Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Activities Centered Around the Gail Borden Library.

This holiday season it is a return to normalcy around here. There are so many activities around the Elgin area and the Gail Borden Library is the center of many of them. Tom’s Plumbing has been a part of the Elgin landscape for decades helping the area with any and all of its plumbing problems.

Look at just a small portion of what the Gail Borden Library has to offer. There is a magic show on Dec. 21 at 10am. On the second day of winter break there are various craft displays. Don’t miss the exploding snowman on Dec. 23rd. Please make sure that you take in the fabulous light shows around Elgin as well.

Tom’s Plumbing has been an anchor of the Elgin and Northwest Suburban Chicagoland area for many years. They pledge to be there to help you in 2022. What does Tom’s Plumbing do? Well, just visit tomsplumbingservice.com. and see for yourself.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Over 30 Years and Counting.

It has been since the 1980’s that Tom’s Plumbing has been proudly serving the plumbing needs of the Elgin, IL area. We pledge to continue doing so well into the future. Elgin and the surrounding area of The Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland have grown enormously, and we stay on top of things with the latest plumbing techniques available in the world.

In spite of the innovations, we know how important it is to continue being a “mom and pop” operation. It is vitally important that you trust your plumber implicitly, and we never lose sight of that fact. You can see me and my family on the website and you can read our origin story on the about us page.

Tom’s Plumbing will not take your loyalty lightly in the years to come. We pledge to work as hard in the future as we did in the past to continue to serve a fast-growing area. Whenever you have a plumbing emergency, we hope you will think of Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin. Just call (847) 697-6444. See all that we do at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

How Efficient is Your Home’s Heating System?

You have experienced a taste of Chicagoland cold by now, but the dead of winter is yet to come. The one thing you cannot afford is a failing heating system. Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin has been your boiler and radiator repair and replacement specialists for decades.

Here are some of the signs that your heating system is starting to fail –

1.  It gets increasingly difficult to keep your home warm and comfortable.

2.  You have constant problems with your thermostat.

3.  You notice that your boiler is leaking around the base.

4.  There are noises emanating from your radiators.

Are you recognizing any of those warning signs as we are set to take on another harsh winter in The Far Northwestern Suburbs of Chicagoland? If so, or even if you suspect it is about to happen just pick up the phone and dial Elgin’s all purpose plumber Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444. See everything they do to help the Elgin area survive winter by visiting tomsplumbingservice.com.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Protect Your Outdoor Spigots this Winter.

No one can deny that winter is a harsh and unforgiving visitor to suburban Chicagoland. Farther away from the lake it tends to be even worse. If you forgot or just neglected to put away your hoses for the winter, the results could be disastrous! Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin a professional plumber in far west suburban Chicagoland wants to help you avoid that.

Here are some tips before winter hits with a vengeance –

1.  Disconnect ALL garden hoses.

2.  Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes.

3.  Wrap exposed pipes with heat tape.

4.  Leave a slight trickle running through the pipes.

Still, disaster could strike your home this winter in far west suburban Chicagoland. When winter causes problems around your home always remember the name…Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin. Remember Tom’s Plumbing 12 months a year for any and all plumbing emergencies. For the full story, visit tomsplumbingservice.com.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

How is your Home’s Boiler?

As we near the winter months in far Northwest Chicagoland, those who have lived here for more than one change of season know how cold it can get. If you live in a home with a boiler that was installed a dozen years ago or so you may be in for a rude awakening one winter morning. Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin wants to help you avoid that!

Here are some warning signs of a waning boiler –


1.   Look for leaks on the floor around it.

2.  You have trouble keeping the pilot light lit.

3.  The thermostat is not working the way it used to.

4.  You begin hearing strange noises when your boiler is operating.

Most of these problems and others are fairly apparent. What may NOT be so obvious, is the best choice for boiler repair or replacement in the Elgin area. The answer is Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin. They have specialized in boilers and radiators for decades. See the plumbing and related services they offer at tomsplumbingservice.com, then call (847) 697-6444.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Why Go Tankless?

Did you know that in homes using about 40 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be about a third more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters? How about this one? Tankless water heaters have a life span of around two decades! Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin thinks it may be time to consider Bradford White.

