Don’t Let Your Bathroom’s Leak Play Hide-and-Seek

Don’t Let Your Bathroom’s Leak Play Hide-and-Seek

When the original plumbing was installed in your home, fittings, pipes, and hardware were meant to work for decades, but anyone who has ever owned a home understands that at some point, a leak somewhere in that plumbing is inevitable. It isn’t the plumber’s fault; sometimes issues just develop slowly over time. And when they do, it’s important to contact a plumber to correct the issue as quickly as possible because little leaks can lead to significant damage if left unfixed.

While an emergency plumber in Denver can fix the leak quickly, it’s important for homeowners to know what to look for since it isn’t always as easy as a faucet dripping incessantly into a sink. The following are a few things to look for so you know whether to call Garvin’s Sewer Service for an immediate plumbing leak repair:

#1 A Musty Smell

If you’ve ever been in a basement that smells musty, like mildew, or vaguely earthy, you know the type of smell we’re talking about here. This type of smell means that water is getting into the house somehow, and tracking down the source of the smell could mean tracking down the source of the leak.

#2 Dark Spots on the Ceiling or Walls

Another clear way to tell that there is a leak somewhere in your home is through the appearance of dark spots on your ceiling or walls. Especially if you notice these stains appearing on a ceiling that lies directly beneath a bathroom, it could be an indication that something is leaking and causing those water spots to form.

#3 Bubbling or Warping

In more severe cases, leaks can compromise the integrity of those same surfaces. Water stains are one thing, but noticing bubbling or warping of the drywall or the flooring somewhere could mean a hidden leak is turning those surfaces spongy. This particular symptom warrants a call to an emergency plumber immediately.

#4 Visible Mold

The appearance of mold in certain areas like the shower isn’t necessarily an indication of a water leak, but when mold appears in places that are typically dry, that could indicate a problem. Any mold on non-shower walls, floors, or ceilings should be cause for concern regarding a potential leak.

#5 Unusually-High Water Bills

If you’ve lived in a home long enough to know what a standard water bill should look like, hopefully you’ll notice when a bill is significantly and unusually higher than normal. That higher bill could mean that water is leaking out in a way that is not only wasteful and expensive, but also potentially damaging to other aspects of your home.

Call the Professionals

If you notice any of these things in your home, contact your plumbing contractor in Denver, Garvin’s Sewer Service, so we can correct the issue and ensure that minor damage doesn’t quickly turn to major damage. We’re always happy to help, but it makes a big difference if our customers can recognize the signs of leaking water that may appear in their own homes. Contact us today for your Speedy Fast Quote.

Common Dishwasher Drain Issues

Common Dishwasher Drain Issues

It’s hard to remember a time when dishwashers weren’t in the majority of homes across the United States, but we can be reminded very quickly how essential they are to our lives should our dishwasher ever break down. Washing dishes by hand not only takes longer but uses more water, and adding those layers of inconvenience back into your life is a major wakeup call.

So we really notice when a dishwasher isn’t working the way it should. In some instances, it’s possible the dishwasher may require replacement, but in most cases it’s likely an issue with the dishwasher drain. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your dishwasher drain from backing up:

Rinse your dishes well

Most modern dishwashers are capable of washing dishes without rinsing them off first, but it’s a good idea to scrape off the excess food or solids before loading your dishes into the dishwasher. During the wash cycle, these solids get rinsed off the dishes but they need to go somewhere. Newer dishwashers may filter these solids before they hit the drain but the filter or drain basket can still clog and cause water to back up in the bottom of the dishwasher.

There is water in the bottom of my dishwasher

Sometimes the water comes in, but it won’t come out. This could mean you’ve got a clog in the dishwasher drain basket, the dishwasher drain, or a kink in the dishwasher drain hose. Here are a few tips you can try if you have water that isn’t draining.

