Happy Earth Day.

As the premier green plumber here in Colorado, we take sustainability seriously. Which is why we’ve been celebrating Earth Day every year since we opened our doors.

This year Earth Day is focusing in on Green Cities. In our modern times, more than have of the earth’s population lives in urban environment, and with that comes its own unique set of issues. Water, climate, energy and more is all impacted by the way we live.

We’re in this together, which means every one of us has to do our part.

Earth Day

Globally, buildings are responsible for one third of the greenhouse gas emissions. Here in the US, the impact is even greater with nearly 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions coming from both our commercial and our residential buildings. Why? Most buildings rely on dirty energy sources for power, and they aren’t using energy efficiently.

As a whole, we need to improve energy and water efficiency, as well as reduce waste and pollution. Not a small task, but one we can each take part in.

As a plumber, our number one concern is water sustainability. How can you be more efficient with the water you do use?

This Earth Day, start at the top.

The biggest water usage comes from your water heater. How old is it? How much water do you use? First, install a top of the line energy efficient water heater to help you save overall. Then consider a recirculating system that will ensure instant hot water from wherever and whenever you choose. Both will make a huge change in your overall water consumption.

Next, make sure you are using low flow fixtures throughout your home. Low flow faucets in your bathroom and kitchen will help you use as little water as possible during your daily routines. Low flow toilets will reduce your water consumption by hundreds or even thousands of gallons every year.

Then put your focus outside. How can you reduce the amount of water you use to keep your landscaping alive? Can you reduce the amount of grass in your yard in exchange for native plants? Also focus in on installing water saving drip and sprayers in your sprinkler system.

The more you do now, the more Earth friendly we’ll all be in the long run. Happy Earth Day!

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Most of us here in Colorado don’t think about the water we drink. We turn on the tap to do just about everything: get a glass of water, fill up a pitcher for tea, add it to our recipes, and brush our teeth with it.

Then something happens. A scare. A flood. And the first thing people talk about is access to clean water.How Is Our Home Drinking Water Made Clean and Healthy

Yes you take it for granted. But how safe is our drinking water right now? Are you putting yourself at risk every time you turn on the faucet? Should you be trusting the powers that be to ensure its safety?

The most important part to survival is hydration. Which is why here in the US, we have made it a priority to have clean, safe drinking water at our disposal whenever we need it. The EPA has the authority to monitor all public water systems, and sets guidelines to make sure it maintains the appropriate levels. So when it reaches your home, it meets the strictest of safety standards.

That doesn’t mean that your water is free from all contaminants, just that the levels in it are acceptable to the requirements in place, and they won’t pose a serious threat to your health.

Accidents happen. If the water is contaminated by something that can cause immediate illness, the supplier has 24 hours to notify its customers of the problem and steps to take to work around it.

Water can be contaminated in many ways. It can be affected by industrial waste, chemical waste from farming and spraying crops, bacteria and parasites from human or animal fecal matter, nitrates that run off from the land, minerals such as lead or mercury from an underground source.

Rules are different for public and private supplies. Right now 1 out of 7 Americans has its main water source from a well. Private wells are not regulated by the EPA, and therefore may have much stronger contaminants than the public supply. Many thing factor into its safety, including:

  • How the well was built
  • Where its located
  • How well its maintained
  • The quality of the underground water source
  • Human activities in your area

In some cases, people will attempt to make their water safer by using a water filter. Four types exist: activated carbon filters, ion exchange units, reverse osmosis units, and a distillation unit. Each promises to remove certain things within the water supply.

But it is important to note that no one system will remove all water contaminants. If you have a concern, have your water tested . Follow any advice given until your water is safe once more.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Have you decided that for now, you’ll stay in your current home? You love the neighborhood and its close to everything you need.

Yet if you’re going to stay, a few things need to be updated. And one of the easiest places to start is in the bathroom. It won’t be a huge inconvenience, and you can have anything you want in place in a few days, not months like some of the other big projects around the house.

How A Plumber Can Help You Remodel Your Bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom can be fairly easy. Yet if you want to take advantage of the latest technology, and create a modern day experience in your bathroom, talk with your plumber first.

Like every remodeling project, it starts with a strategy. Sure, you could just paint and add a new fixture or two. But if you took it to the next level and installed energy savings features, you could actually add value to your home too. An important factor if you are thinking of selling when the market improves and you find the right house.

So what can a plumber share with you?

They can start with an energy audit and tell you how to improve the efficiency of both your new bathroom, and of your entire home. How long do you spend warming up your shower before you jump in? Did you know there are easy ways to fix it, and make your shower a warm experience immediately? Your plumber knows how, and could easily add a recirculating system that would provide instant hot water everywhere.

