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Signs You May Have a Plumbing Emergency

A plumbing emergency is no joke here in Lakewood, Colorado. At Lakewood Plumbing and Heating we see so many different types of plumbing emergencies.

It is very common for every household to encounter a plumbing issue; however, some may not be aware that an emergency has already occurred. Awareness is essential to detect any kind of plumbing trouble at home. Whether small or big, both issues can lead to severe trouble so you need to recognize and fix them early. This time, you badly need to call an emergency plumber right away.

Homeowners must always keep an eye on their plumbing system because even a simple sign can tell that there are complications with the plumbing lines. Don’t just ignore small issues since matters like these need an immediate action. It may not be serious for you, but these kinds of plumbing issues appear when you least expect them. Here are 5 signs you need to be aware that your home has plumbing emergencies.

1. Increased water bill

Have you ever thought why there is a fast-paced increase with the water bill at home? There is a chance that your home has leaking pipes (or faucet) that you may not have noticed. There is a big possibility that with this leak, your house can be filled with water and turn your house into a terrible swimming pool. As a homeowner, you should be a keen observer every time you pay your water bill expenses. Make it a habit to track them and if you noticed a bill change, you need to check your pipes and faucets immediately then call a plumber.

2. Discolored water

This is by far the most common sign that can be recognised right away. Obviously, everyone knows what the natural colour of the water is. If you notice a single discolouring of water that comes out from your faucet, this is one possible indicator that you need to call an emergency plumber. This is an urgent issue and needs to have a prompt resolution before it can lead to serious health issues. The discolouring might be due to corrosion, rust, or even a blocked drain.

3. Blocked drain

A blocked drain is a leading plumbing issue at home. This is most likely the result of food scraps that are not supposed to be flushed down the drain. This may be a plain sign but when not resolved earlier, your drain can be filled with much water and look like a bathtub. Inches of water will appear in your drain and takes a longer time to disappear. The worst result: the water from your drain might overflow and reach the floor.

4. Weak toilet flush

Since the toilet is the most used area at home, you should always make sure that it works properly all the time. Besides, experiencing a weak flush in your toilet is truly disturbing. It is a common policy to clean the toilet as you go. For sure, it will be a bad experience to the next person who will see a mess that you leave. Do not suffer from this kind of burden at home because this is already a tell-tale sign that you have an emergency plumbing issue already.

5. Foul odour

A single unpleasant and often sewer-like smell at home is a fatal sign that must not be ignored. The smell can also be described as gas, a musty odour or foul smell from your drain. Issues like these must be checked urgently because these can lead to corrosion when you least expect it. This is by far the most threatening sign that your home has an emergency plumbing trouble and in need of a quick fix.

As a homeowner, you should always welcome every tell-tale sign that you have plumbing complications. Don’t hesitate to call an emergency plumber right away if you want to save and protect the foundation of your home.

6. Frozen Pipes

When we get an arctic blast from the north, we often times see frozen pipes as a major plumbing emergency. The best thing to avoid frozen pipes is to leave your cabinet doors open where the pipe is at, and leave your faucet on a slow drip. A frozen pipe can lead to broken pipes.

If you have any of these emergencies in Denver, and the metro areas, please give us a call at 303-233-7007 or schedule online with the contact form below.

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3 Tips for Heating an Older Home

Older homes are filled with character and charm. The unique architecture tells a story about previous residents and about life in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and Surrounding Neighborhoods. While preserving a part of local history is great, older and historic homes also come with their challenges. One of the most common challenges is maintaining a comfortable warm temperature during the winter months.

Like most parts of the country, Lakewood is no stranger to winter weather extremes. Maintaining a comfortable indoor environment is a challenge for many older homes. Thankfully, there are a few tricks and tips for heating an older home.

3 Tips for Heating an Older Home

1. Replace Furnace or HVAC Filters Regularly: Your HVAC system requires filters to run, and if you use the same one all year, it has a direct impact on how well your system functions. The filter traps dirt, dust, and debris so these items don’t clog the ductwork and other parts of your furnace. But if the filter itself gets clogged, then you might have a system not running as smoothly.  The resolution to this is easy. Just change the filters! If you have a permanent filter, clean it regularly. If you have pets, allergy or asthma sufferers in your home, consider buying electrostatic filters that trap allergens. However, if you have a regular filter, replace it monthly. This is easy to do yourself, and filters are readily available at grocery and home improvement stores.

