April 25th: National Plumber’s Day!


dreamstime_7666152Here’s a fun website for you: It’s, 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 Day! It’s a day to say thank you to any plumber you meet, or to send flowers to your local water service expert.

Is having plumbers around really that important? Oh yes!

We’re There When You Need Us

Many plumbing calls we get are emergency situations. Now that doesn’t always mean that people are up to their knees in sewage, but when your toilet won’t flush…well, what would you call it other than an emergency? Plumbers are quick to help whether you’ve lost access to water coming in or when the water won’t leave your house (even when you nicely ask it to leave).

We Keep People Healthy

Did you know that thousands of people across the world die every day because they don’t have access to clean, safe water? And do you know why so much of that water is polluted? With ⅓ of the planet’s populations not having access to a toilet, much of the sickness is coming from tainted water supplies. It’s something that most people don’t think about in the United States, and you’ve got a plumber to thank (on April 25th and beyond) for helping to keep you and your family healthy.

Never take a plumber for granted! Here at Garvin’s Sewer Service we’ll take care of you when you need drain cleaning and sewer cleaning. Happy National Plumber’s Day, everyone!




The Basics Of Becoming a Plumber


The pipes a drain company needs to deal with.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 surprise that plumbing and sewer cleaning contain a lot of science. It’s important to have a solid knowledge of math (geometry and algebra) and science (basic physics, and in the case of sewer cleaning, gravity!).

Vocational Training

High school won’t teach you everything you need to know about plumbing and sewer repair. Find a local trade school or community college that offers classes in plumbing. You’ll learn all about piping for both whitewater and blackwater and how to deal with the installation and problems associated with each.

Apprenticeship program

In most cases, prospective plumbers participate in an apprenticeship program that lasts for a few years. During this time you’ll be making money and learning about the trade in real-world drain cleaning and rooter service. One of the best ways to find an apprenticeship program is to contact a local plumbers’ union.

Get Licensed

Before you can get licensed, you’ll need the experience of being a plumber and also need to pass an exam proving that you know state and local plumbing codes. To find out more about these requirements, check out the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website.

Be Nice

Whether you work for Garvin’s Sewer Service or strike out on your own, the one piece of advice we can give you is this: be nice! Treat your customers kindly and fairly, and always deliver the best plumbing services possible. That’s something that has kept Garvin’s in Denver for over 75 years.

Becoming a plumber isn’t necessarily easy, but there is a clear path you can take filled with lots of on-the-job training. If you’re on your way to becoming a plumber, good luck! And if you’re just interested in sewer drain cleaning, give Garvin’s a call and we’ll get your plumbing moving again.



Digging Into The Reasons You Might Need Rooter Service in Denver


dreamstime_xxl_28600807While 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.

So if you own a business or are renting a building in Denver, there are many reasons why you might need rooter service before you know it.

Old Pipes: Old pipes can be made from many materials, and we wrote an entire blog about the various types of pipe that were used from the lateral line from your business in the public sewers. Old pipes are more likely to leak and break, which could lead to needing more frequent sewer cleaning. If you suspect you might have a break, give us a call and we can send down the sewer camera to find out if you’ll need a replacement or if you simply need more frequent sewer service.

Growing Trees: Let’s say that you’re not in an old part of Denver but are in a relatively new building that has newer sewer pipes. The problem them stems from the rapidly growing trees that have been planted in the last 10 years. Those trees, often planted in sidewalk spaces that are two small for them, are sending their roots down and heading for your sewer lines. Rooter service is the answer when you want to get those roots out.

Excess Use: If you have a restroom that’s open to the public, you’re more likely to be calling us for drain cleaning service. Why? Take a guess! Your toilets will be used more often, people will be using more toilet paper, people will let pieces of paper towels go down the drain, all because they simply aren’t as careful when they’re out in a public place. The fact is, when people are in a public restroom they know that they can just walk away from a problem so they’re much less likely to be careful about what they send down the drain. All this mean more frequent drain cleaning service for you.

If You Own A Restaurant: If you own a restaurant, it’s pretty obvious that you’re going to need more frequent drain cleaning services. That’s because grease is constantly heading down the drain, and grease traps don’t help until after it’s already past your drains. If you have a backup because of having too much grease in your drains, business is going to stop until it’s fixed. The best thing to do is engage Garvin’s Sewer Service for some preventive drain cleaning. We’ll be back at the same time every month (or every two months or however you decided to set it up) so there’s a much less chance of a surprise backup.

