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Kohler Brand - Case Study

 Spectacle™ 60.25 x 32.25"Freestanding Bath

 Freestanding Tub

Imagine: A soaking experience wrapped up in a sophisticated contemporary design. What thought comes to mind? Consider for a moment a new product by Sterling, a Kohler company; the freestanding tub of your dreams. And guess what, this has started a stampede of new product lines from the latest Kohler branded company called Sterling. Take a good look at this bathroom in the picture above. Notice that all the new products including the tub, are able to enhance every element around them. Achieving this type of style and look in your latest new project design is a goal many designers have taken on with the latest new plumbing products here in the USA. 

Being surrounded with tranquility and comfort in the Spectacle : freestanding bath, is just the latest creation made especially for your bath experience. Combining luxury with practicality in your Master or guest bath is state of the art in terms of design and materials, and can be yours for the asking. The oval, ergonomic design conforms to and supports your body as you stretch out fully and enjoy a deep, relaxing soak. Graceful shaped lines and generous bathing depth, complements a wide range of bathroom styles and offers easy installation for the discriminating at heart.

Adding  drama to your favorite bathing experience is just around the corner. Kohler calls it The Spectacle. Freestanding bathubs create the ultimate design, form and function in a relaxing space designed for your cormfort range. Take A Look ! 

The Spectacle Freestanding Tub - Dimensions & Measurements

Special Features - Freestanding design creates a striking focal point in your bathing area.

  • Oval-shaped basin offers a graceful and spacious bathing experience.
  • Center offset toe-tap drain.
  • 17-1/4" bathing depth offers a deep soaking experience.
  • Sloped lumbar support on both ends.
  • Wide ledge on one side is ideal for deck-mount faucet and/or handshower.
  • Bottom surface manufactured with textured appearance.
  • Built-in integral overflow.
  • Chrome drain included.
  • Material - Acrylic.

Let's speak about Sterling. "Sterling is Life well made. Real life is mess, and Sterling by Kohler makes it all a little better. Life happens. Every day. Whether you want it to or not." So get ready to enjoy and create your very own example and style for  that reality. Impeccably perfect kitchens and bathrooms may exist in the real world in the eye of the beholder. Our goal is we want you to be aware of the next best thing. And, since that real life is hectic and messy, you need to find out more about exactly why Kohler makes STERLING products.

STERLING products are TOUGH. They’re built to handle the wear-and-tear of everyday life. They’re NO FUSS. They’re manufactured to be a piece of cake to install and a cinch to clean. And they’re BEAUTIFUL. They’re designed to be products that you can be proud to have in your home—for a long time to come. All of which means you get to have your cake and eat it too with STERLING. That makes us the SMART choice for the job at hand.

Plus, Sterling is a Kohler company, which means every product is backed by over 140 years of manufacturing experience and excellence in the industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned trade professional, a die-hard DIY-er, or you’re simply looking for a durable and beautiful product for your home, STERLING has what you need for a job done right.


The Sterling Faucet Co. was founded in 1907. The company built a name for itself manufacturing quality faucets and brassware. Sterling came into the Kohler fold in 1984, providing a mid-priced, full-line plumbing brand that was tough as it was beautiful.

Since then, Sterling has been a brand of Kohler, a company with a world-class reputation of its own as the recognized leader in kitchen and bath design. Kohler's diversity of products and powerful portfolio of businesses offer industry-leading design, craftsmanship and innovation all knit together by a single level of quality over a broad range of price points.

Practice Safety For Your Staff

Consider Safety : Emergency eye wash stationsIn a world where safety concerns can sometimes be overlooked, Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. is asking the hard questions. Is your commercial or industrial facility safe and are additional plumbing related safety products needed in order to keep your staff safe should a spill, or some other unthinkiable safety hazard occur? Is your facility in compliance with current new standards with OSHA for 2019? Do you know if you need emergency eye wash or shower stations in your current facilities? 

If you need to upgrade your current emergency stations, consider calling Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. to discuss the latest OSHA approved emergency eyewash stations and emergency showers for your commercial facility. 

Put Safey First: The New View Of Safety First.

According to Dr. Sidney Dekker, safety has reached a dead end. In his opinion we need a new view of safety for the safety professionals, consultants, and academics. That was in 2014, and here we are in 2019 and the industry has responded favoribly. Human and organizational performance (HOP) practices are growing. This new view about safety, products, awareness, and training do more to alter the deflated mindset about safety than any single program. New safety tactics, strategies, and products to facilitate implementation are at an all time high on exposure.

ISHN (Industrial & Hygene News),  in the most recent polling information thinks that safety in the proper setting and industry is anything but another “flavor of the month” program or slogan -- something here today, gone tomorrow. The “new view” or doing safety differently has been written about in books, discussed at workshops, and even made into YouTube documentaries. But U.S. safety and health pros – and companies – are just beginning to get wide exposure to the differences between traditional safety and safety.

