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

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.

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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The Man Cave Explored – Tank or Tankless?

Don’t let a tank cramp your style.

The first thing I think of when I think water heater is…

That’s that big ugly tank in the basement –

I currently have boxes of holiday décor, old furniture and of course many albums of fond memories all packed away in our dark and dingy basement. One of the things that’s on my “5 year plan” is to re-do the basement, so it got me thinking…

I could put up some nice drywall, paint, finish the ceiling – have it be a 2nd family room meets awesome man cave with games and sweet leather couches.

Man Cave

But what am I going to do with that big water heater in the center of the basement?

I thought it might be a hazard now, but what if it leaks once I am done with the basement re-do? I heard all water heater tanks eventually leak and I would hate for it to happen now or even later.

So I started to research online.

There we’re many reviews, both positive and negative. But I found that a lot of it was relative – to the company, to the customer’s home type, and to the plumber’s experience.

When I came across DRF’s Tank or Tankless video, it helped me to see all the pros and cons all in one place and it also informed me to where I could decide what is best for my particular situation.

In fact, when I watched Tank or Tankless, I learned that tankless water heaters have no tank to leak, and last on average 20-30 years. They also provide an endless supply of hot water. And if I wanted to take a shower for 3 days straight, I could – not that I would.

Tank or Tankless Water Heater for your Finished Basement

Not to mention, by replacing my tank water heater with a tankless, I’ll be able to re-locate it out of the middle of my basement and to an area out of the way. Long story short, tankless water heaters are pretty amazing and the pros outweigh the minimal cons.

I trust this video from the Hot Water Experts at DRF Trusted Property Solutions. When it come’s time to re-do my basement, upgrade the efficiency of my home or replace my water heater in general – I know what solution is right for me. I’m calling for a free quote right now.

After you’ve had fun with DRF’s tank or tankless water heater video – and decided how awesome tankless units are when installed by an experienced licensed plumber - check out DRF’s Pinterest board featuring amazing Man Caves that would definitely not be as awesome with a large water heater tank in the center of the cave!


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2 simple ways to find out you may have a ‘full house’ of Galvanized Pipes

You got it dude- galvanized pipe- drf blog 2Do you have a full house of piping that is at least 20 years old?

Then my guess is when it comes to galvanized… “you got it dude.” 

You probably have galvanized pipes.

But what is a galvanized pipe?

You got it dude- galvanized pipe- drf blog 3Galvanized pipe is a steel pipe that is covered with a layer of zinc to increase the life expectancy and avoid corrosion. But ironically, galvanized pipe tends to react to the minerals found in our water supply (“whats in your water?”).

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Galvanized Pipe Does Corrode

You got it dude- galvanized pipe- drf blogThe problem with this sneaky type of corrosion, is the pipe looks fine from the outside – but the efficiency of pipe may be not so efficient. The pipe may actually be clogged and you wouldn’t know it.

When it comes to galvanized pipe used with or near drain pipes, it is simply not fun and can cause a back-up or clogs. Once galvanized drain pipes begin to corrode, the pipe further collects soap scum, hair and other materials not able to escape the home due to the limited opening from that corrosion.

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When it comes to water supply lines, that’s less fun. With corroded galvanized pipe very little water is able to flow through your pipes and the flow of water out of your fixtures is slowed. “Slow Flow” anyone? This can affect water-using utilities including your water heater.  Galvanized pipes have been around since the early 19th century, but homes built more recently use copper pipe, cpvc (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride), Pex (Polyethelene), and pvc.

So your home is more than 20 years old, but still not sure?

How do you know what kind of pipes you have?

There are a couple of simple tests you can do to find out:

  • Scratch your pipe.

If you scratch and… …the area has the look of a copper penny – you’ve got copper. …the area has a silver grey color – you’ve got galvanized!

For another fun test…

  • Turn on the hot water. If the pressure is low, the house probably has galvanized pipes that have corroded and plugged up.

The hot water pipes are typically the first to be effected. Being the hot water experts, DRF often finds galvanized pipes in the home when installing a water heater and depending on the situation may recommend the replacement of the galvanized pipe to deter corroding which may effect the efficiency of your new water heater.

Would you like to have a clogged galvanized pipe in your home? My guess is…You got it dude- galvanized pipe- drf blog 4

If you are having any issues with “slow flow” you can contact the hot water experts at DRF 630-615-7000

Because calling Michelle Tanner to help with your full house of galvanized pipes she’d probably say…

For more on Water Heaters, Plumbing and more stay tuned to the DRF Blog! Have a question or something you would like to learn more about in DRF’s next blog post? Contact We’d love to hear from you!




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Is your water safe

Let’s get serious about your water. Really serious. Is your water Safe?

I recently came across an eye-opening article answering a big question: Is your water safe? What I learned was disturbing to say the least – and I had to share.

That clear, clean-looking fluid you use every day to cook, wash your clothes, bathe and quench your thirst – can be considered anything but safe.

When having a public water supply, obviously we assume that the municipalities take care of all the microorganisms that cause those crazy old-school diseases such as typhoid, cholera etc. and of course the dysentery that can cause a horrid case of the back door trots.

