Monday, December 14, 2020

Let’s all Sing Elgin.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, when this great city in the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland was established in the mid-19th century it was named “Elgin” after a popular Scottish song. The founders were looking for a site on the stagecoach route from Chicago to Galena, Illinois. They settled on a spot along the Fox.

Early Elgin achieved fame for butter and dairy which it sold to the city of Chicago. Gail Borden himself established a condensed milk factory here after the Civil War and our local library is named in his honor. The dairy industry became less important with the arrival of the Elgin Watch Company.

Today, in spite of the many challenges put before us in this year 2020 Elgin continues to thrive. Right along with it is the decades-old company Tom’s Plumbing for all your plumbing needs in the upcoming year of 2021. From your friends at Tom’s Plumbing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Monday, November 30, 2020

We Proudly Provide Plumbing Service to the Northwest Suburbs.

Besides Elgin, the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland includes many great communities such as Bartlett, Streamwood, Elburn, Geneva, Schaumburg and many more. Each has its own set of unique codes which any licensed plumber of great integrity has to be cognizant of when doing any job in that particular city.

Here at Tom’s Plumbing we recognize the differences in our diverse area and proceed accordingly. To begin with, we always provide city permits for any work where it is required. Our first priority is to make sure that the work we do is up to code and will pass the inspection of any and all municipalities in which we work.

Mike, our lead plumber has lived in the Elgin area all of his life. Tom’s Plumbing has been a part of the area for decades serving Elgin and other suburbs with quality plumbing repair. You have always counted on Tom’s Plumbing and 2021 will be no exception. See our myriad of services at and call (847) 697-6444 anytime day or night.

Monday, November 16, 2020

A Gas Leak is a Really Big Deal.

The danger occurs when gas begins to leak out into your common living area. Why is it dangerous? Because gas is flammable…that is why! If there is any flame, or even a spark near the leak it could cause a destructive and even a deadly fire. There may even be a resulting explosion in your home or business.

Here is what to look (sniff) for –


1.  You notice dead or dying plants.

2.  You may hear a hissing sound near gas pipes.

3.  There is a noticeable smell of rotten eggs.

4.  There may actually be a white fog surrounding your property.

Please take immediate action! You should never, never, let the smell of gas go unattended. Please immediately call the gas leak repair professionals at Tom’s Plumbing. The pros at Tom’s Plumbing will come to your Elgin area home or business and fix the gas leak once and for all. Google and always call (847) 697-6444.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Cool, Clear, Water.

It is one of life’s absolute essentials. Various tests have found that a third of American water supplies contain lead and 75% contain chromium-6...not good! People are unwittingly consuming these dangerous compounds every day. Well water, like public water supplies, is also susceptible to contamination from urban and farm runoff and seepage.

There are several different types of water filters –

1.  Pitcher filters…they only eliminate a small number of contaminants


2.  Faucet filters…make sure they are eliminating the things that you want

3.  Countertop filters…they don’t take up space under your sink

4.  Undersink filters…it makes sense when counter space is in short supply

5.  Reverse osmosis…very effective…allow us to tell you more

Reverse osmosis systems in the Elgin area are installed by the professionals of Tom’s Plumbing. We believe in them and stand by them. Let us give you the details of reverse osmosis water filtration by calling (847) 697-6444 and see everything we do when you take a look at

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.