2. Remember the Whole House Approach:  If you own an older home, you might already know that your home’s utilities don’t run as well as newer equipment. That’s why you might want to invest in the “Whole House Approach,” which is a form of building and renovation that creates the most effective method for optimizing home energy.  Consider this: the cost of heating a home consumes roughly 42 percent of a household’s yearly utility costs. If you’re heating your home with equipment that isn’t up-to-date, you might just see those prices skyrocket.

Here are small ways you can apply the Whole House Approach to your older home:

  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, invest in one. These help control the temperature of your house as well as help you save money when it comes to heating and cooling.
  • When not at home, turn the heat off. Unless you have pets, there is no need to keep the place warm if no one is there to enjoy it. Think about all the money you’ll save!
  • Look at your windows and doors to see if there are gaps that are allowing hot air to escape. This might be a sneaky way your older home continues to be cold. If you are noticing drafts, hardware stores sell weather stripping that you apply to areas around your windows and doors to prevent cold air from seeping in.

3.  Invest in a Furnace and Air Conditioner Maintenance Plan:  If you want to have the confidence knowing your HVAC system will always be taken care of, the best way to do that is through a maintenance agreement from the experts here at Lakewood Plumbing & Heating.

Keeping your older house warm doesn’t have to be a struggle. When it comes to making sure that your home is safe and comfortable all year long, trust the experts at Lakewood Plumbing & Heating.  (303) 233-7007

 

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5 Ideas for Better Home Heating

Would you like to save money on your home heating bills? Or ensure that your home is well heated on the those really cold Colorado nights. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating has put together 5 ideas for better home heating.

5 Home Heating Tips

  1.  Turn the Heat Down:  During the winter, the DOE recommends setting your thermostat “as low as is comfortable,” when you’re awake to reduce energy costs. Around 68 degrees is ideal for both savings and comfort. You can save even more money by reducing the temperature when you’re asleep or out of the house: “Turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours (a day) and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills,” advises the DOE.  Upgrade to a programmable thermostat to make adjusting the temperature in your home easy, so you don’t have to remind yourself to turn the heat down every time you leave the house or go to bed. “Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program,” says the DOE.
  2. Get a Humidifier:  In the winter, the air inside your home can become very dry. Adding moisture to the air makes it feel warmer, allowing you to turn your thermostat down and save money on heating costs.  A whole-house humidifier is an ideal option for many homes.
  3. Give Your Heating System Some Love: If you want your heating system to operate at maximum efficiency, then it’s important to properly maintain it. If you haven’t already, schedule an annual inspection and tune-up of your heating system. Our expert service team will address any potential problems they find and ensure that your system is running smoothly and at peak performance levels.  In addition to scheduling an annual tune-up of your heating system, you also should be performing regular maintenance tasks. If you have a furnace, for example, you should replace the air filter at least once a month.
  4. Upgrade Your Heating System:  If you’re relying on an outdated heating appliance, such as a 15-year-old furnace, you can significantly improve your home’s heating efficiency by upgrading to a newer model.  Consider investing in a heating system that has earned the Energy Star label—these appliances boast the highest efficiency ratings on the market and are vastly superior to older appliances. Energy Star qualified furnaces, for instance, are 15 percent more efficient than most older models, while Energy Star qualified heat pumps can save up to 20 percent on heating costs.

Lakewood Plumbing & Heating provides Colorado residents with the best heating and cooling systems from American Standard. Contact us today for a free consultation on a new furnace or cooling system.

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It’s Still Winter, How’s Your Heater?

Here in Colorado, the last month hasn’t really felt like winter. But as we saw this week, temperatures plummeted. We may have had to kickstart our heaters to get our homes nice and warm again. Did you notice any problems with your heater? We sometimes forget, living in Denver that even though last week it was in the high 60’s and this week it’s in the teens.

Some Issues You May See With Your Heater

We’ve put together a list of the most common problems that we see with heaters. These problems are ones that we look for initially, and if we don’t find a problem with any of these things, we’ll start looking into more complex issues.

