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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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5 ways to diagnose your AC problem

If your air conditioner is having a problem, you may be able to fix it yourself before calling a professional. Follow these 5 ways to diagnose your AC problem. Even if you are not able to fix it yourself, having this information could help your technician work faster to get your conditioner in working condition again!

5 ways to diagnose your AC Problem

1.  Turn Your AC Off and On

Sometimes a simple reboot will do the trick.

2.  Check the Refrigerant Levels

If your AC doesn’t work or puts out warm air, the refrigerant should be one of the first things you check. The problem may simply be a low level of refrigerant or a leakage somewhere. If you add some refrigerant but still have a problem, contact a trained technician to diagnose and fix a leak.

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The refrigerant levels are key to getting the best performance and efficiency from your AC, so check it first! Leaks can be harmful to your family and the environment. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating can ensure that your refrigerant levels are at the most optimal with our AC Tune-Ups and Air Conditioning services.

3.  Check the Thermostat Sensor

Most AC units work by automatically sensing when to kick in with a sensor. If it is out of position, the AC may continuously blow cold air and waste electricity or not work at all. Make sure the sensor, located behind the control panel, is near the evaporative coil of the room it controls. It should be near but not on the coil to get the most accurate reading. A new thermostat will ensure that your home is at a perfect temperature, but also you could be saving your home on your energy bill.

4.  Make Sure the Condensate Drain is Working

Check the drainage system! ACs must be able to drain properly to function well. If the drain is clogged, the conditioner may not work.

5.  Check Your Compressor

The compressor starts your AC, so if your AC is not working, the compressor may be at fault. Turn off your AC before checking! It’s best to take a picture of all the wires and connections before attempting any tests to ensure you can put them back, or call a professional for help!

If you need professional help, call Lakewood Heating, Cooling and Plumbing! Lakewood technicians can diagnose, repair, and in most cases replace your AC in the same day in the greater Denver area.

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Why American Standard is Colorado’s top choice for your new AC

Colorado gets swelteringly hot in the summer. Wouldn’t you rather be in the cool air conditioning than out in the hot sun? Make sure your AC is American Standard! American Standard AC units are the best choice for Coloradoans looking to avoid breaking a sweat. Why?

1.     A Long History of Excellence

American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning systems are built with you in mind – and deliver only the highest quality service. The premise of the brand is comfort and longevity so that families everywhere can depend on American Standard units to cool their homes! The company has been around since 1881 and is one of the most well-established brands in heating and cooling.

American Standard Air Conditioner at Lakewood Plumbing and Heating2.     Outstanding Reliability

ACs from American Standard are built to last. Units from American Standard have consistently been voted most reliable by customers! In 2014, over 21,000 people surveyed rated American Standard heat pumps and air conditioners as the most reliable brand among leading competitors. This came after a survey with the same result from 2012. Not only do customers rely on American Standard AC units, they trust them!

3.     Customizability of Their AC Units

With American Standard air conditioners, you can find a unit for your comfort. Do you or a family member suffer from allergies? American Standard manufactures units that can clean the air of allergens. If you have a need, there is an American Standard unit to match!

4.     High Air Quality

You and your family breathe all day, every day, so even tiny levels of pollutants in the air can cause problems long-term. American Standard units clean and filter air before they send it to your home!

5.     Energy Efficiency

Save your wallet and the environment!

To get your American Standard AC unit today, contact Lakewood Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing today. Our technicians are the best choice for your new American Standard air conditioner in Colorado.

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What Are the Most Common Furnace Problems?

Below, we have listed out the 10 most common furnace problems and advice on how to repair and fix future problems.

When the cool fall and winter weather arrive, hundreds of people call Lakewood Heating and Cooling furnace repair experts because of a problem with their heating system. Whether it’s a commercial or residential setting, the same basic problems plague furnaces. By knowing what the most common furnace problems are, you can take proactive measures to prevent them.

