If you live in the Denver Metro area, there are many ways to take advantage of the current rebate programs that help you become more water wise throughout your home. Denver Water offers several different rebates to help both inside and outside, but what if you don’t live in Denver? Not a problem; many of our local community water boards are committed to water conservation.

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Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority

The ACWWA is currently offering a $100 rebate on the purchase of a qualified high efficiency clothes washer, and up to $50 on the purchase of qualified rain sensors. They will also provide you with free leak detection dye tablets to determine if your toilet is leaking.

Castle Pines

Castle Pines is currently offering complimentary water audits, and a rebate program that focuses in on making irrigation more efficient.

Centennial

Centennial offered rebates on both a qualified toilet purchase, and on rain sensors for your sprinkler system in 2014. They are currently evaluating their 2015 program, and will announce more in March, or check in with their point of contact for more information.

East Cherry Creek Valley

The East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District offers a rebate program on both high efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Customers can qualify for up to $100 credit toilet that consumes 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less, and up to $125 credit for a new Tier 2 or 3 clothes washing machine.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock experienced overwhelming response to its 2014 rebate program, and will be announcing its 2015 plan in March 2015. In years past, they offered incentives to replace water thirsty landscaping with more efficient xeriscape plants, as well as smart irrigation controllers and rain sensors.

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Want to know what continues to be a resolution year after year in households across Colorado? Water conservation.

Even when we have a good year across the Front Range, as we did this past year, its hard not to be a little concerned when you see photographs coming out of drought strickened areas like California. Yes, there is a finite amount of water here on earth. And just because we’ve had a great year one year, doesn’t mean the same will hold true year after year. We’ve had our share of drought; we can make simple changes that will have an impact.

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Some of the changes are so simple, you can do them in no time at all. And the best part is in some cases, you can actually receive money back for doing them as well.

In 2015, Denver Water is once again offering water rebates on a variety of things you use in your home every day.

Toilets

If you haven’t upgraded your toilet to a WaterSense labeled toilet, now is the time. Start by looking for a toilet specifically marked with the WaterSense label. A 1.0 gallon per flush or less toilet qualifies for up to a $150 rebate; a 1.28 gallon per flush or less can qualify for up to a $75 rebate. You can find eligible models listed here, or your plumber can make sure you’ve installed the correct toilet and have everything in place to collect your rebate.

Sprinkler System

If you haven’t upgraded your sprinkler system in a while, it may benefit you to do so now. You can upgrade, make your system more efficient, and save money in the process. Denver Water provides up to $2 rebate per sprinkler head, and up to $100 rebate for a WaterSense labeled controller to be installed in your home. There are a variety of eligible models; check the Denver Water site for more information.

Commercial

Water rebates are not just for residential properties; commercial properties can enjoy the benefits as well. If you are a customer of Denver Water, you may qualify for one of the many rebates they currently offer for 2015. Water rebates can be found on many different commercial items, including WaterSense labeled toilets and urinals, coin operated laundry equipment, as well as WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers and more. Be sure to check Denver Water’s list to see a full line of what is included this year in the rebate program.

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If you’re like most homeowners, you tend not to shop for a new water heater until your existing one fails. Then once it fails, its imperative that you fix it as fast as possible to get your home back on track, so you spend little time evaluating your options. By doing it this way, you can miss out on which options are truly best for your situation, and finding the right choice to not only save money, but save energy down the road.

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If your home uses an electric water heater, you can choose an electric heat pump water heater that uses pump technology to provide a more efficient way to heat water than the standard electric model probably in your home today.

A heat pump water heater has three basic components: an evaporator, a compressor and a condenser. To understand how it works, think about how your refrigerator works, then reverse the process. A refrigerator removes heat from inside its shell and expels it out into the air around it. A heat pump water heater takes the heat from surrounding air and transfers it into the enclosed tank of the water heater.

