ServiceMax Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Too Many Clogs to Start the Year? We Have the Answer!

Monday, January 14th, 2019

drain-in-metal-sink-waterDecember is a rough part of the year for the plumbing in a home. It’s the season of guests and feasts. You may start off January with drains that have gone through far too much and are now creating regular clogs or slow drainage. If you’re trying your best to get a fresh start on 2019 and dig into those resolutions, clogged drains can put a damper on things quick. You may be able to get the clogs out with a plunger or a basic drain snake (please don’t use chemical cleaners), but there’s a much better answer.

Professional drain cleaning!

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The Truth About Power Surges and Surge Protection

Monday, December 17th, 2018

lightning-boltHomes have more precision electrical equipment in them than ever before. You probably have multiple devices connected to the power supply at any time, with many power charging stations handling your portable devices. What is the best way to protect them in case of a power surge? It’s important to know this, because a voltage spike can cause irreparable damage to complex electrical equipment.

“I’m not worried! I’ve got the power strips in place at the outlets all over the house!”

If this is your answer … well, we have to talk a bit more about power surges and what you have to do protect equipment from them.

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Drain Cleaning: This Is One of the Best Times of the Year for It!

Monday, November 19th, 2018

cleaning-sideviewDrain cleaning is a service we often recommend to our customers. When someone has a serious drain clog or irritatingly slow drain in their home, they don’t need reminders about drain cleaning: it’s time to call a Chicago, IL plumber and have the obstructions removed. (Yes, you can try to use a plunger or a handcranked drain snake on clogs you run into, but if these don’t work, skip the chemical drain cleaners and call a licensed plumber.)

The drain cleaning we recommend when people don’t have immediate clogging issues is preventive drain cleaning. Just as the AC, heater, and water heater in your house need annual inspections and maintenance, your drains need attention each year from a professional. During drain cleaning, a plumber will use powerful tools such as motorized drain augers, hydro-jetters, and Bio-Clean to scrub and scour the inside of all a house’s drainpipes. This removes all build-up inside them, which not only removes a major source of clogging, it makes it hard for build-up to start again. Cleaning also protects the drain from suffering damage because of the build-up. Soap scum, for example, can cause a chemical reaction that corrodes metal pipes.

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Heating Services You May Need This Coming Winter

Monday, November 5th, 2018

frosty-glassAre you a “winter person”? You certainly live in a great place to enjoy a wonderful winter season! But no matter how much cheer the season brings to you and your family, it can turn miserable if you don’t have a home heating system to hold off the cold. To make sure your winter isn’t memorable for all the wrong reasons, make sure you have a contractor who offers quality residential heating services in Chicago, IL. You can always trust us, since we’re open all day, every day!

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Why We Recommend Generator Installation

Monday, December 18th, 2017

natural-gas-generatorElectricity is such a basic part of our lives that we rarely stop to think about all that it does for us. It’s simply always there when we flick on a switch, turn on an appliance, or plug in a phone or laptop to charge. But what if that electricity suddenly vanished? Stopped working and didn’t turn back on a few minutes later? What if it stayed off for hours or even days? Think about the impact an extended power outage like that would have on your life and on your family.

Unfortunately, long blackouts are a possibility during winter. Downed power lines, accidents at power plants, or grid failures can mean whole blocks going black for extended periods. You can’t prevent these power failures, but you can protect yourself with a generator.

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Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance in Fall As Well

Monday, August 28th, 2017

hot-and-cold-home-badgesSpring was when you arranged to have your AC maintenance in Chicago, IL. (At least we hope so! It’s the best way to ensure reliable and energy-saving performance from an air conditioner all through summer.) Fall is coming up soon, and although Chicagoland won’t experience a major drop in heat quite yet, this is the point of the year to begin thinking ahead to colder weather and making appropriate plans.

Those plans should start with arranging for maintenance for your heater, no matter if it’s a furnace, boiler, heat pump, or other system.

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