Previous Tenants: If you’ve just opened up your new business, congratulations. And while the visible fixtures they left behind might look good, you have no idea of knowing what they sent down the drain when they were in charge of the building. The best thing to do is to play it safe and have Garvin’s stop by to clean out the drains so that nothing they sent down ever comes back up.

There are so many things up against you when you have a business; don’t let your drains be one of the. Contact Garvin’s today for the best sewer drain cleaning you can find.




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 be trusted to do good work and not try to sell me something that I don’t need, that is why I am a longtime customer.”

— Cindy P, Denver, CO

Thanks for noting that, Cindy. We have the no-frills reputation because the only drain cleaning services we’ll perform are the services that customer actually need! (Strange concept, we know). At the same time, we’re going to let you know if we notice a problem. If you’ve called us to clean out your kitchen sink drains for the second time in as many months and notice a willow tree in your front yard, we’re going to suggest you move beyond typical drain cleaning and invest in some rooter service to get rid of those willow roots (which are some of the worst roots to get in your sewer drain).


“Honest, friendly service each and every time. [W]e use your company for the last 10 years.”

— Joe S, Boulder, CO

After having been in the drain cleaning service business for over 75 years, we’re happy to say that Joe is one of our newer customers! We have customers who have been coming to us for 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years. We don’t always have the same technicians over the decades, but we always make sure to hire the best, most honest, and friendliest experts so that we can maintain our stellar reputation in the Denver area. And speaking of friendly workers…


“I recommend you to my friends! Romie was helpful, solved our problem and even came on a Sunday morning! Good job!”

— Tom A, Thornton, CO

It takes a certain kind of friendly technician to be that helpful on a Sunday morning, doesn’t it? Tom points out something that’s true of all businesses: how important work of mouth is to the survival of a company. So keep telling your friends, Tom!


“On a scale of 1-10, I give you a 10. You came when I called. You did a good job. You cleaned up your mess. Your techs are friendly and personable. Thanks!”

— Mrs. Straley, Denver, CO

Well, we can’t ask for much more than a 10, can we? We came when you called (which is why so many people name their dogs “Garvin’s Sewer Service”!). We did a good job (we’d be worried that she didn’t say “great job” but we already got the 10, so we’re good with good), we cleaned up (when dealing with sewer cleaning, it’s a must!). All that and we were personable and friendly. With so many people mentioning that part of their experience with us, it’s pretty obvious that we’re doing something right in the hiring process!

One more thing we’d like to point out: our clients aren’t just from Denver, but from all along the front range. We handle customers from Denver, sure, but also from Boulder, Longmont, Thornton, Westminster, Aurora, Arvada, and every other city and suburb around. We’ve been serving up the best in drain cleaning services for decades and look forward to serving the front range for many more to come. Contact us when you want the best sewer drain cleaning around!




5 Silly Things You Shouldn’t Do With Your Grease


"Mmmmm, catalyst for the requirement of unnecessary drain cleaning service." — Homer Simpson

“Mmmmm, catalyst for the requirement of unnecessary drain cleaning service.” — Homer Simpson

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. And I’m thinking that’s a million dollar idea.)

So, what are you going to do with all that oil and grease? What would a drain cleaning company do with it? When it cools, are you going to throw it in the trash? That’s probably a good idea. Here are a few things you should not do with your grease.

Grease The Hinges: Got a squeaky door? Your bicycle gears not tripping properly? Well, the former will cause your hinges to starting stinking up the house as the grease goes rancid. The latter will cause you to be chased by every dog in the neighborhood because your gears smell so tasty!

Make A Grease Sculpture: It’s malleable. It’s easy to work with. It smells good while you’re using it. People use food for art all the time, just check Google for cheese sculptures! So why not use grease? Because it’s disgusting, that’s why!

Use It As a Hand Cream: Open up your typical hand cream (as opposed to a hand lotion) and most of it looks like cooking grease. In fact, a lot of it feels the same as well. So what’s wrong with using it as a hand cream? Well, it’s going to take forever to get off your hands, and in the meantime you’re going to be greasing up your books, computer mouse, faucet, car keys, and absolutely everything else you touch.

Use It As Perfume: Bacon perfume? This might not be such a bad idea, depending on what kind of person you’re trying to attract!

Pour It Down The Drain: Aw, c’mon, you knew this one was coming! Why else would a drain cleaning service write this blog other than to tell you that sending your grease down the drain is just as silly as the other reasons mentioned here. Not only is it silly, it can also be damaging to your sewer system and cause you to need premature sewer cleaning. So just don’t do it!

A Response To Some of Drain Cleaning and Sewer Service Customers


dreamstime_xxl_21449305 (1)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 websites.) We know just how important it is to make sure that each and every customer is happy with our drain cleaning and sewer service.

