Why Duct Cleaning in Your House Is an Important Job

November 27th, 2017

inside-air-ductYou’re probably rushing to finish up important fall jobs to ready your home for winter. There’s this small space right after Thanksgiving and before the real stresses of the December holidays kick in when you can get some important tasks finished. For example, if you haven’t yet had heating maintenance to ensure your home’s heater has as trouble-free a winter as possible, call us today to schedule it.

One house-cleaning chore you may not have considered: cleaning out the ductwork.

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New Water Heater Time? Let’s Answer Some Basic Questions

November 13th, 2017

water-heater-tankFall is often when homeowners have new heating systems installed to get ready for winter. It’s also a good time to have a new water heater put in. If you’re considering replacing your water heater this fall, you probably have a few questions. We’ll answer three of the most common ones below.

ONE: Do I really need a new water heater?

This should always be the first question you ask, and you’re probably already asking it. In fact, we bet the reason you’re on this page now is because you suspect it’s time to retire your water heater but aren’t 100% certain. Even if the water heater has completely shut down on you, it still might be able to be repaired. The question is whether those repairs are worth it. If the water heater will only limp on for another year and cost too much to run, then it’s time to have a new system put in.

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Considerations for a New Fall Heater Installation

October 30th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesWe’re deep into the fall now and if you’re thinking that this may be the year you have your worn-down heating system replaced, it’s best to have the work done as soon as possible. That way you won’t be caught off-guard when the first cold snap arrives and must face it with a wonky heater. It’s also easier to arrange for a new heating installation during a time of the year when an HVAC company isn’t, well, snowed under with emergency calls.

However, none of this means you should rush the process for a new heating installation. Let’s look at some fall heating installation considerations to help move the process along while getting everything just right.

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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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