Monday, May 13, 2019

What to Look for When Hiring a Commercial Plumber.

If you own or manage any kind of commercial property, you know that plumbing problems can occur at any time, day or night.  You have been there and done that…plumbing emergencies are part of the cost of doing business.  Just the wear and tear on commercial plumbing is greatly accelerated over residential plumbing.

What should you look for when hiring a commercial plumber?

1.  Experience…there is NO substitute for it
2.  A company that handles repairs AND installation
3.  They are large enough to handle your needs
4.  Someone who will be there in a timely manner
5.  The company is insured, licensed, and bonded

That last point is so very important.  An unlicensed plumber can probably do the job initially at a lower cost, but what about the ramifications afterward?  You can always trust Tom’s Plumbing Inc. for any and all commercial jobs both large and small in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland.  Call Elgin-based Tom’s Plumbing Inc. and get to know them at (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tom’s = Quality Plumbing Services.

The name Tom’s Plumbing Inc. has become synonymous with plumbing services you can trust EVERY time for over three decades in Chicagoland’s Northwest Suburbs.  We take great pride in being the proverbial “mom and pop” operation.  It allows us to get to know our customers better than those national plumbing companies.

Mike is the owner who grew up in Elgin, Illinois and spent his whole life in this amazing, ever-growing area.  He carved out his reputation in the plumbing business as a repipe, boiler system, and radiator repair specialist.  Just look around the area at Central DuPage Hospital, St. Edwards Hospital, Sherman and Hinsdale Hospitals.  He has his stamp on the plumbing of all of those buildings and many more!

Mike employs a crew of like-minded professionals who serve the Elgin, Bartlett, and Dundee area with great pride.  You simply will not find a more efficient and honest plumbing company in the Northwest Suburbs.  From our family at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. to yours we hope you will think of us next time you need a plumber by calling (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

It’s Like a Cold Shower.

That is an expression that means a rude awakening.  In your home it could be a reality.  Want to put yourself in a bad mood to start the day?  One of the worst ways is trying to get ready for work and getting a cold shower because someone else used all the hot water.  It takes a good amount of time for the tank to fill back up, turn on the burner, and heat the water.

The reasons that people who live in the Northwest Suburbs are switching to tankless are endless hot water (Ahhh!), additional storage space, and lower energy bills.  That’s right, The US Department of Energy estimates that gas-fired tankless water heaters save an average of $108 per year over their traditional tank counterparts.

What is holding you back?  At least explore the idea to make the change this spring.  Contact the water heater repair and replacement professionals in Elgin and throughout the Northwest Chicagoland Suburbs…Tom’s Plumbing Inc.  They will give you the facts and you make up your mind.  Call Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Into Each Life a Little Rain Must Fall.

On an average April day in Chicagoland it is nearly 30% likely that it will be a “wet day”.  That means at least four-hundredths of an inch of precipitation.  What it does not indicate is what does one exceptionally rainy spring day do to area flooding.  If sump pumps fail on around Elgin area properties, you can bet that flooding is a real danger!

What should you be looking for if you are uncertain about YOUR sump pump?

1.  Is it making unusual noises?
2.  Is it vibrating a great deal?
3.  Does it run more than it needs to?
4.  How long does it run?
5.  Have you noticed any discoloration including rust?

You probably don’t know, but it is recommended that sump pumps be checked every 3-4 months.  That makes the math easy.  If you have not had it done in 2019, then it is time.  The sump pump repair and replacement experts at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. will come to your Northwest Suburban home and let you know it your sump pump is ready for spring and summer flooding.  Just give them a call at (847) 697-6444.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Wait a Minute…that Doesn’t Sound Right!

Plumbing scams, they just keep on coming.  By now, you would think with all the horror stories and instances being reported on the internet that the scammers would have gone away.  Because fraudsters target the people least likely to suspect them, like the elderly and the infirm, they keep running the same old shakedowns.

Here are some things you should know –

1.  Some plumbing contractors will offer you leftover materials from their last job
2.  They randomly discover major issues that you never noted
3.  They want full payment up front…IN CASH ONLY
4.  Excuses…no license to show, improper tools, etc.

Don’t fall for plumbing and other related scams!  When you hire Tom’s Plumbing Inc. to do a job in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland you know that you are trusting the best every time.  Ask the questions and they will give you honest answers.  Contact Elgin based Tom’s Plumbing Inc. anytime at (847) 697-6444.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Spring Time…Sump Pump Time.

Spring flowers…spring showers.  Inevitably the two are intertwined.  You can’t have one without the other.  As spring approaches the rains will come, the snow will melt and sump pumps will become one of the most important appliances in your home.  Make sure that you are prepared for the worst!

What about a sump pump that runs continuously?  It does not take an Einstein to realize that if a sump pump never shuts off it will wear out more quickly.  Fixing one that does so is critical so that when it is needed it will perform at peak efficiency.  Plus, how old is your current sump pump?  Their life expectancy is about ten years.

For any sump pump repair or replacement in Chicagoland’s Northwest Suburbs homeowners have come to rely on Tom’s Plumbing Inc. over the decades.  Headquartered in Elgin, the sump pump and plumbing team at Tom’s is always a phone call away be it an emergency or not.  Give them a call at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Soon it will be Construction Season.

Ah yes, in the Spring around Chicagoland the ground begins to thaw, and families turn their attention to building a new home.  As we approach March, plans will be made and ground will be broken on thousands of dream homes.  If your family is not one of them your attention may turn to basement, bath, and kitchen remodeling!

Things to consider before hiring that perfect company for kitchen, bath, and basement, etc –

1.  What will be the cost?
2.  When is payment expected?
3.  Will there be any mess to clean up?
4.  What if something goes wrong?

That last point is obviously very important.  There are probably plumbers who may even be unlicensed that can do the job of remodeling the plumbing in your home.  Are you willing to risk being “penny wise and pound foolish”?  For all home or business plumbing remodeling jobs call on Tom’s Plumbing Inc. THE plumber to trust in the Northwest at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Keep that Boiler Boiling.

So many residents of The Northwest Suburbs have thermostat issues.  Having a consistently warm temperature and plenty of hot water in your home this time of year is a must.  You may need preventative maintenance to keep it from becoming an emergency.  Inefficient heating is also potentially very costly!

Here are some warning signs to look out for –

1.  The heat in your home is not consistent
2.  There are small puddles at the base of your boiler
3.  The pilot light won’t stay on
4.  The thermostat simply does not work
5.  Low water levels in your boiler

There are many things that can go wrong with your boiler this winter.  There is one thing that can and will go the way you expect it to.  Just call us at Tom’s Plumbing Inc. BEFORE a boiler annoyance becomes a boiler emergency.  That is one of the many ways we are here to help this winter.  We are Tom’s Plumbing Inc. serving the Elgin, Bartlett, Streamwood area.  Just give us a call anytime at (847) 697-6444.

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.