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Surge Protection Is Not Just Storm Protection!

January 8th, 2018

icon of a home designed to look like a computer chipThere are a good deal of homeowners who believe they can go without whole-house surge protection, or don’t even think about it at all. If you’re one of those homeowners, we urge you to read on and learn about why this is so important. Within the last couple of decades, we have all become more and more dependent on electronic devices and high efficiency appliances. When you couple this with inclement weather—particularly thunderstorms—the risk of power surges increase.

But surge protection is not just storm protection! Surges pose a serious threat to your appliances, electronics, and your home in general, even when it’s not storming outside. And you might think that you can just get by with a small, portable surge protector you can buy at the hardware store (a power strip), but this doesn’t give you comprehensive protection—not the kind of protection that a professional Waterloo, IA electrician can give.

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When Do You Need Gas Fireplace Repairs?

December 25th, 2017

Burning natural gas fireplace surround by stoneA gas fireplace is a very effective and efficient way to warm the room you’re in without needing to run your entire whole-home heating system—or it can even supplement that heating system so you don’t have to turn it up as much.

It’s important to remember, however, that if you detect or suspect a problem with your fireplace, then you should call for Cedar Falls, IA gas fireplace repairs right away. But are there any troubleshooting tips you can try on your own? Sure, and we’ll get to that below.

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Will I Really Benefit From a Water Softener?

December 11th, 2017

water softener systemThese days, most water supplies throughout the country have a significant level of filtration and conditioning they go through before that water gets to your faucets. And if you use ground water from a private well, you very likely have your own water treatment system in place. However, something many homeowners don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water.

Water softeners are an increasingly popular, and extremely helpful, Cedar Falls, IA water treatment system. Hard water is the result of a high concentration of minerals within the water supply—namely calcium and magnesium. While these minerals are harmless to ingest, they actually do a great deal of damage to your plumbing system over time. Hard water should be addressed before it has the chance to put your pipes out of commission. But are there really that many benefits to having a water softener installed? Keep reading, and then decide for yourself.

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How Does a Maintenance Plan Benefit You?

November 27th, 2017

Repairman in uniform and clipboard greeting a housewife at the front door.Right now is the best time to arrange for Cedar Falls, IA HVAC maintenance for your heating system if you haven’t done so already. Maintenance is the number one way to ensure that your heater will work as efficiently and effectively as you need it to for as long as you need it to. And having your heater tune-up close to when it will need to be used the most is a good strategy.

HVAC maintenance is often part of a larger maintenance plan for a home.  Our maintenance program is just that—a whole-home check that ensures all your systems are clean, and working safely and effectively. We’ll get to that below, but in the meantime, read on to discover what’s so great about HVAC maintenance!

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Signs that You Need Drain Cleaning

November 13th, 2017

Water running down the drain - shallow DOFThe drain and sewer system of your home is one of the most important components of the plumbing system. If your drain system isn’t properly maintained, it can cause serious problems for the whole system.

Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to keep your drain system in good shape. All you need to do is ensure that you schedule drain cleaning services in Waterloo, IA with a professional plumber on at least a yearly basis. Keep reading to learn signs that you may need drain cleaning outside of that maintenance appointment.

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Hiring a Plumber: The Professional Difference

October 30th, 2017

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.Most homeowners are likely used to dealing with minor household problems and tasks on their own, and that can easily extend to certain plumbing issues. We’ve all at one time or another had to unclog a toilet with a little “elbow grease” and a plunger, or had to fish a clog or two out of a sink. This can lead many homeowners, especially those on a budget, to attempt bigger plumbing repairs.

However, it most cases this can be a big mistake. Formal plumbing problems require proper licensing and training, like our professional Waterloo, IA plumbers receive, in order to perform plumbing repairs and services the right way. Even seemingly simple problems like a stubborn clog can benefit from the attention of a professional. In fact, your efforts to save a little money could actually end up costing you more, or at least can become a pretty big headache. Here’s why:

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How You Can Reap the Benefits of Home Automation

October 16th, 2017

modern looking homeHave you ever been away from home for an extended period of time, or even just at work for the day, and thought to yourself, “I’d really like to check in on my house”? We’ve all been there. At some time or another, you’ve likely wondered if you left the lights on unintentionally, kept your HVAC system going for too long, or even forgot to lock your front door.

The good news is, there is a way to have access to your home at all times, no matter how far away from it you are. With a home automation system, professionally installed by an experienced Waterloo, IA electrician, you can check in on whatever is important to you in your home, from work or across the country. Choosing a pro for the job will ensure a job done right, and will help you reap the full benefits of home automation!

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Can Your Drains Benefit from Store-Bought Cleansers?

October 2nd, 2017

water running down a drainThe short answer to this is “no.” Let’s not leave it at that though. We understand you may be wondering why, if store-bought drain cleansers are so bad, are they so widely popular and sold in stores throughout the country? It’s not that they don’t have a purpose to serve, but the problem is essentially that these chemical solutions only provide a temporary solution and don’t get to the root of the problem.

Have a look at some of the reasons why you need professional Waterloo, IA drain cleaning services, rather than trying to deal with it on your own with caustic chemical drain cleaners.  

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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

September 18th, 2017

Beautiful frost pattern on a window in blue tones. Can be used as a winter / holiday background.With temperatures still hovering in the high 80’s and low 90’s last week, it’s hard to imagine the need for a discussion around frozen pipes. However, the official start of fall is here in just a few days, and with the seasonal change comes a change in temperature. In fact, our temperatures drop to below 30° Fahrenheit—below the point of freezing—by late October, on average.

This means that the unthinkable could very well happen. That’s right, you can find yourself dealing with frozen pipes. While we have the resources you need to find a professional Waterloo, IA plumber, we’re happy to help you by sharing some tips on how to defend against frozen pipes before they even occur.

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Does Your Home Need Electrical Repairs?

September 4th, 2017

magnifying glass sitting on top of electrical blueprintsIf you’ve had a circuit breaker here and there, or perhaps have noticed lights flickering somewhere in your home from time to time, you may not worry right away. But if you have an older home with an equally old electrical system, it may very well be time for concern.

Electrical problems can be serious, even if their relatively benign symptoms don’t make it seem that way. The fact of the matter is, electrical fires account for hundreds of injuries, and even fatalities, every year—and many of them can be prevented.

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