Then when you add it to a new multi-sprayer, modern shower experience, you won’t waste hundreds gallons of water waiting for warmth; you can jump right in and experience it all yourself.

Or how about a steam shower? Its one of the newest luxury items that master retreats all over the US are upgrading to. While it can be retrofitted into your existing shower location, it will take a little extra to make sure its installed efficiently. And that’s where your plumber can help.

Then have you ever considered moving from a low flow toilet to a dual flush? Water is our most precious resource, and a plumber can show you how this one feature can help you save even more water over time. How would that compare to another house if a potential buyer were finalizing their choice? Yes, these features could give you the edge.

For many people looking at a bathroom remodel, they may decide to treat it as a DIY project. Yet how did your last DIY project go? Did it last for months instead of days? Can you really be without a functioning bathroom for months? When hiring a plumber, he will get it done the right way the first time.

And you can be enjoying your new bathroom right away, which is even better.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

April is Safe Digging Month, and as the weather gets nicer, it’s the perfect time to get out and start making improvements to your yard. Before you dig, know where your plumbing, electric, and other underground cable are before you dig to put in new landscaping. – Get Info

April is also the start of the warm season here in Colorado, which means water consumption goes up tenfold as our landscaping breathes new life.Spring Fever – Plumbing Tips For Saving Water

Before you pull out the garden hose, think about the amount of water you use, and look for ways to conserve.

The easiest way is to start on the inside with the basics. Every water fixture in your home now has the ability to be more water friendly.

Low flow toilets can reduce the average flush from 3 to 5 gallons, down to a mere 1.6 gallons. Dual flush toilets can reduce it further, giving you the option of being able to flush with different levels of water, depending on what it going down the drain.

Low flow faucets can be installed in every room in your home. And if you normally leave the water run for a few minutes to warm up before using, consider a recirculating system that will give you instant hot water at any time.

If you haven’t replaced appliances in awhile, look for energy star rated products that can help with your overall efficiency. Make sure washers and dishwashers are full before running.

When heading outside, look to your irrigation method and conserve where possible. If you use a manual system, be careful about how long you leave the hose in each setting. For automatic systems, consider a rain detection system to avoid watering when your lawn is saturated.

When maintaining your landscaping, always cut your grass at the highest recommended height – longer grass means less chance of burning and a need for water. Don’t over fertilize and use pesticides only when necessary. And invest in Colorado landscaping – plants that are native to our area and don’t require a large amount of water to stay alive.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Picture this. It’s a torrential downpour once again here in Colorado. Unfortunately, its been repeating the afternoon downpour for several days in a row. Your system simply can’t handle any more. So this new burst of rainwater overwhelms your home’s sewer system or your sump pump. You come home in the evening to raw sewage seeping up through your drains into your toilets, tubs, and even flooding your basement.

Its one of the worst nightmares a homeowner can face. This situation can easily run into the thousands of dollars for repair, impacting your floors, walls, furniture, personal items, structure, and even your health.Are You Covered For Sewer Backups?

Not to worry. A quick call to your insurance agent will get the ball rolling. You’ll be back to normal before you know it.

Or will you?

Many homeowners facing this very situation often find themselves in a bad position. In many cases, a sewer system backup is not covered under the standard homeowners insurance policy, and are not covered by flood insurance. Which means as a homeowner, you are now responsible for the entire clean up process all on your own.

Start by giving your insurance company a call today and see if you are covered if the above event happened to you. Its more common than you think here in Colorado – we see it happen every summer when the rains set in.

Now lets talk about your sewer line.

Most homeowners don’t realize they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line – the pipe that runs from your house to the municipality’s sewer main usually located under the street. If any of that breaks, cracks, leaks, collapses, or deteriorates enough to cause problems, you are responsible for the repair.

The most common things that affect a sewer line are:

Aging sewer systems – more than half of our nations sewer lines are over 30 years old. Your system is more at risk the longer your subdivision has been in existence.

Combined pipelines – newer systems combine the sewage and drainage systems for storm water into the same line. During intense storms, these can quickly become overfilled, backing up into low lying areas, including your basement.

Landscaping – those big trees and bushes you love can always be the root of the problem. Shrubs and tree roots search for water, and the sewage line may be the perfect target.

Blockage – if a main is blocked by some outside force, it will cause the system behind it to backup too. If yours is in the path, it can quickly become your problem.

