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Sump Pump Mistakes To Avoid This Spring

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / March 18, 2021

First, a quick reminder of what a sump pump does. A sump pump sits in a “sump pit” below the level of the basement floor and collects excess water that would otherwise end up leaking into the basement. Then your sump pump pumps that water from the pit up and out of your home.

It’s fairly easy to understand how a sump pump operates. But there are still mistakes that can be made in installing, maintaining, or attempting to fix your sump…

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5 New Year’s Plumbing Resolutions

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / January 22, 2021

The new year is a time when many people resolve to make a fresh start and build better habits. After this past year, we could all use a fresh start— including your plumbing system. So we put together a list of some New Year’s Plumbing Resolutions to help you build some habits that can save you headaches (and wallet aches) down the road. 

1. Show your water heater some love

You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your…

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Water Heaters 101: What Homeowners Should Know

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / July 8, 2020

Water Heaters 101

Does your water heater pop or leak? It could be time to repair or replace it

Everyone likes to have instant access to hot water when they need it, whether it’s for washing dishes after dinner or taking a relaxing shower or bath. But what if your water heater starts to malfunction? What if you hear a strange popping noise? Or notice a leak?

If there’s something odd going on with your water heater, it’s probably time to call…

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Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / June 12, 2020

First, a quick reminder of what a sump pump does. A sump pump sits in a “sump pit” which sits just below the level of the basement floor and collects excess water that would otherwise end up leaking into the basement. The sump pump then transfers that water from the pit up and out of your home so you and your home stay safe and dry.

How do you know if your home needs a sump pump? Well, that depends on a few…

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Preparing Your Home for Spring

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / February 26, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to schedule maintenance on your plumbing and HVAC, even if you’re not experiencing an emergency. Below is a short list of services we’ve found to be beneficial to maintaining a healthy and efficient home.

Test and Check for Leaks

Cold Iowa weather can cause pipes to freeze in the winter, meaning these pipes can leak or burst. Test your indoor and outdoor faucets for water pressure. If the water pressure seems low, check your pipes for leaks. Although a…

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How Do You Know If Your Pipes Are Frozen?

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / January 16, 2020

It might not always be obvious, but there are some telltale signs that your plumbing system is frozen. Depending on the location of the frozen pipes and how frozen they are, you may need to call a professional to help.

Slow or Sporadic Water Supply: If nothing comes out when you turn on a faucet, then the waterline may be frozen. If the flow is slow or coming out in spurts, you more than likely have ice buildup somewhere in the waterline.

Visible Frost on Pipes: If…

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Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / December 27, 2019

As you enjoy the new year with family and friends, the last thing you want to worry about is an issue with your plumbing. Iowa winters can be tough on your plumbing system. While you can’t prevent every issue, there are a few warning signs you can look for to help you catch the problem before it turns into a disaster.

Frozen or Cracked Pipes

There are a lot of factors that can lead to frozen pipes, including uninsulated or exposed pipes coming into…

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DIY Kitchen Installs: Part 2–Garbage Disposals

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / September 10, 2019

 

Is it time to update your kitchen?  You may be tempted to DIY but the installation of the faucet, garbage disposal, water and drain lines can involve extensive plumbing work.  Tackling them on your one, without the help of a professional, could result in injuries, additional expense and damage to your home.

If you plan to install a new a garbage disposal, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before you start:


            Read Part One of this series on…

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Common DIY Kitchen Install Problems: Part 1–Faucets and Pipes

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / August 29, 2019

Is it time to update your kitchen?  You may be tempted to DIY but the installation of the faucet, garbage disposal, water and drain lines can involve extensive plumbing work.  Tackling them on your one, without the help of a professional, could result in injuries, additional expense and damage to your home.

If you plan to update, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before you start:

Avoid Leaks

A leak can happen at any time.  A large leak, especially one that goes unnoticed,…

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Preparing Your Home for Spring

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / April 1, 2019

As the harsh winter weather finally breaks and makes way for spring, we recommend taking a few steps to prepare your plumbing and your HVAC systems to deal with winter’s aftermath.

Inspect Your Pipes

Exposed pipes can freeze and burst, causing flooding and damage to your home. Pipes located in external walls and in unheated portions of your home are especially at risk. Carefully inspect each pipe for cracks. Keep an eye out for mold and moss, since they can be indicative of the presence of…

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