Cleaning Up After A Sewer Backup

Plumbing Safety|

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

Air Conditioning|

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?

Air Conditioning|

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

Home Improvement|

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

Home Improvement|

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, [...]

How Licensed Plumbers Make A Difference


4 Reasons to Choose Properly-Trained Plumbers When you choose an unlicensed plumber, you might think you’re scoring an amazing deal, but in reality, you could be setting yourself up for costly repairs down the road. Consider these reasons why it is essential that license regulation continues in the plumbing industry, and make sure [...]

When to Replace Plumbing Lines


Don’t Let Your Aging Pipes Catch You Off Guard Many people choose to purchase an older home and renovate it to create the perfect combination of retro and modern style. However, your beloved fixer-upper could be hiding pipes that are less than satisfactory. While nothing in life is perfect, it is important [...]

Join the No Drip Club Today!


What A Yearly Maintenance Plan Can Do For You Daily life can be stressful and it’s easy to forget to keep track of your HVAC and plumbing maintenance, especially if it seems as though nothing is amiss. However, it is essential to take good care of your equipment because even if it works [...]

Why Tankless Water Heater Maintenance is Essential


Looking to save the planet and a bit of extra cash? Look no further than a tankless water heater! The average tankless heater saves about 30-50% more energy than a traditional tank water heater, saving you a significant amount of money on your power bill. This is because tankless heaters only operate when needed, [...]

4 Money-Saving Maintenance Tips


Home Maintenance Tips For You… And Your Wallet! Summertime is meant for block parties and cookouts, but neither will be any fun if the only thing you can think about is rising energy bills and repair costs. Skip the unnecessary stress of expensive repairs and check out these four tips to keep your home in [...]

Plumbing Safety in Your Home

Plumbing Safety|

3 Tips For a Safer Home Plumbing System From car seats and self-defense lessons to high-security locks and home security systems, most would stop at nothing to keep their family safe. However, it is just as important to keep in mind the dangers within our own home’s plumbing system, and how to avoid them. [...]

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