The Most Common Winter Plumbing Issues

When people agree to purchase a home, they also agree to assume all the expenses that come with such an investment, and it certainly does seem like more things go wrong in the dead of winter than at any other time of year, especially when it comes to plumbing. Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we […]

Five Signs You Need to Call an Emergency Drain Cleaning Service

Plumbing emergencies are some of the most stressful  experiences that homeowners face, mostly because few things cause as much damage to a home as water. While there are plenty of plumbing issues that do not technically qualify as emergencies, sometimes it is worth calling during off hours and arranging for a professional to address an […]

Did You Hear That? A Homeowner’s Guide to Plumbing Sounds

When you’re sitting in your home, you probably take it for granted that water will flow freely when you turn on a faucet. You may also assume that water will flow almost silently from an open faucet, with the splash of the liquid hitting the basin the only audible sign that water is flowing at […]

Common Causes of Clogged Bathroom Drains

How do you know when you need to hire a professional plumber? In general, it’s when you notice that one of your drains doesn’t seem to be functioning like it should. While a clogged drain can be problematic in the kitchen or laundry room, things can be even worse in the bathroom given the nature […]

5 Plumbing Repair Service Tips for Denver Business Owners

Plumbing repair service is on the top of the list for calls business owners don’t want to make. But, commerce is hoping in Denver. Our massive population increase over the past decade may only be greater than the gold rush! While at that time pioneers traveled from the Midwest in search of wealth from gold, […]

Do I Need a Sewer Replacement?

Sewer Replacement is a complicated and expensive service, so knowing if you truly need one is important. Garvin’s Sewer Service in Englewood has been serving the Greater Denver and Boulder area’s sewer needs since 1940. What makes us unique in the sewer replacement business is that don’t do them. Wait, a sewer company who doesn’t […]

She Was Told She Needed a Sewer Replacement But Needed This Instead: True Story

Garvin’s Sewer Service is an Englewood based sewer and drain cleaning company serving the Greater Denver area for over 75 years. They don’t replace sewer lines but rather give objective sewer scopes and free second opinions to help Englewood, Denver, and the surround areas’ homeowners peace of mind before spending thousands on sewer line replacements […]

What Is The Difference Between Plumbing Drain Cleaning and Plumbing Repair Service?

For most homeowners, learning comes through trial and error – there is no way one can prepare for every scenario or be educated on all components of home maintenance, and thankfully, they don’t have to. We trust and hire workers all the time to fill specific needs in our personal and work lives depending on […]

Sewer Cleaning in Denver – What Has Changed and Why It Matters

Sewer cleaning in Denver may not be the most exciting topic, but it is interesting to learn about how it started and where it is now, because it can determine how you spend your hard-earned money. And money is an exciting topic, especially when we are saving it! Sewer Cleaning in Denver Did you know […]

Sewer Replacement: Should You Invest or Not?

With sewer replacement costs in the tens of thousands of dollars, you may be wondering if it is worth the investment. Of course, on first thought you may feel you have no choice, it is after all, your sewer, the system that allows sewage waste to leave your home. But what you don’t know can […]

How to Know When You Need a Sewer Drain Cleaning

Is your sewer line backing up? It is never pleasant, especially when you don’t know what to do or who to call to help. For many homeowners, it seems like it happens at the most inconvenient times (not that there is ever a good time for a sewer back-up). Sometimes, you can anticipate one coming […]

What Homeowners Need To Know About Plumbing Repair Service in Denver

Colorado has experienced an unprecedented amount of residential and business growth in the last several years. In fact, according to the Denver Post, Colorado’s population increased by over 100,000 last year. That means chances are if you are reading this, you may be a new Denver resident. So, as Denver’s oldest drain and sewer company, […]

Do I Need an Emergency Plumber for a Hydro-Jet?

Earlier this week my roommate made a pan of chicken enchiladas, which happens to be one of my favorite foods. I carefully pulled the plastic container out of the fridge, put a generous serving of cheesy goodness into my bowl and put it in the microwave for one minute. Eager to devour, I plopped a […]

3 Plumbing Issues to Check Right Now

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day!” Plumbing Issues to Check Right Now Boy, have we received tons of rain this summer! As long as the rain doesn’t turn into hail, flooding or high winds, is great for our grass and plants. However, rain can also bring some unpleasant effects as well. And, with […]

Plumbing Repair Service: Do It Yourself Plumbing or Call a Plumber?

It seems to be the way we live today- asking Siri or turning to YouTube for instructions on how to solve everything from how to win at Poker to how to fix plumbing. We have created quite a few videos to support the Do-It-Yourself people out there, but it’s important to know when to call […]

Top Issues for a Plumbing Repair Service

If you own a home, it is not a matter of IF you will need a plumbing repair service, but WHEN. And, when it comes to plumbing, usually the sooner you get the repair done, the better as unaddressed water leaks can cause big problems. The most common causes of plumbing related water damage come […]

When To Call An Emergency Plumber

Have you ever been asleep at night and awaken because you hear the sound of running water? You climb out of bed and turn on the light to see a bubble of water resting in your ceiling… You are not alone and it is times like this you don’t want to be searching for a […]

Why don’t emergency plumbing service plumbers quote the price over the phone?

If you have ever been in the position to hire emergency plumbing services, you likely have made several calls to find out just how much it will cost. You likely have heard: “We don’t quote over the phone” Some emergency plumbing contractors refuse to quote any prices over the phone. They usually will charge a […]

Plumbing Contractors Denver: 3 Things to Ask Before Hiring One

Plumbing Contractors are one of the BBB’s most complained about industries. Plumbers, along with auto mechanics are doing a ton of business each and every day of the year. Consider how many homes with running water and sewer, or for that matter, how many cars are on the road in Denver, and it’s easy to […]

Why do plumbing contractors charge the way they do?

If you have ever tried to call around to get a plumbing quote, you have likely discovered some frustrating information. Overall, there are a few ways plumbing contractors charge, and understanding it may help you be a better informed consumer and hopefully less discouraged. Here are the industry standards for how plumbing contractors charge, along […]

Emergency Sewer Cleaning vs. Preventative Sewer Cleaning

We have several customers tell us that their sewer only backs-up on major holidays. Or nights. Or weekends. While we understand they truly mean that it never happens when it’s convenient (not that it ever is wanted or easy), sewer back-ups happen 24/7/365. That is one of the reasons why Garvin’s is available all day […]

4 Reasons to Call an Emergency Plumber

Emergency plumber needed! That is never something we want to encounter, but it is part of homeownership at some point. While there is never a good time for a plumbing emergency, there are certain ones that need to be handled immediately. Letting a drip continue can lead to erosion, hidden and visual damages and even […]

Do I Need a Sewer Camera Inspection After a Cleaning?

Some drain cleaning companies offer a sewer camera inspection service after cleaning your sewer line. The truth is that in order to be 100% sure the line is clear of all roots, only a sewer camera inspection can see inside the line and make that determination. This does add an additional expense however, and is often […]

7 Tips to Reduce Clogs in Your Low Flush Toilet

Recently, in our blog titled: “Your Low Flush Toilet Isn’t Really Saving Water. Here’s why”, we talked about the scientific reasons why low flush toilets clog more often than their water guzzling counterparts. Knowing this reason, however, doesn’t make those endless fights with your low flush toilet any less frustrating. So, we decided to offer […]

Your Low Flush Toilet Isn’t Really Saving Water. Here’s why.

If you have a low flush toilet, whether at home or at work, you probably are frustrated by how often it seems to clog or cause back-ups. And there is actually a scientific reason why. I have two visual examples to help you understand. The first, I call The Drip. The Drip Items needed: A […]

What Is Limescale, And Does It Affect Plumbing?

Want to see something really cool and really scary? Click this link. Okay, are you back? That was limescale, and the scary part is it’s hard to tell where the pipe ends and the limescale beings. The limescale in that photo has built up over many years and, as you can probably guess, is seriously […]

Should You Consider Having a Plumber Install A Home Water Filtration System?

With the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, regarding the high levels of toxins in their water supply, more citizens have been paying closer attention to the water supply here in Denver and all along the front range. People have been asking plumbers if installing a permanent water filter in their homes is a good idea. […]

Happy New Years! Make a Resolution To Take Care of Your Plumbing

On behalf of Garvin’s Sewer Service, we’d like to wish you a happy and healthy new year! 2017 will make the 77th year that Garvin’s has been serving the people of Denver and all along the Front Range. We started with rooter service back in the days of less-than-awesome public plumbing, continued with excellent drain […]

What is PVC, and Why Is It So Amazing?

About a year ago we wrote a blog about the many materials that have been used over the years as sewer pipes. The most common types of materials that have been used through the ages are clay, concrete, Orangeburg (wood pulp and tar), transite (concrete and…gulp…asbestos), and cast iron. Each of these had their place […]

Some Common Questions We Get When Performing Drain Cleaning Services

While we work with our hands all days long, we also work with people. That’s why we spend so much time hiring the right plumbers and training them on how to best enter a person’s home and interact with our wonderful customers. One aspect of dealing with customers is answering their questions. While some people […]

What Is Backflow Prevention, and Why Is It So Important?

When you do something day after day, thinking about it all day long and talking about it with our coworkers, sometimes it’s hard to remember that people who aren’t in the industry might be completely baffled by some terminology and technology we use. Today we’re going to discuss a concept in plumbing that many people […]

Why Not Let Your Plumber Upgrade Your Fixtures?

Not every plumbing service is about fixing your freshwater pipes or performing drain cleaning. Sometimes it’s about installing new fixtures in homes, and our plumbers are more than up to the challenge. Of course, the reasons people replace these parts of their home can vary, depending on the fixture at hand. Let’s take a look […]

Happy Holidays! Here’s What Can Go Wrong With Your Plumbing!

