Most of us here in Colorado don’t think about the water we drink. We turn on the tap to do just about everything: get a glass of water, fill up a pitcher for tea, add it to our recipes, and brush our teeth with it.

Then something happens. A scare. A flood. And the first thing people talk about is access to clean water.How Is Our Home Drinking Water Made Clean and Healthy

Yes you take it for granted. But how safe is our drinking water right now? Are you putting yourself at risk every time you turn on the faucet? Should you be trusting the powers that be to ensure its safety?

The most important part to survival is hydration. Which is why here in the US, we have made it a priority to have clean, safe drinking water at our disposal whenever we need it. The EPA has the authority to monitor all public water systems, and sets guidelines to make sure it maintains the appropriate levels. So when it reaches your home, it meets the strictest of safety standards.

That doesn’t mean that your water is free from all contaminants, just that the levels in it are acceptable to the requirements in place, and they won’t pose a serious threat to your health.

Accidents happen. If the water is contaminated by something that can cause immediate illness, the supplier has 24 hours to notify its customers of the problem and steps to take to work around it.

Water can be contaminated in many ways. It can be affected by industrial waste, chemical waste from farming and spraying crops, bacteria and parasites from human or animal fecal matter, nitrates that run off from the land, minerals such as lead or mercury from an underground source.

Rules are different for public and private supplies. Right now 1 out of 7 Americans has its main water source from a well. Private wells are not regulated by the EPA, and therefore may have much stronger contaminants than the public supply. Many thing factor into its safety, including:

  • How the well was built
  • Where its located
  • How well its maintained
  • The quality of the underground water source
  • Human activities in your area

In some cases, people will attempt to make their water safer by using a water filter. Four types exist: activated carbon filters, ion exchange units, reverse osmosis units, and a distillation unit. Each promises to remove certain things within the water supply.

But it is important to note that no one system will remove all water contaminants. If you have a concern, have your water tested . Follow any advice given until your water is safe once more.

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When you have a simple plumbing problem, such as a clogged drain, your first plan of action might involve using a chemical drain cleaner.

If that does not work, you may have to call in a plumber for professional help.

Why Your Plumber Doesn’t Use Chemical Drain CleanersOne thing you are bound to notice about your plumber is that he does not use chemical drain cleaners to remove the clog. Have you ever wondered why your plumber does not use these types of cleaners? There are several reason why:

  • Chemical drain cleaners can be quite damaging to your plumbing pipes. Sure, they might dissolve the food and gunk causing the clog, but those same harsh chemicals are eating away at your pipes as they eat away at the clog! This can lead to severe damage that can cost you more money in the long run.
  • Chemical drain cleaners are hazardous to your health and the health of the environment. Those harsh chemicals have to go somewhere when they go down your drain – they do not just dissipate into the air! These chemicals also have harsh fumes that can be damaging to your physical health.
  • Chemical drain cleaners are simply not that effective. They might work on a small, simple clog, but anything tougher is likely to require professional attention. Plumbers know the best way to remove clogs without damaging your pipes.

Your plumber has probably told you to avoid using drain cleaners – and you may think that it is because he wants your money instead. The truth is that your plumber is actually trying to save you money. If your pipes become damaged from chemical drain cleaners, you will be on the hook for a plumbing overhaul, which can be quite costly. You can avoid the hassle and the expense by calling in the pros for your clogged pipes.

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Do you live in an older home? While your home environment is safe under normal conditions, have you ever thought about when the unexpected happens?

What if a pipe breaks and creates expensive damage to your wall boards?

While the homeowner inside of you probably says “fix the pipe and repair the damage”, you would be only partially right.

What It Means To Be A Lead Safe Certified FirmThat’s the starting point. But if you’re older home was built using lead within the building materials, damage can expose the problem.

Meaning only a plumber that is certified through a lead safe certification program will know what to do and fix your home the correct way.

Across the country, contractors and other firms seek lead safe certification either through the EPA or through their state’s associated agencies. To display the label, they must have completed the training. And if you don’t see the label, well, you simply won’t know if they have the qualifications to make sure your home is safe after any repair or renovation.

