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Powerful Sewerooter T-4™ New Mid-Size machine with More Muscle

November 21, 2019

General Pipe Cleaners’ new Sewerooter T-4™ mid-size drain cleaner packs the performance, punch, and portability to unclog 3” to 6” diameter lines up to 100 feet long.  The heavy duty 9/16″ Flexicore® cable provides more torque than traditional 1/2″ cables

News Health & SafetyPlumbing

Quebec getting the lead out

October 25, 2019

Quebec will be the first province to comply with Health Canada’s new recommendations for reducing acceptable lead concentrations in drinking water.

News HPAC GeneralPlumbing

Fall public review of proposed changes to 2015 editions of National Building, Fire, and Plumbing codes and the National Energy Code for Buildings

September 16, 2019

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites interested parties to take part in a final opportunity for public review of the proposed changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National

Product Plumbing

Water Ram™ Clears Clogged Drains With Shock Action!

September 10, 2019

General Pipe Cleaners Kinetic Water Ram™ clears clogged drains with green power.  Just pump it up, insert in the drain, and snap the trigger.  The environmentally safe Water Ram uses compressed air to generate a shock wave that pulverizes the stoppage instantly.  The shock wave

News ManagementPlumbing

A. O. Smith strengthens North American Water Treatment division

September 7, 2019

A. O. Smith, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters, boilers and water treatment products, recently announced the beginning of its plans for integrating its most recent acquisition into its North American Water Treatment (NAWT) division. NAWT includes

News Plumbing

Canadian franchisee takes Mr. Rooter top honours

September 4, 2019

Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a Neighbourly company, recently held its annual conference in San Antonio, TX alongside Neighbourly’s 22 other service brands, where franchisees nominated and awarded top performers. Franchisee of the year, the company’s highest honour, went to Mike and Vesna

Article Plumbing

Best practices for maintaining water flow in plumbing supply systems

September 3, 2019 by David Desjardins

Minimizing bacteria growth in plumbing supply systems has become increasingly important in the plumbing industry in recent years. This is done largely through the control of temperature and flow maintenance. Plumbing engineers, installers and facility operators are particularly concerned with

News HPAC GeneralPlumbing

Mifab moves forward with 68,000 sq. ft. expansion

August 26, 2019

Mifab has been a family owned manufacturer of engineered plumbing and drainage solutions since 1982, and on August 6 the company celebrated the groundbreaking for its 68,000 sq. ft. expansion in Chicago, IL. The planning for the expansion began just

News HPAC GeneralPlumbing

Silver-Line Plastics agrees to be acquired by IPEX

August 26, 2019

Silver-Line Plastics has that its shareholders have entered into a Share Purchase Agreement pursuant to which it will be acquired by IPEX. Silver-Line Plastics is a U.S. manufacturer of plastic pipe products with facilities in Asheville, NC, Lawton, OK and

News HeatingHPAC GeneralPlumbing

Bonomi acquires fittings manufacturer FRA.BO

August 22, 2019

Bonomi Group has acquired the company FRA.BO. S.p.A., headquartered in Quinzano d’Oglio, Brescia, Italy.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, FRA.BO is a manufacturer of copper, stainless steel, carbon steel, brass and bronze fittings for plumbing installations. The company’s products are

News HPAC GeneralHydronicsPlumbing

Viega showcases expansion and new training centre

August 21, 2019

Viega recently celebrated the opening of a seminar centre in its new headquarters in Broomfield, CO. This is the company’s second training centre in the United States. The Colorado Seminar Center joins the New Hampshire Seminar Center in Nashua in

Article Plumbing

Get smart about leak detection

August 21, 2019 by Steve Goldie

It was a beautiful summer day when I got the phone call: “Steven, I hate to bother you but water is coming out of your house.” I was sitting on a patio enjoying a craft beverage, halfway through a well-deserved

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Philip Rizcallah Recipient of 2019 Joseph K. Seidner Award

August 20, 2019

Philip Rizcallah, director, research and development, construction at the National Research Council of Canada is the nineteenth recipient of the Joseph K. Seidner Award. The presentation took place at the annual Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing meeting in Ottawa, ON

News Plumbing

Saniflo partners with BC sales agency

July 15, 2019

Saniflo Canada has partnered with Pro-West Sales Ltd. to provide sales and service to its wholesale channel in British Columbia. The sales agency, based in Burnaby, focuses on offering customer service to builders, contractors, interior designers, facility managers and plumbing

News ConstructionPlumbing

Demand for key trades apprentices to climb to 167,000 over next five years: report

