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Founded in 1993, Bonfe is a family owned and operated business specializing in residential plumbing, heating, cooling, drain cleaning, electrical, indoor air quality and appliance repair services. When you have multiple repairs that need to be done in your home, think of One Company and make One Call to Bonfe.
Our appliance repair technicians are licensed, bonded and insured so you can feel confident having them in your home.
Our appliance repair technicians can repair or replace any appliance in the Twin Cities metro area. Whether you have a 20 year old oven that’s not heating or a high end refrigerator that is just out of its warranty period Bonfe factory trained appliance repair technicians can help.
Bonfe's Plumbing, Heating and Air Services, Inc. offers repair and installation services in and around the following Minnesota cities:
Inver Grove Heights
North St Paul
South St Paul
Spring Lake Park
St Louis Park
St Paul Park
West St Paul
White Bear Lake
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This career open house is for individuals seeking lifelong career opportunities. At Bonfe, our goal is to hire the right person at the right time, and encourage that person to find what he or she does best. When that perfect match between employee and skill set is found, the possibilities are endless.
At Bonfe, we have a strong commitment to our employees. What does that mean to you? A safe, secure and supportive work environment with opportunities to grow.
If you’re looking to make a career move, this open house is for you. It will be a causal experience, fun and most of all, informative. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our history, staff, operations or plans for continued growth. We hope to see you soon!
Where: Bonfe Headquarters located at 505 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
When: Thursday, September 25th from 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM
What to Expect: Interviews will be conducted, prizes raffled off and building and vehicle tours available for those who are interested. Food and beverages will be served throughout the entire open house.
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Let us save you some money, time, and headaches down the road, we have collected and presented some of our beloved plumbing tricks for solving common problems that homeowners may face.
If you need professional help please contact us at Bonfe with any questions you may have.
The easiest way to prevent sprayer snarls from the plumbing, insulate it. It often happens that the kitchen sink sprayers get caught on the shutoff valves. The simple solution is to slip in foam pipe insulations over both the pipes and the shutoff valves (1/2 in. do pretty well). Now tape it to make it stay put!
Are those copper pipes making your home feel like it's a building "under construction"? It is a common occurrence that copper pipes expand and grind against pipe hangers and joists. You can easily wipe that sound off those copper pipes with some adhesive-backed felts. All you have to do is pick up some adhesive-backed felt from the hardware store, cut it into strips, remove each hanger, wrap the pipe with the felt, and refasten the hanger. Now say hello to those mute pipes!
Steel basins and sinks mostly vibrate because of additional spaces. You can deaden the sounds by spraying them with expanding foam. Simply fill the space between two stainless steel sink basins with expanding foam. As soon as it hardens, it will immediately lessen the gong effect.
A plunger, as you might have experienced, is never your best ally in pulling out hard objects like a toothbrush, comb or toy when it plugs a toilet or drain. On the contrary, it pushes the objects down. A better way is to use a shop vacuum to suck out the water and the obstruction.
When trying to locate a pipe under the floor, a strong magnet, a fishing tape, and a compass is your ultimate team of detectives, and your best bet at finding hidden pipes. Simply attach a rare earth (neodymium) magnet to an electrical fish tape and slowly feed it into drain lines using the cleanout plug. Now you can easily locate the magnet (and hence the pipe it's in) under the floor using an ordinary compass. It'll go crazy at its achievement - of finding the magnet underneath it!
In case of an emergency during a plumbing project simply turn off the water supply, fill 2- gallon buckets with water, and flush the toilet manually by dumping the water in the bowl. A rule of thumb is to get one flush per bucket. Works just as well as the usual method, except that it won't refill the bowl.
The next time you take on a major plumbing project, don't forget to take near-X-ray scans of your walls. Take pictures of what's inside the walls, floors, and ceilings during remodeling. You'll know where the framing and the electrical and plumbing lines are when the next remodeling comes your way.
Let us know if you need us to make a house call. All the best!
As you read, the plumbing in your home snakes water underneath the floor, and through the walls and the ceilings. It is one of the biggest and essential systems in your house, and as the Wisdom of Solomon has it, you must know it inside out, or at least as best as possible.
The following are the plumbing essential questions every home owner must have the answer to. Their answers will not only aid you in being control of a major system, but also have the answers to mitigate damage during dangerous situations, and hence keep the maintenance costs in check.
The first thing that you have to do in case of a major leak is to turn off the water flow from the source. Normally, the main valve is located at the meter, or if you have a well, where the well supply comes into the house. At times, multiple shut off valves are also present, located at both the meter and at the house. Find them!
If you do not want to be left out of hot water for cooking, showers, and dishwashing until the heater is repaired, locate the shut off valve.
Every sink and toilet has an angle stop (aka, the shut off valve). Find out where they are and whether they are designed for repeated usage over long periods. Use them accordingly. Then again, find out how to shut off water to each appliance and avoid using the main shut off valve every time a major appliance causes problems.
