Plumbing News Roundup: April 2021 | Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

Plumbing News Roundup: April 2021

The plumbing industry is constantly evolving. This month, Pfister is challenging the pros, a plumber uses a unique technique to gain customers, and there’s a product that could stop your basement from flooding. Keep on reading for more details.

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What is a Pittsburgh Potty? Understanding A City Classic

In terms of your plumbing, what’s the weirdest thing you can put in a basement? A shower head in the middle of the ceiling? A bathtub right next to the washer and dryer? How about a toilet, standing in the middle of the room, with no walls around it? You probably know somebody who has one of these, or maybe you have one yourself. Here in Pittsburgh, this feature is known as the Pittsburgh potty. A Pittsburgh Classic The story is that steelworkers coming home from a long day in the mill would need a place to freshen up before […]

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Pittsburgh’s Robot Sewer Inspectors

You could say it was only a matter of time before this was going to happen: Robots have taken over the city of Pittsburgh. …the sewers, anyway. On June 22nd of this year, a robotic sewer inspector called the Solo launched its career underground. The Solo is described as looking like “R2-D2’s accessory dog” or “a little tank with a camera on it,” but at Terry’s Plumbing, we think it looks like a hotdog in a bun, kind of like what you would buy at PNC Park. The Solo is a creation of the RedZone Robotics, a “provider of waste […]

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Chlorine Used To Prevent Legionnaires’ in Pittsburgh VA Locations

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of acute pneumonia that affects people who inhale Legionnaires’-causing bacteria. In 2011 and 2012, Legionnaires’ disease was responsible for 6 deaths and illness in 16 others at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh. In an attempt to control the spread of Legionnaires’, the VA began treating its water supply with heavy doses of chlorine in 2013. High Chlorine Content Has Led to Extensive Damage It’s been reported that the use of chlorine in the water has shortened the lifespan of the VA’s pipes by years, and has resulted in pitting, rusting and leaking in the hospital […]

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