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Basic Basement Building Codes You Need to Know

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Nov 2, 2017 7:01:00 PM

Knowing the basics about basement building codes will help not only the do-it-yourselfers, but those of you who are going to be working with a home improvement contractor and want to make sure they follow best practices and adhere to local and state building codes. Here are some industry standards to keep in mind as you (or your contractor) remodel your basement.

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Topics: basement finishing, Basement Tips, basement remodel

What to Do if Your Washing Machine Hose Is Leaking

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Oct 18, 2017 7:56:00 PM

Has your washing machine hose sprung a leak? Don’t panic. Today, we’ll walk you through some common reasons hoses can start leaking and how to fix them if they do. Once you determine the cause of the leak, you can decide if you’re qualified to make the repair or if you should call a pro to fix it for you.

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Topics: ames plumbing

Don't Overlook the Mold Growing in Your Bathroom

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Oct 5, 2017 7:25:00 PM

Mold can cause a number of problems, from poor indoor air quality, allergies, and health issues to odors and damage to your home. Don’t overlook the musty smell or mold or mildew growing in your bathroom. Be proactive by dealing with any current problems and cleaning your bathroom regularly so you and your family can breathe freely and live more comfortably (and safely).

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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling

Prepare Your Plumbing Now for Winter

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Sep 27, 2017 7:48:00 PM

As winter approaches, many of us turn our thoughts toward prepping for the upcoming holidays. You may begin to plan your big Thanksgiving dinner or get your house ready for holiday travel. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a sudden plumbing emergency or having water damage go unnoticed while you're traveling or have friends and family in your home for the holidays.

Preparing your plumbing for winter before temperatures dip below freezing is a good start to ensuring a pleasant holiday season. Here are our suggestions.

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Topics: ames plumbing

Why Is Annual Preventive Maintenance Important for My Air Conditioner?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Sep 16, 2017 7:01:00 PM

Many people wonder if they really need annual preventive maintenance on their air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace. To put it simply, yes, you do! Just like changing the oil in your car, your heating and cooling systems require regular upkeep to make sure they continue to run smoothly and don't become a safety hazard for you and your family.

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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling

How Clean Is the Air in Your Home?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 30, 2017 6:06:00 PM

Is the air you’re breathing truly clean?

Most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors but don’t realize that the air inside is often more polluted than the air outside. In fact, concentrations of pollutants indoors are often 2–5 times higher than outdoors, which can affect your health more than you might think. Headaches, fatigue, lung irritation, and foul odors are just a few of the things that can result from breathing in air pollutants regularly.

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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling

Is Your Sump Pump Doing Its Job?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 21, 2017 3:41:00 PM

Have you been wondering if your sump pump is working properly? Are you nervous that it won't do it's job when you need it most? Take out the guesswork and place confidence in your sump pump by testing it now so you know it will hold up for you during the next heavy rainfall.

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Topics: ames plumbing, ames sump pump

Is It Time to Update Your Plumbing Fixtures?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 3, 2017 2:04:00 PM

Plumbing fixtures can be the focal point of your kitchen or bathrooms. They also have a huge impact on the overall function of these rooms. Is your kitchen or bathroom not performing as well as you'd like? Is the aesthetic appeal...lacking? Replacing old plumbing fixtures in your kitchen or bathroom can be an easy, inexpensive way to update your home, and it can make a BIG difference in how your space looks and functions overall.

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Topics: ames plumbing, ames plumbing fixtures

How to Keep Moisture Out of Your Home

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jul 6, 2017 11:09:00 AM

With all the rain coming down in Ames, Iowa, are you struggling to keep water out of your home? There are many ways moisture can enter your home, from a burst pipe to a leaking roof. One thing is for sure—a large amount of unwanted water in your home can end in a large amount of damage, not to mention the potential health risks involved. Here are a few tips to help you prevent water damage in your home this spring and summer.

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Topics: ames plumbing, Basement Tips, ames sump pump

4 Signs Telling You It's Time for a New Air Conditioner

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jun 27, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Is your air conditioner getting older? Does it seem to run roughly or break down often? If you have your fingers crossed hoping you’ll make it through the summer, it may be time to take the plunge and buy a new unit. Here are several instances where it would be smart to buy a new air conditioner instead of putting it off another year or two.

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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling