Product Focus - July 2019


Bosch Thermotechnology Greenstar floor boiler

The 5% AFUE Greenstar floor boiler series from Bosch Thermotechnology is designed to upgrade cast iron floor boilers to an ultra-high-efficient condensing boiler at lower installed cost by simplifying the installation. There is no additional cost to build a wall or move the boiler outside a wall because it’s floor standing. A coated heat exchanger also reduces scale buildup, reduces service, maintains high efficiency and extends the life of the boiler. 800-283-3787;

Patterson-Kelley MACH

The MACH condensing boiler from Patterson-Kelley increases turndown, with emphasis on system efficiency, reliability and serviceability. By using a mechanical method to achieve higher turndown, it eliminates the need to add excess air, which can reduce the dew point of the flue gas and adversely affect efficiency. It is available with 10-1 mechanical turndown capabilities for natural gas models C750, C900 and C1050; and it is suitable for a variety of applications. It has the flexibility to match input to the building load, and better control over temperature differential between return water and exhaust temperature. 570-476-7261;


HoldRite HydroFlame sealants

HoldRite HydroFlame sealants include caulks, wraps, collars, putty pads and box inserts. The series complements its line of telescopic firestop products, making it a single-source solution for maintaining the fire resistance of rated and nonrated walls, floors and ceilings in new and retrofit construction. Nonsagging, nontoxic, high-performance intumescent sealants prevent the spread of flames and hot gases while allowing for dynamic movement. This economical, easy-to-use series accommodates plastics, insulated pipe, fiberglass, metal and other penetrative materials, helping plumbers increase profits and reduce installation times. 800-321-0316;

Pipe Lining Supply Quik-Coating System

The hassle of repeated cleaning of drain, waste and vent piping can be solved, permanently, with the Quik-Coating System for pipe rehabilitation from Pipe Lining Supply that complies with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ Uniform Plumbing Code and International Code Council standards. The system applies a modified polyurea resin to the surface of a cleaned pipe, plugging holes and providing a corrosion-free surface to protect the pipe from further deterioration and the buildup of scale and/or prevent roots from intruding through the leaking pipe. 888-354-6464;

Controls/Control Panels

Aquaworx by Infiltrator Intelligent Pump Control Panel

The IPC Panel from Aquaworx by Infiltrator leverages simple pressure transducer technology to provide an innovative approach to enhance pump system performance. Easy to install, it is powered by an embedded microprocessor in the pump controller and a floatless pressure transducer in the pump chamber. It monitors liquid levels, controls pumping time intervals, logs events in real time and calculates daily system flow. It stores up to 4,000 events in a date/time-stamped event log. The Mountable and Removable Controller hand-held user interface is designed to program the unit. The MARC unit can be removed for use on multiple panels, offering a cost-effective solution with expanded capability. 800-221-4436;

FloLogic System

The FloLogic System with CONNECT app-based operation delivers a comprehensive and smart leak control solution to homes and businesses with water service from 3/4 up to 2 inches. All systems offer real-time leak detecting abilities beginning at 1/2 ounces of water flow-per-minute, thanks to EverWatch leak-sensing technology. When a leak is detected, the water is shut off automatically and the users receive an alert through a smartphone app. The CONNECT module also features a thermometer, allowing low room-temperature alerts and automatic water shut-offs. 877-356-5644;

Level Sense unit

The Wi-Fi-enabled Level Sense unit can be used in utility rooms, water heaters, kitchen sinks, sump pumps and crawl spaces. It not only senses temperature and humidity, but also functions as a water level measurement device, a leak detector and a high (or low) water alarm. The unit joins the customer’s local home wireless network and sends notifications by email or text message. It has a 110 dB siren and rechargeable backup battery. The unit can be configured to send a copy of all notifications to the installer, providing the opportunity to contact the customer and follow up with service. It has a relay output for integration into alarm systems and external valve control. 314-787-8059;

