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Common Signs of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

As the temperature drops, we all rely on the heat produced by our furnaces to keep our homes warm and cozy. However, when the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes damaged, it can become a serious health hazard.  Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric explains why a cracked heat exchanger is such a big deal […]

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes in the Winter

When the weather turns frigid (which we’ve already experienced this season), there is a risk that your pipes can freeze and burst. This can lead to thousands of dollars of damage, as well as inconvenience. Pipes most at risk are those in unheated spaces like basements, crawlspaces, attics, and garages, and those exposed to exterior […]

Eliminating Lead from Your Water Supply

Last month we mentioned that more than 400,000 people die from lead poisoning a year in the United States. It can also cause serious health problems, especially in children and older adults. We also discussed several sources of lead poisoning, including lead paint, lead dust, soil and food. This month we will look at sources […]

How to Prevent Lead Poisoning

More than 400,000 people die from lead poisoning a year in the United States. Lead poisoning can also cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, respiratory problems, depression, reduced sperm count, and miscarriages and stillbirth.   Young children are especially vulnerable, and childhood lead poisoning can stunt their physical and mental development. Children exposed […]

What Causes Ceiling Leaks?

It’s one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares – a water spot on the ceiling. Or, worse, water leaking from the ceiling. Either issue can cause drywall and structural damage, mold growth, and damage to your possessions if the leak becomes major. While your immediate inclination may be to call your friendly neighborhood plumber, there may […]

How to Fix a Loose Electrical Outlet

A loose electrical outlet can be a real nuisance, causing plugs to fall out of the socket, which leaves your devices uncharged. For some homeowners in Chicago’s North Shore or Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, their first instinct would be to call an electrician for repairs. However, some DIY-savvy residents are up for the task themselves. Ravinia […]

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