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Water Softener vs. Water Conditioner for Your Commercial Building

Sep 25, 2019

Does your business or multi-unit tenant building in Chicago need a water softener or a water conditioner? If you or your residents or employees have noticed white stains around water faucets and showerheads, it’s a good indication that you have hard water, which is water with 3.5 grains or more of calcium and/or magnesium per gallon of water, or water that contains more than 60ppm of calcium and magnesium.

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Does your Commercial Building Have These 8 Common Plumbing Issues?

Aug 22, 2019

When is the last time you had the plumbing system in your Chicago building inspected for water leaks? For most commercial and large residential buildings the answer may be months or years ago minus a few repairs for obvious water leaks. The truth is that large buildings in Chicago should have their plumbing systems inspected for leaks and partial or full clogs at least once a year and preferably twice a year for buildings that have heavy water usage. Having your Chicago building’s plumbing system inspected twice a year can catch common problems, including, pinhole leaks, running toilets, leaking faucets and problems with drain and sewer lines before they cause a catastrophe. Here are some of the common water problems we diagnose and repair in the commercial and multi-story residential buildings in the greater Chicago area.

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Why Spring Is the Best Time to Check for Building Plumbing Leaks

Mar 13, 2019

With the outdoor temperatures warming, it’s time to think about spring cleaning your Chicago property. For most superintendents, maintenance teams and property managers, this often means checking the building envelope for leaks, visually inspecting facades for winter weather damage, scheduling roof and HVAC inspections and cleaning up the exterior of the property. However, you shouldn’t forget about your plumbing system. Cold weather can cause damage to your plumbing pipes, and as everything begins to thaw, you may notice water spots appearing on walls and ceilings.

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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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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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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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