Importance of Backup Batteries and Secondary Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are one of the first lines of defense that keep your basement from flooding whenever heavy rains fall or spring snows melt. However, how do you protect your home and your belongings against flooding if your sump pump fails or the power goes out for an extended period? Installing a backup sump pump… Read more »

Looking at Smoke and CO Detector Requirements in Illinois

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been around for many years, and we often find that homes don’t meet the requirements of Illinois state law. Let’s take a look at what’s necessary under the law to keep your home or apartment both safe and compliant. Smoke Detectors The state of Illinois’ Smoke Detector Act governs… Read more »

Why You Should Inspect Your Home Before Selling

We typically hear that you should always inspect a home before you buy it. It turns out though, that the inspection isn’t just for the buyer. Homeowners (sellers) can also benefit from home inspections. Homeowners that are looking to sell their houses and move on to the next phase of life can and probably should… Read more »

Infrared – Plumbing and Leaks

Before making your next call to the plumber, really give thought to trying Infrared Imaging instead.  Sure, plumbers who don’t use infrared might be able to unclog your sink, but they won’t be able to tell you the same quality of information that Infrared Imaging can. Where is the clog located? Using infrared or thermal… Read more »

Developing Lung Cancer Without Smoking: Cause for Concern

Many Americans die due to lung cancer every year, but many people only attribute these deaths to smoking.  As much as smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, there is one cause that sits ahead of secondhand smoking: exposure to Radon. What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is commonly found in… Read more »

Installing Furnace Filters

Why do you need a furnace filter? Furnace filters are the main source of protection for the furnace. Furnace filters also clean the air that you are breathing in. Depending on the type of the filter, it can remove lint, pollen, mold spores, animal dander, and possibly even smoke and particles that carry viruses from… Read more »

What is the difference between boiler radiant heat and electric radiant heat?

What is the difference between boiler radiant heating and electric radiant heat? While the main difference is the source of the heat, water vs. electric, there are many more subtle differences that can determine which kind of heating is best for the room or entire home. Boiler Radiant Heating Boiler Radiant Heating requires your home… Read more »

Radon Testing: Protect your Lungs and Your Family

  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. What’s more, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths as a result of lung cancer each year. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are ones that could have possibly… Read more »

4 Reasons to Have your Home Inspected Even When You’re Not Selling

Typically, people think home inspections are only necessary when you’re buying or selling your home. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Although it’s not necessary to have your home inspected each year, we do recommend having your home inspected every 2-5 years.   Here are four reasons why you might want to have… Read more »

First Time Homebuyers: Let’s Cover the Basics

Once you’ve found the perfect place and have made the decision to purchase your first house, you may be at a loss for what to do next. Don’t worry; you are in the company of thousands of other first time home buyers! Hopefully you have surrounded yourself with a group of professionals (an attorney, real… Read more »