Friday, December 16, 2016

Maybe a Liquid Drain Cleaner is Not the Answer

 Maybe a Liquid Drain Cleaner is Not the Answer
If you find yourself dealing with a backed up sink, knowing the best method for clearing your pipes is important. At Honest Plumbing in Denver, we get numerous calls from people who have unsuccessfully tried some of that over the counter drain cleaner you get at the store. However, we can unequivocally say that maybe a liquid drain cleaner is not the answer.

The Problem with Liquid Drain Cleaner
Strong the chemicals in liquid drain cleaners release fumes that can cause irritation to the nose, throat, eyes and lungs. If the liquid from drain cleaners gets on your skin it may cause burns. And because this product can splash when you’re pouring it, drops can get in your eyes and cause real trouble. If you use liquid drain cleaners, please wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

Most of these drain cleaners also use hydrochloric acid to help create a chemical reaction inside your drain pipe. The problem is that this reaction generates heat, which often causes irreversible damage to the pipe. And if the liquid drain cleaner doesn’t completely dissolve the blockage, it remains stuck at the clog, concentrating that chemical reaction directly on that one section of pipe.

Now, what happens if the pipe is plastic? The high chemical heat can melt and deform the plastic pipe. Metal pipes are better but liquid drain cleaners can still weaken even the metal pipe and cause cracks that can lead to leaks, especially for older pipes.

In addition to all this trouble, these types of drain cleaners are not really effective. If you are trying to get rid of a bit of hair or a little grease buildup, it might work, but they can’t do much more than that. For more stubborn back-ups, maybe a liquid drain cleaner is not the answer.

The Best Solution for Clogged Pipes
Now, if you call our plumbers at Honest Plumbing we can first diagnose the problem that’s blocking your drain and then figure out the best way to fix it.

There are lots of reasons why your pipes may be clogged. It could go far beyond putting potato peels in the garbage disposal. There could be a break in the pipe that causing other material to push inside of it or the problem may be much more serious and deeper in your drainage system.

Obviously, a liquid drain cleaner will not help with these problems and could cause even more trouble. Even if you have a plunger or snake, you could be in for a mess and wasted efforts that sometimes do more harm than good.

Maybe a liquid drain cleaner is not the answer. Your best bet is to throw the liquid drain cleaners away and call us our experts at Honest Plumbing in Arvada. Serving the Denver metro area, we can repair any plumbing problem quickly and safely. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services and do honest work at an honest price. Even if your drains are clear, we can provide repairs and even installations for your water heater, toilet, shower, sinks, and faucets. Get in touch and let us know how we can help you!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Plumbing Leaks Attract Household Pests

Plumbing Leaks Attract Household Pests
There are so many reasons to pay attention to a water leak, such as increases in your water bill, wasted water, and a huge mess that can ruin structural components of your home like drywall and framing. But did you know that plumbing leaks attract household pests like insects and rodents? If you have a leak in your pipes, give us call us at Honest Plumbing in Denver. Let us take care of it before trouble multiplies.

Water is essential for insects and rodents to live, and an indoor leak provides easy access to water. You didn’t mean to, but you just sent out an invitation for household pests to live in your home and drink for free. Now you’ve got two problems: the leak and the pests.

You may not even know you have a leak. They are often hidden in places you may not see or may not check often. Of course, there are many reasons pests invade your home but if you see mice or insects gathering in the same spot you may want to check to see if your pipes have a leak. Sometimes you get a leak inside the wall of your home, but usually, leaks are in places that can be fixed rather quickly.

Here’s where to look when plumbing leaks attract household pests:

·         Washing Machine and Dishwasher
Take a look at the line going to your washing machine and dishwasher. People don’t think of these leaking, but they do sometimes. You should periodically do an inspection of all your appliances that have plumbing connections.

·         Refrigerator
Do you see water pooling under your refrigerator? Check for a leak. Cockroaches love that type of water opportunity. Don’t forget to check your automatic ice maker and the water line coming into your freezer. Sometimes these pipes are made of plastic and even a small hole can cause a leak that provides water for an army of roaches.

·         Sinks
Of course, don’t forget the obvious places where plumbing leaks attract household pests. Check your kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you see water or moisture under the sinks or dripping from the U-shaped pipe from your sink drains, you may have a problem.

If you find a leak, call us right away. Once you get the water problem taken care of, then you can go after the unwanted pests. But until the water source is gone, the pests will just come back.

·         Seals Around the Pipes
In addition to the obvious leaks in your pipes, there is another plumbing issue that could be attracting unwanted household pests, and that’s holes. Pipes come into your house from the outside and sometimes the seals that surround the plumbing pipes are not exactly airtight. Even the smallest opening can allow rodents and insects to come directly into your house.

