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Fun Facts About Plumbing

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM Comments comments (190)
-- Albert Einstein was named an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after saying publicly that he would become a plumber if he had to do it all over again.
-- The world's most famous plumbers are probably video game superstars Mario and Luigi, of Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers series.
-- Archeologists have recovered a portion of a water plumbing system from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. The evidence of indoor plumbing in palaces has dating back to 2500 B.C.E.
-- Copper piping, which is the #1 material used for plumbing work in today's world, is the same material that the Egyptians used to lay their own pipe - some 3000 years ago.
-- Since 1963 (the year CDA was established), more than 28 billion feet or about 5.3 million miles of copper plumbing tube has been installed in U.S. buildings. That's equivalent to a coil wrapping around the Earth more than 200 times. The current installation rate now exceeds a billion feet per year.
-- In a typical home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water. As much as 15% of your annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
-- If a drip from your faucet fills an eight ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons per month and 2,160 gallons per year.
-- A low flush toilet can save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year.
-- The word "Plumbing" derives from the Latin word for Lead, plumbum. Incidentally, the periodic table element label for lead, Pb, is based on the same word.
-- Pipes haven't always been made of metal. In the 1800s, both Boston and Montreal used wooden pipes; they were logs that were hollowed out and tapered at the ends.
-- There are actually two common types of plungers - a toilet plunger and a sink/shower plunger. Toilet plungers narrow at the bottom to fit into the toilet drain, while sink and shower plungers have a flat rim.
-- In 2004, there was over 91,000 miles of water distribution piping in the U.S. 78% of that pipe is made of PVC.
-- In Japan, some urinals have voice-activated flush mechanisms. According to wikipedia, these urinals respond to as many as 30 different languages and several terms.
-- In 1929, a series of sewer explosions occurred in Ottawa, Canada. Contrary to initial reactions, it likely wasn't caused by Methane gas, but rather by shop owners pouring flamable oils down drains as the still-unregulated automobile industry took off.
-- Hot water heat recycling is the process of recovering heat from used water (primarily from sinks, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines). Heat exchanger systems can recover as much as 60% of the heat that normally goes down the drain.
-- The Chicago Water Tower was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago fire of 1871. Now a historical site, It is the only building from this time still standing in the area.
-- At 140 degrees, it takes 5 seconds for water to burn skin. At 160 degrees, it takes only 1/2 of a second. Home hot water systems should be set to no hotter than 125 degrees.
-- Famous and often controversial rockstar Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber's apprentice before getting into the music industry.
-- Sir John Harington is credited with inventing the flushable toilet in 1596, hence the American nickname for it, - the john...
-- The word "plumber" dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. In Rome, pipes were originally made from lead, which is "plumbum" in Latin. People who worked with lead were called Plumbarius, which was eventually shortened to the word we use today.

Always remember to test your water!

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM Comments comments (58)
Is Water Testing Important?
When you think about it, when you draw water from the tap at your home or office, you put a lot of trust in the public filtration systems to deliver to you pure and clean water that will not make you sick when you drink it. As more information comes to light about the high levels of contamination that is in the water that goes out to homes in most communities, that trust may be naive and misplaced.
Many cities provide water to their citizens that is stored in water towers or that comes from a public resource such as a local lake or river. When you drive by that lake or river and you see people swimming and boating in that water, does it dawn on you that you are watching contamination of the water you will be drinking tomorrow morning? Of a greater concern is when you see livestock in that water, you know that what comes out of animals goes right into the water that flows into the pipes that come to your home.
Many waterways that provide water for public consumption are lined with factories as well. Those industries use that water to clean or cool their machinery or as a place to dump unwanted chemicals. We wish this was not true but over and over it is shown that this kind of intentional contamination of the water we all depend on for life and cleanliness and health is going on all the time.
How do you know if the water you are drinking is safe? There are agencies performing some basic water testing to determine if there is a crisis level health threat in the water the public consumes. It is true that the water that goes into the pipes to come to your house is filtered by at a water processing plant. That filtration performs only some basic protection against contaminants that can make you and your family very sick.
In addition, any number of contaminants can enter the water once it leaves the water processing plant. There are no provisions for water testing or filtering past that point which means that when you turn the faucet on to get water to drink, what is coming out may or may not be healthy or safe to give to your family. Without adequate water testing, there is no way of knowing that.
Water testing can help let you know if the water you use for cooking, taking showers, and drinking is safe to use and healthy. If you have no resources to perform water testing, the likelihood is high that contaminated water can get through to your home and introduce dangerous contaminants that could cause wide-ranging health problems. Many health issues that we blame on illness or allergies or that we have no explanation for at all are being caused by contamination in the water that could contain anything from farming fertilizer to pesticides to pharmaceutical products to animal feces.
There are many ways to get help with water testing to learn more about what is in your water. A qualified water filtration expert from a company like The FixZit Man can help guide you to find out the level of contamination that is in your water and what specific contaminants you may be exposing your family to if you do not have a home water filtration system in place. In addition, you can buy a water-testing kit at the hardware store or from the internet so you can routinely perform water testing yourself. When you find out the level of water contamination you have, you will have taken the first step toward solving the problem of unfiltered water entering your home.

