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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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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / October 16, 2018

Autumn is the ideal time to give your home some extra care. The mild weather allows you to spend a little time outdoors and give your home some TLC to make sure everything is in line before the temperature begins to drop.

To combat any issues before they begin, there are a few things we recommend you do before winter arrives.

 

Shut off Outdoor Faucets

You likely have at least one outdoor faucet, but it’s often not something we think…

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Flooding Prevention Tips

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / September 17, 2018

If you’ve lived in or near Cedar Rapids, you may already know the area can be prone to flooding, especially near the Cedar River. While flood prevention isn’t always possible, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate the damage.

Check Your Sump Pump

Regularly checking your sump pump can prevent your basement from flooding. If you have a sump pump, inspect the sump pit to ensure it is clean and free of debris. Slowly pour a few gallons of water into the well…

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Tankless Water Heater Installation at Meth-Wick Community

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / September 13, 2018

Isaac, one of our Commercial Leads, at Hanna Plumbing & Heating, recently worked with Meth-Wick, an assisted living center in Cedar Rapids, to install a series of commercial tankless water heaters. His work with Meth-Wick’s installation will result in countless benefits to the residents while providing a cost-effective solution for their management team.

“We’ve been providing heating and plumbing services for them for a while. While we were taking a look at their steam boiler, we noticed that we could help them be more efficient,…

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What Impact Does Hard Water Have On My Home?

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / February 22, 2018

Have you ever washed dishes only to find water spots or a white powdery substance when they dry? Do your faucets often get clogged, causing a loss of water pressure? If you answered yes, you are likely dealing with hard water.

You may be wondering “What impact does hard water have on my home?” To discover this, it helps first to learn what causes hard water.

What Impact Does Hard Water Have On My Home

What is Hard Water

Hard water occurs when you have…

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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing or Heating Services

Written by Hanna Plumbing & Heating / February 6, 2018

call for emergency plumbing or heating services

Nothing can put a damper on your day like a plumbing or heating emergency. Many times these emergencies cost a homeowner thousands of dollars and can lead to even bigger issues if not addressed immediately. But what constitutes an emergency and when should you call for emergency plumbing or heating services?

Frozen Pipes/Burst Water Pipes

During the winter, frozen pipes are a major concern for Iowa homeowners. When the water inside a pipe freezes it expands as it turns…

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