JAM News

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.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pipe Freezing Kit Provides Reliable Solution to Inoperable Shut-Off Valves

Wisconsin’s Kegonsa Plumbing uses General Pipe Cleaners’ Cold-Shot whenever its technicians run into shut-off valves that don’t work When technicians at Kegonsa Plumbing run into shut-off valves that don’t work, they keep on working undeterred. Their solution is a Cold-Shot pipe freezing kit from General Pipe Cleaners.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Plumbing Industry Rallies to Repair Texas

Following winter freeze, plumbing contractors scramble to fix broken pipes and equipment amidst shortage of supplies. A perfect storm of events left Texas residents grasping for the most basic needs — power and running water. The unprecedented February winter storm battered the state and surrounding region with frigid temperatures, overwhelming the state’s electricity grid and causing massive power outages for millions of Texans. As if surviving without power during record-low temperatures wasn’t dangerous enough, once temperatures warmed, residents found themselves with cracked, broken pipes, busted water heaters and vast amounts of water damage to their homes.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Colorado Custom

Taking a flexible approach helped contractor Mike Holmes finish up a radiant system started by another installer for an 8,600-square-foot home. At 9,600 feet above sea level and only 75 miles from Denver, Breckenridge, Colorado, provides some of the best skiing in the US. The cool climate also means that most homes – even the big ones, and there are plenty of those – aren’t air-conditioned.

Friday, April 2, 2021

A Manual on Retrofitting Manual to Touch-free Restroom Products

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded everyone just how quickly bacterial and viral infections can spread through touch, especially “high-touch” surfaces in the restroom.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Plumbing Clean Heating and Cooling

The key to clean heating and cooling is in our plumbing infrastructure.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Dan Holohan: Learning from history - Hydronic tidbits from the past.

We’ve come a long way since the days of gravity-hot-water heating. The physics haven’t changed a bit, but the systems sure have. Trapped air was a challenge back in the day before we had effective air separators and circulators. The Dead Men would slope their big horizontal pipes slightly upward to encourage the air to rise out of solution when the water got hot. It usually floated up into an open expansion tank in the attic. Have you ever seen one of those? They were often riveted at the top and bottom; most had a gauge glass. Some of those tanks were made of copper. I’ve known a few contractors who licked their lips at that sort of scrap history.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Virtual Emerging Water Technology Symposium Announces Program, Opens Registration

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC), announce that registration for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) is now open. The event takes place May 11-12, comprised of a three-hour program beginning each day at 10 a.m. ET.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tackling Root Intrusion Requires a Solid Plan

Root removal is never easy, but drain cleaning equipment and a jetter will help you get the job done. Cleaning a residential sewer line with roots can be a challenge. If you have traditional drain cleaning equipment and a jetter you have many advantages over companies who only have one or the other.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Physical Water Conditioning An Alternative to Traditional Water Softeners

Physical water conditioning is of interest to plumbers, homeowners, multifamily/hospitality developers, management companies and others with hard water challenges and questions regarding where water softening chlorides come from.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

VRF versus hydronics - Comparing HVAC technologies and associated costs

With a considerable volume of contradictory information in circulation regarding the application of different technologies for HVAC systems, this article seeks to explain some of the technical aspects of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, and offer comparisons on the basis of cost and performance to more standard hydronic systems. While some of the material presented here are drawn from industry literature, the majority is drawn from peer-reviewed studies conducted by recognized industry professionals.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

President Biden Recognizes World Plumbing Day

President Joe Biden Thursday in a letter to Tom Bigley, chairman of the World Plumbing Council recognized World Plumbing Day, acknowledging the essential service plumbers and those in our industry provide to people worldwide to ensure their access to clean, healthy water and safe sanitation. In the letter extending greetings to all observing World Plumbing Day — March 11, Every Year, Everywhere — the president wrote:

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Half-Bath Solution

Designer and home décor blogger Kristine Abram adds a basement bathroom by using a macerator pump system.

Monday, February 22, 2021

NYC Restaurants and Residents Clash Over Some Sprawling Outdoor Dining Setups

Tensions are rising as restaurateurs and residents argue if the pricey structures take up too much space on the sidewalk and streets

Monday, February 22, 2021

How Eric Adams Would Run New York

A series of interviews with the candidates who want the job of running America's biggest city, published as lightly edited transcripts.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

New York City businesses are barely hanging on

Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York, parts of the Big Apple look more like ghost towns, lined with shuttered storefronts, empty office buildings and businesses teetering on the edge of closure.