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    Tips for Choosing a Sump Pump

    Last updated 1 day 7 hours ago

    In a place like Chicago where almost every home has a basement, a sump pump is a must for any homeowner. If you are looking to have a new sump pump installed, consider the following factors when selecting the right sump pump for your home.

    Operating Type
    Dozens of sump pump models exist, all of which fall under two broad categories. A pedestal sump pump has a motor that is mounted above a basement sump pit and is easy to maintain. A submersible sump pump is housed entirely within a sump pit and is specially sealed to prevent is motor from being damaged by water in the pit.

    Performance
    Submersible sump pumps generally offer greater, more reliable performance than pedestal sump pumps, but the horsepower a sump pump offers also plays a role in its performance. The more powerful your sump pump’s motor is, the more capable it will be of pumping out large volumes of water in short periods of time. If live in a flood-prone area, look for sump pump with a horsepower rating of at least one-third.

    Durability
    Pedestal sump pumps can last for several decades, but they are more susceptible to clogging and other problems than submersible sump pumps. Submersible sump pumps can usually be relied upon for a decade or so, but require less maintenance and are less fickle than pedestal pumps.

    Backup
    For your own peace of mind, you may prefer to choose a sump pump with a battery backup so that the pump can run even when the power is out. Some sump pumps are also equipped with alarm systems that will alert you when your sump pump is not working properly. These features will add to the cost of a sump pump, but can prove invaluable when flooding strikes.

    At Arrow Plumbing, Inc., we proudly provide homeowners throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs with sump pump installation, inspection, maintenance, and repair services. If you are looking to have a new pedestal or submersible sump pump installed in your Libertyville home or nearby property, call us at (847) 393-4646 to schedule a service appointment.

    How to Insulate Your Pipes from Winter Cold

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The Greater Chicago area is known nationwide for is brutal winters. After last year’s record-breaking chill and snowfall, many homeowners are especially keen to take steps to prepare their homes for winter, one of which is pipe insulation.

    For tips on insulating pipes that are exposed to the outdoors or housed in crawlspaces where temperatures often drop below freezing, check out this news clip. Spending a bit of time and money now to insulate your home’s pipes can spare you from serious hassle and costly repairs later on.

    Based in Libertyville and proudly serving northern Chicago, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is a full-service plumbing company well-versed in the art of preventing and handling common winter plumbing problems. If you are looking to have a professional plumber insulate your home’s pipes, thaw frozen plumbing, or perform any other winter plumbing maintenance or repairs, call (847) 393-4646.

    Should You Drain Your Hot Water Heater?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Over time, limescale and other sediment accumulate in your water heater tank. This is a natural occurrence and can affect your water heater’s performance but is not a serious plumbing problem. Draining your hot water heater tank can relieve the tank of sediment, but is only wise on a case-by-case basis. To determine whether or not you should drain your hot water heater to reduce sediment buildup, consider the following information.

    Age of Water Heater
    If your water heater is only a year or two old, annual draining is a maintenance measure you should adopt now and continue to carry out throughout the life of your water heater in order to maximize its efficiency. If your water heater is several years old, draining it in an effort to remove sediment can do more harm than good. As sediment builds up over the years, it forms chunks that are difficult to drain can be abrasive as they leave the tank.

    Risks Associated with Draining After Several Years
    Draining an older water heater that has never been flushed out before is likely to cause a leak, necessitating costly repairs or the purchase of a new water heater. If your water heater is several years old and has not been drained in recent memory, you are better off waiting for the heater to lose its efficacy and replacing it when that time comes than attempting to drain it now to improve its efficiency.

    If you have not drained your water heater for several years, do not do so in an attempt to loosen and remove sediment that could be affecting its performance. Instead, hire an experienced and trustworthy plumbing professional to take a look at your water heater and conduct any necessary repairs. To speak with a reputable Libertyville plumber who serves most northern Chicago suburbs, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.

    Caring for Your Garbage Disposal

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Capable of processing most scraps left on plates following a meal, a garbage disposal is an underappreciated blessing to the member of a household who is tasked with routine kitchen duty. Relative to the time and energy it saves, a garbage disposal requires very little maintenance. Still, it is important that you know what can and cannot make its way down your garbage disposal and that you care for your disposal accordingly.

    In addition to following this protocol and using your garbage disposal for its intended use and not as a trash compactor, you should clean and hone your disposal every two or three weeks. All that this requires is ice and either rock salt or vinegar and a few minutes of your time. Pour a couple of cups of ice down the disposal and chase the ice with vinegar or salt. Run your disposal for 10 seconds, and then let cool water send the natural cleaning and blade-sharpening agents down the drain.

    If you are worried that grease, fat, oil, bones, pasta, or rice have jammed your garbage disposal or clogged your kitchen plumbing, contact a professional plumber. For garbage disposal repairs or pipe and drain cleaning in your Libertyville area home, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.

    Your Guide to Sump Pump Problems

    Last updated 1 month 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.

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