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3 Tips for Keeping Drains Clear

October 8th, 2018

annoyedIf you are wondering why we bring up clogged drains so frequently, there are a few reasons for doing so.

  1. It’s a very common problem.
  2. It’s a very common problem, often caused, at least in part, by user error.
  3. It’s a very common problem, often caused, at least in part, by user error, which we can help you to avoid!
  4. It’s a very comm—just kidding, we’re done with this part.

Now, we are going to warn you, some of these tips may seem a bit annoying. Not for you, the homeowner or resident of a living space, necessarily, but for the individuals that come to visit your home and who are also using your plumbing system. Ultimately, however, it really is your responsibility to ensure that rules regarding your plumbing system are followed. Giving gentle reminders to guests is a whole lot less annoying than dealing with frequently clogged drains.

And, remember, we’re here when and if you need professional drain cleaning in Des Moines, IA.

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Get Your Heater Tuned Up Today

September 24th, 2018

old-furnaceSummer is in the rearview mirror, for the most part. Yes, there are still some warm days scattered throughout the forecast. Yes, you are probably going to opt to run your AC a bit more this year. No, that does not mean that it is too early to start thinking about heating in Altoona, IA.

Yes, we’re serious, and yes, you need to schedule your heating tune-up soon.

Why?

Well—why wait?

Heating maintenance is a preventative service, after all. It doesn’t make any sense to wait until you need your heater regularly before you schedule your heating maintenance for the year. You want to know that your heating system will be there for you when you need it most, and that means getting it back into great fighting shape before you do!

So reach out to us today, have our technicians fine-tune your heater for the season to come, and enjoy the best performance that this heater has to offer.

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When Should I Repipe My Home?

September 10th, 2018

pipesIt’s a question that no homeowner is going to want to hear “right now” as a response to. The fact of the matter is, however, that your pipes won’t last indefinitely. There will come a time when repiping your home is really going to be in the best interest of your property. There may also come a time when there is really no other option to consider. Whatever the case may be, you want to be well-informed before you take on such a major project.

Now, we know what some homeowners may be thinking. Yeah, right. You’ll never get me to repipe my entire house. I’ll just keep patching up the system here and there as need be. That’s all well and good, but getting the job done all at once, when that really is the best option, is definitely going to save you a lot of time and, though it may be hard to believe at the moment, money in the long run. Just make sure that you hire a great plumbing company in Des Moines, IA to do the job.

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber

August 27th, 2018

calling-plumberFor some reason, it seems like many homeowners are more likely to take a crack at servicing their plumbing systems than they would be at, say, breaking open the furnace to try and resolve a problem with that system. There is no denying that doing so can be very dangerous, and we wouldn’t argure otherwise! That being said, you have to keep in mind the immense amount of trouble that a compromised plumbing system can cause!

From (very costly) water damage to unhygienic backups and incredible inconvenience, problems with your plumbing are very serious business. That is why you always need to hire a professional plumber in Des Moines, IA. There is nothing about DIY plumbing services, beyond a simple plunging, of course, that make such attempts worthwhile. Read on for a few specifics about why you want a professional plumber working on your plumbing system. Then, if and when trouble does arise, dial our number!

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Call Schaal If Your Home or Office Floods!

August 13th, 2018

teamThere are a lot of factors that we can control in our homes and around the office. The temperature, for instance, provided that we have good HVAC systems installed. There are also those events that are out of our control, though. These include flooding. Sure, professional plumbing services and even basement waterproofing will help to prevent and protect against flooding. However, even this is no guarantee.

Now, you are going to have a lot to deal with if your home or office should flood. From old family photos that you may have stored to important documents that have not been digitized, you’ll likely wind up scurrying around trying to mitigate damages on and to your property. But what about your HVAC system?

Today, we are going to look at what you should do regarding your HVAC system in the event of a flood. We know that you’ll have a lot on your plate, but trust us—you want to be prepared. Fortunately, that all really comes down to getting in touch with us, your trusted HVAC company in Des Moines!