A heat pump water heater operates in several different modes, depending on the demand from the users in your home. Because they have the ability to switch between operating modes, these water heaters are often referred to as hybrid water heaters. With a heat pump water heater, you will have a control panel to change operating modes, which include:

  • Efficiency mode – maximizes energy efficiency by only using the heat pump to heat water
  • Hybrid mode – this is usually the default setting, and will provide energy efficient water heating with sustained heat
  • Electric mode – this is your high demand mode, using only the electric element to heat the water
  • Vacation mode – this gives you the ability to put your water heater into sleep mode while you are away or on vacation (not available on all models)

In general, a heat pump water heater requires more space than its electric counterpart. Hybrids should be installed in an indoor space of at least 1,000 cubic feet. Since the hybrid will extract heat energy from that space, this room will be cooler than the rest of your home. The larger the space, the less impact the unit will have on the room’s temperature. The warmer the space, the better performance the heat pump water heater will have. They are great at using up heat waste from washing machines and dryers, furnaces and boilers; which means they are great additions to basement utility rooms where you can keep all appliances in a similar location.

How much will you save? The standard answer is “results will vary”. But in my experience customers can typically save up to 50 percent on their water heating costs, which is significant considering a water heater is one of the highest energy using appliances in your home.

Have any additional questions? Give us a call; we’d be happy to share our knowledge and answer any questions you may have about heat pump water heaters.

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If you have a clogged toilet, or a leaky faucet, your automatic reaction would be to call in a plumber to have the problem fixed.

But what if the problem is more extensive? What if you come home to a bathroom that is completely flooded, with several inches of standing water? Is a plumber still the best person to call?who do i call to repair water damage in my bathroom Who Do I Call To Repair Water Damage In My Bathroom?

Find The Source

Water damage isn’t always to easy to figure out where the origination point is. It could ba a slow leak that suddenly ruptured and caused larger problems, or it could be an instant problem, such as a broken pipe or fixture. The key is finding the source and determining how large the problem is before you decide the course of action.

The minute you discover water damage, turn off the water to your home and call in a plumber. If you catch the problem early enough and clean up the water mess as quickly as possible, you can keep damages to a minimal.

The problem arises when water has time to sit and do serious damage. If a leak exists for weeks or even months, damage can grow beyond the simple fix. Mold and mildew can become not only a risk to your health, it’s a hazard to fix and repair. This is where a plumbers knowledge is invaluable; they understand how to trace the problem back to its origination point, and discover what’s truly going on with your water supply (whether its visible or not).

Repair The Damage

Only when the origin of the water problem is found and fixed can repair begin. If you begin repairs on the assumption you have the problem fixed, you may quickly realize the futility of the situation if flooding occurs again.

In the best case scenario, a plumber can fix the problem with a few simple repairs. Once the water is cleaned up, you can return to life as normal. Worst case scenario would have your bathroom suffering from structural damage, with mold and mildew ever-present throughout the room. In this case, a full remediation may be the only way to bring your bathroom back up to code.

No matter what the situation, the best place to start with any water damage is with a plumber. Your first step is finding the root of the problem. Once you determine the cause, its up to you decide the course of action. Is a simple repair in order? Or do you need a complete remodel, taking the entire room down to the studs? In either case, getting your bathroom back to full working order as fast as possible starts with a phone call. Call us today.

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Water. Its one of the most important things to sustain life on earth.

And though much of the earth is filled with water, water issues still plague worldwide health. For instance, close to 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Close to three quarters of a billion people do not have access to clean water. And 6 to 8 million people die each year from the consequences of water related diseases.

But that’s the rest of the world. That’s not right here in America, right?install a water filtration system in your home Install A Water Filtration System In Your Home

Think again. Water scarcity, water pollution, and water quality are all coming into question as we move forward in time.

Before water reaches your home, it goes through an intense water treatment process designed to remove the bad and leave the good. Chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine re added to neutralize bacteria, viruses, parasites and other contaminants that can be harmful to our health. It also goes through a filtration process that eliminates sediment and dirt.

But while our national water filtration system does remove many of the things that have been known to be harmful in the past, there is only so much a nationwide water filtration system can do. Which is why many homeowners are taking it upon themselves to go the next step in making sure their drinking water is as safe as it can be.

Are you thinking of taking the next step with your water treatment process?

