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.

 

How to Get Rid of Drain Odors

Drain Odor Odors coming from Lafayette drains are a common problem in many homes. Food particles, grease and other debris make their way into the drain, which leads to smelly kitchen sink. Although smelly drains are more common in the kitchen, bathroom drains aren’t immune to odor issues. Body oils, soaps and hair go down the drain and cause a smelly shower drain.

Fortunately, smelly Lafayette drains are easy to clean. Knowing how to properly clean your drains will help keep the odor under control.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of that awful smell in your kitchen and bathroom drains and keep it from coming back.

Keep it clean

Take good care of your drain to stop bad odors before they start. It is important to clean and deodorize your drains to prevent clogs and smelly drain problems.

Do not underestimate the power of hot water. Pouring hot water can help clear out junk out of your pipes. This may also be enough to take care of mild drain smells. You can also add a squirt of dish soap for a clean, fresh scent.

Baking soda and vinegar

Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. After a couple of minutes, pour a cup of white vinegar and place a dry cloth or rag over the hole. This will cause the solution to fizz and bubble. Wear a mask if you have one to prevent you from breathing in the fumes. Remove the rag after 30 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. You can repeat this step if the odor is still there.

Call a professional

If you still weren’t able to address the problem after trying the methods above, it is possible that you may be dealing with a more serious plumbing problem.

If you’re not comfortable dealing with it or you’re not sure what the problem is, you may want to consider calling a Lafayette plumbing professional like those at Paradigm Plumbing to sniff out the problem.

Costly Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Plumbing Mistakes to AvoidFirestone Homeowners tend to face a host of plumbing problems. Some are so simple that they choose to tackle them on their own. Some, however, can be quite complicated that they are best left in the hands of a professional.

While going the DIY route can help expand your skills and save you money, we sometimes commit some simple mistakes that can lead to costly repairs.

Don’t fall prey to these Firestone plumbing mistakes as they may end up costing you more money in the long run.

Cranking the faucet handle

Firestone Faucet leaks can be quite frustrating. They constant dripping can be annoying; it can keep you up all night. Some people would try to crank the faucet handle, hoping it would stop the dripping. We hate to break it to you, but applying too much pressure on the handle won’t stop the drip.

Leaks won’t fix themselves. What you need to do is to call a plumber and fix the leak so you can sleep soundly at night.

Throwing inappropriate materials down the drain

It can be very tempting to pour oil or grease down the drain. However, that would cause your drain to clog, even if you pour hot water afterwards. The grease will harden once it cools down.

If you have a lot of grease after cooking, we suggest that you put it in a bottle or a milk carton and then freeze it. Throw it in the trash can once it solidifies.

Leaving the hoses connected in winter

As temperature drops during the Firestone winter months, you need to take a few precautionary measures to ensure that your pipes stay functional come spring.

Water expands when it freezes. Since there is water inside the hose and pipes, these can freeze during the winter and may burst as well. It is best to disconnect your hose and store them in your garage.

Putting excess weight on fixtures

Some people would hang a shower caddie on their shower. While this will help keep your toiletries organized, they can be bad for your fixtures. Be careful how much weight you put on your showerheads or handles.

 

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.

Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumber

Signs it Time to Call a Plumber Even if you are skilled at home repairs, you shouldn’t lull yourself into believing that you won’t need the services of a Erie plumber. There are plumbing problems that are ideal for the DIYers, but there are others that are too big to tackle on your own. In this case, hiring a professional is your best option.

Save yourself some time and trouble. Call a Erie plumber as soon as possible if you experience any of these problems.

Frozen or burst pipes

Frozen or burst pipes are considered as plumbing emergencies. That said, you need to call the Erie plumber as soon as possible. But before you do that, make sure that you shut off the main water valve first to prevent further damage.

Water heater problems

Since water heaters use electricity or gas, we recommend that you call a plumber when you need to have your water heater repaired or replaced. Trying to replace a gas water heater without experience or proper guidance is more likely to blow up the house than fix it. Pick up the phone and let a certified plumber take care of the job for you.

Leaky pipes

DIYers would use a rubber sheet, compression clam and a leak tape when they notice a puddle under a pipe. Others would head to the local hardware store to get some fitting compounds and commercial joint filers to keep the water from spraying. While these things can help, they are only temporary solutions. The best way to address the problem is to replace a length of pipe or its fittings. This task is best to be left in the hands of a professional.

