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Get a Loyal Flush: Common Plumbing Repairs for a More Reliable Toilet

An unruly, unpredictable or problem toilet can be pretty stressful. Especially if your home has only one bathroom. Thankfully, help is just a phone call away. At Gander Plumbing, we provide top notch professional plumbing repair for Byron and one of our specialties is toilet repair. We can get your unruly toilet and plumbing back in order with preventative or emergency plumbing repair you can depend on.

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Local area homeowners have trusted us for years when it comes to issues with their toilet and other types of plumbing repair. We offer same-day appointments and emergency service so no matter what type of plumbing repair you need, we can help. When it comes to the toilet, we offer a variety of repairs. And, we’d like to discuss a few of the most common types of toilet problems that we see on the regular:


One of the most common plumbing repairs that we see. There are a few different tools that can be used for stubborn clogs besides your standard toilet plunger. But if you are not sure of how to do this properly, call us for help.

Double or Phantom Flush

Sometimes a toilet flushes twice or will start to refill on its own, even if no one has flushed it. The cause of this type of toilet problem is usually a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. Generally, all this type of toilet repair entails is putting in a new flapper or flapper seat. Call us for plumbing repair and we will drain the bowl and tank, check and clean the flapper seat and then replace the flapper or flapper seat if worn out or damaged.

Trickling Water

Do you hear a funny hissing sound coming from your toilet? If so, water is probably trickling from the tank through the supply line. Our plumbing repair service will check the float, the refill tube and the ballcock or inlet-valve assembly. If the float is not sticking and does not need to be adjusted and if the refill tube is not inserted too far into the overflow tube, then the ballcock assembly probably needs to be replaced.

Slow Emptying of the Bowl

Does your toilet take quite a long time for your toilet to finish flushing? This usually means that the holes underneath the rim of the bowl are clogged. This type of plumbing repair can be a do it yourself project if you are comfortable doing so, but if not, give us a call and we can unclog these holes so the toilet bowl does not take as long to empty.

Do you need professional plumbing repair in Rochester Byron or any of the surrounding areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

Top Trends in Bathroom Remodeling for 2018

Ready to remodel your bathroom? There are many exciting new trends emerging that can easily reinvent and reinvigorate the bathroom. And, at Gander Plumbing, we specialize in bathroom remodeling for Rochester MN and are here to tell you all about the trends to incorporate for a better, brighter bathroom. And, when you’re ready, contact us and we can help design and install the fixtures.

No job is too big or too small for us, from smaller powder rooms to larger, spa-like bathrooms and suites, we can help with every plumbing aspect of the project. So don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about bathroom remodeling and more!

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Sleek Efficiency

The 2018 bathroom interior design trend will be towards smaller bathrooms with a focus on efficiency and small-scale luxury. Every inch must be put to good use. Fixtures like freestanding single-person tubs are incredibly popular in bathroom remodeling right now. Smaller but artfully designed toilets and smaller uniquely designed sink bowls will also continue to appear in bathroom remodeling plans.

Pedestal-style sinks save space in the bathroom while also offering timeless appeal. Their bowls are available in oblong, rectangular or traditional oval shapes.


High-tech fixtures like toilets and showers are going to be big in 2018 and beyond. Seat warmers, automatic lid openers and slow close features, an adjustable air dryer, built-in deodorizers and more are all features you can find in a toilet these days. In fact, the entire bathroom will see a few innovations.. You can have a smart shower that automatically knows your preferred temperature and turns on your favorite music for you.

And, thanks to advancements in technology, homeowners can now equip their bathrooms with bacteria-killing faucets, motion-activated faucets, laminar flow faucets and more.

Brassy Fixtures

Gold toned plumbing fixtures will become huge this year. They add just the right amount of depth, dimension, and luxury feel to any space. Homeowners love the change to warmer accents with the brass/gold toned bathroom fixtures versus the traditional shiny polished chrome ones.

These are just a few of the exciting new bathroom remodeling trends for 2018! And, when you’re ready to get started, you’re going to need plumbers to come in and help out. So, don’t delay, contact the experts at Gander Plumbing today!

Are you interested in learning more about bathroom remodeling in Rochester MN and how we can help? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Does YOUR Home Have Hard Water?

