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

Watch What You Throw Down the Kitchen Drain

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

clogged-kitchen-drainsClogs are one of the biggest problems that plumbers need to deal with and clogs in your kitchen drain rank among the most common — and troublesome — most homes can address. When a clog appears, a good plumber is usually your best call, since store-bought solutions like cleansers rarely handle the job as effectively as they should. Having said that, the ideal solution to any clog is simply to prevent it from forming in the first place, and when it comes to your kitchen sink, that means watching what you pour down the drawn.

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Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

frozen-pipesWinter is on its way, and in the Denver area that means freezing cold weather and a host of potential problems for your home. Chief among them is the issue of frozen pipes, which ranks among the most common plumbing repair calls in the winter months. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and while a good plumbing service will always be on hand to repair such damage, it’s much easier to stop it from happening in the first place. Now is the ideal time to address frozen pipes before they get started.

Why Are They a Problem?

Frozen pipes are a problem first and foremost because they block water flow to the affected outlets, which can bring your home screeching to a halt. But it’s worse than that. When water freezes, it expands, which means that frozen pipe put a tremendous amount of pressure on the interior surface of the pipe. In many cases, that can cause the pipe to burst, sending ice and freezing cold water into surrounding material like drywall. Frozen pipes are difficult to deal with, but burst ones can become very expensive very quickly.

Prevention Is The Key

The first step to preventing frozen pipes is to shut off the water to all outdoor outlets, such as the sprinklers, then open the valve to drain out the rest of the water. Then check your home for pipes that might be vulnerable, such as those running through an outside wall or those in an uninsulated part of the home like the basement. A good plumber can help you spot the pipes most vulnerable to freezing.

With that info in mind, the plumber can then add insulation sleeves to the pipe, adjust things like the water heater to keep the water warm, and even re-route piping in a dangerous location so that it runs much less risk of freezing during the winter.

For quality plumbing service throughout the Denver, CO area, call the professionals at Bell Home Solutions today.

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Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

clogged-kitchen-drainsClogged pipes rank among the most common plumbing calls we receive: when some material washed down the drain stops the flow of water. You should usually call in a plumber when that happens – store-bought solutions usually adopt only half-measures at best – but we believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure any time.

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Various Plumbing Leaks, and What Causes Them

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

pipe-leakPlumbing systems can have all kinds of different issues occur over the years. The most common and potentially damaging, though, are leaks. Plumbing leaks can occur for a variety of different reasons. While you’re going to need professional services to handle most plumbing leaks, it doesn’t hurt to at least familiarize yourself with some of the reasons they occur.

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Schedule Pipe Inspection to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Shape

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

drain-inspectionOne of the toughest things about dealing with plumbing problems is knowing when your plumbing system is dealing with a problem in the first place. A lot of the system is hidden under floors and behind walls, making it difficult to tell if something is wrong with it at first. If you wait until obvious signs do occur before calling for repairs, though, you’re just begging for more damage to be inflicted on the system. The best way to limit the amount of damage your plumbing system is to catch problems with it early. The best way to do that is with pipe inspection.

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Plumbing Problems You Should Watch For

Monday, June 26th, 2017

underwater-living-roomThe average home’s plumbing system is pretty sturdy, in order to cope with the large amount of demand put on it from day to day. However, it’s also a pretty large and complex system. Years and years of using the system every day can cause all kinds of issues with the plumbing. Further complicating matters is that many of the problems that can afflict plumbing systems can be quite difficult to detect at first. You need to be vigilant for signs that your plumbing system is having issues, so that you can have them repaired as soon as possible. Faster repairs means more damage prevented, which is always a good thing.

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Why You Always Want to Have Your Plumbing Issues Handled by a Professional

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Plumbing issues of one kind or another are quite common in the average home. They can also be expensive and frustrating to deal with. Most people call for a plumber as soon as they notice a problem with their plumbing system, like a clog or a faucet leak. For some, however, the temptation to handle it themselves and possibly save some money is quite strong. Read on to find out why that actually isn’t a great idea.

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How a Hot Water Recirculation Pump Can Save You Money

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ever turned on the faucet and had to wait for what felt like minutes for hot water to reach you? It’s a terribly frustrating feeling, and it also happens to cost more money than it should. That problem is caused by the way that your plumbing system and water heater interact, and it can be fixed by using a hot water recirculation pump.

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Why Video Pipe Inspection is Important

Monday, November 21st, 2016

One of the biggest issues with keeping your plumbing and sewer systems in good shape is recognizing when you have a problem. Your plumbing and sewer systems are not visible, for the most part, and the problems they tend to develop don’t normally have really obvious outward signs. So, how are you supposed to keep your system in good condition? With video pipe inspection.

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Signs That You Have a Slab Leak

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A slab leak is when a leak develops in the water line underneath your concrete slab. The water from the leak forces its way up through the slab and into the home, causing widespread water damage. Slab leaks are especially problematic, because they are both difficult to detect and to repair. If you want to protect your home from slab leak damage as much as possible, you need to be able to detect them early so you can have them repaired. Let’s take a look at the signs that you have a slab leak.

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