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Whenever a pipe bursts in your home, shut off the water at the main valve as quickly as possible. To learn more about this, see our page about shutting off your water.





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Faucet Repairs and Installations

Is there a faucet in your home that is leaky, or giving you other troubles? We specialize in repairing faucets so that you do not have to worry about any troublesome drips.

Faucet Repairs and Installations Specialist

If we find that your faucet is damaged beyond repair, we are also more than happy to install a brand new one for you.

Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation

If your garbage disposal is giving you trouble, there are a few things that you can do that we list in our Plumbing Tips – Garage Disposals article. If you still need our help, contact us at any time and we will send someone out as fast as we can. If possible, we will repair your current disposal. If it is beyond repair, we can either install a disposal of your choice, or one off of our trucks.

 Garbage Disposal Repair and Installation Expert

Many of us have come to depend on the ease and efficiency of a quality garbage disposal that eliminates the need to deal with food scraps. We know this time-saver Can be taken for granted – until it stops working. A quality garbage disposal, properly installed and matched to your needs, is no longer a luxury. In the modern home it is a necessity.

Most homeowners don’t have the time (or the desire) to replace or install a new garbage disposal when the time comes. That’s why it’s wise to contact Blue Stream for the best disposal equipment and efficient, professional installation.

Proper installation involves both electrical and plumbing knowledge. At Blue Stream, we have that expertise from years of serving our satisfied customers.

Garbage Disposal Benefits

  • Reduces kitchen odors
  • More sanitary home conditions
  • Catches food particles from dishes
  • Minces particles that could clog your drain
  • Fewer trips to the garbage can
  • Environmentally friendly

If that old disposal isn’t cutting it (literally) or if you are ready to add a garbage disposal to your kitchen, we are ready to help.

Plumbing Services for HomeOwners Associations

We have extensive experience installing and maintaining plumbing systems for HomeOwner Associations. We have knowledge of all the different requirements that come with this line of work, as well as the high standards that you hold your contractors to. We hope to build a strong relationship with your HOA by providing you with long-term, high quality service. 

Plumbing Services for HomeOwners Associations

Whenever your HOA has a large project that must be completed, we will give your board an easy to understand proposal for their review. If they decide to move forward with our proposal, we will work directly with your residents so that we can complete the job within their schedule. We are fully familiar with all of the responsibilities and constraints that are involved with your association and its residents, and will always work within them. At the completion of any job, we will provide you with full documentation of work done, with accounting information tailored to your HOA’s needs.

We have many years of experience working with HOAs and look forward to building a relationship with both you and your residents.

Property Management

We can provide you with full service work for your Plumbing Services for Property Management company. Our technicians are fully aware of all the special needs, including management, tenant relationships and more. 

Plumbing Services for Property Management

We are available for both commercial and residential Plumbing Services for Property Management jobs.

Repiping With Copper

If you have any of the plumbing problems below, you may need to have your piping replaced with copper pipes:


  • Constantly leaking pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Yellow, or rust colored water
  • Bursts of very hot water while showering whenever someone flushes a toilet, turns on a sink or starts the washing machine

Repiping With Copper Specialist

As pipes get older, minerals can build up inside, causing them to narrow. Older pipes can also get clogged by rust. If your home was built before 1980, there is a good chance that your plumbing is made up of galvanized steel pipes. These pipes are well known for rusting. As a result, rust build-up can make the pipes much more narrow, cause rust colored water and low water pressure.

For around 30 years, builders and homeowners have been using and switching to copper pipes rather than galvanized pipes because they do not rust. Making the switch can fix a lot of the plumbing problems that many older homes have. This is also a very popular plumbing upgrade, because it can increase the overall resale value of your home.

Sink, Bathtub & Toilet Repair and Installation

Give us a call for help with any sink, bathroom or toilet repairs that you have. Our technicians can also help you install new water fixtures, whether you purchase them from us or anywhere else. We have a large selection of water fixtures from all of the major manufacturers to choose from. 

Sink, Bathtub & Toilet Repair and Installation Specialist

Tankless Water Heaters

 Tankless water heaters are designed to only heat water whenever you ask for it. Because of this “on demand” hot water generation, you can actually save a decent amount of water and energy. Hot water does not sit in this type of water heater, unlike more traditional hot water heaters. Another great benefit of a tankless water heater is the fact that it does not require the large tank, and takes up much less space. 

