Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Evanston’

Knocking Pipes: What This Symptom Means for Your Plumbing System

Monday, October 25th, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenLet’s say you’re sleeping, or at least relaxing comfortably, in your home, and all of the sudden you’re aware of a perhaps soft but persistent knocking coming from your walls…

It can be quite alarming! Fortunately, it’s not a plumbing emergency, but it’s still a plumbing problem you’ll want to pay attention to. Ignore it and you’ll only notice the sound getting louder and louder.

So what is it that you’re hearing? Knocking pipes!

There are solutions to this nuisance, which we will get into below. In the meantime, if you need reliable plumbing services, emergency or not, don’t hesitate to dial our number!

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What Types of Leaks Are Most Popular?

Monday, October 11th, 2021

woman-on-phone-viewing-leak-under-sinkWhoever said that being “popular” was a good thing had it all wrong. Just like you don’t want those popular mean girls in your home, you also don’t want popular leaks in your plumbing system.

The good news is, however, since they’re popular, we know what to look for, and we’re prepared to share some wisdom with you! From leaky pipe joints from aging plumbing to slab leaks, there are some common leaks that if you know what to look for, you can mitigate damage before they turn into huge emergencies. Of course, our team is here to help whether you only suspect a plumbing problem and need leak detection, or you need us for emergency repairs after finding a burst pipe has water gushing into your property.

Without further ado, the most “popular” leaks include:

  • Pipe leaks under sinks due to loose joints.
  • Slab leaks, a.k.a foundational leaks.
  • Leaks in pipes behind drywall.
  • Toilet leaks.
  • Water heater leaks.

So, what are the signs a leak like this is occurring? Read on!

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Why Your Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

tankless-system-on-green-bathroom-wallWhen you look at a standard, conventional tank water heater, it’s probably clear why it would need regular maintenance. It’s large, it has a number of components to it in order for it to work, and it’s metal full of water–two things that don’t typically go together without rust and corrosion. Tankless systems are so different though, right? They don’t hold water in them–instead, they heat water on demand when a tap or a plumbing appliance requires it. So you don’t have to worry about rust or corrosion as much. They don’t have as many components either, so their repair needs are limited.

So, why does your tankless water heater need maintenance? Well, it’s due to a little something called scaling, which actually impacts all types of water heaters, not just conventional tank systems.

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How Do You Spot a Good Plumber?

Monday, July 19th, 2021

technician-serving-water-heaterIt likely goes without saying that your plumbing system is vital to the comfort of your home. Modern homes just aren’t built to be without plumbing! So when you encounter problems with that system, it can pretty much bring your life to a halt, if even temporarily. When this happens, it’s vital that you have a plumber you can trust, who you can call right away. You want a plumbing contractor who can not only get the job done, but give you the peace of mind that your plumbing system is in better shape than it was before they came.

The thing is, not all plumbing contractors are the same. There are a number of folks out there who are handy with a wrench and a leaky faucet, and they offer services to do just that. But when it comes to really addressing the needs of your comprehensive plumbing system, you need much more than just some general knowledge. You need a team that is expertly trained and qualified to deal with all sorts of plumbing needs.

How do you know if this is what you’re getting? Well, consider the following factors:

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How Not to Treat Your Bathroom Plumbing

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

water-running-down-a-drainDrain clogs are pretty much an inevitable and unfortunate part of homeownership. They’re even worse when they happen in one of the most used spaces in your home—the bathroom. Managing backed-up drains tends to be a fairly basic job for professional plumbers, but that doesn’t mean you should attempt it on your own.

In fact, trying to remove drain clogs on your own with the most “affordable” option there is—store-bought chemical drain cleaner—can lead to more problems than good. Unfortunately, these “solutions” are very caustic, eating away at your pipes and never actually effectively removing the clog. It may just move it around a bit for water to get through before it just clogs up again a few months later. This isn’t how you should treat your bathroom plumbing! So how should you treat it?

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Is DIY Plumbing a Good Idea?

Monday, June 8th, 2020

gloved-hands-under-sink-working-on-plumbingCan’t a general handyman, or even a diligent homeowner, where you’d need to pay less money, do just as effective a job as a professional Evanston, IL plumber?  We know this is a tempting solution to your plumbing woes, however, your results simply won’t be the same. Our professional plumbers have been in the industry for many years, and we’ve seen what can happen when homeowners believe they can watch an online video and resolve issues on their own. Plumbing is a tough job! Anything beyond clearing up a superficial clog or replacing a sink faucet aerator can benefit from the expertise of a professional.

Read on as we uncover why it is so important that you hire a licensed and insured plumber to do work in your home. Although hiring an inexperienced handyman or taking this on as a DIY project might save you money upfront, in the long run making this decision could end up costing you more.

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Tips for Your Bathroom Remodel

Monday, February 17th, 2020

beautiful-bathroomIf you clicked on this blog post, there’s a good chance that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you’d like it to. Perhaps it is not as functional as it could be, or you are having trouble moving around the space with ease.

Depending on your specific situation, a bathroom remodel can absolutely be the answer. After all, aside from the kitchen bathrooms are the most used rooms in a home. Remodeling can give you a whole new space!

But have you considered how your bathroom plumbing in Evanston, IL plays a role in all this? Planning and preparing properly for all parts of your remodel job will make a drastic different in the results you’ll achieve with the project. There may be things you haven’t considered about your bathroom plumbing, such as:

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“Should I be Concerned about Water Hammer?”

Monday, January 6th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsFirst, it’d probably be helpful for you to know what water hammer is, so we can appropriately answer this question. It sounds ominous, but it describes a sound—a sound that resembles knocking, coming from inside your pipes. You may have heard it before and had no idea what the cause of the noise was.

Water hammer isn’t an emergency, but it is something to be concerned about in the sense that you want to have it addressed by a professional ASAP. To find out why it’s occurring and the problems it presents, keep reading!

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How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

Monday, November 25th, 2019

water-running-down-a-drainIf you’re lucky, you’ll never need an emergency plumber in Evanston, IL. Of course, nobody can guarantee this—but we can certainly lower your risk! How so? By detecting and repairing leaks quickly and accurately.

Here’s the thing—plumbing leaks are notoriously hard to locate and even tougher to fix for the average homeowner. Most of your plumbing system, after all, is hidden from sight, and the problems that usually impact this system are subtle to start. This is why we recommend you scheduling yearly preventive maintenance with our team.

But in addition to that, we think you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some type of problem. On the rare chance that a problem occurs between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly and have it repaired. Keep reading to learn about common symptoms and what they may mean.

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How to Protect Your Home against Heavy Rain

Monday, October 14th, 2019

heavy-rain-causing-floodingWhen you think about Evanston in the winter, or really any part of Chicagoland, you likely think about snow. Snow and snowmelt do indeed pose a threat to the integrity of your home, but there is another concern that not too many homeowners think about, and that’s rain.

The last thing you need to deal with this winter is a flooded basement or any other type of water-related damage. The good news is, there are Evanston, IL plumbing systems that can help! No, they won’t stop the rain or snowmelt of course, but they can absolutely prevent the damage that can occur due to winter weather.

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