Cyclone Contracting Blog

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

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

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

Plumbing Brands You Need to Know

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on May 17, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Is it time to update old plumbing fixtures in your bathroom or kitchen? Updating faucets, toilets, sinks, showers, or accessories can be a fairly painless way to modernize your home. We’ve worked with the following companies for years, installing their beautiful products for homes and businesses throughout the Ames area. We love them so much that we want to introduce you to them! Explore their websites, and be inspired.

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Topics: ames plumbing, ames plumbing fixtures

Why Won't My Toilet Stop Running?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Apr 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Toilets can be temperamental. They can act up for a variety of reasons and wreak havoc on your bathroom floor. Today, we're going to address running toilets. In many cases, this problem can be easily fixed without the help of a professional plumber. A toilet that runs continuously typically doesn’t end in disaster, but it can waste a LOT of water and disturb your tranquility.

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Topics: ames plumbing

5 Ways to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing This Winter

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Feb 22, 2017 10:26:00 AM

When temperatures drop below about 20 °F, homeowners start to experience frozen pipes, particularly in less insulated areas of the home like the attic, crawlspace, and garage. While losing water to one or more of your taps is certainly an inconvenience, the damage that frozen pipes can cause if they ultimately burst can be extensive and costly. Here are five ways you can prevent the pipes in your home from freezing in the winter:

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Topics: ames plumbing, ames emergency plumbing

Keep Your Water Heater Bill Low This Winter with These Tips

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Dec 12, 2016 1:01:39 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating accounts for approximately 18% of energy consumption in the home, which can equate to hundreds of dollars in bills over the course of a year. We know that winter brings skyrocketing utility bills for many families. One way to help lower costs is to lower the water heating portion of your bill. Provided your water heater is in good shape and running properly, follow these simple tips this fall and winter to save yourself some money!

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Topics: ames plumbing, Water heaters, ames water heater

Tips to Help You Host Thanksgiving Without Losing Your Mind

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Nov 17, 2016 1:36:52 PM

Thanksgiving is a big deal for many families. Whether you're hosting the largest meal of the year for the first time or you’ve done it dozens of times in the past, you're probably feeling some pressure. Not only do you want everything to go smoothly, but you likely have some finnicky in-laws to impress as well. The house needs to be cleaned and decorated (and kept that way), and there's a lot of organization to be done, or your home could quickly turn chaotic. It's a lot of work hosting Thanksgiving, but there are ways to ease the stress.

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Topics: ames plumbing