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.

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

Picture this. It’s a torrential downpour once again here in Colorado. Unfortunately, its been repeating the afternoon downpour for several days in a row. Your system simply can’t handle any more. So this new burst of rainwater overwhelms your home’s sewer system or your sump pump. You come home in the evening to raw sewage seeping up through your drains into your toilets, tubs, and even flooding your basement.

Its one of the worst nightmares a homeowner can face. This situation can easily run into the thousands of dollars for repair, impacting your floors, walls, furniture, personal items, structure, and even your health.Are You Covered For Sewer Backups?

Not to worry. A quick call to your insurance agent will get the ball rolling. You’ll be back to normal before you know it.

Or will you?

Many homeowners facing this very situation often find themselves in a bad position. In many cases, a sewer system backup is not covered under the standard homeowners insurance policy, and are not covered by flood insurance. Which means as a homeowner, you are now responsible for the entire clean up process all on your own.

Start by giving your insurance company a call today and see if you are covered if the above event happened to you. Its more common than you think here in Colorado – we see it happen every summer when the rains set in.

Now lets talk about your sewer line.

Most homeowners don’t realize they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the main sewer line – the pipe that runs from your house to the municipality’s sewer main usually located under the street. If any of that breaks, cracks, leaks, collapses, or deteriorates enough to cause problems, you are responsible for the repair.

The most common things that affect a sewer line are:

Aging sewer systems – more than half of our nations sewer lines are over 30 years old. Your system is more at risk the longer your subdivision has been in existence.

Combined pipelines – newer systems combine the sewage and drainage systems for storm water into the same line. During intense storms, these can quickly become overfilled, backing up into low lying areas, including your basement.

Landscaping – those big trees and bushes you love can always be the root of the problem. Shrubs and tree roots search for water, and the sewage line may be the perfect target.

Blockage – if a main is blocked by some outside force, it will cause the system behind it to backup too. If yours is in the path, it can quickly become your problem.

To prevent sewer line backups:

  • Dispose of grease, garbage, and other substances in the trash rather than your garbage disposal.
  • Use appropriate paper products – flushable wipes, paper towels, diapers, and feminine products should never be flushed.
  • Audit your pipes on a regular basis to look for problems that are in the beginning phase.
  • Install a backwater prevention valve. They can be installed into a sewer line in the basement of your home to prevent sewer backups.

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

When you hear the word plumbing, chances are you think of the internal water system working throughout your home. But in reality, plumbing is a whole lot more.

The entire water system – from drinking water to waste water – is an intricate system that gives us our modern day society. Pipes? Water mains? Sewer systems? Sewage treatment plants? Yes, the entire process is built to control millions of gallons of water and waste every day.The Plumbing System – Beyond Your Home

Along the way we add chemicals at every single stage of the process to create an ecosystem that allows us to live in a healthy way. Or in some cases, maybe a not so healthy way. We add chlorine to disinfect our water supply. When people dump antibiotics down the toilet, it impacts what we drink. Metals may be throughout the system both protecting the pipes and in some cases eating away at the design.

And of course it also comes down to the sewage treatment plants and the bacteria that is formed to break down our waste and keep the entire process running day in and day out.

Our current system was designed and created decades ago. While we update and fix things along the way, we’re also reaching a turning point in our current modern day systems.

Think of our sewage pipes as the veins of our cities; the drinking water pipes are the arteries. To have a complete system, both must be kept at optimal levels all the time. Yet both are currently in trouble.

Because of age, the sewage pipes are currently experiencing an unanticipated level of corrosion. And its mainly because of bacteria in the system.

One set of microbes in the system emits hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives raw sewage its unpleasant smell. This gas fills the empty space between the pipe and the water flow.

Another set of microbes lives in the headspace and turns the hydrogen sulfide into sulfuric acid, which eats away at the concrete and produces a powdery material called gypsum – similar to what you would find in drywall.

As this occurs over time, the pipes get weaker and weaker – think of wet drywall throughout the system.