How does this relate to you here in Madison and Dane County?

Well if you are a commercial facility, or engage in the  manufacture  of chemicals, produce hazardous materials, have poisons, toxins, and a variety of other types of related products, you need safety eyewash stations, safety showers, and other state of the art types of emergency equipment. For purposes of this article we will generally outline some basic OSHA information about eyewash stations. Even in commercial kitchens there may be a need to install eyewash stations in case of a spill or accident that requires eye safety procedures be followed to the letter.

Severity of injury, time of exposure, and number of employees exposed are all considered by compliance officers in determining the required number of eyewash stations, shower stations, or both eyewash and shower stations. Employees must be trained to hold their eyes open during the flushing process. All employees also should be trained on how to use the emergency equipment fixtures before they handle hazardous chemicals.

The first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance, especially a corrosive substance, are critical. Delaying treatment, even for a few seconds, may cause serious injury. Emergency showers and eyewash stations provide on-the-spot decontamination. They allow workers to flush away hazardous substances that can cause injury.

Accidental chemical exposures can still occur even with good engineering controls and safety precautions. As a result, it is essential to look beyond the use of goggles, face shields, and procedures for using personal protective equipment. Emergency showers and eyewash stations are a necessary backup to minimize the effects of accident exposure to chemicals. Emergency showers can also be used effectively in extinguishing clothing fires or for flushing contaminants off clothing.

For companies maintaining or considering emergency shower and eyewash stations, there are two key standards to remember. The ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment is an essential resource—visit ISEA's www.safetyequipment.org website to order it. This important consensus standard outlines the minimum equipment performance criteria for this equipment. It specifies flow rates, water temperature delivery, testing, and much more.

Z358.1 is the leading international standard for implementation of eyewash and emergency shower equipment. On the standard’s page on its website, ISEA points out what a wide range of industries need to install and maintain this emergency equipment, listing "manufacturing and processing facilities, construction sites, laboratories, medical and healthcare offices, refineries and other workplaces."

The other key standard is OSHA's first aid standard, the one that explains the requirement for certain facilities in those and other industries to install shower or eyewash equipment. OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.151(c) says, "Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use."

End users frequently ask what constitutes "immediate use." Fortunately, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 answers this question: It specifies that showers and eyewashes should be located within 10 seconds' travel distance from a hazard. As Speakman Company's Imants Stiebris explained in an article in the July 2018 issue of this magazine, "While in existing facilities it is fairly easy to measure 10 seconds with a stopwatch, engineers and architects who are designing facilities do not have this luxury; all that they have to work with are blueprints. To help these design professionals, the Z358.1 standard suggests that 55 feet is a distance that most persons can travel in 10 seconds or less. The victim's physical condition and potential obstacles must still be taken into consideration."

Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. believes that safety in all industry and commercial settings is critical and necessary for public safety. While emergency showers and emergency eyewash stations are not generally discussed on a daily basis, one needs to remember that you may not realize what you need till you actually need it. If it is not there at the time you really need it, you could suffer burns, loss of sight, or some other type of permanent damage to your person. No employer wants that scenario. OSHA has definitive guidelines in place to help you determine what is required by law for your company in the best accepted standards of emergency equipment. While plumbing equipment is normally about faucets, tubs, toilets, showers, and more; be sure to stay educated about safety in the workplace. Find out more now:

If you are considering replacing toilets, sinks, faucets, showerheads, hardware, and any of your outdated emergency eyewash or shower stations, you have come to the right place. Call Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. in Madison, WI 608-249-3747 and Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-3638 and speak to one of our qualified, certified staff about your specific needs.

Remember that we also serve these nearby communities: Middleton, Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, De Forest, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Marshall and Windsor.

 

Madison Water Utility Program

I Want Action Now - Your Madison Plumber

The City of Madison will begin flushing hydrants across the city starting April 8th.

It’s a tall order. Every spring, Madison Water Utility crews set out to clear mineral sediment from some 900 miles of water main. They spend months moving from neighborhood to neighborhood, opening up more than 2,500 fire hydrants to flush iron and manganese out of the city’s water pipes.

“It takes about 8 or 9 months, usually from April to Thanksgiving,” says Shayne Santi, who oversees Madison Water Utility’s water main flushing program. “The goal is to flush the whole city one way or another.”

But Santi says it didn’t used to be that way.

“We used to flush just two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall. It was that way up until 2005.”

That’s when Madison Water Utility faced public outcry over naturally-occurring manganese in the city’s drinking water. A shift in pumping patterns had made Madison’s longtime manganese issue even worse, and it became clear that cleaning mains for just four weeks a year wasn’t enough. Utility officials were pushed to make a change.

