Category: Plumbing

Catch Basins

What is a Catch Basin? A home built prior to 1960 and located in the urban areas of the larger cities is likely to have a cast iron lid on a large masonry basin.  This basin is called a catch basin.  There are many reasons for these large structures but the most common purpose of […]

Dryer Vents

An Introduction to Dryer Vents Most Americans do not consider in home laundry as a luxury but rather more of a common element and necessity. Most of us never think about the dangers associated with the basic dryer appliance. Dryers, both gas and electric, require some form of vent that discharges from the home and […]

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Before we talk about sump pumps we need to describe what it is supposed to do.  The purpose of a sump pump is to remove storm water or flood water from your home.   A sump is a low space that collects liquids.  It is also referred to as an infiltration basin used to manage surface […]

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

p>If you’ve ever dealt with an unexpectedly cold shower on a freezing morning, then you already know just how important a water heater can be! While most units work well without a hitch for years and years, many customers wonder just how long do water heaters last before they need to be replaced. Whether you […]

How Long Does a Sump Pump Last?

A sump pump is a crucial piece of equipment for many homeowners, but it has a lifespan just like any other appliance. Just how long does a sump pump last on average? You can typically expect around 7 years out of a brand new model. However, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on your […]

How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Why do pipes freeze? Simply put, the subzero winters of greater Chicago can cause your pipes to freeze and potentially burst. While this most commonly happens to pipes on the exterior of your house, and those pipes that run through unheated interior spaces like your basement, it can also happen to the pipes inside your […]

So, I sat on the toilet and the toilet moved.

A toilet is supposed to be secure to the floor. It is not designed to be a rocking chair. Moving side to side or front to back is not right and a wobbly toilet is something that should be repaired. In fact, the loose toilet is one of the top ten things found most frequently […]

The Importance of a Thorough Inspection Following a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are a common occurrence. Be it a tornado, hurricane, mudslide, earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, or some other type, these destructive events can wreak havoc on everything that comes in their path. Often, however,  natural disasters leave behind unseen damage that can be a health hazard to people nearby.  Homes are often seriously compromised in […]