Run your garbage disposal

The drain hose is the ribbed, plastic hose that’s connected from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal drain. If there is food in the disposal drain then it may prevent the dishwasher from draining. Turn the water on and run the garbage disposal for 15-20 seconds to help clear any potential blockage in the drain hose.

Check the drain hose for kinks

The drain hose may possibly have a kink, which can prevent the water from draining out of the dishwater. You may be able to see the hose under the dishwasher, but this repair may be better suited for a professional plumber.

Clean the drain basket regularly

Modern dishwashers have a filter or drain basket located inside the dishwasher that’s designed to catch solids and other food particles. This basket is meant to be removed and rinsed regularly. If you notice a buildup of food on the drain basket, then consider rinsing your dishes prior to loading, even if the manufacturer claims you don’t need to.

If your dishwasher drain is giving you issues then contact Garvin’s for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment. 

Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks

Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks

It’s never a good thing to discover that you’ve got a leak somewhere in your home, and while the professionals at Garvin’s Sewer Service are always available to fix plumbing issues you may have, it doesn’t make the reality of those imminent repairs any easier to swallow. They can waste water, leave water damage on your floors and ceilings, and even lead to mold growth. In short, it’s something that should be fixed immediately.

Not knowing where those leaks are coming from can be equally frustrating, so the following is a look at the most common causes of plumbing leaks we see here at Garvin’s Sewer Service:

#1 Broken Seals

When you first buy and install appliances, there are various seals around all the water connections that ensure proper water pressure in the appliances themselves while also keeping drips and leaks from finding their way to your floor. If there’s a broken seal somewhere, you may notice condensation on the appliance or a small puddle near the seal.

#2 Clogs

Everybody has experienced a clog in their drain at some point, but in certain instances those clogs can lead to much bigger problems, such as overflowing or burst pipes. 

#3 Corrosion

The older your home gets, the older the pipes inside the walls are going to get, and sometimes, that could mean corrosion. If you notice discoloration or warping of any visible pipes, it’s possible they need replacement to repair the leaks that either are coming or may be on their way if you don’t correct the issue.

#4 Damaged Joints

The joints that connect pipes together are a common place for water to break through. If the seals in those joints fail, or excess water pressure puts too much stress on the joints, water can leak through.

#5 Extreme Changes in Temperature

There’s nothing any home or business owner can do about the weather, but it is worth knowing that extreme changes in temperature can lead to leaks. Your pipes can expand and contract with the rapid drop or rise in temperature, and in so doing they can experience the sort of damage that causes leaks.

#6 Tree Roots

This is sort of a worst-case scenario because it usually means the professionals at Garvin’s Sewer Service may have some digging to do, but tree roots can grow straight through your sewer line, causing standing water in your showers and other drains. If you notice any or all of these things, it’s important to get in touch with a plumber right away. They can clean the line to clear the roots, or even run a sewer scope through the line to discover what is causing the issues.

If you’ve got a leak in your home, Garvin’s Sewer Service offers plumbing leak repair and sewer scope services to ensure that the problem gets fixed immediately. Leaks left alone for too long can cause all sorts of damage to your home, so nipping the issue in the bud before it gets too bad is essential when these sorts of leaks appear. Call today for a Speedy Fast Quote: 303-571-5114.

The Most Common Spring Plumbing Issues, Garvin's Sewer Service, Denver, CO

The Most Common Spring Plumbing Issues

While winter brings more than its fair share of plumbing problems, the spring can be just as problematic, especially at the outset when warmer weather reveals the havoc winter wreaked, and occasional cold snips following a few warm days cause new problems of their own.

Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we want our customers to be aware of what could be going wrong with their plumbing once spring comes so they can recognize the problems quickly and get a professional to their property to get things back up and running the way they should.

