Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Archive for March, 2015

Let the Professionals Handle the Hydrojetting

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Five Benefits of Hydrojetting You Should Consider


Cedar Falls PlumberIt is important to keep your drains clear of debris. Clogs can cause water backup that results in expensive water damage that can also lead to the development of harmful mold, fungus, and spores.

Professional plumbers can apply hydrojetting techniques which blasts water at a rate of approximately 4000 psi, quickly clearing debris and cleaning pipes, and there are five benefits you should consider.

Keep Your Money in Your Pocket

Hydrojetting is a very thorough process, and it is concluded with your plumber using a special camera to inspect the quality of the work.

Now, instead of having your sewage lines cleaned biannually, you can go longer in between cleanings. This makes hydrojetting an investment that quickly pays back.

Health Benefits You Likely Haven’t Considered

Your pipes can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, and, aside from being the cause of foul odors that make your house less of a home, they can even cause illness when the problem gets out of hand.

Hydrojetting completely cleans your drains, leaving them highly clean and free of bacteria. If you have noticed unpleasant odors in your home, this could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Good For Aging Homes

Many traditional drain cleaning techniques can pose risks to aging homes. Since hydrojetting relies on a pulse flow, however, it allows the hose to maneuver easily within the pipe.

Because of this, compromised areas of the pipe can be avoided. If you are not yet ready to replace your pipes but do require a cleaning, hydrojetting allows you to do this with confidence.

Targets All Common Residues

There are a number of residues that cause buildup within your sewage lines. From ice and mud to grease, soap scum, and more, these many sources of buildup can be difficult to pinpoint. When you rely on hydrojetting, however, the high power is enough to remove blockage and buildup in one shot.

Cedar Falls HydrojettingAn Overall Thorough Cleaning You Can Count On

If you have used a snake in the past to clear debris, you are only setting yourself up for future buildup. When you make the investment in drain cleaning, you deserve to get your money’s worth, and hydrojetting offers you the thorough, long-lasting job you are looking for.

Now’s the time to find a plumber with the equipment to offer you this valuable service.

If you suspect build-up in your lines, don’t hesitate to schedule hydrojetting services. Call (319) 266-3513 and let Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling clear the pipes of your Cedar Falls home.

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Upgrade Your Home with a Digital Thermostat

Friday, March 20th, 2015

What are the Advantages of Having a Digital Setback Thermostat?


Cedar Falls PlumberDid you know that you can save hundreds of dollars a year on your heating and cooling bill simply by upgrading your thermostat? With traditional thermostats you must remember to adjust the temperature throughout the day.

Adjusting your temperature for when you are at work or are asleep can drastically lower heating and cooling costs. A digital setback thermostat has a clock built in and operates on a schedule you create so you can go through your day and save money without having to worry about adjusting your thermostat.

Digital Setback Thermostats Do the Thinking

Let’s say you work 9 to 5 and prefer your home at 72 degrees during the heat of the summer. On especially warm days your air conditioner will have to run more often to keep the house at this temperature.

You could tell your digital setback thermostat to start keeping the temperature at 76 degrees when you leave for work, and then have the house back to 72 degrees by the time you get home. During the winter you could tell your thermostat to keep the house a bit cooler while you’re sleeping so the heat doesn’t have to run as often.

Different Features of Digital Setback Thermostats

Digital setback thermostats come in a wide range of configurations and price points. On the more basic end, you’ll get what appears to be a standard thermostat but allows you to program a schedule into it. In the mid-end, you’ll get a thermostat with a larger display and options to create different schedules for different days.

At the higher end, you can get “smart” thermostats that can be controlled with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Some thermostats in the mid to high range also include a touchscreen for easier programming. Digital setback thermostats range in price from $25 for basic models to $300 for high-end models.

You Can Easily Take Advantage

Cedar Falls Digital ThermostatDigital setback thermostats come in a wide range of configurations and you’ll easily be able to find one that is compatible with your current HVAC unit. In most cases, you can change your thermostat yourself with only basic wiring experience.

Simply remove the old thermostat, make the proper connections to the new thermostat, and mount it to the wall. Thermostats typically come with simple to follow instructions. Once installed, you’ll be on your way to saving hundreds a year on your heating and cooling.

