If you live in the Denver Metro area, there are many ways to take advantage of the current rebate programs that help you become more water wise throughout your home. Denver Water offers several different rebates to help both inside and outside, but what if you don’t live in Denver? Not a problem; many of our local community water boards are committed to water conservation.

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Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority

The ACWWA is currently offering a $100 rebate on the purchase of a qualified high efficiency clothes washer, and up to $50 on the purchase of qualified rain sensors. They will also provide you with free leak detection dye tablets to determine if your toilet is leaking.

Castle Pines

Castle Pines is currently offering complimentary water audits, and a rebate program that focuses in on making irrigation more efficient.

Centennial

Centennial offered rebates on both a qualified toilet purchase, and on rain sensors for your sprinkler system in 2014. They are currently evaluating their 2015 program, and will announce more in March, or check in with their point of contact for more information.

East Cherry Creek Valley

The East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District offers a rebate program on both high efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Customers can qualify for up to $100 credit toilet that consumes 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less, and up to $125 credit for a new Tier 2 or 3 clothes washing machine.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock experienced overwhelming response to its 2014 rebate program, and will be announcing its 2015 plan in March 2015. In years past, they offered incentives to replace water thirsty landscaping with more efficient xeriscape plants, as well as smart irrigation controllers and rain sensors.

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Water. Its one of the most important things to sustain life on earth.

And though much of the earth is filled with water, water issues still plague worldwide health. For instance, close to 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Close to three quarters of a billion people do not have access to clean water. And 6 to 8 million people die each year from the consequences of water related diseases.

But that’s the rest of the world. That’s not right here in America, right?install a water filtration system in your home Install A Water Filtration System In Your Home

Think again. Water scarcity, water pollution, and water quality are all coming into question as we move forward in time.

Before water reaches your home, it goes through an intense water treatment process designed to remove the bad and leave the good. Chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine re added to neutralize bacteria, viruses, parasites and other contaminants that can be harmful to our health. It also goes through a filtration process that eliminates sediment and dirt.

But while our national water filtration system does remove many of the things that have been known to be harmful in the past, there is only so much a nationwide water filtration system can do. Which is why many homeowners are taking it upon themselves to go the next step in making sure their drinking water is as safe as it can be.

Are you thinking of taking the next step with your water treatment process?

Water Softener

For some homes, hard water can have a quick impact. Hard water is a condition in which a number of minerals are present that leave behind white or yellowish deposits near drains or faucets, and quickly build up if not managed. These deposits not only build up by the faucets, they can also accumulate in the pipes, reducing water pressure and eventually requiring plumbing repair or replacement. A water softener replaces minerals like magnesium and calcium with minerals that are easier absorbed, and easier flushed through the system.

Reverse Osmosis

A reverse osmosis system uses water pressure to push your home’s water through a semi-permeable membrane that further eliminates harmful chemicals in your water supply. It takes the water source that enters your home and makes it cleaner. These systems can be integrated into your home’s water supply, or can be retrofitted at individual sources, such as your kitchen sink.

Whole Home Filters

Reverse osmosis is only one of the systems you can install in your home to improve the water condition of your home. A whole home water filter is installed at the point of entry, where the plumbing first enters your home, and continues filtering out contaminants and pollutants.

Want to know the quality of your water supply? The best place to start is with a home water audit. Give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to show you how you can make improvements to your current water supply, creating safer, taste-better water for you and your family.

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When the weather outside is cold and frightful, one of the most comforting places to head is the shower. Nothing feels better than a warm stream of water taking away the stress of the day, leaving you warm and relaxed and ready to take on the world once again.

Yet when the temperature huddles around zero, even jumping in the shower can leave you wanting more heat. What do you do when you just can’t seem to get the right temperature? What do you do if the water always seems too hot or too cold?what if your shower is too hot or too cold What If Your Shower Is Too Hot or Too Cold?

