Saving energy with custom piping insulation

For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioning for Summer

Before temperatures rise and air conditioning is a must, it is a good idea to check your air conditioning system and make sure that it is prepared to work properly. Nothing is worse than flipping the switch on a hot day to find that your air conditioner is not in working order. It is a good idea to take care of a necessary A/C Tune Up so that when summer comes, you can rely on your unit to keep you cool. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your air conditioning system for summer.

Replace Your Air Filter

Once you are using your air conditioner regularly, it is best to replace the air filter every other month. By replacing the filter often, you are not only ensuring that only clean air is being cycled through your home, but you are also allowing the unit to run free of restrictions. If you struggle with allergies, you will want to be especially diligent in keeping your air filter clean.

Check Your Thermostat

Your air conditioner will not be of use to you if your thermostat is not in good working order. Check it out by turning the thermostat down to Continue reading

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EPA proposes revisions to Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to make conforming changes to the existing drinking water regulations based on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 and the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013.

Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act prohibits the use and introduction into commerce of certain plumbing products that are not lead-free. The RLDWA revised the definition of lead-free to lower the allowable maximum lead content from 8% to a weighted average of 0.25% of the wetted surfaces of plumbing products and established a statutory method for calculating lead content. In addition, the RLDWA created exemptions from the lead-free requirements for plumbing products used exclusively for non-potable services as well as for other specified products. The CFSA further amended Section 1417 to exempt fire hydrants from these requirements.

EPA proposes to establish new requirements to assure individuals purchasing, installing or inspecting potable water systems can identify lead-free plumbing materials. Specifically, EPA proposes to establish labeling requirements to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead-free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead-free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead-free requirements. These proposed requirements would reduce inadvertent use Continue reading