Expect You Will Need To Replace Your Plumbing Equipment
While we don't have a crystal ball, here are some rough guidelines you can use to anticipate when you'll need to replace some of your homes plumbing components. Every home is different, but the following information can help you attempt to plan your plumbing equipment replacements.
1. Water Heaters A typical water heater will last 8-12 years.
2. Sump Pump Systems The best predictor of a sump pump 's life is it's age. In this area, we find a sump pump's life depends on its use. In this area, typically systems last between 3-5years. We recommend all finished basements should have a back up sump pump. In our view, it's a critical piece of insurance.
3. Sump Pump Battery Back Up Systems Designed to kick in when your primary sump pump fails, a battery back up system typically lasts between 3-8 years assuming proper battery maintenance.
4. Sump Pump Back Up Battery The battery on a battery back up system typically needs to be replaced every 3-5 years. Maintenance free batteries every 3yrs; wet batteries every 4-5.
5. Garbage Disposals Outside of clogs and jams, the garbage disposal unit usually lasts around 8-12 years.
If you think your system is nearing the end of its life, call Mahoney Plumbing - 847.432.0320
With more than a dozen highly trained technicians, we can handle any plumbing project you come across. From repairing historic homes to installing energy efficient green technologies, we are here to help with any repair, retrofit or installation job.
If it has to do with water, waste or gas, Mahoney Plumbing is here to help.
Having worked with all types and brands of faucets, our plumbers know how to repair problem faucets and restore pressure. We can obtain and install any faucet on the market. Most importantly, based on their experience in the field, our staff can advise you as to which faucets are high quality and which are merely high priced.
Toilets & Bidets
New toilets come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Do you want standard height or "comfort height"? Elongated bowl or round front? White or are you trying to match existing colors in your bath? While aesthetics are important to every home, let us help you pick a toilet that not only looks good but flushes well too! We also install and repair bidets.
Please note, there is two critical measurements when buying a toilet that is essential to making sure the toilet will marry with the piping below it. Call us for details.
Showers & Tubs (Including Whirlpool Tubs)
When designing a custom shower (multiple shower heads or deluge sprays) it is extremely important to calculate the necessary flow rates and pipe sizes before you install the tile. You want to make sure you have a supply of hot water that is sufficient for the new custom shower. Always consider using water saving shower heads. Shower pan installation is not a problem and heated shower floors and seats are a wonderful luxury upgrade.
Pressure problems (low pressure or sporadic pressure), clogged sinks, or the installation of a new sink are all right up our alley. If considering a sink, many of our customers are converting to a new taller vanity cabinet, making it easier on the back. And remember, for stainless steel kitchen sinks, the lower the number, the better the grade of the stainless steel!
A majority of our customers have basements that are either finished or are set up to house important things like computers. Sump pumps can protect your home's basement from taking on water. For even more protection, back-up sump pumps provide an additional level of safety. They will kick in when the main pump fails or the power goes out. In addition, we can provide water alarms to alert you when your sump pit water level rises.
- Battery Back-up Sump Pumps
- Water Powered Back-up Sump Pump (no maintenance and no moving parts)
- You may even consider using an alternating system where you have 2 pumps that will alternate between each other so you always have an emergency pump available and if either pump fails an alarm will sound giving you time to call Mahoney Plumbing before flooding is an issue.
- Water Sensor - Prevent water damage by installing a unit that auto-dials you when water shows up where it shouldn't. Works with sump pumps, water heaters, washing machines and even ejector pumps.
Installing a new water heater or replacing an existing one, our plumbers know how to match your home's water demands to a properly sized water heater. Sizing a home's water heater for today's demand, while considering your future water needs our plumbers will help you select the right water heater. Many high efficient water heaters have rebates for taxes.
Whether installing a new water heater or replacing an existing one, our plumbers know how to match your home's water demands to a properly sized water heater. When replacing your water heater, that's the time to consider your future water needs as well. Many high efficiency water heaters have rebates for taxes at this time.
Garbage disposals are a much more efficient way of treating kitchen waste as opposed to landfills. Mahoney Plumbing can install new disposals and free up existing ones which have become jammed. A simple trick for keeping your disposal blades sharpened is to put ice cubes in the sink and then run the disposal. If you add a lemon, it freshens up the disposal as well as sharpens the blades.
