Monthly Archives: March 2014

How Old Is Your Sump Pump?


We live in what was known as the Black Swamp. Well over 100 years ago, our forefathers started draining it to provide some of the richest farm ground in North America, but the water table remains high most of the time. With homes that have basements, it is necessary to have a sump pump to keep the basement dry. Since Spring rains will be coming soon we will rely heavily on our sump pumps.

When was the last time your sump pump was replaced or checked? We recommend replacing a sump pump when it is 10 years old or older. If your sump pump runs quite often, you may consider replacing it more often. Another option is our exclusive “Flood Guard” alternating sump pump system. With Flood Guard two sump pumps are installed in your sump pit. Every time the water level rises, the opposite pump is energized to pump the water out. If the primary pump fails or cannot handle the load, the second pump will automatically start protecting your home. When the second pump starts, it also sounds a very loud alarm to alert you that there is a problem. We developed this system more than 20 years ago and now have a solid state control panel.

Another option if you have city water, is a water powered back up sump pump. This option provides a pump that needs no electricity and is designed strictly for an emergency situation such as a power outage or failed primary pump. These pumps will not pump as much water as a conventional sump pump, but normally will handle the load when necessary.

Please give us a call to find out the best way to protect your home 419-823-9143

Have Cooling Anywhere…


With Ductless Mini-Split air conditioning systems, cooling just about any space is possible.  Homes heated with hot water, electric baseboard or ceiling cable, family room additions, bonus rooms, basements, sunrooms, home offices, conference rooms are some of the options. The Ductless Mini-Split air conditioning units consist of an indoor unit that can be either wall mounted or concealed and ducted, and an outdoor unit that is connected to the indoor unit. The indoor and outdoor units are extremely quiet and have endless possibilities for installations. Did I mention they can heat also? Yes, with a heat pump version they can take care of all of the heating and cooling requirements for a room.

We have installations in many sunrooms that were originally designed as a 3 season room to take care of the heating and cooling to increase the functionality of the room. That bonus room above the garage that was finished off for the kids can be extremely hot in the summer and cold in the winter.  Adding a mini-split unit air conditioning unit will regulate the temperature in a safe and reliable way.

The Ductless Mini-split only requires a small opening through a wall that is fully sealed. The connecting lines are concealed on the outside of the home in a material that is specifically designed for this application making a neat and aesthetically pleasing installation. If you presently cool with window units this is a great replacement, eliminating the back breaking job of putting them in and taking them out every year.

Contact us at 419-823-9143 for additional information about your air conditioning service and repair needs.