Monday, May 18, 2020

Getting to the Root of the Problem.

You may be dreaming of a comfortable yard in the Elgin area filled with mature shade trees in the summer and a show of foliage in the fall?  Trees are a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape, but as with many things in life, having trees comes with a price…in this case, tree roots that may clog your drains.

Here are some signs of roots clogging drain or sewer lines-

1.  Frequent clogs in your toilets and sinks
2.  Sounds of gurgling
3.  Water drains slowly
4.  Lower water pressure

The solution?  Have your drains and/or sewer line checked for runaway tree roots clogging up the lines.  If it is left unchecked the results will be disastrous!  One of very best drain cleaning and sewer inspection companies in Chicagoland is right here in Elgin.  That’s Tom’s Plumbing.  Call them at any of the first signs listed above.  Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Clogged Pipes Come with the Territory.

Sorry landlords, but clogged pipes are just part of the rental business.  What about the tenants who pour bacon fat down the kitchen sink or think nothing of flushing diapers?  Don’t they share some of the responsibility?  Absolutely, but if you haven’t included a lease clause to cover plumbing stoppages, your responsibility to maintain the unit could leave you holding the bag!

Here are a few tips for landlords in the Northwest Suburbs –

1.  Have the tenant sign a plumbing lease clause.
2.  Provide basic clogging tools such as plungers.
3.  Avoid harsh drain cleaner.
4.  Treat your property’s pipes every month.
5.  Have a professional plumber on speed dial!

Not a bad idea.  If you are a landlord in the Elgin area you can rely on the company that property owners have counted on for plumbing problems for decades.  That’s Tom’s Plumbing serving the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland.  You don’t have to keep them on speed dial, but you sure should remember the name…Tom’s Plumbing.  Just call (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Process of Modern Repiping.

The process of dipping steel pipes into molten zinc to galvanize them has been around since the early 19th century, and galvanized pipes are still around.  Today, there are better alternatives such as copper pipes.  Copper piping has a natural ability to kill pathogens.  If your older Northwest suburban Chicago house has galvanized pipes, replacing them is a good idea.

If your house is old enough to have galvanized water pipes, they could be contaminating your water.  Until 1986, manufacturers used naturally occuring zinc that contained impurities such as lead in the galvanizing process.  That is a powerful enough reason for replacing the pipes.  Also,  galvanized steel pipes tend to corrode from the inside.

Enough already!  It is time to call the repiping experts of the Elgin area.  That’s Tom’s Plumbing.  There are older homes throughout the Northwest Suburbs.  For your own peace of mind and good health call Tom’s Plumbing for a complete home repiping.  That phone number is one to keep handy for plumbing emergencies as well (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Is a Reverse Osmosis System Right for your Home.

Is a healthier lifestyle promoted by pure drinking water a priority?  For many in the Elgin area the answer is an emphatic YES!  Reverse osmosis is a water purification system that removes unwanted particles from your drinking system.  Reverse osmosis can remove many types of dissolved and suspended chemical and biological species. 

Household drinking water purification systems, including a reverse osmosis step such as –

1.  A sediment filter to trap particles
2.  A 2nd sediment filter with smaller pores
3.  An activated carbon filter to trap organic chemicals
4.  A reverse osmosis filter, which is a thin film composite membrane

Enough of the technical and more of the practical!  Practically speaking, if you have a reverse osmosis system installed in your Northwest Suburban Chicagoland home it will help your family become healthier.  Let the professional plumbers at Tom’s Plumbing do the job and do it right the first time…guaranteed.  Call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Have You Been Thinking About Your Home’s Drain Pipes Lately?

Of course, you haven’t.  Not unless there has been an obvious problem lately.  Over the course of several years, the average homeowner or apartment tenant is bound to need some form of drain pipe maintenance.  Naturally, the frequency of such occurrences can be minimized with some basic, timely drain upkeep.

The types of home drain pipes that are most typically seen today are either made of copper or plastic polyvinyl chloride (commonly referred to as PVC).  Another type of drain pipes are sometimes encountered in pre-1960 homes, such as drain/waste/vent (again, commonly referred to as DWV) piping made of iron or steel.

Having this knowledge is nice, to be sure.  Knowing whom to call for piping and repair is far more important.  That company in and around Elgin, Il, is Tom’s Plumbing.  By now, if you own a home in the Northwest Suburbs you know Tom’s for their reliability and longevity in serving our communities.  For any drain pipe problems just call Ton’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

10 things you might not have known about St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

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"St. Patrick's Day is on March 17, but Chicagoans will kick things off this weekend with a slew of events and activities. From dyeing the river green to festivals and parades, Chicago is famous for its spirited celebration of Ireland's beloved patron saint. But behind all these festivities is a long history of traditions (and some secrets) surrounding the annual holiday" 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

RU Ready for RO?

