What’s the Point of a Grease Trap, Anyway?

October 16th, 2017

question-mark-badgeIn the kitchen in your home, grease, as well as fats and oils, are major enemies of the drains and the garbage disposal. Fats, oils, and grease (often collectively known as “FOG”) are in liquid form when they’re hot from cooking, and therefore look harmless. But they solidify when they cool, becoming a waxy substance that sticks to drainpipe walls and becomes a major cause of slow drains and complete clogs. Regular drain cleaning from professionals and take precautions about what goes down your kitchen drains is the best way to avoid problems with FOG.

With a commercial kitchen—whether in a restaurant, school, cafeteria, bar, or other food service establishment—the danger from fats, oils, and grease is much higher. This is why it’s necessary to have a grease trap installed and routinely serviced. It’s more than just a way to ensure your establishment runs well with clean drains. It’s necessary to keep your business up to code.

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Your Water Heater Is Trying to Tell You It Needs Repairs!

October 2nd, 2017

water-heater-repairWe’re approaching the time of year when we start to focus on heating systems in homes. But there’s one heating system homes needs to have working 365 days out of the year, and that’s the water heater. No matter the outdoor temperatures, you need hot water to bathe in, to wash with, and to cook with. Hot water cuts through oil and grease in a way that cold water can’t, which is one of the reasons hot water is essential for more than just keeping you from the discomfort of a freezing shower greeting you in the morning.

Because a water heater is used on a daily basis around the year, it undergoes immense amounts of strain. But because the water heater is constantly working in the background from day to day, people often take it for granted. They think hot water will always be there when it’s needed.

This isn’t the case, because a water heater works hard enough and often enough that it will need repairs on occasion. Paying close attention to possible signs you need water heater repair in Urbandale, IA is key to both preventing a system breakdown and for helping the water heater enjoy a long service life.

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Its Hour Comes ‘Round Again: Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

September 18th, 2017

service-reminderGuess what time of year it is? Yes, it’s the official start of fall. That doesn’t mean an immediate switch over to cooler weather, but with the leaves changing colors and children back in school, it’s a sign that it won’t be long before trick o’treaters, football, Thanksgiving, and colder weather arrive. And if you’re a Des Moines, IA HVAC professional, it’s the time of the year when you remind your customers and other homeowners that they should schedule furnace maintenance, or maintenance for whatever system they use to heat their home.

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It’s Almost Fall—But Don’t Leave AC Repairs Until Next Year!

September 4th, 2017

fall-foliageThe first day of fall is less than three weeks away: September 22nd. That means the leaves turning colors, kids going back to school, cooler weather, and planning for Halloween decorations and costumes. Do you have a copy of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ready to go?

But hold on a minute … before we get deep into the fall planning and pumpkin carving, there are still possible late summer issues to deal with—such as air conditioning malfunctions. Temperatures here in Iowa are coming down from their summer peak, but they’re still warm and ACs are still running to make home’s comfortable. If you need to schedule repairs for your air conditioning in Des Moines, IA, you might feel tempted to put the job off because cooler weather is around the corner.

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A Guide to Materials Used for Repiping

August 21st, 2017

plumbing-material-in-bathroomYou have a recent plumbing issue, such as a burst or corroded pipe, and you need to have it fixed with new piping. Or you live in an older home with plumbing that’s so outdated it’s created regular problems with leaks and high water pressure. In either situation, you need to have professional plumbers handle repiping services in Urbandale, IA.

Repiping can be a small task, such as fixing leaks. Or it can be a whole-house repiping designed to upgrade a vintage home into the twenty-first-century of residential plumbing. You can rely on our plumbers to handle the job, no matter its size, with speed and accuracy. We use only the best up-to-date pipe materials for each plumbing job.

But what are the right materials? We’re going to run down the most common piping materials in use today, as well as look at what material they’re replacing.

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When Do I Need Repiping for My Home?

August 7th, 2017

pvc-pipesThe plumbing system of a house is made up of many components. But when you hear the word “plumbing,” what comes to mind first? We’d bet it is pipes. Without pipes, a house doesn’t have plumbing system of any kind.

Unfortunately, homeowners often take their pipes for granted, imagining that the piping will be able to last for as long as they live in the house. But almost all homes at some point will need repiping services. This can be limited, such as removing a single leaking section, or to accommodate a new type of appliance. Or it can extensive, such as whole-house repiping, where plumbers remove all the pipes and swap them for newer materials, such as copper and plastics.

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What Can Happen if You Don’t Change Your AC’s Filter

July 24th, 2017

pleated-air-filterWe’re focused on regular maintenance for both plumbing and HVAC systems, because we’ve seen firsthand what can happen when these parts of a home aren’t taken care of professionally each year. But not all maintenance tasks need to come from professionals. One basic step of caring for an HVAC system is one you have to attend to on your own: changing the air filter every 1 to 3 months. We’ve written a post specifically about how often to change the filter, and we recommend reviewing it.

Today, we want to, well, scare you a little bit and tell you what can happen if you don’t change the filter on schedule. There are a number of things that can go wrong when an AC is congested filter is left in place. Read about them below, and make sure you turn to us for air conditioning service in Indianola, IA whenever you need it.

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FAQ: Why Are My Water Bills So High?

July 10th, 2017

water-down-drainHomeowners are always looking for places where they can lower their bills and save money from month-to-month. One of the best places to start is to take a look at your water usage each month. Have you recently noticed that you’re paying more for water, or has your water bill always seemed high? There are a number of possible causes for this, and many of them have to do with problems with your plumbing.

Our plumbing service in Ankeny, IA and elsewhere in the Des Moines and Grimes Metro Area can help you with the plumbing repairs and replacements that may be necessary to help reduce those high bills to something easier to live with.

Let’s take a look at common causes of paying too much for your household water:

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There’s Water Leaking from My AC … What’s Wrong?

June 26th, 2017

image-of-leaking-waterAs summer gets underway here in Des Moines and temperatures rise, the hum of air conditioners will become a fact of day-to-day life. Our HVAC technicians are here to see that you have an air conditioning system in Des Moines, IA or any of the surrounding areas that’s in the best shape. It starts with spring maintenance, and it continues with handling AC repairs as needed. We hope you don’t have to call us for an emergency repair, but if you do, we’re here 24 hours a day to come to your assistance. We understand that loss of cooling during a heat wave is a serious issue!

To see that you have repairs done fast so to avoid the issue becoming larger and leading to further problems, keep a lookout for warning signs your AC is in trouble.  One of these warnings is when you see water leaking from the indoor unit. If you’re familiar with window air conditioners, you’ll know they allow water to drip from their outdoor grill. This shouldn’t happen with the indoor unit of a central air conditioner, however!

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Why You Should Always Call Pros for AC Repairs

June 12th, 2017

Air-conditioner-repairmanSummer weather is here, even if the official day of summer has yet to arrive. With temperatures rising into the 90s during midday, you probably have your air conditioning system hard at work to keep your household comfortable. If you scheduled annual maintenance for your air conditioning system, then it should be ready to handle the intense summer heat, no matter how high the thermostat climbs. (And if you haven’t schedule maintenance, it’s not too late! Give us a call today and we’ll arrange it.)

We wish we could tell you that all you’ll ever need to protect your AC from malfunctions is regular maintenance. Of course, that’s not true. Even the best care for an cooling system can’t stop all problems. When your air conditioner starts to act up—or refuses to act, period—it’s time to call our technicians for air conditioning repair service.

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