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.
Behind 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.
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.
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!
There is an accumulation of sediment in the tank (even in small amounts) that will create noises which begin shortly after the main burner ignites and the tank bottom heats up. The sound is usually described as popping, rumbling or boiling in the tank.
There are minerals in everyone’s water supply which settle to the tank’s bottom after being heated. Once they settle they form a hard layer of scale in which small air pockets form between the tank and the layer of sediment.
As the minerals are continually heated the air pockets are released thus creating the noise.
Just like that non-toxic “rotten-egg” smell that you have due to materials interacting with one another found in your water, sediment is also in all water supplies and there is no way to completely stop it from forming in the conventional water heater. [FREE Tankless Quote]
Periodic draining does help, but it will not always eliminate the problem all together.
Expansion and contraction of some metal parts during periods of heat up and cool down is not uncommon and does not represent harmful or dangerous conditions.
Condensation may also cause sizzling and popping noises within the burner area during heating periods.
That loud banging sound you hear in your pipes is referred to as a “water hammer” noise and that sound is due to high water pressure in the home’s plumbing system. That high pressure can result in leaking water heaters, pounding water pipes and excessive wear on appliances. The water hammer or “surge” is caused by the bounced back or shock of highly pressurized water when a fixture or appliance is opened or closed quickly.
To avoid damage to the water heater DRF recommends installing a pressure regulating valve upstream to your plumbing system that will maintain the outlet pressure to about 45 to 50 pounds per square inch or installing a properly sized expansion tank.
DRF Trusted Property Solutions is your hot water expert. If you have questions, we have answers! Want to find the perfect water heater to suit your specific needs? Call 630-615-7000
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October 20th, 2014 | Carly Bos
“Smelly Water” – Smelling Eggs When No one’s Making Breakfast?
Ever smell that nasty smell of “rotten eggs” coming from your water?
No worries, this “smelly water” is not toxic. Most often “smelly water” will be noticed with well water or typically when a water heater has not been used for a long period of time (vacations, etc.).
But why? What makes that nasty smell? And is it really harmless?
The smell is an effect of the combined presence of hydrogen, sulfur, and bacteria. In every water heater there is an anode rod installed within the tank which protects the tank’s surface, but this is also what can generate just enough hydrogen to create an odor when it interacts with the sulfur in the water or bacteria in the tank.
Once the hydrogen and sulfur combine to form the hydrogen sulfide gas that gives off the rotten egg, smelly, odor to the water.
The smelly water is harmless and is non-toxic, but it still smells horrible and you don’t want to cook, bathe or wash dishes and clothes in it… so what to do?
There are several different ways to deal with a smelly water problem, and DRF Trusted Property Solutions can help with this or any other water-related issue. Contact us for help in answering questions about water and water heaters. We can also help guide you to the perfect solution to any plumbing-related problem. For more information, to ask a question, or for a free quote on services or your next water heater, call or click today. 630.615.7000 www.drftps.com
So when the old steel beast smells like he’s making rotten eggs for breakfast– It’s time to call the hot water experts at DRF where a professional, licensed plumber can provide you with a trusted solution.
Have something you would like to see answered on the blog? Contact the experts at DRF Trusted Property Solutions by emailing us: TheExperts@drftps.com
Fall is approaching – that means it’s time to crafty in the Bathroom
No, this is not going to be a blog post featuring the little Charmin bears talking about their potty habits. We suppose you don’t even have to be in the bathroom to do these crafts, but we are going get the supplies to do some fun projects from the good ole’ oval office.
DRF is on a roll this season, enticing all of our customers to remember to contact DRF when they have a plumbing installation or call DRF (630-615-7000) when your water heater fails. If you don’t already know this, we are the water heater experts in all of Chicagoland. We install 10,000 water heaters a year on average. In Cook, Will, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties we’ve installed over 100,000 water heaters.
Doesn’t everyone want something done right the first time? Of course. That goes without saying.
Without further delay drum roll please…
This season’s toilet paper roll craft idea extravaganza by DRF Trusted Property Solutions:
The Good Ole’ Custom Bird Feeder
Pretty sure almost every child has done this one. It’s a classic.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Step 1 Spread the peanut butter onto the tube with a butter knife. Take note that if you spread it on too thin you won’t have as many seeds sticking, be a little generous were not making a sandwich!
Step 2 Coat the tube with bird seed. Have fun and get the seeds on there! Roll the tube on a plate but you can also try putting it on with your hands, it’s your choice!
Step 3 And for the last step tie some string through the tube making sure you leave enough hanging space so the bids can sit comfy!
Crepe Paper (found at most party stores)
Elmer’s Glue or Hot Glue Gun
Step 1 Wrap toilet paper roll with crepe paper until desired thickness is achieved.
