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Plumbing Repairs: DIY vs. Professional Service

June 11th, 2018

hand man opening silver faucet or water tap with white washing sink in public toilet.Should plumbing repairs ever be a Do-It-Yourself project? Well, it some cases it might be alright. For instance, perhaps you have a clog that is close to the surface of your sink drain and you can just relieve it on your own with nothing more than a sink plunger and a little bit of elbow grease.

So sure, we do encourage “DIYers” in some cases, but definitely not all. When it comes you’re your plumbing, it may be unsafe to try to handle things on your own, as you can wind up doing more harm than good to your plumbing system and possibly even leave yourself susceptible to more problems in the future. We advise that for trickier problems, you contact a professional Palatine, IL plumber.

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Does Your Water Heater Need Maintenance?

May 28th, 2018

tankless water heater on groundOne of the most common questions we get about Glenview, IL water heater installation or replacement is whether or not these systems need regular maintenance, like other components of one’s plumbing system and home.

The short answer is “yes.”

Take the traditional storage tank water heater, for instance. Maintenance is required to check for scaling, which is essentially a mineral buildup that can cause problems with pressure, temperature, and possibly even corrosion. Tank water heaters may often need flushing, which we can do during maintenance. These systems also have a component called the anode rod, to absorb rust—this needs to be replaced every few years.

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Trenchless Technology: Let Us Fix Your Plumbing with Ease

May 15th, 2018

beautiful backyardPretty much any home in our area has a main sewer line running beneath the property. This sewer line connects your various drain lines to the city’s main civic sewer system, and since it’s buried beneath your yard, it’s mostly protected from damage. However, when problems do occur, they can be quite a big hassle.

At least, that used to be the case! Now, with Glenview, IL trenchless technology, it doesn’t have to be—your sewer line can be repaired in a fraction of the time with much less cost. Keep reading to learn more.

The Problem with Sewer Line Damage

In and of themselves, there’s not much separating a problem with your sewer line from a problem with any other household pipe. Things like leaks, clogs and other problems can plague any portion of your plumbing, and solutions, generally speaking, don’t differ much.

The problem with a sewer line, however, is that it’s more difficult to reach the pipe in order to perform repairs or replaced any damaged portion(s). Since the sewer line is buried underground, repairs used to mean a full excavation, requiring a lot of equipment, significant man hours, and subsequent service costs for you. Additionally, it meant tearing up the yard from end to end, disrupting your landscaping and livelihood.

Trenchless Technology Makes Life Easier

Trenchless technology has a number of benefits when it comes to correcting problems with your sewer line. It begins with video camera inspection, which we use to get an accurate idea of what the problem is and exactly where it’s located.

Getting the right tools and down to the sewer line is easier, too. Rather than your whole yard being torn up, a pair of small holes are dug on either side of the problem locations, and the technician can then run down the appropriate corrective measure, whether you need relining or complete sewer line replacement. This saves your technician time, but more importantly, it saves you inconvenience, time, and money.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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Trees: The Root of This Major Plumbing Problem

May 14th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsThere are a couple reasons your plumbing system’s sewer line is buried under your yard. For instance, it’s more attractive this way! However, it’s also for safety and functionality on your property. But this means that not only is your sewer line out of sight (and therefore hard to spot problems with right away) but it’s also prone to problems like tree roots searching for a water source.

Sewer line damage is a major plumbing problem, and trees are an unfortunate culprit. You may be surprised at how common it is for tree roots to cause sewer line damage and clogs. Unfortunately, they crave water, so even the smallest leak within your sewer line can attract these roots. They’re not the only threat to your sewer line, but they are worth being aware of.

Whether you suspect you have sewer line damage or what to learn more about your risks, you can contact a professional Des Plaines, IL plumber from our team for further assistance. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the dangers of tree roots.

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These Signs Indicate You Need to Call a Plumber

April 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itIt can sometimes be hard to tell if your plumbing system is in good shape at any given moment. Most people don’t think very much about their plumbing system at all, provided that the pipes continue to work for them the way it always does. Out of sight, out of mind—right? Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to deal with plumbing issues.

At some time or another, your plumbing system is likely to develop a problem of some sort. When this occurs, it’s important that you be able to address it quickly, so you can prevent most of the damage. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs that your system is in trouble and it’s time to call a Glenview, IL plumber.

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Quick Plumbing Tips for an Efficient Home This Spring

April 17th, 2018

kitchen sink faucet with water runningWhen it comes to modern plumbing, there’s a lot we take for granted. For instance, we rely on hot water every day for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. We depend on our toilets to handle every flush with ease. We expect that our sewer lines will quickly and simply take wastewater away from our homes in a hygienic manner.

But, what about when something goes wrong? You can go from ignorant bliss to plumbing emergency in no time—at least, if you haven’t taken the right type of precautions.

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Why You Should Hire a Pro for Drain Cleaning

April 16th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.Chances are, at some time or another you’ve performed a DIY (Do It Yourself) project in order to save money. In some cases, this ends up being an easier and cheaper choice for a project. For instance, panting the inside of your home, or adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen, or even fixing a squeaky door are all examples of tasks you can take on yourself. However, there are also projects that should just be left to the professionals—such as fixing a broken computer, replacing a heavy duty appliance, or doing major plumbing work.

Of course, you might not always need a professional plumber in Glenview, IL for your plumbing job. Something like a drain clog can sometimes be relieved with a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. But this is not always the case. Take a look below while we examine cases in which you should definitely hire a pro for drain cleaning.

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Don’t Underestimate the Damage a Slab Leak Can Do!

April 2nd, 2018

interior of a home showing flooring throughoutWouldn’t it be nice if you never had a problem with your plumbing system? Unfortunately, it’s pretty rare that homeowners never have a plumbing problem—no system is perfect, after all. Scheduling maintenance and other plumbing services with trained professionals will definitely help keep your system as reliable as possible, but your plumbing is put through a lot of work, and you may eventually encounter an issue.

Hopefully, your plumbing woes will be nothing more than a minor leaky faucet or slow-moving drain. In some case though, the issue can be more serious and lead to significant property damage. A prime example of this is a Glenview, IL slab leak.

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What’s the Best Way to Repair a Damaged Sewer Line?

March 20th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsUnless you live in the middle of nowhere and you home lacks basic modern plumbing, you have a sewer line running underground, connecting to the various drain lines in your home from the city’s main civic sewer system. The underground placement of this plumbing component protects it from damage—for the most part—however, when problems do arise, they can be a hassle to fix.

At least, that’s how it used to be. With new Glenview, IL trenchless technology, you can now get your sewer line repairs in a fraction of the time, for less money, and with far less damage to your landscaping and property. If you suspect a problem with your sewer line or know you have an issue, don’t hesitate to contact us to talk about trenchless sewer line repair!

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Water Heater Scaling: Should You Be Concerned?

March 19th, 2018

tank water heaterYou may have heard the term “hard water” before, especially if you’ve ever read any of our other blogs. It can sound like a pretty intimidating term, in regards to your water quality, but fortunately it’s not actually harmful to your health (it’s another story for your plumbing system though, which we’ll get to below).

Hard water describes water that has an excess of the minerals calcium and magnesium. And in your Glenview, IL water heater, this hard water causes a process called scaling—when the deposits are left behind inside the tank. In a faucet it’s fairly easy to get rid of scaling, but in a water heater it’s a different story.

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