To prevent sewer line backups:

  • Dispose of grease, garbage, and other substances in the trash rather than your garbage disposal.
  • Use appropriate paper products – flushable wipes, paper towels, diapers, and feminine products should never be flushed.
  • Audit your pipes on a regular basis to look for problems that are in the beginning phase.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve. They can be installed into a sewer line in the basement of your home to prevent sewer backups.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When you hear the word plumbing, chances are you think of the internal water system working throughout your home. But in reality, plumbing is a whole lot more.

The entire water system – from drinking water to waste water – is an intricate system that gives us our modern day society. Pipes? Water mains? Sewer systems? Sewage treatment plants? Yes, the entire process is built to control millions of gallons of water and waste every day.The Plumbing System – Beyond Your Home

Along the way we add chemicals at every single stage of the process to create an ecosystem that allows us to live in a healthy way. Or in some cases, maybe a not so healthy way. We add chlorine to disinfect our water supply. When people dump antibiotics down the toilet, it impacts what we drink. Metals may be throughout the system both protecting the pipes and in some cases eating away at the design.

And of course it also comes down to the sewage treatment plants and the bacteria that is formed to break down our waste and keep the entire process running day in and day out.

Our current system was designed and created decades ago. While we update and fix things along the way, we’re also reaching a turning point in our current modern day systems.

Think of our sewage pipes as the veins of our cities; the drinking water pipes are the arteries. To have a complete system, both must be kept at optimal levels all the time. Yet both are currently in trouble.

Because of age, the sewage pipes are currently experiencing an unanticipated level of corrosion. And its mainly because of bacteria in the system.

One set of microbes in the system emits hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives raw sewage its unpleasant smell. This gas fills the empty space between the pipe and the water flow.

Another set of microbes lives in the headspace and turns the hydrogen sulfide into sulfuric acid, which eats away at the concrete and produces a powdery material called gypsum – similar to what you would find in drywall.

As this occurs over time, the pipes get weaker and weaker – think of wet drywall throughout the system.

This is what is currently happening throughout our systems. And its something that is currently being addressed right now.

Many solutions are being used and tested right here in the communities we live in. One solution involves replacing all pipes with a plastic alternative. One solution is a new type of concrete that can be sprayed on the inside of existing pipes, introducing small amounts of charcoal and bacteria killing metals into the system. Think of it as introducing good bacteria into the system to counter the bad acting bacteria, neutralizing they process.

In either case, it is something we need to take seriously as we enter the coming years. We can’t continue to fool ourselves into thinking our drinking water is sterile. It has its problems and if we don’t do things now to prevent further disruption, it could be a problem each of us has to deal with in our homes in the very near future.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

One of the most important aspects of home maintenance, yet oftentimes overlooked, are sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to major repairs that can be extremely inconvenient and expensive. At its very early symptoms, find out if your sewer is clogged to avoid damage and repair costs. Here are a few tips on how to determine a clogged sewer:Is Your Sewer Clogged?

Plumbing facilities within the house such as faucets, drains, pipes, toilets, and tubs that are not functioning properly are clear signs that your main sewer line may be clogged. Observe how water drains in the bathroom sink. Run the faucet a few minutes and observe if water drain down smoothly. If water backs up from the sink hole or if water drains quite slowly, then it may be an indication of a clogged sewer.

A clear indication that the main sewer line of your house is clogged is when several plumbing features are not working properly. For instance, the bathtub draining slowly or the kitchen sink clogging up could be signs that the main sewer line is not working properly.

Another sign that the sewer is clogged is when water backs up in other plumbing facilities when you flush the toilet. For instance, water backing up in the shower drain or bathtub drain when flushing the toilet could mean that the sewer is clogged.

Drains that are installed in the ground may also have leaks or may be broken causing water to back up in indoor plumbing facilities. Determining where the sewer line is installed outside the house and investigating whether there are trees, obstructions, or leaks near the sewer line can help you determine a broken sewer line that needs repair. Broken sewer lines can also be determined if you observed a strange or foul odor coming from plumbing facilities inside and outside of the home.

Knowing how to tell if a sewer is clogged adds convenience to maintaining and running a household, it can also save plenty of time and money once these symptoms are detected earlier on.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

In April 2013, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that allows Coloradoans to use graywater.

Graywater refers to the portion of wastewater that is collected from fixtures within residential, commercial or industrial buildings before being treated or combined with other wastewater. It can include water discharge from bathroom sinks, bathtubs, showers, laundry machines, and other authorized sources.