Tom’s Plumbing has stood behind this American-made product for many years and thinks you will find it more durable and compatible. It accommodates gas, oil, and electric propane. A tankless water heater made by Bradford White and installed by Tom’s Plumbing in your Elgin area home is something you probably won’t have to think about until the 2040’s!

Why not give Tom’s Plumbing a call to see what your safe and carefree future may entail with a Bradford White water heater? Tom’s Plumbing has served the plumbing needs of the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland for decades. Emergency or not…just call (847) 697-6444. Get the big picture by visiting tomsplumbingservice.com.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Your Kitchen Probably had Quite a Workout over the Last Year.

Because of that, have you noticed things such as leaking pipes, faucets, and sinks? It may be time to pay some attention to such matters. At Tom’s Plumbing, we handle all of your kitchen repair and remodeling needs in the Elgin area around the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland.

In addition, your efficient and probably overworked kitchen has a lot of drain lines and water lines. Perhaps you are considering installing an appliance that may need something such as a new shut off valve or a supply line. If you call us at Tom’s Plumbing, we will do the job(s) right, at a fair price, the first time…guaranteed!

At Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin, we know our way around your kitchen almost as well as you do. For any and all kitchen plumbing and/or remodeling jobs just think of us at Tom’s Plumbing, serving the Elgin area for decades. Call (847) 697-6444 and our professional plumbers will assess the job. See us on the internet at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Careful…Leaking Gas Lines May be Very Dangerous!

It is nothing like fixing a clogged toilet or a leaky faucet in your Elgin area home or break room. This is the real deal. There is the smell of gas throughout your home or office. It needs to be attended to immediately and Tom’s Plumbing is the right company to call for just such a situation.

Just for context, you should know that gas leaks are rather common in many homes across the country. Incidences involving gas piping result in an average of 17 deaths a year in the United States. The good news is that it is not terribly complicated for a professional to fix most gas leaks in your home.

For decades the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland around Elgin have relied on Tom’s Plumbing to fix gas leaks as well as most any plumbing problem you might face. If you have even the hint of a gas smell, please call Tom’s Plumbing 24 hours a day at (847) 697-6444. Don’t forget to visit their website at tomsplumbingservice.com for a full list of the services they provide.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

How Do I Know if I Have the Right Size Water Heater?

It is vital to know not only how many gallons your water heater will hold, but the exterior dimensions as well. Both the capacity and height will affect how much your water heater will ultimately cost. Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin, IL wants you to choose the unit that is best for you.

To determine the size of the water heater, look for a sticker on the side. It should have the serial number and other information including the gallon capacity listed. This is the capacity of your water heater. You need to determine if you need a short or a tall sized water heater.

Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin has been helping people of The Far Northwest Suburbs around Elgin for decades with their plumbing questions, maintenance, and emergencies. You can trust Tom’s Plumbing to “shoot you straight” every time. Call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin at (847) 697-6444. See their many services at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thank You Battery Backup!

You may be saying that very thing about your Elgin area home’s sump pump. Simply put, a battery backup sump pump does the job of your regular sump pump when there is no power in the house to operate the primary one. Tom’s Plumbing will install that battery backup sump pump in your Elgin home or office.

These are just some of the events that can occur around here –

1.  In the event of flooding it is common for there to be a power shortage.

2.  What if the main pump fails and you don’t know it right away?

3.  The main pump is not able to keep up with heavy rain (see our last blog).

There is just too much at stake NOT to have a battery backup sump pump! If you live in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland flooding can take place without much warning. Call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin to have a battery powered backup sump pump installed. As always, our number is (847) 697-6444 and our website is found at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Hopefully History Does NOT Repeat Itself.

Have you lived in and around the Fox Valley for a while? Do you remember the Great suburban flood 25 years ago? It was July 17-18 1996. Some folks who lived in the far western suburbs of Chicagoland were just about ready to build an ark! Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin was around then and are here today in case it occurs again.

At the time it was the second most costly weather disaster in Illinois history. An astonishing 17 inches of rain fell in the Aurora area in 24 hours! As an aside, only about 1% of the people who owned homes that experienced flood damage had any type of flood insurance.

