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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:56
For over 60 years, ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric has been entrusted by thousands of Chicagoland residents with their most valuable possession - their home. We take this responsibility very seriously. Don’t believe us? See what some of our recent customers are saying about our work and our technicians, below:

“We are very happy with prompt and professional services over the past few days. We discovered a clogged sewer line tuesday, had initial assessment Wednesday morning. After repeated attempts to clear the line, complicated by lack of proper access, the solution was carefully explained. Within hours Chicago permits were obtained, underground lines were mapped. This morning workers arrived promptly to begin excavation and installation of proper clean out. Work is not completed yet but most importantly our line is now clear. Assuming the work is finished at this level, we have nothing but thumbs up for ABC. Thank you.”
– Howard S.

“Thank you ABC and Mike G! I needed someone to install a laundry sink and faucet. Mike G did an awesome job with the installation. Very happy with his work. I would recommend.”
– Diane Y.

“Mike G and Chris were two gentlemen who took care of all of my plumbing needs with a smile. They were on time, fast workers and made sure I took advantage of any available coupons to save money. I would recommend their excellent customer service to anyone. ps Mike could have been a little less harsh on Chris, his helper. (private joke) Thanks again guys!”
– Kathleen B.

Whether it’s plumbing, heating, cooling or electrical work you’re in need of, you can rest assured knowing that we’ll provide you with the highest level of professionalism and we put you first! Give ABC a call today at to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:03
If you’ve ever come home to a burst pipe or a flooded house you’ve probably wished you knew where your main water valve was located. And even if you already had an idea about where it was, you may not have known how to turn it off which could have prevented you a huge headache. This is one of those things every homeowner should know in case of an unexpected emergency.

Where is the Main Water Shut-Off Valve?

It all depends on the type of house you have:
  • If your house is on a slab, the main water valve is likely located near your water heater tank. Take a look underneath it or on top of it - it should be shaped like a ring or it could be a lever.
  • If your house has a basement, this is likely where you’ll find the valve. Picture where you would attach a hose to the outside of the house and the valve is usually located on the opposite wall.
  • If your house has a crawl space, this is where the valve might be located. Check the front wall of the house underneath the crawl space.
Still can’t find it? This could mean the water has to be shut off from the main city water line which can usually be found at the front of your house in a covered box. Check coat- or bathroom closets near the front door.

How do I Turn the Water Off?

If you find the circular-shaped valve, turn it clockwise until you can’t spin it any further. If it’s a lever, turn it so it’s perpendicular to the pipe.

The plumbing system in your home is complicated and one of the most important parts in providing comfort and making life easy for you and your family. One call to ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric and the problem is taken care of quickly and professionally. Our plumbers are the best of the best in the Chicagoland area, so you know you can count on us!
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:52
While the EPA has worked to remove lead from drinking water over the years, it can still exist in trace amounts in drinking water. Here are the most common sources of lead in drinking water.

If your home was built prior to the 1980s, it's likely to have lead solder connecting the copper water pipes. Lead found in tap water often comes from corrosion of plumbing fixtures or the solder connecting the pipes. Today's plumbing fixtures must pass rigorous tests and be certified to contain levels of lead that are below safety thresholds.

Some major U.S. utilities use lead pipes to supply water from to homes and businesses. Because the pipes have been in use for a long time, they have formed a natural oxidation barrier that prevents lead from leeching into the water. Utilities will often add lime or orthophosphates as an additional barrier to prevent lead from getting into drinking water.

If you're concerned about lead in your home's drinking water, regular testing can help ensure that levels are safe to drink. In addition, EPA has an online guide called “How to Identify Lead Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Products” that can help you choose the right plumbing fixtures for your home.

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