Graywater does not include the soapy debris-filled wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, dishwashers, or nonlaundry utility sinks.Colorado Graywater Laws

With the new law in place, buildings now can be outfitted to collect graywater, store it in a holding tank, then use it to fill toilets or irrigate outdoor systems. Outdoor irrigation will have to use a drip system to prevent the wastewater from aerosolizing, making the wastewater safe for the general public.

Graywater is not safe to drink, but is perfectly acceptable for use in both toilets and irrigation systems. And graywater could also reduce costs of treating water because it goes directly from laundry or sink into a holding tank, as opposed to completing the entire recycle, retreatment process before entering your location once again.

It would also be a cost savings during drought conditions, as graywater can account for as much as 30 percent of our water consumption. Without the need for recycling and retreatment, an individual residential or commercial location could immediately begin watching what they use and consciously make the decision to reutilize its water for other uses.

The new law empowers any city or county to pass a resolution that will allow the use of graywater for regulated uses. Which means if you are thinking of using graywater within your own community, you’ll have to first check with your local city and county to find out what regulations are in place.

If you have any further questions, we’d be happy to help you decide what the best systems are for your current location and situation.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

What does the term “green” have to do with plumbing? How is a green plumber different from a more traditional plumber? Isn’t it all the same thing?

Yes, we understand that the concept of being a green plumber can be a little confusing. So to help you understand the differences, we thought we would provide you with just a few things we do differently in order to consider ourselves green plumbers.How Is A Green Plumber Different From A Traditional Plumber

Probably the most basic concept to start with is water. Plumbing is all about water. It’s the control of water throughout your home to allow you to do all the things you do every day.

A green plumber realizes that water is a finite resource, and that conserving water and building an energy efficient relationship with the way we approach living will not only help us save, but will improve our overall environment as well. Some facts for you to consider:

  • An average family of four will use approximately 115,000 to 175,000 gallons of water each year
  • One person flushes the toilet at home 2.5 times per day
  • By replacing a 5 gallon toilet with a low flow toilet, you can reduce water usage by 70 percent
  • For a family of four, low flow toilets could save 13, 392 gallons per year

While the toilet is a great place to start reducing water inside your home, its not the only place. There are many ways to reduce water usage.

  • Choosing ENERGY STAR approved appliances that ensure low water usage
  • Installing low flow shower heads that reduce the amount of water distributed per second
  • Replace all faucets with low flow sources
  • Use a recirculation system that allows you to have hot water on demand
  • Look for leaks throughout your home to reduce the amount of water being used

Many different options are available when you’re looking to conserve throughout your home. And while conserving does help the environment, it helps you too. Who doesn’t want to reduce their average water and electric bills, right?

In many cases green plumbing choices can be learned from reading online or even by doing things through trial and error. That’s how some plumbing companies approach it.

Not us. We realize the benefits of being a green plumber, and have certification and hundreds of hours of training in order to say we’re green plumbers – one of the first right here in the state of Colorado.

So if hiring a green plumber is important to you, hire one of the premier companies right here in Denver – Quality 1st Plumbing. We’re here to offer you the advice you need to help keep your home green.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When it comes to plumbing, is it all the same no matter what type of structure you have? Is a commercial plumber capable of doing all a residential plumber does and vice versa? Or do you need special training to be one or the other?

The short answer is once a plumber, always a plumber. A plumber deals with the plumbing system. Whether its large or small, single family home or commercial property, it all boils down to the pipes and the structures that rely on those pipes to give us our modern day systems.Is There A Difference Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing?

The longer answer can separate the two on some levels.

Imagine a residential plumber who visits home after home, all day long. His focus is trained on what makes a single family residence work properly. He know how to install pipe properly to make the master bathroom function without incident. He knows how to fix a clogged drain in the kitchen. He knows how to install a water saving toilet in the half bath off the family room.

He’s a specialist in residential plumbing simply because he deals with the same problems day in and day out, all through the year.

A commercial plumber sees different problems every day. He may enter a flooded bathroom in a high rise office complex. He may lay out the system for a brand new apartment complex in its beginning stages.

A commercial plumber will require him to understand different codes and requirements than what may be necessary for a residential plumber. Commercial plumbing will take more use; more abuse. It will have to handle higher water pressures and be sturdier for dozens, if not hundreds of uses ever day. And it may require different permits to handle, different materials to fix, and a variety of installation processes that simply don’t matter in the average residential household.

Is plumbing just plumbing, no matter where it is? For the most part, the answer is yes. However, always ask your plumber if he is familiar with the job and can provide you with top service at a reasonable price, without having to worry about problems down the road.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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