The following are the most common spring plumbing problems:

#1 Clogged Outdoor Drains

Ideally, homeowners would have taken care of fallen leaves, sticks, and other blockages in their gutters and outdoor drains before winter ever hit in the first place, but if that wasn’t the case, all the winter precipitation may have packed all that organic debris even tighter, making for quite a headache come spring. These types of blockages can send water from spring rains into unexpected places, which can create significant drainage issues. Sometimes, the obstruction is so significant it requires the assistance of a professional to correct.

Garvin’s clears drainage issues with outdoor drains such as French drains, trench drains, sand traps and more (both commercial and residential).

#2 Leaky Pipes

It is possible for pipes to develop leaks over the course of winter that don’t necessarily show themselves until spring. Pipe materials shrink in freezing temperatures, creating cracks that can temporarily be filled by frozen water. When that ice melts, however, the leaks become apparent, perhaps causing water damage and affecting water pressure in your home. If you think this may be something you’re experiencing this spring, call Garvin’s Sewer Service to fix those leaky pipes.

#3 Line Obstructions

With spring comes new life, which usually is a good thing—except when plant roots split main and sewer lines, causing the sorts of obstructions that are frustrating for homeowners that need those lines clear to function properly. As trees leave their dormant stage, roots spread out and work themselves into vulnerable pipes, causing poor water pressure and slow drainage.

#4 Poor Drainage

That poor drainage can come as a result of an obstructed main line, but there are other reasons why your fixtures may be draining slowly by the time spring rolls around. Winter is a time filled with big holiday meals and visiting house guests, which can mean all sorts of extra foreign items going down your drains and causing clogs that aren’t common at other times of year. Because these types of obstructions often are out of reach for most customers, a professional with professional instruments is the best way to correct the problem.

Schedule a Service Appointment

If you experience any of these issues by the time spring rolls around, contact the professionals at Garvin’s Sewer Service to come have a look. Your plumbing repair service should be a quick and easy one, but even if the job is bigger, we can help make the required repairs to get you water running and behaving the way it did before winter cold and spring growth did their damage.

What to Do If You Have a Burst Pipe

What to Do If You Have a Burst Pipe

There are few nightmarish homeowner situations worse than a burst pipe. For starters, many people don’t have the first idea what to do when this happens, but the mess alone is about as frustrating as house damages can get. The professionals at Garvin’s Sewer Service obviously can help, but there are a few things our customers can do while they wait for the professionals to arrive.

If you should experience a burst pipe, follow these tips to help get your home back in working (dry) order.

Step #1: Turn Off the Water

As is the case any time there is water behaving in ways it should not throughout your house, the first step always is to turn off the water. Whatever damage has been done, you can at least minimize any further problems by stopping the water from flowing. To do this, you’ll need to find your water main and turn the lever so it’s perpendicular to the pipe. Once it’s off, you’ll need to drain the pipes, and you can do that by running all the faucets in your house until they go dry. When there is no more running tap water, the leak should stop.

Step #2: Find the Source of the Damage

After you’ve shut off the water, you’ll want to find the source of the damage to assess exactly how big a problem you’ve got. A major water pipe, for example, is a much bigger problem than a single pipe under a sink.

Step #3: Call a Plumber

Your next step will be to make sure you get a professional to your house as soon as possible to begin the repair process. Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service, we specialize in emergency drain cleaning service and ruptured pipes, so if you want to make sure the water is truly stopped and return function to your sinks, showers, and toilets, you’ll need to call us as soon as possible so we can fix the problem and get things functional again.

Step #4: Clean Up What You Can

While you wait for our professionals to show up, you can begin cleaning up whatever water you can. Sometimes, these jobs are too big for a single person to even know where to begin, but if you can use buckets, mops, and towels to clean up some of the mess, you absolutely should. Water damage can easily lead to mold, and the sooner you clean it up, the more likely you are to avoid the worst of that.

Step #5: Consider Hiring a Drying Crew

Sometimes, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional drying crew. They can minimize the formation of mold and get your furniture up on blocks so everything can dry. There may be other repairs in the future, including replacing flooring or drywall, but a drying service can salvage what they can before making those expensive decisions.