July 3, 2019

Some 67,000 journeypersons will be required over the next five years to keep workforce certification levels afloat for key trades in the majority of Canadian provinces. To meet that demand, Canada’s 10 largest Red Seal trades — excluding Quebec and

News Plumbing

OS&B partners with Great Lakes Marketing in southwestern Ontario

June 28, 2019

Oakville Stamping & Bending (OS&B) has appointed Great Lakes Marketing as the manufacturers agency for its bronte showroom division in southwestern Ontario. Under the partnership, Kitchener, ON-based Great Lakes Marketing will assume responsibility for the bronte collection of products. Those

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Election of manufacturers’ agent to chairman a first for CIPH

June 18, 2019

Andrew Dyck, vice president of sales for Barclay Sales, has been elected as the 72nd chairman of CIPH

News HPAC GeneralHuman ResourcesPlumbing

Ontario plumbers, pipefitters return to work after week-long strike

June 13, 2019

Just a week after Ontario plumbers and steamfitters walked off the job over work hours and hiring practices, the two labour organizations involved in the dispute have struck a deal. The Ontario Pipe Trades Council said June 11 it has

News Plumbing

Gerber opens new warehouse in Western Canada

June 5, 2019

Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC has opened its Western Distribution Centre in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The facility is designed to support the company’s partners in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, while easing the load of Gerber’s primary warehouse in

News ManagementPlumbing

Plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach an impasse

June 3, 2019

The walkout of several key construction trades could jeopardize work underway in the province

Article Plumbing

Luxury plumbing sees wellness, sustainable technology and natural materials trend upward

May 27, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

The luxury plumbing market leaves no stone unturned. From the sink to the shower, manufacturers have taken a fresh approach to functionality and style in upscale environments. The trend towards wellness and sustainability has driven a demand for natural materials,

News HPAC GeneralManagementPlumbing

B. A. Robinson changes name to unify branding

May 23, 2019

B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. is rebranding its wholesale and showroom businesses to Robinson Supply. The company’s lighting and bath showrooms will be branded Robinson. Legally, the company continues to operate as B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. The change is

News HPAC GeneralHVAC SystemsPlumbing

Software company Interplay Learning lands $5.5M in financing to develop 3D, virtual reality training platform for skilled trades

May 21, 2019

Texas-based software company Interplay Learning has secured $5.5 million in financing to develop its online training programs for the HVAC, plumbing and electrical trades. The firm offers interactive video courses and 3D troubleshooting simulations — including SkillMill, its 3D and

News ManagementPlumbing

Saniflo partners with Mississauga, ON-based Centon Sales Corp.

May 13, 2019

Saniflo Canada has entered a partnership with Centon Sales Corp. to provide sales and service to the company’s wholesale channel in Ontario. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Centon Sales as our wholesale sales agency for the Ontario region,

News Plumbing

Restrooms influence customer spending: study

April 26, 2019

Consumers may spend more money at businesses with clean, well-stocked restrooms, according to the 10th annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp. The survey of U.S. adults found that 52 per cent of respondents were more likely to spend

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CIPH Ontario region AGM attracts record attendance

April 11, 2019

Leadership proved to be a popular topic at the third CIPH Ontario Region Business Meeting and annual general meeting held today (April 11, 2019) with more than 150 in attendance. Keynote speaker Chris Cummins discussed the traits and actions of

Article Plumbing

Faucets and fixtures facilitate flexibility, individuality

March 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

For homeowners, customization is key. In the residential space, individual flare takes precedence over the latest trends. Whether it’s for the kitchen or the bathroom, brands are increasingly offering products that allow the end-user to create a tailored space. “Combining

News ManagementPlumbing

Westcom Plumbing owner takes home CCA’s Person of the Year Award

March 27, 2019

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has presented its 2018 awards in conjunction with its annual conference, currently being held in Bermuda. These awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, companies and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry.

Article HVAC SystemsHydronicsPlumbing

Mechanical system stands the test of time

March 24, 2019 by Robert Waters

Twenty-two years ago, my wife and I built a house in the north end of Guelph, ON. At the time we had been married for almost five years, had one child with another soon to arrive and we wanted to

Article Plumbing

Heat pump water heater potential remains unrealized

March 21, 2019 by Steve Goldie

I first wrote about heat pump water heaters (HPWH) almost a decade ago. At the time I was looking to highlight newer, innovative technologies and the HPWH seemed to qualify. After researching and writing that article I was impressed with