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Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

October 15th, 2018

two electricians working on electrical panelThere are a number of issues, both big and small, that can impact your home. But not many are scarier than that of electrical problems, due to the safety hazards they present. After all, a plumbing problem can cause a bit of water damage and an HVAC issue can leave you uncomfortable for a little bit, but a problem with your home’s wiring can lead to fires and electrocution. It’s vital, therefore, that you hire a professional Denver electrician for your electrical inspections each year, to reduce the chance of running into a problem altogether.

One of the most commonly ignored electrical problems among homeowners is the need for an electrical panel upgrade. This might not seem like a serious issue, however, with the increased demand we’ve been placing on our electrical systems the past few years, it should come as no surprise that eventually, your circuit breaker box might not be able to handle the demand. This is where you can run into serious side effects. But, how do you know, outside of an electrician telling you so, that you need a panel upgrade?

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What Makes a Plumber High Quality?

October 15th, 2018

Portrait of male plumber fixing a sink in bathroomWhen you hire a service professional, any service professional, to do work in your home, you want to know you can trust them, right? After all, it’s your property and you want to do everything you can to protect your investment, including your massive plumbing system.

Entrusting plumbing services to any amateur or handyman, who lacks training and experience, will end up costing you money for further repairs, and can leave you with constant concerns about whether the work was done effectively.

You would hopefully not have any trouble picking out an amateur plumber, but how can you choose a truly great Denver plumber amongst all of those who serve the area? Keep reading for some of the characteristics that make a professional plumber high quality!

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“What Does Low Airflow Mean for My Furnace?”

October 8th, 2018

furnace venting outsideFall is here, and soon enough homeowners throughout our area will be using their heaters on a regular basis. If you are using a forced-air furnace, you should check it to make sure it’s operating as it should, and as efficiently as it should. Of course, this starts by scheduling professional maintenance, so if you haven’t done that already, there’s no time like the present!

A common furnace problem we get Denver heating service calls for is that of a system that’s not blowing air out as powerfully as it should be, or as it used to. This is understandably a very frustrating problem, as it means you won’t be able to get comfortable this winter until it’s fixed. We are the team to call when you do need heating repair, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below that can help you understand what may be going on with your furnace when it experiences this problem.

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What to Know about New Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

October 2nd, 2018

Luxury white and grey marble bathroom interior.When it comes time to undertake a home remodel, you have a number of considerations to make. This is particularly true with bathroom remodels. Whether your bathroom simply doesn’t look the way you want it to, isn’t as functional as it could be, or you want to find a way to open up the space more, this frequently used portion of your home deserves some attention!

But bathroom remodels mean new plumbing fixture installations, and for this kind of job, it definitely pays off to work with professional Denver bathroom remodeling specialists. Trained and experienced plumbers and remodelers have the tools and knowledge to help your project go off without a hitch, and have many different factors we look at that you might never have considered, such as what we’ve highlighted here.

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Signs of a Failing Heater

October 1st, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWouldn’t it be nice if you could stay warm and comfortable all fall and winter long without ever needing Denver heating services? Especially in the case of repairs! Unfortunately, this just isn’t reality—you will eventually encounter problems of some kind with your heater. The best thing you can do for your comfort is to learn and recognize the signs that your heater is failing and does in fact need service. This way, you can get out ahead of repair needs and schedule them right away, before they grow into bigger emergencies.

Routine preventive heating maintenance is the number 1 way to keep the need for heating repairs at bay. But even with regular tune-ups, small service needs can still crop up. Our professionals will be there to diagnose the problem accurately, and make the appropriate repairs. In the meantime, however, here are some distress signs you should watch out for.

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What You Can Do about Frozen Pipes

September 24th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoThe short answer to this is, “you can prevent them before you ever have to deal with them!”

But we do want to provide you with more information than just that. After all, frozen pipes are a very real problem, and threat, for our area and for your Denver plumbing system. While we haven’t met those chilly temperatures quite yet, they are well on their way, and the time to take preventative steps is now.

Just a few days of temperatures at 30°F or below this winter can result in frozen, and subsequently burst, pipes in your home. So, what is it that you can do to prevent the problem?

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Remodeling Your Kitchen? Consider These Factors

September 17th, 2018

Overhead View Of Couple Looking At Laptop In Modern KitchenWhile summer is a great time to get some outdoor projects done—perhaps you had new lighting installed on your patio, or you invested in your landscaping—this is the time of year that weather cools and indoor projects become more appealing.

One indoor project that many Denver area homeowners undertake is a remodel of their kitchen. You probably already have an idea of the things you want in your new kitchen, if you’re already planning such a project. Perhaps new cabinets, and maybe even new plumbing fixtures. We’ve added some considerations for you to make below, that can improve the functionality, efficiency, and even aesthetic appeal of this very important room.

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How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

September 17th, 2018

Closeup of a sink S Trap made of white PVC plastic with a broken connection and water pouring out. Square format over a gray background.Plumbing leaks are one of those things that no homeowner wants to deal with, but will inevitably occur at some point anyway. But what is it that causes so much animosity towards even the smallest of leaks? Well, first off, if you ever have had experience with a leak, then you know even the most minor or water loss can actually mean severe water damage and high water bills as a result. Basically, leaks are tricky—you think they’re no big deal but then the costs of wasted water begin adding up.

Bigger leaks can waste a significant amount of water and do extensive damage to your property as they develop behind walls or beneath floors and above ceilings. Since so much of your plumbing system is hidden out of plain sight, and since leaks can develop anywhere along your plumbing system, it’s essential that you learn how to spot them. Once you do, you can schedule professional plumbing services with our team of qualified plumbers.

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Does It Matter What Size My New Furnace Is?

September 10th, 2018

furnace venting outsideThe short answer to this is, “yes.” But we don’t expect you to take that at face value, and we want to explain to you why.

We get it: when you’re looking for a new heating system of any kind you have a lot on your plate. You can be overwhelmed by comparisons between factors like fuel types, AFUE vs. HSPF ratings, and many other considerations.

So, it can be pretty tempting to just go with whatever furnace fits in the space you have available in order to move on with your life. We really have to advise against this though, for a number of reasons. Simply put, size matters! If the furnace you have installed in your home is too large, or too small, you’ll probably be surprised by how quickly things will turn sour for you.

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What Are the Best Methods for Drain Cleaning?

September 4th, 2018

plumber snaking a bathtub drainThere likely isn’t a homeowner around who, at one time or another, has had to deal with a drain clog. They’re also one of those plumbing problems that many people deal with incorrectly. In the average home, people reach for some type of store-bought chemical based drain cleaning liquid to handle the problem. But this is a terrible way to deal with the problem. Keep reading to learn more about why this is harmful, and what you should do when you need a thorough Denver drain cleaning.

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