Step 2 Apply glue to back of eyes and peel crepe paper edges back so you can place eyes underneath the paper slightly.
Toilet Paper Roll
2 Golf Tees
Step 1 Select one end of the toilet paper roll and cut random slices into the edge.
Step 2 With a black marker mark off 1/3rd of the toilet paper set for hair. Fill in.
Step 3 Take green paint and paint the rest of your Frankie
Step 4 Glue googley eyes on below hairline.
Step 5 Stick in golf tees on either side of head and draw your smile with black marker.
Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins
1 Sheet of Brown Felt
1 Sheet of Green Felt
3 Lime Green “Pipe Cleaners” (no pun intended)
Quilters Fabric Squares
Step 1 Lay fabric square out and place full toilet paper roll on top of fabric in center.
Step 2 Take each of the 4 corners and place them into the open end of the roll. Keep tucking until the ends of the fabric are inside and the outer edge around the roll is taught.
Step 3 Slice the brown felt width wise into 3 strips of brown felt.
Step 4 Roll up the strips and insert them into the hole where the fabric was tucked.
Step 5 Cut leaf shapes out of green felt and insert into tucking hole.
Step 6 Take pipe cleaner and wrap around your finger and slide off the top of your finger.
Step 7 Shape unevenly the spiraled pipe cleaner and place one end into the tucking hole.
Now take these fun little ideas and get crafty!
In the meantime remember, DRF Trusted Property Solutions is your go to for all your plumbing needs – and we’re not afraid to have fun with it. Have a question about your plumbing? Call the experts 630-615-7000
Have a fun craft you want to share with DRF Trusted Property Solutions? Comment on our blog!
Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise. You’ll enjoy the water experience more by knowing and practicing safety precautions. With this article, DRF Trusted Property Solutions will help you to learn how to keep your child safe as he splashes.
Hot water burns can put a child in the hospital or even cause death. The burns happen most often in the bathroom and tend to be more severe because a larger portion of the body is burned.
Lots of scalds happen in the bathroom when:
a child is placed in a dangerously hot bath
hot water is added once a child is already in the water, and he puts a hand or foot under the running hot water
water in the bath hasn’t been swirled, so there are hot and cold areas
Children turn on the taps themselves
Children ages 4 and younger are at the greatest risk for death from a burn. They may get badly burned because they are not able to get out of water is that is too hot. Always test the water before your child gets into the tub or shower.
You can further safety proof scalding possibilities by setting the temperature of your water heater. This is done by moving the dial’s settings to be under 120°F below the red triangle.
Set the thermostat on your water heater on low or no higher than 120°F (49°C) or lower. A child can be scalded in 2 to 3 seconds in water that is only 5 degrees warmer than this.
If you cannot control the temperature of the water heater (because you live in an apartment, for example), you can install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads. The device will sense the water temperature and keep it from getting over 120°F (49°C).
Here are some easy ideas by DRF Trusted Property Solutions for preventing scalds in the bath:
Ensure that the water coming out of your taps is at a maximum of 120°F. This is a low-risk temperature for hot water burns. You’ll need a licensed plumber, such as a DRF Trusted Property Solutions plumber, to install your water heater or the hot water supply piping to your bathroom.
Install anti-scald devices on taps and shower outlets. These are available from hardware and safety product stores.
Consider child-resistant taps or tap guards in the bath.
Turn on the cold water first, then the hot. When turning the water off, turn the hot water off first. Teach your child to do the same.
Don’t let young children touch faucet handles during a bath.
Make sure all faucets are properly labeled “HOT” or “COLD.”
Never leave a child alone in the bathroom for any reason. They could get burned by hot water or drown.
Here are some common hot water safety questions and answers about hot water heater settings:
If I turn the hot water heater setting down, will the dishes in the dishwasher and the clothes in the washing machine still get clean?
Yes. Soap works well in water with a temperature of 120°F (49°C).
Will my baby get more colds if the hot water isn’t very hot?
No. Hot water has nothing to do with getting colds.
Will I save money on utility bills by turning down the temperature setting?
Yes. On the average, for every 10°F (6°C) that you turn the temperature down, you will save 4% on the water-heating portion of your utility bill.
I don’t know where the thermostat of my hot water heater is, and I don’t know how to set the temperature. Who can help?
For electric water heaters, call your local utility company to adjust the thermostat. Some companies offer this service at no charge.
Gas water heater thermostats differ and it’s best to call your local gas company for instructions.
If you live in an apartment or condo, contact the building manager.
After changing the thermostat setting, you can check the hot water temperature by holding a candy or meat thermometer under the faucet.
