Tis the Season to be Jolly!

December 12th, 2014 by Gary Bell

And here at Bell we are more than jolly we are humbled by the fantastic year we have had paving new paths for our company. We are truly ecstatic about finding new ways to fill our customer’s needs.

Food Donation Shopping List

Food Donation Shopping List

Now as Bell Home Solutions we are offering electrical services, a much awaited wish of our customers answered!  Our show room has expanded and includes beautiful contemporary designs along with our tried and true comforting traditional styles and GE Appliances are now available as well! Our remodel department has more energy and experience than ever amongst them and our parts department still offers one of the widest selections of parts you will find in the metro area.  And as always the services that started it all our certified technicians coming to your home to resolve any problems that may arise with plumbing, heating, drain cleaning, and water heaters are still the backbone of our company.
With so many great successes in our year we are extremely eager to share the joy of this season with our community and remember the heart and soul of this company, which is to bring safety and comfort to every home we step foot in. We have realized with the support of our amazing clientele we have the capacity to craft truly gifted opportunities and charitable acts that really have the potential to grow our community.  So we now seek to take that heart a step further and reach out to those who may not have the comforts of home. We can add so much warmth to the day of a needy family by simply providing them with a basic necessity most of us don’t even think about in day.
In our first steps toward reaching out and helping strengthen the bonds in our community, we ask that you would so kindly help us supply Non-perishable food items to our local Denver Rescue Mission.
This nonprofit organization has grown with our cities, providing shelter, food, safety, employment assistance, and transitional programs for people across the board. The Denver Rescue Mission can feed more than 1,400 people a day in their locations. That is not including boxes of food donated to families which can easily be hundreds more people. We are very proud to offer our hand in helping them with this great task.  So eagerly so that we will also be donating $2.00 for every can collected to further their efforts.
If you are expecting us to visit your home in the near future, please take a brief moment to shed your pantry of those unused items lingering around. And simply provide them to your technician when he is leaving. Or grab an extra couple of supplies in your local grocer and come visit our home. Our showroom located right off of Iliff and I-225 on Abilene. We are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8-6 and Saturday from 9-4. We would love to shake the hands of our neighbors helping our cause. If you need help with ideas on what to gift, please see our nonperishable food list. It may have something you hadn’t thought of.
We thank you so much not just for entrusting us with your business but for remembering those in need this season. Our hope is to not just be your local plumbing company any longer, but to be that and so much more for our customers and the cities that have grown us for the last 80 plus years. So truly, thank you.

With The Best of Hopes for The Upcoming Year
The Entire Bell Family
88 Employees and Counting.

The Advantages of Vessel Sinks

December 12th, 2014 by Gary Bell

When you choose to have an upscale remodel for your bathroom, one of the key decisions to make is what type of sink you want to have put in. For many decades, sinks came in a limited number of styles: pedestal sinks (one of the oldest types) and basic undermount and overmount sinks placed into cabinets. You probably have an undermount or overmount sink in your bathroom right now. But sink styles have become more diverse for contemporary remodeling jobs, and you have numerous options from which to choose when it comes to working with your remodeler.

We wish to draw your attention to one of the most popular bathroom sink design concept: vessel sinks. These sinks are among the many types that we install in Arvada, CA for bathroom remodels. Bell Home Solutions handles all the tasks in a remodeling project under one roof, from early deigns to the basic plumbing and electrical installations. We can help you realize your ideal new bathroom, including sinks that combine an attractive look with great functionality.

What makes vessel sinks such superb additions to residential bathrooms

A vessel sink resembles a free-standing bowl placed on a counter or cabinet, with the faucet and handles set into the wall above it. The bowl isn’t actually moveable; the drain attaches to the underside, and vessel sinks are as permanent as any standard undermount or overmount sink. The difference is in appearance and the variety of materials.

Simply put, vessels sinks look great. They have a striking design that people immediately notice. How often can you say that about a bathroom sink? Sinks are usually discussed as boring and utilitarian, but a vessel sink can appear like a work of art if properly selected and installed. They give much more than a “touch of class” to a bathroom; they become a centerpiece.

