Water heaters are designed for durability, but they also do a tremendous amount of work in homes around the year. Compare the water heater in your house to the heating system you use to stay warm. You only run the heater during the cold months of the year, and it gets a long summer vacation. Your water heater, on the other hand, works almost every day. All that wear and tear takes a toll, and at some point you’ll confront a water heater that’s on the way out. At what point do you know it’s time to stop repairing your water heater and get a new one?
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We’re not implying that you would ever purchase drain cleaners as a gift for someone, no matter the holiday! No, what we want to get across to you today is that you can give yourself that gift of a fully-working plumbing system in great shape … by avoiding store-bought drain cleaners.
These bottles of chemicals may have “drain cleaner” in their name, but this is a result of marketing from the companies that make them. No professional plumber recommends anyone use drain cleaners for unclogging sinks, showers, toilets, or any other drain. These drain cleaners don’t really “clean” either—except in the most blunt-force way. Using a drain cleaner on a clog is similar to using a flame-thrower to remove a tree stump from your yard. Yes, you might get the stump, but you’ll also torch most of your property and might put yourself and your house in danger.
After a toilet flushes, you’ll hear it running as it fills up the tank. This takes less than a minute in most cases, and then it shuts off. If you hear the toilet continuing to run for longer, something is wrong. Sometimes you can jiggle the flush handle to stop it, but if it continues each time the toilet flushes or it doesn’t respond to moving the handle, you’ll have to look into other methods. In some cases, it will take a professional plumber in skokie, IL to fix the problem.
And we want you to know that this is a problem. If you choose to just “live with” the toilet making the refilling noise, you’ll end up wasting enormous amounts of water that will raise your bills. Let’s see what you (or we) can do to stop a running toilet.
If you are one of hundreds of homeowners throughout Skokie and beyond that utilizes a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink, then you probably think it can handle just about anything. Garbage disposal systems are very convenient and easy-to-use. But, this system was not designed to chew up all your uneaten scraps. In fact, it doesn’t “chew up” much of anything.
Your garbage disposal functions by using a motor to spin impeller “blades” to break up what’s going down the drain. This is great if you have cooking scraps or leftovers involving things like boneless meat, and most fruits (without pits) and veggies. There are some things though, that really shouldn’t go down the drain, both for the sake of the garbage disposal system and the sink drain itself. Keep reading to learn what these things are.
We don’t exactly “look forward” to you having a plumbing emergency, but we certainly look forward to being able to help when one happens! That is quite literally what we are here for—taking care of plumbing mishaps is our specialty, no matter what it is and no matter when it is.
Of course, we understand that you would rather never have an emergency. The best way to avoid a plumbing emergency is with routine maintenance including video pipe inspection and drain cleaning. Still though, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the most common plumbing emergencies to underscore the importance of maintenance. Read on as we uncover these emergencies.
How are you spending this holiday season? We know, it’s going to look a lot different this year. But hopefully, you’re able to enjoy festivities with your immediate family or even a small group of friends who are part of your “quaranbubble.”
Whatever you’re planning to do, if guests and big meals are involved, you need to pay attention to your plumbing system. If you haven’t had plumbing maintenance done in over a year, then now’s the time to schedule it! But in addition to that, it’s important to know how to prevent the most common holiday plumbing woes. Of course, when you do have a plumbing problem, you can just contact us to get in touch with a trustworthy Skokie, IL plumber. In the meantime, read on as we dive into some plumbing factors to keep in mind.
So 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.
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.
Let’s face it, without modern plumbing, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy much of the convenience and comfort you live with today. This is why any problems with your plumbing system should be considered serious enough to call for professional plumbing services in Skokie, IL. That being said, it’s important to remember that not all plumbing problems are emergencies—like a dripping faucet (which should absolutely be addressed but you wouldn’t necessarily need to make an emergency call).
There’s one plumbing problem, however, that certainly is an emergency—and that is a slab leak. These types of leaks are notoriously hard to detect, meaning you may get one that has been around for awhile before you notice anything is wrong. Slab leaks also cause real damage, so it’s important to give us a call the minute you suspect you have one.
Something that we often recommend to our customers is a tankless water heater installation in Skokie, IL, when it comes time to switch out their aging storage tank water heater. There are a number of benefits that tankless water heaters bring to a household, including an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.
However, as is the case with many things that are innovative and new, there are often some outdated beliefs and misconceptions. The internet makes it even easier for certain rumors and myths to spread rapidly, but we’re here to combat against that! Keep reading to see what some of the biggest tankless water heater misconceptions are, and what you can learn from them.