Water Softener

For some homes, hard water can have a quick impact. Hard water is a condition in which a number of minerals are present that leave behind white or yellowish deposits near drains or faucets, and quickly build up if not managed. These deposits not only build up by the faucets, they can also accumulate in the pipes, reducing water pressure and eventually requiring plumbing repair or replacement. A water softener replaces minerals like magnesium and calcium with minerals that are easier absorbed, and easier flushed through the system.

Reverse Osmosis

A reverse osmosis system uses water pressure to push your home’s water through a semi-permeable membrane that further eliminates harmful chemicals in your water supply. It takes the water source that enters your home and makes it cleaner. These systems can be integrated into your home’s water supply, or can be retrofitted at individual sources, such as your kitchen sink.

Whole Home Filters

Reverse osmosis is only one of the systems you can install in your home to improve the water condition of your home. A whole home water filter is installed at the point of entry, where the plumbing first enters your home, and continues filtering out contaminants and pollutants.

Want to know the quality of your water supply? The best place to start is with a home water audit. Give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to show you how you can make improvements to your current water supply, creating safer, taste-better water for you and your family.

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When a home is originally constructed, several systems are put into place that allow you to function every day with little thought as to how it happens. The HVAC, the electrical, the plumbing systems – all are integral to helping us function.

While we might not spend a lot of time thinking about them, when damage occurs to one of them, its all you can think of. For instance, if one of your plumbing pipes has a crack and begins to leak, you might not be able to cook, take a shower, or even get a glass of water as you normally would.

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Large cracks in a pipe are noticeable; small ones may take years before the damage is evident. But no matter how small the leak may seem, once you have a problem with your plumbing system, speed in repairs is the only thing that will allow you to stop the damage and get back to a normal routine.

Large problems are noticeable almost immediately. But what about the small problems? There are a few things you can watch for that will alert you to the fact you may have a plumbing problem.

Small water spots

One of the easiest ways to determine where the source of the problem is is to see it with your own eyes. A large puddle is a clear indicator; so is a small amount of water. If you regularly step on a spot in your home that is a little damp, it may be an indicator of a problem. If you see small spots of mold or mildew, it may be an indicator. If you have one area in your lawn that is greener than the rest, and always showcases the best landscape in your yard, that may be a sign of a leak. The best time to take action is when problems are still small; don’t wait for them to escalate.

Slow drains

Plumbing problems often arise quickly, and one of the easiest ways to notice is when your water supply doesn’t work the way it used to. When you turn on the water to wash your hands, does it take a while for the water to drain? Do you find yourself standing in water as you finish your shower? A slow drain that seems to form overnight may be a sign you have a clog near that fixture. If you notice more than one drain slowing down, it can be a clear indicator of a deeper problem.

Low water pressure

A home’s water supply is purposely kept high to create an easy flow at every entrance point in your home. If you notice lower pressure, it can be a sign of a clog or a leak that is allowing the water supply to move into other areas.

Remember, your plumbing is a system, and if one portion isn’t working correctly, it impacts the other areas of the system too. A trained plumber understands not only how to fix the problem at its source, but also how to look for damage that may have been caused in other areas. Before your home sustains damage from what could be a small plumbing issue, call in the experts today.

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When the weather outside is cold and frightful, one of the most comforting places to head is the shower. Nothing feels better than a warm stream of water taking away the stress of the day, leaving you warm and relaxed and ready to take on the world once again.

Yet when the temperature huddles around zero, even jumping in the shower can leave you wanting more heat. What do you do when you just can’t seem to get the right temperature? What do you do if the water always seems too hot or too cold?what if your shower is too hot or too cold What If Your Shower Is Too Hot or Too Cold?

Adjust The Water Heater Temperature

Whether your water heater seems to run hot or cold, it could be because its never been set at the proper temperature. In general, 120 degrees is considered to be the optimum temperature for water heaters. This is warm enough to fight off the growth of bacteria, and warm enough to supply you all the warm water you desire for your shower, tub, or other household chores.

In homes with young children or elderly residents, it is advisable to turn it down from the 120 degrees. Its easy to mistake hot and cold, and even a small burn can be traumatizing to those that don’t expect it.

