Is 2009 the year you invest in a home spa?
Start with deciding on a location. A spa may be customized within the master bathroom suite, or can be placed in a private spot within the home or secluded backyard setting. Spa areas should be designed with serenity in mind – a professional can help you select the products that meet your relaxation needs, and can help you choose products that will look good, provide years of service, and be as energy efficient as possible.
Then choose your products.
- Steam rooms
- Sauna rooms
- Shower panels
- Steam showers
- Whirlpool tubs
- Hot tubs with jet systems
More and more, companies are coming out with energy efficient products in a wide array of styles. Talk with your designer or home decorator about your options.
Quality 1st Plumbing can provide you with resources, tips and advice on creating the spa of your dreams. Contact us with your requirements and desires, and we’ll get back to you.
Start by using a plunger to remove the clog. Use a plunger with a suction cup large enough to cover the drain opening. Fill the basin with enough water to cover the plunger cup. Use 15 to 20 quick, strong strokes to remove the clog. Use this method as your first attempt.
Many people automatically turn to chemicals. However, be careful if the drain is completely clogged, as the chemicals will remain in the sink basin, and be of more danger to you when attempting to clean. Chemicals can burn the skin, and can cause sickness if the room isn’t properly ventilated. Also be wary of using chemicals continuously as they can damage metal pipes.
A drain auger, or snake, reaches down to the clog and pulls it free for complete extraction. For deep clogs, your local plumber can help find and completely remove the problem from the source.
As one of the first certified green plumbers here in Colorado, our goal is to help you understand more on water conservation and water saving technologies.
If you’ve had your washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator for a number of years, it may be to your advantage to look at one of the newest energy efficient models.
When the House approved the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, included was tax incentives for manufacturers of high efficiency appliances. As manufacturers continue to receive incentives to produce these appliances, the cost savings will also be passed on to consumers.
Or contact Colorado’s premier green plumbing company for a complete efficiency analysis. We’ll help you determine your best course of action for 2009.
In both drought conditions and the winter months, roots from trees and shrubs will travel great distances to search for water. And in many cases they may find what they are looking for in small cracks or poorly sealed water and sewer lines.
Once they find water, they continue to hold on to their feeding source. They will fill the pipe with multi root masses, and slowly start preventing waste and water flow within the household water system. If not caught and fixed early, the pipes will continue to erode, eventually becoming completely clogged, or collapsing under the pressure.
If roots have entered your pipes, the only way to clear them is with power cutting blades. Your local plumber is qualified in repairing all types of sewer and pipe clogs, and can handle any excavation that may be needed.
Holidays are a time for bringing family and friends together. And in some cases, its also a time for plumbing emergencies. Not only are you spending more time at home with time off from work, but you also have more people stopping by, putting additional strain on your entire home plumbing system.
Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the more common holiday plumbing issues.
In the kitchen:
· When cooking meats, avoid pouring excess fats or cooking oils down the drain. Liquid fats will solidify in the pipes, causing clogs.
· Instead of putting waste through the garbage disposal, throw it in the trash instead. Foods that are hard to grind, such as meats, salad items such as carrots and celery, and fruits like apples and bananas, can be especially hard on your disposer. With more people in your home, its better to avoid sending too much down the drain.
· Turn the disposal on a few seconds before adding food, and leave on a few seconds after the food has been processed. Use the disposer with a heavy stream of cold water.
In the bathroom:
· Turn up your water heater slightly to provide maximum hot water for guests.
· Schedule showers on intervals to ensure everyone gets a warm shower. Maybe now is the time to also consider installing a hot water circulation system to have instant hot water anytime.
· Keep a trashcan in the bathrooms to avoid flushing random items, such as cotton balls and face cleansing pads.
Throughout the house:
· Run dishwasher and washing machine on off times. Early morning or late night washings can save on hot water and water pressure.
· Use only cold water when washing clothes.
Okay, so maybe it’s not something you think of everyday. But it is something you use everyday.