You have no water

You’re supposed to wash the dishes, but you don’t get anything beyond a drip. The first thing you need to do is to call the neighbors. Find out whether or not they have water. If they do have water, this could be a sign that something has gone terribly wrong. Backups, major leaks and frozen pipes are possible causes. Call an Erie plumber immediately to help you determine the source of the problem and fix it as well.

Common Plumbing Myths That May Cost You Money

Plumbing MythsGrowing up, family and friends would tell us little myths, which we eventually mistaken as the truth. Sometimes, these myths are so widespread that people actually believe them. In fact, some can even be found on the internet. A word of caution, though, not everything you read on the Internet is true.

Don’t make uneducated assumptions about your Erie plumbing system. Knowing what’s true and what isn’t when it comes to plumbing will help you keep your plumbing working and save you from costly repairs.

Here are some common plumbing myths that may cost you money.

A leaky faucet is no big deal

It’s just a small drip, so you ignore it and forget about it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a slow leak at a rate of one drip per second would waste more than 3,000 gallons of Erie water a year. Not only that, these Erie leaks can also hike up your Erie Colorado water bill.

You should keep water running when using the garbage disposal

A lot of people think that they can put anything down the garbage disposal just as long as they keep the water running while doing so. This is certainly not the case. Not everything is made to go down the disposal unit, even when the water is running.

Stringy foods such as potato skins and celery may stick to the blades and cause blockage. Oil and grease will create a thick coating down your drain and create a messy clog that can be extremely difficult to remove.

Use chemical drain cleaners to avoid clogs

Chemical drain cleaners are not just harmful to your Erie pipes; they are also harmful to the Colorado environment. They usually contain toxic chemicals that may corrode your pipes, which may cause extensive damage to your plumbing system.

My drain has no clogging issue as long as things are going down

Although your Erie disposal is still functioning and water still goes down the drain, slow moving water and waste fragments is a clear sign that you may have a serious clog on your hands. We recommend that you address the problem in the soonest possible time in order to save you from stress and serious repair costs.

Putting lemons on your garbage disposal keeps it clean and fresh

Although lemons may help produce a pleasing odor in your kitchen, it doesn’t actually clean anything. In fact, the citric acid in lemons can damage your disposal.

 

How to Deal with Leaking Pipes

How to Deal with Leaking PipesLeaking pipes in Broomfield Colorado, can be a big problem for homeowners. If you have a leak in your pipes, you may end up with a flooded home. Others are not nearly so damaging, but may leave you with an unusually high water bill. Therefore, it is important to address the issues as soon as you can to prevent it from turning into a more complicated problem, which would require more costly repair.

Broomfield leaking pipes are easier to fix than most people may think. In this blog post, we’d like to share with you some tips on how to deal with leaking pipes. Here are some of them.

Shut off the water supply

Turn off the water as soon as you discover a leak. Find the valve that controls the water flow to the affected pipe. This will stop the water and give you enough time to think.

Water pipe epoxy

Take a small amount of water epoxy, just enough to cover the hole. This can be comparable to a molding clay, so you’ll have to knead the epoxy in your hands to make it pliable. Stick it over the crack or hole and then press it down gently. Leave it for a few minutes and allow it to harden. Make sure that there is no running water through the pipe. Otherwise, it won’t stick. You can turn the water back on once the epoxy hardens.

Patch the hole

This is a quick, easy fix that will allow you to turn the water back on until the plumber arrives or purchase parts that are needed to fix the leak.

You need something to cover the hole. A piece of flexible leather and a heavy gauge rubber are the ideal materials to use. Make sure that patch is bigger than the hole or fissure. Now, you need something that would hold the patch in place. Wrap it around the patch and the pipe, making sure that it’s tight enough. Turn the water back on to determine whether or not the patch is working.

Call a plumber

As you may have noticed, the methods listed above are just temporary solutions. It is important to call a plumber immediately to repair or replace the damaged pipe. Getting help quickly will prevent flooding and water damage; hence, allowing you to save thousands of dollars in the long run.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains

Hoe to Prevent a Clogged DrainThe dreaded clogged drain is one of the most common problems homeowners face. Not only does it cause bad odor, it can also lead to several problems that require expensive Firestone Colorado plumbing repair.

It is far easier, not to mention inexpensive, to prevent clogs than it is to address the problem when it happens. Knowing what causes the drains to become clogged can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Avoid the inconvenience and annoyance of a clogged drain by following these tips.

Clean your drains routinely

Most Firestone homeowners do not think about drain maintenance until they experience a clogged drain. One of the best ways to prevent clogs is to prevent it in the first place.

