November is here, the cold weather is upon us, and that means the holidays aren’t far behind. First up – Thanksgiving. And with it means lots of friends and family, lots of food … and in some cases lots of plumbing problems.

Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year for residential plumbers. After a big holiday meal preparation, lots of cleanup, and waste being sent down the kitchen drain and garbage disposal in droves, its no wonder pipes get clogged. It also means your entire plumbing system is being pushed to the limits, with more clothes washing, showers and toilet flushes. If you had a weak or semi-clogged system to begin with, disaster is waiting in the wings as the system is overwhelmed.

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The other problem lies in the fact that virtually every Thanksgiving dish is a major drain clog culprit.

Pumpkin – this may be the one time of the year you make things from scratch. Nothing tastes better than a fresh pumpkin pie, and with all of those leftover pumpkins from Halloween, why not use some for the festive treat? Pumpkin “guts” are slimy and gooey. The stringy mess combines pulp with seeds, and together they can coat and clog just about anything. If this goes down the drain, it will damage your garbage disposal pretty easily. Instead, collect the seeds for roasting. And whatever you have leftover, use for composting.

Grease – while you may use some of it to mix in with gravy, any leftover grease should never be sent down the drain. Grease congeals and clogs quickly as it cools. It can build up around tree roots or other things lodged in the pipe. And as this residue builds, it forms a clog that can do major damage. Instead, pour it into a can and let it congeal before throwing it out.

Bones – everyone may have a favorite part of the Thanksgiving turkey, but your garbage disposals least favorite part are the bones. Bones can quickly splinter and break, jamming in your garbage disposal and burning out the motor in the process.

Vegetables – those side dishes may be delicious, but the most common vegetables served at Thanksgiving are also the most dangerous to your garbage disposal. Asparagus, artichokes, carrot sticks, celery, potato skins, corn husks – all can do harm, especially in greater quantities, which is easy to find when you are cooking up a feast.

If you do choose to run things down your garbage disposal, keep the garbage disposal on as you put food down the drain. Don’t wait until its full before you turn it on. Keep the water on as you send things down the drain, and make sure its running clear before you turn it off. If at all possible, throw large portions of food away rather than sending it down the pipes. This will give your garbage disposal and your pipes a break, and help you get ready for the next holiday meal.

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One of the most common questions we receive from our customers is:

Who is responsible for the main water line if it breaks or has a problem?

The answer is one many don’t expect: you are.

As a homeowner, you are responsible for the water main pipe that begins at the curb of your property, and runs into your home. This is the pipe that connects the municipal water supply to your home’s plumbing system. Without it, you wouldn’t have a fresh stream of water to use any time of the day. Its what gives your home its running water to drink, cook, shower, clean, and of course so much more.

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In some cases, a main water line break can cause severe damage, and you’ll know instantly you have a problem. If your basement begins to flood, or you have a instant fountain in your front lawn as the water rises up out of your landscaping, you know you have a problem.

But in some cases the problem isn’t as big or as noticeable … for awhile. This is where the problem becomes costly. This is where it takes a little investigation to determine where the source truly is. And in many cases, the best place to start is with your water bill.

The longer you live in your home, the more accustomed you become to what the monthly charge is. Here in Colorado, it will be higher in July and lower in January, yet you still have an average for what you know it should be. When you receive an unexpected surprise and your water bill increases without a reasonable explanation, this is when a little more investigation is needed. Check your home for other problems.

  • Is the water pressure low or are certain areas of your home or without water altogether?
  • Is the water changing colors, becoming discolored or have a murky look to it?
  • Do you notice excessive amounts of water in your yard? Puddles that shouldn’t be there?
  • Walk around your yard – are there any visible sink holes?
  • Do you hear the sound of running water in your basement when water is not in use in the home?

There are many reasons a water main line will break. In many cases, its simply age. If you live in an older home and the pipes have been in place for decades, age can cause deterioration over time. The EPA estimates that the average water main has a useful life of around 47 years.

It can also break depending on the material of the pipe. Older homes often have pipes made from clay, steel or tile, which are more prone to deterioration. Other variables include overgrown tree roots, sudden shifts in the weather, or even movement in the earth from ground settling or small tremors from earthquakes.

