Your old gas or electric water heater is not heating like it’s supposed to.If you’ve ever been in a cold shower against your will then you know there are not many more stressful situations, or annoying than wanting to take a hot shower and learning you have no hot water.

What! Really! No one wants a cold shower in the dead of winter. (Except maybe…. never mind). Trust, here at Fox Valley Plumbing and backflow we understand. That is why we are here to help. Fox Valley Plumbing would like to serve you with all your water heater service needs!

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Your old gas or electric water heater is not heating like it’s supposed to. Maybe it’s leaking or too hot? Fox Valley Plumbing and Backflow in Barrington, Illinois and surrounding areas are here to help. We’ve got everything you need to keep your baths hot but not too hot. So you can enjoy long showers if you so desire.

Our professional plumbers are experienced and capable of taking care of all brands of water heaters, electric and gas. We service commercial water heaters for your business and for your home. We use Bradford White water heaters for all our standard installs.

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Fox Valley Plumbing uses high-quality, high-efficiency contractor-grade units with reliable warranties. We work with all-size electric and gas water heaters. Federal regulations have changed many of the options for larger (60, 75, and 80-gallon tanks) so we would be happy to talk to you about your options.

Electric Hybrid heaters and tankless water heaters have become the favorite upgrade for those oversized tank heaters of the past. Several commercial settings are moving to tankless water heaters as well, both for efficiency and extra space.

And guess what? “It doesn’t have to be expensive.” Trust and believe we get it. After all, Fox Valley Plumbing and Backflow has been owned and operated by an Elgin, Illinois family, just like yours, for nearly 20 years. That’s why here at Fox Valley Plumbing and Backflow, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that you are completely satisfied with your new Gas, Electric, or Tankless water heater, and to keep the price as low as we can.

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As you know, all of our units come with a manufacturer warranty, to make sure that our work and your new water heater are in top working condition for as long as we can reasonably expect them to.

Our plumbers are trained and extremely skilled and educated, ensuring that you are getting precisely what you want out of your gas or electric water heater.

Are you the one that took a bath this morning and were upset to learn that you can’t even fill your tub before the faucet spits out all of Antarctica? Or possibly you’re the last one to take a shower while your family was visiting for the weekend and let’s just say it wasn’t hot.

Whatever the reason, and whatever the need, Fox Valley Plumbing and Backflow wants to be your water heater service provider. We will make your showers and baths Hot again!

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Shower water filters are the types of equipment installed to cleanse the water for the shower. They provide great safety against harmful chemicals and sediments. These harmful chemicals go through the plumbing lines in a shower faucet. Water pouring in from the showerhead is contaminated with high chlorine content that can prove to be harmful to skin, lungs, and hair. Never forget that municipal water is already treated with chlorine and has been subjected to processes that supposedly make it safe.

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Shower water filters not only eradicate chlorine but also remove dirt and bad odor. In hard water areas, it has been evident that small pieces of sand, or rock, dissolve in water through the water lines. That is why anyone who has fitted water filter faucets or traps on their faucets is bound to clean out the tiny particles once a week. If not, then this will lead to blockage of the filters. Shower water filter cartridges generally work for 6 to 9 months providing clean shower water.

Generally, shampoo removes the oil from your hair, but when it is dissolved with water containing chlorine and sediments, its purpose is comprehensively lost. Most people have become vulnerable to chemicals and various other foreign matters on their skin. Shower water filters ensure that your fitted shower never gets clogged with foreign materials, and also protect your hair, skin, and body by cleaning the water through water decontamination filters.

The prime aim of the shower filters is to lower down the toxic and chlorine content in the water. It is advisable to install a shower water filter that can eliminate the contaminants by 90% making water fit for showering. The majority of the shower water filters are easy to use, install, and also to maintain.

Shower water filters are environmentally friendly and also perform well at any water temperature providing a positive response to your skin and hair. Thus, keeping all the mentioned points in mind it is wise to buy a shower water filter. Instead of spending dollars on cosmetics to hide skin stains as they are the result of various harmful chemicals present in the water, that’s why shower water filters radically minimize the risk of skin stains.

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Whether you are a bathtub or shower person, most people look for shower-only options when buying a home. This simple fact means more than a few homeowners spend a weekend upgrading or installing showers in their bathrooms. Fortunately for you, it is a fairly simple process.

A collector or pan refers to the horizontal surface located at the bottom of the shower. The collector typically consists of a non-slip surface slightly banked towards the center or wherever the drain is located. Combined with three to four-inch walls around the side, the goal of your shower drainage plumbing is to get the water to flow to and down the drain.

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You can physically build a collector for your new shower, but you really need to think about it. Do you really want to get into the complications of getting the sloping correct, not to mention making sure every aspect of it is waterproof? And I mean every aspect!

