There is one appliance in your home that receives its fair share of daily use. Yet chances its not one of the things that makes your list when you talk about remodeling or upgrading.

Its your toilet.

The life expectancy of a toilet can vary greatly, but like everything in our homes, there comes a point in time when replacing it is the better solution. How do you know if you’ve reached that point?

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Cracks can occur either in the tank or in the bowl. In many cases they are hard to spot. If a crack goes unnoticed, it can quickly grow and build, releasing a flood of water in a short period of time. A simple way to determine if you have a crack is to drop a few drops of food coloring in to the tank. Wait a few minutes. If the food coloring seeps into the bowl, you have a leak and it may be caused by a crack.

Age

If your home was built in the 80s or before, and the toilet has never been upgraded, you are still operating with a full flush toilet. Toilets from this era used 3.5 gallons of water or more with every flush. In 1992, the Energy Policy Act was signed into law, making 1.6 gallons per flush a maximum for all new toilets produced. With today’s technology, you can find low flow toilets at this water level and below – ever considered a dual flush toilet in your home? You may be surprised by all the options available to you.

Cost

When a toilet reaches a certain point, you may be spending more on replacement parts then you would by replacing the entire toilet. If you’ve replaced a part more than once per year, its time to look at replacing the entire unit rather than working your way through part by part.

Clogs

A toilet constantly clogs, it may be time for an upgrade. Especially with an older low flow toilet, if you find yourself consistently plunging, or flushing more than once on a regular basis, it’s a wise decision to upgrade.

Have any questions about your toilet or your plumbing? One of our licensed plumbers can assess your situation and give you the best options for repair and/or replacement. Give us a call today.

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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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How much water do you think you use every day? Chances are your numbers are low. When people become aware of how much they use, its easier to find ways to reduce the amount of water, and conserve for a better future.

How many gallons of water does it take to flush a toilet?

According to Denver Water, the average gallons used per flush is 2.4. You can reduce water in two ways: flush less, or install a new toilet that uses even less water. This is especially important if your toilet was installed before 1996, when toilets used 3 or more gallons per flush. You can also consider a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose the amount of water used depending on what needs to be flushed.

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How many gallons of water does it take to use the shower?

The average person uses about 16 gallons of water to take a shower. The most obvious way to cut down on shower water usage is to take shorter showers. You can also increase efficiency by installing a low flow showerhead. Make sure its labeled WaterSense, and it will save up to 20 percent over a more conventional showerhead.

How much water does it take to do a load of laundry?

The average clothes washer uses an average of 30 gallons per load. If you do one load of laundry per day, that can add up to a lot of water. To save, you can reduce the number of loads and make sure you always start the washer with a full tub. You can also look into purchasing a more efficient washer. By choosing an Energy Star washer, you will save up to 15 gallons of water per load, and will save on your energy bill as well.

These are the three largest water usage items a residential home will use during the year. Did you predict how much water you truly use?

That’s the first step in conserving. Start now by making a plan to do one or more things to reduce your water this year. All it takes is a little work from all of us to make a huge difference. Start today.

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April is Safe Digging Month, and as the weather gets nicer, it’s the perfect time to get out and start making improvements to your yard. Before you dig, know where your plumbing, electric, and other underground cable are before you dig to put in new landscaping. – Get Info

April is also the start of the warm season here in Colorado, which means water consumption goes up tenfold as our landscaping breathes new life.spring fever plumbing tips for saving water Spring Fever – Plumbing Tips For Saving Water

Before you pull out the garden hose, think about the amount of water you use, and look for ways to conserve.

The easiest way is to start on the inside with the basics. Every water fixture in your home now has the ability to be more water friendly.

Low flow toilets can reduce the average flush from 3 to 5 gallons, down to a mere 1.6 gallons. Dual flush toilets can reduce it further, giving you the option of being able to flush with different levels of water, depending on what it going down the drain.

Low flow faucets can be installed in every room in your home. And if you normally leave the water run for a few minutes to warm up before using, consider a recirculating system that will give you instant hot water at any time.

If you haven’t replaced appliances in awhile, look for energy star rated products that can help with your overall efficiency. Make sure washers and dishwashers are full before running.

When heading outside, look to your irrigation method and conserve where possible. If you use a manual system, be careful about how long you leave the hose in each setting. For automatic systems, consider a rain detection system to avoid watering when your lawn is saturated.

When maintaining your landscaping, always cut your grass at the highest recommended height – longer grass means less chance of burning and a need for water. Don’t over fertilize and use pesticides only when necessary. And invest in Colorado landscaping – plants that are native to our area and don’t require a large amount of water to stay alive.

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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.denver city park 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.

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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.

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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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With the amount of water we’ve received right here in Colorado this past month, its easy to assume we have more than enough water to go around. Yet in many ways too much water does just as much damage as not enough.

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That part never changes.

And with the onset of flooding means our community experiences unhealthy and often contaminated drinking water supply. That’s why you see people rushing in to buy as much bottled water as possible.

In the coming years, more people mean more need for a clean and healthy water supply. And statistics continually show Colorado as being one of the top destinations when people consider relocating.

