“You’ve got mold,” is the last thing you want to hear from a professional. Unfortunately, bathroom mold problems are serious in many homes. Mold can lead to various health problems, including sinus infections, dizzy spells and asthma. Left untreated, mold will quickly spread, requiring rooms to be gutted down to the studs and rebuilt. There are signs of mold you can watch for so you can get the mold treated quickly.
While we don’t live in an area of high humidity here in Colorado, the bathroom is always a place where high humidity looms. If you notice the smell of mildew in your bathroom, you could have mold growing. Even if you do not see the mold, it could be hiding behind the walls. Do you notice a soft spot, or the structure of your shower walls changing? All could be the sign of a slow leak in a water pipe. Problems with a leaky or overflowing toilet? Another sign you could have mold potential underneath the floor or wallboards. Read more
Knowing when to replace your water heater is a somewhat difficult task. There are usually little to no signs that a water heater is at the end of its days, and while there are guidelines as to the life of a water heater, it’s always variable and dependent on use and care.
If the tank breaks and you walk into a puddle of water, you know your water heater needs replacement. But what if the signs aren’t so obvious? While there may be small signs that your water heater is wearing out and replacement is needed, they may be hidden or may never change or affect the performance of your water heater.
If you notice a small leak or the water isn’t heating up to its normal temperature, it may be able to be repaired without replacement. Your local plumber can quickly assess the situation and give you your options. Read more
If you haven’t set up an outdoor room yet, now is the time to get started! The fall is a beautiful time of year in most areas, and having a comfortable space to enjoy it will encourage your entire family to spend time outside. The fresh air, crisp fall weather, and lovely colors of changing leaves can do wonders for the spirits as well as overall well-being. Set up your outdoor room and enjoy more time in the changing beauty of autumn!
Central Focus of your Outdoor Room
To begin, it helps to have a central focus for your outdoor room. Patio fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, or other attractive heat sources are an excellent choice. If you are serious about your outdoor room, you can hire a plumber to run a gas line outside for your exterior fireplace. By spending a little extra cash on the professional, you can eliminate the need to gather firewood or other types of portable fuel each season.
There is nothing quite as annoying as having home plumbing problems. It does not matter if it is a sink that refuses to drain or a toilet that refuses to flush; plumbing problems are a huge headache. Many people have mistaken beliefs about the simplicity of plumbing. The truth is if you do not know what you are doing, you are better off hiring a professional to do the job right the first time.
Many of the things you probably do every day may not be the best for your home.
Running Water Makes Waste Head Down The Drain
If you’ve already filled up the drain with waste, water not be the answer to keeping a drain pipe from clogging. While water can easily carry small amounts of waste, the waste needs to be within the water, not in front of it. It the clog already is in place, a small flow of water will never be able to get through the blockage. Read more
Everybody likes to make their house their own. From decorating to even building and customizing as much as possible, adding your own touch into your investment is what makes a house a home.
While its fun to create an entirely different look in a room, the work itself isn’t always what you expected. A simple coat of paint can turn into a nightmare if the paint won’t cover the old. And adding new fixtures can be time consuming if you don’t have the right pieces or tools for the job. And even Murphy’s Law – if something can go wrong, it will – will sneak in occasionally.
While you may turn to a handyman for odd jobs around the house – painting a room, or fixing a bookcase – don’t forget about your plumber. Your plumber can be a great resource for fixing up the guest bathroom, adding new kitchen fixtures, or even checking out the never-ending leaks around the house.
A plumber is usually called for large projects such as installing toilets and bathroom fixtures, or in disasters that you cannot control, such as a leaky water heater. However, plumbers also can be the perfect resource to call in minor situations as well.
For instance, if you have a sink that is dripping, not only can the drip be annoying, it’s also costing you money as the water flows down the drain. Plumbers have the right tools for your fixtures, and can instantly have the required parts ready to replace and repair. Even if you’ve purchased a new fixture, and just haven’t found the time for replacing it, a plumber can step in and have the job done in no time.
If you are currently finishing up a new house or remodeling project, have a plumber come in and do things like installing faucets, showerheads, toilets, and other items. Hiring a plumber is affordable and simple, and he or she can come in and usually do these jobs in a day or two.
A plumber also makes a great resource. If you don’t want the same fixtures you find at the big box stores, call you plumber in as a consultant. They have many resources for fixtures, and would be happy to find just the item you are looking for. And because their service isn’t based on selling you particular products, they can also help you find the best deals on specific items, whether locally or online.
A sewer line inspection sounds like the most boring aspect of buying a new home. However it could possibly be one of the most important things you do prior to closing the deal. The reality is that the sewer is a detrimental part of your home, without a functioning sewer line your new house can suddenly become unlivable. Make sure you know what you are getting into before finalizing the paper work.
What You Can’t See Can Hurt Your Home
Sewer line inspection should be done prior to the actual home purchase. This could come into play as a significant bargaining tool, or may reveal problems you are not prepared to deal with that could change your mind about the home. What makes the sewer line so problematic is the fact that when a problem exists, you can rarely see it. Decades can cause roots and damage to pipes that worsen over time. In a few days, weeks or months you could be facing a backed up sewer in your dream home.
