Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Des Moines’

Prepare for the Coming Extreme Cold!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

logoIn the next few days, we all will experience temperatures and wind chills that our homes’ heating systems in the Des Moines area are NOT designed for. -20 to -30-degree temperatures with wind chills into -40 and down to the -50s! Newer homes will struggle to maintain temperature and older homes will NOT maintain temperature—the temperature WILL drop while the heating system is working at full capacity. Here are some helpful tips to make the next few days a little more bearable.

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Is Your Heater Running Properly?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

dog-blanketWhat does this mean, you may be wondering? Is my heater starting up? Sure it is. Is it generating heat? Well, yes. That would be a pretty obvious problem, and I don’t really need a blog post to tell me that a heater should be doing so.

That’s not really what this blog is about, though.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about an issue that a lot of homeowners face, and that a lot of homeowners fail to recognize as a serious issue: short cycling. Because your heater will still technically be firing up and producing heat when it is short cycling, you may be tempted to ignore the issue, if you register it as such at all.

Don’t.

We are going to take a look at some of the potential causes of short cycling, as well as some of the ways in which it works against you and your system. If necessary, we can handle your heating repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Keep Your Heater Working Efficiently

Monday, December 31st, 2018

money-savingIf we were able to provide you with free heating, it would be our honor to do so. That’s just not a possibility, however—which is actually good for us, since giving away free heating probably wouldn’t be great for our finances. That being said, you certainly don’t want to be paying more than is necessary in order to heat your home. Too many homeowners write off their high heating costs as the norm, though, even though boost efficiency can be quite simple.

Now, we’re not going to be able to make your heater any more efficient than it is rated for. All systems do have their upper limit. However, we’ can help you to keep your heater working as closely to that upper limit as possible. Sure, replacing your old, inefficient heater with a new, more efficient model is an obvious way to get a more efficient heating performance. We’d like to share some other, less expensive tips with you today, though. 

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Hard Water Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard Times!

Monday, 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!

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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3 Tips for Keeping Drains Clear

Monday, 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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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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3 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Monday, 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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