Dirty Filters

This is such an easy problem to fix, but too many people let their filters get disgustingly dirty before they make any attempt to replace them. Dirty filters make it very hard for your heating system to pull air in and push it through your home. You will end up replacing your heating system much too early if you continue to strain it this way.

Taking good care of your heating system means replacing the filters often. You may need to change them once just before winter, or, if you run your system a lot, you may need to replace them more often.

Normal Wear

It’s a fact of life that moving parts will wear down over time. Even if you take perfect care of your heating system, it will begin to need minor repairs after several years. Belts, bearings, and motors can tear up, causing the system to overheat or for you to lose heating control within your home.

Generally, these are not hard issues to fix. Your heating repair company will simply replace the broken parts. But a really good company will still do a follow-up evaluation to make sure that the damage was limited to the part they replaced.

Ignition Control Malfunctions

The ignition control within your furnace is responsible for igniting the burners inside your heating unit. If there are issues with the ignition control, the entire system could be confused about what it’s supposed to be doing.

Your system either has a hot surface ignition or an intermittent pilot system. Both are electronically controlled, so the problem could be coming from inadequate electrical connections on the way in or bad signals being sent back out. Both are fairly easy for a professional to repair.

Thermostat Issues

Thermostat issues can be isolated, or they can be connected to some other problem. Often, you may think you have a thermostat problem when it’s actually coming from somewhere else.

It’s possible to recalibrate your thermostat yourself. This fixes many thermostat problems and is worth trying before you call out a professional heating repair person. If your thermostat doesn’t respond to recalibration, there may be another issue or your thermostat may need to be replaced.

Leaks

Leaks can be dangerous and downright deadly. Don’t stay in a home where you think there may be a gas or carbon monoxide leak! Get out and then call 911 to alert the authorities of a possible hazard.

You should have your heater tested for leaks each fall before you ever turn the system on Lakewood Plumbing & Heating has special testing equipment that can identify harmful gasses in the atmosphere, even if they are odorless and colorless. The company can then repair the leak and have your system back to normal in no time.

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The Most Common Plumbing Problems and When to Call a Lakewood Plumbing & Heating

Almost every homeowner or renter has a few essential tools on hand to cope with minor plumbing emergencies. Many times, a clogged toilet or slow drain may only need a little elbow grease and a plunger to work as intended. If you’re handy around the house, you can generally tackle a small repair such as changing out a worn washer or replacing a drain cover. However, bigger plumbing problems need professional attention. Trying to repair some common issues such as slow drains or leaking toilets could lead to bigger problems later.

Plumbing Maintenance

One way to prevent costly repairs to your home is a regular maintenance schedule. Because many issues with your pipes sneak up on you, a thorough inspection is a key to catching small problems before they grow. Hidden leaks in sink drains or below water heaters are more than just a nuisance; over time, they can cause structural damage. Water that seeps into sheetrock or plaster contributes to mold growth. Porous tile or wood flooring can discolor or warp when wet.

Routine DIY Maintenance Tasks

Many routine maintenance tasks are simple do-it-yourself jobs. An inspection is the foundation of any maintenance schedule. You may use your sinks and tubs daily, but you might not notice minor concerns unless you set aside time for an inspection. Go through your home and take a look at your plumbing. Examine all exposed pipes, including under sinks and behind toilet tanks, for any signs of moisture. On a humid day, some condensation on a cold metal pipe is normal, so note any dampness and check the pipes again when the home is cooler. Check for signs of corrosion on brass or copper fittings; corrosion occurs more rapidly on damp metal, so corroded connections could reveal a slow leak.

Turn on water faucets in sinks, showers, and tubs to monitor water pressure. Some variation between different faucet styles and purposes is normal, but all of them should have a steady flow. Note how quickly the water drains after you test the faucet, too; slow drains could mean a clog waiting to happen. While you’re making your rounds, flush toilets to ensure they don’t run or leak at the base, a sign of a faulty wax seal.

Professional Plumbing Inspections

Inspections from a certified Lakewood Plumbing and Heating Plumber give you a more in-depth look at your home’s pipes and drains. Your inspector will check the water heater, garbage disposal and every area of your home’s plumbing system. More thorough assessments might include remote video inspection of pipes, lead testing and filter system inspection.

