Why Does My Water Heater Trip the Circuit Breaker?

Have you ever had your water heater trip the circuit breaker, then after you reset the breaker, it happened again? You aren’t alone. If you’ve been in this position, we have answers for you about what caused this, what to do, and how to prevent it in the future. Reasons Your Water Heater Is Tripping the Breaker A few different things may have caused this. The problem could be: Burnt heating elements – The element that heats the water may have split, exposing the electrical components to the water. If this happens, the…Read more

Why Is My Faucet Water Slow?

Though low water pressure from your bathroom faucet is a bother, it’s a very solvable problem. In fact, the problem may even be one you can fix yourself. Identifying the cause of the slow-moving water is the first step toward making necessary repairs. Possible Causes of Low Water Pressure There are a number of things that could be causing your water to flow slower than normal from your sink. Some of these problems just need quick fixes, while others may require you to call in a plumber. Here are the most common reasons…Read more

Why Does My Sewer Line Need to Be Replaced?

Having a functioning sewer system is a crucial component of your home. When your system is not working correctly, it’s not secret. Below are indicators that your system needs repair: Slow drains – If your water seems to be flowing slower than normal or stops for a minute before it completely drains, the line is not working as it should. Backed up drains – If your toilet won’t flush completely, you know you have a problem. The same thing goes for water backing up in one drain when it is going down a different…Read more

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

Why Won’t My Toilet Won’t Stop Running?

As a Howard County homeowner, every abnormality with your plumbing fixtures can send a shiver of worry through you. “What’s wrong?” You think. “How much will this cost me?” Luckily for you, if your toilet won’t stop running, this is a common problem that usually requires a very simple fix. Keep reading to find out steps you can take to try and solve the problem of why your toilet won’t stop running. Check the Fill Tube Remove your toilet’s lid and find the small, flexible tube (this is the fill tube) that runs…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