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

Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you’ve ever had a major drain clog, you know how much it can put a damper on your day. You’ll do anything you can to clear it out quickly—and for some homeowners this means purchasing toxic drain cleaning chemicals that can really do a number on the pipes. When you have a major drain clog, or if you’d simply like to stop clogs from occurring in the future, always call a professional plumber, like the friendly technicians at Service King for quality drain cleaning in Carpentersville. Here are some of the benefits you’ll see when you choose professional service.

  • Drain Cleaning Equipment is Safe for Your Pipes: One of the reasons to choose professionals for drain cleaning services is that the equipment they use is always safe for your drain pipes. Chemical drain cleaners can injure exposed skin or eyes, and may damage your pipes. Besides, these are fairly ineffective at dissolving most types of blockage. The only safe do-it-yourself solution for clogs is a plunger. If this does not work, professionals have far more advanced technology.
  • Remove Clogs Completely: The tools professionals use can remove clogs entirely, rather than simply pushing them further down the drains. Technicians can use motorized or handheld drain augers to pull most types of blockage out through the drain. For greater precision, plumbers use hydro jetting technology, in which a thin hose blasts water through the pipes at a high pressure in order to push clogs into the sewer system.
  • Prevent Clogs from Occurring in the Future: In fact, with hydro jetting, you may not see any future clogs for a long time to come. If there is any “sludge” stuck along the inside of the pipes, debris can cling to it and collect until it blocks your pipe entirely.  With hydro jetting, this sludge gets blasted away for good.
  • Learn about any Leaks in Your Pipes: Finally, with pipe inspection, a plumber may be able to tell you if there are any leaks in your plumbing system that need to be fixed or if you have any pipes that could benefit from replacement.

Professional plumbers arrive equipped with the right tools to clear out any drain clog from the pipes so that it won’t return. For professional, thorough drain cleaning in Carpentersville, work with the experts at Service King. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

How to Tell You Need Pipe Repair Services

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Can you imagine life without a working plumbing system? The plumbing in your home involves a complex set of pipes and fixtures that serve a variety of purposes for the tasks you complete every day. How would you bathe without a working water line? How would you get by without fresh drinking water available at your fingertips? And how would you clean up after meals without proper drainage?

Your plumbing system does a lot for you, so you should do whatever possible to keep your pipes in top shape. This means scheduling regular plumbing maintenance every year with a qualified professional. Moreover, you should recognize the signs that your pipes are in need of repair before you have a mess on your hands. Pipe leaks can cause flooding in your yard or basement and even small pools of water can lead to mold or mildew that makes your family sick. Recognize the following signs so that you can call for repairs as soon as possible.

  • Decreased Water Pressure: You’re used to a certain level of pressure when you take a shower or rinse the dishes, so you’re likely to notice when the water pressure is reduced. The water supply is kept pressurized so that water can flow easily into the home. Of course, leaks will prevent water from flowing into your home, which may result in only a trickle from one or more faucets in the house.
  • Water Spots around the Home: Sometimes, you notice leaks because they form puddles or a noticeable drip underneath the sink. Other times, pipes may leak from behind walls or other hidden areas of your property. Look for stains on the walls and ceilings, and pay attention to any unusual pools of water in the yard.
  • Increased Utilities: If you are suddenly paying far more on your water bill than you usually do, it could mean that a leak somewhere in your home increases your water usage. Even if you have no indication of where this leak may be, a professional has leak detection equipment to find the source quickly.

Ward off leaks by scheduling plumbing maintenance every year, and be sure to only hire professionals for leak detection and pipe repair. Call the plumbing experts at Service King today!

Why You Should Install GFCI Outlets

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When it comes to the electrical components of your home, you’ll do everything you can to protect yourself and your family. One of the best ways to do this is by installing GCFI outlets in various areas of your home. GFCI outlets help prevent electrical shocks and are recommended or required for use in parts of your home that use a lot of water, such as the kitchen or bathroom. However, many technicians recommend them in more areas to keep everyone safe from harm. Learn more about GFCI outlets in this guide.

What Is a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI outlets help protect your family members from electrical shock. You may recognize these outlets because they are commonly found in kitchens. They look much like normal outlets except for a key visual difference, the “test” and “reset” buttons. With any modern electrical outlet there are three slots. The round one at the bottom is known as the “ground,” the larger left is “neutral” and the right one is called “hot.” Usually, when a plug is working as it should, electricity flows from hot to neutral.

