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.

December 2018 events calendar for Chicago

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"Find the best holiday activities in Chicago, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music."


 


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Repair or Replace…That is the Question.

You know that if you live in your Northwest Suburban Chicagoland home long enough eventually your water heater will conk out.  This is especially true if you are not sure of its age since you bought your home from a previous owner.  You should know that if the water heater in your basement is over 10 years old it is about that time.

Here is one benchmark to consider.  Advancements in technology have made water heaters up to 20% more efficient than they used to be.  You can literally save about $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit!  On the other hand, if that particular appliance is just five or six years of age a repair might be in order.

At Tom’s Plumbing Inc. we take pride in the installation of Bradford White water heaters made in the good old USA.  We sincerely believe after decades in the plumbing business they are your best choice for durability and overall value.  Why not give us a call at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. and we will come to your home to see which style best fits your needs.  Call (847) 697-6444. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A List of 2018 Chicagoland Turkey Trots

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"For many of us, the Turkey Trot was that first race we ever ran as a kid. Maybe it’s the only race you’ll do all year. Point is, if you’re not running this Thanksgiving, you’re missing out on a pretty spectacular running tradition."


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Heating your Home…Priority One.

Here we go…another Chicagoland winter is about to hit us.  How many times have we gone from fall chill to a frigid winter instantly?  Is your home or office heating system ready for the “old man”?  You need to feel confident that your business or home will be properly heated and you have the hot water you need, before an emergency arises!


You may need a service call if –

1.  The heat is not cranking to capacity
2.  Your boiler is leaking
3.  The pilot light is off
4.  A faulty thermostat
5.  The radiator is making noise

The problem will not go away on its own!  Please give us a call at Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  Repairing and replacing faulty boilers in Elgin area homes is one of our specialties.  So if you live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland such as Elgin, Dundee, Bartlett, Streamwood, etc. call Tom’s Plumbing Inc. at (847) 697-6444.

A Veterans Day ceremony honoring all veterans - Nov 11th

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November 11th
11:00am
Veterans Memorial Park





Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Attractions, Elgin IL

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"Whether you're from Elgin, or you're simply visiting this Halloween Season, there are plenty of festive fun to enjoy this Halloween Season."



Stay Ahead of the Scams.

Scams are everywhere these days with the all-pervasive internet they infiltrate our everyday lives.  They even happen in the plumbing industry.  I guess it is no surprise, as the Northwest Suburbs grow there are more homeowners who simply do not have a grasp of what happens when the have a plumbing problem.

As usual, the elderly are at the greatest risk.  Listen to the questions that plumbers are asking you.  Employees of big companies will ask questions such as “do you live by yourself?”.  Technicians will travel in pairs and go to separate areas of your home to “invent” problems.  Check their background before you hire them.

There are ways to vet your plumber, such as the Better Business Bureau.  Tom’s Plumbing Inc. has been serving the Elgin area’s plumbing needs for decades.  We are proud to stand on our reputation for plumbing repair excellence and honesty.  Just Google plumber Elgin Il and you will see us prominently displayed.  Please give us a call at when you need us at (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pay Attention to your Boiler.


As the seasons change in Suburban Chicagoland, remember that hard-working boiler in your home.  We don’t give much thought to our central heating system. We always expect it to work, pumping out a continuous supply of heating and hot water. If something develops, a broken boiler can cause untold headaches, throwing our homes into chaos.


Here are some common boiler problems –

1.  The hot water stops being hot.
2.  Leaking or consistent dripping.
3.  Unusual gurgling or banging noises.
4.  The pilot light goes out.
5.  Pressure is reduced.

There are others, but if one of these is evident in your boiler you probably already have problems.  Problem solved!  If you live in Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, and the surrounding area of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago call the boiler repair and replacement experts at Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  That number is (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kane County Fall Events Guide 2018

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Find out what's happening around Kane County in the next couple of months and Don't Miss Out!



Monday, September 17, 2018

The Big Plumbing Jobs.

This is where you need to choose carefully, and by experience and reputation.  It’s one thing to fix a toilet or replace a water heater.  It may be a far bigger project to repair or replace plumbing fixtures in commercial buildings.  Commercial plumbing involves installation, repair, and maintenance to commercial spaces like office buildings, theaters, malls, etc.



Business owners…here are some tips before you make that call –

1.  Experience…there is no substitute for it.
2.  The proper licensing and solid insurance.
3.  Are they truly qualified based on past work?
4.  Customer service and price.

You can check all of these boxes and more when you call the commercial plumbing professionals at Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  After decades of commercial plumbing experience, they have proven over and over again to make deadlines, estimate the job accurately, and keep you on budget.  Discover this for yourself.  Call Tom’s Plumbing Inc serving Elgin and the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Downtown Elgin Farmers' Market - Friday, September 14

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Friday, September 14, 2018
3:00pm-7:00pm
Explore Elgin, 60 S Grove Ave #1, Elgin, IL, 60120

NEW Time – NEW Location
A seasonal open-air farmers market in Downtown Elgin that takes place every Friday from June 1st – October 5th.


 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pay Attention to your Boiler.

As the seasons change in Suburban Chicagoland, remember that hard-working boiler in your home.  We don’t give much thought to our central heating system. We always expect it to work, pumping out a continuous supply of heating and hot water. If something develops, a broken boiler can cause untold headaches, throwing our homes into chaos.

Here are some common boiler problems –

1.  The hot water stops being hot.
2.  Leaking or consistent dripping.
3.  Unusual gurgling or banging noises.
4.  The pilot light goes out.
5.  Pressure is reduced.

There are others, but if one of these is evident in your boiler you probably already have problems.  Problem solved!  If you live in Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood, and the surrounding area of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago call the boiler repair and replacement experts at Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  That number is (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Santa's Village Azoosment Park, Dundee IL

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"Celebrating Family Fun! Santa's Village AZoosment Park offers kiddie and family thrill rides, a barn and petting zoo, domestic and exotic animals, live shows, games, shops, and restaurants Open May through October."

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Don’t Let your Faucets Freeze.

It may seem weird to talk about it now, but the time will come soon enough when winter weather hits and outdoor faucets freeze.  As water freezes, it expands and as it expands it can produce thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch. This pressure is what causes a water pipe to rupture.  It is just a scientific fact!

The surest way to prevent your outside faucet from freezing is to disconnect all of your outside hoses.  Now that is the smart move when the temperature drops drastically. Those of us who have lived in Chicagoland’s Northwest Suburbs will remember how quickly late summer turns into early winter in the blink of an eye.

If you have any plumbing emergency in our area a professional plumber is the safest and surest way to guarantee that the job is done right the first time.  Those pros are the teammates of Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  Mike and his staff have taken pride for many years in solving plumbing problems throughout Elgin, Dundee, Bartlett, Streamwood, St. Charles, etc.  Give them a call anytime at (847) 697-6444.