As we bring 2009 to a close, and head forward towards 2010, I wanted to share with you our favorite posts here at Quality 1st Plumbing.

Quality 1st Plumbing is the Premier Plumbing Company In Colorado To Go Green
What does it mean to take your plumbing company green? To provide green products, services, tips and solutions! Quality 1st Plumbing is taking their belief in a greener world, and providing every one of you with tips and strategies to help you green up your own environment. Here’s how …

How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
After this latest cold spell here in Colorado, many of you may be recovering from the thaw of frozen water pipes.
Ben Franklin said it well with, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately that doesn’t mean much when you’re facing water damage and a foot of standing water.

Schedule a Sewer Inspection Before Buying A Used Home
You’ve heard the nightmare stories of homebuyers stuck with the bill of correcting sewer issues. Why not ensure the quality of your sewer system before you move in?

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Hiring A Plumber
Invariably there comes a day when it makes more sense to call a plumber than to try and fix it yourself. Unless you know a plumber, or have a great referral, how do you know whom to call?
Take a look at these 5 ways to evaluate a plumbing service before you hire them.

Green Approaches To Drain Cleaning
There always seems to be one drain in the house that needs a little more work than the others. So every few weeks you find yourself trying to clear out a backed up drain.

5 Facts About Sump Pumps
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.

Hot Water Circulation System
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.

7 Plumbing Tips For Winterizing Your Home
With cold mornings upon us and snow on the way, winter will soon be here. Here are 8 plumbing tips for winterizing your home.
1. Clear water from outside pipes. Now is the time to begin draining outside sprinkler systems. Blow out the pipes to your automatic system. Detach garden hoses and store for the season. Fully insulate any exposed outdoor water fixtures. Fix tiny leaks in the system now so they don’t cause burst pipes and larger problems as the area starts freezing.

How To Clean Up After Your Sewer Backs Up
One of the largest, most unpleasant jobs you can face in your home is clean up after a sewer back up.

Discounts On Water Heaters
Looking to replace your water heater? Want to find discounts on water heaters, and make sure you get the best price possible? Keep these tips in mind.
The average life of a water heater is 10 to 12 years. However, that can be influenced by a variety of things, including use and the style of water heater you have. A reputable plumber should be able to look at your water heater and let you know if it needs replacement.

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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

Living here in Colorado, what’s the best hot water heater for me to put into my home? My current water heater is 10 years old, and I want something energy efficient, maybe even green. I’ve been reading a lot about tankless water heaters; what’s the best choice for me and my family of four?”

Great question, and one that I hear quite a bit. Search Colorado hot water heaters anywhere online, or read any of the home improvement magazines and you’re sure to find an article on tankless water heaters.

Tankless water heaters don’t use a tank. Instead, they heat the water on demand. So instantly people think they must be more efficient because hot water isn’t stored for future use. When you need hot water, you simply turn on your hot water faucet and out will come hot water. Unfortunately that isn’t the case.

When you turn off the faucet, water stores in the pipes between the faucet and the tankless system. That water still must empty out the next time you turn on the faucet, before the hot water runs through. Depending on where the tank is located in your home, and where you turn on the faucet, it can take multiple seconds for the water to travel on its journey.

Tankless water heaters also have trouble keeping up with large demands of hot water at one time. If you regularly require hot water in more than one place at one time (such as for laundry, dishes, and a shower) you may require more than one tankless system to keep up with the high demand.

If you are in the process of selecting a new hot water heater, talk to your local plumber about your options, and what features are most important to you. He can share with you many ideas on conserving as well as having ample supply of hot water for your families needs.

One option that I always recommend to my clients is the hot water circulation system. Instead of having to drain off the cold water that is stored in the pipes between uses, a pump sends the water back to be reheated, giving you an instant supply of hot water. You conserve thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year simply by not having to let the water run to warm up.

Typical tankless hot water heaters cost considerable more than traditional hot water heaters with a tank, so recouping the costs can sometimes be difficult, especially if you have to put in more than one. By installing a traditional hot water heater with a tank and a hot water circulation system, you can still “go green” by conserving water, and have the added bonus of instant hot water – the best of both worlds.

If you’ll be installing a new hot water heater soon, be sure to use my online coupon for an instant $50 off any water heater installation.

