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    Confident Plumbing Co.
    Beyond pleased. We retained Confident Plumbing to fully renovate a kitchen and bathroom in our home. In addition to addressing all plumbing related work at a very reasonable price, Tosi's in depth experience with home renovation proved invaluable. He provided ideas with the layout of the kitchen, drawings required when ordering cabinets, identified issues/solution to anticipated problems, and stayed within budget. We went through our fair share of bad apples during this massive project; Tosi saved the day. He's our go-to guy on all home reno work. As a side note - he is punctual, organized, and reasonably priced. All hallmarks of a great contractor. Thanks Confident Plumbing!!
    - ALMA H.
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    American Crawlspace & Basement Corp
    They are a good company and were very accommodating in doing the work quickly for me as i was having the basement walls insulated when water showed up in the basement.  
    I would use them again and i do recommend them but there were some issues that took >2 months to resolve which was the only part that wasn't positive.  I repeatedly sent emails about the issues (with photos) but the response was 'please be patient as the owners have to investigate and make the decision on the resolution.'  the owners were on vacation for 2 weeks so i waited 3 weeks to check on the status.  they responded again with 'thank you for your patience, i will send this on to the owners'.
    I started to feel they they were hoping i would stop and just go away but there were things that needed to be corrected.  So I called and asked to speak to one of the owners who did call me back right away.  We agreed on a fair resolution so it ended well but i shouldn't have had to call/email that many times to get my issues resolved.
    issues:  workers broke a just installed, brand new threshold (reimbursed me for new one installed)  Sections of the floor where cement was poured were sloppy with gaps.  i paid someone to correct and they reimbursed me for part of that work.  I felt it was a fair resolution.  And this was more about their customer service than the overall quality of their work.
    - Sue G.
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    Ulb-Dry Waterproofing Inc
    They once provided an estimate for the installation of a membrane around my brick foundation that was seeing mild seepage. It was later determined that installing a membrane would be an unwise investment given the very mild nature of the seepage we were experiencing. We also learned from multiple people, including people from the city, that a membrane was unlikely to address our problem.
    I messaged back in May to obtain an estimate for the inspection and perhaps replacement/repair of two drain tiles. I did not receive a reply until late July, with the author of the message explaining that there was a change of management, and subsequently they lacked access to their messages, etc. The tone was cordial, but this second experience coupled with what I perceived to be some dishonesty during our first interaction, makes me hesitant to contract with them.
    - John S.
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    Chicagoland Quality Plumbing Inc
    I have used Chicagoland Plumbing a few times in the past and they are always punctual and professional.  I had the building plumber for my condo look at the issue and rod the drain.  It wasn't until the drain work was done that Oscar suggested the building clean out the pit outside the building.  I have had water backup issues and the building plumber's solution was to rod the drain and never did they suggest to clean out the pit which was the cause all along.  The water backup was a HUGE problem because of the mess it left with the dirt and grime from the drain spilling into my kitchen.  What a relief to find the RIGHT solution!  I will only use Chicagoland Plumbing for my plumbing repairs.  Thank you so much!
    - Kimberly P.
  • A
    AHS PLUMBING, DRAIN AND SEWER SERVICE
    Dan and crew did a great job. They continued to look for ways to improve the work throughout the process and were extremely thorough. They were very clean, went above and beyond what they said they would do, and were timely every day. Based on the service I received from Dan, I would trust AHS for any plumbing needs moving forward.
    - Benjamin L.
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    F J KERRIGAN PLUMBING CO INC
    We've had them for years. They're great. They're extremely thorough. They work at a problem until they fixed it. They're nice people to have around. I'd give them an A. I would use them again if I need them. The only thing is that they're not the least expensive company but you get what you pay for.
    - Gretchen G.
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    Lifeline Plumbing Heating & Cooling
    Day 1, Evan came out and explained how he would do everything he could not to cut into our ceiling below the leak. He found small leaks in both the shower head attachment and the handle valve. He went out for the parts (they were very specific to this older shower set-up) and was able to make the repairs without cutting into the shower tiles. He tested by running water for awhile and no leak. Unfortunately, just as he was preparing to go, we heard dripping again.
