Starting a remodeling project? Statistics show that kitchens and bathrooms are not only the top rooms to have remodeled in your home, they are also at the top of the list of adding to your home’s overall resale value.

Nothing can be more exciting than starting the process. As you pour over home improvement magazines and websites showcasing the latest trends, you can quickly pick out the things you would love to have, and things that aren’t quite as important. The double oven … yes. The eight burner stove … maybe not.

Don’t Neglect Your Plumbing During A Home Remodeling Project

But as you start down the remodeling road, chances are you’ve focused your attention on the aesthetics of your project rather than the functionality. And with good reason. If you aren’t a contractor as your day job, you probably have never thought about how things work and what keeps them working day after day.

Usually home improvement projects have some degree of plumbing work involved. It may be as simple as replacing a faucet or adding a new toilet, or more complicated such as adding a double sink to the master bath, or a pot filler faucet near the stove. With the amount of resources available to today’s consumers, many are determined to do at least some of the work themselves. HGTV makes it look so easy; why not?

This is where problems can occur very quickly.

Plumbing is one of the most important – and most dangerous – systems in your home to work with, especially if you have little experience in doing so. Here are a couple of scenarios we’ve encountered over the years.

  • One couple completely gutted and remodeled their master bath, adding a walk in shower and moving the double sink vanity over a few inches. While they put their all into securing the plumbing, they missed a tiny leak, and sealed it in behind the shower tile. The leak was small – just a drip or two every day. But water doesn’t take long before it escalates into big problems. In a matter of months, they noticed their shower walls were “soft”. When they removed a few tiles to find the problem, they quickly discovered black mold; and had to have an entire remediation team fix the problem.
  • One homeowner remodeled their 1960s kitchen with DIY techniques. They didn’t change the floor plan; instead just added upgraded cabinets, appliances and countertops. The look added value and made a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the home. But what the homeowner didn’t realize is the old piping was weak, filled with corrosion, and should have been replaced during the upgrade to avoid leaks that were inevitable in a short period of time.

Even with the simplest of remodeling projects, even if you choose to do much of the work yourself, it pays to have an experienced plumber inspect your plumbing system, and make changes as necessary. Water damage can cause disasters. Its better to be safe and know your remodel will last for years.

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When we are called in on a job, in many cases its to repair a do-it-yourself project gone bad. No, we’re not against DIY projects – in fact many little projects are perfect for homeowners. However, the more complicated the repair, the better it is to leave it to the professionals. A professional plumber will have it completed in a short amount of time, and you’ll know the problem was fixed the way it should be – which means no complicated problem arising from the repair in the near future.

Most Common Plumbing Mistakes That Could Lead To Disaster

What are the most common plumbing mistakes we see:

The Just Enough

As a homeowner, if you’re in a hurry and the sink clogs, you need it fixed now. But if you’re late for a meeting, its hard to spend the time on it you should. So you plunge it a few times or dump some chemicals down the drain, hoping for the best. That approach will only work for so long. If you clear a little, clog a little, and continue to use that approach, eventually you will end up with a severe clog that could wreck all kinds of havoc in your pipes. Of course, this isn’t limited to a simple clog; we see this throughout the home. If you can’t find the root of the problem and don’t have time to repair something completely, call in a professional to fix it the right way the first time.

Mismatching

You’ve started a project but when you get home, you discover you’ve bought the wrong kind of pipe or the wrong fixture. Rather than return it and do it the right way, you fit your purchase in anyway. Nope, not always a good idea. Do you know the difference between copper and galvanized steel? PEX and PVC? If you connect the wrong pipe to the wrong fixture, dangerous corrosion can happen quickly.

Improper Installation

When was the last time you started installing a new fixture, only to discover you don’t have the proper tools? Rather than purchase the right one, you install it the best you can with the tools you have – what could go wrong? Lets imagine a toilet being installed, and the bolts aren’t tightened properly, and its not leveled properly to make sure its sitting straight. While it might not happen immediately, eventually you’ll end up with a bathroom full of water.

The Quick Fix

We see this one frequently around the holidays. Your guests are due to arrive in a day or two. You’ve been meaning to fix the toilet in the guest room that never works right. You start taking it apart, discovering you have no idea how to put it back together, and every time you flush you have more water outside the bowl than in. What went wrong? Then frustration sets in because you’re on deadline. When faced with a deadline, call in the professionals. It will allow you to put your time in on what’s truly important – your family, friends and festivities – while we make the plumbing in your home as good as new.

