“Ask the Plumber” with Tom Simulis can be heard Sundays on WCRN News Talk Radio 830AM from 9AM – 10AM here in Worcester, Massachusetts with host Sherman Whitman. Tom discuses a variety of plumbing and heating topics as well as takes your calls. Below is an excerpt from a show that aired in November of 2014. Please be sure to listen to the entire segment and check back frequently for newly posted shows.


First Segment

Sherman Whitman:

“November is here. November is always that busy time of year. So many things going on, so many projects going on. And I think it’d be a good idea to take a little time to learn about some of the projects that you’ve been involved in.”

Tom Simulis

“We just finished up rough plumbing in 18 room boarding house. We did a boiler, a high efficiency boiler in a house that used to have oil. So, we change it over to gas. We did high efficiency boiler with two floors of heating. So, we had to install all new baseboard throughout both floors, two thermostats, one to control each floor. That job was soup to nuts whole house.”
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Second Segment

Sherman Whitman:

“Is there any material that’s better when it comes to plumbing, whether it’s copper or cast iron, plastic, or is it six of one, half a dozen of the other?”

Tom Simulis

“Well, cast iron and copper are very, very heavy duty. It definitely stands the test of time. The strength of this stuff is — it’s amazing, it’s very strong. It’s rigid. Where plastic, you know, plastic is susceptible to damage. Plastic is strong too, but in big high-rises and stuff like that, plastic is very susceptible to expansion and contraction, things of that nature. We see a lot of these older condos, high-rises, what have you, they’re done in plastic, and we’re going in opening walls, and these things would just split right in half.”
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Third Segment

Sherman Whitman:

“Forgive me if I sound incredulous over this. If something goes wrong with the plumbing, someone can actually be killed?”

Tom Simulis

“Yeah. Oh, yeah. Well, let’s just take sewer gases for example. It’s methane. Any waste, human waste, anything of that nature, creates methane gas, okay? So, it’s just a breakdown of, you know, biological material. So, when that stuff breaks down, it creates methane.”
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Fourth Segment

Sherman Whitman:

“There are people in the construction business also known as hacks. They’re in it for the money and they’re more concerned about maybe getting the money than doing a good job. What are other things that people should ask when they’re looking for — specifically looking for a plumber? What are other things that we should for, ask about?”

Tom Simulis

“Yeah. Ask for references. Hey, who’s the last three — what’s the last three jobs you did, or give me a couple of customers’ names and phone numbers. I’m more than happy to do that. People call and ask for those references. So, along with that, you can ask them for their credentials. Ask them to see their plumbing license. Let’s make sure you have your insurances, & your licenses.”
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