Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

What to Know about Bathroom Plumbing in a Remodel

March 29th, 2021

woman-turning-on-shower-headSo you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom. Well, then you’ve stumbled across the right blog post! We’d be happy to help you design the bathroom of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for more functionality or you want to move around the room with more ease and need more space to do so, we’re your team!

Bathroom remodels are very common plumbing jobs for us, but they are definitely one of those jobs that requires a professional touch. The reason we say this, is because many well-intentioned DIY-enthused homeowners have tried to do these jobs on their own, only to run into trouble, where they need a professional to fix anyway.

There are a lot of factors to consider with a job of this scope! Read on as we uncover what these factors are.

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Beware a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

March 1st, 2021

gas-burner-jetsAre you using a gas-powered furnace to provide your home and family with warmth this heating season? We wouldn’t be surprised if you are—the gas-powered furnace is one of the most popular heating system types on the market. This is especially true for our area—our winters require something with power!

Gas furnaces are very cost-efficient and an excellent option for most homeowners. But… there is a potential danger with them. Now, they are not inherently dangerous, but if you don’t take care of your gas-powered furnace properly, then it can become dangerous—risking your exposure to harmful combustion gases like carbon monoxide (CO).

This happens mostly in aging furnaces as a result of wear and tear, and corrosion. What happens is that the heat exchangers get damaged, and then subsequently leak that CO into your living space. Read on to learn more.

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Signs Your Furnace Is Calling Out for Help

February 1st, 2021

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIt would be really great if when something was wrong, our furnaces could tell us what it was and then self-repair, right? While technology might make the former a possibility eventually, the latter will just never happen.

And the fact of the matter is, over the years and thanks to wear and tear, your furnace will have repair needs. It’s important that you scheduling routine maintenance every year to help reduce the risk of these repair needs growing into breakdowns or safety hazards. But even with maintenance, repair needs can crop up and surprise you—so it’s a good idea to know the signs.

Consider the following signs indicators that your furnace is calling out to you for help, and then call us to provide that help.

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4 Ways to Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak

January 4th, 2021

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itWhile we won’t say that plumbing leaks are impossible to accurately find without professional equipment, we will say that most plumbing leaks are impossible to accurately find without professional equipment, as well as extensive experience. The thing is, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view—behind drywall, under sinks, and perhaps running beneath the foundation of your home. So, the problems that afflict your plumbing system can be hard for the layperson to spot.

This is among one of the top reasons we recommend that our customers schedule annual plumbing maintenance—so we can check on your entire system using tools like video camera inspection. Leaks can happen between maintenance sessions, however, and when that happens you need to know about it quickly so you can call and have the leak repaired before it turns into a huge disaster.

So, if it’s hard to find a plumbing leak on your own, how can you begin to tell if you have one? We have 4 methods.

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What Happens During Heating Maintenance?

December 7th, 2020

tech-working-on-furnaceIf you have been a follower of our blog for long, then you already know what we think of HVAC maintenance—it’s important! After all, maintenance tune-ups are the only way to ensure that your heater or air conditioner runs as effectively and efficiently as it can, for as long as it can. However, it’s one thing to be told you need routine HVAC maintenance, and another to understand why. Fortunately, we are here to clear that up.

Before winter officially gets here and you start using your heater on a daily basis, we do want to alert you to some basic DIY maintenance tasks that homeowners can and should be doing on their own. One of these tasks is to change out the air filter as needed. The standard HVAC system air filter isn’t there to protect your indoor air quality, but rather the system itself. If the air filters get too clogged up, they restrict airflow and cause a number of issues.

Depending on the type of air filters you have in place, you should be swapping yours out for a clean one every 1-3 months. During this time it’s also a good idea to clear away any debris and clutter from around the outdoor or indoor unit of your heater. Doing so will ensure there’s nothing to block airflow and efficacy.

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How to Protect Your Plumbing This Holiday Season

November 9th, 2020

older-couple-making-holiday-meal-and-smiling-at-each-otherPerhaps it seems odd that we’re already talking about the holiday season. But even with everything going on this year, those holidays are still right around the corner! The holidays may look a little different for you this year, but whether you have adult children coming home for Thanksgiving or plan to host a couple get-togethers with those in your “quarantine-bubble” this season, this blog post is for you.

Because extra people in your home means extra risk for your plumbing system. And if there’s any time you don’t want to deal with a plumbing emergency, it’s this time of the year, right? Sure, plumbing issues are never convenient, but a holiday plumbing woe is a downright hassle. Read on as we explore how you can best protect your plumbing system this holiday season.

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Preventive Measures You Can Take Against Frozen Pipes

October 12th, 2020

icicles-hanging-from-brown-pipeIf you’ve lived in Centennial or any of the surrounding communities for even just a year, then you’re very well aware that even though we may get some pretty sweltering summers, our winters are nothing to contend with.

Once fall hits, you need to move pretty quickly to prepare and protect your home from winter conditions. There are a lot of things to consider here. Is your heater well maintained and ready to keep you warm? How’s your indoor air quality? Oh and, is your plumbing system prepared for the colder temperatures?

That last question may have taken you by surprise, but it’s important to think about. After all, even just a couple consecutive days of temps below 30°F can result in frozen pipes. And this is a much bigger deal than many homeowners realize. Read on to learn more!

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Is It Time for a Furnace Tune-Up?

September 14th, 2020

Temperatures are pretty variable around here, but the end of summer is going to be here soon and you’ll be needing your heater on a pretty regular basis. That makes right now the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance for the season.

Keep reading as we uncover answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about furnace tune-ups and information on why maintenance is so vital. 

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“What Is Water Hammer, and Why Should I Care?”

August 17th, 2020

woman-listening-closely-holding-hand-to-earThe varied systems within your home work hard to bring you comfort, but they don’t always do this as quietly as you’d like. Still, there are some sounds that are relatively normal and others that should alarm you to a problem. Say, for instance, you’re reading a book or engaging in some other quiet activity and you hear a sudden metallic clang! 

Your HVAC system isn’t running, you don’t have the dishwasher going–what could it have been? Well, it could have been water hammer. Read on as we go more in-depth on what this is and why it matters.

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Need a New AC? Factors to Consider

July 20th, 2020

technician-working-on-ac-unitIf you’re shopping for a new cooling system this time of the year, chances are you’re in a bit of a rush to find it. The problem is, rushing into a purchase likes this leaves the process open to mistakes. What kind of mistakes?

For starters, you may end up with an air conditioner that is not properly sized for your home. Sure, you already know you shouldn’t get one that’s too small for your home, but did you know it could be just as bad to get a system that’s too large for your home? It’s detrimental to system efficiency, in fact. We’ll get into that more below, as well as some other factors you should consider when purchasing a new air conditioner.

Keeping these factors in mind will help you tremendously in the long run. Let’s ensure that your air conditioning installation service goes on without a hitch. 

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