Have you decided that for now, you’ll stay in your current home? You love the neighborhood and its close to everything you need.

Yet if you’re going to stay, a few things need to be updated. And one of the easiest places to start is in the bathroom. It won’t be a huge inconvenience, and you can have anything you want in place in a few days, not months like some of the other big projects around the house.

How A Plumber Can Help You Remodel Your Bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom can be fairly easy. Yet if you want to take advantage of the latest technology, and create a modern day experience in your bathroom, talk with your plumber first.

Like every remodeling project, it starts with a strategy. Sure, you could just paint and add a new fixture or two. But if you took it to the next level and installed energy savings features, you could actually add value to your home too. An important factor if you are thinking of selling when the market improves and you find the right house.

So what can a plumber share with you?

They can start with an energy audit and tell you how to improve the efficiency of both your new bathroom, and of your entire home. How long do you spend warming up your shower before you jump in? Did you know there are easy ways to fix it, and make your shower a warm experience immediately? Your plumber knows how, and could easily add a recirculating system that would provide instant hot water everywhere.

Then when you add it to a new multi-sprayer, modern shower experience, you won’t waste hundreds gallons of water waiting for warmth; you can jump right in and experience it all yourself.

Or how about a steam shower? Its one of the newest luxury items that master retreats all over the US are upgrading to. While it can be retrofitted into your existing shower location, it will take a little extra to make sure its installed efficiently. And that’s where your plumber can help.

Then have you ever considered moving from a low flow toilet to a dual flush? Water is our most precious resource, and a plumber can show you how this one feature can help you save even more water over time. How would that compare to another house if a potential buyer were finalizing their choice? Yes, these features could give you the edge.

For many people looking at a bathroom remodel, they may decide to treat it as a DIY project. Yet how did your last DIY project go? Did it last for months instead of days? Can you really be without a functioning bathroom for months? When hiring a plumber, he will get it done the right way the first time.

And you can be enjoying your new bathroom right away, which is even better.

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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

Hot water is something that many of us take for granted in our kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. But what about the other rooms of your home?

For instance, what if you could have hot water in your garage? Well, this is possible if you get a hose bib installed to bring the hot water to your garage.

Plumbing Tip: Install a Hose Bib to Bring Hot Water to Your Garage

Why would you want hot water in the garage?

The question really is: Why wouldn’t you want hot water in your garage? Think of all that you could do in the way of home projects! You will always have hot water ready for mixing materials or rinsing paint brushes. If you are an artist, hot water would be great in the garage. You could have your own art studio with water for painting, clay, and other projects.

Additionally, you can have hot water within reach for many outdoor activities. You can wash the car, fill a hot tub, or wash your dog! You can adjust the temperature to fit your use.

How do you get hot water into the garage?

Hot water doesn’t magically appear without the proper equipment. You need a hose bib that can deliver the hot and warm water to the outside of your house. This is, of course, assuming that you already have a hot water supply line installed.

A plumber can install the hose bib for the best professional results. It is recommended that you get a freeze-proof faucet (otherwise known as a frost-proof bib or hose). A standard hose faucet will freeze because the supply pipe will be connected to the faucet outside the heated house, which exposes the water to freezing temperatures.

Keep in mind the costs of a new hose bib, as well as the fact that you will be using more hot water, which usually means a higher bill.

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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

Your home’s drinking water is a very important factor in the health of you and your family. If your home was built before 1986, there is a possibility that the plumbing pipes could consist of lead materials. If this the case, your home’s drinking water could very well be affected.

How Is Your Plumbing Affecting Your Drinking Water?

Health effects of lead plumbing

Lead plumbing can cause many health effects, and some are very serious. Infants and children under six years of age can have slight deficits in their attention span and learning capabilities as well as have delayed mental and physical development. Adults who are exposed to lead plumbing for a prolonged amount of time can experience kidney issues or high blood pressure.

