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What Impact Does Hard Water Have On My Home?

Written by The Hanna Support Team / February 22, 2018

Have you ever washed dishes only to find water spots or a white powdery substance when they dry? Do your faucets often get clogged, causing a loss of water pressure? If you answered yes, you are likely dealing with hard water.

You may be wondering “What impact does hard water have on my home?” To discover this, it helps first to learn what causes hard water.

What Impact Does Hard Water Have On My Home

What is Hard Water

Hard water occurs when you have…

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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing or Heating Services

Written by The Hanna Support Team / February 6, 2018

call for emergency plumbing or heating services

Nothing can put a damper on your day like a plumbing or heating emergency. Many times these emergencies cost a homeowner thousands of dollars and can lead to even bigger issues if not addressed immediately. But what constitutes an emergency and when should you call for emergency plumbing or heating services?

Frozen Pipes/Burst Water Pipes

During the winter, frozen pipes are a major concern for Iowa homeowners. When the water inside a pipe freezes it expands as it turns…

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Water in Your Basement During Winter? Here are 5 Areas it Might be Coming From

Written by The Hanna Support Team / January 30, 2018

water in your basement during winter

When we think of plumbing & heating issues we expect in winter, a couple of things automatically come to mind: frozen pipes and a broken furnace. One thing that might not be top of mind is water in your basement during winter – but it can definitely happen.

Walking down to your basement on a chilly winter morning to find standing water can be quite a surprise and may indicate a bigger problem. Discover the top 5 areas water…

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3 Signs Your Pipes Have Frozen

Written by The Hanna Support Team / January 11, 2018

With the severely cold temperatures permeating much of the United States this winter, it is important to remain vigilant when it comes to your plumbing pipes. When the temperatures dip below 32 degrees, pipes in un-insulated areas of your home that have not been insulated or wrapped in heat tape are susceptible to freezing.

1. None of Your Taps Produce Water

There are two reasons why your taps would not produce water in the winter. Either your water company has shut off the water to perform…

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Energy Saving Tips for the New Year

Written by The Hanna Support Team / December 27, 2017

Energy Saving Tips

Are you tired of high energy bills for cooling, heating and lighting? If you are, there are steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption and lower your home’s carbon footprint! The best part? Many of these fixes are low cost. Follow these energy saving tips to reduce your energy consumption!

1. Change Your Light Bulbs

If you are like most people, you’ve probably switched your old incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), but did you know that…

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What to do About a Leaky Water Heater

Written by The Hanna Support Team / December 22, 2017

If you discover your water heater is leaking, follow these steps to drain it and save you from a basement full of water!

Leaky Water Heater

1. Turn off Fuel Source

For gas water heaters, either turn gas off at the gas meter or using a gas isolation shut-off valve.  For electric, turn it off at the breaker.

2. Switch off Cold Water Intake

Turn water off to the unit.

3. Drain the Tank

Attach a garden hose to…

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Holiday Plumbing Tips to Keep Your Home Merry & Bright

Written by The Hanna Support Team / November 30, 2017

holiday plumbing tips

The holidays are a time for families to come together and celebrate love and joy. Unfortunately, it can be a stressful time as well. If you’re having family over, the last thing you need is a plumbing disaster on your hands!

To avoid a plumbing emergency, follow these holiday plumbing tips. You can then forget about potential disasters and focus on the good times this season brings!

Holiday Plumbing Tips

Avoid pouring liquid fats and grease down your drain. As these cool, they will…

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5 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

Written by The Hanna Support Team / November 13, 2017

Iowa receives up to 26 days of snowfall and 34 inches of snow each winter, with temperatures plunging below zero. To keep the occupants of your home or business safe and warm, we recommend taking steps to prepare your HVAC system for the coming winter.

1. Check Your Building Envelope

Before winter, it is always a good idea to check your building’s envelope for air leaks, especially around doors and windows, and seal any air leaks. For homeowners, this may include replacing the weatherstripping on doors,…

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4 Ways You Can Keep Your Water Heating Bill Low

Written by The Hanna Support Team / October 26, 2017

water heating

When was the last time you examined your hot water heater for efficiency? estimates that hot water heaters are responsible for about 12 percent of a home’s yearly energy usage. The only appliance that uses more is the HVAC system. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to control your hot water usage and your water heating bills.

1. Schedule an Energy Assessment

Most utility companies, especially electric companies, offer free energy assessments. These involve examining your home’s total energy usage and…

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Seasonal Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Written by The Hanna Support Team / October 10, 2017

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

To ensure your sump pump is working optimally, it is best to perform general maintenance tasks every three months or so. The best way to remember this is to check your sump pump at the beginning of each season.

These sump pump maintenance tips can help you protect your home and give you the peace of mind knowing your sump pump is working all year long.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Clean the sump pump and sump pit. Uncover the sump pit and clean…

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