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    Your Guide to Sump Pump Problems

    Last updated 2 days 9 hours ago

    A properly working sump pump can consistently and reliably spare you the hassle and expense of dealing with a flooded basement. When that sump pump malfunctions, however, you can be in for a rude awakening. To avoid such a scenario, make a point to maintain your sump pump and check to see that it is working to pump water out of your basement whenever you are home during a big storm. In order to address problems as soon as they arrive, be aware of common sump pump issues, including:

    Switch Failure
    More often than not, a sump pump problem can be linked to the sump pump switch. Debris and movement of the sump pump in the sump pit can interfere with the switch’s ability to activate your pump. Whenever you on your sump pump, ensure that the switch and float-arm assembly are able to move freely.

    Clogged Discharge Pipe
    If your discharge pipe is clogged with sediment or debris, your sump pump must work harder than usual to channel water out of the sump pit and away from your home’s foundation. You can prevent a clogged discharge pipe by inspecting the pipe for debris every few months and regularly maintaining your sump pump.

    Frozen Drainage Pipe
    Frozen drainage pipes are fairly common in the Chicago area. In order to keep a from drainage pipe from trapping water in your sump pit or basement, hire a plumber to install an apparatus that can divert water so that it can still exit your basement when the drainage pipe is frozen.

    Unpleasant Noises
    Banging, squealing, and slurping noises are at least signs that your sump pump is trying to work, but that it probably is not working properly. Perform a routine sump pump cleaning and maintenance check. If this does not solve the problem, hire a plumber.

    Committed to maintaining and repairing the plumbing infrastructure in our Libertyville customers’ homes, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is a full-service plumbing company. If your sump pump is not working properly and you want to have it inspected and repaired by an experienced professional, call (847) 393-4646 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers.

    Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Running Smoothly

    Last updated 8 days ago

    A properly functioning garbage disposal can save you time, energy, and hassle when preparing meals and cleaning up after them in the kitchen. In order to work properly, however, a garbage disposal must also be properly handled and maintained.

    For tips on keeping your garbage disposal in good working condition, check out this Chow.com video clip. In it, expert Heather George offers advice that can help you care for and maintain your disposal. To give your disposal and kitchen sink a fresh smell following a routine cleaning and blade sharpening, grind up a mix of lemon and orange peels with your freshly sharpened disposal blades.

    Are you having trouble with the garbage disposal in your Libertyville home? If so, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646 to arrange for a qualified plumber to get your disposal working again and help you resolve any other plumbing problems you may be dealing with.

    Common Plumbing Problems: No Hot Water in the Shower

    Last updated 15 days ago

    While a hot shower can feel nice any time of the year, it is more of a necessity than a luxury in the depths of a Chicago winter. If you have experienced the displeasure of stepping into your shower on a cold winter day only to discover that the water coming from the showerhead will not get hot, then you can probably relate to this sentiment. The next time the water in your shower seems incapable of heating up, turn your attention to the following plumbing fixtures and appliances to find the source of the problem.

    Water Heater
    Is your shower the only place you struggle to get hot water in your home? If hot water is hard to come by in your sinks and other faucets, then there is most likely a problem with your water heater. Check to see that the pilot light is working and the temperature is set properly, and contact a plumbing professional if you still cannot get hot water. If your hot water heater is ten years old or older, you may want to have it replaced.

    Shower Valve
    If you have hot water in a sink that is connected to the same water heater as your shower’s plumbing, the problem is likely related to your shower valve. With the right tools and proper instruction, you can try to unclog the valve yourself. You can also hire a professional to clear your pipes and repair your valve for you. If you decide to attempt this repair on your own, cut your hot water supply before getting to work to avoid burning yourself.

    Pipes
    If you live in an older home that is equipped with cross-connected pipes, it is possible that they are not balancing the flow of cold water as they should. This is a problem that requires professional plumbing assistance, but can usually be repaired quickly and easily.

    If you are itching for reliable hot water return to your shower as soon as possible, contact a plumbing professional with a reputation for efficiency after detecting the problem. Proudly serving Libertyville and the surrounding areas, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. can identify the cause of your hot water heating issue and resolve the problem quickly and completely. Regardless of whether your pipes need to be worked on or your water heater is due for repairs or replacement, we have you covered. Give us a call at (847) 393-4646 to schedule our next available plumbing appointment!

    Mistakes that Can Lead to Plumbing Problems

    Last updated 21 days ago

    There are many home improvement projects that the DIY homeowner can carry out without serious risk of personal injury, structural damage, or exacerbating an existing a problem. Unfortunately for the ambitious DIYer who would prefer to tackle all aspects of home improvement on his own, few plumbing projects could be included among these.

    Rather than attempt major plumbing installations or repairs without the assistance of a plumbing professional, a homeowner should work to keep the occurrence of plumbing problems in the home to a minimum through smart home plumbing practices. Make sure that your family knows what your garbage disposal is and what it is not. Make a point to not put anything down your sinks or drains that should not go down them. Resist the urge to hang toiletry organizing racks and other objects on your plumbing fixtures.

    Follow these tips and contact your plumber as soon as you detect a problem, and you should be able to keep your Libertyville home’s plumbing infrastructure in great shape. To schedule a service appointment with a Libertyville plumber who is experienced and committed to customer satisfaction, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.

    Checking Your Water Heater for Signs of Failure

    Last updated 28 days ago

    The average water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years, and many people don’t remember what it’s like to need replacement water heater. If your water heater has been giving you trouble, check for signs of water heater failure with these helpful tips.

    Check Fuel Source
    If your access to hot water goes from excellent to nonexistent all at once, check the fuel source. If you have a gas water heater, check to see that the pilot light is on and try troubleshooting if it is not—this may require professional assistance. If electricity is how you heat your water, ensure that the power is on and that no circuit breaker has been tripped. If a lack of fuel does not seem to be the problem, contact a plumbing professional.

    Examine Water
    Take a close look at the water coming out of your hot water taps. Does it look or smell funny? If it has a rusty tinge or a metallic taste or smell, chances are that your water heater will be on its way to a landfill or junkyard before long. To confirm what you already suspect, schedule a plumbing inspection.

    Inspect Tank
    Before a hot water heater fails, a number of warning signs should be present in or around the tank. Examine the tank, keeping an eye out for leaks that are creating dampness or puddles on the ground. Using caution, drain your tank and examine the water for sediment and a muddy look or feel. Tank leaks and sediment-rich water are signs of looming water heater failure.

    If your water heater is making strange noises or water is collecting at the base of the storage tank, contact a plumbing professional. The other signs of imminent water heater failure discussed in this article also warrant a professional inspection. To schedule a service appointment with a Libertyville plumbing professional or enquire about your replacement water heater options, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.

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