DRF Sets its Sights above the Fold – Veteran’s Day 2015 is Upon Us

DRF Sets its Sights above the Fold

Veteran’s Day 2015 is Upon UsDRF Trusted Property Solutions Honors Veterans

This past Sunday, churches all over the United States of America saluted those who served our country.  Pews full of church members honored in observance, a Capella choirs sang and regal trumpets flared while finely dressed service men and women stood proudly in front of the American flag.

Have you ever wondered why the Flag of the United States of America is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the next of kin at the burial of a veteran?folded_flag DRF Trusted Property Solutions Honors Veterans

The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.

As the flag is folded, for each fold recite the following:

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

The next time you see a Flag ceremony honoring someone that has served our country, either in the Armed Forces or in our civilian services such as the Police Force or Fire Department, keep in mind all the important reasons behind each and every movement. They have paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by honoring our Flag and our Country.

DRF is a proud supporter of Veterans. DRF Trusted Property Solutions has the honor of employing several Veterans at our company.

Tom Roberts

Mike Lawyer

John Zalud

Sal DeRosa

Mark Fuss

Thank you for all you have done to serve our country and others everyday.

Happy Veteran’s Day to you and all those who have made sacrifices for us!

DRF Trusted Property Solutions Honors Veterans

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Clean Water. If you don’t have a filter, chances are – you are the filter.

If you don’t have a filter, chances are – you are the filter.

What solution is right for you when it comes to cleaning your water?

Each and every one of us needs a supply of high quality water. Without it we will get dehydrated and die. What is the best way to go? There are many ways available to us to have clean water. DRF Trusted Property Solutions explores a few and compares the pros and cons.

Go to a Natural Spring

Ideally the best option is to get water from a fresh spring. One of the pros is that it doesn’t cost anything for the water. The only con with this is just the time and effort needed to go there. You can find locations for these springs here: http://www.findaspring.com/

Go with Bottled Water017 web

Big bottle water fanatic? A benefit to buying bottled water is its excellent convenience. You can purchase a bottle of water essentially anywhere. The negative surrounding bottled water is that it isn’t always so perfect. There is a large environmental cost, paying for fuel to transfer the water etc., but more so, bottled water is also stored in plastic containers which may contain BPA and phthalates which can harm your body. Even those that do not contain those chemicals, or claim to be BPA free are not necessarily checked for additional chemicals and the harm they can do with chronic exposure. Plus plastic can leak. Leaking plastic can get into the water you drink without you even knowing it. The scariest part is who is looking into these bottled water companies? When it comes to regulating the municipalities, the EPA regulates, whereas when it comes to regulating bottled water the FDA regulates that bottled water be at least as good as tap water.

Well Water

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It has been said that well water is safer than municipal water. How can that be with that stinky egg smell and it coming from the ground? Proper construction and location of a well will help minimize the likelihood of contamination. Some say, if you dig a well deeper than 40 feet the water in that well can be safer than most city water due to its ability to avoid herbicides and pesticides without having to be chemically treated. Some cons would be that the water can become contaminated with other bacteria so the well water must be tested on a regular basis which can cost. If the well breaks down it is expensive to repair and if your power goes out – there goes your water supply (it is best to have a back-up generator in this instance).

Municipal Water

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The municipal water supply is great for easy access to treated water with the flip or twist of a handle. Cook with it, clean with it, brush your teeth with it, bathe with it; whenever you need it it’s there. The problem is municipal water is quite chlorinated. The chlorine added to municipal water is supposed to improve the water and it does – but it does at a cost. The cost is removing pathogens from your own gut. Chlorine can combine with organic materials in the water and in your body causing Disinfection Bi Products. This may increase cause for cancer and other complications. The pipes can also add to the problem of the water. Municipal water must travel through a web of pipes, then into your home to get to your faucet. Whatever the condition of the city’s pipes and your pipes may also affect the way your water tastes and how it affects you and your family. Placing a filter on your faucet or shower can help, but that still remains to be a temporary solution at best. Also, did you know that your Indoor air quality is affected by your municipal water supply? When water sits, such as in a toilet or when you let a glass of tap water sit for 30 minutes or more, the ‘bad stuff’ vaporizes into the air and you can have the DBPs, or Disinfection Bi Products, that you are breathing in. It is best to open a couple of windows to allow for cross ventilation to improve indoor air quality so that you are not breathing in the Disinfection Bi Products.


shutterstock_296707376 webAnyone have a pitcher filter? They are pretty popular. Most pitcher filters use an activated granulated charcoal to remove contaminants as the water flows into the pitcher. The great part about these water pitchers with filters is they help reduce the chlorine found in your tap water, improve the taste of the water, they are pretty cheap up-front and they typically do not remove the minerals from the water.

