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

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

What’s the Difference Between Atmospheric and Powervent?

Most people don't know a lot about hot water heaters. When they work, your shower is nice and hot and life is good. When they don't, they let you know quite plainly with a blast of cold water. If your hot water heater has decided to retire, or if it is so old you are considering replacing it, Heil Plumbing can determine what size and type of water heater you have and what your options are for replacing it. There are four basic types of water heaters: gas, electric, hybrid and propane each…Read more
Is Your Maryland Home’s Plumbing Prepared for Winter?

Is Your Maryland Home’s Plumbing Prepared for Winter?

Winters in Maryland can sometimes bring frigid temperatures, icy weather, and strong winds—which can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing if it’s not protected. Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to keep your pipes from freezing, or worse, bursting. In order save yourself from costly repairs, prepare your home for winter with these simple tips from Howard County’s number one plumbing company, Heil Plumbing: Insulate water pipes in unheated areas. Water lines that run through unheated areas of your home—like the attic, garage, or basement crawl space—are susceptible to freezing during…Read more
How to Test Your Sump Pump Before the Storm Hits: A Simple Sump Pump Check You Can Do Yourself

How to Test Your Sump Pump Before the Storm Hits: A Simple Sump Pump Check You Can Do Yourself

  Torrential rains are in the skies for the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington area this week. Don’t get caught in the storm with a failed sump pump. Keep the water out of your basement and house with a simple sump pump check you can do yourself. Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water. Pour the water slowly in the sump pit until it fills to the top. When the water level rises to a certain point, the float should trigger the sump pump to turn on. You will hear the motor of the sump…Read more