If you’ve decided to step up your water conservation tactics this year, and you’re wondering the best way to go green, start by taking a look at your water heater. How does a tankless water heater compare to a tank water heater?

Let’s start with how both systems work. Tankless Water Heater vs Tank Water Heater Comparison

Tank Water Heater

A tank water heater comes either as gas or electric – otherwise they are very similar in nature. They both have a heavy inner steel tank that holds around 40 to 60 gallons of hot water in reserve for use. The tank is insulated to help keep the inner water warm, and a thermostat to control the overall temperature of the water, usually between 120 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters avoid standby heat loss by heating water as its needed, as opposed to keeping a holding tank filled with hot water. Tankless systems come in two varieties – point of use or whole house heaters. Point of use are smaller units that are stationed where you use hot water (i.e. bathroom, kitchen), are small in size, and fit close to the source. Whole house are larger units, designed specifically to handle the needs of an entire home.

The cost difference is broken down in two ways. First, the cost of the unit itself. And second, the amount of savings by using a system on an every day basis.

Typically, a tankless water heater will cost two, three, even four times as much as the traditional tank water heater, depending on size and model. And if you use the point of use units, you may end up with two or three units within your home in order to keep up with demand – requiring you to spend even more on the cost of the units themselves. How long will you be living in your home? With typical real estate patterns, most people sell their homes once every 5 to 7 years. It will be hard to recoup any costs on the more expensive tankless system.

A tankless system will save on the overall energy efficiency of having to heat and reserve water. Savings can be anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred, depending on the size of your home and how much you use.

Overall, we recommend clients think twice about the tankless system, and instead focus on the highest efficiency rated tank model. Add in a hot water recirculation system that gives you access to instant hot water, and you will quickly be saving money over today’s rates, and be greener in the way you use and conserve water.

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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

Did you install a sump pump years ago, and have recently started wondering if its working? Or maybe you’ve recently purchased a home with a sump pump, and want to understand more about it. As spring and summer draw near, and Colorado is starting to see more rain than snow, its time to do a springtime cleaning and test your sump pump before you actually need it. Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are mechanical. As a rule, anything mechanical is subject to failure, and should have routine inspection and maintenance to keep it up to par. Here in Colorado, because we have a small amount of heavy moisture every year, once a year may work, but check with your local plumber. It all depends on the age and use of your sump pump.

Testing is easy. Using a bucket of water, pour water through the sump hole. The pump is equipped with an automatic switch that senses when water reaches a certain level. At that point, the sump pump will turn on and begin clearing out most of the water from the pit, shutting off once the water drops below the acceptable level.

If the sump pump doesn’t automatically turn on as the water rises, start by checking your power source. If the power is on and functioning, the float switch may have failed and in need of replacement. If the pump works properly, allow it to run its cycle.

Once the water has cleared, unplug the sump pump and feel the bottom of the pump to make sure there isn’t and foreign material or sludge. Clear any blockage, and consider investing in a new sump pump to meet your needs. Your plumber can help you replace and upgrade, depending on your requirements.

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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 of the best ways to start conserving water is to take the first steps at home. As the first certified green plumbing company here in Colorado, we take conservation seriously. And we pass along the advice and information to you to help you make changes in our life as well. Even the tiniest change today can add up to huge impact and savings over time. It all starts with a single step.

1. What is your water footprint? How can you and your family best conserve water and energy at home? If you don’t know, maybe its time for a water use analysis audit. We can show you exactly where you are doing well, and were you can make some changes. We cover a variety of issues, and point out things that can not only reduce the amount of water you use, but can also make you more aware of the best way to save.

2. Give your faucets an overhaul. Fix drips immediately. Better yet, replace all old fixtures with water savings alternatives, and reduce the amount of water each time you turn on a faucet.

Ways To Save Water At Home

3. Limit bath time, and time your shower time. Filling up a bathtub can take anywhere from 40 to 60 gallons of water. By taking showers instead, and limiting your shower time to just five minutes, you can easily save thousands of gallons of water per year.

4. Invest in the newest technology. Did you know a rain sensor can avoid watering your landscaping and grass when we receive enough moisture? Or that a simple hot water circulation system can give you access to instant hot water, and avoid wasting thousands of gallons of water while playing the waiting game? As a certified green plumber, I know many ways that can help you be more conscious with your choices.

5. Take advantage of rebates. Your local water company, Excel energy, appliance stores – many different companies and organizations offer rebates to help you change the way you live. Get rid of old appliances and fixtures, and upgrade to the latest models. Not only will you have better cleaning, more power and a better product, but you’ll be doing the earth a favor too.
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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

Happy Earth Day. Earth Day is a growing part of our lives, and this year is celebrating 40 years of history by helping you understand more about living a green, eco-friendly lifestyle. It doesn’t take a concerted effort or major changes to your lifestyle. Even making one small commitment to change can add up to huge amount over time.

