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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mark your calendars for the EPA's 9th annual Fix a Leak week which takes place March 20-26, 2017.

Did you know, more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide are wasted annually from household leaks?

Visit the EPA's website for a list of events happening in your area to educate yourself on how to save money by fixing leaks.

Do's & Don'ts during a Flood

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Please read below for some tips of what to do and what not to do during a flood event or a torrential downpour.

  1. Stay tuned in to any local news stations or radio stations and follow any instructions that are given. 
  2. Sign up for any emergency alert systems your local area offers. Nowadays, most areas can notify you via text or email to alert you of any severe weather conditions that are headed your way.
  3. Majority of the time when we are experiencing severe weather, we also have to worry about power outages. Make sure to keep extra batteries handy for flash lights and battery operated radios. 
  4. Make sure cell phones are charged or invest in a portable charger.
  5. Electrocution is also a very serious matter to keep in mind during a flood event, current passes very easily through water. Avoid any downed power lines or electrical wires
  6. Stay indoors if possible but also be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.
  7. Avoid walking through flowing water. Six inches of moving water can knock the average person off their feet.
  8. Avoid driving if possible; six inches of water can also reach up to the bottom of most passenger cars, this can cause stalling or loss of control.
  9. If you do happen to find yourself in a situation where your car has stalled in a flooded area, evacuate immediately or as soon as you can. Floodwaters can rise at a rapid rate or even sweep your car away.
  • * some of these tips were found in the Northbrook Newsletter.

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.

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.

Holiday Tips & Tricks!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Holiday season is here! Time for the family to come over and visit for a nice big feast! Don't get caught off guard with clogged drains. Proper disposal of Fats, oil and grease, and scraps of food ( or what we like to call F.O.G.S) is essential. Make sure when preparing to cook your large meals for the family this year you follow the tips below.

Fact: Liquid grease from cooking may not seem to be a problem for your drains but as the grease cools, the liquid solidifies and can become stuck in your drains!

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure the F.O.G liquid is cool enough to be handled. We don't want to burn ourselves trying to handle hot liquids!
  • Pour any excess grease, fat or oil in a container that can be sealed. Be sure to pour it in something you won't mind throwing in the trash. We recommend an empty gallon of milk or bottle of soda.
  • After you have filled the empty container make sure to seal it tight. Store the liquid in the freezer until its garbage pick up day.
  • Dispose of the container with the frozen liquid in the trash.
  • For any small spills or drips, wipe up with a paper towel and let it soak up any liquid. Dispose of the paper towel in the trash.
  • Make sure not to let any food scraps fall down the drain and try to give your garbage disposal a rest. Place any scraps of food in a disposable container and throw in the trash.

We hope that our Holiday Tips & Tricks come in handy this season! If you have any plumbing issues that won't go away with a D.I.Y remedy don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call your friends at Parks' Plumbing. Call today, we'll be on our way!

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!