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How to Tell if You Have a Leak in Your Home

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

pipe-leakOne of the biggest problems that plumbing systems have to deal with is leaks. They’re common, damaging, and often very difficult to detect without professional training or equipment. Just one leak in the wrong place can cause immense amounts of damage before being detected.

Fortunately, there are ways to try and catch leaks early. We recommend scheduling professional preventive maintenance at least once a year, in order to have the best chance of catching leaks in your plumbing. Between those appointments, though, you should follow the tricks below to help catch any leaks that might be lurking in your plumbing. (more…)

Palatine Heating Repair Guide: The Limit Switch

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

As a full-service heating and AC contractor, we take pride in installing quality systems and ensuring accurate repairs. Our installers and service technicians look over your entire system to make sure that everything is in top working order. And when we service gas heating equipment, our number one concern is your safety. Luckily, gas furnaces contain multiple safety switches that help to protect your home from gas leaks, fire hazards, and carbon monoxide poisoning. But choosing professionals for the repairs, installation, and maintenance of such devices is the best way to ensure optimal safety.

Speak with a furnace safety and operation expert by calling the friendly technicians at Service King. We can service the most vital safest components of your unit too make sure your home and family stay protected.

The Furnace Limit Switch: An Important Safety Feature

One of the most vital safety components in your furnace is the limit switch. The limit switch is the control that keeps your furnace from overheating. There is a setting on your furnace limit switch past which the furnace plenum is not allowed to pass, which may or may not be adjustable. If the plenum temperature does become too high, the control shuts off the entire system. You can usually find this switch in the control board.

Sometimes, the fan switch and the limit switch are one in the same. The fan switch contains a delay which tells the fan when to turn on after the furnace has heated up. If the fan does not start up, the plenum may overheat, and the limit switch will shut off the unit.

When the furnace limit switch shuts off your unit, you’ll need a technician to help you to get your system back on and keep it on. You may not be able to turn the unit back on at all or it may just continuously shut down. The same could happen if other safety switches detect trouble and shut off the system as well. A technician is best suited to determine the source of the trouble.

Call the friendly neighborhood service providers at Service King and schedule an appointment for professional heating repair in Palatine.

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.

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.

3 Advantages of Upgrading Your Outdoor Lighting

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

It’s easy to pay attention to the quality of the indoor lighting in your home because you spend most of the evening inside your house, not outside it. But you may be missing out on some important benefits of redoing your home’s outdoor lighting. A professional electrician in Palatine, IL can help you create superior outdoor lighting that will make your home more enjoyable, attractive, and safe.

To learn about the possibilities for outdoor lighting upgrades—from landscape to security lighting—contact the electricians at Service King today. We offer numerous electrical services for homes in the Fox Valley and surrounding Chicagoland suburbs. Whether you want new lighting for your home, or repairs for a malfunctioning circuit breaker panel, one call to us will take care of everything.

3 Benefits of Installing Better Outdoor Lighting

  1. Security: Multiple studies have come to an identical conclusion: criminals such as burglars and vandals will avoid well-lit homes. A house will attractive illumination on the exterior and the landscape presents the appearance of a house that is well-maintained, which discourages thieves and other potential troublemakers. However, not just any bright lights will do the job. Harsh lighting creates shadows that are easier for unwanted people to hide in. Make sure that a professional electrician assists with setting up lighting that will heighten your home security.
  2. More use of outdoor recreation areas: Does the outside of your home have a pool, verandah, patio, or other area for relaxation? There’s no reason that you have to retire to the inside just because the sun goes down: you’ll receive extended enjoyment of these recreational places with increased lighting. The setting sun shouldn’t mean an end to the festivities.
  3. Safety: The walkways, stairs, ramps, and driveways around your home can turn into potential hazards without quality lighting. You don’t want to struggle to move from the outside drive to reach the front door, nor do you want to risk tripping when trying to navigate the side of the house during the evening. Increased illumination for safety is especially important if you have a pool, or if children or elderly people live in your house who are at risk of falling.

Taking care of the electrical system in your house is an important task to ensure that you live in a pleasant, energy-efficient, and safe home. If you need work for either the inside or the outside of your home, you can count on Service King to deliver the job necessary. If you think it is time to raise your home’s outdoor lighting in Palantine, IL to the next level of comfort, safety, and security, give our electricians a call.