This month has gone by in a blur. It seems like our quick trip to Houston to see how plumbers there are helping with the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Harvey was six months ago. In addition to our special report on the work being done in Houston and nearby areas to recover from Harvey, you can find something of a trip diary by clicking here.
It’s important to remember that the flooding and other damage is reported as being, “in Houston,” but the reality is many smaller outlying areas were still without power or reliable phone service as much as a week after the storm.
Alicia Dover, the executive director of PHCC Texas, said the group’s headquarters would be coordinating offers of assistance with the people who need it. Keep in mind, though, there’s already plenty of labor in the state — what’s most needed is stuff: plumbing and building supplies and materials and the like. This is where to start if you want to help. Dover can be reached at email@example.com or at
Also this month we get to see once more how plumbing calls can take an unexpected turn very quickly. What was conceived as a simple tankless water heater service feature as part of RJ’s “Show ‘em, don’t tell ‘em” philosophy, turned into a tankless water heater replacement feature. Why? Sketchy maintenance and ultra-hard water in Southern California. Make sure to explain to your tankless customers the importance of regular maintenance and how it can keep that expensive bit of gear in top shape for its whole service life.
Closing it off this month are our regular columnists and a PVF products Buyer’s Guide. Sit back and spend some time with us. And make sure to check out our Fall Product Launch special. We’re sure you’ll find something interesting there.