After a thorough inspection, remove and clean aerators on faucets and showerheads. Sediment can build up and slow water flow. If you opt for professional plumbing maintenance, your plumber will take care of this step and others for you. Some of the maintenance duties a licensed plumber can perform include:

  • Drain treatment to maximize flow rate
  • Cleaning of garbage disposals and water heaters
  • Pressure tests to detect hairline leaks
  • Water pressure assessment and adjustment

Common Plumbing Repair Jobs

Even the most thorough plumbing maintenance inspection won’t prevent the occasional clog or leak, especially in older homes. Many of these common issues have equally common solutions.

Dripping Faucets

If you’ve ever tried to fall asleep with a dripping faucet in the next room or wrestled with a kitchen sink that didn’t know when to stop, you know how annoying this common problem can be. A dripping faucet also drives your water bill higher. A single faucet can send hundreds of gallons of water per year down your drains a drop at a time.

Water entering your home is under pressure to move it through the pipes. When you turn off the tap, rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal that prevents more water from pushing its way through the pipes and out of the faucet. Over time, washers can become stiff, torn or dislodged, allowing a tiny trickle of water through and creating that annoying drip. While you can replace washers yourself, the repair job can be more of a challenge than you might expect without specialized tools. If the leak has gone on long enough, the valve seat may have become worn or corroded, necessitating a more involved repair that’s best left to a professional plumber.

Not all sinks have washers to hold back the flow of water. Ceramic taps also called disc or canister taps, use durable ceramic plates that fit together to form a seal. Although they need maintenance less often than rubber washers, the repair job is more complex than a simple washer replacement. If you have a lever-operated sink or tub instead of one with separate knobs, you probably have a ceramic disc or canister tap.

Low Water Pressure

When water that should gush, only trickles from the tap, you have low water pressure. This plumbing problem might not be related to the pipes in your house but to the municipal water supply. It’s rare, but a break in a mainline can temporarily reduce your water pressure. A more common cause of this problem is a build-up of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators.

The water entering your pipes carries dissolved minerals in it that eventually deposit themselves on metal surfaces. If you have a filtration system, these deposits wind up in the filters and get changed; without such a system, these mineral deposits collect on inner surfaces of aerators and shower heads, clogging screens and slowing flow. Most kitchen faucets have easily removed aerators that just unscrew from the tip of the faucet for easy cleaning. Taking off the aerator and soaking it overnight in a vinegar solution will generally dissolve the calcium deposits common in Florida water supplies. Shower heads and bathroom faucets may not be as easy to remove, but you can affix a plastic bag filled with vinegar to the shower head overnight to clean it.

If you still notice low water pressure after cleaning aerators and shower heads of sediment and deposits, you might have a more complex issue. A leak or breach in pipes leading into your home is an emergency that could damage your home’s infrastructure or foundation. Sudden and significant reduction in water pressure with no known cause merits a call to a licensed plumber who can pinpoint the reason for the change.

Running Toilet

If you’re tired of jiggling the handle to make your toilet behave after flushing, it might be time to replace its inner workings. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the fill tube comes loose. Toilet repair kits work for most models and require little effort to install.

Occasionally, though, toilets run for more complex reasons. If you’ve replaced the flapper, float apparatus and fill tube, you may have sediment that’s affecting proper flushing and filling. Higher water bills could also indicate a silent leak. To detect a silent leak in your toilet, add a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Look in the bowl for any hint of color; if you see tinted water, your flapper valve isn’t working as it should.

Leaky Pipes

Whether your regular inspection reveals a puddle under a pipe or you get an unpleasant surprise when you reach under your sink, leaks can be a costly nuisance. Leaks usually happen at joints, which is why commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds occupy plenty of shelf space in your local hardware store. These products are a temporary fix, though; a permanent plumbing repair may mean replacing a length of pipe or its fittings.

Although replacing a leaky U-joint under your sink isn’t a complex repair, it is a messy one. You may want to have a professional handle it for you to save the clean-up time. Until the plumber can get to your leak, use a compression clamp and a rubber sheet or leak tape. These temporary repairs keep water from spraying but are easily removed when it’s time for a permanent solution.

