Richard Trethewey is the heating and plumbing expert on the popular PBS home improvement show “Ask This Old House.” For an October 2018 episode, Trethewey met with homeowner Scott Sanders, who needed to replace an ailing 20-year-old electric tank water heater.
Plumbing & Mechanical Chief Editor Nicole Krawcke recently had the chance to sit down with ServiceTitan Co-founder and CEO Ara Mahdessian during the company’s annual user conference, Pantheon 2019, held in Pasadena, California.
As public drinking water quality has come under more scrutiny in recent years, reverse osmosis (R.O.) systems have become increasingly popular in homes and businesses as alternatives to costly bottled water and water delivery services. R.O. systems remove unwanted contaminants, bad tastes and odors from drinking water by forcing municipal or well water through a semipermeable membrane.
That prophetic little quote from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” pretty much sums up where our industry is today with residential ECM circulators. So many myths, many of them downright crazy, make it nearly impossible to make clear-headed and smart decisions for your customers.
When John Kopf eventually gets around to designing and building his own house, he will go with hydronic heat instead of a more traditional forced air system. Kopf knows a thing or two about heating, having spent more than 20 years in the industry. He currently serves as boiler product manager for Navien.
The owner asked for a bid to replace her 35-year-old cast iron boiler which was still operating. She had two requirements: Redundancy in the event of a boiler malfunction and lower fuel costs for the building.
Market disruption. It’s a hip, sexy new term that I hear everywhere nowadays. In fact, the last three industry conferences I attended all had sessions on how to become a “disrupter” or how Amazon has successfully disrupted numerous markets.
Mmanufacturer of air-to-water heat pumps called asking if I would be willing to visit a home to perform a heat loss/gain calculation where two of its heat pump systems had been installed and determine why the home was not heating and cooling to the homeowners satisfaction.
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a story for this fine magazine. I titled it, “Only Gus Touch.” Over the years, many people have told me they still remember that tale and ask if I can send them a copy. Sure, why not?
Over the years, our office has received requests for design assistance for systems involving two hydronic heat sources, each in different buildings, where the expectation is to have either heat source supply heat to either building.
LIXIL Americas announced two new positions that will drive brand-led growth and market share gains, the company said. Each leader will have full profit & loss responsibility as well as accountability for creating a seamless brand experience across all touchpoints in the consumer journey.
A. O. Smith — a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters, boilers and water treatment products — announced the beginning of its plans for integrating their most recent acquisition into its North American Water Treatment (NAWT) division.
Advanced Drainage Systems — a manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications — announced the acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies — a manufacturer of products for the water and wastewater industries — for a purchase price of approximately $1.08 billion, from an affiliate of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and other stockholders.
HydroCare Smart Descaler, a computerized electronic device, eliminates and prevents limescale. Utilizing a unique electrochemical process with unparalleled strength, it works in all types of plumbing, water, hardness and pH, the company says.
The FreezeFlow Sanitary Roof Hydrant is the only frost-free hydrant on the market that not only does not require a drain to prevent freezing but does not require winterizing of any kind, the company says.
Check out the February 2020 edition of Plumbing & Mechanical: Top commercial plumbing trends: Legionella prevention, labor shortage, Artificial Intelligence chat converts website traffic into service calls, 2019 products of the year, and much more!