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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.

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!