Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Archive for September, 2014

Reasons to Have Your Home Repiped

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

You plumbing system is a complex network of pipes and fixtures that work together to provide clean water to your family and to drain wastewater far away from the home. That’s why it’s important to keep your plumbing system maintained and address problems as soon as possible. Broken supply pipes reduce your water pressure and may cause water leaks at the foundation of your home. A damaged sewer line or drain pipe may cause waste to back up into your home or flood into your yard.

When there are problems with your plumbing system, it’s important to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some problems are beyond repair and may mean that it’s time to look into repiping. Here at Service King, we want to help you decide whether it is the right time to schedule piping services in Schaumburg, IL. Here are 3 of the most common reasons homeowners call our experts for pipe replacement.

  • Old Age: Older pipes risk major leaks and clogs, water quality issues, and drainage problems. If you have older pipes, particularly if they were installed in your home before 1970, they may be made of galvanized steel, a material that is prone to sudden leaks and corrosion. Modern pipes are made of copper or plastic and tend to last much longer. It’s usually best to take preventive action rather than wait for your pipes to burst or collapse.
  • Corrosion: When you schedule plumbing maintenance, a technician can let you know whether your pipes have corroded to the point that they are no longer fully operational. Pipes may corrode over time due to standard wear and tear or it may have to do with the quality of your water. A plumber will discuss with you whether one or multiple areas of your plumbing system are affected.
  • Buildup in the Pipes: Hard water is a condition that may cause excessive mineral buildup along the insides of pipes. As mineral deposits are left behind in the pipes, it may collect slowly, reducing the water pressure to the point that they are no longer usable.

If you have questions about your home’s piping in Schaumburg, call the experienced plumbers at Service King today!

How to Select the Right Commercial HVAC System

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A comfortable environment is essential when it comes to commercial or business space. This is why it’s very important to make sure you install a commercial HVAC system that achieves the temperatures and indoor quality you need year-round. Part of ensuring you purchase the correct system involves working with the right professionals. When it comes to commercial HVAC services in Hoffman Estates, IL, the people to call are the professional HVAC experts at Service King.

Types of HVAC Systems

The main type of HVAC system used in commercial space is the packaged unit. Packaged units are large, single-cabinet systems in which all the heating and cooling components are contained. These units are typically placed on rooftops for easy access and protection from damage, theft and vandalism. Packaged rooftop units are easy for technicians to access for repair and maintenance.

A second type of HVAC system that is gaining popularity in commercial spaces is the modular unit. Modular commercial systems offer the ability to add or remove HVAC capability as needed. Let’s say you have a tenant who moves out of one of your spaces; with a modular HVAC system, you can turn off the heating or cooling to that space until it’s occupied. What if the new tenant needs more cooling or heating? Just add another modular unit. Modular units can be a good option for spaces that need more individualized heating and cooling.

Sizing

Sizing is extremely important because if the HVAC system you choose is too big or too small, you may compromise the comfort throughout your building. Sizing for an HVAC system does not factor in square footage alone; you also have to consider the level of occupancy, the design of your ductwork system, cooling and heating loads and floor plan designs. There are a number of important factors to consider when determining what size HVAC system you will need, which is why it’s important to work with trained, knowledgeable professionals.

Your commercial HVAC system is responsible for keeping your business space seamlessly comfortable all year long. Take the time to work with experts who can handle all your HVAC commercial services in Skokie, IL: call Service King today.

What Are Some Major Plumbing Emergencies?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Nobody wants to have a plumbing emergency in their house. But sometimes they are unavoidable, no matter how well you care for your pipes and appliances. When a plumbing emergency strikes, you shouldn’t attempt to make any major repairs on your own: these types of situations are why professional plumbers with 24-hour service exist. Call up a professional plumbing service to respond to the emergency as soon as you can.

When you need emergency plumbing in Schaumburg, IL or the other surrounding Chicagoland suburbs, make the call to your friendly neighborhood serviceman, Service King, any time of the day of night. Below are a few of the more common plumbing emergencies we see, along with advice for what you can do until the professionals arrive.

  • Overflowing toilet: Few emergencies make people more worried than a toilet that starts to overflow. If this happens to you, you should immediately turn off the water valve that leads from the wall to prevent any further overflow. Older toilets may not have this, so lift off the lid of the tank and fix up the float from allowing more water into the tank. Call for a professional plumber, and while waiting mop up the excess water on the floor.
  • Clogged sink drain: One of the unfortunate aspects of this common plumbing emergency is that many people will immediately reach for a bottle of chemical “drain cleaner” to get rid of the clog. This is a bad idea, and no plumber recommends it: the acidic action of these chemicals can harm your drainpipe and the fumes are toxic. Use a sink plunger if you have one, and if that doesn’t work, call for emergency plumbing work.
  • Complete loss of running water: You turn on the sink, and no water comes out. You try other sinks, as well as the shower, and nothing happens. Before you do anything else, check with the neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same problems. If they are, then it means the issue is likely a municipal one and you should call the water department. Otherwise, you may have a problem with a broken or blocked water line. This is a serious problem and needs expert plumbers to investigate it right away.
  • Sewage smells from drains: If multiple drains begin to emit foul sewer odors, you may have a broken, damaged, or clogged sewer line. Similar to problems with the water line, this is a major issue and needs immediate assistance from professional plumbers.

No matter the size of the emergency, you can trust Service King to handle the matter fast and accurately, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whatever your needs for emergency plumbing in Schaumburg, IL, make our team your first call.

The History of Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The official end of summer and the beginning of fall lands on September 23rd, which marks the Autumnal Equinox, when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the sun and the length of day and night are roughly equal. However, for most people in the U.S., the summer really concludes with Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Labor Day and Memorial Day (the last Monday of May) together serve as the bookends of the summer.

The Labor Day Holiday is a time that people in this country associate with a last summer blast: another reason for an outdoor picnic, a chance for a three-day vacation, family trips to amusement parks, and of course, taking advantage of numerous sales that retailers always offer. (Labor Day is often the second largest shopping day of the year after Black Friday in November.) It’s also the point when school traditionally goes back in session, although some schools start a week earlier and some a week later.

Labor Day’s origins lie in the 1880s. In 1882 Matthew Maguire, a machinist in New York City who was secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) at the time, and Peter J McGuire of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), first proposed a celebration of the hard working men and women of the United States. However, five years would pass before the first state made it an official holiday, Oregon. Other states quickly followed this example, although not all selected a date in September.

By 1894, thirty states had started Labor Day celebrations. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a federal holiday only a week after Congress voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The date chosen for the holiday was the same one that Maguire and McGuire had originally proposed.

The U.S.A. is not the only country that celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September. Canada observes the holiday as well, although they spell it “Labour” Day. In fact, Canada celebrated the occasion earlier than the U.S., and was an early inspiration in this country for the development of the holiday.

All of us here at Service King hope you and your family—whether at work or at play—enjoy a relaxing and memorable Labor Day weekend and have a fantastic start to the fall.