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    Preventing Leaks from Washing Machines

    Last updated 4 years ago

    A washing machine leak can cause serious water damage to your home. To prevent leaks from your washing machine, consider placing a pan underneath your machine to capture any excess water. For a closer look at how to prevent washing machine leaks, watch this video from State Farm.

    Contact Expert Plumbing Service at (708) 231-4792 for all of your leak repair and plumbing maintenance. The experts on our team will provide your home with a full range of top quality plumbing services. Our master plumbers work in the Joliet, New Lenox, and Naperville areas, so we are conveniently located to service you for all of your plumbing needs.  

    Reasons to Avoid Using Additives In Your Septic System

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If your home relies on a septic system for waste disposal, it is important to regularly maintain your system. While septic system additives claim to provide a safe and efficient way to clean your septic tank, these harsh chemicals can actually do more harm than good. For the best septic system maintenance, you may instead consider having your septic tank pumped by a professional plumbing service. Let’s take a look at the top reasons to avoid using additives in your septic system.

    Additives Are Harmful to the Environment
    Septic tank additives are composed of a mixture of toxic chemicals, enzymes, and bacteria. When you place an additive in your septic tank, these substances will begin to dissolve the solid waste that settles to the bottom of the tank. Oftentimes, however, additives will cause the amount of harmful bacteria to dramatically increase in your septic system. Once the bacteria levels in your septic system reach a certain level, they will begin to enter the surrounding drainage field. These bacteria can spread to the water in the surrounding areas, causing devastating environmental impact to people, plants, and animals.

    Additives Disrupt Your System
    In order to function properly, your septic system relies on a natural balance of good bacteria. Inside the tank, these bacteria work to slowly break down the solid sediment at the bottom of the tank. When additives are introduced to your tank, this balance is disrupted, causing bathroom waste to overflow into your pipes and drainage field. To ensure that your septic system remains in proper working shape, you should have your tank pumped whenever it becomes filled.

    When your septic system is in need of routine maintenance, contact Expert Plumbing Service. Our master plumbers offer a full range of home plumbing services, from septic systems to sump pumps and much more. Call our location in the Joliet and New Lenox areas at (708) 231-4792 to make an appointment for your septic system today. 

    Tips for Maintaining Your Septic System

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If your home is located in a rural or suburban area, there is a good chance that you rely on a septic system for disposing of your wastewater. To keep your septic system in great working condition, it is important to practice proper maintenance procedures. For help with all of your septic system maintenance needs, here is a homeowner’s guide to the essentials of septic system maintenance.

    Pump and Inspect Regularly
    To ensure that your septic system is in proper working order, you should have a professional plumbing service pump your tank on a regular basis. In addition, you should have your tank inspected at least once every three years by a certified inspector. By having your system inspected on a regular basis, you will know when it’s time to have your tank pumped. Regular inspections will also help you identify and repairs or routine maintenance needed by your septic system.

    Be Water-Wise
    When you flush the toilet or send water down the drain, it all flows through your septic system. The more water that is sent through the septic system, the harder the system has to work. To help maintain the performance of your septic system, be conscious of how much water you are sending down the drain. If possible, you can also install low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency toilets.

    Dispose Waste Properly
    It’s important to make sure that you only flush bathroom waste down your toilet. Other items, such as floss, cotton balls, and chewing gum, can all clog up your system. By disposing of waste properly, you will go a long way towards maintaining the performance of your septic system.

    For more plumbing and septic system maintenance tips, contact Expert Plumbing Service of Joliet and New Lenox. Our master plumbers will be happy to provide you with the services and information you need to keep your entire home plumbing system in fantastic working condition. To learn more about our plumbing services, visit us online or call (708) 231-4792. 

    Saving Water In the Bathroom

    Last updated 4 years ago

    There are a number of easy ways to cut down on your water use in the bathroom. By changing your shower and sink to water saving fixtures, you can conserve up to 40% of your regular water use. To learn more bathroom water saving tips, watch this video from Save Water America.

    If your bathroom plumbing is experiencing a leak, the master plumbers from Expert Plumbing Service can provide you with a full range of repairs. From plumbing repairs to water heater maintenance and more, let us be your primary plumbing service. To make an appointment in the Joliet, New Lenox, or Naperville areas, call us today at (708) 231-4792. 

    Recognizing the Signs of a Hidden Water Leak

    Last updated 4 years ago

    A hidden water leak can cause serious structural damage to your home, and can also cause your monthly water bills to skyrocket. To identify a hidden water leak, it is helpful to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this common plumbing issue. If you suspect that your home’s plumbing is suffering from a hidden leak, here are some of the signs to watch out for.

    Mildew and Mold
    Mildew and mold tend to grow in areas that are continuously damp or moist. A hidden water leak behind your wall, ceiling, or floor can create the perfect conditions for mildew and mold to form. When you notice mold and mildew appearing in unusual locations throughout your home, this is an indication that you have a hidden leak nearby.

    Paint Damage
    To diagnose a hidden water leak, look at the condition of your paint or wallpaper. Ideally, the surfaces of your walls should be flat and smooth. If you notice that your paint has unusual ripples or that your wallpaper is peeling away, chances are that there is a hidden water leak somewhere underneath the damage.

    Wall Damage
    In addition to inspecting the condition of your wallpaper and paint, you should also inspect the surface of your walls for damage. When exposed to excessive moisture, you walls may begin to warp or become stained.

    Floor Damage
    Check your floors for signs of water damage. If you notice that the floors in your bathroom or kitchen are cracked, stained, or warped, this could indicate that you are suffering from a leak. If you have a tile floor, inspect the tiles to see if they are loose.

    At the first sign of a hidden water leak in your home, call Expert Plumbing Service at (708) 231-4792. We serve the Joliet and New Lenox areas with a broad range of highly rated plumbing services. Our master plumbers look forward to expertly serving you.  

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