All About Sewer Rodding


5 Important Things You Should Know About Sewer Rodding Has your sink been draining a bit slower lately? You may have a blockage that requires you to unclog your pipes. Over-the-counter liquid drain cleaners can damage your system, or fail to resolve the blockage altogether if there is a major obstruction. [...]

The Risks Of Lead Piping

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Why Your Home’s Lead Pipes Must Be Replaced Lead has been used in various construction projects throughout history due to its stable yet pliable nature. Among these ventures, plumbing piping was especially coupled with lead use. There’s just one small problem: lead is extremely poisonous when ingested. However, this was not [...]

Plumbing Modifications For Your New Home


Plumbing Customizations to Complete Your Renovation Maybe it’s time to invest in that long-awaited refurbishment, or maybe you want to become more eco-friendly. No matter the motivation, investing in a significant renovation can be equally stressful as it is exciting. With a maze of pipes situated just behind your walls, it can be tricky [...]

Effects Of Spring Thaw On Your Pipes


What Spring Thawing Means For Your Plumbing For Chicagoans, spring is a long-awaited relief from what feels like another never-ending ice age. Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to find out what kind of legacy Jack Frost left behind. If the year boasted a [...]

The Importance Of Septic Tank Inspections


3 Reasons to Proactively Schedule A Septic Tank Inspection Of all the fun-filled ways you could kick off the new year, repairing a leaky septic tank probably doesn’t make the list. Your septic tank needs to be inspected at least once every three years, as these assessments are crucial to the functionality [...]

How To Handle A Suspected Gas Leak

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What To Do In The Event Of An At-Home Gas Leak Too often, we hear stories of dangerous explosions that occur due to unforeseen gas leaks. To keep yourself and your family safe, it is essential that you monitor your gas levels at home and know what actions to take should you [...]

Plumbing Tasks That Require An Expert

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5 Plumbing Projects You Should Never DIY Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to jot down your annual list of resolutions. Maybe you promised yourself that you would work harder to maintain your intended budget. But which corners should you cut in order to meet your financial goals? [...]

Avoid a High Water Bill


Want to Save Money On Your Water Bill? Take These Steps Usually your water bill is pretty predictable. It might go up or down depending on how often you’re at home or if you get a new irrigation system or pool, but you can usually expect the change. As a result, it [...]

Bad Smelling Drains

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What is Causing That Terrible Odor From Your Drains and/or Water? Let’s face it, it is pretty embarrassing when you notice an unpleasant smell in your home. It is particularly distressing if you have cleaned everything and there is still something ominous drifting out of your faucet or drain. You don’t want [...]

Slab Leak Prevention


Ways to Keep Slab Leaks Off Your List of Worries There is so much fine print to being a homeowner that it can get pretty overwhelming. If your home in the Chicago area sits on a concrete slab, how often do you think about it? Luckily, you don’t have to pay it [...]

Noisy Water Pipes


Solutions to Noisy Water Pipes That Arose Such a Clatter Clang! Bang! What is that racket? No, it’s not reindeer landing on your roof. If it is coming from inside your walls, it is probably an issue with your plumbing. Noisy water pipes are at best inconvenient and at worst they can [...]

Do You Have A Hidden Leak?


4 Signs Of A Hidden Water Leak The frigid Chicago winter is uncomfortable enough without plumbing problems interrupting your life. If you spy water dripping from the pipes under your kitchen sink, it’s an easy fix: just call a plumber! But what if the leak lies in a pipe just behind your [...]

Hard or Soft Water: Which is Preferable?

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4 Differences Between Hard Water & Soft Water You are responsible for making hundreds of choices each day, some more difficult than others. From what to put in your coffee to the type of gas you put in your car to which route to take on the way home, your day-to-day routine [...]

Winterization Tips


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

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