The Health & Efficiency Benefits of Linear Drain Design

In this recent article written by Chris Oaty from Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, he argues that the pandemic has been reshaping the way home owners view their bathrooms. Instead of being places to “get business done,” they’re evolving into “relaxation and well-being sanctuaries.” Throughout the article (you can read our own “Reader’s Digest” version below), Oaty argues that “linear drains promote well-being, cleanliness, sustainability, and accessibility in the modern bathroom.”

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The Bathroom as a "Sanctuary"

Inspired by luxurious “wet-room” spa baths in upscale hotels and health clubs, consumers of all ages now seek to enjoy the same look and feel at home to promote well-being. Part of that look is linear drains used in curbless showers, which are widespread thanks to the way they marry style and functionality.

A curbless shower means cleaner lines in the bathroom, less visual clutter, and added accessibility, all of which enhances well-being.

Superior performance in a curbless shower starts with a single directional slope with a linear drain spanning wall to wall at the bottom of the slope.

Eliminating the compound slope in the shower pan opens up new opportunities for design, allowing users to create an uninterrupted flow from bathroom to shower with beautiful large format tile and solid surface materials.

An example of QuickDrain USA’s ProLine linear drain

Cleanliness

COVID-19 has definitely heightened the importance of illness prevention and health optimization. A linear drain offers increased health benefits because it can be integrated with larger-format tiles. This reduces the number of grout joints and seams where mold, mildew and grime can take hold. The idea of a wall-to-wall linear drain, from a design perspective, not only maximizes drainage, but also offers a clean look that enhances the homeowner’s shower experience.

Linear drains create a seamless design, while also promoting a cleaner space

Multi-Generational Living 

According to Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the senior living industry has embraced wellness to address shifting expectations and mindsets toward aging. Per USA Today, multigenerational households are on the rise as a result of the pandemic, as some families find themselves isolated due to travel restrictions. To accommodate different generations in the home, we’re seeing an increasing demand for accessibility in the bathroom and shower.

Linear drains in curbless showers are an ideal design solution for creating ADA-compliant showers and universally accessible wet spaces. With no barrier to cross, the floor more easily accommodates a freestanding bench, a wheelchair, or other mobility aids.

An added benefit: Linear drains avoid the institutional look of so many ADA bathrooms, especially with upscale options that disappear into the wall.

As the pandemic keeps shifting consumer expectations, it will also continue to impact the future of home-design for years to come. One place to start is in the bathroom, where linear drains nicely align with the surging consumer trends of wellness, cleanliness, sustainability, and multi-generational living.

*An unedited version of this article was originally published in Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine - written by Chris Oatey.

Kentucky COVID-19 License Renewal Updates & FAQs

Kentucky plumbing professionals, your license renewal deadlines have been extended due to COVID-19. With Kentucky still in a state of emergency as of this writing, the governor’s executive order may apply to you.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If your license expires during the state of emergency, you do not need to submit proof of completion until 60 days after the state of emergency ends.
  • You do not have to complete any parts of the renewal process that are only possible in a physical classroom during  the state of emergency or 60 days after it’s lifted.
  • Once the state of emergency is lifted, you must complete the renewal process within 120 days.

NOTE: There is no penalty for finishing your renewal process during the state of emergency or before the mentioned deadlines. If you would like to complete your license renewal process from the comfort of home and on your own schedule, click here.

This emergency order changes the deadlines for license renewal, but the general guidelines have not changed. Here are some answers to FAQs about renewing your license:

Do I have to complete continuing education to renew my Kentucky plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 6-hours of continuing education.

When is my Kentucky plumber continuing education due?

Kentucky plumbers must renew their licenses every year by the last day of their birth month.
See temporary COVID-19 update above.

How do I renew my Kentucky plumbing license?

  1. Complete 6-hours of continuing education
  2. Complete the renewal notice that you will receive 30 days before expiration
  3. Provide proof of continuing education completion (we provide a printable certificate immediately upon course completion)

What is the renewal fee for my Kentucky plumbing license?

Journeymen - $60

Master - $250

Who submits my Kentucky plumbing license plumbing course completion?

We will submit the course completion to the state; but the licensee still needs to show proof of continuing education completion. (We provide a printable certificate immediately upon course completion).

Who do I contact at the state level with questions about my Kentucky plumbing license?

Department Housing Building & Construction
Licensing Branch

101 Sea Hero Rd. Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601

502-573-2002 (Telephone)
502-573-1598 (Fax)

Household Plumbing Systems Under Stress with More People at Home

Toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs are getting a lot more use with everyone stuck at home.

WJBF News talked to Drain Surgeon Plumbing, and plumber Kevin Coleman says their team has had to snake out a lot of drains being filled with non-flushable items. Those items are also ending up inside sewage treatment facilities where it’s clogging up even more systems. Even items that are supposed to be flushed, like regular toilet paper, can sometimes cause problems because people are simply using more of it.

Georgia Pacific has been cited as saying households are using 40% more material while they’re all home during quarantine.

While some of these new challenges are creating plumbing issues, some plumbers say certain families are waiting out any repairs. Some don’t have the funds to afford a fix because of the massive unemployment numbers, others, don’t want strangers entering their houses because of the risk of coronavirus spread.

The Sentinel in Pennsylvania says local plumbers have been responding to many calls that are either emergencies or extremely urgent, while more routine maintenance and fixes have been put off.

Florida Plumbing Renewal FAQ

Florida's certified plumbers must renew their licenses by August 31st of 2020.

  • Registered plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of odd-numbered years.
  • Certified plumbing contractors renew their licenses by August 31 of even-numbered years.

The cost to renew is $209, plus $50 per qualified business. 

How do I renew my Florida plumbers license?

To renew your license, you will need to create an account with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website and complete the renewal process.

Biennial License Renewal Fee
Certified Contractor = $209 *
Registered Contractor = $209 *

* Includes $5 Unlicensed Activity fee and a fee of $4 which must be transferred to the Department of Community Affairs to fund projects relating to the building construction industry or continuing education programs offered to persons engaged in the building construction industry in Florida.

How many hours of continuing education do I need to renew my Florida plumbing license?

  • Registered Plumbing Contractors must renew by August 31st every odd-numbered year.
  • Certified Plumbing Contractors must renew by August 31st of even-numbered years.
  • The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board requires contractors obtain 14 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • Of the 14 total hours, 1 hour of each of the following topics must be completed:
    • Workplace Safety
    • Workers' Compensation
    • Business Practices
    • Advanced Building Code
    • Laws and Rules
    • Wind Mitigation
  • The remaining 8 hours are considered 'General' and can cover any of our approved topics.
  • If your license was issued more than 1 year, but less than 2 years, prior to August 31st of the renewal year, you must complete 7 hours of general credits for the current renewal cycle.
  • If your license was issued less than 12 months prior to August 31st of the renewal years, you do not have to complete any continuing education for this cycle.

Who do I contact regarding a plumbing license in Florida?

Division of Professions
Construction Industry Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Phone: 850.487.1395

Website: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html

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