And enjoy the rest of the Colorado winter!

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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

Is your hot water heater working over time this holiday season?denver hot water heater

If you’ve noticed there’s not enough hot water for everyone in your immediate household, the water is hotter or colder than normal, the hot water tank is making noises, or have started noticing a leak around your tank, it may be time to invest in a new hot water heater.

As a locally owned plumbing company, we’ve been installing hot water heaters throughout the Denver region for years. We guarantee our results, and value your time – we’ll give you an instant $25 discount if we’re not there when we say we will be.

We know when you have an emergency with your hot water heater, its important to get it fixed correctly the first time, as fast as possible. We arrive quickly, usually within 2 hours from the time you call. And we’ll fix or replace your hot water heater fast, depending on what we determine to be the problem. 

We are the Denver regions first Certified Green Plumbers. Our goal is to educate you on water preservation and conservation, and to use earth friendly materials wherever possible. When we can, we recycle everything.

Whether you have an emergency with your hot water heater, or are looking at upgrading and going with green technology, nobody in Denver knows hot water heaters like Quality 1st Plumbing.

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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

A hot water boiler is an appliance that heats and uses water to provide heat throughout the home. Once the water is hot, it distributes the water throughout the home via pipes, and radiates heat into the rooms with either a steel or cast iron radiator, or baseboard convectors. Hot water boilers can be fueled by natural gas, propane, or oil. Oil burners typically require more attention and maintenance than their gas burning counterparts.

While a hot water boiler system is moreHot Water Boilers complex than a standard forced air furnace, it typically is more reliable and has fewer problems overall. When problems do arise, they usually relate to the expansion tank or water circulator pump, all which can be easily fixed by your reputable plumber.

The expansion tank must be properly charged with air in order to run properly. If you touch the expansion tank, the bottom should feel hotter than the top. If not, the tank has too much water, and should be drained of excess water. The system will recharge in a few hours after it is refilled to the proper levels.

The water circulator pump will cause leaks around the boiler unit when the pump starts to fail, you have a faulty pressure relief valve, or you have a leaky water pipe connection. In most cases you will need to have your plumber fix the problem. It could be as simple as cleaning out sediment and replacing a valve, to repairing pipes and connectors.

Just like more traditional furnaces, hot water heaters, and other appliances in your home, having regular scheduled preventative maintenance every year can keep your boiler system in top shape, and keep you warm all winter long.

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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

Who owns your septic system? Your city? You as a homeowner? If you said the latter, you are correct.

While septic systems in general are designed for long term, effective treatment of household water waste, if problems arise and you have to replace it, it could cost you thousands of dollars.

A How Septic Systems Work typical septic system has four main parts: a pipe leading from the home, the septic tank, a drain field, and the soil. As wastewater runs away from your home into the drain field, microbes in the soil digest and remove most of the contaminants before it drains back into the groundwater.

The septic tank itself is buried away from your home, and can be identified through drawings filed at your local land office, or by manhole covers. An inspector can also help you locate your septic system. The septic tank is generally made from concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene, and holds the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle, forming sludge, and oil and grease to float to the surface, also known as scum. Special compartments prevent both sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drain field area.

In order to prevent buildup of scum and sludge, regular inspections and periodic pumping should be performed. It is the best and cheapest way of preventing backups, leading to wider and more costly problems down the road. Choose a reputable inspector with knowledge and experience in working with septic systems, and have your system checked once every 3 to 5 years.

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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

Looking for gift ideas this year?

Here’s our list plumbing gift ideas that would make great stocking stuffers – and should be handy in Plumbing Gift Ideas every household for the quick jobs that pop up.

1. Adjustable Wrench Set. Just the tool for odd jobs all around the home. 

2. Pliers. A complete pliers set will ensure you’re ready for any type of job, from grabbing and holding tiny pieces of wire, to cutting through metal.

3. Measuring Tapes. Ready to help you with all of your plans and fix-ups.

4. Screwdriver Set. Make sure you have all sizes and types available when you need it.

5. A Multi Position Ladder. Perfect for jobs all around the house, multi position ladders raise and bend to reach any height you need.

6. Wet/Dry Vacuum. Perfect for all kinds of uses, from garage messes to water cleanup.

Happy Holidays from Quality 1st Plumbing!