Fixing Sewer Lines is Expensive
The cost of repairing sewer problems can vary significantly. If you do not perform a sewer line inspection prior to buying the home, you will wind up taking on the responsibility of that bill. Some problems require a basic snaking, which will run about $100 to $200. Serious issues, such as crushed pipes, can go well into the thousands, even up to $10,000 or more depending on whether street or sidewalk needs to be destroyed in the process. Your home could end up costing you a lot more after the fact if you do not have a sewer line inspection performed.
Peace of Mind is Important
After dealing with the stress that can come with finding a new home and moving into it, the last thing you want is to worry about what problems might be lurking where you cannot see. The older your home is, the more important a sewer line inspection becomes. Buy your new home with confidence and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with thoroughly reviewing the home and all potential issues that may come with it!
Whether you have a leaky faucet that needs replacing, or you’re looking at updating one of your bathrooms, choosing new bathroom plumbing fixtures can be an overwhelming experience. Head to your local hardware store and you’re likely to find hundreds of different fixtures on display. Head online and you’ll quickly find access to thousands of styles at varying prices. What should you do?
1. Review your needs. If its been awhile since you’ve updated your fixtures, start by thinking about your likes and dislikes with your current design.
2. Plan for the future. Many companies are developing aging in place products, or universal design products, to allow ease and safety as we grow older. Instead of using difficult knobs, single handled designs may be easier to turn on and off. Or showerheads may be flexible and adjustable, using hand held extensions for ease of use.
3. Look at colors and finishes. With so many styles and options available today, matching any color and décor is easy to do. You can also stretch into antique finish, and even find custom designed fixtures for a truly unique look.
4. Look at your options. Just because you’ve always had a certain type of faucet or showerhead in the past doesn’t mean that’s the best choice. Ask for suggestions, and find out what makes each style unique. Can something give you more flexibility for the way you live? Be willing to give new things a try.
5. Don’t forget your best resource is an expert. You don’t have to use an interior decorator for modest changes to your bathroom. Instead, rely on your plumber to make suggestions. They have resources available to give you a wide variety of options at the best price possible.
Want a simple way to go green? Start by looking at what’s really in your drain cleaner.
When you experience a clog in your bathroom or kitchen sink, it’s easy to reach into the cabinet for a trusted bottle of drain cleaner. Or head to the store and select one from many on the shelves. Because we’ve been using them for years, we tend not to think beyond selecting our favorite brand. All of the major brands market them for their effectiveness, yet most don’t think about the dangers of the products. To truly go green, you have to reach beyond the warnings, and look for things that are safe from beginning to end. If they are effective at removing the clog, yet can severely affect our water supply, is it truly worth using this product over and over again? Or is there a better way? Here are some things you may not know about drain cleaners.
Sodium hydroxide is the main chemical found in drain cleaners. Although sodium hydroxide does the job well, it has a number of problems as well. It is corrosive and can lead to extensive damage within drains and pipes. And even more deadly is the effect it can have on the surrounding environment, people included.
The most obvious danger comes from swallowing drain cleaners. It can burn one’s throat, poison a body, and possibly be fatal. Even the fumes from the simple act of pouring drain cleaner can harm the respiratory system and lead to poisoning. These fumes can also escape into the atmosphere and can help slowly infect surrounding oxygen in a house and even build up enough to impact our outdoor pollution levels as well.
Contact to the eyes and skin can cause burns and can lead to blindness. While grown men and women should be well aware of these dangers, without simple precautions in place, they can easily spill or even take in the fumes as they are working with it. Worse, drain cleaners left unattended under a cabinet, or in a basement or garage can lead to poisoning or even death to a young child or pet that comes across the bottle and is unaware of the dangers.
If you’ve begun limiting the number of poisons and chemicals you bring into your home, continue by looking for green drain cleaning options. Simple approaches such as baking soda can remove simple clogs, while a plumbers snake may be needed for more stubborn problems. Pressurized gas and pressurized air have also been found to work the same way, and both also do not have the adverse affects found in drain cleaners.
For even more tips, check with your local green plumber, and find a solution that works best for you.
When you have a plumbing emergency, the only thing that crosses your mind is to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. When a water heater bursts, the only thought is to get the water cleaned up to avoid more problems, and to restore the ability to use hot water within your home.
But even then, you may also think about how repairs or new fixtures are going to impact you in the future. It’s obvious you need a new water heater; what are your options and what’s the best choice for you?
And in an age where we know it’s more important than ever to go green, and be conscious of water conservation techniques, how can you find a greener plumber? How can you distinguish a greener plumber from the rest?
The best way is to start with qualifications. Do they just say they’re green, or have they made a conscious effort to become a greener plumber? Only one organization is certifying plumbers in green technology, GreenPlumbers. Through the certification process, a plumber spends hours learning the latest technology, how to reduce water and energy dependency, and how to work with products that meet green standards.
A greener plumber isn’t there to push one product. They are there to give you alternatives, and show you the energy savings with the different product lines. Their goal is to educate, and help you make the best choices for you.
And while they can tell you the differences between standard tank water heaters and hybrid water heaters, they are also doing more behind the scenes as well. They recycle used parts and old materials whenever they can. They are just as conscious about conservation within their own businesses as they promote to you. Ask a question, and you’ll get a green response.
[Quality 1st Plumbing is the premier plumbing service in Colorado to be certified by GreenPlumbers, and is recognized as a leader in helping you select green plumbing choices that fit your lifestyle.]