Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog

Heed These Signs You Need Toilet Repair

March 1st, 2021

toiletDo you know what part of your plumbing system gets the most use every day? If you guessed your water heater, you’re probably right.

Okay, do you know the part of your plumbing system that gets the second most use every day? Your toilet! And it’s a plumbing appliance that you really need to be able to rely on, right? But when you use an appliance like this every day, it’s naturally going to accumulate wear and tear, and eventually, you will need some kind of repair, no matter how minor.

Fortunately, the pros from Reliance are here for you when that happens. But how do you know when to give us a call? You’d need to know the signs that your toilet is in trouble. Read on to learn what a few of these signs are!

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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

February 15th, 2021

woman-catching-water-in-bucket-under-sinkWhen you’re looking for a great plumbing company, you probably want one that offers emergency services (even if you don’t know it yet). As much as we hope they would, problems like severe leaks, clogs, and other plumbing problems don’t always choose to show up during regular business hours. Since your plumbing system is vital to your home’s functionality it makes sense that when you do have a plumbing emergency, you want it to be taken care of right away.

But how do you know what constitutes as an emergency? When is it “worth it” to give us a call. Sure, obviously if there is water gushing out of a pipe and into your home and you don’t know where your main water shut off is, it’s clearly an emergency, but some are more subtle. We can tell you that if you detect a sewer line leak, a slab leak (a leak in a pipe underground) or a sudden decline in water pressure, it’s an emergency! So, what should you do next?

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Is Your Sewer Line Damaged?

February 1st, 2021

sewer-line-with-tree-rootsIf there is any part of your plumbing system that’s most important, it may very well be the sewer line—the pipe that removes wastewater from your property and moves it into the civic sewer system cleanly away from your home. Sewer lines are usually buried underground, in your back or front yard, safe from damage that can come from inclement weather and other types of wear and tear.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that your sewer line is immune to all problems. Your landscaping like trees and shrubs can grow roots that infiltrate the line, for instance. A shift in the soil could cause instability and pipe breakage, too.

Fortunately, if this does happen, all you need to do is give our team a call. But, how do you know when it’s time to call? Read on as we uncover some common signs of sewer line damage.

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Top 5 Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

January 18th, 2021

brown-pipe-with-pinhole-leakWe’ve all seen those movies or TV shows when a character walks into their home on a rainy day to discover water pouring from a spot on their ceiling. There are usually buckets involved and as dramatic as it is, it’s also usually resolved pretty quickly.

We have some bad news for you. Fiction is definitely not reality. The truth is, most leaks are actually from plumbing systems, not damaged roofs and rainy days. And once they’re coming through your ceiling or drywall, they’ve gotten really bad. They’ll require professional plumbing repairs and probably repair to your property as well.

We’d like to help you avoid getting this far. Fortunately, there are some ways you may be able to detect a leak before that leak grows dramatic-movie-worthy. Read on as we uncover the top 5 signs that you have a plumbing leak.

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater Installation

January 4th, 2021

tankless-water-heater-misconceptionsWhen we say “water heater,” what image springs to your mind? It’s likely a big storage tank with a number of pipes and lines sticking out of it, right?

Now, take away the tank and replace it with a much smaller box.

You might be confused at this point—how is a box going to keep all that water hot? Well, because it’s much more than just a box. It’s a tankless water heater.

This type of water heater is just about exactly what it sounds like—it is a hot water heater that doesn’t require the use of a large storage tank to hold gallons of water until it can be used. Also called an on-demand system, it’s space-saving and prevents flooding, among other benefits. Read on as we uncover facts about tankless systems that will make you want to upgrade today!

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Are the Pipes Under Your Home Leaking?

December 21st, 2020

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This is what’s known as a slab leak, and it can be quite insidious. Slab leaks are what plumbers refer to as any leak that occurs in the hot or cold water pipes that lay below your home’s concrete foundation, and they can be a major problem. Not only do slab leaks cause considerable water waste, but they can also damage your property, lead to mold and mildew development, and add additional strain on your water heater if the leak is happening in the hot water lines.

A note about the latter: slab leaks usually do occur in the hot water lines.

Our highly trained and experienced plumbers are equipped to accurately locate this kind of problem in order to effectively fix it. But what causes it to begin with. Shouldn’t a pipe that is set down beneath your concrete foundation be pretty well protected?

Theoretically, yes. But, there are a lot of factors at play here. Read on to learn more!

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Beware These Plumbing Emergencies

December 7th, 2020

man-catching-water-from-ceiling-in-bucketWe don’t exactly “look forward” to you having a plumbing emergency, but we certainly look forward to being able to help when one happens! That is quite literally what we are here for—taking care of plumbing mishaps is our specialty, no matter what it is and no matter when it is.

Of course, we understand that you would rather never have an emergency. The best way to avoid a plumbing emergency is with routine maintenance including video pipe inspection and drain cleaning. Still though, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the most common plumbing emergencies to underscore the importance of maintenance. Read on as we uncover these emergencies.

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Is Your Toilet Running?

November 23rd, 2020

hand-flushing-toiletNo, we promise this isn’t the start of a bad joke. A running toilet may not be too serious of a problem, but it actually wastes a lot of water and wears down your toilet plumbing system. This ends up being costly for you, when it is actually quite a simple problem for our plumbers to fix for you.

But what are the reasons this might happen? Can a running toilet be stopped or prevented? Read on and find out!

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Don’t Let the Holidays Wreak Havoc on Your Plumbing

November 9th, 2020

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeHow are you spending this holiday season? We know, it’s going to look a lot different this year. But hopefully, you’re able to enjoy festivities with your immediate family or even a small group of friends who are part of your “quaranbubble.”

Whatever you’re planning to do, if guests and big meals are involved, you need to pay attention to your plumbing system. If you haven’t had plumbing maintenance done in over a year, then now’s the time to schedule it! But in addition to that, it’s important to know how to prevent the most common holiday plumbing woes. Of course, when you do have a plumbing problem, you can just contact us to get in touch with a trustworthy Skokie, IL plumber. In the meantime, read on as we dive into some plumbing factors to keep in mind.

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“Knock, Knock,” Time to Check Your Pipes

October 26th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsIt’s the middle of the night. You’re peacefully sleeping when it happens. You’re awoken by a persistent knocking sound that isn’t coming from your front door—it’s coming from inside your walls!

When you first hear it, you may think you’re just imagining things. Or perhaps you’ll think your house is haunted (spoiler alert: it probably isn’t). But eventually, the noise will become so annoying that you just can’t ignore. And what could very well be happening is that your pipes are knocking.

Read on as we uncover what causes this, why it’s a problem, and what solutions are available. And if you’re concerned about anything plumbing related, please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to our team.

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