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What is Scale? Can it Affect Your Plumbing?

Scale buildup can reduce the efficiency of your plumbing and potentially cause damage. Learn how scale affects your pipes and fixtures from the experts at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating.

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Dump Your Sump Pump: 5 Signs it’s Time for a Replacement

If your sump pump fails, it cannot keep the lower levels of your home dry. Learn the signs of impending sump pump failure from the experts at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating.

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Are Your Air Ducts Making You Sick?

Do you suffer from unexplained indoor allergies? Do they become worse when you’re forced to wait out the winter inside? If so, your air ducts may be the culprit behind your mysterious symptoms. Unfortunately, all manner of dust, microbes, and other health-harming particles can accumulate inside your ducts over time, and if you don’t have them cleaned, the buildup may be substantial.

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Winter Plumbing Problems: 4 Common Issues

Wisconsin winters are notoriously cold—less than 30 years ago, we recorded our coldest day in history at 55 below zero. When the weather reaches temperatures like that, plumbing issues are almost inevitable. At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, we know just how inconvenient and potentially damaging winter plumbing problems can be. So, to help you recognize when you might be on the verge of a plumbing disaster, we’ve put together this brief collection of the most common issues we see. Take a peek and get prepared.

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Indoor Air Quality and Winter Allergies: How Air Purification Helps

In Minnesota, bitter cold necessitates staying indoors for the majority of the winter. Unfortunately, staying indoors for months at a time can significantly impact your health if your home has poor air quality. At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, we’re well aware of the negative effects air can have on your body, which is why we provide high-quality air purification to homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. If you suffer from persistent allergy symptoms or nagging health issues, an air purification system can help alleviate your health concerns. Curious about what it can do for you and your family’s health? Let’s take a look.

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Home Heating Issues? Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Thermostat

Winter in central Wisconsin is notoriously cold, which means it’s the worst time of year to be without a properly functioning thermostat. Typically, HVAC thermostats last approximately 10 years, so if you know you’re due for a replacement, now is a perfect time. If, however, your thermostat hasn’t hit it’s age threshold yet, and your HVAC system is acting odd, our team at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating is here to help. Here are three of the most common signs that your thermostat is ready for a replacement:

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Own an Older Home? What You Need to Know About Boiler Maintenance

If you own a vintage home, there’s a good chance you’re still heating your house with an old fashioned boiler system. While you might think your system may be outdated and in need of replacement, boilers—when properly maintained—can last up to 50 years or longer. They’re typically more energy-efficient than furnaces and produce a tremendous amount of heat, which is perfect for our frigid Wisconsin winters. Rather than replacing your older heating system, take the necessary steps to make sure it stands the test of time. How can you do that? It all boils down to taking proper care of your boiler on a regular basis. Below, the experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain what you can do to maintain your boiler properly.

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Furnace vs. Heat Pump: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re looking to upgrade your heating system before winter strikes, you’re almost out of time! When it comes to heating your home, you have a couple of options: a furnace or a heat pump. Which one should you choose? Is one better than the other? At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, we get a lot of questions from homeowners who aren’t sure which heating option is best suited to their home. We’ve put together this brief breakdown of the differences between a heat pump and a furnace and what you should consider when making your decision.

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8 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drains

Tossing things down the drain when you’re in a hurry might seem convenient—after all, if it goes down, it’s basically like throwing it away, right? Wrong. When you toss the wrong things down your drain, they can get caught in your plumbing, potentially contributing to severe clogs. At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, it’s our job to keep your plumbing functioning as efficiently as possible. To help you keep your pipes in top form, we’ve put together this list of eight things you should never put down your drains. Take a look.

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Plumbing Preparation: How to Get Your Pipes Ready for Winter

Winter is quickly approaching, which means you don’t have much time to get your plumbing ready for cold weather. In Wisconsin, we all know just how damaging freezing temperatures can be to our pipes. However, you can save yourself from a springtime plumbing disaster by taking the appropriate preventative measures. The experts at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating explain what you can do to help ensure your pipes stay in tip-top condition year-round.

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