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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Posted on Friday, 13 April 2018
Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips Spring is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings and clearing the debris left behind by the cold, dreary winter months.  We thought now was perfect to provide you with some timely tips to help make sure your household plumbing is ready for the spring. By looking into these matters now, you’ll have much more time to enjoy the beautiful weather that surely lies just around the corner. …

Should I replace my sump pump?

Posted on Thursday, 22 February 2018 in sump pump, sump, replace sump pump
Take our word for it - you do NOT want to wait too long to replace your sump pump.   Do you know why your home has a sump pump?  Sump pumps ensure that any lower area in your home, like a basement, stays dry when water seeps into it.  Just like any other pump, your sump pump should be replaced at certain times in order to ensure that it works when …

Why do you need a back-up sump pump?

Posted on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 in water-powered, water-powered back-up, sump pump, back-up sump pump, plumbing, basement, sump
Last night, thousands of homes in our area lost power because of an ice storm. This leads us to ask this question today:   DO YOU NEED A BACK-UP SUMP PUMP?   Your home's sump pump is your first line of defense against water.  Water always flows downhill - and most of us have basements that are below ground level, thus ready to be filled with water.  Because a home's main sump pump …

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Fall

Posted on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 in Plumbing
As the weather in Central IL begins to get cool (finally!), now is the time to ensure that you are preparing your home to weather the winter that is approaching.  A few simple maintenance tasks now will prevent many headaches and costly repairs in the future. Below are some tips we feel will help you be prepared!   OUTSIDE PLUMBING MAINTENANCE If you have a garden hose, remove it from the …

Silly Bathroom Facts - Plumbing Humor To Brighten Your Day

Posted on Friday, 09 September 2016 in Plumbing
Did you know that we will spend 3 years in the bathroom over an average lifetime?  Or, that 75% of all people use their mobile device while using the facilites?    We thought these were quite interesting!  Visit the Frugal Rules blog for more funny bathroom facts.

10 Common Plumbing Mistakes Series #10: Not checking for toilet leaks

Posted on Thursday, 05 May 2016 in Plumbing
10. Not Periodically Checking for Toilet Leaks Checking your toilet for leaks will save you a big headache, especially when it comes to an increase on your water bill. Simply remove the toilet tank lid, drop 10 drops of food coloring into the tank. Wait 10 to 15 minutes; if you see colored water, you have a leaky toilet!

RESOURCE BLOG Home Categories Bloggers Archives Search 10 Common Plumbing Mistakes #9: Forgetting how you took something apart

Posted on Thursday, 05 May 2016 in Plumbing
9. Taking Apart Items and Forgetting How to Piece Them Back Together   Taking apart your plumbing components is easy. Putting them back together? Not so much. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the process to help when it's time to put the item together again. Whether you're working on your kitchen or your car, it's a good idea to have a picture as a backup when things …

RESOURCE BLOG Home Categories Bloggers Archives Search 10 Common Plumbing Mistakes Series #8: Over-tightening Plumbing Components

Posted on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 in Plumbing
You may think the tighter your plumbing components are screwed together, the more secure they are. But over-tightening can actually cause a leak or break a component. Too much tightening can also strip the threads on plastic or chrome drain parts.    If you have questions about any plumbing issues, call Covenant Plumbing - your trusted local plumbing resource.  (309) 319-3263  www.plumbingbycovenant.com  info@plumbingbycovenant.com

10 Common Plumbing Mistakes Series: Pushing on your dripping faucet handle!

Posted on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 in Plumbing
If your faucet is dripping, putting more pressure on the handle will not stop the drip and can break the handle of your faucet, costing more in repairs. Faucets can have rubber parts in them that wear out over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy process.    If you have questions about any plumbing issues, call Covenant Plumbing - your trusted local plumbing resource. (309) 319-3263 www.plumbingbycovenant.com …

10 Common Plumbing Mistakes Series: Using the Wrong Connectors

Posted on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 in Plumbing
A common mistake homeowners make when doing DIY repairs is connecting pipes that are different metals, such as steel and copper. When two different metals are joined, dielectric corrosion can occur.  This will eventually build up in your pipes and cause blockage. In order to prevent this from happening, plumbers use a special dielectric union. The union separates the two metals with a rubber washer and plastic sleeve so they …