Arrow Plumbing, Inc provides a range of plumbing services for residential and commercial locations in Libertyville and the surrounding areas.

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Plungers 101

plungers 101

While many plumbing emergencies in Libertyville, IL require the help of a professional plumbing service, there are also plumbing tasks that you can complete on your own. A plunger is a perfect example of a tool that everyone should know how to use. Continue reading to learn a little bit about plungers.

Plungers are typically used in order to clear a clogged drain, which is typically at the bottom of a sink, toilet, or bathtub. It is important to make sure that the plunger you are using is in working condition, meaning that the bell part is not cracked or broken. Stand over the clog and alternate between pushing the plunger straight down and lifting it straight up. If your bathtub, sink, or toilet is totally full when it becomes clogged, it is a good idea to remove some of the extra water before attempting to alleviate the clog.

For more information about plungers and how to use them, call Arrow Plumbing Inc. at (847) 984-3258. We are proud to provide high quality plumbing services in the Libertyville, IL area. Feel free to visit our website or stop by today to learn more about our toilet, water heater, and septic tank repair services.

Getting to Know Your Home's Sump Pump

Sump pump arlingtonA flooded basement can be a plumbing disaster that leads to costly repairs, lasting water damage, and both physical and psychological discomfort. Fortunately your plumber in Libertyville, IL will have no problem relocating this water using a sump pump.

Purpose

The ground outside of your home experiences a certain degree of moisture, and this level elevates during times of heavy rain. While this may be fine outdoors, you do not want this water making its way into your home. Sump pumps are used to move water from a flooded space, like a basement, to a less problematic area. A pedestal sump pump lies above the water level and uses a sensor to become activated, while a submersible sump pump floats on top of the water. Although they both typically enjoy long working lives, the former tends to last significantly longer.

Backups

While flooding may not always be a threat, the risk tends to be elevated during storms; unfortunately, storms also have a habit of shutting down power to homes. It is important to have a backup for your sump pump so that you can prevent flooding in your home even when you do not have power. Many homeowners make use of battery backups for their sump pumps. It is wise to inspect your pump at least twice each year in addition to having a battery backup.

Redirection

When your sump pump moves water out of your home, it must go somewhere else; unfortunately, draining it into your sanitary sewer may result in water overflowing out of your toilets or drains. Your plumber can make sure that the water is removed from your basement and directed into a safe location, like a storm sewer drain.

Would you like to know more about your home’s sump pump? Contact Arrow Plumbing Inc. or visit our website. Our plumbing company is happy to service sump pumps, broken pipes, and clogged toilets in the Libertyville, IL area. If you live in the area, stop in and meet with us or call us at (847) 984-3258.

Repairing a Leaky Faucet

If you are tired of listening to the constant dripping of your faucet but have not yet found a local plumber in Libertyville, IL, consider taking matters into your own hands. Watch this video for tips on repairing a leaky faucet.

Before you engage in any sort of plumbing job, always make sure that the water is shut off. Start by testing your faucet to make sure the water is off, and then lift the handle straight up. Then unscrew the decorative piece that lies under the handle to gain access to a brass piece and a cartridge. Replace this cartridge and reassemble the faucet to fix the leak.

Arrow Plumbing Inc. is a Libertyville, IL plumbing service that specializes in water heaters, septic tanks, sump pumps, and more. If you would like to learn more about our services, please do not hesitate to visit our website or call us at (847) 984-3258.

What Are the Most Common Plumbing Mistakes?

Common plumbing mistakesJust like anywhere else, plumbing in Libertyville, IL is a crucial aspect of a comfortable home as it affects the way your home receives and eliminates water. Unfortunately, many plumbing mistakes are made due to carelessness or inexperience. Read on to take a look at a few of the most common plumbing mistakes.

Misusing Appliances and Fixtures

A heavy-duty toilet and brand new garbage disposal unit may be nice to have, but they will soon drop in efficiency if you do not use them properly. Many homeowners think it is acceptable to flush anything they want down the toilet; unfortunately this is not the case. Others are careless about the use of their garbage disposal, which can also lead to problems. Be sure to refrain from flushing anything but waste and toilet paper down your toilet, and keep greases, fats, and oils away from your garbage disposal.

Taking On Too Much

Some homeowners are handier than others, but it is important to have a realistic idea of exactly how handy you are. While unclogging a toilet or repairing a leaky faucet may be a feasible task for you to complete, you should always know when to call a professional. Attempting to fix problems that are out of your league can result in even more severe problems; you may end up having to call a professional plumber in the end anyway.

Improper Pipe Material

When homeowners try to fix plumbing problems on their own, they sometimes reach for the wrong materials. Although two pipes may appear to hold together, they must be sealed properly in order for them to hold over time. Certain materials will also react with each other and quickly corrode, which will undo all of the hard work you put in.

If you have suffered from any of these common plumbing mistakes, call Arrow Plumbing Inc. at (847) 984-3258. We are a Libertyville, IL plumbing company that specializes in broken pipes, toilet repair, and many other plumbing repair services. Feel free to visit our website or stop by and see us to schedule service.

A Few Answers to Our FAQs

Plumbing FAQsWhen it comes to plumbing emergencies in Libertyville, there's a few questions we get very commonly. Here are some tips for dealing with these plumbing emergencies, and some answers to other questions we frequently get.

Q: My water heater is leaking. How do I shut the water off to it?
A: Turn off the valve on the cold water line above the heater. If it's a round knob, turn it several times to the right until it stops. If it's a lever handle, turn it 1/4 turn until it stops. Turn off the gas supply feeding the water heater. This is located on the black (gas) line. If you have trouble with the valve you could turn the knob on the gas thermostat from the on position past pilot to off. If your water heater is electric, turn off the power at the circuit panel.

Typically this all you have to do to secure the unit and prevent any further damage until the plumber arrives.

When you do call for a water heater replacement it's a good idea to have the make/model and serial numbers with U.S gallons ready to provide us. Those numbers will be able to give us everything we need to know.

Q: My disposal has stopped running. What do I do?
A: If your disposal stops grinding, here are a few tips that could prevent a service call:
A.) Unit hums but won't grind: turn off the electric switch to the disposal. Find your Allen wrench/key provided with your disposal. Insert this into the hole located in the center of the bottom of the disposal, turn the key left then right to free it up. Remove the key, push the reset button and try the disposal again.
B.) If the unit doesn't make any noise, turn off the switch and feel under the disposal for the reset button which could pop on overload. Just push it in and try the disposal again.

*You may also refer to your owner's manual for step by step picture instructions.

Q: How do I shut off the water to the house?
A: Find the water meter located inside the house, if you have a basement it's typically located in the front of the house. If you are on a crawl space, slab or condo it should be by your water heater or in a mechanical room. Once you located the meter there are valves before and after, we recommend you shut off the valve after the meter but either one will do. If it's a round handle turn it to the right several complete turns until it stops. If it's a lever handle turn it 1/4turn until it stops.

If you are on a well system, shut off the valve after the well tank and turn off the electric power at the circuit panel.

Q: My water bill is suddenly high. What could cause this?
A: Usually a running toilet will cause your bill to spike, and therefore you will want to repair as soon as possible.\

For any other questions about plumbing or our services, please contact us today!

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