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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 week of cold weather here in Colorado, and the temperatures keep dropping. Today on our local 9news.com, they registered a temperature of –399 degrees! Okay, maybe it’s not that cold outside, but even at –3 degrees, it’s still cold enough to really test your house and cars to the limits. 9 news weather

Staying warm in Colorado’s cold weather is more than putting on an extra layer of clothing. In addition to keeping yourself warm, you also need to think about the structure of your home  as well.

The biggest plumbing problem faced by homeowners in the bitter cold is freezing pipes. Take inventory of all pipes that run on outside walls. Kitchen sinks are usually the biggest problem, as many homes have the kitchen sink on an outside wall for access to window light.

If you do find a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet located near the frozen pipe to alleviate pressure. Then call your local plumber. In some cases the open faucet will be enough to drain the pipe as it thaws. Your plumber will be able to offer more advice, and be there if the pipe ruptures as it thaws.

You may also notice that your hot water seems to be not as hot. Your hot water heater works harder in the cold temperatures to maintain water to your desired temperature. What seemed to be warm in the warmer fall months is now cool to the touch. It could be something as simple as raising the temperature of the water heater. Or it could be a bad heating element. Or a sign your water heater is in need of replacement. A simple service call from your local plumber can tell you what the problem is, and fix it quickly.

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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

1. Fix or replace? If you have a leaky faucet, fix or replace it as soon as possible. A leaky faucet with a Plumbing Faucets drip of about 1 per second equals about 5 gallons of wasted water every day.

2. Solid brass faucets last the longest and require the least care, especially with hard water that corrodes other softer metals.

3. Faucets with die cast zinc alloy bodies cost less than their solid brass counterparts, deliver good durability, but may need replacing more often due to corrosion.

4. Different sinks require different sized faucets. Faucets can be mounted with one, two or three holes in the sink, and can have a span of anywhere from 4 to 12 inches between the holds. Your faucet has to match the style of sink in order to be properly connected.

5. Discount stores may offer a wide selection, but they can’t provide customization. Your local plumber can help match any style or theme within your home, and may have suppliers that can provide unique faucets at low prices. Your plumber will also have insight as to the quality of certain faucets, and help you choose the right fixture for you lifestyle.

6. Handles come in many style, including single and double handle models. Choose one that’s right for your lifestyle, and feels good to the touch.

7. Faucets have many different options. From spray in spout models, to antique finishes, to filtered water possibilities, the ideas are endless.

8. Most of today’s faucet designs are of a ceramic disk valve construction. Two ceramic disks control water flow: one is stationary; the other moves to open or block the water flow. The disks form an airtight seal when locked together.

9. Faucets with the WaterSense label can save you around 500 gallons of water per year over traditional faucets.

10. Consider installing a faucet that delivers instant hot water. It’s great in the kitchen for cooking, and for coffee and tea.

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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

Welcome to Colorado! Only here in Denver can you enjoy sunshine and 60 degrees one day, and have it dip down into the single digits the next.

The first cold spell of the season is often the one that catches you off guard, and creates the most havoc. If you weren’t prepared and don’t have your pipes properly insulated, you’re likely to see a leak here in the coming days as we begin to thaw.

When water freezes in a pipe, it expands. If it How To Prevent Pipes Freezing expands enough, the pipe bursts, causing water damage all around the surrounding area. If not caught soon after bursting, it can result in serious damage.

A pipe will typically not break where the ice blockage occurs. Instead, water pressure builds up downstream from the ice blockage, somewhere between the blockage and a closed faucet, causing the pipe to sustain thousands of pounds of pressure. Eventually the pipe bursts under the duress of this much pressure.

While it’s easy for a homeowner to think they are safe if they’ve lived in a home for a while, many changes occur during the course of a year. Maybe you’ve changed or redesigned your basement. Maybe you’ve moved a television, cable, or telephone line, allowing cold air a new route into your home. Or maybe you’ve added to your outdoor landscape, opening up problems with a new pipe. Even simple changes can open the door to potential problems.

Your local plumber is there to help you fix broken pipes if they occur. And they can also help you assess potential situations that are ripe for problems. In many cases insulation, caulking or wraps may be the solution. In other cases it may be rerouting a pipe to another area. Warm air is the key to preventing pipes freezing.

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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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