When something interrupts the current, it increases the chances of electrical shock. For example, water may interfere with the normal flow of electricity. If you are holding a hair dryer and it gets wet for any reason, the current may suddenly flow from hot to you. This could be extremely dangerous. However, a GFCI outlet senses any change in the flow of electricity almost immediately and shuts off the breaker as soon as possible. You should test the reset button every month to ensure it is still working properly.

Choosing Professionals for Installation

When you need GFCI installation, be sure to only leave the job up to electricians who can ensure safe installation and that have protection in areas that you may not have thought of, such as outdoors or in a laundry room. Many of today’s homes have GFCI outlets throughout as an added safety feature. This is a good idea for homeowners with small children. In any case, building codes often require these outlets in bathrooms and kitchens. Be sure to choose professionals who know the codes and proper procedures. For electrical installation in Carpentersville, call the trained electricians at Service King today!

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Investment?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When you think of water heaters, you may picture a large tank that occupies a good amount of space in a home. While these remain the most popular units in the United States, storage tank water heaters get their fair share of complaints when they fail to provide enough water for a long hot shower. Tankless water heaters, which heat water instantly rather than storing hot water for later use, are gaining a lot of popularity recently. But is this a good investment in your home?

Tankless Water Heaters May Be More Effective

If your family’s comfort is the top priority, a tankless water heater may be the perfect option for you. Traditional water heaters may run out of water too quickly, as they are sometimes unable to replenish hot water fast enough to meet high demands. Because tankless water heaters have a powerful heat exchanger that switches on when a hot water tap is used, it heats water instantly, which means you’ll rarely notice problems with the amount of hot water you get with each use.

Tankless Units Cost Less to Run

Another benefit of tankless units is the low cost of operation. Storage tank water heaters have a problem with standby energy loss. In other words, water is heated throughout the day even though it is only used a handful of times, leading to excessive energy spending. Tankless water heaters turn on only when needed and turn off when there is no longer a demand.

Tankless Water Heaters Last Longer

Finally, tankless water heaters may actually last longer than traditional storage tank units. This may be due in large part to the fact that tankless water heaters are less prone to rust and corrosion as water is not stored. And because water heaters tend to last more than 20 years with proper maintenance, you’ll likely see the energy savings over time offset the initial cost of installation.

If you have decided that you want an energy efficient tankless water heater in Arlington Heights, call the water heater experts at Service King today to schedule your next service appointment.

How Professionals Clean Your Drains

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

A drain clog keeps you from doing the most routine of tasks, which is why you’ll often do anything to get the blockage out quickly. For many homeowners, this includes purchasing liquid drain cleaning products from a grocery store or hardware shop. But while these products promise to rid your drain of clogs, they can usually only effectively dissolve one or two sources of blockage, such as hair. And the toxic chemicals can worsen the state of your pipes and may damage skin or eyes.

The first step with most clogs is to try a standard plunger. But your best option is always calling a professional for drain cleaning service. Plumbers carry equipment that can eliminate clogs close to the drain or deep within your sewer line. Furthermore, they can clear your pipes of buildup to keep potential clogs from forming as well. Here are a few of the methods professionals use for drain cleaning in Palatine.

  • Inspecting the Pipes: This is an important step both before and after drain cleaning service. If you have a major clog, plumbers want to find the exact location in your pipes and the cause of the blockage in order to make sure they use the proper tools. Afterwards, pipe inspection helps a plumber know that your pipes are clear and that there are no other problems such as leaks.
  • Removing Blockage: A drain auger, often referred to as a drain snake, is a long wire that winds through your pipes with either a hand crank or a motor. The coiled end can pull clogs up through the pipes or the plumber may use it to break up more difficult clogs such as tree roots so they can move into the sewage system.
  • Clearing the Pipes: The best way to blast away clogs and make sure there is nothing stuck to the insides of the pipes is with hydro jetting. A thin hose jets pressurized water into the pipes to clear any stuck-on sludge and debris.

A good plumber will take the time to make sure there are no remaining clogs, and will inform you if any part of the pipes needs repair or replacement. For thorough, friendly, and professional drain cleaning in Palatine, trust the job to the technicians at Service King. Give us a call today to schedule your next drain cleaning appointment with us.