Signs You May Need Plumbing Repairs

Many homeowners wonder how they can recognize common residential plumbing problems that need to be repaired before they become a hassle to fix. This is understandable because recognizing common residential plumbing problems before they become a hassle to fix can help you save time and money.

Here are some signs of common plumbing problems that can help you determine if you need to hire one of our expert plumbers to repair your home's plumbing fixtures.

Your Faucets Make Screeching Sounds
Faucets make screeching sounds whenever there is air trapped inside the pipes that connect the faucets to your home's plumbing system. This problem could indicate that your faucet's air bleed-off system is not functioning properly.

You Notice Low Water Pressure Problems While Taking a Shower or Washing Dishes
These problems are often caused when clogged pipes or leaks prevent water from flowing properly. They can also occur when you have installed pipes that are too narrow for water to flow freely.

Your Toilet Takes a Long Time to Drain After Flushing
This problem often occurs when there is a clog inside your toilet's pipes or drain lines. It can also occur whenever your septic tank is overfilled.

Your Toilet Stops While Using Your Washing Machine
Some toilets stop working while using a washing machine because clogs that occur inside your home's sewer line cause water from your washing machine to back up into your toilet.

You See Odd-colored Water Flowing from Faucets
This problem is a telltale sign that it is time to replace your water heater. This is not surprising because broken water heaters often have corroded pipes that can tint your faucet's hot water supply.

Please call us as soon as possible if you spot any of these problems. Calling us is worthwhile because we use modern equipment and plumbing techniques that can help you resolve these problems efficiently.

We can also help you resolve many common sources of leaks that are difficult to resolve on your own. As a result, please call us if you notice any of the following signs of plumbing leaks:

You See Wet Spots or Mold Spots on Sinks or Walls
These spots occur when water leaks near pipes or pipe fittings. The size of the spots can be used to obtain a rough estimate of the size of the leaks.

You Hear the Sound of Running Water Even Though It Is Not Being Used
This problem is a sign that you home's plumbing system has a serious water leak that should be resolved as soon as possible. One of our plumbers can help you find the source of this leak by using sophisticated audiovisual equipment that can help you locate the source of the leak quickly.

You Frequently Notice Saturated Ground Around Your Home's Foundation
Problems with ground saturation can occur when a slab leak occurs near your home's foundation. They can also occur when a faulty sprinkler system leaks water near your home's foundation.

You Notice Hotspots on Your Floors
Hotspots on floors can occur when slab leaks collect near your home's hot water heater. This problem can also cause excessive condensation to build up underneath your floors that can cause air pockets to form under vinyl flooring.

Your Faucet Leaks Constantly
Leaking faucets are caused by many problems that require the expert attention of a plumber to fix correctly. Some of these problems include faulty O-rings, corroded valve seats, broken washers and broken plumbing fixtures.

You Notice Bad Smells Around Your Home's Outdoor Sewer Connections
This problem typically occurs when your home's sewer line leaks sewage into the ground. You should consider resolving this problem right away because it can help you avoid damage to your home's plumbing and foundation that can be costly to fix.

Call Us Today If You Notice Any of These Problems
You should consider calling us if you notice any of these problems because our experienced plumbers can help you develop an efficient way to resolve these plumbing problems before they become more difficult to fix. This should not be surprising because our plumbers have the practical experience needed to help you solve residential plumbing problems efficiently.

Moreover, you should also consider calling us if you notice any of these problems because we offer competitive prices and convenient scheduling options that can help you take the guesswork out of finding the best way to resolve common residential plumbing problems. This is understandable because we strive to offer our customers affordable solutions to common residential plumbing problems that are easy to incorporate into your busy schedule.

We would be happy to speak with you about our residential plumbing services. As a result, please call us today for more information about our plumbing services and scheduling options to see why we are your best choice for all of your residential plumbing needs.

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Reasons to Hire Professional Denver Plumbers

Most people don’t give a second thought to their plumbing as long as the water is flowing, and the toilets flush. When plumbing issues do arise, many owners will try do-it-yourself remedies that can cause further damage resulting in costly repairs. The following are important reasons why you should hire a qualified professional plumber instead of taking matters into your own hands and winding up with a DIY disaster.

1. Do-it-yourself remedies often provide only a temporary solution. Store-bought chemical drain cleaners can leave behind portions of the clog leading to more problems in the future. If there are small cracks in the pipes, the chemicals could even seep into the water supply and contaminate your drinking water.

2. It can be dangerous to handle plumbing issues yourself. For example, the chemicals in store-bought drain cleaners are highly caustic and can cause burns if not used properly.

3. A professional plumber has access to the latest equipment and training to help locate the source of the problem. What may appear to be a simple clog may, in fact, be something more serious such as a tree root that has grown into the line.

4. Do-it-yourself plumbing fixes can lead to further damage and expense. Store-bought remedies may not be appropriate for all systems and can cause further damage to pipes and other plumbing components. Improperly repaired leaks can even lead to mold that can be a significant problem for individuals with certain health conditions. A licensed and bonded plumber will have the training and experience to handle your particular situation correctly the first time.

5. Do-it-yourself plumbing can impact the resale value of your home. Many homeowners undertake kitchen or bathroom renovations themselves in the hopes of increasing the value of their home. The owners then receive an unpleasant surprise when they try to sell the house and find out that their renovation does not meet current codes. The owner is forced to make costly repairs or take a substantially reduced price for the property.