While any of these things can cause a disruption in your service, the good news is its fixable immediately by one of our skilled technicians. The best time to start is when you think you may have a problem – don’t wait until it escalates, causing even more damage to your property.

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One of the main systems in your home is the plumbing. Proper plumbing design is a science; its one we think very little about until there’s a problem in the system. Your plumbing system brings water in and flushes waste out. It must be properly regulated to provide adequate water pressure throughout. It must work properly to keep toxins out of your family’s way.

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In short, there’s a lot of nuances to keep the system functioning properly all year through.

How do you find the right plumbing contractor to help you through both the small repairs and the emergency situations? How do you take the stress out of finding a reputable plumbing company you can trust?

What to look for in a plumbing contractor:

Ask to see a plumber’s state license. In order to work as a plumber in Colorado, all plumbers – including sub-contractors all the way up to master plumbers – must be licensed in the state.

Check for proof of insurance. For your own protection, make sure the plumbing contractor you hire has general liability and workman’s compensation insurance.

Make sure the follow building codes and receive proper permits. Depending on the job and your location, proper procedures must be followed.

Are they stable business owners? Even a simple search online can point you in the right direction. Find out if they have a web presence. Are they listed on review sites like Yelp. What is the general population saying about the plumbing contractor you are considering?

What you should know about rates:

Yes, not all plumbing contractors will charge in the same manner, which makes it that much more difficult for you to compare and make sure you are getting a fair deal. Some will charge a flat rate, while others will price things out and show you time and materials. The key is in asking what the price quoted includes, and where additional charges may come into play.

Some plumbing companies may offer low hourly rates, but charge extra for additional items as needed, such as equipment fees or trip costs. Others may charge higher prices, but it may be on an all-inclusive basis where the entire job is quoted up front. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples when selecting your final bid.

Also remember that a plumbing contractor can help you in many ways … beyond the emergency plumbing repair. You know that leaky faucet that’s been driving you crazy for months? Or the new faucet you wanted installed in the kitchen, but is still lying in a box in the cabinet? Plumbers can help you with all that and more. Just keep in mind that if you have older fixtures to install, they have to meet current guidelines for a plumber to install it. If you have any questions, he would be happy to answer them as you are contemplating the job.

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With costs for energy rising all the time, and the word “efficiency” attached to everything we do, its easy to see why people can get sucked into a wide array of beliefs when it comes to improving home efficiency. And while many of the “reported” maintenance items will work, many of them are simply myths and urban legends. How do you know the difference? While it is difficult to wade through the information, we’ve put together some of the most common home energy myths and what you can do instead.top plumbing myths debunked Top Plumbing Myths Debunked

Myth: Energy efficiency increases the initial cost of a home.

If you’ve ever set out to upgrade one appliance in your home – a water heater for instance – when you start comparing prices you’ll find the more energy efficient options move to the middle or upper end of the pricing structure. So its natural to assume that when building a home, adding in all of the top of the line energy efficiency items throughout will increase the price of the home. But its not necessarily true. In some instances, smaller, higher efficiency units may take up less space or work more efficiently from the beginning, meaning the home builder can take this into account with the initial build, and provide you with the savings.

Myth: Showering uses less energy and water than taking a bath

This one is a toss up, depending on your home environment. A typical bath takes anywhere from 30 to 50 gallons of water. If you take a 10 minute shower with a low flow showerhead (which typically uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute), it would only use 25 gallons of water. If you haven’t replaced your showerhead with a low flow unit, or have multiple showerheads or special water features, these numbers can go up accordingly. Its important to understand how much water you are using, and limit consumption as much as possible.

Myth: A slow dripping faucet isn’t that significant

Even the tiniest of drips can add up quickly over time. A single dripping faucet can add up to 300 gallons of water per month … all flowing down the drain. Which means of course that your water bill is being impacted by every drip a faucet creates. No matter how slow the drip, fix it as soon as possible.

Myth: Its faster to boil hot water, and therefore takes less energy

In order to get hot water into your teakettle or pot, chances are you had to let the water run from the faucet to bring hot water from the water heater to your faucet. That requires energy. So energy you might have saved from trying to boil already warm water (and the savings isn’t significant), you’ll consume by getting the warmed water into your pot.

