90-Year-Old Plumber? What’s Wrong With That?

Herb Hohengasser doesn’t know what it means to retire. Who is he? He’s a 90-year-old plumber and gas inspector in Deerfield, NH. At 90, he is one of the oldest plumbers in the U.S. As the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports, Hohengasser is technically retired, but he still inspects on average five to 10 buildings per week and continues to plumb. In the 1950s, Herb joined the Franklin County Master Plumbers Association, which is now composed of dozens of plumbers. He worked under the organization’s founder before becoming a self-employed plumber in 1965. Why does he continue to work at 90? “It gets me out of the house,” he says. His friends/co-workers call him a “wealth of information.” After all, you’d probably learn a thing or two in 60+ years! Did you know APEX Plumbing has been around for 32 years? Not quite as impressive as Herb Hohengasser, but we’d like to think we too have learned a few things in the last three decades. Unlike Herb, we specialize in underground plumbing and have become the premier wet utilities contractor in the Denver Metro area. Having performed tens of thousands of water and sewer line installations, repairs, and replacements, we believe we can answer any question about wet utilities that is thrown our way. Like Herb, we too are considered a wealth of information by plumbers, homeowners, realtors, municipalities, and contractors. In fact, we offer free presentations that explain the process of working on underground utilities, how to evaluate a sewer line video, the important questions to ask before beginning a project, and much more. And coming soon, we will...

World Kindness Day

Did you know that today, November 13th, is World Kindness Day? It is a day to focus on the kindnesses that have been shown to you and to think of how you can spread that kindness to others. The day came about through the organization known as the “World Kindness Movement” (WKM). On November 13, 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, the organization was formed when Japan brought together like-minded kindness organizations from around the world for the first time. As their website states, “WKM is now recognized as the peak global body for Kindness and whilst not a governing body it is a platform for collaboration and sharing.” Now, there are over 28 nations involved in the movement! Today is a day where we can focus on doing random acts of kindness for others, regardless of the appreciation or anything else we may get in return. One great article gives some suggestions for how you can do this including calling a loved one, giving someone a nice note, adopting a pet, donate some money, give someone a compliment and more. Here at APEX Plumbing, we are always looking to show kindness to others and to demonstrate our appreciation for the kindness that has been shown to us. Whether it is donating our time and money to help out the community or keeping our prices at wholesale to give each customer the best bang for the buck, we strive to be a kind company. We also believe in showing kindness through our excellent customer service. Our receptionists seek to brighten your day and our estimators work hard to give you the...

Old Faithful’s Underground Plumbing

Old Faithful’s Underground Plumbing                         If you’ve ever been through Montana, you’ve probably stopped by Yellowstone National Park and seen the beautiful mountains and various wild animals. More than scenery and animals, if there’s one thing the park is known for it’s their geysers, specifically Old Faithful. Called Old Faithful due to its eruptions at regular intervals, this geyser can shoot anywhere from 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water to a height of up to 185 feet. Eruptions can last from 1.5 to 5 minutes.[1] This is an unbelievable natural wonder, but have you ever wondered how it works? Where does the water come from? What exactly is going on underground that would cause 8,400 gallons of water to burst from the ground with such force? For the first time ever, scientists from the U.S. and Denmark are looking to map out the plumbing system under the geyser to see how it works. Starting this month, scientists will conduct helicopter flights over Old Faithful. According to the Denver Post, the helicopter will have a giant electromagnetic system attached to the bottom that will essentially x-ray the ground to determine where and how hot water flows beneath the surface.[2] This survey of the hydrothermal plumbing could help us understand natural underground plumbing better than ever before. Of course, when it comes to the underground plumbing leading up to and below your house or business, APEX already understands how it works. We do know what is underneath and we are very aware of the inner workings having been in...

