Signs It’s Time to Replace or Upgrade Your Plumbing

Signs its Time to Upgrade your Plumbing Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes in your Longmont Colorado home. Although plumbing pipes usually last an average of 70 to 100 years, they would rust, corrode, and deteriorate over time. Unless you have them replaced, you are likely to face a Longmont plumbing disaster, which will cause serious damage to your home.

Don’t wait to upgrade your Longmont plumbing before it’s too late. Look for these telltale signs and have your plumbing replaced or upgraded before catastrophe strikes.

Pipe material and their lifespan

The first thing you need to do is to determine the material your pipes are made of. This will give you an idea how long your pipes are supposed to last. On average, galvanized steel and brass remains functional for 80 to 100 years. Copper lasts for 70 to 80 years, while Longmont PVC drain lines last for about 25 to 40 years. From here, you can determine whether or not your pipes are past their prime. If so, then that can be a cause of concern.


Longmont Plumbing pipes will begin to leak more and more as they get older. Regardless of how old your plumbing pipes are, it is imperative that you have them replaced if you notice frequent leaks.

Although occasional leaks are considered as a minor plumbing problem, frequent leaks may be a sign of an aging pipe system. Installing new plumbing is actually more cost effective than having to call a plumber every few months to fix a leak.

Water discoloration

Discolored water is usually a concern, unless you live in a rural area, have well water or you’re under a boil order. If yellow or brown-collored water comes out of your faucet, that’s a clean sign that there is rust inside your pipe.


Pipes deteriorate over time. Dimpling, stains on the tubing and discolorations may indicate metal stress. Over time, this may cause your pipes to burst.

If the pipes look bad on the outside, they must be in worse shape on the inside. If your pipes look like they are corroding, you might want to call a plumber to install new plumbing.

Please contact Paradigm Plumbing if you notice any of the signs listed above. We’ll have your pipes checked as soon as possible and give you a sound advice on the next step to take.

How to Winterize Your Sprinkler System: Sprinkler Blow-outs in Boulder County


Winterization is an important part of maintaining a properly functioning sprinkler system. Prepare your sprinkler system for winter by removing water from the sprinklers and pipes before winter freeze up. This is necessary to avoid costly repairs and replacements in spring.

Water freezing in the irrigation system will break the pumps, sprinklers, valves, fittings, pipes and other system components. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of these problems until you turn your sprinkler system in the spring.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the steps involved in winterizing your sprinkler system. Read on and have that peace of mind that you’ll have a sprinkler system that is ready to be re-opened in the spring.

Manual drain method

Drain the system by turning the irrigation system off. This will prevent more water from entering the system. Then, turn all the manual drain valves on.  These valves are usually located at the low points and end points of the piping of the sprinkler system. Water should drain out on its own after opening the valves. Open the drain cap or the boiler drain valve on the stop and waste valve once the water has drained out of the mainline.

Most sprinklers have check valves. If the sprinklers in your system have it, you’ll need to pull it up so that the water can drain out of the bottom of the sprinkler head.

Depending on the location of the drain valves, there could be some excess water in the sprinklers, piping or backflow even after you have completed the steps above. If so, you could try using a wet/dry shop vacuum to get any remaining amounts of water out.

Draining out the sprinklers, piping and backflow may take several minutes. Close the manual drain valves once the water finishes draining.


Do You Know Where Your Longmont, CO Home’s Shutoff Valve Is?


Every home that is being built today has shutoff valves that are readily accessible. Knowing where and how to shut off your home’s main water supply is important especially in times of emergency. Don’t wait until you have an emergency before locating your shutoff valves. Precious minutes can be lost if you or the plumber has to search for it; thus, causing more damage to your property.

Once you’ve found the valve, mark it with a small yard flag, tag, colorful paint or anything that would make the location obvious. Make sure everybody in your household know where it is and how it works.

Possible locations

I wish I could tell you that every shutoff valve is uniform in location. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Some are located inside; while others are located inside.

In the crawlspace or basement

If you get freezing temperatures in the winter, the shutoff valve must be located in a warm area inside your house. In this case, you might want to look in the basement or crawlspace, where the waterline enters the home.

