Our 450th Plumber Review Was About Our Drain Cleaning Service

Our new Drain Cleaning technology is solving problems other plumbers can’t!Brian McMahon:”Since I made the call to move our shop over to a superior drain cleaning technology, we have been able to solve annual, seemingly unstoppable, drain blocking problems for our customers.  Many Chicago residents deal annually with a blockage created by roots growing into a home’s sewer drain pipes.For example, we  see roots create the need for multiple drain cleaning rootering calls to the homeowner year after year.  That adds up. OUR solution safely removes those roots, and even cleans the inside surface of the pipe…Extending the life of the pipe by removing surface rust and such material clinging to inside of the pipe, and remove the roots… a process that also adds the benefit that you will need fewer plumber bills with the problem gone… that just saves the homeowner money.  The more often a home or business owner needs to call a plumber out for a recurring roots-in-pipes problem, gives them an idea of the savings with this dramatically more thorough solution.  Our recent review by our 450th customer just happened to be about this common sense, money saving solution to a problem every Chicago suburb home READ MORE

What NOT To Flush Down Our Chicago Toilets?

Mommies Often Ask Us… Can I Flush This Down My Toilet?The other day a valued customer asked me”Can I flush feminine products and all the handiwipes my kids go through down my toilet?”When it comes to protecting your home’s plumbing system, this is a great question. After all, everything our plumbing systems do for us, day in and day out, happens out of sight.  Most people never see what the inside of their home’s pipes look like. And with freezing weather always around the corner here in Chicago, Pipes our ‘top-of-mind’ here at Rocket Plumbing HQ, we have already been advising our customers on preventing frozen and burst pipes.  So for your benefit, I’ll also share my answer, earned from many years of clearing pipes, here:1) Baby Wipes: They do not flush or drain the way standard toilet paper does. Baby wipes are heavy and tend to ‘glob’ together inside your drain creating whats call ‘soft blockage’ which can only be flushed out of your drain performing ‘Hydro Jetting’. Whats even more deceiving is that they build up over a period of time until your drain eventually backs up creating an emergency that can end up being and absolute mess!Avoid putting baby wipes down READ MORE

Frozen Pipes In Chicago: How To Prevent A Frozen Pipe Repair

Chicago Residents: WARNINGFROZEN PIPE CONDITIONS ALERT5 Things You Can Do Now To Avoid An Expensive Nightmare Frozen Pipe RepairWe at Rocket Plumbing are issuing a Frozen Pipe Alert for the upcoming cold temperatures! Last year many of our customers experienced lots of frozen pipe disasters which unfortunately resulted in thousands of dollars spent in disaster repair and lots of time spent working with insurance companies.  At this time we feel it’s necessary to offer you a courteous to offer you a friendly reminder to be sure to beware of the possible disasters that could happen in the upcoming days.For starters, we suggest that you turn off any water supply to any external water supply especially your outside hose spigot which has the highest chance of freezing and bursting once the temperatures drop. Also, please make sure to detach your garden hose from your hose spigot because the ice that forms inside the hose can freeze through to the spigot and make its way inside the pipe and burst the pipe causing major damage.  If you haven’t done this yet, please do so immediately! Next, please make sure you have shut off any water shut off valves that lead to any exterior water READ MORE

Roots Be Gone Service Offer For November 2019

Drain Cleaning service that 100% clears Roots growing into pipes with an innovative tool made in Finland. www.RootsBeGone.com For the month of November (2019), Rocket Plumbing is introducing a new solution to a big problem that most Chicago suburbs deal with every year… Roots growing into the pipes of your home or business, and creating backups in your drains. Until now, the best tools available could only poke holes thru the obstruction. If your plumber has ever told you “sorry, that’s the best we can do with the roots in your pipes”, then we have good news for you. We finally found a precision tool in Finland that safely removes the roots for wall to wall cleaning of the interior pipe.  Full clearing of the blockage, no roots left behind to create yet another new blockage in the near future. We would love to show it off with a video demonstration made right here in Rocket Plumbing HQ. See a video demonstration at RootsBeGone.com  

Chicago Tribune Reports: Lead In Our Water?

