Winterization Tips

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5 Easy Steps To Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing The Chicago area is already experiencing winter weather, so if you haven’t winterized your home yet your plumbing could be at risk of freezing and burst pipes. Since no one wants that kind of stress in their life, we here at J. Blanton Plumbing [...]

Unclogging A Sink

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Professional Methods You Can Use On Your Sink Clog As most Chicago homeowners know, clogs are something you’ll inevitably have to deal with in your home. Even if you take great care of your drains and get yearly plumbing maintenance visits, clogs are still bound to happen over time. Some clogs form from [...]

Water Heater Maintenance

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What Really Happens When You Have Your Water Heater Maintained? Here at J. Blanton Plumbing, we recommend that all Chicagoland homeowners have water heater maintenance done once a year as part of your regular home upkeep. A lot of people might think it’s just a scheme to drum up business, but the truth of the [...]

Avoiding Garbage Disposal Breakdowns

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4 Common Sense Rules To Preventing Garbage Disposal Repair Calls This Thanksgiving Did you know that Thanksgiving was made an official holiday in 1863 by Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln? Prior to that, Thanksgiving had been celebrated, but there hadn’t been a set date for the holiday. President Lincoln set the fourth Thursday [...]

Winter Plumbing Tips

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How To Thaw Frozen Pipes & Prevent Further Freezing With local temperatures already dropping into the 30s, Chicago families are busy getting ready for winter. We know all too well how bitterly cold it can get here during the winter, and our famous winds just make it feel even colder. While the [...]

Preventing Plumbing Problems

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4 Tips To Keep Your Plumbing Working As It Should During The Holidays The holidays are here! For Chicagoans, that means holiday parties and visits from out-of-town family and friends. In other words, it means your house is about to be a whole lot more full as you spread the holiday cheer. This [...]

Signs Of A Clog

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How To Tell When You Need Sewer Drain Cleaning Every home in the Chicago area is going to need sewer drain cleaning from time to time, but it can be hard to tell when the time has come to have your drains cleaned. You can’t see the insides of your drains, and your [...]

Leak Prevention

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The 4 Best Ways to Prevent Plumbing Leaks in Your Home Nothing ruins your day quite like discovering a plumbing leak. Not only do leaking pipes make a spectacular mess that you now have to clean up, but if you don’t catch the leak quickly enough it can lead to serious property damage. An [...]

What Is A Fatberg?

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Everything You Never Knew You Needed To Know About Fatbergs If you haven’t heard of a fatberg before, you can rest assured you are not the only one. It is however good to learn about fatbergs and how you can contribute to their prevention, because they are becoming a major problem for Chicago’s sewer [...]

What Causes Pipes to Burst?

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It Could Be as Simple as a Clogged Drain You might know the most common causes for burst pipes, such as freezing, expanding water and high water pressure. But do you know what else causes pipes to burst that seems fairly innocent enough? The answer is a clogged drain. Usually, it’s just a [...]

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

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Helpful Insider Tips From J Blanton When rainy days hit in the Chicago area there’s nothing like knowing your flood-prone basement or crawlspace will stay dry. If you don’t have that sense of security, you might want to look into having a sump pump installed. Or, there might have already been a [...]

Sump Pump Failure Causes

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5 Causes & Solutions For Sump Pump Failure Hopefully when you realize that your sump pump has failed, it isn’t because you went downstairs to do laundry and discovered a basement full of water. If you’re digilent, you could come to that realization fairly uneventfully while performing its quarterly test to ensure [...]

Why Is Fall HVAC Maintenance Important?

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The Importance of HVAC Maintenance Many people are most worried about their home’s heating and cooling systems during the Summer or Winter seasons, when they find themselves using them the most. However, a single chilly night in late November can make you wish you’d given your unit the attention it needed weeks ago!  [...]

Toilet Wax Ring Replacement

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When & How Should You Replace Your Toilet Wax Ring? The wax seal at the base of your toilet serves a very important job. It keeps all the water that passes through contained in your plumbing system. It’s not something you need to worry about year after year, but it does require [...]

Roots in Your Sewer Line

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How to Identify, Prevent & Remove Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line Concerned about roots in your sewer line? If you are, you’re right to be worried. Tree roots are very powerful and can break through any pipe material by growing through gaps and joints. The pipe breaks apart, collapses and causes [...]

Toilet Wax Ring Replacement

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When & How Should You Replace Your Toilet Wax Ring?  The wax seal at the base of your toilet serves a very important job. It keeps all the water that passes through contained in your plumbing system. It’s not something you need to worry about year after year, but it does require [...]

Refrigerator Leaking Water

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Why is My Refrigerator Leaking Water? If you’ve walked across your kitchen recently and asked yourself, “Why is my refrigerator leaking water?,” it probably hasn’t been a very good day! A puddle underneath your refrigerator can be distressing. However, many times there are simple solutions. J. Blanton is here to help you [...]

Unlicensed Plumbers On Angie’s List, Investigated

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The Angie’s List Plumbing Investigation & What It Means For You Earlier this summer, in June, NBC 5 Investigates looked into a worrying trend that had cropped up in the Chicago Angie’s List, specifically pertaining to those plumbing contractors who had set up offers on the website without a plumbing license for [...]

Chicago Lead Facts & Solutions

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What You Need to Know About Lead in Chicago’s Water With the news these past few months about Chicago’s city water having high lead concentrations, we at J. Blanton wanted to get the facts straight about what the dangers currently are and what can be done to lessen any health risks as [...]

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