The water pitchers with filters unfortunately aren’t perfect. They do not remove things like herbicides and pesticides. Since the carbon filters are not solid, they will not be able to remove all contaminants or heavy metals and fluoride. The filters also have to be replaced quite often costing you more money in the long run.

Distilled Water

By boiling down water you can kill a lot of bacteria, but distillation creates a fairly acidic water. Distillation is a process where water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Because distilled water is free of dissolved minerals it has a special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. Sounds great until it is dangerous. This can be dangerous if you are fasting because the loss in electrolytes and trace minerals can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Also cooking in distilled water can pull minerals out of the food. The more mineral loss, the greater risk for health problems down the road. 

Reverse Osmosis System (typically used for “point of use”) DRF recommends and installs

Reverse osmosis pushes water through a semi permeable membrane in which small pores block particles to purify the water. It is primarily used for the desalination of sea water, but for municipal water, reverse osmosis will remove all contaminants from the water including fluoride. This process even removes bacteria and disease causing pathogens. A negative to having a reverse osmosis is it cuts the salt in the water, but by adding a natural salt to your water such as Hymalayan salt will help. An additional negative chlorine, trihalomethanes or VOCs (Volatile organic chemicals) still remain present.

Carbon Filtration Systems (typically used for whole house) DRF recommends and installs

Carbon Filtration systems are efficient, eco-friendly and cost effective. This process uses granular active carbon to effectively filter impurities from water. Here’s an information video on the carbon filtration system DRF Trusted Property Solutions can provide and install for you and your family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQQz-YwtMhA A Carbon Filtration system for your home from DRF retains a computer controlled unit that stores data that can be monitored to determine if the cycle should be altered if the carbon needs to be replaced.

When it comes to selecting a source for clean water, most likely if you don’t have a filter – you are the filter. It is best to examine all your options for clean water to see what the best solution is for you. If you have any questions regarding the solution for clean water that is right for you, give DRF a call at 630-615-7000. Ask about our Carbon Filtration Systems and Reverse Osmosis Systems.




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Hot Tubs, Time Machines and Other Really Hot Technology

Hot Tubs, Time Machines and Other Really Hot Technology

hot tub timemachineIt’s not time to get the popcorn out and watch the latest sequel to “Hot Tub Time Machine”. Bummer. Better yet, we’re going to explore what the best hot water solution is for your current hot tub situation.

In a Hot Water Situation?

If you have a hot tub or whirlpool bath in your home, you know there are common problems that are often faced with owning one. Those common problems can range from the jets not working to the jets making a loud sound and so on. But the number one most not-so-hot problem is not having enough hot water to fill the “hot” tub.

Hot Tub

We’re not talking about the hot tubs outside that have their own heat source. That’s completely different. Those are just time machines to the hot water experts. What we are talking about are those jetted tubs within your home which happen to use the water heater as a heat source for a relaxing bath. Sometimes the tank that is connected to the tub cannot keep up with the demand of hot water that is required to fill the tub.

Not Enough Hot Water – Is this you?

There are many reasons you may run out of hot water. One of which may relate to that you most likely have a water heater that is a storage tank unit. A storage tank water heater’s hot water supply is limited by the capacity of the tank. Over time a tank water heater can also collect sediment and become less efficient in heating water, placing stress on your water heater tank.
Let’s Time Travel

What is the best way you can make sure you have endless hot water for all your hot water needs especially including your bathroom hot tub? Let’s jump into the hot tub time machine to visit the 1800s. What did people do for hot water?

