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Winter Pipe Leaks: 3 Reasons Prompt Plumbing Repair is Critical

Do you think your pipes might be leaking as a result of winter weather conditions? Learn why immediate plumbing repair is critical for the overall condition of your home.

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Troubleshoot Your Toilet: 3 Sound That Signal Trouble

If you’re toilets sounding strange, there’s a high chance it’s in trouble. Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explains common plumbing sounds that require professional attention.

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Defective Ductwork? 3 Signs It’s Time for Replacement

If you’re blessed with central heating and cooling, chances are you don’t often ponder the condition of your ductwork—until something appears wrong, that is. Maybe your energy bills recently jumped, or your home won't maintain a consistent temperature anymore, but whatever the issue is, it’s definitely caught your attention. At Steve’s Plumbing & Heating, we know that the efficiency of your home often hinges on the condition of its ductwork. If you’re dealing with any of the three issues below, give us a call so we can conduct a thorough inspection.

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What is Scale? Can it Affect Your Plumbing?

You know that white gunk you see accumulating on your faucets and showerheads? It isn’t just unsightly; it can be downright damaging to your plumbing if you allow it to accumulate. At Steve’s Plumbing at Heating, we know how incredibly mineralized our central Wisconsin water is, which means that unless your home has a water softener, you’ve definitely got scale buildup. So what exactly is scale, how can it damage your plumbing, and what can you do about it? Let’s take a look.

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

Your home’s sump pump is a critical component of its plumbing system and one you must maintain—especially if your area is prone to substantial snowmelt. Your home’s sump pump functions to remove water that accumulates around the foundation of your home, and without it, you could find yourself with a flooded crawl space or basement.

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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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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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