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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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Caring for Stainless Steel Fixtures

Stainless steel fixtures are both attractive and durable. The term “stainless” is actually misleading, as anyone who has had a “stainless steel stain” can attest. The more accurate phrase is “corrosion resistant,” because stainless steel contains high amounts of chromium, which prevents corrosion. Indeed stainless steel fixtures can stain and rust. But that can easily […]

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Water Shutoff Valves

Do you know where your main water shutoff valve is? If not, you could be headed for trouble.  Here’s why.  Water damage from pipe leaks can cause extensive damage – in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  And it can be so easily avoided – just by knowing where your […]

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Attic Fans

There are several benefits to an attic fan. They save energy.  Attic fans can lower a home’s living area temperature by as much as 10 degrees, reducing cooling expenses by as much as 10%.  These fans also need about 10% of the power AC units need. They save wear and tear on your air conditioner.  […]

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Caring for Plastic Fixtures

There are many advantages to plastic materials. They are light in weight. They are strong and easy to produce. They are hard to break. For bathroom fixtures, it is important to note they are water resistant. Those are some of the reasons plastic is frequently used for everything from whirlpools, baths and showers to toilet […]

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Ravinia Plumbing & Heating Wins Carrier President’s Award

Ravinia Plumbing & Heating has won the 2017 President’s Award from Carrier in recognition of its commitment to quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. The President’s Award is given to Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who demonstrate technical expertise while serving as leaders for the Carrier brand and raising the […]

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Caring for Porcelain and Fireclay Fixtures

Porcelain and fireclay fixtures can add beauty to any room in the house, be it the kitchen, the bathroom, or even the laundry room. Fireclay is particularly popular for kitchen, bathroom and laundry room sinks, while porcelain also is desirable for lavatories, toilets and bidets. Porcelain and fireclay are both forms of vitreous china.  Porcelain […]

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Preventing Sewer Line Back Ups

Last month we discussed several methods for opening and maintaining sewer lines.  They included: Rodding Jetting Video inspection Chemicals This month we discuss three more: Sewer cleanout Preventative rodding maintenance Excavations Sewer cleanout is an access point installed in a sewer system to allow access to the system for rodding maintenance. Every home should have […]

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Spray Foam Insulation

October 18, 2017

While we are all familiar with standard fiberglass insulation, there is a more efficient type of insulation.  It is called spray foam insulation Read more…

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