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

Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system.

Here at Service King, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

Possible Causes of Toilet Leaking That Call for Plumbing Repair

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A leaking toilet is a serious problem for bathroom plumbing as well as for construction material and hygiene. Leaks around the base of a toilet can significantly weaken flooring, and in extreme cases cause the toilet to collapse through the floor. Leaking sewage can also create health hazards. When you notice leaking from a bathroom toilet, you must call for repairs from professional plumbers as soon as you can to remedy the situation.

One of the reasons that it is important to have experienced plumbers on this job is that there are numerous different reasons for a leaking to happen in a toilet. It takes experience and training to find out the exact cause so the right repairs will get done. Call Service King for any plumbing repair in Algonquin, IL you require: we will stop toilet leaks before they can do serious damage.

Some Reasons for a Toilet Leaking

  • Cracks in the bowl: If the porcelain bowl of the toilet has developed cracks, water will begin to escape. Should plumbers find that this is the source of the problem, the best solution is usually to replace the whole toilet.
  • Deteriorated wax ring: Underneath the base of a toilet where it seals to the floor is a wax ring that helps to prevent leaking. Should the wax decay from age, it can allow water to begin to escape from around the toilet base. Plumbers can repair this problem by detaching the toilet from the floor, replacing the ring, and then resealing the toilet.
  • Corroded tank-to-bowl gasket: This gasket stops leaks from occurring between the tank and the bowl. If the gasket starts to wear down because of corrosion due to age or chemical build-up, water from the tank will start to escape before it reaches the bowl.
  • Feed line problems: The fresh water line that brings in water to the toilet each time it is flushes can become worn or loose and start to leak. Usually plumbers will replace the line.
  • Worn washers and bolts: A number of washers and bolts that secure parts of the toilet can suffer from wear and age, leading to leaking. Plumbers will identify which of these bolts or washers need replacement.

It is very important that you do not wait after you notice water leaking from a toilet before calling from repairs, even if the leaks appear small. The water damage can be highly destructive, and the problem will likely worsen. Call on Service King 24 hours a day for plumbing repair in Algonquin, IL and the surrounding areas when you require help with a leaking toilet.

Why Insulation for the Attic Is Important

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

You may assume that your home is already well-insulated. Insulation is generally installed in a home during construction. However, it’s possible that your home has inadequate insulation or that your technician glazed over some important parts during construction. This is particularly true if you’ve ever noticed problems such as uneven heating and cooling from room to room, drafty rooms, areas that take a long time to cool, and high energy bills.

The attic is one of the most important areas to insulate as that is where much of the heat in your house tends to stay. And what may surprise many homeowners is that insulation is important for the heating season and the cooling season as well. Here are a couple of the ways attic insulation is crucial to your Schaumburg home.

Attic Insulation and Heating

Insulation creates a barrier so that heat cannot move from place to place as easily as it would otherwise. To understand the importance of attic insulation, there are two things you should know about heat. For one, heat moves naturally from a warmer area to a cooler area. So, insulation prevents heat from escaping out of your home and into the cooler outdoors in the cooler months. Furthermore, you may have heard before that heat rises naturally. When your HVAC system creates heat, it rises, and may escape through your attic without proper insulation.

Attic Insulation and Air Conditioning

Many people tend to associate the term “insulation” with heating. But insulation is important during the summer months as well. This is because the ducts that lead into your home often run through parts of the attic. As cool air makes its way through the ducts and into your home, heat in the attic may infiltrate the ducts, warming the air and taking much longer for your air conditioner to cool your home. This makes you less comfortable and costs a lot in energy spending. But with proper insulation, heat stays outdoors in the summer so that your system can cool your home quickly.

Call Service King to get insulation service in Schaumburg for new construction or retrofitted into your home.

Some of Your Options for Home Security

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

You do everything you can to keep the members of your family safe from harm and protect your belongings from theft. You lock the doors at night and make sure all of the windows are shut. You change the locks whenever you lose your keys and perhaps participate in the neighborhood watch. You may even keep a dog around, partly in the hopes that Fido will alert you in the event of a home intrusion. But are these precautions enough to deter a criminal?

Unfortunately, break-ins are a possibility at any time of day or night and in any type of neighborhood. Of course, you should contact emergency services if ever an intruder finds a way onto your property. But you can also try the following additional installations from a trained electrician to keep your belongings and the people in your home safe and secure.

  • Security Lighting: One of the most basic ways homeowners protect their home is with outdoor security lighting. Security lighting provides enough illumination that an intruder can be seen by anyone nearby. A burglar may approach a home because it is dark and nobody appears to be present or awake. But if automatic security lights switch on when motion sensors detect movement, a trespasser may decide the risk of getting caught is no longer worth it. If you decide to install security lighting, you’ll need a professional for installation to make sure they have the right amount of power and that they’re installed safely.
  • Basic Home Security System: Many homeowners choose a basic home security system, which detects when a window or door is open. An electrician installs door and window sensors and motion sensors and a control panel as well as a high decibel siren to alert you, your neighbors, and the police of a home invasion.
  • CCTV Monitoring: However, these two units alone may not be enough to keep criminals at bay. Many homeowners also install CCTV surveillance cameras to record any activity outside of the home so you can know to call emergency services before someone breaks in. When combined with outdoor lighting and an alarm, you’ll have the perfect safety measures in place.

Let a skilled electrician wire these security devices into your home using home automation to provide you with a tool to control every piece of equipment at once via a smart phone or tablet. Call the electrical experts at Service King to speak with an expert about your options for home security system in Palatine today.