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What a Property Manager Needs to Know if a Water Heater Bursts

Sep 05, 2018

As a property owner, you may not give much thought to the hot water heaters in your condo unless you’re having problems getting hot water to your taps, or you've experienced multiple failures. Thankfully, there are things you can do to mitigate both problems and efficiently determine who should pay for hot water heater repairs.

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Why an Efficient Facility Plumbing System Helps Managers Meet Water Conservation Goals

Aug 29, 2018

Are you concerned about your Chicago building’s water consumption? Lowering your building’s water consumption helps conserve water while lowering your water bills. Unfortunately, if you haven’t examined your plumbing system or water fixtures lately, you could be using more water than your building truly needs to use. Here at Althoff, our plumbers have put together some tips to help Chicago facility managers lower their water usage.

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Handling Emergencies with Mechanical Equipment Insurance

Aug 16, 2018

When it comes to making sure your Chicago facility is prepared for an emergency, it pays to have mechanical equipment insurance. Insurance products are designed to protect you against extreme and unforeseen financial losses due to sudden catastrophes.

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4 Signs Your Multi-Family Water Heater Will Rupture

Aug 08, 2018

Commercial and residential hot water heaters are designed to last between 10 and 20 years with proper maintenance. This means periodically flushing the tank to remove sediment, checking the temperature setting, testing the hot water at the taps and visually inspecting the water heater for signs of rust, corrosion and leaks. If proper hot water heater maintenance is not maintained, you could find yourself with a blowout and flooding in your multi family building.

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4 Reasons You Should Replace That Old Toilet

Jul 17, 2018

Does your toilet require lengthy instructions to guests on how to flush it? Is it worn out to the point where no amount of cleaning can make it presentable, and you hope guests don’t ask to use it in the first place? Why haven’t you replaced that old toilet already?

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The Difference Between Facility Process Piping and Plumbing

May 16, 2018

Did you know that not every pipe in your building is a plumbing pipe? The distinction depends on the type of equipment connected to the end of the pipe. For example, if the pipe is connected to a faucet, it’s part of the plumbing system. If the end of the pipe is connected to a drink machine, food manufacturing machine or used in a process in an industrial factory, it’s probably process piping.

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How Old Is Your Sump Pump?

May 14, 2018

“Do you know how old your sump pump is?”

I love to ask people this when I get the chance. Unless they recently had a flooded basement, they don’t remember. Nobody does.

That’s not surprising. There’s a lot to remember these days … passwords, websites, birthdays, anniversaries (especially that last one!). After awhile, it’s hard enough to remember your own age, let alone the age of your sump pump. Plus, it’s down in the basement where you never go if you can help it. Even if you do look at the sump pump, it’s not like there’s a tag on it that clearly tells you the age.

Here’s the thing. Even though forgetting your sump pump’s birthday is understandable, it can lead to problems (and not because you didn’t get it a gift…).

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Keep Drinking Water Safe for Residents with Yearly Backflow & RPZ Testing

Apr 17, 2018

When is the last time you had your water system tested for backflow? All Chicago commercial and large residential buildings need to undergo backflow testing in Chicago at least once a year, and some buildings should consider seasonal backflow testing in order to ensure the safety of the building’s drinking water.

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7 Preventive Measures to Keep Your Building Pipes Freeze Free

Jan 30, 2018

When the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it is important to make sure your water lines are well protected against freezing. Frozen building plumbing pipes can lead to significant water damage when the pipe bursts due to the increase in pressure.

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7 Items to Check During a Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Inspection

Nov 09, 2017

When is the last time you had your commercial building plumbing system inspected? If it’s been awhile, the status of your plumbing system may have changed, and you may be at risk for developing leaks and blowouts. A comprehensive plumbing preventive maintenance service call can help you keep your plumbing system operating reliably.

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