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At Fred Smith Plumbing, troubleshooting and access to our experienced supervisors is always free. In that spirit, we've put together this collection of tips and advice. Think of it as "Everything you always wanted to know about plumbing but were afraid to ask." We'll be adding new content regularly, so be sure to check back often. If you have a specific question for us in the meantime, ask away!

When To Shower, Morning or Night: A Plumber’s Perspective

Recently the NY Times published an article making the case for the best time of day for your daily shower. The piece discussed the pros and cons of morning versus evening. All the important issues were discussed: cleanliness, how long to shower, proper water temperature, ...

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UPDATE: Water Tank Compliance for Drinking Water Safety

Last month, we reported about compliance issues regarding regulations on cleaning and inspecting rooftop water tanks.  It appears that compliance may get a little tougher starting in June. As first reported in the New York Times on April 18, city health officials are considering stronger ...

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Roof Tank Cleaning: A Word About Compliance

The cleanliness of NYC’s rooftop water tanks has garnered some disturbing press of late (NY Times 1/27/14). Many building owners, managers, supers, and cooperative boards are unsure of the regulatory requirements governing rooftop water tanks. There are actually two NYC agencies that regulate these tanks: ...

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An Ounce of Prevention…

When it comes to your building’s HVAC System, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A well-maintained alarm system that monitors water temperature can save your building from disastrous repairs! Here is an example of the importance of this sometimes overlooked safeguard. ...

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