Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Things to Know Before YOU Become the Victim.

It sounds ominous…right? In the plumbing world it very well could be. There are plumbing companies out there that will try to scam you for extra money! You may think they do not exist because a plumbing company should want your return business, but especially in these times they will trade the quick buck for integrity.

Here are some potential scams to watch out for –


1.  Some plumbing employees are trained to spot the vulnerable with leading questions.

2.  They try to convince you that you have worse problems than you actually do.

3.  On a video inspection are you watching video from YOUR home?

4.  Always check their background with, say the BBB.

We want to serve your plumbing needs both now and in the future - NOT make a quick buck and never see you again! For decades that is how we have treated our plumbing customers in the Elgin, IL area. Look us up for more details on how to avoid plumbing scams at We are proud to wear the name Tom’s Plumbing. Just call (847) 697-6444 day or night.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Don’t Get Hosed!

At least not by your washing machine or dryer, anyway. How often should those hoses be replaced? Have you even ever thought about it? The general answer is once every five years. When it is done it is also important to replace those old rubber hoses with state-of-the-art stainless steel braided hoses.

Here is an inescapable truth…burst laundry room hoses can cause flooding throughout your Elgin area home and result in severe water damage! The most common cause of failure is that the old rubber hoses lose their flexibility over time and are subject to cracks, leaks, bubbling, and bursting.

Eventually, the water pressure will break the hose or the connection forcing water out at full pressure. Please call us before disaster strikes. If you live in the Far Northwest Suburbs around Elgin, you can always count on Tom’s Plumbing for maintenance and plumbing emergencies. We are found on the web at Call anytime (847) 697-6444.     

Monday, September 14, 2020

It Has Been This Way in Five Different Decades.

Back in 1986 a guy had a dream. It was two years after the Cubbies made a run at the World Series for the first time in forty plus years. He founded a business known as Tom’s Plumbing. Over the years Tom’s Plumbing would become the go-to place to call for routine maintenance and plumbing emergencies throughout the Elgin, Illinois area.

These days, some 34 years later, Tom’s Plumbing is an institution in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland. We specialize in the things that you expect, and maybe some that you don’t. We fix water lines, drains, and gas lines. We install new boilers, radiators, and water filtration systems. And our plumbers know their way around homes and commercial buildings.

Tom’s Plumbing has strived to be your go-to plumbing company in Elgin and beyond, as the area has grown by leaps and bounds. When we send out a technician he will NEVER try to “sell” you! He is trained as a craftsman and is proud of that fact. When you need routine maintenance or have a real plumbing emergency in the Elgin area visit us online at and call (847) 697-6444 for an appointment.    

Monday, August 31, 2020

Commercial Plumbing Jobs Can Be Quite Different.

Commercial plumbing systems are not just bigger versions of residential ones. These properties have specific considerations that require specialized plumbing services. Hiring the average plumber for one of these jobs will NOT do! You need a licensed commercial plumber for commercial plumbing repairs.

Here are some tips for finding the right one –

  1. First and foremost should be experience.
  2. How readily available are they?
  3. Seek a local company for instant accountability.
  4. Do they stand behind their work.

Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin checks all of the boxes. In the far Northwest suburbs they have literally decades of experience with larger commercial jobs. Find out for yourself by visiting their website at Then call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin for an honest and fair quote of the work to be done at (847) 697-6444.   

Monday, August 17, 2020

There Could be a Silent Killer in your Home.

Ominous words indeed, especially these days! Gas leaks are almost always related to faulty, misused or improperly installed appliances. Old or broken appliances pose a risk, as do new appliances that were not professionally installed. Faulty or broken pipes and gas lines can cause a leak as well.

Here are some signs of a gas leak at your home or office –


  1. That rotten egg smell we have all heard about…don’t blame the dog!
  2. A hissing or whistling sound coming from an appliance.
  3. Dead grass near a gas line.
  4. An exposed gas line after a storm.

Don’t take any of these signs lightly! Please pick up the phone and call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin to have your gas lines inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. It is just one of the many services that Tom’s Plumbing provides in the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland. Tom’s Plumbing is always there when you need them. Just call (847) 697-6444.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Have you Considered Tankless?

Replacing your ailing water heater with a tankless model is a valuable upgrade for any home in the Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, and Dundee area or anywhere around Chicagoland. These units last longer, use less energy, offer endless hot water and can reduce utility bills. That is only the beginning.

Here are some of the previously stated reasons expanded upon –

  1. Energy efficiency…tankless water heaters heat up water ONLY when it is needed.
  2. Lower utility bills…the average household in Elgin can save hundreds of $$$ yearly.
  3. Extended life…on average, they have a shelf-life that is over ten years longer.
  4. Endless hot water…who on earth does not appreciate that!
  5. Space saving…many units are less than half the size of traditional water heaters.

Think of the old adage…pay a little now and save a lot later. If the demise of your current water heater is imminent maybe it is time to consider going tankless. Call Tom’s Plumbing to discuss your options. They have been the home and business owner’s plumbing choice in The Far Northwest Chicago Suburbs for decades. Just call (847) 697-6444.