Homes that have lead pipes

If you are buying a home, you should know that sellers are usually not required to bring the plumbing up to code. This means that you must be extremely diligent about buying older homes. A home inspection in this case is essential to avoid health hazards of contaminated drinking water.

Mitigating plumbing

Your well can be tested to see if the external water source has safe inorganic levels. The water in your household faucets can also be tested to determine whether or not interior household plumbing is a source of contamination.

Inorganic contaminants that may be in your home’s drinking water

Besides lead, other contaminants can be present in your home’s drinking water depending on what type of metal piping your home has. If it has copper pipes, copper or lead can contaminate the water, causing liver or kidney damage. If the pipes are galvanized, you risk exposure to cadmium from natural deposits, which can damage kidneys. Other sources of other contaminants include pollution from industry or natural soils, or even backflow through a cross connection.

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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

Remodeling the bathroom is a great way to add value to your home. It is also a great way to create the ideal ambiance you want in your bathroom.

Plumbing Tips For Redoing Your Bathroom FixturesYour bathroom needs to be a place where you can relax in the solace of a long soak after a hard day at work. It should be a place that is bright and clean – no one wants to use a bathroom that is dark and dirty. When redoing your bathroom, you may not give much thought to the plumbing and fixtures; however, these are crucial elements in your bathroom, and you must put some thought into your choices.

The first choice you have to make before the plumbing can even be finished is choosing a sink. The type of sink you choose will determine the path of the plumbing, so this is not a decision you can put off until the end. There are a variety of sink styles available, including drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, and freestanding pedestal sinks. Choose the sink that best fits the design theme of your bathroom.

When it comes to the faucet, keep the style of the sink and bathroom in mind. Again, there are a wide range of faucet styles available. The faucet is a focal point of the bathroom, so choose one that is worthy of its stature. Faucets come in various prices, so the most attractive one may cost you more – but it will be worth it when it completes the overall look and feel of your bathroom.

Finally, the type of finish that you choose for the faucet will depend on your personal style preference, as well as the design theme of the bathroom. Choose a finish that complements the design theme, but also one that is going to allow for easy cleaning. Taking your time when choosing the fixtures for your new bathroom will ensure that it is the vision of beauty you have in your mind.

Think the only place to design your dream bathroom is the DIY home stores? Think again. Start by working with a plumber and he can make recommendations to help you select the perfect fixtures at the best price available.

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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

Owning a home has its positives and negatives. When everything is running smoothly, its nice to sit back and enjoy the place we call home. But when emergencies strike, it can through our entire world into a tizzy.

And with household emergencies, they usually strike at the most inopportune time. Like when you’re expecting 10 people as guests for a dinner party. Or you have a large presentation at work in a half hour.

3 Signs Its Time To Replace Your Toilet

When your toilet clogs and/or overflows, the resulting mess can take hours to clean. There is no putting it off, shutting the door, and dealing with it in a day or two. You either have to dedicate the time at the moment, or call in a plumbing expert as soon as possible.

Like other appliances throughout your home, there are telltale signs you may be facing a toilet emergency in the near future.

Continuous Clogging

Clogging is usually caused by one of two things. In some cases, objects get flushed down the toilet that aren’t meant to go down. They can either stick right at the base of the toilet, or in some cases make it further down the pipes. In other cases, a build up of minerals over time can cause a blockage, resulting in an obstruction that takes more than a standard flush to eliminate. In either case, the more plunging and snaking you need, the bigger the indication that some of the parts of your toilet need replacing.

Cracks and Leaks

Like everything, toilets will only last so long. If you have an older toilet, water can seep in and cause tiny cracks, which ultimately cause small leaks in and around your toilet bowl. While you may not notice the first crack, gradual leaks turn into big problems over time. When a crack begins to show signs in the form of water in places it shouldn’t be, its time to replace the toilet before it leads to bigger problems.

Constant Repairs

Do you feel like your weekends are spent fixing the toilet? When the stopper in the tank wears out, followed by a faulty toilet handle, at some point its time to question the overall mechanics of your current toilet, and whether it would be better to replace the whole unit.