Myth: Energy savings isn’t a significant feature in the sale of a home

According to the National Association of Home Builders, study after study shows that homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home if it has Energy Star ratings on heaters, air conditioners and appliances, or meets Green Building Guidelines. If you can show your home has efficiency, and it will be made up in savings on energy bills, people will be more attracted to your home.

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A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology showed that only 35 percent of respondents wear eye protection when performing home repairs or work on home maintenance projects. That means 65 percent are subjected to potential threats to the eyes, and in many cases these injuries aren’t treated in the appropriate way.

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  • Men are far more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
  • Over 44 percent of all eye injuries occurred in the home.
  • More than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repair, yard work, cleaning and cooking.
  • More than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury.

While injury can occur in any setting, studies also show that one of the main causes of accidents is when the home maintenance project centers around a plumbing activity. Plumbing often puts the average homeowner into situations they haven’t dealt with before, and often times aren’t prepared for the potential hazards.

  • Exposure to hazardous substances – lead, sulfur dioxide, asbestos, mold, solvents, solder and other toxic or carcinogenic substances
  • Proximity to flammable or combustible materials
  • Exposure to biohazards including raw sewage
  • Working in awkward positions
  • Lifting heavy ans awkward objects
  • Slips, trips and falls on wet surfaces
  • Risk of eye injury from flying particles, chemicals and hot water
  • Burns from steam, hot water, and hot equipment and parts
  • Working alone

If you are currently working on a home maintenance project, taking the necessary precautions will not only make your project safer, but will also make your work environment safer too.

  • Use fall protection when working at heights
  • Use eye protection when working with any type of cutting or grinding equipment, chemicals or other substances harmful to the eyes
  • Use protective equipment appropriate for the task – hard hats, eye protection, face protection, gloves, etc
  • Wear appropriate footwear – sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
  • Use heat insulating gloves, eye protection and face shields around hot pipes
  • Avoid electric shock by using power tools safe for wet environments.
  • Install and maintain good ventilation
  • Take frequent breaks if working in awkward situations

When in doubt, leave it to the professional plumber. If you have a question or need help with a home improvement project, give us a call today.

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It may start out as a tiny drip, or you may instantly have more water than you know what to do with. However, when you have a water leak in your plumbing, timing is everything to avoid devastating consequences down the road.

Tracing a leak in your home can be tricky. But wiping up the water or fixing only a portion of it is delaying the inevitable. Getting to the source of the matter is the only way to fix the problem once and for all. Yet finding the source is a different matter.

A leaking pipe you can see dripping under your sink is much easier to find and fix than a small wet spot forming on the ceiling of your bedroom. When water begins to seep into places blocked by ceilings or walls, its much more difficult finding the root of the problem.

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Where do you start?

Start by confirming the leak. This can be an easy process with appliances; simply move the appliance and look for water leaks in and around the main water line that connects up with the appliance.

For kitchens and bathrooms, open cabinet doors and shine a flashlight to all corners, looking for corrosion around the pipes, puddles of water, or even small wet spots with beginning stages of mildew or mold. If water is forming behind the walls, below the floor boards, or underneath cabinets, you may notice peeling paint or wallpaper, or buckling materials.

Its also time to walk through your home, looking at the floors, walls and ceilings throughout. Even a small stain on the ceiling could be an indication of a running problem throughout your home. Also look at walls and ceilings located directly underneath other areas of your home with water sources – a bathroom shower or a refrigerator with built in water and ice dispensers can leak water, and have it flow straight down to the next level. Also look for warped flooring, spongy spots in carpet or padding, and moisture in places its never been before.

Head down to the basement and crawlspace of your home and look around as well. Water tends to travel down, so the place you find a water stain or puddle is often not the source of the problem. Still, it can be a starting point. If you see mold, mildew, rotted wood, or puddles of water in the basement or crawlspace, use that to track upward and find where the source begins.

If these doesn’t reveal the source, verify you have a leak. Turn off every faucet, appliance and fixture in your home that uses water, and record the usage on your water meter. Leave all fixtures, appliances and faucets off for eight hours, then read the meter again. If you have any changes, it indicates you have a leak in your plumbing system, and a plumber should be called in immediately to find and fix the problem.

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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 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 doesnt use chemical drain cleaners 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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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 firm 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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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 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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