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Common plumbing problems can be costly and time consuming. As a result, many people will go to rather extreme lengths to deal with the issues themselves. Sometimes, these “fixes” can actually make situations worse in the long run. If you want to avoid plumbing bills in the days ahead, here are a few mistakes you should avoid.

Common Problems People Make With Their Plumbing And How To Avoid ThemFocus on what you flush – The drains in your sinks, showers, and toilets are not portals to a black hole. While it may seem convenient to wash different things down the drain, you may be causing headaches for yourself later. Using care in what you put down the drains now, will save you from serious clogs later. When in doubt, throw it away instead.

Watch where you put the grease – One of the quickest ways to clog a sink is to use it as a grease disposal. As the grease cools, it solidifies in the pipes, gathers passing dirt and debris, and causes serious clogs.

Ditch the Drain-O – Many people think that drain cleaner is the fix all for anything they put down the drain. However, drain cleaner used improperly will only exaggerate the problem. The chemicals in drain cleaners are corrosive enough to even eat through plumbing pipes.

Use caution with the chemicals – We are blessed with a multitude of chemicals to make life (and cleaning) easier. But sometimes, these chemicals can have adverse affects on our plumbing systems. Be careful about the chemicals you wash down the drain, especially if you have a septic system.

Plumbing pipes are only for plumbing – The venting pipes installed in your home are intended for venting your plumbing system. While they may seem like a very convenient pre-built entrance to your home, using these pipes for other purposes (i.e. running wires) will damage the system and allow sewer gases to escape.

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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

All of us get into the moment once in a while.

We decide to do a home improvement project – we’ve watched enough HGTV, we should be able to do it right?

Are You Making These Common Plumbing Mistakes?Or we notice a small leak and decide to take on the project ourselves. How hard can it be?

The problem is one thing leads to another, and by trying to “fix” one thing, it often leads to creating more headaches in other areas.

As people tackle do it yourself projects at home, they often make a variety of plumbing mistakes that can be costly down the road. See if you recognize yourself in any of these situations.

Misuse of a vent pipe

Vent pipes exist throughout your home for one purpose – venting. They aren’t meant for running cables through, cutting into, or removing for more room to add something else. These pipes are intended to allow air to flow through to the drains inside your home, so that the plumbing can flow and sewer gases and smells can leave your home. Cut into a vent pipe and you’ll notice a definite sewer smell spilling out into your living quarters.

Hitting plumbing pipes with a nail

When you are going to hang a new picture, add a shelf, or do general maintenance work, make sure you know what is behind the wall before you drive in a nail. Make sure you use the right size for the job as well – a longer nail has more traction behind your walls and can easily penetrate plumbing pipes.

Using too much drain cleaner

Want to keep your drains free and clear all the time? If a little drain cleaner works well, a lot must work even better, right? Think again. Most commercial grade drain cleaners are highly corrosive. They’ve been known to eat through plumbing tools, gloves and the pipes themselves. Always consider alternatives to using harsh chemicals – green drain cleaners and plumbing snakes are great alternatives.

Sending grease down the drain

Have you ever left grease in a pan for an extended period of time? Then you know if eventually sets into a thick material. As oil makes its way down your drain pipes, it doesn’t flow freely out your home. Instead, particles stick to your pipes as its flushed out, which builds over time until eventually you have a thick, hard to clear blockage.

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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

Common DIY Plumbing Projects Most Homeowners Shouldnt Try

When your home’s plumbing has a malfunction, you may be tempted to fix it on your own. This is a fine choice – if you are a licensed plumber. However, if you do not fully understand plumbing, you could be getting yourself in over your head. You could also wind up paying big bucks for your mistakes. Here are some common DIY plumbing projects that you may be tempted to try, but that you should avoid at all costs.

Plugged drains – if your drain is clogged with hair or another easy-to-fix problem, go ahead and give it a shot on your own. However, if your problem is so big that drains are backing up all over your home, you need to call in the pros. Your problem is obviously not something as simple as a hairball, and it may require the use of serious plumbing equipment or even pipe replacements. Read more

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Are you planning major renovations for your bathroom?  Do you have a kitchen overhaul in the works?  If you are considering (or currently working on) a DIY project in the kitchen, utility room, or bathroom, you will probably need a rough in plumbing diagram.

