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."