Bell Home Solutions Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Should You Schedule Home Renovations in the Winter?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Idyllic and peacefull winter landscape of snowy mountainsIf you’ve lived in Denver through even just one winter, then you know they can be pretty harsh some years! So why would you even dream of tackling a home remodeling or renovation, then? It’s not like you’ll be comfortable outside.

Well first off, not all home renovations involve being outside for very long, if at all. There are a number of indoor renovations that are great to tackle in the winter, and a number of reasons that winter is a great time to tackle them! Whether you are a “do-it-yourselfer” or would like significant help with Denver remodeling services from a professional, the following reasons are why winter is a great time for these projects.

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Why Pro Drain Cleaning Is a Must for Homeowners

Monday, June 18th, 2018

You know you can’t (or just shouldn’t) re-roof your house or mess with its electrical system. The hot water heater? That’s a disaster waiting to happen. For some reason, though, these sentiments don’t extend to drainage problems. After all, how complicated can it be? It’s a pipe water should be going down but isn’t. You’re positive the solution is to use the most caustic cleaner you can find to clear it out. Stop! Instead, when you encounter these types of issues, call plumbing professionals. 

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Check for Heating Repair Issues Now

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

heating-system-repairsSpring has finally arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures and a reduced need for your heating system. Ironically, this is actually the time of the year when we tend to see a lot of heating repair calls. The system has run for months on end in most cases, and problems that develop now reflect that wear and tear.

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How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

One of the biggest problems that can afflict plumbing systems during the winter is frozen pipes. If you don’t take steps to prevent them from freezing, your pipes can cause all kinds of issues over the next couple of months. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

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Consider Installing a Boiler This Fall

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Winter is coming, as we are so often told, and for some of us that means it’s time to install a new heating system. As you start to look for a new heating system for your home, it’s important that you consider the pros and cons of each. You’re going to want to find a heating system that’s suited to your unique needs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the benefits a boiler system can offer you this heating season. 

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Some Common Gas Furnace Repairs

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

While we never recommend diagnosing or repairing your gas furnace on your own, it is important as a homeowner or property owner to know what some of the more common repairs can be. Anytime you need repair help with your gas furnace, the experts from Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling are here to help. We offer 24-hour emergency service because we know that your gas furnace can break down at any time. Here are the more common gas furnace repair problems we see on repair appointments:

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Does My Plumbing Have to Move for My Bathroom Remodel?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bathroom remodeling usually consists of going down to the studs to both update and re-work the space. A big part of the planning involves the plumbing; after all, you won’t have a working bathroom without it. Many homeowners believe that the price tag of a bathroom remodel goes up because of the fixtures, but the truth is that the plumbing can do this, especially if you need to move it around to accommodate a new bathroom design. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to work with trained experts for the design and execution of your bathroom remodel in Denver, CO. The professionals at Bell Home Solutions have been remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for over 50 years, and we bring this experience to every job we do. Ready for a new bathroom? Call us today!

Moving a Toilet

When it comes to moving a toilet, there are a few factors to consider, and of particular importance is where the waste pipe is located, the slope it’s on and the vent pipe. As per standard codes, a vent pipe needs to be within 48” of the toilet; if you relocate the toilet more than 4 feet away, you will need to re-vent the toilet, which will increase your costs.

Drainage Pipes

Drainage pipes have to be installed to specific codes and require sloping in order for the water to run out of your home as needed. This is why moving a shower or tub can become costly.

Accessing the Plumbing

Plumbers can get to your plumbing in two ways: through the floor of the bathroom or through the ceiling directly below the bathroom. Because many remodels bring the bathroom down to the studs, the plumber will work from the floor. This means that you’ll need to account for new subflooring and flooring in addition to the costs of the plumbing remodel.

As you can see, a lot goes into a bathroom remodel, and choosing to move the plumbing is something you’ll need to assess with your plumbing expert. Sometimes reworking is necessary due to poor bathroom design, but other times you may be able to accomplish your remodel using the same footprint. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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3 Steps to Take in Planning Your Home Remodeling Services

Friday, March 27th, 2015

For most homeowners, remodeling their homes is a major investment. We understand just how important it is to get things right the first time, each and every step of the way, which is why we recommend that homeowners seeking home remodeling services in Lakewood, CO contact a professional member of the Bell Home Solutions team. We excel in bathroom and kitchen remodeling services, as well as the design work necessary in ensuring that you are 100% satisfied with the finished product. There are a whole lot of variables to consider when planning a home remodeling project, so it really pays off to take the time necessary to prepare for the undertaking completely. Here are 3 tips to help you plan your home remodeling services successfully.

