1. Basements are most often flooded by water building up in the soil, and overflowing into the basement. A sump pump is placed at the lowest level of the basement, and pumps the water out and away from the home before the water level reaches the basement floor level.
2. Sump pumps are usually installed for two reasons. One, the basement is located in an area where frequent flooding may be a problem. Two, the water table is equal or above the foundation of the home.
3. Sump pumps are usually hardwired into a home’s electrical system, and may have a battery backup. Some may use the home’s pressurized water supply as its power source, eliminating the need for electricity.
4. It’s important to maintain a normal sump cycle. In order to make sure that a sump pump is in proper working condition, its important to check it periodically, especially before heading into a wet season. Remove the sump pump cover and slowly pour water into the tank. The float should begin to rise, triggering the pump to start. Once the pump starts, the water level should quickly disperse. The pump should turn off once the water has been cleared.
5. Most problems associated with sump pumps stem from the float. If the pump does not start, the float may be stuck within the tank. Start by repositioning the float. If this fails, the float may need to be replaced. If the pump fails to shut off after the water has drained, that also signifies the need for a new float.
Instead of upgrading your home, and moving into a bigger one, many Denver residents are remodeling their existing homes instead. If you live in a great neighborhood with good school systems and supporting community, why not?
As you’re remodeling your home, one way to cut down on costs is to use one company for as many jobs as possible. It will cut down on fee charges for visiting your home, and many jobs can be combined and worked on together, eliminating hours of run around time.
Your local plumber has the ability to work with you on a variety of things.
Remodeling your kitchen? Why not move your kitchen sink from its current location to a sunny window position. You’re local plumber can move the water supply to make room for more space.
How about converting your electric range to gas? Gas gives you finer control over temperature, heats up quicker, and makes the cooking process more efficient. Your local plumber has the skills and knowledge necessary to lay the gas line from the main source, to where you need it in your kitchen design.
Why stop at an electric range? While you’re putting in a gas line for your range, continue the line to an outside kitchen too. Plan for a gas grill, and make cooking in the warm summer months even easier.
Upgrading your master bath, or creating an outdoor living area? A home spa may be the solution. From steam rooms, to shower panels, to hot tubs with jet systems, relaxation is close at hand.
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When the days are long and hot, the last place you want to be is in the kitchen cooking over a hot stove .
Why not install a gas grill instead?
Not only does it make cooking during the hot summer months more fun, it can also make a great addition to your backyard landscape.
First, make the decision of where to place your gas grill. Keep it close to your home, with easy access to your kitchen. Also locate your gas line connection. Your licensed plumber can help you locate your gas line, and can extend it out to where you’ll ultimately need your connection.
Next, determine the size and style of your grill. Gas grills have gone sophisticated over the past few years. You can now get simple free standing grills, to the ultimate in luxury and outdoor kitchen experience. Choose your look and style to match your outdoor living space.
Finally, check everything is in working order before you finish your landscape design. Tile or stone around your outdoor kitchen for the ultimate in outdoor living.
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Your Colorado plumbing contractor can help you make your home even better this year with these simple tips.
1. Think green. There are dozens of ways to start converting your home to a green environment. Start small, and do a little at a time.
2. Perform a water use analysis. Especially in the summer months, there are a variety of ways you can reduce and conserve the water flow within your home.
3. Watch for leaks. If your faucets are leaking anywhere in your home, kitchen or bath, replace them.
4. Upgrade your water heater. The average life of a water heater is 10 to 15 years. Check with your plumber on the quality of older water heaters, and replace before it breaks and you sustain damage.
5. Preventative maintenance. Avoid problems by cleaning drains, pipes and sewer lines on a regular basis.
6. Monitor water lines. The older your home, the bigger your risk of sewer and water line breakage. As landscaping grows and thrives, it searches out water. And the best place is to go to the source – your pipes.
7. Monitor inside and outside water sources. Especially in Colorado where the weather turns from cold to hot and back again quickly, keep an eye on water sources. Protect by turning off water early, disconnecting hoses from outside water faucets, and monitoring outside wall pipes during extreme cold spells.
8. Clean drains before visitors. The summer months bring more travelers and guests into your home, giving your drains more use. Clean drains before they arrive to ensure proper flow.
9. Expand the size of your garbage disposal. Especially with more of us cooking at home, consider upgrading your garbage disposal to handle even the biggest jobs.
10. Put in a gas grill. Nothing says summer like heading outdoors for a barbecue dinner. Instead of spending time and energy on charcoal, put in a gas grill to make cooking outdoors even easier.
11. Take out the evening chill with a gas fire pit. Don’t like the weather in Colorado? Stick around for an hour, and it will change. A gas fire pit will keep even the briskest nights warm, and allow you to be outside much longer into the season.
12. Be energy efficient. Purchase energy efficient appliances as they need replacing. Conserve water by running full dishwashers and washing machines. Buy low flow toilets and faucets for your bathroom. There’s a lot we can do. Just take the time to a do a few things today, and you’ll be amazed at how much it saves you over time.
Even though Colorado days can be downright hot, the evenings can still cool down, and bring a chill to the air. Instead of heading indoors, start up your gas fire pit.
Gas and wood burning fire pits have increased in popularity over the past few years. Though there is a certain ambiance for an old fashioned wood burning fire pit, burning wood does release chemicals into the air, and runs the risk of setting other outdoor items on fire. A better alternative is a gas fire pit.
A gas fire pit can be as simple as a few stones placed in a circle, with the gas line in the middle protruding a few inches out of the ground. Fill in with gravel, and cover the burner with lava rock granules.
