Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Follow These Tips for Optimal Plumbing Health

Monday, April 24th, 2017

water-wave-bubblesDo us a favor, ok? Take a minute to think about all the various systems that run through your home. Think about how often you use each of them, and how you would be affected if they suddenly stopped working. Then, go ahead and make a mental list of which systems are most important, those which absolutely have to work in order for your routine to go more or less uninterrupted. We’re willing to bet all the money in our pockets that your plumbing system is probably at or near the top of that list. (more…)

Common Plumbing Problems to Watch for

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Of all the various systems that weave through your home, the plumbing is perhaps one of the most difficult to keep in good condition. This isn’t because the plumbing is any more or less prone to issues, but because when a plumbing system does develop a problem, it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. If you want to keep your plumbing system in good condition, you need to be able to identify problems as early as possible. With that in mind, have a look at the following common issues and the symptoms they come with. (more…)

How to Get Your Plumbing System Ready for the Holidays

Monday, November 28th, 2016

You’re probably waist deep in holiday preparations for the next couple of months. On top of all the cooking and relative visits and everything else you’re dealing with, make sure that you spare some time for your plumbing system. It’s one of the most important systems in your home, and if you’re having a lot of people over it’s probably going to have to deal with increased demand. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to get your plumbing system in top shape for the holidays. (more…)

When to Schedule Plumbing Maintenance

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Keeping your plumbing system in good condition is of paramount importance; plumbing issues have the potential to cause widespread damage to the rest of the home. The best way to catch plumbing problems early is to schedule plumbing maintenance. Read on to find out more about the benefits of plumbing maintenance, and when to schedule it. (more…)

What Qualifies As a Plumbing Emergency?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

No one should ever ignore plumbing problems when they occur. Still, there are standard plumbing problems and there are major plumbing emergencies. If a plumbing emergency should develop, you need will require plumbing services as soon as possible. You do not have time to wait for an appointment. Let’s take a look at a few situations that qualify as plumbing emergencies. (more…)

The Benefits of Annual Pipeline Inspection

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about plumbing issues is how incredibly difficult they are to detect. Barring a pluming emergency, like a pipe rupture, most plumbing problems are impossible to detect without directly examining the pipes. This gives them plenty of time to cause damage to both the plumbing and the surrounding area before being discovered, easily costing you thousands of dollars to repair. In order to prevent this from happening, you should have your plumbing pipes inspected at least once a year. Read on to find out more about the pipeline inspection process, and what can happen if you neglect it. (more…)

How a Sump Pump Can Save You Money

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Illinois has a reputation for some pretty intense weather at different times of the year, including storms. This leads to a lot of basement flooding which, if you’ve ever had it happen to you, is a hellish experience. Thousands of dollars in water damage is often inflicted, and any systems like heaters and air conditioners that may have been located in the basement typically have to be replaced. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this from happening. Let’s take a look at sump pumps, and what they can do for you. (more…)

2 Signs That You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Though drains serve an important role in the home, they are often overlooked by homeowners until they develop an issue. What many homeowners don’t realize is that if they get their drains cleaned before a problem has a chance to fully develop, they can often avoid spending money on unnecessary repairs. The key is recognizing when to schedule drain cleaning, before the problem has a chance to get worse.

Let’s have a look at 2 of the most common signs that you need drain cleaning. (more…)

Why You Need to Have Your Copper Plumbing Inspected Annually

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The adoption of copper piping as the preferred plumbing material in the 1960s was a pretty big deal. Prior to that time, most homes were outfitted with pipes that were iron, or even lead! As we now know, lead pipes are poisonous and never a good idea. Iron pipes, while long-lasting, are quite susceptible to rust and other problems. Copper, however, is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and safe to use. As great as copper is, however, it isn’t a perfect solution. Read on to find out why you need to have your copper plumbing inspected annually.

Pitted Corrosion

Although copper pipes are more or less immune to the kind of oxidization that affects iron pipes, it is still vulnerable to another kind of corrosion. Pitted corrosion is a special kind of corrosion that most commonly affects copper plumbing. The corrosion is limited to a small area of the pipe, and degrades it from the outside inward. This allows the corrosion to open up a hole in the pipe much faster than other forms of degradation. Though pitted corrosion works fast, it often only opens up a very small hole in the pipe. These are known as “pinhole leaks” and, despite their size, can cause all kinds of havoc in your home.

Pinhole Leaks

The reason that pinhole leaks are so dangerous is that they are so small. Larger leaks often cause a reduction in water pressure, which can warn you that something is wrong with your pipes. Pinhole leaks aren’t large enough to have any sort of outward symptoms, which means you probably won’t discover them until they’ve inflicted water damage on the surrounding area. Often, this means rotting out the insulation and even the support studs surrounding the leaky pipe. The first sign that homeowners often have that they might have a pinhole leak is when they notice the water damage inflicted on the wall behind which the pipe is located.

The only way to reliably catch pinhole leaks is to have your plumbing professionally inspected at least once a year. That way, the leak can be found and sealed before it has a chance to inflict significant damage.

If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in at least a year, call Service King today to set up an appointment. We provide plumbing services throughout Schaumburg, IL

What NOT to Put down the Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The garbage disposal has made our lives so much simpler. Cooking and cleaning is a breeze when you don’t have to gather up all the food scraps and bring them to the trash. You can take out the trash bag less frequently without worrying about spoiled food odors. And best of all, garbage disposals reduce the chances of drain clogs—but only if you treat your unit right.

While garbage disposals are highly effective for most foods, you cannot treat it as a catch-all for whatever waste you have laying around. Most people know that non-foods like plastic wrappers do not belong in the drain along with harder foods like meat bones. But did you know that many foods are off-limits as well? We see a lot of preventable drain clogs, which is why we’ve created a list of just a few things you should avoid throwing down the disposal, if you can. Call Service King Plumbing & HVAC for a new garbage disposal unit or for drain cleaning services to further protect your drainpipe.

  • Pasta and rice – Pasta and rice are examples of expandable foods, and as they expand, they can present a real problem for drains. As these clog up the drain line, waste can backup into sinks and tubs around the home—all because of some leftover spaghetti.
  • Celery and onion skins – These fibrous foods, along with items like artichokes and corn husks, can be stringy, and the fibers may wrap around the garbage disposal, forcing the motor to struggle and potentially leading to repairs. If you must put these down the garbage disposal, it is a good idea to cut them up into smaller pieces first.
  • Fats, oils, and grease – No matter how harmless it may seem, pouring grease down the drain can have some damaging consequences. That’s because such substances can solidify as they cool off, coating the lining of the drain pipe and allowing more debris to accumulate. Prevent drain clogs by pouring these in a separate trash container instead.

Treating your garbage disposal properly is one of the best ways to prevent blockage from forming. You can also call Service King Plumbing & HVAC for our professional plumbing services in Schaumburg, including garbage disposal replacement and preventive drain cleaning.