What is a rough in plumbing diagram?  Before you can consider creating a rough in plumbing diagram for your project, you probably want to know what it is.  A rough in plumbing diagram is a drawing that shows the current layout of plumbing elements as well as the intended positioning of any new elements you plan to incorporate. 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

In order to repair a bathroom leak, you need to find the leak first. In some cases, a bathroom leak may be easy to repair; it’s a simple drip from a faucet. In other cases, you may see the trail of water, yet have no idea where the origination point is.

Water is one of the most dangerous items in your home. Its something you use every day and can’t live without. Yet if it ends up in places where it shouldn’t be, it can be a huge problem for your home and your family.

One of the most sensitive places in your home is the bathroom. In addition to water in your bathtub, shower, sinks and toilet, you also have condensation from the humidity when you use the bathtub or shower. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when you should do a little repair work on your own; and when its time to call in a plumber.

Aged Faucet

As the faucets on your tub, showers and sinks age, water will deteriorate them from the inside out. While they may still be shiny on the outside, you may begin to notice small drips. If you notice leaks, it means that it is time you replaced the washers. If leaks continue, it may be time to invest in a new faucet. While replacing faucets or fixing drips may be a great DIY project, if you want it done in a timely manner, a plumber can help you install everything quickly and guarantee you don’t have additional water problems. Remember to shut off the water from the main control meter before working on it.

Grout

If you ask a plumber, he will probably tell you that most leaks don’t originate from the pipe; but rather at the grout.  When water from the shower hits and splashes the tiles, a stream of water flows in all directions. If grout is sealed to the tiles, it simply disappears over time. If there are cracks or spaces, water may seep in, penetrating further into your wall boards as time goes on. Repairing this type of leak isn’t hard, although complications may occur while locating the source. If you are able to identify the source, it’s as easy as re-grouting your tiles. If you have any doubts as to the source, a plumber can use his skills and knowledge to find the origination point. Read more

Plumbing Repair Services

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

Is your loved one a fixer-upper type?  Perhaps they are a builder, or maybe they just like to tinker around in their spare time.  Why not give the gift that keeps on giving, and invest in tools this holiday season.

But what kind of tool do you get them and how do you go about finding just the right one?  Here are a few tool shopping tips for those of us who don’t think the hardware stores are the dream locations for a shopping spree.

The basics – Are you buying a gift for someone with a new home? Start with the basics. Every homeowner will eventually need things like hammers, wrenches, and screwdrivers. And if they have a yard, things like shovels, trimmers and clippers will also come in handy. Think basic as you make your way down the aisles, and you are sure to find something they will love. (You may find a thing or two yourself along the way.) Read more

Plumbing Repair Services

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

Is your to-do list growing weekly? Are the handyman jobs around your home piling up?

Many do it yourselfers decide to tackle their lists, heading off for a Saturday morning at the hardware store, only to get further discouraged and put the projects off even longer.

While some jobs can be put off indefinitely – installing the new showerhead really won’t matter one way or the other if its finished in a timely manner. Other problems if left unattended can turn into disasters – a cracked pipe.

If you’re thinking about tackling a DIY project this weekend, there are easy ways to avoid the most common plumbing mistakes.

1. The “Just Get By” Approach

Whether you are putting a new fixture onto your bathroom sink, unclogging a drain, or repairing the toilet, getting lazy and fixing something to “just get by” will lead to mistakes you’ll quickly regret. By using the wrong sized equipment, piping that is the wrong diameter, or using something on hand just to avoid another trip to the store, you could end up with a leaky mess in a short period of time. Read more

Plumbing Repair Services

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

Your house is nothing more than a system, using pipes, lines and wires to make it run effectively. When everything is working, you probably don’t give it a second thought. But if one thing goes wrong, you will quickly find out how much you depend on those pipes, lines and wires.

Your plumbing is a vital part of your life – you and your family use it all of the time. The plumbing pipes you have running in your walls and beneath your home make up your plumbing system. These pipes connect to your city’s water and sewage pipes and interconnect in your home in various ways. Your gas lines are also considered to be a part of your plumbing.

Depending on the year your home was built, and what part of the country you live, plumbing pipes are made out of the following:

PVC – These pipes are one of the most popular plumbing pipes today. PVC pipes do not clog as easily as other pipes and they are more affordable. Read more

Plumbing Repair Services

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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