Toilets today offer energy efficiency and water savings you’ll never find in the older models. Give us a call today for all your plumbing needs.

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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

If you haven’t heard of waterless urinals, they are becoming quite popular, especially with businesses. Waterless urinals are a great alternative to regular urinals because they are cheaper and greener. And nowadays, more businesses and buildings than ever before are looking to save money and be more environmentally friendly.

How Much Water Can Waterless Urinals Really Save You?

So how much water can waterless urinals save? It turns out, quite a lot! First, let’s take a look at how they work:
How do waterless urinals work?

Typically, waterless urinal bodies are constructed of vitreous china or porcelain, similar to standard flush urinals. Most waterless units use a liquid sealer and rely on a density differential between the sealant and the liquid waste. The sealant is less dense than water or urine, which pass through the sealant. The sealant creates a barrier between the liquid waste and the urinal bowl.

How much water can waterless urinals save?

According to manufacturers, a waterless urinal that replaces a standard one-gallon per flush urinal can save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year. Exactly how much water you will save really depends on what type of urinal you’re replacing.

Types of waterless urinals

There are two different types of liquid-seal urinals. One type is the cartridge design, which uses various types of disposable cartridge inserts that fit into the custom-designed urinal base. The cartridges collect sediment and direct the flow of liquid waste to the drain. They also work to block odors. The integrated-trap design uses a liquid sealant instead of a cartridge. It separates the waste from the urinal bowl through a fixed basin trap or a trap built into the urinal body.

There is another kind of waterless urinal that uses a flexible silicone diaphragm instead of a liquid seal. The diaphragm lets liquid waste pass through, and then it seals in order to stop sewer gases from expelling into the room.

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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

October is National Toilet Tank Repair Month, so now is the time to make sure your toilet is in perfect working condition.

As a homeowner, you know how costly a water leak can be. If you have a leaky faucet, you know you have a problem, and you can quickly address it. The toilet, on the other hand, can be a bit sneakier when it comes to detecting leaks.

Celebrating National Toilet Tank Repair MonthYour toilet could be leaking right now, and you may not even realize it. You may see an increase in your monthly water bill, but you may not know where the problem lies because you cannot see or hear any leaks.

The source of your rising water bill could be your toilet. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to determine if your toilet is leaking. Of course, if there is water dripping around the valve leading into your toilet or out of the tank onto the floor, it is easy to see where the leak is.

If the problem is a leaky flapper inside your toilet tank, it can be harder to detect. All you need to do is add a few drops of dark food coloring to your tank. If the dye appears in the bowl of your toilet, you need a new flapper.

In celebration of National Toilet Tank Repair Month, here are a few things you should remember when it comes to maintaining your toilet.

  • If you notice that the water constantly flows into your bowl after flushing, try adjusting the ball/chain float in the tank.
  • If you have to jiggle the handle to stop the water from running after flushing, you may need a new handle.
  • In general, every two years, replace the fill valve and the flapper to keep your toilet in good condition and help prevent any running water or leaks.
  • Consider installing a low-flow toilet that requires less water per flush to help preserve water and protect the environment.

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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

Showers accounts for almost a third of your home’s total water consumption on average. A typical shower uses up to 25 gallons of water, and the average person uses around 100 gallons of water a day.

Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?

Huge Returns with a Low Flow ShowerheadFortunately, there is a way to reduce your water usage and still get a thorough and enjoyable shower. Using a low flow showerhead can save you water and money, so it makes sense to swap your current showerhead for a low flow version. Drought conditions plague many parts of the country, and you can do your part to save water and money, while still getting ample water pressure.

What is a low flow shower head?

A low flow shower head is a water-saving shower head that provides a quality shower that has good water pressure. It’s a wise investment for homeowners because it saves water and money, making your home more efficient. There are two types of low flow shower heads. The most common type is the aerating shower head, and it mixes air with the water. The other kind is a non-aerating shower head which does not introduce air into the water stream.

