Tuesday, February 18, 2020

When Does DIY Become CAP?

We need to explain that one.  It means when does a do it yourself job become one where you should Call A Plumber?  Sometimes it can be a fine line and in some Northwest Suburban households the owners should not be “messing” with the plumbing at all!  We want to delineate some of the differences between DIY and CAP.

You should call a plumber when –

1.  Leaky or dripping faucets just won’t stop.
2.  The hot water goes south.
3.  All of a sudden the water pressure is noticeably lower.
4.  The drains have stopped flowing to the point of backing up.

Everything is variable, of course, but when you want to have the job done right the first time you call on the services of Elgin area plumber Tom’s Plumbing.  People in the growing Northwest area of Chicagoland have been doing it for years.  Visit tomsplumbingservice.com online for all  the various plumbing services then call (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

It Was Only a Year Ago.

Now that our vision is “2020” sometimes it is difficult to look back, but just about a year ago in March of 2019 Chicagoland experienced some severe flooding.  A combination of high soil moisture, frozen ground, quick snow melt, and rainfall caused major river flooding around our area in Northern Illinois.  It may not have been as nasty in Elgin, but it was close!

There are five factors that occur in concert about this time that can result in major flooding –

1.  Soil with a high moisture content.
2.  Frozen ground.
3.  Plenty of snow cover.
4.  Sudden rains.
5.  Then, the snow melts.

You can’t fight Mother Nature as the saying goes, but you can prepare.  Do you have a sump pump in your Elgin area home?  Why…well they pump everything up and out and keep your basement from becoming something resembling a dirty swimming pool.  Avoid the hassle and damage!  Call Tom’s Plumbing serving the sump pump and needs of Northwest suburban Chicagoland at (847) 697-6444.

Feb 14th - Frank Sinatra Tribute Show

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"From Las Vegas to Illinois just in time for Valentine's Day comes a brilliant tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring vocal sensation Dave Halston and his “Little Big Band”."  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Reduced Pressure Zone.

No, this is not a “safe space” for today’s college kid.  It is abbreviated RPZ.  It’s a device that is a type of backflow prevention used to protect water supplies from contamination.  Backflow preventers are usually categorized into three different groupings, an Assembly, a Device, or a Method.

The device consists of two independent check valves.  They are plumbed in series, with a pressure monitored chamber between.  The chamber is then maintained at a pressure that is lower than the water supply pressure, but high enough to be useful downstream.  There is, of course, more to it than that, but these are the basics.

Something else you should know is that in Illinois the RPZ valve must be tested at least every 12 months by an accredited tester.  Here in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland around Elgin the right person for the job is found at Tom’s Plumbing.  If the subject is plumbing repair, replacement, or maintenance the answer is always Tom’s Plumbing.  Call (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Help…My Boiler is Struggling.

If your boiler is about to “give up the ghost” it may be catastrophic for your Northwest Suburban household.  The only way that your boiler system has any hope of working as it is supposed to is if you care for it properly.  This could mean things such as: it should be professionally installed and routinely maintained.

Here are some signs that your boiler may be ready to give out –

1.  Age…especially if it is a dozen years or so old
2.  Foul orders are emanating from it
3.  Any sign of a leak
4.  Inconsistent temperature fluctuations
5.  Utility bills keep rising

It may well be the time to schedule a maintenance check from the boiler installation and inspection professionals at Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin.  Your home is your castle and you rely on that boiler to provide winter comfort to the whole house.  Treat it right by calling Tom’s Plumbing serving Chicagoland’s far Northwest Suburbs at (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

How Americans Celebrate Christmas Day.

You know the basics…People around Elgin celebrate Christmas Day in many ways.  Often, it’s combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations.  Many people decorate their homes, visit family or friends and exchange gifts.  In the days or even weeks before Christmas Day Christmas trees begin appearing and much more.

The original meaning of Christmas is a special church service, or mass, to celebrate the birth of Christ.  However, many traditions that are around today have their roots in those aforementioned pre-Christian winter festivals.  These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and trees which symbolize everlasting light and life.

Christmastime in the Northwest suburbs of Chicagoland is very special.  Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin has been here for decades serving the plumbing needs of our beautiful area.  Once again in 2020 Tom’s Plumbing will be there when you need us.  From the Curce family to all of you…have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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!