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COVID-19, Toilet Paper & Sewer

On March 11, World Plumbing Day, the WHO announced the outbreak COVID-19 as a pandemic. Some of the 10 worst pandemics in history such as cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza, were some of the most brutal killers in human history. With that said, by any means, it is not implied to scare anyone. If anything we should not be scared, nor panic in any way. Today it is COVID-19 in 20 years it may be something else.

With over 2,000 humans have been infected in the United States of America and it is growing fast. How do you protect yourself? Yes, you have seen and heard that washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to kill the virus on your hands. These recommendations however have been made since the existence of time. We all know that, right?

Toilet paper??? Should you have enough? For how long? Will it help the spread of COVID-19? Of course not, it is only going to cause more problems if you use them the way you buy them.

With schools cancelled, kids coming come from colleges/university, parents having to stay home to work the sewer line will be working at it’s capacity as we all quarantine at home. When a sewer blockage occurs the sewage water can back up into your basement, beneath crawl spaces, or underneath the landscaping of your home. This smelly nuisance can cause major water damage and a huge biological hazard for you and your family and could potentially burden your family with a very expensive repairs.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officals have warned us of the potential risk that it is likely that the COVID-19 can indeed spread through building sanitary drainage systems. Although we all know that sewage sanitary has always have the risk of many virus exposure, however now with the COVID-19 being a pandemic we have to all be more cautious.

Here is a list of things you can do do prevent transmission and stay healthy and prevent a major sewage disaster.

1. If you have not had your sewer line rodded in the past 1-2 years, get that done.

2. If your toilets and drains are not draining, or draining slow, get your sewer line videoscoped by a licensed professional plumber to inspect your sewer line.

3. To flush toilet paper or not? It is recommended to always flush your toilet paper if your sewer line has recently been rodded. If you suspect any problems and you are unable to flush your toilet paper please ensure you dispose the toilet paper immediately to avoid transmission.

4. Make sure your toilet is properly working. Sometimes it’s not the sewer, but it is the ineffectiveness of your toilets.

5. Call your local licensed plumber to inspect the sewage system if you have any doubt or concerns with your sewer line and usage. Get your toilets inspected and repaired.

As always, use common sense, but in today’s pandemic situation please use extra precaution with everything.

Happy Holidays

Wishing you all happy holidays in 2019.

You will be seeing Essential Plumbing and Sewer posting more information and tips in 2020.

We look forward to a wonderful New Years

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Fix Leaky Pipes with these Simple Steps

It goes without saying that having water in your bathroom is essential. It keeps things clean and sanitary. But sometimes, water pops up in a bathroom where it normally wouldn’t be present. And one place where water shouldn’t exist is underneath your bathroom sink.
No one wants to deal with leaky pipes—for the untrained homeowner, it can seem like an intimidating problem to repair. While a qualified plumber is always a phone call away, it doesn’t hurt to carefully inspect your sink’s pipes yourself to decipher what the issue might be. Depending on the problem, you may even be able to repair the leak yourself.
Here are a few quick guidelines that you can use to repair simple pipe leaks.
Inspect the Source of the Leak

Determining the source of the problem is the quickest answer to finding the solution. In order to properly fix a leaky pipe, you first have to decipher what is causing the leak in the first place. This is done by a careful examination of the pipes and the parts itself.
This picture gives you a scope as to the most common parts of a bathroom drain—any one of these parts not functioning properly can be the source of the leak. It’s best to turn off your home’s water supply, carefully deconstruct the pipe, and make sure each component is in quality condition. If everything looks good, the piping can be quickly reassembled and sealed properly.
Don’t Panic—the Solution is Often Simple
Keep in mind that most plumbing issues are simpler than they appear, so there is no reason to be intimidated: for example, repairing the leak often comes down to merely re-tightening the nut on the piping. In other instances, leaking water can occur when the gasket or the rubber sealing washer isn’t sealing properly because it isn’t lying flat.
Gather the Proper Materials
Many simple repairs can be handled with two essential tools: plumber’s tape and plumbers’ putty. Plumbers tape works with any fitting needing a high quality seal. This will ensure that seals are tight and secure. Plumbers putty is also useful in creating reliable seals. This material easily molds to your pipes and will not harden or crack over time.

