Fast food vs. sit-down restaurants, instant vs. brewed coffee, and planes vs. cars. Over time, society continues to invent quicker solutions to already effective products and concepts. But with the added convenience and time it saves, there’s a reason why the quicker option can be the more attractive one. In the water works industry, the same can be said about A.Y. McDonald’s new Fast Connect Fitting. Continue reading
At a relatively young age, we are able to understand the functionality of plumbing fixtures, from the bathtub all the way to the kitchen sink. That is, we understand that when we pull on the faucet, water will come out. But as a plumber, responsibilities go well beyond what the homeowner sees, all the way down to the pipes, valves, and fittings that make up the plumbing system. This helps us recognize and explain what exactly ‘plumbing’ is to those not immersed in it every day. Continue reading
The majority of the fixtures that make water work for you and your community are located just a number of feet underground. Recognized as the service lateral, each part plays an integral role in providing a structure access to the public water supply (see diagrams to the right). However, certain parts – such as the water meter – have to be more accessible than others.
There are many alternatives to having the water meter inside of the structure, such as the meter setter, meter pit, or meter box. When it comes to choosing which meter protector route to take, factors such as the climate and personal preference of the water provider are considered. However, those unfamiliar with the meter setter, meter pit, and meter box may wonder why they are necessary to the service lateral installation. Continue reading
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Does the phrase ‘April showers bring May flowers’ ring a bell? While very catchy, there’s a reason why someone came up with it in the first place. Since thunderstorms can threaten at any moment during spring and summer, this is the time of year to be paying the most attention to the affects of power outages – especially on a home’s sump pump. Continue reading
The effectiveness of a water well greatly depends on the amount of groundwater it’s pulling from. Likewise, the cost of creating the well is dependent on how far down it has to be drilled in order to reach this resource. Since groundwater is obviously located below the surface, there is no proven way to find where it flows and how far down – unless you’re a believer of water dowsing. Continue reading
On average, research shows that homeowners will call a plumber once every three years. And throughout these phone calls, the most asked question will be, ‘Is this a common plumbing problem?’. Whether it’s frozen pipes, leaky faucets, running toilets, and more, a plumber will immediately recognize the commonality of the job at hand. Continue reading
Until recently, adjustability was a word not often used to describe certain water works products. Due to the functionality of these parts and the age of the industry itself, most manufacturers have shied away from enhancing a product whose design hasn’t change much since the beginning of its existence. A.Y. McDonald aims to prove that enhancement is not only a possibility but is also recognized as the more likely choice with our new adjustable height meter setter. Continue reading
As any dug, driven, or drilled hole in the ground for the use of extracting groundwater in underground aquifers, water wells have shown to be very useful throughout history. For the past 8,000 years, humanity has been using this method to provide water for up to entire villages at a time. Since then, the process and layout of the water well has been made much more streamlined and efficient.
In owning, operating, and maintaining a private water well, it is important to understand the different components that it is made up of. See the diagram to the right for an outline of a water well system and read below to learn more about each part: Continue reading
When it comes to recording water usage within a structure, there are multiple water meter size options available – and they’re not always labeled as so. Knowing this, regular maintenance to meter change-out jobs can easily become a guessing game for municipalities if they don’t know what to look for. Thankfully, we do. (Highlight to tweet) Continue reading