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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Plumbing. Its one of those things we rely on every single day. Yet overall, we don’t think much about it. We know plumbing controls the water in our house, but how the process works is usually something we take for granted. Ask 10 people on your block where the water shut-off valve is to their homes, and less than half would know its location. (Do you?)

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When water enters your home, its designed to provide a steady stream of water anywhere in your home. It begins at the source, which is either a municipal source or a private well. Then water pressure sends the water through the pipes and throughout your home. Typically you will find water pressure is between 35 to 85 pounds on average, and will be the same in the far upstairs bathroom as it is in the basement bathroom right by the source. Water temperature usually hovers around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and will need a water heater to heat it up to a comfortable temperature perfect for daily use. While you can control the water supply at each fixture in your home, your home also has a water shut-off valve usually in the basement or storage room that controls the water supply from the main to your home.

If your home relies on well water, the system is pressurized in a holding tank for distribution when you demand it. Using today’s technology, most wells are drilled and installed somewhere near the home. A drill bit is sent down into the ground until water is discovered. Drilling continues until a certain gallon-per-minute rate is reached. The well is then capped off and a pipe is lowered. Then a system of pipes and wires is built around it, allowing the water transfer to take place and providing signals to keep the homeowner aware of when pressure in the holding tank is low.

What goes in must come out. When water comes into your home, its for daily use. After its used for its intended purposes, its sent back out and on its way. Plumbing is dual-purpose, meaning its designed for both the inflow and outflow process. This includes all waste matter from sinks, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, toilets and garbage disposals.

Sewage disposal is either processed by a local municipal, or by septic tank. In urban areas, pipes allow waste water to flow from homes, into the sewer systems, and back to the local municipality for processing. In rural areas, septic tanks are used. These holding tanks allow bacteria to break down the solids before it drains to a leaching field. Holding tanks must also be pumped out every few years to remove sludge and keep the system healthy.

Plumbers are typically licensed and specialize in handling the water flow and the gas supply of your home. Because many appliances are gas-forced, a plumber has the necessary knowledge and tools to make sure its running effectively. These systems are vitally important to the health of your home and to your family.

Most plumbing related problems come up at an instant – emergency situations are a plumbers expertise. If you have any questions or problems, to rectify the situation quickly, its important to have a professional plumber you can trust; one that will get the job done the right way the first time.

If you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing system, please give us a call. We’re here to help.

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Unfortunately, few things in your home scream emergency quite like a plumbing problem. When a pipe bursts, spraying water all over your home, the last thing you think about is comparison shopping. Instead, you want help fast and you want it NOW.

That’s also the easiest way to get into trouble, paying exorbitant fees for in some cases sub-par work. Plumbers know this. And if you get a less than scrupulous plumber on the phone during your weekend or holiday emergency, it’s a recipe for disaster.

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Of course you know this – that’s why this process is so difficult. With every phone call you make, you see the dollar signs flashing before your eyes. But what else can you do?

Actually, quite a bit.

Instead of heading to the nearest phone book or sending out a search to Google from your iPhone, take a step back first. The most important part of a plumbing emergency is to stop the problem first, and in most cases you can do that easily. Plumbing means water – you have to stop the water flow to begin to control the problem. Find the water supply main shut off valve and turn it off. That cuts the water flow, and buys you time to take the next steps without being in a state of panic.

All major appliances that use water have a shut off valve to control water at the source. If you are sure where the problem originates, you can head straight to the appliance and cut the water supply there. If not, all homes have a main shut off valve that controls the water supply from the municipal to your home. Its typically located near your water meter, either in the basement or crawl space of your home, or outside near the pavement or sidewalk. When you find this valve, you will need a wrench to shut off the water supply.

Once you shut off the water source, its important to check and make sure you have stopped the leak. Keep in mind that depending on what is leaking or broke may have residual water, so its important to monitor it and make sure the water stops. This will buy you some time to find a reputable plumber that can help you fix your problem at a reasonable cost.

If you can wait for normal working hours, this will give you a chance to do a little research and find reputable plumbers in your area. Choose a few and connect with them to ask a few questions. Provide as much detail as you can about the situation, and ask about their availability and their approach to the problem. You can learn quite a bit about a plumber by the way they respond to your needs.