Here are some quotes from our customers and a few responses about our service.

“In 2011, a local competitor charged us $239 to advise us that we needed a $11,500 clean out. We called you instead and your service man did the job for $169. He advised us to have it cleaned out annually. Thank you for your honest service.” — Emily Laru

Thanks for letting us know how much we saved you, Emily! The fact is, we would have charged you the $169 even if we knew what you’d been quoted, because in this sewer cleaning situation $169 was the right price to charge. We don’t know where he came up with that outlandish number, but we could clean your sewer pipes for 70 years before we reached that kind of price! Preventive rooter service might be good for you because of the types of trees in your yard and the roots that are in your pipes. Preventive maintenance should keep you sewer lines flowing with no problems, preventing horrible backups.

“You arrived in less than 90 minutes after I made the call requesting service. Garvin’s was very professional and courteous.” — Dave Anderson

While we certainly can’t guarantee that we’ll have someone ready within 90 minutes every time, we’re glad that we were able to accommodate your drain cleaning needs. Regarding the professional and courteous nature of our sewer technicians: we make sure to hire the best people, and we also make sure to train them so that they are having the best possible interactions with our customers. We understand how important your home is to you, and that we’re guests while we’re there. We want you to always be comfortable.

“You saved me over $19 Grand! Steve is an awesome, honest, hard worker…I can’t thank Steve and Garvin’s enough for being honest and being affordable! Thank you!” — Courtnay Argier

We know exactly what happened here. After your sewer started running slow, the “other guys” told you that you had a broken sewer line. Thank goodness you called us for a second opinion and our sewer camera was able to verify that sewer line replacement wasn’t necessary. All you needed was some good rooter service.

Unfortunately, some people are fooled by unscrupulous sewer replacement companies. We’re glad we were there for you. (And Steve says you’re welcome!)

“We absolutely trust you guys! We always feel like we have had a family member taking care of us. Great job!” — Robert Schol

That’s what we strive for, Robert. We approach every job as an opportunity to make a lifelong customer, and it sound like we’ve made one with you.

The fact is, the companies that perform services that don’t need to be done don’t stick around for long. Meanwhile, companies like Garvin’s start as Denver’s first rooter service and then stick around for more than 75 years. Honesty and hard work are rewarding, and we thank the customers above for their kind words and their recognition of what we do. If you’d like to join the ranks of those who have enjoyed our drain cleaning, give us a call at the first sign of trouble. Contact Garvin’s today!




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


Sewer cleaning might be on your calendar soon.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 sits there, refusing to go down either drain. You’ve got a clogged kitchen sink. How bad can it be?

Drain Cleaning: First, you’ll probably try a plunger (which, as we’ve suggested before, is a “sinks only!” plunger that you keep under the sink, and you label it as such so that you’re in-laws don’t grab it and sulley it in the toilet.) If the plunger works and the clog stays away, then great… there’s no need to give us a call. You might consider using a chemical cleaner, but please don’t. They seldom work for long, and they can lead to dangerous situations when further action is taken by a professional. If the plunger doesn’t work, contact Garvin’s and we’ll be there soon to take care of your drain cleaning needs. But what if your sink isn’t the only problem?

Sewer Cleaning: If your sink is running slow, and then you notice that your shower drain and toilets seem to be running slow too, you’re probably got the beginnings of a sewer problem. Sewer problems seldom, if ever, work themselves out on their own, and can get worse very quickly. Garvin’s Sewer Service has all the tools needed for proper drain cleaning and rooter service, and we can do a one-time cleaning or come back for preventive sewer maintenance if you’re having perpetual problems.

Sewer Repair: While Garvin’s doesn’t do sewer repair or replacement, we want you to know the options you’ll have if you have a break in your sewer line. First, we can provide sewer camera service, also known as a sewer scope. Having us take a look at your sewer problems will give you an unbiased opinion as to what your options are and what the next steps can be. If you have a small break in your line, you might be a candidate for sewer lining, where a balloon inflates and lines your sewer pipe with epoxy. Another option is sewer bursting, where another pipe is slipped inside your existing pipe. However, if you’ve had a severe break your only option might be sewer line replacement.

Sewer Replacement: The most disruptive method of fixing your sewer problem is complete sewer line replacement. The lawn is disturbed, trees might have to be removed, and a trench is dug in order to take up your old sewer line and replace it with a new one.

Sewer problems can be as simple as a plunger or as complex as a $20,000 replacement. If the plunger doesn’t work, contact Garvin’s Sewer Service as soon as possible and we’ll clean your pipes out or let you know of the best possible options.



