Monday, December 9, 2019

Dec 20th - Holiday Movie Night featuring "The Polar Express"

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The Geneva Park District invites you to celebrate the season at its new Holiday Movie Night featuring The Polar Express. Enjoy a special night of holiday magic as you watch this beloved classic on the big screen at Playhouse 38, sip hot chocolate “as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars,” and have the chance to meet and take a picture with Santa Claus!  



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

That Reliable Dial on your Wall.

It’s your thermostat, of course.  The thermostat controls both the heating and cooling systems of homes in the Elgin area with central heat and air conditioning, or it just controls the furnace in homes without air.  Adjusting the number on the thermostat should change the temperature in the room…we have come to expect it!

Here are some signs that your thermostat is going bad –

1.  Set yours about 5 degrees higher and see if it kicks on.
2.  Make sure it is set to heat and not cool.  You’d be surprised.
3.  Switch the circuit breaker to off then back on.
4.  Check the wires to make sure they are securely attached.

Beyond this, it gets a lot more complicated such as unscrewing wires and wrapping them together.  We may have reached the limits of the DIY zone!  In the Northwest Suburbs homeowners and business managers rely on Tom’s Plumbing for thermostat repair and replacement.  Just call Tom’s Plumbing anytime at (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It May Not Be a Problem Yet, But it Soon Will Be.

Have you lived in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland for more than a couple of winters?  Then you know what a toll the freezing weather takes on your body, your car, and your home.  When winter hits with full force you will face the real possibility of frozen pipes in your Elgin area castle.

Here are some temporary steps to prevent freezing pipes –

1. Turn the heat up in your home.
2.  Open cabinet and vanity doors so warm air can reach pipes beneath the sinks.
3.  Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets.
4.  Keep your garage door closed.

These are rudimentary steps to avoid frozen pipes, but when it becomes a chronic and even a dire situation that you can no longer tolerate please call on the expertise of Tom’s Plumbing to alleviate the problem.  Frozen pipes will no longer be tolerated…not if you live in the Elgin area!  Call Tom’s Plumbing this winter or anytime at (847) 697-6444.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, Nov 28th

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Where Grateful Hearts Gather
Thursday, November 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT
State Street, From Congress to Randolph

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The ABC’s of RPZ.

What is an RPZ valve test and why does your Elgin area home need one?  Water is normally maintained at a specific pressure to determine water to flow from the tap, shower head, and other valves.  When that pressure falls, there is an unexpected high demand on the water system that can reduce pressure.

Because contaminants can enter your drinking water from various sources at this point it is important to have a plumbing service test the RPZ valve (Reduced Pressure Zone Valve).  The rapid reduction of water pressure in the plumbing system causes an extreme risk of contamination to the water supply from the backflow.  Hence the RPZ test.

The plumbing technicians at Tom’s Plumbing have been conducting RPZ tests for many, many years.  Not only will they perform the tests, but they will perform the tests AND file the paperwork with the proper municipality on your behalf.  Now, that’s peace of mind!  Call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin for an RPZ test as soon as possible at (847) 697-6444.

Veterans Day Parade

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"The City of Aurora recognizes the dedication of local military service men and women that have served our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2019."

 

Monday, October 14, 2019

It’s Enough to Make you Boil.

Before winter hits Chicagoland with full force you want to make sure your home can be properly heated well before an emergency arises.  If you have lived around here long enough, you know that really severe cold weather is about to hit the Elgin area.  You will want to save money by heating as efficiently as possible.

Here are some of the warning signs of a bad boiler –

1.  It simply cannot properly heat your entire home anymore.
2.  There are leaks beneath your boiler.
3.  Suddenly the pilot light won’t stay on.
4.  The water levels in the boiler are dangerously low.
5.  Noise is coming from the baseboards.

Don’t do a slow boil this winter!  Have your boiler checked and replaced if necessary by the plumbing professionals who have served Elgin, Dundee, Bartlett, St. Charles, etc. for decades.  This is the team at Tom’s Plumbing.  They pride themselves on same day service.  Just call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin at (847) 697-6444.