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

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

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

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The Ultimate Pre-Vacation Plumbing Checklist

By Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling on Jun 13, 2017

Before you leave for vacation, there are a few minor plumbing adjustments you should make that can save on energy, reduce your bills, and protect your home from potential disaster! Check out our pre-vacation plumbing checklist below! Turn off the main water supply By turning your water completely off you can avoid almost any plumbing-related

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Plumbing Tips for New Home Buyers

By Dave Judd on May 25, 2017

When you move into a new home there are a few plumbing tips that can ensure you don’t have end up with a plumbing emergency on your hands. The last thing you want to do is spend a fortune fixing an issue that could have been prevented. That is why we compiled this list of plumbing tips for new

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What to Do About Hail Damage to Your Air Conditioning Unit

By Dave Judd on Apr 27, 2017

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

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Spring Sump Pump Maintenance

By Dave Judd on Mar 23, 2017

  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

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Spring Cleaning Plumbing Tips

By Dave Judd on Feb 28, 2017

  Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil predicted, it appears that spring is rearing its head early this year. For many that means getting an early start on spring cleaning, both in and outside of the house. While you’re cleaning out the closet and de-winterizing your home, don’t forget to give your plumbing a little tender

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Help! How Do I Unfreeze Pipes?

By Dave Judd on Jan 17, 2017

Now that winter has arrived in full force, frozen pipes are a real possibility for homeowners. This is what happens when your pipes freeze: you go to sleep, the outside temperature drops, and when you wake up, the inside of your home is covered in water. The below-freezing temperatures cause water in your pipes to freeze

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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

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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

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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

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