Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for March, 2015

Common Causes of Slow Drains

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

When a full drain clog stops up a sink in your bathroom or kitchen, it’s an issue you need to deal with immediately or else you won’t have a working sink. But slow drains are something that many people will tolerate for days and even weeks at a time, delaying with cleaning them out while putting up with the inconvenience. However, a slow drain is a major warning that a drain is on the verge of a complete blockage, and it must receive the same fast attention as a full drain stoppage. If a sink plunger won’t clear a slow drain, call for the professional plumbers at APC Plumbing & Heating to take care of it.

Regular drain cleaning in Aurora, CO has always been a part of the services that we offer, and we’ve seen a great variety of reasons for these hassles. Here are some of the most common ones; knowing about them may help you prevent slow drains and eventual clogs in the future.

  • Hair: This is main enemy of bathroom sink, tub, and shower drains. It’s difficult to prevent hair from going down these drains, although a drain cover will help. Hair will begin to catch down in the p-trap (the curved pipe section under the drain) and clot together until it starts to choke off water flow. Chemicals have little effect on these blockages and will leave the majority of the hair stuck in the pipe where it will continue to catch on to more debris that comes down the drain. Professional plumbers can fully clear these nuisances with motorized drain augers and hydro-jetting.
  • Fat, oil, and grease: These are foes of kitchen sinks. In hot liquid form, they may not seem harmful. But the problems start when they cool down and turn into solids. It only takes a short time for them to develop a coating along the inside of drain pipes that will reduce water flow. Routine drain cleaning will help prevent this build-up. You can also help by pouring our excess liquid fat, oil, and grease leftover from cooking and cleaning into a separate receptacle that goes into the trash.
  • Sewer line issues: These are serious problems that standard drain cleaning won’t solve. You will instead need to have repair work of cleaning done on the underground sewer line. If slow drains are occurring throughout the house, a blocked sewer line is the probable cause and you should have professional plumbers on the job immediately.

APC Plumbing & Heating offers both emergency and routine drain cleaning in Aurora, CO so you can take care of your drains and see they have few problems in the future. Our plumbers also handle sewer cleaning that will help prevent serious issues in the sewer line.

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Should I Call a Plumber to Fix a Leaky Faucet?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Is there any plumbing problem used more often for comic effect than the leaky faucet? Entire Warner Bros. cartoons are based on characters driven to the edge of insanity trying to get a decent night’s sleep when a faucet in the next room drip-drip-drips away. Most comedy is based on a kernel of reality, and leaky faucets are definitely a major annoyance in the real world. They are also a source of massive water waste: a single leaky faucet can waste over 100 gallons of water during a year. If you have a faucet that is drip-drip-dipping in your home, you need to have it fixed.

But do you need a professional plumber for this job? Yes, most of the time you do. APC Plumbing & Heating is glad to help you take care of that leaking faucet, as well as any other plumbing repair in Denver, CO you may require. Don’t let that faucet waste water or keep you up at night: give us a call.

The reasons you need to turn to plumbers to fix leaky faucets

There are a number of causes for faucets leaking, and most won’t be apparent to you unless you are a trained plumber–or you attempt to dismantle the faucet and find the trouble yourself. We don’t recommend you try this approach. Just think of another comedy convention: the broken faucet blasting water all over the place while the characters haplessly attempt to fix it. This is also close to reality. If you pull out wrenches and start taking apart the faucet, thinking that perhaps a loose washer is the trouble, you might end up making greater trouble. Huge leaks are a major source of water damage, and if you end up with water soaking through a bathroom or kitchen furniture and floors, it can mean expensive repairs. Don’t let that small dripping leak turn into something bigger: go to the professional plumbers first.

APC Plumbing & Heating is a family-owned business, and we understand that your home needs to have fast and effective service whenever problems crop up. We offer quality plumbing repair in Denver, CO for whatever issues you are experiencing, from something as small as a leaky faucet to as large as replacing a water main. Don’t take risks with DIY jobs: call us first!

