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

What to Know about Bathroom Plumbing in a Remodel

Monday, 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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4 Ways to Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, 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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How to Protect Your Plumbing This Holiday Season

Monday, 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

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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