Highlights of the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The American Society of Plumbing Engineers successfully presented the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium on October 19-22 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal in Quebec. The event was the second largest-attended symposium in ASPE’s history. It is also the first time that the event was held outside the US. Hundreds of participants from the…


Home for the Holidays: Time for Your Plumbing Wish List

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Kids are looking forward to their gifts. Family members are coming. Guests are paying a visit. Undoubtedly, this is your household’s busiest time of the year. Well, not to mention the preparations you make every morning and the tasks waiting for you at home from work. Before you get involved with all…


Slab Leak Detection and Repair

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Leaks are a household’s common plumbing problem. Once we hear running water from the bathroom or see a dripping faucet, there is already a clear manifestation of water leak. However, not all leaks are visible right away. A slab leak may just be waiting to be recognized. Slab leaks are pipe leaks…


Preventing Legionella from Invading Your Home

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao One of the most common environments where Legionella is in abundance is in both potable and non-potable water. The Legionnaires’ disease is a serious and sometimes even lethal lung infection or type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria; the other is Pontiac fever, which is a milder infection. The Legionnaires’ disease can…


Health Alert – Plumbing and the Risk of Water Contamination

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao A home is usually comprised of two types of plumbing systems, one for the household’s drinking-water supply and the other for waste disposal. A well designed, rightfully installed and properly constructed plumbing system will be able to minimize the risk of water contamination that may result from cross-connections of these two systems…


Basement Flooding Prevention Tips

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao No one can argue about the importance of a regular basement inspection. A wet basement can cause severe damage if left unresolved; and worse, the whole house may even collapse if the situation becomes severe. Basement flooding may be caused by unsuitable location of the home, poor floor and wall sealing, blocked…


Top 11 Trends in Plumbing Technology and Fixtures

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao The growth of technological innovations in the past decade has already surpassed the expectations of experts within the plumbing industry. As companies continue to invest in research and development (R&D), consumers could expect more highly-engineered bathroom and kitchen fixtures and plumbing products in the coming years. Let us take a look at…


Top 8 Energy Conservation Tips When Heating Water

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao According to the US Department of Energy, water heaters are the second biggest contributors of electricity in the home. They account for almost 17% of a home’s energy use. The estimated average cost per hour of a water heater that uses 4,000 watts is $0.40 per kWh. If you regularly consume 2…


Plumbing Problems? Beat Them While You Can

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Having immediate access to a wealth of information offering instant solutions to your plumbing problems, it may be easy to think that you can do all of them by yourself. Bear in mind though that what looks easy on the outside can really be complicated to someone who has no plumbing experience…


Water Heaters – Choosing the Right One

Whether you are planning to install a new water heater or replacing your old one, it is important to consider some key factors before deciding on the final model – how much hot water it can produce, its energy efficiency rating, how much it costs, and availability. The needs of residential spaces are entirely different…