And vessel sinks come in an enormous variety of materials, which sets them apart from most other sink types. Among the materials available for vessel sinks construction are copper, granite, stainless steel, porcelain, and glass. Installing a vessel sink also opens up the different kinds of materials you can have for the countertop. This provides you with twice as many creative options for bathroom design. You can have vessel sinks and counters that create a rustic, old-fashioned feel (copper bowl, wood counter) or the sleekest and most modern look (etched glass bowl, polished black granite). The possibilities are virtually infinite.

However, keep in mind that practicality must play a part: this is why you must work with an experienced remodeler when it comes to a new bathroom design. Stop by our showroom today to look at the vessel sinks we install as part of remodeling, and we will help you plan out the finest remodel possible to meld practicality and beauty.

For bathroom remodels in Arvada, CO, call on the experience of Bell Home Solutions.

Why You Need Regular Drain Cleaning

December 11th, 2014 by Gary Bell

Do clogs in your plumbing seem like they are simply a way of life, a consequence of the benefit of having indoor plumbing? Many homeowners feel this way, and accept slow drains and clogging as unavoidable hassles they will need plumbers to repair a few times a year.

Although there is no way to completely eliminate problems with slow and clogged drains—accidents can always occur—they don’t have to be “business as usual” for your home. You can take preventive steps to keep the drainage system in excellent shape so that a slow drain is one of the rarest problems you might encounter. Call Bell Home Solutions today and ask us about drain cleaning in Arapahoe County, CO that will make clogs and other troubles with your drains into “once in a Blue Moon” events.

The advantages of routine drain cleaning

An enormous amount of waste water goes down the drains in your home every day, particularly in the kitchen where the waste water is usually filled with organic material that clings to the inside of drainpipes. Although you can prevent large amounts of liquid fats, oils, and grease from going down a kitchen drain (always pour these liquids out into separate containers and take them to the garbage), it’s impossible to avoid some amount from getting into the plumbing. In the bathroom, the drains will start to collect soap scum, which accumulates along the pipes and may even cause acidic damage to the lining, as well as hair that will catch in the p-traps.

Without routine cleaning, this build-up of debris inside your drains will continue until it starts to cause regular clogging and slow drain problems. Although you can often break through clogs using a sink plunger, this will not solve the problem of the coating inside the pipes that triggered the trouble in the first place. (We should also mention here that you should never use store-bought chemical cleaners to attempt to eliminate drain problems. These acidic cleaners will damage the pipes, and their high toxicity makes them dangerous for you and your family.)

Regular cleaning from professionals takes care of eliminating the build-up in pipes that causes so many problems. Our Bell Home Solutions professionals in drain cleaning in Arapahoe County, CO use the best equipment available to clear out drainpipes so they are almost like new. The main tool we use for the job is the hydro-jetter, which blasts out high pressure water from a hose and nozzle inserted into drains. The force of the water drives away all sorts of deposits without harming the walls of the drainpipes.

Thanks to a yearly cleaning from our professionals, you can enjoy drains that present you with almost no worries.

Some Bathroom Remodeling Trends to Consider

December 5th, 2014 by Gary Bell

When it comes to bathroom remodels in Eastlake, your possibilities for design seem nearly endless. From choosing a new sink to the tile in your shower, selecting the type and style of shower door and even down to the design of your toilet, there are literally thousands of combinations that could provide you with the stylish, relaxing bathroom you so deserve. If you need help selecting a new design that will fit any home, why not look into the current bathroom design looks trending among homeowners today?

The design of your sink is one of the most important things to consider first and foremost in your bathroom. The classic vintage pedestal sink still has a lot of design appeal, but you may also decide to choose from a variety of vessel sinks, those that appear to be a bowl perched above the vanity. Texture is all the rage this year, so you may want to choose a bowl with a durable and elegant textured look and receive compliments from guests for years to come.

While the larger details are of vast importance, the smaller things are what come together to make a bathroom feel complete. For bathroom remodels, even the material of the fixtures can be a major decision. These days, many homeowners choose the luster of nickel fixtures, as they have a sleek elegant look and pair well with nearly any type of countertop or setting. You can choose a faucet with a nickel-plated design and tie it together with nickel-finished lighting fixtures and cabinet handles as well.

