What Are You Doing to Prevent Frozen Pipes?

October 22nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIf you’ve lived in the Espanola area for even just a year, then you know we’re notorious for our hot summers, one of which we’re just now coming out of and greeting cooler temperatures with joy. Of course, if you’re an Espanola resident you also know that our mild temperatures don’t last long. We go from one extreme to the other pretty quickly!

This means that you need to move fast in order to protect and prepare your home before winter arrives. Are drafty doors going to allow warm air to escape from your home? How’s your indoor air quality—could you use a dehumidifier this winter? And last but absolutely not least, is your plumbing prepared for the season? Just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F temperatures can result in frozen pipes, which is a much bigger deal than you may realize. (more…)

Tips for Detecting a Plumbing Leak

July 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around leakA plumbing leak is, without argument, one of the biggest enemies of pipes everywhere. What is it about a leak that makes it so frustrating? Well, for starters, even a seemingly “minor” leak like dripping faucets can waste a huge amount of water over time, resulting in higher than average water bills for you, for water you aren’t even using. These minor problems can trick you into thinking it’s no big deal, until you notice the cost of wasted water starting to add up.

More severe leaks can waste even more water, naturally, and do extensive damage to your property. And since most leaks develop in walls or beneath floors and above ceilings, they can go on for quite some time before becoming noticeable—after all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Professional leak detection from a trained and experienced plumber in Santa Fe, NM is vital to pinpointing the exact location of your leak and repairing it. In the meantime, though, we’ve provided some tips below on how you can spot an issue on your own. (more…)

What to Do About a Running Toilet

July 2nd, 2018

toilet in bathroomWe’d say, “you better go catch it,” but clearly that is not a helpful tip.

Rather, a running toilet is an annoying problem. While it’s not necessarily a catastrophe, it is a nuisance to listen to and impedes the power of your toilet’s flush. Additionally, it will reflect on your monthly water bill that you are using more water—even though you aren’t.

As soon as you notice your toilet won’t stop running, it’s time to call for a plumber in Santa Fe, NM. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons why this might be happening, below. (more…)

Should You Hire a Professional for Your Plumbing Needs?

January 1st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to household appliances or systems that get taken for granted, your plumbing system likely tops the list. It’s rare that we think much of the pipes running through our walls and under our property—until something goes wrong, anyway, and we find ourselves in need of a professional Espanola, NM plumber.

But do you really need a professional? Well, yes—and for more than just repairs. Whether you’re having a home built, adding on to your existing plumbing system, or want to explore your water treatment options, there are a number of plumbing installation jobs you need a pro for. But why? (more…)

Should You Hire a Plumber to Test Your Water?

December 4th, 2017

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapMost homeowners trust that any water treated by the local municipal treatment system is safe to drink—and for the most part you can rely on that. After all, it goes through a rigorous process of testing, filtration, and treatment. However, there are still contaminants that can get in, especially when you consider how far the water has to travel from the municipal supply to your home.

Additionally, you may not like the fact that certain properties are added to the water during the purification process. Small percentages of lead and other pollutants may even be permissible when the city’s water is tested. So, how do you know when your water is safe to drink or if you should be contacting an Espanola, NM plumber for water testing? (more…)

The Holidays Are Coming! Protect Your Plumbing

November 20th, 2017

hands washing head of lettuce in kitchen sinkThe official start of what’s widely known as the holiday season—starting with Thanksgiving Day—is upon us! That means that now is the perfect time to start preparing your home. For many, that means getting decorations up, protecting their pipes from freezing temperatures, and scheduling heater maintenance. These last two points are certainly factors for you to consider, but there’s another part of your plumbing that needs special attention during this time of year.

We’re talking about your sinks, drains, and garbage disposal. The holidays bring about increased guests in your household. This also means an increased use of your plumbing system. Our Santa Fe, NM plumbers are here to help! Plumbing maintenance is the first step in preparing your plumbing system for the holiday season. Keep reading to learn about some other precautions you should take. (more…)