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Fall Plumbing and Heating Checklist

By Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling on Aug 16, 2017

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It’s hard to believe it, but fall is almost here! To help prepare your home for the colder months ahead, we created a Fall Plumbing & Heating Checklist. This checklist covers plumbing and heating tasks you can do this fall that will help you conserve energy, protect your home from a potential plumbing emergency, and save money throughout the rest of the year.

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It’s Sweet Corn Season! Learn What Can’t Go Down the Garbage Disposal

By Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling on Jul 19, 2017

What Can't Go Down the Garbage Disposal

Live on a farm? Great! Save food scraps for the animals. Live in town? Unfortunately, it’s not good practice to magically make your corn shucks disappear down the disposal. Few people realize that ideally, you should only dispose of things you can chew in the disposal. So what can’t go down the garbage disposal?

There are actually some things that you should never put in the…

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Why is there a bad smell when I flush my toilet?

By Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling on Jun 28, 2017

bad smell when I flush my toilet

One question we get a lot is “Why is there a bad smell when I flush my toilet?” There are a number of issues that could cause a bad smell when you flush your toilet. The following are the most common of these issues:

Damaged Wax Sealing Ring

You have a wax seal ring beneath your toilet that keeps in the sewer gas that is displaced every…

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What to Do About Hail Damage to Your Air Conditioning Unit

By Dave Judd on Apr 27, 2017

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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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