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October 15, 2018
Leaves can accumulate in your gutters, preventing proper drainage

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Snow is flying in the mountains and fall is firmly upon us in North Idaho. Perhaps as a new homeowner, you are enjoying the leaves turning for the first time in your front yard! Grab your favorite pumpkin spice flavored product and let’s take a quick look at some fall maintenance tasks that are vital for homeowners to protect your home and your sanity as we […]
October 8, 2018
Mold and moisture buildup on corner wall of a house.

Protect Your Property From Water Damage

Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes, as well as commercial buildings, can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential […]
September 4, 2018
Tankless water heaters will save homeowners a substantial amount in energy costs

Tankless Water Heaters

  There is perhaps no more appropriately named plumbing fixture in the whole world than the tankless water heater. No deception, no confusion: It’s a water heater that has no hot-water storage tank. So, where does the hot water come from? Good question! Tankless water heaters, while relatively new, are growing in popularity with both plumbing contractors and homeowners. These compact units are designed to provide […]
July 31, 2018

Galvanic Corrosion

Galvanic corrosion (also known as bimetallic corrosion or dissimilar-metal corrosion) is an electrochemical disintegration that occurs when dissimilar metals come in contact with each other while immersed in an electrolyte. Galvanic corrosion is of major concern anywhere moisture can reach metal building components. Corrosion as a broader category is defined as the disintegration of a material into its constituent parts, which may be caused by crevice […]
July 2, 2018
Anti-scald valves protect individuals from accidental burns while using fixtures such as showers

Anti-Scald Valves

Anti-scald valves, also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, mix cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the hot water that leaves a fixture is not hot enough to scald a person. Facts and Figures Scalds account for 20% of all burns. More than 2,000 American children are scalded each year, mostly in the bathroom and kitchen. Scalding and other types of burns […]
May 18, 2018
TPR valves are vital safety devices for every water heater

TPR Valves and Discharge Piping

Temperature/pressure-relief or TPR valves are safety devices installed on water heating appliances, such as boilers and domestic water supply heaters. TPRs are designed to automatically release water in the event that pressure or temperature in the water tank exceeds safe levels. If temperature sensors and safety devices such as TPRs malfunction, water in the system may become superheated (exceed the boiling point). Once the tank ruptures […]