Our 10 Most Popular Stories of 2014

Our 10 Most Popular Stories of 2014

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The new year is right around the corner, so we’re revisiting the 10 most popular articles of 2014. Enjoy this look back at the year’s top stories on PlumberMag.com.

10. 3 Myths About Plumbing
You’ve been in the plumbing biz for decades. You know the ins and outs of pipeline inspection and understand how to go about generating new business for your company, right? Let’s put some industry-wide myths to rest.

9. Why Your Service Van Wrap Design Stinks
“Truck wraps aren’t cheap, so it’s a shame to see them done badly,” says marketing expert Dan Antonelli, who shares six tips aimed at building your brand through better design.

8. 3 Tools Every Plumbing Service Van Needs
Having the right tools for the job is the key to success. Before you head out on your next call, make sure your service van is fully stocked with these three must-have pieces of equipment.

7. 8 Trade-Friendly Smartphone Apps for Plumbers
Yup, there’s an app for that. Whether you are Team iPhone or side with Team Android, we sorted through the treasure trove of industry-specific apps and highlighted those that will help you take your day-to-day operations to the next level.

6. Should Everyone Be Licensed?
Plumbers have to go through years of apprenticeships, training and testing to earn required licensing. Perhaps we’re opening a can of worms by asking this simple question: If drain cleaners were required to earn similar credentials, would this benefit or hinder your marketplace?

5. 5 Ways to Keep Plumbing Technicians Busy During Slow Season
Staying busy year-round is no guarantee. From maintaining your equipment to recharging your batteries with a much-needed vacation, we offer up these five tips that will keep you on top of your game during the slow season.

4. Craziest Excuses for Employees Calling in Sick
Researchers say 1.5 million Americans will call in “sick” the Monday after the Super Bowl. Other major sporting events such as March Madness seemingly have the same “ill” effects on the workforce. We recap a few of the craziest excuses for calling in sick according to a CareerBuilder survey.

3. Plumbing Policies: Water Heaters Expected to Get Bigger
A result of the new water heater efficiency standards that go into effect April 16, 2015, is water heaters will be larger and heavier. Could standard installations become a two-person job?

2. Boiling Point: Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters
While tankless water heaters have been around for decades, knowledge and interest in the high-efficiency technology continues to grow. But are traditional water heaters still a good option, especially for cost-conscious and space-challenged consumers, despite new regulations?

1. 5 Craziest Things Found in a Sewer
And just when you’ve thought you seen, heard or read it all, our top story of 2014 reveals a list of five of the craziest things you’d never believe have been found in a sewer.


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