How do you know when your home has hard water? And, what do you do about it? There are a few signs to look out for to determine if your home has hard water and if you think you may have it, you should look into a water softener for your Byron home. As experts in plumbing and all things water softeners, the experts here at Gander Plumbing are here to tell you all about the signs and signals to look out for.

While hard water is not dangerous to your family’s health, it can still be quite the hassle. It can shorten the life span of water-using appliances, it can make cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen more difficult and it can cause problems with dry skin and dry hair. Here are a few more issues that could indicate the need for a water softener in your home:

  • First, take a look at your bathroom and kitchen faucets. Do you see white spots? Is it difficult to get those white spots off of the taps, no matter what type of cleaning product you use or how hard you scrub? These are some other signs of hard water. A water softener can help make it easier to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean and free of those white spots.
  • Do you have issues with dry hair or skin that won’t go away no matter what you do? If you are noticing problems with dry skin or dull and dried out hair, this is another good indication that your house has hard water. Water softeners can help with dry skin and hair that is brittle or dried out. Removing the excess minerals in your water could result in softer skin and hair for you and your family members.Water Softener Byron
  • How easy is it to lather soap or shampoo? If it seems to be more difficult than usual, you might be dealing with a hard water problem.
  • Does your white colored clothing or other fabrics start to develop a grayish hue to them? Has your colored clothing and fabrics started to fade sooner than normal? You may need a water softener.
  • Are you seeing white spots on your dishes even after they have been through the dishwasher or cleaned by hand? These white spots are mineral deposits caused by hard water and you may require a water softener to get them sparkling clean.

Are you interested in learning more about getting a new water softener in your Byron home? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule An Appointment.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Gander Plumbing

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to be a part of the Rochester community. For more than 50 years we have been helping residents with their plumbing and heating needs. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As the year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us for all your future plumbing needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Prepare the Plumbing before Kitchen Remodeling

Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is just around the corner! This time of year, many people are using their kitchens more than usual, making those big family meals and goodies to share with others. If you find yourself cramped by your kitchen’s size or frustrated with the lack of functionality, it may be time to consider kitchen remodeling. Whether you decide to make major updates like an addition or just want to update to newer appliances, we can assist with the plumbing! For kitchen remodeling in Rochester MN, count on Gander Plumbing!

The major components of a kitchen renovation include cabinets, flooring and countertops. However, no kitchen can function without adequate plumbing. The kitchen sink, dishwasher and ice maker in the refrigerator all need to be installed properly to ensure proper function and efficiency. Here are some plumbing decisions to make before diving into kitchen remodeling.

Kitchen Remodeling Rochester MNStart with the Sink

You should always choose your sink before you decide on cabinets and countertop. If the plumbing is not set up properly for the specific sink you want, then the pipes may not fit. Under-counter mounted sinks may not be able to work around your existing piping. This can often lead to extra work for your plumber and possible modifications to your cabinets. So, decide on the sink you want first then check with your cabinet installer and plumber to make sure it will work with the existing piping.

Decide on Layout
Be sure to think through the entire layout of your new kitchen. If you are doing a major remodel that involves moving the location of your sink or other appliances, keep in mind that it will require some rerouting of plumbing and electricity. This can be done, but requires extra work and clear communication with your contractor and plumber to be sure the proper changes are made before other projects get under way.

Add Shutoffs
Your sink, refrigerator and dishwasher should all have shutoffs. At the very least, you’ll want one water shutoff that cuts water going to all of these appliances in your home. This gives you more control of your plumbing and helps ensure you can easily respond to a leak. You can ask us about adding some shutoffs during the plumbing phase of the remodel.

Update Plumbing
An excellent investment you can make when remodeling your kitchen is to upgrade to modern plumbing pipes like PVC if older style iron pipes are in your home. This makes any rerouting as well as future maintenance much easier.

Create Additional Plumbing
You may want to add additional fixtures not originally in your kitchen, such as a dishwasher or garbage disposal. If this is the case, be sure to visit with your plumber so they can modify the plumbing to meet those needs.

Think Energy Efficiency
Most likely you’ll be updating your appliances with your kitchen remodel, so keep energy efficiency in mind. Energy efficient appliances will save you money in the long run, helping you make back some of the money you spent on your renovation!

If you are ready for kitchen remodeling in your Rochester MN home, contact Gander Plumbing. You can call us at 507-282-7540 or Schedule an Appointment.