Preservation Network - Historic Plumbing Repairs & Improvements

Preservation Network - Historic Plumbing Repairs & Improvements

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Historic Westwood | 3425 Kingston Pike
Date & Time Saturday July 11th 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Historic Westwood
3425 Kingston Pike

Knox Heritage presents the next installment of its monthly series Preservation Network on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. This month the focus in on plumbing systems in historic homes. Preservation Network is held at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike.  Parking is at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. It is free and open to the public.

Preservation Network’s July session features owner and president of Engert Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Donna Johnston and operations manager of Engert Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Dean Thomas. Many plumbers say old house plumbing repairs and improvements often present challenges not found in newer homes.  Most problems stem from age and no longer used plumbing materials, such as galvanized steel water supply lines, cast-iron drain pipes and clay sewer lines.  Johnston and Thomas will discuss common plumbing issues that challenge the historic home owner and share tips on how to repair and improve your plumbing in your historic home.

Engert Plumbing and Heating Inc., has served Knoxville, and its surrounding areas, since it was founded in 1891. Founded by Fritz Engert, the son of a German immigrant, the tradition of being a family-owned, Knoxville business continues to the present time through the leadership of present owner, James G. Johnston Jr.  In 1955, Frank R. Engert purchased the 1849 Samuel McCammon home on Riverside Drive and the company moved to that location from Gay Street.  The company remains in that location today.

With such a long business history in Knoxville, Engert has been privileged to be involved in many of the buildings built in the city and community. Through the years, Engert has had the opportunity to actually build the original buildings, and then be involved in the remodeling of those buildings. One such instance is the Miller’s Building. Engert was involved in the construction of the original building in 1905, installing the air-conditioning, which gave it the distinction of being the first building to have air-conditioning in Knoxville. Later Engert remodeled and updated the system during the 1999 restoration of the building.

For more information about Engert Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Preservation Network is a series of free workshops held once every month on the second Saturday.  Many people have dubbed it the “support group for owners of old homes,” and in many ways this is true.  In a relaxed round-table setting,  the workshops presents guest speakers who are specialists in windows, flooring, roofing, stained glass, tile, plumbing, electrical, and more.  Other guest speakers include those in real estate sales or appraisals, or city codes and zoning officials discussing historic overlays and building requirements.


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