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In this video, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey offers a few tips to keep water from freezing up in your pipes during the winter months. Keep pipes from bursting with these 6 steps.

1. To keep water from freezing on an outdoor spigot during the winter, shut off the water valve to the outdoor spigot.
2. Drain excess water from the pipe.
3. To prevent indoor pipes from freezing, cover exposed pipes with foam insulation. It comes in long strips and can be cut down to size with a utility knife.
4. Use cable ties to tie down pipe heating cable for any pipes that may need extra heat to stay fluid.
5. If pipes under a sink are on an outdoor-facing wall, open the cabinet doors to let heat from the house flow underneath the sink.
6. On extremely cold days, leave at least one sink on a slow drip to keep water moving in the pipes.

If your pipes do burst and you experience water damage, contact an IICRC certified restoration company to assess the situation and begin the cleanup process.


By Victoria Barber-Emery on December 11, 2018


tax deductibleSection 179

Most people think the IRS Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t. Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full  purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased or financed during the tax year.

If you buy a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the full purchase price from your company’s gross income. This incentive was created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.

With new tax law changes in 2018, Section 179 is more beneficial to small businesses than ever. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179, the original target of this    legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses.

How Does Section 179 Work?

In years past, when your business bought qualifying equipment, it typically wrote it off a little at a time through depreciation. For example, if your company spent $50,000 on a  machine, it could write off $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only an example).

While it’s true that this is better than no write-off at all, most business owners prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they buy it. And that’s exactly what Section 179 does! It allows your business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year.

This has made a big difference for many companies. Businesses have used Section 179 to purchase needed equipment right now, instead of waiting. For most small businesses, the entire cost of qualifying equipment can be written-off on the 2018 tax return (up to $1,000,000).

Increased Maximum Deduction

The deduction limit for Section 179 increased from $500,000 to $1,000,000 for tax year 2018 and beyond. The limit on equipment purchases increased from $2 million to $2.5 million.

The new law also expands the definition of Section 179 property to allow the taxpayer to elect to include some improvements made to nonresidential real property after the date when the property was first placed in service. This includes roofs, HVAC, fire protection systems, alarm systems and security systems and more. These changes apply to property placed in service in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017.

Temporary Bonus Depreciation

Further, the bonus depreciation increased from 50% to 100% and is made retroactive to 9/27/2017 and good through 2022. The bonus depreciation also now includes used equipment.

For more information on the temporary bonus depreciation and other changes to The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, see the Fact Sheet on IRS.gov.

2018 Contractor Connection Conference


WOW!  What an exciting time at the 2018 Contractor Connection Conference.  It was wonderful to see old friends and new faces to our industry.  Did you check out our Booth?  If not come on by we are in #602, we would loved to say Hi!!  

IICRC 2016 logoAn employee that has been certified by the IICRC will know exactly what to do in an emergency situation. They will be an excellent problem solver in a stressful situation, such as a burst pipe, water leak, basement flood, or other water-related issue.

They will be able to operate and place all the drying equipment in the areas that allow for the most efficient drying. Insurance companies are more and more requiring that there be at least 1 IICRC certified technician on the job! A certified professional will be able to answer any questions from the homeowner and adjuster.

Hurricane Matthew Charleston

I am pleased to say that I am in attendance at the MORE FLOODS NATIONAL SALES MEETING today through Saturday, 10/22. This annual event is the best independent restoration networking experience available! The schedule is full of opportunities for learning and sharing the latest information regarding marketing/operational systems in the water restoration industry. Their sensational social events continue the exchange of knowledge. Hope to see you here!!

I am also proud to say that I am given the chance to speak on How to Hire Great Employees, Not Just Great Applicants. I will post the link to this presentation once available. Contact me anytime as I will gladly address your questions.


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