If you are dealing with weekend or holiday hours, and the situation can’t wait until the next normal work day, this also gives you time to do a little research. You can approach finding a plumber in much the same way, yet keep in mind you’ll have to ask about special rates and availability.

Plumbing is a very competitive marketplace, and you’ll find all kinds of information online. Check out a plumbers website – does it look professional? How involved are they in the community – do they have good reviews by local organizations? In today’s world, you can find reviews and feedback in a variety of places. When you’ve narrowed your search down to a few plumbers, spend time getting comfortable with a potential plumber. If you see negative review after negative review, it may be a sign to proceed with caution.

Also make sure you understand the billing process. Every plumber will quote in a different manner. Some with higher hourly rates may charge you only for the time in your home, versus a lower hourly rate may be charging you from his location and back again. If something doesn’t make sense or doesn’t compare, ask. A reputable plumber will help you understand it thoroughly and help you make an educated decision.

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its national toilet tank repair month is your toilet in good working condition Its National Toilet Tank Repair Month – Is Your Toilet In Good Working Condition?Lying in bed listening to the drip, drip, drip coming from the faucet is a sure indication that your money is going down the drain. But toilets don’t always give you that telltale sign. Instead, they often leak silently, leaving you unaware of the problem and unaware that you are wasting both money and water.

According to the EPA, a leaky toilet can waste around 200 gallons of water a day. That can lead to over 70,000 gallons of water a year if left unchecked. That’s a lot of water!

As a part of National Toilet Tank Repair Month, now is a good time to regularly check your plumbing fixtures and make sure they are in good working condition. Its also a good time to detect any problems you may be having with your toilet, and fix or update them to not only save you from wasting water due to leaks and cracks, but also to make your toilet as efficient as possible. It is one of the leading water users in your house, and every little bit helps.

Here are a few things you can do.

  • Replace flappers and fix valves at least every couple of years to prevent your toilet from running on a continual basis.
  • If you notice the water running long after a flush, adjust the chain or float ball.
  • Install low flow toilets throughout your home. Low flow toilets require 1.3 gallons of water per flush compared with older models that use 3.5 gallons or more.
  • To modernize even further, consider installing a dual flush toilet.

To locate a silent toilet leak:

Put several drops of dark food coloring into the toilet tank. After a few minutes, check the bowl. If there is dye in the bowl, you have a leak.

The problem usually lies in one of two areas. Either replace the flapper at the bottom of the tank, or adjust the fill valve to eliminate the leak altogether.

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What’s the most damaging thing in your home? Water. Water can slowly accumulate and cause extensive damage, or can quickly destroy in an instant. In all cases, the problem usually starts with one of the most common appliances in your home that you use on a daily basis. If it has pipes connected to a water line, it has the potential for serious flooding if left unchecked.

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1. Water Heaters

Your water heater is one of the largest water holding tanks in your home, and if it breaks, you’ll have an instant flood of water. Yet water heaters rarely fail without tell-tale signs first. Proper maintenance and yearly checkups will allow you to fix and replace before many gallons of water quickly flood out your home. If you do notice signs of a leak or puddling water, speed is of the essence. Leaks are usually due to malfunctioning temperature and pressure relief valves, or due to corrosion in the water tank itself. If you flush water through the tank to clear out debris and you still have a leak, it’s a sure sign your tank needs replacing.

2. Toilets

Toilets usually cause damage by a slow leak around the base of the toilet, or a sudden flood due to a clogged drain and a sudden overflow. With a sudden overflow, start by plunging. If plunging doesn’t work, the clog could be deeper in the pipes either inside or outside of your home, or may be caused by a malfunctioning float that allows too much water into the tank.

3.Washing Machines

The six most common areas a washing machine leaks are the inlet connections, the hose connections, the center post gaskets, the outer tub seal, the air dome seal, and the pump. If any of these areas are leaking, unplug your washing machine, turn off the water main and begin trouble shooting each feature one at a time. While puddling around the washing machine can be caused by any of these features, keep in mind that it can also be caused from a clogged floor drain.