Here we are just a couple of weeks away from the many festive holidays of December. Maybe you’ve hung lights, perhaps invited some sort of tree into your home for a few weeks. If you’re like us, you’re running around trying to get those last minute items for everyone on your list. Of course, with […]

Why We’ll Never Push You Into Plumbing Services

We’ve mentioned it before and we’re certain to mention it again: we’ve been in the plumbing services and sewer cleaning business for more than 75 years. And as you can probably guess, a local company doesn’t stay in business for 75 years by ripping off their customers left and right. A company stays in business […]

3 More Things To Watch Out For In Unscrupulous Plumbers

In our previous blog we discussed the first four things you should watch out for when hiring a plumber, including their lack of history with clients, a price so low that no one could offer it and make money, and the fact that they’re going door to door looking for work. Any of these is […]

Hiring A Plumber In The Denver Area? Here Are Four Red Flags To Watch For

When you’re in need of plumbing services, you don’t want to mess around. After all, getting fresh water into your home and getting rid of wastewater are two of the most important aspects of an advanced civilization. (It might sound like we’re exaggerating, but we’d pick clean drinking water and a flush toilet over an iPhone […]

How To Spot the Signs of Leaky Freshwater Pipes

You come home from eating at a nice restaurant in Lodo and park your car in the garage. Uh oh, there’s water coming from under the door! You rush in and discover that there’s a burst pipe that’s spewing gallons and gallons of water all over your kitchen! You obviously need plumbing repair, and fast! […]

One More Blog About How Your Local Plumber Can Save You Water in Denver

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Denver is a pretty dry place. While it’s not technically a desert, we get less than twice the amount of rainfall of many deserts. When summer rolls around, we hate to hear about watering restrictions as much as you do. As your local plumbing service experts, […]

How To Prevent Drain Cleaning On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here once again, and that means food, family, and friends. If you’re hosting, it also means a large number of people in your home that might not know the rules about how to treat your plumbing. That means there might be trouble in your future, and while we’re here to help if something […]

The Appliance Upgrades That Can Save You Water

In our most recent blog we discussed some of the best ways to save water in the Denver area, changes that are so easy that you don’t even need to call your local plumber to make them happen. These included replacing your lawn with xeriscaping so that you don’t need to use water, replacing your […]

3 Ways Your Local Plumber Wants To Help You Conserve Water

Here at Garvin’s, we’re big believers in letting the experts do their jobs. When the furnace breaks down, we call our favorite HVAC company. If we need a transmission rebuilt on one of our plumbing trucks, we’re not heading out there ourselves with a screwdriver. So, even though we make our living as professional plumbers, […]

How To Fix a Frozen (But Not Broken) Pipe

  Not every frozen pipe bursts. While gushing water is certainly the most obvious indication that you have a broken pipe, sometimes it’s considerably more subtle than that. If you return from vacation and you turn on the faucet only to discover that no water is coming out, you probably have a frozen pipe. Frozen […]

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running

An overlooked aspect of healthy plumbing and drains is your garbage disposal. When food and other miscellaneous items don’t pass through a garbage disposal properly, the entirety of your kitchen sink plumbing can go down the drain pretty quickly (we’re sorry). We have some tips to help you keep your garbage disposal in running order.  […]

Protecting Those Indoor Pipes this Winter

  In our last blog we told you about the most important outdoor pipes to protect now that winter is coming, including sprinkler systems, outdoor spigots, and swimming pools. Ignore prepping those pipes for winter and you’ll be calling an emergency plumber this spring. Now it’s time to talk about those indoor pipes. In most […]

How Do You Avoid Frozen Pipes Outdoors This Winter?

Winter may still be a couple of months away…aww, who are we kidding? It’s Colorado! While we have actually had something of a fall over the last few weeks, winter could show up tomorrow and send us well below freezing. So with the coldest days not too far away, it’s time to start looking at […]

Just Say No to Drano!

When you experience a clog in your toilet or drain, how likely are you to reach for Drano, Liquid Plumr, or another chemical clog remover? Are you sure that’s a good idea?  Plumbers strongly recommend against using chemical drain clog removers, and it’s not just because it helps their business. Let’s explore the reasons to […]

Plumber and Sewer Cleaner: At The Movies

No, this isn’t a blog about plumbers who go to the movies. (Not to say that we don’t go to movies; we’re humans living in America, of course we go to movies.) This is a blog about plumbers who are in movies. It was inspired by a recent blog we wrote about the Mario brothers, […]

4 Most Common Reasons the Front Range is Calling Their Local Plumber

When you think of drain cleaning and plumbing services, you probably associate sewer cleaners and plumbers with the last task that they performed for you. Did they replace a toilet for you? Were they plumbing contractors who installed all the pipes in your new home? Or was it 3:00 am and you needed an emergency […]

Leaky Faucets: Why You Need to Fix Them Today!

Do you have a leaky faucet active in your household that you keep forgetting about?  Perhaps you’ve even attempted to fix the faucet yourself to no avail. Either way, our local plumbers are here to take on that leaky faucet for you and call it a day.  Remember that the longer you wait to fix […]

Putting Pumpkin Parts Down The Drain Will Have You Calling an Emergency Plumber

We’ve written on this subject before, but now that we’re a month out from Halloween we figured it would be a good idea to revisit it. As you local plumber, we consider it a public service to help you take care of your drains and your sewer system. If we didn’t revisit this topic, there’s […]

The Two Most Famous Plumbers of All Time Don’t Really Exist

Because of humanity’s interest in getting fresh drinking water and getting as far away from waste as quickly as possible, it’s not surprising that the idea of sewer cleaners and plumbing contractors are in the public consciousness. When that happens, it’s not surprising that these characters will seep into the popular culture, or, to use […]

Make Use of Grease and Cooking Oil and You Won’t Need Sewer Drain Cleaning Quite So Soon

If you’ve been reading the Garvin’s Sewer Service Clog Blog for any amount of time, you know our disgust for grease. After all, grease that heads down the kitchen sink is one of the main reasons that people need sewer drain cleaning sooner than they normally would. (The oil that some people pour down their […]

Flush the Idea of Flushing any of This

Or: How to See Your Local Plumber Much More Often than Desired As homeowners ourselves, we have to admit that we’ve made our fair share of home care and maintenance mistakes. That application of weed killer that effectively killed our lawn along with the dandelions; that well-meaning attempt at tree trimming that cost us our […]

Sticking a Scope in Unmentionable Places

And Why it’s Good Nobody really wants to spend their time thinking about their sewer line. And, even as plumbers, we don’t blame them. What’s found underground is not for the squeamish and really shouldn’t be mentioned in from of certain company. But come on now. We’re all adults. We need to get real about […]

What Does Your Local Plumber Know About Low Flow Toilets?

If you’re young — let’s say under the age of 25 — you might not remember a time before the low flow toilets. The way toilets in new homes work is the way they’ve always worked in your lifetime. Stuff has always gone down the drain in the same way, right? But many of you […]

Toilet Paper Hanging Direction: Your Local Plumber Weighs In

When it comes to sewer cleaning, the only thing we deal with more than roots is toilet paper. In fact, as we deal more and more with newer homes that have PVC sewer pipes, we’re seeing fewer root problems and more toilet paper problems, because people keep buying stronger and stronger toilet paper that just […]

What’s The Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water? Your Local Plumber Knows

Throughout your life you’ve probably heard about soft and hard water, and maybe you even know which one makes a better lather and which one just kind of sits there on the soap. But we bet you could you a refresher on the differences between hard and soft water and how they affect your life. […]

Ask Your Local Plumber: What Do You Think About…

Most people like to talk about what they do, if only to break the ice when meeting someone new. Of course, we often get questions about the plumbing services we perform, such as “what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever pulled out with a sewer snake.” (Answer: we try to send the problem on its way, […]

The Bidet: Will Your Local Plumber Be Fixing Yours?

  Boy, we’ve been talking about toilets lately, haven’t we? Well, it only makes sense; as your local plumbers, we’re dealing with the water coming into and leaving toilets all the time. Most toilets in America are very similar. They consist of the bowl, the tanks, and the plumbing that’s associated with them. Sure, the […]

Is The American Way The Best Plumbing in the World? Let’s Look at the Toilet Again

Here in America, we love our plumbing. We always like to have a bathroom at the ready, and whenever we’re out and about we like to be able to find a clean bathroom wherever we are. We loathe “bathroom is for paying customers only” signs. In fact, there’s even an app that will guide you […]

So Where Did The Flush Toilet Come From?

  In our last blog we went into detail — and let’s just admit it, too much detail — about the history of pre-flush toilets. Digging a hole, digging a latrine, feeding it to the…no, let’s not bring that back up (lest it bring up our last meal). We’re proud of what we do as […]

A Plumber’s Story: The History of the Toilet!

Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we deal with toilets every day. Sometimes it’s the incoming water that’s causing problems and we have to provide plumbing services. Other times it’s the blackwater we’re dealing with and have to deal with some drain cleaning. Still other times the toilet has seen better days (because it’s seen a […]

Where the Front Range’s Water Comes From

Because we’re a plumbing company, we deal with water every day. Lots and lots of water. Maybe we’re performing basic plumbing services and fixing a leak in someone’s freshwater pipes, or perhaps we’re taking care of their drain cleaning so that the water can go on its merry way. But where does all that water […]

Saving You Money On Your Water Bill With Proper Plumbing Services

We’re locally-owned here at Garvin’s, and we like to think of you as our neighbors. Because of that, we want to give you the best possible advice when it comes to saving you money on your water bill. After all, we’re subject to the same water restrictions as you are during Denver droughts, and we […]

You Might Be Calling Your Local Plumber Sooner Than You Think

There’s the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Grammatical problems aside, it’s a pretty good maxim. But when it comes to how you feel about your drain cleaning and plumbing situation, it can get you into hot water (or, in this case, up to your ankles in cold water). Here are a […]

“Why Is My Toilet So Noisy?” Your Denver Plumber Has the Answers

Here at the Garvin’s blog we’ve answered all sorts of questions over the years. And in over 200 blogs about drain cleaning, sewer cleaning, plumbing services, and water heater repair, we’ve answered a lot of questions. But one we’ve never tackled is this: what is your toilet saying to you when it starts talking? Now […]

If You Have A Flooded Basement, Here’s What To Do Before Calling An Emergency Plumber

A flooded basement is one of the most devastating home disasters that many of us will ever face. At the very least you’ll lose old books, Christmas decorations, and exercise equipment. At worst you’ll lose everything from the basement bedroom, your home theater, and family photos. At Garvin’s, we want to make this trying time […]

Customer Feedback Regarding Our Plumbing Service and Drain Cleaning

Every so often we like to take a look at our testimonials and see what our customers are saying about us. Actually, we do it all the time, because we’re always interested in what our customers have to say. But sometimes we like to take the time to respond to them in a public forum. […]

5 Way To Clean Your Drain Yourself…That You’ll Seriously Regret

Here at Garvin’s, we’ve always been plumbers. After all, it’s a family-owned business and has been passed down through three generations now. We grew up knowing what will and won’t work on a simple drain clog, and since we have the professional equipment we’ve always been able to take care of our own home plumbing […]

Toilet Seat Up Or Down? Your Local Plumber Answers The Universe’s Biggest Question

We don’t usually like to get too political around here, but it’s a highly-political year and we thought we’d tackle the biggest debate the world has ever known. And you’ll get a definitive answer. You’re welcome. As plumbers, we believe that we have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in people’s bathrooms. That’s […]

You Know Who To Call For Plumbing Service. But Do You Know Who To Avoid?

With over 75 years of sewer and plumbing service to the people of the Denver area, Garvin’s has built the reputation it deserves as the go-to plumbers along the Front Range. Being in business so long, we’ve seen many plumbing companies come and go. Sometimes it’s because of poor management, but more often it’s because […]

3 Very Different Times Garvin's Can Be There For Your Plumbing Services Needs

Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we are full-service plumbing contractors. As our name suggests, we can tackle your sewer cleaning needs with ease, because we have the equipment and the knowhow to tackle any clog you send our way. But what about plumbing service? Sure, we handle the water going out, but what about all […]

3 Ways To Prepare For A Flooded Basement

Very few people ever expect to come home and find a flooded basement. While there are times a homeowner may be watching the news and waiting for a nearby river crest, most of the time a flooded basement is a surprise. A freshwater pipe has burst, a sewer has backed up, or a light well […]

How Best To Avoid Needing an Emergency Plumber

  At one time or another in your life, you’re going to need a plumber. But with a little bit of information, it becomes less likely that you’ll need an emergency plumber. Here are some tips that can ensure that your chances of needing a 24-hour plumber in the middle the night are diminished. Know […]

4 Reasons Why Garvin’s Is The Company To Call When You Need Emergency Plumbing Services

  It probably started as a drip that you didn’t even notice. Maybe it was coming from your sink, a tiny leak under the basin that had been working loose for a decade. Or maybe it was the drain pipe that took a sink’s wastewater from the bathroom to the main sewer line, and the […]

Why You Need A Sump Pump

  There are many people over the years who have thought they didn’t need a sump pump, and the next thing they know they’re throwing out their grandparents’ wedding photos because the paper has become ruined. So the question becomes, do you need a sump pump? The fact is, more people should have a sump […]

3 Reasons To Get That Leak Taken Care Of

  In our last blog we talked about the many ways that you can check for hidden leaks in your home if you suspect something is up. These included checking your monthly water bill, your water meter outside, and a few other handy tips to ensure that you can detect the leaks before you have […]

4 Ways To Check For Hidden Leaks In Your Home

  Leaks can cause of host of problems in your home. Not only can they waste water and cost you money, but they can also cause big problems in the unseen areas of your home, including mold, rotting, and eventually drywall collapse. At Garvin’s, our plumbers would rather give you a little advice than to […]

Don’t Let Your Sump Pump Repair Wait Too Long

  Remember the floods in 2013? Many people in our service area, including those in Longmont, got some serious trouble sent their way from up the canyon. Most of them never saw it coming, simply because it wasn’t supposed to happen where they were. Many of the houses were nowhere near the river, and they […]

Watch Out For These Signs That Mean You’ll Soon Be Needing Water Heater Repair

  When your water heater goes out completely, it’s pretty obvious. Your dishes don’t get as clean, there’s no hot water in your washing machine, and, most important, your morning shower becomes a horrible experience! If your water heater just up and quits one day, it’s pretty obvious that it’s time to call your local […]

More Than Just a Sewer Service! Garvin’s Is Your Plumber For All Plumbing Repairs!

So, who are we? We’re Garvin’s Sewer Service, right? After all, there are around 200 blogs on this site telling you mostly about our sewer cleaning, drain cleaning, rooter service, and giving you the ins and outs related to our sewer camera. What’s that name, again? Garvin’s SEWER Service? That’s all about dealing with blackwater. […]

April 25th: National Plumber’s Day!

  Here’s a fun website for you: It’s checkiday.com, and it catalogues all of the weird “National Whatever Days” you might have heard about. Did you know that June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day? Or that September 21st is National Pecan Cookie Day? Well, we’d like to welcome you to April 25th, National Plumber’s […]

Time To Respond To Some More of Our Sewer Cleaning Reviews

  Every so often we like to respond to some of our customer comments regarding our sewer cleaning, rooter service, drain cleaning, and sewer camera services. Today we have a few people from along the front range who told us about their experience with Garvin’s. “Garvin’s…came out because I had moved into a new home. […]

Why Go With Gavin’s For 24/7 Sewer Drain Cleaning?

  In today’s world, it’s pretty standard that companies that offer emergency services, such as urgent sewer cleaning, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As soon as the first company offers it (which was probably Garvin’s, as long as we’ve been around in Denver), every company needs to jump on so […]

The Basics Of Becoming a Plumber

  Have you ever wondered what kind of training occurs for someone who wishes to become a plumber? For those who have the inclination, it’s actually a great career path. Here are the basics of how to become a plumber. Make sure you have a GED or High School Diploma It’s should come as no […]

Breaking Down The Declaration Of Service For Our Drain and Sewer Cleaning Customers

  At Garvin’s Sewer Service, we believe in being as upfront about everything as much as possible. For instance, we tell you that we’re not going to charge you extra on weekends, we give you direct quotes on how much something should cost, and are going to be honest with you regarding what your home […]

Can You Do Without Plumbing and Sewer Cleaning?

  Okay, so let’s say that you wake up tomorrow and there’s a leprechaun sitting at the foot of your bed. And he has nothing to do with Lucky Charms. Now, we’ll pause for a moment to let you imagine that. (We’ll also stop to let you wonder why someone would ever start a blog […]

Digging Into The Reasons You Might Need Rooter Service in Denver

  While Denver isn’t really the oldest city in the country, it doesn’t exactly mean that our sewer pipes are exactly new. In fact, because the most reliable sewer pipes didn’t come along until around 30 or 40 years ago, Denver will suffer many of the same problems as any other city in the country. […]

Would You Like To Be A Plumber Or A Sewer Drain Cleaning Service Expert?

Did you know that there’s a serious shortage of plumbers in our country? There’s more and more plumbing work due to a growing population in America, while there are fewer and fewer plumbers to do those jobs. It’s Never Not Needed! Okay, forgive the double negative, but plumbing and drain cleaning services will never not […]

What Else Are People Saying About Our Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service?

Some time ago we responded to a number of testimonials that we’d received from people in Denver and the surrounding areas. We’re always happy to respond to what people are saying about our drain cleaning service, so let’s take a look at what our customers are saying about Garvin’s.   “Because I know Garvin’s can […]

5 Silly Things You Shouldn’t Do With Your Grease

  Okay, so you’ve just cooked a roast in the crockpot or cooked up a yummy batch of bacon. The bacon grease is pretty obvious, as it sloshes around the pan. The roast is a little bit less so, because you’re thinking “should I make gravy from it?” (Nobody ever makes gravy from bacon grease. […]

What Affects Sewer Line Replacement Costs?

  We talked in our last blog about the different options you might have when you need sewer line replacement. If you can’t take advantage of a less invasive service such as sewer bursting or sewer lining, you might need sewer line replacement. Of course, the first step to finding out if you need sewer […]

After We’ve Verified That You Need Sewer Line Repair With Our Sewer Scope, What Are Your Options?

  Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service we don’t replace sewer lines. We have to admit, we’re pretty amazing at sewer cleaning, rooter service, and using a sewer snake. But when it comes to sewer line repair and replacement, we like to think of ourselves as a third-party consultant. In this way, you can know that […]

How Rooter Service Heals Your Home

  Have you ever thought about how your home resembles your body? You furnace system is the lungs, your electrical system is the veins, and the drain and sewer systems are the…well, heck that really does work, doesn’t it, because the sewer system is the waste system. So, when your body’s waste system isn’t working […]

Advantages of Preventive Drain and Sewer Cleaning For Your Business

  If you own a business that has a considerable amount of drains that are likely to get clogged “at some time or another,” we’d like to tell you about our preventive maintenance plan. When you take advantage of our preventive sewer cleaning service we set up a time with you so that your drain […]

A Response To Some of Drain Cleaning and Sewer Service Customers

  At Garvin’s Sewer Service we do absolutely everything we can to uphold our reputation being reasonably priced and honorable. You’ve heard that happy customers tell three friends that they’re happy with service, while an unhappy customer will tell 10 or more (and in today’s world, they can tell everyone in a city with various […]

How Our Lifelong Customers Use Our Sewer Service

  We’ve mentioned it many times before, and we’re happy to keep telling you: Garvin’s Sewer Service has been serving the Denver area for more than 75 years. We’re extra proud of that fact because we’ve seen so many other sewer companies come and go, so it’s pretty obvious that we’re doing something right! We […]

Top 3 Reasons You Want To Avoid Sewer Replacement

  Here at Garvin’s, we have to wince every time we drive by someone’s house and see that they’re having their entire sewer line replaced. We hope the homeowner took every step possible before they devoted themselves to such an endeavor, and that the company that they’ve chosen to replace their sewer line is one […]

The Advantages of Knowing Your Yard: Sewer, Water, Electrical, Cable, and Gas

  There’s so much going on underneath the ground that we never even think about, and we’re not talking about the lives of worms, insects, and other animals. There are pipes and cables that are connecting your home to the rest of the world, and it’s important to keep those lines safe so that you’re […]

You’ve Got A Clogged Kitchen Sink… How Bad Can It Be?

