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…

Trenchless Water Lines: Repairing Your Pipes Without Destroying Your Lawn

Repairing Or Replacing Water Pipes Without Digging Up The Yard Over the past couple of months we’ve discussed insurance policies on your outdoor water pipes, and whether or not they were worth the money. We also discussed trenchless sewer pipe repair or replacement. Today we’ll discuss repairing or replacing your existing water pipe without digging up your property.…

Trenchless Pipe Replacement: Fix Your Sewer Line Without Destroying Your Front Yard

Did You Know That Your Leaky Sewer Pipe Can Be Replaced Wtihout Your Landscaping Being Replaced?  Have you ever watched a neighbor do a ton of landscaping, just to go back the next year and dig it all up to replace the sewer line?  You probably scratched your head and said something like, “Why didn’t…

Sweating the Big Stuff: Professional Plumbers Debate ProPress vs. Soldering a Pipe Joint

A few months ago, we discussed Sharkbite-type push-on fittings as a reasonable alternative to soldering for do-it-yourselfers. Despite the ease of use and ability to withstand common pressures, most professional plumbers are appalled, offended, and even insulted if you mention using them on a job.  There is, however, another alternative to soldering- and it seems…

The PEX Tubing Debate: Is Cross-Linked Polyethelyne All That And A Bag Of Chips?

My old friend John T. loves to describe people who seem a just little too full of themselves with the phrase, “he thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips.” Some sellers of PEX tubing want plumbing buyers—especially do-it-yourselfers—to believe PEX tubing is the greatest thing that’s happened to plumbing since running water, but…