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Finding hidden leaks: a how-to guide

Finding Hidden Leaks: A How-To Guide

Hidden leaks… even the words fill us with contempt. The bane of homeowners everywhere, hidden leaks silently drive up water bills, damage homes, wear away at plumbing, and more. The only good way to stop a hidden leak from doing serious damage is to detect it as soon as it pops up. That’s why we’ve … Continued

Preventing mold growth in small bathrooms

5 Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Small Bathroom

Nobody likes mold. It’s gross, it’s smelly, and it makes any space it invades far less inviting. Worst of all, it can be a real pain to remove – especially when it’s in your bathroom. Luckily, you won’t have to clean up mold if you can prevent it from growing in the first place. That’s … Continued

The spring cleaning plumbing checklist

Plumbing Spring Cleaning Checklist

As Minnesotans, we know how risky it is to use the ‘Sp’-word… even this late in March. But even if it takes until mid-April, spring has to come eventually, and that means we have to prepare for it. So why wait? Even if it doesn’t feel much like spring now, there’s no better time than … Continued

6 things you should never, ever do to your plumbing

Things You Should NEVER Do to Your Plumbing

Sometimes, plumbing problems are complicated. Repairing a broken sewer pipe, for instance, is a production involving camera systems, water jets, and specially-engineered molten resin. Interesting as it may be to read about the intricacies of sewer pipe repair, it’s probably not super helpful. That’s why this time, we’re keeping it simple. Here are six things … Continued

Children's Miracle Network Charity Livestream 2018

BFP MN Partner Children’s Miracle Network Live Stream

Each and every day, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals admit and care for over sixteen thousand different children in emergency rooms. These are incredibly brave and resilient children in need of surgery, or battling debilitating diseases like Cancer, Type-1 Diabetes, and others. Tune in on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm ET to hear from some … Continued

Lesser Known Benefits of Soft Water

6 Lesser Known Benefits of Installing a Home Water Softener

Soft water is water that contains fewer metallic ions like calcium and magnesium. Water with high levels of calcium and magnesium, on the other hand, is hard water. Using hard water in your home can lead to a lot of problems, both big and small. Likewise, there are several benefits to soft water. It’s easy … Continued

Plumbing noises you never want to hear

4 Plumbing Noises You Never Want to Hear

Nobody likes mysterious noises in their wall. You assure yourself that the unexplained knocking, banging, and clanging in the walls isn’t a ghost. You remind yourself every time you hear it from your bed late at night. But without a more reasonable explanation… Well, we’re here to give you that more reasonable, less paranormal explanation. … Continued

4 Reasons to Ditch Bottled Water

4 Reasons to Ditch Bottled Water and Filter at Home

Bottled water doesn’t live up to the hype you may have heard. More often than not, there isn’t much of a difference between water from your tap and water bought in a bottle. In fact, if you have a whole-home water filtration system, then the water from your tap is actually better than anything you … Continued

How to Help Your Plumbing Recover After the Holidays

How to Help Your Plumbing Recover After the Holidays

The holidays can be rough if you were the one hosting your family. It takes a lot to recover from the people sleeping everywhere, touching everything, and probably not picking up after themselves. While your first priority might be washing the sheets, searching for empty cans, and taking the ten million pounds of garbage out, … Continued

How to keep your pipes from freezing this winter

How to Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

There are a lot of things that characterize a Minnesota winter. Beautiful snowfall, ice skating, snowmen, hot cocoa… and the ever-present danger of frozen pipes. Welcome to the Midwest, right? While the team at Ben Franklin Plumbing MN can’t help you win your local igloo building contest, we can help you protect your home from … Continued