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...