Filtered Drinking Water: Your Water Can Taste Better!

A few months ago, we sang the praises of “whole house filter systems,” and we still believe this to be a worthwhile endeavor.  Whole house filtering cleans up water before it gets to your water-using appliances like dish washers, water heaters, furnaces, and washing machines. Adding such a filter will add years to the lives…

Is Your Water Bill Becoming a Burden? It’s Time to Check for Leaks

Have you noticed that the amount you’re paying your local water authority has been increasing lately? Before you get too worked up about it, check your bill carefully against previous bills. You need to see if the amount you’re paying per gallon or pound is different, or the amount of water you’re using is different.…

The Importance of Water Conservation: Living with the California Drought

Recently the Plumbing Circle blog reported on a new law affecting the homeowners in California, which requires them to retrofit their older homes with newer water-conserving plumbing fixtures by the year 2017.

The impetus of the law is the seemingly limited and dwindling water supply for an ever-growing population in the state. While some residents, building contractors, and code enforcement officials are not happy with the law, scientists and environmentalists believe that these steps are inevitable.

Residential Radiant Floor Heating: Toasty Feet Are Happy Feet

Yesterday, we discussed the advantages of installing radiant floor heating systems in an industrial setting like a manufacturing plant or a warehouse. Today we’ll investigate the benefits of the same technology in a residential setting.

The easiest way to have radiant floor heating in a home is to install it during the construction process. It can also be added to an existing home, and we’ll look into both processes.

Focus on Storm Drains: Limiting Water Pollution in Our Communities

When the rain or snow falls, all of that water has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is storm drains. These systems are made up of miles of large pipes winding their way through intricate patterns underneath our streets. Most highways and country roads have a storm drain system as well, although it’s not usually large pipes underground like the ones located within cities. Most storm drain systems, whether they are the underground piping systems or the gullies and culverts found near roadways, funnel the water into local streams and rivers. From the streams and rivers, the water makes its way into lakes or oceans.