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Support Your Home with Efficient Plumbing

April 15th, 2019

low-flow-toiletAre low flow plumbing fixtures really all they’re cracked up to be? In a word, yes.

Whether you’re looking to cut down on your energy costs or are concerned about the overuse of water and our environment, low flow fixtures are a great option. Low flow plumbing appliances and fixtures reduce the flow rate for each fixture or plumbing application in your home. This reduces the overall amount of water used in your home, lowering your energy bills.

Of course, if you do choose to have low flow fixtures installed, it’s important to talk to a professional Glenview, IL plumber. In the meantime, read on to learn more about these fixtures and how they’ll benefit you.

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The Single Biggest Plumbing Disaster You Want to Avoid

April 1st, 2019

view-of-home-interiorOkay, that might be arguable, but trust us, this is one plumbing problem you just do not want to have, especially considering how far it might have already progressed—and that’s a slab leak.

Let’s face it, most of the plumbing in your home is hidden from sight. This makes it difficult to tell exactly where (or even if) a leak is occurring. Detecting and locating leaks often takes a skilled plumber with the right type of equipment to pinpoint the leak’s exact location in order to repair or replace the pipe with the least amount of damage possible.

But the slab leak—that’s tricky. A slab leak is one that occurs beneath the concrete foundation of your home. It can happen with either the cold water or hot water lines, though it’s more common in the hot water lines (80% of all slab leaks occur here). These leaks waste significant amounts of water and can lead to structural damage to your home, not to mention the development of harmful mold and mildew. Leaks in your hot water line also mean that your water heater is wasting energy.

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What to Do about a Damaged Sewer Line

March 18th, 2019

split-drainage-pipeIn our area, it’s very rare that homeowners live without basic modern plumbing. Given that, this means you have a sewer line that runs beneath your property, where it connects to various drain lines in your home. This underground location of your sewer line protects it from damage (for the most part). When trouble does pop up, they can be a pain to repair.

At least, it used to be a pain for plumbers to fix. With advancements in technology, our plumbers are able to conduct Glenview, IL sewer repair relatively easily and efficiently, in a fraction of the time this service used to be available, and for less money too! If you suspect you might have a sewer line issue, or you know you have a sewer line damage, the best thing you can do is give our team a call.

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What Does Scaling Mean for Your Water Heater?

March 4th, 2019

water-heater-repair-manOne of the most common issues to face your water heater is also one of the most misunderstood—scaling. Scaling is a result of hard water—when your water supply has an excessive amount of minerals in it, like calcium and magnesium. These deposits build up within your pipes and fixtures and can go awhile unnoticed, but can have a big impact on your water heater or boiler system.

Keep reading to learn more about this issue, and when you need your water heater flushed, want to schedule maintenance, or need any other type of professional plumbing in Palatine, IL give our team a call!

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Plumbing Tips for Kitchen Remodels

February 18th, 2019

young-couple-looking-at-tablet-in-kitchenNow is the time of year when residents in our area start dreaming of spring, warmer weather, and home projects such as remodeling. If you’re considering having your kitchen remodeled, there’s no bad time to do it! In fact, we have some tips when it comes to your plumbing components within your kitchen.

When you think of kitchen remodels, you’re probably focused more on the cabinets, flooring, and maybe even the major appliances such as your fridge and oven—but thinking about your plumbing can be very beneficial! Keep reading for some great tips, and when you’re ready, contact our plumbers in Libertyville, IL.

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Common Plumbing Emergencies to Avoid

February 4th, 2019

old-pipe-that-burstOne of the best things you can do to protect your home is to have a good emergency plumber to call when you need them. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that any time you encounter a sudden plumbing problem, you’ll have someone on hand to help you right away. After all, we don’t recommend attempting any major plumbing repairs on your own—instead trust in pros who will act fast and get the job done right.

Our team has handled plenty of plumbing emergencies over the years, and you can trust that we have the experience necessary to deal with anything that comes our way. That being said, we’d love to help you prevent the damage that can occur from said plumbing emergencies, while you wait for a professional to come.

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“Why Are My Pipes Knocking?”

January 21st, 2019

Shocked and surprisedSo you hear a strange noise coming from behind your walls—you might even think it’s coming from the front door, but you check, and it’s not—it’s a knocking sound of some kind.

Don’t worry, your house is probably not haunted, but we don’t judge you if that’s the conclusion you jumped to. What you’re actually hearing is sometimes called water hammer. This is a fairly common occurrence. However, it does indicate a problem—one that can only be remedied by a professional plumber in Skokie, IL. Keep reading to learn more about this issue.  

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Winter Plumbing Problems: How Burst Pipes and Other Troubles Occur

January 7th, 2019

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIt’s rare for burst pipes to occur in the warmer time of the months. Homeowners tend to have visions of clogs and leaks backing up to a point that their pipes explode, but this is a little over the top. Burst pipes are a possibility, but not due to clogs—it’s due to the water in those pipes freezing.

There are actually a number of plumbing problem that can occur this time of the year, and our professional plumbers are familiar with all of them, and therefore can help correct each one. However, we’d like to give you some info on how they occur so you can watch out for them and maybe even prevent damage to your plumbing in Wilmette, IL.

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Does Your Tank Water Heater Need Repair?

December 24th, 2018

pipes of a water heaterNo matter the season, no matter what outdoor temperatures are, there is one home comfort system you will need year-round, on a daily basis. That is your water heater! It’s easy to take this system for granted, along with the fact that you’ll get hot water from your taps whenever you need it.

When you consider the amount of work your water heater goes through to do its job (it’s working 365 days a year, after all) it’s easy to understand that you can’t expect this system to work 100% free of malfunctions. At some time or another, you might need to have your water heater professionally repaired. Therefore, it helps to know the warning signs that something is amiss with this system. Keep reading for some of the tell-tale signs that it’s time to call a professional plumber in Palatine, IL for water heater service.

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The Reason You Need a Good Storm Drainage System in Place

December 10th, 2018

water bubbling overIf you’ve lived in the Wilmette area for even just a year, you might already know the answer to this question. You know how heavy and sometimes unexpected rainstorms can be, and the subsequent flooding from these rainstorms can be very damaging, not to mention a nuisance! The last thing you need is a lake in your front yard, right? Unless you’re into that kind of thing—but we’d really encourage you to reconsider the contents of that lake.

What you really need is a solid storm drainage system, installed by professionals who are experts in all things plumbing in Wilmette, IL. Our team is here to help!

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