Plumbing Winterization Tips

plumbingwinterizationtips_10-15The cold weather can wreak havoc your Firestone plumbing system. Plumbing problems seem to occur when your home isn’t prepared for the winter. As such, we recommend you to take extra precautions to ensure that your pipes will work smoothly all winter long.

Your winter should be full of fun, laughter, and warm family get-togethers. Get your Firestone plumbing ready before the cold weather sets to prevent plumbing problems from interfering with the holidays.

Inspect for leaks

Fall is the best time to have your plumbing system checked and inspected by a Firestone plumber. When the temperature starts to plummet, even the smallest leaks can turn into major problems.

During the inspection, they’ll check the sinks, toilets, faucets and your pipes. In case a leak is found, it will be addressed on the spot; hence, preventing it from turning into a bigger, more complicated problem.

Insulate pipes

Exposed pipes, specifically those in the garage, basement, attic and crawl spaces, present the biggest threat to your home in winter. Water can freeze in them and bust your pipes, causing thousands and thousands of dollars of property damage. On top of that, you’ll be faced with an expensive repair.

Make sure your pipes are well insulated. Protect exposed pipes from cold temperatures by wrapping them with electrical heating tape. Another option is to slip foam-rubber insulation over your pipes.

Shut off outdoor plumbing

With all the things you need to tackle during the fall, a lot of homeowners tend to forget about their outdoor plumbing.

Your outdoor pipes and faucets are at risk of freezing and bursting in winter. When this happens, your entire house may suffer. Remove and drain your water hose and store them inside the house. This will prevent your pipes from bursting unnecessarily.

Flush your water heater

Hot water is a necessity during the cold winter months. But with regular use, sediments may accumulate at the bottom of your water heater tank and eventually lead to rust and leaks. Extend the life of your Firestone water heater and improve its efficiency by having your water heater drained on an annual basis.

If you have no idea how to go about this task, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here to help.

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.

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.


What Causes a Faucet to Drip


There is nothing as annoying as a dripping faucet. A slow drip from a faucet does not only keep you awake at night; it can also waste as much as 700 gallons a year. A small drip can quickly turn into a big problem, which can cause a lot of damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to fix it as soon as you notice it.

Before you can stop the drip, you’ll need to identify what causes the problem. Here are the most common causes of leaky faucets.

Broken or corroded valve

This is one of the most common causes of faucet leak. The valve seat serves as the connection between the spout and the faucet. It can be corroded over time and may even start to fall apart. This can cause leaking around the spout. It is important to repair or replace the valve seat to keep leaks at bay.

Worn out washers

Faucets are used a lot. That said, it’s not surprising that some parts, especially the washer, may wear out after a while. The washer is forced against the valve seat during each wash. This constant friction and resistance causes it to wear out.

Water pressure problems

If you find that your faucet only drips at a certain time of the day, this might be the root of the problem. High water pressure prevents water from flowing away from a certain point, which can cause your faucet to leak. Be sure to call for professional service if you notice high water pressure.

Poor installation

Washers that are not installed properly can cause leakage. A professional plumber from Paradigm Plumbing will make sure that your faucet is installed correctly so you don’t have to worry about dripping faucets.

Broken pipes

It is possible that your faucet is leaking due to broken pipes, but it’s the least common of these 5 causes. The pipes can develop cracks and leak out below the sink. If you think this is the problem, you might want to call a plumber to inspect your water pipes.


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How to Fix a Leaky Faucet


The average faucet usually lasts for about 15 years, but your faucet will start to leak eventually. Don’t ignore that leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. Even a small leak of just 10 drops per minute can waste a significant amount of water over time. Not only that, it can also cause high water bills. Fortunately, a leaky faucet is usually a snap to fix, even for an occasional DIYer.

In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to fix a leaky faucet in just a few easy steps.

Turn off the water

This is the first thing you should do when fixing a leaky faucet. The shut off valve will most likely be under the sink. If there are no valves underneath the sink, turn off the main water supply. Turn on the faucet and let the water drain out.

Remove the handle

Pop off the decorative cap that covers the knob. Remove the screw that is holding the handle in place. Then, lift off the handle. A simple prying with a flat-head screwdriver will do the job.

Once the handle is removed, you’ll have access to the nut that is holding the stem to the washer. Loosen and remove the nut with the help of an adjustable wrench. This will expose the rest of the stem.

Examine the screw, nut and stem. Replace if damaged. Lubricate the threads of the stem while you’re at it.

Replace the washer

If everything is intact, the washer is probably the reason why your faucet leaks. Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one.

Washers vary in size. Be sure to bring your old washer when buying a new one to make sure that you get the correct size.

Reassemble the faucet

Reassemble the parts in reverse order once repairs are complete. Reinstall the stem, bonnet nut, handle and then the decorative cap. Turn the water back on. Leaks should be fixed by now.


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