    He then had to cut into the ceiling and found that there was another leak around the terrazzo shower tub's drain that wasn't visible from above. Because it was terrazzo, and it looked like it may have been installed improperly, he wanted to send out another plumber with experience with this problem so we set up another appt. Evan was very communicative, and let me know everything, including pricing, from start to finish. This portion of job was about $800
    Day 2, Sam came out with an assistant. He immediately discovered the source of the problem--a badly installed shower drain. He had all the items needed on his truck and was able to do this part of the job for $315. We also asked for toilet repair (rebuild of the tank system), a clean-out of our outside sewer line and a new metal cap to replace a broken plastic one. That made up the remainder of the cost. Sam explained everything from start to finish, including pricing, and he and his assistant did everything efficiently. Assistant had to shovel through piles of snow on our lawn to reach the sewer access. Overall very good experience.

    - Junu K.
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    Finishing Touch Remodeling & Construction
    OVERALL
    The job went well; no major complaints, and there was potential for big mistakes that David made sure did not happen.  The square footage of the addition was modest (700 sq ft) but the preparation for the addition was extensive, impacting nearly every room on the first floor and basement.  They had to tear off most of the roof, install three tons of steel beams on top and new support posts down to the foundation below just to start.  So it was a big, messy job just getting to the point of framing-out the addition.
    PRICE
    We received four bids on the job.  David's was the lowest.  The difference between the top and bottom bids was over $100K.  My sense was that David tends to charge less (lower profit margin) with the expectation that he will do a great job and be available for other work at your home in the future, like sewer lines and other flood control, underground gutters, window replacement and other such smaller jobs (all of those he did at my home as well).
    QUALITY
    I'm a detail guy type homeowner, and I've had a number of other remodels done on this and our previous home.  I was in contact constantly with David or his lead contractor (Mark).  Our architects were very specific about everything.  I was VERY watchful, every day, checking the quality of the work, that they were following the plan, and when there was a discrepancy they corrected readily.  Mark once replied when I complimented him for doing a particular thing well, "If I don't do it right, I know you'll be calling me next year, so we always do it right."  We were particularly impressed with the primary carpenter, plumber, tile, and wood floor subs.  Especially the tile guy, he did amazing detail work.
    RESPONSIVENESS
    I have no complaint about David's responsiveness.  He always wanted to know my concerns, always addressed them, always wanted to "know exactly what (I) wanted."  I never had difficulty reaching David or the lead contractor, by phone or by email.  They were reliable.  David has worked on most of the homes on our street by now, for remodel or sewer lines, etc.  He has a good reputation for responsiveness and attentiveness among the neighbors.
    PUNCTUALITY
    They use subcontractors for most things, like all the contractors we considered.  So I expected the occasional no-show or delay and some of those things happened.  But no major delays and David always kept me informed when a delay occurred.
    PROFESSIONALISM
    We found David Blumenthal's company (formerly Call Blumenthal) through a neighbor's recommendation, and after contacting his references we noticed that everyone said the same thing, "David is totally honest and does a great job."  I then realized that it was very important to my wife and I that we worked with someone we could trust, and that's what we found with David.  I trust that he would be present, making sure the job was done right and the way we wanted it.  His follow up has been attentive as well.  All village inspections (many) went well, there were no significant "dings" for them to redo.  David worked closely with our architects who we think were far more detailed than he was accustomed to working with, which is important in remodeling because you always discover unexpected problems when you start breaking old walls.  They worked together on a number of such surprises and came up with great solutions that ended up being enhancements to the final product.
    MY RECOMMENDATION
    - Use David for your remodel (or any of the many other smaller services he provides).
    - For a larger job, know in advance what you want on the higher-priced items, like your window brand and style and flooring type choices.  David will likely bid these items at contractor-grade pricing, basic wood floor, basic windows, etc.  If you wanted higher quality items the upcharges could be significant.  This goes for any contractor's bid, but especially David's bid which will be simplistic ("install wood floor") unless you specify in advance.