Adjusting the temperature is an easy process. Some water heaters have a dial that lets you adjust the temperature simply by turning. Other water heaters have a temperature setting hidden behind a panel. After removing the panel, you can easily adjust the gauge with a screwdriver before replacing the panel.

Adjust The Shower Valve

In some cases, it may be easier to adjust the temperature at the source rather than impacting the entire household water supply. The mixture of hot and cold water available in a shower or tub can be controlled by adjusting the shower valve stem, the control found under the faucet. The process will depend on the type of faucet you have in your shower in tub, but in general you’ll follow these steps:

  • Remove the handle with a screwdriver
  • Take off the metal cover to expose the valve stem. You’ll see a plastic piece known as the rotational stop limit located around the valve stem. This is the piece that controls the mixture of hot and cold water. In general, a counter clockwise turn will release more hot water, a clockwise turn will release less.
  • Turn the rotational stop limit a notch in whichever direction desired.
  • Replace the faucet handle and test the water supply. If the temperature still isn’t at the desired level, repeat until you get a comfortable mixture.

If you have further questions, or still can’t seem to get the right adjustment, there may be additional problems either with your fixture or with the water supply. A plumber can help you get to the root of the problem, and bring your water supply back up to the temperature you prefer.

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Happy New Year!

The new year is a time for reflection on how well the past year went, and what your goals are for the next year. Even if you aren’t the type that creates a list of personal and professional resolutions, you may still reflect on a few of the highlights as the chimes announce the magical hour of midnight.

Resolution simply means to make a firm decision either to do or not to do something. Its always a good idea to set intentions to spend more time with friends and loved ones, to change career goals so you enjoy your 9 to 5 life a little bit more, or to take better care of your health. And taking care of your health can be accomplished in many ways. Its not always about what you eat or how much you exercise; sometimes it’s the environment you live in as well.5 new year plumbing resolutions your home will thank you for 5 New Year Plumbing Resolutions Your Home Will Thank You For

This year, start the New Year off right with these simple plumbing resolutions that will be easy to keep … and make a difference almost immediately in your life.

Resolution #1: A Better Bathroom

Whether you’ve been thinking about remodeling a room in your home or not, it may be time to head to the master bath and take a look around. What if it became a sanctuary for helping you releave stress? How about adding a steam bath? Or a new shower system with multiple streams? Or that soaker tub you’ve always wanted? There are many ways to bring the joy of the spa right into your own personal space.

Resolution #2: A Safer Home

Drips can indicate problems. Leaks can quickly escalate into complications. If you’ve been putting off a call to the plumber for a leaky toilet or a drip in the shower that just won’t go away, put it off no longer. Water can quickly cause damage in more ways than one, including mold and mildew.

Resolution #3: A More Efficient Home

There are many ways to make your home more efficient. Low flow toilets can reduce the amount of water used with every flush (did you know you might be eligible for a rebate as well)? Energy saving faucets can give a fresh new look while saving water at the same time. And the most energy using appliance in your home is your water heater; investing in a new one can not only reduce the water you use each day, it can also subtract the amount you spend on your water and electric bills each month too.

Resolution #4: An Upgrade

Do you still throw another log on the fire in order to use the fireplace in your family room? Do you still buy charcoal at the store to grill your steaks? Installing gas to any of your favorite appliances will give you instant access to the things you love the most. Nothing is better than an instant fire at the flick of a switch on a cold winters night; or being able to grill your favorite meal from a built in grill. And if you install a new outdoor kitchen to add even more room to your living area, your new year will be that much more enjoyable as the we move into spring.

Resolution #5: A Greener Way Of Life

One of the top resolutions that makes its way onto lists all across Colorado is to live a greener lifestyle: reducing carbon footprints, quit wasting water, saving wherever possible. The easiest place to start is in your own home, with the amount of water you use every day. Simple things like turning off the water when brushing your teeth can save thousands of gallons of water per year. And of course the greener you become with the way you conserve on your water usage, the “greener” your wallet will become in the process with all the money you save.

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Contemplating a remodel for the new year? Where should you begin? If you read the home improvement magazines, you know the top rooms to be remodeled are the kitchen and the bathroom – they have the most impact on your life, and will hold or improve the value of your home if you chose to sell.

