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Jan13

4 Tips to Avoid a Costly Winter Plumbing Leak

4 Tips to Avoid a Costly Winter Plumbing Leak

Once the air temperature drops below freezing, pipes in unheated spaces may freeze. Standing water left in the pipes will freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst and flood your home. Damage from frozen or burst pipes can cost thousands of dollars in water damage to your home.

Prepare your plumbing in advance to avoid a costly disaster this winter season.

Insulate pipes

Pipes in unheated spaces such as the garage, attic, and basement are more prone to freezing and bursting. Luckily, preventing freezing pipes can be as easy as installing fiberglass or foam insulation.

Pipe insulation will not prevent your pipes from freezing, it can also improve the life and performance of your plumbing.  

If your home’s plumbing system is not properly insulated, have it wrapped with insulation to keep the pipes warm.

Disconnect water hoses outside your home

As mentioned above, water inside the pipes may freeze and expand during a cold snap. As such, winterizing your outdoor garden hose is a wise move. 

Most exterior faucets have a separate shutoff valve. Locate the shut-off valve and turn it off. Go outside and open the faucet. Drain any water out of the pipe. Let the water run until it is fully drained. Drain the hose entirely of water and store it inside the house.

Keep the heat on

Energy bills rise during the winter. Some people turn the thermostat down in the hopes of saving energy. Saving energy is good. But before you go crazy with turning the thermostat really low, you also have to think about your pipes.

Turning the heat too low increases the risk of frozen and ruptured pipes. Be sure to keep the heat on and set the thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and prevent water inside from freezing. 

It is also a good idea to leave the cabinet doors under the kitchen sink open, so the air can warm the pipes.

Know where your home’s main water valve is

In case of a major incident such a frozen pipe that has burst, you need to shut off water supply to your entire home. Everyone in your home should know where the main shutoff valve is located, and how to turn it off in case of emergency. This is the best protection against a catastrophic water damage.

Dec18

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home This Winter

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home This Winter

Water damage is a Colorado homeowner’s worse nightmare.  Whether it comes from a leaky pipe, malfunctioning appliance, burst pipe or a devastating storm, just the thought of water flooding your home is enough to make a homeowner shudder. Luckily, it can be prevented.

Use these tips to minimize the risk of flooding or water damage to your Denver Colorado home this winter.

Prevent frozen pipes

Frozen pipes are no fun. They can cost thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention the risk of mold and microbial growth

Pipes in crawl spaces, attics and outside walls are vulnerable to freezing and bursting during the winter months. Water freezes and expands when the temperatures dip below freezing. Since the pipes are rigid, they are likely to burst when there’s too much expansion.

Insulate the pipes that are exposed to cold air. Make sure all the pipes, including the corners and elbows are protected. Also, keep the faucet open during extreme cold weather to release pressure moving down the pipe. This can help reduce the risk of bursting due to frozen pipes. If you are going on vacation, and the weather is very cold outside, we recommend that you leave the heat on in your home.

Check your water heater

Water heaters have an average lifespan of about 8 to 12 years. But if not properly cared for, sediments can build up inside the tank and corrode. Eventually, this may cause your water heater to leak or overflow.

A leaking water heater can cause massive damage. To prevent this from happening, check your water heater periodically for pooling water on the stand it rests on or on the top of the tank. Also, check for moisture surrounding the plumbing connections.

Clean gutters

Cleaning gutters is an easy job to put off. What people fail to realize is that this simple task can actually prevent future water damage.

Your gutter works by directing water away from your home’s foundation. But if there’s a build up of debris in your gutter, it might not be able to do its job properly. As a result, water may spill through the roof, into your foundation and down to your basement.

Aug08

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Home Inspection

So, you have found the house of your dreams. The seller has accepted your offer. You’re eager to shop for new furnitures and move into your new house. Not so fast. Before you sign on the dotted line, you want to make sure that the house meets your expectations. The house may look great, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s in pristine condition.