DRF Trusted Property Solutions are your plumbing and hot water experts. Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise. You will further enjoy the water experience more by knowing and practicing safety precautions.
Feel free to contact DRF Trusted Property Solutions. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have about your plumbing needs. 630-615-7000
Unfortunately, we’re not taking a time machine back to the 60s to stare at lava lamps here, but we are going to share something pretty groovy with you. We are going to share with you what we at DRF call, the Blue Bag.
When it comes to buying and installing a new water heater, there are a few additional amenities DRF offers and includes in 3 separate packages to enhance the overall efficiency of your water heater installation and maintenance.
Although, some residents enjoy the Basic package which includes basic installation, the temperature and pressure (T&P) valve and dies, other residents believe that there is an opportunity for investment in the next decade of hot water enjoyment for their family. These residents perceive that a purchase of a water heater must be handled as a proactive investment for the lifetime of the water heater.
The customers that tackle the new water heater purchase with the idea that the purchase is a proactive investment, find preference towards DRF’s all-inclusive 2nd and 3rd package offerings, called the Safety and Assurance Package and the Property Protection Package. These packages are where the Blue Bag makes its debut!
What is so special about the Blue Bag? It holds a treasure trove of protective safety essentials for your home and family. For instance, the Blue Bag for the Safety and Assurance package includes a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector along with a water alarm.
The carbon monoxide and natural gas detector is two alarms in one and easily plugs into a wall for installation. This carbon monoxide and natural gas detector has a 5 year warranty and picks up propane, natural gas and carbon monoxide. This alarm even has a safety mechanism to protect during power outages wherein an emergency battery will kick in to ensure the alarm continues to detect efficiently. This particular alarm is smart too… with the push of a button it can recall the highest danger level ever detected.
The water alarm included in the Safety and Assurance package and Property and Protection package safeguards against water and moisture collection that can cause mold or even flooding. Overall, the water alarm detects leaks before they cause expensive water damage. How is this possible and do you need to install it? No installation required. By placing the water alarm on the floor near a water source, the water alarm will detect as little as 1/32” of water. The alarm is is loud and can be heard throughout the house and will continue to alarm for up to 3 days.
While purchasing a water heater and selecting the Safety and Assurance package or Property and Protection package from DRF Trusted Property Solutions, you are further protecting you and your family’s safety and property.
Those who embrace either one of our 2 aforementioned all-inclusive installation packages, also find our invisible DRF Bumper to Bumper Warranty which matches the manufacturer’s Warranty.
But what makes the Property Protection package different than the Safety and Assurance you ask? The Property Protection package includes all of the Safety and Assurance products, but adds the cherry on top of the sundae: a Flood Stop Kit. This is the ultimate protection of property which is what makes the DRF Blue Bag so special. The Flood Stop Kit includes a Motorized Ball Valve, Flood Stop Control Unit, Water Sensor, and Wall adapter with control panel. This Flood Stop Kit stops damage before it really starts by automatically turning off the water supply to your water heater when a leak is detected. Your DRF Trusted Property Solutions licensed plumber installs this for you along with the water heater installation.
DRF Trusted Property Solutions offers 3 packages when it comes to your water heater, the Basic Package, the Safety and Assurance package, and the Property and Protection package. When choosing the Safety and Assurance Package or Property Protection Package, you receive DRF’s special Blue Bag filled with the treasure trove of safety products featured above, which will further protect the family you love and the property you cherish from leaks, floods, natural gas fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. DRF Trusted Property Solutions is your professionally licensed go-to company for water heater repair, maintenance, and installation. Ask us about our Safety and Assurance and Property Protection packages today to receive your special Blue Bag! 630-615-7000
Water heaters are a necessary element in a home. They heat water by gas or electricity. However, they are not too welcome as house décor. With this in mind, DRF Trusted Property Solutions has curated a collection of simple, crafty and safe solutions to hide your water heater.
So you say your water heater isn’t pretty? Understood. Especially, after many years of hard work, that old-beater water heater can stick out like a sore thumb. Where to start? Well, simply ask yourself “What would Martha Stewart Do?”
Residents are discovering creative ways to hide their water heater and improve their home’s overall style. One of the ways to do this is to build a water heater enclosure.
Found on junkchiccottage.blogspot.com
The Corner Enclosure with Door
This creative water heater enclosure utilizes a corner space and two white doors that enclose the water heater and allow for a modest access with the turn of a knob.
Local building codes are one of the first things that you need to check before you consider putting up a wall to conceal to your hot water heater. Consult your local building codes and regulations before embarking upon this decorative project.
Found on tinyhousetalk.com
The Tankless Enclosure
This is a tankless water heater model. Tankless are the best water heater products on the market right now. Tankless are more energy efficient than the regular water heaters. Tankless water heaters provide you with continuous hot water, are significantly smaller in size, reduce energy bills, are installed elevated which avoids flooding issues, and reduce monthly energy costs. They are even storable outdoors.
