4 Ways to Save Money on Your Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom RemodelThe bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house. As such, it should be an appealing place to go to.

Remodeling a Firestone bathroom is a big project. In fact, it is one of the most expensive rooms to update. According to Remodelling Magazine, an upscale bathroom remodel will cost about $26,000; while an average bathroom remodel costs around $10,500. That amount may be far from what you can afford to spend.

The good news is that you don’t have to empty your wallet in order to transform your Firestone bathroom into a cool, relaxing space. Use these tips to give your bathroom a facelift while keeping a budget in mind.

Have a plan before you start

Take time to plan what you want before you call a Firestone contractor and ask for prices. This way, the contractors can give you an estimate for the job, so you have an idea how much money you’ll need to get things done. Also, stick to your plan. Changing your mind midstream costs time and money.

Keep plumbing where it is

Moving Firestone utilities like the bathtub, toilet and sink is not just time consuming, it will also cost you a lot of money. To minimize Firestone plumbing costs, keep everything in the same spot. If you really need to reposition the toilet, shower or bath, make it a minimal move.

Update fixtures

If you don’t have a lot to spend, look at the little details. Update your towel racks, sink faucets, light fixtures and drawer hardware. This will make a big difference on your bathroom’s appearance.

Know your limits

It can be tempting to go the DIY route when you’re working on a limited budget. Yes, you can save a significant amount of money by doing things on your own. However, please leave the more complicated tasks to the professionals.

Painting the walls and cabinets is fairly easy. So, there’s no need to call in a professional for that. But be sure to contact a professional to take care of the plumbing tasks. You are likely to spend more money if you screw up and then call a professional later on to fix your mistakes.

 

Water Saving Tips for Your Shower and Bath

WaterSavingTipsThe average American Boulder Colorado household uses about 400 gallons of water a day – almost half of which is used in the bathroom. This makes it a great place to start saving water.

Here are 4 ways to save water in the bathroom.

Change your habits

Simple habits like collecting the water in a bucket while waiting for your shower to heat up or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth or shave can impact the amount of water you save. Plus, it help lower your utility bills.

Check for leaks

Boulder Faucet and toilet leaks are one of the major causes of wasted water in the bathroom. Believe it or not, even a small faucet leak can waste as up to 20 gallons of water a day. If it goes undetected, it can waste hundreds of gallons of water. Save water by checking your Boulder faucets and toilets for leaks.

Buy a water saving toilet

Flushing is the biggest water hog in the home. The average Boulder toilet uses about 3 to 5 gallons of water per flush. Since most people would flush the toilet at least 5 times a day, the amount of water waste can really add up.

To cut down on water waste, consider buying a low flush toilet. This uses only 1 to 3 gallons of water per flush, and will cut down water use by as much as 70%. Also, avoid throwing things down your toilet. Not only will it lead to clogged pipes, it can also be a huge water waster.

Get a low-flow showerhead

Conventional showerheads flow at a rate of 5 gallons per minutes; sometimes, even more. Crank up your water savings by installing a low-flow showerhead. It can half your water use for as little as $20.

If your showerhead was manufactured before 1993, consider replacing it with a low-flow showerhead. This could save you 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of water a year. Not only will it save water, it also reduces your water bill.

Water Conservation Tips That Will Help You Save Money

water conservation tipsWe all rely on water for a wide variety of uses – be it inside or outside the house. With more and more areas struggling with draughts, many residents of Boulder County are looking for ways on how to reduce their water consumption.

Cutting back on water usage is more than just saving money on your utility bill; it also helps reduce pollution due to leaks and extend the life of your septic system.

When it comes to conserving water, small changes can have a big impact. Here are some tips to help you save more water every day in Boulder County.

Flush the toilet only when necessary

The toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. In fact, about 30% of total water used in the house is through toilet flushing. About 2 billion liters of water is wasted through toilet flushing alone. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Also, never use your toilet as a wastebasket or an ashtray.

Take shorter showers

Regular showerheads can use as much as 5 gallons of water a minute. One way to cut down on water use is to limit your shower to 5 minutes. This simple step will help you save 10 gallons every time.

Switch to low-flow fixtures for maximum water efficiency. This can save you up to $200 per year. Replacing shower heads is a very simple task that can be done by the homeowners in Boulder.

Repair dripping faucets

A faucet that drips 60 drops a minute will waste 192 gallons of water each month. That is equivalent to 2,300 gallons of water a year. Add to that, it can also cost you $35 a year. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day.

Preventing water waste is crucial to ensuring sustainable use of our most precious resource. Fixing leaky faucets can mean big savings.

Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth

Your faucet flows at 2.5 gallons per minute. If you run the tap for 90 seconds while brushing your teeth, you’ll be using around 1,400 gallons of water per year. You can save up to 8 gallons of water just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.

 

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How to Handle a Clogged Toilet

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Toilet clogs seem to happen at the most inappropriate time. What would you do if your toilet overflows during the holidays and you’re about to host a dinner party? Your first instinct would be to call the plumber and have it repaired before your guests arrive. Considering that plumbing emergencies are common during the holidays, it may take a few hours before a plumber gets to your home.

In this article, we’ll show you how to fix a clogged toilet. Follow these steps and your toilet will be operating normally within a few minutes.

Stop the toilet bowl from filling up

If you notice the water isn’t going down, don’t flush again. The more you flush, the more water is added to the tank.

If you’re worried that your flush has a good chance of turning into a flood, you want to take the lid off the tank and close the toilet flapper. Don’t forget to turn off the water supply to the toilet to stop more water from entering the bowl.

Use a plunger

You only need one special tool to clear the obstruction – a plunger. Run the plunger under hot water before using it because stiff, hard plungers don’t work well.

Pump the plunger a few times over the hole. Make sure it completely covers the mouth of the hole at the bottom of the toilet. Keep enough water in the bowl so the plunger stays covered. You know you’ve successfully unclogged it if the water clears from the toilet. Continue plunging until you’ve cleared the clog.

Switch to a plumbing auger

If the plunger seems ineffective despite your repeated tries, you might want to switch to a plumbing auger.  Simply snake the cable right through the throat of the toilet. Give the auger a little extra tension once it approaches the clog. The auger will either hook on the clog or break it up. Flush the toilet once the water has drained.

 

 

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Remodel Your Bathroom in Time for the Holidays in Erie, CO

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It’s officially fall. In a few months time, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season. During those months, you’ll be having a series of holiday parties and welcoming guests into your home. Your extended family and some friends will be arriving and staying with you for a few days.

With everyone busy with other plans and preparations, remodeling projects often take a backseat.  If you think your bathroom is your home’s biggest downfall, begin planning your bathroom remodel today. By having it done early, you can be sure that it is completed before the holidays.

Fixture replacement

Old plumbing fixtures are more likely to give you problems. With all the cooking and activities you have planned out over the holidays, there is no way you can deal with additional problems. Updating your current fixtures will not only prevent plumbing problems, it is also a great way in changing the look of your bathroom.

Storage

Over the years, we tend to accumulate toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning supplies. Your guests will need some space to place their things. Empty out the drawers and get rid of your nasty trash.

If you need additional storage, old wooden crates are a great option. You can use them to hold rolled bath towels and extra toilet paper.

Make sure it’s slip-proof

Your parents are probably coming over for the holidays. We all know that accidents such as slipping are common among older adults. So you need to make the bathroom safe for them.

Keep your parents safe by placing non-skid mats inside and outside your tub or shower. We also recommend installing grab handles.

Lighting

Proper lighting is a necessity in any bath. Unfortunately, the bathroom is often given the least consideration when it comes to interior lighting. Make sure your bathroom is well-lit. Install task lighting, ambient lighting and dimmers.

Also, since your guests are unfamiliar with the place, consider adding a night light. You don’t want anyone to get hurt in the middle of the night.

How to Fix a Running Toilet

paradigm_8.4If your toilet is running, you’re wasting gallons of water every day. Even worse, it’s making that noise that’s keeping you up at night. Fortunately, putting a stop to a constantly running toilet is actually an easy job that does not require the assistance of a plumber.

Let’s get your toilet fixed and stop your water bill from skyrocketing. Here are some tips on how to put an end on the water waste and the annoyance.

Get to know what’s in your toilet

Lift the cover of the tank to see what’s inside the toilet. Toilets haven’t changed that much in the last 80 years. So whether you have a new or an old toilet, chances are you’ll see the same things inside the tank. Flush the toilet a couple of time to see how it works. Poke around and see if you can identify the most likely problem.

Check your float

The float will either be a rubber ball at the end of a long arm or a close cup that encircles a tall tube. This piece shuts water off once it reaches a specified height. If water continues running despite reaching the shutoff height, then you need to lower the float.

Most toilets have a marking that indicates the water fill line. Make sure that the float is not set above the level of the overflow tube.

Close the flapper

If the tank is not filling, then the flapper is probably stuck open. Reach in and try to close it. When you hear running water stop, you know that the flapper isn’t seating properly. If it opens once again, then check what’s causing the problem.

Is the chain too short? Is the chain catching on something? A chain that is too long has increased chances of tangling. Meanwhile, a chain that is too short won’t allow the flapper to close.