6. Do-it-yourself plumbing projects are rarely efficient. Even something as seemingly straightforward as installing a new faucet can be more difficult than first imagined. Homeowners frequently find themselves in over their head due to lack of expertise or proper equipment. The homeowner is then forced to endure the inconvenience of going without running water or an appliance for an extended time. Calling a professional saves you trouble and gets the household back up and running in less time.

7. A licensed plumber can provide you with a diagnostic report on your entire plumbing system. A homeowner is typically only aware of a plumbing problem when it reaches a critical point. A professional plumber has the training and equipment to look inside your plumbing system to identify potential issues before they cause further frustration and expense. It is important to have your plumbing inspected every few years to ensure it is in proper working order. Inspections are especially important in areas with extremely frigid winters. Some insurance policies will not cover repairs if the damage is due to neglect and failure to maintain or replace old pipes.

8. A professional plumber will guarantee his work. A guarantee will ensure you don't face additional expenses if the problem is not fixed or the work is not done correctly.

9. Most professional plumbers offer 24/7 customer support. This support provides peace of mind in the event of a late-night plumbing emergency. You have access to someone with the know-how and equipment to fix the problem instead of wasting valuable time trying to repair it yourself.

10. An experienced plumber can identify ways to make your plumbing system more efficient. For example, a professional can help you upgrade your hot water system or locate small leaks in your pipes which can save you money in the long run.

No one wants to experience the headache of an overflowing toilet or clogged drain. When these situations do happen, it is best to contact a plumber with the training, experience, and equipment to handle the problem. Trying to fix the problem yourself typically only leads to further frustration and rarely saves money in the long run. You should look for a plumber who is licensed, bonded, and who will guarantee their work. If possible, you should ask for references and contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if there is a history of complaints. A professional plumber can provide you with valuable peace of mind and be a lifesaver when the unexpected occurs.

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Denver 2015 Spring Plumbing Tips

Winter has melted away and April showers have brought about May flowers. So comes the season of Spring and, if nothing else, so comes the season of Spring cleaning. Besides the dusting, sweeping, disinfecting, sanitizing and washing, to take care of your home you definitely don't want to forget protecting your home against plumbing problems. To help out a bit, following are some tips on what you can do to keep all your drains well-maintained.

Appliances

Slowly drain some few gallons from your water heater in order to push out the nasty corrosion that causes sediment build up. This will help increasing the life of your heater by increasing energy efficiency.Check the washing machine, dishwasher and any ice maker supply hoses for leaks or bulges. Any hose showing such a defect should be replaced. Also, if it is over ten yers old it should be replaced. The new stainless steel hoses out there are much more dependable, if you're in need of a replacement.

The lint trap in your washing machine may have some build up. Be sure to clean that out. Also, though this involves some wherewithal, you can place a wire trap over the end of the hose that drains the washer. Since this could require some expertise, it might be wise to contact a professional to do the work for you.

Bathrooms

You can fairly easily check for hidden leaks in your toilets. All you have to do is apply a few drops of food coloring into the tank atop the toilet. You will see color appear in the bowl in about half an hour if the toilet is leaking.
To prevent sticking, turn the water supply valves underneath your toilets and sinks. You can also manually check if your toilets are flushing properly. If you find that the handle must be held down in order to flush the entire bowl or that it perhaps has to be tinkered with to stop running water, then you probably need to replace old, defective parts in the tank.

Clean any mineral build up apparent in your shower heads. What you want to do is unscrew the had and soak it in a plastic bag filled with vinegar. You can also apply the bag of vinegar to the shower head directly without unscrewing it, using a rubber band. Let the shower head soak over the night and then gently brush out any built up sediment. As always, check faucets and drains for leaks. For these, you'll want to get a professional to come and make repairs. In the end, however, it will save you money as you lower the costs of your water bill.

Outdoors

The funnest part of Spring cleaning: hop on the ladder and make sure the gutters are open, cleaned out and free of sediment build up. Fulfill this same exercise with the yard sprains and downsprouts.
Check for birds nests in unwanted areas such a vent pipes and gutters. Check for any held over frozen pipes from the winter that have cracked and must be replaced. You'll know this is the case when there is a leak inside the home the first instance the hose is put on or if a faucet outside is dripping.

Miscellaneous

Check if your home has a sump pump. If it does, then you can make sure it is working correctly simply by pouring some buckets of water into the pit of the sump. Watch as it should fairly soon turn on and pump out the water then subsequently turn off without a hitch. If you live in an area where the sewers backup into the home, then you might want to get a plumber to install a backflow valve into the drain in the floor. This will help prevent any subsequent sewage backups. Throw a gallon of water into drains that aren't used with much frequency in order to prevent nasty smells from entering the house.

Also you're advised to have your floor drains snaked to make sure they adequately and quickly push out water during a flood situation. On that note, it might be wise to install a flood alarm depending on your area's susceptibility to flooding. These alarms are similar to smoke alarms, operating using a battery and sounding off when it water rushes onto it to alert of potential leaks and/or flooding. You can ask your plumber to set one up for you

 

While many of these tips can be performed by the layman, some will need the professional expertise of a real plumber in order to ensure efficiency, safety and keep you away from hidden costs in the future. With a combination of professional help and smart planning from your end, you will guarantee a beautiful season outside the home and within.

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