Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Tips for Detecting a Leak

Monday, November 26th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationIf you’ve been a homeowner for even just a short time, chances are you’ve had to deal with at the very least, a minor plumbing issue. And one of the most common of plumbing issues? Leaks!

What makes plumbing leaks so formidable? Well, there are a few things. First off, even if leaks seem “minor,” such as a dripping faucet, those leaks can waste gallons of water over the course of a shorter time than you may believe. Because they’re minor though, they trick you into thinking they’re not that big of a deal—until you notice the cost of water starting to add up.

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Drain Care Part 2: Protect Your Kitchen Sink This Holiday Season

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Pouring water in the kitchenIn our last blog post, we explored some of the ways in which you can prevent drain clogs in your bathroom. This, of course, is not the only area of the home that suffers from plumbing problems. Another room of the home that gets just as much use of its plumbing appliances, if not more, is the kitchen. And with the holiday season just around the corner, there’s no better time to talk about ways to protect this part of your plumbing system—particularly, the kitchen sink.

If you do run into a problem with any part of your plumbing, then give a call to a professional plumber in Park Ridge, IL, such as a member of our team. In the meantime, however, read on to learn more about taking care of your kitchen sink.

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Drain Care Part 1: Bathroom Plumbing No-Nos

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Bathroom Interior Home Design PhotoDrain clogs are an unfortunate part of life, particularly when they occur in one of the most used spaces in your home—the bathroom. Taking care of backed-up drains tends to be one of the most basic jobs of a professional plumber in Libertyville, IL, as we know how to tackle a wide range of causes for clogged and slow drains.

For instance, we might be removing clumps of hair caught in the p-trap of the sink, retrieving objects accidentally flushed down the toilet, and cleaning soap scum that’s built up in your shower drain. We’ll explore these below, talking about how you can prevent drain clogs, and also reveal a couple other surprising reasons homeowners suffer from drain problems in their bathroom.

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Winter Plumber Woes to Prepare for Now

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoTemperatures are mild for the time being, but soon enough, they’ll drop to unbearably cold levels. As such, you’ve probably already start preparing by winterizing your air conditioner and getting maintenance done for your heating system, right? But what about your plumbing system? As fall progresses and we inch closer toward winter, the time to prep your plumbing is now.

There are three winter plumbing problems in particular you should prep for to avoid. Of course, if you do run into any of the following issues, you can contact a professional plumber in Palatine, IL from our team. In the meantime though, we’d like to help you avoid this issue if possible.

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Need Help with Your Bathroom Plumbing?

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Bathroom Interior Home Design Photo

When you set out on a bathroom remodeling project, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that you’ll have to think a lot about your plumbing. Perhaps you’re just doing a fairly “simple” job of removing old fixtures and attaching new ones, or maybe you want to move some stuff around. Either way, we recommend contacting a professional Skokie, IL plumber, especially if it involves repiping.

If you have a bit of experience here and there handling some plumbing work, like patching up a pinhole leak or tightening a connection, you may feel confident that you can handle a bigger project with ease. But you will likely end up being unpleasantly surprised. Aside from this, there are factors you probably haven’t thought about that professionals deal with every day! Read on to learn more.

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Signs of a Slab Leak

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

cracked concrete foundationFor any homeowner who’s already had to deal with one, the term “slab leak” can strike fear in their heart—and for good reason. But, what is it that makes a slab leak so formidable when it comes to plumbing problems? Isn’t a leak a leak? Well, there are factors that set slab leaks apart, which we’ll be exploring in today’s post.

We’ll also inform you on how to spot the signs of a slab leak so you’ll be well prepared and can hopefully take quick action if and when you encounter one in your home. Contact a professional Winnetka plumber on our team with any concerns you might have in the meantime.

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Just How Important Is It That You Have a Sump Pump?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.When it comes to weather in Evanston, there are two conditions we’re pretty well known for—snowstorms in the wintertime, and rainstorms pretty much any time of the year. While we don’t have to worry about snow for the time being, it’s important to be aware of the risks that come along with the heavy rainfall we’re bound to experience from time to time. In particular, it’s important to be aware of your home’s risk of flooding, especially your basement area.

If there are areas of your home that are vulnerable to this type of flooding, then you would do well to have a sump pump system installed by a professional plumber in Evanston, IL. Otherwise, you could find yourself spending a significant amount of money on water damage repair.

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Toilet Plumbing Problems to Avoid

Monday, June 25th, 2018

top view of a toilet with an open lidWe get it—your toilet isn’t something you think about a whole lot. Sure, it’s a plumbing fixture you rely on daily, and we probably all take it for granted when it works flawlessly. But when something goes wrong with your toilet, it’s usually not a problem that can wait.

You can contact our team for reliable Glenview, IL toilet repair and other services. But in the meantime we’d like to help you avoid problems to begin with. Whether you’re having a low-flow toilet installed or you need drain cleaning, we have tips and tricks that can help you avoid costly repairs later on. Keep reading to learn more!

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Plumbing Repairs: DIY vs. Professional Service

Monday, June 11th, 2018

hand man opening silver faucet or water tap with white washing sink in public toilet.Should plumbing repairs ever be a Do-It-Yourself project? Well, it some cases it might be alright. For instance, perhaps you have a clog that is close to the surface of your sink drain and you can just relieve it on your own with nothing more than a sink plunger and a little bit of elbow grease.

So sure, we do encourage “DIYers” in some cases, but definitely not all. When it comes you’re your plumbing, it may be unsafe to try to handle things on your own, as you can wind up doing more harm than good to your plumbing system and possibly even leave yourself susceptible to more problems in the future. We advise that for trickier problems, you contact a professional Palatine, IL plumber.

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Trenchless Technology: Let Us Fix Your Plumbing with Ease

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

beautiful backyardPretty much any home in our area has a main sewer line running beneath the property. This sewer line connects your various drain lines to the city’s main civic sewer system, and since it’s buried beneath your yard, it’s mostly protected from damage. However, when problems do occur, they can be quite a big hassle.

At least, that used to be the case! Now, with Glenview, IL trenchless technology, it doesn’t have to be—your sewer line can be repaired in a fraction of the time with much less cost. Keep reading to learn more.

The Problem with Sewer Line Damage

In and of themselves, there’s not much separating a problem with your sewer line from a problem with any other household pipe. Things like leaks, clogs and other problems can plague any portion of your plumbing, and solutions, generally speaking, don’t differ much.

The problem with a sewer line, however, is that it’s more difficult to reach the pipe in order to perform repairs or replaced any damaged portion(s). Since the sewer line is buried underground, repairs used to mean a full excavation, requiring a lot of equipment, significant man hours, and subsequent service costs for you. Additionally, it meant tearing up the yard from end to end, disrupting your landscaping and livelihood.

Trenchless Technology Makes Life Easier

Trenchless technology has a number of benefits when it comes to correcting problems with your sewer line. It begins with video camera inspection, which we use to get an accurate idea of what the problem is and exactly where it’s located.

Getting the right tools and down to the sewer line is easier, too. Rather than your whole yard being torn up, a pair of small holes are dug on either side of the problem locations, and the technician can then run down the appropriate corrective measure, whether you need relining or complete sewer line replacement. This saves your technician time, but more importantly, it saves you inconvenience, time, and money.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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