Finally, one of the hottest trends in home design in the last several years has to do with going green and finding the most efficient fixtures. And one of the best ways to save some money in your bathroom is by choosing an efficient low-flow toilet. A standard low-flow toilet will suit most homes, but a dual-flush option can save you even more, with a higher-pressure option for solid wastes and a very efficient low-flow setting for liquid waste.

Let us show you around our 8,500 foot showroom and offer you a free one-hour consultation to help you choose the best look for your new room!

Contact Bell Home Solutions today to learn about the best options available for your bathroom remodeling needs in Eastlake.

Here’s Some New Ideas for Kitchen Remodels to Consider

December 4th, 2014 by Gary Bell

The kitchen is often the area where you and your guests gather at the start of a great evening. When you look at ideas for kitchen remodels, you’re usually searching for a style that matches the tone you want to set for your guests. That’s why we think you should consider some of the following trends common in the industry for kitchen remodels in Centennial.

Stainless Steel Appliances

When all of the fixtures and appliances in your home have a similar look and feel, it gives the kitchen a more finished, together appearance and makes a room feel complete. One of the most common trends for kitchen remodels today is stainless steel appliances. These refrigerators, dishwashers, sinks, and stovetops give a modern look to a kitchen. Furthermore these appliances and fixtures can be resistant to smudging and fingerprints.

Quartz Countertops

The countertop is the area where you prepare your meals, and it’s important that this space is both stylish and resistant to damages. While granite countertops have remained very widespread among today’s homeowners, quartz countertops are also rising in popularity. These countertops look just as elegant, and they are resistant to stains. They also cannot easily peel or crack which is another reason homeowners with young children or those who prepare large meals daily can benefit from quartz.

Universal and Convenient Kitchen Design

Allow all of your friends, family members, and guests to feel welcome in your kitchen by choosing a convenient kitchen design that can be utilized by all, including your younger guests. If you choose a sink design that leaves plenty of room for under-the-sink storage as well as locked cabinet doors, you can make sure all cleaning supplies are concealed from children. Take care in selecting non-slip floors, and choose a sink with a single lever that easily moves up and down so that even those with disabilities can take advantage of your kitchen’s features. Open shelving or glass cabinetry can also help all people to locate dishes.

We will give you a complimentary one-hour design consultation with one of our expert interior designers, and we can show you around our 8,500 square-foot showroom. Visit our showroom today!

Contact Bell Home Solutions when you’re interested in pursuing options for a kitchen remodel for your home in Centennial.

The Mother of Thanksgiving: The Story of Sarah Josepha Hale

November 27th, 2014 by Gary Bell

Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, with a proclamation that made the last Thursday of November a national day of thanks. But would you believe the person who wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” played a major role in setting this precedent? Sarah Josepha Hale was the prominent writer, magazine editor and a strong supporter of female education who is often credited as the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”

Thanksgiving had long been celebrated in the United States before 1863, but there had not yet been a national day set aside as commemoration. Many of us have heard that the common mythology that the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. For years, many Americans had celebrated their own version of the holiday, but it was often a religious event rather than a stable annual gathering. An increasing interest in a national holiday grew in the mid-19th century, but the holiday was much more sporadic. States celebrated the tradition anywhere from October to January, and it remained largely unobserved in the South.

Sarah Josepha Buell was born in 1788 to Captain Gordon Buell, a Revolutionary War officer, and Martha Whittlesay Buell, both of whom believed in the right to equal education for women and made sure their daughter was well-read. Hale married in 1813 but became a widow nine years later, left to care for five children on her own. She supported them with her passion for writing, establishing a literary reputation before becoming editor of the Ladies Magazine, which would become renamed as the popular Godey’s Ladies’ Book ten years later.

Hale believed that there were “too few holidays” and that there was a need for a national holiday that would allow people to set their differences aside and bring families together. For nearly 17 years, beginning in 1846, Sarah Hale wrote editorials urging readers to seek support for this idea. She wrote to five different presidents on the matter: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and, finally, Abraham Lincoln. While her first attempts at establishing this holiday were unsuccessful, about a week after receiving Hale’s letter, Lincoln appointed Secretary of State William Seward to draft a proclamation which Lincoln hoped would bring people together and “heal the wounds of the nation.”

