Pipeworks Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Bloomington’

The Biggest Home Disaster to Prepare for

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Unconventional weather events are pretty normal at this point, despite the “unconventional” part. Ice storms, arctic blasts, polar vortexes, and more are starting to cause us to make some life choices when it comes to our houses. As the weather changes, so too must our plumbing strategies.

Luckily, plumbing systems are pretty unique in the fact that they run all-year round despite the weather. A plumbing system isn’t going to run any differently in the winter than it would in the spring, summer, or fall. But you might encounter different problems depending on how the weather turns out.

Before the next arctic blast or polar vortex, we’d like to talk about the elephant in the room–potential frozen pipes in Bloomington. We’ll discuss what they are, how they come about, and why they’re one of the most insidious problems to encounter when you lose power or encounter a sudden temperature drop this winter.

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Burst Pipe Prevention Season

Monday, September 19th, 2022

As temperatures begin to cool, it’s time to look at what can happen to your pipes over time. Yes, changing temperatures means that your exposed plumbing system components can start to freeze. That main water line can run into issues where it connects to your home, especially if your home has problems with circulating heat. And, due to the fact that our weather patterns are constantly changing and breaking new records, we could see record-cold days early this fall.

So, as your expert plumber in the area, we’d like to talk specifically about ways to prevent a burst pipe in Bloomington, IL. Then, we’ll also discuss what you can do if you accidentally encounter one and need support.

Take a deep breath, burst pipes don’t become serious problems until things get cold and start to thaw, so you’ve got plenty of time to insulate your pipes and get in touch with a professional for an upgrade.

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A Customer’s Approach to Toilet Maintenance

Monday, August 8th, 2022

There are a lot of things about toilets that customers might not be aware of. For instance, did you know that toilets use just gravity to flush waste? They’re really ingenious inventions and we want to make sure that everyone who reads our blog is taking good care of their toilet. The truth is that there are some components of a toilet that might wear down faster than others, and we think it’s important that customers be aware of what they can deal with and what they might need help with.

There are also a few guidelines that we need to start with, since a toilet that’s handled incorrectly could end up leaking and causing a pretty serious plumbing problem that needs to be fixed. So, this blog post is about making sure things are done the right way.

If you’re unsure as to how to replace certain parts of your toilet, or you need help, you can always call our team for toilet repairs in Bloomington, IL.

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Choosing a New Plumber in Bloomington

Monday, July 25th, 2022

So, you’ve experienced your first leak in a long time, or perhaps you’re a new homeowner that needs help with a drain clog. Where do you even start? Your old reliable plumber is far away and would never be able to help you here, so it’s up to you to find a new reliable plumber that you can count on. Do you find a phonebook and start looking through the pages for ads or catchy slogans? Or perhaps you start looking online or asking through social media?

Well, when it comes to plumbing in Bloomington, IL, there are some things you can look for that will determine which plumbers are worth calling. Social media searching can be a toss-up, because many friends or neighbors will point you towards an amateur which you should avoid at all costs. And not everyone even has a phonebook anymore. But if you look online, you might find it easier to choose your next trusted plumber than you initially thought!

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Your Gas Line Should Be Professionally Installed

Monday, July 11th, 2022

We know that there are some members of our community who will always do things themselves. It’s actually quite an amazing skill to be able to work on so many projects with your own set of tools and knowledge. Many friends and neighbors we know actually have family members who are carpenters, plumbers, and contractors, so it can be easier to get reliable information and tools of the trade. However, sometimes it can be valuable to defer to an expert, especially when things like safety are on the line.

Gas lines in Bloomington, IL are vital for many homes in our area. They’re necessary for a gas furnace, gas stove, and even for gas fireplaces. The only problem is that they require pretty precise installations and they can be quite tricky for homeowners to install themselves.

Today, we’re going to talk about three specific reasons why your gas lines need to be installed by a pro.

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Best Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners in 2022

Monday, June 27th, 2022

The housing market is still in a bit of a crazy place, so we understand if you’ve got a lot of other things on your mind as a new homeowner. Many works in progress are being bought with the idea that the new homeowner will be able to fix them up. If you have experience with contractors and you’re willing to spend the time and money on a home project, then we commend you! However, as your local plumber in Bloomington, IL, this is an area that we’d like to help with.

Plumbing systems in homes can vary in condition. In some cases, the house will look refurbished and beautiful, but the plumbing system will be in very rough shape. In other situations, the house might be a bit of a work in progress, but at least the plumbing system is good and efficient. Today, we want to help you figure out which category your home fits in.

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Steer Clear of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

Monday, June 13th, 2022

There’s always an aisle at the grocery store full of plumbing things. From drain snakes to plungers, it can be a pretty helpful aisle to pick up things you might want to use on your clogged drain, while you’re also there to pick up groceries. However, there’s one part of that aisle at the grocery store that’s not a good thing to invest in, and that’s drain cleaning chemicals.

No, we’re not going to point you to a specific brand of drain chemicals, and we’re not just opinionated on this, all drain cleaning chemicals are bad for your drains for very simple scientific reasons.

If you’re looking to preserve the quality and condition of your home’s pipes and rain system, then you’re much better off saving your money and calling us for drain cleaning in Bloomington, IL. We can remove clogs using tried and tested natural solutions that don’t involve chemicals or harsh materials.

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Protect Your Kitchen Sink From a Drain Clog

Monday, May 16th, 2022

You might get a headache just from trying to picture how much you really use your kitchen sink. The kitchen is referred to as the “hearth” of a home, so the kitchen sink is probably at the center of where you spend most of your time. The more this part of your kitchen clogs, the more complicated and uncomfortable your life might be. That’s why we recommend taking steps to protect your kitchen drain from clogging up.

Do you need to go out of your way to spend thousands of dollars on high-tech solutions for your drain in order to achieve this goal? Of course not! Follow along our blog to learn a few nifty ways to improve the flow and functionality of your kitchen sink, without having to spend much money (or any at all!)

Let’s work together to protect your plumbing in Bloomington, IL.

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The Science Behind Hydro Jetting

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

You’ve probably heard us mention “hydro jets” on this blog, but we rarely ever talk about the specifics behind it. Using pressurized water isn’t a new idea, it’s the main idea behind power washing and other methods of cleaning heavy-duty equipment. The only difference between a power washer and a hydro jet is the fact that a hydro jet is specifically meant for the inside of a drain system.

This blog post is dedicated to understanding what a hydro jet does, how it works, and why it’s such an important tool of a plumber’s arsenal. We’d even go as far as to argue that a plumber that goes without a hydro jet shouldn’t be called a professional. It’s such a simple yet effective tool, that we think anyone interested in plumbing in Bloomington, IL should know more about it!

Let’s talk about hydro jetting!

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Are You Dealing With a Sewer Leak?

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Plumbing problems can get kind of complicated. They’re not like a structural problem in your home, or a problem with chipping paint, because you can physically see those problems happen whereas plumbing problems occur behind the scenes. Luckily, you’ll never really see your sewer on a day-to-day basis, so it becomes harder to notice when there’s a problem with it. This doesn’t mean that problems don’t show up, only that they happen underground and in your sewer or septic system, and that requires a more specialized approach.

Don’t worry, we’re the specialists for sewer lines in Bloomington, IL. We can help you get your sewer leak issue diagnosed and fixed in record time. The important job of this blog post is to inform you of when you might be dealing with a sewer leak so you can call us and schedule a fix ASAP!

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