Slow or Clogged Drains

When the water that goes into your sink, tub or toilet won’t go out, you probably have a partial or complete clog. In many cases, your trusty plunger can fix the problem. Plungers use air pressure to dislodge a clog, but they can’t remove it entirely. Commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are safe for most drains for occasional use, but these caustic materials can damage some pipe materials if used too frequently. If you’re dealing with clogs on a regular basis, it’s time to call a pro.

Even if you don’t have a complete clog, debris in pipes can slow drainage to a trickle. Shine a flashlight into the drain and see if you can spot the problem. A pair of pliers or tweezers might be able to reach a clump of hair or fallen bottle cap that’s obstructing your pipes. Installing drain screens can prevent detritus from finding its way into drains.

Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Repair Tips

  • Before tackling any repair, turn off the water main.
  • Dress to get wet. Even if you’re careful, plumbing maintenance and repair is a messy task.
  • The adage to measure twice and cut once applies to pipes, washers and other fittings as well as to carpentry. When possible, take parts to be replaced to the hardware store with you to be sure you’re buying the right item.
  • Keep a professional plumber’s number handy. You may not need the number, but if you snap off a valve and have a geyser in your kitchen, you’ll be glad you kept it near your phone.

When to Call a Professional Plumber

Some issues are too dangerous or complicated to tackle alone. Hire a certified Lakewood Plumbing & Heating professional plumber for the following tasks for your safety and the integrity of your home:

  • Installation of new pipes, sinks or tubs
  • Water heater problems
  • New construction that requires building permits
  • Septic tank leaks
  • Sewer line breaks or leaks

If you have questions, want to schedule a maintenance visit or have a repair emergency, contact Lakewood Plumbing & Heating. 

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The Benefits of Having a Boiler for Your Homes Heating Source

Boiler heating systems work by heating water and dispersing heat via a radiator. The system converts water to either hot water or steam which then moves through the pipes to radiators to release heat inside the home. As this happens, the water is simultaneously rerouted back to the boiler where it is recycled and reheated for future heating. There are many benefits of having a boiler for your homes heating source.

Benefits of Having a Boiler for Your Homes Heating Source

One of the main benefits of having a boiler for your homes heating source is a clean form of heating that doesn’t produce dust particles and other allergens. Since heat in a boiler system radiates out from the radiator into air that already exists, no new air is entering the space. In forced air systems the new air is what oftentimes causes dust and allergens to infiltrate the atmosphere.

Another benefit of having a boiler for your homes heating source is a comfortable, high-quality heat is what you get from a boiler system. Heat from a radiator infuses the room, opposed to being forced through ductwork and out a vent. This gives radiator to heat a different, fresher feeling than forced air systems and disperses the heat more evenly.

Special features like user-friendly programming and zoning capabilities are a major benefit.  Users can distinguish various heating zones within the home based on living space usage patterns.  Programmable thermostats enable the automating of start-stop heat delivery as well.

Quiet operation is another perk of boiler systems. Unlike forced air systems that produce noise as air circulates out the vents, a boiler heating system’s operational noise is confined to inside the boiler. The rest of the system is virtually silent.

Longevity of a boiler heating system depends on several factors. The system must be well-maintained and annually serviced to keep it performing efficiently. Some boiler systems last only 10 years, others may last several decades. It’s all about the regularity of service and inspections to keep a system maintained for the long run.

How Important is Maintenance?

Just like forced air systems, boilers require inspections, maintenance, and the occasional part replacement to extend lifespan and maintain efficiency. If you are considering upgrading your system, it’s possible to keep your existing unit. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating has experience installing new boilers and retrofitting original systems in areas of Lakewood, Colorado which boosts efficiency as well as increases the safety of the home. For more information on service and repairs for boiler heating systems, or to learn more about retrofitting equipment, Contact Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today.

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Save Money on Your Winter Heating Bills

There are many different ways to save money on your heating bills that do not require you to turn down the thermostat or put on extra clothes. In most cases, heating bills escalate not because the winters are getting colder but as a result of several factors that contribute to unnecessary power consumption and heat loss all around the house. The following are some smart ways in which you can lower your heating bills and save money.

