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Denver Plumber Tips

Sneaky Leaks

Applewood Plumbing, Heating, and Electric A home with four leaky faucets could waste up to 16,000 gallons of water a year, according to the Untied States Geological Survey. To check for water leaks, shut off the water supply to sinks, toilets and appliances and locate your meter box. The meter has a “leak indicator,” a red or black triangular disc that spins if you have a leak. If the actual meter hand is turning, you have a leak elsewhere and should close the main shut-off valve. Contact Applewood

7 Plumbing Mistakes Homeowners Make

Quality 1st Plumbing Whether it’s a drip in the bathroom sink, or a slow leak from the water heater, homeowners are infamous at putting things off until they become an emergency. It comes with the territory “we’re busy seven days of the week, and rarely have time to spend on extra chores.” Yet some things are ultimately more important than others. Here’s a list of 7 plumbing mistakes many homeowners make. 1. The “It Will” Do Approach You start out on a project, whether it’s installing a new toilet, or fixing a dripping faucet. You don’t have the right tools or the right parts, so you use what you have. Who has time to run back up to the hardware store? Yet this can cause more leaking, and possible broken equipment quickly as things begin to deteriorate. Avoid the inclination and make sure you fix it correctly the first time. 2. Install Fixtures Without Using A Level In order to get the job done quickly, you throw in the new toilet without thinking twice about how level it is. Yet by being slightly off balance, you are more apt to water problems down the road. Leveling is important before you finish the installation. 3. Use Mismatched Plumbing Materials Can you attach galvanized piping to copper piping? What if you use plastic piping? Anything is possible, but it ultimately comes down to how fast corrosion sets in, and you have to bring your tools out for another repair job. 4. Shut Off The Water What happens if you start disassembling the bathroom faucet without turning off the water? If you’ve ever tried it, you know what happens. Always remember to shut off the water before you tackle any job that requires working with water. 5. Allow Extra Time Two hours before relatives come over for Thanksgiving dinner is probably not the most appropriate time to make a repair, no matter how minor it may seem. Murphy’s law will definitely kick in at a time like this, allowing you to spend time with the repair while everyone else feasts on turkey. 6. Forget The Caulk Now that the sink or shower is in, who needs caulk? Unfortunately, if you forget to seal things in properly, you’ll find yourself with a whole lot of water damage down the road. Add in mold problems, and you’re looking at a very expensive home improvement project. 7. Taking Advice From The Wrong Person Your brother may want to help you with a project, but is really the best person for the job? After all, he doesn’t live there, and won’t be up at 3 am when the pipes break and you have a real mess. If they don’t have plumbing experience, choose to get your advice from someone who does. Nothing beats the opinion of a professional plumber. Plumbing Help Today

Heat Tape Systems

Quality 1st Plumbing Before the cold days of winter arrive, test heat tape systems if you have them. You don’t want to learn the heat tape failed after the first freeze. These five minutes could save big headaches and save your home from catastrophe! Plumbing Help Today

Unhook Garden Hose

Quality First Plumbing Things to remember for fall to have a happy plumbing system: Remove your garden hose! Even “Frost-Free” hoses can freeze if a hose is attached during freezing temps. Leaving the hose on the faucet keeps the faucet from draining. The remaining water will freeze and could damage the faucet. Plumbing Help Today

Sewer Pipe

Quality First Plumbing You can do a few things this fall to avoid a mess this winter. If you live in a home built in the seventies or earlier you may want to consider having the main sewer line for your home cleaned. These homes tend to have metallic or clay sewer pipes which allow tree roots to grow inside them. These roots don’t necessarily mean the pipe is broken as they find their way thru the joints in the pipe and catch things causing a back up. Avoid the mess and the possible damage. Have the line cleaned when it is convenient for you instead of a surprise at the worst time. Plumbing Help Today

Low Water Pressure?

Security Plumbing If you are experiencing low water pressure at your faucets, you may need to clean or replace the aerator. What is an aerator? At its simplest level, an aerator is a piece of equipment that is used to add oxygen to water to help with conservation and money savings. In this instance, we will be discussing commercial aerators that can be environmentally and economically beneficial. Installing an aerator in the home is very simple. Aerators are sold by flow rate (gallons per minute). For a home faucet, make sure you find the aerator with the lowest flow rate. The best aerator for most standard home faucets is 1.0-1.5 gallons per minute. Buy an aerator that matches your faucet color and you are half way done. When you get home, locate the threads on your faucet, if you can’t see them, you may need to unscrew the existing faucet head. Once the threads are exposed, screw the new aerator into place.

Hot Water Heater There are several ways to maintain your water heater.  First, check the temperature!  Some water heaters come from the factory with the temperature set higher than you actually need.  A setting of 120 degrees should provide comfortable hot water for your family. Secondly, check to make sure that your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank is insulated.  Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for insulating your hot water heaters and be careful to not cover the top, bottom, the thermostat or the burner compartment.  If you have doubts, call one of our pre-screened Denver plumbing professionals to assist you.

Water Heaters Is your water heater more than 7 years old?  If it is, you may want to start shopping for a new one.  Most water heaters are functional for ten to fifteen years, but doing research before you have a problem is recommended.  If your water heater fails, you will need it replaced quickly and may not have time to properly research the correct water heater for your home.  If you are constantly running out of hot water in your family, you may want to check out the very energy efficient tankless water heaters on the market.  We have several pre-screened plumbers here in Denver that will be happy to help educate you. Find a Plumber in your area!