Four Seasons Plumber, Jose Figueroa, appeared on the 5 P.M. Telemundo News to provide expert advice on maintaining your plumbing system in preparation for expected flash and river flooding as temperatures rise throughout Chicago. Most importantly, Figueroa, comments on the method necessary to test if your sump pump is still operational.
“If you are unsure that your sump pump is working correctly, use a five gallon jug of water, fill the sump pump up until it triggers the device. If the water drains, your sump pump is working correctly.”
- Jose Figueroa
Four Seasons Plumber
The report goes on to interview the Commissioner of Water Management, Thomas Powers, who advocates for all homeowners to spend a few minutes clearing the ice off the drains outside their homes. This will help the drainage system process the water and reduce the chance of flooding in your neighborhood.
ABC7 Reports on the potential for river flooding as well as flash flooding on the roads of Chicago due to sudden rain and a period of rapidly rising temperatures. The story goes on to cover Palos Hills resident, Bob Sabel, and his appointment with Four Seasons plumber, Sidney Kincaid. Even though Sabel’s sump pump was fully operational when he called Four Seasons, he stated that his pump was “eleven years old…so I knew this one was living on borrowed time.” Kincaid commented that sump pumps towards the end of their lifespan are likely to fail during the swift and heavy workload bound for the Chicago area region.
ABC7 continues with reports of homeowners throughout Chicago land heading for local hardware stores searching for answers and precautions they can take to minimize the flooding risk in their homes.
The segment concludes with Kincaid briefly demonstrating the method necessary to test your sump pump. Simply pour water in the pit and manually lift the sump pump’s float switch; if your pump is fully operational, these steps will trigger the drain mechanism.
“If [your sump pump is] not working or it’s working intermittently, that tells us right there that you’re going to have problems.”
The dangerous temperatures that assaulted Chicago land are some of the lowest in history. When temperatures reach those depths, machines often face difficulty causing thousands of furnaces to break down unexpectedly. Four Seasons was up to the task in the recent weeks answering and providing solutions for each and every family in need.
NBC5 reports on one such request in Wicker Park at the home of Felicia Pratt who reported her furnace was making a loud noise in the middle of the night upon ignition. This furnace would then deactivate soon after it started. Certified Four Seasons Technician, Tony Michalak, diagnosed the problem as a malfunctioning blower motor. The motor was failing to circulate the air in Pratt’s furnace causing the temperature levels inside the unit to exceed the internal limits. This triggered a safety mechanism to shut off the furnace before any significant damage was done. Once the blower motor was replaced, Felicia Pratt’s home had heat once again.
With temperatures plummeting for the second time in three weeks, the Four Seasons Plumbers are back on the streets working tirelessly to assist the residents of Chicago land and Northwest Indiana with any and all plumbing emergencies. ABC7 reports on the story of local homeowner, Barbara Sciacchitano.
After returning from a two week vacation, Sciacchitano immediately knew there was a problem when she entered her freezing cold home. Four Seasons Plumber, Ruben Rabbers, discovered that the plumbing system and radiators had completely frozen solid in Sciacchitano’s absence. When pipes freeze, they have the potential to crack and burst as the stagnant water within the pipes freezes and expands. Unfortunately for Sciacchitano, this was precisely the situation in her home. Though Rabbers was quoted saying that this was the worst case he had seen this season, he was more than able to correct the problem and provide Sciacchitano with a fully-functional plumbing system once more.
For the second year in a row, Four Seasons hosted a Coat Drive to benefit the local community. The recipient of Four Seasons’ generous donation was Walker Elementary School located just a few miles from the Four Seasons office in Bedford Park. The school was in need of winter gear to help keep their students warm this season, and Four Seasons was happy to provide.
Coats, hats, scarves, gloves and more were donated by the staff and crew at Four Seasons between the dates of December 2 and January 10. By the end of the drive, enough clothing was raised to provide for dozens of students in need of winter apparel.
Between January 5-8, Chicago land and nearly the rest of the country experienced extreme, record-breaking weather as temperatures dropped below -40° with the wind chill. In the wake of these conditions, families everywhere have turned to Four Seasons for assistance with their frozen pipes and broken furnaces.
