Last updated 7 days ago
The efforts of DIY homeowners are admirable, and there are many home improvement tasks and maintenance routines that homeowners can carry out just as well as professionals. With the exceptions of plunging toilets and repairing leaky faucets, however, plumbing work should almost always be left to qualified professionals.
Years of training and experience, coupled with access to the right tools, enable professionals to complete plumbing repairs and installations more efficiently and effectively than homeowners can. Additionally, the risks of potentially disastrous water damage and a handful of serious dangers make the potential of saving a few dollars far from worth it in most cases.
Are you a resident of the Libertyville, IL area who has a plumbing fixture that needs installation or a plumbing problem that needs attention? To schedule an appointment with a dedicated and experienced plumber with high customer satisfaction ratings, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.
Last updated 14 days ago
Garbage disposals help make kitchen life easy, but only when they are working properly. For someone who is used to the conveniences afforded by a garbage disposal, discovering that a disposal has jammed or is otherwise malfunctioning can be a rude awakening. If your garbage disposal has been acting up or not acting at all, take the following steps to determine whether or not you require professional plumbing assistance.
Test the Outlet
Occasionally, power outlets stop distributing power for one reason or another. To ensure that the outlet into which your garbage disposal is plugged is not the problem, unplug the cord and test another small appliance in the same socket.
Troubleshoot the Circuit Breaker
If the first test yields no results, check the breaker panel to see if the source of the problem can be found there. Do this even if you have not gone anywhere near your circuit breaker in days but have used your garbage disposal without difficulty during that time, as an overloaded unit can cause a breaker to cut power to the outlets it controls automatically.
Check for Jams
Improper use and infrequent cleaning can result in garbage disposal jams, an inconvenience that most homeowners experience on occasion. After double checking to ensure that your garbage disposal is switched off and unplugging its cord for good measure, use the hex wrench tool that came with your disposal to see if it is jammed.
If your garbage disposal still does not work after you perform the aforementioned checks and tests, it is likely that the motor has burnt out. The next step to take is to contact your local plumber, following any advice he has to offer and refraining from letting any food scraps down your kitchen sink until he can attend to the problem. To schedule a service appointment with a qualified and reputable Libertyville plumber, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646. We can get your disposal working again in no time.
Last updated 23 days ago
One of the most innovative 20th century plumbing advances was the invention of the garbage disposal. If you have lived much or all of your life with a garbage disposal in your home’s kitchen but do not fully understand what it does or how it benefits you, check out this brief video.
After screening this clip, you will be familiar with the primary components of a garbage disposal and how they work together to keep after-dinner cleanup easy and your sink drains from clogging. You will also know about some of the ways in which you can troubleshoot your garbage disposal should you run into trouble.
If the troubleshooting methods in this video do not return your garbage disposal to its optimal working condition, discontinue use of your disposal until after it has been inspected by a plumbing professional. To arrange to have an experienced plumber inspect and repair the garbage disposal in your Libertyville home, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.
Last updated 29 days ago
If you are a DIY-oriented homeowner who has spent no dearth of time researching ways in which you can prevent and resolve problems related to your home’s maintenance, you may already know that plumbing leaks can go undetected for months. If this has left you wondering how plumbers can detect leaks in pipes buried deep under your home, you have come to the right place. Plumbing professionals are able to identify the presence of leaks and pinpoint their existence using the following tools and techniques:
Line Tightness Tests
Using a couple of different methods, plumbers test suction lines to determine whether the pressure in the lines is as high as it should be. If the pressure in a line is too low, a leak is almost sure to exist and the plumber employs other techniques to locate and repair the leak.
Line Leak Detectors (LLDs)
Automatic line leak detectors monitor the pressure of a line, triggering a flow shutoff and signaling an alarm if a leak is detected. An LLD is one of the most effective ways in which plumbers can detect leaks early on.
Interstitial monitoring requires the presence of a secondary containment feature such as double-walled piping or a leak-proof pipe liner. By testing for the presence of water or vapor in the secondary containment area, a plumber can detect leaks.
As soon as you suspect that there is a plumbing leak on your property, you should contact your plumber for a professional assessment. Since minor leaks are especially difficult to detect but still waste water, cost homeowners, and compromise plumbing systems, you should also have your property thoroughly inspected by a plumber at least once a year. To schedule a plumbing inspection or repairs with a full-service plumbing professional in Libertyville, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.
Last updated 1 month ago
If your water heater is becoming expensive to operate and repair, or it is failing to supply enough hot water for your home or business, it may be time to look into a solar water heater. Solar water heating systems are cost-effective and work in virtually any climate. You can buy an active solar water heater with a direct or indirect circulation system. In the Libertyville area, indirect circulation systems are better because they circulate a non-freezing heat-transfer fluid in order to heat the water. A passive solar water heating system is another option—they’re not as efficient, but they’re reliable and long lasting. Whether you are hoping to install a solar water heating system in your residential or commercial property, you have several options for roof-mounted solar collectors.
To learn more about the benefits of switching to a solar water heater, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc of Libertyville at (847) 393-4646. We install and repair water heaters of all types, including storage tank, heat pump, solar, and tankless. Click over to our website for more information.