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Is Your Heater in Trouble Already?

December 17th, 2018

servicing-furnaceIt’s only December, which means that we have a whole lot more winter weather to contend with before things start to warm up once again. That can be a startling realization when you run into problems with your heating system relatively early into the heating season. The best way to protect your comfort, the condition of your heater, and even your safety is to schedule prompt heating repairs in Clive, IA. To do so, however, you need to recognize the signs of trouble.

Not all of them are incredibly obvious. That’s the bad news. The good news, inasmuch as we can use the word “good” in this context, is that not every problem is terribly serious, either. However, most warning signs do point to potentially serious problems, so the right course of action is to treat any such issue as a priority. In doing so, you help to prevent serious damages to your heating system that could have been avoided with more prompt action!

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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

December 3rd, 2018

tank-water-heaterHot water in your home is not only a convenience, but a necessity. We use hot water every day, and we tend to take it for granted. When your water no longer runs hot, you will notice. When this happens, it is time to call a trusted professional.

We know that many homeowners wait until their hot water heaters break down completely before calling for repair. Homeowners may also not realize how serious a problem really is. We understand that scheduling a repair might be the last thing you want to do today, but trust us, waiting will only make matters worse. Waiting until your water heater breaks down will make for a costlier repair bill.

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Hard Water Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard Times!

November 19th, 2018

water-softenerThere are a lot of problems with your plumbing system that you may encounter. It is not all about leaks and clogged drains, however. The problem may actually be with the quality of the water coming out of your taps itself. One of the most common plumbing and water quality issues that homeowners face is that of hard water. Now, hard water is not necessarily an emergency. Not right away, at least. It can cause some serious problems, though.

In today’s post, we are going to discuss hard water in-depth. We’ll talk about what hard water is, what kind of issues it can lead to, and how best to resolve problems with hard water. In fact, we’ll come right out and say that you’ll want a whole-house water softener in Des Moines, IA if you have hard water. There is no better way in which to deal with the problem effectively and conveniently. Now, let’s take a closer look!

What Is Hard Water?

No, we are not talking about ice—though it is certainly getting chilly out there! Hard water is just regular old water that has too high of a mineral concentration. Typically, we are looking at calcium and magnesium levels. Hard water is not going to make you physically ill, the way that certain other contaminants in your water can. It may not even make it taste bad. So why the concern?

Problems Caused By Hard Water

Because those minerals don’t stay in the water, that’s why. Hard water is most commonly recognized by the deposits that it leaves behind. These ugly buildups are yellow, white, and green in color. They build up on plumbing fixtures and drains. They can stain laundry, leaving it looking yellowed even after it’s just been washed. Hard water can make it difficult to get a good lather from your soap, leaving you feeling unclean after showering, and it can make something as simple as rinsing the conditioner out of your hair more of a problem.

Perhaps the most serious issue stemming from hard water is the buildup that it leaves in pipes and appliances, though. You may hear your boiler or water heater rumbling if these buildups are present. You may have issues with narrowing drains due to increasing buildups. These are real issues that cannot be ignored!

Prevent Those Buildups from Building Up in the First Place

How do you prevent hard water deposits from building up? You get those minerals out of the water before it circulates throughout your plumbing system, that’s how. Sound time consuming and labor intensive? Don’t worry. Doing so is actually quite simple, once we have installed your water softener!

A water softener uses a brine tank to swap out hard water minerals with harmless sodium ions. It’s a whole-house solution, so you don’t have to worry about using multiple units or anything like that. Just one will take care of all the water coming into your home. All that you’ll have to do is replenish the salt tank with the appropriate product as needed.

Schedule your water softener services with Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.

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Winter Plumbing Challenges Solved!

November 5th, 2018

frozen-pipeWinter brings a lot of challenges. It makes commutes tougher. It makes taking the dogs out for their walks tougher. Heck, it makes getting out of bed in the morning tougher. All that being said, it is easy to overlook some of the worst challenges that winter has to offer, including those affecting your plumbing system. You’d be remiss to do so, though. Why? Because if you wait for problems to take hold, you’re already in a world of trouble!

Today, we are going to be talking about the classic conundrum that plumbing systems face in the winter season. You guessed it: frozen pipes. Is there a way to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing pipes freezing? Unfortunately, no. Is there a way to make that risk as minimal as possible? Fortunately, no.

Wait, what?

There’s not “a” way—there are plenty of them! Read on for tips regarding winter and your plumbing in Des Moines, IA.

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How Filters Affect Furnaces

October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterFurnaces have long ranked among the most popular of all home heating systems, and they are not likely to be unseated from the throne any time soon. They are highly effective, provide prompt heating throughout the house via their use of ductwork, and modern models are quite efficient. At least, this is all true when the furnace is in the best working condition possible. Scheduling routine maintenance can help to ensure that this is the case.

However, there is also one important step that you must take on your own if you really want to get the most from your furnace. That is to change your air filter as needed. Typically, this is every one to three months, though we suggest that you err on the side of caution and do it on the more frequent side of that range. Yes, your technician will change the filter during your tune-up, but once a year is not enough. A fresh filter can help to stave off furnace repair in Ankeny, IA.

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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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