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

What to Do If You Suspect a Leak

Monday, October 15th, 2018

white-pipe-leakingThe plumbing system of your home was designed to last many years. But over the decades, corrosion will occur and other problems can cause your plumbing in Arvada, CO to degrade, leading to a leak. This is particularly true in communities that suffer from hard water. This is water with a large buildup of minerals, and can be pretty harsh on household plumbing systems.

The problem with this is that most of the plumbing in modern homes is behind walls or in crawlspaces, where a leak can go unnoticed for weeks, or longer in some cases! It’s pretty disconcerting when the first sign of a leak you notice is water quickly gushing out onto your kitchen floor. The good news is, there are subtle signs you can watch out for before it gets to this point.

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Is It Too Early to Think about Frozen Pipes?

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

icicles-hanging-from-pipesIt may be too early to worry about them, but it’s certainly not too early to begin planning for, and thereby taking steps toward preventing, frozen pipes. After all, if you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, you know that winters can be pretty harsh on your home.

The thing is, frozen pipes can result in a great deal of damage if not properly managed. As water in the pipes freeze, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipes, which leads to leaks or even bursts. If you want to protect your plumbing from this fairly common fall and winter time problem, though, there are some pretty easy steps you can take, which we’ve delved into below. If you have any issues or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional plumber in Littleton, CO, such as any member of our team!

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Tree Roots and your Plumbing System

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Split-drainage-pipe-caused-by-ingress-of-tree-rootsEver wonder why your home’s sewer line is buried underneath your yard? Well first off, we’d like to think you find it more aesthetically pleasing than being anywhere else. However there’s more to it than simply being attractive. This setup is also for safety and functionality. But unfortunately, this often leads to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, making the sewer line susceptible to problems like tree roots seeking out a water source.

Tree roots are actually a more common cause of sewer line damage and clogs than people may realize, and require a professionally trained and experienced Lakewood, CO plumber to resolve. As you can probably guess, tree roots crave water. Therefore, even the smallest leak in your sewer line can attract them. Tree roots are not the only threat to your sewer pipe, however they are certainly important to be aware of.

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How to Find a Hidden Plumbing Leak

Monday, July 9th, 2018

water-leakLeaks are probably among the most insidious enemies to your plumbing system, and therefore, your home. What is it about leaks that are so terrible? Well, there are a few reasons they are so ominous. First off, even those leaks that you might call relatively “minor,” such as a dripping faucet, can actually waste gallons of water over time. They trick you into thinking they aren’t a big deal, but the costs of wasted water will eventually add up.

And then there are bigger leaks—ones that can waste a lot of water and do extensive damage to your property. These types of leaks often develop behind walls or beneath flooring (and subsequently above ceilings) and can do a considerable amount of damage before you even notice one. Since so much of your plumbing is hidden, and because leaks can form literally anywhere along your pipes, it’s essential that you know how to spot them. Once you do locate (or suspect) a leak, you’ll want to call for professional plumbing in Littleton, CO. So, how do you know when you’re plumbing system has sprung a leak?

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Could Your Plumbing System Use a Few Upgrades?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

professional-plumber-doing-reparation-in-kitchen-homeSummertime is a great time to make adjustments and renovations to your home. The weather is nice and warm, and if you have kids, you don’t have to worry about coordinating school schedules with them. You can finally have Denver plumbing service professionals come over to do whatever work you may need. If you’re considering a home remodel of some kind, like perhaps a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel, we encourage you to think about your plumbing system.

How old are your plumbing fixtures? Could they be hurting the efficiency in which you use your water? If your water bills are unreasonably high or you’d just like a way to save more on your utilities overall, there are a few plumbing upgrades you might want to consider, which we’ve highlighted below.

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The Anode Rod: A Mysterious but Necessary Water Heater Component

Monday, May 28th, 2018

water heater tankOne of the most important plumbing components in your home is one that you likely don’t think about very often—your water heater. This system provides safe, hot water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and more. Most water heaters do their jobs reliably and quietly, but when problems do crop up they can do so without you noticing. And by the time you notice something is amiss, the problem can progress to the point that your water heater will need replacement.

This is why maintenance is so important. And there is one part of professional water heater maintenance that is especially vital to the functionality of your water heater—checking the anode rod. Not very many people know about this component. It prevents rust in your water heater’s tank, and to do so effectively it needs to be replaced every two to three years by professional Littleton, CO plumbers. Otherwise, your water heater can absolutely require premature replacement.

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Remodeling Your Bathroom? Consider These Tips

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Bathroom Interior Home Design PhotoSpring is upon us, and soon enough temperatures will begin to warm up enough to remind us to prep our homes for summer. This means insuring that your AC system is tune-up and that your gutters are cleared for any summer rains we might experience—but it’s also the perfect time for home remodeling projects. Bathroom renovations seem to be among the most popular of these projects, and it’s definitely best not to try a task like this without a pro.

Doing a bathroom model on your own could lead to damaged plumbing in Aurora, CO, and even potentially incorrect installations, which we’ll get to below. What you need is to have a qualified plumber on your side, which is where we come in. We’re happy to share some tips with you to help you make educated choices about your bathroom remodel and what to expect when you set forth to begin the project. Keep reading to learn more!

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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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