Outside the house

In some homes, the water shutoff valve is located outside – generally in front of your house and near the side property line.  It might be in a concrete or plastic box on the ground. Lift the lid of the box and find the water meter. The valve is usually located next to it. If there are 2 valves, turning off either valve should work.

Near the pressure tank

If you get your water from a well and you don’t have a meter, find where the water pipes enter the house and follow those pipes to the pressure tank. In most cases, the pressure tank can be seen in the basement, in a closet near the water heater or the garage.

Try a simple test once you’ve located the valve. Shut off the main water valve and check the faucets inside your home. If you can’t turn the valve, don’t force it.


Water Heater Maintenance from the Longmont Plumbing Experts


















Water heaters are one of those appliances we rely upon everyday. It provides you with warm baths, sparkling pots and pans and clean clothes. Unfortunately, water heaters often go unnoticed until it stops working and you wind up in a cold shower.

Very few people know that water heater has to be maintained to keep it running efficiently for a long time. A little preventive maintenance is necessary to keep the hot water flowing.

Follow this simple maintenance routine to keep your water heater running efficiently and reliably for years.

Drain the tank

Sediment buildup can clog your water lines and reduce your water heater’s efficiency. Avoid this problem by flushing the tank every 6 months to a year.

Shut off the circuit breaker, if electric and turn off the gas, if gas. Also, turn off the cold water supply. Drain about a quarter of the tank to get rid of sediments and debris. Then, connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain valve.

Next, turn on the water drain to release the water from the tank. Let the water flow for about 30 minutes to remove the sediment and dirt that has built up in the tank.

Flush the tank

Turn the water back on to remove sediments at the bottom of the tank and flush the tank with clean water. Turn of the valve once the water runs clear.

Refill the tank

Turn off the water drain at the base of the tank. Disconnect the hose from the valve. Turn on the cold water inlet to the tank and turn the power to the water heater back on.

Check the anode rod

The anode rod should be inspected and replaced every 2 years. Some pitting and corrosion are expected but if the anode rod is coated with calcium or is less than ½ inch thick, it should be replaced.

Common Longmont Water Heater Issues


















You woke up early, stumbled into the bathroom and expect a hot, steamy shower only to jump into a frigid wake up call. We’ve all been there before, and it’s definitely not a pleasant experience.

Water heaters are such important amenities in our homes. They are generally reliable but they do have problems occasionally. If the water doesn’t seem to get hot enough, then the entire home is going to devolve into chaos.

Here are some of the most common water heater problems and what you can do to solve the problem.

No hot water

When your water heater is not producing any hot water, it might be because the thermostat isn’t working properly or the gas flame is out. Fixing the problem usually involves adjusting the thermostat of the unit. If the thermostat is set at a reasonable temperature yet you still get cold water, then you probably need to replace your water heater thermostat.

Inadequate hot water

Your water heater will produce less and less hot water as it ages and nears the end of its useful life. Inadequate hot water is often linked to faulty thermostat. Sediment buildup in the water heater tank is also a probable cause. In this case, you will need to drain your tank and flush it with water.

Unpleasant odor

If the water has an unpleasant odor, then it probably has some bacteria buildup. To solve this problem, you will need to drain and flush the tank. Then, apply a little chlorine on the water heater to clear up the bacteria.

Noise problem

There is nothing worse than a water heater that whines, knocks, creaks or bangs. The water heater tends to make a loud, rumbling noise due to sediment build up. Alternatively, it can be caused by the heating element slowly burning out.

Draining and flushing out the tank may eliminate the problem. If this doesn’t work, you might need to replace your water heater.

How to Install a Water Line for a Refrigerator Ice Maker


Imagine the convenience of having cold water and ice cubes anytime you want them, especially on a hot day. You may have a refrigerator with a built-in water dispenser but if you don’t have a water line to connect it to, then it’s no use. Fortunately, running an ice maker water line is such an easy process.

This article will show you how to install a water line to your refrigerator. With a little patience, you can do it on your own.

