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

Spring Cleaning? Make Plumbing Maintenance Part of It!

Monday, March 11th, 2024

As the days grow longer, it is time for homeowners to start thinking about spring cleaning. Sure, Spring cleaning will involve washing walls, ceilings, baseboards, and windows but it also is the perfect time to tackle various home maintenance tasks, and plumbing maintenance should definitely be on your list.

Here are a few things you can do to aid with plumbing maintenance in Des Plaines. By inspecting and maintaining your home plumbing, you can keep things running smoothly for longer.

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The Effects of Water Hammer on Your Plumbing

Monday, February 12th, 2024
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You hear a sudden clang coming from the walls of your home, like a hammer striking metal. It’s not a ghost… it’s the plumbing. The sound you’re hearing is the result of water hammer, which occurs when there are no air cushions in the pipes to absorb the shock wave that occurs when water suddenly stops moving because a tap is shut off.

The name “water hammer” sounds intimidating. Is water hammer dangerous in Glenview? Is it bad for your pipes? We can ease your mind about the “dangerous” part: water hammer isn’t something that poses a physical threat to you or your family’s health. As for whether it’s bad for the pipes—that’s a definite yes. In fact, water hammer has several deleterious effects on plumbing, which is why we encourage you to call for our professional plumbers to look into water hammer in your home as soon as you begin to notice it.

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Why You Should Only Hire Licensed Plumbers

Monday, January 15th, 2024
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We can’t stress enough how important it is that you turn to licensed plumbers, and licensed plumbers only, when you need plumbing work in your home. Too many people like to attempt to tackle plumbing problems as DIY projects, and far too many others will turn to an unlicensed “handyman” when they’ve got plumbing woes. Neither is a good idea—especially when it’s easy to reach out to us and hire our licensed plumbers in Evanston, IL, or elsewhere in the Northshore and Northwest Chicagoland Area.

Why licensed plumbers? There are many reasons, but here are the five main ones…

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The Impact That Hard Water Has on Your Plumbing

Monday, December 4th, 2023
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You’ve probably heard about hard water and know that it’s not something you want flowing through your home’s plumbing. Hard water refers to water that contains a high volume of dissolved minerals, mostly magnesium, calcium, and gypsum. Hard water is common in cities: the minerals seep into the water through the ground and enter the pipes so water treatment plants can’t counteract it. 

The best way to eliminate hard water in your home is to have a special water softener installed. You can call on our plumbers in Glenview, IL to install one of these devices, which uses sodium ions to replace the hard water ions. 

But why bother at all? Since hard water isn’t harmful to drink, why make the effort to put in a softener? The answer is that hard water is often ruinous for plumbing and appliances. It comes with several other side effects that can make life in your house a bigger hassle. We’ll look at what hard water does to your plumbing so you’ll know why a water softener is a good idea.

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The Common Causes of Plumbing Emergencies

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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The words plumbing emergency aren’t ones any homeowner wants to hear. They usually conjure up images of water flooding throughout a house, causing furniture to float on currents like flotsam after a ship has accidentally run aground. Most emergency plumbing issues you’ll run into won’t be so drastic, but they’ll still feel urgent.

You have a great ally for your emergency plumbing needs: Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage. We have 24/7 emergency service available. We know how serious major plumbing mishaps can be and how much our customers need us as soon as possible!

We’re going to take a look at the most common causes that will cause you to call us for fast plumbing repair, any time of the day or night.

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Winter Seasoning for Your Plumbing: Preparing for Cold Weather

Monday, October 9th, 2023
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It’s not winter yet, but you never want to be caught unprepared for the first serious cold snap. Your plumbing is extremely vulnerable to cold weather, specifically frozen pipes that can lead to severe damage from pipes bursting. Take some time during the fall lull to properly winterize your plumbing as well as take other steps that will make it easier for your home to make it through the coming cold.

Below we’ve listed some key preparations to make. You can contact a great plumber in Glenview, IL at Reliance to provide assistance with several of these jobs. We can conduct an inspection of your plumbing if you want to locate any weaknesses where pipe freeze can take hold. 

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Ways You Can Avoid Big Plumbing Emergencies

Monday, September 25th, 2023
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Plumbing emergencies are among the worst types of household emergencies you can run into. Nobody wants to be caught with a burst appliance that’s sending water all over the place or unusable toilets. But we have some good news for you. Two pieces of good news, actually.

First, you have a reliable 24-hour plumber ready to help you—Reliance Plumbing! No matter the date or the time, you can reach us for emergency plumbing service.

Second, you can take preventive steps to lower the chance of running into big plumbing emergencies. Below are some ways you can keep emergency calls to a minimum.

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How to Know It’s Time to Call for Sewer Line Repair

Monday, August 14th, 2023
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Let’s face it: nobody wants to think much about their sewer line. Most of the time, it’s not necessary. But when a sewer sustains damage, such as from tree root infiltration or corrosion, getting fast sewer line repair in Skokie, IL is the highest priority—or else you’ll soon have an unlivable house because of backed-up sewage.

We’re ready to help with professional sewer line repair using the best in trenchless technology. First, however, you’ll have to know how to identify the early warning signs of a sewer line in trouble. Look for these indicators so you can get us on the job early and help avoid even worse problems.

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Why You’re Hearing Weird Noises From Your Plumbing

Monday, July 17th, 2023
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You shut off a faucet in your house one day, and instead of hearing quiet right afterwards, there’s instead a strange clang or bang noise. It might even be loud enough to cause you to jump.

This isn’t a one-time occurrence, either. You start to hear this banging sound from the plumbing more and more often. Everything else about your plumbing seems to be working fine—so what’s happening, and is it something you need to worry about?

What you’re experiencing with your plumbing is common enough that it has its own name: water hammer. As plumbers, we’ve often dealt with water hammer in Glenview, IL and our other service areas, so we can tell you what’s going on.

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Can I Handle Many Plumbing Jobs on My Own?

Monday, July 3rd, 2023
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It’s great to be handy around the house, isn’t it? If you’ve got the right tools, a little know-how, and dedication, you can take care of small troubles in your house without the need to call for a professional service.

Does this apply to plumbing? We won’t lie to you and say there aren’t plumbing tasks you can do as DIY projects. It’s easy to replace the aerators on faucets for example, some of which you don’t even need a wrench to remove. But when it comes to most plumbing jobs, a belt of tools and an online tutorial won’t cut it. You need licensed plumbers in Wilmette, IL to take care of the job. We’ll explain why.

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