Seasonal changes are significant to all of us. As the nights grow shorter or longer, as the weather gets colder or warmer, our behaviour changes. Your home is no different as the elements that the property is up against will change and the way your home needs to respond to it will be important.

But your home isn’t able to adjust without your help and when the winter comes, the water systems in your home will need some extra attention.

Let’s look at how you can easily prepare your home plumbing for the cold winter months or get it ready quickly if you need to.


Check for leaks

Leaks happen! (We should create a bumper sticker with that on!) Leaks do happen but it’s important to fix them when you spot them. A leaking tap will not only cause valuable water to be wasted, but in the winter months, you could create your very own ice rink.

What’s worse is a leaking outdoor faucet (also known as spigots or hose bibs) can do more harm instead, than out. The water from the dripping or leaking can freeze and then work its way back through the pipe. Freezing water expands, and whether your pipe is made from plastic or copper, this means cracks – and that can cause big issues in the big thaw and when you use the pipes.

Check for leaks and call us if you spot any that need emergency repair.


Turn off outside water supplies

Some of your outside plumbing won’t be used in the winter, so it makes no sense to leave them in live operation. The thing to do is isolate the supply and leave them that way until the spring comes back around.

To do this, shut off the supply inside the property at the stop valve and then empty the pipe or hose by running the tap until dry.

This will remove all the standing water in the pipe or hose and stop the risk of the water inside it freezing, expanding, and causing you more issues.


Remove hoses and outside summer features

Some outside features can simply be removed and stored until the warmer weather comes back. Garden hoses, fountains, sprinklers, and similar are best off drained and dried and then popped into the garage and stored dry until you need them again.

Leaving these outside for the colder weather to take hold will destroy them. Even if you’re going to use the hose in the winter to wash off the truck or clean the dog, it’s recommended that you store it inside between uses.


Cover your outdoor faucet

Some items can’t be removed though, your outside faucet is one of those. The simplest and most proven tip here is to head to your local hardware store and buy a faucet cover. This material is insulated and will keep the faucet from freezing.

Measure up your faucet and get a ‘sleeve’ that fits over the faucet like a coat, keeping your water supplier safe from freezing and cracking during those cold months.


Clear the debris from fall

One other area that can cause issues if not well-maintained is the debris from fall. As the seasons change, the leaves shed, and the wildlife moves a lot of it about, causing leaves and twigs to find their way into your home and garage.

Drains and gutters in particular may well be covered and struggling to drain correctly due to debris. The snow and the extra rain will spell disaster for your drainage and could cause other issues like broken or cracked gutters, or damp on the walls from water falling in contact with the exterior wall.


Get ready – winter holds no prisoners!

The harsh winter in Colorado isn’t forgiving, but it is expected. Planning ahead, even with some simple tips like these will put your home in a better place to battle through the colder times.

If you spot an issue earlier, it’s usually easier and cheaper to fix.

Need help with your plumbing or drainage? Give us a call now and we’ll arrange an inspection.

During the colder months, your property – at home or work – will go through some challenges due to the drop in temperatures. Pipes and water are a big issue and unlike much of your property, when you have a problem with your water works, it can be catastrophic.

Water in a property is a real worry and it can cause a lot of damage, so it pays to know and understand how to keep them working well and give them the best chance to stay in a good condition.

Burst pipes are nearly always avoidable, with a few exceptions, so read on and get to grips with those silent but essential veins in your property.

There are four main causes to a burst pipe. These are:

Understanding these four main areas will go a long way to protecting your pipes from issues, so let’s go into them in more detail, explain why they’re a cause of problems, and explore what preventative actions you can take.


Frozen Pipes

The obvious issue is the temperature change and you’re most likely aware of this threat to your pipes.

But why does the cold weather cause pipes to burst? Well, it all comes down to science.

Although a lot of nature actually shrinks in the cold, ice naturally has more volume than water and of course when water freezes this means it takes on a larger shape and requires more room. When water freezes it expands, and when the water is inside the pipe, it increases the pressure – which can lead to cracks and then leaks when the water defrosts.

Preventing frozen pipes:


Moving Pipes

Quite clearly, pipes are best left alone as movement can affect their joints and joins and the junctions that will have been put in place to allow them to navigate around your property. Movements in pipes can give your joints just enough room to crack and shift the fitting and this is clearly not ideal.

Preventing moving pipes:


Water Pressure

The pressure that goes through your pipes will put a lot of strain on them should it increase for any reason. This can happen during big thaws in the main sewer lines, for example. In your property it’s not that common to experience it in the main water supply, but it’s worth knowing the tell-tale signs.

Water pressure signs:


Pipes should last a very long time but as with everything, there will be a time when they need to be replaced. Water flowing through pipes will rarely cause corrosion, but a change in the PH level can, over time, cause them to corrode and that will lead to issues like rust.

This is tough to spot, but older pipes can show signs of leaks and corrosion with a telling green water mark running down the pipes – and of course rust on the joints may indicate you have an issue.

