick piece of PVC to the end of a downspout or drain to divert water away from your home. For the best results, line the area with plastic and cover the pipe with gravel.

 

Create a Time Capsule – Redoing an old but beloved room in the house? Stick a few pieces of fabric, paint chips or flooring from before the remodel into a PVC pipe and cap both ends. Leave it between studs before you hang drywall and come back to it 20 years later.


Still using your PVC pipes for a plumbing job that’s a bit out of your control? Call the pros at Uptown Plumbing for quality home service solutions since 1914. With the use of diagnostic leak detection and repair equipment we can locate your leak quickly and accurately and perform your repair fast.

Do You Have These Tools In Your Plumbing Toolbox?

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Can you name one of the most essential items every homeowner or renter should own? If you said a toolbox, you’d be correct. Whether you’re an avid home improvement enthusiast or just an occasional DIYer, you should have a few tools on hand at all times. And when it comes to plumbing projects, you’ll want to have the following readily available:

  1. Adjustable wrench - anything with a hexagonal-shaped nut is no match for an adjustable wrench. From compression fittings to supply lines this tool does it all.

  2. Pipe wrench - this type of wrench is a bit larger than an adjustable wrench and it’s a heavy tool meant for tightening and loosening fittings and nuts.

  3. Basin wrench - if you don’t have any of the above wrenches in your toolbox, this one is an absolute must. It’s used to tighten and loosen nuts on sink faucets and it can go into deep, narrow spaces.

  4. Hacksaw - need to cut through metal or plastic pipes, screws, nuts or bolts? Keep this tool by your side. It’s also a good idea to keep extra blades on hand.

  5. Plunger - an essential for any household. Plungers come in handy any time there’s a clog in the toilet, sink or tub.

While these tools will be enough for most “average joes” there are some jobs that require the knowledge and expertise of a professional and that’s where we come in! When you have a plumbing problem that gets out of hand, call on the experts at Uptown!

5 Clever Uses For Vinegar

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Have a bottle of vinegar sitting around in the kitchen? Put it to good use! There are plenty of clever ways the inexpensive kitchen table can help with a variety of projects around the home - and none of them include salad dressing. See below to find out how your life just might change for the better:

 

  1. Peel away old wallpaper: lots of older Minneapolis homes still have wallpaper throughout the house. Its 2016 and wallpaper is a bit outdated if you ask us, so grab a sponge, a spray bottle and some vinegar and get peeling! All you need to do is mix equal parts vinegar and water and saturate the wallpaper. The paper should come off easily.

  2. Notice mineral deposits on your shower head? That’s not match for vinegar. Fill a resealable plastic bag and drop the shower head in there for an hour. Then rinse and wipe clean before reinstalling.

  3. Get rid of grout stains. Use a toothbrush dipped in some vinegar to scrub grout and watch it turn whiter before your eyes. Just don’t use it on marble or other natural stone as it can be harmful to these materials

  4. Dissolve rust. As plumbers we see rust just about every single day. But did you know that you can soak old tools and corroded nuts and bolts in vinegar to remove rust and scale deposits?

  5. Make your shower doors sparkle. We know how unsightly soap and water spots can look on glass shower doors. But they are no match for a little bit of vinegar. Mix with warm water and use a microfiber cloth to blast through grime fast!

Need plumbing, heating or cooling service in the Twin Cities? Uptown has been providing quality home service solutions for over 100 years, since 1914, so you know you're working with experienced professionals.

3 Quick Ways To Tell If Your Home Has A Leak

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Drip. Drip. Drip. Sometimes it’s that easy to spot a leak inside your home, but other times they can go for months without being noticed. The costs? Water damage to walls or ceilings, flooding or worse. So see below to find out how you can tell if your home has a leak:

  1. Look for water spots on ceilings, floors and walls. Oftentimes, leaks cause warping, discoloration and stains on drywall and wood. Keep in mind that water can travel along pipes and down wood framing so the origin of the leak may not be where the water damage is.

  2. Turn off all the water inside your home and then check your water meter. Wait an hour or so and then go back to check the meter once again. If it has changed, chances are you have a leak somewhere inside or outside of your home.

  3. The leak might be underground. Look and feel for portions of your property that are always wet. If you haven’t rain in a couple of days and the driveway, lawn or walkway are wet or contain dark spots, you may have an underground leak.

If you have a leaking pipe or are in need of a repipe solution in Minneapolis-St Paul, you can rely on the fast repairs and expert re-pipe solutions from Uptown Plumbing. With the use of diagnostic leak detection and repair equipment we can locate your leak quickly and accurately and perform your repair fast.

Fulton Farmers Market

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Fresh veggies? Check. Delicious doughnuts? Check. Homemade desserts? Check. Head out to the Fulton Farmers Market this weekend where you’ll be able to see and hear a very special treat - Steve West and the Northern Stars.

Doesn’t it make you feel good knowing that you’re supporting local businesses and putting fresh, mostly healthy ingredients into your body? It sure makes us feel good! The Fulton Farmers Market sprouted from the desire of Fulton residents to establish a gathering place where neighbors could meet, socialize, shop locally and thus strengthen their community and the folks here at Uptown are strong supporters!

So whether you need to stock the cabinets or the refrigerator or you just want to come down and hang out on a gorgeous summer morning take advantage of this weekend’s market!

The Fulton Market offers something for market-goers of all ages, be it a wide range of traditional & heirloom vegetables, delicious fruits, breads & pastries, weekly storytime, music, or other fun & educational programming.

Location: 4901 Chowen Ave. S, Minneapolis

Date: Saturday August 27th
Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Is It Time To Replace Your Plumbing?

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Living in an older Minneapolis - St. Paul home? If your house is 50+ years old, chances are things aren’t working as well as they used to. Look for the warning signs below and if you notice anything out of place, it’s probably a good idea to have your plumbing system replaced. After all, you don’t need the headache that comes along with broken pipes.

  • Slow leaks coming from a pipe

  • Banging, knocking or rattling pipes

  • Sudden increase in your water bill

  • Slow drainage in your sinks or showers

  • Flooding in the basement

  • Low water pressure

  • Foul odor coming from the water in the faucet

  • Discolored, stained or flaking pipes or tubes

  • Discolored water in the bathtub

If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s best to call in a professional plumber right away. Although they might not seem major at the moment, neglecting an old plumbing system can lead to major problems for homeowners.

If you have a leaking pipe or are in need of a repipe solution in Minneapolis-St Paul, you can rely on the fast repairs and expert re-pipe solutions from Uptown Plumbing. Up-front prices and customer service excellence has helped us become the trusted choice in thousands of homes and you can read customer feedback here and about our service-level guarantee here.