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The other Hot Technology – The Invention of Tankless

Tank water heaters were actually invented all the way back in 1889 when Edmund Ruud patented the first tank water heater. Tankless water heaters however were invented over 2o years before Edmund Ruud patented the tank. The tankless water heater was patented in 1886 by a British decorative painter named Benjamin Waddy Maughan and their design and efficiency has changed very much over the years where as the storage tank has stayed basically the same.

Now everyone back in the hot tub time machine

Today, the storage tank water heater is still the most common water heater type used in the United States. Tankless is very popular in Europe and Asia, and is becoming more and more popular in the US as time goes on. Why? Tankless has changed so much since the beginning of its creation. In fact, tankless has even changed a lot in just the decade.


The Latest Technology

If we think about phones for a moment, we realize in the last decade they too have changed significantly to be better at what they do. Why do many people line up to get the latest smartphone model? Not only because technology is hot, but because everyone wants something that is going to make their life easier, work faster and be more efficient than their previous product owned. This is where a tankless water heater can especially relate.

A tankless water heater today is the smart phone version in the water heater industry. When it comes time to replace your phone due to wear and tear or that it’s simply not working anymore, would you head out and buy a flip phone or some non-smartphone model?

Probably not. Or do you know?

A smartphone is not for everyone. Just like a tankless may not be suitable for your property and lifestyle – and that’s okay. You owe it to yourself to explore all the options.

What solution is right for you? (Watch Video)

When a water heater goes bust, most people are likely to resort to selecting a familiar product to replace what is broken. For example, replacing a storage tank water heater with another storage tank water heater. It just makes sense to some people that if that style worked in the past, it will work in the future. But what if there’s something that works better? It is important to consider all the options.

If someone happens to have many people using multiple hot water appliances, showers, or tubs in the same time period, the hot water situation may require a tankless in order to efficiently accomplish tasks and provide the demand with enough hot water.

A tankless water heater heats water on demand and only as needed. A tankless will also provide an endless supply of hot water at the designed flow rate for the particular home and lifestyle.

We’ve hopped in the hot tub time machine, kicked some past, and explored today’s other really hot technology – now what?

Whether or not a home has a hot tub or whirlpool bath, there can still be a high demand for hot water depending on the property and lifestyle of the homeowner(s). It is important to be aware of all the options when it comes time for a replacement water heater or a proactive search for a hot water solution. Ask a hot water expert or plumbing professional for advice. DRF Trusted Property Solutions provides and installs more water heaters than anyone in the midwest. Simply watch the Tank or Tankless video here to get a better feel for the best suited solution.

Call the hot water experts at DRF Trusted Property Solutions to receive a free quote on the solution that’s best for your property and lifestyle. 630-615-7000






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Trusted Care Meets Trusted Service | DRF and The Home Depot Serve a Local Family That’s Been Without Hot Water for Years

When The Home Depot and its trusted service partner, DRF Trusted Property Solutions, found out a local family had been without hot water for YEARS and happened to shower using camping equipment, the two partners sprang into action.

The Home Depot and DRF immediately decided something had to be done to help provide hot water for this family in need.

DRF Trusted Property Solutions is thankful for the opportunity to serve each and every one of their customers, providing them with trusted care and trusted service every time.
This particular hot water situation was no different except the need was far greater. Not having hot water for years sounds impossible, but was a reality for this local family.

Initially, in order to place a water heater on the premises, The Home Depot needed to replace flooring to support the weight of the new water heater.
Once the floor was replaced, The Home Depot provided the new water heater and their service partner, DRF Trusted Property Solutions provided the installation all at no cost to the family.

The family is now able to take hot showers without the use of camping equipment thanks the great partnership of The Home Depot and DRF Trusted Property Solutions.

For all your hot water needs, contact DRF Trusted Property Solutions, the hot water experts! 630-615-7000
Without Hot water for years

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Shopping for a Water Heater can be a Dream or a Nightmare

 Shopping for a water heater can be a dream or a nightmare.

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Let’s face it. As a homeowner, you don’t wake up and jump out of bed like an excited 6 year old on Christmas morning because you cannot wait to purchase a new replacement water heater.

That’s a Saturday morning I would prefer sleeping-in with Teddy.

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Most likely, since water heaters have a 6 – 10 year expected life, it’s probably been almost a decade since you last replaced one.