  1. The first step is to locate a cold-water supply that runs closest to where the refrigerator will be installed – perhaps beneath the sink. Here, you may find 3 water supply lines: one connects to the dishwasher; while two lines connect directly to the faucet. The cold line should be the one on the right side.
  2. Once you’ve identified the supply line, turn in it off. Simply turn the cold water supply line clockwise to close it.
  3. Drill holes through the base cabinet sides and thread the tube from beneath the sink to rear of the refrigerator. Be sure to keep the tubing behind drawers and above storage areas to prevent tube damage.
  4. Route the tubing and attach it to the refrigerator’s water pipe. Make sure you have extra tubing coiled behind the refrigerator.
  5. The ice maker kit includes a valve and a clamp. You need to install the valve on the cold water line under the sink. Place the clamp over the water line and close it around the pipes. This will pierce through the copper tube so that water will flow through the valve. Tighten the screws on each side of the clamp.
  6. Slide the nut and ferule at the end of the line and attach it to the valve. Tighten it with an adjustable wrench.
  7. Turn on the cold water supply and check for leaks. Tighten the connections if there are leaks.
  8. Flush out several gallons of water to purge the line of all the air and make sure it is clean and ready to use.


Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing – Longmont Water Heater Repairs

Paradigm_6.30.15Just like any other appliance, water heaters break over a period of time. However, most homeowners find it difficult to tell whether to repair or replace their water heater.

There are symptoms you can look for to let you know that you should buy a new water heater before it fails completely. Here are 4 signs that your water heater may be on its last leg.


Most water heaters last between 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. That said, it is important to know the age of your water heater. This can be done by checking the serial number, which can be found on the manufacturer’s sticker. It usually contains the date the unit was manufactured.

If your water heater is more than 10 years and is having some kind of problems, then it’s probably best to have it replaced. Remember, the older the water heater is, the more likely it is to break.

Water isn’t as hot as it used to be

If you expect to climb into a nice, hot shower and you are blindsided by icy water, this could be a sign that your heater is nearing the end of its days. If water isn’t as hot as it used to be, it might mean that the parts of your water heater wore down over time.

Water around the unit

Leaking water indicates an internal failure in the water, and is rarely fixable. If you notice moisture around the water heater, it might be an indication that it needs replacing. But before buying a new unit, you might want to make sure that the water doesn’t come from the connections to the tank or a leak in the fittings.

Rusty water

If you discover rusty water coming out from your water heater, this is a sure sign that your water heater is close to breaking down. Unfortunately, rust and corrosion can’t be fixed.

Tips for Designing a Fully Functional Outdoor Kitchen in Longmont

Outdoor kitchens are a hot segment in many parts of the country. Each year, more and more people are transforming their backyard into elaborate extensions of their home.  A well designed outdoor kitchen provides you the opportunity to cook, eat and spend time with family and friends outdoors.

If you are designing an outdoor kitchen or looking for ideas on how to improve your existing outdoor kitchen, get started with some of our ideas on how to create an open-air cooking area.

Locate your outdoor kitchen near your indoor kitchen

Location is the key to an outdoor kitchen that is functional and well integrated into your yard or deck.  The most functional outdoor kitchens are the ones that have direct access to the kitchen. This will help you move the food back and for the quickly, and if you need something, you know it’s close by.

Plan your space

Make sure your outdoor kitchen has all the essential spaces such as prep, cook, serve and clean. This way, it will be easier for you to do all the work outside. You should also consider the placement of your dining area. It should be near the grill, but not too close that the smoke wafts over the dining area.

Figure out what appliances are important to you

Consider what you want in your outdoor kitchen. If your design is like most kitchens, then you’ll probably need a grill (both charcoal and gas), a small refrigerator and a small sink. Select low-maintenance equipment and materials that can withstand the rigors of an outdoor kitchen.

Make your outdoor kitchen comfortable

With warm weather beckoning us outside, outdoor cooking can take place any time of the day. Build a tall roof over your outdoor kitchen so you can cook, eat, relax and entertain while enjoying the outdoor weather.

Common Plumbing Repairs in Boulder County

16 OTIxMDUwNDc1OC5qcGc=Plumbing repairs in Boulder are common household projects sometimes done by the homeowner himself if it was only a minor one such as replacement of a faucet gasket, or done by a professional company for a major job such as cleaning a clogged drain.

