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Tips on How to Keep Your Heating Bills Down During a Cold Chicago Winter

It’s almost that time of year again-that time when freezing temperatures have you cranking up the heat. Unfortunately, it also means higher heating bills unless you use the following tips to keep expenses low.  We previously gave you a few tips (http://raviniaplumbing.com/blog/energy-saving-tips-winter/).  Here are a few more. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate Before winter arrives, add a […]

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What You Need to Know About Asbestos

We all hear a lot about asbestos in the news.  One thing we know for sure is that asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer which kills about 2,500 people a year, and it is estimated that 20 million Americans will develop the disease in their lifetime. Given that Sept. […]

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Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Glass shower doors can add to the overall appearance of your bathroom.  But unless they are cared for properly, hard water streaks and marks, as well as scratches, can detract from the look.  Here are some tips.   Most importantly, squeegee after every shower to prevent soap build up and to remove water droplets that […]

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Energy Saving Tips for Winter

As we write this blog, the temps are nearing 90.  But we know that cooler (i.e., colder) air is on the way.  So before it gets here, let’s review some tips you can use to save energy (and money on your utility bills when (not if) the weather turns colder (note that many of these […]

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Caring for Wood Furniture

Wood furniture can be quite beautiful and add to the charm of your home.  But wood furniture can also be expensive.  So you will want to take good care of your investment.  Here are some tips. Great care starts at the point of purchase.  Make sure you get care and cleaning instructions when you buy […]

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Benefits of Becoming a Plumber

A recent article in The Chicago Tribune cited a growing shortage of skilled workers such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters.  More experienced and older workers are retiring, and there are often not enough younger people coming in to fill the vacancies.  At the same time, demand for these types of services is increasing. But why […]

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Different Types of Light Bulbs

Last month, we talked with you about some common light bulb terminology.  This month we want to share with you the different types of light bulbs. First, let’s quickly dispense with those traditional incandescent bulbs.  They are in the process of being phased out, but are still available.  They are much less energy-efficient than other […]

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Light Bulb Terminology

Selecting light bulbs used to be a relatively easy decision.  You go to the store.  You find the bulb with the appropriate wattage.  You buy it.Things are much different today.  There are several different types of bulbs.  Next month we will talk about the different types of light bulbs.  This month we will give you […]

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Caring for Stone and Marble Countertops

Stone and marble countertops can greatly enhance the appearance of your kitchen.  But as you know they are not cheap, so you will want to care for them.  Here are a few thoughts: Use coasters under all glasses, especially those containing alcohol or citrus juices. China, ceramics, silver and other objects can scratch the surface.  […]

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Buying a Toilet

Consider these facts about the average toilet: The average toilet has a life of 25-50 years. The average toilet is flushed perhaps five times a day.  That is 1,825 times a year.  Or between 45,000 to 90,000 times in its lifetime Toilets account for about 30% of water consumption in the typical home.  At 1.6 […]

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Tips on How to Keep Your Heating Bills Down During a Cold Chicago Winter

October 23, 2017

It’s almost that time of year again-that time when freezing temperatures have you cranking up the heat. Unfortunately, it also means higher hea Read more…

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