To keep drains running freely, consider pouring a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, finish off by pouring hot water. This will do a great job of flushing the drain line. Another way is to fill the tub or sink with water to the brim. Then, pull out the stopper. Do this once a week to prevent clogged drain.

Use drain stoppers

One of the simplest ways to prevent clogs in the Firestone bathroom or kitchen is to use a drain stopper. This prevents soap scum, hair and food from entering the drain. However, these stoppers tend to accumulate hair, soap scums and other residues over time. That said, it is best to pull out the stoppers and clean them off once in a while.

You can avoid the hassle and the unnecessary spending by not allowing the culprits to go down the drain.

Flush with hot water

Cold water can make oils from food products build up on the interior surface of the pipe; thus, causing it to clog. Small bits of food may stick to grease in your pipes and cause a clog. To help things run smoothly, we suggest that you pour hot water down the drain to prevent grease build up.

Ditch the grease

Some things should never go down the drain, grease is one of them. Instead of throwing cooking grease down the drain, we suggest that you put it in a cardboard milk container or in an old coffee can. Then, throw it in the garbage can.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Water Heater

Things to Consider When Choosing a Water HeaterMost Firestone homeowners won’t start looking at water heaters unless their current one fails. Because no one wants to take a cold shower, they are often in a hurry to get a replacement in the soonest possible time. Some would just settle for anything that is available in the store.

In order to help you make an informed decision, it is best to do some research before you are faced with an emergency purchase. If the time has come for you to buy a new Firestone water heater, then we urge you to read this blog post before you head out and buy a new one.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a new water heater.

Type of water heater

Storage tank water heater

If you use a lot of hot water and need an immediate replacement, then this one’s for you. Conventional storage water heater offers a ready reservoir – from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water.

Tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters heat the water directly without the use of a storage tank. The unit only heats water as you use it. This means you’ll never run out of hot water, but you may have to wait for a few seconds before hot water comes out.

Heat pump water heater

If you are looking for something that is less expensive to operate, then this would be a great option. This type of water heater works by pulling heat from the environment and then pumping it into the tank. If you decide to install it in a hot garage or attic, it will suck out some of the heat. The conventional coils will function only when the heat pump can’t satisfy the demand.

Gas or electric

Electric water heater uses electric resistance recoils to heat water, while a gas water heater uses the heat from burning fuel. About 40% of homes in the United States uses electric water heater, while 60% are gas-fired.

Energy efficiency

Heating water accounts to approximately 15% of a home’s energy use. With the rising cost of energy, homeowners are looking for ways to save money.

Among the water heaters on the list, heat pump water heater is has the lowest operating cost. In fact, they can be 2 to 3 times more energy efficient than conventional water heaters. Since tankless water heater only heats water at the time it is being used, it is also more energy efficient than traditional ones.

Plumbing Tips to Consider Before Going on Vacation

Plumbing Tips to Consider Before Going on VacationSummer is here. The Longmont Colorado weather is nice and toasty and the kids are on vacation. This is the time of the year when Longmont families spend most of their time outdoors and go on vacations out of town. Many of you are probably dreaming of a mountain escape or heading to the beach.

No matter what your plans are for the summer, it is important to ensure the safety and well-being of your Longmont Colorado home’s plumbing. Summer time has its own set of plumbing problems, which is why it is important to take preventive measures.

Don’t let your Colroado plumbing get in the way of your happiness. Here are 4 plumbing tips to consider before you leave.

Schedule a thorough inspection

Preventative maintenance is the key to avoiding any unfortunate surprises. Call in a Longmont Colorado licensed plumber and get a thorough inspection of all your fixtures and pipes to ensure everything is working properly. Through inspection, plumbers will be able to find small problems and have them repaired before they turn into huge problems. Hence, allowing you to save money and stress in the long run.

Turn off water supply

If you’ll be gone for a few days or for a few weeks, consider shutting off your main shut off valve. This will prevent a busted pipe or your water heater from causing damage. You want to relax while you’re on vacation, and not worry about coming home to a plumbing disaster.

Check your sump pump

Make sure your Longmont Colorado sump pump is working effectively. If your sump pump isn’t in good condition and a major storm comes around while you’re on vacation, you may come home to a flooded basement.

Check your washing machine hoses

Laundry hoses are one of the major causes of leaks in residential homes. Check your washing machine hoses and make sure they are in good condition and all are attached securely.