Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2019

Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2019

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As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular stories on If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2019.

10. The Benefits of Flexible Shafts for Drain Cleaning Jobs
There is always room for improvement, even with fairly straightforward tasks like cleaning a drain. This article looked at the benefits that come when flexible shafts are incorporated into drain cleaning machines.

9. 6 Steps For Growing Your Plumbing Business in 2019
One of the first posted articles of the year was this look at business growth and goal setting. The same lessons apply if you’re tapping 2020 as the year you want to be more deliberate about how you go about growing your business.

8. How to Shift Your Plumbing Business Focus From Revenue to Profit
It’s nice to see overall revenue figures grow, but over the long-term profitability is what you really want from your business. In this article, regular contributor Anja Smith discussed how her family’s business made a transition so that it was optimized for profit, not just gross revenue.

7. Texas Governor Revives State’s Plumber Licensing Board
A top industry news story in June was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invoking his emergency powers to ensure the state’s plumber licensing board stayed intact until at least 2021. Disputes in the Legislature had put the licensing board’s existence at risk, which led to protest rallies outside the state capitol.

6. Beware of Exploding Toilets in a Thunderstorm
Of course a story with “exploding toilets” in the headline attracted attention and made the Top 10 for 2019. In August, a lightning strike ignited methane gas in a Florida couple’s septic tank, resulting in a bathroom explosion and a call to a plumber.

5. New Plumbing Installation Innovations Boost Contractors’ Productivity
Streamlining operations and improving productivity for contractors has been a big push in the plumbing industry the past several years. This article from January looked at some the newest productivity-enhancing tools on the market that were unveiled at the AHR Expo in Atlanta.

4. How to Handle a Retrofit Rough-In
If you don’t do plumbing rough-ins on a daily basis and missed this article from February, here’s a second chance to check it out. It provides some valuable tips for tackling rough-in work on a home remodel.

3. Not All PEX Is Created Equal
PEX is PEX, right? Wrong. If you’re installing a PEX piping system, you need to be aware of the differences of the three PEX manufacturing methods, which this article provides a detailed breakdown of.

2. 5 Essential Hand Tools For Every Plumber
There are plenty of new product innovations in the industry, but a lot about plumbing still comes down to some basic tools that have been around for decades. If you’re still in the infancy of your plumbing career, check out this article about essential tools you’ll want to invest in no matter what kind of work you plan to focus on.

1. Troubleshooting Tips for Touch Faucet Technology
Technology advances have given us faucets that work with a simple touch rather than the turn of a handle. The most-read article of 2019 looked at what to do when this type of faucet tech starts giving you problems.


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