The municipal water supplies do clean the water, but how they need to do it is by using Chlorine.

Is your water safe? Chlorine

Chlorine sanitizes what it needs to – but can be bad in high doses

Chlorine, for the most part, is relatively safe and is used to bleach everyday paper products we use and it is used to sanitize swimming pools. Don’t freak out and start thinking you and your children need to avoid public pools and toilet paper all together –

Chlorine itself is not the entirely problem. In fact, once Chlorine is in your body, it acts pretty similar to the chlorine in salt. Where it truly becomes an issue is when it is in a higher dosage and especially when it reacts with the organic material naturally found in water it is meant to sanitize. It is there that chlorine creates something referred to as DBPs.

Let’s focus on these bad boys – Disinfection byproducts (DBPs); these are the danger in our water. I use danger lightly... These DBPs are a chemical creation that is extremely persistent and does not break down within our bodies.

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Water effects certain people differently

DBPs are 100 times more toxic than chlorine and according to the U.S Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk to people who drink chlorinated water is 93 percent higher than among those do not drink chlorinated water.

DBPs formed when chlorine is used to sanitize your water include Trihalomethanes (THMs) and those have been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. DBPs produced from chlorine in your water have been linked to heart, lung, kidney and central nervous system. There have been over 600 different DBPs that have been reported from water since 1974 and on top of that – the EPA still estimates that less than half of all chlorinated DBPs have been identified.

Your Water – Your Family – Your Life


How do you protect yourself from the water in your home? Do you need to? The answer is of course YES!

Who wouldn’t believe it is absolutely necessary to protect yourself from these harmful, carcinogenic byproducts produced when water is sanitized and sent into your home to bathe in and drink?

Sadly, science is barely scraping the surface with understanding the potential short-term and long-term effects of the sanitizing chlorine Disinfection byproducts has on the human body and the environment.

Being the hot water experts, DRF Trusted Property Solutions has many informed specialists that are here to answer your questions about water purification systems.

Please feel free to call us: 630-615-7000

Stay tuned for more blog posts on this subject matter as DRF Trusted Property Solutions brings shines a light on how safe is your water.

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5 Ways to Avoid Costly Frozen Pipes

5 Ways to Avoid Costly Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be pretty but dangerous.

frozen-pipesBefore the temperatures drop there are 5 simple things you can do to ensure your pretty pipes do not freeze and develop into an ugly situation.

#1 – The Big Door:

What is the biggest door in your house? The garage door of course! The first thing you can do to ensure pipes do not freeze this season is keep your garage door closed if there is a water supply line in your garage. Simple. Done.

#2 – Open that Cupboard!

The next thing you can do to avoid costly frozen pipes is open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (BUT: Be sure to move any potentially harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.)

#3 – Let your faucet trickle.

Believe it or not, running a trickle of water out of the faucet of exposed pipes helps avoid frozen pipes. If you have any exposed pipes during the cold weather, running a trickle out the faucet will keep it from becoming frozen.

#4 – Keep the Temp the Same.

Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and night. While many people temporarily turn down their thermostat at night to conserve cost on their heating bill – it can have an effect on your indoor pipes

#5 – Don’t Skimp!

If you will be going away during cold weather, don’t skimp! Leave the heat on in your home and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.


So you’ve done all that and you still suspect a leak?

For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional at DRF 630-615-7000



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DRF and Veteran’s Day 2014

DRF Supports Those Who Have Served OthersDRF Trusted Property Solutions Supports our Service Men and Women

At DRF Trusted Property Solutions we would like to honor the men and women who served our country for their dedication and commitment to the service of others.  For their work and sacrifices all of us at DRF extend them our heartfelt thanks. This Veteran’s Day 2014, we would like to honor the dedicated service men DRF has the privilege to employ:

Tom Roberts

 Mike Lawyer

Larry O’Connell

John Zalud

Brandon Spence

Sal DeRosa

DRF Trusted Property Solutions always seeks to hire veterans onto our staff.  There are countless reasons why hiring a veteran makes great business sense. Veterans have the proven ability to quickly learn new skills and concepts and are trained to lead by example as well as through delegation. Through their experience both on and off the battlefield, veterans have the capacity to accomplish any task without succumbing to adversity. Veterans are tremendously accountable and respect rules and procedures. Furthermore, they are sincere and trustworthy, and have the proven ability to overcome challenges and obstacles through strength and determination. For these reasons DRF works with Troops to Trades, a program of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, to help veterans find a career in this industry. To date Troops to Trades has helped veterans join the trades by providing them all-expense-paid training that allows them to find work at a company like DRF. With the strength of our dedicated team members like Mike Lawyer, Tom Roberts, Larry O’Connell, Sal DeRosa, John Zalud, and Brandon Spence, DRF Trusted Property Solutions continues to grow and thrive in the service of others. Please join DRF Trusted Property Solutions in recognizing those who have stepped forward to defend our freedom. For their work and sacrifices we extend them our heartfelt thanks. Happy Veteran’s Day 2014! DRF HERO

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DRF Sets its Sights above the Fold – Veteran’s Day 2014 is Upon Us

DRF Sets its Sights above the Fold

Veteran’s Day 2014 is Upon UsDRF Trusted Property Solutions Honors Veterans

Yesterday, 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 have the honor of employing several Veterans at our company.

