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

How to Detect a Damaged Sewer Line

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

split-sewer-line-pipeYour sewer line is a part of your plumbing system that you’d probably prefer to never deal with it. We get it! We wish you never had to think about it at all—which is pretty easy to do since it’s out of sight (and out of mind).

Like any plumbing pipe though, a sewer line wears down, and it can suffer damage from clogs or leaks. There are a number of solutions available for sewer line damage so long as you contact a professional plumber in Des Plaines, IL, but first, you’d have to know that you even have a sewer line problem, right?

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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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Avoid This Winter Plumbing Problem

Monday, September 30th, 2019

icicles-hanging-off-pipe“Wait, what?” you might be wondering, “Why are we already talking about winter? Didn’t Fall just start?”

Well, yes. But honestly, this is an important topic, and we’d rather you be safe than sorry by planning ahead. Once our temperatures do drop to a point below freezing, your pipes are in danger. This may not seem like an urgent need, but if you’ve reached the middle of January to all of the sudden find yourself with a burst pipe or similar plumbing problem, you’ll be sorry if you didn’t take precautionary measures.

And that’s what we’re going to talk about today. We want to help you take the appropriate steps to make sure that frozen—or worse, burst—pipes won’t become an issue for your living space. We’d like you to take warning now, so that it won’t even be a concern later. Frozen pipes are a problem enough, but what they lead to when they thaw—burst pipes—is even worse. Of course, if you do run into any sort of plumbing problem, you can reach a trusted plumber in Evanston, IL just by dialing our number. In the meantime, read on to learn how to avoid this common winter plumbing problem.

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Support Your Home with Efficient Plumbing

Monday, April 15th, 2019

low-flow-toiletAre low flow plumbing fixtures really all they’re cracked up to be? In a word, yes.

Whether you’re looking to cut down on your energy costs or are concerned about the overuse of water and our environment, low flow fixtures are a great option. Low flow plumbing appliances and fixtures reduce the flow rate for each fixture or plumbing application in your home. This reduces the overall amount of water used in your home, lowering your energy bills.

Of course, if you do choose to have low flow fixtures installed, it’s important to talk to a professional Glenview, IL plumber. In the meantime, read on to learn more about these fixtures and how they’ll benefit you.

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“Why Are My Pipes Knocking?”

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Shocked and surprisedSo you hear a strange noise coming from behind your walls—you might even think it’s coming from the front door, but you check, and it’s not—it’s a knocking sound of some kind.

Don’t worry, your house is probably not haunted, but we don’t judge you if that’s the conclusion you jumped to. What you’re actually hearing is sometimes called water hammer. This is a fairly common occurrence. However, it does indicate a problem—one that can only be remedied by a professional plumber in Skokie, IL. Keep reading to learn more about this issue.  

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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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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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