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How AC Tune-Ups Prevent Repairs

July 16th, 2018

man-with-fanIf you are checking in on this blog hoping to see us present some tips for getting a 100% reliable performance from your air conditioner, save yourself some time and stop doing so. There is no such post forthcoming, because there is no tip that we or anyone else can offer that will allow you to enjoy 100% reliability. All air conditioners, even those that are built by the best manufacturers in the industry, are going to suffer from occasional operational problems. That doesn’t mean that you need to accept an unreliable performance, however.

There is a big difference between 100% reliable and as reliable as possible—chiefly the fact that the latter is actually possible! How do you get the most reliable performance that your AC can offer? The answer is simple. Pick up the phone, dial our number, and schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never need air conditioning repair in Urbandale, IA. It does mean, however, that you’ll need repairs as infrequently as possible.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

July 2nd, 2018

AC-toolsWhat would you do if you were passing by your indoor AC unit and wound up with soaking wet feet? You’d probably be pretty confused, right? After all, air conditioners (with the exception of evaporative coolers, which are not really used around here) don’t have a water supply piped into them. Why would they, when they don’t require the use of water at any point in their operation? So does that mean that you’re imagining things?

Well, no. The fact is that you may well have water spilling out of your air conditioner. It is not really a leak in the sense that you may expect, though. There is no storage tank or supply line holding or bringing water into your system. However, moisture does have a role in the air conditioning process. Confused yet? Just keep reading, and learn more about why your air conditioner may (appear to) be leaking water. Let us know if you notice any such problems in your home.

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Problems Caused By Dirty AC Filters

June 18th, 2018

changing-air-filterWe discussed how important it is to keep a fresh air filter in a forced air heating system a few months back. Because changing the air filter in a forced air system is one of the most important steps that homeowners can handle themselves in terms of system maintenance, we want to use today’s post to discuss how doing so can benefit your central AC system, too. Summer is upon us, and you should take any available measures to get the most from your AC.

Changing the air filter is quite simple—in most systems, there will even be arrows or other markings to match up with the filter which will show you how to face it! Just because it is simple and just because replacement filters of this kind are cheap does not mean that changing the air filter is any less vital, though. Sometimes, those “minor” steps can really be deceiving in terms of importance. So here’s how a dirty filter can compromise your air conditioning in Ankeny, IA.

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AC FAQ: How Do I Add Refrigerant?

June 4th, 2018

ac-toolsThe short answer is that you don’t. Your air conditioner needs refrigerant if it is going to do its one and only job—cooling your home. That is due to the fact that refrigerant is the heat transfer fluid in your central air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioner is not creating new, cool air when it cools your home. Instead, it is siphoning heat out of the air, resulting in a cooler feeling, and redistributing that cooled air throughout your home.

As you can imagine, that heat has to go somewhere. It cannot just sit in the refrigerant that has absorbed it via the evaporation process, because then the refrigerant would be too hot to draw more heat out of the air.  That is why the refrigerant goes out to the condenser coil outside. There, it releases its heat as it is compressed, before starting the cycle all over again in order to maintain comfortable temperatures. So when is refrigerant consumed?

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Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

May 21st, 2018

pipe-wrenchWhen plumbing problems strike, they can really strike anywhere in your home. In fact, issues like leaks can even lead to symptoms in areas of the house that don’t have any actual plumbing fixtures in them or pipes running through them. All of that being said, it is a law of averages, so the bathroom, an area of your home with quite extensive plumbing, is always a likely target.

As you can imagine, with your bathtub, shower, sink, toilet, and any other fixtures that your bathroom may house, there are plenty of opportunities for plumbing problems of many different varieties to strike. When they do, it is almost always going to be in your best interest to schedule service with a professional plumbing in Des Moines, IA right away. Let’s take a look at a few possible problems, some possible causes of those problems, and some potential courses of action.

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