Cyclone Contracting Blog

What It Takes to Become a Licensed Plumber or HVAC Technician

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Sep 29, 2015 11:02:00 AM

A lot of hard work goes into becoming a licensed plumber or HVAC technician – more than most people know. Today, we'll discuss the steps one must take to become a master in one of these disciplines. This will not only give you inside knowledge about these industries, but it will also help you become familiar with what you should look for when searching for a qualified plumber or HVAC technician.

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Topics: ames plumbing, Ames Heating and Cooling, Ames Handyman

Choosing a Quality Plumber

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jun 20, 2014 3:43:00 PM

Before you end up in a dire plumbing situation, it's wise to have a quality emergency plumber in mind so that you’re ready at any time. In order to make the best decision about which plumbing contractor to choose, you should consider a number of factors. Not all plumbers have your best interest in mind, nor will they all do a proper and quality job, leaving you feeling safe and satisfied.

 

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Topics: ames plumbing, ames emergency plumber, ames emergency plumbing, Ames Handyman

Do I Need an Emergency Plumber for My Kitchen Sink?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Feb 4, 2014 9:35:00 AM

Any time you can’t use your kitchen sink seems like an emergency.  Kitchen sink plumbing problems are disruptive, so we naturally want them fixed as soon as possible.  Although you may need emergency plumbing service to solve the problem, there are some troubleshooting steps you can take on your own before calling in the pros.

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Topics: ames plumbing, Ames Handyman

Do I Need an Emergency Plumber for My Kitchen Sink?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jan 30, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Any time you can’t use your kitchen sink seems like an emergency.  Kitchen sink plumbing problems are disruptive, so we naturally want them fixed as soon as possible.  Although you may need emergency plumbing service, check first to see if you can solve the problem on your own.

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Topics: ames plumbing, Ames Handyman

Is It Time for a New Roof?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jan 21, 2014 8:05:00 AM

Most homeowners don’t think about replacing their roofs until they notice a leak.  The best time to get a new roof, however, is before the old one starts leaking.  Look for these signs that your roof is ready for replacement.  If it is, consider only registered contractors who are bonded, insured, and guarantee their work.

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Topics: Ames Handyman

Solutions for Your Wet Basement

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Jan 16, 2014 10:55:00 AM

As the snow melts and the rains begin, many Iowans find themselves battling water in their basements.  In fact, the American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that basement moisture is a problem for 60% of homeowners.  A wet basement can lead to a host of other problems, including rot, mold, damage to flooring, furniture, and other items in the basement, and attraction of pests such as termites and carpenter ants.  Consequently, the least costly way to deal with basement moisture is to do it promptly and thoroughly.

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Topics: Finished Basement, Basement Tips, Ames Handyman

Why Choose a NATE Certified Heating and Cooling Professional?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Dec 19, 2013 8:02:00 AM

Cyclone Contracting in Ames, Iowa provides NATE certified heating and cooling service to our valued customers.  NATE certification assures you that our HVAC technicians have met stringent training and testing requirements and have the knowledge and skill to provide you with superior service for your heating and cooling needs.  We are proud to install quality Bryant and Payne brand HVAC equipment, and Cyclone stands out as the only Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer in Ames.

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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling, Ames Handyman

Top 5 HVAC Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Nov 14, 2013 7:45:00 AM
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Topics: Ames Heating and Cooling, Ames Handyman

Who's the Man? It May Not Be the Ames Handyman!

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 22, 2013 10:58:00 AM

A handyman is a person who does odd jobs, claiming basic competence in a variety of small skills.  He is, as the saying goes, a Jack of all trades, master of none.  If you are considering hiring an Ames handyman to do work on your home, you should ask yourself, “Can one person truly be a master of all trades?  Do I want someone who is merely competent, or does the job I’m considering need a higher level of expertise?”  Enlisting handyman services or undertaking a DIY project may be perfectly fine for some small jobs, but others, such as water heater or window replacement, demand more than basic competence.  It takes years of on the job training and testing to be a licensed tradesman.  Hiring a fully qualified contractor for work on your home ensures that the work is done to code, is fully insured, and is guaranteed. 

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Topics: Ames Handyman

Problems with Hiring a Cheap Contractor

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 20, 2013 8:59:00 AM

According to Consumer Reports, the biggest mistake consumers make is "being seduced by the price alone."  Your home is probably your largest asset, as well as the center of your family life.  Any changes you make will affect both your personal and financial well-being.  For such important work, you will want a highly skilled professional, not the person who can do the job in the cheapest way possible.  If a contractor offers an unusually low price, they will probably have to cut corners to cover their costs. 

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Topics: home remodeling, Ames Handyman