Pipeworks Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Champaign’

Introducing the P-Trap

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

In our journey to be informative for our potential customers, friends, and neighbors, we’d like to talk about some important components of a plumbing system.

When faced with the decision of whether to call for drain cleaning in Champaign, IL, or to try and fix a drain clog yourself, it gets easier when you know how your plumbing system is set up.

This kind of information should be freely available, but the truth is that a lot of amateur plumbers don’t even know the basics behind how a drain system works and why things are set up in a certain way.

Talk to any home inspector or professional plumber and you’ll find out how common it is for these small mistakes to be made which end up ruining the space in someone’s home.

So, why does your drain look like a sideways letter P? It’s simple, but an answer that might give you insight on your next drain cleaning appointment.

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Melting Snow and a Sump Pump PSA

Monday, December 12th, 2022
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Do you fear those days where all the winter snow suddenly melts and causes the whole world outside of your home to become one big puddle?

While we do get our fair share of flash floods, these types of floods can be a lot more insidious because they happen slowly and almost every year at the same time.

Depending on how much snow we get, they can vary in size and scale. If you’re not prepared, you could see your basement flood right before your very eyes.

Sump pumps in Champaign, IL are known to help protect basements from floodwaters. What homeowners might not know is that they can also protect from other occurrences like melting snow and ice. No matter where the water is coming from, it’s likely going to head downwards into your basement, and our team can be the one to help stop it in its tracks!

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Hydro Jetting Vs. Drain Chemicals

Monday, November 14th, 2022

When confronted with a clogged drain, which solution should you choose? It’s true that one of them doesn’t require the aid of a licensed plumber, but that’s not necessarily a good thing in this case. For mild drain clogs, we’d recommend first using a plunger and a drain snake, which are specifically designed to use pressure to remove clogging materials.

However, if you’ve spent hours trying to get rid of a drain clog by plunging it or using a drain snake, then at that point you’re confronted with a problem. Do you call a professional for help? Or do you choose one of the more colorful solutions sitting in the plumbing aisle at the grocery store?

The truth is that you should always go with a plumber for hydro jetting in Champaign, IL, but the reasoning might be surprising to you. Let’s talk about why hydro jetting works.

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3 Reasons to Get a Sump Pump This Fall

Monday, September 5th, 2022

Sump pumps are usually associated with spring in our area because that’s when the snow and ice melt, leading to constant floods which can be devastating for a home. However, we deal with floods on a regular basis throughout the spring, summer, and even in the fall. In fact, the falling debris like leaves and sticks can cause clogs in our storm drainage systems which can lead to periodic flooding in certain areas. This is why we want to talk about installing sump pumps in Champaign, IL throughout the fall.

In truth, sump pumps are protective systems that are great for the whole year. That one winter day where temperatures rise above freezing and the snow quickly turns into flooding waters can be mitigated entirely with the help of a sump pump. And if your basement is just more prone to being flooded, either because of its relative depth or because of abnormal storm and weather patterns, then a sump pump is going to be a huge help.

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Why Homeowners Choose Electric Water Heaters

Monday, December 27th, 2021

Electricity is great, isn’t it? Not only does it power so many of our appliances, devices, and equipment, but it can also come from sustainable sources like hydroelectric power (water dams) and solar panels! This is perhaps the most important reason for homeowners to consistently switch to electric water heaters, because they’re efficient and they can be drawn from local energy reserves that might be sustainable in the coming years.

However, when it comes to water heaters in Champaign, IL, some homeowners don’t even have a choice. If you don’t have a line of natural gas in your home, then an electric water heater is the next best option. That’s why we think it’s important for everyone to know some basic facts about electric water heaters, and to learn why they can be so effective at keeping your home’s water comfortable and hot!

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Is Sewer Cleaning Worth the Cost?

Monday, November 15th, 2021

When investigating the cost of plumbing services like sewer cleaning, it’s important to compare it to what your life would be like if you didn’t spend the money on this kind of thing. Like for instance, many other costs in our life are worth the price because they make our life a lot better after the purchase. Sewer cleaning can be the same thing when it’s used the right way.

Think about it this way—what would your life be like if you avoided paying for professional sewer cleaning services? Would you be better off? Or perhaps would you be staving off a problem that’s just getting worse the longer you go without paying for services? These are the questions that we’re prepared to answer in this blog post.

Let’s discuss in detail how sewer cleaning in Champaign, IL, when used correctly, can be absolutely worth every penny.

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Three Sewer Plumbing Tips That Homeowners Should Know

Monday, November 1st, 2021

We know that talking about your sewer and drain plumbing isn’t exactly the coolest topic to discuss. People want to talk about the new shiny plumbing components, but the problem is that those don’t really need much discussion. Sewers are an integral part of your home, bringing waste from your drains and appliances into the sewer system of your municipality or the septic tank underground. Regardless of how your home gets rid of sewage, it does, and that’s an important thing to keep in mind.

This blog post is going to give you three tips that should help pinpoint whether you need the help of a plumber in Champaign, IL or not. They’re designed to give homeowners the information they need to make rational decisions when the time comes to have work done on your plumbing system.

So, without delaying any further, let’s talk about some sewer plumbing tips that every homeowner should know.

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You Will Absolutely Want This Plumbing Service Done Regularly

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Regular plumbing services aren’t as exciting to homeowners as they should be. We know that there’s an idea in people’s heads about professional plumbers only being called as a last resort, and we’re here to shatter that misconception. The best kind of plumbing service is the preventative one because it keeps problems from happening and stops plumbing emergencies from occurring so frequently.

One of these preventative services that we’re going to vouch for today is drain cleaning in Champaign, IL. You might not think this is a vital service, but we have one word to dispel that myth—clogs. Drain clogs are the worst. They always happen at inconvenient times, they’re messy and unsanitary to clear on your own, and they can be downright hard to remove by yourself. Drain cleaning services offered by a team of professionals are designed to stop clogs in their tracks and make it so you rarely have to call for a plumber in an emergency.

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How Does Your Plumbing Corrode?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

We hope you’re ready to take a dive into some science! As your local plumbing experts, our main goal with this blog is to better inform homeowners throughout our area on the intricacies of their plumbing system. We believe it might be a good idea to start this process from the beginning.

Pipe leaks, tree root infiltration… So many problems that occur in our plumbing in Champaign, IL can begin with corrosion. After all, corrosion is a natural process, which means you’re going to struggle with it no matter what you do. All you can do as a homeowner is know what to expect, participate in some best practices, and know exactly when to call for help.

Let’s pull out some high school chemistry lessons and get into the reasons why your pipes might start corroding, and what to expect as they do!

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The Three Major Types of Leaks

Monday, July 12th, 2021

When it comes to plumbing issues, nothing freaks out a homeowner like a plumbing leak. When you close your eyes and imagine a plumbing leak, you probably think of a leaking pipe in a movie or a cartoon that’s gushing water at an alarming rate. While we sympathize with why homeowners get nervous about plumbing leaks, we want to help inform our customers about the different types of plumbing leaks to help alleviate these concerns.

For instance, a pinhole leak is going to be much different from a gushing water leak, and both will need particular professional solutions from a team you trust. They can both be detected in different ways, so you’ll want to rely on some information you learn from us, your trusted experts on all plumbing in Champaign, IL.

Let’s talk about leaks and the three different kinds of them.

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