In a special blog post tomorrow, DRF will have the honor of especially honoring our Veterans on Veteran’s Day tomorrow.

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Chicagoland Cooperator’s Expo – Capturing Energy Rebates

Chicagoland Cooperator’s Expo at Navy Pier

DRF sponsors the Chicagoland Cooperator’s Expo 2014

20141028_160654-2If you own a multi-family building, are a property manager, or are a board member and looking to capture some rebates for your next big project – then we hope you didn’t miss us at the Chicagoland Cooperator’s annual Expo!


20141028_141637-2DSC_4437DRF’s Resource Conservation Solutions team joined and sponsored the Chicagoland Cooperator’s annual Expo at the Navy Pier Convention Center. The Chicagoland Cooperator’s Expo is a once a year trade show that entices and excites multi-family building owners, property managers, and board members with exhibits full of service specific solutions to suit their most challenging problems.

As one of only five Corporate Sponsors of the Chicagoland Cooperator’s Expo, DRF also hosted a can’t-miss seminar: “Capturing Energy Rebates for Efficiency – and Savings”. Attendees flocked to the 10am session and listened intently while DRF Trusted Property Solutions presented the typical experience and simple process at which multi-property building owners, managers, and board members are able to capture large scale rebates while becoming more efficient with their energy usage.

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Scott Schnurr of DRF Trusted Property SolutionsAttendees were able to receive a grand insight into the quantifiable savings made possible in numerous instances by DRF and their professional Resource Conservations Solutions team.

Scott Schnurr, CEO of DRF Trusted Property Solutions moderated “Capturing Energy Rebates for Efficiency and Savings”. The audience received an inside look at how smooth the process of capturing energy rebates can be with a dedicated team of Resource Conservation Solutions professionals. Scott Schnurr of DRF Trusted Property Solutions

Speakers on the panel included representatives from the sectors of the necessary processes of capturing energy rebates. A representative from Franklin Energy (Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas) and Com Ed shared their role with the eager audience. The panel was also adorned with board president of Chatham Park Village Cooperative in Chicago. She entertained the attendees by sharing insightful information about her experience with DRF’s recent project of 62 buildings, improved in the dead of one of the coldest winters we’ve had in a long time. (2013)


Below is Chatham Park Village Cooperative in Chicago’s case study as well as a link to a few additional case studies portraying the captured rebates due to the efficient work of DRF’s Resource Conservation Solutions professionals?

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Learn more about Resource Conservation Solutions and additional case studies Click Here


DRF Trusted Property Solutions are the experts in hot water. From installing residential water heaters to improving an entire building or even multiple buildings for better energy efficiency. To learn more contact a DRF Resource Conservation Solutions professional 630-615-7000 or Click Here

DSC_4418If you own a multi-family building, are a property manager, or are a board member and looking to capture some rebates for your next big project – then we hope you didn’t miss us at the Chicagoland Cooperator’s annual Expo!


If you did, that’s a-okay because we’ve got a video of the good stuff right here you can watch again and again: (Click to download video here!)


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DRF and Breast Cancer Awareness

DRF is in the Fight towards a Future that Looks Bright!

DRF Trusted Property Solutions BCADRF has been busy! As most of our fan base knows, DRF is “in the fight” against breast cancer.

To help in the fight towards a future that looks bright, DRF Trusted Property Solutions is making a donation for every water heater installed during the month of October. This donation per water heater installed will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Research foundation, also known as BCRF, is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. BCRF’s mission is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

DRF Trusted Property SolutionsBehind the scenes, as DRF promotes breast cancer awareness, the DRF plumbers stock their trucks with the well-known pink breast cancer awareness wristbands. These stylish wristbands convey the combination of our DRF Breast Cancer Awareness slogan with a Breast Cancer Awareness motto: “DRF is in the fight… No one fights alone”.

When a customer has a hot water expert, a DRF licensed plumber, install their water heater, not only are they partaking in an excellent investment for the future of their home, but they are likewise taking part in the fight towards a future that looks bright for breast cancer.DRF Trusted Property Solutions

Upon arrival, our plumbers will be wearing pink sunglasses. A pink breast cancer wristband is then left behind with our customer once the water heater installation is complete. This special breast cancer wristband represents a $10 donation towards the fight, donated to BCRF. Carefully etched upon the inside of the wristband is our website and phone number should our customers like to further help spread the word this October to their friends.

So that all of us at DRF may further make a difference, our customers, followers and friends are welcomed to match our donation through the Breast Cancer Awareness information section of the DRF Trusted Property Solutions’ website. To learn more about our match donation opportunity, receive an instant quote on your next water heater, and join us in the fight, click here:

In the meantime behind the scenes, our Plumbers will continue to help promote breast cancer awareness by wearing their wristband; not to mention, sporting Breast Cancer Awareness pink shades to remind everyone this month: DRF is in the fight towards a future that looks bright!

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