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.…

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.

New Year’s Resolutions for the Do-It-Yourself Plumber

New Year’s Day: The day for resolutions. This coming year, you should think about trying to take on more jobs in your home.  There are probably projects that you’ve been putting off because you think you need to hire a contractor to do them. You’ve heard horror stories about the amount of money contractors charge…

California Water Conservation Law To Start Impacting Residents in 2014

Have You Updated Your California Plumbing Fixtures Yet? Recently, a story in the Sacramento Bee newspaper gave a little insight into a law passed in 2009 that could affect thousands of Californian’s plans for remodeling their homes, starting in 2014. Apparently any project that goes beyond routine maintenance and requires any type of construction permit from the city or…

Heat Pumps for Hot Places: How Eco-friendly Heating and Cooling Can Keep You Comfortable in Southern California

For our readers who reside in warmer climes like Southern California or Arizona, heat pumps can be the ultimate weapon in the fight to take the chill off of cooler evenings, and also to remove the excess heat during hot days. And the real beauty of heat pumps is their ability to supply more energy…

Phoenix Residents Need To Be Careful When Softening Their Hard Water

The water reservoirs in Phoenix, AZ supply notoriously hard water to the residents in the Valley of the Sun.  Since hardness in water effects the taste, the cleaning ability of the water, and the life expectancy of water using appliances, many residents in the greater Phoenix area go to great lengths to soften their water. …

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…