What will your New Year bring in this year? Will you be purchasing a new home?
While the thought of a new home leaves you excited with anticipation, it can also bring in overwhelm. There is so much to do to get ready for the big day – there almost always is something you leave out.
While most homeowners are already aware of the need for a general home inspection, many are not aware of the benefits of a video line inspection before finalizing the purchase of a home. Read more
Here in Colorado, worrying about our water supply is something we do. We can go months without rain or snow, leaving us wondering what will happen to our landscape next summer.
Water is something we can’t do without. Yet even though it is something we use and consume all the time, its also one of the biggest things we take for granted. Its there and we use it – why worry about it?
While we typically have water readily available, there are 10 important facts that will make you more informed about the importance of water.
1. 70% of the human body is made up of water.
2. Not all water on Earth is drinkable. Even though 70% of the earth consists of water, less than one percent is available for drinking simply due to its safety for human consumption. The rest of the water is either frozen, in the soil or located underground, making it inaccessible.
3. A large majority of the food we consume is filled with water. This fluid adds up to help you reach the recommended amount of fluid intake on a daily basis.
4. Water is recycled over and over again. The water that you drink, use to shower or wash dishes with was on Earth millions years ago. Read more
We all know the frustration of slow hot water. We stand at the sink to wash our hands, and we finish the task just as the water begins to warm. Or maybe it’s the shower that gets to you. You’re ready to jump in, but you either have to wait out the cold water in the shower or in the cold air outside the shower. What is it that causes the delay between request and receipt? What is it that makes the hot water take so long?
Water in the pipes - The first element in delayed hot water is actually the water currently in the pipes. If you have a hot water tank, it keeps a reservoir of hot water ready and waiting. But before you can access this hot water, the system needs to flush the water that has been sitting in the pipes not being heated.
Length of pipes - The length of your pipes between the water heater tank and the faucet you are using will also play a role in the amount of time needed to get hot water. The longer the pipes, the longer it will take for the hot water to travel to your location.
Size of pipes - The wider the pipes, the longer it will take for hot water to get to you. Wider pipes require greater volume per inch lengthwise of piping, thus slower delivery.
Type of pipes - The type of pipes used also affects hot water timing. Galvanized pipes are thicker than copper pipes. As a result there is more metal that can leech heat from the water traveling through.
Weather - Believe it or not, the weather can affect how quickly you get hot water to your faucet. The ambient temperature of the air around your pipes affects the temperature of the pipes themselves. On cold days, it takes longer for the water to heat the pipes, and keep enough heat to feel warm to you.
The weather all across our nation is wild and unpredictable. And here in Colorado as we face another month with very little moisture, the talk is turning once again to living with drought conditions.
There are various ways to conserve water, including taking shorter showers, avoiding watering your lawn or washing your car, and installing energy efficient showerheads and toilets in your home. One area that many people overlook is how much water is wasted waiting for hot water.
If you think about all of the water that simply goes down the drain because of its cold temperature, you will find yourself rethinking your next shower.
One of the easiest ways on conserving water – and one that can actually provide you with a convenience as well – is installing a warm water circulating system. One of the most affordable solutions you can add to your home, this system uses a small pump and valve under your sink where instant hot water is accessible any time you desire it. It only operates when the temperature of the water in the pipes reaches below 95 degrees, and turns off when the temperature reaches above that limit. Read more
Slab leaks are one of the most unpleasant things to happen to a home simply because of the extent of the damage that they can cause.
The problem with slab leaks is that they are rarely detected early enough to prevent them from becoming a major problem. This is the type of leak that gradually occurs – it does not present itself until the damage is severe.
If you notice any signs of leaks, it is important to seek professional help right away or you run the risk of the following damages occurring to your home:
Damage to the foundation – This is one of the largest nightmares of any homeowner. When the foundation is damaged, the entire structure of the home could be at risk. If the leak is bad enough, the foundation can crack, putting your entire home at risk.
Damage to floors – When there is an abundance of water on your slab, it eventually has to go somewhere. The logical place is the floors in your home. You will begin to see signs of buckling, bubbling or large water stains on your wood floor, laminate or even carpeting. Read more
Looking for a way to save money in the New Year?
Today, the trend is for homeowners to find ways to make their home friendly to the environment. One very effective way to do this is with eco-friendly plumbing. When you have “green” plumbing installed in your home, you have the benefit of not only doing your part to save the planet, but you might also be able to save yourself a large amount of money at the same time.
When you think of your plumbing, almost any fixture can be altered to become more eco-friendly. There are various green toilets that can be installed in your home. The main benefit behind these new units is their ability to use less water than the standard toilet. You have two choices when it comes to installing a new toilet. Dual flush units allow you to choose a short flush or a long flush – which uses only the amount of water actually needed. You can also choose toilets that flush more efficiently, only using 2 gallons per flush. Read more
“I’ve been hearing a lot about reverse osmosis. What exactly is it and should I consider putting one in my home to make my water safer for my family?”
Its hard not to get caught up in the media stories that talk about our water supplies being threatened. We use water for virtually everything in our homes. From showering and brushing our teeth first thing in the morning, to cooking and cleaning throughout the day, water is the basic commodity in use all day through.
Yet living right here in Colorado gives us access to to a clean water source we take for granted. But is it clean enough?
A reverse osmosis system removes up to 98 percent of all sodium in the water supply, as well as nitrates, lead, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, and many more impurities. A typical reverse osmosis system goes through a four or five stage process that filters and removes the harsh chemicals, delivering your final drinking water from a faucet attached to your kitchen sink. Read more
The holidays mean spending time with family, decorating the tree, and many happy meals with friends sharing great food.
And while many of your days are spent relaxing with family and friends, just as many days are spent running from place to place, trying to fill those last minute holiday gift lists. And while there is always a few people on your list that make your gift giving selections easy, there are always an equal amount of people on the list that leave you wondering what store to hit next. What store will give you great gift ideas that won’t break the bank.
Here are a few ideas that can help you out for the handyman in your life.
Flashlights – they aren’t as simple as you think. Every home has a drawer or box filled with different types of flashlights. Yet for the plumber in your life, a simple flashlight may not be the perfect tool for the job. Hit your local hardware store and you’ll find a variety of different lighting options, some with tripods and stands, some with multi light features that make lighting dark corners easy to do. Read more