It is not ideal to have a pipe burst but remember that Garvin’s Sewer Service can help if this should happen. Never hesitate to call us if this problem arises. We even have a call line for off-hours emergencies should something like this happen in the middle of the night. Either way, we are the plumbing professionals that can help get your pipes fixed and your water working normally again.

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 field a lot of phone calls during the colder months of the year, and we obviously are happy to help how we can. Still, considering how in-demand a plumbing repair service technician is from November through March, it is worth knowing what may be going wrong with your plumbing so you can keep an eye on it throughout winter.

The following are four of the most common winter plumbing issues our professionals deal with during the colder month:

Frozen Pipes

Far and away the most common problem in the winter months is frozen pipes, which obviously happens when the weather gets so cold that your pipes (and the water therein) freeze. The first thing to do if you feel like this may be the problem is turn off your water at the supply to keep any more water from clogging up and bursting the pipes. After that, it’s best to call a plumbing repair service right away so they can diagnose and correct the problem, which can be significant if left unattended.

Water Line Break

Another side effect of standing water in freezing pipes is the potential for a water line break. When water freezes inside a line, it can cause blockages that can grow and eventually cause major leaks that can be expensive to repair. There are pressure relief valves that can be installed in your water line in certain areas to help make sure these blockages don’t occur, but that typically requires professional help.

A Lack of Hot Water

We also get a lot of phone calls about water heater problems, which happen this time of year because the water being pulled in travels through very cold pipes, meaning it takes longer for that water to heat up. While this itself is more inconvenience than major problem, it is true that water heaters work harder in the winter and that people use more hot water when it’s cold outside, so more problems do occur with these this time of year.

Clogged Drains

Interestingly, we also get more calls for clogged drains during the holidays, likely because people are cooking and hosting parties so much more often than at other times in the year. With more cooking comes more sink and garbage disposal use, and with increased use comes the higher potential for something to go wrong. If and when that does happen, a professional plumber can help clear up the problem and get your drains unclogged for even more holiday cheer.

An Experienced Englewood, Co Plumber

If any of these issues rear their ugly heads in your home this winter, give us a call here at Garvin’s Sewer Service. Our skilled professionals will have you up and running in no time, even if Jack Frost makes it harder than ever to make those repairs!

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 all.

While your assumptions may be accurate the vast majority of the time, there may come a time when your plumbing emits other sounds. More specifically, your plumbing may issue audible sounds that indicate there’s a problem that can range from a minor issue to a much bigger problem.

You might not realize it because you can’t see them, but water pipes run within the walls throughout the physical structure of your residence. For this reason, you might hear your plumbing make odd noises even when you’re nowhere near a sink, tub, shower, toilet, spigot or washing machine.

Vibrating or Rattling

One noise that’s commonly heard is vibrating. Your pipes will vibrate at least slightly whenever water passes through them. If you notice some vibrating or rattling, loose pipes might be the cause. If that’s the case, you can tighten the pipes’ mounting straps to better secure your pipes or you can use new straps.

If that doesn’t stop the rattling sound, your water pressure may be too high. Contact your local plumber and ask to have a pressure-reducing valve installed.

Thudding, Shuddering or Banging

Thudding, shuddering or banging sounds are another sign of vibrating pipes. Unfortunately, these sounds are an indicator of a much more serious problem than loose pipes. These sounds are indicative of what’s called the “water hammer” effect. This happens when a fast-closing valve shuts off the flow of water quickly, which produces a sound that resembles a hammer coming into contact with a solid surface.

If you allow these sounds to continue for too long, the hammer effect can cause serious, lasting damage to your plumbing. If the sounds get progressively louder, it means your problem is getting even worse. The moment you hear thudding, shuddering or banging sounds related to your plumbing, get in touch with a professional plumber as soon as you can.