The best advice here is to have an expert check over your pipes as moving them and poking about can often cause problems that you don’t already have.


Call the experts

Concerned that your Colorado property isn’t winter ready? Why not book an inspection now and put your mind at ease? We can cover all areas of your plumbing from taps to septic tanks. Contact us right now.

Knowing what’s going on in your pipes might not be keeping you awake at night, but when you have a problem, it will.

Plumbing and water in particular is a real worry for property owners when things aren’t right. Flooding or backed-up sewage is certainly on the list of things you’d rather never have to fix.

CCTV pipe inspections can help you see the unseen by gently entering the pipes without causing any damage, giving you a real-time view of the world underground.

For the most part, this gives us (the pipe experts) and you (the property owner) a clear view and an idea of what needs to be done, if anything.

But when should you have a pipe inspection and what are the triggers to get one booked?


You think you have a problem

If you think there’s an issue with your pipes and that something isn’t quite right then a CCTV pipe inspection is a good idea. Pipes are hidden underground and although this is ideal for the majority of their lives, it does mean you can’t truly see what’s going on and what the problem is.

Getting down and into the pipes is the only way.

If you’ve spotted any of these common sewage problems with your plumbing system, then a CCTV inspection is a good idea.


You have a problem

If you know you have a problem then a CCTV pipe inspection is still a good idea, even if you know what the problem is. You probably don’t know exactly where it is. Most of the time an inspection will eliminate unnecessary excavation and work as you’ll know precisely what the issue is rather than working on guesswork.

A CCTV view will give you the right data and then – with expert help – the right solution!


You’d like to know what’s going on

There are times when you might like to know what’s happening in your pipes, what state they’re in, and maybe if you need any work ahead of seeing those early warning signs.

A CCTV pipe survey is only as good as the most recent one you had, as your pipes are subject to change. Bacteria grows, sludge builds up, tree roots grow.

You might simply want some peace of mind and feel that booking a CCTV pipe inspection for your Colorado home is just a sensible thing to do to give you an update and overview of your underground system.


You’re buying or selling your property

Moving in or out? You might benefit from an inspection just to make sure everything is as it should be.

This is especially true if you’re buying the property. Think about your current home. You know it well. You know each and every creaky board, the window that sticks and how to fix it, and you know if you had a tree root grow into your sewage main line a few years ago.

If you’re buying, you rarely know this information.

So why not obtain it? And if you’re selling, why not obtain it and supply it to your buyers, for their peace of mind, satisfaction, and trust.

It’s far better to have a clear view on your plumbing just as you would your electrics and building foundations. At the end of the day, the plumbing needs to work effectively and is an essential part of any property.


When it’s your responsibility

There will come a time when the city or state will ask you to check on your plumbing and sewage works for whatever reason. It’s your responsibility as the homeowner to fix and repair broken sewer lines that travel from your property to the main municipal line.

If you ever get a notification in the mail from the city asking you to inspect and check your pipes then you need to arrange it as soon as possible. A CCTV inspection will ensure you have all the answers and proof you need.


CCTV pipe inspections… the eyes beneath the ground

You might even feel that an annual look into the system is a good idea just for peace of mind or simply use the service when you feel you have a few warning signs starting to show.

CCTV will inspect your pipes without causing any damage or disruption, and give us and you the best idea of what to do next.

If you feel you need a better view of what’s going on in your drainage and sewage system then contact us now and we’ll arrange a visit.

Everything in your home that uses water is linked to the drainage system and then into the main sewer line. This includes your sinks, toilets, bath, shower, washing machine, and even your dishwasher.

Washing the dishes is a job best left to the machine but there’s always the chance that the dishwasher could be adding to a sewer or drainage problem.

The main thing to focus on and make sure you do before loading the dishwasher is that the washing works better without food pieces on the plates and other items. Use the garbage disposal or the trash can for the food waste, not the dishwasher. Lazy loading with really dirty plates won’t give you great results and it just forces food waste and grease in your plumbing and drainage. This will lead to problems in the future.

There are some early warning signs that your dishwasher is getting blocked and not working as efficiently as it could, and here they are:


Dirty dishes

The easy spot is the result of the wash. If your dishes are still dirty or not as clean as you’d expect, there’s something wrong. After checking that the salt and rinsing detergent are topped up, you might want to check the water is filling and draining correctly.

You dishwasher might not have filled with water because you have a clog in your main or kitchen line. Get it checked out before it gets worse.


Gasping and gurgling

Sounds and smells from any of your drainage or sewage lines are a bad sign. It’s not always catastrophic but you’re highly recommended to act quickly if you see, smell, or hear something unusual.

If you do hear an unusual gurgling coming from your drains, it’s likely an indication that you have water trying hard to push through a blockage.

Clogs can appear anywhere in your drainage system and could be as far as the main sewer line, but they won’t get better on their own. Hear some gurgling from your dishwasher? Get it checked out right away.


