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Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips
Conserving water is increasingly important these days. Not only is it important for the environment, but it’s also important for saving money. There are many ways to save or conserve water at home, from not letting the water run while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers to waiting until you have a full load of clothes before running the washing machine. Read below for some more water-conserving tips.

  1. Check all faucets, toilets and showerheads for leaks – You’ll be surprised as to the amount of water that can be wasted even from a small leak.
  2. Insulate your water pipes – It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  3. Install a low-flow showerhead – Low-flow showerheads are a great way to save water and money. These types of showerheads are not expensive and work by delivering fewer gallons per minute (gpm) of water than conventional showerheads. Low-flow showerheads deliver about 1.6 gpm, compared to about 5 gpm of conventional heads.
  4. Install a water-saving toilet – Water-saving toilets use 1-2 gallons per flush instead of 3-5 gallons. Replacing an 18-liter-per-flush toilet with an ultra-low-volume (ULV) 6-liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.
  5. Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth! – Can you imagine if one person per household throughout the US started keeping to this habit? The water savings would be tremendous. As mentioned above, this is one of the easiest ways to save water, and it is simple to make it into a habit.

Be water conscious!

Being water conscious in general while at home is an effective way to save water. Start noticing your trends and habits regarding water usage and change any patterns that are wasteful.

Sunday, March 12 2017 it’s time to “Spring Forward” one hour with Daylight Savings Time!

Spring Forward
Sunday, March 12 2017 it’s time to “Spring Forward” one hour with Daylight Savings Time!

Setting the clock forward means it’s time for a seasonal safety check! As you circle the house, setting clocks ahead, SAVE time for this short safety checklist. It’ll launch you into Spring from a safe home.

  • Change The Clocks, Change The Batteries – Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives … if they’re powered on by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around. Check the furnace thermostat and change the time setting.
  • Replace Light Bulbs – Chances are, you’ll have stepladders out to reach smoke detectors and clocks, so double up on safety (and energy savings) by checking light bulbs and light fixtures. Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection estimates that replacing standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity costs over their lifetime.
  • Check Your Sump Pump(s) – Check to make sure your sump pump is working by making sure that you don’t have standing water in the pit that is above the height of the pump and that you have a battery backup in case the power goes out.
  • Replace or Clean Filters Around Your House – You should inspect the filters in your unit to make your system are still running well, but also check the water filter in your fridge and HEPA filter in your vacuum.
  • Reverse Direction Of Fan Blades – As the weather warms up, don’t forget to change the direct of your ceiling fan blades. In the winter, ceiling fans should rotate clockwise at low speed to pull cool air up. As you start to use your air conditioner, you should rotate the blade in a counterclockwise or “forward” direction to redistribute warm air which naturally rises to the top of the ceiling.
  • Fire Extinguishers – This is also a good time to check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are charged in case of an emergency. A rechargeable fire extinguisher has a metal head, and a gauge that reads Charge / Recharge. Check your fire extinguishers gauge to verify that your fire extinguisher is still charged. If the extinguisher’s gauge needle is in the Recharge area, have your fire extinguisher recharged immediately.
  • Inspect Your Water Heater – Check to make sure you don’t see any obvious cracks or leaks and that there is no water on the floor or standing in the drip pan. If you do not see any signs of trouble, then you can shut it off or put it into vacation mode.
  • Outside Faucets – Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
  • Sprinklers – It is still a little too early to get that system going! If you see your lawn draying out now would be a great time for some relaxing hand watering.

If needed, we can help you get your Day Light Savings Time “To Do List” …. done! Give us a call at 303.468.2294 today!

Winter 2016 Hints, Tips and Reminders

Winter Tips And Reminders
Winter is coming! While this time of year is happy for many, there are certain dangers and risks that come along with traditional celebrations. Here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric we aim to help keep you and your family safe and secure this winter season. Check out our list of safety hints, tips and reminders to help keep you safe this season below!

Be Careful What You Put Down The Drain

For many, the winter holidays mean lots of tasty food and homemade treats. With this influx of tasty goodies comes sink and appliance problems. Put a screen over your drain (even if you have a garbage disposal) and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that shouldn’t be there. Things to avoid include fat and grease from cooking meats and food particles. Remember, no one wants to deal with a clogged drain during the holidays. If you do end up with a clogged drain, our professional drain cleaning plumbers can help resolve the situation before it gets worse.

Use Your Garbage Disposal Often And Correctly

Garbage disposals are great tools for getting rid of easy to grind food and waste. So go ahead, use it to your heart’s content! But be careful what you put in there. Do not put coffee grounds, egg shells or even tough fruit and vegetable skins in your disposal. Also, avoid poultry skin and fat as these can gum up the works (so-to-speak). If you find yourself wondering if it can go in the disposal, it’s better to just compost it or throw it away in the trash.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

With winter comes colder weather and an increased risk of freezing pipes. Since water expands as it freezes, it causes extensive damage to plumbing systems with less than malleable pipes. To prevent freezing pipes, you can have us here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric come out and install piping insulation. You can also take preventative measures and pour antifreeze down drains (a small shot glass or tiny Dixie cup is all you need down each toilet and sink).

