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Why You Should Avoid Store Bought Drain Cleaners

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Drain-snakingDrain cleaning is an important part of keeping your drains healthy and functioning. Unfortunately, most homeowners view drain cleaning as a simple matter of pouring store-bought drain cleaners down the drain when it clogs. This is just about the worst thing you could do for the health of your drains. Read on to find out why store bought drain cleaners are a mistake, and why you should always rely on professional drain cleaning services to keep your drains in good shape. (more…)

Why You Should Install Ductless Air Conditioning This Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The busiest season for air conditioning is just getting into full swing, and that means that keeping cool is a top priority for a lot of people. If you’re in the market for a new cooling system this summer, you should have a look at some of the alternatives to traditional air conditioning systems. For example, have a look at ductless air conditioning. Let’s examine what makes ductless air conditioners unique, and the advantages that they can provide. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Your Air Conditioner Compressor

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Of the many parts that make up your air conditioning system, the compressor is arguably the most important. This is not because the compressor is responsible for actually cooling your home. At least, not directly. Instead, the compressor is the part that keeps your air conditioner running smoothly. It is what keeps a steady rhythm during operation, and without it your system would be unable to function. Read on to find out more about the compressor, and the issues that can affect it. (more…)

Why You Absolutely Need to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Most everyone has a smoke detector (or several) in their homes. It’s pretty easy to weigh the major benefits (safety, early fire warning, preservation of belongings) against the minor cost of purchase and installation. Far fewer people, though, have a carbon monoxide detector in their home. This is a problem, as carbon monoxide is just as much of a threat to your health and safety as fire is. Let’s examine the dangers of carbon monoxide, and why you should install a detection system. (more…)

Air Purifier Types That Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The air in your home may seem clear, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. There are millions and millions of microscopic contaminants commonly found inside a home’s air, including dust, dander, pollen, germs, mold spores, and mites. Some of these contaminants are allergens, some of them are infectious agents, and most all of them have a negative effect on your health. If you want to improve your indoor air quality, and by extension your quality of life, you should install an air purifier in your home. Read on to find out more about air purifiers, and their benefits. (more…)

How Duct Sealing Can Save You Money on Air Conditioning

Monday, May 18th, 2015

You probably don’t think about your ducts all that often. Who does, really? Your ducts are designed to be out of sight and out of the way. They aren’t really supposed to attract attention. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need help every once in a while. With summer fast approaching, it’s about time we take a look at one of the most important services that can be provided to ducts: duct sealing. (more…)

Why Air Conditioning Maintenance Is So Important

Monday, May 11th, 2015

No one wants to experience an air conditioner breakdown. It’s inconvenient, expensive, and often time-consuming to fix. So most people are pretty good about scheduling air conditioning repair when they think there is a problem with their system. However, far fewer people are as diligent about preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is a vital part of keeping your air conditioner in good condition. Read on to find out more about why air conditioning maintenance is so important, and why you should schedule it this spring. (more…)

Why You Should Consider Installing a Humidifier in Your Home

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When you think of humidity, you probably don’t think of it as a good thing. Humid days always seem to be a bad thing, especially when it’s hot out. While it’s true that too much humidity can exacerbate warm temperatures and make it harder to keep cool, too little can have just as much of a negative effect. Read on to find out how low humidity can be so damaging, and what you can do to address it. (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