From all of us here at Bell Home Solutions, we hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving this year. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Ways to Tell You Need Drain Cleaning

November 25th, 2014 by Gary Bell

If you’re a busy homeowner, you may not always remember to take the time to schedule the services your home may need. Here at Bell Home Solutions, we want to urge you to schedule professional drain cleaning at the first sign of a clog. A clogged drain can threaten your plumbing and can cause sewage to backup into the drains, posing a major health hazard and forcing you to do some rather unpleasant cleaning. So when should you trust the job to a professional?

Water Will Not Drain

Most homeowners know that there is a major problem when water will not drain from a sink or tub at all. But unfortunately, some homeowners go out and buy liquid drain cleaning solution from the hardware store or grocery shop when a plunger will not work instead of calling on professionals. So why is this such a problem? Well the chemicals used in these drain cleaners are actually fairly dangerous, as they could harm your skin or damage your eyes. Furthermore, they are rather ineffective for many types of blockages. Professionals have tools that get the job done safely and clear clogs completely.

Drainage Moves Slowly

If drainage moves down the drain but travels somewhat slowly, drain cleaning is still urgent. Sometimes, this affects multiple drains in the home, which signals that the clog is further along in the drain line. Professionals will examine your plumbing to determine the proper tools to use. Then, they will choose between drain augers, hydro-mechanical drain cleaners, hydro jetting, or even an air burst drain cleaner for the job.

It’s Been a While Since You’ve Seen a Plumber

If your plumbing has not been examined by a professional in well over a year, the chances that a clog will appear are higher. You can schedule drain cleaning as part of annual plumbing maintenance to blast any stuck-on sludge from the lining of the pipes and prevent the possibility of clogs appearing in the near future.

Call the friendly professionals at Bell Home Solutions to schedule drain cleaning in Foxfield as part of preventive maintenance or to get rid of any size blockage in your home.

Which Type of New Kitchen Countertop Is the Best?

November 18th, 2014 by Gary Bell

A kitchen remodeling simply doesn’t feel complete unless it includes new countertops. Replacing older counters is a cornerstone of giving a kitchen a completely new look and feel. But countertops are more than decorations. They can also improve the function of your kitchen, making it easier to clean, and even increase its hygiene. Choosing the right new kitchen countertops in Grant Ranch, CO is one of the most important decisions you will make during your remodeling.

You won’t have to make the choice alone, however. Quality remodeling specialists will make the job easier. We have an extensive showroom that will help make the choice even simpler, since you will see exactly what sort of countertop materials we offer and how they look and feel. We have an enormous selection of the top brands in countertop construction and design.

But which type of countertop is the best?

There is no simple answer to this question, because it depends on your situation. We can discuss in some more detail the options you have and their advantages:

If you have a limited budget, you should consider a laminate countertop. These are sometimes referred to as Formica counters, which is one of the most popular brand names. These counters can resemble solid stone, but at a lower cost. They are easy to clean and maintain, and will fit almost any decor plans you have.

For pure attractiveness and beauty, solid granite and natural stone countertop are among the finest options. They come in an enormous variety of finishes, and their durability and stain-resistant qualities makes them especially attractive. If you are aiming for an upscale kitchen remodel that will add maximum value (as well as style) to your home, solid stone is one of the best ways to go.

Tile countertops remain popular, and are easy to have installed and custom designed to fit into any kitchen look. They are a bit harder to clean, although larger tile designs will alleviate this. Tile is a good alternative to laminate countertops if budget is a concern.

For high-use kitchens and people who love to cook, the composite countertop is a fine choice. These counters are popular for commercial kitchens because they resist heat and scratching and also inhibit bacteria. They are also simple to clean. If you are an entertainer when it comes to food preparation, a composite countertop may be ideal for you.

Look to Bell Home Solutions for your kitchen remodeling

If you want the best kitchen remodel possible, make an appointment with Bell Home Solutions. Or pay a visit to our showroom. When it comes to new kitchen countertops in Grant Ranch, CO, we have the wide selection you need. We carry Swanstone, Arizona Tile, Corian, Formica, Hanstone, Cambria, and many other top brands in kitchen countertops.

When you come to Bell Home Solutions for kitchen remodeling services, we will offer you numerous options for new countertops and help you find the right one. 

Will a Bathroom Remodel Add Value to My Home?