Tom’s Plumbing has served Elgin, IL and the surrounding area when any plumbing emergency has occurred over the decades. You can feel confident that when you have a plumbing maintenance or emergency situation in the Elgin area all you have to do is call Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444. See their many services at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Why You Might Well Need a Battery Backup for your Sump Pump.

If you are a homeowner in the Elgin, IL area you are almost certainly familiar with the flood-saving sump pump, but what about a battery to back it up. If that sounds unnecessary then think again! Tom’s Plumbing serving the greater Elgin area’s plumbing needs for decades thinks you should be aware of a battery backup for your sump pump.

One thing’s for sure…the weather in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland is unpredictable. Significant rainfall and sudden high winds can wreak havoc and cause power outages. Sometimes, your good old reliable sump pump can break down due to certain issues within the appliance itself.

You don’t want to take your basement for granted, especially if it has valuable items and/or memories in it. Call Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin to have a battery backup installed on your sump pump. It might be the “driest” decision you have ever made! Call Tom’s Plumbing at (847) 697-6444 and see their many plumbing services at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Let us Repipe Your Elgin area Home.

Are you aware of how common galvanized pipes are in the far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland? It is not at all unusual that if you own a home in our area more than 50 years old you have galvanized piping. A repiping may be necessary by a licensed, experienced repiping plumber in Elgin. That’s Tom’s Plumbing!

Tom’s Plumbing professionals will come to your home and assess the situation. Chances are your home’s old pipes are corroding and cracking causing all sorts of plumbing problems. Tom’s Plumbing will replace those old galvanized pipes with state of the art copper piping.

Call them today to have your pipes evaluated by real plumbing pros. Tom’s Plumbing is always just a phone call away day or night. Just call (847) 697-6444. While Tom’s Plumbing may specialize in repiping, it is far from all that they do. Just visit tomsplumbingservice.com.

Friday, June 4, 2021

How a Reverse Osmosis System Works.

To understand it, you need to grasp the action that water takes. It’s simple really…water wants to find its equilibrium. For reverse osmosis water filtration, we simply add pressure and create a reverse osmosis. Why should you call us at Tom’s Plumbing to have a reverse osmosis system installed in your Elgin area home or office?

Here is what typically happens –

1.  The water from the city enters your home.

2.  Then it goes into the carbon sediment pre-filter.

3.  The processed water moves to the storage tank and leftover water with dissolved solids drains away.

Let us show you all of the benefits of a reverse osmosis water system. Enjoy the taste and the benefits of clean, fresh water. We are Tom’s Plumbing, an Elgin area fixture for a long time. For any plumbing needs, be it an emergency or maintenance, give us a call at (847) 697-6444. See our full story at tomsplumbingservice.com.

Monday, May 24, 2021

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Tom’s Plumbing, your full service plumber in Elgin, wants you to understand backflow. Our residential and commercial customers should install a testable backflow prevention device when their plumbing installations might very well be posing a hazard to the public water system, anywhere around the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland.

Backflow prevention needs to be present at –

1.  At any medical facility.

2.  Anywhere that includes the irrigation of lawns.

3.  Restaurants…absolutely, without question.

4.  Swimming pools where the public gathers.

It is mandatory that your backflow prevention system is tested by a certified technician from Tom’s Plumbing of Elgin, IL. Tom’s Plumbing has been doing backflow testing for many years. Please give them a call to set up an appointment at (847) 697-6444.  See the plumbing services they offer by googling www.tomsplumbingservice.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

What to Look for When Choosing a Commercial Plumber.

If you are a commercial property owner or manager in the far Northwest portion of Chicagoland, you may not need the services of a plumber on a daily basis. However, when a crisis strikes, you will need a qualified commercial plumber in the Elgin area such as Tom’s Plumbing, serving the far Northwest suburbs.

Here are some of the things that you may be seeking –

1.  Experience in commercial plumbing.

2.  The proper licensing and insurance.

3.  The right qualifications.

4.  A long-standing reputation.

5.  Affordability.

Tom’s Plumbing checks all the boxes! They have been serving the commercial plumbing needs of the Elgin area for decades. You will feel supremely confident once you visit their website at tomsplumbingservice.com. Why not call them for an estimate at (847) 697-6444?