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Ultimate Plumbing Guide for Chicago Homeowners: Common Issues & Solutions

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A functional plumbing system is the silent backbone of any Chicago home, ensuring comfort and hygiene. However, when issues arise, they can disrupt your daily life, leading to inconvenience and stress.

Recognizing common problems and knowing when to tackle them or call a professional is key to maintaining a smoothly running household.

Drain Clogs

Drain clogs are a common nuisance, leading to slow drainage or standing water in sinks, showers, or bathtubs. While minor clogs can often be resolved easily, persistent issues may require professional attention.

For minor clogs, start with a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain, creating a seal, and then push and pull forcefully to dislodge the blockage.

You should also consider using safe drain remedies such as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar followed by hot water. These methods can be effective for grease or hair buildup.

If plunging and DIY remedies prove ineffective, it’s time to call a professional plumber. Stubborn clogs might indicate a more significant problem within the plumbing system, such as tree root intrusion or a deeper blockage in the pipes.

Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste significant water and inflate your water bill. Typically, this issue is caused by a malfunctioning flapper valve, a faulty float, or an issue with the fill valve.

To address a running toilet, start by inspecting the flapper valve. If it’s worn or damaged, replacing it is a simple DIY fix. Check the float to ensure it’s not sticking, and adjust the water level if needed. If these measures don’t resolve the issue, consider replacing the fill valve.

Sewer Line Clogs or Leaks

Sewer line problems can result from flushing inappropriate items, tree root intrusion, or aging and corroded pipes. Preventative measures can minimize the risk, but professional assistance is essential when issues come up.

Prevent sewer line problems by avoiding flushing non-degradable items such as “flushable” wipes and sanitary products. Regularly schedule professional inspections to catch potential problems early. If you notice slow drainage or foul odors, it’s crucial to act fast.

If you suspect a sewer line problem, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber. DIY solutions are limited when dealing with the main sewer line, and attempting repairs without expertise can lead to further damage and more costly repairs.

Frozen Pipes

Chicago’s cold winters make frozen pipes a common concern. Preventative measures can help, but it’s essential to act quickly when facing a potential burst pipe.

To prevent frozen pipes, keep your home adequately heated and open cabinets to allow warm air circulation. If pipes are already frozen, use a hairdryer or hot towels to thaw them. However, if a pipe has burst, turn off the water supply immediately and call a plumber.

While thawing frozen pipes can be manageable, dealing with burst pipes requires professional expertise. A plumber can assess the extent of the damage, repair or replace the affected pipes, and ensure proper insulation to prevent future incidents.

Faucet & Fixture Leaks

Leaky faucets and fixtures are common nuisances that can often be fixed by replacing worn seals and washers. Regular maintenance can prevent these issues, saving water and avoiding unnecessary costs.

Water Heater Problems

Regular maintenance and timely repairs are essential to ensure the longevity of your water heater. Aging can contribute to issues, and certain problems warrant professional attention.

Routine maintenance, such as flushing the water heater, can prevent sediment buildup and enhance its efficiency. However, if the water heater is leaking or fails to provide hot water, it’s best to consult a professional plumber.

Aging units may require replacement, and attempting DIY fixes without proper knowledge can lead to safety hazards.

Why Choose Duane Blanton?

Maintaining a smoothly operating plumbing system is crucial for Chicago homeowners. While some issues can be tackled with DIY solutions, it’s important to recognize when professional help is needed.

With Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling, you’re not just getting a service; you’re gaining a partner in home maintenance. We offer same-day service, service for all brands, upfront pricing, and financing options.

Available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services and backed by licensed, certified technicians, we’ve been making customers smile since 1988. Our family-operated team is ready to tackle any plumbing challenge, ensuring your home runs smoothly.

Call (815) 781-2567 to schedule plumbing repairs for your Chicagoland home.

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