Last updated 4 days ago
Channel locks are some of the most common tools used by plumbers. These are essentially adjustable wrenches, and are very useful in a variety of settings. A highly adjustable 2-in-1 screwdriver is another essential tool for plumbers. The hacksaw and mini-hacksaw are both very important, as they are used regularly for cutting through piping. The basin wrench is another highly adaptable tool that gives the plumbing professional a great deal of versatility when tightening or loosening a hard-to-reach connection. For more information about the most common plumbing tools, watch this video.
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Last updated 11 days ago
An unexplainable spike in your water bill may be the first sign that your home has a hidden leak. Before you call a Libertyville plumber for a thorough evaluation of the leak, there are a few things you can do to confirm that your home has a hidden leak. Read on to see a list of steps.
Turn Off Appliances that Use Water
The first step to find the location of the leak is to turn off all appliances that use water. This means turning off washing machines, sinks, showers, the sprinkler system, the swimming pool, and any other indoor or outdoor appliances that use water.
Watch the Meter
The meter box is typically found outside next to the main shutoff valve, under a steel cover. After you have shut off all the devices, the meter should not be running. Some meters have leak indicators—either red triangles or silver and black discs—that spin when there is a leak. If your meter does not have a leak indicator, note the position of the hand and check it again in 10 minutes to see if it has moved. If it moves, you have a slow leak.
Flip the Shut-Off Valve
After turning off the valve, go inside to turn on a faucet. If the water from the faucet stops flowing after several seconds, you know that the shut-off valve is working. Now check the meter again. If the leak indicator or the dial is moving, it means there is a leak between the meter and the shut-off valve. Call a plumber to address this type of leak as soon as possible. If neither is moving, there is probably a leak somewhere in the house.
Arrow Plumbing, Inc. of Libertyville offers a variety of plumbing services for a great value. Visit our website to see what we have to offer you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a leak detection service, call us at (847) 393-4646.
Last updated 18 days ago
As snow melts on unseasonably warm winter days and throughout the spring, the risk of sewage backup increases considerably. If you detect strong sewage smells, hear gurgling sounds in your home’s plumbing, or discover wastewater rising up through your drains in the coming months, it may be due to a sewage backup.
If you suspect that a sewer line in or around your home is backed up, do not flush the toilet and try to use as little running water as possible until the problem has been attended to. If sewage in your area is the responsibility of a municipal body, call the sewer department to report the problem. If your home relies on a septic system for the treatment of wastewater, call your local plumbing professional.
At Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Libertyville, we provide a full range of plumbing services. If you require plumbing assistance and you want to hire an efficient plumbing professional who you can trust, call us at (847) 393-4646.
Last updated 28 days ago
A septic system allows a homeowner whose property is not connected to a sewer main to enjoy the amenities and conveniences of modern plumbing. If you rely on a septic tank for wastewater treatment in your home, you probably don’t even think about your septic tank most days. As long as you give your septic tank the maintenance it needs and refrain from putting anything down the drain that doesn’t belong in the septic tank, you can continue to live your day-to-day life without thinking about the system.
Decomposable Materials Only
The first rule of septic tank care is to familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts. For instance, don’t flush any synthetic solids down the drain. From diapers and sanitary pads to dental floss, these things can and will interfere with your septic system’s performance if they don’t clog the drain on their way down. Harsh chemicals, including those found in household cleaners and caustic drain openers, should not be allowed to enter your system. In the kitchen, make an effort to throw away grease rather than pour it down the drain.
Efficient Water Use
For your septic tank to effectively treat wastewater, it must not be overloaded. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when no one is showering. If you have a lot of laundry to do, don’t do load after load. It is fine to use water fairly consistently throughout the day, but it is important to space out activities that introduce large volumes of water into the system at once so your septic system has time to process the water.
As long as everyone in your household is mindful of the plumbing on your property, your septic system should not need frequent attention. You should hire a plumbing professional to inspect your tank and drainfield every two or three years. Arrange to have your tank pumped before its contents threaten to spill over, and call a plumber if you suspect there is a problem with your septic system.
At Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Libertyville, we know plumbing inside and out. If your septic tank needs to be pumped, you suspect that there is problem with your septic tank, or if you have any other plumbing service needs, call (847) 393-4646 to schedule an appointment with an experienced, professional plumber.
Last updated 1 month ago
Toilet problems may seem to occur far too often. Given the rate at which the average toilet is used, however, most modern toilets are fairly reliable. For tips on identifying signs that your toilet needs attention, check out this brief video.
Constant running, dripping water, and water pooling around the base of a toilet are some of the most common signs that a toilet is in need of maintenance and repairs. After identifying the source of the problem, follow the tips provided in this video and call a plumbing professional if the problem does not have a DIY fix.
Rather than ignore toilet problems when they crop up, try to tackle them straight away. If you need the assistance of an experienced Libertyville plumber, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.