Cover Bare Floors

Bare floors are cold. Walking on them with your bare feet will make you feel colder, tempting you to turn up the temperature on the thermostat. Covering bare floors with rugs and carpets, especially in the areas you spend more time walking or standing on, will keep your feet warm, hence there will be no need to increase the temperature in your home. Wearing heavy socks or slippers also helps to keep your feet warm.

Use Curtains and Blinds Smartly

Open your curtains and blinds early in the morning when the sun is out so that natural heat can enter the house. As soon as the sun sets, close them so as to keep the heat in your house from dissipating too quickly. The few degrees of heat that you let in the mornings and prevent from escaping in the evenings will save you money on your heating bills over time.

Use Portable Space Heaters

Another simple yet effective way of reducing your heating bills is by turning down the thermostat and using an energy-efficient portable space heater in the area you spend the most time.When you need to move to another room in the house, carry the space heater with you. By so doing, you only heat the part of the house you are in at present, keeping you comfortable.

Install a Tankless Water Heater

Another great way to save money on winter energy bills is by switching to a tankless water heater. A traditional water heater will waste an average of seven percent or more of the total water heating energy. This is because the cooler surrounding ambient temperature will draw energy and heat away from the water tank. A tankless water heater doesn’t suffer from this problem because the water is only heated as it is needed. EnergyStar estimates a tankless water heater will yield a savings of nearly $2000 in energy costs over the lifetime of the equipment compared to traditional storage models.

As an added cost-savings benefit, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years which is significantly longer than any conventional tank water heaters currently on the market. Plus, leaks and water damage is no longer a potential risk because no water is stored in the heater.

One thing to keep in mind when switching to a tank list water heater is your maximum water usage. For example, if your household often runs two or more shower simultaneously then there is the potential that a tankless water heater will not be able to meet the demand. On the other hand, there is no risk of running out of hot water when taking back-to-back showers which is a common problem for storage-based water heaters.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat is a very smart way of cutting down your heating bills. You will be able to set it to automatically turn down the heat during the hours when you are asleep and when you are away from the house, thereby reducing power consumption.

Clear the Heating Vents

Items, like furniture for instance, that obstruct vents tend to hinder the flow of heated air and cause the heating system to work harder to keep the house warm. Ensure that the vents are always clear of obstructions so as to improve airflow. In addition, installing air deflectors over the vents will direct heat in the directions you desire. Regularly cleaning and vacuuming the vents removes dust build-up, thereby improving heating efficiency.

Make Smart Use of Vents and Fans

Kitchen and bathroom vents draw warm air out of the house, so you have to use them moderately during wintertime. Since warm air inside the house always tends to rise and stay at the top of the ceiling, use ceiling fans to re-direct that air back down.

Perform Regular Furnace Maintenance

In order to keep your furnace working all year round, you need to perform regular maintenance and inspections that include cleaning and replacing filters and checking the integrity of the furnace in general. Hire a professional to do the job for you. Implement a furnace maintenance program that utilizes the services of a competent contractor so that you will never forget about the maintenance work. At the same time, install a carbon monoxide monitor to warn you when carbon monoxide levels become too high while checking for gas leaks every now and then.

Make Adjustments to the Water Heater

For every ten degrees that you turn down the temperature on the thermostat of your water heater, you save an average of anywhere between 3% and 5% in operating costs. The optimum temperature at which you can operate your water heater is 120 degrees. Turning it off during the periods when you are not at home or are asleep will help to further reduce your heating bill. Insulating the water heater provides an additional 4% to 9% in operational cost savings. If you have a tank-less water heating system, you will see even more savings on your heating bill.

Insulate Your Home

A professionally insulated home can save you up to 50% in heating costs compared to a home that has none. Expert insulation contractors are able to completely insulate your home – from the attic to the floor.

Rid the Home of Drafts

Improperly insulated windows and doors allow cold air from the outside to enter the house. That cold air subsequently forces the furnace to work harder to maintain a warm temperature inside, thereby increasing your heating costs. To counter the effects of drafts, install window insulation kits that include weather strips or rope caulks. Do the same for doors by installing weather strips at the bottom (and top, if necessary) to prevent drafts from entering the house.

