Oh, the Colorado weather. One day it can be 65 and gorgeous; the next it can be 11 snowy and cold. You never know what you’re going to get. And as the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather, stick around a minute and it will change.
Because of the constant up and down temperatures, it puts more than your body temperature at risk; it also means your home is at risk. Do you have pipes on outside walls? Even if you’ve lived in your home for years, they are at constant risk of freezing.
A frozen pipe could not only cause your house to flood, but it could also cause your pipes to physically burst, leaving you with a mess and quite a plumbing nightmare to address.
Treating Frozen Pipes
The most effective way to treat frozen pipes is to wrap a heavy towel or burlap around the affected pipe, place a bucket underneath the area and pour hot water over the towel. The towel will keep the heat in the pipe, encouraging it to thaw. Remember that the hotter the water, the more effective your efforts will be. Read more
Its January in Denver – where’s the snow? Its hard not to notice how little snow we’ve had this season. And while Denver is down in total snow count, it’s the mountains we need to be most concerned with. Lack of snow means drought conditions this coming summer. Higher fire danger, water restrictions – we may be in for a wild summer once again.
While we can’t control the weather or the amount of snow we get, we can control the overall amount of water we use. Take a look at these tips and make sure you are doing everything you can to be water smart.
1. Never pour water down the drain if you can use it for another purpose. Empty your water bottle into your indoor plants or save it in your watering can.
2. Check for leaks throughout your home. Even the smallest of leaks can add up to thousands of gallons of wasted water per year.
3. Repair dripping faucets immediately. One drop per second can add up to 2,700 gallons of water per year.
4. Replace all fixtures with low flow or water saving features. In some cases you can even receive a rebate for installing.
5. Take shorter showers. Read more
You wake up early in the morning and head downstairs for your first cup of coffee. Yet as you step into your kitchen, it isn’t the coffee that grabs your attention; it’s the cold water surrounding your feet.
Quickly you turn on the light and begin looking around. Water is flowing freely out from underneath your sink.
Now what? If you think “call a plumber”, think again.
While calling the plumber should be top priority, it isn’t the first. When a pipe bursts from freezing temperatures, every two minutes it will leak approximately 30 gallons of water on to your floor. And the more water leaks into your home, the more damage it will cause.
Your first priority is finding the water main and shut it off to prevent further damage to your property. Read more
In many parts of the world, the bidet toilet is often found in a household bathroom. In the USA, they have not quite caught on yet. Yet is our way the best way? Or is there something the rest of the world sees that we haven’t quite figured out yet?
What Does it Do?
The main difference between a bidet and a regular toilet is the presence of a faucet in the middle of the bidet toilet. The faucet is meant to clean a person’s body after they are finished going to the bathroom by providing a fresh stream of water to wash the necessary areas and leave the person feeling clean and fresh. In some countries, people still wipe up after using this toilet, but many just go on with their business. Read more
Indoor plumbing is a wonderful thing, but when it doesn’t work it can be a major hassle. We tend to assume the toilet will just work, but if children drop toys in, or the wrong materials are flushed; the toilet may decide to clog up on you. If your toilet has taken a clog break, here are a few steps you can take to get it back to work.
1. Plunge away – The first solution you should try when facing a clogged toilet is the good old plunger. For most minor clogs, a few forceful plunges (forceful not fast) will clear things right up.
2. Soap and hot water – If the plunger by itself doesn’t work, you may need to take things to the next level. Heat some water to just below boiling. Pour a little bit of dish soap into the toilet and follow it up with the hot water. Give it a few minutes, then try the trusty plunger again. Hopefully, this was all your toilet needed to give it a fresh, clean start. Read more
When you need plumbing repairs performed in your home, it can seem overwhelming to consider all of the choices. Simply opening the phone book or performing a Google search turns up hundreds of plumbers in your area. How do you know which one is the right one to hire? You should start by finding a master plumber for a variety of reasons.
Master Plumber Defined
Master plumbers go through an extensive amount of education in order to receive their high honors. Once a person has obtained an associate’s degree or attended a vocational school, he or she then becomes an apprentice, which involves on-the-job training, as well as classroom education. Once this is complete, he or she then becomes a journeyman, working directly with a licensed plumber for the next 4 to 5 years. All of these steps are necessary before one is able to take the exam to become a licensed master plumber.
In order to pass the state test, the individual must understand federal plumbing codes, as well as the regulations that are in place in the state. Each state varies in the requirements that they have set, but in general, the above steps are required to become eligible to take the test in the first place. Once an individual passes the test, he or she is eligible for certification.
Benefits of Hiring
The difference between a master plumber and plumber that has just had general training is immense. If your plumbing problems are extensive in the least, it is beneficial to hire a master plumber that will understand the problems you are facing and will know the right solution the first time. It could save you a great deal of headaches and money in the long run, simply by looking for a more experienced plumber.
When you are experiencing problems with your hot water heater, it can seem like an overwhelming process to determine what is wrong. The professionals recommend a basic process of elimination to determine the cause and to create a solution for the problems.
Water heaters are fairly simple in nature: they heat water. When it comes to problems, you can usually categorize them into a few things. Your water heater may have little to no hot water, the water may have a funny smell or taste, or it may be leaking. If you suffer from any of these problems, it is important to start with a few precautions in order to stay safe. You should shut off any electricity or gas before touching the heater. In addition, you should shut the water off to prevent any disasters. Read more
Thieves today are coming up with creative ways to make more money, including stealing backflow devices right from the property of commercial businesses. While this might seem like an odd item to steal, the metal can be turned in for cash, giving thieves reasons to try to steal them. In order to prevent your device from being stolen, there are a few important precautions you can take.
The first step you should take is to surround your device in a cage. When the right cage is chosen, it will make it more difficult for thieves to even attempt to get at your backflow device. Sometimes simply using a cage is not enough; however, you should ensure that it is permanently mounted to a secure structure, such as the cement. To take it a step further you could also paint the cage to blend in with its surroundings. Last, but not least, you should lock the cage with a lock that is tamper resistant to make it nearly impossible for thieves to get it open. Read more
A a homeowner, we place a call to a plumber in two situations: an emergency or for maintenance work. In both situations, we have specific goals in mind. Yet our goals may not meet the goals of the plumber we call and hire. Our goal is to stop a problem as fast as possible. The plumbers goal is to find the root of the problem and fix it.
In order to make it effective and successful, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that everyone is ready for your appointment. Before you even call a plumber, you should try to schedule your appointment for when the problem is most likely to occur in front of the plumber. You should also have any identifying information ready, including the make, model number, purchase date and any other pertinent information about your appliance or plumbing fixtures.
Making the Call
When you do call for plumbing service, there are a few things to remember to make your call the most productive: Read more