March 14, 2013 · By Diane B · No Comments
only proven method to properly clear clogged drains and sewers is to
have them power rodded. However, there is a product out there once
your drain lines have been rodded that can help prevent them from
building up again.
is a special combination of natural bacteria and enzymes that digests
dead organic waste found in your plumbing system such as grease,
hair, soap scum, food particles, paper and cotton. Bio-Clean is also
safe to use on plastic pipes and will not produce heat, fumes or
boiling like chemicals do.
dissolves the accumulated build-up of pipe "gunk" instead
of just punching a hole in the stoppage to temporarily let the water
flow out. A small application of Bio-Clean unleashes millions of
bacteria that double in quantity every half hour or so and completely
clean the inside of your pipes throughout your entire house.
Bio-Clean is completely safe to humans and animals - in fact, this
is probably the only plumbing product you will find that does not
have a single warning label on the can. It is completely safe for
your pipes - it only acts on organic material that builds up on the
is a truly natural product - its bacteria and enzymes are from
natural sources, not genetically engineered in any way. If there is
a full blockage, we recommend that you call Quality Plumbing Services
Inc. to have your drain rodded to restore flow and then let us show
you how Bio-Clean can remove remaining waste build-up. Regular
applications will prevent new build-up and blockages will be a thing
of the past.
us a call today at 847-259-0200 or visit our website at
February 28, 2013 · By Diane B · No Comments
We have all seen the
television commercials with liquid and chemical drain cleaners
showing this “miracle” product that will unclog your drains.
What the manufacturers do not tell you is that some of these products
can contain sodium hypochlorite (bleach), sodium hydroxide (lye) or
potassium hydroxide (caustic potash) in concentrations up to 50%,
while the products classified as “industrial strength” contain
high concentrations of sulphuric acid.
There are many
disadvantages to chemical drain cleaners including their lack of
effectiveness for removing clogs far from the drain opening (only in
commercials is the clog located in the trap) or blockages in the main
sewer line. These clogs require professional plumbers with proper
power rodding equipment to clear these drains.
Also, there are many
safety considerations for chemical drain cleaners. Danger arises
from their potential to injure eyes, lungs and skin as well as many
household materials such as wood, paint and aluminum. Certain drain
cleaners when mixed with common cleaning products, or used together
can emit toxic gases which can be very dangerous.
One other major
disadvantage is that some of these products may be harmful to your
piping system. Older galvanized (steel) pipes may become damaged due
to the corrosive nature of the product causing them to leak. These
products can also damage porcelain, enamel, chrome and other
decorative metal finishes of plumbing fixtures.
The only proven method
to properly clear clogged drains and sewers is to have your drains
power rodded. Let a Quality Plumbing Services Inc. technician
provide you with options for clearing your drains in a safe,
economical and effective manner. Call us today at 847-259-0200 or
visit our website at www.qualityplumbingchicago.com.
February 06, 2013 · By Diane B · No Comments
Quality Plumbing Services Inc. is excited to offer customers monthly specials along with regular discount coupons which can be found on our website at www.qualityplumbingchicago.com.
During the month of February, Quality Plumbing Services is offering a free video inspection when a customer has a main sewer line power rodding.
Visit our website to see all the exciting discounts and savings from sump pump replacements, boiler and water heater installations to sewer rodding and drain cleaning.
January 25, 2013 · By Diane B · No Comments
one wants to face expensive but avoidable plumbing repairs. For
those of us who aren’t plumbers, here are a few things to watch out
grease down the sink
-Please don’t put grease down the drain. Even with hot water and
soap, grease can build up over time causing problems with your
your sink as a trash can
– Even if you have a garbage disposal, that does not give you a
free pass to dump everything and anything down the drain. Food
chunks in the kitchen or hair and fingernails in the bathroom serve
as the start of a terrible clog.
the toilet as a trash can
– The toilet has its given role, the trash can has another. Do
not confuse the two.
– Using a drain cleaner on the wrong type of clog or at all could
lead to erosion of your pipes and just a really nasty clog for the
plumber to clean out.
– If you decide to replace the pipes yourself for a portion of
your home’s plumbing system, please do not mix piping metals.
This can lead to corrosion, leaks, and a number of other headaches.
– If you live in a cold climate, your pipes can freeze in the
winter unless they are properly insulated.
