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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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Caring for Your Commercial Garbage Disposal

March 5th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundThere are a number of appliances within a home that you rely on daily—many of them that we take for granted, and would cause a major inconvenience if they suddenly stopped working. The garbage disposal in your kitchen is definitely one of them! But imagine the disruption it would cause to your residential kitchen, then think about how that problem would amplify in a commercial setting.

The last thing you want in your commercial kitchen is a jammed up garbage disposal system. This is one of the most common emergency commercial Palatine, IL plumbing calls that professional plumbers receive, which is understandable considering the huge business interruption they can cause. So, are you properly caring for your commercial garbage disposal? If not, what can you do?

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Avoid These Common Springtime Plumbing Troubles

February 19th, 2018

woman under sink with panicked expressionWith our area’s snowiest winter in 3 years, it may seem strange that we’re already talking about spring, but it’s always best to be prepared, even when it comes to your home’s plumbing. Actually, especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing.

Our Evanston, IL plumbers are standing by to help with whatever plumbing needs may arise, but we would like to help you avoid the most common springtime emergencies if at all possible. Keep reading to learn more!

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Kitchen Remodel Tips: Planning Around Your Plumbing

February 19th, 2018

Professional gas range and range hood, white cabinet, antique ceiling lamps, fine bone china teacups in cabinets. Chalk paint hand-painted stools. Antique brass fruit tray. Antique cherry wood tea tray.Winter is a popular time for small indoor remodeling projects, since you aren’t spending a whole lot of time outdoors. But those small projects can be come huge to-dos if not done correctly, or with professional assistance.

Take your Glenview, IL kitchen plumbing for instance. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your plumbing on a normal day—a jammed garbage disposal, a clogged drain, a leaking dishwasher. Adding an amateur remodel job to the mix could be the recipe for disaster! Not to fear, though. We have some tips for you on how to plan around your plumbing—or rather, with your plumbing—when doing a kitchen remodel.

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6 Most Frequent Causes of Drain Backups

February 5th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsIn today’s world, there are probably a few things you take for granted as a homeowner. The fact that your water heater will always provide you with hot water, the fact that your dishwasher and washing machine will clean your dishes and clothes respectively, without error. And the fact that water will flow flawlessly through your pipes day in and day out.

At least, you probably took that last one for granted until you met your first plumbing clog or drain backup. Hopefully, you were able to relieve it using a plunger and some elbow grease. Some drain backups require a bit more than that, though—and no, we aren’t talking about corrosive store-bought drain cleaners. We’re referring to the services of a professional Glenview, IL plumber.

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These Are the Plumbing Emergencies You Want to Avoid

January 23rd, 2018

woman under sink looking at the pipe in panicIn addition to causing considerable damage to your home, plumbing issues can potentially impact your water bills. Even the smallest leak can account for significant water loss—gallons, over the course of a year. Fortunately, if you do run into any sort of plumbing problem, you can rely on our Glenview, IL professional plumbers to resolve it for you.

But, understandably, we’re sure you’d like to try to avoid having plumbing problems all together, particularly those that constitute an emergency service call. We have a few examples of common plumbing emergency calls below, and how you can help prevent them.

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