Water Heater Science: Expansion Tanks

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Every 6th grade science geek learns that upon freezing, water expands. But did you realize water also expands upon heating? It's a property known as "thermal expansion," which means that as water is heated, the water molecules speed up and require more space in which to roam. In a 40 gallon water heater tank, thermal expansion can create as much as a full gallon of additional water, by volume. The...
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The Allied Team - Perfect for Grease Trap Cleaning

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Cincinnati has an impressive reputation as home to world class restaurants. And all restaurants, from Four-Star to Gold Star, have one thing in common: grease traps. With that in mind, this news item from Arizona caught our eye: Eateries Ignore Grease Trap Ordinance:  Read article Allied meticulously provides both interior and exterior grease trap pumping services to the food service industry...
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Time for a New Kitchen Faucet Amazonians?

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Amazon.com has faucets on sale; don't delay! The plan this morning was to hammer out a blog on how to fix a leaky kitchen faucet (mine). And then I came across this very timely article on the top 8 faucets for 2016: https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-kitchen-faucets?id=bng . "Maybe new IS a good idea," I thought. Our kitchen faucet is easily 20 years old, it leaks from the column every time the lever is ...
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Our Greater Cincinnati Water Works (and "works" well!)

Cincinnati Water Works
We've been closely following the developing story on the Flint, MI water crisis. After reading the in-depth news reports, we are thankful for the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) -- it's one of the finest in the nation. A trip through their web site ( http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/about-greater-cincinnati-water-works ) is time well spent. Unlike our northern water utility neighbors in Fl...
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Basement water backups?

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Installing a backwater valve may be the answer to your troubled waters. Recently, we came home to a major problem in our basement shower – bits of toilet paper and raw sewage had gurgled up from the drain while we were away. "Yuck" is a major understatement. "Gross me to the max" is more fitting, even if it is straight out of 1983. When unmentionables are oozing into one's shower, pride runs right...
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Do I Need A Water Softener In Cincinnati?

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We recently heard a local radio station running an ad for water softeners in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Having long been under the impression that Cincinnati water is among the finest in the country, we did a little checking. If our household runs on city water, why do we need anything more than a charcoal filter on the faucet? Just What is Hard Water? The experts at http://www.hometips.com stat...
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