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Help! How Do I Unfreeze Pipes?

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!

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

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

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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You Can Take Care of Your Water Heater

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: Set your water heater…

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Is Your Garbage Disposal Running Correctly?

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…

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Your Water Heater Preferences

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…

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Why Is My Water Bill So High?

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…

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Check Your Furnace

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…

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Exercise Your Sump Pump

You can take preventative steps to ensure your sump pump’s health. About every month or so, pour a five-gallon bucket of water down your sump pump. Not only does this exercise your pump, but it also lets you know if there are any issues if the pump doesn’t turn on. Because this home test is…

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