The Major Lead Water Line Problem in Denver and How APEX Can Help

  Join APEX and Denver Water in Replacing Every Lead Water Line in Denver!   A National Problem Did you know it’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week? October 22-28 is a week dedicated to informing the public of the harmful effects of lead in drinking water and reducing childhood exposure. Led by the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. government is attempting to make all Americans aware of this issue. On a local level, Denver Water is taking steps to remove every lead water line in the Denver Metro area. Even though their water supplies do not contain any lead, Denver Water has estimated there are as many as 58,000 lead service lines remaining throughout their service area that may contaminate their clean water with lead particles. This is a massive project, but to manage it Denver Water has established its own lead reduction program that is spearheading the efforts to remove lead water lines. They are offering free lead tests and educational materials for customers and are urging people to be proactive about this problem. A Local Solution As a locally owned business for 32 years, APEX Plumbing shares Denver Water’s zeal in ensuring the people of Denver’s health and safety. Having replaced thousands of water lines over those years, we are amply experienced and equipped to remove and replace your lead water line, often times within one day. We use a safer and much more reliable material, copper, to replace your lead, and we stand behind every one of our jobs with our 5-year unconditional warranty....

Ancient Rome’s Lead Problem and Its Meaning Today

Rome’s Plumbing Issues: Did you know that the mass system of underground pipes that run into just about every building, home, and establishment in the U.S. was once considered a sign of prosperity? Though they weren’t the first to have plumbing, the ancient Romans excelled in their intricate pipe systems that brought running water into homes, bath houses, and the popular town squares with their fountains. It took years to build the aqueducts and underground pipes that archeologists are still finding today. But more importantly, it took money. In war times and poor times, funds were lacking to repair many cities’ infrastructures including the plumbing and aqueducts, so there was a lack of societal progress. Recent discoveries have allowed us to understand this better through the Romans’ use of lead pipes. During their wealthier periods when new pipes were installed and old ones replaced, large lead particles would float through the water and eventually come out into the Tiber River. This water would soak the surrounding areas leaving large residues of lead. However, in poorer times, pipes were not kept up to date or replaced so the pipes began to be worn down. This resulted in a less visible presence of lead in the surrounding soil due to the lack of large particles from the new pipes. Wealthier times: updated plumbing and more lead residue. Poorer times: dilapidated or non-existent plumbing and less lead residue. See, the use of these certain pipes for underground plumbing has allowed archeologists to determine the rich and poor periods of Rome’s amazing history by examining the lead in certain layers of ground. Who...

Super APEX World? APEX Plumbing’s Similarities to the One-and-Only Mario

What Happened to Mario? Earlier last month, the internet was shocked to learn that Nintendo’s beloved character, Mario, is no longer a plumber. Though he was originally created as a carpenter and has worked as a doctor, everyone knew Mario and his brother, Luigi, were plumbers. After all, Super Mario Bros. was a game based around two men going underground to take care of things coming out of pipes. As a company who specializes in underground pipe work and who works hard to make sure bad things don’t come out of your pipes, we feel a certain connection to the mustachioed man. In fact, we believe there are multiple similarities between APEX and Mario. APEX and Mario First, Nintendo’s smash hit, Super Mario Bros., was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985, the same year APEX Plumbing was started. That means we have both been around for over three decades and serving our respective markets! Second, though we can’t quite compete with bringing happiness to millions of people across the world, we at APEX strive to ensure that we bring happiness and satisfaction to each of our 1,500+ customers a year through our top-quality work from start to finish. We are so confident in our work and your satisfaction that we offer a 5-year warranty on every job. Third, though the goal of our work is not to save a princess, we do work hard to save you money, time, and headaches that come along with less experienced companies trying to repair or replace your sewer or water lines. APEX is considered a turn-key solution meaning...