Adjust The Water Heater Temperature

Whether your water heater seems to run hot or cold, it could be because its never been set at the proper temperature. In general, 120 degrees is considered to be the optimum temperature for water heaters. This is warm enough to fight off the growth of bacteria, and warm enough to supply you all the warm water you desire for your shower, tub, or other household chores.

In homes with young children or elderly residents, it is advisable to turn it down from the 120 degrees. Its easy to mistake hot and cold, and even a small burn can be traumatizing to those that don’t expect it.

Adjusting the temperature is an easy process. Some water heaters have a dial that lets you adjust the temperature simply by turning. Other water heaters have a temperature setting hidden behind a panel. After removing the panel, you can easily adjust the gauge with a screwdriver before replacing the panel.

Adjust The Shower Valve

In some cases, it may be easier to adjust the temperature at the source rather than impacting the entire household water supply. The mixture of hot and cold water available in a shower or tub can be controlled by adjusting the shower valve stem, the control found under the faucet. The process will depend on the type of faucet you have in your shower in tub, but in general you’ll follow these steps:

  • Remove the handle with a screwdriver
  • Take off the metal cover to expose the valve stem. You’ll see a plastic piece known as the rotational stop limit located around the valve stem. This is the piece that controls the mixture of hot and cold water. In general, a counter clockwise turn will release more hot water, a clockwise turn will release less.
  • Turn the rotational stop limit a notch in whichever direction desired.
  • Replace the faucet handle and test the water supply. If the temperature still isn’t at the desired level, repeat until you get a comfortable mixture.

If you have further questions, or still can’t seem to get the right adjustment, there may be additional problems either with your fixture or with the water supply. A plumber can help you get to the root of the problem, and bring your water supply back up to the temperature you prefer.

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Contemplating a remodel for the new year? Where should you begin? If you read the home improvement magazines, you know the top rooms to be remodeled are the kitchen and the bathroom – they have the most impact on your life, and will hold or improve the value of your home if you chose to sell.

But there’s another room in your home that may be worth looking at, especially if you have an older home … your laundry room.bring the laundry room out of the basement Bring The Laundry Room Out Of The Basement

The typical American will spend around 7 hours per week doing laundry. Manufacturers of washers and dryers say that the average load takes around 2 hours of time from start to finish. And the tasks involved – collecting the clothes, transporting them, sorting them, washing and drying them, folding or hanging them up, returning them to bedrooms – all take that much longer if you are going from an upstairs bedroom to a dark corner of your basement.

Ease will definitely be impacted if you move your laundry room from the basement up a level, and put it near the mudroom or the kitchen, or move it upstairs and place it by the bedrooms. And you may also add value to your home, as recent studies show those basement laundry facilities can cause the offer on your home to fall by 4 percent or more.

If a new laundry room is on your list of remodel projects, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t a do it yourself project. Laundry rooms need proper plumbing and ventilation in order to operate efficiently; start by speaking with a contractor to make sure your project meets all building code requirements. Costs will depend on where you place the laundry room, and the number of physical changes you make to your home in order to incorporate it into your home.

Space

A spare linen closet near the bedrooms can be adjusted to house a stackable washer and dryer. Or convert a small room into an elegant laundry room. Space is only an issue as you are deciding the number of accessories you choose to build into your laundry room. A standard washer and dryer needs approximately 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Add in sinks, folding tables, ironing boards, and areas to house supplies and detergents, and you can add in a few more feet.

Location

Laundry rooms need a few basic things to function properly. Plumbing and wiring are at the top of the list. Building codes also require flexible ductwork for the dryer and shut off valves for the washer. You may also need a structural engineer to make sure your floor joists can stand the constant movement of a washer. You’ll also have to fully insulate to deaden the sound if it backs to the master bath.

Gas or Electric?

Most dryers run from 30 to 32 inches in depth. You will need enough space for the dryer, plus at least 6 more inches of clearance for venting duct and gas connections (if using gas). Building codes will also determine which door type you’ll need – a vent with a fan is needed to bring in enough air for proper combustion for a gas dryer. You’ll also need to make sure the doorway is large enough to move the washer in and out easily.

