Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog: Archive for September, 2015

What Is A Hybrid Water Heater?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

If you’re a homeowner in the Glenview, IL area, chances are you know what a traditional tank water heater is. You may also have heard of a tankless water heater, which serves as a viable alternative to tank models by heating the water up instantly as it passes through the pipes. But between these two models lies a pair of other options: hybrid water heaters which combine the features of both. If you’re in the market for a new water heating system, you may want to consider a hybrid water heater, since they offer a number of advantages. But what is a hybrid water heater? We’ve broken down the two basic types below.

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How Can I Tell If It’s a Plumbing Emergency?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Plumbing problems don’t always follow 9 to 5 hours and if you run into a problem that just can’t wait, you may need to call in an emergency plumber. Glenview, IL has services that can perform emergency plumbing operations, but some people may be reluctant to use them because of the added expense. How can you tell if it’s a real plumbing emergency or if it’s something that can wait until normal business hours? The specifics vary widely depending on circumstances, but here’s a few tips to help you make that call.

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Is a Sump Pump Right for My Home?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Rain and snow are regular occurrences here in Chicago, and when floods come, your property can suffer a great deal. Basements and even higher floors can get filled with water, damaging the contents and requiring a huge repair effort – not to mention considerable expense – to make right again. The solution may be a sump pump installed in your basement and working to remove the water before it causes any real damage. In point of fact, a sump pump is right for any home that suffers from flood damage. Knowing more about the specifics can show you why.

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How to Detect a Slab Leak

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Slab leaks constitute one of the biggest problems a homeowner might face: an otherwise normal leak in a length of pipe placed under the foundation or the house, or in some cases even embedded inside the cement of the foundation. The leak itself is less of an issue than the difficulty in reaching it, as well as the immense difficulty in realizing it’s there in the first place. By the time the homeowner realizes that something’s amiss, the damage has been done. Here in Chicago, IL, professional plumbing services have the equipment to detect a slab leak and begin repair proceedings. But you have to spot the signs of trouble before you can call them in. Here’s a few brief ways to detect a slab leak in your home.

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Possible Causes of Sewer Line Problems

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Your sewer line is charged with transporting waste from your home to the Chicago, IL public sewer system, and as such is an extremely important part of your household. The trouble is that it’s usually buried underground, which means spotting causes of problems and pinpointing the spot to make repairs can be a tricky business. The good news is that modern plumbers have a number of tricks up their sleeve to help with the problem, such as miniature video cameras that can travel the length of the pipe and get a definitive inspection. Possible causes of sewer line problems are varied, but can include the following. Once they’re identified, a trained technician can discuss the possible solution with you.

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