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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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As Summer Ends, Take These Steps to Care for Your AC

September 3rd, 2018

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.With the official end of summer just a few short weeks away, temperatures will slowly but surely begin to drop, and you’ll be done using your air conditioner for the season. That doesn’t mean now is the time to neglect it though, or that you should just shut it off for the season without taking any care steps.

First off, if you didn’t schedule maintenance before summer began, it’s not too late. We’ll get to that in a moment, but it’s also important to know that in a climate such as ours, winterizing an air conditioner is very important. Keep reading for a few tips on how to do so, and when you do need professional Denver air conditioning services, give us a call!

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Why a Cracked Heat Exchanger is So Dangerous

August 27th, 2018

technician working on furnaceWhat type of Denver, CO heating system do you have in your home to keep warm during our long and chilly winters? If your home is like the majority in our area, your answer is probably “a natural gas furnace”. This is a great choice, and the most common choice. They produce a large amount of heat and are less expensive to run than their electrical counterpart.

However, despite being built with modern technology and designed with your safety in mind, they do still have inherent risks. One of these risks in particular is that of a cracked heat exchanger, which can allow your furnace to release toxic gases into the home.

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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

August 20th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWith temperatures still in the 80’s, you certainly may wonder why we’re already talking about Denver heating maintenance. But if you’ve lived in the area for even just a year, you’re likely well aware that winter can hit fast and hard. So scheduling maintenance as early as possible, before you actually need the heater to do its job day in and day out, is imperative. But what are the benefits of doing so?

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Keep These Items out of Your Kitchen Sink

August 19th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.Of all the various plumbing appliances in your home that you use on a daily basis, could you imagine living without your kitchen sink? Granted, there are some aspects of this plumbing fixture that are more of a luxury than a necessity—for instance, if you have a touch-activated faucet or a garbage disposal system. Still, even if you have the most basic kitchen sink there is, it’s a modern necessity of living to have one, and therefore, you should do everything you can to take care of it, right?

If you want to enjoy the benefits and convenience that comes from your kitchen plumbing, it’s important to do all that you can to avoid problems with this fixture, including your garbage disposal if you have one. Our plumbers in Denver can certainly help with this, with plumbing maintenance, but also by offering you some pro kitchen sink care tips.

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Free Home Inspection with Every Visit

August 17th, 2018

beautiful home with lights on at nighttimeAs a leading home services provider in Denver and beyond, we aim to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied with everything we do, and also that their home systems are operating efficiently and safely.

This is why we offer each of our customers a free home inspection with our service calls. We’ll automatically set aside time after your service call and with your permission will happily do a visual check of the various systems in your home. This includes your:

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Unique Ductless AC Needs to Be Aware of

August 13th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There’s an option for heating and cooling in modern homes that has been exponentially growing in popularity, and that is the ductless mini split heat pump system. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless system basically breaks up the indoor unit and the blower fans in order to distribute conditioned air throughout your home in the form of mini air handlers, mounted high on the wall.

If you’ve ever been in a home and seen something on the wall that looks like window AC unit but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of a ductless system. These wall units are each hooked up to a single outdoor unit, creating a central heat pump system without the use of air ducts. This form of Denver, CO air conditioning is very efficient and beneficial in a number of ways, but there are some unique needs that aren’t necessarily downsides, but are important to be aware of.

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