Saturday, August 25, 2012

Is the last weekend of the summer. Kind of sad. And because this weekend i could not develop some pictures; buy the way all pictures are made by us, I want to remind some words what has been said by a great personality: " I am the master of my faith, I am the captain of my soul!"
Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Good, Better, Best

There is a debate regarding which camera is better for main line sewer inspection: Ridgid or Spartan, or I would say between Ridgid or the other cameras. How probably  has been seen on the picture I chose RIDGID. Easy to work in crawl spaces, hard access, easy to operate. The locator is very precisely, but gave some error when sewer is deeper than 7 feet and under the concrete path. Overall  RIDGID camera is the best on the market.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


After few months in virtual, we consider has come the time to change our look. And here we are. We hope, YOU, our visitors to enjoy!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


up, up in the sky!

8hrs job

There"s many stories in the field regarding all kind of bad work done. Recently we had a service where the kitchen sink drain in basement unit was backing up. Two other companies was there to do the work. One tried to use the air gun and blown up the strainers, and p traps , and the other one couldn't do it at all. What we did!? First we rodded and because of the length of the cable( 60') we couldn't open. Next day we tried to jet and we couldn't pas the first joint. With owner permit we cut the wall and with camera we saw kind of Picasso art. After 2" copper pipe 4" cast iron pipe and again 2" copper pipe and again 4" copper pipe. After jet and rodding we pulled out plastic bags. The whole work: 8 hrs. Because of very skilled plumbers, whit license of course.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


     Testaments to the ancient plumber echo in the ruins of rudimentary drains, grandiose palaces and bath houses, and in vast aqueducts and lesser water systems of empires long buried. Close to 4,000 years ago, about 1700 B.C., the Minoan Palace of Knossos on the isle of Crete featured four separate drainage systems that emptied into the great sewers constructed of stone.
             Terra cotta pipe was laid beneath the palace floor, hidden from view. Each section was about 2 1/2' long, slightly tapered at one end, and nearly 1" in diameter. It provided water for fountains and faucets of marble, gold and silver that jetted hot and cold running water.
Harbored in the palace latrine was the world's first flushing "water closet" or toilet, with a wooden seat and a small reservoir of water. The device, however, was lost for thousands of years amid the rubble of flood and decay. Not until the 16th Century would Sir John Harington invent a "washout" closet anew, similar in principle. And it would take still another 200 years before another Englishman, Alexander Cumming, would patent the forerunner of the toilet used today. The luminous names of Doulton, Wedgwood, Shanks, and Twyford would follow.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Do you know that the Vortex phenomenon north of Equator is right-left and south of Equator is left-right!

vortex (plural: vortices) is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow. The motion of the fluid swirling rapidly around a center is called a vortex. The speed and rate of rotation of the fluid in a free (irrotational) vortex are greatest at the center, and decrease progressively with distance from the center, whereas the speed of a forced (rotational) vortex is zero at the center and increases proportional to the distance from the center. Both types of vortex exhibit a pressure minimum at the center, though the pressure minimum in a free vortex is much lower.( FROM DICTIONARY)


I was watching different sites of all kind of companies and I saw this picture posted inside the home site of one of multiple plumbing companies. This is totally wrong in the Illinois State. They use a normal coupling not a no-share coupling. But this you can see in many places of Chicago land area, if you are you doing sewer replacement.


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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Old building, old plumbing

Flush meter 

Leaking every were

Toilet from ice age
The ice age toilet is not flushing because of the flush meter valve which is kind of old. Tried to make this one to work but no way. Will be change next days.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Water heater costs

Typical costs:
  • Buying a water heater costs $150-$3,500, depending on capacity, energy efficiency and type. Traditional tank systems run about $100-$600 for electric and $250-$1,000 for gas. Tankless types cost $200-$1,200, from a small under-sink unit to one that delivers 5 gallons a minute. Heat pump models are$600-$2,000 or more, and solar water heaters run $1,000-$5,000 (including installation). Weigh the purchase price against the ongoing monthly expenses; the cheapest units are going to be the most expensive ones to use. The U.S. Department of Energy gives detailed descriptions of each type.
  • Installation runs about $200-$400 for a traditional tank model depending on size, existing set-up, fit and other factors; installing a tankless water heater can cost two to four times more if the supply lines or venting need resizing or other significant changes are required; heat pump water heaters cost about $300-$700 to install; and solar systems usually have installation included in the purchase price. It costs more to replace an old-style heater with a different system, but can save money in the long run.
What should be included:
  • Traditionally, two people need a 30-40 gallon capacity tank; five or more in a household calls for 50-80 gallons. But the first-hour rating (how many gallons it delivers in an hour of use) can be more important than capacity; if you buy a tank that puts out more than you need hourly, you're wasting money heating extra water. The on-demand tankless systems avoid that cost and take up less space, but you might need more than one to shower and run a dishwasher at the same time. A heat pump system requires a lot of open space around it in a room that stays warm.
  • Replacing an old water heater with a similar but updated model is relatively straightforward, but be sure to check the dimensions. New more-energy efficient units are often a bit larger, and might not fit the existing space. And be sure you're clear on the space and hook-ups available in your home, as compared to the requirements of a more energy-efficient style of water heater.
  • Always call a plumber to install a water heater.  


What do you have to do if you discover a floor drain in the basement, under the carpet, after you recently move in the house, and this one is getting really stinky and making the basement a no standing zone!?

Answer: There might be a partially clogged drain, collapsed drain. A good cleaning with a hose usually does the trick. Can be cap it with a test plug if is OK. But the best way is camera inspection with a mini camera and see if is still connected with main sewer line or with a sump pump pit. Either way is better first to see what will be in the future the room destination and for how many years, and make the decision after you consult a plumber.