SJE-Rhombus Model 122

The Model 122 control panel from SJE-Rhombus controls two 120/208/240-volt, single-phase pumps in water and sewage installations. This panel includes a duplex controller for pump control, alternation and alarm. It includes float status LEDs, a control/alarm power on/off switch with LED indicator, pump run LEDs, HOA switches, a pump lead lag selector switch and auxiliary contacts. It has built-in lag pump delay time, pump failure detection and float out of sequence. In addition, there are four user-selectable field programmable operations: alarm steady state or flashing; alarm auto reset or manual reset; pump failure notification; and optional seal failure alarm beacon notification or beacon plus horn activation. It is available in a NEMA 4X enclosure designed for easy installation and additional protection from the elements. It is UL/cUL listed. 888-342-5753;

Uponor Phyn Plus

The Phyn Plus from Uponor includes a web-based portal allowing users to understand water use, mitigate losses from leaks, and address water conservation and sustainability mandates across their portfolios. Managers can spot trends and efficiencies, as well as mitigate leak damage by shutting off water remotely. The system will also alert users to freeze pressure buildups anywhere in the home before a pipe burst occurs. The system is compatible with Amazon Alexa, allowing Alexa to provide updates on water consumption. This smart home technology offers a new app feature called Water Use Plus, providing homeowners with insights about water consumption by fixture type. 952-997-4238;


Infinity Drain decorative shower drains

Infinity Drain decorative shower drains are available in eight distinctive designs or in a Tile Drain to make the drain disappear. A perfectly milled resistance fit holds the decorative plate in the throat without the need for setscrews or magnets. Three sizes, multiple stocked finishes, and standard or high-flow options are available. They are suited for residential and commercial applications. 516-767-6786;

LUXE Linear Drains Subway

Constructed of durable, hand-polished 304-grade stainless steel, the Subway pattern linear shower drain from LUXE Linear Drains offers a clean-lined, modern aesthetic. It fits all standard 2-inch clamping flanged floor drains, and the grate is easily removable for maintenance and cleaning. The V-shaped inner channel facilitates center drainage — up to a 9 gpm drain rate. It is available in standard 26-, 30-, 36-, 40-, 48- and 60-inch lengths in a standard satin stainless finish, along with custom lengths and finishes. The drain is installed independent of all waterproofing methods and procedures. It is tested and cUPC-certified and -approved by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials for residential and commercial use in North America. 877-398-8110;

QuickDrain USA WallDrain

The linear WallDrain from QuickDrain USA allows for the most seamless curbed or curbless (ADA) shower design possible — by installing the drain in the wall itself — rendering it virtually invisible. The drain’s magnetic vertical cover is designed to accept an insert of the same tile or solid surface material used in the shower to yield a drain that virtually “disappears.” The integrated drain, combined with a presloped shower pan and waterproofing, represents a total shower solution for eliminating leaks and standing water. It has a 316L marine-grade stainless steel drain body and accommodates shower lengths of 26 to 96 inches. On-site adjustability permits shower lengths of 26 to 72 inches with a single drain and 56 to 96 inches with two drains linked together. It is ADA and UPC-approved. 800-321-9532; sanitary drains

Sanitary drains from are designed with the outlet being an intricate part of the drain body, allowing for no internal seams or welds within the drain. This helps eliminate harborage points for bacteria to grow. With the durability and strength of stainless steel, along with its ability to be easily cleaned, this drain is suitable for facilities requiring highly sanitary environments. All drains are corrosion-resistant and meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards. They can be customized to meet specific requirements and are made to interact with the company’s trench drains, floor sinks, and catch basins to provide a suitable drain solution for each application. 888-785-2345;


Water Inc. Ozone Faucet

Water Inc.’s Ozone Faucet instantly turns water into a powerful sanitizer. It quickly kills 99% of E. coli from produce, gets rid of Salmonella and sanitizes workstations. Ozone also reduces chemical and nonsynthetic pesticides from vegetables and fruits. An ozone generator box gets plugged in under the sink and then plumbed to a special faucet with a button. The generator sucks in ambient air and turns the O2 into O3, which gets injected into the faucet’s water. The result is ozonized water — a powerful sanitizer — to clean your kitchen and food. 800-322-9283;

