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How Long Do Things Last?

As the new year approaches, you may be contemplating some major purchases for next year, while understanding that “things happen” and you should be prepared. Given that, here are some guidelines on estimated life for various items in your home, from plumbing and electrical components to HVAC equipment and more. Note, of course, that actual […]

Tips for Buying a Sump Pump

Wet basement floor

If you own a home with a basement or crawlspace, then you need a properly functioning sump pump to prevent damage from flooding caused by heavy rainfall or excess moisture. Sump pumps are installed at the lowest point in your home and work by pumping water away from your home and into a storm drain […]

The Benefits of Sump Pump Maintenance

Your sump pump and battery backup pump may reside unnoticed in the recesses of your basement, but when summer’s thunderstorms hit, you’ll want to make sure they are in good working order. A bad sump pump and/or battery backup can mean a flooded basement in your Chicago North Shore or Chicago Northwest suburban home. What […]

Now is the Time to Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Winter

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, you likely looked at your house with new eyes and, like so many Chicagoland homeowners, went into a frenzy of home improvement. New paint, new plants, new pictures. But before you settle into your newly designed home office and wait for the first snowflakes to appear, you need […]

Plumbing New Year’s Resolutions

With 2020 just around the corner, you no doubt are thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. And undoubtedly resolutions about your home’s plumbing are not top of mind. So to help you out, here are 10 plumbing resolutions (with some “subresolutions”) to greet the new year. Prevent your pipes from freezing. Here are the “subresolutions” […]

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 […]

Sump Pump Maintenance and Replacement

While April (and May) showers bring May flowers, some of those showers are actually heavy rains that can lead to flooding. If your home has flooded before, you know it’s no fun. Carpeting and furniture can be ruined, items stored in boxes can be destroyed, and mold, mildew and rot can present long-term health issues. […]

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