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Don't get caught with water in your basement!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Call today and schedule your annual Clean & Check for your Flood Control system! (847)-676-1931

Let us provide you with a 21 point inspection by our qualified Flood Control Technicians.

Don't forget your Flood Control is a mechanical system just like a car, therefore it needs to be maintained.

Our annual Clean & Checks will have your Flood Control running in tip-top shape!

We service all Flood Control, Lift Station, and Over Head Sewer Systems, even if we didn't originally install them!

We HIGHLY recommend to have your system checked out once a year, it is vital in maintaining a properly working Flood Control.

Attention All Schiller Park Residents

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

For all of our customers that reside in the Village of Schiller Park, the Village is now offering a grant for installation of Sewer Check Valves. There are some restrictions in order to be approved for the grant. To see if you are eligible and to take advantage of this offer please copy and paste the link below in to your browser.

ABC Local News

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

He should have called Parks'!!

Frozen Pipes!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Advice from the Village of Skokie

With the continued frigid temperatures, Village crews report that the frost line has gone deeper into the ground than usual. As a result, water service pipes that would not normally be at risk for freezing can be vulnerable and residents are advised to keep a very small amount of water running through their water service at all times during the severe weather. This is particularly important for water pipes on exterior walls, but with this season's prolonged cold, it is advised even for properties that do not have water pipes on exterior walls. Additionally, keep cabinet doors that have piping inside open to allow for air circulation. These tips are especially essential if your home has previously experienced frozen pipes.

If a pipe does freeze or burst in your home please don't try to fix the issue yourself unless you have experience with these extreme weather situations. Call our office right a way to schedule a service call.

City and Village Rebates for Flood Control Systems

Friday, May 31, 2013

The following list are the Cities and Villages in the Chicagoland area that offer rebate programs for homeowners that are looking into installing a Flood Control System, Clean Out Station or converting to an Overhead Sewer System.

  • Arlington Heights (847-368-5000) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer System.
  • Elmhurst (630-530-3000) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer System.
  • Des Plaines (847-391-5380) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 on any type of Sewer Repair if the problem is in the right - of way. Also offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 off the installation of any flood mitigation/control system including Overhead Sewers, Flood Control Systems, or Battery Backup Systems.
  • Glencoe (847-835-4111) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $2000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer or the installation of a Flood Control System.
  • Morton Grove (847-965-4100) - Currently offering interest free loans for a conversion to an Overhead Sewer or the installation of a Flood Control System.
  • Schaumburg (847-895-4500) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $5000.00 to convert to an Overhead Sewer system.
  • Brookfield (708-485-7344) - Currently offering a rebate of up to $4000.00 for flood mitigation.
  • Niles (847-588-8000) 
  • Glenview (847-904-4400) - Currently offering a cost sharing program for installation of Overhead Sewer system they will reimburse up to 50% of cost with a max of $7500.00.

Great Article from the Tribune about Home Insurance.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sewer backups are not automatically covered by all homeowner insurance policies.

Water everywhere, but no insurance coverage.

Q: Last month we had some water damage in one of our units. The floors were ruined, caused by a backup in a sewer pipe. Our insurance company is giving us a hard time. Isn't this just the sort of thing that insurance is supposed to pay for?

A: Most people would indeed conclude that damage caused by a back up would be covered by one's property insurance. But , unfortunately for you, your problem is probably not covered.

Most policies cover damage caused by the sudden and accidental discharge of water that comes out of a pressurized plumbing system (the parts of the pipes that delivers water to the faucets, toilets and appliances). Damage from water that backs up from the street sewer, through unpressurized lines designed to take water away from the house is generally not covered.

In fact, the exclusion covers not just street sewer obstructions, but also water that enters a home through a backup in any water to the sewer. The reason is two-fold: The insurance company is not in the business of insuring the city against the consequences of it's poorly maintained sewer lines. And your clogged drains are considered a maintenance problem, not a "sudden and accidental" event.

This neat division between water delivered to the house versus water taken away from the house can however, be sorely tested, depending on what happened and what your policy says.

A California court recently faced this question: The homeowner's toilet continued to "run" because the fill valve was stuck in the open position, but the bowl overflowed instead of draining because of a clogged sewer line 40 feet away. The policy excluded damage caused by water that "backs up or overflows from a clogged sewer or drain." The homeowner claimed that the exclusion did not apply, because the water flowed directly from the toilet bowl, never entering the drain. But the court focused on the word "overflows," and applied the exclusion, to the dismay of the homeowner.

Other courts, facing the same set of facts but dealing with a policy that omitted the word "overflows," have concluded that because the water never entered the drainage system, it could not back up. In these cases, the homeowner was covered.

Here's another wrinkle: If your policy excludes water that backs up through a drain rather than from it, would insurance cover, given the fact of the California case?

Arguably, water that never gets into the drain, as in the California case, cannot be said to have backed up through it, so the exclusion would not apply.

The lesson here is to not despair of the value of insurance. Most of the time, steady and proper maintenance will forestall most plumbing problems. That's where you should focus your attention.

Parks' Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. Receives 2012 Best of Skokie Award

Friday, January 11, 2013

Press Release


Parks' Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. Receives 2012 Best of Skokie Award

Skokie Award Program Honors the Achievement

SKOKIE October 21, 2012 -- Parks' Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. has been selected for the 2012 Best of Skokie Award in the Flood Control Equipment category by the Skokie Award Program.

Each year, the Skokie Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Skokie area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Skokie Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Skokie Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Skokie Award Program

The Skokie Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Skokie area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Skokie Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Skokie Award Program

Angie's List Super Service Award 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


"This award is the highest honor given annually to less than 5% of companies on Angie's List." - Angie's List Business Center 

We here at Parks' pride ourselves in Customer Satisfaction. Angie's List is one among numerous awards we have received for our services. We are honored that we can accept this award for the second year in a row!

Don't forget sharing is caring, so if you have a second please take time out to write a review about your experience with our company. We appreciate any feedback we can get on ways to improve our company we also appreciate the compliments!

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.