Filtration Equipment/Systems


The Aqua-Rex helps prevent scaling in heaters. It was tested by IAPMO R & T Labs under the test protocol IGC 335 – 2018 Rapid Scaling Test, and has proved it could reduce scaling in Las Vegas water heated to 180 degrees F for 23 hours by 83 percent. It effectively clears out the old scale from the heater and general plumbing system, taking care of the whole house, including showerheads, faucets and work surfaces. It also softens hot water for washing hair and doing laundry. The unit only takes about 10 minutes to install, and it never needs any maintenance or servicing. 877-640-2170;

CORRO-PROTEC powered titanium anode rod

The CORRO-PROTEC powered titanium anode rod is a long-term protection solution for water heaters. As the sacrificial anode already in place in the water heater undergoes a high transfer of electrons in case of aggressive water, the life of the hot-water tank can be affected. By forming a protection layer on the tank walls and its weak points, the powered anode rod provides the water heater with permanent protection against corrosion, regardless of the water hardness. 819-690-7053;

Eclipse Tools North America BoilerMag

The BoilerMag magnetic filter from Eclipse Tools North America combats the magnetite, more commonly referred to as black sludge, that forms when air and water react with ferrous components. It is an NPT-threaded air, dirt and magnetite separator used to control the buildup of sludge in hydronic heating systems. Its magnetic core ensures that despite the amount of contamination, it can never block, thus increasing energy efficiency, significantly prolonging the boiler life, protecting pipework and considerably reducing maintenance calls. Its user-friendly application can be easily installed in any heating system, residential or commercial. 800-260-2124;


Caleffi North America TankMixer

The Caleffi North America TankMixer mixing valve includes a three-way angle-body thermostatic mixing valve, a cold-water cross with recirculation connection and an 18-inch flexible stainless steel connector that fits around a water heater flue pipe or fan. Its thermal shut-off function closes the hot inlet port in the event of a cold-water supply failure, and the tight-closing inlet ports eliminate potential temperature creep in domestic hot-water recirculation applications. The high-performance angle body also has a low 0.5 gpm minimum flow rate, which means accurate temperature control, even with high-efficiency, low-flow fixtures. It has union fittings for installation and service efficiency and is available with press, NPT or sweat tailpieces for pipe connection flexibility. 414-238-2360;

Champion-Arrowhead REDIGRIP fittings

REDIGRIP fittings from Champion-Arrowhead allow easy connections between copper, CPVC or PEX within seconds, with no soldering or glues required. Available in 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-inch sizes, the couplings, elbows, tees and end caps make repairs and installations fast, easy and painless. They are rated to 232 psi and 203 degrees F, are made from lead-free brass, and will work in most residential plumbing projects. Simply push the chosen pipe with a clean edge into the fitting, ensuring you achieve the proper insertion depth, and continue your project. If you need to readjust the fitting, use a REDIGRIP removal tool to easily remove the fitting. They are suitable for emergency plumbing repairs, home improvement projects and new plumbing installations. They use a high-quality O-ring to seal the tube and a stainless steel grip ring to prevent loosening. 800-332-4267;

Commercial Industrial Supply CPVC valves

CPVC valves from Commercial Industrial Supply are suitable for dealing with hot water. The material has a similar composition as standard PVC but gets treated with a free radical chlorination, which increases the chlorine content in the material. This additional chlorine allows it to withstand a higher range of temperatures. The valves help control the flow of water, whether it be stopping the flow completely with a ball valve or preventing backflow within the pipe with a check valve. There are several variations of these valves as well. They can come in compact one pieces or a true union style. The true union style can be taken completely apart for cleaning or repair without cutting into the pipe. 866-777-8001; .

Fluidmaster 400A Universal Fill Valve

Fluidmaster’s 400A Universal Fill Valve has an ergonomic adjustment screw, preinstalled components and an easy-to-follow booklet of step-by-step instructions. In less than five minutes, homeowners can repair the toilet fill valve, which saves time and money. The end result is a quieter tank that fills up faster. It is best for toilets that date prior to 1994 with flush volumes between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush. The easy-to-install valve fits all brands, is made from corrosion-resistant materials and has an anti-siphon design. 949-728-2000;

