Is There A Curse On Your Plumbing System?


4 Scary Sounds That Signal A Plumbing Nightmare It’s finally that spooky season, and the time is right for ghosts and goblins to make their way out of hiding. While you may be prepared to take on a vampire, garlic won’t be nearly as effective in getting rid of a [...]

What Is SEER?

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How To Tell If Your HVAC Equipment Has A Good SEER Rating An inefficient system wastes loads of energy and causes your energy bill to skyrocket! So how do you know if your unit is giving you the most bang for your buck?  SEER This is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency [...]

Holiday Home Prep


5 Things You Can Do To Ensure Your Home Is Ready For The Holidays Happy holidays! Your furnace is broken. This is probably the last news you want to receive during your seasonal dinner party, and your guests will most likely leave much earlier than anticipated. Don’t let this happen. Prepare your comfort [...]

Household Disaster Prevention


6 Signs You May Be In Need Of A Sewer Line Repair The last thing you want during your next gathering is the smell of raw sewage wafting through your home, especially if you can’t locate the source of the stench. If you find that one of your drains is clogged, you may [...]

The Costs Of An Aging AC Unit

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If Your AC Is On Its Last Leg, It May Be Cheaper To Replace It While you might be tempted to avoid paying for an air conditioning replacement by running your air conditioner even though there are signs of aging, an aging system will cost you more in the long run. The average [...]

Contractor Checklist


5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your HVAC or Plumbing Contractor From hidden expenses to inexperienced professionals, how can you know you’re getting your money’s worth when it comes to your home HVAC and plumbing services? Before choosing the first company that comes your way, make sure to get the answers to these [...]

Cleaning Up After A Sewer Backup

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Make This Dirty Job Go Quickly With Help From Your Friends At J. Blanton! Coming home from a long day at work only to discover that your sewer has backed up into your home can completely ruin your week. Not only does the unsanitary mess look and smell horrible, it [...]

Keep Clogs Away & Leaks At Bay


Complete These 5 Simple Drain Maintenance Tasks It’s no secret that drain maintenance isn’t the most enjoyable task, and with summer coming to a close you may be tempted to spend every possible minute soaking up those final rays of sunlight. However, the only thing that’s less fun than doing drain maintenance [...]

Save Yourself the Hassle


Address These Plumbing Issues Before Winter Begins While the first weeks of summer are meant for frolicking and barbecuing, the last few are usually spent planning for the long winter ahead. You may not want to think about winter this early, but if you don’t, the cold could take you by surprise! [...]

4 Common AC Mistakes To Avoid

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How To Keep Your System Running Smoothly All Summer Long The last thing anyone wants to deal with in the summer is a faulty air conditioner, especially since we only have a few months of heat to enjoy here in the Chicago area! Make sure you’re not hurting your unit by making [...]

Water Conservation Tips


7 Ways You Can Save Water & Money At Home As water scarcity becomes a problem in major metropolitan areas all around the world, Chicago area residents may be wondering how they can reduce their water usage at home. We here at J. Blanton Plumbing are happy to help you get started [...]

What’s the Best Drain Clog Solution?


Find Out if Hydro Jetting or Drain Snaking is Better for Your Clog From stray hair clumps falling down the shower drain to a curious kid who wonders what exactly would happen if they flushed a baby doll down the toilet, one thing is for certain: Not all clogs are created equal! [...]

Pet-Proofing Your Plumbing


Protect Your Pipes & Keep Your Critters Out of Harm’s Way Whether they’re playing in the yard or curled up in your lap, it’s undeniable that pets are an integral part of the family. However, we all know how curious animals can be, and it is essential that you keep your fluffy [...]

Detecting Slab Leaks


4 Tips To Finding Leaks In Your Concrete Foundation Though we all know it’s important to keep an eye out for leaky faucets or dripping pipes, we don’t always consider that leaks can form in the concrete foundation of our homes. However, when the pipes within your floors leak, it can cause water [...]

Having an AC Breakdown?

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Find Out Why Your AC Won’t Turn On & What You Can Do About It Whether you’re following the adventures of Columbo, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, it’s nearly impossible to resist a good mystery. Unfortunately, these heroic detectives never investigated one of the worst riddles homeowners face: Why won’t the air [...]

Plumbing Maintenance Tips


4 Ways You Can Avoid Needing Plumbing Repairs While summers in Chicago are undeniably beautiful, we only get to enjoy about three months of gorgeous weather before it’s time to begin preparing for winter, so it’s essential that you enjoy every bit of sunshine you can savor this season! [...]

The Importance of Cleaning Your Drains


3 Reasons Why You Need To Maintain Your Drains Most everyone has experienced a clogged drain at some point. Whether your child flushed a wad of baby wipes or the shower drain collected too much hair, clogged pipes are a common issue.  However, depending on the cause of the blockage, your plumbing might require [...]

Summer Plumbing Problems


Avoid These 5 Plumbing Headaches with J. Blanton Though you may think most plumbing disasters occur during the winter, summertime presents a host of unique plumbing issues. With more guests coming in and out of the house, your system will be under a significant amount of stress. Check out these common summer [...]

Adding In-Law Suite Plumbing

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4 Easy & Affordable Steps to Adding Plumbing for an Income Suite Whether they are friends or family, guests that decide to stay overnight will need a comfortable place to stay. If you frequently host company, you may want to consider adding an in-law suite to your home. These additional living spaces [...]

Discover Your Basement’s Potential

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With helpful hints from the J Blanton team! When we picture the average basement, images of dusty boxes, water heaters and chipping paint may come to mind. However; with a little TLC, you could repurpose this extra space into the perfect gathering area. Consider these 4 ways you can improve your basement, [...]

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