Nasty Boiler! Remember to clean your oil boiler every year!

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (130)
Nasty Boiler!  Remember to clean your oil boiler every year!

Boiler Maintenance

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (25)
         Whether it's heating or hot water, boilers are at the heart of the modern home. Yet most of us forget about our boilers until they start causing us trouble.Need convincing? Here's a list of top reasons why you should make sure your boiler is serviced regularly.
  • Save money on repairs 
    Full-blown boiler problems can often develop from minor faults. An annual service will increase the chance that these are picked up on and fixed before they become a problem, saving you money and future hassle.
  • Reduce your heating costs 
    When FixZit man undertakes your annual boiler service, We will make sure that it is running as efficiently as possible. This will go a long way towards making sure that you minimize your heating bills.
  • Carbon monoxide can kill 
    Boilers that aren't properly installed, maintained or ventilated can produce carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, nausea, breathlessness and stomach pains. Signs are hard to spot and can be confused with tiredness or a cold. Unfortunately this silent killer can't be seen or smelt, so it really is important to make sure your boiler is serviced at least once a year.
  • If you're a landlord, it's the law 
    If you're a landlord, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that each of your properties has a current Gas Safety Certificate. Only Gas Safe Register approved engineers are qualified to perform this gas safety check and issue a CP12 Inspection Certificate to prove it.

Water Heater Maintenance

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (49)
         Do you enjoy waking up to the satisfying feeling of a hot steamy shower in the morning? There’s nothing better to start out the day right than that. Not only does the hot water calm down your mind and body, it gives you the kind of jolt a sleepy head needs to get going. However, when all you can get is freezing cold water in the morning for your shower, the jarring effect can give you headaches and put you in a crummy mood from the get go. Did you know that water heaters are very important because they are the source behind the luxury of hot water? Water heaters are constantly filling up with water and heating a supply big enough to handle dishwashers, showers, and washing machines on demand. They even work all day and night. It takes very little time for a unit to reach a breaking point with this type of demand bogging it down. Here's some tips about taking better care of your Water Heater so it'll last a bit longer.
  • Water heaters on average only last about eleven years if taken care of lightly. Even with good care, it can be hard to get fifteen years out of a unit. Think about tankless water heating technology when it comes time for a replacement. Tankless water heaters use very little energy and can reduce your monthly utility bills by quite a lot. These units deliver hot water straight to you, right when you need it.
  • Hard water will do a number on your water heater and even cause problems in the rest of your plumbing as well. If your water softener stops working for any reason, make sure that only soft water runs through your unit. This will cut the amount of problems that you face in half and add a few more usable years onto it.
  • You should have repairs, cleaning, and maintenance done on your water heater regularly. This type of tune-up adds use and functionality to your machine. While you should have yearly inspections done on your entire plumbing layout, make sure to have your FixZit Man technicians take special care to go over all the needs of your water heater during their visits.


Posted on February 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (29)
Although you may be quite handy around the house, it's often a good idea not to attempt repairs on your cooling and heating units. Doing so could lead to more costly repairs and affect the validity of your warranty.