Why You Need to Swap Out Your Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized Water Lines Attached below is a very informative article from a plumbing company in Chicago regarding replacing galvanized water pipes. For homes built pre-1970, this type of pipe was standard. However, as time passes, galvanized pipe will corrode, causing murky water, low water pressure, pipe leaks and more. In determining whether you have galvanized pipe, the article gives the following explanation, “When first installed, galvanized pipe looks similar to a nickel in color. But as it ages, galvanized pipe may appear much duller, lighter, or darker, depending on its environment. We’ve also seen homes where the water pipes have been painted, so it can be difficult to tell at first glance.”   Lead Water Lines The company’s blog post also discusses lead water lines. This type of pipe often installed before 1970 has been in the news lately due to a growing awareness of the health risks posed by lead in drinking water. APEX Plumbing specializes in the installation, repair, and replacement of water lines. We have helped hundreds of families in the Denver area stay safe from the dangerous effects of lead pipes. The Denver Water Department has mailed hundreds of letters to homeowners asking them to have their houses inspected for lead pipes. A program is currently underway in the City of Aurora to identify and replace lead water lines. If you have been contacted and it has been determined that you have pipes that need to be replaced, give us a call at (303) 215-1348. We specialize in underground “wet” utilities and can provide solutions for aging – and potentially dangerous – plumbing problems. Cick...

Denver Detects Lead in Tapwater

Water officials in Denver have cautioned families to run their water before using it. A recent test by Denver Water indicated that the drinking water in one of eight homes may be contaminated with lead. The water company took samples from Denver tap water at 60 homes and determined that the lead concentrations exceeded Environmental Protection Agency standards. The EPA has set a lead limit for safe drinking water at 15 parts per billion. The tests showed that the lead concentration exceeded that standard by nearly four times the safe level. This excessive lead level is now present in 13 percent of Denver homes. That’s up from eight percent in 2011. This is the highest amount recorded in 12 years, according to Denver Water. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment director of disease control and environmental epidemiology, Dr. Lisa Miller, urged residents to take proactive steps to minimize lead levels. The best action to reduce lead levels is to run the tap water for a minute or so to clear the waterlines. Another proactive step is to mount a water filter that will catch contaminants. The best solution, though, is to replace the old lead pipes that deliver water to the home. That replacement is the responsibility of the owner of the home. Lead contaminates water as the lead pipes grow old and flakes of lead fall off. This lead leeches into the water and comes out of the tap. Running the tap before using the water will flush the lead particles out of the pipe. The homes most affected appear to be those built in the mid-1950s and...

Tricks On How To Do Plumbing Right

Once in a while, everyone has a question about plumbing. We all want to learn how to maintain plumbing systems and fix problems. These tips and hints will give you a little enlightenment on both ends of the spectrum, thus giving you the choice to proceed as you need with your plumbing demands. To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. Obviously, frozen pipes occur due to freezing environmental conditions. It will take a while for the pipes to thaw, leaving you without running water. But, they could also burst, causing a mess and a large repair bill. Wait to give compensation to a plumber until they are finished with their work. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don’t let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he’s finished, and never pay the whole cost before he’s even begun. It is vital that you check your plumber has done all the work he promised before you have over the full payment. This will protect you against being scammed by fraudulent tradesmen. You should regularly check for water damage to your bathroom floor caused by your toilet in order to save money and further complications. Feel the floor around the toilet and check to see if the floor is soft, molded, chipping, etc. Stand over the toilet, then rock it back and forth to see if...
Denver Sewer Repair

Denver Sewer Repair

What is Wrong with your Sewer Line? It is critical to know the specific sewer problems you have at hand before diving into the commencement of work. It is important to understand that there are few instances in which a broken sewer pipe should be spot repaired. Make sure to get an expert analysis to fully understand the problem at hand. Customary Sewer Line Repair Methods Sewer line repair consists of two main ways to achieve access to the damaged pipe area. The “open cut” or “trench” methods are the most common repair options. Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Option Sewer line replacement does not always have to result in destruction of property. The trenchless method furthers quality sewer maintenance, and contributes to a healthier environmental outcome. Pipe Relining Sewer Repair Process Relining a pipe is when you create an additional pipe inside the currently damaged pipe to restore complete function. Epoxy relining materials are applied to the inside of the damaged pipe to create a smooth wall-like surface. Pipe relining mainly focuses on repairing root-damaged pipes, holes, and seal cracks. None of the material used in the relining process is...