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Clogged Drains & the Realities of Owning a Home

Drains are a part of every homeowner’s plumbing system. Regularly maintaining your drains can help, but even with proper maintenance, drains can become clogged. While some clogged drains can be fixed without the help of a professional, attempting to solve the problem yourself can lead to permanent damage to the pipes and fixtures. Here are some tips to avoid clogged drains.

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  • When hot grease is poured down your kitchen sink, it cools and hardens, trapping food, hair, and whatever else goes into the drain. Avoid pouring grease down your sink whenever possible. Dispose of grease properly by collecting it in a disposable vessel and throwing it away. Wipe down greasy pans with a paper towel before putting them in the sink.
  • Every month, rinse your drain with a pot or two of boiling water. This will soften any fat that may have hardened in the drain. Every two months, after rinsing the drain with boiling water, pour one cup each of vinegar and baking soda down the drain and rinse with more boiling water. Make sure to cover the drain so that the solution stays down in the drain. The solution is a green alternative to using harsh chemicals that can corrode the pipes and fixtures. Read the instructions for use on any store-bought product before attempting to use chemicals in conjunction with homemade fixes. Doing so has the potential to cause more damage to your pipes than good. If ever in doubt on whether or not you should use a particular type of cleaner, consult your plumber for advice.

Bathroom

  • The same measures listed above can help clear tub clogs. Buying a strainer to place over the drain can help trap hair and small particles that clog your drain.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a trash can. Here is a list of items NOT to place in your toilet.
    • Too much toilet paper
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Cotton
    • Hair
    • Baby related products
    • Sanitary wipes and paper towels

If your drain is stubborn and refuses to unclog, calling in a professional will be your best bet. Our professional plumbers at Arrow Plumbing Inc. have years of expertise and many tools at their disposal to take care of any of your plumbing needs. We serve the entire Libertyville area including commercial and residential customers. Please contact Arrow Plumbing Inc. at (847) 549-9600 for more information on our services. 

Water Heaters: Three Signs Yours Is On Its Last Legs

Deciding if your water heater needs to be replaced can be challenging because replacement is usually dependent on use and care. There are some definite signs such as water leakage or a lack of hot water, but some signs aren’t so obvious. Here are the three most common ways to tell if your water heater needs to be replaced.

Residential Water Heater

Ineffective Water Heating

  • If you find that your water heater is taking longer than usual to heat or not heating at all, then it’s likely time to replace your water heater.
  • You should double check that the heat setting hasn’t been changed. If the setting is at its normal level and you are still not receiving enough hot water, then it is time to replace the unit.

A Leaky Tank

  • If there is any amount of water around the heater, check for leaks. A small drip can be fixed temporarily but your unit will still need to be replaced eventually.
  • Examine the bottom of your water heater for rust or corrosion. Rust is a common cause of leakage.

Age

  • The age of your water heater can dictate whether it needs to be replaced. Units over ten years old are usually ineffective. Replacing your old water heater can save you money on energy bills and repair costs.
  • An old water heater can cause hot water to turn rust-colored. If your hot water shows signs of rust but your cold water is still clear when you run it, this could be a sign that your unit needs to be replaced.

Calling a professional is the easiest way to handle any plumbing issue. Arrow Plumbing Inc. offers residential and commercial plumbing services in the Libertyville area. Visit us online or call (847) 549-9600 for more information.

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  • Are you unsure when you need to call a plumber? Check out this page from Dummies.com for six common reasons why you need a professional plumber right away.
  • Saving money on your utilities is a huge priority. Visit this page from GreenBuilding.com for tips on how to make your plumbing more energy-efficient.
  • For a helpful guide on planning your kitchen remodel, read this article.
  • Water heater maintenance is very important to ensuring proper performance and safety. This Old House has more on what you can do to keep your water heater in good shape.

Arrow Plumbing Inc. provides a range of plumbing services for residential and commercial locations in Libertyville and the surrounding areas. Call (847) 549-9600 to speak with a representative.

Remodeling Your Kitchen? You'll Want a Plumber on Hand

Remodeling a kitchen can be very exciting, but it takes a lot of work. One of the toughest parts includes fitting your kitchen’s plumbing to new fixtures and appliances. This can include installing a sink or garbage disposal, connecting gas lines, and even setting up the ice machine in your refrigerator. If you’re looking for high-quality results, then these tasks require the skill of a plumbing professional.

Plumber Installing New Kitchen Sink

  • There are a number of benefits to hiring a highly skilled plumber to work on your kitchen remodeling project, not the least of which is utilizing a professional’s experience. While this may be your very first kitchen remodel, professional remodeling plumbers work on extending, moving, or repairing kitchen plumbing every day. Working with a professional gives you the protection of years and years of plumbing experience and knowledge.
  • Professional plumbers are familiar with local building codes. Adjusting or moving your plumbing or gas lines to code is very important to ensure the safety of your home and family. You may also be required to build certain plumbing fixtures to code by your building permit or insurance policy.
  • Amateur plumbing mistakes can damage your newly remodeled kitchen. Even mistakes during simple jobs such as installing sinks or garbage disposals can result in immediate or long-term water damage, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. This is especially frustrating if the water damages newly renovated parts of the kitchen.
  • Professional plumbers provide energy and environmentally conscious services that can save you money. This may include re-piping, insulation, water filtration, water heater installation, and much more. All of these services require plumbing expertise and can result in extensive damage to your home if attempted by an amateur or unlicensed plumber.

For the very best plumbing services in Libertyville, contact Arrow Plumbing Inc. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial plumbing services, including water heater servicing, regular maintenance, and more. Visit us online or call (847) 549-9600 today for more information.

Troubleshooting the Pilot in a Hot Water Heater

If you have a gas-powered hot water heater, then your pilot light is what ensures access to hot water whenever you need it. If your pilot light goes out, then your water heater will be unable to generate the heat necessary to keep your water at a comfortable temperature.

There are a number of issues that could make your water heater’s pilot light go out. This video explores how your pilot assembly works and how you may be able to identify the source of the problem.

Always call a professional to handle water heater repairs. Arrow Plumbing specializes in all types of residential and commercial plumbing in the Libertyville area, including water heater maintenance, repair, and installation. Visit us online or call (847) 549-9600 for more information on our services.

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