  Let’s say you finish doing your dishes and you reach over to flip the switch on the garbage disposal. But instead grinding for a couple of seconds and then letting everything swirl down the drain, dirty water jumps out of the other side of your sink. Or the water in the garbage disposal just […]

The Worst Trees That Require You To Get Repeated Rooter Service

In previous posts we told you about the problems of planting trees directly over your water and sewer lines, because eventually the roots are going to get in and you’re going to need repeated sewer service. But there are some trees that are going to cause you exponentially more problems because of the way their […]

No Paper Towels! Why They’ll Lead You To Sewer Cleaning Faster Than You Think

  Some of you might remember the short-lived television show “The PJ’s,” a stop-motion animated series that followed a building superintendent named Thurgood (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in “the projects.” In the very first episode there’s an exchange between the superintendent and a voodoo practitioner that rings true in all sewer services expert’s hearts:   […]

2 Questions To Ask When Your Sewer Cleaning Expert Is About To Leave

  Whether we’re at your home for emergency sewer cleaning or just preventive rooter service, it’s always nice to see a technician go. As nice as we are, it’s great to have your service taken care of an off your list, and we understand if you’ve got no problems saying goodbye so that you can […]

What We Know That You Don’t: The Knowledge That Guides Our Sewer Drain Cleaning

  In the last blog we talked about everything that we need to learn from you when you’re in need of emergency sewer service, stuff like the history of the problem, if other sewer companies have tried to fix the problem, and if you’ve tried to fix the problem with chemical drain cleaners. But what […]

How To Talk To Your Sewer Drain Cleaning Expert

  As you can imagine, we’ve gotten some pretty frantic calls over the years. People who have sewage blocking their toilet. People who have sewage flowing up out of their toilet. People who have sewage actively shooting out of their toilet. All of the people who called had a perfectly valid reason to be frantic! […]

Getting To Know The Sewer Camera A Bit Better

Sometimes sewer cleaning goes perfectly smooth…you need rooter service, we send down the sewer snake, it chops up everything, you sigh with relief that your drains work again, and we head off to fight clogs in another neighborhood. But sometimes there are bigger problems…clogs that just don’t want to go away or pipes that have […]

Roots In The Sewer Line? It’s Just The Beginning of Your Problem

  It’s been awhile since we’ve done a good review of exactly what’s happening when you have roots in the sewer line. Here are the steps that happen before you give Garvin’s a call for sewer cleaning. The Cause: Why the heck are roots even in there in the first place? Well, they’re looking for […]

Clogged Kitchen Sink? Are You Sure?

Sometimes the reason for a clog is pretty obvious…you make some ill advised attempt to shred potato peels in your garbage disposal and then suddenly the water doesn’t go down anymore. Put two and two together…the peels caused the clog. But it’s not always so obvious why your water sticks around like your slacker brother-in-law […]

What Drain Cleaning Equipment Would We Put In A Sewer Museum?

Okay, before you start laughing, you need to know that a sewer museum does exist…it’s the Paris Sewer Museum, and it’s been giving tours since 1889. The sewer tour takes an unused part of the old sewer system and details its evolution from the 14th century up to the modern forms of water treatment. Of […]

The Oil You Don’t Realize You’re Sending Down Your Sink

  We’re here to tell you more about why you shouldn’t put oil and grease down your drains. Go ahead, get it out of your system…yell at us for once again telling you about the dangers to your drain and sewer system. We harp on it so much you’d think we were heath teachers telling […]

Different Types of Pipes We Have To Know As A Drain Company

  When you were looking at buying a home, you probably spent a lot of time finding out about it and its condition; after all, that’s why you hired a home inspector. You want to know when the roof was put on, how old the furnace is, if the electricity is up to date. And […]

Do People Need A Drain Company More Or Less Than They Used To?

  Here at Garvin’s we’ve been serving Denver and the front range with drain cleaning for over 75 years, and have seen business grow ever since. One big reasons for the growth is, of course, the growth of Denver. Another reason, the one we’re most proud of, is that we gain business by word of […]

What’s Going On With My Dishwasher Drain?

  Electric dishwashers have been around for nearly a century, but most didn’t make it into home until sometime between the 1950’s and 1970’s. By the 1980’s just about every new home was build with a dedicated space for the dishwasher. We can’t deny that dishwashers are amazing. After all, they’re dealing with every kind […]

How Your Washing Machine Washing Can Lead To Premature Drain Cleaning

For most of our blogs, we write about the three main drains that contribute to the most common needs for drain cleaning: the sinks, the toilets, and the shower drains. Sinks because people send way too much grease down, toilets because people flush things they shouldn’t, and showers because people lose a lot of hair […]

4 Signs That You Might Be Needing Sewer Cleaning Soon

  Unless you’ve just moved in, you know your home pretty well even if you don’t realize it. You can’t consciously describe the normal blowing of your furnace in winter, but you certainly can tell when it starts making a different noise. You seldom notice the refrigerator cycling on, but when it goes off with […]

Avoid The Grease Monster!

  There’s a cute series of books by Ursula Vernon called Dragonbreath. It’s very popular among young kids of grade school age, because it mixes regular prose with lots of graphic novel pictures. It’s a great bridge to chapter books without pictures. The main character, Dragonbreath (who’s a dragon, not a sewer snake), is a […]

Famous Sewers From Hollywood

  Have you ever been to the Internet Movie Database? (www.imdb.com) It’s hard to describe it without using the word “depository.” It’s the website where you reference, cross-reference, and find out just about anything you want to about a particular movie. So when we were thinking about sewers in movies (we think about sewers a […]

Sewer Snake? No, Sewer Turtles!

  In a recent blog we made reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who live in the New York sewers and fight crime in their Turtlemobile. And it got us thinking…how on earth did they never face an enemy named Sewer Snake?! That episode would write itself! And as Denver’s premier sewer service, we […]

The Sewer Drain Cleaning That You’re Responsible For

  We try to blog here at Garvin’s as much as possible, and sometimes we forget what we’ve covered and what we haven’t. Well, we just realized that we’ve never broken down the different parts of your sewer system, so here it is. We’ll also tell you exactly what parts of sewer drain cleaning are […]

Things That Even Sewer Cleaning Can’t Prevent

  Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we’re always interested in helping you prevent the need for emergency sewer cleaning. Even though it’s how we make our living, we’d rather see you for preventive drain cleaning than to have to rush to your house because you’re ankle deep in blackwater. We’d rather establish a relationship with […]

Preventive Sewer Cleaning Stops Your House From Becoming A Biohazard Zone

In the last blog we talked about the different types of water in your house: the whitewater coming in, the blackwater goes out, and the graywater that some buildings can divert in order to water plants. What’s going out of your house and into the sewer system right now is called blackwater. That’s water than […]

The Different Types of Water Coming Into And Leaving Your Home

  We deal with water every day, and our goal is to always make sure that the water gets to where it’s supposed to be. If we’re working on plumbing, we make sure that the water in your pipes reaches your sink instead of flowing onto your floor, and that your wastewater heads out of […]

What’s Actually Going On In My Drain?

Here at Garvin’s we’ve told you many times “don’t pour this” or “don’t flush that.” We know we sound like broken record, but preventing things from going down the drain is the first step to keeping a clean drain. But sometimes we forget to tell you exactly why you shouldn’t be sending these things down […]

Have A Furry Friend? Here’s How To Take Care Of Them While Avoiding Drain Cleaning Service

In the United States, there are up to 80 million dogs and 96 million cats. Around 35% of households has either a dog or a cat, and that’s not including other furry friends including rabbits, ferrets, pet pigs, mice, rats, and sugar gliders. Every animal comes with particular quirks of pet ownership, and some of […]

“Just Because It Goes Down The Drain…” More Stuff People Flush That Leads To Sewer Drain Cleaning

  It never seems to end, does it, the long list of stuff you shouldn’t be sending down your toilet. But in some ways, it makes sense. Toilets are there for taking a few select “items” away from your home. It’s not a magic trash can into which you can put anything and it will […]

Merry Christmas! Watch Out For These Things That Can Go Wrong With Your Sewer Drain During The Holidays

The holidays are here, and with it come the guests! Unfortunately, that means that your sewer lines might be under more duress than usual. Here are a few pieces of advice to help you survive the holidays without having to call for emergency sewer cleaning service. When You’re Cleaning The House: If you’re having people […]

Buying A Pre-existing Home? Make Sure You Let The Professionals Take Care Of Your Sewer Inspection

  If you’re about to buy a pre-owned home, you’ve probably been told that a sewer inspection is a good idea. We wholeheartedly agree with this, because you never know the information that the previous homeowner might be holding back from you regarding the health of the soon-to-be-yours sewer system. We’ve noticed a trend lately […]

