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    Last updated 5 years ago

    Here are some helpful online resources to help you learn more about backflow, irrigation, and other plumbing maintenance topics. For expert plumbing services in the North Chicago area, call Bishop Plumbing at (847) 960-3698. 

    • Have you ever wondered how water travels through your home’s plumbing? Here’s a great page from HowStuffWorks.com that explains residential plumbing.
    • Have you had backflow testing performed on your home lately? Visit this page to learn more about how it works.
    • Are you ready to make lawn care more convenient? Installing a sprinkler system can help. Here’s an article on sprinkler system design and maintenance.
    • Are you noticing some rust in your water? Galvanized pipes may be the problem. Read this article to learn more.
    • Here’s a helpful PDF that discusses how backflow works and how backflow prevention devices keep you safe.

    Environmental Factors that Can Damage Water and Sewer Lines Over Time

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Your home’s plumbing system may seem tough and durable, but it can actually experience damage from a number of different environmental and human-caused issues. In fact, many homeowners may be experiencing slow, progressive damage to their sewer and water lines, but may not even realize it! Here are some of the most common causes of water and sewer line problems:

    1.      Tree Root Infiltration

    While that magnificent oak or maple tree in your yard may give your home some great curb appeal, it may actually be destroying your home’s plumbing. Tree roots often damage sewer and water lines in their quest for nearby sources of water and nutrients. What starts as a small root infiltration can quickly turn into a substantial clog in your home’s plumbing. Only a licensed plumber can handle root infiltration problems and replacing your plumbing for you.

    2.      Settling Homes

    As your home ages, it will slowly shift and settle into the ground. While this is normal, homeowners must be aware that this can cause problems for water and sewer lines. While your plumbing may be able to accommodate slight settling, major changes in your home’s structure may lead to leaks or bursts. If you’re experiencing settling-related plumbing problems, then call a plumber before it’s too late!

    3.      Mineral Buildup

    If you look carefully at your home’s showerheads, you may notice a bit of calcium buildup. This happens naturally as the metals in your plumbing react with the nutrients in the water. While not always serious, certain types of chemical reactions can threaten the health of your household. For example, galvanized steel plumbing, an old water plumbing standard, has a tendency to rust in older homes and may even produce small traces of lead. 

    For professional remediation of these problems, contact the expert plumbers at Bishop Plumbing. Call (847) 960-3698 to schedule an appointment in the Chicago area today.

     

    Keep Your Drains Clear and Avoid a Costly Plumbing Bill

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Home plumbing can be complicated and confusing. However, with a few basic tools, some regular maintenance, and a trusty plumber, you’ll have no problem keeping your home’s plumbing in excellent working condition. 

    This video discusses some of the different plumbing issues homeowners should prepare for as well as a few tips to help you keep your plumbing in good shape. You’ll also learn about the benefit of having a strong relationship with a local plumber. 

    To learn more about basic plumbing maintenance, contact the plumbing experts at Bishop Plumbing. Visit us online or call (847) 960-3698 to see why we’re the Chicagoland area’s plumber of choice.

    When Is the Best Time of Year to Have an Irrigation System Installed?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Irrigation systems are a great way to keep your lawn lush and green all year round. If you’re considering installing an irrigation system at your home, then think about timing the installation process to ensure that you get the most out of your new irrigation system without damaging your lawn. 

    The truth is that irrigation and sprinkler systems can be installed virtually any time of year that the ground is easily accessible. However, certain factors can make the job less stressful on your lawn. Choosing a time of year that allows your lawn to fully recover from the installation process is the best approach. 

    • Choose the Right Season

    Installing your new irrigation system in the middle of a frigid Chicago winter means you’ll be left with a muddy, dirty lawn for the entire season. Installing your irrigation in the middle of summer may also be a bad idea: The heat makes your lawn more sensitive, and it may not recover as well. Installing your new irrigation system in the spring or fall is ideal. These times of year are typically less stressful on your lawn and will make recovery much quicker. 

    • Consider Other Factors

    Other factors may also affect your decision to hire a plumber to install your new irrigation system. For example, if you’re planning on major landscaping renovations, sod installation, grass seeding, or drainage work, installing your irrigation system ahead of time will save you money and shorten the amount of time it takes for your landscaping and irrigation project to be complete. 

    Bishop Plumbing provides high quality year-round irrigation installation services throughout the Chicago area. We also provide general plumbing services, backflow services, sewer repair, remodeling, and generator installation. For professional plumbing services in Glenview, Northbrook, Schaumburg, or Arlington heights, call us today at (847) 960-3698.

    Preparing the Yard for Fall/Winter

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Caring for your lawn and irrigation is a year-round job. As winter approaches, it’s important to make sure that your irrigation system and plants are ready for the first frost, lower temperatures, and eventual snowfall. 

    This video discusses some of the different ways to protect your plants and sprinkler system in preparation for winter. You’ll get tips on how to quickly protect your plants and the different steps you’ll need to follow to ensure your irrigation system’s safety. 

    To learn more about irrigation system maintenance, contact the plumbers at Bishop Plumbing. Visit us online or call (847) 960-3698 to learn about our irrigation services throughout the Chicago area and northern suburbs.

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