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

Watch Out for Garbage Disposal Problems This Holiday Season

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The holidays have arrived here in Cedar Fall, IA, and that means your kitchen sink is going to be seeing a lot more use. Holiday meals for visiting family members, cookies and other delicious treats from the oven, even the odd turkey sandwich put together from leftovers: Christmas and the holidays mean food, and with that food comes increased use of your kitchen sink and garbage disposal. You don’t want yours experiencing any kind of a problem during the holidays, which is why we strongly recommend  you keep an eye on your garbage disposal for problems this holiday season. It lets you get a jump on the issue before interfering with a big meal or a visit from your gusts. Here’s a quick rundown of common signs of garbage disposal problems.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Winters in Cedar Falls, IA are as cold as they come, and when the snow hits, you want your home to be able to retain as much heat as possible. A qualified technician can perform an inspection of your home and make recommendations based on your specific needs. Every home is different, of course, and yours may not need what another house might. But if you want to know how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, there are a few products and upgrades that can help.

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How Does a Sump Pump Help My Home?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Sump pumps are designed to help protect your home against the dangers of flood waters, which can be quite severe here in Cedar Falls, IA. It’s not 100% necessary, at least not the same way a water heater might be, and homeowners would be perfectly justified in asking whether or not they really need one installed in their homes. Like any form of insurance, it’s optional, though you are definitely taking a chance if you choose not to have one installed. It might help to understand exactly how a sump pump helps your home, and what benefits it brings that justifies the cost of installation.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Winters are as cold as they come in Cedar Falls, IA, and among the most common calls we take involve frozen pipes. When the water inside your pipes freezes, it expands, putting huge pressure on the pipes themselves and often causing them to burst. When that happens, you have a huge mess on your hands: cleaning up water damage in your home as well as having to replace the burst length of pipe. You can call on us when your pipes burst to fix the problem promptly, but we believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. Here’s a few tips on how to prevent frozen pipes this winter.

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When Does My Water Heater Need to Be Replaced?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Water heaters are designed to last for many years, and while you should schedule maintenance sessions for yours at least once a year, it shouldn’t develop many problems over the course of its lifetime. That can make it hard to determine when it needs to be replaced. Age factors into it, but well-maintained water heaters can last much longer than their warranty indicated. So when does your water heater need to be replaced? Here’s a quick breakdown of signs that you should look for.

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