The Chicago Tribune reports an alarming story, regarding a dangerous result from “Chicago’s aggressive water meter program”. Apparently, the tap water in homes where the meters were installed by the City have been showing dramatically elevated levels of Lead, which known to cause brain damage and other health complications. Of 510 homes tested since 2017, 22% had elevated lead levels in tap water after a meter installation, Conner said. About 7% saw lead levels spike higher than 15 parts per billion — three times greater than the Food and Drug Administration’s standard for bottled water. Read the whole article by clicking here, as there is MUCH more to dig into there. Proprietor of Rocket Plumbing, Brian McMahon, considered this issue to serious, he thought it important to record a video from an experienced Chicago Plumber’s perspective.More Chicago Media about this issue:

Chicago Flooding Worse Than Hurricane Areas In Past Decade

Chicago Flooding Worse Than Hurricane Areas In Past Decade Check out a recent Chicago Tribune story with the headline: Flooding in the Chicago area has been so bad in the past decade that only places ravaged by hurricanes sustain more damage The city’s sprawling network of sewers, most of which were laid out during the last century, quickly fills to capacity during intense rainfall like the April 2013 storm and more recently when a month’s worth of rain fell in less than five days starting on April 27. Even a typical summer shower can trigger sewage backups in some parts of the city. The story delves into the politics of funding and executing fixes to Chicago’s aged sewer systems. It goes on to say: The region remains vulnerable despite $3.8 billion spent on one of the most expensive public works projects in U.S. history: the Deep Tunnel, a labyrinth of cavernous underground pipes connected to massive reservoirs intended to “bottle up rainstorms” and keep Chicago and Cook County suburbs dry. Chronic flooding in the Chicago area likely costs billions more than government data indicates, the new report’s authors concluded, noting that damages aren’t assessed unless the president approves a disaster READ MORE

April 2019 Products From Moen, Chicago Faucets, Rinnai

We took a look at some of the newest products from the Plumbing Manufacturers High On Our List and have posted below what we thought looks very promising to make our lives a bit easier, cleaner, and at a good price.   First up is a neat shower head from Moen, Magnetix Handheld Showers.  Here is a sample model from this line of faucets: Engage Magnetix Chrome Six-Function Handshower And Rainshower Combo Inspired by patterns found in nature it offers a distinctive design which is at home in any transitional décor. Gracious and uncomplicated style features give the Engage collection an ageless yet fashion-forward presence. Tailored yet relaxed, the Engage collection is an exercise in design balance. This lustrous collection works seamlessly with today’s lifestyles. chrome finish is highly reflective for a mirror-like look that works with any decorating style showerhead with handshower magnetix™ technology features an innovative magnetic docking system six-function downpour; massage; relaxing massage; rinse; wide coverage; soothing massage meets EPA WaterSense® criteria to conserve water without sacrificing performance limited lifetime warranty features a 60″ kink-free metal hose that extends reach and flexibility 6-1/2″ diameter rainshower spray face We certainly love the magnetic attachment for easy use in the shower. READ MORE

Extreme Cold Conditions And Burst Pipes By Rocket Plumbing In Today Show

This past week here in Chicago we had temperatures in the -40s.  Now, that’s not news to our Chicago readers, hey… you lived it!  Here at Rocket Plumbing headquarters in early January, we tried to get the word out to our customers about how to prevent the kind of repairs that need a lot of money to pay an emergency plumber to fix.  We put out the word through our weekly email directing everyone to our page: Preventing Frozen Pipes BEFORE Freezes In Chicago about a particularly effective tip to dodge a frozen or even worse, burst pipes. Our own Brian McMahon grabbed the attention of Today Show reporter Miguel Almaguer and was included in his story for Today Show about how we here in Chicago can brace up for the worst this new Polar Vortex would throw at us.       Hey #Chicago, we go into great detail on how to prevent your plumbing system from getting an expensive busted frozen pipe at this blog post. Save yourself from a big $$ Plumbing repair.https://t.co/IaXWhpZzLj — Rocket Plumbing (@rcketplumbingIL) January 31, 2019 Unfortunately for people that are not Rocket Plumbing customers, they probably did not get the word before the READ MORE

Not just any Plumber in Lombard Illinois

As plumbers driving our Rocket Plumbing service trucks around Lombard, we see a lot of this beautiful suburb of Chicago.  Here are some Factoids about Lombard: Lombard is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States, and a suburb of Chicago. The population was 42,322 at the 2000 census. The United States Census Bureau estimated the population in 2004 to be 42,975. The village’s challenge to the Census Bureau regarding its official 2010 population was accepted, revising the official population of the village from 43,165 to 43,395. Originally part of Potawatomi Native American landscape, the Lombard area was first settled by Americans of European descent in the 1830s. Lombard shares its early history with Glen Ellyn. Brothers Ralph and Morgan Babcock settled in a grove of trees along the DuPage River. In what was known as Babcock’s Grove, Lombard developed to the east and Glen Ellyn to the west. In 1837, Babcock’s Grove was connected to Chicago by a stagecoach line which stopped at Stacy’s Tavern at Geneva and St. Charles Roads. Fertile land, the DuPage River, and plentiful timber drew farmers to the area. Sheldon and Harriet Peck moved from Onondaga, New York, to this area in 1837 to READ MORE