Monday, September 27, 2021

Lavatory sink

 If you didn't know how the fixtures in your bathroom, kitchen looks like and how they are connected with the plumbing we start to present them in few series for you. 

Today lavatory sink.

Plumbing facts

 Plumbing facts

  1. More than 28 billion feet (about 5.3 million miles) of copper piping has been installed in buildings in the U.S. since 1963. To put it in perspective, imagine a single long copper tube going around the earth 200 times.
  2. Set your hot water heater to no hotter than 125 degrees F. Why? Because it takes water at a temperature of 140 degrees F just seconds to burn your skin. Water at 160 degrees will scald you in just half a second.
  3. A typical American home wastes more than 9,000 gallons of water running the faucet while waiting for the water to heat, which means that as much as 15 percent of your annual heating costs are wasted while you heat that extra 9,000 gallons.
  4. Albert Einstein is reported to have said that if he had to do it all over again, he’d become a plumber. As a result of this remark, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union in Washington, DC, made him an honorary member and a New York plumbers’ local gave him a set of gold-plated plumbers tools.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Drum-type drain cleaners vs. Sectional drain cleaning machines

 Drum-type drain cleaners vs. Sectional drain cleaning machines. What’s the difference?

  In the plumbing- sewer- cleaning business two types of machines are available – drum-type and sectional.  Each has advantages.

Drum-type machines have the advantage of being self-contained, fast, and easy to operate.  The entire length of cable is contained in one drum and can be transported in a single trip to the job site.  A variable speed automatic feed, feeding at a rate of up to 20 ft./min, makes it easier for the operator to get the cable to the clog quickly.  It also helps to retract the cable more easily.  A 100 ft. cable can weight 100 lbs. There are different companies which makes those machines. Recommended: Ridgid.

Sectional drain cleaners have the advantage of being lightweight.  The cables are carried separately from the machine as 5, 8, 10, or 15 ft. sections.  No need to carry the weight of 100 ft. of cable when the job only calls for 50 ft.  Once on the job, the cables are feed into the line one section at a time and coupled together as needed.  The open coil design of the sectional cable helps corkscrew the cable down the line, making it easier to clear longer runs.  And if a section is ever damaged, it can easily be uncoupled and replaced. The disadvantage of those is when you have to go inside the house you need a lot of drop clothes to protect the house floor. Recommended" Ridgid. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

European bathrooms

 Some European bathrooms.

Some time happens

 We recently had to repair a sewer line for a residential in the right of way after the ComEd installed a post above the sewer line and they injected foam into the ground to stabilize the post. Unfortunately the foam went into the sewer line and completely stopped the flow into the sewer line. Some time happens. 


BBP Plumbing Inc

Did you know?

 Did you know?

The oldest cast iron water pipes date from the 17th century and were installed to distribute water throughout the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. These amount to some 35 km of pipe, typically 1 m lengths with flanged joints. The extreme age of these pipes make them of considerable historical value. Despite extensive refurbishment in 2008 by Saint-Gobain PAM, 80% remain original.

Did you know?

 Did you know?

PVC was first made 'unintentionally' in 1872 by German chemist Eugen Baumann. He exposed vinyl chloride gas sealed in a tube to sunlight and produced a white solid called PVC. It was not until 1913 when German chemist Friedrich Klatte received the first patent for PVC for his method for the polymerization of vinyl chloride using sunlight. By World War I, Germany was producing a number of flexible and rigid PVC products which were used as a replacement for corrosion-resistant metals.