Archive for the ‘Local Highlights’ Category
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
While we try our best to avoid them, plumbing problems are one of life’s unfortunate and inevitable certainties. When you can’t prevent a plumbing crisis, follow these simple steps to help mitigate the damage:
Turn Off Your Water: Whether you have an overflowing sink basin, a backed up drain, or a flooded bathroom, begin to control the damage by shutting off your water at your home’s main shutoff valve. Typically, the shutoff valve will be located inside your home near your water meter. Once you (or your plumber) has identified the source of the problem and insulated the issue to a single fixture, isolation valves (valves located at each fixture and designed to stop the flow of water to that location only) can be turned off in place of the shut-off valve. Using your isolation valve as opposed to the shut-off valve will allow you to keep the water on in the rest of your home while the repair is underway.
Turn Off Your Water Heater: Once your water is turned off, take the time to also turn off your water heater as a partially empty water heater is more likely to burst.
Remove The Water: The first step to resolving your plumbing problems is to contain the water damage. Remove standing water, mop up any spills, and try to limit further spills.
Call In Reinforcements: If resolving your plumbing problem falls outside of your comfort zone, contact us at Nowthen Plumbing to help remedy the situation. When you call, try to be as specific as possible to help us pinpoint the problem as quickly and accurately as we can!
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
To continue on with highlighting the parts that make our whole possible (see our last blog about some of our favorite plumbing product companies), here’s a profile of one of our favorite supplies, Pipeline. Read this and rest assured that the products and the companies we work with are just as reliable and high quality as the services we provide.
Established in 1977, Pipeline started with only 5000 square feet of office and warehouse space to over 150,000 square feet today. They stock complete lines of HVAC, Well & Pump, Sewer & Water, Radiant Heat and Water Conditioning—some of the most trusted lines on the market. They have full service locations across the state, from Ham Lake and Owatonna, to Oakdale, Monticello, and Grand Rapids. Our favorite place amongst all these great spaces? The showroom in Hopkins, which just so happens to be the largest of its kind in the Twin Cities. We’re like kids in a candy store whenever we visit it.
Aside from being widely accessible and extremely experienced, the good people over at Pipeline are also just as committed to high quality at low prices as we are. And the lower the price a product is for us, the lower the price the service is for you, and that’s something we can all agree is a great thing. Check out the showroom and get to know the company for yourself if you’re interested, their staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can help you find the right products for your own plumbing or remodeling projects. With over 50 impressive years of experience in the industry, how could they not be?
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Next up in our Local Highlight Series, the beautiful city of Elk River.
Here’s some news and updates from one of our favorite areas to work in.
The Great Minnesota Thaw is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Leaky windows, leaky roofs, and leaky checkbooks too if you’re not careful. Spring can be a tough time for plumbing, but luckily for residents across the metro area Nowthen has got you covered. For Elk River residents specifically, be sure to check out the City of Elk River’s website for all the up to date information you’ll need on spring flooding and emergency management. The Press Release section and Twitter Feed are especially handy.
Rain Barrel Sale
Nothing we love better than something that conserves water and helps save the planet. The 2011 Elk River Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale is going on now all the way through April. Discounts on the Earth Machine Compost bin and The Rain Catcher or The System rain barrels are yours for the taking. Place your order before April 2nd through www.recycleminnesota.org and then pick it up on April 9th from 8am to 2pm at the Elk River Public Works Department. Turn this rainy season into something good for you and the earth.
You know what they say, you’re only as old as you feel. And at the Elk River Activity Center and Senior Center it’s hard to feel a day over, well, however old people who are having fun feel. This community facility is open to adults 50 years and older and offers a lounge area chockfull of great reading materials, a coffee shop, exercise area, arts and crafts room, and a computer lab. It’s a great place to get out and meet your neighbors.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Though pipes are our main business, it’s people that really make the job. Nowthen is proud to serve such a wide variety of communities; from Blaine to New Brighton, Arden Hills to Maple Grove, each area we work with is unique and each of its residents follow suit. As much as we enjoy talking about drain cleaning and toilets each month, every now and then it’s nice to take a step back and learn a little bit more about the people who own those toilets and drains and the cities they live in. So today, we’re going to highlight one of our most frequently visited communities, the city of Anoka.
As anyone who lives in the area knows, one of the greatest things about Anoka is its emphasis on small businesses. From Mom and Pop Stores to unique boutiques, Anoka has always been a huge supporter of locally-owned independent establishments. As a small, independent business ourselves, we especially appreciate this sentiment, and would like to thank the city of Anoka and its residents for all their support throughout the years.
Aside from making Anoka a great shopping destination, the focus on independent support also means that more taxpayer money goes straight back into the city and its residents. A great example of the benefits of this inclusive system is the Main Street reconstruction project that has been ongoing since 2008. The city wrapped up reconstruction of West Main Street in 2010, and is setting to work on improving the safety and appearance of roadways, sidewalks, and landscapes along East Main Street to match.
Construction on East Main Street is set to being in 2012, and we’re excited to see what the beautiful city of Anoka comes up with during the planning phase throughout the rest of this year.
Continue supporting your local, independent businesses and we’ll continue keeping your pipes and plumbing off life support!