When the weather turns cool here in Colorado, some things make your home just a little nicer. A fire in the fireplace. A cozy blanket to snuggle under. And a nice hot shower to warm up in the mornings.
Instead of wasting thousands of gallons of water each year letting the water run until warm, consider installing a hot water circulation system.
A hot water circulation system doesn’t mean installing a whole new water heater, or even running expensive pipes throughout your home. A hot water circulation system is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your home’s plumbing system, and save money and water down the road with a more energy efficient system.
With a hot water circulating system, a recirculating pump pulls hot water from the hot water heater while simultaneously sending cooled-off water from the hot water lines back into the hot water heater to be reheated. Instead of draining the hot water supply of the cooled-off water, the system sends the water back to be reheated, giving you an instant and constant supply of hot water readily available whenever you turn on the hot water. In addition to having the convenience of hot water on demand, you’ll also conserve water and energy over time.
The system can be set up within your existing home within a few hours. Your local plumber will evaluate the condition of your current hot water heater, and will attach the hot water circulating pump to your existing system. Generally one pump is sufficient to control the hot water flow to all fixtures throughout your home.
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1. Why are manhole covers in the U.S. round instead of square?
A round manhole cover cannot fall through its circular opening, whereas a square manhole cover could be turned diagonally and fall through. Circular manhole covers are also easier to place back into original position, and do not need to be rotated for alignment.
2. The word “plumber” is derived from the Latin word for lead – Plumbum. Lead use to be the primary material used in the creation of pipeworks used to carry water into cities and towns, before it was found to be a cumulative poison.
3. Who invented the modern toilet?
The flush toilet we use today came from a variety of inventions throughout history. In 1596, Sir John Harington invented a design that had a flush valve to let water out of the tank and wash-down design to empty out the bowl. In the 1880s, Thomas Crapper’s plumbing company built flush toilets and received a royal warrant. He popularized the siphon system for emptying the tank, and replaced the earlier floating valve system, which was prone to leaks.
4. Who invented the shower?
While rudimentary showers can be found throughout India, Egypt and Mesopotamia, the first real shower was invented by the Greeks around 300 B.C. Ancient Greek athletes would freshen up within the Stadiums using a piped in water supply that would spray down through showerheads shaped like the faces of boars and lions.
5.Hot water can be one of the most dangerous things in your home. At 120°F, 49°C, it would take 10 minutes to burn skin. At 125°F, 52°C, it would take 2 minutes to burn skin. At 140°F, 60°C, it would take 6 seconds to burn skin. At 150°F, 66°C, it would take 2 seconds to burn skin.
6. One of the biggest myths is on the direction the water in the toilet bowl swirls. Contrary to popular belief, the direction of the swirling water doesn’t depend on whether the toilet lies in the northern or southern hemisphere. Instead, the direction the water takes depends on the direction that the bowl’s rim jets are pointed. The water can be made to flush in either direction in either hemisphere.
7. Who’s the most recognizable plumber in the world?
Mario, the Italian-American plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. He is one of the most famous characters in video game history.
With all the cool, rainy weather we’ve had this year in Colorado, it’s hard to believe we’re leaving summer behind, and moving into fall. Even though rain doesn’t seem to be at a shortage, and our reservoirs appear to be at the brink, its still important to think green, and put as many water and energy saving tips to use as possible.
Here are 7 ideas to help you turn green as we move into fall.
1. Water your grass, flowers, trees and bushes on an as needed basis. With the amount of rain we’ve been receiving, landscaping doesn’t need as much water as it did in drier years. Install rain sensors on your sprinkling systems, or monitor your plants’ needs before turning on the hose.
2. Look for green cleaning methods. Instead of using harmful chemicals in your daily cleaning, look for green-friendly alternatives instead. Laundry detergents, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, and drain cleaning products all have safer alternatives.
3. Install energy and water saving appliances and fixtures in your home. Take advantage of the various rebate programs offered throughout the Denver region:
4. During the warm summer months, we tend to use cooler water. Instead of turning the faucet on and allowing the water to warm, we simply use it as is. That changes in the cooler fall and winter months. Consider installing a hot water circulating system. Without changing out your current hot water heater, you can enjoy instant hot water, allowing you to waste less and conserve more.
5. Turn off all outdoor water sources, and insulate outdoor pipes. Cracks can turn to slow leaks, which can lead to thousands of gallons of wasted water, or even more expensive problems down the road.
6. Change your landscaping, putting in more drought tolerant plants. Even though this was a cool, wet summer, Colorado remains in the prairies where we can expect dry, hot days in coming summers. Plan now for those days. Check with your local nursery to find the best plants for your area.
7. Watch for leaks and slow drips. Fix tubs, showers, kitchen and bath faucets early to avoid potential problems and water waste in the future.
While garbage disposals are one of the most frequently used items in the kitchen, it may be easy to overlook how to keep it in top shape. Here’s a look at 10 things to avoid sending down the drain.