From kitchen and tub drains to sewer lines and downspouts, Mahoney Plumbing provides all types of drain rodding. Different drains back up for different reasons. Whether it's long hair in a shower drain or tree roots in the sanitary sewer, Mahoney Plumbing has the proper tools and experience to open the lines and suggest methods to prevent future blockages from occurring. We even have a camera that can televise your sewer line to show you what's going on underground.
Protecting potable (drinking) water is a plumber's prime responsibility. Mahoney Plumbing is aware of the hundreds of ways your water system may be contaminated. Rest assured we will identify any risk and propose the appropriate solution. We perform the installation and certification of backflow protection devices (commonly known as RPZ). All yard sprinkler systems should have an RPZ to prevent poison from entering your drinking water.
UPDATE: Many of our customers have received letters from their local municipalities about backflow prevention devices, commonly referred to as RPZ’s. Recently there has been a change in interpretation & enforcement on the requirements of a RPZ by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new interpretation says a backflow device is required on any boiler over 200,000 btu’s – meaning, in plain English, about 50% of the homes with hot water/radiator heat fall into the group required to have an RPZ & certify it annually. The reason the larger boilers require RPZ’s is the larger boilers, especially commercially, have chemicals added that increase the threat of dirtying the water supply. While we don’t believe our customers are at risk with the dual check valves that are already on most boilers, when working on a boiler we will need to meet state law requirements. If you have a pool, spa, irrigation system or hot water heating system to maintain compliance you should have an RPZ & annually certify it’s properly working. If you have questions on this, please feel free to call us.
Kitchen Connections - including Install of Dishwasher, Stove, Cooktops, Pot Fillers, Faucets, Sinks, Garbage Disposals, Chilled Water Dispensers, Instant Hot Water Dispensers & Ice Maker Water Lines
Since water travels in sometimes unpredictable ways, tracking down the source of a ceiling leak can be tricky. We do all we can to use the least invasive ways possible for narrowing down the source of a problem. This takes experience and our plumbers have it. Just between Dan, Dennis and Larry, we have over 100 years of plumbing experience...and they are only a part of our whole team. Years ago Bart Mahoney, our founder, said, "If you want to play, get a puppy. If you want to hunt, get an old dog". When you choose Mahoney Plumbing, you're choosing experience.
Repiping & Pipe Repair
Sometimes when a home has old galvanized pipes, the water pressure gets reduced over time. Sediment builds up inside the pipes and restricts the flow of water. Often, the pressure can be drastically improved by repiping only the horizontal piping in the basement. This is the least intrusive way to proceed because you don't have to demo walls to get at this piping. Most times, this is the way to start if one wants to improve water pressure. We do this kind of work day in an day out. We give competitive bids for the work and when doing the work, we treat your home as if it was our own. We protect the area with drop cloths, work efficiently and clean up after ourselves. When inviting someone to work in your home, keep in mind that there's more to it that just sweating pipe.
Winterizing your poolhouse or home is important to save your unheated plumbing areas in Chicago's cold winters. Winterizing protects pipes and fixtures by draining and properly protecting them from freezing and breaking.
Since the advent of advertising, we’ve all been addicted to quick fixes. When it comes to drain cleaning though, please beware what you put down your drains. You know the kinds of products I am talking about, starts with “D” and rhymes with “Braino”. There are a number of toxic chemicals touted to clear drains - most of which may put you & your pipes in danger - especially old pipes, disposals & metal drain piping under the sink. These chemicals can be noxcious and very dangerous – in face we’ve seen the enamel taken off of cast iron (THE most durable material in plumbing).
If you are looking for a safe drain cleaner we recommend BioClean as the way to go. BioClean is a special combination of natural bacteria and enqymes that DIGETS dead organic waste found in your plumbing system: grease, hair soap scum, food particles, paper and cotton. Here’s a picture on how BioClean works:
Image taken from http://www.statewidesupply.com/bioclean/moreabout.html
Other Plumbing Services
If you have questions on anything listed (or not listed) above, please just give us a call 847.432.0320.