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

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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Winter Plumbing Problems: How Burst Pipes and Other Troubles Occur

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIt’s rare for burst pipes to occur in the warmer time of the months. Homeowners tend to have visions of clogs and leaks backing up to a point that their pipes explode, but this is a little over the top. Burst pipes are a possibility, but not due to clogs—it’s due to the water in those pipes freezing.

There are actually a number of plumbing problem that can occur this time of the year, and our professional plumbers are familiar with all of them, and therefore can help correct each one. However, we’d like to give you some info on how they occur so you can watch out for them and maybe even prevent damage to your plumbing in Wilmette, IL.

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The Reason You Need a Good Storm Drainage System in Place

Monday, December 10th, 2018

water bubbling overIf you’ve lived in the Wilmette area for even just a year, you might already know the answer to this question. You know how heavy and sometimes unexpected rainstorms can be, and the subsequent flooding from these rainstorms can be very damaging, not to mention a nuisance! The last thing you need is a lake in your front yard, right? Unless you’re into that kind of thing—but we’d really encourage you to reconsider the contents of that lake.

What you really need is a solid storm drainage system, installed by professionals who are experts in all things plumbing in Wilmette, IL. Our team is here to help!

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Tips for Protecting Your Home during the Rainy Season

Monday, October 15th, 2018

beautiful home after rainWe may be known for our snowy winters, but there’s another winter threat that Winnetka homeowners face that’s not thought about enough—and that’s how much rain we get during this time of the year. The last thing you want to deal with is a flooded basement or any other type of water related emergency, so what can you do to avoid it?

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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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How Freezing Temps Lead to Pipe Bursting

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIf you haven’t already taken steps to winterize your home, now is certainly the time to do it, before we’re under heavy amounts of snow. Winterizing your home includes fixing any drafts that can lower your HVAC efficiency, making sure your heating system is maintained, and ensuring your pipes are protected.

The latter is particularly important, as neglecting this winter task can leave you with frozen pipes, and eventual pipe ruptures. This is most likely to happen with the exposed pipes that lead outdoors as well as exposed pipes around your water heater, but it can essentially occur anywhere in the home where pipes face too much cold without appropriate insulation.

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Minor Clog or Major Plumbing Issue?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

a pipe with a pinhole leak Have you noticed a seemingly minor clog somewhere in your home? Maybe your kitchen sink drain is a bit sluggish. Or perhaps you noticed your toilet bubbling while using another plumbing fixture. Your first instinct may be to go get some of that liquid drain cleaner you can buy at pretty much any hardware store, and solve your problem that way. Unfortunately, not only is this only a temporary solution, but it can also actually damage your plumbing.

Additionally, if it’s not a minor clog as it may seem, and you actually have a more serious plumbing issue progressing, then you may be delaying repairs that could have prevented a huge plumbing emergency later on. The best thing for you to do to prevent minor clogs and major plumbing issues is schedule routine Glenview, IL drain cleaning services. Even outside routine service though, there are signs that are good to be aware of so you can call for drain cleaning before the problem gets too advanced.

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When Your Plumbing Problem Requires an Emergency Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

woman with plunger at her toilet, while on the phoneGood plumbing companies often offer emergency services for those times when a plumbing problem simply cannot wait. And let’s face it, leaks, clogs and other major issues very rarely happen at a “convenient” time, let alone during normal business hours. Because your plumbing system is such a vital component to your home, you’re usually unable to just sit on the problem until you can schedule an appointment.

Calling our team for emergency services will ensure the issue gets fixed right away, and that your plumbing system will be back up to speed shortly. But how do you know when you need this particular professional Des Plaines, IL plumbing service? Well, it depends on a number of circumstances. For instance, a small drip coming from a faucet, naturally, will not be much cause for concern. If however, there’s water spreading across your kitchen floor, that’s a whole different story.

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Should You Be Concerned about Frozen Pipes?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Portrait of male plumber fixing a sink in bathroomIf you’ve lived through even one winter around here, then you know how bitterly cold it gets. With that drop in the temperature comes an unfortunately common winter enemy—frozen plumbing. And, frozen pipes can result in a good amount of damage if not addressed. As water in your pipes freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipes, leading to leaks or even ruptured pipes.

To protect your plumbing from this fairly common wintertime problem, there are a few steps you can take. Read on the learn more about what you can do. And if you discover any issues with your plumbing as we progress into fall and approach winter, be sure to contact a professional plumber in Des Plaines, IL, such as any member of our team!

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