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.

Who Said All Plumbing Requires Water? Waterless Urinals Can Save You Time and Money

We have previously discussed automatic plumbing devices such as toilets and urinals that flush themselves, as well as faucets, soap caddies, and paper towel dispensers that distribute their wares on demand when a waiting hand is waved below them.  Plumbing automation has evolved a little more in just the last ten years or so. Will Your Business…

The Big Game This Holiday Weekend: Plumbers vs. Pipefitters

Plumbers Verses Pipefitters “Good afternoon sports fans this is Red Reddington along with Buck McManly out at the Coliseum for the big game! Today’s contest pits the plumbers against the pipefitters. The action should be tremendous between these two closely matched rivals. Recently, the plumbers were heavily engaged roughing  in kitchens and bathrooms at a…

Thanksgiving With The Twin Plumbers

It’s Off To Aunt Lily’s House In San Fran Once upon a time there were twin brothers named Jim and Dave. Like most little boys they were extremely mischievous—they called it adventurous—kids who managed to avoid any real trouble. Although they were the best of friends, they competed at everything with everyone, especially each other.…

What Happens After I Flush? Investigating How Septic Systems Work And How To Tell If They Aren’t

When last we checked in on septic systems, zombies were inhabiting them.  We’ll be a little more serious this time around. Most people who live in rural areas—and even some who live in certain suburban regions—have septic systems, as such towns often do not have sewer treatment plants. Septic systems are engineered and sized according…

Welcome to Plumbing Court: Is Hanging Wet Laundry on Pipes a Costly Crime?

 I Gotta Hang My Wet Clothes Somewhere Many people do laundry in the basement, and often build neat little laundry rooms for this very purpose. Then there are the laundry cellar dwellers who do not have fancy Laundromats established; whose washer and dryer sit in the corner of their dimly lit dungeon, stalking stockings to…

A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Installing A Faucet On The Kitchen Sink

Everything But The Kitchen Sink! We’ve all heard the phrase, “everything but the kitchen sink.” When we get done installing a new faucet on the kitchen sink, the sink will be included as well. It’s one cool way to jazz up a kitchen. The variety of kitchen faucets available these days is almost unbelievable. No more decisions…

Slab Leaks in Southern California: A Guide To Covered Pipe Repair Part 2

 Find And Ye Shall Fix In Part 1 of this article, we discussed plumbing a house built on a slab, how we could know if we had leak under our slab, and how we could pinpoint where the leak was.  This is particularly important in areas that are earthquake prone, like Los Angeles or other…

All Things Are Not What They Seem: So-Called “Flushable” Items Can Destroy Your Septic System

Non-Flushable Flushables! We have discussed—on a few occasions—the pitfalls of using liquid drain cleaners. Despite the claims made on their commercials, they do not instantly clear away plumbing clogs, they can cause damage to pipes, they are harmful to the environment, and they are hazardous to humans.  Aside from drain cleaners, there are other products…