4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 1:30 PM
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Just a tip to anyone who flooded in Park Ridge. Please, please, please get quotes from a few other sources before going with a plumber or a clean up company. Learn from my experience. Some charge almost twice as much for the same system even if they are both reputable companies.

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4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 1:55 PM

Kathy, well said and this is true. There are probably going to be companies out there trying to take advantage of people that are in a bad situation and panicked, who may make reactionary decisions. On the other side of that, however, are companies that may say they are installing the same system for half the price, but it may not even be close to the same system. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. For example, our systems are permitted and inspected. We use an extra deep basin that has a larger capacity and also reduces pump cycling to increase pump longevity. Our electrical is run by a licensed electrician. We use two back water valves that are made of cast iron, our pump is heavy duty, the discharge piping is copper-not PVC. We install a clean out on at least one side of the system, both when there is room. We connect our pump discharge into a separate fitting rather than the check valve. This is not a cheap way of doing it, and several features are not standard with competitors-but its the right way to do it.

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4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 2:06 PM

A few years ago, I replaced a flood control for very nice lady on the south side of Chicago. She had recently had one installed by a side job guy. She gave him $6500, and her basement flooded the first heavy rain after it was installed. The installer was nowhere to be found. Would not return her calls. We went out there, and were about double the cost. But when we removed her old system, I felt a lot of anger towards the other installer-the basin was literally a five gallon Home Depot bucket. He installed a sump pump rather than an ejector pump. PVC piping. And the connection he use to make the transition from the existing sewer to the existing sewer? Garbage bags and hydraulic cement, and he used 4 inch PVC check valves in between the 6 inch sewer. Horrible. The inspector and I both felt horrible for this lady. The inspector promised that he was going after the previous installer, and I hope he did. So yes, Kathy, I agree- AVOID anyone charging twice thats taking advantage, but also be leery if the price is TOO low. Look for a company that has been around, is transparent, has a long warranty, look at their reviews and their responses, ask a neighbor, a Facebook group such as this, etc. Whether you use my company or not, make sure its someone who will do a high quality job at a fair price.

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4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 2:14 PM

This is a good thought . Please call my office, we have some suggestions for services we have used for our clients Over the years with Mark and staff. Eddie Hamzic Farmers Insurance Agency 847-823-6800

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4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 2:43 PM

Another thing is if you get water backup and have coverage for that under your insurance, confirm your limit and know that the cleanup is usually part of that limit. So if you can clean up some of it yourself, you can save some of that money for the actually repairs and replacement. If it’s sewage, than that’s a different story, but something to keep in mind.

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4 months ago on 05/18/2020 at 9:55 PM

Good advice. This isn't just applicable to plumbers, but to any kind of work. I had quotes for fixing water damage from a couple thousand to $14, 500 for the same job.

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