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Tips to Keep Your Home’s Plumbing in Good Condition

The plumbing system is one of the most important and frequently used systems in your Boulder home. We use it for doing laundry, washing dishes, taking a shower and using the toilet. As a Boulder homeowner, it is your responsibility to look after your plumbing system and keep in top shape.

Here’s what you need to do to keep your Boulder home’s plumbing in good condition.

Repair problems early

Sudden increase in your water bill, slow drain, damp cabinets and leaking faucets are just some of the most common signs of impending plumbing failures. Little problems can eventually lead to a costly plumbing disaster. Keep an eye out for trouble and stay on top of plumbing issues to help keep your plumbing dry and happy.

Keep an eye on your drains

Small bits and pieces of food, hair and other materials may seem harmless, especially if they fall down the drain in small quantities, but they can add up and eventually cause blockage. A simple drain screen will catch them and prevent these foreign materials from going down the drain.

Pay attention to your drains and address the problem as quickly as possible. Don’t ignore a suspected blocked drain. Otherwise, it may lead to expensive repairs and replacements.

Prevent frozen pipes

When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside the pipes can freeze. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on your pipes and may cause it burst later on. Being prepared and informed may help you avoid the consequences brought about by frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes are inconvenient and costly to repair. To relieve built-up water pressure in the pipes, let both hot and cold water faucets drip. Also, consider wrapping pipes in the attic, basement, crawlspace and exterior walls with foam insulation.

Take it easy on the garbage disposal

Garbage disposal is an essential part of our everyday life. It makes it easier for us to dispose of leftover food. Unfortunately, it is one of the most abused appliances in the kitchen. Treat your garbage disposal well and it will keep working smoothly for several years.

Avoid dumping fibrous foods such as potato peels, corn husks, celery, broccoli and banana skins. These things can tangle and stop the blades of your garbage disposal. Also, avoid pouring fat, oil and grease down the drain as they can clog the drain and create leaks and back-ups. These simple precautions can extend the life of your garbage disposal.

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.

 

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing System

plumbingsystmeYour plumbing system is one of the most important systems of your home. It keeps clean water flowing to your bathroom faucets, toilets and washer, hot water flowing to your bath and shower and fresh water flowing to your kitchen faucet and dishwasher. Unfortunately, keeping plumbing in top shape is a task that many homeowners do not acknowledge. At some point, your plumbing system is going to encounter a problem.

By taking preventive measures, you can get the most out your plumbing and save time and money in the long run. Don’t let your plumbing system fail. Here are some tips to extend the life of your plumbing system.

Preventive maintenance

A lot of homeowners wait until a problem occurs before calling a plumber. In most cases, a plumber has to be called in immediately as the plumbing issue can no longer be resolved by a simple DIY.

Be sure to have your plumbing system checked and inspected by a professional plumber regularly. This is important so as to prevent issues from turning into bigger, more complicated problems; thus, leading to more costly repairs.

Prevent clogs

Food scraps, oils, fats and hair are the most common causes of clogs. These elements will accumulate over time, making it more difficult for water to drain. These types of wastes should go straight to your trash cans, not in the kitchen or bathroom drains.

Also, be cautious about what goes down the toilet. Do not flush paper towels, tampons, diapers and baby wipes in the toilet to avoid clogs.

Keep the trees away

Trees need water in order to thrive. The damp ground that surrounds your pipe can attract roots toward your pipe. If this happens, there’s a good chance that the roots will damage your pipes, which can negatively affect your plumbing system.

 

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Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

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Plumbing is a major cost to homeowners. Knowing how to maintain your plumbing and keep your disposals and drains in good shape can help prevent the need for costly repairs.

To save you money, time and headaches down the road, we have listed some tips to protect your home against plumbing problems.

Fix leaks

People assume that little drips are not that big of a deal. As a result, they just ignore it until it gets worse. A leaky faucet will not only keep you up at night, it also wastes gallons of water in a matter of minutes. A slow, steady drip can waste as much as 50 gallons of water a day. Call a plumber immediately to save money and water.

Check toilet for hidden leaks

To check for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. Don’t flush it. Come back after 15 to 30 minutes. You know there’s a leak if the color appears in the bowl. Address this problem by replacing worn components in your toilet tank. It’s an easy and inexpensive fix.

Lower the temperature of your water heater

Your water heater accounts for more than 17% of your energy consumption. Don’t let your water heater drain away your savings. Save money by lowering your water heater’s temperature setting to 120 degrees. This simple step will you save 4% of your energy bill. Plus, it can prevent you from scalding yourself in the shower.

Perform regular maintenance

A plumbing system that works well will not only save you money on your utility bill, it will also save you from unnecessary costs from damages. Your home’s plumbing can become a real money-eater when not properly maintained and cared for. Take care of your home plumbing by doing a little maintenance.

Send some ice down the garbage disposal to clean out any grease that may have accumulated inside. Keep an eye out for any potential leaks. Be sure to address it sooner rather than later. Lastly, know where your shut off valve is. Make sure that it’s free from corrosion and damage. Also, test the shut off valve to make sure it functions correctly in the event that you need to shut off the water in your home.

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How to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems This Winter in Erie Colorado

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The arrival of winter often brings with it a number of plumbing problems. These can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Failure to take preventive measures could lead to serious damage and result in expensive repairs.

Here are some ways to prevent major plumbing problems this winter.

Check the sump pump

Sump pumps are a key part of your plumbing and drainage maintenance system. They work hard to keep water out of your basement and keep it dry. Make sure that your sump pump is working properly. You don’t want to deal with water damage while planning out your holiday parties.

Make sure the water heater works properly

Your water heater is used all year round, but it works especially hard during the winter. Make sure that you water heater is in top condition so as to ensure that your family has access to hot water during the drafty months of winter.  Call a plumbing professional and have your water heater serviced before the temperature drops below freezing.

Insulate your pipes

Pipes can freeze when temperature drops below zero. This may result in blockage or burst pipes. To minimize the chances of a burst or frozen pipes, consider applying insulation sleeves to the pipes near the exterior of your home. Also, don’t forget to check pipes for cracks as these can be indicative of freezing.

Clean out drains and gutters

Snow, debris and leaves can block up the drains and gutters of your home. Ice will form if your drain and gutters are collecting too much debris, eventually causing it to break. Take some time to clear out leaves and other debris.

Going away

Pipes that get used on a regular basis are not as likely to freeze up. But your pipes may be in danger of freezing if you’re going on vacation during the winter months. If you’ll be gone for more than a week, consider calling a plumber to drain your pipes.