First of all, make sure that you have a strong grasp on your realistic budget. Our pricing is more than fair, of course, but it is easy to get carried away with something as exciting as a home remodel. The amount of money that you have to comfortably work with will play a large role in determining what type of materials are used, as well as the scope of your home remodel in general. Our team will work with you closely to ensure that the work begun can be completed in accordance with your budgetary restraints.

Also, it is important to keep in mind the precise reasoning behind your remodeling service. If you are interested solely in sprucing up your kitchen or bathroom for instance, bringing the more up to date with modern fashions, then you can really let your imagination run wild. For remodeling projects with a bit more of a practical grounding, though, such as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom to better accommodate residents with disabilities or special needs, it is really necessary to keep certain concerns at the forefront of the planning stage.

Finally, remember to take the time necessary to guarantee that you have complete faith in the abilities of your contractor of choice, and that that contractor has the work history, insurance, and references necessary to put your mind at ease in knowing that the team can be trusted completely. When you do your research, we know that you will have well-earned confidence in our contractors.

To learn more about the home remodeling services that we have to offer in Lakewood, CO, just give Bell Home Solutions a call today.

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Steps That You Can Take to Avoid Clogged Drains

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

There are few issues that are quite as annoying as slow-moving or completely backed up drains. However, it is important to keep in mind that in many cases, though not all, clogged drains are actually cause by carelessness or user error. There is no way in which to ensure that you will never experience issues with clogged drains, of course. There are many factors which can lead to backed up drains which are simply beyond the homeowner’s control. Still, there are are ways in which you can help to minimize the risk of clogged drains in your home. Here are a few tips from Bell Home Solutions which can help you to avoid problems with clogged drains in Franktown, CO.

One of the simplest ways in which you can minimize the risk of accidentally clogging your own drains is by putting drain covers in the sink before doing the dishes. The slots in these easy to find drain guards allow water to pass through, but keep much of the debris from dirty plates from following suit. Drain guards or not, though, it is still in your best interest scrape plates and dishes free of scraps before putting them in the sink. For homeowners with garbage disposals, of course, there is a bit more wiggle room here.

While you may be able to confidently put many items down your garbage disposal, you must remember that such appliances have their limitations. You shouldn’t overwhelm your garbage disposal, or put items such as coffee grounds down the drain. While ground up coffee may not pose a risk to the disposal itself, they can make their way past the disposal and clog up your drains if they are not flushed completely away. Any hot oils or fats should also never be put down the drain. Your garbage disposal will be of no benefit with such liquids, and they will congeal as they cool, trapping other debris and potentially leading to serious clogs.

Also, remember to remove hair from the drains in your showers or sink after bathing or trimming your beard. It may be tempting to just flush them down the drain, but this will come back to haunt you in the form of drain clogs before long. When your drains do clog up, remember that the only way to have them effectively cleared is by scheduling professional drain cleaning services. Not only will this ensure that your clogs are removed, but it will help to eliminate the risk of partial clogs being left behind to form new ones in short time.

For information about avoiding clogged drains in Franktown, CO, or to schedule plumbing services of any sort, contact Bell Home Solutions today.

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What to Consider When Shopping for New Kitchen Faucets

Friday, March 20th, 2015

While it may not be the most major investment, and it is certainly not the biggest renovation a kitchen may receive, installing new kitchen faucets on your kitchen sink is a great way in which to both spruce up the appearance of your kitchen as well as to make your kitchen sink more convenient and user friendly. Before you go rushing into anything, though, heed this advice; take your time when choosing your new kitchen faucets in Denver. You don’t want to wind up with faucets that don’t satisfy you stylistically or in their operation.

The mounting style of your kitchen faucet is one design factor to consider. If you are going to continue using your kitchen sink, for instance, and your existing faucet mounts directly into your sink, then a sink mounted faucet is probably the way to go. However, there are also deck mounted and even wall mounted options to consider. Each has its own pros and cons, of course, so it is best to consult with a qualified professional before committing to any particular style.

Another characteristic to consider is the handle design of the faucet. Single handled models are handy in kitchens, as you can use them easily with just one hand. However, it can be more difficult to control the temperature of the water precisely with such a model. Double handled faucets have a bit of an advantage in this regard. You can even take advantage of handleless, touch activated faucets in this day and age. Of course, such models require setting the temperature in a more traditional, hands on way.

The design of the faucet itself, including the finish and materials used, as well as the shape of the faucet, must also be carefully considered. Stainless steel makes for a sleek appearance, but may fit better in more modern looking kitchens, whereas classic bronze fixtures are more at home in a rustic setting. Consider a faucet with high clearance if you like to fill large pots with ease, as well. As you can see, there may be more than you expected to consider when it comes to choosing new kitchen faucets in Denver. The good news is that Bell Home Solutions is here to ensure that you choose wisely. Contact us today to schedule service.

Contact Bell Home Solutions today if you are ready to invest in new kitchen faucets for your home.

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