Queue the avalanche of questions falling into your brain triggering a sense of nightmarish overwhelm…

Have they changed? What do I need to research? What is the best solution for me? Tank or Tankless? How am I going to get this big tank into my home? What are the requirements for tankless? Who’s going to install my water heater? What are the steps I need to get this done right first?”

and then you wake up.

When shopping for a new water heater it’s got to be the one that is right for you. Your perfect mate, other than Teddy of course.

If you do it right, you don’t have to leave your house… or even you’re bed.

Man Calling DRF Trusted Property solutions for new water heater

You’re welcome.

All you need to do is pick up your phone and call the hot water experts: DRF Trusted Property Solutions


From there DRF’s experts can help guide you in the decision making process of which water heater solution is right for you.

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5 Things You Must Find Out when Hiring a Plumber

There are 5 things you must find out when hiring a plumber.

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1.) Reputation

It’s worth every penny when it comes to hiring the right professional so definitely consider more than just price when you select a plumbing company. Typically companies that have an excellent reputation stand by their word, care about their customers and work hard to maintain that reputation. If you wind up going with a company just because they quote the lowest price, you may end up paying for shoddy work that’s not guaranteed and could wind up causing you more money in the long run.

It’s always best to shop by reading what people say about the company. Research reviews on social media, Yelp, Angie’s List, and your local Better Business Bureau to gather a general customer perspective of the company. After all, any company can buy ad space.

2.) What’s included?

A lot of times calling around to get a price is simply that. Sometimes people forget to ask what’s all included in the price. When shopping for an expert plumber you will want to select a company that offers full service, especially when purchasing a water heater. When purchasing a water heater there is the water heater price and the installation price. A good water heater installer will quote you something that includes what you really need: the water heater of the correct size and warranty, the installation, and the haul away. The haul away is essential if you don’t want to be stuck with a giant tank you don’t know what to do with.

When speaking with a knowledgeable customer service person over the phone, be sure to ask what’s included in the service. Doing so will help you to select the best plumbing company.

3.) Timeliness

Not only is it very important to hire a company that arrives on time and completes the job as efficient as possible,it’s also important for their services to be same day when it comes to water heater installations. DRF Trusted Property Solutions installs same day if you call before 2pm on weekdays or noon on Saturday. This type of timelines is important, especially when you need hot water or your water heater is leaking all over.

4.) Experience

A lot of times a good indicator of good experience, quality work, and professionalism is how long the company you’re considering has been in business. DRF Trusted Property Solutions has been in business for over 10 years. The not so great plumbing companies come and go. Before even going with a company, make sure they’ve been in business for at least 10 years.

5.) Qualifications

Most states, including Illinois and Indiana require that most plumbing work, including water heater installations must be up to code and completed by a licensed plumber. If you hire an un-licensed plumber or “handyman”, that could be chaos and money that comes out of your wallet. It may not affect you at first, but when it comes time to sell your home, you may wind up in a problematic situation that could have been done right first.

DRF Trusted Property Solutions guarantees their work. If you are looking for a plumber, consider DRF Trusted Property Solutions for its reputation, all inclusive service, timeliness, experience, and qualifications. 630-615-7000


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Energy savings is one of the many benefits of Resource Conservation Solutions

Can you save hundreds of thousands of therms and millions of gallons of water on your multi-family, education facility, commercial building?

DRF does just that.

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DRF’s Resource Conservation Solutions team consists are specialized experts that look into your commercial building or multi-family property and see if there is an opportunity to perform upgrades that provide long term savings and capture rebates.

There are many benefits to Resource Conservation Solutions including:

  • Financing provided in compliance with the IEEFP.
  • Long term savings that can save your property more than 40% on energy costs.
  • Energy-efficient products that may help your business qualify for LEED certification – a U.S. Green Building Council program that can lead to significant tax savings.

It’s worth a look if you’re wondering if this is possible for your properties. We have many successful case studies where DRF has helped multi-property owners and board members. Click below to learn more and view our successful case studies: http://www.drftps.com/commercial-boiler

DRF’s Resource Conservation Solutions experts are available to answer any questions you may have via phone: 630-615-7000 or inquire online: http://www.drftps.com/gogreenforfree


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Back to the Future | Tanks? Where we’re going, there are no Tanks

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Back to the Future. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. Universal Pictures, 1990. Film.

