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Tools for DIY Electrical Projects

We generally advise against doing electrical projects yourself. But if you decide you want to tackle one or two, here are a few tools you might want to consider. Non-contact voltage protector. This is a critical tool that can save your life. It senses power without touching wires or terminals. If it detects voltage, it […]

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Whole House Plumbing Inspections

You don’t think about your plumbing system as you subconsciously turn on the faucet or flush a toilet or run the dishwasher. You expect your plumbing system to work. In fact, you need it to work. But like your HVAC system, your plumbing system needs to be maintained. That’s why it is a smart idea […]

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Refrigerants

You may have heard from us or read elsewhere that newer air conditioning units are using a newer refrigerant that is less harmful to the environment. Here is a more detailed explanation. Refrigerants are essential components of an air conditioning system. Refrigerants are the substances – usually fluids – that air conditioners use to transfer […]

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Buying a New Refrigerator

The average life of a refrigerator is 13 years. So if your refrigerator is getting to that age, you might consider replacing it. Even if it is not that old, newer models are so much more energy-efficient that you might want to replace your current unit just for the energy savings. While you should do […]

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Sewage Pumps

If you have a house with a basement, undoubtedly you are familiar with the sump pump that resides there, pumping excess water out and into your yard or the storm sewer system. You count on it to prevent your home from flooding due to heavy rains. What you often take for granted – but just […]

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RPZ Devices

RPZ devices may be among the least known plumbing devices out there, but they are also extremely important. RPZ (which stands for Reduced Pressure Zone) devices protect your drinking water and municipal water supply from contamination, bacteria and pollution. That is why many states and municipalities – including Illinois – require RZP devices for certain […]

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Buying a Sump Pump

If your sump pump is 10 years old or older, is making strange noises, or if there is water at the top of the pit, those are all signs that you may need a new sump pump. Here are some thoughts on buying a new pump. Types of sump pumps There are three types of […]

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Remote Back-up Generator Monitoring

Having a back-up generator is a smart move, especially given the heavy rains and thunderstorms we can experience, as well as the intermittent power outages “just because.” It’s also smart to maintain that unit, just like you maintain your furnace or AC. The problem is, if something bad happens to your generator when it isn’t […]

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Buying a Clothes Dryer

The average clothes dryer lasts eight to 12 years. If yours is approaching that age, or if you are noticing it is not drying as efficiently as it used to, you might consider a new one. Here are some thoughts. Gas or electric? Gas dryers may cost a little more up front ($100 or so) […]

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