For those of us that live in Chicago or Illinois, it's important to check our plumbing systems to ensure they’ll make it through the winter. What should you be checking and looking for prior to the ice and snow? We’ve got a few plumbing tips to help you prepare your plumbing system for the winter weather
Natural gas is an excellent resource for heating homes. However, it’s important to keep an eye on your home plumbing system to ensure gas leaks do not form over time. That being said, even a small gas line leak has the ability to cause major damage if ignored. If you believe you have a gas leak in your home, contact Stephens Plumbing by phone at (630) 968-0783 or fill out our submission form.
In the same way we baby-proof our homes prior to bringing home a new little one, we should also take time to secure them for the arrival of a new pet. There are a few simple, yet effective ways to ensure your home and its plumbing system are pet-proof prior to arrival. Keep pets safe, and your home plumbing system in good working order by following these five tips.
Have you noticed strange noises in the walls or ceilings of your home? These noises may be an indicator that something is wrong with your home plumbing system. Noises coming from our pipes and plumbing system are likely a sign of a plumbing repair or installation issue. We recommend calling a plumber if you notice persistent noises in your home.
A whole house humidifier is easy to install and ideal for keeping our home’s humidity balanced. Our HVAC contractors recommend investing in a humidifier to ensure optimal comfort and to prevent the formation of mold and mildew. Stephens Plumbing offers affordable and convenient humidifier and furnace installation services for homes.
If you haven't taken time to assess your air conditioning system, now may be the time to do it. If your system is reaching its peak age, it’s important to check your unit to ensure it is operating properly. There are a few signs to watch for that may indicate it’s time to replace your air conditioner.
Have you ever noticed a pipe sticking out of the roof of your home? In short, that’s a plumbing vent. Plumbing vents help move water quickly through your pipes and keep sewer gases from entering your home. All home plumbing systems need vents to function properly. Washing machines, kitchen sinks, toilets, and tubs require plumbing vents.
Summer has arrived, and with it comes additional wear and tear on your plumbing system. With the kids home from school and summer barbeques in full swing, the time is now to make sure your plumbing system is ready to perform and avert problems. Take the time to perform any needed maintenance on your plumbing lines and drains and follow the tips below to avoid five common summer plumbing issues so you can enjoy the beautiful weather free of stress.
With summer in full swing, air conditioning units are running overtime. This increase in use can bring its share of issues, especially with older air conditioner systems. When our HVAC systems need repair, how do we know the right team to call? We want to hire HVAC contractors that are honest and fair, and who we can trust with one of the most expensive systems in our homes. So, how do you go about finding the right HVAC company for the job? Keep these qualifications in mind when hiring a HVAC contractors.
Summertime is all about days at the beach and cookouts in the backyard. It also means you’ll need to crank up your air conditioning unit to counteract the hot temperatures. However, this comes at a cost of higher utility bills. Before you turn down the dial, read up on some thermostat efficiency tips to avoid a dent in your finances during the dog days of summer.
With summer comes warmer temperatures, cookouts, and trips to the beach. However, the hot season can also bring in heavy rain and flooding in some areas, which can bring unwanted water to your basement and other parts of the house. We recently flooded you with tips on dealing with the issue after it occurs so it only makes sense that we give you some ideas on how to prevent the disaster before it enters your home.
When we think of dirty air, we might imagine urban smog or the choking air of a coal mine. These are certainly unpleasant areas as far as air quality goes. However, we tend to overestimate the purity of the air in our own homes. Indeed, science actually shows that homes and other buildings can have much dirtier air than the outdoors. Most of us spend a significant amount of time inside, so we should make sure we’re breathing clean air!
We’re going to go ahead and guess that preparing your air conditioner for summer is probably not on your to-do list. We get it: summer seems SO far away, especially when spring is just making an appearance (however small it may be). However, taking care of your air conditioner is not only healthy for your home environment but for your budget: the Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling accounts for almost half of your utility bill. The better maintained your HVAC, the more savings in the long run.
It’s not hard to imagine the range of plumbing issues you might encounter as a homeowner. On one end of the spectrum, you may experience a minor leak or a sluggish drain. On the other end of this scale are more severe problems, such as sewage backups. Although many of us might like to think that sewage backups are a very rare occurrence, they are becoming more common as time goes on.
Though some clogs are inevitable and may require removal by a professional, there are some tips we like to give our customers to keep them from having to deal with frequent drain clogs.