Being lead safe certified is more than just having basic knowledge about lead. When a firm is lead safe certified, it means they are trained in lead safe practices. This means that not only will all the workers be ensured of their safety pertaining to lead, it also means that customers can rest assured that the final results will be safe, too.

For example, a building contractor that is lead safe certified has provided all of his/her employees with the necessary training required to ensure lead safe work practices. When that contractor is hired to remodel a home for a family, the workers will perform the renovation utilizing only lead safe practices. When the family moves back into the home, they will know that their home meets the requirements for a lead safe home.

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in all parts of our environment. Lead and lead compounds have been used in many ways throughout our homes, from painting to ceramics, to gasoline, batteries and plumbing materials, to cosmetics and more.

While we are all exposed to lead in some ways, extensive lead exposure is what leads to problems, especially in children and at-risk adults, including pregnant women.

To assure your safety, make sure you deal with only lead safe certified firms that have the training and the credentials behind them.

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Have you ever thought about what plumbing really is? Its not the pipes, the drains or the joints. Its not the appliances. Its not the systems, spickets or faucets. When you really look at plumbing, it all comes down to water.

Water Service – What Is Your Homeowner Responsibility?Water comes into your home and makes everything you do feasible. You cook with it. You clean with it. You bathe with it. And then its all flushed out of your home and back into the system.

Plumbing = Water

Without water, plumbing wouldn’t work the way we know it today.

And while we’ve come to depend on water, use it daily in everything we do, and even in some cases take it for granted, try living without it and you’ll quickly discover how important it truly is.

Water can “disappear” from your home for a variety of reasons.

If a pipe cracks or freezes in the winter, you’ll quickly find a flood in the room where the pipe is located, and a need to shut off the water supply as quickly as possible. Any time a flood happens in your home from a crack, leak or break in your plumbing system, it is your responsibility to pay for it. Check with your homeowners insurance before you have a problem to determine if you are fully cover in the event of a problem. Depending on the type of leak or break, you may need special insurance riders to be fully covered in the event of a problem.

In some cases you may have a break in the service line. This is the line that connects your property to the city water supply. Generally, the city will own, fix and repair the service line up until the point it connects with the property tap – the homeowner is responsible from that point forward. Depending on the way your home was built, that property tap may sit inside your home, or be located somewhere outside on your property between the connection and the meter into your home. Many service providers offer policies to protect you in the event of a break – be aware they usually are riders to your policy and will cost extra above and beyond your homeowners insurance. But it can be peace of mind knowing you have a policy is in place, especially if your home is 20, 30 years old or more and you have a variety of large trees and shrubs in your landscaping.

You know the water meter pit located in your yard? Yes, it’s maintained by the city that supplies your water, but the responsibility of it falls on you. Your city water supply will supply the meter, meeter setting and the AMR device, but its owned by you, the property owner. They will maintain it under reasonable conditions. But if it freezes, you damage it with the lawnmower, or you plant landscaping too close to the pit and it damages any of the parts, you will be the one paying for repair. To keep it safe, never plant bushes or other plants within 2 feet of the pit. Never construct walls, fences or mailboxes within 5 feet of the meter.

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“A few days ago I began noticing a small spot on the ceiling in my living room. I ignored it because it was so small. But today I noticed its getting bigger – several inches in diameter in fact. Its not soaking wet – its wet to the touch but its not dripping. Do I have a plumbing problem? What should I do?”

Ceiling Water StainLarge problems always start out very small – if you catch them early enough, you can avoid a lot of costly repairs. And any time water is involved, no matter how big or small, you should act as fast as possible to correct the problem before it turns into much, much more.

There are many reasons water can be coming through your ceiling, and not all of them are connected to your plumbing system:

  • Is the spot growing because of heavy rain? This could be an indication you have a problem with your roof. Tiles may have blown away, or you may have a vent that has lost its insulation that normally keep weather out of your home.
  • Have we recently had extreme weather? When snow and ice builds up, it can freeze and cause expansion. When it warms up, the ice melts and begins leaking into the cracks.
  • Have we had a blizzard in which ice and snow have combined with high winds? Snow can blow in through the ridge vent, which will cause spotting, water spots and leaks once it melts.

