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How to Prevent Frozen and Burst Pipes This Year

Monday, October 25th, 2021
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If you’ve lived in Idaho for even just a year, then you know we’ve had some pretty cold winters! And when winter comes along, you’re likely pretty consumed with staying warm in your home. 

But, are you ensuring that all areas of your home are staying warm? Specifically, have you given much thought to your plumbing system? 

When temperatures dip below freezing, the water in your pipes–especially exposed pipes–is likely to freeze as well, without proper precautions. The problem isn’t so much the freezing, but what happens as the pipes thaw… it creates a negative pressure that eventually leads to the pipes bursting. 

The good news is, this damage can be prevented! Read on to learn how to avoid your pipes falling victim to cold weather this year. 

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Why Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions Are No Solution

Monday, April 12th, 2021

sink-drain-with-water-rushing-downWhen you have a clog in a sink within your home, your first instinct is very likely to reach for a plunger… or that bottle of store-bought drain cleaning solution you keep on hand.

A plunger is always a good start. If the clog is superficial enough, you may very well be able to relieve your drain pipe with the plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease. The latter option though—the store-bought drain cleaning solution, is no solution at all.

We’ll dive into the “why” behind this a bit more below, but for now, we’ll just say that store-bought drain cleaners have a lot of caustic chemicals in them, meaning they eat through the clog, then keep on going to eat through the lining of your plumbing pipes over time. Read on as we uncover some more reasons this is no solution.

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How to Choose the Right Plumber for Your Home

Monday, March 1st, 2021

woman-looking-under-sink-at-leaking-pipeOur professional plumbers have been in the trade for a long time, and we have seen what can happen when you have the wrong home services “professional” in your home, whether it be for your HVAC, electrical, or plumbing needs.

Plumbing, especially, can be quite complex, and even something as seemingly simple as unclogging a drain can bring up unexpected surprises that you’ll only want a trained professional to manage (trust us). Still, we understand the temptation to hire a general handyperson, or to even take the offer to help from a friendly neighbor.

We can’t stress, though, how important it is that you choose a licensed and insured plumbing contractor when you need any kind of work on your pipes or plumbing appliances. You may think you’re saving money but in the long run, hiring the wrong person for the job can cost you more.

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Can Drain Clogs Be Prevented?

Monday, September 28th, 2020

sink-drain-with-water-running-downThink you don’t have to worry about drain clogs? Figure that when one happens you can just reach for a bottle of store-bought liquid drain cleaner? Think again!

Unfortunately, these harsh chemical “solutions” are anything but a solution for clogged drains. Sure, they may temporarily relieve a clog like a build-up of hair or soap scum. But in the long run, they’re going to do more damage to your pipes than they are good. This is because of the caustic ingredients they’re made up of.

When you do have a drain clog, the best thing you can do is call on our team for professional drain cleaning, which we will elaborate on below. In the meantime, read on to learn how to prevent drain clogs to begin with.

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What Should You Avoid Putting Down Your Garbage Disposal?

Monday, July 6th, 2020

hands-washing-head-of-lettuce-over-drain-in-kitchen-sinkIf you’ve been using a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, you likely can’t picture cooking and cleaning up without it, right? Whether it’s an unfinished meal, cooking scraps, or spoiling leftovers, it’s so convenient to just swoosh it down the drain instead of throwing it in the trash and risking a smelly kitchen until you or another member of your household get around to dumping the bag.

However, some homeowners are often over-dependent on these devices and that attitude can lead to unpleasant surprises, such as an urgent need for garbage disposal repair in Waterloo, IA.

Homeowners may sometimes find themselves getting frustrated by a garbage disposal that keeps getting jammed up or the fact that they’ve had to call a plumber more than once to get something out of the mechanisms. Read on as we uncover some of the problems garbage disposals and kitchen sink drains face due to what people put down them.

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Before You Start Your Bathroom Remodel, Consider This!

Monday, 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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Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumbing Pro

Monday, September 16th, 2019

plumber-tightening-pipeSometimes, it’s quite obvious when you need the assistance of a professional plumber. Burst pipes sending water all throughout your kitchen? A toilet that won’t flush? A clogged up kitchen drain that you can’t clear with a sink plunger? These are all reasons to call a plumber.

But what about the more subtle plumbing issues? Some are quite sneaky—particularly when the problems start off small. The trick is to learn how to catch them early when they’re still small, so they are easier for a plumber to fix and won’t cause damage to your home in the meantime. Keep reading for some quieter signs you have a plumbing problem that needs professionals with extensive experience with plumbing in Hudson, IA.

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What’s In Your Water?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

water-coming-from-sink-faucetIn the last few years, water quality problems in the Midwest have brought to light what exactly could be threatening the water we all drink and bathe with. The good news is, our water goes through heavy filtration at the municipal level, and we do not have problems of a large magnitude as a result.

However, water has a long way to go from that water plant through the pipes and into our homes. Contaminants and minerals can get picked up—these particles in your water can have a significant impact on your household, not only for your health but your quality of life, too. For this reason, it’s vital that you invest in professional water testing in Cedar Falls, IA, particularly if you’ve never had it done before.

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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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