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    What Is The Angie's List Super Service Award?

    Last updated 2 days 15 hours ago

    Angie’s List presents the Super Service Award annually to service and health providers who have excellent service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List. Only the top 5 percent of qualifying businesses per category receive the award. The Super Service Award is highly respected, which is why Super Service Award advertisers receive 6 times more profile views from members compared to advertisers who did not win the award. The Angie’s List Super Service Award is for distinguished companies. If you are looking for a reliable company that will provide outstanding customer service and quality work, look for companies that have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

    For plumbing services near Libertyville, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We have received the Angie’s List Super Service Award and we are widely respected in Libertyville for our professionalism, customer service, reliability, and value. Call us at (847) 393-4646 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment. For more information about our plumbing services, click over to our website. 

    Are Septic Tank Additives Good for Your System?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    There are over 100 septic tank additive products on the market that claim to help maintain the health of your septic system. But if you ask any Libertyville plumber or look at plumbing research over the last decade, you’ll find that septic tank additives are ineffective. To learn more about septic tank additives, read this article.

    Septic Tank Additives Claim to Replace Natural Bacteria
    There’s a widespread notion that using household cleaning products reduces the effectiveness of the natural bacteria that are essential to the proper functioning of the system. Septic tank additives purportedly regenerate these natural bacteria. Research has shown that although septic tank additive products can provide a short-term fix, they usually cause serious problems in the long run.

    The EPA Does Not Recommend Septic Tank Additives
    The Environmental Protection Agency maintains that septic tank additives containing microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, and enzymes will probably harm a septic system more than help it. This is because septic tank additive products have been shown to interfere with the biological decomposition of wastes, lead to groundwater contamination, cause system clogging, and disrupt the treatment processes.

    Some States Have Banned Septic Tank Additives
    Researchers at Washington State University discovered that the amount of natural bacteria in a septic tank is much greater than the bacteria content of septic tank additives. According to their analysis, septic tank additives provide virtually no benefit in wastewater breakdown. In 1993, the state of Washington banned septic tank additives that are not approved first by the Department of Health, saying that chemical additives can cause septic tank failure and groundwater contamination.

    Arrow Plumbing, Inc. of Libertyville has decades of experience offering septic tank maintenance, repair, and installation. At Arrow Plumbing, we know how to promote the health of your septic system and keep it going for as long as possible. For more information, call us at (847) 393-4646 or visit us on the web.

    Tips to Avoid a Drain Clog

    Last updated 16 days ago

    A number of things can cause a drain clog, but the most common culprits include long hair, grease, and lipids in the line. It’s also quite common for tree roots to enter the pipes and cause a drain clog. To help prevent a drain clog, use a drain guard in your shower to catch hair, and never put oil or grease down the drain. You can have your drains professionally cleaned by a plumber, or even have your piping replaced if your current pipes are clogging often. Watch the video for more tips on avoiding a drain clog. 

    At Arrow Plumbing, Inc., we offer drain clearing, pipe replacement, and other plumbing services to the Libertyville area. If you have any questions, call us at (847) 393-4646 for more information. And please head to our website to browse the other plumbing services we offer.

    How to Maintain Your Plumbing System During Cold Weather

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Plumbing problems are common in winter and spring in the Libertyville area. Fortunately, following a few basic plumbing tips can go a long way toward protecting against frozen pipes and sump pump failure. Read below for tips on how to maintain your plumbing system during cold weather. 

    Close and Seal Air Voids
    Air leaks contribute to higher energy bills and create a less comfortable home in the cold months. Moreover, air leaks can freeze your pipes, which can result in severe water damage. Closing up air leaks will make your home more comfortable and efficient while protecting against plumbing problems. If your home sits on a crawl space, cover the vents by closing them or adding foam board insulation. Keep windows and doors in the basement well insulated as well. If you have any plumbing fixtures in the garage, keep the garage door closed.

    Prevent Pipe Freezing
    In addition to insulating your pipes, turn your plumbing fixtures to a trickle on freezing-cold nights. As long as a pipe has at least some moving water in it, the pipe will not freeze. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to give the pipes in those rooms some extra warmth from the house.

    Prepare Your Plumbing System Before You Leave Town
    If you are leaving town for an extended period of time, no matter what season it is, prepare your plumbing system by shutting off your home’s main shut-off valve. Whether the weather is cold or hot, forgetting to shut off the water can lead to flooding.

    Check Your Sump Pump
    Sump pump problems are common during cold weather months. If your sump pump discharge line freezes, the sump pump can continue running until it burns out and fails. A professional plumber will need to cut the PVC pipe where the discharge exits your home, or clear the end of the line.

    Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is the Libertyville plumber to contact if you need services this spring. Visit our website to see the plumbing services we offer, and call us at (847) 393-4646 if you have any questions.

    A Quick Glimpse at Some Common Plumbing Issues

    Last updated 29 days ago

    From the faucet to the garbage disposal, plumbing fixtures are bound to experience problems eventually. Sometimes they can be fixed without calling a plumber. If your water heater is leaking, you’ll want to shut off both the water and gas valves going to the water heater. If your garbage disposal is humming when it should be grinding, turn off the disposal completely and clean the unit. Press the reset key before turning the garbage disposal on again. If water is free-flowing from a plumbing fixture, you need to locate that fixture’s shut off valve and turn it to the right. Sometimes you have to turn the valve with a wrench if it seems stuck. If it won’t turn or the valve is hidden behind the wall, go outside and turn off the water by way of the main shut-off valve to prevent flooding.

    If you are looking for a solution to a plumbing problem, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is here to help. Visit our website to see the plumbing services we offer the Libertyville, IL area. If you have any questions, give us a call at (847) 393-4646.

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