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

Why The Drain Cleaning Method You Choose Makes a Difference

Monday, July 8th, 2019

plumber-unclogging-drain-in-bathtubIf there’s anything you should know about drain cleaning, it’s that this service is absolutely necessary to keep your drain and sewer system in decent condition. It’s a good idea to schedule drain cleaning as part of maintenance for your plumbing in Waterloo, IA at least once a year! This keeps clogs from forming, removes blockages that may already be present, and generally keeps everything flowing smoothly.

If there’s anything else you should know about drain cleaning, it’s that store-bought, liquid “drain cleaners” aren’t the answer, despite their name. Unfortunately, though they may be temporarily effective at relieving certain types of clogs, the reason they are such is because of the corrosive chemicals in them—chemicals that will slowly eat away at your pipes and lead to repair needs or possibly even repiping.

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Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumbing Pro

Monday, June 10th, 2019

plumber-working-on-p-trap-of-sinkWithout the right expertise, or at least without the right equipment, it can be very difficult to detect a leak. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the issues that usually afflict it are subtle to start out.

This is just part of the reason we recommend scheduling preventive plumbing maintenance at least once a year. However, it’s also a wise idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing in Denver, IA is having problems. On the rare chance that a problem does occur in between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly so you can have it repaired before it becomes a huge catastrophe. Keep reading to learn some of the symptoms that it is, in fact, time to call in a plumbing pro.

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When Should You Call a Professional Plumber?

Monday, April 29th, 2019

woman-wiping-up-water-from-burst-pipe-with-spongeThere are certain home improvement jobs that you can do on your own, but we don’t necessarily encourage DIY-plumbing repairs, unless it’s just a “quick fix” until you can get a professional plumber in to take a look.

The fact is, plumbing jobs aren’t easy. They require licensed professionals to handle most jobs more difficult than replacing a washer in a faucet or tightening a connection. When you need professional plumbing in Cedar Falls, IA, we’re the team to turn to. You should call one of our professional plumbers when you want:

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Holiday Meals and Your Kitchen Sink: What You Should Know

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Pouring water in the kitchenThe holidays will be here before we know it, and if you celebrate, and plan on hosting guests or family in your home this season, then the following advice about protecting your plumbing is for you.

When we can, our team is happy to help each of our customers avoid any major catastrophes with their living space. In particular, we mean their plumbing. While there is, of course, no convenient time to deal with a plumbing problem, the holidays have got to be one of the worst times of the year to do so. Fortunately, if something does happen, all you need to do is call our team for thorough, professional drain cleaning in Evansdale, IA. In the meantime though, we’d like to help you potentially avoid holiday plumbing disasters.

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How to Prevent Pipe Freeze This Winter

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWe still have about a month to go before our temperature lows dip below freezing, but as anyone who has lived here for even just a year knows, our weather is unpredictable. So if you’re thinking of waiting on any winter preparation this year for your home, we urge you to reconsider. Especially when it comes to your plumbing in Hudson, IA!

Plumbing systems and subsequent frozen pipes aren’t something many homeowners give a lot of thought to as winter approaches, particularly if they’ve never had to deal with it. But it certainly happens to enough homeowners to warrant some preparation on your part. Remember, even just a few days in a row of below 30° weather can result in frozen and burst pipes in your home. But you can prevent it!

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Drain Cleaning: Don’t Rely on Store-Bought Solutions

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

water drain in stainless sinkWhen you’re searching for a solution for clogged drains in your home, the simplest answer is to buy a jug of chemical drain cleaner from the store down the street. After all, these are marketed towards homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain that has slowed or stopped, particularly a bathroom drain that could be stopped up with hair or soap scum. But any professional plumber with experience in drain cleaning in Waterloo, IA is going to advise against this.

Chemical drain cleaning solutions are simply not the best solution for your clogged drains. In fact, they’re not a solution at all! We think some other products and services are a much better fit, but why?

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Heed These Signs It Is Time to Call a Professional Plumber

Monday, June 25th, 2018

woman looking under sink in panicFor the average homeowner, and even for an inexperienced plumber, plumbing problems can be hard to detect without the right equipment. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the problems that usually affect plumbing are subtle in the beginning. For this reason, we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance for your plumbing at least once a year.

But it’s equally important to familiarize yourself with any warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing some sort of problem. On the rare chance that a problem does occur between maintenance appointments, you can detect it quickly it and schedule repairs with a professional plumber in Waterloo, IA. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.

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“Help! My Pipes Froze, What Do I Do?”

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoOverall, our winter was relatively mild this year, with the coldest of temperatures lasting just a few days at a time. Still though, we did have freezing temperatures, and with freezing weather comes frozen pipes.

Hopefully, you did what you could to prevent this problem from affecting your household. For example, one preventive step you might have taken was to open any outdoor faucets used for sprinklers and hoses, and turned off all water flow to these points. After all, the pipes located outside are, understandably, the ones most susceptible to freezing, and leaving the faucets opened helps water to drain from them.

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Signs that You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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