Ways Technology Has Changed Rooter Service and Drain Cleaning

  When you think about the changing face of technology, your first thought is probably about cell phone, computers, or the way that more and more of your home appliances are getting smarter and smarter (making us feel dumber and dumber!) But in our 75 years at Garvin’s Sewer Service, things have really changed technologically. […]

The Advantages of Having Women At The Helm Of Your Sewer Cleaning

  As you might know from the big banner at the front of our site, Garvin’s just celebrated its 75th year in business, all of them serving Denver and the surrounding area. Russell P. Garvin started it as Denver’s first rooter service back in 1940, and passed it on to his great-nephew Kenneth Aston in […]

It’s A Trap! The Importance Of Grease Traps In Commercial Drain Cleaning

  If you run a restaurant, you know just what grease can do to your sewer system. If your grease traps aren’t properly cleaned, fats, oils and greases (FOGs) can wreak havoc in your pipes and cause clogs like you wouldn’t believe. Grease traps are a requirement for all restaurants, whether you’re a fast food […]

Sewer Drain Cleaning Differences In A Cold Climate

  Cold yet? Here in the middle of December in Denver it can get pretty bad, and it’s unlikely we’re in the middle of the worst of it…January and February are usually even colder. Because we live in a part of the country that has seasons, it got us thinking about how these seasons affects […]

Watching Out For The Environment: Rooter Service Is The Way To Go

  We’ve talked many times about the importance of keeping chemical drain cleaners out of your drain. It’s simply bad on so many levels. It can eat at your pipes, it offers only a short-term fix, and you’re bringing poisons into your home that don’t need to be there. But if you’re concerned about the […]

Why So Many Drain Cleaning Calls On Monday?

  Here at Garvin’s, we’re ready to go. What that means is that you can call us 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year (and even February 29th this year!) and we’ll be there to take care of your unscheduled sewer emergency. But what if it’s not an emergency? What if something happens over the weekend but it’s not […]

The Sewer Snake: 7 Benefits To Having A Professional Take Care Of It

  You might be a do-it-yourself kind of person, and we respect that. There are lots of projects around the house that can be taken care of and save you a lot of money. So go ahead, frame that bathroom, replace that chandelier, build a deck! So when you start thinking “maybe I’ll just rent […]

5 Things A Typical Sewer Drain Company Won’t Tell You…But We Will!

  There are many reasons that a company might clam up when it comes to your sewer drain system. After all, if they don’t tell you the problems to avoid, maybe you’ll make them again and have to call them back for more repairs. Here at Garvin’s we’re very interested in being your go-to when […]

Get Preventive Sewer Drain Cleaning and You Can Avoid The Horrors Of A Backup

If you’ve ever experienced sewage in your basement, you know what a terrible situation it can be. And if you haven’t, be glad, because it’s just the beginning of problems that are going to last for months. We’ll get this out of the way first…one way to prevent many instances of sewage backing up is […]

One More Thing About Garbage Disposal Installation and Proper Drain Cleaning

  We talked at length recently about the right way to treat your garbage disposal so that the stuff you send down it doesn’t gum it up, cause it to stop working, and lead to unnecessary drain cleaning. But there are a few things that can happen even if you’re taking care of it. Keep […]

Keeping The Wrong Stuff Out Of Your Garbage Disposal Prevents Unnecessary Drain Cleaning

  Garbage disposals are pretty cool, we have to admit. It’s great when you’re cleaning plates after a meal and don’t want it to stink up the kitchen by having it sit in the trash. It’s also a great alternative to sink stoppers, which can be difficult to keep clean and keep on top of. […]

4 Reasons People Call Garvin’s For Rooter Service

  Here’s something that’s not a secret, even though we don’t like to admit it…when it comes to sewer cleaning in Denver and its suburbs, there’s more than one company you can go to for rooter service. Not really shocking, is it? So you might wonder why so many people choose Garvin’s Sewer Service when […]

Have A Funky Smell Coming From Your Sewer Drain? Here’s What It Could Be

  If you walk into a room and smell something bad, you might not know exactly what it is at first. Did someone microwave salmon? Did someone drop an egg behind the refrigerator? Maybe someone forgot to flush the toilet. In these cases, we’ll let you take care of them…sewer cleaning service doesn’t usually involve […]

4 Sewer Drain Problems That Are Almost Impossible To Avoid

  There are precautions you can take to avoid the need for constant sewer drain cleaning, but other things aren’t so easy to avoid. For instance: Previous owners: If you’ve moved into a house that was previously owned, there’s a good chance that some of the stuff that they sent down the drain is still […]

What’s In Drain Cleaner? And Why Doesn’t It Work In Sewer Drain Cleaning?

  We understand that there is a certain temptation that comes with chemical drain cleaners. After all, you simply have to go to the store, pay your $7 for some Drano or Liquid Plumr, and you’re good to go, right? Well, not really. Chemical drain cleaners are one thing we rail against here at Garvin’s […]

What Is A Sewer Jetter?

  You know, over the years in this blog we’ve talked quite a bit about rooter service. Most of the time we’ve referred to the mechanical sewer snakes that head down the pipe and grind everything in their path and on all sides of the pipe, taking care of grease, toilet paper clogs, and all […]

If You Manage Hotels and Motels In Denver, Drain Cleaning Should Be A Top Priority

  Denver has its share of great hotels and just okay hotels. Same when it come to motels. But whether you manage one or a dozen, there’s one thing that should be at the top of your list…drain cleaning. Why is this, you might ask, when everything seems to be running fine You Can’t Control […]

Why You’ll Want To Have A Sewer Inspection Before You Buy A House

So you’re looking for a house…congratulations! It can be an exciting time, but as excited as you are you don’t want to rush the process and forget some very important steps. If you’re buying a pre-existing house, you’re going to call a house inspector to check everything out. He’ll make sure the furnace works, that […]

You Can’t Learn Everything From About Drain Cleaning From The Clog Blog, So Like Us On Facebook!

At Garvin’s, we try to keep in touch with our customers as much as possible. That’s one reasons we keep this Clog Blog going, but we certainly know that there aren’t that many people who bookmark it and read every post. And it’s a shame, too, because we really do offer a lot of great […]

3 Reasons You Might Need Us To Send Down A Sewer Camera

We admit it…most of the time we like to root first and ask questions later. If all of your drains are running slow and it’s the first time this is happening to you (or even the first time in a year), it’s unlikely we’re going to suggest you opt for an expensive sewer camera inspection […]

Why Veterinary Clinics And Pet Stores Need Constant Drain Cleaning Service

  If you ask most people what kind of businesses need drain cleaning or need the use of a good sewer jetter, most would probably say restaurants or maybe a hair salon. Not many would think “veterinary clinic” or “pet store.” But when you consider it, it makes a lot of sense that any company […]

When Your Car Wash Needs Commercial Drain Cleaning, Give Garvin’s Sewer Service A Call!

  Most people who go to a car wash never even think about the water. Well, that’s not true; they think about the water that’s coming down and hitting their car, but they never think about where it goes once it rolls off their hood. Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we actually think about that […]

Run A Hair Salon? Our Preventive Maintenance Drain Cleaning Will Keep You Running

Has there ever been a business more in need of professional drain cleaning that a hair salon? After all, you’re constantly sending one of the most notorious drain cloggers right down the pipe! Here are Garvin’s, we’re dedicated to commercial plumbing and every business that needs drain cleaning. And when it comes to hair salons, […]

Sewer Cleaners For Car Lots and Garages

Here at Garvin’s, we’ve been serving Denver’s houses for over 75 years. And most of the customers in those houses think that that’s all we do, but they’d be very wrong. After all, businesses all over the metro area need us to take care of their drains both inside and outside. Car lots are a […]

Hey Laundromats! How Long Until You Need Drain Cleaning Services?

  If you’re a laundromat, you’re going to need a professional drain cleaning service sooner rather than later. After all, your business runs on water and the process of removing dirt from clothes…and all of that dirt and grime has to go somewhere! With all that water moving through the drains and sewer lines, you […]

When You Need A Sewer Inspection With Our Sewer Scope

  It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about this, but it bears repeating over and over because it could save you thousands of dollars. Some people call us wondering if we do free sewer inspections with our sewer scope. When we say “no” they’re always surprised (and a few of them angry.) After all, they […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Make Sure Your Turkey Doesn’t Lead To Sewer Cleaning

  Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re having a bunch of people over for the holidays, whether it’s for a single meal of a for the entire week, we hope everything goes well with the cooking, cleaning, and prep for this great holiday. But as important as the turkey is to many people, there are still some […]

Moving Into An Old Restaurant? Reset Your Plumbing With Expert Sewer And Drain Cleaning

  There’s a building up in Loveland (the city, not the pass) that used to house a food court. A new company moved in and turned it into a typical office space for about 200 employees, replacing the walls, ceilings, and installing carpet as you’d expect them to do. But after a while people started […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Here Are Three Things You Can Do Ensure You’ll Need Emergency Drain Cleaning Service!

  [A tongue-in-cheek blog post from Garvin’s Sewer Service:] Happy Thanksgiving, all! We hope you’ve got some great plans to invite people over and stuff yourself with a stuffed turkey. But when your guests all go home, maybe you get a bit lonely and want to have some company from your local sewer service. If […]

A Bit Of Bragging About Our Top-Rated Sewer Drain Cleaning Business

  Nearly every one of our blogs is all about helping you. We either try to help you with blogs offering service like “Get Preventive Sewer Drain Cleaning and You Can Avoid The Horrors Of A Backup” or with advice on what you can do like “3 Cheap Things You Can Do To Prevent Frequent Drain […]

3 Cheap Things You Can Do To Prevent Frequent Drain Cleaning

Here at Garvin’s, we want your business. There’s really no secret about that. But we also know that if our van is parked out in front of your house every two weeks, it seems like we’re doing a bad job. We’re here not only to sell our sewer drain cleaning and sewer services to you, […]

What Do People Do With Grease?

