Case Studies: Kitchen and Bath

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Plumbing contractor decides on alternative toilet gasket

Problem: Infinity Plumbing Designs, a plumbing contractor serving Southern California’s major homebuilders, was in search of a better way to seal toilets to the floor. They asked plumbing wholesale distributor Todd Pipe & Supply if there is a better way since traditional wax gaskets are messy to install and reposition, plus they don’t work well on uneven floors.

Solution: After speaking with Keyline Sales, one of Fluidmaster’s representative agencies, Todd Pipe & Supply learned about Better Than Wax. Infinity Plumbing Designs field-tested the Fluidmaster wax-free solution, measuring it against traditional wax. They installed several toilets on a construction site with the new wax-free seal and actually removed the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor. They flushed the toilets and rocked them back and forth to try and make them leak — they didn’t.

Result: The test was such a success that Infinity Plumbing Designs has made the Fluidmaster Better Than Wax its product of choice. 949-728-2000; www.fluidmaster.com


Flexible shaft cable helps company clear restaurant floor drain

Problem: In March 2019, Saia Plumbing & Heating received a call from a concerned restaurant owner in the Washington, D.C., area about an overflowing floor drain in his kitchen area. The client says that over the weekend two other plumbing companies tried unblocking the drain but were not successful in passing their rooter cables past the blockage. Upon reaching in the kitchen area, Saia Plumbing & Heating noticed the floor drain overflowing with greasy water and tried passing a small pipe cleaner through a 3-inch clean-out but were not able to break through the hard grease blockage at about 15 feet.

Solution: They were able to use a 5/16-inch flexible shaft cable from Drain Rehab Solutions, using a DeWALT battery drill and a Renssi double chain knocker to pierce through the hard block to about 40 feet, where the flexible cable at this point was not able to be pushed any farther. Although the flexible shaft cable went through the 3-inch hard grease blockage and permitted them to unblock the drain on the first 40 feet in less than 20 minutes, it was too soft once it got into the 4-inch drain. They then went back with a 7/8-inch cable and cleared up the rest of the 90-foot-long drain until reaching the main drain of the building.

Result: “The flexible shaft rooter cable and the chain knocker did a much faster and better job cleaning the whole 3-inch pipe straight to the cast iron versus traditional rooter cables,” says Marty Saia, owner of Saia Plumbing & Heating. “I would definitely recommend at least a 3/8-inch flexible shaft cable next time to clean 3- to 4-inch drains, as the 5/16-inch is little soft and is more efficient in the 1 1/2- to 2-inch drains.” The customer was impressed with the company’s ability to get the tough job and gave them a service contract to do a complete drain cleaning of all the restaurant’s drains and to replace any plumbing deemed necessary. 514-379-3544; www.drainrehabsolutions.com.



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