November 17th, 2014 by Gary Bell

Homeowners today are interested in return on investment (ROI) when it comes to home remodeling. A professional remodel for your house will improve your homelife, but it will also add market value to the house should you decide to sell it in the future. When deciding on a home remodeling project, return on investment will likely play an important factor in your choices.

Working with an experienced remodeling contractor who can handle all of the aspects of the job is key to receiving the best ROI, as well as to receive the ideal remodel that you envisioned from the start.

Bathroom remodels and added value

The simple answer to the question “Will a bathroom remodel add value to my house?” is yes. How much depends on the extent of the remodeling job—mid-range or upscale—and the talents of your contractor.

According to Remodeling magazine’s recent Cost vs. Value Report for 2014, a mid-range bathroom remodel can recoup 72.5% of its cost in added value for a home. An upscale remodel, which involves extensive new installations and plumbing replacements, can recoup 63.6% of its cost in added value. Both of these numbers show an increase from the 2013 numbers, indicating that bathroom remodels are becoming more attractive for potential home buyers and add greater value to homes than before… and the numbers will likely continue to grow in 2015.

Although the upscale bathroom remodel returns less on investment, keep in mind that it will return more for your family during the time you live in the house. As with any remodeling project, finding the balance of the various factors is key. Locating the right contractor is also key: if you turn to a remodeling contractor who handles all the tasks in-house, from design to plumbing to electricity, you will have a more cost-efficient and fast remodeling done, resulting in even higher return on investment. And when you hire a contractor with years of experience and a proven track record of beautiful remodeling projects, you will end up with the new bathroom that will enhance your life as well as the value of your home.

Bell Home Solutions offers comprehensive remodeling services, starting with a free consultation for your project. For bathroom remodels in Franktown, CO, contact our specialists today or drop by our extensive showroom.

If you are looking for kitchen and bathroom remodels in Franktown, CO or the surrounding areas, look to the years of experience available from Bell Home Solutions.

What to Expect During Professional Drain Cleaning

November 11th, 2014 by Gary Bell

You should make drain cleaning for your plumbing a regular part of home maintenance. Although you will need to call for a professional plumber whenever you encounter serious clogging or issues for slow drains, scheduling drain cleaning as an annual routine will help reduce repair problems, avoid problems from high water pressure, and generally give your plumbing a much longer life.

Bell Home Solutions has handled plumbing since we started in business almost 90 years ago. For drain cleaning in Denver County, we are one of the best choices. Our highly-trained plumbers bring experience and the best technology to any job they do. Contact us for regular drain cleaning or any time of the day if you have plumbing emergencies.

What happens during professional drain cleaning

People often associate “drain cleaning” with chemicals poured down a sink. That’s not what professionals do to clean drains, however; these caustic chemicals can cause damage to plumbing, and experts will do everything possible to keep your drainpipes in the best condition. After all, what’s the point of cleaning drains if it leaves them worse off than before?

For simple unclogging work, you can expect a professional plumber to clean your drains using a motorized drain auger (sometimes called a drain snake), which can take care of almost any size of obstruction within a drainpipe. Often, drain cleaning will start with a drain auger to remove basic drain trouble.

For a more thorough cleaning, plumbers will often use video pipe inspections to determine how best to approach the drain cleaning process. These fiber optic cable-mounted cameras travel down through drainpipes and send images back to a monitor, allowing the plumber a complete view of the interior of the pipes. The plumber can target specific areas for cleaning and determine the level of cleaning necessary.

The main tool for drain cleaning is usually a hydro-jetter, a powerful device that uses motors to place water under extremely high pressure, then blasts it out through a nozzle at the end of a hose inserted down into the drainpipes. The force of the water (usually more than 7,000 psi) scours the inside of the pipes and removes almost all kinds of accumulation. This so thoroughly cleans the pipes that it is difficult for build-up to start again. A good hydro-jetting job will leave drains that stay clean for a long time afterwards.

After hydro-jetting, the plumber may choose to use video pipe inspections again to see if the work did the job necessary. The plumber will supply you with a flash drive containing the video from the inspections so you can see what was done.

For the best in drain cleaning in Denver County, contact the experienced team at Bell Home Solutions today. We use all the equipment available to provide you the finest service for your plumbing.