"That unfortunate circumstance actually turned to a good thing," insists water chemistry expert Abigail Cantor, P.E., who has worked with Madison Water Utility and other utilities across the country to conduct water quality investigations.

Cantor helped Madison revamp its flushing program. She points out that, these days, it's not just the utility's focus on flushing that sets it apart from many utilities across the Midwest. It's the type of flushing the utility now conducts—a procedure developed in the early '90s known as unidirectional flushing.

"Doing unidirectional flushing versus standard flushing is very important. With unidirectional flushing, you achieve a very high velocity through the pipe and really scour the debris off the pipe walls. You don't stop flushing until you actually measure on a turbidimeter (a device that measures the relative clarity of water) that ... it's very clean."

Madison Water Utility now spends about $300,000 a year on water main flushing alone. About 300 miles of main located in parts of the city where water contains elevated levels of iron and manganese are flushed using the unidirectional method.

"Madison is on the forefront of doing unidirectional flushing and having a routine protocol for doing that," Cantor says. "It's essential for achieving the best water quality that can be achieved."

“Overall the water quality is night and day, in the downtown area especially,” adds Santi.

MWU installed iron and magnanese filters at this north side well as part of a $5.3 million facility overhaul

The utility has also spent millions of dollars installing iron and manganese filtration systems at some well facilities and is stepping up its water main replacement program. It's all part of a multifaceted approach to dealing with what Cantor calls a common water quality problem in the Midwest. Communities throughout the area have high levels of iron and manganese in their groundwater. Cantor has examined the water quality in so many of those places and beyond, she's lost count.

"It's like I'm a pipe whisperer," she laughs. "You can see amazing things if you take water samples in a strategic way ... You can come to some really good conclusions about what is shaping your water quality – the interaction of the water with the piping material and the debris on the pipes."

But she says despite its success, a comprehensive flushing program like the one enacted by Madison Water Utility eleven years ago is still pretty rare.

"The flushing and pipe replacement typically get on the bottom of the budget list in most utilities. There's a big impact of the cleanliness of the pipe on water quality. That sounds like common sense, but for some reason, it's not.”

Still, Shanti says there are signs that other utilities are starting to take notice of the program and the benefits of unidirectional flushing.

“I’ve had a lot of different water utilities call and ask about what’s we’re doing and ask for advice on how to get a flushing program going,” he says.

( Find out here  when crews will be working in your neighborhood on Madison Water Utility's water main flushing page.)

 

Call Action Plumbing,  Heating,  Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. in Madison, WI 608-249-3747 and Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-3638.

We also serve these nearby communities, Middleton, Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, De Forest, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Marshall, Windsor.

 

 

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

What Is The Fairest Design Project of All?

Mood Board Master Bath

Leading designers and plumbing manufacturers alike say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What does that really mean to you when thinking? Thinking about making an investment in a new project for your home, business, commercial building, restaurant, institutional facility?

Contemporary versions of traditional design aesthetics ask all the right questions, have all the right answers, and can create a magical mirror that reflects the styles and personalities of it's owners. Stately bathrooms, garden bathrooms, magnificent kitchens, and bright and bold colors are all about today's homes in the design and mood boards of leading plumbing manufacturers. Restaurants, homes, and commercial facilities all have massive options to redo, remodel, upgrade or even tear down and rebuild options. World wide plumbing manufacturers ares no exception and they have some interesting ideas for summer for sure.

Featured designers in the challenges of toilets, vanity's, faucets, showers, and plumbing fixtures are alive and well at Kohler, Price Pfister, Delta, American Standard, Grundfos, Moen, Nuvo H2O, and Peerless just to name a few. Every month these world class designers come up with beautiful Laundry Rooms, Pool and Patio areas, Doggie Stations, Hall Bathrooms, Guest Bathrooms, Master Bathrooms, Outdoor Bathrooms, Commercial Bathrooms, Kitchens, Bars, Commercial Bars and Restaurants, Kiosks, and so much more for homeowners and business owners to examine for solutions that meet their budgets.

Using the latest and greatest plumbing parts the world has to offer we are priviledged to see the best of the best for homes, commercial facilities, institutions, and commercial settings. Big bold beautiful projects, remodels, and state of the art sinks, bathtubs, toilets, showers, shower doors, shower heads, vanity's, cabinets, fixtures, faucets, sprayers, handshowers, are said to be luxurious without becoming pretentious. Traditional without becoming baroque. Truth be told, they hitall the right notes–no more, no less.

So what constitutes a remodel or renovation in todays' market? Many homeowners are determined to retain comfort, design, aesthetic, and beauty without question. While each factor is different for each designer and owner; it is also true that there are common components to every design project. Here are a few you may or may not have considered might be part of your design options.