 

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6 Potential Problems If You Ignore Air Filter Replacement

We want to make it affordable and easy to have your HVAC equipment serviced or repaired. Should you need a new AC installation or a new heater, we’ll work with you to stay within your budget. Your air filter is the first step in maintaining your furnace. Make sure you put air filter replacement at the top of your monthly to-do list.

Our knowledgeable staff is ready with the latest information about programs that you can take advantage of to save you money on new heating and cooling equipment for your home.

Six Potential Problems When You Ignore Your Air Filter Replacement

Here’s what can happen if you let air filter replacements fall by the wayside.

Short-Cycling: Your air conditioner is supposed to cycle on and off occasionally throughout the day, but a dirty air filter can cause those cycles to become more frequent than they need to be. Besides the noise pollution that comes with cycling, that means wasted energy and uncomfortable temperature changes.

Freezing Up: A good, clean air filter allows air to flow freely out of your unit. A dirty air filter restricts the flow of cold air, causing it to build up inside the air conditioner and lower the internal temperature. Given enough time, that buildup of cold air can eventually cause ice to form on the coils.

Uneven Cooling: Even if it’s not enough to cause freezing, that restricted airflow isn’t good for your air conditioner’s cooling power. You’ll notice uneven cooling with hot and cold spots, and that means lower comfort levels at a higher cost.

Allergen Buildup: If anyone in your home suffers from asthma or respiratory allergies, it’s especially important to keep the air filters clean. A dirty filter can cause allergens to build up in your duct system, and they’ll linger there for months. Whenever you have a forced-air system running, those allergens will be released into the air you breathe. You might even end up with a mold problem in the ducts.

General Wear and Tear: Air conditioners just last longer if they’re maintained properly. A good air filter helps to stop dust and dirt from building up on all of the unit’s internal components; a bad one will cause additional wear and tear that can lead to serious maintenance issues down the road. You may end up having to replace your air conditioner a year or two sooner, and you’ll likely be paying for expensive air conditioning repairs in the meantime.

Reduced System Efficiency: If you’re holding off on getting a replacement filter because of the cost, know that you’re only hurting your finances in the long run. An A/C unit with a dirty filter will use much more power to cool your home, and you’ll end up paying more on your utility bills.

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Don’t Let These Plumbing Mistakes Clog Up Your Holiday Celebrations

You may make these plumbing mistakes year round. They can cause clogs in your Lakewood, Colorado area home.

But the clogs can become more prominent during the holidays. Why?

Because during the holidays you may be preparing large amounts of food and/or you will have more guests. Both of these combined will work your plumbing system harder than usual.

We know you’re busy during this time of the year, but please don’t overlook these mistakes that lead to common clogs in your home. They could embarrass you and your guests.

Keep clogs out of the kitchen

Since you will be preparing a lot of food for guests or your family, you’ll be working your kitchen’s plumbing to its max.

Here are the common mistakes you might be making that can clog your kitchen drain:

  • Pouring fats or cooking oils down the sink drain – Don’t do this. Fats and cooking oils will solidify and clog your kitchen pipes. Wipe the grease from pots and pans with a paper towel and throw it in the trash.
  • Filling up the garbage disposal and then turning it on –  You’ll clog your garbage disposal up real easy this way. If you have a lot of food to dispose of, slowly feed the food into the disposal as you keep it running.
  • Feeding garbage disposal things you shouldn’t – The disposal isn’t invincible, as threatening as it sounds when you turn it on. Avoid putting greasy, fibrous (carrot and potato skins), or starchy (rice and pasta) food in there.

Ban clogs from bathrooms

More guests mean more bathroom usage than normal. That multiplies the chances of your normal mistakes turning into real problems.

Here are a top two mistakes people make that clog up their bathroom plumbing.

  • Flushing cotton balls, swabs, facial scrub pads and other sanitary products down a toilet – These kinds of products don’t dissolve. And in some instances, they expand and clog your toilet in no time. Basically, unless it’s toilet paper, just say no to throwing things down the toilet. Everything else goes in the trash can.
  • Never cleaning out the hair in your shower drain – Hair also does not dissolve. That means it will build up in your shower drains if you don’t clean the drain periodically.  Clean it out before guests show up, or you’ll have shower water backing up. You can also put a drain screen over the drain. This catches the hair for you and makes cleanup easy.