Again, since water expands as it freezes, you should always get any small leaks or broken pipes fixed before winter arrives. Doing so will help prevent small leaks from becoming a flood risk. If you would like to learn more about preventing frozen pipes, then visit our Prevent Frozen Pipes page today!

Watch Out For Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odorless, and colorless gas. Almost anything that uses combustion produces carbon monoxide. Your furnace, your water heater, your boiler, your stove and even your oven can produce carbon monoxide. While it can be dangerous, it is also quite easy to avoid. Have Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to help keep you safe. You can also have us repair and replace any dangerous equipment. Visit this page to learn more about carbon monoxide detectors.

Winter Decoration Safety Hints, Tips And Reminders

Here are some simple, yet potentially life and property saving, hints, tips and reminders regarding your winter and holiday decorations:

  1. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and that they are all functioning properly.
  2. Inspect electrical decorations (lights and the like) for damage to prevent fires
  3. Don’t overload electrical outlets and use surge protectors for lights when possible (no one wants a flaming Christmas tree).
  4. If you celebrate with live trees/boughs in your home, then make sure they are well watered and fire-safe.
  5. Do NOT put real candles on your tree and then light them. Use battery operated decorative candles to prevent fires.
  6. Keep cords safe from pets and children.
  7. Stay in the kitchen while cooking. Fires can happen to anyone at any time. It is always better to be on scene to react as necessary.
  8. Turn off all lights and decorations before you leave the house and right before you go to bed. It is very unsafe to leave a tree and/or holiday display lit up while you sleep.

If you would like to have our team of professionals make sure your smoke detectors are all functioning as they should, or if you would like them installed or replaced, we offer smoke detector services. Click HERE to learn more.

Brothers Plumbing, Heating And Electric Has You Covered

Here at Brothers, we pride ourselves in helping families have a safe and happy winter and holiday season. We can help you make sure your home is safe and that your celebrations aren’t cut short by some kind of preventable disaster. Don’t let your festivities come crashing down due to a preventable problem. If you have any questions or concerns about anything plumbing, heating, cooling or electric this season, remember: Brothers has you covered.

Fall 2016 Maintenance Hints, Tips and Reminders

Fall is finally here. With it comes crisp days, long nights and the beginning of the holiday season. While it is easy to get caught up in the pumpkin spice and fun-filled events of the season, it is also important to make sure your home appliances, plumbing, heating and electrical systems are all ready to withstand the cold of winter. Luckily, us here at Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric have you covered. Follow this simple list of recommended fall maintenance and home preparation hints, tips and reminders to make sure your property is ready for winter!

Fall Home Preparation Hints, Tips and Reminders

More Pre-Winter Hints, Tips and Reminders

In addition to the hints, tips and reiminders listed above, our home experts recommend you perform the following tasks as well:

  • Turn Down Your Water Heater
    Turning down your water heater will help to reduce your monthly energy bill during the winter.
  • Winterize Plumbing Lines
    Simply pouring a small Dixie cup (around 1.5oz) of antifreeze down each of your drains and toilets will help keep your plumbing and water lines from freezing during the winter.
  • Contact Us
    For anything more complicated, we recommend you give our company a call to come out and give you a hand.

Get In Touch With Us To Schedule Any Services You Need

Some of the aforementioned hints, tips and reminders are difficult or impossible to perform if you are not a trained professional. Luckily our team of Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Electric home experts is always standing by to help make sure you are ready for winter. Get in touch with us by calling 303-468-2294 or visiting our Contact Us page today!

2016 29th Annual City Of Thornton Business Appreciation Awards

Presented by: City of Thornton Board of Economic Development

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Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric was honored to attend the prestigious City of Thornton Business Awards on April 21st, 2016, where the community and the Thornton Board of Economic Development came together to vote, nominate and award outstanding businesses within the Thornton community. Over 40 businesses were nominated and the event had a wonderful turnout. The Thornton mayor Heidi Williams spoke about the future of Thornton and ex-Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey gave an inspiring talk about his days as an NFL football player and how those lessons carried into his professional life after football

There were six categories up for grabs:

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  1. Entrepreneurial Innovation – Small Thornton business who brings a unique business concept with ingenuity and determination to the Thornton community while practicing positive values in the workplace.
  2. Community Spirit – Thornton business who demonstrates strong involvement in the community and/or who has made a significant impact on the community.
  3. Retailer of the Year – Thornton retail business who has shown excellent customer service, unique product/service offerings, and has improved the retail experience for consumers.
  4. Company on the Move – Thornton business who has demonstrated a solid success pattern and/or tremendous growth potential, expanding lines of business through innovation and improved success.
  5. Industrial/Office Project of the Year – Thornton primary business project which has demonstrated growth, innovation and/or significant potential for the community.
  6. People’s Choice Award – Favorite Thornton business by popular vote!

We’re extremely honored and humbled to have won the People’s Choice award! This means so much to us as we strive to constantly show our clients that we care about them and our community. The customer experience is the most important thing and winning this award helps to show that the hours of work we put into training our technicians and customer service team to ensure they are the best industry is appreciated by our clients. We thank you so much for this honor and promise to continue doing things the right way, the Brother’s way.

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