Water Heater Elements: The Building Block of Electric Hot Water Heaters

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40% of American water heaters run on electricity, not gas. Thinking visually, a plumbing pyramid (if there is such a thing) consists of a foundational layer of piping (inbound and outbound). Next, layer on the cold water intake valve, followed by the hot water heater. In layer three, the pyramid continues with basic fixtures: toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, and sump pumps. Plumbing niceties fill th...
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Water Wasting 101: It's Curable!

Celebrate the EPA's Fix-A-Leak Week in March In our house, the quarterly water bill is one of our financial measuring sticks. With effort, our family of 6 (2 adults + 4 almost-adults that love to shower) can average a water bill of about $276 per quarter (note: we have a gas furnace, not a radiator). In our most recent quarter, we hit a new all-time high: $302. The water bill has been gradually in...
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Water Heater Science: Expansion Tanks

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Every 6th grade science geek learns that upon freezing, water expands. But did you realize water also expands upon heating? It's a property known as "thermal expansion," which means that as water is heated, the water molecules speed up and require more space in which to roam. In a 40 gallon water heater tank, thermal expansion can create as much as a full gallon of additional water, by volume. The...
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The Allied Team - Perfect for Grease Trap Cleaning

Grease Trap Pumping
Cincinnati has an impressive reputation as home to world class restaurants. And all restaurants, from Four-Star to Gold Star, have one thing in common: grease traps. With that in mind, this news item from Arizona caught our eye: Eateries Ignore Grease Trap Ordinance:  Read article Allied meticulously provides both interior and exterior grease trap pumping services to the food service industry...
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Time for a New Kitchen Faucet Amazonians?

Amazon.com has faucets on sale; don't delay! The plan this morning was to hammer out a blog on how to fix a leaky kitchen faucet (mine). And then I came across this very timely article on the top 8 faucets for 2016: https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-kitchen-faucets?id=bng . "Maybe new IS a good idea," I thought. Our kitchen faucet is easily 20 years old, it leaks from the column every time the lever is ...
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Our Greater Cincinnati Water Works (and "works" well!)

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We've been closely following the developing story on the Flint, MI water crisis. After reading the in-depth news reports, we are thankful for the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) -- it's one of the finest in the nation. A trip through their web site ( http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/about-greater-cincinnati-water-works ) is time well spent. Unlike our northern water utility neighbors in Fl...
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