As a part of Earth Day, the US EPA is asking everyone to pick 5 for the environment, and commit to making a change in the coming weeks and months.

earth day ideas for colorado

1. Water
Use only the water you truly need. Invest in water conserving appliances and fixtures, and commit to becoming water wise. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Use washers and dishwashers only when full. And take advantage of water rebate programs to upgrade your home’s toilet fixtures.

2. Air
Keep your home’s air clean, and learn to do more with less. Choose public transportation when possible, and find alternative ways for disposing of waste. Plant a tree either at home, in your community, or choose one of the thousands of ways to make a difference in the world.

3. Land
It’s easy to start composting in your own back yard. Or try xeriscaping to return to our natural Colorado plant life and habitat. Choosing plant life that is indigenous to our community not only helps conserve water, but can also help rid our area of invasive plant life that eats up our valuable resources.

4. Energy
Save energy at home by choosing Energy Star rated appliances. Whether you are remodeling, moving to a new location, or just looking for a way to make a difference, upgrading to new appliances is probably one of your easiest ways to go green.

5. Waste
Reuse and recycle whenever possible. Americans on average drink 28.5 gallons of bottled water every year. By changing our habits and using a drinking glass, or switching to reusable stainless steel bottles, can conserve many resources over time.

It’s all about choosing something easy to implement into your life, and making a commitment to follow through every day. What’s your commitment this Earth Day?

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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

Spring is back here in Colorado. Warm days. Cool nights. It’s the perfect time for heading outside. And for designing a natural gas outdoor fire pit. What could be better than enjoying the outside with family and friends just a little longer each day?

Fire pits natural gas outdoor fire pitare permanent or portable containers designed for containing a fire within one location. As more people are expanding their outdoor living space, more are investing in fire pits to help you make that space usable throughout the year. Fire pits either allow you to burn wood, or use natural gas. Walk into any home improvement store and you are bound to find many different options: from chimeneas, to tables and cast iron pots.

While freestanding units are the easiest to install, nothing looks nicer than a custom designed and built fire pit that blends in with your home and surrounding landscape. Natural gas gives you the added bonus of not having to find wood to burn, and the additional mess of ash and soot when your evening is through.

Ready to install your own natural gas fire pit? First, plan out your outdoor living space. Where is the best place to install it? As a plumber, I can help you determine where your gas line is, and the easiest way to bring the line to where you want your fire pit.

Then work with a designer, handyman, or contractor to help you plan out your space. Will you be adding a garden area? A patio? In order to get the most out of your fire pit, make sure you have an enjoyable area to bring family and friends out to, with ample space for visiting.

Then enjoy. The great thing about Colorado is the cool nights. Even in the heart of the summer, a warm fire at night can bring the chill off a late day rainstorm. And give you a reason to enjoy the gardens you’ve been growing all summer 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

As a plumbing service committed to living green, we wanted to share some of our favorite green living tips for you to bring into your own lives. There are many things that you can do every day to make a small difference. The key is action and bringing it into your daily routine.

Bottled Water

Imagine a world where there is no bottled water. That was reality just a few short years ago. As of 2008, we were consuming over 8.7 billion gallons of bottled water every year. Because bottled water has beenGreen Living Tips getting bad press over the past few years, we are seeing bottled water consumption falling, yet with the average American drinking 28.5 gallons of bottled water each year, its easy to see we have a long way to go.

There are two things you can do to continue bringing down that average. First, install a home water filter to your kitchen tap. Grab a glass of water as you work around the house instead of grabbing a bottle. And second, invest in several reusable water bottles to bring water on the go. Look for a good stainless steel bottle, or a plastic bottle that is BPA and phthalate-free.

Toilet Cleaners

Most of us are led to believe that the bathroom is the dirtiest, most germ filled room in the house. In order to keep it clean, all kinds of toilet cleaners are used. The problem is most cleaners use harsh materials to make your toilet spotless, and keep it smelling clean.

Most toilet cleaners have chlorine, ammonia and hydrochloric acid as the main ingredients. While these may kill the bad bacteria on the surface, they also kill helpful bacteria that exist throughout the system. The materials can shorten the lifespan of your pipes and fixtures, and can react with other organic substances found within the system.

Instead of using harsh chemicals every week, try baking soda. Baking soda is a natural chemical compound that kills the breeding grounds for bad bacteria – sprinkle in the bowl and scrub. For stains, spray a little vinegar onto the baking soda and allow to sit for awhile before scrubbing.

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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

Now that the weather is warming up here in Denver, why not think about installing a gas line to make home improvements? You could:

  • turn your wood fireplace into a gas fireplace
  • exchange your electric range for a gas range
  • remodel your kitchen and move the location of your gas range
  • add a gas grill on your deck
  • install a gas fire pit to your outdoor living area

Once you make the decision, the next step is to follow up on your ideas with a certified plumber with experience in installing a gas line.

