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.

are there different types of plumbing professionals Are There Different Types Of Plumbing Professionals?

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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The holiday season is here, and that means that you will likely be spending some time away from home.

If you do a lot of traveling during the holidays to spend time with your family, you need to make sure your home is ready to be left unattended. Prepping your home involves more than just making sure your alarm system is set and your neighbors know you will be gone. You need to make sure your home is protected from possible water damage.

preventing water damage while you are away for the holidays Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away For The HolidaysNothing is quite as devastating as coming home to a house that has been damaged from broken pipes or other forms of water damage.

To prevent water damage to your home while you are away for the holidays, start by turning off the main water valve to your home. This is, by far, the best way to keep your home protected. If a pipe breaks during a hard freeze, you will not have to worry because there will be no water running to your home.

In the event that you are unable to shut off all of the water to your home, you can turn off some of the water supply valves, such as the sprinkler system, dishwasher, and washing machine.

You should also check the supply lines that lead to various components, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and even the toilet. These lines could crack with age, so if you notice any signs of wear or damage, replace the lines before you leave your home.

Never turn your furnace off or down too low. During cold winter nights, its still important that heat is keeping your home in working condition. Consider leaving cabinets open if you have any pipes along outside walls.

You should also shut off the water supply to exterior faucets, in case of a hard freeze. If your basement is equipped with a sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition.

Finally, make sure your gutters are free from debris, such as a build-up of leaves, and make any repairs to ensure that any water will be directed safely away from your home.

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From Colorado Springs to Boulder to Longmont and beyond, flooding has taken its toll on thousands of Colorado homes.

Safety is the first concern. No home or personal property is worth the life of a family member.

Once you are allowed to return, dealing with the after affects can be devastating. In some cases it’s a complete loss – starting over is the only option.

how colorado floods effect your plumbing system How Colorado Floods Effect Your Plumbing System But what about when damage is low and cleanup is necessary to move back in and return to your normal lifestyle?

While water is one of the most important things we have in our homes, uncontrolled water is where the real damage sets in. Flooding can bring about a number of plumbing problems:

  • Burst pipes
  • Drainage problems
  • Drains overflowing
  • Damaged sump pumps
  • Damaged water heaters
  • Broken or damaged appliances and fixtures
  • Septic tanks

Rainfall adds water into the system. Too much water and the system needs a place to put the water. So backups begin, damage and cracks begin to happen, and the water starts flowing where it shouldn’t be.

For example, when surface water flows at higher capacity, it causes soil to become wet and heavier than normal. Which leads to ground shifts. And when ground shifts expose pipes that are normally covered, it leaves them more vulnerable to outside elements. And when large portions of the ground shifts to one side, it can easily take a pipe with it. Causing a massive crack in the system. And another flow of water for you to deal with.

If you have recently suffered damage due to the extra rain waters we’ve received, Quality 1st Plumbing is here for you.

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The plumbing in your home is a vital feature that you depend on each and every day. You use your plumbing for numerous tasks – washing dishes, doing laundry, flushing the toilet, taking a bath, etc. – and you probably take it for granted. You expect it to work with every use.

why a local plumber with multiple trucks will give you better emergency service than a solo plumber with one Why A Local Plumber With Multiple Trucks Will Give You Better Emergency Service Than A Solo Plumber With OneWhen your plumbing fails, the only thing you want is to get it fixed – and to get it fixed fast!

A plumbing emergency can be a nightmare. For example, if your toilet backs up, you could be faced with a flooded bathroom – flooded with yucky water full of germs and bacteria.

You cannot let a plumbing emergency go untreated because the problem will only get worse. So, you reach for the phone book to find a plumber that offers emergency services. But how do you know who to choose?

Choosing the right plumber to tackle your emergency seems easy enough – you choose the one that will do it for the least amount of money, right? Wrong.

Just because a plumber offers the lowest price does not mean he is the best choice for your emergency. A plumber that works by himself and only has one truck may have the best prices in town – but his ability to tackle more than one emergency at a time is limited.

He can only be in one place at a time.

This might mean that your emergency has to wait. And do you really want your mess to sit around in your home for a few hours – or even a day or more – waiting for action?

A plumber with multiple trucks may charge a higher price, but you will have a much better chance of getting your problem fixed fast. A plumber with multiple trucks and multiple employees is able to service a much larger area than a solo plumber.

So, while you may or may not have to pay more, you will quickly have your plumbing emergency resolved – on your schedule, not the plumber’s schedule.

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The Plumber versus Drano Which Is Better The Plumber versus Drano – Which Is Better?You wake up to a backup in your sink or shower. What is the best course of action? Should you reach for the telephone, or for the bottle of Drano under the sink?

For annoying little backups at the least opportune times, its easy to think “quick” and solve the problem as easily as possible. Yet that isn’t always your best solution.

Drano and other liquid drain cleaners in a bottle can and do work – sometimes. The problem arises as to what they do to your overall system, and how they will impact you further down the road. Drano is not a solution to the problem – it’s a temporary fix that can cause more damage down the road.

Here’s why.

Lets say your toilet backs up. A plunger won’t work. Why not pour Drano in and let it work for you? Toilets don’t have the same draining function that your sinks, showers and tubs do. Because toilets have bowls that fill up with water, anything you put in will actually circulate and stay in the bowl for awhile. The chemicals will settle into the porcelain and will actually heat up over time. Heat causes two things to happen. One, it can crack the porcelain bowl, meaning you’ll have to replace the entire toilet, bowl and all. Or two, it can actually heat up enough to cause a small explosion, meaning you’ll have to replace the toilet, surrounding fixtures, and possible a lot more due to water damage as it seeps into the floors and walls. Read more

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Spring Cleaning Your Plumbing Checklist Spring Cleaning: Your Plumbing Checklist

Whether you are well on your way to tidying up your home, or just beginning your spring cleaning, it is a smart idea to include your plumbing in your to do’s.  Regular maintenance will keep your plumbing functional and cost effective, and what better time than spring to be sure everything is running at peak efficiency?  When you begin spring cleaning your plumbing, here is a checklist of things to be sure to get to.

Bathrooms:

These rooms get constant attention, but not always the right attention.  In your bathroom you can Spring Clean your plumbing by:

  • Checking the sink and tub/shower for leaks.  This would include leaks from the faucets or leaks from seals in the drainage.
  • Checking the flow of water through faucets and cleaning out faucet aerators as needed.
  • Checking the drain flow and running some drain cleaner through as needed.
  • Checking the toilet for leaks, broken seals, loose hinges, or improper functioning. Read more
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Avoiding Plumbing Problems In The Laundry Room Avoiding Plumbing Problems In The Laundry Room

When you walk into your laundry room, the last thing you are thinking about is the plumbing. The only thing on your mind is tackling that mountain of clothes that never stops growing. However, plumbing is essential to the day-to-day use of your laundry room. If the plumbing fails in any way, you cannot do your laundry – and it does not take long for the laundry to start piling up. You can avoid plumbing problems in the laundry room by keeping the following in mind.

Make sure that your washer is level. A washing machine that is not level can bounce and shift around during the spin cycle. Have you ever walked into your laundry room to find your washing machine a few inches farther from the wall? If so, it is likely not level. A creeping washing machine can strain your hoses and eventually lead to leaks. Keeping it level will ensure that it stays in place with little strain placed on the hoses. Read more

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