These are all perfect examples of problems with your home’s roof and/or structure, not your plumbing. However, it these don’t fit your situation, you can start looking for more plumbing-related issues.

Does the stain grow at a particular time of the day? For instance, do you notice its bigger when you come down the stairs first thing in the morning? Does it grow as your family showers and gets ready first thing in the morning? Then it may be a leak around your shower.

Follow the trail. In many cases, when you notice a specific time the spot grows, you can follow the trail through your home and come closer to the root of the problem.

Its always a good idea to call in a plumber as soon as possible once you discover a stain. Because you never know exactly where the trail leads or how severe the problem is, the quicker you get it solved, the less problems you’ll have down the road.

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

 

When Should You Get A Plumbing Permit?When you think of a plumbing repair job, I highly doubt your first thought is paperwork.  Likely, you think of pipes, metal, shiny faucets, and hot water.  But one essential element of many plumbing jobs is as plumbing permit.  A plumbing permit is the county’s way of saying they approve of whatever it is you are trying to do.  So, how do you know if you need a permit for your plumbing job?

When it comes to building permits, plumbing included, the end all is county regulations.  Whatever codes your county sets up for plumbing regulations supersedes any national, state, or city regulations.  To be doubly sure you are following proper procedure, the best idea is to Google “plumbing permits” plus your county name.  This should direct you to a list of necessary permits.  In the meantime, here are a few jobs that always need permits.

Repiping always requires a permit.  Changing out water supply pipes can have ramifications on the whole sewer system.

Drain line replacement, like repiping can have ramifications for everyone around you.  So, the county wants to know about your project ahead of time.  The same goes for any sewer lines you may replace. Read more

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Greywater Rules In Colorado

We all know that water is a precious commodity in Colorado.  The state seems to be in a constant state of drought, and heavy consideration is given to levels of snowfall, reserves, and reservoirs.  We have all felt the pinch of living in such a dry area.  Depending on your location, you may have experienced water usage limitations such as watering schedules and other restrictions.

As a result of these restrictions, some households have sought to help the environment (and their landscape) by making use of Greywater.  Greywater is the wastewater produced by a household from any plumbing system except the toilet.  Due to the constant presence of waste in the water, toilet water is considered Blackwater.

Greywater reuse consists of a system whereby households reuse the Greywater waste from their home to irrigate lawns and plants.  Greywater reuse faces several potential health issues, water rights issues, and several Colorado regulations.  Due to the potential number of contaminants contained within Greywater, experts have raised concerns if this reclaimed water is used to water edible plants. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Do you have small children in your home? Or maybe an elderly mom or dad that has recently moved in?

While you may not think twice about the temperature of your water – yoou simply adjust it and wait for it to be comfortable for you – small children and elderly persons don’t have the reflexes you do. They may “forget” to test the water first. Or simply not register its heat until its too late. Instead of allowing this to happen, take charge and adjust the water temperature before it happens.

The temperature of the water coming out of the water heater is under your control. All water heaters have a temperature control valve to allow you to adjust the temperature. You can set the temperature for as hot or as cool as you want it. And while there is no ideal temperature for everyone, there are suggestions, especially if you have elderly or the very young under your roof.
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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When you flush your toilet you anticipate that the water (and its contents) will swirl around a little bit and then make a hasty retreat from your home.  It can be a bit disconcerting then, if some of the water (or worse) decides to make a impromptu encore appearance in your sink drain!

Since none of us want to see that again, you probably have two questions.  One: what on earth is causing this unpleasant flooding?  And two: how on earth do I fix it?  Let’s take a minute to address each of these questions.

1. What is causing the flooding?

All the drains in your home lead to the main drain line.  That means, the drain in your tub, the drain in your sink, and the drain in your toilet eventually all lead to the same place.  As a result, if there is a problem in the main drain, drainage from one drain (i.e. the toilet) will find refuge in any other drain (i.e. the sink) until proper drainage can be resumed.

The most common cause of main drain problems is a clog.  These clogs can be manmade or Mother Nature sent.  Manmade clogs include anything that was flushed down the toilet and became lodged in the pipes.  Natural clogs are typically caused by tree roots growing into the pipeline. Read more

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Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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