It is much easier to simply buy a pre-cast collector online or at your local Palatine, IL Lowes, Home Depot, or hardware store. Building one might sound like a great idea, but you will probably feel differently after a couple of hours.

Regardless of how you go about getting a pan, you should make every effort to use one that has the drain located in the same spot as the original pan. Moving the drain pipes can be a task, particularly if the builder used a unique framing structure. If you are determined to move the drain, you are going to have to cut back the pipe or lengthen it, which may mean ripping up large chunks of the floor. Put another way, you are going to be looking at a multiple weekend project.

Assuming we have our drain lined up, the actual hook-up is fairly simple. The drainage pipe should be facing vertically up to the collector. It will often look like a “U”, which means it acts as a cleanout to keep nasty smells from coming back up from the drain.

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To connect the drain, you are going to create a water-tight connection between a drain cap on the top of the pan and the drainage pipe. Systems vary, but you are typically going to do this by putting a coupling piece on the top of the drainage pipe. This is then covered with gaskets and literally screwed into the drain cap. The drain cap should act as a locknut, to wit, it screws directly onto the coupling.

The tricky part of this process is getting your drain cap to fit into a watertight position in the pan. This is accomplished by backing off the drain cap once you are sure everything fits together. At that point, you put plumbers putty around the underside of the cap and then screw it back on. The putty should form a tight seal between the cap and the shower pan, which keeps water from trickling under it and into the framing under the shower.

Obviously, bathroom showers come in a wide variety of styles these days. If you purchase a collector, they almost always come with plumbing instructions or the store can note anything unusual you should know. It sounds complex but is typically pretty straightforward. Have fun!

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What causes water damage? Learn how to inspect air conditions, plumbing, appliances, and more. Learn how to detect the hazards in your home or business.

If you want to prevent water damage in your home or office, you must first learn where to look for and what are the different causes of this kind of damage. This article covers the invisible causes of water damage, those that are a little harder to detect by simple do-it-yourself inspections.

There is additional material about the visible causes of water damage that you need to read in order to fully understand the subject. A good understanding of the subject will not only provide you with great techniques to prevent water damage but also will help you save money and will keep your house in good shape, preserving its value for many years. While you can control some of the causes for damage, others cannot be predicted and therefore cannot be prevented.

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Plumbing:

Plumbing equipment usually develops leaks due to failures in joints or hose attachment.
Internal wall leaks are even harder to discover and can cause major damage.

Pipes:

The common problems in pipes are blocked toilets and drains (especially kitchen drains), failure of garbage disposals, and roots in sewer lines.

Weather:

Unpredictable summer storms, floods, and other water accompanied disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, and tornados are some more reasons for water damage.

Heating Systems and Air Conditions:

Neglecting air conditioners leads to poor performance, expensive operating costs, and moisture issues. Moist cooling ducts promote mold and other water-borne bacteria.

Appliances:

Water heaters, washers, and dryers tend to crack over time, allowing water to trickle. Although these appliances will start leaking slowly, this leak can grow and cause a flood when completely failed. Hoses tend to deteriorate inside out, resulting in leaks as well.

Basements:

A wet basement is caused by moisture accumulations that drip through the foundations. When moisture evaporates, it increases humidity even if there are no leaks or standing water. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during more humid time periods.

It is recommended to inspect your home periodically to ensure that it stays in good condition and keeps its real market value. A periodic inspection will also help prevent high-costs restoration projects after water-related disasters.

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Home water filters in Elgin, IL and surrounding areas are the perfect option for people that are interested in having clean, drinkable water. Along with providing quality drinking water throughout the house, the water filters also provide benefits such as removing impurities that cause spotting in water that is used to wash dishes.

Unfiltered water can also cause problems such as corroding plumbing and appliances, stain sinks and showers, and ruin clothes that have been washed. Although home water filters are normally used in residential homes, they can also be an effective option for apartments or offices.

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At first, it may seem that the water filters in your home would be extremely expensive when compared to other filter options, but they are actually a very cost-effective option for water filtration. The price range of these water filters can range from two hundred dollars and cost as much as a couple of thousand dollars.

The price of the filters is dependent upon their size, material, and life span. This may seem like an extremely high price, but when compared with other filter options, it’s very cost-effective because of the amount of filtering that it provides.

Water filters for the entire house purify water in the same fashion as other filters, such as a countertop or under sink filters, do. The difference is that it requires only one filter, which is attached to the main water source, instead of needing multiple water filters to be attached to different devices.

As with the other filters, whole house water filters purify tap water by forcing it through several different stages of filtration. One of the stages is carbon filtration. Carbon is an effective method of filtering water because it is porous and has the ability to remove small and large impurities. Carbon is essential in removing volatile organic carbon compounds, which in some cases can cause serious damage to the liver, kidney, or central nervous system. Carbon also removes dangerous substances such as pesticides, industrial solvents, and insecticides. Our plumbing services can provide your home or place of business with a full water filter solution to meet your needs.