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 get on with everything else you have to do that day.

But before we go, make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions in the future. Here are 3 questions to ask your sewer drain cleaner before they go.

What Can Be Done To Prevent This Problem In The Future? Sometimes problems just happen. Even if you’re steadfast about preventing grease from going down the drain, 15 years of the tiny amounts of oil that are in vegetables might eventually build up and cause you to have a clogged kitchen sink. There’s not much that can be done about time-related problems.

But some problems can be avoided with just an ounce of prevention. Keep the bacon grease out of your drains, don’t flush paper towels, and have us back regularly because the roots have found your pipes.

Can I Have Your Card? — There’s a good chance that we’re going to leave you with a business card or a magnet for your fridge. If you’ve been pleased with our sewer cleaning service, there’s a good chance that you’re going to want to call us again the next time you have trouble. You don’t always remember the name of a business that performs well, but you will check your refrigerator to see who treated you well last time!

We’ll be there and get the job done as thoroughly as possible as quickly as possible. But before we leave make sure you get all your questions answered. Contact Garvin’s today!




Clogged Kitchen Sink? Are You Sure?

Have a clogged kitchen sink?
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 after the game. Sometimes it just stops working (like your brother-in-law…) So, we’re dealing with a clogged kitchen sink, which means a drain problem, right? Well, maybe not.

Yep, it could be the sink: Like we said, it’s not so obvious what clogged your sink. Was it a foreign object the kids sent down? Was it some new food you sent down that started as a liquid but then solidified? Or maybe it’s was just a slow, slow buildup of grease that finally caught that match stick that accidently fell down the drain and now won’t let anything past. Time to call Garvin’s for drain cleaning.

Nope, it’s your sewer: So the sink stops, and a simple plunger just isn’t taking care of it…or if it doesn’t, the clog’s back the next day. Then you start noticing that the toilet starts to go slower, swirling a lot more than usual. And now that you think of it, your feet were prunier than usual last night…were they in standing water in the shower last night? If all of your drains are running slow, you’ve probably got a sewer clog and it’s time to call Garvin’s for sewer cleaning.

Either way, if the basics of using a plunger aren’t taking care of our problem, it’s time for some Garvin’s in your life. Contact us when you’re in sewer trouble.




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

A drain cleaning museum? Yes please!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 course, the kind of sewers they’re talking about don’t involve modern home sewer systems, but instead focus on the storm drain and public sewer systems.


As drain and sewer cleaners, we’re not exactly required to make a pilgrimage, but it got us thinking about the aspects of our work lives that we’d be sure to include in a sewer museum. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Roto-Rooter: Sewers used to be huge brick structures with columns and arches. But when homes and apartments started being connected to the public sewer system, pipes got considerably smaller. That meant that sewer workers couldn’t get in there to clean the pipes out. Also, as centralized cities started having suburbs (mostly thanks to reliable automobiles), the common man could have a yard, and yards meant trees, and trees meant roots looking for nutrients. Before the invention of rooter service in the 1930 the only way to deal with a clogged drain was with harsh chemicals (which often didn’t work) or digging the pipe up. Imagine if you had to dig your sewer line up every time it got clogged! Rooter service and sewer snakes changed all that by providing a mechanical means to of sewer cleaning.

The PVC Pipe: We wrote about the history of many types of pipe, and we’d probably include examples of just about every kind that’s ever been used in sewers. But all of those so far have paled in comparison to the PVC pipe. These pipes hold up to both the environment and to the effects of time, and are certainly worthy of being in our sewer museum.

The Flush Toilet: You know, when you have a clogged kitchen sink, it’s nice to get it cleaned out and have your dirty dishwater go away. And it’s pretty awesome when you’re having a shower and everything heads smoothly down the drain. But when you add the flush toilet to the mix, there’s not doubt that it’s the one you want to work the most.

Flush toilets have been around in some form or another for centuries, with some truly unconventional designs. We’d love to have a few of the weirder ones in our sewer museum. Heck, maybe we’ll have a urinal in there too. On the wall.

The Snake Camera: The snake camera, also known as a sewer camera or sewer scope, is the last word on what’s going on in a sewer. Is it an especially bad grease clog? Did a major tree root work its way into a joint in the PVC pipe? Or maybe the pipe has collapsed completely. The sewer camera has changed the way that people deal with their clogged sewer problems, saving thousands of yards from having to be dug up.

Look, we’ve got no plans to open up a sewer museum anytime soon, but we can tell you that, if you open one, we’ll definitely come. Any museum that honors the professions of drain cleaning is one worth visiting!