Clogs can be annoying and ruin your fun with friends and family this holiday season. Don’t let them! Nip them in the bud by using these tips to avoid common plumbing mistakes.

Got a general plumbing problem that needs a professional touch? Contact Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today and we’ll make sure your plumbing problems don’t disturb your holiday festivities. 303-233-7007

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Why Choose A Tankless Water Heater?

Whether you are building a new home, making improvements to your existing home, or have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of being without hot water due to a tank failure, there are many benefits to choosing Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters as your solution. Depending on your family size or water usage patterns, you may experience times when your tank does not produce an adequate amount of hot water.  Or you may be interested in freeing up some valuable space in your home. The advantages to switching to a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater are truly endless regardless of your reason for making the change.

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So Why Go With A Tankless Water Heater?

A Few Key Benefits

While we feel that there are endless benefits to choosing a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater, there are a few that stand out and are worth highlighting:

  • Endless supply of hot water – Never worry about running out of hot water again.  Back to back showers? Just threw in a load of laundry? No problem if you have a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater!
  • More space in your home  Replacing that large, clunky tank with a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater, which is roughly the size of a carry on suitcase will free up valuable storage space in your home. They also allow flexibility to install other non-traditional locations such as laundry rooms, closets, etc.
  • Save on energy and water costs – Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters use up to 40% less energy than a traditional tank. Additionally, if you utilize one of the Rinnai options for recirculation, you can have faster hot water at your faucet resulting in less wasted water.
  • Longer product life – Rinnai is known for quality.  Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters have a longer lifespan of up to twice as long as a traditional tank.

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Top 5 Plumbing Myths

Are you a homeowner who needs to learn about maintaining your plumbing system? If so, it’s important that you learn how to do so effectively without trying practices that may damage your system or your pipes. Here are five myths about home plumbing you’ll want to avoid.

Myth 1: Lemons Clean Your Garbage Disposal

While a running a lemon rind through the disposal may make your drain smell better, it won’t actually get it clean. To disinfect your garbage disposal, you will need to use a cleaning solution that includes a mild soap and warm water. Before you attempt to use it, however, make sure you disconnect the disposal from its power source. Spray the cleaning solution into the disposal, give it a few minutes to work, and then use a cleaning brush to scrub the disposal itself.

Myth 2: Running Water While Using The Garbage Disposal Helps The Waste Travel Smoothly

Many homeowners believe that they can put just about anything down their garbage disposals as long as they run water. The truth, however, is that some things do not belong in a garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Hard or thick food items, such as banana peel and eggshells, can damage your disposal, which may require an expensive repair or drain cleaning. If you’re considering putting thick foods down your disposal, you’ll need to break them up thoroughly and mix them with water beforehand.

Myth 3: As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Getting Clogged

Even when your garbage disposal is operating, it may still be at risk of a serious clog. One of the early warning signs of an impending problem is a slow moving disposal or waste fragments that remain on the discharge pipe. If you notice either of these signs when you use your disposal, it’s developing a clog, even though it may still be working. Stop using it right away until you have the clog removed.

Myth 4: You Can Clean Plumbing Fixtures With Hand Soap

Depending on the type of plumbing fixtures you have, hand soap may actually be damaging to the surface. Brass plumbing fixtures, for example, should be cleaned with gentle solutions such as cut lemons and baking soda. Toilet bowls, however, need to be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection.

Myth 5: Plumbing Fixtures Require Little To No Maintenance

This is one of the most dangerous home plumbing myths of all because homeowners who believe it may run into serious problems later on. Pipes may be obstructed by clogs, wayward tree roots, or shifting home foundations. Homeowners should also inspect their sewer cleanouts for obstructions. All of these issues may lead to expensive plumbing repairs, such as a sewer line replacement or a pipe replacement. The fixtures inside the home such as sinks, faucets, and tubs also need regular maintenance to avoid serious drain clogs.

In Wheat Ridge, Colorado and surrounding areas overgrown tree roots and sewage drippage are a huge problem, a full scope may be the answer to a long-term issue!

If you think your home’s plumbing may need a look at, call us today!

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