John Guest USA Speedfit Angle Stop Valve

The John Guest USA Speedfit Angle Stop Valve provides an extra line off of an existing stop, giving the user independent water flow control and the ability to upgrade or repair accessories without shutting off the main water supply. The valve uses push-fit technology — allowing quick connection without the need for tools — and is offered in white polypropylene with food-grade EPDM O-rings. The valve connects between the riser to the main water supply line for applications in reverse osmosis, filtration systems, automatic coffee brewers and ice makers. The conversion adaptor can be threaded to either side of the valve to make configurations of 1/2-by-1/2-inch NPS or 3/8-by-3/8-inch compression. The valves are intended for use with potable water systems and are not to be used in heating systems or with compressed air, explosive gases, petroleum spirits and other fuels. 800-945-4872;

Mainline Backflow Products Straight-Fit Backwater Valve

The Straight-Fit Backwater Valve from Mainline Backflow Products eliminates problems with snakes destroying gates when cleaning through the valve and allows easy access at any depth without the requirement of a manhole for access. Its Smart-Curve Gate technology allows sewer cleaning cables to pass in and out through the valve body without damaging the gate, while its Smart-Curve body cleat also allows drain cleaning through the vertical riser of the valve. The magnetic gate insertion couldn’t make gate insertion any easier, as the technician simply needs to lower the gate into the vicinity of the holder and the magnets pull and direct the gate into the slot, assuring the gate is properly set each time. The extendable body with extendable gate makes this valve accessible at any burial height with easy ground level access. 877-734-8691;


The REHAU EVERLOC+ compression-sleeve fitting system has 26 additional configurations, making transitions between pipe sizes more convenient in single-family and multifamily residential plumbing projects. The system comprises RAUPEX UV shield PEXa pipe in 3/8- to 2-inch diameters, polymer and lead-free brass fittings, and power tools for reliable and safe connections. Designed for no-leak security, the two-step fitting expansion and compression process is performed quickly in any weather, making installation faster than other PEXa cold-expansion fittings and copper. The NSF/ANSI 14- and 61-certified system delivers safe drinking water with no mineral buildup, allowing contractors to create healthy and sustainable residential environments in less time. 800-247-9445;

StreamLabs Control valve

The StreamLabs Control valve stays one step ahead of leaks, providing homeowners with leak protection and automatic shut-off functionality. The device can be opened and closed remotely using the StreamLabs app, with automatic shut off in the event of a leak. It uses ultrasonic technology and advanced sensors to measure water flow rate, water pressure, water temperature, ambient (air) temperature and relative humidity, providing real-time notifications, valve status alerts and freeze warnings. It also utilizes data analytics to provide water use history, conduct pressure decay testing and deliver user-configurable abnormal usage and leak alerts. In addition to Nest and Alexa integration options, it has home and away modes, as well as Smart Alerts that automatically detect unique water usage patterns and introduce appropriate leak setting parameters. Just one unit protects the entire home from costly water damage, giving homeowners complete control of their water from anywhere. 770-863-4083;


Viega Eco Plus

Viega Eco Plus dual flush carriers provide water-saving advantages versus traditional two-piece, floor-mounted toilets. The carriers, when combined with one of the compatible bowls, produce water savings that meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense standards. By moving the tank inside the wall, the carriers free up at least 6 inches of extra room while also making the bathroom easier to clean by eliminating the hard-to-clean spaces around the tank and bowl. They are durable, reliable and easy to maintain. An assortment of stylish and durable flush plates is available. 800-976-9819;


Delta Faucet In2ition two-in-one shower

The In2ition two-in-one shower from Delta Faucet has a detachable hand shower that can be used separately from or simultaneously with the showerhead, making is suitable for bathing loved ones and pets, as well as keeping the inside of the shower and tub clean. This integrated dual-functionality gives users maximum flexibility without sacrificing warmth, as users can choose to have water streaming from the showerhead only, the hand shower only or both the showerhead and hand shower at once. It has H2Okinetic Technology that sculpts water into a unique wave pattern, providing three times the coverage of a standard showerhead. MagnaTite Docking uses a powerful integrated magnet to pull the faucet spray wand or hand shower precisely into place, staying docked when not in use. Soft, rubber Touch-Clean spray holes allow users to easily wipe away calcium and lime buildup with the touch of a finger. 800-345-3358;