4. Dishwashers

Dishwashers can overflow for a variety of reasons. If you use too much detergent, or the wrong type of detergent, the water has nowhere to go but out of your dishwasher. As your dishwasher washes away food particles, in some cases the food can clog the strainer or cause the float switch to fault. Simply remove the strainer and wash with a stiff brush, or replace the float switch with a new one. If your dishwasher is not leaking because of one of these issues, its likely caused by a plumbing issue, in which case a plumber will need to be called in to check the pipe fittings, connections, or to determine where the drainage problem exists.

5. Refrigerators

Refrigerators are natural attractors to moisture. Their sole purpose is to keep things cold or frozen, and every day it goes through a process of cooling and warming up depending on how many times you open the door and what items you put in or take out. As warm air passes over the condenser coil, condensation is created, which often pools water at the bottom of your refrigerator. Though refrigerators are outfitted with a drain line to allow this excess moisture to drain away, it can easily become blocked with bits of food, preventing the drainage process. If drain lines aren’t cleaned on a regular basis, you can quickly find a flood on your kitchen floor.

Another problem area for refrigerators is the water supply line that feeds your ice machine and your water supply in the door of your refrigerator. Should this become unattached, you’ll quickly find a large flood of water standing in your kitchen.

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The Colorado legislature has been busy this year. This past week, they passed a variety of new laws, one of them impacting the plumbing in your home.

A newly passed plumbing fixture law will make it illegal to sell faucets, showerheads and toilets that aren’t certified by the federal government as efficient “WaterSense” fixtures. This measure will not require homeowners to change existing plumbing; it merely prevents future sales and installation of items not meeting the WaterSense standards. It takes effect in September 2016.watersense labels logos Water Efficiency: New Colorado Law Will Impact Your Plumbing

What is WaterSense?

WaterSense is a program through the US Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering simple ways for people to use less water with water efficient products and services. They bring together a variety of people and interests to:

  • Promote the value of water efficiency
  • Provide consumers with an easy way to save water, both through information and easy labeling on products they bring into their homes every day
  • Encourage innovation in manufacturing
  • Reduce the stain on existing water resources and our infrastructure

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When you are out shopping for new products for your home, you can begin by looking for the WaterSense label. All products with this label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

By upgrading to these more efficient WaterSense labeled products, we can save billions of gallons of water throughout the US every year. Even one simple change in your home – switching out your current faucets for WaterSense faucets can potentially save a household up to 11,000 gallons of water over the life of the faucet.

That’s a huge savings! And something we can all start working on today.

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When you pour yourself a refreshing glass of water, have you ever wondered what makes the water safe to drink? We often focus in on the quality of our water supply, but there is something else that can make a difference. Your plumbing pipes.

Throughout time, we’ve used a variety of ways to transport water from source to our homes. We’ve done so using a variety of methods, some safe, some not so much.

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In today’s world, we rely on a variety of materials for the different types of water we use within our homes and our communities.

PVC – PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. It is the most commonly used pipe for irrigation, drainage, and in pool and spa systems. PVC is often white but you can also find it in a variety of other colors, which in many cases will determine what it is used for. For example, purple pipe with black writing is used for reclaimed water. It also comes in a variety of thicknesses, called schedules, with 40 being the most common for water distribution. PVC pipes should clearly be marked when used for potable or non-potable water supplies.

CPVC – CPVC stands for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. Depending on the thickness, this type of pipe can easily withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees, meaning it can be used for the hot and cold water supplies within your home or building.

PEX – PEX stands for cross linked polyethylene. It is commonly used for hot and cold water in homes. It is now widely used because of its competitive pricing, ease of use, and its flexibility in that it comes in long rolls of piping easier to use in new builds and remodels.

Copper Pipe – Once used commonly, copper piping is losing its popularity because of copper prices. Above ground, copper pipe is used for both hot and cold water distribution as well as being used regularly in HVAC systems for refrigerant lines. Copper can be affected by some soils, and should be sleeved if used underground.

Galvanized Pipe – Galvanized pipe is a zinc coated steel or iron pipe. The galvanized coating keeps the water from corroding the pipe. Because of the amount of work it takes to cut, thread and install galvanized pipe, it isn’t used often in homes or buildings anymore. It is still considered a safe transport method for drinking water, and you will still see it for larger commercial operations or if your home was built before 1970.

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Are all plumbing professionals equal? When you have an emergency in your home, can any plumber you call do the job equally?