  • Bathroom Sinks
  • Bathroom Faucets
  • Kitchen Faucets
  • Kitchen Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Toilet Seats
  • Bathtubs
  • Tub Faucets
  • Tub and Shower Faucets
  • Tub and Shower Accessories
  • Showers
  • Shower Handle Trims
  • Bathroom Hardware
  • Shower Doors
  • Steam Showers
  • Shower Walls
  • Shower Bases
  • Bidets and Bidet Faucets
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Vanities and Storage
  • Medicine Cabinets
  • Mirrors
  • Commercial Plumbing Parts
  • Lighting
  • Cabinet Hardware
  • Popular Collections
  • WaterSense Certified
  • Ideas & Colors With Design

The USA is one of the most diverse countries in the world for design and artists in the home, retail, commercial, and institutional projects. By home and builder conventions, EPA Water Sense Collections, and conventional water saving plumbing parts, the USA has classic plumbing parts, fixtures, and work projects providing just a few of the ways you as a consumer can explore the market for your remoel or renovation project. Every major city has plumbing companies to check in with for the latest technology in the plumbing world.

At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. we are here to serve all your plumbing needs both small and large. Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. has been providing the best plumbing, HVAC and electrical service to Madison and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. Since 1989, we have been providing prompt, courteous and personal service to our customers. Our staff is professional, uniformed and highly trained.

If you are considering replacing toilets, sinks, faucets, shower heads, hardware, and more, then you have come to the right place. Call Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. in Madison, WI 608-249-3747 and Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-3638 and speak to one of our qualified, certified staff about your specific needs.

Remember that we also serve these nearby communities: Middleton, Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, De Forest, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Marshall and Windsor.

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Is April 22

Our Focus: Help Protect Water Systems

Earth Day April 22, 2019 - Madison Wisconsin

Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. has something to say about Earth Day this year. By way of reminder for everyone, this year’s Earth Day, is set to inform you about creating a big impact on protecting our water systems as well as the enviroment. Along with Judy Wohlt, PMI Communications Team, for Valek and Co., it is our hope to educate each individual resident in Madison and surrounding cities in Dane county, about honoring and protecting the water systems here in Madison and in the state of Wisconsin.

In addition to being advocates for protect of water systems, our Earth Day Challenge In Madison can also be a day of action on your part by finding out more about your participation in Madison events already scheduled: Find Out More Now

This year, Earth Day provides a great platform for plumbing companies like Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc  and our nations leading manufacturing companies and other businesses to make pledges and announce their overall sustainability efforts for 2019 all around the nation. Activities can include collaborating on local environmental projects, voting for leaders committed to protect the public and the environment, and sharing acts of green to help educate and inspire others to join the Earth Day movement.

Did you know that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in Earth Day? The truth is we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

A political action and civic participation community around the world, people march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads just to mention a few benefits of the popular celebrations. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

In the plumbing industry around this country and around the world, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) this year has released some pretty defining information you need to know and understand about water systems. PMI does work daily to assure and advocate the ongoing protection of water systems.

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) advocates for the restoration of America’s aging underground water infrastructure to save water and improve water and sanitation safety. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) gave the U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems D grades on its most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Among the nation’s most significant challenges are 850 water main breaks a day, according to the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that more than 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water are lost to leaks annually, with 16 percent of the treated water never reaching the tap.

Water supplies in America are becoming strained due to drought and regional population growth, as well, making a strong and efficient water infrastructure all the more important. Less precipitation in California and other states has dramatically reduced mountain snowpack and the amount of water stored in reservoirs. See the U.S. Drought Monitor, which shows parts of the country currently being affected by drought. In addition, there is greater demand for water in arid regions where population is growing, such as southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) advocates the restoration of the United States’ underground water infrastructure to reduce risks to safe, sustainable drinking water and promote the efficient use of water. This solution will end catastrophic leakage and public safety hazards resulting from the current, aging infrastructure. The deterioration of the nation’s aging underground water infrastructure also has an adverse effect on public health and safety, as seen most dramatically in Flint, Mich., as well as in other cities and town across the nation.

PMI and its members are doing their part, and remember that Action and PMI are committed to its vision of “Safe, responsible plumbing. Always.” As a key component in the overall water system, and support the value of products that maximize the efficient use of water. Creating a safe and efficient expanded underground water infrastructure that will meet the needs of all Americans, even those living in regions affected by water shortages is just the beginning of the process.


 Did You Know Earth Day Began in Wisconsin?

Earth Day Began in Wisconsin Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson -Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day to educate people about the environment after he saw the damage done by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, our Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson was born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin on June 4, 1916 and died on July 4, 2005. Nelson served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1949 to 1959, as Governor of Wisconsin from 1959-1963, and in the United States Senate from 1963-1981.

 

 

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