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

Time to Test Your Sump Pump: Here’s What to Do

Monday, July 6th, 2020

backup-sump-pumpHow often do you think about your sump pump? If your answer is “rarely,” you might be doing a disservice to yourself and your home. Households in this area are susceptible to flooding—there’s no denying that. But the good news is that it can be prevented, with a professionally installed and adequately cared-for sump pump.

But how do you know if your sump pump is in good condition? Do you need to call a plumber every time it’s about to rain to find out? Goodness no! While your sump pump should be professionally maintained at least once a year, you can and should test your sump pump on your own each quarter. Read on to learn more about what to do.

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Don’t Fall Victim to These 4 Plumbing Emergencies!

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

plumber-fixing-plumbing-emergencyHere’s the thing about plumbing emergencies, or even just a minor plumbing problem—they never happen at convenient times! And sometimes, you simply can’t wait for a contractor’s regular office hours to begin before you manage the problem. Fortunately, our team offers 24-hour plumbing in Palatine, IL and beyond.

But what actually constitutes an emergency?

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The Problem with Scaling in Your Water Heater

Monday, January 20th, 2020

water-heater-tankIf you’ve never heard the term “hard water” before, we’d be surprised. If you told us you don’t know what hard water is or why it’s a problem, we’d be less surprised. The truth is, even though hard water is a very common thing, not a lot of people know what it actually is.

Hard water is water with a large presence of minerals in it—namely calcium, magnesium, and sometimes iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, which is probably why not too many people worry about hard water. Unfortunately though, this complacency can lead to plumbing problems.

As harmless as hard water is for us, it’s actually harmful to your pipes. What happens is scaling—scaling is when deposits are left behind from hard water. In your drain openings and on your shower head, this shows up as limescale. But in your water heater, it settles right down in there, where you can’t reach it. And there’s your problem!

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What Does Scaling Mean for Your Water Heater?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

water-heater-repair-manOne of the most common issues to face your water heater is also one of the most misunderstood—scaling. Scaling is a result of hard water—when your water supply has an excessive amount of minerals in it, like calcium and magnesium. These deposits build up within your pipes and fixtures and can go awhile unnoticed, but can have a big impact on your water heater or boiler system.

Keep reading to learn more about this issue, and when you need your water heater flushed, want to schedule maintenance, or need any other type of professional plumbing in Palatine, IL give our team a call!

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Does Your Tank Water Heater Need Repair?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

pipes of a water heaterNo matter the season, no matter what outdoor temperatures are, there is one home comfort system you will need year-round, on a daily basis. That is your water heater! It’s easy to take this system for granted, along with the fact that you’ll get hot water from your taps whenever you need it.

When you consider the amount of work your water heater goes through to do its job (it’s working 365 days a year, after all) it’s easy to understand that you can’t expect this system to work 100% free of malfunctions. At some time or another, you might need to have your water heater professionally repaired. Therefore, it helps to know the warning signs that something is amiss with this system. Keep reading for some of the tell-tale signs that it’s time to call a professional plumber in Palatine, IL for water heater service.

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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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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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Caring for Your Commercial Garbage Disposal

Monday, March 5th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundThere are a number of appliances within a home that you rely on daily—many of them that we take for granted, and would cause a major inconvenience if they suddenly stopped working. The garbage disposal in your kitchen is definitely one of them! But imagine the disruption it would cause to your residential kitchen, then think about how that problem would amplify in a commercial setting.

The last thing you want in your commercial kitchen is a jammed up garbage disposal system. This is one of the most common emergency commercial Palatine, IL plumbing calls that professional plumbers receive, which is understandable considering the huge business interruption they can cause. So, are you properly caring for your commercial garbage disposal? If not, what can you do?

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Is This the Year for a New Water Heater?

Monday, 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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