Back to the Future, you awesome movie you. Classic one liners from “Great Scott” to “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

What do we mean by “where we’re going we don’t need tanks”? Well, DRF Trusted Property Solutions is bringing tankless back to the future.

The Back to the Future movie was released in 1985. Looking back you’ve probably replaced at least 3 water heaters since then since the average life of a water heater is 6 – 10 years. When you replaced your water heater tanks was it due to a leak? A flood? Low flow from the faucets? Or was it just not providing enough hot water?

No surprise on any of those possibilities. The design of a tank water heater has not changed much in well over 100 years!

But there is a scheduled change coming soon…

April 15th 2015 NAECA

On April 16th 2015 there will be changes made all over the United States mandating that manufacturers of water heaters must make water heaters more energy efficient. -. This is due to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act. Also known as NAECA.

In a nutshell, your replacement tank water heater may be bigger than it already is due to design changes like more insulation that are required to meet the new standards!

Heavy like a water heater

Yes, it is.

It doesn’t have to be this way. As Doc would say,

“You’re just not thinking fourth dimensionally.” – Doc Brown

Let’s think fourth dimensionally for a moment. Once the time comes to replace your water heater, think of going tankless. It’s the future. And DRF Trusted Property Solutions is bringing it back.

Back to the Future

Great Scott of DRF

Tank water heaters were actually invented all the way back in 1889 when Edmund Ruud patented the first tank water heater. That was a mere 4 years after Marty McFly traveled back in time to save Doc who was trapped in 1885, a time when tankless water heaters were being used Tankless have been around as early as 1868! 

Back to the Future. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. Universal Pictures, 1990. Film.

Back to the Future III. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. Universal Pictures, 1990. Film.

Like Einstein taking a backseat to the real action, many people don’t seem to remember or know tankless water heaters exist. Sadly, consumers that do know of the tankless water heater replacement option, often find themselves struggling when trying to find someone to do the installation correctly.

The Einstien of Water Heaters

Back to the Future. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. Universal Pictures, 1986. Film.


This is where many find themselves with an underqualified “professional” who seems to think they know what they’re talking about, but unfortunately something just isn’t right.


Some professionals aren't professionals

This type of experience along with improper installations have caused many issues and have given tankless and tankless installers a bad rap. The reality is that Tankless water heaters are better now than ever before if installed properly by an experienced licensed professional like the plumbers at DRF Trusted Property Solutions. The technology is here.

Tankless water heaters heat water as you need it instead of storing it in a tank and heating it over and over again. They are more energy efficient than a tank and provide an endless supply of hot water.

No extra gigawatts needed.

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DRF Trusted Property Solutions, also known as the hot water experts, has the products, professionals, and expertise to provide the tankless solution that’s right for you.

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Back to the Future II. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson,. Thomas F. Wilson. Universal Pictures, 1989. Film.


You can rest easy knowing your tankless unit has no tank to leak, provides endless hot water, and it is much smaller than a typical tank water heater. Tankless are also wall mounted well above the floor freeing up space and offering protection from floods.


Now that we’ve given you the “Sports Almanac” of the past you now know what the future holds. Use it to your advantage.

Back to the Future II. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson,. Thomas F. Wilson. Universal Pictures, 1989. Film.

Back to the Future II. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Prod. Bob Gale, Neil Canton Perf. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson,. Thomas F. Wilson. Universal Pictures, 1989. Film.

If you’re proactively searching for your next water heater replacement or need a water heater right now, get free quote here. Your future self will thank you.




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Mario or Luigi – why you should trust your plumbing to the Green Plumber.

When you say Green Plumber… you mean Luigi right?

When speaking of Nintendo adventures – sure!

If only it was as simple and as fun to attempt a plumbing job in the way Mario and Luigi do in their endless Nintendo adventures…

Super Mario Brothers Nintendo 1980sAs most can recall, Nintendo’s Mario Brothers: Mario and Luigi are two iconic video game plumbers from the 1980s.

Mario and LuigiLuigi, is Mario’s younger, twin brother who wears green overalls. Long story short – Luigi is a green plumber but not a certified Green Plumber.




