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When to Call for a Plumber

November 16th, 2020

We’ve all been here. It’s late on a Friday night and your struggling toilet has decided to quit working entirely. You start counting the inches of space left in the toilet bowl until water starts to overflow. You’re plunging and plunging and plunging, but nothing seems to be working. Surely you don’t need to call a plumber yet, right?

Well, the choice will always be yours, but a plumber can make your life a lot easier in those situations. Depending on how terrible or stressful your plumbing issue is, a plumber can always help. From little clogs to overflowing toilets that threaten the furniture in your home, a plumber always has the necessary tools to take care of your problems.

A plumber in Normal, IL from our team is ready to help you out. All you need to know is when to call us!

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Pipeline Inspection: The Service You Never Knew You Needed

November 2nd, 2020

Earlier this month, we talked about some of the most important aspects of choosing a professional plumber. While we could go on about how important our services are over that of an amateur, we’d like to shift topics to a service that we think is heavily underutilized—pipeline inspection.

From video pipe inspection to manual pipe inspection, it’s important to have a professional’s opinion on how your plumbing system is. Pipeline inspection in Bloomington, IL has a reputation that it’s not really necessary, and only for the most stressed-out customers. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Pipeline inspection services offered by our team can be your first line of defense when dealing with multiple drain clogs, sewer back-ups, pipe leaks, and other problems that require a steady decision to be made at a moment of crisis.

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Finding the Right Plumber: An FAQ

October 19th, 2020

How do you find the right plumber? What does the right plumber even mean? Many homeowners associate a plumber with just a grumbly person who begrudgingly fixes your leaking toilet when you’re having a bad day. That’s brought about a lot of negative connotations with plumbing work in general. We’re here to fix that.

Finding the right plumber means finding a plumber that you’re actually happy to call. Plumbing service doesn’t have to be obnoxious, expensive, or boring. Many plumbers in Champaign, IL actually love what they do and can provide you with great ways of making your life easier and cutting costs down the line.

So, in light of the idea behind what makes a plumber right for you, we’re going to talk about some ways you can ensure that your plumber fits what you need from them.

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What Type of Water Heater Is Right for You?

October 5th, 2020

The water heater olympics are upon us, and if you’re in the market for a water heater that’s right for you, you’re going to want to pay attention to the winner of this competition. Today, we’ll be comparing the two most common and powerful water heaters in our area—the conventional tank water heater and the unconventional tankless water heater.

Do you have questions about these kinds of water heaters? Or perhaps you’d like to know more details about how they work? Don’t worry, we’re going to spill the beans about the specifics behind these two water heating systems. Water heaters in Bloomington need to be powerful and efficient in order to make homeowners happy, and we aim to leave you a little more informed by the end of this blog post.

So, let the games begin!

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Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Drain?

September 21st, 2020

You’ve probably heard us talk your ear off about drain clogs and drain cleaning, but what about full-scale drain repair? How can you tell if your drain is damaged? Well, don’t worry. We don’t ask questions that we don’t aim to answer eventually!

Drain repair in Bloomington is a fundamentally different project to complete than drain cleaning. Clogs form naturally over time as homeowners use their drains, but issues that require repair are usually caused by a problem of some sort. Leaks can be caused by chemicals, constant clogging, or age, and at that point you’re better off calling us to have your drain repaired.

Don’t get confused and think that your drain or plumbing system is meant to last forever. Unfortunately, nothing we build lasts forever. Though, when things are repaired effectively by a professional, they can last a heck of a long time!

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3 Things a Plumber Will Never Tell You

September 7th, 2020

There are two types of plumbers in this world—honest plumbers and amateur plumbers. Honest plumbers will tell you the truth about the condition your drains and pipes are in, while amateurs will try to hide as much information as possible. Think about it, why would an amateur plumber want you to know about your plumbing system? They could just “magically fix it” and get you to pay for all the repairs that come with their subpar service.

A reputable plumber, like the ones on our team, will tell it to you like it is. If your plumbing in Champaign, IL is in poor condition, we’ll let you know. We’re not doing it to sell our service or to make you feel bad, we’re on a mission to get everyone in the area hooked up with plumbing that’s build to last.

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Need Drain Cleaning Services? We Think So

August 24th, 2020

Drains are necessary for homes to function. Anyone who thinks they can just live in their home year after year and forget about their drains is living in a fantasy world! These systems need constant attention, and when you neglect them, they come back to bite you when you least expect it.

So, we’re here to answer the age-old question—do you need drain cleaning services? Probably.

When looking at the condition of your drains, it’s always better to play safe than sorry. Services like drain cleaning in Bloomington are great at mitigating problems like slow drains and outright clearing clogs that have started to annoy you. The only 100% effective way to deal with drain clogs and faulty drain systems is by signing up for services. Let’s look at some reasons why drain cleaning might be vital for your home, and why we recommend signing up for it!

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What Is an Anode Rod?

August 10th, 2020

People always grumble when they find out their car’s oil needs to be changed. “Why can’t there be oil that never has to be changed?” While we understand the sentiment, there are sometimes materials in our world that are meant to be sacrificed by their mechanical counterparts. This holds true for an anode rod in your water heater.

The anode rod is a vital part of your water heating system, and it’s responsible for attracting the corrosion that would normally cause the system to break down. All of the calcium, magnesium, and other minerals in your water will start to break down your water heater and gunk it up without the protection of an anode rod.

If anyone has been experiencing issues with water heaters in Champaign, IL, it could be due to a corroded anode rod that needs to be replaced. Let us explain!

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Don’t Hesitate to Get Natural Gas Line Repairs

July 27th, 2020

There are a lot of appliances that run on natural gas. This isn’t by accident. Natural gas-burning appliances run efficiently and effectively. Look at gas stoves, gas furnaces, and other gas-burning appliances. People love these types of machines because of how well they work and how cheap they are to run. That being said, would you ever have an amateur install or repair your natural gas pipelines?

If you answered yes to that question, then we’d like to politely disagree. Natural gas lines have to be set up by a team of professionals who are licensed. This isn’t just for safety reasons, since natural gas is highly flammable and can be a fire hazard when handled poorly. It’s for legal reasons as well. Many municipalities will fine you for having your natural gas lines installed by amateurs.

Keep reading, and make sure you call the pros for your natural gas line repair in Bloomington, IL.

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You Need Emergency Plumbing Help Fast

July 13th, 2020

To many homeowners, anything related to plumbing might be an emergency. Likewise, many homeowners think that their ability to work on DIY projects signifies that they’ll never have to call a plumber unless there’s water flooding their entire house. Neither of these two extremes is the right attitude to have, and it’s about time we set the record straight.

Plumbing emergencies are most definitely a thing. The problem remains, how can you tell what’s worth calling a plumber over and what’s not? Emergency plumbing in Bloomington, IL is determined on a case by case basis, so your unique plumbing need might be more of an emergency than someone else’s.

Keep reading and we’ll get into the details of what constitutes a plumbing emergency, when to call professionals like us, and if there’s anything you can do in the meantime.

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