So, be sure to inspect your pipes for leaks and for weak seals. Pipes coming into your house should have metal plates, rubber gaskets, foam insulation or some kind of barrier around the pipes to prevent cold air and pests from getting in. If you find gaps, repair them right away.

Because plumbing leaks attract household pests, get in touch with our experts at Honest Plumbing in Denver the moment you suspect an issue with your plumbing. We know what to look for, how to repair the leak and can prevent you from dealing with the added hassle of also evicting rodents, roaches and other insects from your home. Call or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

4 Ways to Keep Your Drains Clog Free

4 Ways to Keep Your Drains Clog Free
The last thing you need is to find your drain backed up. If you find that they’ve been clogged, and live anywhere in the Denver metro area, we can certainly help you get them running clean again. However, there are several things you can do to avoid problems. Here are 4 ways to keep your drains clog-free from our experts at Honest Plumbing in Arvada.

1. Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clear

Your garbage disposal is very important to keep clear because it is the gateway to your kitchen drain. It always helps to run cold water down your garbage disposal to keep food from sticking to your pipes during and after you use your garbage disposal.

Our plumbers suggest it’s better if you put everything you can in the trash. Only small bits of food are safe for the disposal, but there are definitely some things that should never go in the garbage disposal if you can help it. Things that can clog your drains are coffee grounds, seeds or pits, eggshells, pasta, rice, potatoes, bones, as well as stringy or fibrous foods.

2. Use a Sink Strainer in Your Drains

Our plumbers at Honest Plumbing suggest a really simple and cheap way to keep your bathroom and kitchen drains clear is to buy a sink strainer that fits in the bottom of your sink over the drain hole. The sink strainer will catch pieces of food, hair, and other things you don’t want down the drain. A sink strainer over the tub drain will prevent hair, soap and sometimes toys from going down your drain.

3. Your Toilet is Not a Trash Can

Toilets really have limited use. Always be careful what you flush down your toilet. Some people don’t know that baby or hand wipes and feminine hygiene products should never be flushed down the toilet. Really the only things that belong in a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Everything else should go in the trash can.

Here’s a good list of things that should NOT go into the toilet: tissues, wipes of any kind (even if they say they are flushable), scrub pads, paper towels or napkins, dental floss, any grease or oil, all feminine hygiene products, hair, medicines, plastics, diapers and of course, eggshells, nutshells and coffee grounds.

Here’s the flush ability test for objects to be flushed in a toilet. If the object or product doesn’t disintegrate like toilet paper, then it shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. Too much of some of these items can cause a blockage in your drain and maybe even clog a pumping station which could cause a sewer backup that affects other homes. Keep in mind that the drains leading to the main sewer are only 4 inches wide. You can help keep them clear by putting everything in the trash that isn’t human waste or toilet paper.

4. No Grease in Your Drains

All grease, fats, and oils should never go in any drain if you can help it. Try to always pour greasy substances in a container like a glass jar or an empty can. Please don’t use your drain for grease. Bacon grease is  a common culprit of clogged drains. Find another container to put it in and then throw it in the trash when the grease has solidified.

These 4 ways to keep your drains clog-free are pretty simple, but our plumbers at Honest Plumbing in Arvada have seen each and everyone cause clogs across the Denver metro area that require our expertise to get drains running clean again. If you end up with a clog, feel free to get in touch to request an appointment – we promise not to lecture you about putting potato peels or coffee grounds down your drain. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gas Versus Electric Water Heaters

Gas Versus Electric Water Heaters
When you need to buy a water heater, you may want to compare gas versus electric water heaters. It’s a great way to decide which one is best for your home. Our plumbers at Honest Plumbing, serving Arvada and metro Denver, can explain the differences.

First, let’s cover how each type works. An electric water heater uses electric resistance coils to heat water, while a gas unit burns fuel like natural gas. Pretty simple.

Differences of Gas Versus Electric
Now, according to this quick comparison, around 60% of homes in the United States use gas water heaters and 40% use electric water heaters. And for a number of good reasons.

While gas water heaters are less energy-efficient than electric water heaters, the high cost of electricity actually makes electric heaters more costly.

A gas water heater also has a faster recovery time, taking about an hour to heat up a 50-gallon tank. This is a much faster time than an electric heater, which takes several hours to heat up the same sized tank of water. Plus, if you have an electrical power failure, gas water heaters will still work while an electric will be unavailable until the power is restored.

Because of this difference in recovery times, our experts at Honest Plumbing recommend a gas water heater for families and households of four or more. Nobody wants to get stuck taking a cold shower, especially in the middle of winter!