A bathroom plumbing issue doesn’t necessarily entail a complex or expensive repair process. By following those simple steps, you can help determine if your leaking bathroom pipes involve a simple solution, or if they require expert care. For more difficult scenarios, call your friends and experts at Essential Plumbing and Sewer. We can be reached at 630-433-7058 or visit us in person at PO Box 344 in the heart of Winfield.

Getting the Most from Your Hot Water Heater

water heater
Water heaters are among the biggest energy draining appliances in your entire house. Because saving money on energy bills is typically at the forethoughts of most homeowners, knowing how to get the most out of your hot water heater should also be at the top of your list.
Turn down the heat
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills is to turn down your hot water heater. Lowering the thermostat will not only reduce heating costs, it could also add longevity to the life of your hot water heater. Additionally, lower the temperature can prevent the buildup of minerals that could potentially corrode the inside of the tank.
Check it out
Taking the time to get your hot water heater inspected is an important step in ensuring it is running at peak performance. Checking valves and the water inlet for malfunction can reduce potential issues before they occur.
Clean on the inside
Keeping major appliances clean can help to increase their lifespan. Your hot water heater is no exception. Flush out your tank every year to reduce the amount of sediment inside the heater. This will prevent the pipes from clogging which can have a detrimental impact on the unit’s performance. Be sure to turn off the heat to the unit for an hour or before draining so to ensure that the water is not too hot.
Bundle up
If you have an older unit, consider using a fiberglass jacket to improve efficiency. Review your owner’s manual to ensure that your unit will work with an insulated jacket. Additionally, take some time to insulate the hot and cold water pipes as well.
Consider a new heater
If your hot water heater is losing efficiency, it might be time to replace it with a newer model. One great cost saving options is to consider installing a tankless model. While these units can be costlier on the outset, because they are only heating water as it is needed, it is far more efficient than a traditional hot water heater which is keeping water warm consistently and will save you money down the road.
If you are considering installing a new hot water heater, or would like to schedule an inspection of your current unit, contact the team at Essential Plumbing & Sewer. They are a full-service plumbing and sewer company serving DuPage County and surround communities.
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Springtime Sump Pump Maintenance

Spring is such a nice time of year. The snow starts to melt, the birds start singing, and we can finally step outside without the suffocating bulk of winter jackets. But with the thawing of winter’s snow and ice also comes the risk of water flooding your basement. As soil thaws it becomes overly saturated with water, and when a spring rain adds a few fresh inches, the water may find its way to the basement and into your sump pump basin. If your sump pump fails, you’ll have a major water damage problem on your hands.
 sump pump
Ideally, you should have a qualified plumber perform an annual check-up on your sump pump, but there are a few common sump pump problems that you may be able to solve yourself.
  • Debris In The Sump Basin. Debris from items stored around the basin can get into the unit and hinder the float mechanism, causing it to fail. Test the float itself by filling the pit up with water, making sure it both starts and stops the sump pump as designed.
  • Clean The Weep Hole. Some pumps will have a weep hole, usually between the sump pump and the check valve. You can clean this weep hole out with a toothpick or other tiny object, taking care not to break anything into the weep hole.
  • Clean the Impeller. If your sump pump has stopped running suddenly, or has been making a whining noise, the impeller could be clogged.. The impeller should be connected to the sump pump with bolts and may need a good cleaning to work properly.
  • Sump Pump Odor. Typical odors are caused from the sump pump trap. You can eliminate the odor by using a bleach-water mixture to cleanse the basin. One part bleach to five parts water will work. You can also fill the basin with water until the sump pump engages, cycling the water and helping to eliminate the odor.
If you continue to have sump pump problems, or the task is larger than a do-it-yourself step will fix, hire a professional to ensure the job is completed properly. Essential Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. is a full service Plumbing & Sewer company serving DuPage County and surrounding communities for both residential & commercial customers for over 22 years. If you’re experiencing springtime sump pump woes, don’t hesitate to contact Essential Plumbing & Sewer!

Thank you!

This is my first post and I want to start it out by saying thank you Angel Oakley, Owner of Unicatis Marketing Group, for providing me with the knowledge of blogging.

It is very exciting to be able to share with the public about plumbing tips and suggestions.  I will be using this blogging for educational purposes with the hope that the audience will benefit and learn about prevention and detection in the health and well being of your home’s plumbing and sewer.

Thank you!!

Maria Perezchica, President, Essential Plumbing & Sewer, Inc.  (630) 433-7058

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