Why You Should Think Before You Use Liquid Drain Cleaners

Picture this. You’re taking a shower after a long day at work. You quickly notice the water puddling up at your feet. Next thing you know, it’s all the way up to your ankles. When you turn off the shower, it takes the water an hour to drain—you guessed right, it’s clogged! Clogged drains are frustrating—not to mention a bit gross. Quick, bargain-priced solutions may seem like the best fix, but before you head to the grocery store to pick up a liquid drain cleaner, consider this: chemical drain cleaners are not safe!…Read more

Joseph Heil Company, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Joseph Heil Company, Inc., otherwise known as Heil Plumbing, has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.…Read more

Troubleshooting Common Sump Pump Problems

If you own a home that’s vulnerable to flooding or excessive moisture in the basement or crawlspace, having a sump pump is crucial to prevent mold growth and damage to your property. A sump pump removes water from the lowest point in your home so that it can’t produce the negative effects associated with flooding. Unfortunately, these pumps can malfunction from time to time. However, you can deal with most problems quickly and effectively by knowing how to troubleshoot the most common issues. Keep reading to learn about common sump pump issues! Your…Read more

When Does My Water Heater Need to Be Replaced?

A hot water heater is an essential part of any modern home: from bathing to cooking, it plays a vital role in your life. To have a disruption in your flow of hot water can cause discomfort and inconvenience. So when your water heater starts to let you down, what are your next steps? Let’s discuss your options: Water Heater Repair The first thing you should check is whether or not your water heater can return to its usual performance through simple repairs. Common signs that you need repairs include: No longer producing…Read more

Tips for Sewer Safe Landscaping

Your home’s drains are connected to the main sewer line that extends across your front yard.  One risks your sewer faces is blockages caused by tree roots growing into cracks in the line. A failed sewer can end up in toilets that won’t flush, drains that are clogged, or even waste backing up into your home. This can cause a health hazard and an unpleasant cleanup for you and everyone involved. No matter how much you enjoy your yard’s beautiful landscaping, if it adversely affects your home’s plumbing and sewer systems, you will…Read more

Heil Plumbing Trivia: Hot Water Burns

Join us every week for the Heil Plumbing Trivia Challenge. Before you scroll down to see answer submit your guesses on our Facebook page. To see the latest Heil Plumbing Trivia follow us on Facebook.  Trivia Question of the Day: How long does it take for water at 140 degrees to burn your skin?         Trivia Question of the Day Answer: 5 seconds According to plumbing code, water heater thermostats should be set to 120 degrees. Water temperaturs any higher may burn your skin. If you are having trouble with your water heater, call…Read more

Where Is My Main Water Shutoff Valve Located?

Knowing how and where to shut off your home’s main water shut off valve is crucial in case of a plumbing emergency. You might be surprised to find out that not many people actually know how to do that, or even what the main water shutoff valve actually does! Trust us, waiting until a plumbing emergency happens is not the time to figure it out. If there is a plumbing leak in your home and the fixture’s shutoff isn’t working, you’re going to need to turn off the water to your entire home! And that is why understanding what the…Read more

Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

As trusted plumbers in the Howard County, Maryland area, we’ve been asked our fair share of plumbing related questions by homeowners just like you. Why do they trust us? Because we’ve been a part of the plumbing industry since 1977. With decades of experience under our belts, your neighbors know that we are the experts they can trust to answer all their plumbing questions honestly. At Heil Plumbing, we genuinely care about exceeding your expectations, and our extensive plumbing industry knowledge allows us to do just that. No matter what plumbing services your…Read more

Heil Plumbing Trivia: First City to Build Sewer System

Join us every week for the Heil Plumbing Trivia Challenge. Before you scroll down to see answer submit your guesses on our Facebook page. To see the latest Heil Plumbing Trivia follow us on Facebook.  Trivia Question of the Day: Which large city became the first in America to build a comprehensive sewer system?           Trivia Question of the Day Answer: Chicago In the mid 1800's, Chicago was a booming lakeside port and industrial center. However, the city's waste water was becoming a growing problem. Because dirty water could not properly drain out…Read more

Heil Plumbing Trivia: Heavy Metal Rock Star = Plumbing Apprentice

Join us every week for the Heil Plumbing Trivia Challenge. Before you scroll down to see answer submit your guesses on our Facebook page. To see the latest Heil Plumbing Trivia follow us on Facebook.  Trivia Question of the Day: Which heavy metal rock star was once a plumber's apprentice?           Trivia Question of the Day Answer: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath! Heil Plumbing hires apprentices to train up future professional plumbers. In the state of Maryland, plumbing apprentices must be at least 16 years old. In order to obtain their…Read more
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