 If Luigi isn’t a Green Plumber, then what is a Green Plumber?

Luigi-nintendoWhile Nintendo Power suggests that green plumber Luigi has one of the best mustaches, DRF Trusted Property Solutions suggests that having a Green Plumber certification is still one of the best assets to have when being a plumber. With this tool, DRF consistently performs plumbing jobs in such a way that it saves water and energy – an absolute must when providing the best plumbing customer care and service.

Go Green Plumbing Sprinklers Irrigation Water HeatersBecoming a Green Plumber requires the successful completion of Green Plumber certification courses. Certification courses are not exactly similar to Luigi’s conquest to defeat King Bowser, the endeavor has proven to of course  be much more difficult when attempting to become a certified Green Plumber. It requires hours of training and dedication. 





DRF Trusted Property Solutions is certified in Green Plumbing.

DRF is one of the few Green Plumbing companies in Illinois. Because DRF cares about providing customers with the best solutions to their needs, they deemed it extra important to provide solutions to customers that conserve energy as well as save them money. It is just one example of DRF’s commitment to always have the best professionals and offerings to our customers. DRF has the expertise, professionals and programs to help you make the best decisions about resource conservation in your property.  

Why you should trust your plumbing to a Green Plumber today?

green-earth-grassAlthough 2013 was considered the “Year of Luigi”, consumers in Illinois should consider this their year to work with a certified Green Plumber like DRF Trusted Property Solutions – and never look back. Doing so, consumers may be able to get energy conservation rebates on their taxes due to the energy saving devices that DRF’s Green Plumbers install. Once installed, as a plumbing customer it is smart to document all of the parts that our Green Plumber installs to list and re-reference their eligibility for a rebate later. Most plumbing appliances, such as water heaters, that bear the Energy Star logo can help to save some money on the next tax return.

Contact a green plumber for your next plumbing job here at info@drftps.com

Or simply give us a call anytime! DRF Trusted Property Solutions is happy to serve you: 630-615-7000

While you explore more about DRF Trusted Property Solutions – take a time warp back to the 1980’s with Elvira and the Mario Brothers Below – But first fill out an online energy assessment here:

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What is NAECA and how will it affect me and my water heater?

What is Naeca GraphicDRF explores how NAECA regulations affect consumers who already own or will need to purchase a water heater in the future.

NAECA stands for National Appliance Energy Conservation Act – the U.S. Government Act that regulates energy consumption of certain household appliances (including water heaters) by creating uniform efficiency standards. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulates NAECA energy efficiency requirements.

Under NAECA, new energy efficiency mandates will become effective on April 16, 2015.  Water heaters manufactured on or after this date will have to meet the new energy efficiency standards. Water heaters manufactured before this date that do not meet the new 2015 standards can still be purchased and installed after April 16, 2015. This does NOT mean you need to go out and buy a new water heater by April. If your water heater is running properly and is in good condition, you have nothing to worry about for now.

The expected lifespan of a water heater is about 6-10 years. If your water heater is around this age or is in poor condition, you may be affected by the new standards when you buy a new water heater.

The new water heaters will be taller and wider than older models. This means you may have to create more space or even move the location of your water heater if your current water heater is in a tight space. If this is the case, another option is to go with a tankless solution. A tankless water heater  provides endless hot water, lasts 20 – 30 years and there is no tank to leak. To receive a complimentary quote on a tankless solution click here.

NAECA will affect me

Another inevitable effect of these regulations is that these new water heaters will be more expensive. Manufacturers have not yet announced pricing for water heaters meeting the new standards, but a substantial price increase is likely. The increase in prices will affect all water heater retailers, plumbers and service providers.

A positive side of the new NAECA standards is that the higher-efficiency products will offer you long-term value through increased energy savings. If your water heater is due for replacement, this would also be a good time to consider the energy efficiency and lifestyle benefits of tankless water heaters.

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DRF Trusted Property Solutions recommends that you proactively shop for a new water heater now to consider all the options available to you. Call one of our Trusted Property Solutions professionals with any questions you may have about the April 16th 2015 NAECA standards change. DRF Trusted Property Solutions is honored to serve you and your hot water needs.





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