Posts made in March 2018

What Causes a Gurgling Toilet?

While your toilet “gurgling” when you flush the toilet may not seem like a serious problem, it may be a sign that the plumbing in your bathroom is not functioning properly.

Clogs
The weird sound may be the result of air escaping a blocked pipe. Sediment, minerals, debris and non-flushable items are common culprits of clogged pipes. While a plunger will clear minimal blockage near your toilet bowl, the clog may be occurring in any part of your sewer line (including the septic system).

Defective tank equipment

The components of your toilet (the float, fill system and flapper) allow it to flush properly and refill with clean water. However, these components can become corroded over time. Faulty toilet hardware can cause disruptive noises and even reduce the efficiency of your home’s utilities. Because identifying and fixing issues with tank equipment can be difficult, it’s best to seek professional plumbing services in St. Charles, IL, for the job.

Reverse suction

When the water in your toilet’s built-in P-trap (the device that prevents odorous gas in drains and sewers from rising) is pulled out of the bowl and back into your plumbing system, reverse suction occurs. This is usually due to a lack of proper venting. Other appliances such as washing machines can create backflow that will pull air from your toilet, also resulting in a gurgle.

 

Cut Costs in Winter and Stay Warm

There are a number of ways to keep the cost of your heating down during the long winter months in Illinois. Armbrust Plumbing & Heating Solutions, a leading provider of heating and plumbing services in St. Charles, IL, as well as Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, and Wheaton, offers tips to customers on keeping utility costs affordable in winter. You don’t want to add insult to injury by getting an enormous utility bill in the middle of a harsh grim winter.

One of the easiest ways to save is to put on a sweater and lower your thermostat. When you lower the thermostat 10-15 degrees for 8 hours a day, your bill will significantly decrease. This is easiest to do when you aren’t home or are asleep. The higher the degree count, the higher the costs.

It is also recommended that you replace your old thermostat with a programmable one, which will change the temperature to match your needs. You can even make changes to the temperature from a smart app on your phone.  At the same time you can make it a point to clean the returns and vents in your home. When dust and debris are removed, your heat flows better.

Try these simple tips for effectively lowering your heating bill. For HVAC service or assistance anywhere in DuPage County, contact the technicians at Armbrust Plumbing & Heating Solutions. We offer 24/7 emergency services to customers throughout our service area.