As with any industry, plumbing professionals usually end up specializing in one area. Some plumbers may specialize in installing new pipes into new construction, where some may specialize in fixing pipes in residents already in existence. Some may become very specialized, such as installing and working on fire suppressing sprinkler systems. Still others may add other tasks into their skills, including installing natural gas lines to appliances, fireplaces, and outside fixtures such as grills and firepits.

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Most plumbers can do the simple, most common work, such as unclogging a drain or fixing an overflowing toilet. But if you are looking to hire a plumber for a specific job, it is smart to talk with the professional plumbing service first and see if they have experience in performing the task at hand. No matter what type of plumber you hire, you should always make sure they are licensed by the state of Colorado, and by other authorities, depending on the work to be done.

There are, in fact, several different levels of plumbing license an experienced plumber can have. Plumbers typically start out as apprentices. From there, they can test and earn a journey plumbing license, and ultimately be awarded a master plumbing license. Master plumber licenses are awarded to plumbers who have held a journey license for a certain amount of time, and have accumulated a certain amount of hours working as a licensed journey plumber. In addition, a master plumber also has to pass a state sanctioned test. A journey plumbing license is awarded to those who have held an apprentice plumbing license and have trained under a master plumber for a certain number of hours. They must also pass a state sanctioned test. An apprentice plumbing license signifies a plumber who has just begun training.

Licenses to become certified to work with natural gas lines are awarded in a similar manner to the plumbing certifications. There are master, journey and apprentice level gas fitter licenses.

By hiring master plumbers and gas fitters, you will typically find they have the skills to do just about any project you could hire them to do throughout your home.

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You’ve lived in your home for years. We’ve faced Colorado winters again and again. So why is it this time your pipes suddenly froze and caused an emergency mess with hundreds of gallons of water seeping throughout your home?

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This happens for a variety of reasons.

Did you blow out your outside lines this year? In some cases people forget to disconnect a garden hose, leaving water still in the system. Or maybe water in the sprinkler line built up enough that a sudden cold spike caused it to freeze. In either case, the frozen pipe that effected your home was left vulnerable and our extreme cold temperatures played their part.

Did you have work done on your home? Insulation could have been moved, exposing pipes to the cold. Pipes could have been moved to new locations, leaving your system more vulnerable than in the past.

Did your house sit alone for a period of time? Traveling is fun. But when your home sits empty with the temperature kept low, things can happen. When you travel during winter months, pay attention to the forecast and make sure your home stays warm even when you’re gone.

How old is your system? Just like any other feature to your home, your pipes, faucets, water heater, and more age over time. Pipes can weaken. Pipes can clog. Then a sudden hard freeze can do more damage than ever before.

While your plumbing is an ever-changing system, there are things you can do to help prevent freezes.

Make sure all pipes are well insulated, especially on cold outside walls. When in doubt, leave cupboard doors open to allow heat to penetrate the system on really cold days. You can also leave water running in trickle form to keep the system moving and flowing.

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If you are considering any major appliance change in your home, you will likely be faced with a key decision: electric or gas? So, how do you choose? Is there anything that would sway your decision one way or another?

What if I told you that using natural gas at home could save you money?

how natural gas can save you money at home How Natural Gas Can Save You Money At HomeHere are several ways using natural gas can save you money at home.

-Natural gas can help lower your clothes cleaning costs. Dryers powered by natural gas tend to function more efficiently. Your clothes get dry faster which results in lower gas usage, therefore lower usage costs.

-Natural gas can lower your cooking costs. If you use a natural gas stove, you have greater control over the amount of gas (power) used. If you keep the flame from being larger than the base of the pot, you can avoid wasting gas and money. Electric stoves heat an entire burner any time you use it, which can result in an inefficient use of power.

-Natural gas can lower your water heating bill. Natural gas furnaces can last up to twice as long as an electric furnace. As long as you maintain your furnace well, you will be delayed the cost of replacing your water heater. This can result in huge savings over the course of your home’s life.

-Using a natural gas fireplace can lower your heating prices. A natural gas fireplace can serve to supplement a home’s central heating system, lowering the price of furnace use.

-Converting your home entirely to natural gas can save you money overall on your bills. If you use both gas and electricity, you are paying fees for each form of power. Consolidating your power source will significantly cut down on the superfluous costs you incur each month on your bills.

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