Lifeline Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for 2015

Why You Need Professionals for Your Commercial Plumbing

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Are you a business owner in Chicagoland or Fox Valley? Then your commercial building has a plumbing system, and no matter what your company does, this plumbing system needs to remain in top order. It’s especially vital for a food service company, where water is a basic necessity for operating. But even a office building needs to have working toilets and sinks for employee and client use.

Continue Reading

Help, I’m Not Getting Any Water in My House!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

There are a number of major plumbing emergencies that are impossible to miss. One of the most alarming is when you turn on a tap in your house and discover that there’s no water coming from it. You try other taps around the house, and the result is all the same. There’s no water anywhere! What could cause this and what can you do about it? We’ll take a close look.

Continue Reading

Why That Drain Snake You Own Won’t Clean Your Drains

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

We recently wrote a reminder about why chemical drain cleaners are an absolute no-no when it comes to actually cleaning drains. (Or even simply removing a clog.) In this post, we’re going to look at another common consumer method for “drain cleaning,” which is the manual drain snake, also known as a drain auger.

Continue Reading

Tips for Keeping Your Furnace Running Safely This Winter

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Temperatures are dropping here in Chicagoland, a reminder that the serious cold weather of winter isn’t far away. It’s time to fire up the furnace in your home and settle in for the heating season.

Continue Reading

Warning Signs You Need Water Heater Repairs

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The water heater in your home is a device that needs to be operating properly 365 days a year, no matter the weather outside. Every day you must have hot water on demand for cooking, cleaning, showering, and bathing. So if your water heater starts to give you warnings that it’s experiencing trouble, you can’t afford to ignore them. Get on the phone and call for water heater professionals to look into the issues and repair them.

Continue Reading

Here’s a Reason You May Want New Gas Piping: Gas-Powered Clothes Dryer

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Many people don’t realize that plumbing involves installing and fixing pipes that don’t carry water or waste through a home. Plumbing also includes gas piping for houses that have a natural gas connection to a municipal source. If your home uses natural gas, you probably have it set up to fuel your furnace or boiler as well as the stove and oven in your kitchen.

Continue Reading

A Seasonal Reminder about Liquid Drain Cleaners (Don’t Use Them!)

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We recently put up a post about the caution you need to take around this time of year about what goes down your garbage disposal. November and December are months when more cooking takes place than usual, not only for Thanksgiving feasts but also for parties and to feed visiting relatives. The drains in your home will undergo increased stress during the end of the year. It seems like the right time to remind our customers and readers that the “quick n’ easy” solution to drains that clog up during the busy kitchen season—using liquid drain cleaners—is actually one of the worst things you can do to your drains!

Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Boilers: Are They a Good Option for Home Heating?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

If you’re currently looking around for a heating option for a new home, a boiler is probably on your list of possible choices. But how high is it on the list? The fact is that boilers are not as common when it comes to residential heating as forced-air systems (such as furnaces). But boilers are still found in many homes and remain a viable choice when it comes to comfort.

Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season of Things You Don’t Want in Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

We hope you had a happy Halloween season—and we also hope you didn’t have to make an emergency plumbing call to fix a broken disposal. The #1 reason for plumbing calls during Halloween season is because of pumpkin pulp jamming up garbage disposals. The stringy pulp leftovers from carving Jack O’Lanterns have a notorious ability to wrap around the working parts of a disposal and jam it.

Continue Reading

Is Your Water Heater Not Giving You Enough Hot Water?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Water heaters are not seasonal devices: you and your family need to have a supply of hot water on demand every day of the year. So when your water heater starts to show signs that it is failing to deliver the amount of water you require day to day, it’s something you need to have looked into right away.

Continue Reading