A house can cost a fortune. As such, most buyers are looking for ways to save money. Often, they would skip the home inspection in an attempt to cut cost. When making the biggest purchases of your life, you want to make sure that the property you’re eyeing on is worth investing on. Don’t be tempted to waive the home inspection.

Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t skip a home inspection.

Reveal the big picture

A home inspection is one of the most important steps you need to take when buying a house. A professional inspector will help you determine the condition of the house and minor and major issues, as well as potential problems you may have to face later on.

You need to know what you’re getting into before making a final decision. The home inspection will give you more information about the property you’re interested in and help you make a more informed buying decision.

Negotiating tool

Fixing and repairing issues in the house is not only costly, it can also be stressful. If the home inspection report comes back with a list of major issues, you can either ask the seller to address these issues before closing or negotiate a lower price.

Peace of mind

A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. Unlike clothes, shoes, and bags, you can’t ask for a refund if you decide later on that you’re not happy with your purchase. Once you have closed on the property, there is no turning back.

Before you sign on the dotted line, you want to make sure that the house you’re interested in is in great shape. The only way to find out is through a home inspection. Knowing the actual condition of the property, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your future home is in good condition, and that it’s a good investment. It is worth the extra cost when you’re making the biggest purchases of your life.

It provides an out

Fixing and addressing issues in the house can be costly and time consuming. This is especially true when you’re dealing with some major issues such as roof damage, structural damage, mold infestation, and water damage. By learning about the issues present in the house, you can decide whether to push through with the transaction or just back out of the sale.

Jun19

4 Common Problems Found During a Home Inspection

4 Common Problems Found During a Home Inspection

It’s not uncommon for buyers to feel excited and overwhelmed when house hunting. Often, they fall in love with a certain Denver property and will tend to ignore some of the issues that are present in the house. This is where a Denver home inspection comes in.

A home inspection will give you a clear picture of the overall condition of the house. This way, you can make a more informed decision and have peace of mind knowing that the property you’re interested in is good shape.

Here are 4 common problems found during home inspection.

Foundation issues

Many Denver houses sustain foundation damage as a result of poor soil conditions, inferior ground foundation, improper damage, and other causes. No matter what has caused the problem, foundation issues are not something that should be taken lightly. The cost of repairing the damage can cost a fortune. The foundation may also move and shift over time, which is extremely dangerous.

Roof damage

The roof is your first line of defense against rain, wind, sun, and snow. Despite its importance, most Denver homeowners don’t give their roof much thought until something goes wrong.

Although roofs can last for 20 to 30 years, it is important to check on your roof from time to time, especially after a storm. Look out for missing or cracked shingles and fix the problem in the soonest possible time. A Colorado roof replacement is expensive, so keep an eye out when you have the house inspected.

Faulty wiring

Electrical issues are one of the most common problems found during a home inspection. The problem ranges from circuit overload to a circuit breaker tripping frequently to frequent electrical surges. These are serious issues that are frequently linked with house fires.

Plumbing problems

Leaks are the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Often, there will be leaks under the sink or under the toilets. Most homeowners tend to ignore this problem, thinking it is just a minor issue. But if left unaddressed, this may lead to a bigger, more complicated problem that will require costly repairs.

A simple leak, for instance, may lead to water damage and a mold problem. These issues will not only cause structural damage, it can also pose a threat to the health of the homes inhabitants.

 

Apr03

4 Most Common Home Inspection Issues

Buying a house can be an exciting time for potential buyers. They would attend open houses and look at dozens and dozens of properties during the weekend in the hopes of finding their dream home.

Features such as hardwood floors, granite countertops, and up-to-date kitchen appliances are just some of the features buyers want in a home. In order to make the most of your investment, you should start looking beyond the physical appearance of the property. You don’t just want a lovely house, you want a house that is in tip-top shape and will last for a very long time. This is where home inspection comes in handy.