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When it comes to home renovation, the master suite is almost always near the top of the list, and with good reason. Who doesn’t want a beautiful retreat with a spa-like feel? And with just a little thought and planning, you’ll create aesthetic appeal that you can enjoy now, and value that will last for years to come.

According to Remodeling Magazine, a bathroom remodel can recoup up to 72 percent during resale. Which means spending the time and doing it right is worth your time both for your enjoyment, and for the potential down the road.master bath trends for 2015 Master Bath Trends For 2015

While there are two simple ways to start planning your master bath remodel – look through remodeling magazines and head to your local home improvement store – there is another way to learn about the latest trends: visit your local plumber. Your local plumber has access to many wholesale products that you won’t find at your big box stores. And whether you are changing the location of your fixtures, or adding in new ones, he can have them all installed and working without leaks or problems.

Want to know what tops the list for master bath trends in 2015? Read on.

Spa Features

When people enter their master bath retreats, they want to enter a whole new world. They want spa-like features they can enjoy in the privacy of their own homes; multi-jetted showers, saunas, water features, organic textures, and designs that make life a little more enjoyable.

Radiant Heating

Tiling is ever-popular throughout a bath; but it leaves something to be desired on cold, winter mornings. Radiant heating allows you to have the natural beauty of stone and tile, while being able to comfortably walk and stand from the moment you awake.

Showers

Showers are no longer just a place to get clean; instead they are designed to release stress from a long, hard day. From steam showers, to multiple shower heads that provide streams from many angels, there are many things you can incorporate to go beyond the norm. And if you want to stay energy efficient in the process, don’t worry. There are ways to enjoy invigorating shower streams and conserve water too.

Fixtures

Big and bold is a sign of the times in 2015. Trends lean towards redefining the master bath experience, adding both functionality and a little personality along the way. Fixtures can be sleek and sophisticated. You’ll also find lighting trends taken to a new level – how about a crystal chandelier?

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It’s a cold morning. The air in your bedroom has yet to be warmed. The floor is icy to the touch. Yet all you have to do is make it to the shower, and you can stand there soaking in the warmth.

Nothing feels better than a warm stream of water working its magic to warm you up for the day. That’s why in many cases, shower options are becoming more elaborate. You can find multi-head shower fixtures, rainfall showerheads, and much more at your local hardware store; everything to make your dream shower a reality.

But is a dream shower a good idea? Water conservation is a big deal; and according to recent headlines, baths could be more eco-friendly than a shower.

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According to studies, the average eight minute shower will use around 17 gallons of water. The average bath uses around 21 gallons.

And of course, this is where variables come in to play. How full do you fill the tub? How large is the tub? Are you using a water wise showerhead? Are you taking a power shower?

But no matter what choices you make, there are ways to reduce your water usage while enjoying your shower too.

Start with a clean showerhead

As you use your showerhead over and over again, build up from mineral deposits in the water occur. Instead of using harsh chemicals to remove the deposits, use an eco-friendlier cleaner of white vinegar instead. If you remove the showerhead, you can submerge it in a bucket of white vinegar for a couple of hours until the mineral deposits can be rinsed away. Or if you choose not to remove the showerhead, fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar and pull up over the showerhead and secure with a rubber band, hair tie, or other fastener. Leave on overnight, then turn the water on and rinse away the remaining mineral deposits. Either way you’ll bring your showerhead back to new-like condition.

Look for low flow showerhead options

Just because you choose to save water doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your shower too. Next time you are at your local hardware store, head down the bath aisle and browse through your options. Because today’s manufacturers know people demand both high quality shower options that save water too, there are many different options to choose from. You can also talk with your local plumber, who can share ideas of manufacturers that aren’t in your common, neighborhood big box stores.

Multiple Showerheads doesn’t mean more water

Since 1992, federal regulations have required that showerheads deliver no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Some companies sidestepped the regulation by interpreting it to mean 2.5 gallons per showerhead, so the solution to more power was to have more streams. In 2010, these regulations were updated to say that a showerhead, no matter how many sprays, nozzles or openings it uses, cannot exceed 2.5 gallon per minute in total. So if you want to update your bathroom and a multi showerhead shower is on your top wish list, install it knowing you will still meet today’s water conservation limits.