Upgrade your Cedar Falls home thermostat today! Just Call Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (319) 266-3513, and see what advantages a new digital setback thermostat can do for your home.

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Clean Your Drains Annually For Best Performance

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Drain Cleaning: What Are the Benefits of Annual Drain Cleaning?


Cedar Falls PlumberHome maintenance is a responsibility that all homeowners should adhere to in order to see the greatest returns on investments. Home properties are considered to be among the most valuable assets individuals and/or families can own.

Therefore, properly maintaining the property will always work to their advantage. Let our professional plumbers help you.

Why Home Maintenance Is Important

There are many areas within a home an owner should regularly inspect to ensure their property is kept in proper working condition. If all of the home’s components are well maintained, they will have the opportunity of either retaining its value or potentially increasing it.

Wearing and Tearing is Inevitable

The inspection stages should consist of the homeowner looking over the areas that are utilized most often. Since a home’s amenities, appliances and components are utilized on a regular basis, they will become prone to undergoing the natural effects of wearing and tearing over time.

Therefore, it is imperative for them to ensure that they pay special attention to the areas that are used most often first. This way, they will prevent any possibilities of such areas deteriorating due to negligence.

The Complexity of a Home’s Plumbing System

Some of the most commonly utilized components are attached to a home’s plumbing system. The plumbing system is interconnected to a myriad of components, including: toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, pipelines, sewage lines, garbage disposals, refrigerators, outdoor sprinkler systems, swimming pools and water heaters.

Due to the vastness of connections, the plumbing system plays an important role in a home’s qualities of functionality and efficiency. A homeowner’s proactive measures of maintenance and due diligence can have a significant amount of positive impacts on the value of their home.

Why Every Homeowner Should Consider Acquiring An Annual Drain Cleaning Service

Cedar Falls Drain CleaningAn annual drain cleaning is highly recommended for homeowners that not only care about maintaining the conditions of their home and retaining its overall value, but also for those that are seeking to keep costs of utilizing the home’s components on the lower end while living a comfortable life full of quality.

An annual drain cleaning alleviates the problems of accumulated dirt, grime and debris within a home’s plumbing system. By acquiring such a service, a homeowner will be able to avoid pipe clogs, bursts, leaks, floods and many other problematic occurrences.

Unclog that drain with the experts at Dalton Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, just Call (319) 266-3513, we offer the best drain cleaning services in the Cedar Falls area.

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No Heat? Might Need a Tune-Up!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

3 Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune-Up


Cedar Fallls HeatingBeing able to identify trouble with your heating system before it becomes a significant repair issue, that can not only help to save you money in costly emergency repairs. It can help to extend the overall life of your heating system.

The best way to be able to do this, you need to understand exactly what key signs to look for so you can get a HVAC technician at your home as soon as possible. Here are the top 3 signs that your heating unit needs a tune-up.

Increase of Dust in the Home

When you notice more dust particles all over your home, that is a clear indication that the air filter is clogged and it is no longer effectively removing dirt particles from the air before treated air is sent through the air vents.

Not only will replacing the air filter and calling your HVAC technician to tune-up the system improve the air quality in the home, it will reduce the strain being put on your heating system. Those moving parts have to work harder to push clean air through the filter, causing them to wear and break more easily.

Noise Coming from the Heating System

While it is perfectly normal for the heating system to make some sounds during operation, if you notice loud noises that seem out of place, it could be an indication something is wrong inside the heating system. Check first to make sure that the air handler panels are simply not loose, then pay close attention to where the noise is coming from.

The sooner you have a local repair company at the home the better. If a belt has broken or is about to break, this is a minor repair. If the bearings or belt has broken, the system is running dangerously close to seizing.

Cooler Air from the Air Vents

Cedar Falls Heater Tune-UpWhen the home is taking longer to reach the set temperature or cool air is coming from the air vents, this could be an indication that something is wrong with the air handler. Check first to make certain the thermostat is set to heat, and not fan or cool by mistake.

Then call your heating repair company so they can check all the moving parts and make certain that the problem is not serious. The sooner a technician is at your home, the less chance you have seizing up the heating system.

Is the heater in your Cedar Falls area home not working  quite like it used to? Call Dalton Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling at (319) 266-3513 for a professional tuneup!

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