Need skilled trade employees? You’re not alone!

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It’s an all too familiar story; there is a growing shortage of plumbers in the US. In 2014, there was an estimated 425,000 open positions for plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, and other similiar skilled trade jobs. From backflow testers to plumbers and electricians, there’s many more jobs than skilled tradespeople to fill them. We often hear about unemployment though – so clearly there is a disconnect.

Skilled Trade Employees are Nearing Retirement Age

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Gift ideas for Backflow Testers, Plumbers, and Irrigation Workers

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year–the holiday season! (It falls second only to those days in the early summer that start out crisp and cool– and open up into a hot afternoons and warm evenings.) With the gift-giving season nearly upon us, I’ve put together a list of present ideas for backlow testers, irrigation workers, and plumbers. They range from downright silly to thoughtful and useful. Give a great gift to someone in your life!

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Proactively Reduce Thanksgiving Plumbing Issues

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It probably comes as no surprise to you that the holidays are the busiest time of year for plumbers. The day after Thanksgiving in the US is the single most active day for plumbers. This year, take some steps to prevent clogs and backups so you can peacefully sleep off your Tryptophan slumber. 

The most common call to plumbers deal after a day of feasting deals with kitchen sink drains and garbage disposals. No surprise there!

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Low-income communities suffer from inadequate plumbing

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Each Monday morning I spend an hour or so reading recent articles focusing on water. Today, I found myself down a rabbit hole of articles focused on inadequate plumbing in low-income communities.  Residents in a trailer park in Milton-Freewater, Oregon don’t have access to safe drinking water.

In fact, they haven’t been able to access drinking water for over 5 months. E. Coli is a major concern in the water there, so the Trailer Park owner combats it by adding large amounts ...

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Septic Tanks–when to get it pumped?

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While I talk about backflow testing often, I actually don’t have a backflow device. It doesn’t mean I don’t practice what I preach; I just recently moved to the “country,” and have adjusted to having well water, and I haven’t installed any real form of sprinkler system–I currently use soaker hoses. One very real change in living far enough from the city is the lack of sewer, which meant adjusting to having a Septic Tank. (We also are too far away ...

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