If you hear gurgling when water is flowing down a given drain, it’s probably the result of something blocking the water’s movement. To stop the gurgling, remove the blockage.

If all of your drains gurgle, it’s likely that your drain vents are the culprit. If your drains aren’t vented properly, it’ll cause air bubbles which will then cause your drains to gurgle. To have the appropriate drain vents installed, contact a professional expert.

Screeching or Whining

If you hear screeching or whining when you turn a faucet on, it’s a definite sign that the faucet has a loose or broken part. The simplest way to resolve an issue with a screeching faucet is to replace the faucet.

Our Plumbing Repair Service

Since 1940, Garvin’s Sewer Service has been serving residents and businesses in and around Denver, CO. If you’ve heard a noise that indicates you may have a problem with your plumbing, we can help. Contact Garvin’s Sewer Service to schedule an appointment today.

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, today’s transplants come for beautiful views, legal weed, 300 days of sunshine and income opportunities. For many organizations, it means business is booming.

And, with all this commerce, plumbing usage is increasing as well. Here are some tips for keeping your commercial space from needing undesirable plumbing repair service.

Emergency Plumbing Repair Service

The best way to prevent emergency plumbing repair service needs is to do preventive care and maintenance. Having regularly scheduled drain cleaning services will prevent messy and costly sewer line back-ups. While all back-ups can’t be prevented, regular cleanings prevent build up that can lead to clogs and a resulting sewer back up.

Plumbing Repair Service Tip 1: Conduct regularly scheduled main line cleanings

Plumbing system inspections including the kits to test for leaks can also help prevent breaks, bursts and flooding.

Plumbing Repair Service Tip 2: Conduct annual plumbing inspections

General Care and Maintenance

Post signs and have accessible trash receptacles near toilets and drains to prevent excess use. Signage stating that flushing of paper towels, wipes or feminine products in the toilet is prohibited help prevent sewer clogs. Trash cans near hand wipe, paper towel, dog waste, front doors or other like areas prevents drain disposal as well.

Plumbing Repair Service Tip 3: Be proactive in anticipating behaviors

Insulate exposed water lines that could be exposed to freezing. Colorado has erratic weather and a freeze can hit almost any time of year. Be prepared with proper insulation as well as clear drainage routes if a pipe does burst to prevent or reduce damage from flooding.

Plumbing Repair Service Tip 4: Insulate pipes properly and have a flood prevention plan

Food Service Plumbing Issues

Restaurants typically have high levels of plumbing needs due to the volume of food waste they create. Instruct employees on proper disposal, such as using trash cans rather than drains, knowing how and where to dispose of grease and oil, and recognizing when plumbing service is needed and reporting it.

Again, regular maintenance can be of great benefit in food service for floor drains, soda machine lines, bathrooms, mop and prep sinks and more.

Plumbing Repair Service Tip 5: Communicate expectations to staff

Bonus tip: Be sure to have preapproved and pre-established relationships with a 24/hour plumbing repair service provider (or two). Be sure the right people have access to your emergency repair companies available to ensure business continues to move forward as needed, with as little down time as possible. Here’s to your success!

If you are looking for a commercial plumbing repair service provider in Englewood, Denver or the surrounding area, consider Garvin’s Sewer Service. Since 1940, Garvin’s has been helping Denver area restaurants and other businesses resolve their drain and plumbing needs.

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 a plumbing repair service.

