JAM News

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.

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.

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.