When you run the water in your kitchen sink, it can be quite discouraging to notice that the water is not draining. You naturally expect that your plumbing will stay clog-free and drain without fail each and every time you use it.
If you have a clogged drain, there are various ways you can attempt to fix the problem. You can try a plunger or a drain snake to physically break through the clog. If these do not work, your next step is to try a drain cleaner.
Drain cleaners come in liquid, gel and powder forms. Oxidizing cleaners are composed of chemicals that work to oxidize the clogs. These cleaners weigh more than water, so they can slide right down to the source of the clog, releasing gas and heat to attempt to dissolve the clog. Caustic cleaners work to dissolve clogs by causing a chemical reaction. These cleaners are also heavier than water, so they, too, can reach the clog with ease. Read more
More people are installing low flow toilets as a way to live life a little bit greener. Low flow toilets use less water than standard toilets. Less water not only saves on your monthly water bill but it is also better for the environment.
However, low flow toilets are not without their problems. Many people have experienced problems with flushing. Even city septic systems have felt the effects of low flow toilets because the reduced amount of water does not provide enough “oomph” to flush the waste away.
If you have experienced a problem with flushing, you can always flush again. However, this kind of defeats the purpose of low flow toilets because you are not saving money if you have to flush twice every time. Read more
If you have done any type of home repair, you probably have at least a basic familiarity with the strange cylindrical tubes that dominate one aisle at every home improvement store. This strange substance (with it’s even stranger delivery system) comes in a wide variety of types and colors with an even wider list of uses.
Caulk is one of those strange words that can function as both a noun and a verb. You buy caulk at the store when you need to caulk something. Makes sense right? While caulk the noun refers to the putty like substance emitted from those strange narrow tubes, the verb refers to the action of sealing a gap using caulk. With such a broad definition, you can imagine that the uses of caulk are limited only by your creativity.
The most basic uses of caulk involve sealing gaps within a building. These gaps could be the gap between the wall and the edge of your shower or the gap between your window and the wall. This sealing action is useful along the edges of counters to provide a watertight barrier or along molding to provide a smooth finish. Caulk can also come in handy for patching up minor holes or dents, or as a seal on larger patch up jobs. Read more
Have you survived the drenching rains this past week here across the Denver Metro area? While its great to get the occasional rain shower, adding several inches of rain this past week to already saturated soil is starting to be concerning to many neighborhoods.
It seems once a year the monsoons set in, and the rain comes down. While its not the norm, it is something we have to prepare for. The last thing you want is a wet basement, even if it is once per year.
Have you thought about a sump pump? Or if you have a sump pump, is it working? Read more
Thinking of going green in your bathroom? Here in Colorado when we think green, we think first of the water supply. Your first thought may be to install a low flow toilet, which is a great start. But what about the resources involved in producing toilet paper, and even the updated flushable wipes?
In many other countries, the use of a bidet is the common choice. In fact, some places find the mere thought of toilet paper dirty and unsanitary. In the US, bidets are not common fixtures – however, environmental concerns could have more people using bidets instead of toilet paper.
There are several environmental reasons to use a bidet. Read more
You are probably familiar with the term “hard water.” You may even be familiar with the potential problems it can cause, or the signs you should watch for that indicate hard water. But, at the end of the day, do you really know what hard water is?
Water’s hardness (or softness) is determined by the presence and concentration of two salts within a water supply. Water is considered hard when there is an excessive concentration of calcium and magnesium salts. The higher the calcium and magnesium levels, the harder the water.
To help turn this ambiguous definition into more concrete usable information, water analysts have developed a table for measuring and comparing water hardness. For this table, amounts of calcium and magnesium are measured in “grains per gallon” (gpg). Naturally, the higher the gpg the harder the water. Read more
Imagine having to take a bucket down to the creek for water, bringing it back and heating it over an open fire.
Living like our forefathers isn’t something we think much about. Modern conveniences are everywhere, and more than likely you think little about them. Until something goes wrong.
Your water heater is an important part of your home and daily life. You use hot water for a variety of things, including bathing, laundry and cooking. A water heater makes it possible for you to have hot water instantly whenever you choose. But when you turn on the faucet, and only cold water comes out, you begin thinking about how much you use it. And how you’re going to fix it as quickly as possible. Read more