  1. Lack of maintenance: You fail to schedule annual furnace maintenance and inspections that could prevent unexpected problems and breakdowns. These routine inspections can help the appliance run more efficiently and reliably.
  2. Dirty filters: Dirty or clogged air filters reduce airflow, making a furnace work harder to circulate. In some cases, a clogged filter may damage the limit switch, which controls the fan.
  3. Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear can cause airflow problems, heat control-related problems or even overheating.
  4. Electric ignition or pilot control problems: A faulty ignition or pilot could make it difficult to heat a home or commercial space. Thermocouple problems, drafts or clogs in the appliance may result in an unlit pilot light.
  5. Malfunctioning thermostat: A faulty thermostat can lead to problems with the fan or comfort levels.
  6. The furnace doesn’t heat at all: A furnace that doesn’t perform its main task may have problems with the thermostat setting, power, gas or the pilot light.
  7. The furnace doesn’t heat enough: In addition to a clogged filter, a furnace may not produce enough heat if it’s the wrong size for the space.
  8. Frequent cycling: Cycling between the “On” and “Off” modes may indicate a clogged filter, improper airflow or a bad thermostat setting.
  9. The blower continuously runs: Blower issues may indicate a problem with the limit switch, which a professional may need to replace.
  10. The furnace is too noisy: Rumbling, squeaking, and rattles aren’t normal. The sounds may indicate a mechanical problem, airflow reductions or a clogged burner.
If you are experiencing any of these problems please schedule today!

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What energy efficient mandates are coming SOON?

On April 16, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) will make effective its new energy efficiency mandates, as part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). This update will affect all household appliances manufactured for sale in the U.S., and Canada will soon follow in their implementation of similar energy efficiency upgrades. This new update was first announced in April 2010. Part of this efficiency standards update will require nearly all residential electric, oil, gas water heaters to carry higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings. The new rule does not preclude the installation of non-compliant products that are manufactured before April 16, 2015.

The mandates include:

  • energy efficient mandates for water heatersHigher priced units – up to 40% more expensive
  • Larger units – 2” taller and 2” wider, some units may be even larger (increase size may require some home remodeling)
  • More complicated installation requirements (which can add labor costs)

 

How will these mandates affect you?

We realize these new energy efficiency mandates puts homeowners in a difficult position to make a decision on whether to get a new water heater now to lock in lower pricing or wait to replace it. Because the higher costs involved with the changes, you may want to consider replacing your water heater if it is 8 years or older.  We recommend scheduling a free in-home consultation with one of our experts. We can evaluate you current water heater, what your needs are from your water heater and if your existing area will accommodate the larger units. Our experts will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations and provide you with options on the next steps.

We’re happy to answer any question or provide a FREE estimate on any major project or equipment replacement for you plumbing, heating, and cooling.

Please give us a call at 303.233.7007 or send us an email at info@lakewoodplumbing.com.
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Homeowners To-Do List

To-Do listWhen buying a home, most people think of the financial responsibility. However, being a homeowner also requires time and labor. Keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will help you avoid emergency repairs and expensive costs.

These various tasks can be intimidating. To maximize your efficiency, you may want to add home maintenance tasks to your calendar. Certain tasks need to be done monthly, quarterly, biannually and seasonally. The list below will help you get organized and accomplish task so that your experience as a homeowner will be more enjoyable.

Monthly

  • Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters. Filters should be checked monthly. If the filter is dirty, change it, otherwise inspect it again next month. The benefits of regular filter changes include: peak performance from your furnace or air conditioner, extends the life of your system, reduces the costs of energy you use, maximizes air flow throughout the house and improves the air quality you breath in your home.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal. Food scraps can accumulate in your sinks garbage disposal and produce foul odors. There are several ways to clean your disposal; check your manual first for recommendations. One common method is to use vinegar ice cubes. The ice cubes will help sharpen the blades while the vinegar helps eliminate unpleasant odors.
  • Clean or change range hood filters. Filtering out pollutants that can cause odors to build up in the kitchen can be a dirty job. Regular filter cleaning or changes will allow the range hood to operate more effectively.
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). Make sure it’s easily accessible, that the gauge shows adequate pressure and that it has no visible signs of wear and tear.

Quarterly

  • Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, immediately replace the batteries and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, check to see if there is any corrosion on the battery terminal. If so, clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need to replace your detector.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature. In 1993, federal law required all garage doors to have an auto-reverse. Place a 2×4 on the ground where the door would close. It should reverse once the door hits the wood. Also, if you have the photo-electric sensors test them by placing an object, not a person, in front of the sensors. The door should immediately go back up. If not, you have a problem.
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. Regularly run a little bit of water into guest bathrooms, or any other sinks/water sources you don’t use on a regular basis. This task will help prevent grime or any other kind of build up from occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Plumbing and Heating issues could come up at the most unexpected times. You may need to call several companies to get the services you need. In order to help you with such times, here are some of the frequently asked questions to save time:

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    Yes, we offer 5% off service and products to our seniors.
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