You should keep your budget in check, and ensuring you're being billed properly is one of them. Knowing how to read your bill also gives you an early warning of leaky plumbing. Your local water company can help you read your bill and meter.
High water pressure is the number 1 cause of leaks. Water pressure can be measured using water pressure gauge. You can purchase an easy to use water pressure gauge for less than $10, or ask your local water company.
The waste system can be either a sewer or septic. Resolving clogs becomes a far simpler task when you know where it is, and how to use it.
Condensation water from the air conditioning units, if not drained properly, can seep into the wall and cause extensive water and mold damage to the building.
All the best with mastering your plumbing essentials! For any queries and professional help, feel free to get in touch with us at Bonfe!
There is a "plumbing wisdom" that seems to have been passed down generations. It includes talks about the utility of in tank cleaners for toilets, running water while disposing waste, the working of drains, sacred user manuals, etc.
The problem is that though "everybody knows it", we couldn't trace the wisdom to authentic sources and so we decided to go out for a myth debunking journey. The results, unfortunately, in many cases, is an oversimplified or just plain wrong plumbing fact. Let us share our trophies with you:
"In tank" cleaners, though seemingly make your chores easier by decreasing the time you have to spend scrubbing your toilet, they are a cost that you should cut because they simply bleach smelly build-up, but don't get rid of it.
A simpler DIY action would be to use vinegar down the overflow tube. Vinegar removes smelly build-up that can damage the flow of your toilet at a fraction of the cost of "in tank" cleaners.
It's something most of us have done. And though it may seem logical that a combo of running water in the wake of using garbage disposal will help flow of waste down the drain, it mostly results in jamming the drain - and making us reach our hands down the drain to unblock whatever leftovers got jammed in the pipes.
A blockage has to be removed. Running water after it will only cram it further. Our advice: keep the ratio between water and waste to 4:1, so that the waste is separated and flows with ease down the drain.
This is the typical "Out of sight, out of mind" fact, but one that doesn't really apply to the plumbing world.
Even without you knowing, foods like pasta and rice soak in water, bloat, and cause clogs in your drains. Hence, it blocks the passage for other waste to peacefully pass through the pipes.
Our wisdom from experience dictates that you can prevent the blockage only by using sinks, toilets, and showers correctly. How? By making sure that you fill the sink with water prior to draining; placing a hair screen in the drain when using showers, etc. And be sure to use the proper drain cleaning products if need be.
According to this fact, leaving bits of soapy water on the sink after washing your hands or utensils is alright - Wrong! The mixture of water and soap causes faucets and fixtures to corrode, and hence peel and bubble. You are best advised to wipe the fixtures off after each use; it's the extra 2 seconds that help prevent fixtures from corroding.
Though user manuals contain some complicated drawings, they contain information that is useful for the layman as well. Though they may not be the most entertaining read in the world, they can save you money and time in the long-run!
For more informative plumbing advice from the experts at Bonfe, stay tuned!
Hard water is a curse for your home's plumbing system. It decreases the carrying capacity of the pipes, builds additional pressure, causes blockages, and eventually cracks in the lines. Unless vigilance and regular DIY maintenance are not practiced, this build up of sediments can become a costly affair. If you have questions about your water quality, please contact Bonfe for testing.
The following is a simple DIY maintenance procedure that you can employ and keep major plumbing blockages off your budget.
• Toothbrush • sequestering cleaning agent
• Stiff Brush • softening salt
• Plastic bags • liquid cleanser
• Water Softener Unit • lemon juice
• Rubber Gloves • white vinegar
• Rubber Bands
• Soft Cloth
Let us begin with a step-by-step guide. We have turned the steps into questions that are most likely to trouble DIY plumbers!
Hard water is rich in calcium and magnesium, two minerals that readily form lime scale deposits inside plumbing and appliances and as a result lead to reduced water pressure and mechanical failure. Hard water deposits can stick to glass, porcelain, enamel, fiberglass, stainless steel, china, chrome, and tile.
Common signs of hard water include:
• Development of soap scum and sticky residue in tubs and sinks
• Mineral spots on faucets and fixtures
• Hard-to-lather soap and shampoo
The best way to test presence of hard water is to use a hard water test kit.
Faucets can become encrusted. A mixture of vinegar and liquid cleaner or lemon juice can easily scrub off this build up. Use a toothbrush and scrub it away slowly. Furthermore, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and tie over the spigot - leave overnight. Next morning, rinse it with warm water, and polish with a soft cloth.
Either prepare a cleaning solution of ½ cup bleach and 2 cups of water, or 2 cups of water and ½ cup ammonia. Wear gloves and goggles when handling bleach or ammonia. Remove the shower head and place it inside. Let it stay for 20 minutes.
Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, remove showerhead and place it inside. Let it stay for 30 minutes.
REMEMBER: NEVER mix vinegar, bleach, and ammonia as it can create toxic fumes. Do not clean the shower head in place as the mixture is corrosive in nature and can damage your skin.
Rinse showerhead thoroughly, reinstall, and run water through showerhead for two minutes to remove remains of the cleaning solution.