Tankless Water Heaters Specialist

For a tankless water heater to work right for you, you must make sure that you choose one that is rated for your requirements. One of our technicians can help you choose the perfect water heater for your needs, as well as complete the entire installation.

Water Softener Installation

 If you live in an area with hard water, normal household washing may be more difficult than in other areas. Hard water has higher levels of minerals such as magnesium and calcium. These minerals can leave rings in sinks and toilets, as well as spots on silverware and glasses. You will also find that soaps and detergents are not nearly as effective in hard water. 

Water Softener Installation Specialist

A popular solution to hard water is to install a water softening system. For more information, give us a call today. It would be our pleasure to provide a recommendation and install a water softening system in your home.

Drain and Sewer Repair and Installation

 We are experts in the repair and installation of drains and sewers of all types and sizes. Each job requires a different level of equipment and experience, and our professional team is equipped with everything that they need. 

Drain and Sewer Repair and Installation Specialist

Regardless of whether we’re installing a new system, or repairing your existing one, our technicians are sure to get the job done right the first time.

Free Plumbing Estimates

 If you have an upcoming plumbing repair job or plumbing project, don’t hesitate to call us for a free estimate. We would be more than happy to give you any advice, a professional recommendation and a free estimate.

Gas Line Repair and Replacement

If you smell gas, or hear a hissing sound inside your home, then you might have a gas leak. Because of the possible danger resulting from a leak, it is important that you take immediate action. You should quickly shut off or extinguish any open flames. This includes pilot lights and burning cigarettes. Avoid creating any electrical sparks. Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances, lights or use any electronic device at all. 

Gas Line Repair and Replacement Expert

If you think that you have a gas leak, leave the house. Whenever you are a safe distance away, call your gas company and 911. You must always wait until your gas company tells you that it is safe to return before going back into your house.

For emergency steps to take during a gas leak, click here.

To have your gas line repaired, you must hire a licensed professional. Our skilled technicians can take care of this for you. We specialize in the repair and replacement of gas lines so that you can be sure of the future safety of your home. After all repairs have been completed, your gas company will turn your gas back on and give you the all-clear to re-enter your home.


Low Water Pressure

There are many things that can cause low water pressure. Whatever the cause, it can be incredibly annoying and inconvenient. Our technicians will help you quickly locate the source of the problem. If the problem exists on your property, such as clogged or narrow pipes, we will make a recommendation for the solution of the problem. 

Low Water Pressure Experts

It may be something as simple as a partially closed shut-off valve, or as extensive as replacing your steel pipes with copper. Regardless of the severity of your problem, we will provide you with the solution you need to get the water pressure that you desire back.


Plumbing for Remodels and Renovations

 It would be our pleasure to assist you with your next bathroom or kitchen remodel. If you are looking for ideas on the latest and greatest in plumbing techniques and technologies that can save you time and money, give us a call. We can also help you in selecting high quality, great looking fixtures and faucets. 

Plumbing for Remodels and Renovations

When remodeling a commercial building or your home, always work with a plumber that has experience with the types of construction that were originally used on the structure. Our team has experience working with all types of construction, and can help you complete your projects quickly and to the highest standards.]

Visit our remodeling section to learn more, Home Remodeling by Blue Stream.

Plumbing Service Calls

 Sometimes You Need a Plumber Fast

We’re familiar with exactly how important it is for you to have your plumbing issues fixed in a timely manner. Because of this need, we place top priority on service calls so that we can get you back up and running in no time. One of our professional technicians will come out as quickly as possible to take care of any and all plumbing problems that you may have.


Sump Pumps

 If you have water collecting in basements or other low areas of your property, we can help you repair or install a sump pump. This type of work requires unique knowledge and experience with pump ratings and other important factors during installation. If you have any questions about managing standing water or sump pumps, please give us a call. 

Sump Pumps Specialist

Water Heater Installation and Repair

Having problems with your hot water heater can be very inconvenient and even uncomfortable. Oftentimes, we are able to save your water heater through repair and are able to do work on any brand or model of heater. 