Here at Garvin’s, we’ll admit it…we’re not really interested in your household grease. While we have every interest in moving it on its way so that you never see it again, we don’t really want to keep it. Who would, anyway? Well, actually, there are quite a few people out there who are interested in […]

Why You Should Get Drain Cleaning Performed When You Move Into A New House Or Apartment

At Garvin’s Sewer Service, we know that most people give us a call when there’s something wrong with their drains. Either the sink is backed up or the toilet is overflowing or a clogged drain turns their shower into a bathtub. And we love helping people get out of these unfortunate situations and get their […]

The Tools Of Sewer Cleaners: Sewer Cameras, Rooters, Jetters, and More!:

  When you’re in need of rooter service or drain cleaning, we know that you’re probably not in the best mood. After all, the stuff that usually leaves your home with no problem just won’t leave as quickly or as thoroughly as you’d like, so you’re probably more than a little worried about your sewer […]

The Secret War Going On During Halloween: Put Pumpkin Guts Down Your Sink and Drain Cleaning Quickly Follows!

  Halloween can be a fun time of year, but there’s something nefarious that goes on that no one ever talks about…the secret war between pumpkin guts and kitchen drains! When you’re cleaning out your pumpkins, everything is all gooey and sticky, and you might think that the seeds and guts will slide right down […]

The Importance of Proper Drain Cleaning Service When You Own A Restaurant

If you own or run a restaurant in the Denver area, it’s not likely that you’ll be needing rooter service anytime soon due to tree roots. After all, not many restaurants have a lot of trees that are planted right over the sewer line, trees that are just trying to burst into the line to […]

Is It Okay To Pour Boiling Water Down My Pipes In Order To Do My Own Drain Cleaning?

Whether they’re trying to do their own drain cleaning or simply pouring off the water from pasta, we have gotten the same question over and over: is it okay to pour boiling hot water down the sink? Good question, and the answer is: not really, and we wouldn’t advise it. Why? It’s not good for […]

Renovating An Apartment Complex? Don’t Forget About the Commercial Drain and Sewer Cleaning

  Whether you’re a contractor working on an apartment complex, an owner who is looking to flip an apartment, or are renovating after many years on an old apartment, there’s one invisible aspect of the renovation that you certainly don’t want to ignore, and that’s drain cleaning and sewer cleaning for every apartment you’ve got. […]

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Have Us On Speed Dial If You Need Emergency Sewer Cleaning

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas. Will you be having someone over? Maybe lots of someones? Or will you heading to someone else’s place for the holiday. Either way, we’ve got some advice on how you can make things go very smoothly. If You’re Having People Over: If […]

Why To Call Us For Your Sewer Snake Drain Cleaning?

  Hey folks, the holidays are upon us and you’re probably cooking more and more. And as we cook more and more, we clean more dishes and more goes down the drain. When that happens, your sewer system might tell you that it’s finally had enough, and when your pipes get so bad that you […]

3 Things That Can Go Wrong With Drain Cleaning Chemicals

  When it comes to drain cleaning, there are two basic ways to do it: chemical and mechanical. We’ll be perfectly honest in this debate…any drain cleaner worth his salt will always go mechanical. That’s because just about anything you send down your drain isn’t really fixing the problems long term, but simply eating though […]

Happy Halloween! Do These Spooky Things In Your Toilet Require Drain Cleaning?

  Happy Halloween! Whether you celebrate the holiday with hundreds of decorations or you turn your lights off so no one stops by, you can’t deny that there’s something appealing about spooky tales. So we’ve scoured the web (when we usually scour drains) to find some of the weirder things that people have found in […]

Top 3 Advantages Of Using Our Mechanical Rooter Service For Your Sewer Drain Cleaning

  Here at Garvin’s, we’re dedicated to bringing you the ultimate sewer drain cleaning service. That’s why our rooter service is mechanical instead of chemical, because it’s the best available option. Why? It keeps the chemicals out of your drain: First of all, you don’t need us to bring caustic chemicals into your home. Second, […]

Homeowners Insurance and Sewer Cleaning…oh boy!

  For many people, the following happens all the time: you go to the mailbox, pull out something from your insurance company, and think “oh no, is it time to pay that again?” Then you open it and realize that it’s not a bill, but instead a “friendly remind” of the coverage you could have […]

Sewer Line Cleaning Prices and Process

We get lots of questions from customers, and PlumbingGirl is ready to take them on. Dear PlumbingGirl, We purchased an investment property and found a really great couple as our first renters. They were expecting their first baby when I met them. The home is a ‘fixer upper’ that was built in 1983. There doesn’t […]

3 Advantages Of Preventive Drain Cleaning

  Everyone makes mistakes and sends some stuff down them that they really shouldn’t. It might be the grease that a paper towel just won’t take off your pots and pans, or it might be that antibacterial wipe that you wiped the toilet with and then flushed. So eventually everyone needs drain cleaning. And even […]

Need Sump Pump Repair? Don’t Let It Go Another Day!

  As we saw in Longmont and Loveland a few years ago, 500-year floods just aren’t what they used to be…they’re showing up every few decades! That’s why it’s important to always be prepared. It’s possible that you have a sump pump in your house that you’ve never used. Maybe it was there when you […]

How often should I clean my sewer line?

We get lots of questions from customers, and PlumbingGirl is ready to take them on. Dear PlumbingGirl, Can you tell me how often I should be cleaning my sewer line? My neighbors replaced their sewer line and I don’t want that to happen to me. Watching their entire yard be dug up, I can’t imagine […]

Are roots causing my sewer line to keep backing up?

We get a lot of calls from people who feel they are always experiencing sewer line back ups. If you are one, you may be wondering if roots are causing your sewer line to back up. It is very possible. There are certain times of the year when roots are more likely to grow into […]

Avoid Drain Cleaning By Taking A Few Precautions

Eventually we all need drain cleaning. After all, you’ve got stuff going down the drain every day, and over time some of it is going to stick to your drain and start a clog. So while we look forward to your call when you do eventually need drain cleaning, we’ve got a few hints that […]

Why We Can Say We Offer The Best Sewer Drain Service In The Denver Area

  It’s easy to say that we offer the best sewer and drain cleaning service in Denver. Watch: “We offer the best sewer and drain cleaning service in Denver.” There, that was easy. The truth is, we’ve been serving Denver for a long time, and we have quite a few customers who would agree with […]

How Important Is Plumbing And Sewer Service To You?

  Let’s talk about human history for a second. Did you fall asleep yet? No? Good. Some people look down on plumbers and those who work with sewage. But do you know why we’re so proud to offer sewer repair and plumbing service? Because two things have increased human life longevity and productivity more than […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Water Heater Installation Done Garvin’s Sewer Service

  Here at Garvin’s we’re more than just drain cleaning and sewer repair. We’re also plumbing experts, and can handle any faucet replacements or repairs you might need. We also handle water heater installation, and while it might seem at first like a simple replacement, it’s actually a good idea to have a professional handle […]

3 Toilet Paper Steps You Can Take To Avoid Constant Sewer Cleaning

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…toilet paper is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to a house needing sewer cleaning. Most of the super-plush, multi-ply toilet paper doesn’t dissolve very well, and it can just sit there for years, grabbing everything that goes by and just building and building until […]

Those Three Drain Cleaning Points That You Need To Keep On Top Of

  Before anything gets to the sewer, it has to go down your drains. So the drains in your home are the points that you and your family have direct control over. So, sometime when you’re not eating, call everyone together and have the “drain talk” with them. This will ensure that you don’t have […]

Just What Does “We Clean Drains, Not Bank Accounts” Mean?

  “We Clean Drains, Not Bank Accounts®.” Sure, it’s catchy. It’s our motto, and we like it so much that we had it registered. The fact is, mottos are cheap if they’re not backed up by service. That’s why we’re very careful to be fair to each and every customer who gives us a call. […]

3 Types Of Businesses In The Most Need Of Commercial Drain Cleaning

  Here at Garvin’s we’ve been serving the Denver area for over 75 years, and we love helping residents in their time of need. We’ve also served many, many businesses over the years, businesses that many people would never associate with needing sewer and drain cleaning services. Here’s a short list of some of our […]

A Free Sewer Service That Could Save You Thousands Of Dollars: Sewer Camera Review

  There’s an idea that’s been brewing in my head for many years…it’s a car mechanic that doesn’t fix cars. Let’s call him Phil. Now, here’s the idea. Imagine you have a regular mechanic and he says “what you need is a $1,200 repair.” Then you take it to Phil, and he says “yep, that’s […]

How To Protect Your Sewer Line From Tree Roots And Reduce Your Need For Sewer Service

  We hope you have as many trees as you want in your yard to make our Colorado cities more beautiful and help keep our air clean. But as much as we love trees, they a bane of sewer lines. Tree roots are designed to seek out water and nutrients, and the finest roots can […]

You’ll Need A Sewer Snake If You Send This Stuff Down The Drain

At Garvin’s, we fully understand that you’re in a delicate situation when you call us for emergency sewer service. The stuff that you thought you’d never see again has come back to haunt you, and we’ve seen more than one person turn red from embarrassment when we point out what “that used to be.” So […]

What’s The Difference Between Drain Cleaning And Sewer Cleaning?

  You know, we provide drain and sewer cleaning services every day. So while simple differences in our industry might be obvious to us, we have to remind ourselves that they’re not always obvious to the customer. (It’s true of every industry; if you’re in insurance, a lawyer, or work in a factory you’d probably […]

What Are The Signs Of  A Broken Sewer Line And How Can A Sewer Service Help?

