Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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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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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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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Beware This Tankless Water Heater Problem

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Home gas-fired boiler. The installation of gas equipment. Heating in the house.Storage tank water heaters are the conventional water heater, found in most homes throughout the country. They’re large, noticeable, and depending on their location can be pretty noisy too. That being said, it’s fairly easy to remember that this big system needs service and maintenance from time to time. During that maintenance, the water heater is often flushed, as mineral buildup (scaling) occurs and threatens the integrity of the system. Scaling is noticeable in a tank water heater because it leads to a clanging noise, and causes issues with pressure, temperature, and corrosion.

What many people don’t realize, is that tankless water heater models can experience this same problem, and therefore need maintenance just as much as their storage tank counterparts. If you haven’t scheduled tankless water heater maintenance in the past year, it’s time to give a professional Parker, CO plumber a call. In the meantime, read on to learn more about this problem.

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Are You Making These 3 Common Plumbing Mistakes?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Plumbing issues are some of the most troubling you have to deal with as a homeowner. You expect to have a supply of clean hot and cold water at the ready whenever you need it, and you assume that it won’t be a hassle to get it. Clogged drains and leaky faucets are a major inconvenience, but could you be contributing to their recurrence?

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The Importance of Drain and Sewer Maintenance

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The drain and sewer system that guides waste water away from the house is probably the very last portion of your home that you want to encounter problems. While any home system repair need is an inconvenience, drain and sewer problems are particularly off-putting. So if you want to make sure that you run into as few problems as possible during the life of your sewer line and drain pipes, take the following steps to keep yours in top condition.

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What Is the Purpose of a Grease Trap?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

F.O.G. is a plumbing term which signals trouble to plumbers. Plumbers know that fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) can do some major damage to a plumbing system, which is why some commercial plumbing specialists offer commercial grease trap installation. These substances can easily turn into solids and clog up a plumbing system, and in a commercial kitchen, a lot of grease can go down a drain in the course of a day. That’s why most municipalities have a minimum allowance of grease that can leave an establishment.

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The Importance of Regular Sewer Cleaning

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Few troubles with the components of your home or business are as frustrating as a major drain clog. When a drain clog affects a single tub, toilet, or sink, you may be able to loosen the clog with a plunger and a little bit of skill. But when the blockage is further along in the pipes, you have few options to turn to. Drain cleaning chemicals are toxic, and many do not reach clogs that are too far down in the pipes. And disassembling part of your sewer line to reach the clog is difficult, and, of course, rather unpleasant.

For clogs all the way down in the sewer line, professional sewer cleaning services always work best. In fact, you can schedule sewer cleaning every year or two as a way of preventing these inconveniences from occurring at all. See how drain cleaning works and why regular sewer cleaning is important for any home or business.

Hydro-Jetting Clears the Drains of Any Debris

Sewer cleaning not only rids the sewer line of drain blockage; it also keeps clogs from forming over time. Select professionals employ the use of hydro jetters for sewer cleaning. These are thin, long, flexible hoses which the plumber inserts into the pipes. The nozzle at the end of the hose shoots out highly pressurized water at all 360 degrees. The pressure of the water helps to blast away any “sludge” stuck onto the lining of the pipes, which may prevent clogs from forming any time in the near future. Hydro jetting is best for clog removal when used in conjunction with drain snakes and augers.

Drain Cleaning Is Vital for Commercial Properties as Well

On a commercial property, regular sewer cleaning can protect you from a major inconvenience, lost business, and even fines. If your business is found to be responsible for any drainage backing up onto public property, you may receive a hefty fine. Schedule sewer cleaning at your convenience so that you won’t have to worry about taking time out of your busy day to clean up any sewage backup and call for services.

Contact APC Plumbing & Heating for drain clog removal or preventive sewer cleaning and hydro jetting by professional plumber in Denver, CO.

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How Can I Repair Plumbing Leaks on My Own?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Plumbing leaks are one of the more common problems that you may encounter in your home. Many of these leaks remain hidden behind drywall and floors, and only give subtle indications that they are occurring (stains on the wall, higher water bills, warped wood). There are times when you will have a much more obvious leak, usually one that starts in the plumbing underneath a sink.

We understand that many homeowners have a strong “do-it-yourself” drive and want to find ways to fix common troubles around the house on their own. In this spirit, our Parker, CO plumbing professionals at APC Plumbing & Heating have some steps you should follow that will get your pipes fixed fast and right, with little hassle and almost no mess.

  • First, shut off any water flowing to the leaking pipe. You can’t always do this, but if you have a leaky pipe under a sink, make sure no more water goes down the drain and stuff a cloth into the drain if it doesn’t have a cover or stopper.
  • Second, put down some newspapers under the area where the leaking is occurring to help prevent extra water damage.
  • Third, put a bucket under the leak to capture continuing water drips.
  • Fourth, pick up the phone and call APC Plumbing & Heating and arrange for a plumber to come to your house to fix the leak.

Yes, it really is that easy! Instead of fumbling around with different wrenches for a few hours while reading a guide you printed out on the Internet, only to end up inadvertently damaging your pipes and creating more leaking, you can have the problem fixed fast and with the assurance that it will remain fixed. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call for someone with training and the right tools to repair your pipes. If you want something done right in plumbing, have a professional plumber do it.

Keep us in mind the next time you encounter a leaky pipe issue in your home. All kidding aside, you do not want to attempt these repairs on your own. Let our experts in plumbing in Parker, CO do the job so you will know that it was done right. Give us a call today to schedule service.

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Signs that You Need a Plumber

Monday, June 16th, 2014

If you’re like most homeowners, you just expect your plumbing system to be there when you need it. Whether you’re taking a hot shower, brushing your teeth, sitting on the toilet or cooking up a feast, you expect the various fixtures, pipes, valves, and plumbed appliances to simply do what they’re supposed to. As it should be. But over time, you may find that your plumbing system has incurred some damage here and there, and that your once reliable plumbing system now fails to work properly at times. While you can count on our plumbers to take care of any problems once we’re on site, you have to let us know in the first place. In order to do that, you need to know what to look for.

  • The Leak. Leaks can occur anywhere water is contained. Your hot and cold water piping endure their fair share of wear and tear over the years, especially considering the shifts in temperature, and the constant water pressure. If you notice any evidence of water leaks anywhere in your plumbing system (including any piping connected to your boiler), then it’s best to get it looked at straightaway. Leaks can also occur in your wastewater system. Leaks do not go away on their own, so having them fixed straightaway is crucial.
  • The Clog. You probably don’t ever want to look down your drains, but if you did, then you would probably find a fair bit of accumulated organic debris therein. Unless you recently had your drainpipes cleaned, then your wastewater system is probably not as effective as it could be.The best way to prevent problems with your wastewater system is to have your sewer line hydro-jetted and your drains professionally cleaned. Nevertheless, sometimes clogs happen no matter what you do. If you have a persistent clog or clogged pipes throughout the home, make sure you hire a local plumber to come have a look.
  • The Smell. If it smells less than pleasant in your home or outside in the yard, you probably have some kind of issue with your drain and sewer system. Only a trained professional can figure out what it is.

That’s where we come in. Reach out to one of our friendly plumbers today if you’re having any trouble with your plumbing system. APC Plumbing & Heating offer quality plumbing services throughout the Denver area. Call us today!

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