Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Your Drain Clog Checklist

Monday, October 19th, 2020

If you’ve been quickly pacing through the kitchen, cursing under your breath, constantly hoping that your sink would finally let go of all that dirty water, then listen up. This is the blog post for you.

Drain clogs are an everyday occurrence for us. They don’t have to happen all the time, but when they do, it’s important that you’re prepared for them. We’ve got a few quick tips to mitigate the problem of a clogged drain for homeowners in our area, and we promise that by the end of this blog post you’ll have everything you need to remove a clog. From drain snakes to plungers and the other tools a plumber in Des Moines, IA might have, there are great solutions out there to take advantage of.

Keep reading and don’t lose this checklist. You’ll be referring to this in a couple of years when your drains clog again.

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Do You Need a Water Softener?

Monday, September 21st, 2020

The answer to this question might be a surprise, but let us explain. Hard water and soft water are unique phenomena that we see in the plumbing industry. Hard water means water with natural minerals that have dissolved in it, while soft water is the kind of water you’re used to drinking. While they’re both perfectly fine for human consumption, one of them is much better for your plumbing than the other. Can you guess which one?

Many homes could use a water softener in Des Moines, IA. That’s why we want to talk about the benefits of having one installed. If you’ve never heard the term “hard water” before, or you’ve just stumbled on this post in the area, don’t worry. We’re going to discuss what all of these terms mean for you and your home.

So, let’s see if you need a water softener!

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3 Best Plumbing Practices to Start Today!

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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We get it. Homeowners can be disappointed when they’re scouring the internet for some kind of plumbing DIY tips, only to be confronted with a blog post that tells them to call their local plumber. While we are your local plumber and we do think you should call us for help, that might not be what you’re looking for today.

We’re going to talk about the three best plumbing practices that you don’t need a plumber for. Since these are preventative plumbing practices, they’re not very good at cleaning your drain or fixing a problem that’s already underway. In fact, these practices can help your plumbing last longer and avoid problems that would normally be expensive to repair.

What are these preventative practices? Keep reading as we go into specifics about ways to keep your plumbing in good shape. Don’t forget to call us, your local plumber in Des Moines, IA, if you run into any problems with your home plumbing system!

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The FOG Conundrum: What to Do

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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We clear a lot of plumbing systems of their drain clogs every year. Sometimes they’re just old drains that haven’t been clogged in years. Other times, they’re clogs that could have been avoided. We’re here today to talk about the latter half of clogs—the ones that homeowners don’t know are usually avoidable. Those clogs have a lot to do with FOG.

FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease. These types of substances that exist mainly in our kitchens are especially insidious towards our plumbing systems. While fats might taste good and be healthy in many diets, they’re not very good for your drains and can often cause clogs that are a hassle to deal with.

Do you constantly need help with your plumbing in Des Moines, IA? Perhaps you’re the victim of FOG. Keep reading as we go into the specifics of what FOG does and drain clogs caused by these materials can be avoided.

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Commercial Plumbing Is Vital for Your Business

Monday, May 4th, 2020

pipingWhat separates commercial plumbers from residential plumbers? Well, that’s easy, right? Commercial plumbers work on plumbing systems that are used by businesses while residential plumbers mainly focus on home plumbing systems. This is technically true but there’s more to it than that. Commercial plumbers work under a strict set of guidelines because commercial plumbing concerns a lot more than just making sure there are no leaks and that your sprinkler systems work.

Commercial plumbers need to be dependable and respond to any of your emergencies at the push of a button. That’s because poor commercial plumbing in Des Moines, IA can actually harm your business to a degree that you’d rather not think about. Leaky faucets, clogged toilets, and backflow systems that aren’t up to city code could cost you money that your business just isn’t in the position to spend—and professional commercial plumbers are focused on mitigating these problems before they occur.

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What Everyone Should Know About Their Kitchen Plumbing

Monday, March 9th, 2020

In the past few decades, the materials that make up our plumbing have only improved. We’re at the point where plumbing systems could last so long that, when kids inhabit the homes their parents built, they’re forgetting some timeless tips that kept these plumbing systems in such good condition.

So, we’d like to talk a bit about some serious improvements you could make at home that will better the quality of your drains and will keep them healthier for longer. Drains that are neglected will start to slow down or get clogged frequently. While we love every time you call us for a plumber in Des Moines, IA, we know that you’d rather live your life without the addition of clogged drains.

Take a look below and see if this information can help you extend the life of your kitchen drains.

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Familiarize Yourself with These 6 Plumbing Terms

Monday, November 18th, 2019

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Plumbing jargon might seem like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo to homeowners that aren’t constantly working with pipes. However, it’s not all that complicated when you take it step by step. We’d like to talk to you about a few plumbing terms that could help you rest easy when dealing with plumbing problems in the future.

It can lead anyone to panic when calling for emergency plumbing in Des Moines, IA if they don’t know how exactly to talk about the problem. Whether it’s a toilet issue, a leaking pipe, or a drain that’s clogged, hopefully, these plumbing terms can give you the know-how to have a good conversation with your plumber about what exactly needs to be done.

Well, let’s get started!

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Signs You Need a Sump Pump

Monday, October 21st, 2019

We are always surprised by how little homeowners know about sump pumps. Not that it should be required to take a “Sump Pump 101” class in order to be a homeowner, but we’ve seen our fair share of basements that could realluse a sump pump.

A sump pump is basically a pump that keeps your basement and floors dry from any type of flooding or precipitation. For homes that are generally located in flat areas or below sea-level, you could be experiencing some extremely moist conditions within the lower dwellings of your home. If you’ve been encountering a constantly moist basement, increased amounts of precipitation, and frequent flooding events, it might be time to invest in a sump pump.

And remember, if you’re looking for plumbing in Des Moines, IA then we offer sump pump services that can keep your home dry.

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Winter Plumbing Challenges Solved!

Monday, 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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When Should I Repipe My Home?

Monday, 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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