Plumbing and The Internet of Things

Your Plumbing and The Internet of Things

Wikipedia defines The Internet of Things as “the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” In other words, your state-of-the-art devices and appliances can share the information that their embedded sensors accumulate. In the example above, your fridge’s sensors, which are connected to your home wireless network, will recognize that the milk shelf is nearly depleted and share that information with you via your mobile phone or e-mail service.

reverse osmosis water filtration

Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Systems

Do you have purified water delivered to your home? Perhaps you buy endless quantities of bottled water because the water that is piped into your home tastes lousy, has a cloudy appearance, or you’re concerned about possibly unhealthy impurities in your water supply. Does the cost, inconvenience and polluting factors surrounding the use of bottled water concern you? If so, you may want to consider installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system.

Reduce Outdoor Water Consumption

Reduce Outdoor Water Consumption During the Summer Months

We should always be mindful of our water consumption, but this is especially important during the summer, when recreational and landscaping water usage greatly increase. This past June was abnormally dry in the greater Washington area, and over the last few weeks we have begun to hear that dreaded word: drought. Here are a few tips for conserving water. Taking action may have other benefits, too!

Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Holiday Season

Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Holiday Season?

As the holiday season approaches, your plumbing fixtures and pipes could use a little loving attention to ensure that you—and your guests—make it through the festivities without mishap. Take a few minutes to walk through your house and check your plumbing. Most of the issues and/or problems listed below are easily remedied. You can do many of them yourself.

Our checklist to help keep things operating smoothly:

Conventional Water Heater Troubleshooting

Tips for Troubleshooting Conventional Water Heater Woes

Is your normally dependable supply of hot water letting you down? Suddenly there isn’t any, or it runs out halfway through your shower? Is there a nasty odor, or a cloudy or colored flow when you turn on the faucet?
Fortunately, conventional (tank) water heaters–both electric and gas–have more or less retained their simplicity in this age of increasingly sophisticated appliances. Thankfully, troubleshooting a conventional water heater also remains pretty straightforward.