Tools of The Trade

Sewer lining Trailer

I’ve been Emailed questions from readers who just can’t visualize exactly what I am talking about, so this blog is to show the readers the tools of our trade. Ben Franklin Northern Illinois saves home and business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by offering sewer re-ling as opposed to the old-fashioned way […]

Trenchless Sewer Repair On Chicago Toll Road

Skyway Toll Road

The Chicago Skyway Bridge is a 7.8-mile toll road built in 1958 to connect the Dan Ryan Expressway to the Indiana Toll Road. In 2002, the Chicago Skyway attracted a record 18.7 million motorists whose tolls amounted to $43 million dollars in revenue–twice the $21.5 million in tolls collected in 1993. In 2003, during the […]

Broken Sewer Under Golf Rd Fixed With No Dig

McGrath Morton Grove

A new car dealership in Morton Grove Illinois is getting ready to open it’s doors. Construction was on schedule, until the construction company found a small problem…and it wasn’t so small. They found an 8″ sewer pipe leading from the building was cracked, broken, and needed to be replaced. Ripping up pavement and dirt that […]

Plumbing Problem Under Pool


Inground pools have been the symbol of leisure and relaxation for thousands of years. The luxury of owning an inground pools can make you the envy of your neighborhood and allow you to host terrific parties and BBQ’s. Owning an inground pool can also be very expensive. The average cost of equipment, maintenance, and piping […]

Chicago Public Schools Prefer Ben Franklin Plumbing

Chicago Public Schools

In many places around the country, schools have just started another year. The last minute details and cleaning have just finished, and the school lies in wait. This is also the time where if a major problem did occur, it would be even more difficult to recover. The Chicago Public Schools, to save room, can […]

Saving Time and Taxpayers’ Money

Wisconsin State Capitol

Ben Franklin Plumbing and Perma-Liner at the Wisconsin State Capital building in Madison The roof drains out in the balcony in front of the Governor’s office in Madison were leaking rain water into the building every time it rained. The cost to repair this if done conventionally would have exceeded $850,000. Ben Franklin Plumbing was […]

Ben Franklin Plumbing Gets Busses Rolling


Westway Coaches in Lemont Illinois supplies busses for schools, charters, sports teams, even bachelor and bachelorette parties. Westway Coaches have such a large fleet, they have multiple maintainence facilities. Business was flowing very well, unfortunately the sewer was not. The sewer line was composed of old, corroded, and broken cast iron pipe and was causing backups regularly. […]

Rock-Garden Almost Hits Rock-Bottom

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Two homeowners in Mendota Illinois had built a beautiful rock-garden in their front yard that made you feel as if you were in Arizona. In fact, that’s exactly what they were going for. They spent years, and thousands of dollars, picking out the exact variety of plants, decor, rocks, etc, making it the perfect desert […]

Orangeburg Nightmare in Marengo

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Orangeburg pipe is a very tricky material to work with. It was used in sewer pipes primarily between 1940 and 1960. Orangeburg pipe got its name from the town it originated in, Orangeburg, New York. The reason this pipe was an attractive option in sewer work is because is contains no metals, which were used […]

Overhaul of the Chicago O’Hare Marriott

Marriott Chicago O'Hare

If you did a Google search on hotels near O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago O’Hare Marriott is the first listing that comes up. The Marriott hotel chain is among the most famous of hotel chains in the world. Most people don’t know there were seven original Marriott’s built, and the one located at Chicago O’Hare is […]

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 […]

Freezing Cold Collapse in Woodridge


Bone-chilling temperatures have gripped the Midwest all winter long. The Chicagoland area has seen a record number of consecutive days below zero (not including windchill factors). Unfortunately for homeowners, bad weather does not stop problems from happening. In reality, extreme weather in any form compounds the initial problem, making the situation much worse. A homeowner […]

Plumbing Problems in Packer Country


Many readers don’t realize this, but Ben Franklin Northern Illinois services more than just northern Illinois. Ben Franklin Northern Illinois also services Chicagoland, southern Wisconsin and Ben Franklin Northern Illinois even did a job for the University of Illinois in Urbana. This particular job was done in a suburb of Milwaukee. The owners of this […]

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 […]

Ben Franklin Northern Illinois saves rustic log cabin home


A beautiful log cabin home in Warrenville had a tough problem to fix. The previous owner of the home had elaborate landscaping throughout the lawn. The previous owner also made it so all of the storm water from the neighbors was funneled through a stream to a retention pond that filled up, then flowed through […]

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