  The beginning of a broken sewer line can be surprisingly subtle. Most people think that one day everything is fine and the next that your bathroom floor is covered in raw sewage. The good thing is, there are signs to watch out for before bad things start coming back up your sink. And the […]

Why Preventive Drain Cleaning Can Prevent Costly Sewer Repair

  On our Preventive Sewer Cleaning page, we mention how we’re like dentists. Strange analogy, considering the business we’re in. Maybe, in fact, we’re more like doctors…wanting your system to stay healthy so that you can keep the stuff that makes you sick away from you. Let’s take a look at that and see if […]

The Worst Movie You’ll Ever Watch: Say Hello To The Sewer Scope!

  Have you ever seen a movie that you thought was garbage? That’s what we watch every day! The sewer scope is a camera at the end of a cable. It’s fed down your main sewer line so that we can see exactly what’s going on in your sewer system. From it we can tell […]

The Stuff You Sent Down The Drain Five Years Ago Might Still Be There…So Call The Right Sewer Service!

  Whenever we show up at a home, it’s not often that people will admit to the stuff that they flush. Maybe you were cleaning the toilet with a paper towel, and the paper towel got so disgusting that it was just easier to flush than to toss it in the trash can. Or perhaps […]

Why you should add drain and sewer cleaning to your spring home checklist

May is the time of year in Denver when we can finally begin to open windows and begin our spring cleaning. This year, as with last year, we did need to wait until mid-May as April brought May snow rather than flowers. Nonetheless, we cross our fingers that snow is complete and begin preparing our […]

How much does a sewer scope inspection cost?

We get calls from a variety people looking for a sewer scope inspection, which can also be called a sewer snake or a sewer camera inspection. And people really have different reasons for wanting one. The main reasons we see are addressed in the blog post “The Value of a Sewer Camera Inspection in a […]

How bacon grease down the drain can lead to you needing sewer cleaning

What do I do with my bacon grease? Drain cleaning service providers typically deal with the same most common clogs: Grease Too much slow or non-disintegrating product in the sewer line (such as wipes, tampons, paper towel and more) Roots Preventative maintenance can help with all these. Instead of pouring bacon grease down the kitchen […]

The Value of a Sewer Camera Inspection in a New Home Purchase

There are three main reasons Garvin’s Sewer Service thinks are valid for sewer scope (aka sewer snake, aka sewer camera) inspections. We frankly get frustrated when we hear other companies do these on a regular basis because we see homeowners being sold something they don’t need based on the infrequency, and therefore lack of education, […]

High Ethics, Happy Customers and Culture Make for Longevity in the sewer service business

This year, Garvin’s Sewer Service is celebrating 75 years in the sewer cleaning, drain cleaning, and sewer camera inspection business. A family-owned, honest, reliable drain cleaning company, Garvin’s Sewer Service is now in its third generation of ownership. They believe their values and mission statement create a culture that demands customers be treated the way […]

The stuff you flush that can lead to the need for sewer service

“If tampons are flushable, why do they cause a sewer backup?” Recently I heard from a landlord who said it was part of the lease that tampons would not be flushed down the toilet. Yet after a sewer backup, it was found tampons were the major culprit. In fact, tampons, wipes, paper towels are the […]

Press Release: Garvin's Sewer Service Celebrates 75th Anniversary

A Diamond in Denver Garvin’s Sewer Service, 2900 S. Shoshone St., Englewood Colorado, Celebrates 75 years in business in 2015! Garvin’s Sewer Service began as Denver’s FIRST drain cleaning company in 1940. The company was founded by Russel P. Garvin and is currently in its third generation of family ownership. Garvin’s attributes its longevity to […]

Are you ready for a winter sewer service emergency?

Are you ready? This winter has been fairly easy, but with over two more months of winter left, a few tips on winter emergency preparedness seemed to be in good order. You can store these items in a special place- a box in the attic or basement, garage or shed. Just make sure everyone knows […]

Why do I always need sewer repair during the holidays?

“Why do I always get a sewer repair at the holidays?” ANNOYING, Right?! Yes, I hear a lot of people ask this question. There are several reasons why it can happen. Maybe knowing these, you can prevent it next year! Guests. Guests mean that your plumbing and sewer system is being used more heavily than […]

The Thanksgiving Stuff That leads to emergency sewer service

My dad fried a turkey once. Just once. Mom was mad that we had a blackened turkey. Truth be told, once we peeled off the charred skin, the moist meat was absolutely fantastic. The internet is full of recipes to try this Thanksgiving. And I’m sure that Pinterest and Instagram will have tons of pictures […]

What our techs are thinking during your sewer cleaning

As a homeowner, I understand that talking to a blue collar guy can be…painful. Trust me, the guys tell me it can be painful too. And while most customers go above and beyond to make sure it goes as smooth as possible during the sewer cleaning, others just don’t seem to understand what we need. […]

Garvin's Sewer Service Cares About your winter plumbing

Spigots are sexy. Well, not really. But they are important. Why? Because if treated properly, they won’t flood your basement. And if not, they will. It’s almost like you have to succumb to the power they yield. Submit. It’s a shame they can have so much power, but they do. And while Garvin’s Sewer Service […]

Sewer Service Scams and Ethics

Holy buckets! Sometimes I get all fired up about the things I see in the sewer repair industry! I believe that people should be able to expect a fair service done by professionals trained in their field. Especially when you are hiring them to come into your home! We should be able to trust folks! […]

Stuff Women Need to Know About Preventing The Need for sewer service

Hi Ladies! I get a lot of questions and realized I could address some of them more publicly: 1. Is Drain-O/ Liquid Plumr really that bad? In 75 years of business we have:      Gone out to clean a drain after one or similar products have failed to clear a clog (on more than one […]

How Preventive Sewer Maintenance and Sewer Scopes can fix root problems

We have a root showing contest happening here in the office. Let me explain. When roots enter the sewer lines, they cause backups. We send our guys out to nab the problem. Most of the time, these roots come out in bits or are pushed through to the city main. In some cases, such as […]

Stories from the Trade Show: Do You Even Need Sewer Replacement?

They say fact is stranger than fiction… An older woman approaches me at a recent trade show and says, “How much do you guys charge for sewer replacement?” “It depends on a bunch of things,” I reply. “Can you tell me a little about what’s going on?” I always ask that question when people ask […]

Stories from the Trade Show: Drain Cleaning 101

They say truth is stranger than fiction… A man approaches me at a recent trade show and asks, “Do you guys sell plungers for low flush toilets?” “No,” I reply, “But any hardware store sells them.” “I have one and it’s not working because my,” he pauses, thinks, then continues with finger quotes, “my ‘deposits’ […]

Sewer Scope SCAM

We have heard from a few people lately who feel they were caught in a Sewer Scope Scam This would include what is called a Sewer Replacement Scam, Video Sewer Scope Scam, Sewer Snake Scam, or Sewer Camera Scam. Here are some red flags to look for if you are worried you are being or […]

Bathrooms (and drain cleaning) of the Future

When I was a kid, I loved the Jetsons. I really did think when I was an adult, the world would be like that. Although, I couldn’t do the math to figure out that in 2062, the time of the show, I would be 86 years old. That’s a long time to wait for a […]

Toy in the Toilet might mean drain cleaning

As a mom, we have to deal with a lot of stuff. Drama when kids fight over a toy. Drama as our child goes to their first day of school. Drama as our kid has their first serious sickness or injury. Drama as our children complain about the food they are served. Kids don’t mean […]

Simplify Simplify Simplifying our drain and sewer cleaning services

Simplify. I put this word on my vision board this year and had no idea how it would come about other than to remind me to say “no” more. And for those of you waiting to hear — HERE IS MY BIG NEWS: I decided to simplify, get back to basics and close down the […]

The Value of Business Networking in the sewer cleaning industry

Hey, we can’t talk about sewer cleaning and drain cleaning all the time! Sometimes we have to talk business. And when we do… What is Business Networking and how does it benefit the customer? Business Networking is basically relationship building for businesses. Take for example: you walk into your partner’s office party. You start talking […]

Bathroom Debates Beyond When it's time for drain cleaning

There are plenty of things in the world to debate and ponder — starvation, sustainability, clean drinking water. But there are far fewer things we get downright righteous about — our bathrooms. I don’t mean using a particular brand or color coordination, I’m talking about the good old basic age-old debates: Which way should the […]

Unless you want to call us for sewer cleaning, post this For Your Guests this Holiday Season

Please post in a conspicuous place everywhere appropriate for your guests and/or kitchen helpers to see this holiday season. There are 2 VERSIONS of this Holiday Guest Decree- version 1 is uncensored and version 2 is polite. You may even request guests sign in before entering your home. If you don’t you might be calling […]

Love Your Garbage Disposal Month…And Avoid Drain Cleaning Next Month

It’s “Love Your Garbage Disposal Month,” hereby declared by PlumbingGirl! November and December tend to yield high-frequency Garbage Disposal Abuse. It’s not your fault — you probably didn’t know any better. Your daddy isn’t a plumber like mine is. I’m not here to cast shame, it will be ok. However, in the effort to protect […]

Dumping Oil In Your Sink Leads To Unnecessary Drain Cleaning! Here are some turkey fryer oil drop-off locations in Colorado

Are you frying your turkey this Thanksgiving? We definitely recommend it, yum! One important thing to remember is when disposing of the cooking oil, DO NOT dump the oil down any sink or flush it down the toilet. This can lead to clogging, bad smells, build up, trapping other things in your pipes… all around […]

Are you sabotaging your sewer system in a way that will require sewer repair?

Fatbergs and BTP: Are you sabotaging your system? Have you heard the expression “set up to fail”? It would be used in the case of a new staff person who isn’t provided with training or expectations; and it could be used in the case of Fatbergs and BTP. What is a Fatberg? What is BTP? […]

How to Plumbing FAILS II – Do It Yourself Drain Cleaning?

