• Illinois Plumbing Laws
  • The Illinois General Assembly has "declared" that individuals who plan, inspect, install, alter, extend, repair and maintain plumbing systems shall be individuals of proven skill.
  • Checklist For Hiring A Contractor
  • Wise Consumer Checklist: Your professional union contractor provides quality service and uses quality materials. Be wise, use a licensed and insured plumbing or mechanical contractor.
  • Union Value
  • Insist on Professional Union Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) and Pipe Contractors. Our journeymen and technicians have completed a rigorous five-year training program. This is one more than Illinois Law requires for licensed...
  • Water Through Ceiling
  • There are several reasons for water to come through a ceiling and not all of them are connected with your plumbing system.
  • Clogged Bathtub
  • To clear a clogged bathtub drain, hold your hand or a rag over the waste and overflow plate, cup the plunger over the drain and plunge it vigorously several times.
  • Toilet Tank Leak
  • A small amount of food coloring added to the tank water will help you determine whether the tank ball in the bottom of the tank is leaking.
  • Stains at Base of Toilet Bowl
  • Stains or moisture at the base of the toilet bowl indicate that the joint or seal between the toilet and its outlet has failed and should be reset immediately.
  • Sink Stains
  • Do not allow fruit or vegetable juices or cleaning acids to stand on sink surfaces.
  • “Sweating” Pipes
  • “Sweating” pipes and plumbing fixtures in summer time or during seasonal changes are not a sign of faulty plumbing.
  • Frozen Pipes
  • The problem with frozen plumbing pipes is in the remedy.
  • Garbage Disposal Buildup
  • If you have a garbage disposal always let enough cold water run to carry the particles down and into the main line to prevent buildup in the smaller waste lines.

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