Our service for water heaters is comprehensive, including installation and repair of gas shut-off valves and water shut-off valves.

If your old water heater has worn out, or is too small for your needs, call us to talk about a replacement. We can help you choose a new heater based on your budget, energy efficiency and durability. We will do all of the hard work, including removing your old heater and delivering the new one. As a result, you will save much time, as well as money and energy from your new water heater.

A modern option for water heater replacement is a Tankless Water Heater. These can save you much money while still providing hot water on demand. For more information about this option.

Water Heater Installation and Repair Expert

In nearly all homes, the three major uses of energy are heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and of course, heating water. When it’s time to install a new water heater make sure you learn all you can about new and efficient ways to reduce cost and increase your comfort.

Traditional Water Heaters

There are several important factors to consider when planning to install a water heater or replace an old water heater. First of all, consider the general type of heater. Traditionally, homeowners have used the storage design. While these continue to work well in most situations, you may want to consider the newer tankless systems available as well.
Features of Storage Water Heater:

  • Resettable Thermal Switch
  • Proven Burner Design
  • Piezo (push button) Ignition
  • Pedestal Base
  • Standard Thermocouple


Capacity is a key factor in determining your water-heating needs. Determine the number of occupants of the home and carefully consider how much demand there will be for hot water during peak times. These factors are much more important than the size of the house! At Blue Stream we can help you determine how much hot water a specific heater will deliver in an hour. This information must be on the heater’s Energy Guide label. It’s important to buy a water heater that is the correct size for your needs. Don’t pay for heating water that you won’t use, but make sure that you have the capacity to serve your family needs.

Learn all you can about water heater efficiency, as well. Water heaters have an Energy Factor (EF) that will guide you. For example, water heaters that operate on natural gas have an EF of 0.50 to 0.60, though high-efficiency models may have a 0.80 EF. This rating should be on the Energy Guide label. The best storage-type water heaters have 1.5 inches of foam insulation – minimum.

You may think that up-front cost is the most important factor when buying a water heater. But it would be wise to look more closely at the operating costs. Saving money on an inexpensive heater could cost you a lot in operating expenses over time. It’s better to pay a bit more at first and let the lower operating costs make up for your initial expense.

Tankless Water Heaters

You may also want to consider a tankless water heating system.

Key features include:

  • Unlimited hot water on demand
  • Typically 30 percent more energy efficient than traditional heater
  • Reduced water cost  – up to 50 percent
  • 82+ percent efficiency
  • Coated-copper heat exchanger reduces/prevents corrosion for longer life
  • Low-emission technology keeps air cleaner, healthier
  • Precise temperature control with digital panel

As with traditional, storage-type heaters, you should carefully consider the number of occupants of the home and the amount of hot water needed during peak times. Consider how much hot water the system will deliver in an hour so you get a system that will be just the right size for your family needs.

Make sure you understand the efficiency rating and up-front cost of yourtankless system as well. Give as much consideration to capacity, efficiency and cost with a tankless system as you would with a traditional, storage-type system. If you have questions, ask one of the members of the Blue Stream professional staff. We will be glad to help you make the right choice. 

Mobile/Manufactured Housing Water Heaters

Mobile / Manufactured Housing Water Heaters
Gas water heaters for mobile homes and manufactured homes are different than those used in a traditional permanent construction home. There are two types of water heaters available…and both are NOT interchangable. If the water heater is accessible from inside the home, a Sealed Combustion (Direct Vent) water heater is required. If the water heater is accessible from a door outside the home, a different style mobile home approved water heater is required.

Remember, safety should be your number one priority, and installing the wrong water heater could cause serious health effects such as carbon monoxide poisoning or even death. It is vital that if you are unsure which water heater is best for you and your family, don’t hesitate to speak to a trained expert at Blue Stream for assistance. Our advice is always free because your safety is very important to us. 

Maintaining your Water Heater

Manufacturers strongly recommend regular maintenance of your water-heating system. In fact, this maintenance is required to keep the manufacturer’s warranty valid. Storage-type water heaters should be drained and flushed of sediment once each year so that the system meets original operating specifications. Be sure to ask us about our water-heater general plumbing maintenance.

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Collinsville, IL 62234
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