Saturday, October 31, 2015
A toilet is one of the more frequently used plumbing fixtures in the home, and it serves the important function of carrying waste water away from the home. When the toilet is not functioning properly, a messy issue can develop very quickly. Considering how critical the toilet’s function is and because of the desire to eliminate a messy problem as soon as possible, some homeowners will attempt to resolve a toilet issue on their own. There are certain instances, however, when you need to call plumbers in Denver for assistance.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Denver is known for having very long, cold winters as well as hot summers, and this means that homeowners in the local area use their HVAC system almost year-round. With this in mind, many homeowners are looking for ways to constantly save money on heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. There are a few easy tips that you can follow to reduce energy consumption related to your HVAC system without negatively affecting your comfort level in the home. Take Advantage of a Programmable Thermostat If you do not have a programmable thermostat installed, now is the time to do so. A programmable thermostat is designed to reduce your use of the HVAC system without impacting your comfort level by automatically adjusting the temperature settings based on your usual schedule.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
It’s just a matter of time now before winter sweeps in. Denver homeownersare as aware as anyone else of the unpredictability of the weather this time of year, which is why they should plan accordingly for the colder, bitter temperatures that will crawl over the next few months. This is where proper maintenance of residential plumbing and heating systems comes into play. Once really adverse weather descends upon the Rockies, the ground freezes quickly. Pipes often break when this happens, a devastating occurrence that is difficult to fix and can cost a homeowner a great amount of money and inconvenience. While the weather is still mild, it would be best for homeowners to have their plumbing and heating systems fully examined by a professional that specializes in residential plumbing and HVAC systems.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The repair or replacement of pipes in your Denver home is best left to plumbing professionals. However, as a homeowner, you can and should perform regular inspections of your plumbing system to ensure they are in good working condition. While professional inspections should be conducted yearly, you can do your own checks on a monthly basis. Use your eyes and ears to detect signs of impending plumbing issues. Visual Signs Make it a point to check the visible pipes in your home, such as those in the basement, crawlspaces, and utility rooms; and watch out for the following: Stains. Check the walls and surfaces near the pipes for stains due to leaks. House Logic states that even without visible dripping, stains can be a sign of past leaks that make future problems likely.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The plumbing system is one of the most important components in any home, including those in Denver. The pipes that compose the system perform heavy-duty functions. As such, they are designed to be durable – able to withstand high-pressure water and then some. However, all things have limits, including pipes. The lifespan of pipes vary, depending on the material they’re are made of and their use. Water Supply Improvement Center enumerates galvanized steel, copper, and plastic as common pipe materials used in home water supplies. Galvanized steel is coated with zinc. It was used in pipes before the 1960s so you might find such pipes in your home if it was built around those times. They were no longer used after that. You’ll likely need to have them replaced soon because their lifespan is around 40 to 50 years, and only if the water is in good condition.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
It’s the onset of cold weather in Denver, which means that a few weeks from now, your furnace will soon have to work twice as hard. Without inspection and cleaning, your furnace can wear out faster or stop working entirely. To spare your family from having to sleep through a chilly winter night, pay attention to these signs that your furnace may no longer be at its best shape and call a local heating and cooling specialist to perform repairs as necessary: 1. Your furnace is too old. A regular furnace has an average life expectancy of 16-20 years. If your furnace is nearing this age, have a professional come over to check for any problems that may occur in the coming months. If your furnace is way past this age, you should start shopping for a replacement now. Don’t wait for it to fail at the most inconvenient time.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
It’s now fall in Denver, and winter is just around the corner. Your cooling system is having its much-deserved break, and now the burden’s shifted to heating. With Denver averaging a thick 55 inches of snowfall each year, you have to ensure adequate heating to keep your tenants warm inside. As a landlord, what can you do to keep heating bills as low as possible without sacrificing your tenants’ comfort? Below are four effective tips: 1. Replace your heating system if needed. If you want to cut heating costs, consider replacing those old, worn-out heaters you thought could save you more because they’re cheap. According to a Denver HVAC expert, not only are these old heating systems a carbon monoxide hazard; they are also inefficient, and would therefore increase your gas bills tremendously. Plus, they are at risk of breakdowns.