– Leaving the hose attached to your outdoor faucet through the
winter can lead to frozen pipes or a damaged faucet.
with plumbing vents
– Your plumbing vents are there for the plumbing, not for a quick
and easy way to rewire anything in your house. Don’t mess with
cutting hidden plumbing -
Use caution as you remodel or cut into the walls in your home.
Cutting into a hidden pipe can cause extensive leaking and time
Quality Plumbing Services a call today with any
questions or to
schedule an appointment for your plumbing needs at 847-259-0200 or
visit our website at www.qualityplumbingchicago.com!
January 15, 2013 · By John S · No Comments
old man winter really letting us know he's around, we need to keep in
mind that frozen water pipes for plumbing and heating can happen.
Cold temps and high winds is the major cause of frozen pipes in your
building. Sometimes a portion of your plumbing system will freeze
and create frozen pipes which can then lead to burst pipes.
plumbing can be more than a temporary inconvenience. Frozen water
pipes can cause major damage when the pipe thaws and the water starts
to flow. Frozen hot water heat lines will prevent heat from reaching
parts of your building further compounding the problem causing more
pipes to freeze. Water damage can result when a split water pipe
occurs due to expansion caused by freezing. Thawing a pipe as soon
as possible can help prevent a break in a pipe.
Plumbing Services can help … once your plumbing is frozen, follow
off the water supply. You can find the valve associated with the
pipe and turn it off or if that does not work, shut off the main
all the items in the vicinity of the frozen or burst pipe.
Quality Plumbing Services Inc. We have thaw machines to thaw frozen
pipes so that the water can flow freely again. And if there is a
crack or leak in the pipe, we can fix it.
“not to do” once you have a frozen pipe:
it. Your pipe will not thaw by ignoring it. It will either freeze
more and then burst or stay frozen until the temperature outside
warms well above freezing.
a blowtorch. This can cause the water to heat up too fast in the
pipe and cause it to expand thus breaking the pipe. There is also
the danger of starting a fire causing more damage than the frozen
pipe would cause.
Quality Plumbing Services today at 847-259-0200 or visit our website
January 09, 2013 · By Diane B · No Comments
When it comes to the plumbing in your home or business, there are many problems that can occur within your system. Whether it is a leaking water heater, a clogged toilet or a sewer line that is backing up, there are many times you will need to rely on a licensed professional to get your systems back up and running. These problems can occur, however, outside the typical 9:00 am – 5:00 pm hours that most businesses operate in. That's why Quality Plumbing Services offers 24-hour emergency repair, seven days a week.
With our 24-hour emergency repair services, you will never have to worry about a sudden system breakdown shutting down your plumbing. Our trained and knowledgeable professional plumbing technicians can make sure your system is running smoothly and efficiently, no matter what time of day or night. We are always available to answer the call, and possess the equipment, skills, and tools needed to handle any project effectively, large or small.
When you find yourself in need of a sudden plumbing repair, you often don't have time to wait until the morning. With the 24-hour emergency repair services provided by the reputable and reliable plumbing professionals at Quality Plumbing Services, you won't have to. For additional information regarding emergency plumbing repair, give us a call at 847-259-0200 or visit our website at www.qualityplumbingchicago.com today!
December 28, 2012 · By Diane B · No Comments
We would like to wish you and your families a very safe and happiest of New Year's from all of us at Quality Plumbing Services Inc.
December 12, 2012 · By John S · No Comments
to know what what one of the biggest increases is on the day after
Christmas? No, not sales at your favorite stores. It's calls to
your local plumber. The numbers show that calls to plumbers increase
almost 50% during the holidays. There are various reasons for this,
including an increased amount of water usage, dumping of dangerous
waste down the disposal, and already clogged drains that decide to
fully clog at the most inopportune times.
Water Usage - If
you have a house full of guests, chances are there is increased water
usage. The toilet flushes more, the washing machine gets used more,
and the shower and even kitchen sink are used more frequently. If
your plumbing is not used to this kind of activity, it could put a
strain on the household plumbing, causing something to break down.
If you have a house full of guests, try to time showers or other
excessive water usage into 10-minute increments, in case there are
problems with your drains. This gives your drain ample time to recoup
before the next shower.
