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    What Is a Battery Backup System and When Might You Need One?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Your home’s sump pump keeps your basement from becoming a flood zone. When heavy rains and storms occur, however, a power outage can stop that sump pump from doing its job. A battery backup system will ensure that your home stays dry even during the worst weather.

    What Is a Battery Backup System?
    A battery backup system is a secondary sump pump that activates in the event that your primary sump pump fails. Sump pumps are hooked into your home’s electrical system, meaning they do not work when your power is out. Given that heavy storms often result in power outages, this means your sump pump could fail when you need it most. A battery backup system is as powerful as your primary sump pump but runs on a battery rather than on your home’s electrical power. Even if the power fails, your battery backup system will continue to prevent flooding in your basement.

    Why Should You Get a Battery Backup System? 
    Battery backup systems turn on automatically if your primary sump pump fails but water removal is still necessary. A backup system can prevent flooding—flooding can be extremely costly and even devastating if your basement is finished or contains important or irreplaceable belongings. If you leave town frequently, a battery backup system will ensure that you never return home to a flooded basement. Even in the event of foul weather and a power outage while you are away, the battery backup system will keep your basement and your belongings dry. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or have had issues with basement flooding before, a battery backups system is also a wise investment.

    If you’re worried about basement flooding, call Expert Plumbing Service of New Lenox at (708) 231-4792. Our experienced plumbers can discuss your home’s sump pump needs, as well as outline the benefits of investing in a battery backup system. Check out our website to learn more about common home plumbing and water concerns. 

    Does Your Toilet Need to Be Replaced?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Even if your home’s older toilets are still functioning problem-free, they could be costing you when it comes to water consumption. Water waste is not good for the environment either, which is why the EPA has required that all toilets manufactured after the 1990s use only 1.6 gallons per flush, as opposed to 3.5 or more gallons. While early low-flow toilets weren’t very adequate for the average home’s needs, today’s high-efficiency toilets are both handsome and effective. Replacing your home’s outdated toilets with new models will save you water—and money—in the long run. You can choose from single- or dual-flush systems for added water conservation and savings that really add up. Whether you have a toilet that’s over 20 years old or one of the older, lower-efficiency low-flow models, the time has never been better to replace it with a new model.

    Expert Plumbing Service offers a wide variety of toilet models and options to suit your home’s bathrooms. You can get more information about the benefits of replacing your home’s toilets by calling (708) 231-4792. Visit our website for a full listing of the toilet models and services we offer.

    Tips for Reducing the Risk of Drain Clogs

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Clogged drains are common plumbing issues that can cause major stress. A few simple tips can keep your home’s pipes free and clear of clogs. Fewer clogs means less pressure on your home’s plumbing, which can extend the lifetime of your pipes and fixtures.

    Use Hair Traps
    Your bathroom is where much of your home’s water use occurs, and where clogs commonly appear. Purchasing mesh hair traps can keep hair and other particles out of your drains and prevent them from accumulating into clogs. These traps are inexpensive and fit over your drains easily; simply remove the trap and empty it into a trash bin once it fills up.

    Watch What You Flush
    It can be tempting to flush garbage down your toilet, but this is one of the most common causes of toilet clogs. Never put any manmade product into your toilet except for toilet paper. This includes tissues, baby wipes, paper towels, feminine products, wrappers, and dental floss. Even if an item claims to be flushable, it’s best disposed of in the trash rather than the toilet.

    Dispose Responsibly
    If you have a kitchen disposal, it’s important to use it properly. Eggshells, coffee grounds, animal bones, and fruit rinds should never be put through your disposal. Another cause of kitchen clogs is cooking fat and grease. These are liquid when hot, but they cool and congeal quickly inside your pipes. Store these wastes in a sealed jar instead, and throw them away with your solid garbage once they cool.

    Try Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaners
    Eco-friendly drain cleaners use bacteria or enzymes to keep your pipes clear of any organic material that could cause clogs. They can be used periodically for maintenance purposes to prevent buildup from completely blocking your drains.

    The plumbers at Expert Plumbing Service in New Lenox can help you keep your home’s drains flowing smoothly. Call us today at (708) 231-4792 to find out more about our wide range of plumbing, water heater, and sump pump services. Visit our website for more helpful home plumbing tips. 

    Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The kitchen sink is a common site of plumbing clogs. Preventing clogs and the stress they bring can be easy when you follow the right steps during dishwashing.

    This video explains that food is the most frequent cause of kitchen drain clogs. Avoid dumping any food down your drain, particularly coffee grounds and grease, even if you have a garbage disposal. Dispose of these waste products in other ways to prevent them from entering your pipes and damaging your home’s plumbing.

    If you have questions about clog prevention in your New Lenox home, the plumbers at Expert Plumbing Service have the answers you need. Call us today at (708) 231-4792 for more home plumbing advice from the experts. You can read through our full range of commercial and home plumbing services by visiting our website

    What is an Ejector Pump?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    You may be familiar with your home’s sump pump, but an ejector pump is a second pumping system located in your basement. An ejector pump handles the removal of wastewater from your basement—water that is not groundwater. Ejector pumps are responsible for condensation from your air conditioner or furnace. They are also necessary if you have a bathroom or kitchen in your basement. An ejector pump has a gas-tight lid and pumps water directly to your home’s sewer or septic system. It may not cycle constantly, as it is triggered to pump away wastewater only after it reaches a certain level. Then, the water and waste are pumped upward and kept from flowing backward by a check valve that allows water to flow away from the pump in only one direction.

    If you’re thinking of adding a basement bathroom or kitchen, you’ll need an ejector pump to handle the waste. Call Expert Plumbing Service of New Lenox at (708) 231-4792 to ensure that your home is equipped to handle all of your plumbing needs. Click through our blog to learn more about your home’s plumbing. 

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