Notice any leak under the kitchen sink lately? This certainly needs repair as you cannot allow such a defect to go unnoticed. The kitchen should be kept hygienic at all times since this is where meals are prepared. A leak detected, however small, should be fixed at the first instance it is discovered. Although sealants may be available for a quick fix, you will have to observe the sink. If the same issue has occurred several times, then it may need a new water trap that a plumbing company can install.

Plumbing repairs in Boulder also involve finding leaks to water piping in and around the house. More common leaks occur in pipes exposed to outside weather and activity, such as the garden. These leaks can swiftly become big so it is best to have the pipes replaced and protected once installed.

Although it may be a nightmare to see that your toilet does not flush down waste, it may be an indication of a problem with your septic tank. For a problem such as this, a consultation with a plumbing company specializing in septic tank cleaning is inevitable. An analysis of the problem will help them determine the best course of action to take. To clean the septic tank is not really a complicated task to implement but it may take time. If this is your case, your options are best discussed with your local plumbing company.

Tackling problems of natural gas pipes are part of Plumbing repairs in Boulder. To ensure safety, most of these pipes are not repaired but replaced. This is to ensure that the same leak does not recur. As gas is flammable, this delicate issue should not be overlooked. So if any leak is suspected at all, a call to your plumbing company for help is a necessity.

Does Plumbing repairs always refer to fixing a problem? Not necessarily. Sometimes, it can mean reinstallation of existing pipes. For example, a kitchen or a bathroom remodel will typically include the repositioning of items. If the sink or the tub are put in a different area in the kitchen or bathroom, existing pipes will have to be relocated or perhaps new ones will have to be installed to lengthen the piping system to adjust to the remodel.

Moreover, if you are renovating your garden, then you may find yourself needing to install new plumbing for water spray systems and for the drainage of rain water. This can be done by a plumbing company in your area. Plumbing repairs will always be as common as water. But they need not be for a major problem always. In fact, it is best to have only minor ones since a major repair typically means a minor problem left to itself and ignored.

Why You Might Need A Boulder Plumber

washroom house home sink bathroom remodelTwo of the usual reasons homeowners decide to remodel their bathrooms are to upgrade the fixtures and to fix leaks due to plumbing problems. If you’re dealing with both, you can enlist the service of a full service of a Boulder plumber  to complete your remodeling project and improve the plumbing systems. A good contractor will be able to expertly handle the plumbing repair as well as the installation of a modern efficient hot water heating system for your bath.

Plumbing is a an important part of a dwelling place, and apart from the bathroom, the kitchen is another area of the home where problems  such as a clogged drain  may surface. Since common substances like hair (accumulating in the bathroom sink or shower floor) and food residue plus grease (for the kitchen sink) may build up with the passage of time, there may come a time when the services of a professional plumber will be needed to assess and fix your plumbing problems.

Lets say it’s the slow drainage of your bathroom which is the problem. Chances are, it was caused by day-to-day accumulation of soap, shampoo, and shaving cream residues that cling together and form grease. Hair often  gets tangled up in the greasy particles which stick to the walls of the drainage pipe. To prevent damaging the plumbing pipe system, get a plumber to fix the problem rather than using chemical solutions to clear the drain.

Have a leaking toilet? If its coming from the toilet base, it may be due to worn out parts, something that a licensed plumber can better address. The best plumbers offer not just expertise, but fair dealing. Go for a company that won’t charge an exorbitant amount for emergency situations. Actually, homeowners can even obtain free estimates and have blocked sinks, leaky toilet, and clogged shower drains repaired in a jiffy.

Homeowners need to know and understand how plumbing systems work, but should not undertake repairs and replacements when unsure or unequipped with the proper tools. Let a plumber handle the leaks and replacements that may be needed. For serious leaks and serious clogs, a professional plumber can come to the rescue.

So don’t wait for drips to turn into disaster. Find a Boulder plumber that can do complete plumbing and drain services. You can have your Boulder plumbing problems resolved at a quick response time. Choose a company that will not only send skilled and competent plumbers but will also provide good advice on the severity of the repair and later on, an accurate billing for services rendered.