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In the midst of the coldest season of the year, the risk of frozen pipes in Chicago bursting becomes much greater. In drafty areas, frozen pipes are among the most common causes of damage to property, particularly because of water damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Sa...

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We've all heard or maybe even experienced a horror story involving improper usage of a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal can be one of the most useful things in your home, but like anything you use, it nedds to be maintained and used properly. Garbage disposals can dispose of many things you may...

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If you're someone who wants to be environmentally friendly, you've more than likely considered the idea of getting a low flow toilet; however there are also a lot of misconceptions when it comes to these wonderful water savers. Now back in the early 1990's a lot of consumers complained about having...

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These freezing cold temperatures in Chicago can definitely wreak havoc on a home's plumbing system. In fact, we've already had a considerable amount of service calls specifically related to frozen and burst pipes. Although, it may make sense to lower your home's thermostat to save a little bit of mo...

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3,000 B.C. Egyptian ruler Menes supports a thriving civilization spanning over 3,000 years by constructing basins, canals, and irrigation ditches to hold floodwater. 2,700 B.C. Water pipe is crafted from clay and chopped straw in the Indus River Valley of India 1,500 B.C. Complex sewage disposal sys...

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When you say the word "backflow" most people think about a drain backing up. In the plumbing world, however, “backflow” refers to the water distribution side of things. A backflow preventer such as a check valve, or an RPZ (reduced pressure zone valve) are devices that are installed in your piping s...

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