The Corner Enclosure with Removable Walls
In some residential homes, their water heater is in their laundry room. This makes an excellent opportunity to fill a corner space with 2 easily removable wall enclosures.
Local building codes may require that you use certain types of materials or may make specifications regarding the distance of the wall from your water heater. Don’t put up a wall only to find later that you need to take it down or pay a hefty fine because it doesn’t meet legal specifications.Check with your local building codes to ensure making sure these walls are up to code.
By making the walls transitional you will be able to get to your hidden water heater and that will help ease the access for maintenance and repair.
By adding some dry erase boards and cork boards to hold “to do” lists, reminders, or even the typical random found sock mate, can make your transitional wall enclosure even more functional!
Found on thepenningtonpoint.com
The Ultimate Jewlery Box
Ladies, time to get excited! Some residents occupying apartments and condos may have their water heater in their bathroom. You may have the luxurious hot water for that bubble bath you’ve been dreaming about all day, but it’s certainly not something that you want to stare at as you bathe.
This fantastic design comprises a wall that holds jewelry and doubles as a door to the hot water heater. Creative, functional and genius!
Found on apartmenttherapy.com
The Simple Curtain = The Simple Fire Hazzard
You can find a rod and curtain at IKEA for under $20 to hide your water heater – But let’s not. This style enclosure is great for closets, bookcases and storage. Avoid using curtains or other flammable materials that may sway in the breeze when decoratively hiding your water heater. These can be a dangerous fire hazard.
The Folding Walls – A Classic
Sometimes construction just isn’t in the cards. Constructing a wall or two may be an expensive and difficult venture to pull off. Consider alternative strategies before diving in head first into a project that may overwhelm you. For instance, portable and decorative room dividers can easily be used in place of a permanent wall, as can louvered doors.
Folding walls are excellent, light weight and cost roughly under $100. You can buy them at almost any retailer like Target, Walmart and Meijer. Or simply create a DIY project using old doors or scraps of wood and rustic paint. Check out Martha’s way to creatively paint a door here.
From doors to walls and everything in between, it can be fun and functional to creatively hide your water heater. All it takes is a rainy afternoon and one of these creative ideas curated especially for our customers at DRF Trusted Property Solutions. With a little bit of effort, channeling a little Martha Stewart, and using any of these safe suggestions you will be able to hide your water heater in style.
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Or how about a giant rebate check for over 600k for your resource conservation?
DRF Trusted Property Solutions Saves Chatham Village Cooperate $656,245
By partnering with a resource conservation solutions specialist like DRF Tusted Property Solutions, it is an efficient way to make a difference. You will save time, money and energy.
Our most recent project, Chatham Park Village Cooperative replaced 65 boilers and 63 commercial water heaters with 126 modulating condensing boilers and 84 indirect water heaters, earning them a utility rebate of $656,245.
To-date, DRF has helped commercial buildings, multi-family properties and educational facilities save hundreds of thousands of dollars, and millions of therms, including:
To find out more about installing energy-efficient commercial HVAC systems, boiler equipment, water heaters, and more through our Resource Conservation Solutions program, contact us today at 630-615-7000, or complete our online information request. We serve businesses, properties and universities in Chicago, Aurora, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, and other communities throughout the Chicagoland area.
Many people do not know. We often guess… “I think it is between 12-13 years maybe?”
Truth is, most of us don’t know the exact age of our water heater off the top of our heads and tend to gauge on our answer, which can have dire consequences.
Let’s face it: time flies and before we know it, a decade has gone by and all we really know is nothing is wrong with our water heater… yet.
But that day will come when your water heater begins to sound as though it’s making you popcorn for movie night. That day will come when you strut down those basement steps excited to take a blissful walk down memory lane only to find your big steel beast has now become a vengeful monster that‘s anointed your basement floor with its water-leaking wrath, ruining countless boxes of your once-loved Beanie Babies from the 90s, but more importantly the archived photos and videos of your truly beloveds.
When is it time to let your water heater go?
The smart answer is before that happens and there’s more to that:
By replacing your water heater in advance before it goes wild, you will avoid having to make an emergency replacement which can cost you time and energy for on the spot emergency assistance. By having a new energy efficient water heater, you will start saving money right away in energy bills and repair. You will also be able to shop around for an efficient unit that qualifies for incentives and rebates if you decide to be proactive in a replacement.
If you have a water heater that is older than 10 years, then it is time to call the experts at DRF. DRF Trusted Property Solutions will give you a lifetime workmanship guarantee, a 30 day best price guarantee, and same day installation.