Every home in and across the country that uses a city or municipal sewer system has a sewer line. It is the one pipe that collects all the dirty water and waste from your home and carries it to the sewer line under the street. And if you have ever experienced a sewer line issue at your home, you know that this is a severe problem. Without fast action, the result can easily be a flood of raw sewage in your home. But you are sure to be wondering how a camera inspection of your home's sewer line will help avoid a flood and future issues.
It might seem rather odd to think about calling a licensed plumber to your home if you don’t have any issues with your plumbing system. But it is essential to know that a plumber works with more than water lines. A licensed plumber is also the expert who will assist you if you suspect that you have a gas leak in your home. The copper pipes that carry propane and natural gas are identical to the lines that carry water through your home. And that makes plumbers experts at installing and repairing these crucial pipes.
Sometimes you expect an odor in your bathroom. But when there is always a foul odor, you know there is a problem. So you do what any homeowner would do, scrub the toilet and hope that will rid you of the lingering stench. And when that doesn’t work, you resort to covering up the odor with sprays, candles, and air fresheners. But what you should be doing is trying to figure out what is causing your home’s bathroom to smell like the worst porta-potty in the state. There should not be any lingers odors from your commode. And if there are, you need to check out the common causes of this embarrassing problem.
It is amazing how good a long hot shower can feel after a grueling day or a tough workout. But it is equally amazing how annoying it is to run out of hot water before you are rejuvenated and ready to end your shower. However, imagine never running out of hot water ever again. It might sound like a fairy tale. But it is possible if you install a tankless water heater in your home.
Would it surprise you to learn that having a water leak in your home could be making you sick? And in most cases, it is not the apparent leak under the sink or that dripping faucet that is the culprit. The worst offenders are the leaks hidden deep in the walls or floors of your home that are doing the most damage to both you and your home. They could be the underlying cause of your ongoing health issues that are unexplained by your doctor but have you feeling miserable.
The Dangerous By-Product Of A Water Leak
While the leaking water can damage your home's finishes and furnishings, the most worrisome byproduct of a water leak is the potential for health issues from mold exposure. Mold and mildew can begin to grow in less than 24 hours when conditions are optimal. Most homes in the area do not offer enough moisture for mold and mildew to thrive. But when a hidden leak is lurking in your home, all of the mold's needs are met perfectly. And the invasion moves very swiftly.
Molds Three Needs
For mold to survive, it requires that three criteria are met. It needs the temperature to be in the 70s to 80s. It needs adequate moisture. And it requires a food source which could be anything from the wood used to build your home to the wallpaper or carpet used to finish it. Obviously, you cannot remove the food source or alter your home's temperature enough to eliminate mold growth. But you can and should be vigilant about removing any leaks that offer mold the moisture it needs to invade your home.
The Health Implications Of Mold
Most of the health issues caused by mold and mildew are centered around your respiratory system. But many mild symptoms are noticeable very shortly after exposure to mold spores. These mild symptoms include:
- Irritation to the nose and throat
- Itchy, red, swollen eyes
- Frequent coughing and sneezing, much like an allergic reaction
- Sinus congestion, pressure, and pain
It is also important to note that skin contact with mold spores can cause an itchy skin rash in some people. Those people with pre-existing conditions such as COPD, allergies, or asthma can quickly show more severe symptoms and experience life-threatening reactions. The more severe issues caused by prolonged exposure to mold include but are not limited to:
- Upper and lower respiratory infection
- Trouble breathing
And unfortunately, the health risks can also impact your pets in many of the same ways, including:
- Runny nose and eyes
- Trouble breathing
- Itchy rash
If you or a loved one has been suffering from unexplained breathing issues, the solution could come from your plumber rather than your doctor. An inspection of your home is likely to reveal hidden water leaks that have been cultivating mold contamination in your walls, floors, and ceilings. And those mold spores are to blame for your health issues.
Locating any leaks and eliminating them is the first step in eliminating the hazardous mold in your home. Your licensed plumber will also be able to describe to you the amount of mold and how far it has spread throughout your home. For more widespread mold contamination, it is wise to hire a professional mold abatement company to ensure the complete elimination of this hazardous toxin.