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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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In January of 2014, the Lead Free Law went into effect. This new law requires that every plumbing fitting, fixture, pipe and valve that is used to convey water for potable use contain less than 0.25 percent lead by weight. This law was written to ensure that our drinking water is as clean as possible, and comes as lead-free as we possibly can make it.

As a green plumbing company here in the Denver Metro area, we take water seriously. Which is why our job is to help you understand all the impacts this new law has, and how it directly applies to you. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we have about lead free plumbing.

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Who does this Lead Free Law apply to?

This is a national law that effects all 50 US states, and also to Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

How is the Lead Free Law implemented?

The law has been implemented by the EPA, with enforcement of the law given to each of the individual states and territories.

What does the law mandate?

The Lead Free legislation reduces the permissible levels of lead allowed in the wetted surfaces of fittings, fixtures, pipes and valves. That means any plumbing fittings that come in contact with potable water can not contain more than 0.25 percent lead. Products that meet this standard are referred to as lead free.

Why was this new law created?

Individual states began petitioning and creating state laws to protect their citizens. First states to reduce standards for lead in potable water systems were California and Vermont, with laws in effect in 2010. As these laws grew and expanded to other states, the need was quickly transferred to a national level, with full implementation at the beginning of 2014.

How does this law effect me?

As a residential homeowner, the law will impact any service provider you hire to do any maintenance, repair or remodel project within your home. It is illegal to sell or install any plumbing component that connects with your potable water supply if it doesn’t meet the new standards. That means a plumber that uses old or outdated fixtures or fittings will be performing illegal work in your home. And if they are caught, they will face fines or lawsuits, plus the requirement to replace all non-compliant products so they are up to code. As a homeowner, you risk further lead exposure through these non-compliant parts.

To protect yourself and receive the best service possible, always go with a reputable plumbing service company, and be sure to ask about their compliance with the Lead Free Law.

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You’ve decided to do a few home improvement projects this year. As a part of replacing the old with the new, undoubtedly you’ll have a few things in need of disposal. The easiest way and often the most common way to get rid of it is to place it in your trash can and have it hauled to the dump with the weekly pick up service. But as we learn more, that isn’t always the safest thing to do for our environment.

Mercury can be found in many consumer and commercial products. When a mercury product breaks, the exposed mercury can evaporate and become invisible, odorless toxic vapor. And while most of us think of very few things we have in our homes that contain mercury – thermometers and barometers for instance – very few of us know the full extent of how many things in our lives contain mercury. Here are a few things to take into account when you’re replacing them, and proper disposal methods to reduce the overall impact.

 

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Electric Appliances

In years past, washing machines, chest freezers, space heaters and clothes dryers were made with a mercury tilt switch. Mercury tilt switches were built into the lids of washing machines and chest heaters, functioning as on-off switches for lights and other functions. Tilt switches were built inside space heaters to be a shut off switch in case the space heater tipped over. While appliances today are made without mercury tilt switches, if you are trying to dispose of an older model, it is something to keep in mind.

Gas Appliances

Mercury containing thermostat probes were placed in older gas appliances that have pilot lights, such as ovens, water heaters and furnaces. They were sometimes placed as part of the safety valve that prevented gas flow if the pilot light was not lit.

Gas Flow or Gas Pressure Regulators

In homes built before 1961, they often had mercury regulators attached to the gas meters. While the devices do not create spill risks while in service, they do run a risk during the removal and disposal process.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Some heating and cooling units contain mercury switches within the thermostat for climate control devices and switches that start and shut off the systems.

Plumbing

In your home’s plumbing, mercury can reside for many years in sewer pipes, sink traps and sump pumps. Mercury can enter pipes in a variety of ways, including if items were ever broken, discarded or spilled into the plumbing system. Mercury in plumbing can settle at the low points of the system, such as the sump pump or sink trap, and remain there indefinitely.

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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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