Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fox Valley Ninja Warrior

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"Calling all girls and boys! Drop in and put your ninja skills to the test! Compete against yourself, your friends and the ninja course to achieve the top time! There will be two different age appropriate courses, 4-6 years old and 7-11 years old. Each participant will create their own ninja headband."

Monday, January 14, 2019

Freezing Pipes in your Home.

This winter thousands of Elgin area homeowners will experience freezing pipes.  They range from a minor inconvenience to a major catastrophe.  The important thing here is to try and avoid disaster before it occurs on your Northwest Suburban property.  Maybe we can offer a few helpful tips that will help you avoid frozen pipes.

Here are some of those tips –

1.  Keep your garage doors closed especially if some of the water lines are in there.
2.  Open kitchen cabinets to allow warm air to circulate.
3.  Let cold water drip from the faucet.
4.  Keep your thermostat at the same setting day and night.

We hope that these tips will help you have a worry-free winter.  Let’s face it, not every homeowner and landlord in Northwest Suburban Chicagoland will avoid freezing pipes over the next few months.  When you need help with this or any other plumbing problem in Elgin, Streamwood, Bartlett or the surrounding area call us at Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  That phone number day or night is (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

When to Call a Plumber.

It may seem obvious, but too many of us hold off on calling a professional plumber the way they hesitate going to the doctor.  In the world of plumbing it is important to know when to make that call to fix a plumbing issue such as leaks.  Some jobs may be DIY ones, but if you make a mistake you could be paying for it big time!

The aforementioned leaky faucet is probably the most common problem.  Now, if you suddenly do not have hot water…that will get your attention and it is likely a faulty water heater.  What about your water pressure?  Most of these issues can be fixed by a professional with limited hassle.  Of course, drains that won’t unclog can cause considerable headaches.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to call us.  If you wait too long and do your own repairs, it could end up being so much more costly.  Go ahead, make the call!  The peace of mind alone will be worth it.  We are Tom’s Plumbing Inc. serving Elgin and surrounding Northwest Suburbs.  That 24-hour number is (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Make your NYE Plans in Elgin, IL!

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Gather your family and friends and make your NYE plans to bring in 2019 together!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I’m Dreaming…

Do you wonder if our area will have a White Christmas this year?   Officially, the definition of a White Christmas is any December 25 which has recorded 1″ or more of snow on the ground by 6 a.m. in the morning.  Please note that this definition does NOT include snowfall totals that fall after six in the morning, for whatever reason.

In the Elgin Illinois area our chance of having a White Christmas is about 35% historically.  Just to the east at O’Hare airport the percentage increases to nearly 40%.  South of us in Aurora the chance is about 43%.  These numbers are based on the National Weather Services observations of just a 30 year period between 1981 and 2010.

Whatever Christmas Day has in store for the residents of Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, Dundee, etc. we hope that this will be the best Christmas you and your family have ever experienced.  We here at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. will stand by to serve all of your plumbing emergencies during the holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tom’s Plumbing Inc.

St. Charles Park District keeps families busy with flurry of winter activities

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"With a line-up of activities this holiday season, the St. Charles Park District can help you finish your shopping, entertain your children and make memories with the entire family."


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hose Bibbs and Their Derivations.

A hose bibb by any other name…Almost every home in the Northwest suburbs has one.  Sillcock, spigot, outdoor faucet, hydrant or hose bibb are all different names for the same thing.  This time of year in Chicagoland and for the upcoming months these faucets fail due to improper maintenance and poor installation.

Here is a quick tutorial.  The frost proof sillcock operation is like most other faucets with one big difference, the faucet is much longer to protect the valve from the freezing cold we will be experiencing.  The frost-free faucet has 4 main parts, the handle, the stem which is connected to the handle, the body and spout where the stem is inside of, and the valve seat.

Here at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. we use Woodford Brass freezeless faucets with vacuum breakers.  They are equipped with a patented resetting relief valve that prevents the faucet tube from bursting in extreme cold.  Call us today for an evaluation of your needs.  We are Tom’s Plumbing Inc. serving Elgin and the surrounding area at (847) 697-6444.