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

Preventive Measures You Can Take Against Frozen Pipes

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

Monday, 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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Don’t Ignore These Signs of a Slab Leak

Monday, April 13th, 2020

cracked-foundationAny plumbing leak is inconvenient—there’s no denying that, right? But a slab leak is particularly formidable. What makes this type of leak so much worse?

It’s not the leak itself—the actual leak might be coming from a very small pinhole in a pipe. It’s the damage that occurs because of the leak that’s the problem. A slab leak is one that exists beneath the concrete foundation (the slab) of your home. The problem is that it’s literally hidden from view, so it could take months for you to even realize you have one—when it’s already done loads of damage beneath your home. This damage can include a cracked foundation, mold growth, dry rot of your flooring and drywall, and more.

Fortunately, there’s a bit of good news. There are actually some signs you can watch out for that indicate you have this type of leak. If you detect any of these symptoms, give us a call right away so we can accurately detect and locate the leak, then fix it for you!

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Dripping Sounds and Other Signs of Plumbing Woes

Monday, March 16th, 2020

sink-faucet-dripping-waterOne of the most obvious signs of a plumbing issue is a drippy faucet. Fortunately, this is a pretty minor one and easily remedied. The real problem is when signs are more subtle. Plumbing problems that don’t show symptoms right away can do a lot of damage over time.

This is part of the reason we suggest that you scheduling preventive plumbing maintenance at least once a year! Maintenance allows our plumbers to take close look at your system and determine if there are any signs of corrosion, clogs that could grow bigger, or leak risks.

Even with maintenance, of course, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the subtler signs of a plumbing problem, so you can give us a call right away. Read on for some of the most common signs of plumbing woes.

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Have a Bathroom Remodel Planned? Consider This!

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

beautifully-designed-bathroomIf you’re reading this blog post, then chances are your bathroom doesn’t quite look the way you want it to. Either that, or it is not as functional as it could be. For instance, maybe components are too tightly packed in, or you never use your bathtub so you want to make more room by eliminating it and putting in a shower that takes up less space.

Depending on your specific goals, a bathroom remodel can be a great investment! After all, other than the kitchen, the bathrooms are typically the most used rooms in the home.

For a job of this caliber, it will benefit you to work closely with a qualified plumber. Why’s that? Because planning and preparation make a world of difference in the results you’ll accomplish from the remodeling job. Besides, there might be facts you haven’t even considered yet that can greatly improve results.

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The Power of Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, December 9th, 2019

drainpipe-illustrationWhen you have a clogged drain, it’s easy to look for a quick fix. And in some cases, quick fixes work. For instance, if you have a superficial clog in a kitchen sink drain or a bathroom toilet, you may be able to relieve it with a plunger.

Or, you might reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner you bought at the store and—wait! Don’t do this!

Please, allow us to explain—the caustic drain cleaning liquids you can find at the hardware store could do more harm than good to your plumbing system, and we would never advise that you try to use them, even if they do temporarily relieve your drain clog. For thorough drain clog removal that will leave it less likely that buildup will occur again in the future, you need professional drain cleaning.

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Protect Your Kitchen Sink with These Tips

Monday, September 30th, 2019

hands-washing-vegetables-in-kitchen-sinkWe can all feel them coming: the holidays. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the many holidays packed into December, everyone’s calendar is already getting full. And if you are hosting any gatherings in the coming months, the last thing you need is a sink full of standing water.

Encountering a clogged kitchen sink when your loved ones are on their way to you home is the worst feeling. So, how do you avoid this experience? Your first line of defense is prevention, as in knowing what to avoid doing so your drains remain clear.

When prevention isn’t enough (everyone’s kitchen sink clogs eventually), the second line of defense is calling a professional for help with your plumbing in Littleton, CO.

Making a last-minute emergency call to a plumber is something that we all would like to avoid. So, what methods are best to protect your kitchen sink and avoid needing last-minute repairs? Read on to find out!

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How Are You Preventing Frozen Pipes This Year?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

frozen-pipeGiven the very warm summer we’ve had so far this year, it’s hard to imagine frozen anything let alone frozen pipes. Still though, this is a very common occurrence during the wintertime, especially in our surrounding communities. Frozen pipes can create a good deal of damage if they’re not dealt with properly. After all, as water in the pipes freeze, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipe—eventually leading to a pipe rupture.

As you might imagine, this is a costly and inconvenient problem. So to protect your pipes from freezing like this, we’ve shared a few steps below that you can take. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to contact our team if you do end up with damaged plumbing or need help preventing damage.

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Don’t Ignore That Ominous Dripping Sound

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itYou know the sound—that slow but steady drip-drip-drip right after you’ve gone to bed and the house is quiet. Maybe you can turn over and block out the sound with your pillow until you fall asleep—this time. But what about tomorrow? And the next day?

First off, even if a small drip or leak like this isn’t driving you nuts just from listening to it, it is having an impact on your water use and subsequent bills. You can actually lose gallons of water each year due to small leaks in your plumbing system, even a dripping faucet.

Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from sight, and since leaks can develop anywhere, not just your faucets, it’s essential that you learn how to spot the signs you have a leak, which we’ve covered below. And once you do spot them, the next best step is to call our plumbing pros so we can accurately locate and repair the leak, restoring full functionality to your plumbing system.

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Bathroom Plumbing Upgrades to Consider This Summer

Monday, July 8th, 2019

beautiful-kitchen-designsWhen someone says they’re doing a remodel in their home, the bathroom probably isn’t the first place your mind goes to, but the right bathroom remodel can do a lot to improve not only the aesthetics of your home, but its functionality, too! Any type of remodel can improve a home’s value, plus a refurbishing a bathroom can make the space easier to move around in and use.

It’s important, however, that if you plan on undertaking a bathroom remodel, that you work with a plumbing expert with experience in these types of jobs. A professional plumber will help you come up with the best idea for a retrofit, and help you decide what to prioritize. So, give our team a call! In the meantime, we’ve shared below some of our best ideas for bathroom plumbing upgrades to make during your remodel.

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