One of the riskiest rooms in your home as you age is the bathroom. And nothing could be more risky than taking a step up and over the side of the tub, especially as mobility issues increase.

Traditional bathtubs present a risky situation for both the elderly and for people with mobility issues. An easy solution is to install a walk in bathtub, a special tub designed with a door that open and closes, giving you easy access to walk in and sit down safely without having to take large steps.

Pros and Cons of Walk In Bathtubs

How do walk in tubs work?
Most walk in tubs are designed with a door that open and closes on the front or the side of the tub. The door gives the user the ability to get into the tub without having to lift their legs high over the threshold in order to get in. When the door is closed, it creates a seal that allows the water to stay in the tub, and won’t flood the floor. Most also come with fast draining features so the occupant won’t have to stay in the tub long after use, waiting for it to drain.

Why are walk in tubs safer?
The obvious obvious advantage to install a walk in tub is it makes bathing easier for people with mobility issues. Without having to take large steps, the risks of falling are reduced considerably. Walk in tubs are specifically designed for people with mobility issues, so they also come with a variety of other safety features, such as handrails, seats and floors made from skid-proof textures, and pads that can help users keep their heads above water.

What problems can walk in tubs cause?
In order to use a walk in tub, you must enter it before filling it up. That means the user may get chilled while adjusting to the right temperature and filling up the tub. The user will also have to be patient and allow the tub to drain before getting out. While most tubs come with quick fill features, and fast draining, it important to keep in mind that the best will increase the pricing of the tub. Because walk in tubs are larger and require more water than traditional tubs, some homes may need a new hot water heater in order to keep up with the demand.

Walk in tubs offer a variety of features, including adjustable bubble jets, adjustable shower heads, and more. While some can be retrofitted into the space you currently have, others may require a bit more remodeling in order to make them fit into your existing space. Professional installation is required. If you would like to talk more about installing a walk in tub into your home, give us a call today.

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What’s one of the most exciting things you can do to your home? Remodel. It allows you to add your own personal touch to each space, changing things up and making them perfect for the way you live.

The great thing about remodeling in today’s world is if you can dream it, you can do it. If you are the creative type, and want your home to be different from anything you would find in your neighborhood, you will find it with a little patience and research.

Plumbing Hardware – Adding Uniqueness To Your Bathroom

While installing new sinks, new toilets, new showers new tubs, new flooring and new colors are important to your overall look and feel, the details come from the plumbing hardware. Plumbing hardware can come in a variety of colors, a variety of styles, with multiple functions, and create any ambiance you desire. Want old fashioned charm? Not a problem. Want sleek and modern? There are many options there too.

There are a many ways to go about finding unique plumbing hardware. While you can find a variety of options at your local big box store, uniqueness won’t be a part of it if you limit your shopping there. They choose consumer grade; something that will please the masses.

To move beyond the norm, you can start by doing a simple Google search. There are many resources out there to help you find the hardware you are looking for.

If Google doesn’t provide you with the right look, you can head out to look through flea markets and antique shops in your local area. While antique plumbing fixtures can add beauty and originality, be sure you understand what each fixture is made from. Many fixtures dating back decades were made from lead, meaning they can be dangerous if installed in your home and connected to a main water supply.

If you have any questions about plumbing hardware, the best place to start is with a plumber. With decades of experience behind us, we have many resources available to help you find the look you are trying to achieve.

For example, we understand wanting to find an original look and choosing antique hardware to compliment the rest of your bathroom’s décor. We have many manufacturers that we trust that can provide you with the perfect fixture, while providing modern day assurances that your water supply will be safe from contaminants such as lead, and can even provide you with low flow functionality to help reduce your water consumption. (Something that was never considered decades ago.)

Finding the right fixture can help you make first impressions in any room in your home. Let us help you with your remodeling project today.

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“This is the year that I’m finally upgrading my master bathroom. I’ve dreamed of having a great shower, one with his and her showerheads, walk-in space so I don’t have to worry about cleaning clear glass doors, and one with lots of extra features like built in seats and wall niches for bottles. Can I take out the tub, which I never use anyway? Or will that hurt resale down the road? Any other suggestions?”

Plumbing Tips: Must Haves In A Shower Remodel

When it comes to bathroom remodels, they are top on the list for adding value to your home. But if you are thinking of upgrading your master bath with an elegant shower and removing the tub, keep in mind that it will change the terms of how your home is listed. Five piece baths include both the tub and the shower; to some people it’s a deal breaker. That said, an elegant shower with lots of benefits (and bells and whistles) can add value to those that love their showers. And as long as you have at least one tub somewhere else in your home, it shouldn’t negatively impact resale value.

When you start planning for a shower remodel, spend some time contemplating the best features for your situation. Showers can be simple and be easy to install on a DIY budget, or can be a significant investment by adding multiple water features.

  • Do you want to include universal design features into your shower that will give your flexibility as you age?
  • How large of a shower do you desire? What space does it currently occupy, and how do you see the space once the remodel is complete?
  • What water features do you see in your new space? How will the water supply need to be moved?
  • What built in features are important? Seats? Shelves?
  • What maintenance level are you willing to accept? Clear glass shower doors require more maintenance than walk in showers with floor to ceiling tiles.
  • What extra features do you want – steam showers, hand held showerheads, etc?
  • How does your budget match your list of wants and desires?

Its easy to get caught up in the details of design – what color tile to install, or falling in love with the perfect rainshower. Yet before you decide on the details, its important to create a space that works not only for you, but for your home as well. While simple remodels can often be DIY projects, more complex projects should always use contractors for advice and optimal results.

As a plumber, we can provide you with advice on how to move and add water to new places within your bathroom layout, and can help you choose fixtures that you won’t find at your local big box stores, often for better pricing too.

A shower is a big investment and all of these choices should be carefully considered. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to provide you with a quote, and provide advice to help you make the best decisions for your home.

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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.

Don’t Live In Denver? 2015 Water Rebates Are Available In Many Cities

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

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?

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

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

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?

How can we help you make your master bath remodel a success?

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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.

How To Give Your Shower More Power Without Wasting Water

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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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

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.

How To Trace A Water Leak In Your Plumbing

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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