This is what is currently happening throughout our systems. And its something that is currently being addressed right now.

Many solutions are being used and tested right here in the communities we live in. One solution involves replacing all pipes with a plastic alternative. One solution is a new type of concrete that can be sprayed on the inside of existing pipes, introducing small amounts of charcoal and bacteria killing metals into the system. Think of it as introducing good bacteria into the system to counter the bad acting bacteria, neutralizing they process.

In either case, it is something we need to take seriously as we enter the coming years. We can’t continue to fool ourselves into thinking our drinking water is sterile. It has its problems and if we don’t do things now to prevent further disruption, it could be a problem each of us has to deal with in our homes in the very near future.

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

In April 2013, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that allows Coloradoans to use graywater.

Graywater refers to the portion of wastewater that is collected from fixtures within residential, commercial or industrial buildings before being treated or combined with other wastewater. It can include water discharge from bathroom sinks, bathtubs, showers, laundry machines, and other authorized sources.

Graywater does not include the soapy debris-filled wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, dishwashers, or nonlaundry utility sinks.Colorado Graywater Laws

With the new law in place, buildings now can be outfitted to collect graywater, store it in a holding tank, then use it to fill toilets or irrigate outdoor systems. Outdoor irrigation will have to use a drip system to prevent the wastewater from aerosolizing, making the wastewater safe for the general public.

Graywater is not safe to drink, but is perfectly acceptable for use in both toilets and irrigation systems. And graywater could also reduce costs of treating water because it goes directly from laundry or sink into a holding tank, as opposed to completing the entire recycle, retreatment process before entering your location once again.

It would also be a cost savings during drought conditions, as graywater can account for as much as 30 percent of our water consumption. Without the need for recycling and retreatment, an individual residential or commercial location could immediately begin watching what they use and consciously make the decision to reutilize its water for other uses.

The new law empowers any city or county to pass a resolution that will allow the use of graywater for regulated uses. Which means if you are thinking of using graywater within your own community, you’ll have to first check with your local city and county to find out what regulations are in place.

If you have any further questions, we’d be happy to help you decide what the best systems are for your current location and situation.

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

Start With An Energy Efficiency Audit

To find out the areas your home is lacking in, start with the one thing that can show you right where to go … a home energy efficiency audit. These audits are performed by professionals to show you where your efficiency can be improved and what it will take to increase its efficiency.

Top 7 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Seal The Leaks

Have you ever knelt down by a door or stood in front of a window and received an instant burst of cold? That leak is allowing your heat and your money to escape out into the world. A good place to start is either seal up those cracks and holes or replace your doors and windows with more energy efficient ones. But don’t forget there are other ways into your home too. Is your basement allowing in the cold? How about the attic? In order to improve your home, you’ll need to look at every room in your home.

Insulation

How old is your home? If its more than a few years old, chances are your insulation is inadequate. Studies show that more than half of all homes in America are under-insulated. With today’s technology, there are many ways to fully insulate your home. Start with new insulation in your attic, but don’t stop there. Are your pipes properly protected from the cold? How about your water heater? Is warm air leaking through your roof? There are many places for warm air to escape; an audit can show you where its leaking and how to fix it.

Duct Work

Every home has ducts, a way to carry heat and cooling throughout your home. The EPA also estimates that your duct work is also one of the biggest places in your home that allows air to escape. Be sure to check for leaks regularly and use a duct sealant to shut out and repair leaks in exposed ducts.

Programmable Thermostat

Rather than playing the “up down” game all day as you come and go, rely on a programmable thermostat instead. By programming your temperatures throughout the day, you’ll save an estimated 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. And its always nice to have a warm home before you get out of bed on a cold, snowy morning.

Replace Old Equipment

In every home, there are always equipment and appliances that you are hoping will hold out one more year. They are also your weakest point. A new heating and cooling system can instantly make your home more efficient. Even replacing an electric stove with a gas line, or upgrading to a gas dryer can make all the difference in the world.

