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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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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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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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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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Indoor Air Quality: How Winter Can Make Your Allergies Worse

Everyone knows that winter is cold and flu season, and spring is allergy season, right? But what if we told you that winter can often make your allergies worse? You know that stuffy nose you always get? Or how about the itchy, dry eyes that plague you all winter long? While you may have assumed the common cold was causing your symptoms, chances are your allergies were to blame. What’s causing your worsened allergy symptoms during winter? The experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain.

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Dry Skin Getting You Down? How a Permanent Humidifier Can Help

Winter weather is notorious for sapping your skin of its much-needed moisture. Harsh winds, sub-zero temperatures, and dry air can really do a number on your skin over the span of our snowy months here in Wisconsin. And while slathering yourself in lotion multiple times a day might be a quick fix, what your skin (and nasal passages, lips, and eyes) really need is more moisture in the air. How can you achieve that? With a permanent humidifier inside your home! The professionals at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain what humidity control is and how it can benefit you and your family.

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What To Do When Your Water Heater Breaks

It's one of the worst things a homeowner can experience, but there are quite a few things you can do to prevent serious damage to your home (and income) in the event your water heater tank breaks. Thankfully, we're not only make the situation considerably less stressful, but walk you through the steps so you can rebound as soon as possible. Here's a look at what to do in the event your water heater tank breaks.

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