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    Frozen Pipes Science

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Protecting your water pipes is essential if you want to avoid water damage this winter. If you have ever wondered how frozen pipes can cause so much damage, take a look at this video.

    When water is frozen, it expands. For example, if you leave an unopened water bottle in the freezer overnight, you can see how this process works. This offers you a preview of what could happen if your pipes freeze. Watch the video to see more.

    To prevent your pipes from freezing this winter, call Bishop Plumbing of Chicago at (847) 960-3698. We have offered reliable plumbing services to Chicago-area residents since 1921. Learn more by calling us today.

    How Cold Weather Can Affect Residential Plumbing

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Winter has a harsh effect on your pipes and can do a lot of serious damage if you and your plumber don’t prepare. This article will tell you how cold weather can affect your pipes, what to do if your pipes have already frozen, and how you and your plumber can prevent it from happening in the future.

    Burst Pipes
    When water freezes, it expands. That’s why, when a pipe freezes, it is likely to burst. Technically, this is because of the increase in water pressure following an ice blockage in a pipe. Once a pipe bursts, water can escape, which can damage your carpet, walls, furniture, electrical wiring, and floor joints, and can cause the growth of mold and mildew. Pipes that are exposed to more cold air—namely, pipes in attics or pipes located outside of your home—are of particular concern during winter.

    What You Can Do
    If you turn on your faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances—call a plumber immediately. If a pipe bursts, turn off your main water valve, which is usually at the water meter where the main water line enters the house. Once the main water valve is shut off, be sure to keep your faucets open until the plumber has completed repairs.

    In order to avoid this problem over the winter, talk to your plumber early on in the cool season. Especially if you are planning on going out of town during the winter, it’s essential that you and your plumber prepare your pipes for cold weather. The most important thing to do is to shut off the main valve and drain all of the water from the system by opening up all of the faucets. A plumber can also add insulation or even relocate your pipes if necessary.

    Preventative plumbing this winter could save you thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. For expert plumbing services in the Chicago area, call Bishop Plumbing at (847) 960-3698.

    Like Our Recent Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources For You To Check Out

    Last updated 6 years ago

    If you’d like to learn more about winterization, plumbing maintenance, and fixture installation, check out the helpful links below. Call Bishop Plumbing at (847) 960-3698 for professional plumbing services in the Chicago area. 

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    • If you’re in need of a plumber, take a look at this great article from on how to hire the right one for the job. 
    • If you aren’t sure whether your plumbing problem constitutes an emergency, check out this page.

    Troubleshooting Garbage Disposals

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Garbage disposals are designed to be tough and durable, but homeowners may occasionally experience jams, clogs, and other garbage disposal issues. If problems do occur, try saving a few dollars by fixing your disposal yourself. 

    This quick video includes some helpful pointers on how you can get your garbage disposal up and running again. You’ll also learn some signs that you’ll need professional garbage disposal repair. 

    If you can’t get your garbage disposal working, contact Bishop Plumbing, Chicago’s premier residential plumber. Call (847) 960-3698 for service in Chicago, Glenview, Northbrook, Schaumburg, and Arlington Heights.

    Deconstructed - Hot Water Heater - How It Works

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Hot water heaters help provide homes with easy access to hot water. If you want to know how exactly they work and how they heat water without spreading heat throughout the rest of the house, take a look at the following video. 

    This clip from the Science Channel includes an in-depth look at how hot water heaters produce and contain heat inside their tanks. You’ll learn how your water heater is designed to produce heat as efficiently as possible while also minimizing standby heat loss. 

    If your water heater is not performing up to your expectations, contact Chicago’s Bishop Plumbing. We serve the entire Chicagoland area, including Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Glenview, and Schaumburg. Call (847) 960-3698 today to learn more about our services.

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