Slow-flowing waste water

Not always easy to spot this one, but if your dishwasher is draining slowly or the sink next to it (which is usually using the same drainage pipe) is draining slow, you might have a clog nearby.

Slow draining water is a key indicator that you have something blocking the pipes and with the sink or dishwasher it’s usually some grease build-up or food waste stuck. A quick plunger to the drain hole for either the sink or dish washer can help, but get it plunged or checked to halt the problem from getting worse.


Water backed-up

Just as above, that link between the dishwasher and the sink can often cause more obvious problems. If your dishwasher goes into its drainage cycle and the water backs up into your sink, then you have a clear clog.

If the water has nowhere to go but up, there’s a block. Check your U-bend and drainage further down. If the dishwasher is pushing waste water, again there’s a clog somewhere. It might be a simple plunger job, or a job for an expert like us. Whichever it is – get on it fast!


Water waiting

After a cycle your dishwasher should be empty. You should have clean plates, pots, pans, and cutlery and you shouldn’t see water in the bottom of the machine. If you do, you have a drainage issue and you’ll probably also have a poor finish on your dishes.

Good drainage is essential to the quality of your wash and water waiting for you when you open the door of a completed wash is a sign you need a plumbing inspection. Try cleaning out the drainage trap (a weekly job really) and a quick plunge to see if you can shift the water.

If not, you have a problem further down and you might need to call us.


Be gentle with your dishwasher…

Don’t overload you dishwasher with food waste. Scrape and rinse your dirty plates and pots in the garbage disposal or trash before you run a wash. Food and grease don’t get on well with plumbing and a simple clean before you put them in will save you future problems.

Got a problem with your Colorado plumbing? Contact us now and we’ll help you get back in the flow!


Fall in Colorado can bring the most amazing sights. As the season changes and the trees and shrubs get ready for a long winter, we’re treated to a real fest for the eyes. There are some stunning places you can go to view the amazing colors of nature (here are some of them). If you’ve not been to them all, we recommend that you check them out this fall.

With the change in seasons comes some potential plumbing problems that you should be aware of and looking out for. Here’s a quick checklist for Colorado fall this year…


Check outdoor faucets – common warning signs

Your outdoor faucet has been incredibly useful in the summer months for washing the car, the yard, or the driveway. You probably used it to keep the plants watered or to top up the pool. Come fall though, those colder nights and mornings are just the starts of a long cooler period, and you’d do well to spot and fix any problems as early as you can.

Here are some key things to check before the cold nights draw in:

Make sure the water is flowing freely. Watching for free-flowing water is a good bit of spot checking to see if you have any cracked pipes. Drips or stutters when you turn the tap could indicate an issue as the winter sets in. This crack could get worse when water freezes so get it fixed now if it needs it.

Check the pressure. Poor water pressure also indicates a blockage or crack in your pipe. If you notice that that water pressure is different some days and better on others, then it’s worth getting your pipes inspected.

Protect your faucet from winter. We know it’s only fall, but as the season changes it’s a good time to get some protection on your faucet to stop the winter freeze catching it and causing ice to form inside and crack the pipework. Planning ahead will help you to avoid most problems with your outside plumbing. Leaving it later costs more and is more hassle.


Inspect your drains

As the leaves start to fall and the world around you puts on its stunning color display, you need to be extra cautious where those leaves land. Blocked drains often happen because of natural products outside your property landing in the drain cover and then disintegrating and falling into the drain.

Keeping on top of this is important and probably a quick weekend job for you.

Other things to look out for are animals and particularly birds as they get ready for the colder winter. Twigs and other debris from nests will be carried through the air and as the wind sets in, the natural resting place can be your drain as it offers some shelter from the wind brushing just inches above it.

Further down in your drains is the ever-present threat from tree roots. Having an annual CCTV pipe inspection is a great idea and will make sure that that tree in your front yard isn’t searching for water from your drains and sewer.


Maintain your septic tank

Your septic tank needs an inspection each year if you’re looking to have a working system that doesn’t let you down. Most problems with septic tanks can be avoided if you stay on top of the maintenance and deal with any potential problems as they arise.

You should aim to pump out your system every 2-3 years and a regular yearly inspection will help you gauge this better. Misuse and lack of maintenance are right up there with the main reasons for a septic tank to go wrong which you really don’t want. So look after it and give it some attention before the weather takes a turn.

How will you know whether you have an issue with your tank?

Hare three signs to look out for:

Find out more about septic tanks, here.


Get ready for the beautiful colors and the change of weather…

Fall brings many stunning changes to your environment – just don’t let it ruin your home and allow it to block or freeze your outside plumbing. Some carefully planned maintenance and an annual maintenance visit from us can spot problems like tree roots, cracked pipes, and blocked septic tanks.

All of these are better when spotted and treated early so act fast to be ahead of the game this fall.

Need a visit? Contact us now and we’ll arrange an expert to visit you.