Sometimes we come across customers who think they can do their own plumbing. Sometimes their own drain cleaning and sewer repair. Only sometimes does it work! They find How To Plumbing articles, books and videos However, there are some things that really need to be left to professionals. Quick story, just this week from our […]

How to Plumbing FAILS! – Should you try your own sewer cleaning?

Ok, so tons of people every day are looking for ways to save money on their Do-It-Yourself Home Projects. And, I think there are lots of very valid things you can do. However, there are some you should not because: 1. You frankly just have no clue and no amount of YouTube How To Plumbing […]

Tales from the Depths: Interesting Stories and Questions About Drain Cleaning

Stories from the Plumbing Front Lines: In my years of networking (talking to people) specifically in the world of plumbing, I have gotten some pretty interesting questions and stories. Here are some of my favorites: Plumbing Question 1: Does ROCK SALT kill roots in the sewer line?   Roots grow in from the TOP of […]

Fun story for Realtors – A Gift From Your Local Sewer Cleaners!

A special Realtor’s® Edition MadLib® Created by Plumbing Girl at Garvin’s Sewer Service   Hey Realtor® Friends! Fill out the blanks below BEFORE reading the story. After you have filled in the blanks, apply your answers to the corresponding blanks in the story following. Have fun!   Location: _______________ Person or thing: _______________ Verb: _______________ […]

How does plumbing work, and when do I need sewer service?

How does my plumbing system work?   Hey Folks! So many times we get calls from customers who just don’t get how their home’s plumbing & waste system works. Today, I am here to help! First, plumbing is made up of two main systems: water and waste First the difference between a water system and […]

Your Local Sewer Cleaners to Work on Habitat for Humanity Project

3/4/2013 2:00pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Info: Kris Jordan, Garvin’s Sewer Service, 303-571-5114, Kris at garvinssewerservice.com GARVIN’S SEWER SERVICE TO WORK ON LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT Garvin’s Sewer Service to assist on phase two of the Baker St. project in Longmont, CO with the St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity program. The project had their […]

The Story of Garvin's Sewer Service since 1940

In 1990, Garvin’s Sewer Service celebrated its golden anniversary — 50 years of operations, 50 years of integrity, 50 years in Denver’s historic Golden Triangle neighborhood. The following year, company founder, Russell Garvin died at age 86. He worked until the last day of his life. My Great Uncle was a pure entrepreneur. In the […]

If the value is there, is it still expensive? What about for Sewer Cleaning?

***Taken from Kris “PlumbingGirl” Jordan’s personal blog*** My boyfriend and I got to spend the weekend in Estes Park — a beautiful quiet retreat in the mountains of Colorado. We had never been to this specific Lodge before, and just like the first time you go anywhere new, you explore a little- decide what you […]

Todd Buster Memorial Service: Garvin's Sewer Service

Life Celebration & Reception for   Todd Buster 3/25/62- 4/14/13 Friday, April 19th, 2013 6pm Christ Life Community Church 5451 Colorado 86, Franktown, CO

Why do I need a sewer scope?

What are the reasons for sewer scoping? There are several reasons why people would do a sewer scope (also known as a sewer camera or sewer snake), here are a few of them: Purchasing a home Because a sewer scope is not included in a normal home inspection, it must be requested and done separately […]

How Much Does Sewer Scoping Cost?

Use of a sewer scope (also knowing as a sewer snake or sewer camera) can range from free to $400 in the greater Denver Metro area. At this point, you’re probably wondering why you would pay $400 instead of $0. Most of the time, companies that offer it on the lower end, it’s because they […]

The Balance Between Plumbing Preventative and Emergency Sewer Services

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is one of my Dad’s favorite sayings. He has always been a proponent of knowing when to fix something and when not to. He seems to have learned in life what to spend money on, when not to spend money, when to buy the more expensive, and […]

Red Flags of Sewer Scope Inspections

With sewer line repairs starting at $3500 and replacements costing upwards of tens of thousands, spending just a couple hundred dollars for a sewer scope (aka sewer camera) inspection is a good investment. This is especially true in property transactions and in homes with problematic sewer systems. However, it is important to know what we […]

Roots in my Sewer Line, Oh My! Do I need sewer service?

Although roots grow year-round, it’s best to do preventative maintenance in the spring. After the winter thaw and run off, the trees and bushes are looking to grow again, wiggling their roots into the joints of sewer lines and through the porous clay pipes. Also, people may be hosting parties and guests in the winter, […]

Spring Drain Cleaning

Is it time for spring drain cleaning yet? If you are itching to get some things in order, here are some helpful plumbing-related tips: Give some love to your dishwasher and sink. Your dishwasher and kitchen sink are usually tied together and will affect each other. For example, if you put too much food into […]

Plumbing tips for Moms to avoid sewer service

We get a lot of calls from moms. We get a lot of questions from moms. I am a mom, so I thought I would write a blog on plumbing tips just for us. These are some great ways to avoid needing sewer service in the future. No, the toilet is not a toy hot […]

Better drain cleaning than Drain-O

I was listening to the radio the other day and the LMFAO song, “Party Rock Anthem” came on. Of course, I turned it up, because it lends itself to that. I was bouncing around in the rush hour traffic when all of a sudden, one line of the song rang out among the others. I […]

Homeowners, Considering a Marble Countertop?

Homeowners, Considering a Marble Countertop? We have partnered with Innovative Interior Solutions, LLC to offer you a special deal in February! Here’s the deal: • Free stainless steel under mount sink and free cutout, polish and mounting of the sink with purchase of 30 SF or more of granite (most all kitchens will be at […]

Drain Cleaning Can Reduce Water Damage

Water damage can happen after a water line break, heavy weather hits, sewer line or toilet backups, sprinkler issues and even, as a friend recently experienced, a fish tank mishap. Here’s some tips on what to do to limit water damage: 1. Turn water off. If the source of water can be stopped, do that […]

Sewer Service Testimonial

To whom it may concern: I’m writing on behalf of my father, Leonard [edit]. Last week after being discharged from the hospital after gall bladder surgery he came home to a sewer problem. This presented a real problem due to his medication which required a working bathroom. He called on company and they said it […]

"Your Sewer Scope Saved Us Over $8500!"

You take your car into the shop. The mechanic notices you need an oil change —he recommends a new engine. That’s one solution, but another solution is to do an oil change. We believe in preventative maintenance over replacement. However, we recognize there are times for replacement. Our goals is to give you the options […]

Cold Weather Tips Beyond Basic Drain Cleaning

Even though we do drain cleaning and sewer repair every day, we’re interested in helping you deal with every aspect of your home’s plumbing…and beyond!   A special note from a friend: This is quick HEADS UP to all TENANTS, OWNERS, VENDORS, FRIENDS and FAMILY MEMBERS!!! Unless you live in the tropics or in the […]

Does Hard Water Affect Your Need For Drain Cleaning?

Here is some great info from our friends over at Clear View Water. We have permission to repost this, and if you have any questions, contact them directly. Thanks! PlumbingGirl Clean. Healthy. Pure. Families and Homeowners across Colorado continue to reach out to us with questions like “What are the signs of Hard Water in […]

Heating Safety

In October, and even as early as September, homeowners in Colorado begin doing furnace tune and clean. Do you need to? Typically, Colorado gets snow towards the end of October for the first time in the winter season. Dealing with cold weather prompts many of us to turn that furnace on to take that chill […]

Talk to us about drain cleaning and sewer cleaning anytime!

I’d love to answer any questions you have about plumbing, plumbing systems, drain cleaning, sewer lines, heating systems, sewer cleaning, air systems and more. I know, if you were all that interested, you’d be a plumber, BUT, I get lots of questions when I’m out networking. I also get lots of stories. I’d love to […]

Calm, On time, Clean Drain Cleaning

I LOVED this testimonial and had to share it: “It is not my habit to write recommendation letters to companies I have hired. However, the helpful manner that you personally extended and the professional workmanship of the two employees that came to my home on July 7 should not go unrecognized. All to often, when […]

Save Money and Your Air-conditioning Unit!

The note on my desk said, “Good morning, Kris! I was thinking that we should run a special on installing these on residential a/c’s. They save money on usage and makes your a/c condenser more efficient. It also makes the condenser start much easier. Total cost including installation, approx. $245. They’ll save that much in […]

Why physical drain cleaning beats the chemicals

Firstly, we’ve found that physically get rid of the clog is so much better drain cleaning than chemicals. Because chemicals usually don’t work. Plus, you’ve got to keep them around your house. My friend, Jason Carroll, with Keller Williams Commercial, sends me a lovely monthly newsletter. I felt this month the topics were spot on […]

10 Tips for a Cleaner, Safer Kitchen

My Realtor friend, Ann Taddeo, sends out a very helpful e-newsletter. The articles are always interesting (at least to me) and I felt re-posting one today was appropriate. As the warm weather comes in, I’ve been keeping my windows open and been spring cleaning and suspect you are too. Enjoy! 10 Tips for a Cleaner, […]

Chemical Free Drain Cleaning

Today’s Soap Box is on liquid drain cleaners. If you’re unsure what I mean, I’m referring to products like LiquidPlumbr ™ and Drano ™. One of my technicians suffered chemical burns as a direct result of cleaning a drain after a liquid product failed to clear a line. The homeowner also failed to tell us […]

Rip off Plumbers: When Drain Cleaning Goes Bad

Dateline NBC ran a story yesterday that completely appalled us regarding rip-off plumbers! This is how we at Garvin’s feel about it. Problem 1: The guy is a salesman! Why would anyone send a salesman to look at a plumbing job? Because he isn’t a plumber, he’s a salesman. He could have just as easily […]

Defective Toilet Paper can Cause you to need sewer cleaning

It was just last month that I was informing the public of the abuse of toilet paper, then, last week, my warnings finally got credence as I stumbled upon an article regarding the dangers of BTP. You may read the article here from dailycamera.com regarding: “CU sues over defective toilet paper”. I need to warn […]