Reverse osmosis, that is.  How does it work?  It starts with desalination.  That five-syllable word is the process of removing salt from seawater.  In order to separate water from salt to make it safe to drink, it must go through the reverse osmosis process.  Reverse osmosis occurs when pressure is applied to a highly concentrated solution.

What makes it so special, anyway?  When it comes to water filtration and getting the best quality water to drink, reverse osmosis can really make a difference.  Reverse osmosis systems work to help remove minerals that may cause hard water, bacteria, sediment and other impurities.  So, again we ask RU ready for RO?

If you are considering cleaner healthier drinking water for you family in any further Northwest Suburban Chicago home, you should contact Tom’s Plumbing.  They have been installing reverse osmosis systems in Elgin area homes for decades.  Maybe you should be next?  Just call Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

When Does DIY Become CAP?

We need to explain that one.  It means when does a do it yourself job become one where you should Call A Plumber?  Sometimes it can be a fine line and in some Northwest Suburban households the owners should not be “messing” with the plumbing at all!  We want to delineate some of the differences between DIY and CAP.

You should call a plumber when –

1.  Leaky or dripping faucets just won’t stop.
2.  The hot water goes south.
3.  All of a sudden the water pressure is noticeably lower.
4.  The drains have stopped flowing to the point of backing up.

Everything is variable, of course, but when you want to have the job done right the first time you call on the services of Elgin area plumber Tom’s Plumbing.  People in the growing Northwest area of Chicagoland have been doing it for years.  Visit online for all  the various plumbing services then call (847) 697-6444.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

It Was Only a Year Ago.

Now that our vision is “2020” sometimes it is difficult to look back, but just about a year ago in March of 2019 Chicagoland experienced some severe flooding.  A combination of high soil moisture, frozen ground, quick snow melt, and rainfall caused major river flooding around our area in Northern Illinois.  It may not have been as nasty in Elgin, but it was close!

There are five factors that occur in concert about this time that can result in major flooding –

1.  Soil with a high moisture content.
2.  Frozen ground.
3.  Plenty of snow cover.
4.  Sudden rains.
5.  Then, the snow melts.

You can’t fight Mother Nature as the saying goes, but you can prepare.  Do you have a sump pump in your Elgin area home?  Why…well they pump everything up and out and keep your basement from becoming something resembling a dirty swimming pool.  Avoid the hassle and damage!  Call Tom’s Plumbing serving the sump pump and needs of Northwest suburban Chicagoland at (847) 697-6444.

Feb 14th - Frank Sinatra Tribute Show

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"From Las Vegas to Illinois just in time for Valentine's Day comes a brilliant tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring vocal sensation Dave Halston and his “Little Big Band”."  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Reduced Pressure Zone.

No, this is not a “safe space” for today’s college kid.  It is abbreviated RPZ.  It’s a device that is a type of backflow prevention used to protect water supplies from contamination.  Backflow preventers are usually categorized into three different groupings, an Assembly, a Device, or a Method.

The device consists of two independent check valves.  They are plumbed in series, with a pressure monitored chamber between.  The chamber is then maintained at a pressure that is lower than the water supply pressure, but high enough to be useful downstream.  There is, of course, more to it than that, but these are the basics.

Something else you should know is that in Illinois the RPZ valve must be tested at least every 12 months by an accredited tester.  Here in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland around Elgin the right person for the job is found at Tom’s Plumbing.  If the subject is plumbing repair, replacement, or maintenance the answer is always Tom’s Plumbing.  Call (847) 697-6444.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Help…My Boiler is Struggling.

If your boiler is about to “give up the ghost” it may be catastrophic for your Northwest Suburban household.  The only way that your boiler system has any hope of working as it is supposed to is if you care for it properly.  This could mean things such as: it should be professionally installed and routinely maintained.

Here are some signs that your boiler may be ready to give out –

1.  Age…especially if it is a dozen years or so old
2.  Foul orders are emanating from it
3.  Any sign of a leak
4.  Inconsistent temperature fluctuations
5.  Utility bills keep rising

It may well be the time to schedule a maintenance check from the boiler installation and inspection professionals at Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin.  Your home is your castle and you rely on that boiler to provide winter comfort to the whole house.  Treat it right by calling Tom’s Plumbing serving Chicagoland’s far Northwest Suburbs at (847) 697-6444.