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Test Your Sump Pump

Many homes in the Colorado mountains experience some amount of below ground water seepage. Even a small amount of water entering the home can cause damage if left unchecked. Excessive moisture can also create an environment for mold and mildew to grow, causing health concerns.

A sump pump is an electric pump that is installed in the basement or crawlspace of a home to keep water from accumulating. A sump pump is typically placed in a sump pump pit designed to allow water to drain below the floor and allow the pump to remove the water.  As the pit fills with water, the pump turns on automatically, moving the water out of the pit through a drain pipe that exits the home and releases the water awy from the house. The pipe also has a check valve near the pump to keep the water from flowing backwards.

Testing Your Sump Pump

With the winter snowpack thawing and the spring rains just around the corner, spring is a good time to ensure your sump pump is working properly. Because sump pumps are usually hidden out of sight, we often don't think about them until a problem arises. To test your sump pump slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on a begin removing the water. If it does not turn on, ensure power is reaching the pump. If the pump still doesn't work, call Grand Lake Plumbing to have the unit tested and repaired if necessary.
Sunday, 21 February 2021 17:24

Grand Lake Plumbing Spring Home Checkup

Spring Plumbing Tips

After a long cold winter, many Grand County residents are looking forward to spring. To help get your home ready for the warmer temperatures ahead, Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating has put together a list of tasks that will help ensure your home's plumbing and hot water systems are in good working condition.

Plumbing Maintenance List

  •  Check faucets for drips or leaks and repair when needed to conserve water.
  •  Clean mineral deposits from faucets and shower heads. Unscrew them and soak them in vinegar overnight.
  •  Cycle water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
  •  Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent debris from clogging your drain lines.
  • Pour about a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
  • Test your sump pump for proper operation. Pour a few gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out the water. Do not add water than the basin will hold. The sump pump should begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor. If it fails to turn on, check the power supply and circuit breaker. If it fails to turn on, call Grand Lake Plumbing for service.
  • Outside the home check the faucets for drips and leaks. Ensure that downspouts are clear and directing water away from the house.
  • Washing machine hoses should be inspected for leaks or bulges. If the hoses show signs of wear they should be replaces. Consider using braided stainless steel hoses rather than rubber hoses.
  • Check your toilets for cracks or leaks. Add several drops of food coloring to the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, it has a leak that should be repaired.
  • If the toilet handle has to be held down in order to flush properly, or jiggled to stop from running, call Grand Lake Plumbing to inspect the toilet.
  • Are drains emptying slowly or making noises? Call Grand Lake Plumbing to have your sewer and drain lines inspected.

Water Heater Maintenance

  •   Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
  •   If you have a tank water heater, drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out sediment that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.
  •   Tankless water heaters should be flushed to remove mineral deposits. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance directions, or call Superior for service.
  •   Ensure there are no flammable materials stored near the water heater or furnace.

Private Wells and Water Quality

  • Following the recent wildfires, we recommend that Grand County residents have their drinking water tested. When water runoff flows over burned watersheds it can release contaminants into the ground water supply. Water testing will ensure there are no harmful organic or inorganic compounds that could make your drinking water unsafe.
  • If you notice low water pressure, discoloration in drinking water, or there is air in the plumbing system before the water begins to flow, call us to have your well system inspected.
For all your home plumbing, hot water and well water needs, you can trust Grand Lake Plumbing to keep your home safe and comfortable year round.
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:48

Colorado Wildfires and Drinking Water Safety

Wildfires and Drinking Water

Following the devastating Colorado wildfires in 2020, many residents in the Grand County area are concerned about the impacts of the fires on forests across the watersheds that provide drinking water for our communities. Since 2000, the frequency and duration of wildfires in Colorado has increased dramatically, forcing water providers spend more resources on water-quality treatment, sediment and debris removal, and related issues.

Increased runoff from burned watersheds releases nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, iron, manganese and other contaminants into streams and reservoirs, creating challenges for water managers and drinking-water treatment facilities. Private landowners who have been directly impacted by the wildfires, or who had fires burn within 100 feet of their property, should have their wells inspected by a licensed well contractor. If the well has lost pressure, or was burned in the fire, the water should not be used until the well has been inspected, any damaged components are repaired and the water has been tested.

Colorado Drinking WaterEven if the wildfires have not directly impacted your property or well, it's still important to have your drinking water tested to ensure it is safe. Testing will determine if there are unsafe levels of arsenic, nitrate, bacteria, lead, as well as other contaminants.

Protecting Your Well and Septic System

If your property has been damaged by wildfires, before hiring contractors to clean up debris you should identify and clearly mark the location of septic and well systems to prevent damage, including:
  • Septic tanks
  • Pump tanks
  • Electrical components
  • Distribution boxes
  • Septic system leach field areas
  • Transmission lines
  • Location of  water wells.
  • Location of any water well lines from the water well to the buildings
If you are unsure of the location of your well and septic system components, or the septic system leach fields,  Grand Lake Plumbing can assess your property and locate and mark the plumbing systems and components.

Grand Lake Plumbing can also test your drinking water to ensure it is safe to drink, and recommend solutions for improving water quality when needed.
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