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Another essential step of the filtration process involves a process such as ionization or micron filtration. This step removes hundreds of contaminants found in tap water and transforms the water into great tasting, healthy drinking water. As mentioned earlier, the main advantage of whole house water filters is that they provide filtered water throughout the house with the use of only one filter.

Another advantage of whole house water filters is the long life span that they offer. Many of these filters last between fifty and one hundred thousand gallons of water. For many, the main disadvantage of whole house filters is the higher than average price. Although these filters are very cost-effective, they do require a large investment upfront. Whole house water filters can also require a significant amount of work to install. Let Fox Valley Plumbing provide plumbing services of installing a complete water filtration system in your home or place of business.

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The kitchen is the heart of many homes. This is the room where the family prepares and shares meals together. Because so much time is spent here, the fixtures and accessories need to be functional and fit with the style of the room. The kitchen faucets in the sink and kitchen islands are made with style in mind. With so many choices, you are sure to find the right fit for your home. Most people match the fixtures to the style of kitchen cabinets.

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Styles of Kitchen Faucets

The sink faucet use to be merely functional; the purpose was to deliver water to sinks for cooking or cleaning. Nobody really thought about what it looked like or if it matched the dÈcor in the room. Those days are over. Kitchen fixtures are now available in a range of finishes and styles to match every home.

Some of the available finishes include:

+ Brass (natural is more popular than polished)
+ Weathered brass
+ Nickel
+ Bronze
+ Antique copper
+ Brushed nickel
+ Stainless steel
+ Porcelain
+ Chrome
+ Black

The brushed and weathered look is more popular than the shiny, polished finishes. The polished chrome faucet is most often used in contemporary style kitchens now. Elaborate Victorian designs are available for more formal-looking kitchens. Their use as a design feature has resulted in fixtures being one of the most popular upgrades for people purchasing a new home.

If your home has boring fixtures that seem out of date or don’t match your home, replacing them is easy and inexpensive. Just make it part of a small home improvement and decoration project. The price for replacements varies and the finish plays a role in the price. Chrome is the least expensive and most durable material used. Other materials can be quite a bit more expensive and require extra care.

Visit your local plumbing or home improvement store in Schaumburg and surrounding areas to see the various styles available. Fox Valley Plumbing can replace or fix your faucet.

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Installation Procedures

The new faucets are easier to install than older models. Most manufacturers include all connections and fittings needed to install the unit yourself. Complete installation instructions are included with the faucet. Look for complete kits that come with the flexible hoses needed to attach to your water supply.

If these aren’t included, you will need to purchase them separately. Don’t be alarmed if you notice particles in the water when you finish the installation. These are just particles trapped in the fixture from manufacturing and installation. They will rinse clear if you let the water run for a few minutes.

Kitchen Faucets: Repair and Maintenance

Repairing and maintenance are easier than ever before and can be done by a handy homeowner. Rubber rings can be easily replaced at home when needed. Before working on the sink, turn off the water and cover the drains. Properly cleaning and maintaining your faucet will extend the life and keep it in good working order.

Check the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the finish. Most can be cleaned with mild soap and water or window cleaner. Don’t use harsh cleaning products, which can damage the finish. Polish matte finishes with furniture polish. Check the label to be sure the product you use is safe for the material of your fixtures.

Shower and Bathroom Fixtures

The combination of style and function found in kitchen fixtures has extended into the bathroom as well. There is a wide variety of choices available in shower faucets. You can choose the standard wall mount faucet or go for a removable head. Many can be adjusted to regulate the water flow according to your preference.

There are two basic choices in handles: pull-out and individual knobs. Some people find one handle to be more convenient and easy to use. Two handles are more stylish and a variety of styles are available in the handles. You should choose according to the style of your sink or bathtub. Faucets can be matched for the tub and sink if you choose.

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Fox Valley Plumbing Palatine IL

Palatine, Illinois: Cook county residents, Fox Valley Plumbing & Backflow Plumbing technicians are plumbing specialists who offer complete plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

Toilets, showers, sinks, water heaters, sump & sewage pumps, drains, or sewer pipes–we know how important a quick response can be.

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If you aren’t happy, neither are we. We strive to make YOU happy. At Fox Valley Plumbing, we make sure you understand everything we are providing, no fancy language with hidden costs.

At Fox Valley Plumbing & Backflow Plumbing Services, your plumbing problem becomes our problem the moment you contact us.

We take pride in reaching your location promptly, diagnosing your plumbing issue quickly, and taking action.

Fox Valley Plumbing & Backflow emergency plumbing service professionals bring with them all the specialized equipment typically needed to inspect, detect and repair burst pipes, major clogs, backups, and other plumbing catastrophes.

We’ll explain the problem and solution and fix it right the first time. We’ll even help you prevent future plumbing problems by inspecting your entire system as part of our service to you.

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