DIY Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Every homeowner should own these 5 tools when it comes to tackling your own DIY plumbing tasks around the house. From clogged sinks and showers to replacing old pipes, these 5 tools will allow you to tackle the majority of household plumbing tasks and you can buy all of them for less than $150 combined,…


Clearing Blockage Using Hydro-Jet Plumbing

Also called drain jetting, hydro jetting makes use of a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle connected to a machine or equipment that produces a powerful stream of water capable of breaking up all types of drain clogs and cleaning slow sewage lines. The amount of pressure can start from 4,000psi (pound-force per square inch)…


Common Water Problems and the Systems Used to Treat Them

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao Water used for domestic and industrial purposes should undergo proper treatment, depending on what it is intended for. A contaminated drinking water, for example, may cause gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses, which may lead to various diseases, including diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, polio, and dysentery. This may lead to severe sickness or in worst…


Chemical Free Water Conditioning Technologies

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao One of the most common problems facing pipes and home appliances is the buildup of limescale from hard water, which contains dissolved mineral such as calcium and magnesium ions. Over time, your pipes can be totally blocked with these deposits. When this happens, the flow of water may be restricted and may…


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…