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Thanksgiving Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready for Guests

Nov 22, 2019

It's definitely starting to get colder outside. Do you know what that means? Thanksgiving is coming up! Are you getting ready to prepare a feast for your family and loved ones? While you're planning your Thanksgiving checklist, remember to create a to-do list for your house as well!

To make sure you're completely prepared to entertain a house full of hungry guests, we've put together this checklist of 8 reminders to help get your home ready for turkey day.

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What To Do If Your Toilet Overflows?

Nov 04, 2019

As a homeowner, or even as a renter, hearing water unexpectedly splashing on the floor in the bathroom when it's vacant can make your heart skip a beat.

Water damage can be an expensive, unpleasant burden to handle. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to deal with a faulty, overflowing toilet at some point in your life. Do you know what to do when the water from the toilet starts flooding your bathroom?

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: Preparing for Cold Chicago Winters

Oct 29, 2019

With winter fast approaching, it won't be long until the cold weather and low temperatures are here to stay. With this in mind, it's important to ensure your home is fully winterized. To keep your home running and reduce the amount you have to spend on repairs when the snow hits and the wind chill drops, take a look at our fall homeowner checklist.

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Does a Low-Flow Toilet Really Save Money?

Sep 16, 2019

If you’re a homeowner with older toilets, you could be flushing your hard-earned money down the drain. Regular-flow toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. In comparison, a low-flow toilet is required to use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush.

When you start doing the math, you can see that with every flush, a few cents are added to your water bill. These cents can quickly turn into dollars. By limiting the amount of water you use per flush, it’s possible to drastically reduce your water bill.

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Why Does My A/C Have Ice on It in the Summer?

Sep 05, 2019

There's nothing that'll get you more steamed than coming home to a hot house in the summer. Imagine your surprise when you go to inspect your air conditioner, and it's covered in ice! Each summer, this is one of the most common calls we get at Althoff Industries.

Luckily, an icy air conditioner is easy to diagnose and repair. While it may seem like you'll have an expensive repair bill coming your way, oftentimes you simply need to make a few simple changes to prevent your air conditioner from icing over. In this article, we’ll identify the causes of most frozen air conditioners, the repair process and how to prevent your air conditioner from freezing in the future.

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My A/C Is Running but Not Blowing Cold Air

Jul 01, 2019

Summer is in full swing and, on really hot days, all you want to do when you get home from a long day is to enjoy some cool air conditioning. Nothing kills this excitement more in the warm summer months than entering your home only to realize that your A/C is not blowing cold air. Unfortunately, an A/C is not fail-proof and they can quit blowing cool air for a variety of reasons. We have listed some of these reasons below so you can have an idea of why your A/C quit working and how you can resolve the issue.

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5 Air Conditioning Noises and Their Causes

Jun 13, 2019

Summertime—it’s sunshine, warm breezes, barbecues and the gentle hum of air conditioners keeping houses cool throughout the neighborhood. In a split second, that gentle hum can turn into an unnerving hissing, banging or screeching. While all air conditioners make noise, it’s important to be able to recognize which noises are normal, and which noises require a professional inspection.

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Electrical Emergency Service: Common Code Violations

May 03, 2019

It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare. You flip on a light switch and nothing happens. You check an outlet, also no power. Finally, you head to the breaker box to see if anything needs to be reset. If that doesn’t work, then you’re calling an electrician and spending the rest of the day in the dark ages until your power is back up and running.

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Is an Althoff Service Membership Plan Really Worth it?

Apr 11, 2019

It should be common knowledge by now that signing up for a service membership plan with a reliable heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical contractor has a lot of benefits.

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Surge Protector Safety Tips

Mar 25, 2019

Surge protectors are essential electrical safety features in just about every home. Living in a world powered by electronics, most households have at least one surge protector for their computers, entertainment centers, mobile devices or kitchen appliances.

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