I just returned home from a weeklong trip to Indianapolis where I attended the WWETT (Water & Wastewater Equipment Treatment & Transport) trade show. It took place in the convention center which was attached to Lucas Oil Stadium (Colts). There were thousands of people – more plumbers in one place than I’d ever seen – and hundreds of exhibitors.
I learned about the newest, latest jetter heads, video cameras, septic treatments, methods for cleaning drains and dealing with accumulated debris (scale) inside of a pipe, such as tree roots, sludge and FOG (fats, oils and grease). The event covered residential, commercial and restaurant plumbing and drain services.
The exhibits were incredible. I saw million-dollar sewage trucks, $30,000 video camera systems and every variation on a pipe jetter that you could imagine.
There was a special focus on green products that were safe for septic systems and do a better job of sanitizing drains than bleach with a lot less damage to the environment. In fact, I was introduced to a new, sustainable product that cleans the inside of drains, reduces odors and controls fats, oils and grease. I was impressed enough that I will be offering this product to my customers for both commercial and residential applications.
While there, I took several classes, including Nozzles, Nozzles, Nozzles, on the best ways to clean drains and pipes, and True Crime Scene Stories…How to Inspect and Troubleshoot Onsite Systems, which covered troubleshooting pipeline systems.
If I’m going to continue serving my customers I have to stay current on state-of-the-art equipment, new products and best practices. Next time you see me I’ll tell more about what I learned. Now…back to work!