If you are concerned about a potential water leak in your home, call (720) 650-2455. The experts from Flatirons Plumbing will arrive quickly to begin the process of locating any leaks in or under your home.
Most homes have traditional water heaters with a large holding tank. These units keep that tank of water hot 24/7 for use from any fixture or faucet in your home. But when you are considering the tankless water heater option, it is essential that you understand the different process it uses to meet your home's hot water needs.
How Tankless Water Heaters Work
The tankless water heater only heats water when there is a demand for it. When you open a faucet or shower, cold water flows into the unit and over a heating element. This powerful heating device can be powered by electricity or gas, much like a traditional water heater. The water is instantly heated when passing over the heating element. Then it flows onto the shower or sink where you have the hot water faucet open. The most commonly appreciated benefit of this on-demand heating is that you never need to wait for the holding tank to refill with hot water.
Other Valuable Benefits To Tankless Water Heaters
Having an unlimited supply of hot water is very appealing to a busy household. With a traditional water heater, it can be a challenge for everyone to have hot water to bathe. But it is essential to consider all the benefits of tankless water heaters and not just the unlimited supply of hot water.
- No holding tank means that there is significantly less potential from water damage to your home. A compromised holding tank is often to blame for a leak that creases costly water damage. But with no holding tank, you never need to worry about that catastrophe again.
- Tankless water heaters are very compact, about the size of a small carry-on piece of luggage. These units are easy to mount under a sink or in a small closet.
- Tankless water heaters are far more economical to operate because they don't waste energy maintaining a large tank of hot water 24/7. Some homeowners report that their water heating expenses decreased by as much as 50%.
- The energy-efficiency rating on tankless water heaters is nearly 99%. Most traditional units struggle to reach 90%.
- The average life expectancy of a tankless water heater is 20 years, making it about twice as long as a traditional water heater.
Whole-House And Point-Of-Use Options
One of these compact water heaters' great features is that they can be installed throughout your home. So rather than a single water heater, you can opt for multiple units in various locations in your home rather than a single larger tankless unit to service the entire household. The benefit here is that you will never need to worry about no hot water in your home. Even when one unit is being serviced or must be replaced, you can use another shower with its own tankless water heater. This is just one more flexibility that allows you to meet your household's hot water needs.
More Honest Information
No appliance is ever perfect. And there is another fact about tankless water heaters that is not as well known. There can be a lag between turning on the hot water spigot and getting hot water. Like with a traditional water heater, there is cold water in the line that must be flushed out. So the closer your tankless water heater is to your shower or sink, the faster you will be enjoying hot water.
To learn more about installing a tankless water heater, call (720) 650-2455. A Flatirons Plumbing licensed plumber will visit your home, answer your questions and provide you with a complete cost quote.
As a homeowner, it can become very frustrating to rely on professionals to resolve all of the issues that pop up around your home. And the older the house gets, the more these problems seem to occur until it feels like your budget will fall apart. This is when you need to decide which of these annoying issues you can handle correcting on your own and which ones genuinely need a professional's expertise.
Below are some very common household plumbing issues and a few hints about which are considered good DIY projects and which should only be left to a licensed plumber's expertise.
The best way to avoid a visit from your favorite plumber to clear a clogged drain is to address it early. As soon as you notice a drain that is slow to clear, take action. Try pouring a large pot of hot water down the drain to melt and wash away greasy residue and debris. If that doesn't clear up the problem, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. This bubbly chemical reaction will scrub away the grease and many types of clogs. But if this magical mixture still does not provide the results you need, call in the pros before you are facing a flood of dirty water in your home.
Dripping faucets can be very annoying as you listen to that non-stop sound. But did you ever think about the money going down the drain along with the drops of water? A slow drip from a single faucet could be wasting about $20 a year, but a fast drip could cost as much as $200 a year. And then, there is the issue of wasting precious and limited natural resources. The smart choice is just to fix the faucet and not waste water or your hard-earned money. If the drip is caused by a worn-out washer, the solution is simple and very affordable with a trip to the hardware store. However, if the culprit is a bad compression, cartridge, or ball in the faucet, it's time to call in the pros.