Dangerous Waste - It
is common for homeowners to dump anything and everything down the
kitchen drain. Unfortunately, the garbage disposal is not meant for
everything. In fact, there are very few items that are acceptable to
throw down the drain without causing a problem. In order to avoid
clogging your drain over the Holidays, you should:
Never throw fat or oil down the drain
Never throw anything with strings, strong exteriors or that are full
of fiber down the drain, such as potato peels or turkey skin
Never fill the disposal and then run it – run the disposal as you
fill it to avoid it having to overwork.
Problems - Many
times drains or other plumbing fixtures have a pre-existing problem
that is exasperated by the increased amount of water usage. If you
suspect a problem with your plumbing, it is best to get it looked at
before the Christmas and New Year's holidays. This will prevent the
risk of losing water or the use of your drains on Christmas, as well
as save you money on expensive plumbing bills.
Quality Plumbing Services Inc. a call today at 847-259-0200 and let
us address any concerns you may have with your plumbing before the
upcoming Holidays! Visit our website at
for more information about our services!
November 19, 2012 · By Diane B · No Comments
All of us at Quality Plumbing Services Inc. would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
November 14, 2012 · By Diane B · No Comments
With the cold weather
approaching, we offer some very basic tips in order to keep your home
warmer and your gas bill lower.
hoses from frost-proof sillcocks. The garden hose will cause water
to be trapped in the sillcock preventing it from draining and
allowing it to freeze and break.
If you do not have a
frost-proof sillcock, after disconnecting garden hose, make sure to
turn off the supply valve inside the house supplying water to the
sillcock. Then leave outside sillcock in open position to allow it
Winterize or seal off
drafty windows and patio doors with clear plastic.
Insulate the hot
water lines around your water heater and turn down the temperature
of the water heater to the “warm” setting (120 degrees F).
Wrap any hot water
pipes that run through unheated areas of the house. Also, you can
insulate cold water pipes to help prevent them from freezing during
Try replacing the
weather stripping around the doors in your home.
south-facing windows to let all possible sunlight in your home.
Keep all baseboard
Reverse the direction
of ceiling fans to push hot air downward and delay it from escaping
Check windows for
leaks. Windows with wooden frames often warp and become
Caulk both sides of
the trim around your windows. This is an area where a lot of air
can get in.
Try not to use space
heaters to heat large areas of your house.
Winterize or remove
any window unit air conditioners.
Keep all closet doors
closed when possible. There's no need to heat space that is not in
use as long as it doesn't contain water pipes.
Try to use the
clothes dryer for consecutive loads of laundry. This conserves the
energy that would be needed to heat up the dryer several times.
Replace the caulking
around any bathtubs or showers.
If your home has
folding attic stairs, consider winterizing or insulating the door
with a cover of some sort.
If your home has a
sliding glass door, check the seal on the bottom to make sure it is
not letting in cold air.
If your water heater
needs to be upgraded, consider installing an Energy Star rated
Use the oven for
baking during colder hours of the day to help heat your home.
Make sure that there
are not any drafts coming in under doors. If there are, winterize
by using a rubber strip to seal them off.
If your heat is a boiler
Winterize by cleaning
your boiler – a dirty heat exchanger will not transfer heat
efficiently sending most of the energy and your money up the
Have your boiler
tuned up – by adjusting the boiler with a combustion gas analyzer
and servicing pumps, zone valves mixers and other system equipment,
your boiler heating system will run more efficiently which could
present serious cost savings.
Upgrade your boiler
to a new high efficiency mod/con boiler. These boilers are up to
96% efficient. They will save money on your gas bill.
Have an outdoor reset
installed on your boiler heating system. This allows your system to
adapt to the weather and save energy when maximum output is not
needed (most of the time).
Winterize your boiler
system by having it checked to see if additional zones/thermostats
can be installed. This way you can keep rooms less used cooler
while having your major rooms that are used more during the day
If your boiler is
more than 20 years old, there is a good chance that it wastes a lot
of fuel. Consider upgrading to a newer one.
programmable Energy Star thermostat that will lower the temperature
at night and when no one is at home.
If you are replacing
your driveway or sidewalks, winterize them by installing Hydronic
Radiant snow melt for convenience, safety and protect your new paver
or concrete drive/sidewalks.
If you have any questions
for your plumbing, hydronic heating or snowmelt systems, please call
Quality Plumbing Services Inc. at 847-259-0200 or visit our website