How do I?
Avoid frozen pipes
Cold weather can equal frozen pipes. Here are few tips for when temperatures drop below zero:
- Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall of the house. This small amount of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.
- Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees.
- Insulate pipes in your home's crawl space and attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulation, heat tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can help.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located (e.g. electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes).
- Disconnect garden hoses.
If you are completely out of water after trying these steps, call us at 720-733-6000.
Identify and fix common toilet leaks
Toilet leaks can waste as much as four to five gallons of water per minute. It can also add up to $100 per month to your water and wastewater bill. Toilet leaks occur in two ways and are often very difficult to detect.
The most common toilet leak and often hardest to detect is caused by a deteriorated or defective flush valve (flapper) ball at the bottom of the toilet tank. If the flapper or ball valve does not seat properly and form a water tight seal, water will leak around it into the toilet bowl. Often, this leak will occur without being heard. View more step-by-step tips on how to fix / detect some common toilet leaks.
Resolve pressure issues
|We offer this basic information on pressure issues, every situation is different
and it is by no means professional plumbing advice.
Here is a photograph of the typical water main / meter stack installation. Yours
may look different, depending on the type of installation. Your water meter may
also be located in a pit in the front yard. These stacks are typically located in the basement.
|1. Check the shut-off valves|
|2. Check your pressure at an outside hose bib
Next check your house's water pressure. Make sure there is no water being used in the house or with the irrigation system. Thread, like you would
a garden hose, a pressure gauge (this can be purchased at home
improvement stores for lessthan $15) onto your outside hose bib, and
then turn the faucet on all the way.
|3. Adjusting a pressure regulating valve (PRV)|