Last updated 15 days ago
There are plenty of easy do-it-yourself projects around the home, but none of them involve your plumbing system. Unless you are an experienced plumber, tinkering with pipes and drains can easily cause an expensive plumbing disaster. So the next time about crawling under a sink or digging up a sewage pipe, call a plumbing company instead. Here are some of the most common home plumbing errors we encounter.
Joining Dissimilar Metals without Proper Connectors
If you attempt to connect different types of metal plumbing pipes, such as steel and copper, you will need to use a special coupling device. Without the proper coupling, the metals can quickly corrode at the connection, which is called dielectric corrosion. When connecting two different metals, plumbers use a special coupling device called a dielectric union.
Over-Tightening Plumbing Components
Plumbing is not a test of strength. Like pushing too hard on faucet handles, over-tightening plumbing components can cause them to leak or break. Applying too much pressure can also result in stripped threads. If a connector is stripped and needs to be replaced, the entire pipe may need to be cut and replaced.
Improperly Reassembling Plumbing Components
Taking apart plumbing components is easy, but putting them back together is another story. There are certain ways to take plumbing components apart, and oftentimes different ways to put them back together. If you disassemble the garbage disposal or water heater, you may forget how everything goes back together. Improperly reassembling plumbing components and water appliances can cause leaks or damage.
For all of your plumbing needs, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. of Libertyville, IL. Since 1996, we have provided a range of plumbing services for residential and commercial locations in the greater Chicagoland area. Visit our website to learn more about our current plumbing offers, or call us at (888) 349-8161 to schedule service.
Last updated 24 days ago
Indoor plumbing is one of the greatest inventions mankind has ever known, and the toilet is its crown jewel. Imagine what your life would be like without the toilet. Life would be less sanitary and convenient, and it might also be just a bit more uncomfortable. Needless to say, you probably appreciate your toilet—but do you know how it works?
Most household commodes use a gravity flow system. When the water closet empties, it causes suction that pulls the waste from the bowel down the pipe and into the septic tank or sewage system. To learn more about how toilets work, watch this video from eHow.com.
If your toilet is leaking, backed up, or just not working right, contact the licensed plumbers at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. For over 10 years, Arrow Plumbing of Libertyville has provided quality plumbing services for homes and businesses in the Chicagoland area. To schedule plumbing service today, call us at (888) 349-8161.
Last updated 27 days ago
When you hear the term “flushable wipes,” you probably think of the phrase on product packaging that indicates the wipes will flush down the toilet and break down in your sewer lines or septic system. Unfortunately, flushable wipes do not break down like toilet paper, so using a lot of them can create a serious plumbing problem. To protect your home’s plumbing systems, here is what you need to know about the potential dangers of flushable wipes.
Flushability Assessment Guidelines
According to a study released by the New England Water Environment Association, Flushability assessment guidelines were developed in 2009 by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, which represent manufacturers of products like flushable bathroom wipes. To be marketed as “flushable” or “plumbing/septic safe,” a product must be able to clear residential plumbing systems, be compatible with wastewater conveyance, treatment, reuse, and disposal systems, and be unrecognizable in a reasonable period of time.
Truth in Advertising
Although these wipes are most definitely flushable, researchers have started to focus on the dispersability of the wipes—that is, how long it takes for the wipes to break down once they are flushed down the toilet. In Orange County, CA, wastewater officials have done bench testing with flushable wipes, using magnetic stirrers to agitate them for more than 24 hours. After this prolonged agitation period, researchers found that the flushable wipes were not noticeably degraded.
Danger to Septic Tank Health
In addition to posing a danger of clogging your pipes, flushable wipes may also affect the delicate chemical balance inside your septic tank. The alcohol in flushable wipes can kill the enzymes and bacteria in septic tanks that help to break down solid waste. This means if your home is hooked up to a septic tank, flushable wipes can cause your tank to fill up faster than normally.
If flushable wipes have caused a plumbing or septic problem in your home, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. of Libertyville. We have provided residential and commercial plumbing services to Libertyville and the surrounding communities since 1996. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services, or call us at (888) 349-8161 if you have any questions.
Last updated 1 month ago
Pouring kitchen grease down the sink is one of the leading causes of plumbing problems in homes. In addition to ruining garbage disposals, grease deposits in piping can cause water to overflow into the house. Because of these issues, it’s important that homeowners dispose of grease properly.
After you are done cooking, you can either wipe the grease out of the pan with a paper towel or pour the grease into a sealed container. Once the grease is cleaned out, simply throw the paper towel or container into the trash can. Following these simple steps will keep your plumbing working properly and make the city’s water much cleaner.
For more plumbing care tips, talk to Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Libertyville. We can fix any plumbing problem, whether you need to have your sump pump inspected or a grease clog removed. So the next time you are having trouble with your plumbing, call us at (888) 349-8161.
Last updated 1 month ago
Cold weather can cause severe damage to your plumbing. As a result, before the temperature really starts to drop this fall, you should make sure that your plumbing is ready. This includes inspecting outdoor pipes as well as cleaning your water heater, in addition to other tasks. To get more tips on preparing your plumbing for the fall season, talk to a plumbing professional or continue reading.
Maintain Exterior Plumbing
When the temperature outside falls, residual water left in garden hoses can freeze, damaging water spigots. To prevent this issue from occurring, roll up any hoses and store them in a shed or garage until the springtime. Afterwards, put freeze caps on all of your outdoor spigots, since they are sensitive to cold temperatures. While you are outside, look for any cracks or leaks in plumbing fixtures, and call a plumber if you notice any damage.
Clean Water Heater
Water heaters work overtime in the fall and winter months to keep the water in the house nice and hot, so before the cold weather season comes, you should give your water heater a thorough cleaning. To do this, connect a hose to the heater’s drain valve and drain all water from the tank into an appropriate receptacle. Afterwards, clean out any mineral deposits that may have collected on the bottom of the tank. Finally, refill the tank and make sure the pressure relief valve is working properly.
A pipe bursting during the wintertime is a situation that no homeowner wants to deal with. To keep this from happening at your house, you should carefully insulate any piping that is exposed to the outdoors. Depending on your preferences, you can use either fiberglass or sleeve insulation to wrap pipes, which are both effective at preventing leaks.
If you need help getting your plumbing ready this season, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We service the Libertyville area and are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. Visit our website or call us at (888) 349-8161 today for more information about our services.