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Village of Skokie Home Improvements Program

Friday, June 17, 2016


Excerpt From the Village of Skokie News Letter:

Your house should be protected from sewage backup that can cause costly damage and unsanitary conditions. The Village has made improvements to the sewer system to handle most normal rain storms; however, in severe rain storm sewers can fill up causing water to backflow into basements. Although there are several ways of preventing this, the two best methods are to install overhead sewers or a backwater valve flood control system. In an overhead system, waste water from the first or second floor is removed from the house through a pipe connected to the Village sewer that is at a higher level than the Village sewer. The higher elevation of the pipe helps prevent water from backing up into the house. An electric pump in the basement ejects any water from basement bathrooms, laundries or drains into the pipe that is connected to the sewer. Backwater valve flood control systems, on the other hand, stop sewage backup before it can enter the house with a check valve on the sewer line. This system generally requires the construction of an underground structure in the yard where a check valve is located. This valve lets waste water flow out of the house while keeping sewage from coming back in. It is important to maintain this valve annually to prevent failure during a storm event. These systems often contain an electric pump to force water out of the house system if the sewers are full. Both systems require electricity and should have a backup battery or generator system to assure their continued operation if the electricity goes out. The pumps in these systems require regular maintenance and may need replacement because of heavy usage. Homeowners can perform some of these home improvements themselves, while other improvements require a contractor or licensed plumber.

Financial assistance is available to income qualified households to make repairs as part of the Village’s Home Improvements Program. Please contact the Building and Zoning Division at 847/933-8223 to discuss your home repair issues, determine if a permit is required, get a list of contractors who have done work in the Village and to see if you are income-qualified for a grant or loan.

For the full article click the link below.

http://www.skokie.org/JuneJuly2016_NewSkokie.pdf

Stop the Drip!

Monday, November 05, 2012


Some simple fixes can add up to some major savings! 

What seems like a minor problem may surprise you how much money and energy can be saved by a quick fix when you nip the drip! 

  • Fix a leaky faucet, save 20 gallons a day!

Leaky faucets are typically a simple fix that can save you major water. Usually the cause of these leaky faucets are worn out washers, you can either pull out the Do- It - Yourself book or if you want to save time and rest easy that the job was done correctly call PARKS'.

  • Fix a leaky toilet, save 30 gallons a day
  • Replace an old toilet with a low flush toilet, save 40.5 gallons a day.

A leaky toilet can be a simple fix as well, if you're mechanically inclined. Most leaky toilets often mean you need a new one, especially if your current toilet is ten or fifteen years old. By replacing the toilet with a low-flow toilet you can save up to 5 gallons per flush. You can save even more water with a dual flush toilet, this gives the option to flush solids or liquids. The savings add up quickly, more so if you avoid using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. This can add up to conserving 400- 600 gallons per month.

  • Repair an outdoor pipe leak or broken sprinkler head, save 20 gallons a day
  • Repair a leak around the pool or spa pumps, save 20 gallons a day.

Simply replacing your showerhead with a new efficient model drastically cuts water consumption from 500 to 800 gallons per month, while you still enjoy excellent shower power. Current energy guidelines recommend a 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM) rating. Placing aerators on three kitchen and bath fixtures saves 14 gallons a day, while retaining excellent water pressure.


Preventive Tips and Tricks

Monday, August 27, 2012


We all know that clogged toilets and drains are unexpected nuisances in life. A drain line has one purpose - to move water from the start point to the end point in one direction. But when water starts to flow back up towards the starting point or bursting through pipes to other points the end result is a MASSIVE headache from dealing with all the hassle.

Here are some Tips and Tricks to prevent them from clogging in the first place.

1. Once a week, fill each sink in the house to the top and the pull up the stopper. The volume and weight of the water will help flush the drain lines.

2. Never pour oil or grease down a drain. You can use household items to pour the oil into such as, empty gallon of milk or an empty 2 liter of soda. Just cut the top of the bottle off to create a bigger opening and pour oil in with out making a mess. You can freeze this oil once the bottle is full and discard it on garbage day.

3. Remember to at least check your sink and tub stoppers four times a year for build up. Remove any hair and bio-film and dispose of in the trash.

4. If you already have a clogged drain try using a plunger first. Apply petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger for better suction. Do not use a plunger after applying any chemical drain cleaners. Avoid chemical drain cleaners if possible, the chemicals in them can damage the pipes and eventually cause them to leak or burst.


Fall Time

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Now that we have said our good- bye's to the Summer season, it's Hello Fall

This is the time of year when the leaves start to fall from the trees. Make sure to keep all drains, yard basins, stairwells and window wells clear of debris and leaves. If you think that you need any of those drains or wells cleaned or rodded out before the winter season hits, don't hesitate to call Parks'! We will be happy to assist you in any of your plumbing needs. Call Today, We're on our way!