Cast Iron Collapse in Cary


Many people think cast iron pipes are the way to go. They are supposed to be strong, durable, and inexpensive, but this is not always the case. Due to the contents inside the sewer, cast iron is subject to rust and rot. There are three major reasons cast iron sewer pipes lead to backups. The […]

Clay Tile Sewer Pipe Disaster in Mount Prospect


CLAY TILE SEWER PIPE DISASTER IN MOUNT PROSPECT Sewer pipes come in several different materials. Each type has it’s usefulness, but bad consequences. A particular home in Mount Prospect happened to have it’s sewer made from clay tile. Clay tile is a cheap and widely used material to build a network of sewer pipes. Stability […]

Wendys Sewer Fixed Overnight


Wendy’s restaurant in DeKalb, Illinois was facing a big problem. The cast iron sewer pipes in the restaurant were “rotted out” from the years of soda pop going down them. The bad pipes were located under the drive-thru lane where they connected to the manhole. The sewer kept backing on up them and the health […]

Ben Franklin Plumbing Comes Thru in Emergency at Northwestern’s Hospital in Grayslake

Grays Lake Surgery Center

Pepper Construction had a serious problem at Northwestern Grayslake’s new Surgery Center in Grayslake, Il. recently.  Northwestern Grayslake Hospital’s 2011, $49 million expansion consists of 70,900 square feet in new construction with the surgery center as its centerpiece. The expansion was awarded LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council. LEED is a performance oriented […]

Cast Iron Drains + Soda Pop = Problem that we can fix!


Crabby’s Pub in Stickney, Il., owned and operated by a retired Cicero Fire Chief and his wife, had a big problem. The 50 year old cast iron drains under the bar and main seating area were rotted out from the years of soda pop eating away at them. The smell from the stagnant beer and […]

Ben Franklin Plumbing wins Trenchless Sales Award


The Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a luxury resort in Phoenix Arizona, was the site of the Clockwork IP,LLC Franchisee Brand Dominance Convention. At their Awards Gala, Mark Carpenter of DeKalb and Ben Franklin Plumbing of Northern Illinois received the award for the ‘Top Scoreboard Performer’ in Trenchless Sales Revenue. Not only did Ben Franklin Plumbing of […]

BFP reaches Platinum Installer status for Perma-Liner


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of DeKalb, Illinois has been a Perma-Liner Lateral Lining installer since February of 2009. Mark Carpenter along with his drain cleaning crew was trained in Lateral Lining Inversion process as well as Pull in Place Lining. BFP has demonstrated their ability to install lateral lines 2″ to 10″ in sewer, storm, pool […]

Country Club Sewer Pipe has a Hole In One


The main sewer line coming from the kitchen through the men’s locker room at Kishwaukee Country Club, was continuing to back up raw sewage on to the carpet in the men’s locker room. This had been an ongoing problem for years. The KCC board of directors had several other plumbing companies try to solve the problem […]

College Stays Open During Pipe Break


A broken sewer pipe under the administrative admission offices at Oakton Community College was causing big problems enrolling new students this fall. The problem was discovered the first day of enrollment and literally shut down offices. The problem needed to be solved and right now! The school maintenance crew was ready to dig up the […]

When Digging is NOT an Option – Call Ben Franklin of Northern Illinois


WCPT AM/FM Radio a Chicago progressive talk radio station owned by the Newsweb Corporation (who also owns WDEK 92.5 in DeKalb) found Ben Franklin of Northern Illinois on the internet and called them in to do a special project. Director of Engineering Michael G. McCarthy, CSRE, CEA for Newsweb Radio Company, needed Ben Franklin for a […]

Gas Company Drill Through Your Sewer Line?


Ben Franklin of Northern Illinois and Perma-Liner save the day when a gas company drilled a line through the sewer at a historic home in Lake Geneva. The resident called in BFP, who found the problem, and fixed it with the Perma-Liner pipe lining system.

Another Broken Water Line Fixed Without Digging


The monument water fountain at Hamilton Partners in Downers Grove was not being used for the last two years because of a broken water line directly under the fountain. Estimates to repair the problem were in excess of $15,000. The maintenance crew were ready to tunnel under the fountain themselves when one of the crew […]

Ben Franklin fixes Popeye’s pipes without disrupting business


The Popeye’s Restaurant in Lake Geneva had a major problem with sewage backing up into the restaurant on a regular basis. The bottom of the cast iron pipe running down the middle of their dining room had rotted out from all the acidic liquids traveling down the pipe (soda pop, tomato sauce, ect.) If they […]

BFP and Perma-Liner Fix Fire Department Sewer Line


The main drain lines in the Elburn Fire Department were backing up, causing a big mess in the firehouse that is normally spotless.  Fire Chief Tate Hayle contacted Ben Franklin Plumbing of Northern Illinois to repair the main drain that ran through the middle of the firehouse garage floor. Ben Franklin Plumbing was able to make the repairs […]

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