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White Bear Lake Plumbing, Heating and A/C Experts

We at Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning are here to give you sound tips, help you with your concerns, and let you know that we are available to fix all your plumbing, heating and air conditioning needs.

Please visit our plumbing website or call to schedule an appointment today at 651-429-3303

Types Of Septic Systems

October 4, 2010

Minnesota Septic Systems

What type of septic system do you have?  At Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating, and Drain we service many types of septic systems around the White Bear Lake, Mn area including: Gravity, Trenches, Seepage beds, At-grade, and mound systems.

In-Ground Septic Systems

In-ground septic systems include: Gravity, trenches, and seepage beds.  Today, there  are two ways for conveying septic tank effluent by gravity: Trenches and seepage beds.  A trench septic system is generally a thin and long bed that allows effluent from the septic to absorb into the ground.  Seepage beds are anywhere from 3 feet to 25 feet wide.  Seepage systems also allow the effluent from the septic tank to absorb into the ground. 

Above-Ground Septic Systems

Above ground septic systems consist of a septic tank, pump tank, and a distribution system or bed.  The two types of Above-ground septic systems are At-grade and mound systems.  The primary difference between the two septic systems is that the At-grade pumps the effluent into a distribution system and the mound pumps the effluent into a bed.

To schedule an appointment for a septic system problem including: Plugged drains, back-ups, failed pump, or septic alarms – Contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating, and Drain of White Bear Lake, Mn at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

Some of the Minnesota cities we service include:

White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake, Shorview, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Lake Elmo, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Pine Springs, North Oaks, Maplewood, Centerville, Roseville, Stillwater, Grant, Woodbury, Arden Hills, Willernie

Replacing A Well Pump

September 9, 2010

What Is Needed In Order To Replace A Well Pump?

Is the well water pump malfunctioning or do you have no water?  In either case, there is a problem with the well water pump, pressure tank, or controls.  If it’s determined that the problem is in the well water pump itself and not in the pressure tank or controls then the pump will have to be replaced or serviced.  In order to pull and remove a submersible well water pump, a well pump rig or a chain host tripod are the two ideal means of removing the pump from a well.  If neither of these methods are available it is possible to remove the water well pump by hand or pipe wrench.  Although it’s possible to remove the well pump this way, it’s not recommended.

At Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning we have technicians that specialize in well pumps, pressure tanks and well water pump controls.  In order to schedule an appointment contact us at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

Roger Vadnais Plumbing Heating And Drain

September 6, 2010

Plumbing Pipe Video inspection Company Near White Bear Lake

Have you had continuous plugging of your plumbing pipes and drains even after they have been cleaned or roto rootered?  If so, we at Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Drain of White Bear Lake are here to help.  There  is a possibility that there is an obstruction or damage in the plumbing drains or pipes.  In some cases having the sewer and drains cleaned or roto rootered will fix the problem.  In other cases this is only a temporary fix if the pipes are damaged.  A roto rooter video camera designed  for drain and sewer inspection allows us and the customer to visualize the problem and locate it.  With our camera we have a location tool which allows us to pinpoint the problem.

In order to schedule a video camera inspection or to have your drains/sewer roto rootered contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing Heating and Drain at (651) 429-3303 or visit our website at www.rogervadnais.com

Some of the cities we service include:

White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake, Shorview, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Lake Elmo, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Pine Springs, North Oaks, Maplewood, Centerville, Roseville, Stillwater, Grant, Woodbury, Arden Hills, Willernie

Why Doesn’t The Kitchen Sink Disposal Work?

August 11, 2010

Causes For Food Disposals To Not Work

Is the kitchen sink food disposal humming or not turning on at all?  In most cases failure of disposals can be caused by age, improper electrical supply or draw,  and improper materials lodged in the grinding chamber. 

Possible Solutions

If the disposal is humming and the grinding chamber isn’t working then there is most likely something from the kitchen sink that became stuck in the grinding chamber.  Make sure the electrical is either unplugged and/or turned off at the breaker.  If you are unsure of the electrical components, contact a licenced plumber to fix the problem.  After turning off the electricity to the kitchen sink food disposal, take a light and look in the grinding chamber.  Once the object is found, remove it. 

Another problem associated with the food disposal not working is improper voltage draw.  If the disposal is over-working the internal breaker may trip.  If this happens, there is a red button on the bottom of the disposal that will need to be pushed in order to re-gain electricity to the disposal.

If any other plumbing issues arise contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

Re Pressurizing A Well Tank Or Pressure Tank

August 7, 2010

Low Well Water Pressure

Do you have low water pressure on a well water system?  Low water pressure on a well water system can be caused from a variety of things and one of which is the well pressure tank.  In industry terms, for the most part there are “old style” and “new style” well pressure tanks.  The old style tanks, unless rusted, are silver-colored.  The new style tanks have a bladder inside and are painted.  A well water system that has an old style pressure tank can usually regain its pressure by connecting an air compressor to the Schrader valve and filling it with the proper amount of air.  A well water system with a new style of well pressure tank should only be re-pressurized a maximum or one time. 

