Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Spring Plumbing PSA: Careful Where You Dig!

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Your backyard can be a sanctuary during the warming spring months. The plants are starting to bloom, the trees are all budding, and it’s such a wonderful time to really start spending time outdoors. However, a fun adventure in your new garden can quickly turn into a catastrophe if you’re not careful.

Just a few feet underneath the garden beds and gravel pathways could be a potential leak just waiting to happen. From sewer lines to power lines and even your water lines, all of these important parts of your home run underground. So, if you’re looking to do any improvements to your home plumbing in Cedar Rapids, IA, then you’ll want to follow this checklist to be sure you don’t cause any accidents.

Remember the age old adage: better safe than sorry!

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Why Do Pipes Corrode and How Do I Prevent It?

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Ever stumbled upon a leak in your home and wondered, “Now, how did that happen?” Well, pipe corrosion might be your culprit. This sneaky destroyer of plumbing systems can wreak havoc in the shadows, leading to leaks, water damage, and a whole lot of homeowner headaches. But fear not! Understanding the “whys” and “hows” of pipe corrosion can arm you against its costly consequences.

Our team at Dalton is your 24 hour plumber in Waterloo. We are here to walk you through the ins and outs of pipe corrosion.

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3 Holiday Plumbing Tips

Monday, November 20th, 2023

The holidays are just around the corner, which means your plumbing system is going to see a ton of action. From cooking wonderful meals to entertaining your friends and family with cocktails, you’ll be running things down the drain 24/7. That is–until something goes wrong.

Drains can undergo a lot of pressure during the holidays. From the risk of them freezing when temperatures drop to extremely low temperatures, to clogs that can hold up your holiday plans. There’s really no easy way to encounter a plumbing problem, unless you’ve got some tips on hand and a team of licensed professional plumbers to help you when things get rough.

So, this blog will be dedicated to three specific holiday plumbing tips that should carry you through the season successfully. And if they can’t, you can always call our team for plumbing service in Waverly, IA.

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When Not to Use Flexible Pipes

Monday, September 11th, 2023

We’ve all seen the aisle at the hardware store, full of different plumbing materials. There are rigid copper pipes, PVC pipes, PEX pipes, and the list continues–but there’s one thing to be mentioned that is not like the others, and that’s flexible plumbing lines. These are the wire mesh pipes that can bend and form different shapes in your Cedar Rapids plumbing.

Flexible plumbing lines are usually what you’ll see under your sink or connecting your toilet to the water line. They’re perfect for these situations because they can bend into the exact configuration that might fit your bathroom toilet or kitchen sink, without needing to break apart your wall, floor, or other more sensitive and expensive parts of your house.

But don’t be fooled by the convenience and affordability of flexible plumbing lines, they’re not intended to be used for everything.

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What’s Going on With Your Leaky Pipes?

Monday, September 11th, 2023
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Leaky pipes are synonymous with being a homeowner. Seriously, if customers weren’t constantly getting leaks in their homes, then we wouldn’t be in business for this long. It’s just a natural part of homeownership, and it’s also something that can get a bit tricky when you try to fix a leaking pipe on your own.

Sure, a valve or PVC pipe might be loose and you can twist it to ensure the leak stops, but that’s a rare type of leak. Most leaks come from corroded pipes, frozen and thawed pipes, or even pipes that have been broken or moved due to issues like settling. In these cases, you’re going to have some trouble if you try to do this work on your own.

Instead, trust a professional for your plumbing services in Des Moines, IA. Our team can replace your old pipes, fix existing leaks, and ensure that no ill effects come from the leaking water.

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Why Go With Copper Plumbing?

Monday, September 4th, 2023

There are all sorts of different plumbing materials available today, from PVC to copper. But in the history of plumbing appliances, they’ve been constructed of hundreds of different types of materials. Human history is a bit of a “trial and error” experience, with people using different materials for their plumbing systems, only to find out later that they’re not very good at the job.

For instance, lead is a perfect example of what should not be used as a plumbing material. Water that flows through lead pipes can pick up some of the runoff and cause lead poisoning in anyone who drinks from that water source. Many other plumbing materials like galvanized steel and copper don’t have this problem, but there are still some preferences today towards materials like copper.

So, let’s talk about plumbing in Cedar Rapids, IA and why copper is the gold-standard material to use.

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How Do I Know Where My Water Leak Is Coming From?

Monday, July 24th, 2023

This question gets at the heart of an issue we call “leak detection.” In the plumbing industry, this is a difficult subject to approach, because everyone has their own methods and strengths when it comes to finding a leak and having it dealt with.

Some folks, for instance, have very sharp ears and can detect even the slightest “dripping” sound coming from their basement in the middle of the night. Other people might be losing their hearing, but they’ve got great vision where they can see the moisture of a pinhole leak developing on a pipe.

In fact, there are several different methods for water leak detection in Cedar Rapids, IA, and many of them can be done either by professionals or for free at home. We’re going to go over a few methods of water leak detection, from audio cues to exact measurements using your water meter. Then, we’ll let you decide if you should call us for professional services when it’s finally time to plug that leak.

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3 Great Ways to Save Water

Monday, May 29th, 2023

It can be easy to think that we have access to an unlimited supply of water. After all, over 70% of the surface of our planet is covered in water, so it’s not like we’re in need of it, right?

Well, that water is salt water, which makes it hard to filter. And even so, freshwater must be pumped or piped to your home either with the use of an electrical device or the help of your local municipality. This means that it’s not free, and the water that gets used by your home has a cost.

Water is relatively cheap where we live, but things like plumbing leaks in Cedar Rapids and broken appliances can cause our bills to go up. And, wasting water can also be bad for the environment, as we’re seeing more record-breaking droughts and periods without rain. The more you can do with a smaller amount of water, the better off you’ll be!

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The Pros and Cons of Flexible Pipes

Monday, May 8th, 2023

For many toilets, sinks, and other home plumbing appliances, it’s normal to see flexible lines leading into the appliance. They’re seriously great because they can mold any shape and fit through small spaces that other, less flexible pipes, would have trouble with.

But flexible lines are a lot more complicated than most people think. They’re a more recent invention than regular plumbing pipes, and just like every other invention, they have pros and cons. Flexible pipes might seem like a perfect solution for nearly every pipe in your home, but that’s not really true.

If you’re looking to evaluate your plumbing system, or if you’re deciding on who to trust for your next job, you can trust Dalton for plumbing service in Waterloo, IA. We’ve got you covered.

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It’s Time to Get a Sump Pump Installed

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Are you tired of your basement flooding every spring? Sure, you might not have any valuables in there that risk getting damaged, but it’s still never a fun thing to have happen. Well, what if we told you that there was a solution to the constantly flooding basement issue? Introducing the sump pump in Cedar Rapids, IA!

A substantial percentage of homeowners throughout the country deal with flash floods and basements that are ill-equipped to handle an influx of water above ground. And, with more extreme weather phenomena on the way, the problem is likely to get worse over time. So, the brilliant minds who engineer home solutions created systems like the sump pump to help us deal with this problem and to keep homeowners safe.

Today, we’re going to discuss what a sump pump is, why it’s so important, and what can go wrong without one.

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