    - Prepare for hard-working, high quality subcontractors, but not the neatest guys around.  We had to remind them at times to protect our appliances and furniture during construction.  This has been a problem with many contractors for me; some are really tidy and considerate of your property, others not.  David's guys are not, so you have to watch and they have no problem complying readily with your requests.  Everyone one was polite and eager to please.
    - ANDY AND ARLENE S.
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    THUROSHIELD - Waterproofing
    We were in the inspection process of buying a house, and Greg agreed to do an estimate, even though we knew the crawlspace might have been a deal breaker for us since it was in pretty bad shape. The home inspector suggested a vapor barrier. I searched Angie's list and found Greg and his crew.
    Another local company I called would not come out to do an estimate since it was only for a home inspection, and we weren't 100% sure we were going to buy the house, let alone complete the work after the purchase.
    Upon talking with Greg the first time, I had a feeling that he was going to do a good job and be easy to work with. He was very straight forward and truthful.
    The crawlspace was a dirty mud pit, and probably hadn't been touched in over 20 years. It was dank, wet, full of bugs as evidenced by the webs and old traps left behind by exterminators. It was also had the beginnings of some rather serious issues from the neglect. It was definitely time to dry it out and start over. Originally, I was looking to get the sealed with concrete and Greg
    suggested a new material, a spray on material, to use instead of a concrete floor. He assured me it would be strong enough to be used for storage items. It would also save us 4 inches of clearance vs concrete, which makes a difference in a
    crawl space. I decided to go with it, even though it was a brand new material and installation method for Greg and his team.
    We decided to move forward and buy the house and we also decided to hire Greg and team to help transform the space in to a working storage area.
    I could not be more happy with the result. Greg's team showed up and immediately got to work. I was surprised out how swiftly the crew got to work, almost as soon as I had answered the door, they were getting their hands dirty. Even though we hadn't moved in yet and other contractors were there making quite a mess, Greg's team covered the entrance and work areas with plastic. This was essential as the guys coming out of the crawl were covered in mud. The job was done quickly, and the team was extremely professional throughout the entire process and left the work area much cleaner than they had found it.
    After a fantastically wet spring of 2013, it turns out that a foundation crack was causing some very minor
    seepage from the outside after all of the work was complete. Other houses in the area had their entire basements and crawls completely flooded. Greg came back and sealed a very small crack free of charge to finish up the job.
    This past winter (2013-2014) was very brutal with lots of snow and below average temperatures. Our house stayed warm over the course of the winter, and our bills weren't as high as some of our neighbors with crawl spaces. The foam and encapsulation worked very well, and I am very pleased with the work.
    I wish I had more crawlspaces to give Greg and his team more work. I will definitely use them again should the need arise.
    - JEANNE W.
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    Reliable Basement Services LLC
    We were very pleased with the work that was done.  Prior to the work, Anthony helped us navigate the pretty complicated process of submitting paperwork to the city and getting the permit for the work.  (This was especially appreciated since several other contractors had mentioned that the wall we wanted to use was close to the minimum permissible distance from our fence; he made sure that we were in compliance and that the workers would have no trouble digging in a tight spot.)  The first day, all of the work was done while we were at work.  We came home to a big pile of dirt with everything else in order.  The second day, we had a friend home while the work was being done while we were at work.  She spoke highly of their professionalism.  The work looked great when we got home (they even vacuumed to leave the basement clean).  The window was left "raw" on the inside, which we'd discussed in our consultation; we needed to hire someone else to box out the window with 2x4s, patch the drywall, and paint.  We hired another company (recommended by Reliable) to install a window well cover.  (These two services added another $500 to our total project cost; still less that some quotes we'd gotten for this project).
    Aside from a little mud tracked on the carpet, the house was spotless.   When we came home on day 2, the yard was completely clean and debris-free.
    While cutting through the wall, they exposed some mold, which they cleaned up and advised us to have checked out before patching the drywall, which we really appreciated.
    We were very happy with their efficiency and the quality of their work.
    - Erica B.
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