There are a few toilet issues that are easy fixes for anyone who has a few minutes and the desire to save some cash. The toilet that is constantly running or filling is usually a simple parts replacement. The problem is often a worn-out flapper or chain. These can be purchased for just a few dollars at the hardware or local big box store. Less common but also an easy fix is a loose or cracked overflow tube. You can purchase the replacement parts and often watch a YouTube video to see the swap out in person.
A clogged toilet might also be a DIY project if you have the desire and a plunger. A few strokes with the plunger should push the clog through the pipe and allow the toilet bowl to drain. If you want a little extra help, squirt a generous amount of liquid dish soap into the toilet and let it settle down into the drain before plunging. The soap will help to loosen any greasy build-up and make the plunger a little more effective. But if a few minutes of plunging does not clear the drain, it is time to call in a professional.
Issues with leaking water lines, no water, or no hot water should always be entrusted to a licensed plumber's skilled hands. Call (720) 650-2455 to schedule an appointment with the pros at Flatirons Plumbing.
Having hot water is something that most of us take for granted. We turn on the faucet and have all the hot water we need, at least an adequate supply of it. But when you think about your water heater, are you really completely satisfied with its function, or have you ever thought about it? Do you know that your water heater is the largest consumer of power after your HVAC system? And would you be happier if you really did have access to all the hot water you could want? If these questions are making you question your water heater, it might be time to think about a tankless solution.
The Benefits Of Tankless
- Lower Utility Bills: Who wouldn’t want to have a lower energy bill? And to decrease your bill without giving up any of the modern conveniences and actually gaining a few would be amazing. Tankless water heaters offer you the same hot water you have always enjoyed. And they do it using about a third less energy because they are not wasting power to keep water hot when no one is using it.
- Unlimited Hot Water: Now, we are getting to the improvement that wins over most homeowners, an endless supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters only heat the water when there is a demand for it. Your water is heated as it runs through the pipes in your home rather than in a big holding tank. So as long as you keep the faucet running, the tankless water heater will keep heating water. It is an endless supply, unlike the traditional water heater that can only heat one tank at a time. And when that hot water is used, you need to wait for the next tank full to heat. So with a tankless unit, everyone in your household can cycle through the shower one after the other and enjoy equally hot and soothing water.
- Extended Lifespan: The average life expectancy of a traditional water heater is around a decade. But when you look at tankless water heaters, that number doubles. So you don’t need to think about a replacement for the next twenty years. With no holding tank to corrode and rust, these units function flawlessly and eliminate almost any worry you would have about water leaks and damage to your home.
- Space Saving: As you can imagine, tankless water heaters are ideal for small spaces with no huge holding tank. If you live in a condo, bungalow, or multi-unit property with minimal storage and utility space, these water heaters are the perfect choice. They can be installed under a sink or in a cabinet at about the size of a carry-on piece of luggage. But you still have plenty of hot water for your entire household.
Selecting The Right Tankless Water Heater
Much like a traditional water heater, tankless models need to be sized correctly to meet your household hot water demands. To learn more about proper sizing, call (720) 650-2455. A Flatirons Plumbing expert will visit your home to learn more about your needs and current plumbing. Once all of that information is gathered and plugged into a rather long and boring formula, you will know which size tankless water heater will work the best for your home. And our pro will also provide you with a complete price quote for the unit to be installed in your home and backed by our complete warranty. In no time at all, you and your family could be enjoying the endless supply of hot water and lower energy bills.
There are few things worse than going down into your basement only to discover a nasty sewage backup. The flood comes from the floor drain and appears to be getting worse every time someone uses a sink or toilet in your home. Your first thought is to panic about the mess. Then it might even turn to disgust as you think about the contamination in the raw sewage that is invading your basement. But this moment is a time for action and net deep thought. A call to the pros at Flatirons Plumbing is the first step in getting the issue corrected so you can begin to clean up the mess.
The Common Causes Of Sewage Backup
The reason for a sewage backup in your home is due to one of just a few issues with your home's sewer line or the city sewer main. If the city is to blame, you usually are in the middle of a torrential downpour that has exceeded the city sewer system's capacity. And the only solution is to allow the rain to subside so that the sewer can catch up from the massive rainfall. But these occasions are very rare. It is more likely that the issue lies within your own sewer line.
