Pipeworks Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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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3 Reasons to Get a Garbage Disposal

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Many new homeowners and home renovators skip over the idea of a garbage disposal these days. With people trying to cut costs wherever they can and be more minimalist, we can understand the appeal of just having a simple sink in your kitchen. But for those homeowners and families that cook quite often, you can probably tell where we’re going with this. Garbage disposals might seem like an old-fashioned design, but they’re extremely utilitarian and great for home cooks and those trying to save on plumbing costs.

These plumbing appliances are actually quite minimalist in design because they don’t require any extra room in your kitchen. They work behind the scenes and only require a switch. So, if you’ve ever thought about why you might want to invest in a garbage disposal in Downs, IL, this is the blog post for you. We’ll go through some great benefits of these systems.

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Our Guide to Preventing Frozen Pipes

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Frozen pipes can be a nightmare to encounter. Before you know it, you’ve got a burst pipe and the moment it thaws you’re going to be dealing with a pretty substantial water leak. We want to quell your anxiety first and foremost by reassuring you that we’re the pros to call when you encounter this kind of thing. We can fix burst pipes, patch leaks when things start to thaw, and we can even give you some advice as to how to avoid this kind of situation from happening again.

The important thing to remember is that frozen pipes in Bloomington should never be addressed by a homeowner unless you’re just trying to stop things from getting worse before a professional arrives. Burst pipes can usually become heavy-duty leaks, and without the right equipment, you could see your property damaged and a lot of wasted water.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid this nightmare scenario.

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Is Drain Cleaning Really Necessary?

Monday, October 18th, 2021

The short answer—yes. The longer answer—yes, but let us explain.

Every home is built with a plumbing system and wastewater drainage. Unless you live so off-the-grid that you don’t use any appliances, but we find that hard to believe since those kinds of homeowners wouldn’t be reading this blog post anyway. We can take this one step further by saying every home’s plumbing system will clog eventually, and while it might be this year or in 5 years, it’s bound to happen. Drain clogs are a pretty natural occurrence, and all we can do is postpone them for as long as possible.

Drain cleaning in Bloomington is a service that’s designed to mitigate this kind of situation. Instead of waiting hesitantly for the drain clog that’s going to cause problems the day of your big Halloween party, it can be a great idea to invest in drain cleaning services beforehand to make sure you’re not greeted by this terrible situation.

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Our Emergency Toilet Repair Guide

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Do you have a malfunctioning toilet on your hands? There’s nothing quite as unpleasant as an overflowing toilet or one with a leaking base. There’s so much to do in terms of cleanup. You also don’t want your bathroom to suffer from any water damage. 

What can you do then? Here we highlight some of the most common emergency toilet problems and what you can do to resolve them. 

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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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What Is Emergency Plumbing?

Monday, June 28th, 2021

This is actually a very good question! Many homeowners get stuck on what constitutes emergency plumbing until it happens to them and the stress causes them to finally call us. We’d like to start this blog post by saying we will never be unhappy with a customer who calls us with something they think is an emergency plumbing request, no matter how large or small. We’re always happy to answer our phones and we completely understand that not everyone knows what kind of plumbing issues are emergencies.

With that in mind, we’d like to help you understand what could be a plumbing emergency and what’s something that can be dealt with over time. For instance, a broken sump pump in Champaign, IL that leads to a basement flood is an emergency, when a clogged toilet might not be.

Let’s talk about the differences between these two scenarios and help set you up for success.

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What’s Wrong With My Sink?

Monday, April 19th, 2021

Homeowners sometimes think that their sinks are the same no matter what room they’re in. While we don’t really discriminate in terms of the installation of a new sink, sometimes the problems can be vastly different. After all, who shaves over a kitchen sink, and who flushes leftover oatmeal down a bathroom sink drain? These systems are treated very differently and it’s important to remember that when you encounter problems.

So, if you’ve arrived at this blog post, chances are pretty high that you’re encountering a need for sink repair in Bloomington. Don’t worry, we can provide the repairs you need and more, but if you’re hesitant about what needs to be done, then we recommend you keep reading. We’ll talk about the unique sink problems you might be dealing with and some nifty tricks that could help you determine the best course of action going forward!

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