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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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How to Prevent Salt Corrosion of Your Parking Garage Drains

Sep 28, 2017


When you think about maintaining your parking garage, you probably think about sealing the concrete to prevent premature deterioration of the concrete and the steel reinforcements running through the concrete.  While protective sealants are essential, you should not forget about your parking garage drains, which are also typically constructed from cast iron and/or steel and other metal components which are susceptible to corrosion under the right circumstances.  Unfortunately, if your garage drains significantly deteriorate, you could be looking at the need to completely replace the system, which could render your parking garage unusable and inconvenience your tenants.


Preparing for the 2017 Winter

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5 Simple Solutions to Common Residential Plumbing Problems

Sep 06, 2017

There are some common residential plumbing problems that usually most people can resolve on their own. And there are a host of others more serious plumbing issues that are best performed by calling a professional like Althoff Industries. Knowing the difference can save you lots of frustration and potentially some serious repairs. Here are 5 simple solutions to some common residential plumbing problems you can likely handle on your own.

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Lead Free Plumbing? Facility Manager Compliance with Safe Water Drinking Act

Jul 25, 2017

If you’ve ever seen the PUR Water Bar Commercial about lead and other contaminants in drinking water, you may be concerned about the levels of lead in your facility due to the line, “This water contains an acceptable amount of lead that is well within the drinkable standards.” As a facility manager, superintendent or building owner, there are several thoughts that come to mind. The first one is that there’s lead in the water. The second involves the definition of “acceptable amount of lead,” and the third is, how do you ensure that you, your staff members and your residents and their guests are drinking safe water.

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