JAM News

Friday, July 9, 2021

Policy makers must address barriers to heat pump uptake

MCS, the national standards organisation for renewables, is calling on the government to address the barriers to widespread heat pump adoption. It follows a webinar held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that once again shone a light on the challenges facing heat pump uptake across the UK.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Deadline to submit proposed changes to 2024 National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC) is March 1

In order to facilitate the development of an updated National Standard Plumbing Code — Illustrated (NSPC), the IAPMO NSPC Committee requests proposed changes to the 2021 NSPC. All proposals are due by March 1, 2022. Proposals accepted by the technical committee will appear in the 2024 NSPC.

Friday, July 2, 2021

2021 Tankless Water Heater Report: Electrifying the Market

As the country looks toward a change in status-quo, the tankless water heater industry keeps pace, moving forward to meet demand.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Water Heater Troubleshooting Through Burner Flame Analysis

Before putting a gas-fired water heater through an extensive series of tests, there is a lot that can be learned about its combustion process by simply studying the burner flame

Monday, June 21, 2021

PM Profile: QuickDrain USA launches SquareDrain point drain

QuickDrain enters center point-drain market with trending finish options.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Water safety in DHW recirculation

5 things you need you know. Domestic hot water recirculation system design is a hot topic in our industry, for good reason. It is vital to ensuring water safety and occupant comfort in complete commercial plumbing systems. We all benefit from recent trade articles, webinars and chat forums that exchange views about the best practices of DHW circuit design relating to recirculation temperatures, proper circulator sizing, installation tips and more. I applaud the knowledge-sharing that further educates our fellow plumbing professionals. In that spirit, let’s focus on the following five things you need to know about ensuring water safety in DHW recirculation systems.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Educating Customers About Leak Detection — and Why It Matters for Contractors

Tell customers about the likelihood of leaks and the damages they cause, and you’ll be the pro they need. You know how to spot potential pipe leaks. But do you know how to articulate the warning signs to customers? To help avoid frustration and future water damage costs, educate homeowners about conditions that lead to leaks, signs one may have already occurred and how to automate the leak detection and prevention process to mitigate future crises.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Plumbing Foundation City of New York Special Notice

DOB has shared a Service Notice to inform you that a new document, a Property Ownership Certification form, is required for submitting permits, excluding a few, through DOB NOW: Build starting June 1, 2021.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Raising the Bar for Safer DHW System Design and Distribution

Feature-packed DMVs provide the vehicle for an ultra-safe and efficient domestic hot water system design.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Are you treating those systems?

Water quality can impact the operation and life cycle of hydronic systems. I was wondering about boiler chemicals and how many contractors (if any) were using them on brand-new systems. Do we need them? Hydronic systems are closed to the atmosphere, so what are we treating? I also wondered about the water we’re using. Is that any different these days?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Protect Your Company’s Information From Cybercriminals

The internet empowers small businesses to compete, communicate, and collaborate like never before. Sadly, there are also some significant downsides, not least of which is the prevalence of cybercrimes. Hackers and other malicious parties use ransomware and other scams to steal companies’ confidential information, often using that data as leverage for extortion. The annual cost of cybercrime is in the trillions, and more than 90% of the victims are small-business owners. Your company may be at risk, but there are a few basic protocols you can enact to keep your data safe and secure.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pandemic Push

Examining trends with hands-free fixture technology. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected many businesses around the world. In the plumbing industry, it has sparked a call for the implementation of more hands-free products in public restroom facilities. Essentially, anything that eliminates or reduces the number of surfaces the user touches cuts down the potential of cross-contamination, making hands-free technology in restrooms more of a necessity than the luxury it once was.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Oil Heat Cares continues tradition of helping those in need

OHC replaces oil heating equipment through COVID-19 pandemic. This past year has been disruptive to many industries and businesses thanks to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago. However, it has posed significant challenges to the nonprofit sector, including organizations such as Oil Heat Cares.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Factors to Consider Before Upsizing Pipe

When swapping out copper pipe for PEX, upsizing is oftentimes automatic for contractors. But it isn’t always necessary. Contractors sometimes overdesign or overbuild things just to make sure there won’t be any problems with performance. That approach is not necessarily bad — and is certainly better than doing the opposite — but sometimes it’s unnecessary and can waste money.

Friday, May 7, 2021

2021 Boiler Report: The Industry is Getting Warmed Up

Coming off the heels of a pandemic, the boiler industry is poised to keep things moving in the right direction — all while keeping safety and comfort top of mind.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

How to Develop a Smarter Equipment Strategy

Are you looking at all the options when it comes to equipment for your company? Renting might be an option for those jobs you don’t get all the time. Having the right equipment for a project is a game-changer for plumbing and mechanical contractors. But it can seem like a waste of resources to invest in tools that might be used infrequently. Plumbing professionals could see increased labor costs and missed deadlines if they do not have the right tools to get the job done correctly.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Innovative plumbing code technologies are critical to creating sustainable and resilient buildings

Technologies are most effective when recognized and implemented by the entire building industry.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Connected Products saturate plumbing market

Projected growth of smart home market to reach almost $208 billion by 2027. The smart home market is booming. There are now connected devices in practically every room of the house — smart lights, smart cameras, smart door locks, smart refrigerators, smart HVAC systems, and yes, smart plumbing devices. According to Verified Market Research, the global smart home market was valued at $80.83 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach $207.88 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 13.52% from 2020 to 2027.