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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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Is This the Year for a New Water Heater?

January 22nd, 2018

storage tank water heaterWhen it comes to our numerous home appliances, we all wish they would last forever. Unfortunately though, our major appliances like heating systems, air conditioner, plumbing components, and water heaters take on a considerable amount of wear and tear throughout the years. This means that eventually, they will need to be replaced. The problem is that sometimes it can be tough to know when exactly some of these appliances need replacement, particularly the water heater.

When you are ready to replace the system, or if you fear you need repairs—or even if you’d like to schedule water heater maintenance, you can trust our Palatine, IL plumbing professionals for the job. But given that your water heater is almost certainly hidden from plain view, we want to give you a bit of help in determining when it’s showing signs of failing.

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No, You Shouldn’t Hear Your Pipes Knocking

January 8th, 2018

woman covering her ears, isolated on a white backgroundHave you ever been sleeping or resting comfortably, and in the middle of the night start to hear a soft but persistent knocking sound behind your walls? At first it may be easy to ignore, particularly if you’ve heard it before. Inevitably, however, this sound will grow with each passing night, and eventually you won’t be able to tune it out anymore. What you’re hearing is knocking pipes, and you shouldn’t have to deal with this nuisance!

Fortunately, however, there are solutions, which we’ll get to in a moment. If you are concerned about this issue or there are other symptoms alongside this annoying knocking sound, then it may be time to call a professional Evanston, IL plumber.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Professional Water Heater Repairs

December 26th, 2017

Pipes of a heating systemNo matter what season we’re in, and no matter what the temperatures are outside, there’s one appliance within your home that you need on a daily basis—and that’s your water heater. It’s easy to take this system for granted, until something goes wrong with it and you aren’t able to get hot water from your taps.

When you think about the amount of stress that a water heater goes through, you’ll understand that you can’t expect it to work 100% effectively throughout its entire lifespan, especially without investing in important Glenview, IL water heater services, such as annual maintenance and timely repairs. But aside from being alerted to repair needs during your tune-up appointment, how can you tell when your water heater is in trouble?

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How Freezing Temps Lead to Pipe Bursting

December 25th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIf you haven’t already taken steps to winterize your home, now is certainly the time to do it, before we’re under heavy amounts of snow. Winterizing your home includes fixing any drafts that can lower your HVAC efficiency, making sure your heating system is maintained, and ensuring your pipes are protected.

The latter is particularly important, as neglecting this winter task can leave you with frozen pipes, and eventual pipe ruptures. This is most likely to happen with the exposed pipes that lead outdoors as well as exposed pipes around your water heater, but it can essentially occur anywhere in the home where pipes face too much cold without appropriate insulation.

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Can You Detect a Leak on Your Own?

December 11th, 2017

faucet with slow dripLet’s say you’ve found yourself with unexplainable high water bills. Naturally, your water bills will change each month, depending on how much you use certain plumbing fixtures (for instance, you won’t be using your irrigation system in the dead of winter!) But when your utility bills spike for no reason, it’s time to take a close look at what’s going on with your plumbing.

But can you detect a leak on your own? Well, yes and no, which we’ll get to in a moment. First, it’s important that you understand why even the smallest leak is actually a pretty big deal. The US EPA states that a faucet leaking at just one drop per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year. And considering that a “small” leak can happen anywhere along your water lines—including underneath your slab or behind walls—this can be detrimental to your home and your water bills.

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Is It Time to Invest in a Tankless Water Heater?

November 28th, 2017

tankless water heater inside homeHas it come time to replace the water heater in your home? Perhaps yours has broken down, or you’re tired of paying for frequent repairs. Whatever the reason is that you’re looking to schedule a water heater replacement, remember that there are options to consider. There’s no rule that you have to stick with the same type of water heater you’ve always had.

When it is time for your new Glenview, IL tankless water heater installation, you’d do well to consider a tankless water heater. There are a number of benefits to having a tankless system in your home, and we’ve highlighted some of those benefits below.

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