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How Does Hydro-Jetting Work?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Regular drain cleaning is an excellent way to maintain the health of your home’s plumbing system and keep away routine clogging problems. Professionals use a variety of tools to see that the drains in your home are cleared of all obstructions and accumulations, such as minerals and fat and grease. You can also call on professionals to clean your drains in case of an emergency, such as when an obstinate clog stops up your kitchen sink and the standard plunger won’t get rid of it.

Perhaps the most useful device in the arsenal of a professional drain cleaner is the hydro-jetter. Our plumbers at APC Plumbing & Heating often use hydro-jetting to provide our customers in Englewood, CO with drain cleaning that is thorough but doesn’t damage the pipes. When you want to arrange for drain cleaning—either as an emergency or a routine maintenance task—give us a call. We have helped customers with superb plumbing work since 1984.

The basics of hydro-jetting

The principle behind hydro-jetting is using the force of high-pressure water to scour away blockages and build-up from the inside of a drainpipe. A hydro-jetter consists of a tank of water with a motor attached to it that places the water under very high pressure, usually 3500 psi (although there are industrial models that go much higher than this). Connected to the water tank is a long hose that ends in a number of interchangeable nozzles.

When cleaning drains, a plumber lowers the hose down into a drain opening, then activates the motor to pressurize the water. The water blasts out through the nozzle, which directs the spray both forwards and backwards. (The plumber will select the right nozzle for the specific job.) The high pressure of the water is enough to blast through any obstruction, causing the debris to run down into the sewer system. It will also scour away the build-up along the drainpipe interior, leaving a fully cleaned drain. The cleaning power of hydro-jetting will make it much harder for deposits to start accumulating once more, which makes it a very effective long-term way of caring for plumbing.

APC Plumbing & Heating is glad to supply you with quality drain cleaning service in Englewood, CO. We are open seven days a week, and our Master and Journeyman plumbers have the training and the best equipment to make sure that you receive excellent service on each and every job. Give us a call today.

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How Air Purifiers Clean Your Home’s Indoor Air

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The interior air of homes can accumulate a much larger amount of airborne contamination than the outdoor air. The air that circulates through the closed system of a home will continue to pick up dirt, dander, lint, dust from the interior, as well as chemicals, smoke, and odor molecules. To combat these problems, you should consider contacting indoor air quality experts and see what sort of installations will help you clean your air while maintaining the energy efficiency of the HVAC system.

One option available is an electronic air purifier, also known as an electronic air cleaner. APC Plumbing & Heating can help you locate and install an air purifier in Littleton, CO that will do a superb job of giving your whole household healthier air. We offer other IAQ installations as well, so if an electronic air purifier isn’t the optimal choice, we can also install air filtration systems and UV air purifiers. Just give us a call today to get started.

How air purifiers work

Electronic air purifiers do not use filtration to eliminate pollutants from the air, but instead use ionization that changes the charge of the particles passing through the HVAC system. The standard electronic air purifier uses a method called corona discharge, which creates an intense electrical field through which the air in the ducts must pass. The ion molecules in this field are drawn toward the large particles in the air—the contaminants—causing them to gain a negative charge. The particles may also lose an electron to the ionization field, gaining a positive charge.

These charged particles are then attracted to any object that has the opposite charge. The air purifier is equipped with two metal plates, one with a negative charge and one with a positive charge, and these pull down the ionized contaminants and trap them. The charged particles will also attract each other, forming into larger clumps that will naturally settle out of the air.

Air purifiers can target much smaller contaminants than standard air filters, down to 0.1 micron or less, and this makes them effective at removing chemicals and odor molecules that would otherwise escape through a mechanical filter. An indoor air quality professional can help you determine if an electronic air purifier is the right kind of system to eliminate the pollutants circulating through your home.

Our team at APC Plumbing & Heating is glad to assist you with achieving better indoor air quality for your home with installation of an air purifier in Littleton, CO. Call us today to arrange an appointment to find out what services your home may need for the best air quality possible.

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