Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Plumbing Tips: Did Your Pipes Freeze This Winter?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoHere’s a fairly common winter plumbing problem that homeowners in our area deal with—frozen pipes. We hope that you took some preventive measures to avoid this problem before winter began. For instance, the pipes most vulnerable to freezing are the ones located outside, naturally. So one preventive measure you could have taken was to open any outdoor faucets used for sprinklers or hoses, turning off all water flow to those points. Leaving the faucets open helps water drain from them, preventing the water from freezing and damaging the plumbing.

Of course, there are other pipes in your home that are vulnerable to freezing but have to remain in use throughout the winter—like pipes under your sinks, in crawl spaces, or even in basements. To thoroughly protect these pipes, we recommend insulating them using sleeves you can buy at any hardware store, or even using towels.

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What Prevents a Water Heater from Rusting?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Pipes of a water heating systemIf we were to ask you what the most important appliance in your home was, what would your answer be? Most homeowners would say their water heater. After all, the water heater in your home is responsible for a lot. It provides you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and much more. And if you have a tank water heater you have one more important component to think about—the anode rod.

“Anode rod” isn’t particularly a term most are familiar with, which is understandable. However, if you have a storage tank water heater, we encourage you to become familiar with it. The anode rod plays an essential role in protecting your tank water heater from harm—namely rust and subsequent corrosion. Of course, if this does occur, you can contact our Lakewood, CO plumbing experts for water heater replacement, but we’d like to help you avoid this premature need.

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Plumbing Repair Needs

Monday, November 13th, 2017

brown pipe with pinhole leakPlumbing problems aren’t always the easiest thing to detect. In fact, they rarely are, especially without the right equipment and professional plumbing experience. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the problems that typically afflict it are subtle to start with. This is part of the reason we recommend that you have preventive maintenance scheduled on a routine basis (once a year).

However, you should also do what you can to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some sort of problem. On the rare chance that a problem does occur between maintenance appointments, you can hopefully detect it quickly and arrange for repairs from a professional plumber in Arvada, CO, by keeping an eye out for these signs.

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Why You Should Only Trust a Pro for your Plumbing Problems

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Handsome Young Plumber Writing On Clipboard With Pen In Kitchen RoomThere are very specific standards by which professional Littleton, CO plumbers work. These standards are put in place to make sure that your plumbing system works as efficiently as possible for as long as possible, and does so safely. When you find yourself in need of professional plumbing services in the area, then you needn’t look any further than APC—but we want to tell you why it’s so important to trust only in an experienced professional.

In addition to safety and liability guarantees that you can only get from a professional licensed plumbing company, hiring pros for the job also benefits you in the following ways:

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

icon of icicles on blue backgroundFrozen pipes are an unfortunately common occurrence during the winter, especially around our parts. And they can cause quite a bit of damage if they’re not dealt with. This is because as water in the pipes freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipe.

As you can imagine, this can cause openings for leaks, and even ruptured plumbing. To protect your pipes from freezing in this manner, there are a few steps you can take. Read on to learn more, and contact our team for Thornton, CO plumbing services, if you do end up with damaged plumbing, or if you need more information!

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Beware This Common Plumbing Threat: Tree Roots

Monday, August 21st, 2017

blocked drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsUnderstandably, the idea of living without a reliable indoor plumbing system is incomprehensible for most modern homeowners. Each time you use a toilet, take a shower, run the dishwasher, or use the washing machine, you are depending on your plumbing system—to deliver the water that you need throughout the home to necessary fixtures and appliances, but also to drain the waste and wastewater away once the task at hand is complete.

Considering just how much you rely on your plumbing system, it should be pretty apparent just how disruptive any problem with this system can really be. One problem that a lot of homeowners fail to see coming is damage and operational issues cause by tree root invasion.

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What Causes Slab Leaks, and Why Does It Matter?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

what-causes-slab-leaksIf the term “slab leak” doesn’t scare you, it probably should. A term that’s plumber-speak for any leak that occurs in the cold or hot water pipes set beneath your concrete foundation, a slab leak is a major problem for homes. Not only will one cause significant water waste, but it can also damage your property, lead to mold and mildew growth, and add extra strain on your water heater if the leak is occurring in the hot water lines (which the majority of the time, it is.)

Our professional and highly trained plumbing experts are property equipped to locate these issues in order to effectively perform slab leak repair in Lakewood, CO. But, what causes slab leaks in the first place? Shouldn’t a pipe that’s set down in concrete be well protected from the damages that can lead to pipe breaks? Actually, there are a number of different forces that can create a slab leak. Keep reading to learn more.

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How to Spot a Hidden Plumbing Leak

Monday, July 10th, 2017

spot-hidden-plumbing-leakPlumbing leaks are among the most common problems that homeowners face in our area. Pipes are certainly designed to last a long time. However, age and pressure eventually take their toll, and as a result you never know when a leak will spring up. Trained and experienced professionals can perform professional water leak detection in Arvada, CO, and correct the problem quickly in most cases.

As such, it’s imperative that you let someone with the proper licensing and experience handle an issue of this kind. It’s understandable, though, that you’d like to know if there’s a problem to be dealt with before investing in professional plumbing services, which can be difficult in many cases.

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Three Ways to Upgrade Your Plumbing System

Monday, June 12th, 2017

upgrade-plumbing-system-three-waysWhen it comes to your home’s plumbing system, you probably don’t think very much about how water effectively flows into or out of your living space. In fact, you probably aren’t even aware that plumbing has come a long way since the advent of toilets, showers, and sinks as standard fixtures in the average home.

The fact of the matter is, however, that plumbing is changing each year. New innovations include plumbing installations available for you to purchase, as well as plumbing methods to help you save money when you need professional plumbing services in Englewood, CO. We’d like to share with you just a few ways you can upgrade your plumbing system to improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and your water conservation efforts.

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How to Ensure Your Drains Are Adequately Cleaned

Monday, March 6th, 2017

ensure-clean-drainsWhy are clean drains so important? When soap scum, grease, and other debris are allowed to build up within your plumbing system, your pipes cannot possibly allow water to flow efficiently or effectively. As a result, you can find yourself facing serious clogs that can impede or even stop the flow of water, in addition to pipe corrosion and/or a burst pipe.

Fortunately, there is an answer to this problem. In addition to investing in routine plumbing maintenance, our team offers superior Englewood, CO hydro jetting services to ensure that your pipes are effectively cleaned, and the root cause of your clog is eliminated.

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