Wedi modular shower systems

The wedi modular shower system range is known for customizability, modular simplicity in application, and inherent waterproofness in product and assembly. Remodeling contractors install tiled showers less frequently and can appreciate the system approach, with few components to install safely, fast and clean. The systems are 100% internally waterproof and can be tiled upon installation. 877-933-9334;


Ruvati USA Verona series

Verona series workstation sinks from Ruvati USA combine a traditional apron-front design and the contemporary gleam of stainless steel with a commercial-grade brushed finish. Its generous proportions easily accommodate oversized pots and pans, while an integrated rack allows built-in accessories to slide quickly into place as needed. Smart features include a deep stainless steel colander for draining pasta or rinsing produce and an adjustable roll-up rack that is ideal for drying dishes. A cutting board of African mahogany fits snugly over the sink basin to provide for prep work while keeping countertops clean and clutter-free. A stainless steel rinse grid and drainer basket assemble are also included. They are constructed using 16-gauge stainless steel that will never rust or stain. The sink comes in single- or double-bowl configurations with sizes ranging from 24 to 36 inches. 855-478-8284;

Sump Pumps 

Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, AGS Series

The Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, AGS Series submersible axial grinder provides suitable performance against the challenging solids, flushables and trash present in modern residential wastewater applications. With a semiopen impeller design, including an eight-hole cutter plate and three-blade axial cutter, the grinder reduces waste to a fine slurry. The lobe-lifting technology lifts material away from the low-pressure center and redirects material for cutting. Built to last with a stainless steel volute, cast iron impeller and hard-faced silicon carbide on silicon carbide mechanical seal, it is versatile for residential and tough wastewater environments. Heavy-duty, balanced handles simplify installation, and the 2-inch discharge allows for easy sewage pump replacement, minimizing downtime and service issues. The series is available in single-phase 0.5 hp (115- or 230-volt) and 1 hp (115- or 230-volt) options to fit a variety of residential sewage applications. 866-325-4210;

Wolseley PROFLO

The PROFLO preassembled primary and backup sump pump from Wolseley provides the security and comfort in knowing your home is safe from flooding. The kit comes preassembled for easy installation and includes a 2-amp battery charger with overcharge protection and thermoplastic battery box. It includes an energy-efficient 1/3 hp split capacitor motor and lower amp draw, which allows the pump to run cooler and lasts longer. It has a cast iron pump base and housing, while the float switch has a piggyback plug for manual or automatic operation. Incorporated in the battery backup is a reinforced thermoplastic pump base and housing, efficient 12-volt DC motor, vertical float switch and nonclogging thermoplastic impeller. 905-335-7373;


Liberty Pumps Ascent II

The Ascent II macerating toilet system from Liberty Pumps allows easy installation of a bathroom in areas where no gravity sewer lines may exist. It is suitable for remodeling applications, eliminating the need for major construction or breaking concrete floors in basements to add a bathroom. Featuring a 1.28 gallons-per-flush, high-efficiency toilet, the system easily macerates sewage waste and other debris with RazorCut technology and then discharges it through a small, 1-inch-diameter line up to 25 feet high and 150 feet horizontally. It has ISTTM solid state switching, a built-in alarm, LED lights and an external touchpad for alarm silence and manual system override. The ADA compliant toilets — available in round front and elongated, have improved flush performance and carry the WaterSense mark. Both models offer insulated tanks to eliminate sweating. 800-543-2550;


Brasscraft Cobra Pro power auto-feed drum auger

The Cobra Pro power auto-feed drum auger from Brasscraft clears 1- to 2-inch sink, shower or tub drainpipes. The auger has a turning knob to quickly engage and disengage the auto-feed mechanism; and the wire is a high-carbon spring wire measuring 1/4 inch in diameter and 25 feet in length, with a reinforced nylon inner core. With the use of a power drill, the cable will feed automatically in and out of the drum. The drum housing is made of high-impact polyethylene and has a pistol grip for better control. 877-272-7755;

J.C. Whitlam Gator-Bite Plastic Pipe Cutter

The Gator-Bite Plastic Pipe Cutter from J.C. Whitlam can be used to cut all types of plastic pipe and conduit through 2 1/2 inches, making it the largest two-handed plastic pipe cutter available. It cuts PVC, including thin wall, CPVC, ABS, PE, polypropylene (PP-R) and PEX, conduit pipe and tubing. It is constructed with a lightweight, but heavy-duty die cast aluminum body and high-carbon steel blade. Replacement blades and springs are also available. 800-321-8358;