Up to 40 percent increased expected water demand over the next couple of decades is a possibility. Increase water demand comes from a variety of uses and needs, including a growing population, increased agricultural needs, industrial water use, and water needed for energy production.

Water is an ever-flowing resource. Just because it comes down in droves over a period of time doesn’t mean we can capture and use it for the foreseeable future. It runs off and runs down stream. It evaporates and recycles into our environment. It continually flows into the water cycle here on earth.

It also changes our systems that have been built as a part of our infrastructure. Look at the change of the land after a flood or fire wipes out trees and landscaping. With nothing to block, hold or absorb the water, it has nowhere to go but downstream. And if it’s a lot of water, there is a lot more potential for disaster.

This year, Colorado has had more than its share of problems. Fire, floods – its all impacted a great deal of people throughout our community. While these are problems we have to deal with now, it also links to a much greater problem down the road. This problem might have impacted us here today; yet tomorrow it will have similar impacts in other parts of the world.

The problem of water is local as well as global. With a finite amount of water on earth, its something we must think of and take care of, no matter what are current water supply looks like here in Colorado.

Whether you were impacted by the fires or floods, or simply think of it when you pull out a glass for your drink of water, remember water conservation is something we all are a part of. Do your part – it will impact you and your family for generations to come.

And if you want to see what your current water consumption rate looks like, or to have a water audit performed to see where you can save, give us a call.

We are the original green plumbers here in Colorado, and we take our job seriously.

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Your Home and Water Where Can You Save Your Home and Water – Where Can You Save?

When it comes to your home and water, water is one of the biggest things we use every day. You may not think about it, but water is involved in just about every task. Wash clothes – you’ll use water. Make dinner – you’ll use water. Grab some ice for your favorite drink – you’ll use water.

Even though water is an important part of operating our home, most of the water we use is for our house – not for our bodies. In fact, only about 1 percent of all of the water coming into our homes ever ends up going into our bodies.

Yep, 99 percent of the water is not used for drinking. Instead its used for every day tasks, which is why in the industry, people call this type of water the “working water”.

While it is important to consider the condition of the water going into your body, its equally important to understand how to best conserve the working water you use in your home every day. If your working water isn’t top quality, it can impact your life in many different ways. It can impact your expensive appliances. It can impact what it touches, like your plants, your pets, or even your skin in the shower. Read more

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celebrating national water quality month Celebrating National Water Quality MonthIf you have ever been appreciative of your water, there is no better time than August to show your appreciation. August is National Water Quality Month! It is a month to remember that the quality of water is essential to the survival of the human race. Without good, clean water, none of us could even survive. Water is a life-sustaining resource, and it should be protected to ensure its cleanliness. National Water Quality Month is the ideal time to remember some important tips for helping to do your part to improve water quality.

  • Learn about watershed. Watershed is the water that runs off from fields, parking lots, homes, etc. – essentially, any water that is not absorbed into the ground. Water has to go somewhere, so it runs off into a watershed. While only one home’s runoff may not impact water quality, runoff from thousands of homes can have a significant impact. Learn about your areas watershed and research ways you can minimize your own water runoff, including:
    • Reduce pavement around your home. The more natural ground available for water to absorb into, the better.
    • Watch what you flush. Flushing old medications can lead to diminished water quality.
    • Avoid using harsh chemicals that can affect the quality of water. Instead, try to find natural methods of cleaning.
    • No fertilizers or other chemicals on your lawn! These chemicals absorb into the ground, especially with rainfall, and can quickly diminish the quality of water.
    • Make sure you clean up after your pets. Waste matter that gets into the water can reduce its quality.

The best thing to remember about water quality is that almost anything can affect it. From your personal wastewater to pet waste, from harsh chemicals to medication – when these things find their way into the water source, they can significantly impact water quality. Do your part to protect the water and encourage others to do their part, too.

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Have you ever had this happen to you?

You sit in your home late at night. Nobody is awake. No sound can be heard. Except for that constant sound of water dripping. You search all over looking for the source to no avail. You have no idea where the noise is coming from.

Or maybe you get the mail and find your water bill. You know it will be a bit higher than last month. Its been hot after all. Yet when you open it up and discover the amount, you almost fall to the floor. THAT MUCH? No way. There is no way it can be that much. You must have a leak somewhere.

What you need to do is a water main leak check.

But how do you do that?

There’s one very simple way to see if you have a leak in your system.

First locate your water meter. The water meter sits on the outside of your home, usually along your property line. Its connected to the supply pipe that heads onto your property, and is used to bill for how much water you use each month. The meter is usually protected by a small square or circular cover with the words “water” or “meter” on it.

Late at night after everyone has gone to bed, its time to put the test into action. Head outside and back to the water meter. Record the numbers currently listed on the meter itself.

Then comes the easy part. Go to bed for 8 hours.

In the morning before your family rises and takes their showers, starts the dishwasher, or turns on the sprinkler system, head back out and take a reading once again.

Are there any changes in the reading? Small changes by a few numbers can simply be from a toilet flush or a drink of water. But significant changes can mean you have a leak.

And its time to contact your Denver plumber to find out exactly where that leak is.

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