Sewer line clogs occur for many reasons. Maybe someone flushed something that they should not have, or the residue inside the sewer pipe has increased to the point of restricting the water flow. But regardless of the reason for the clog, you need to have it removed quickly. And the only reliable way to do that is to call in a licensed plumber for a professional drain and sewer line cleaning.
The other common cause of a sewer line backup is physical damage to your home's sewer line. The line could have been crushed over time by aggressive tree roots, or it could be cracking due to deterioration and old age. But once the wall of the pipe is compromised, your troubles will begin. Sewage will seep into your yard, and dirt will start to enter the pipe and create massive blockages. Again, the only guaranteed solution is a professional drain and sewer line cleaning. But in this case, you will also need to have the damaged pipe repaired or replaced.
What Is A Professional Drain And Sewer Line Cleaning?
A professional drain and sewer line cleaning requires an expensive piece of equipment that turns water into a massive cleaning jet. Only very high-pressure pure water blasts apart any clogs inside your drains and sewer lines. But that is not its only job. When used by a highly trained and skilled plumber, the water jet removes all of the sticky, nasty residue and buildup inside the pipes.
Removing the residue is the only way to guarantee no more clog issues in just weeks. Over the course of a year, the residue will reappear because of all the waste that flows through the lines. But the simple solution to future issues with drain and sewer clogs is an annual professional drain and sewer line cleaning.
After a professional cleaning, you will find that your drains are clearing more quickly, toilets flush faster and more thoroughly, and there is no foul odor coming from your drains. And the best part of the entire process is that we guarantee our drain cleanings at Flatirons Plumbing. If you have any other drain issues in the coming months, we come back free. Just call (720) 650-2455 to schedule your appointment and know that you will not be facing any more nasty sewage backups in your home.
The wonders of modern plumbing make life simple for every household in the country. We have running water by just opening the faucet. And all of our waste is flushed away and out of our homes. But there can be a few issues that create some concern and a very nasty odor wafting out of your home’s drain pipes. And when that happens, it is a sign that you need to call in a licensed plumber to take care of the problem before it becomes even more serious and costly to repair.
How Can A Trap Be A Good Thing?
If you look under the sinks in your home, you will see an odd U shaped pipe. And even though it looks like a U, it is called a P-trap or water trap. And you might think that having a trap in the drain line right under your sink is counter-intuitive. After all, you want the water to flow down the drain and away from your sink as quickly as possible. But that is not the case. The water trap serves an essential service.
The water trap is designed to do exactly what the name implied. It traps a small amount of water. And that water is a barrier between your home and the nasty odors and gases that are lurking in every drain pipe. So if you come home after a nice long vacation and find that your bathroom smells a little funky, the simple solution could be running a little water down the drains to refill what has evaporated from the water trap.
What If It Still Reeks?
If replenishing the water in the trap does not do the trick, you have a more serious problem. Over time, all drain pipes get coated with a residue of grease, oil, dirt, and waste particles. It is just the nature of the job. But as this residue increases, it snags more organic matter that begins to decay. And that is when you can start to smell that nasty odor of something rotting.
Many people will tell you to try a home remedy of water, bleach, and even citrus to remove the odor. But the truth is that until you remove all the sticky residue, you are not going to remove the stench. And there is only one way to remove the residue. And that is a professional drain cleaning.
The Pros Secret Weapon
A professional drain cleaning uses a substantial piece of equipment that blasts a jet of pure water down the drains in your home. This super high-pressure water scrubs away all of the residue and even breaks up any clogs forming in your drains. And then it washes all of the mess and debris out of your home, through your sewer line, and away to the city sewer line.
And even better than having clean and odor-free drains, at Flatirons Plumbing, we offer a guarantee on all of our drain cleaning jobs. We know that our system works perfectly to clean your drain and remove any clogs. So we guarantee that you will not have any further drain issues. Schedule an annual professional drain cleaning and know that you will never face another clogged or stinky drain, ever again.
When your home has an awful odor rolling up from your drains, the solution is simple. Grab your phone and call (720) 650-2455 to schedule a professional drain cleaning. Our crew will arrive promptly, clean all of your drain lines and sewer line, and then provide you with our guarantee that you will have no further issues.