But there’s another room in your home that may be worth looking at, especially if you have an older home … your laundry room.bring the laundry room out of the basement Bring The Laundry Room Out Of The Basement

The typical American will spend around 7 hours per week doing laundry. Manufacturers of washers and dryers say that the average load takes around 2 hours of time from start to finish. And the tasks involved – collecting the clothes, transporting them, sorting them, washing and drying them, folding or hanging them up, returning them to bedrooms – all take that much longer if you are going from an upstairs bedroom to a dark corner of your basement.

Ease will definitely be impacted if you move your laundry room from the basement up a level, and put it near the mudroom or the kitchen, or move it upstairs and place it by the bedrooms. And you may also add value to your home, as recent studies show those basement laundry facilities can cause the offer on your home to fall by 4 percent or more.

If a new laundry room is on your list of remodel projects, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t a do it yourself project. Laundry rooms need proper plumbing and ventilation in order to operate efficiently; start by speaking with a contractor to make sure your project meets all building code requirements. Costs will depend on where you place the laundry room, and the number of physical changes you make to your home in order to incorporate it into your home.

Space

A spare linen closet near the bedrooms can be adjusted to house a stackable washer and dryer. Or convert a small room into an elegant laundry room. Space is only an issue as you are deciding the number of accessories you choose to build into your laundry room. A standard washer and dryer needs approximately 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Add in sinks, folding tables, ironing boards, and areas to house supplies and detergents, and you can add in a few more feet.

Location

Laundry rooms need a few basic things to function properly. Plumbing and wiring are at the top of the list. Building codes also require flexible ductwork for the dryer and shut off valves for the washer. You may also need a structural engineer to make sure your floor joists can stand the constant movement of a washer. You’ll also have to fully insulate to deaden the sound if it backs to the master bath.

Gas or Electric?

Most dryers run from 30 to 32 inches in depth. You will need enough space for the dryer, plus at least 6 more inches of clearance for venting duct and gas connections (if using gas). Building codes will also determine which door type you’ll need – a vent with a fan is needed to bring in enough air for proper combustion for a gas dryer. You’ll also need to make sure the doorway is large enough to move the washer in and out easily.

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When it comes to home renovation, the master suite is almost always near the top of the list, and with good reason. Who doesn’t want a beautiful retreat with a spa-like feel? And with just a little thought and planning, you’ll create aesthetic appeal that you can enjoy now, and value that will last for years to come.

According to Remodeling Magazine, a bathroom remodel can recoup up to 72 percent during resale. Which means spending the time and doing it right is worth your time both for your enjoyment, and for the potential down the road.master bath trends for 2015 Master Bath Trends For 2015

While there are two simple ways to start planning your master bath remodel – look through remodeling magazines and head to your local home improvement store – there is another way to learn about the latest trends: visit your local plumber. Your local plumber has access to many wholesale products that you won’t find at your big box stores. And whether you are changing the location of your fixtures, or adding in new ones, he can have them all installed and working without leaks or problems.

Want to know what tops the list for master bath trends in 2015? Read on.

Spa Features

When people enter their master bath retreats, they want to enter a whole new world. They want spa-like features they can enjoy in the privacy of their own homes; multi-jetted showers, saunas, water features, organic textures, and designs that make life a little more enjoyable.

Radiant Heating

Tiling is ever-popular throughout a bath; but it leaves something to be desired on cold, winter mornings. Radiant heating allows you to have the natural beauty of stone and tile, while being able to comfortably walk and stand from the moment you awake.

Showers

Showers are no longer just a place to get clean; instead they are designed to release stress from a long, hard day. From steam showers, to multiple shower heads that provide streams from many angels, there are many things you can incorporate to go beyond the norm. And if you want to stay energy efficient in the process, don’t worry. There are ways to enjoy invigorating shower streams and conserve water too.

Fixtures

Big and bold is a sign of the times in 2015. Trends lean towards redefining the master bath experience, adding both functionality and a little personality along the way. Fixtures can be sleek and sophisticated. You’ll also find lighting trends taken to a new level – how about a crystal chandelier?

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