Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc Blog

How to Install Great Outdoor Lighting

March 30th, 2020

outdoor-light-among-flowersAs the snow melts and springtime temperatures start warming up, many homeowners start thinking about the outdoors—including projects they want to complete outdoors. Oftentimes this includes upgrading their outdoor landscaping and lighting. Whether you’d like more lighting in order to entertain or even just to enjoy eating dinner outside with your family, there’s never a bad reason to desire great outdoor lighting.

But to truly get great outdoor lighting, you want to make sure you work with professional Waterloo electricians, which will help you avoid a number of potential problems, such as what we’ve outlined below.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health & Safety Update

March 26th, 2020

With COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) dominating headlines around the globe, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that our company is taking appropriate and recommended precautions against virus transmission.

Some safety precautions we’re taking include:

  • Using boot covers on our feet when entering homes.
  • The usage of cleaning wipes for our electronic devices.
  • Adding hand sanitizer to our service vehicles for regular usage.
  • Locked our doors to walk-in customers for everyones safety.
  • Our management team will be keeping a close eye on the CDC website for any new updates.
  • Our management team will also keep a close watch over employees for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and sending them home if they are sick while following the CDC guidelines.

The health and safety of you and our staff are our absolute priority. Rest assured in knowing that the technician coming to your residence is coming prepared in the safest manner possible.

Thank you for choosing to work with us. We’re all in this together, and the least we can do is continue to guarantee your comfort!

Your Dalton Team

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End-of-Season Furnace Care Tips

March 16th, 2020

technician-servicing-gas-furnaceRelatively speaking, our weather is fairly predictable year after year. Yes, we certainly do have cold winters, but we can pretty much count on warmer temps coming in late April, early May. A time when we will be turning our attention to our home air conditioners and ensuring they’re well maintained. This is a great idea, but you certainly shouldn’t ignore your furnace this time of the year, even if you’re not going to need it for much longer. This is particularly true if it’s been showing any problematic symptoms.

Ignoring any kind of furnace problems can cause a domino effect until you’re facing a much bigger issue that leaves you with a broken down heater when you need it the most next fall. Depending on the circumstances, ignoring furnace repair needs could also leave you with a malfunctioning air conditioner, too. But how do you know if you have problems that need addressing? Read on as our furnace repair experts uncover some of the common symptoms of furnace malfunctions, and tips on how to manage them.

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Why Should You Only Trust Professional Drain Cleaning Service?

March 2nd, 2020

plumber-using-drain-snake-to-clean-drainIt’s Friday night. You just came home from work, and you’re going to wash up before dinner… only to realize you have a clogged or backed-up drain.

Simple solution, right? Just reach for that bottle of store-bought drain cleaner and resolve the issue right away! Or… not.

The thing is, using these chemical store-bought “solutions” are actually the most ineffective drain cleaning service method there is! Sure, it may temporarily resolve the problem, but it’s harder on your drains than it is the clog, which could just come back.

Not convinced? Read on.

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Before You Start Your Bathroom Remodel, Consider This!

February 17th, 2020

beautiful-bathroomIf you’re reading this post, chances are that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Maybe it’s not as functional as it could be, or you’re having trouble getting around it with ease.

Depending on your particular circumstances, a bathroom remodel can definitely be the answer. After all, bathrooms are the most used rooms in the home next to kitchens, and remodeling can give you a whole new space.

For a job of this caliber, it pays to work closely with a plumbing contractor you can trust. Preparation and planning make a world of difference in the results you’ll achieve with your bathroom remodel. In fact, there might even be factors you haven’t considered yet, if you were thinking about tackling this bathroom remodel on your own. These considerations include:

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Should You Have a Whole-House Generator Installed?

February 3rd, 2020

technicians-installing-whole-house-generatorWe’re right smack in the middle of the coldest season of the year, which means it’s the last possible time you want to be stuck without power. Could you imagine being without your heating system right now? Not only would it be uncomfortable, it could even be dangerous and unhealthy.

If your home is at risk of a power outage—and let’s face it, if you live in the Waterloo area then stormy weather puts you at risk quite often—then you’ll absolutely benefit from contacting our certified electricians for generator installation. Read on to learn more!

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Why Your Heater Replacement Requires a Pro

January 20th, 2020

technician-working-on-furnaceDo you need a heating system replacement in Waterloo, IA? We’re going to guess, since you decided to read this blog post, you already know that it requires a professional to do the job. But perhaps you’re skeptical—can’t you just do the job on your own? After all, there are so many “do it yourself” videos out there nowadays…

Sure, DIY projects are great. They’re great for things like repainting furniture, maybe building a planter box, or installing a new DVR—but they simply are not the solution for HVAC installation. There are a number of things that can go wrong, and these factors affect not only your comfort, but your safety too.

Still not convinced? Read on!

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Should You Worry about Your Water Quality?

January 6th, 2020

adult-holding-child-hands-at-sink-faucetWe have some good news, and some not so great news when it comes to the quality of the water you drink, bathe with, and use for various other tasks in your home. The good news is, if your water comes from a city main then it goes through heavy filtration before it reaches your faucets and taps. This means that you usually do not have to worry about harmful contaminants reaching your home.

The not so great news is two-fold. First off, that water has a long way to go from the municipal plant to your house—it can pick up stuff along the way such as minerals causing hard water, and other pollutants. Secondly, if you’re getting your water from a well, then the quality of your water is even more unpredictable.

Back to that good news though! You can tell what shape your home’s water is with professional water testing in Cedar Falls, from our experienced team. From there, we can make recommendations for you to improve the health and safety of your water. In the meantime, here are some signs to watch out for that indicates you need such a service.

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How It Pays to Be Enrolled in a Maintenance Plan

December 23rd, 2019

animated-checklistWould you drive your car for 10 t0 15 years without having an oil change or ever taking it in for a tune-up? We’re going to guess not, since even if you tried, eventually your car would just cease to function.

If this is unacceptable for your vehicle, then it should be unacceptable for your HVAC systems, which can absolutely suffer the same fate. If you want reliable and efficient cooling in the summer, and effective heating in the winter, then you owe it to your HVAC systems and to your family to schedule routine maintenance, and to do so by enrolling in a regular heating maintenance plan.

But what are the benefits of this? Is it really worth it?

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Improve Your Heating Efficiency with This One Tip

December 9th, 2019

heating-vent-low-on-wallWhat’s that tip, you ask? Use your ceiling fans!

You may be wondering about this tip—aren’t ceiling fans just good in the summertime? And even if you used your ceiling fan, isn’t that just eating up more electricity? How can you be boosting energy efficiency, then?

Hear us out! Below we’ve outlined just how ceiling fans work, and why they make a great addition to your home in the summertime in addition to the wintertime. Read on, and don’t forget to contact our team when you need expert heating services in Waterloo, IA.

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