Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Is Coming: Plumbing Tips You Need To Know

With the end of summer, fall begins to come again. And with fall comes more plumbing issues that could possibly arise. To make sure you are well aware of how to handle the season, here are some great tips to insure your house is prepared.

Sprinkler systems need to be shut off in the fall. By not doing this you risk freezes in the line. Obviously this is an awful thing as it can lead to a costly repair if the pipe breaks due to freezing. By turning your sprinkler system off and blowing it out you prevent freezes and repair bills.

Lastly, fall is a great time to have your furnace clean right before winter. Winter causes many issues for furnaces so preventing it now is very efficient. With these tips you can easily keep your house safe and prepared just in time for fall.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Colorado's Law Regarding The "Silent Killer"

      Carbon Monoxide is an extremely harmful gas. So much in fact that Colorado decided to pass a state law requiring many safety precautions to be used to keep the deadly gas under control. Furnaces and Water Heaters that are not installed in a tight secure location will have life costing consequences. Carbon Monoxide affects a person's bloodstream by reducing the amount of oxygen the person can carry through their bodies. This leads to blood not being able to reach the brain and heart resulting in death. Knowing this a homeowner can take the best course of action to live in a clean and safe environment. 

      Colorado in 2009 passed a law after the death of many family members to insure that CO2 levels are under control. House Bill 1091  requires that all homes have a CO2 alarm detector in households. This will allow people living in the home to know when levels are too high and could potentially be deadly. Furnaces and Water Heaters produce most of the Carbon Monoxide in a home and thus need to be properly installed in a safe and sealed location to insure homeowners are safe.

       This is why hiring a skilled and licensed plumber is extremely important. The best of the best is not only what customers deserve, but in a situation that could lead to health risks, a necessity. What separates the good from the great is the one who understands the danger and how to mediate the risks. Next time your looking for a plumber, choose the one who cares about YOU and not your wallet. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Secret To A Great Lawn

     Have you ever wondered why some lawns in the same neighborhood look better than others? Obviously the lawn with the better care would in return look healthier, but that takes time. Waking up early morning and watering the same grass over and over to get the best looking lawn becomes tedious. Many people don't have the time nor patience to deal with the hassle of maintaining a clean lawn. This is why the best looking lawns have the best performing sprinkler systems.

    Not only do sprinkler systems maintain healthy and clean grass, they do it by watering the perfect amount. A good sprinkler system is going to water the perfect amount, however finding a good and reliable sprinkler system is tough. this is why we here at Five Star Drains recommend RainBird. We do our best to make our customers proud about their new systems. That is why we only install the best of the best and this brand is just that. 

     What truly separates the good from the bad lawns is the tools behind them that do the job. A worn-down old sprinkler system will produce a lack luster lawn that has more dead grass then clean, however an up to date and efficient system is going to produce a lawn that is extremely healthy. In truth the secret to a clean lawn is what is hidden. It's sprinkler system. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Customer Is Always Right, Right?

    Have you ever heard the saying, "The Customer is Always Right?" Have you ever wondered why that is? Customer satisfaction is the driving force behind every business. The best businesses know this and know how to keep their customers happy.

    When a customer  is happy they tend to share their experiences with friends, online reviews, and/or the company itself. Overall, happy customers lead to more opportunities for businesses to grow and expand with new customers being recommended. Writing online reviews for companies, good or bad, exposes the best from the worst. Because of this we encourage customers to share their opinions.

  Five Star Drains and Plumbing knows this and is why we take pride in our customers. If they are happy we are too. Making customers happy isn't a "sneaky" market strategy, it's instead a basic business practice that many businesses seem to forget. In the end the saying is true, the customer is in fact always right. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pipes Over Time

       This is/could be your pipe without the proper maintenance. Unfortunately, a common condition in most homes is worn down pipes. Although most common in older homes it can still affect newer homes as well. 

    The pipe in this picture is a cast-iron pipe which is used for kitchen sink lines, shower lines, laundry lines, and any other small drain lines. Over time build up causes the pipe to rust and decay into the mess as shown.

    We recommend calling a professional to help. The plumber will start jetting the pipes which removes unwanted grease and grind in the pipes to insure your house's drains are operating efficiently. Healthy pipes are the key to clean and safe water which we, as a dedicated plumbing company, make sure all our customers have access to. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Who To Hire

  Want to hire a contractor but don't know who? A contractor is needed for plumbing , sewer, water heater, and sprinkler repairs. Any major or minor plumbing needs a contractor. To chose the best here are some crucial tips to help you find the best and most reliable contractor.

  1. Don't be afraid.
         The company needs YOU to be happy, not the other way around. Asking a contractor for business information is a simple way to get the information you need.

  2. Try for at least 3 estimates
         If the company doesn't know what the problem is,  it is your problem as a result. Make sure they know what they are doing before they actually do it.

  3. Get the Info
       To make sure a contractor is trustworthy they should be more than happy to show their general liability, insurance, and workers compensation report. They refuse? It's your money, you refuse them.

 4. Are they licensed?
      A licensed contractor is vital. You wouldn't want a driver to be driving without a license. Same concept with a contractor.

5. Verify
To truly make sure you are not trusting someone you shouldn't, verify the license.

  A customer using these steps can easily separate the trustworthy and dependable from the deviants and frauds. Just another way to insure you have the best service.

  • No person shall engage in or work at the business, trade, or calling of residential, journeyman, or master plumbing in this state until he has received a license from the division of registrations, upon written notice from the board or its authorized agent, or a temporary permit from the board or its authorized agent.
  • No person shall advertise in any manner or use the title or designation of master plumber, journeyman plumber, or residential plumber unless he is qualified and licensed under this article.
  • No person shall advertise in any manner that such person is a plumbing contractor or use the title or designation of plumbing contractor unless such person meets the definition of plumbing contractor set out in section 12-58-102 (7).

Monday, March 10, 2014

Who To Trust: Water Heaters

      Installing a water heater is an unnecessarily difficult task. Finding a trustworthy company that lives up to their claims is rare and hard to find. To save your time we took this step and did it for you. 

      Bradford White is simply ahead of their competitors. They are one of the most advanced water heater manufactures and have been since 1881. Hate Cold Showers? Well lucky for you Bradford White Water Heaters have little need for water heater maintenance. 

      Five Star Drains and Plumbing uses this manufacture because we know their one of the best. They easily lead to happy customers. Which is ultimately Five Star's main goal as a company. 

     According to Clear Seas, Bradford White is the top of the list in 2013 study of contractors. Quality, American Made, Wholesale Only, American Owned, Reliability, Pricing, Availability, Great Warranty & Service, Excellent Technical Support, and Ease of Installation make them the people you could trust!

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