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What to Do About Hail Damage to Your Air Conditioning Unit

By Dave Judd on Apr 27, 2017

hail damage to your air conditioning unit

Severe weather can mean damaging hail to the outside of your home, including your air conditioning unit. Depending on where it is damaged-  and the severity of the damage – you may need to replace your unit. If the fins that cover the coils of your unit are damaged, it can affect the unit’s efficiency by causing it to overrun and burn out quickly.

If hail manages…

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Spring Sump Pump Maintenance

By Dave Judd on Mar 23, 2017

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You’ve heard the old mantra ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ You may be excited for the flowers in May, but is your sump pump prepared for all those April showers? April is almost here, which means it’s time for your annual sump pump maintenance.

Now is the perfect time to check your sump pump for any damage or issues. Perform these three sump pump maintenance tasks to ensure your pump will be…

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Goodbye 2016, Welcome 2017!

By Dave Judd on Dec 23, 2016

Where did this year go? It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close. It’s been a big year at Master Plumbing – here are a few highlights:


Leadership Transitions

After over 30 years of dedicated service, Dave Judd has announced his retirement. He has helped thousands in the Cedar Rapids area by providing the highest quality plumbing expertise at an affordable price. Dave has also led the way in building a team of energetic, personable, experienced, caring and…

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Winterizing Your Home

By Dave Judd on Nov 07, 2016

It may not feel like it yet, but winter is right around the corner. Here are some steps you can take to get the most out of your plumbing and heating this winter.


Pre-Winter HVAC Inspection

Before the cold weather hits, have your heating and ventilation systems checked out by a professional. There are winter-670314_1920more than 20 steps required in an annual furnace check, including maintaining your furnace filter…

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Your Indoor Air Is Dirtier Than You Think

By Dave Judd on Oct 10, 2016

Did you know the air inside your home is between two and five times dirtier than the air outside?

This reality is possible because Mother Nature naturally cleans the air with UV energy, thunder, and lightning. Additionally, indoor environments are commonly polluted with mold and chemicals found in household cleaners. Because indoor air can be low-quality, people can suffer from allergies, asthma, and longer-lasting colds. Here are some steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality:

  1. Replace your…
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You Can Take Care of Your Water Heater

By Dave Judd on Oct 10, 2016

There are some steps you can take to ensure the health of your water heater.

One is to flush your water heater once a year. Rust, calcium, and sand builds up in the heater, which reduces its efficiency and drives up your costs. Here’s how you can flush your water heater:

  1. Set your water heater to the vacation setting.
  2. Turn off the cold water supply line.
  3. Connect a garden hose to the drain.
  4. Open a hot water faucet somewhere…
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Is Your Garbage Disposal Running Correctly?

By Dave Judd on Oct 10, 2016

If you are inspecting your garbage disposal, the first thing to check is the sound. Simply turn on your disposal and listen for a few seconds. A properly running disposal will have a clear, uncluttered sound, while a rusty disposal will have more of a crunchy sound. If the disposal suddenly stops or jams, then there’s a bigger issue.

On the bottom of the center of all InSinkeRator® disposals, there’s a reset button. There’s also a small hole for the…

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Your Water Heater Preferences

By Dave Judd on Oct 10, 2016

You have a lot of control over your water heater. So, do you prefer a higher or lower temperature?

Your water heater’s temperature largely determines your utility bill. Home owners who live by themselves or with one other person may choose to set the water heater higher for comfort. You determine your water heater’s temperature, even when not in use, by where you set your water heater. That is why your utility bill might be higher.

Most households with families choose to…

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Why Is My Water Bill So High?

By Dave Judd on Oct 10, 2016

Not sure why your water bill is suddenly sky-high? There’s a strong possibility your toilet may be the problem as it is the biggest water-waster in nearly every home. Here is one fool-proof way for you to test your toilet:

The Food Coloring Test

If you look in your toilet bowl and the water seems to be clear and still, you might still have a problem. To test this, simply remove your toilet tank cover and add a…

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Check Your Furnace

By Dave Judd on Oct 07, 2016

Did you know that your annual furnace check requires over 20 steps? Two of the most important steps are to maintain your furnace filter and check for carbon monoxide leaks.

Your furnace filter collects dirt and other particles from the air. Once the filter is full, dirt will begin to collect inside your furnace, which causes it to not work properly. To avoid this, change your filter every month or so.

Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and can be deadly. If…

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