Installing A Gas Line

The first step is to locate where your existing gas line is, and determine the best way to tap into the line and move it to your new location. Instead of being set on your addition, talk with your plumber first. While you may have little options when converting your wood fireplace to a gas fireplace, be more flexible when adding a fire pit. Your plumber can show you the easiest gas line to tap into, and the best way to move it to the area you are looking to improve.

Any time you work with gas, its important to stay safe and be aware of the safety guidelines. A plumber knows how to properly install a gas line, and will carefully check all connections for safety. Many do-it-yourselfers simply aren’t aware of the dangers – to protect your family, check everything before use. Natural gas does have a distinct odor for a reason; if you smell it, get out and seek safety, and call for help.

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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

As a plumber, we do more than install water heaters and clear your drains. We can also repair or replace water or sewer lines that are damaged, cracked or broken. Our sewer line replacement service includes:

  • Replacing damaged or collapsed pipes that have shifted do to frozen ground, shifting and settling, or root infestation
  • Restoring pipes that are blocked by food or grease buildup
  • Repairing pipes that have deteriorated because or corrosion
  • Refurbishing old existing pipes that are constructed of substandard materials, and may not meet current guidelines and codes

While traditional repair methods bring on thoughts of countless days of digging and destruction, with trenchless repair methods, a sewer line replacement can actually occur fairly quickly and without a lot of disturbance.

Sewer Line Replacement

Using hydraulic machines, we can pull full sized replacement pipe through existing pipe lines. The newest pipe materials are stronger, are highly resistant to leaks and root intrusion, and have a long life expectancy.

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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

For a commercial plumbing service, no job is too large or too small. Their goal is to keep your business operational at all times, and give your business a good impression for those that matter most – your customers.

Commercial Plumbing Service

1. Commercial plumbing is different than residential plumbing. When you have a problem in your home, you simply turn off the water and wait for the plumbing service to arrive. That’s hard to do when your retail or commercial location is open for business. It’s hard to make customers and employees wait to use the restrooms, or avoid an area because of a broken pipe. While emergencies can and do happen, the right commercial plumbing service will ensure you have access to installation, replacement, repair and maintenance whenever you need it.

2. A commercial plumbing service can also make suggestions along the way. If you are starting up a new construction project, your commercial plumber can work with your contractor to design and build a cost effective plumbing system, including some of the latest green technology. For existing buildings, your plumber can advise you on plumbing upgrades that can help you lower your operating costs, and become more efficient in both energy and water usage.

3. Your commercial plumbing service can also offer inspections and preventive maintenance. Using visual inspection and state of the art detection methods such as video, your plumber will be able to catch potential problems before they turn into full-blown problems, and require major repair. By scheduling regular maintenance, you’ll be able to keep your existing system in top condition for as long as possible.

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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

8. Keep your kitchen sink in top shape by watching what you put down the drain. Throw high concentrations of food items into the trash. Never pour grease or oil down the drain, as it tends to solidify and block your pipes. And flush your pipes with hot water periodically, especially after you’ve sent quite a bit down the drain.

7. Use green approaches to drain cleaning whenever possible. Green approaches to drain cleaning not only are safer for the environment, but can be safer for your plumbing system too.

DIY Plumbing Tips

6. Fix faucet leaks quickly. Did you know one leaky faucet could quickly waste thousands of gallons of water? While its sometimes easy to overlook the occasional drip in your bathroom sink, fixing it quickly can prevent further problems down the road.

5. Routine water heater maintenance. Just like anything that is used all the time, your water heater needs the occasional maintenance. Sediment can build up in the bottom of your tank, reducing the amount of hot water ready and waiting for you to use.

4. Watch for small leaks. Small leaks can quickly turn into big problems. Remember a small leak is an indication of the start of a setback. It’s giving you an indication to fix it now, or face more serious, costly issues in the near future.

3. Replacing isn’t just for old, worn out fixtures. With many of the programs featured by your local water or energy company, you can replace some of your most used fixtures for very low cost, and end up saving in the long run on your energy bills. Make sure you take advantage of these programs while you can – like the current Denver Water Rebate program for 2010.

2. The lowest cost item isn’t always the best. It’s easy to find a sale at your local hardware store that’s too good to pass up. Yet spend a little bit of time researching the product before you invest in new fixtures. Because you use these items daily, you’ll sometimes get more for your money by investing a little more the first time.

1. The problem with most DIY plumbing projects is seeing them to completion. If you have a new toilet sitting in a box in your garage, or a new faucet that you just can’t get into place, calling your local plumber in to finish the job will allow you to enjoy your new items sooner.

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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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