When water comes into your home, you expect it to be clean. But what about when it leaves your home? Have you ever thought about the road it takes from there?
Water needs to go somewhere after it is used through the various fixtures within your home. Generally, two types of water are created through normal use in a home – grey water and black water.
Black water is the wastewater that comes from using the toilet or garbage disposal. Grey water, on the other hand, is the water that comes from using the washing machine, showers and sinks. The trend today is to find ways to recycle water and reuse it for other purposes. Denver has taken to the practice of recycling grey water to use in irrigation of landscaping.
Benefits of Recycling Grey Water
The most obvious benefit of recycling grey water is the reduced use of natural resources. When black water is recycled, it requires a large amount of resources to be used in order to filter the water. Nitrogen is most visibly present in black water and is one of the most harmful components of recycled water. This makes the recycling process very difficult and time consuming, using up a large number of resources. Denver has leaned towards recycling grey water because of its ease of transformation. Read more
Lead has surrounded Americans for many years. Recent studies have shown the potential dangers of lead, making homeowners more aware of the dangers and how to take the necessary precautions.
While many people think of paint when it comes to dangers within the home, they might not think about plumbing. Yet lead was a common element used in the plumbing and pipes in homes of yesterday.
The Environmental Protection Agency has determined the danger of lead in the pipes and the agency encourages homeowners to remove any lead that is present in their home.
Exposure to Lead
Lead is not normally found in municipal water, which makes it necessary to test the water lines in the home to see if lead is coming from the pipes. If the pipe material has begun to deteriorate, it can leak lead into your drinking water. This is typically only an issue for homes that were built in the 1950’s, but it does not hurt for any home to have their water lines tested if they suspect lead exposure. Read more
A pipe freezes and breaks right by your water main. It floods your yard as thousands of gallons of water escape in a relatively short period of time. Because of age, it sets off a trigger that breaks other pipes and valves, and enters your home and floods your basement. You sustain thousands of dollars of damage.
Who’s fault is it? Will Denver Water (or your neighborhood water company if you’re out in the suburbs) cover the cost of fixing and replacing? Will your homeowners insurance cover it all? Or will you be stuck with a very large bill?
In many cases, all of the above may be true. Read more
If the water bill surprises you every time you receive one, it might be a good idea to learn how to read your water meter. This will enable you to have a better idea of the amount of water you consume on a monthly basis. It will also allow you to be on alert when the meter readings are higher than normal. If your bill is higher than normal, this often means that you have a water leak that needs to be repaired to eliminate the waste of water.
Getting to the Meter
Reading the actual meter is easy; it is the process of getting to the water meter that is usually the difficult part. You must start by finding your outdoor meter. They are typically located in the front yard in a pit that looks like a round metal plate. A majority of pits are locked with a bolt, which means that you will need a pair of channel-lock pliers to remove the nut. This should enable you to remove the lid and see the meter. If you see a frost lid over the meter, you can remove the frost lid as well. Read more
Want to know what what one of the biggest increases is on the Friday after Thanksgiving? No, not sales at your favorite stores. Its calls to your local plumber.
The numbers show that calls to plumbers increase almost 50% the day after Thanksgiving.
There are various reasons for this, including an increased amount of water usage, dumping of dangerous waste down the disposal, and already clogged drains that decide to fully clog at the most inopportune times.
Increased Water Usage
If you have a house full of guests, chances are there is increased water usage. The toilet flushes more, the washing machine gets used more, and the shower and even kitchen sink are used more frequently. If your plumbing is not used to this kind of activity, it could put a strain on the household plumbing, causing something to break down. If you have a house full of guests, try to time showers or other excessive water usage into 10-minute increments, in case there are problems with your drains. This gives your drain ample time to recoup before the next shower. Read more
Owning a home comes with many responsibilities, including replacing various items in your home from time to time. The plumbing pipes in your home are no exception to this rule. Pipes do not last forever and without proper replacement, could result in leaks or even severe floods in your home.
The older your home, the greater your chance of needing replacement. Learn the signs to look for in your existing pipes, and learn how to prevent disaster down the road.
How Often to Change Pipes
First, you will have to determine the type of pipes that are in your home. If you are unsure and do not have a home inspection report to consult, you will have to call a plumber. Most plumbers will perform a complimentary inspection of your pipes to tell you the type, as well as the current condition of the pipes you have. There are standard guidelines for the various different types of pipes; however, this does not mean that your pipes adhere to these guidelines. The status of your pipes is dependent on the level of maintenance and care that they receive. Well-cared for pipes last longer than the manufacturer typically states and those that are not cared for prematurely fail. Read more
You drink it. You cook with it. You use it every day.
Yet when was the last time you thought about its safety, or whether it was good or bad for you?
We’ve all heard the advice “don’t drink the water” when we head off to third world countries. But here in Colorado, its not something that crosses our minds. Is there a reason we should care? Should we test the water we use every day?
There are various ways to have your water tested, including through the department of health, state laboratories or private sectors that offer testing. Before you obtain the services of a private sector, take the time to ensure that they are certified by the department of health to ensure their legitimacy and accuracy in testing.
Reasons for Testing
Not everyone needs to have testing completed, but if you have any of the following issues or concerns, then it is best to have your water analyzed. Read more
Here in Colorado, it’s 70 degrees today. Yet by tomorrow, we could just as easily have snow and well below freezing temperatures. With that much variance in the temperatures, how are you supposed to protect your property?
Understanding how to freeze-protect your building is one of the best ways to keep your building safe during the winter. It is crucial for occupied and non-occupied buildings to take the appropriate steps to winterize the building in order to protect it from unnecessary and inconvenient damage, but it is most essential for non-occupied, non-monitored buildings.
In order to leave a building unoccupied, there are various steps that need to be taken in order to protect it throughout the harsh, winter months. Read more
You may have seen them on your last trip to the store or a stay in a hotel. In fact, people are increasingly putting these in both commercially and residentially as a great way to conserve water.
I’m talking about dual flush toilets of course.
Sometimes some of the easiest changes around your home can have the greatest impact on the environment, not to mention they can also help to reduce your utility bills. And installing dual flush toilets in one or more bathrooms in your home takes little time, is low cost, and has the potential for large savings down the road.
What is a Dual Flush Toilet?
A dual flush toilet looks similar to the toilet you already have in your home; the difference is that it will have two buttons for flushing. Each button is meant for different types of flushing. The half-flush button can flush down liquid waste while the full-flush button is needed for solid waste. This type of toilet costs almost the same as the standard toilet to install, but will actually save you money in the future simply by saving water. Read more
Your in the bathroom and want to dispose of something. Trash or toilet? In many cases the toilet seems like a good choice, especially if you don’t want your children or pets finding and ingesting something without your knowledge. However, that isn’t always the best choice.
In the past, it was a common assumption to dispose of items such as chemicals, medications and cosmetics by flushing them away. Today, experts say that flushing various items down the toilet is harmful to the environment and it should be avoided.
Why it is Bad to Flush Household Items
The items that you flush down the toilet end up in the water supply. Because there are various things that depend on that water supply, what you flush can have a large impact on the status of the water supply. Water treatment plants do not have procedures to separate harmful chemicals from the water, which means that wildlife, especially aquatic wildlife, and even people are at risk.
How to Dispose of Household Items
The most common items that are flushed down the toilet include chemicals, medications and cosmetics. Knowing the proper way to dispose of these items can help you protect the water supply to your neighborhood. Read more