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New 60-Page Free Plumbing Catalog: Instructional Handbook for Wholesalers & Contractors

RectorSeal’s New 60-Page Free Plumbing Catalog is Instructional Handbook for Wholesalers & Contractors

Illustrated guide/handbook’s installation/service product tips and info are a must for any plumbing contractor or distributor’s reference library.

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 31, 2012

Contact:  Jerry Tomasello–Dir. of Mktg.  or   John Parris Frantz
RectorSeal Corp.                              J.P.F. Communications Inc.
(800) 231-3345                                   (773) 871-2600                                 jtomasello@rectorseal.com             john@jpfcomm.com

RectorSeal® Corp., Houston,  a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products that’s currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, has released its new free Plumbing Product Catalog, a 60-page, four-color guide/handbook detailing hundreds of product sku’s along with dozens of illustrative design, installation and service tips for plumbing engineers, contractors and wholesalers.

The specialty plumbing products guide, which is the most detailed and user-friendly catalog in the plumbing industry, is available free by visiting https://www.rectorseal.com/plumbing.php or calling customer service at 1-(800) 231-3345.

Besides application and recommendations for each product, the catalog includes comprehensive recommendation charts for the RectorSeal brand of eight pipe thread sealants and 10 different solvents/cements/cleaners, and seven Metacaulk® firestopping products. The catalog also has a convenient index page, a Quick Response (QR) code for smart phone field referencing, and a product code cross referencing page for distributors.

The catalog organizes RectorSeal’s plumbing product line into five categories:

  • Pipe Joining: pipe thread sealants, low-VOC solvent cements, primers/cleaners, Nokorode® paste fluxes and soldering accessories.
  • Drain, Waste and Vent Solutions: Clean-Check® backwater valves, Hubsett test couplings, Magic Vent® air admittance valves and Magic Traptrap fittings.
  • Plumbing Products: Calci-Free water heater flush, specialty tools, leak locators, lubricant, cutting oils and a root destroyer.
  • Firestopping: intumescent and elastomeric sealants, pipe collars and sleeves, putty sticks, pads and joint strips.
  • Miscellaneous Products: potential relay and start capacitors for a/c, acid neutralizers, anti-seize compounds, condensate overlow switches, specialty sealant caulks and cleaners.

The catalog also includes a several crossover products from RectorSeal’s new HVAC Product Catalog, such as Safe-T-Switch® condensate overflow switches, Kickstart® compressor hard start devices, Acid-Away® acid neutralizer for A/C systems, and assorted grease strippers, cleaners, degreasers, lubricants, galvanizing sprays and putties distributed exclusively to the trade.

For more information on RectorSeal’s plumbing and HVAC product lines, visit www.rectorseal.com, call 1-800-441-0051 or email customerservice@rectorseal.com.



About RectorSeal: The RectorSeal Corporation is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year as a leading manufacturer of chemical and specialty products designed for professional tradesmen. Steady growth over the years has been maintained through a commitment to providing high quality products and services. With a diversified business strategy, RectorSeal® aggressively pursues new and unique technologies to serve the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical and construction industries. The RectorSeal Corporation is devoted to providing innovative quality products supported by strong customer and technical service. For more information,  visit www.rectorseal.com, email marketing@rectorseal.com or call (800) 231-3345. 

Sewer Backups

SewerSewer backups can cause costly repairs not to mention the messy cleanup. Most basements are susceptible to this type of flooding because they are below ground level. Sewer lines backup from clogs caused by excessive grease, waste, tree roots or breaks in the sewer line. When the sewer line backs up, it comes through floor drains and toilets at the lowest point in your home or business. Your home or building may be susceptible to sewage backups if the lowest drain is less than 24” above the nearest upstream manhole. When the pipes are filled the water has to flow backwards therefore entering the home or business.

Homeowners are responsible for the sewer lines connected from their home to the main sewer line. The city is responsible for backups caused by structural defects such as cracked pipe and blockages located in the right-of-way. Most blockages are the homeowner’s responsibility.

One way to prevent sewage backup into your home or business is to install a “back-flow valve” on the lowest drain or ground line. This is the best protection against sewer backups.

A “back-flow valve” is required by IPC and UPC plumbing codes, as well as by many state and local plumbing codes, when the cover of the nearest upstream manhole is above the flood rim of the lowest fixture in the building.

A “back-flow valve” is a mechanism that prevents sewer backups by providing a physical barrier to sewerage backflow. A “back-flow valve” is designed most commonly with a flapper that swings open to allow flow through the line exiting your home but closes to form a tight seal in the event of back up by preventing wastewater from flowing in the opposite direction and entering the home. If a clog occurs the backflow valve will stop the sewage from entering your home.

“Back flow valves” should be cleaned and inspected once a year. Talk to your plumber about cleaning and installing a new valve if necessary. With some “back flow valves” this requires a concrete manhole or vault to allow access, and is expensive. An extendable backwater valve is available by RectorSeal  called “Clean Check®”, the flapper can be brought to ground level for inspection and/or replacement.  The unique design allows accessibility at any burial depth, thus eliminating the need for manholes and vaults; it is buried using a riser pipe and standard cleanout plug.

For more information on the Clean Check extendable backwater valve, click here


Internal Pipe Wrench

Ask any tradesman and they will probably tell you that the simplest jobs can sometimes be the most difficult if you don’t have the right tools.

Take for example, a service plumber or a maintenance contractor that gets a call because of a broken off shower arm that needs repair at a residence, a student dormitory or maybe a hospital facility.  The threaded shower arm is broken off in the threaded fitting and is behind the tile wall making it impossible to get to without having to bust out the shower tiles and sheet rock in the process.  What will he do? How about a mechanical or heating contractor that is on a job and needs to remove an old short length (close) nipple from an existing threaded connection and replace it with a new chrome or brass finish nipple. He puts his wrench around the old nipple to remove it, applies pressure and the nipple breaks off inside the fitting. Now what?  Better yet, once removed, how will he install the new decorative chrome nipple without marring the finish?

This is an ongoing problem that most repair and maintenance contractor’s face when working with small diameter threaded nipples and shower arms that eventually need repair or replacement. Some contractors will take a chisel and hammer and tap the broken nipple out of the fitting if they can even get to it. The time consuming and expensive method of busting out tile and sheetrock just to get to the problem still exists. There are “extractors” on the market that will help remove old threaded nipples and shower arms and there are “strap wrenches” and traditional wrenches that are used to install new ones, but they both fall short. It still takes two tools to do one job.

Answer:  A self-locking, reversible, internal pipe wrench that will attach to either a standard  ratchet, extension or impact wrench that will REMOVE and then INSTALL  most schedule 40  threaded nipples and shower arms by simply applying pressure to the inside wall of the of the nipple instead of the outside wall. It prevents damage to the threads on new installations. The ratchet gives the contractor plenty of leverage. An extension on the ratchet will reach behind the wall without having to remove tile or sheetrock. The internal pipe wrench is one tool that will do two jobs!

For more information on the Golden Grip® Internal pipe wrench click here