Install A New Water Heater

Heating the water for your home takes anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of the annual energy usage in your home. With that much riding on efficiency, the water heater is a perfect choice for upgrading. In today’s world, you have a variety of choices. While media would have you believe a tankless water heater is best, here in Colorado that isn’t always so. Tankless water heaters have their problems too. We can show you how to improve efficiency using things like recirculating systems and 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

No matter where you are in your home, inside or out, when you have something to dispose of, one of the first gut reactions is to send it down the drain.

What we put down the drain inside and outside our homes all take their toll on our environment. Studies show that nearly half of all above ground water sources are contaminated by human activity. What are the biggest polluters? What should you do instead?

What You Should Never Put Down The Drain

1. Grease

You’re cooking a meal. The grease accumulates. What to do? Send it down the drain, right? Stop! Grease not only backs up your drains, it can also clog the entire system within your neighborhood. If you’ve ever put grease in a jar and left it sit, you know what happens. It hardens and sticks to its surrounding area. The same happens to your pipes. As it moves through your pipes, it slowly gets thicker and harder, attaching itself to the inside of your pipes. That may occur in yours, or it may make it out into the neighborhood. Either way, the eventual impact to your system can be devastating. Find an old jar or coffee can and store grease in there instead.

2. Motor Oil

You’re still one of the ones who likes getting dirty in your garage. An oil change? Why bring it in when you can do it yourself. Yet the problem lies in what to do with it after you’ve changed it. Whatever you do, don’t pour used motor oil into the storm drain. Storm drains head directly into local waterways, and just one gallon of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of water. If you use a professional oil changing business, they recycle their used motor oil. If you do it yourself, find a place that will take it back and recycle. It.

3. Pet Waste

Heading out for a walk sounds like the perfect thing to do on a warm spring day. If you have a dog, bring him along. He’ll always enjoy the smells and the exercise. No matter how far you go, invariably he’ll give you an opportunity or two to lean over and pick up his poop. Never leave it behind as pet waste is considered raw sewage because it contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can easily be transmitted to humans. When it rains, these parasites and bacteria can be washed into nearby storm drains, and ultimately into our water supply. Better to pick it up and put it in a trashcan instead.

4. Prescriptions

The old adage from years ago was to take old and outdated prescriptions and flush them away. Now we know the harm that can do. These compounds have been known to cause disturbing changes to fish and other aquatic life in rivers and streams. And in some cases long term exposure runs full circle and ends up back in our own drinking water, impacting our overall health as well. Instead, return your old medicines to pharmacies that follow proper guidelines for recycling and disposing of your medications.

5. Fertilizers and Pesticides

We all want a green, lush lawn. And those pesky little ants; a few squirts and they will never return. Its easy to solve our problems easily with whatever happens to be on sale at the store; but is it the safest thing? Probably not. When we use too much fertilizer on our laws, the excess gets picked up and drains off into our storm drains. As the nutrients build, they cause algae to bloom and begin absorbing the oxygen in the water supply. That literally chokes the life from the water creatures that help improve our water supply. To avoid that, choose only the chemicals you truly need, and apply selectively when needed.

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

Plumbing problems are a huge headache for homeowners everywhere. Not only do you have to deal with the physical repairs, you have to deal with cleanup and with the costs.

Plumbing costs can vary greatly. There are various costs associated with even the smallest of problems, such as a clogged drain. The costs you can expect to pay depend on the exact problem. Smaller issues will have lower associated costs; larger issues will have higher associated costs.

A Guide To Plumbing Costs

One cost you will always pay is the cost of the plumber. Some plumbers charge an upfront fee for the visit to your home. Hourly rates can add up quickly for those more difficult plumbing problems. Other costs you have to consider are weekend and holiday rates – these are normally more expensive than visits made during regular business hours. Emergency visits are also more expensive.

