Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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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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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How Does High Elevation Affect My Plumbing?

Monday, May 26th, 2014

We live in Denver, where the air is thin and the elevation is high. The atmospheric conditions here in the Mile High City have the propensity to affect a number of appliances and household features that people in lower elevation don’t need to deal with. For example, during the initial flat-screen TV boom about a decade ago, we didn’t see a lot of plasma screen TVs in Denver because the gases required to make the technology work will expand in higher levels. Technological advances have since overcome the issue, but the principles remain the same.

“So How Does High Elevation Affect My Plumbing?” You Ask

Air pressure in high altitudes is lower than it is further down the mountain. Pressurized bags, such as those that carry potato chips, can often burst as the air inside the bag presses against the lower-pressure air outside. Water doesn’t have the same problems, though the pressure does affect its boiling point and hence how hot water is dealt with.  Water boils at about 203 degrees Fahrenheit here, ten degrees lower than it would in Los Angeles or New York. That can leave some foods uncooked, since people sometimes assume that the boiling water is hotter than it is.

The good news is that Denver has been around for a long time, which means that plumbers and building specialists have had a long time to work on the problem. Kitchens often include pressure cookers, for instance, while hot water heaters can be set slightly higher to compensate for the lower boiling point. Beyond that, however, plumbing and piping differ little from the plumbing found in lower elevations, which means that plumber can use the same skills and techniques to fix any problems that arise.

And regardless of how high elevation affects your plumbing, the right plumbing service should be able to handle any problem. Professional plumbing services in Denver can be provided by APC Plumbing & Heating. If you’re experiencing difficulties with your system, give us a call. We’ll solve the problem with professionalism and pride, and we won’t rest until you’re satisfied with our work!

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