Chicago faced some serious temperature fluctuations this week and the result was rapid thawing and flooded basements all throughout Chicago. To try and prepare Chicago land and Northwest Indiana for the worst, Four Seasons released a thaw alert message on our Facebook page and through our newsletter.
The deep freeze of Chicago land and Northwest Indiana won't let up and is poised to continue through much of next week. This is still a high risk time for frozen and burst pipes. Yesterday, we went over the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing. Today, however, we'll address the ways in which you should respond if the worst occurs and you find a frozen pipe.
It's cold. Very cold. As of right now, the temperature feels like -4° with the windchill. Witch such extreme temperatures, our plumbing fixtures are at a high risk of freezing, and as our plumbers always say, "A frozen pipe is a burst pipe that hasn't thawed yet." When a frozen pipe does eventually warm up, it can rupture somewhere, and the pipe will then consequently spew water like a fountain.
Everyone's first thought when they hear this is likely going to be about a clog. Grab the plunger and get to work! However, clogs are only one of many reasons a toilet may fail to flush. Today we are going to look at a few more reasons why our favorite plumbing fixture could experience difficulty.
We may have had a few intense rain storms recently, but as the summer wears on and temperatures rise, the ground will begin to dry up and root invasion season will officially begin! Prepare yourself for the dangers of root invasion and call Four Seasons master plumbers.
We all know that water has erosive and corrosive effects on whatever it touches. Overtime, the water washes away bits of rock, or the particles in the water slowly corrode the metals we transport it with. This erosion results in sights as wonderful as the Grand Canyon, but the corrosion usually just results in ruined hot water tanks.
Thirty years ago, there was really only one choice when it came to pipes for your plumbing system. Copper was king and it seemed nothing could dethrone it. However, as times change and technologies become more sophisticated, standard practices and processes that we once thought supreme become at times obsolete. While copper is no longer king, it hasn't been completely dethroned and discarded into the heap with all our VCR's and 8-Track players. Copper piping still has its place and the licensed plumbers at Four Seasons utilize both copper and, the new contender, PVC piping in their plumbing projects.
Some of us have had to learn the value of their sump pumps the hard way these past few weeks. With legendary amounts of rainfall and thousands of flooded basements throughout Chicago land, everyone is pumping, dumping, or draining water somewhere so life can carry on as normal.
While sinks and toilets receive most of the clog prevention attention, they are not the only appliances in your bathroom that can clog. The ever common slow drain is also prevalent in your home's shower heads. These clogs reduce water pressure and gradually block out the holes in your shower head one by one until it is impossible to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. We have compiled here a formula you can use at home today to bring your shower head back to full force and allow you to finally enjoy the mornings again.
The most common problems in the plumbing world are simple clogs and leaks. We see them all the time, and there aren't any surefire ways to prevent them. So, as a result, our master plumbers fix these issues almost everyday in our customer's homes. However, the third most common issue happens almost as frequently, but is not common knowledge for the average consumer. This issue is called, the Water Hammer. Each time you turn off the flow of water, the ding of a hammering noise reverberates throughout your pipes and plumbing system. The problem won't fix itself, and this constant ding-ding grows from an annoyance to an unbearable nuisance or worse.