Why should you use a low flow shower head?

Low flow showerheads cut bathing water consumption anywhere from 50 to 70 percent. This is a great way to help the environment. You will also see the savings on your water bill. A family of four can save over 25,000 gallons of water per year, which adds up to $250 or even more. Along with saving water, your hot water heater will use less energy since it will have less water to heat.

Are low flow shower heads difficult to install?

Low flow showerheads are easy to install and will take minutes. Simply take a standard set of pliers and turn the fastener counter-clockwise to remove the old shower head. Next, turn the fastener on the new Energy Star shower head clockwise to fasten. They are also fairly inexpensive, and it’s money that is well spent!

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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

Do You Really Need Soft Water?

If you live in an area that is notorious for having hard water, you may be considering the benefits of installing a water softener. Water softeners do just that – they soften your water. However, just because you have hard water does not necessarily mean that you have water that is hard enough to require a softener. Knowing if you really need soft water or not can help you make your decision.

  • The first thing you need to do is have your water tested by an independent company. You need to find out exactly how hard your water really is. You are looking for water with a hardness level between 80-100 mg/L. Anything over 200 is poor water, but somewhat tolerable. Anything over 500 is much too hard.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of installing a water softener. Yes, you will have softer water, which will allow for more lather when you bathe. It can even make your washing machine and dishwasher operate more efficiently because the minerals will not be building up inside the machine. However, it costs money to install and operate a water softener. There is also a possibility of your pipes starting to corrode.
  • If you decide that a water softener is the best option, use it wisely. Do not use the softened water for drinking or cooking. Instead, use it for bathing, laundry, and cleaning. You will also want to invest in a quality water softener and ensure that it has a reliable warranty. Make sure you provide your water softener with proper maintenance to help extend its life.

The decision of installing a water softener or living with the hard water is a personal choice. Unless your water is so drastically hard (above 500 mg/L), a water softener may not be a necessity. Consider the advantages and disadvantages carefully and make the choice that is right for you and your family.

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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

Ahh, your rainshower is one of your favorite things in the world … until it doesn’t work.

When you turn on the showerhead and the water doesn’t flow at the same level it once did, it might not be the water, it may be your showerhead itself.

How To Remove Mineral Deposits On Faucets And ShowerheadsFaucets and showerheads are made in a unique way. They are designed to direct water in a certain direction. To do this, they don’t have a wide open hole, instead they have tiny screens and/or holes that allow jet sprays to come through.

Typically household water carries dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium through the plumbing system and out of your faucets and showerheads. As the water evaporates, tiny minerals are left behind to build up on or around the outflow of the opening. Over time, these minerals accumulate as hard, scaly deposits that can look bad and block the flow of your water.

The easiest way to reduce buildup is to wipe off the faucet with a damp rag and dish detergent on a regular basis. Focus on the underside of the spout and the back of the fixture where water drips on a regular basis.

Have tougher stains? Start with natural cleaners – lemons. Wipe down faucet lime deposits with a lemon half or with lemon juice. Mild citric acid dissolves the minerals quickly, yet won’t harm the fixture itself. It can be used on chrome, brass or copper faucets without harm.

Still have stubborn stains? Try vinegar. Wipe a little vinegar onto the problem area and let stand a few minutes before rinsing. You can also combine vinegar with baking soda to form a paste and scrub it onto the stain with a toothbrush. Let stand for up to a half an hour and wipe clean.

For shower heads, pour 1/3 cup vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it around the head with a rubber band. Leave for two to three hours, wipe off deposits and scrub any remaining deposits with a toothbrush.

If your faucet has a aerator, you can clean the deposits by twisting off the small faucet insert that contains the screen. Flush out any debris, and use a toothbrush to remove stubborn deposits. If deposits remain, soak the aerator in a small bowl of vinegar for up to an hour.

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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

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