On the flipside, and as we mentioned earlier, gas water heaters are relatively inefficient because heat escapes from exhaust gasses and the walls of the tank. It’s a nice convenience to have hot water quickly, but it’s constantly losing energy. One thing that can help increase energy efficient is to have your installer add two inches of foam insulation around the storage tank.

As for price, there’s not a big difference for gas versus electric water heaters. Just remember that over time, you’ll be paying more on your utility bill if you go with electric. Depending on water quality and maintenance, electric water heaters tend to last a bit longer, so at least you won’t be paying for a replacement quite as soon as a gas unit.

If you’re swayed towards gas versus electric water heaters, the ultimate deciding factor may be whether or not you already have a gas line in your house. Installing one, along with a vent for exhaust heat, can be more expensive than it may be worth.

Options Beyond Gas or Electric Tank Units
In the United States, whether electric or gas, most homes have a storage tank type of water heater, which stores 20-100 gallons of water hot and is ready to be used at any time. It makes a lot of water available, but it you need to factor in that recovery time.

A more high-efficiency gas heater option is a unit with a condensing boiler. It uses heat from the exhaust gasses to pre-heat cold water coming into the tank. This can give you a 20% increase in efficiency over traditional gas storage units. The biggest obstacle is that condensing units are more expensive to buy.

You could also look into an electric water heater that uses a heat pump, which takes heat from the surrounding air to heat the water. And it comes with electric resistance elements to provide backup heating when needed. These heat pumps are highly efficient, but also a bit spendy.

One final option is the tankless water heater, which you’ve probably heard a lot about. It heats water on-demand, without wasting energy continually keeping water hot in a giant tank. While the premise sounds great, there are a few cons for this one, including having enough voltage to power the electric models and proper venting for gas units. And of course, they also cost more.

If you’re looking to replace your water heater, it helps to do research and compare gas versus electric water heaters – as well as other options if you have a few extra dollars in your budget. Whether you live in Arvada or the metro Denver area, Honest Plumbing can help you make the right choice for your needs and provide professional installation. Contact us today to get started.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Water Leak Repair

A water leak can cause major damage to you home. At Honest Plumbing, we know that a plumbing problem can be frustrating and not something the average person has experience with. If you need water leak repair, give us a call today.

It’s important to find a plumbing business you can trust for your water leak repair. Our professionals provide a full line of plumbing services including, drain cleaning, rooter service, burst pipe repair, sump pump repairs, drain cleaning and more. We have the skill to get the job done right.

We offer good old-fashioned customer service and straight-forward pricing. No matter what type of plumbing issue you have, don’t wait; when you need water leak repair give us a call or visit us online today.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sink Faucet Leak

A drippy faucet can drive you crazy. If you have a sink faucet leak, it’s important to call a plumbing company you can trust to provide quality service at affordable prices. Honest Plumbing has been providing plumbing services for Denver and metro area for over 17 years. When you have a sink faucet leak, call us today.

Plumbing issues can be frustrating to deal with, so it’s important to choose the right plumbing company. We have a full line of plumbing services including, drain cleaning, rooter service, sump pump repairs, burst pipe repair, drain cleaning and more. We also offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service for your convenience.

Whether it’s a toilet repair, backed up drain or sink faucet leak, our technicians can handle it. It’s important to us to make sure your plumbing issue is handled right. When you have a sink faucet leak, we are the company you need to call.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Water Heater Repair

At Honest Plumbing, we care about our customers. No matter what type of plumbing problem you have we can help. We provide a full line of plumbing services including, drain cleaning, burst pipe repair, rooter service, sump pump repairs and more. If you are looking for water heater repair, we are the ones to call.

There are many plumbing problems that can occur in your home or business. Water heater failure, clogged pipes, septic problems, leaky toilets and broken garbage disposals are all issues our experts can handle. We are the ones to call when you need water heater repair.

For over 17 years, we have provided services for Denver and the metro area. We are proud to offer good old-fashioned customer service and straight-forward pricing. When your water heater is acting up call us for water heater repair you can trust at prices you can afford.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gas Water Heater Repair

Whether it’s your home or office, you can have problems with your gas water heater, clogged pipes, and septic problems to name a few. Honest Plumbing provides a full line of plumbing services including, rooter service, drain cleaning, burst pipe repair, sump pump repairs and more. If your gas water heater needs repair, we have the experience to help.

Our technicians offer fast, dependable service on all major brands including gas water heaters, tank-less water heaters, electric water heaters and propane water heaters. We also offer 24-hour emergency service for residential and commercial customers.

No matter what type of plumbing problem you have, our technicians are fully trained to handle the toughest situations. Don’t wait! When you need a gas water heater repair call or visit us online for more information.

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