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Most Common Plumbing Myths, Part 2

checkered sink filling up with waterWhen it comes to understanding how your plumbing works, there are unfortunately some myths and misconceptions being passed on from homeowner to homeowner. Armbrust Plumbing is the leading provider of Illinois plumbing and heating solutions and our team is trained to handle a wide variety of plumbing issues. Below are three more common plumbing myths that end up costing homeowners everywhere.

Your Drain is Only Clogged if Water Stops Going Down

Just because your shower water seemingly flows down the drain with no issue doesn’t mean the pipes are all clear. If you notice that the water is draining slowly, or slower than usual, that can be a tell-tale sign that something is blocked in your pipes. Another indication can be the drainage sounds. Drains, plug holes, and toilet flushes that make gurgling sounds as water makes its way down can mean that it’s time to clean them out!

Hand Soap is perfect for Cleaning Your Plumbing Fixtures

Hand soap may be a convenient cleaning option in a pinch, but depending on what type of fixtures you have it may be doing more harm than good.  Only gentle cleaning solutions, such as lemons and baking soda, should be used on brass fixtures. Toilet bowls on the other hand, need to be wiped down with a hefty disinfectant as they are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.

Don’t ruin your plumbing by following these common misconceptions! If you’re concerned your plumbing systems are not functioning properly, give Armbrust Plumbing a call today at (630) 547-7500.

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

woman sneezing into tissueIndoor air can be more polluted than outside air with contaminants that can cause respiratory conditions, allergies, and illnesses. Some sources are mold, bacteria, household chemicals, radon, formaldehyde, lead, and dust mites. Here are some ways to improve indoor air quality:

Better Air Filtration

A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will trap up to 99% of the small particles in the air like pollen, gas emissions, smoke, and bacteria. If you are concerned about indoor air quality, contact an Illinois plumbing and heating company to add HEPA filters to your HVAC system.

Control Humidity Levels

High humidity causes microbes like mold and dust mites to flourish. The humidity in your home should be between 30 – 50%. One way to regulate humidity is using humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Another way is installing an energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, in the HVAC system. The system cools and dehumidifies in warm weather and heats and humidifies in cool months. With this, the relative humidity of the indoor air will stay between 40 – 50%.

Use Ultraviolet Light

UV light sanitizes air, ridding it of harmful microbial particles like germs, bacteria, fungi, formaldehyde and viruses. These lights can be installed in the return air duct of your HVAC system to kill the contaminants as the air passes through the UV light.

Other Ways to Clean the Air

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter. Vacuum drapes, cloth furniture, the edges of the carpet, or anywhere else that dust collects.
  • Do not allow smoking inside the home. Smoke is a major contributor to indoor pollution since it contains over 4,000 chemicals.
  • Do not use products with synthetic scents or petroleum-based candles. Products include air fresheners, laundry soap, and fabric softener. These release many chemicals into the air including VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are toxic and pose health risks.
  • Add plants that clean the air, like spider plants, English ivy, peace lily, red-edged dracaena, and ferns.

Why is My Furnace Leaking?

water dropletsAs the temperature continues to drop throughout the winter, making sure your furnace is working properly should be a top priority. This can become concerning when something out of the ordinary happens – like it leaking water. This occurrence is one that happens more often than you think and there are a variety of reasons it could be happening to your furnace.

The most common reason your furnace could be leaking is due to a condensation leak. This could only be the case if you have a high-efficiency furnace. A simple way to determine if this is the kind of model you have is to look at the vent pipe. If it’s white plastic PVC pipe, it’s a high-efficiency furnace which leaves it susceptible to condensation leaks. This is because these particular types of units have cool exhaust and produce condensation. The leak could be a result of the condensation becoming clogged. Also, it could be due to the floor drain becoming clogged, which is the area where the condensation collects.

This is only one of a few of the most common explanations for why your furnace could be leaking. If you don’t have a high-efficiency furnace, this certainly won’t be the case. If you are experiencing furnace issues, especially if the leak is very bad, the Illinois plumbing and heating professionals at Armbrust Plumbing can help. We provide both commercial and residential Illinois plumbing and heating services. For more information, visit us at ArmbrustPlumbing.com or call us at (630) 547-7500.

Thanksgiving and Your Garbage Disposal

double sinkThe fall is a lot of people’s favorite time of year. The leaves changing, the cozy sweaters, and the holidays are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of all the great things fall has to offer. Thanksgiving, a celebration of family and what we are grateful for, tends to top the list of fall favorites for a lot of people. Thanksgiving is a wonderful coming together of family and friends, and of course there is all the delicious food! What many don’t realize is that this large gathering with large amounts of food, while fun and enjoyable for you, can be your plumbing’s worst nightmare.

You may not immediately think about your garbage disposal’s role in your Thanksgiving festivities, but by the end of the night, it will have done a lot. Throughout the cooking process and the cleanup process, a lot of waste ends up going down the drain which can result in it getting clogged, jammed, entangled or paralyzed. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to prevent harming your plumbing this Thanksgiving.

The best and obvious thing to keep in mind is to make sure there is nothing in the sink that could fall into the disposal while you’re using it. Jewelry, silverware and other non-food items can easily fall into your disposal and cause a lot of issues. However, not all food items are safe to go down the disposal. Things like grease, oils, fats, fibrous vegetables like asparagus, starchy foods like potato skins, and absorbent foods like rice all can prove hazardous in your garbage disposal.

Keeping these things in mind could help avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season. However, if you do find yourself in need of Illinois plumbing and heating services during the holidays, you can trust Armbrust Plumbing with your problem. Learn more at ArmbrustPlumbing.com.

Welcome to Armbrust Plumbing

plumbing pipesWelcome to our blog at ArmbrustPlumbing.com! When looking for certified plumbing and heating services in Carol Stream, Il or the surrounding area, look no farther than Armbrust Plumbing! We’ve been around for over 100 years and now offer a wide variety of residential and commercial services throughout the region, from air conditioning repair to clogged garbage disposals.

For our residential services, we have in our staff trustworthy, professional employees who work hard and have received over 2,000 online reviews with a 4.9+ average. And, we make sure our team of licensed plumbers is continuing to gain new information so that we are always offering top services and new innovations for clients. We also offer plumbing and heating solutions commercially, hoping to lead the standard of service to clients in and around Carol Stream, Illinois helping with anything from leaky faucets to damaged generators.

There’s a reason people trust Armbrust Plumbing for their Illinois plumbing and heating needs. People in the surrounding area have been coming to us for our services since 1918. We are here to ensure you will not have to live with that annoying leak or clog after we deliver a repair or installation you can count on. At our heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, we proudly serve homes and businesses throughout Villa Park, Glen Ellyn, West Chicago, Geneva, and Carol Stream, Illinois. Contact our plumbing company today to request a quote for your repair or installation at ArmbrustPlumbing.com or give us a call at (603) 547-7500.