You may not have the time to regularly perform these tasks. A good solution is to install a Water-Softening Machine. The machine contains a brine (salt water) and resin tank. It easily attaches to the plumbing, and as water passes through the resin, the minerals are washed out and discharged as wastewater. You can easily bypass the softener with a separate cold line for your kitchen and drinking needs.
Stay tuned for more plumbing tips! For any problems get in touch with a professional.
Fall and winter are the busiest holiday seasons . It's when people entertain the most guests of the year. Indeed, a good time to meet your loved ones and feast your heart out, but there's a downside to it too. Plumbing issues!
More guests mean more issues for your kitchen and bathroom plumbing system. There will be a need for meals to be prepared in bulk, and consequently, more dishes that need to be washed. While it is important to call an experienced plumber to fix plumbing issues in your home, taking some preventive measures helps avoid aggravating the situation.
What are the common plumbing issues you can face in the busiest season of the year, and what can you do to avoid such issues?
If your kitchen is being used all day long for preparing meals and doing dishes, there is a good chance of an increased grease build-up in the drain. In addition to that, your drain can get clogged due to trash and food particles.
Plumbing issues get really troublesome if too many people use the toilet. A huge number of guests mean more showers, an increased number of toilet flushes and a swell in the sink usage. The issues can get serious if preventive measures aren't taken.
Let's go through some measures you can take to save your kitchen sink and drains from clogging.
To keep your sink from clogging, you should avoid disposing matter such as poultry skin, large pieces of carrots, pumpkin pulp and banana peels in the sink. Putting these items into the garbage disposal can cause it to clog and consequently block the sink too.
Grease and oil cause a lot of clogging issues in the sink. It is highly recommended not to dispose oil or fatty materials into your sink. Material rich in fatty and oily content sometimes solidifies in the drain pipes and results in clogging. All you need to do is to wipe any oil or grease from your pans and utensils before putting them in the sink.
To ensure the solid particles don't get stuck in the sink and go down the drain, you need to turn your garbage dispose on before you put waste in the sink. Apart from that, you should let water run for around 15 seconds prior and after the use of the disposer. This ensures that the waste completely flushes down the pipe.
A cheap and easy way to clean your disposal is to throw ice chips, lemon or lime peels into it after use.
If you have further issues contact a plumbing professional to look at your disposal and pipes.
You can't keep guests from using the toilet, can you? What you can do, however, is place a garbage can in the bathroom to ensure your toilet is not mistaken for trash bin by your guests. Also, it's not rude to remind your guest not to dispose tissues and other such stuff in the toilet. Taking such simple measures will ensure your toilet keeps from clogging.
According to the State of Air Report (2014) by the American Lung Association, nearly half of the people in the U.S. live in counties with extremely unhealthy levels of pollution (ozone and particulate).
The presence of particulate matter in the air as well as spikes in ozone density is hazardous for homeowners whose primary protection against the onslaught of these pollutants is the proper functioning of their A/C units and HVACs. But these air conditioning units also need some effort on your part. Step in and boost the quality of air inside your home by taking the following steps.
Common household activities such as cooking, smoking, sanding, and use of harsh solvent based cleaners are a rich source of dispersing VOCs, (volatile Organic Compounds) into the air. The VOCs that these activities release into the immediate atmosphere include toxic and reactive gases such as carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, as well as other toxic and allergic compounds.
You can reduce VOCs from contaminating the indoor air by taking:
* Using products, especially cleaning solvents and sprays, that are certified as low-emitting and environmentally friendly
* Reduce the use of solvent based harsh cleaners
* Perform debris-generating activities such as sanding, polishing, paint stripping, etc. outside of home
* Reducing or outright banning indoor smoking
Your air conditioning units are a closed system. Their only intake of air is the one available inside the rooms. It does not inject fresh air from the outside atmospheres. Hence, the efforts you put in reducing the levels of VOC and other particulate matter inside the rooms will directly affect the efficiency of your A/C unit as well as keep the indoor air quality up to standard.
The air inside the home, at times, can become more dangerous than the pollutant rich atmosphere outside. This is because the A/C units can function most efficiently if the same air can be reconditioned again. Aid your HVACs and A/Cs by injecting a fresh supply of air through proper ventilation. You can do this with the following methods:
*Letting the doors and windows open whenever the temperatures and level of humidity permit it
*Venting all the fuel burning equipment away from ventilation ducts (in case of HVACs) and windows
You can reduce the strain on the air filters by preventing the build up of dust inside the rooms with the following:
*Reduce build-up of allergens by regularly washing the sheets, comforters, pillows, etc
*Clean pets regularly to reduce the build up and shredding of pet dander and hair.
*Vacuum using HEPA cleaners for removing surface dust.
*Inculcate a habit of removing shoes whenever someone walks into the house. A good way to do this would be to place walk-off mats at every entrance to your home.
Regularly maintain your A/C units. Pay special attention to DIY projects like cleaning filters while contacting professionals for maintaining coils, and coolant levels, and in case of HVACs cleaning the air ducts once every year.
All the best!