Do It Yourself Plumbing

DIY Plumbing can include items that don’t require a license in order to make the repairs. These are tasks you can do or can feel comfortable asking your favorite handyman or even helpful neighbor. Follow the links for helpful videos:

  • Unplugging a clogged tub: Tubs can easily clog with hair, and chemical drain clearing products are mostly ineffective, caustic and dangerous. Instead, try this technique to get those clogs out. During your annual sewer line cleaning, ask for them to run any additional drains, such as a tub or sink that seem to clog easily. There is usually a discount and it makes certain the entire length of the line is clear.
  • Flushing a water heater: Sometimes a water heater needs to be flushed to remove sediment that is keeping it from working properly. Flushing it will extend the life of the water heater in these cases. Please note that flushing a water heater is best done by a plumbing repair service when there is any chance of flooding a lower level or a finished space.
  • Clearing a P-trap: Sinks can also clog easily, or very frequently, we can lose objects such as earrings, rings, or even toothpaste caps. Clearing the p-trap can help you resolve the matter, and hopefully save the run-away object.
  • Shutting off your main water supply: In the case of a major leak, it is critical to turn off your water right away to prevent flooding and water waste. If you go out of town and experience a pipe bursting, it is important that anyone watching your home know how to turn it off as well.
  • Relighting your pilot light: Cold showers are awful! Be sure to know how to check your water heater’s pilot light and be able to relight it. If it continues to not stay lit, a call to a plumbing repair service is in order to see what is causing the problem and how to fix it.
  • Resetting your garbage disposal: Sometimes when a garbage disposal stops working, it just needs to be reset. Follow these instructions to reset your garbage disposal. If this doesn’t work, call a professional plumber for them to further assess the problem.

Calling a Plumbing Repair Service

Plumbing Repair Service should always be called in the case of emergencies, flooding, main sewer line back-ups or installation of products that can lead to water damage if installed by someone other than a professional plumber. This could include: faucets, new installations, ice makers, hose bibs and more.


Not sure if you can handle it on your own? Give us a call and we are happy to answer your questions!

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 from:

  • broken or leaking pipes, such as broken hose bibs (outdoor hose spigots), or old pipes that need to be replaced
  • faulty appliances such as broken ice makers or garbage disposals
  • leaking water heaters, faucets or toilets
  • drain back-ups such as washing machine lines, sewer lines, bath tub drain clogs

Luckily, a plumbing repair service can handle all these common problems.

Leaking Pipes

Homes built in the 1960’s typically had galvanize pipes, which corrode over time. Eventually, multiple holes will require them to be replaced.

Hose bibs, or outdoor spigots can freeze and split, causing a serious flooding issue. In both cases, it is important to know how to turn your water off in order to prevent significant water damage until repairs can be made by a licensed plumbing repair service.

Appliance leaks

Ice maker issues are sometimes not discovered for quite some time, especially if the leak is slow enough that the water evaporates daily. Usually a homeowner will discover the problem when they move the fridge to clean and see the damage to floor below.

Garbage disposals can be similar in that homeowners tend to notice a foul odor before they open the cupboard and find it warped due to water damage. A small, inexpensive water alarm purchased from a hardware store can be placed in strategic areas near certain appliances. The alarm gives a shrill sound if it comes in contact with water so a plumbing repair service provider can remedy the unseen leak before the damage grows.

Other Leaks

Sometimes it is hard to tell if a toilet is leaking due to the condensation of moisture in bathrooms. However, if the humidity from a shower is gone and you still notice water around the base of the toilet, you have a leak. You can also test the area’s dryness by using a tissue to wipe around the base- the tissue will easily absorb the water. Toilet leaks can happen at the base, water supply line, or tank.

Water heater leaks can signify the need to replace the heater. Faucet leaks can happen at the aerator, handles, or even underneath the sink. Both should be evaluated by a plumber who can give you suggested solutions.


If you flush a toilet or run the washing machine and water backs up, you likely have a clog to resolve. If a plunger doesn’t help, it is best to call a plumbing repair service to clear the drain. Chemical drain-cleaning products can damage your system and are often ineffective. Many times, the clog exists in a different line than the effected one, or is further down the line than a chemical cleaner could reach.


Garvin’s Sewer Service has been proving reliable, honest plumbing and sewer services for the Greater Denver and Boulder areas from their Englewood office since 1940. Give them a call with questions, for a quote, or to learn more about preventative maintenance and plumbing repair service at 303-571-5114.