To respond to the needs of Chicago land and Northwest Indiana, the Four Seasons plumbers worked double shifts for days helping as many families as they could. ABC7 reports on one such case at a near West Side apartment where roommates have spent three days without running water.
After once again restoring hot water to the apartment, Four Seasons Plumber, Ruben Rabbers, went on to recommend several tips to help prevent frozen pipes.
Keep faucets at a slow trickle when not in use. Allowing the water to flow will decrease the potential of frozen pipes.
Add pipe insulation to keep the cold away from the flowing water.
Open the cabinets underneath the sink to allow the air from the building to warm the pipes.
“We’re all pitching in to help Chicago land through this crisis. Though the extreme weather may be over for now, if your plumbing system was damaged over the past few days, don’t hesitate to call Four Seasons.”
Dave Musial, Owner & CEO
Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing
Four Seasons has once again been honored with the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award. This marks the ninth consecutive year earning this commendation. Four Seasons has earned the award in the Water Heater, Air Duct Cleaning, and Heating & AC categories. Additionally, Four Seasons Home Services also won the award in the Windows category.
The Angie’s List Super Service Award is the highest honor given by the organization and is only bestowed to companies who continue to promote exemplary ethics within their business practices. Angie’s List is an online review website similar to Yelp where registered users are able to log on and testify to the quality of a certain business. Over two million households nationwide trust Angie’s List as their online referral source, and the website itself collects ratings and reviews on over 720 different types of services and industries.
Four Seasons employees gather and weigh the collected food.
Four Seasons once again collected non-perishable food items for the FSHAC 3rd Annual Food Drive to benefit the Bridgeview Community Center through December 9th. Boxes upon boxes of pastas, dried fruit, oatmeal and more have been collected at the FSHAC office from a multitude of generous donations.
In total, Four Seasons raised 493 pounds of non-perishable foodstuffs for the Community Center!
Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Four Seasons is conducting a Coat Drive for Walker School located only a few miles from the FSHAC office in Bedford Park. Walker School is in need of coats, gloves, and general winter wear for students and families unable to afford them on their own. The 2nd Annual Four Seasons Coat Drive will continue on through January 10th.
Due to technicians stationed all throughout Chicago land and Northwest Indiana, Four Seasons has been able to promptly respond to the massive influx of service calls and heating related emergencies caused by the frigid temperatures dropping below 0° with the wind chill. ABC 7 reports on one such service call to the home of Jennifer Burke whose twin toddlers awoke to a freezing cold bedroom.
Service technician, Rick Droesch, discovered a broken motor in the families furnace. Because all 350 trucks in the Four Seasons fleet are equipped with nearly all replacement parts, Droesch was able to repair the Burke family’s furnace on the spot restoring heat to the home and the young boys.
Four Seasons provides 24 hour emergency repairs across their entire service area with no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays. If you encounter a problem with your home heating system, call Four Seasons for fast, professional assistance from Chicago’s most trusted heating and cooling authority.
Four Seasons Home Services has been recognized in the August 2013 issue of Qualified Remodeler Magazine, a monthly publication of the prestigious Cygnus Business Media Company, as the nation’s 6th largest remodeling contractor with top performance in the Basement Finishing, Room Additions, and Decks categories.
In the remodeling industry as a whole, revenue has dropped nearly 16% in the last year. With hard economic times, less and less families are inclined to commission large remodeling contracts for their homes. Yet, despite the industry downswing, Four Seasons Home Services continues to grow and attract new business. Other voices in the industry attribute success in a waning industry to gearing business more towards customer “needs” as opposed to “customer wants,” and that’s exactly what Four Seasons has done.
By providing top notch room addition and basement finishing services, Four Seasons is providing their customers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana the essential space they need to accommodate their family in their home.
“We’d like to thank Qualified Remodelers for the commendations, but truly our success is the result of our crew’s hard work, our design team’s inspiration, and the attention to detail we provide every customer who walks through our door. There’s a bond of trust when you let a company into your home, preserving that trust is the first and last step of every project we undertake.”
– Ryan Bruinsma, President and Owner, Four Seasons Home Services