Unfortunately, most homeowners only look for a plumber when an emergency arises – the worst time to be on the hunt for a great, ethical plumbing service. When choosing a plumber to meet your needs, it is best to have your plumber chosen before you have a plumbing problem. Hire a plumber for a small job or two before an emergency arises to “test” the waters. What is their customer service like? How do they contract and charge? Its easier to ask questions when you’re not in an emergency situation.

Be sure and choose a licensed plumber to ensure that the work is of the highest quality. When comparing hourly rates, read the fine print to check for hidden costs – a lower hourly rate does not always mean the lowest price. Overall, plumber costs can be expensive. However, with a little bit of planning and some comparison shopping, you can ensure that your plumbing costs are affordable.

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

When your drain fails to work as it is intended, the first thing you reach for is probably the plunger. If that doesn’t work, you may consider chemical drain cleaners, but any professional will tell you that these chemicals can do more damage than good.

The best thing to do when your drain is clogged is to call a plumber. A plumber uses specific techniques and tools to unclog your drain without causing damage and in a manner that is safe for both him and you … and for the environment.How A Plumber Unclogs Your Drain

Drain snake – one of the first things your plumber will try is a drain snake. This type of tool is basically a corkscrew on a flexible line. It is normally made of hard metal. The plumber will push the snake down your drain until he reaches the clog. Then, he can manually turn the snake to push through the clog or, if it is powered by electricity, he can turn it on and let it work its magic. A drain snake can eliminate the most stubborn clogs and even push through tree roots and other hard obstructions.

Hydro-jet – this type of tool utilizes pressurized water to blast through the clog. The hydro-jet uses hot water at a very high pressure to force the clog on down the drain, to wash away greasy clogs, and to thoroughly clean your pipes. When your plumber uses this type of tool, you can expect the clog to be eliminated – and it may never come back after the deep cleaning provided by the pressurized water.

When your drain is clogged and a plunger just won’t work, don’t reach for the drain cleaner. Your plumber would never use harsh chemicals to remove a clog. Instead, let the pros use the best tools and techniques to eliminate your clog and get your drain flowing again.

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

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.

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

Carbon monoxide may be one of the most lethal, potential problems we live with every day. Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste. Your lungs can’t tell when they are breathing in carbon monoxide and warn you about its implications.

10 Things In Your Home That Can Increase Your Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When carbon monoxide enters your body, it attaches to the hemoglobin with 200 times greater binding affinity than oxygen. Hemoglobin is what carries the oxygen all over your body, sustaining life as we know it. If oxygen can’t bind to the hemoglobin because CO is already occupying the space, the various parts of your body become oxygen starved, meaning they aren’t getting enough nutrition to sustain life.

It can happen quickly or slowly, depending on the levels of CO entering your body. With an estimated 200 people dying each year from CO poisoning, monitoring your home for carbon monoxide levels is something to take seriously. Problem can arise from many things, including:

1. Gas range

2. Gas dryer

3. Gas fireplace

4. Boiler

5. Central heating system

6. Water heater

7. Blocked flues and chimneys in your home can stop CO gas from escaping

8. Smoking cigarettes causes a rise in CO blood levels

9. Gas grills and fire pits

10. A running car will produce a lethal level of CO in a closed garage within ten minutes

Anything in your home using gas to operate can be a potential risk hazard if not properly maintained. New equipment that is properly installed and properly maintained should produce negligible quantities of CO gas. If the appliance isn’t serviced regularly or is operated outside of its guidelines has an increased risk of being a problem.

What can you do?

First, make sure you use all appliances and equipment according to manufacturers guidelines. When in doubt, call in a professional to make sure you are meeting guidelines.

Next, make sure you have a properly operating carbon monoxide detector system within your home. Consult with a professional to determine proper location.

Finally, maintain all appliances on a regular basis. Its important to call in a gas professional – a plumber has full gas certification – to check out all appliances, especially at the beginning of the season when you’ll be using an appliance more.

Its always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping your home and your family safe.

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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