Here's How to Go Green for World Water Day (Source: - used as royalty free image)

Can you imagine a world without water? It’s impossible. Not only does it make up the bulk of our planet’s surface, but it’s the very essence of life; we use it to cook, clean, and stay hydrated every single day.

That’s why days like today – World Water Day – are so important; they highlight this most important substance, and help us all remember how blessed we are to have access to it, as well as how to help take care of those who don’t. According to WaterAid, about one-third of the world’s population lacks access to adequate sanitation; 663 million people live without safe water.

It’s important that we all do our part to conserve this precious resource and help make sure that all of the citizens of the world get to enjoy it for generations to come. Want to get started? Here are a few easy ways to conserve water around the house:

Reduce Your Water Consumption

Should You Opt for a Smart Shower 

In today’s digital world, it seems like we have more options to do more things than ever before. Case in point? While going to the bathroom or taking a shower used to be simple affairs, now there are a whole mess of apps and gadgets designed to make the process greener, faster, or just more plugged-in.

Is this move toward more technology a good or a bad thing? Ultimately, that comes down to you to decide. But the fact remains that developers and inventors are going to keep pushing our bathrooms into the future. As a matter of fact, digital “smart” showers may just be one of the next big things in the tech world.

Are these innovative showers actually going to make life easier, or are they just a load of hot steam? Here are three futuristic showers to watch out for in the months ahead:


Pedestal Sink Vs. Vanity: Which Is Right for You? 

There are a few rivalries that will just roil up debate until the end of time: Beatles vs. Stones. Chocolate vs. Vanilla. Pedestal vs. Vanity.

While that last one might seem a little trivial, we’ve seen the great sink debate tear entire households apart. Should you go for a pedestal sink or a vanity in that bathroom? We’re here to help you make that call!

First and foremost, it’s important to realize that one type of bathroom sink isn’t inherently or objectively better than the other. It all comes down to your personal taste and what matters most to you when it comes to your Chicago bathroom.

Let’s break down the differences between pedestal sinks and vanities – their pros, their cons, and how they’ll fit into your home:

Pedestal Sinks

How to Recycle Your Old Plumbing Items

You’ve swapped out your old brass kitchen faucet for a stainless steel set. You’ve upgraded your old pipes after a leak. You’re ready to get a new toilet and you don’t just want the old one gathering mold in the garage.

For the sake of our planet, it’s important that our old plumbing materials don’t just end up in landfills. And these “useless” materials aren’t doing any good cluttering up your home. So where do you turn to get rid of your old plumbing pieces and fixtures? It’s a question that many Chicagoans face, and the answers can sometimes seem surprisingly difficult to find.

We’re here to help! Here are three ways to tackle those old plumbing parts that will benefit both you and the earth:

Recycle Your Old Metal and Plastic

How to Prep Your Plumbing for Spring (Source: - used as royalty free image)

Chicago in the springtime is a little like a Tale of Two Cities – the best of times and the worst of times. On the one hand, we get sunny days and amazingly green lawns; on the other, we get chilly winds, lashing rains, and wildly fluctuating temperatures.

Still, we love spring here at J. Blanton Plumbing, and if you take the right approach to your plumbing needs, we think you will too.

Here are the three big steps you’ll need to take to get your home’s plumbing systems ready for spring:

1.) Get Ready for the Rain

Springtime in Chicago means wet weather, and lots of it. Before March comes in like a lion and April brings her legendary showers, take some time to make sure that your home is ready for the deluge by inspecting your home’s siding and foundation for any leaks and cracks, which can easily let runoff and snowmelt creep into your home, leading to mold – or worse.

Perhaps even more importantly, the early days of spring are the perfect time to make sure that your sump pump is in working order. This handy system, which gathers and pumps groundwater out of the lowest levels of your home, is your strongest line of defense against a flooded basement, so be sure it’s ready to go!

Check your sump pump for any gathered debris or blockages, make sure its pipes weren’t damaged by winter’s snow or ice, check your electrical connections, and maybe even consider investing in a backup sump pump, which can be a lifesaver in times of severe flooding.

Want an easy way to test your sump pump before disaster strikes? Simply pour a few buckets of water into the sump pump’s pit or basing. Within seconds, the pump’s float should be triggered and the unit should kick on. If this doesn’t occur, your sump pump may be defective – meaning it’s probably time to have a pro come in and take a better look.

2.) Check the Outside of Your Home

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