1. Vegetable peelings
If you are peeling a bunch of potatoes or carrots, place them in your garbage instead of sending them down the disposal. The peels in excess can gum up on the blades and in the pipes, backing up the system.
2. Fruit pits
Cherry pits, peach pits, nectarine pits – any type of fruit that has a hard, middle seed.
3. Celery stalks
Celery is string-fibrous and can produce the same affect as vegetable peelings. Avoid sending celery down in excess.
4. Fats and grease
Fats and grease will adhere to the pipes over time, creating backups and clogged pipes.
Starchy substances will stick to both the blades and the pipes. In excess, pasta can quickly cause backups.
Rice is similar to pasta, and will cause backup when put down the disposal in excess.
7. Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds in excess can act in a similar manner to rice and pasta, clogging up both the blades and the pipes.
8. Paper, plastic, glass
Avoid sending down paper such as coffee filters, or bits of packaging as you are taking items out of their wrappers.
9. Egg shells
The pieces of shell can linger in the pipes and eventually cause a clog.
10. Shells from shellfish or bones
Bones from items like chicken, or shells from shellfish can break off and get caught in the blades.
In some circumstances, its nice having a plumber close by. In emergency situations, the quicker you respond to the problem, the less cost you’ll have in repairs.
So if you live in Centennial Colorado, is it important to have a plumber located there as well?
The most important thing is response time. Does the plumber work on call – when you need them – as opposed to regular business hours?
When looking for a plumber within your neighborhood, keep these three things in mind:
1. Experience is your best bet. Find a plumber that has years worth of experience, and knows exactly how to fix the project you are inquiring about.
2. Recommendations can lead you to find a professional. Whether you ask a friend, or search through sites online, only a true professional is going to take the time and resources to make sure you are happy.
3. Keeps up with trends. We all hear the term “going green”. A select few actually put it into action. Find a plumber that is conscious of what it means to go green, and can help you implement things within your home that will help you conserve energy and water.
Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is excited to be the premier plumbing service company in Colorado to be a part of GreenPlumbers, an exciting organization that promotes green plumbing methods. We look forward to helping you learn more about conservation methods and technologies in the future.
Whether you have an emergency and need a plumber right away, or have some future work and are looking for the right resources, how do you find the right plumber in the Denver area?
Start by gathering information on local plumbers. Search online. Ask your friends. Create a list and start contacting. Which plumbers are responsive and get back to you quickly?
As you move through your list, take into consideration first impressions. Do they answer the phone or a message quickly? Are they helpful with you initial questions?
Provide them with as much detail as possible for your project. Do they provide estimates?
Choosing a plumber shouldn’t be based on estimates alone. Also ask:
How long will the project take?
Is there a price guarantee?
Is there a service guarantee?
A reputable plumber will stand by his work from beginning to end. When you feel comfortable with the company, move forward with the project.
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With the Colorado weather, it’s hard to know what you’ll get from day to day. It can easily change 50 degrees or more from day to day, and have you planning for winter and summer all in a 24 hour period of time.
While its still the dog days of summer, what can you do now to start preparing for those cold winter months?
Insulate your home plumbing system. The easiest and most efficient way to winterize your plumbing is to insulate the pipes and tubes that are most at risk. Check outdoor sprinkler systems now to ensure proper insulation.
Restructure problem pipes from previous winters. Here in Colorado, we never know what the next season entails. If you’ve had breakage or leaks in the past, now is the time to have a professional out and fix the problem areas.
Drain pipes thoroughly if they won’t be used during the winter. A pipe with small amounts of water and weeks or months of non-use is trouble waiting to happen.
Have pipes located on exterior walls? Maybe its time to improve your home’s insulation as well. Not only will it leave your pipes warmer and safer, but if may also improve the overall efficiency of your home’s heating system as well.
Is it time to change out your hot water heater, and get ready for a Colorado winter?
There are three basic types of hot water heaters.
Gas Hot Water Heater
Gas Hot Water Heaters are very popular for heating a homes water supply, and offer reliability and fast recovery times between use. Gas water heaters have a higher efficiency rating than their electric counterparts, and can provide hot water at a quicker pace. Except for some minor insulation and energy efficiency changes, the conventional gas water heater has remained relatively the same over the years.
Electric Hot Water Heater
Electric Hot Water Heaters grew in popularity during the 50’s when the price of electricity dropped. Upkeep on an electric water heater is easier than its gas counterpart, and involves very little maintenance over the years. They are slower at recovery of hot water in a shorter period of time than the electric models.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Because of the increase in green technology, tankless hot water heaters are getting a lot of press these days. Tankless water heaters have an electric, gas or propane heating device that is triggered by the use of water. Tankless water heaters are also called on demand water heaters because they don’t have a storage tank – the water is heated when you need it.
Which is right for you? Start by reading “Is A Tankless Water Heater For You?” Then give us a call. We would be happy to help you with an energy audit of your home, to help you determine the condition of your water heater, and what is the right choice for you.