For additional assistance on low water pressure or regaining well water pressure, contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Well Pump Service at (651) 429-3303 or online at www.rogervadnais.com

Why Does The Septic Pump Alarm Turn On?

July 23, 2010

Septic Systems

Is the septic tank’s alarm sounding?  In the White Bear Lake and surrounding areas there are many households that have septic tanks and lift pumps that handle sewage.  There are two floats that are attached to a lift pump in the septic tank: The float that causes the pump to engage and the septic alarm float.  The first float signals the pump to turn on when the tank fills to a certain level.  When the septic tank gets too full either the pump isn’t turning on or the drainage system isn’t working properly.  When one of these occur, the septic alarm will turn on in order to warn the structure in which the septic pump serves.

At Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Septic/Sewer Service of White Bear Lake one of our specialties is servicing septic and sewer systems.  To schedule an appoint contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Septic/Sewer Service at (651)429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

Some of the cities we service include:

White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake, Shorview, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Lake Elmo, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Pine Springs, North Oaks, Maplewood, Centerville, Roseville, Stillwater, Grant, Woodbury, Arden Hills, Willernie

Why Does The Well Pump Turn On When Water Isn’t Used

July 19, 2010

Irregular Acting Well Pumps

Does the well pump turn on when water isn’t used or even during the middle of the night?  Well water systems are generally made up of a well pump, drop pipe or plumbing pipe, the controls, and the water pressure tank.  If the well pump is turning on when water isn’t used there is a definite problem in one of these major components that make up a well water system.

Causes Of Irregular Acting Well Pumps

What causes a well pump to turn on when water isn’t used?  Well pumps will turn on at irregular times when the systems pressure drops and the pressure tank can’t sustain the right psi.  This causes the pressure switch to engage and turn on the pump.  Pressure will drop in a well water system when there is a leak either somewhere in the plumbing piping by the well pump or somewhere inside the structure which it supplies water to.  This could be something as small as a leaking plumbing faucet.  A similar but different scenario takes place when the well pump turns on when very little amounts of water is used.  In this situation there could be a problem with the water pressure tank.

Fixing A Well Water System Or Pump

At Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Well Pump Service we specialize in diagnosing and servicing all aspects of plumbing including well water and well pump systems.  To schedule an appointment contact us at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

How To Keep Constant Well Water Pressure

July 7, 2010

Variable Speed Well Pumps

Is the well water pressure constantly fluctuating?  Well pumps and pressure tanks of the past would cause a fluctuation of pressure when used.  In other words, the well pump turns on and presses against the pressure tank after the psi drops around 20.  This means that the plumbing fixture being used was losing pressure as water was being used. 

An upgrade to the old well pump system is a variable speed well pump.  A variable speed well pump has different phases which will turn on as water is used.  So, when a small amount of water is used the pump only turns on to the first phase.  Intern, the water pressure doesn’t drop.  Phase three would kick in and maintain water pressure if the sprinkler system turned on.  This variable speed system is much more efficient than the former all or nothing one phase pump. 

At Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Well Pump Service of White Bear Lake, we service and install variable speed well pump systems and tanks.  To schedule an appointment contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing and Well Pump Service at (651) 429-3303 or online at www.rogervadnais.com

Happy 4th Of July White Bear Lake!

July 4, 2010

Roger Vadnais Plumbing, Well Pump, Drains, Heating And Air Conditioning Wishing A Happy Holiday Weekend

The White Bear Lake and surrounding is a beautiful place to enjoy and celebrate this summer holiday.  Ramsey County Beach in White Bear Lake is a great place to enjoy the fireworks.  At Roger Vadnais Plumbing, HVAC, and Drain, we and our families will be enjoying the festivities in the area as well.   Two cities close to White Bear Lake are Forest Lake and Stillwater.  Both of these areas are great places to watch the fireworks on the 4th.  Hope everyone has a happy holiday weekend from Roger Vadnais Plumbing, HVAC, And Drain (651) 429-3303.

Roger Vadnais Sewer Septic And Drain Cleaning Service

July 3, 2010

Local Sewer Septic And Drain Cleaning Company In White Bear Lake

Do you need a roto rooter service?  Roger Vadnais Plumbing Sewer Septic and Drain Cleaning/roto rooter Service has been taking care of the White Bear Lake and surrounding area’s sewer and drain cleaning needs for over 100 years.  In fact, Roger’s father, Bob, owned the first power-driven drain cleaning/roto rooter machine in the White Bear Lake area.  At Roger Vadnais, we also do repairs to drains or sewer/septic systems and pumps.  Whether it’s a plumbing, heating and a/c, or a drain/sewer cleaning need, one of our experienced technicians will arrive to service the problem when you make the appointment.   Contact Roger Vadnais Plumbing, HVAC, and Drain at (651) 429-3303 or visit us online at www.rogervadnais.com

Some of the cities we service include:

White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake, Shorview, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Lake Elmo, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, Oakdale, Pine Springs, North Oaks, Maplewood, Centerville, Roseville, Stillwater, Grant, Woodbury, Arden Hills, Willernie