Or can be more complex, using concrete, stones, bricks and glass. Use your imagination, and make it an intricate part of your landscape or outdoor living room.
Wherever you decide to locate your fire pit, your main priority is hooking up the fire pit to the gas line. Your licensed plumber can help you make your project a reality. In addition to the pipeline, make sure you install a shut off valve within 3 feet of the fire pit.
Also check with your local ordinances and your homeowners association before building. It’s better to get full approval before you begin building, than have to tear down things after they’ve been built.
Anytime you are dealing with gas, remember safety is the key. Check with your plumber to verify his experience working with gas lines.
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It’s time to get ready for the summer, and go green with these 5 plumbing tips.
Consider installing a water filtration system.
Most systems can purify enough water to fill thousands of bottles of water. This can help reduce the number of bottles that are thrown into the landfills each year, which currently totals around 38 billion. Purchase an aluminum or BPA-free water bottle, fill it up, and enjoy your next day enjoying the outdoors knowing your helping environment and yourself.
Take shorter showers.
If everyone in the family reduced their showers by even a minute or two, over 2000 gallons of water could be saved each month. Combine that with replacing a current shower head with an eco-efficient shower head, and you’ll add to your savings over 500 gallons per month.
Run full loads in your washing machine.
Summer clothes are lighter, and less bulky than the sweater and long pants we wear in the summer. Instead of washing on a regular basis, wait until you have a full load. Combine this with a water saving, energy efficient washer, an you’ll realize 500-800 gallons per month in water savings.
Capture tap water, and begin using grey water.
Instead of allowing water to run down the drain while waiting for warm water, throw a watering can under the stream while you wait. You can easily save 200-300 gallons every month. Combine it with using grey water from the rest of your house, and you quickly have a plan that helps you conserve in a variety of ways.
Use eco-friendly cleaning alternatives.
Not only can commercial cleaners be harsh for your family’s health, it can also break down your plumbing. Consider alternative green approaches to cleaning your drain.
Even just a few short years ago, plumbing was a lot about guess work. If you had a problem with a sewer line, you used a snake to clean out the pipe. Then you took the wait-and-see approach to determine if you fixed the problem, or if it would be a reoccurring issue.
With today’s technology, plumbers now take the guesswork out of the problem.
Instead of relying on a hunch, a plumber can now use a camera to see where the problem lies, how bad it is, and what it will take to fix it. Using a snake like device with an infrared camera on the tip, a plumber feeds the tube down into the interior of the pipe. Through the camera feed, he can determine what the problem is and the best method of fixing it. Best of all, the camera should be able to indicate exactly where the problem is, reducing the time and cost of digging and searching out the infected areas.
While the infrared camera feed is a great tool to help you save time and money, make sure you rely on a professional plumber for a complete analysis. A reputable plumber will be honest with the information he finds, and will provide you with the best ways to correct the situation and improve it from further damage.
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Summer is almost here. And in Colorado, that means we’re using a greater level of water. Which also means your chance of water problems and damage is up as well.
With a little maintenance and care, you can avoid problems before they happen. Here are five ideas to help you start your summer out the right way.
1. Spring Clean Your Water Heater. Over time, sediment, sand and mineral deposits build up. Flushing this accumulated sediment out of your system helps in efficiency
2. Watch For Puddles and Wet Areas. When pipes crack, they may not be immediately noticeable. Yet with use over time you’ll begin noticing small puddles accumulating in your lawn. Your local plumber now has electronic locators that can find the exact location of a crack or break, eliminating the need for digging in multiple places.
3. Check the Outside Hose Bib. If you didn’t winterize your sprinkler system and hoses, water damage may have occurred. Over time, as water freezes and thaws, it can cause cracks and ruptures in pipe walls. Watch for signs of damage as you water the first few times.
4. Check Basements and Crawl Spaces For Water. Watering your landscaping is a daily part of our lives here in Colorado. But for some older homes, landscaping isn’t conducive to eliminating water problems. Rebuild your landscaping to allow water to run away from the foundation. Plant plants that require less water. And watch your basement and crawl space for any signs of water damage.
5. Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection. As trees and plants grow and spread out their root systems, they may break into your sewer lines. If you live in an older neighborhood with mature plants and trees, a simple sewer line inspection can help you determine where problems exist, and give you an opportunity to fix them before them become larger problems.
In Colorado, we use a variety of methods to heat our homes. A hot water boiler is an appliance used to heat water, and send it through a hydronic heating system. The hot water is then distributed through the home in pipes, either through a radiator system, or through a baseboard convector system.
While using a hot water boiler system is an efficient way to heat your home, like any appliance, there are occasional needs for maintenance and repair.
Poor Heating Performance
Occasionally the system may appear to not heat up to temperature properly. Sudden changes are often caused by improper water levels in the boiler, while a more gradual problem may be due to mineral deposits in the boiler or heat exchanger. The system may need to have water added, or to have the system flushed and cleaned.
Water Leakage Around The Boiler
This could be caused by a faulty pump, a faulty pressure relief valve, or leaking in the water pipe connection. Most of these repairs can be handled easily by your local plumber. Your plumber will determine the root cause of the problem, and correct it to eliminate further water leakage, and return your system to normal function.
Noise in the pipes is a sign of a growing problem, one that should be fixed quickly to avoid further damage. Possible problems include a faulty circulator pump, or water trapped in the return lines. The circulator has a spring-loaded coupling that connects the pump to the motor. When the pump jams, this coupling may break, causing a load noise as the motor runs. Over time, the pitch in the return lines may change, causing the water to become trapped. Adjusting the pitch of the return lines or the radiator will usually fix the problem and stop the noise.