Koul Tools Fitting Fixer

The Fitting Fixer from Koul Tools uses a 37-degree inverted cone with diamond-dust-coated lapping material to resurface the conical sealing area on JIC fittings. It allows the user to repair a leaky fitting on the spot when replacing it is not possible or would be a major undertaking — for example, a leaking bung on a tank. The fitting screws into a guide to hold it in place, and the lapping cone is attached to a drill. Simply spin the lapping cone on the fitting’s sealing surface until the damaged area is repaired. It comes in 3/16- to 1-inch sizes and works on steel and aluminum fittings. 928-854-6706;

Milwaukee Tool 7-inch Magnetic Rafter Square

Milwaukee Tool’s 7-inch Magnetic Rafter Square is built with rare earth magnets in the heel, which provides a secure hold on all ferrous surfaces, and the 1 1/8-inch heel provides more grip while working with rounded stock. The tool also has a high number of precision scribe notches (1 to 6 inch) of any rafter in its class, as well as a 1-inch pipe-cutting jack. This feature is new-to-world for rafter squares, helping to elevate and tightly hold materials such as conduit, copper and rigid pipe during cuts. The square is also made with more aluminum for extreme durability. 800-729-3878;

RIDGID EZ Change Faucet Tool

Alleviate undersink plumbing frustrations with the RIDGID EZ Change Faucet Tool, a multipurpose tool for installation and removal of faucets and sink strainers. Used to fasten and remove tab mounting nuts and supply line nuts, the tool has a short body for easy access in tight spaces and includes a shut-off valve wrench to assist with stubborn valves. The tool has a cubed insert that is compatible with a variety of common nut sizes and is suitable for most common two-, three-, four- and six-tab mounting nuts. In addition, it has a retainer for three or four slot strainer baskets and a 5/8-inch deep welled socket that is suitable for single-hole mountings. 800-769-7743;

Wheeler-Rex Model 4992 Close Quarters Tubing Cutter

The Model 4992 Close Quarters Tubing Cutter from Wheeler-Rex is a suitable solution when a cut is needed but there isn’t much room, as it requires minimal clearance to do its job. It is primarily used for copper, but it is also effective on plastic. It is suitable for working underneath vanities, close to walls, waste and overflows, and other confined spaces. It adjusts to cut a wide range of tubing sizes, ranging from small 1/4-inch tubing all the way to 2 3/8 inch. When it’s time to change the cutting wheel, the user can quickly swap it out with the unit’s toolless design. Simply push out the pin and swap wheels. 800-321-7950;

Water Heaters 

Bradford White Water Heaters PowerStor Series SS

The PowerStor Series SS stainless steel single-wall indirect water heater from Bradford White Water Heaters is a suitable choice when working with a new or existing boiler. It offers improved protection against corrosion and a new, improved heat exchanger for better efficiency and performance. 800-523-2931;

Trutankless water heaters

Tankless water heating systems from trutankless offer 99% efficiency, with a self-flushing design that eliminates most maintenance requirements. They offer comfort and economy modes and feature ceramic insulation over a durable copper heat exchanger. Threaded elements are available for ease of service and replacement. Temperature and pressure monitoring and relief is available, with an iOS and Android app for remote temperature control, monitoring and usage reports. 855-862-8987;

Water Storage Tank

Den Hartog Industries Ace Roto-Mold

Ace Roto-Mold polyethylene tanks from Den Hartog Industries are designed to provide a safe and durable means for the storage of septic system byproducts. Its entire line of tanks provide storage and are designed for belowground installation. These tanks are furnished with multiple fitting locations to accommodate a variety of plumbing configurations and two openings available for burial lids or access/inspection risers. The low-profile septic tanks are available in one- and two-compartments with 1,000, 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of storage and are designed to be backfilled empty. They have sectional ribbing designed to sustain vertical soil pressures of up to 500 psf at a maximum soil depth of 36 inches. 712-752-8432; 


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