The recent deluge of rain that has hit Chicago multiple times this summer has caused a great deal of flood damage throughout Chicago. Because many basements were flooded untold number of furnaces and air conditioners may have been damaged by flood waters. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association is recommending that heating, cooling equipment or water heaters be replaced and not repaired as a matter of safety. (more…)
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Spring in Chicago is notorious for heavy rainfall and the flooding that ensues. With the intense and deadly storms that have already caused serious problems across the bottom part of our state, you can be sure that Chicago will not be left unscathed. Maybe we don’t have to worry about tornadoes, but 2 feet of water in your basement can be a disaster for any homeowner. Four Seasons can help you protect your home in a couple of ways, and keeping water away from your home could also protect your furnace and air conditioner.
Causing Costly Damage
A flooded basement causes irreparable damage to the items in your basement. Think of the number of valuable items in your basement. For most of us these valuable items include the furnace, air conditioner, washer, dryer, and water heater. Even a few inches of water can cause damage that demands the replacement of these systems. So, now is the time to add some protection and Four Seasons can help.
Two Affordable Improvements:
- Gutter Repair and Improvement: Over packed gutters, gutters that droop and sag, and gutters that don’t have long enough downspout extensions can all create a flooding risk. Having a Four Seasons handyman clean, assess and repair your gutters can help direct water further away from the foundation of the home. This will help prevent the ground around the foundation from becoming saturated. (more…)
The majority of homes have the furnace or boiler located in the basement of the home. Over the years we have noticed that this really isn’t the safest place for these valuable systems especially when most homes have little protection from the damaging effects that water can have upon a basement. What was once a solid wall began to develop cracks then leaks and now you have water problem in your basement. Homes that experience water damage in this way are usually not equipped to handle the water once it gets into the home. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning and the Four Seasons plumbing experts have a solution to help keep the water away from your home.
Your Aging Foundation
As a home ages, the foundation begins to show signs of wear and tear. Where a sump pump may not have been necessary 10 or 15 years ago, it is not a desperately needed appliance to have installed in the home. The soul purpose of a sump pump is to divert water from the foundation of the home. If water starts coming into your basement, it is a sign that erosion has been occurring for years. Let Four Seasons lend you a hand and get a sump pump that is up to the task of keeping your basement dry. (more…)
In some parts of Chicago, we are already experiencing wind chills below zero, and many of us may be itching to turn the furnace on if even just to warm the house up for a few hours. However, many of the homeowners out there right now should do anything but turn on their furnace. Flooding was an all too common occurrence over this past summer season, and even those that had only a few inches of water in the home need to have the furnace looked at before they start it up for the season. Flood waters can do some devastating damage to furnaces and boilers, and even if your air conditioner was working fine all season, you should still have the system checked over. A certified furnace or boiler expert from Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine what kind of shape your furnace is in after the flood, and can hopefully get your heat back up and running before the temperatures drop too low this fall.
A Dangerous Decision
Every year many homeowners ignore this advice and start using the furnace without having it checked. Even if the unit does fire up and seem to be working, odds are it will only last until you need it the most. For many homeowners the unit will work just long enough to get them into the thick of winter and then they must call Four Seasons for emergency service in order to keep their family comfortable and their home safe. Believe it or not this is actually the best thing that could happen to a water damaged system, and we have seen much worse things go wrong with water damaged furnaces. (more…)