In 1994, the National Energy Policy Act of 1992 went into effect for all residential toilets, requiring that all toilets made and sold in the U.S. meet water efficiency standards. Those standards set the upper limit of a single flush at 1.6 gallons of water.
So while you don’t have a choice as to the flush capacity, you do have choices in design.
Toilets are available with either an elongated front or a round front. Round front bowls are shorter in length than elongated bowls, and are suitable for smaller, more compact spaces.
Toilets can either be one piece or two. A one piece toilet provides a seamless look, where the tank and the bowl are seamed together. It has a smoother appearance and is easier to clean. Two piece toilets have a separate tank and bowl. They are usually less stylish and less expensive.
Today’s toilets are either gravity fed or pressure assisted. Gravity fed toilets use water to push everything from the tank into the bowl, then back up through an S shaped trap, where pull action empties the bowl and finishes the flush. Pressure assisted toilets fills the tank with water and air, forcing the water into the bowl with a pressurized release. In general, a pressure assisted toilet till be noisier and tougher to repair than their gravity fed counterpart.
Proper function is paramount in making your decision. At the same time, the appearance also plays a part in your selection. Many models, styles and color choices are available in a variety of sizes. Visiting your local hardware store can provide you with a starting point. Also ask your plumber, who will have a variety of options and choices for you as well.
1. The typical water heater holds 40 to 60 gallons of water.
2. The inner steel holding tank normally has a bonded glass liner to prevent rust from entering the water supply.
3. The normal temperature of water sitting in a water heater is suggested to be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, especially with seniors or children living in the home.
4. Each 10 degree reduction in your water temperature setting can cut the cost of the heater’s energy consumption by as much as 3 to 5 percent.
5. A leaking water heater usually means the glass liner is cracked. Replacement is your only option to avoid a complete break and possible flooding.
6. A dripping water heater is the beginning sign of a leak. The only option is for replacement.
7. A water heater uses the “Heat Rises Principle”. As cold water enters the water heater, it remains at the bottom of the tank. As it heats, it rises to the top.
8. Most water heaters have a life of 10 to 15 years. Your plumber can tell you how much life it has left if you’re approaching the 10 year mark.
9. A hot water recirculation system saves many gallons of water. Plus you get the added bonus of instant hot water.
In today’s tough economic times, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Instead of paying for a professional to do something, sometimes it’s just as easy to run down to the hardware store, buy the parts, and do it yourself.
But in some cases its better to let a professional take on the project. And a new installation of a water heater is one such job.
Replacing your water heater takes on many different risks: fire, electrocution, explosion and carbon monoxide poisoning. There are a lot of different parts that have to be hooked up properly in order to ensure the safety of you and your family. A professional is experienced and trained to make sure everything is running smooth and efficiently.
A professional can also make suggestions as to the right water heater for you. He can determine how long you will be living in your current home, your consumption needs, and give you options that will provide you the best product that runs the most efficiently. No guessing as to what fits your home and what’s right for your usage.
Sometimes your sink backs up and its an easy fix. With a quality commercial product, you can have your drain fixed in know time.
But what if it continues? When should you make the call to your local plumber, and get the problem fixed once and for all?
If you have a repetative issue – one that keeps coming back again and again – you may need more than a quick fix.
Cable Line Cleaning
The problem may be out of your reach. A professional plumber has the tools necessary to find the problem, no matter how far down in the system it is. He can find and clear the problem, and clear the pipes to ensure against future problems.
High Pressure Jetting
From small mini jetters to help clear grease and particles out of kitchen and bathroom lines, to power jetters used to clear blockages out of lines into apartment and office buildings, a professional plumber has the right tools for the job. Using high powered equipment, jetting sends blasts of water to where the problem lies, breaking up dirt and sediment and washing it away.
Today’s technology offers you a wealth of opportunity. Know where your problems lie before they cause you pain. Using fiber optics, your professional plumber can give you detailed information on the condition of your lines, and provide guidance with the best course of action.