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 Or you live in an older home with plumbing that’s so outdated it’s created regular problems with leaks and high water pressure.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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Your Plumbing Can Use Some “Spring Cleaning” Too!

May 29th, 2017

tulips-in-springWhen people talk about “spring cleaning,” they could mean anything from cleaning out and then rearranging closets to scheduling a complete home carpet cleaning. They might just mean cleaning up the inbox on their email and getting rid of old files. There’s plenty of ways you can clean up the clutter in your house and life during spring, and here’s one we’d like to suggest you may not have thought of: “spring cleaning” for your plumbing in West Des Moines, IA.

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Upgrading to High Efficiency Air Conditioning This Year

May 15th, 2017

air-conditioner-on-leavesIn April, we wrote a post about understanding air conditioning efficiencies, specifically SEER and EER. The higher the efficiency rating, the better a system is at converting electrical power into cooling power. Although higher efficiency ratings aren’t a guarantee of savings because other factors must be weighed, in general you can count on lower AC costs if you have a professional handle selecting the high efficiency unit and installing it.

In this post, we’re going to examine closer how special high efficiency air conditioning systems manage to outperform older systems. We hope you’ll consider a high efficiency air conditioning installation in Indianola, IA if this is the year when you put in a new system. Get in touch with our trained technicians for the help you’ll need to end up with the best possible new home cooling system.

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Why Is There Only Warm Air Coming from My AC?

May 9th, 2017

Although we can still anticipate some cool days with rain ahead here in Ankeny, IA and throughout the Des Moines area, May is the month when air conditioning systems will start running on a regular basis. If your air conditioning system already received its annual tune-up and inspection, then it should be in excellent shape to handle the season. But what if you start running your cooling system this month and find that system really isn’t… cooling? An AC that blows out only warm air isn’t much good to you except as a fan.

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Will My Air Conditioner Take Care of Humidity?

May 1st, 2017

Humid summers are the norm here in the Des Moines Area, which means summer days that feel much hotter than the actual temperature on the thermometer (or showing on your smart phone app). Once relative humidity starts to climb above 60%, the extra moisture in the air restricts the ability of the human body to release heat through the skin by perspiring. This is basically like adding a blanket over your body during a hot day: the temperature isn’t any higher, but you feel much hotter than you should because of all the trapped heat! An 80°F day can feel like it’s 90°F when relative humidity is more than 60%.

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