Why You Need A Sump Pump


Garvin's Sewer Service will handle whatever drain cleaning and rooter service you need.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 pump than currently do, but they’re simply unaware that a sump pump is a good idea. Here are a few tips on whether or not you might want to invest in a new sump pump, or get sump pump repair on the one you currently have.


If you live on a floodplain, you’ll want a sump pump. The problem is, flood planes don’t look like most people imagine. The words “floodplain” makes most people think about a house that sits right next to the river. Of course that house is going to flood!

But for many houses, it’s the entire neighborhood that’s in danger. There might be city blocks between your house and the river. In fact, there may be many city blocks between you and a small creek or drainage ditch and you’ll still be in the same danger! Too many people don’t even realize the possibility of flooding is there because of the almost non-existent amount of water flowing most of the time. But when a flash flood comes, floodplains are farther-reaching than most residents imagine.

Leaky Basement

If you have a history of a leaky basement, there’s a good chance that you already have a sump pump. But if there’s a dry spell and you don’t think to get your sump pump maintenance taken care of, you could be in big trouble next time there’s a leak in your basement.

Low Spot

Many people don’t realize that they even live in a low spot until the day that there’s water flooding the basement. For instance, if there’s any grade in your yard that’s leaning toward the house, your house is suddenly the low spot! At this point you might start getting water in your window light wells, and as soon as they fill up the basement windows are going to burst and you’re going to have a lot of water in your basement. Let’s hope you have a working sump pump to get the water back outside.


If you have a bathroom in your basement, there’s always the chance that you could get a bad leak or that someone will leave the sink going just before you head off on vacation. Basement bathrooms are nice, but they can lead to troubles if you don’t have a sump pump.


Sprinklers can end up being more trouble than you’d expect. First of all, if the sprinkler head or pipe near the basement light well bursts, it’s unlikely you’ll notice until it’s too late. Also, long term leaks with outdoor faucets can cause your foundation to wear away, causing the leaks into your basement that we mentioned above.

Have Insurance

Garvin’s provides expert sump pump repair. But some jobs are beyond the work of any sump pump, so it’s a good idea to get insurance. Unfortunately, most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover water-related disasters, so be sure to have a rider.

If you need new sump pump installation or sump pump repair, Garvin’s is ready to take care of it so that your house is protected. Contact us the moment you need help.

4 Ways To Check For Hidden Leaks In Your Home


Garvin's Sewer Service can use a sewer snake like no one else!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 have you call us in a fearful frenzy. Here are some ways to detect leaks so that you can have us take care of them before you need an emergency plumber at 3:00am.

Watch Your Bill

If you see a sudden spike in your water bill, it could be because this was the first month you used your sprinklers or you had guest over for a week. But if everything else about your water habits has remained the same and your bill goes up, it’s likely that you’ll need to give a plumber a call so that we can help you find the leak.

Watch The Water Meter

This one is actually kind of fun. Turn off all of the running water in your house, including sprinklers, faucets, washing machines, dishwashers (also, don’t do this right after a shower to ensure that your water heater has had time to refill). Then go outside and take a look at your water meter. Unlike an electric meter that’s always spinning a little to keep things like the refrigerator powered, your water meter should be stopped. If it’s spinning quickly, you’ve got a bad leak somewhere. If you leave it off for a couple of hours and come back to find that it has moved, you’ve got a slow leak that should still be taken care of.

Watch the Toilet

It’s an old trick, but a good one. Put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet bowl tank and wait 15 minutes. If the color shows up in your toilet bowl, you’ve got a leak, and we’d love to help you with it so that you don’t waste any more water.

Watch Outside

Remember, you’re not just using water inside. Check sprinkler heads to see if you’ve got one that’s broken or putting out so much water that it’s running across your sidewalk. Also check exterior faucets, as they’re more likely to crack due to the freeze/thaw cycle every winter.

Watch the Skies! (or at least the ceiling)

Always be aware of the ceiling that is directly below a tub, shower, toilet, or sink. If you start to notice yellowing or sagging in this area, there’s a good chance that your fixture is leaking. It might not seem like a big deal, but little leaks can turn into big leaks quickly, which could cause your ceiling to collapse. And no matter how small the leak is, any water that leaks into your home could cause a mold problem that’s very hard to fix. If you think you might have such a leak, give your local plumbers a call.

If you notice any of these problems that are beyond your control, we invite you to contact us as soon as possible before the situation gets worse. Garvin’s has the best plumbers around, and we look forward to hearing from you!



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

If you're having trouble with your drains, call us for the ultimate drain cleaning.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. That’s what we’ve been doing for more than 75 years in Denver. So why are we talking about plumbing? Are we talking about the same Garvin’s?

We sure are. We’re happy to tell you that Garvin’s is there for all of your plumbing repair needs. We have plumbers on hand who can come into your home and take care of your plumbing services as quickly, efficiently, and in the same friendly manner as we’d handle your sewer service. So what can Garvin’s help with when it comes to being your local plumber.

Leak Repair

Leaks are a problem on so many levels. First of all, every leak wastes water, which is something we all have to be aware of in the arid climate of Colorado. And with that wasted water comes a higher water bill, something we’d all like to avoid.

Second, even the smallest leaks can cause a multi-thousand dollar repair if left untreated by a plumber. Leaks under sinks can spill out onto carpets and hardwood floors, causing considerable damage to the unlying flooring. A leak on a second-floor toilet can stay hidden for days or weeks until the drywall ceiling below it collapses in a wet mess.

All of these leaks can lead to something that’s truly horrible in your home: mold. So if you’re aware of any leak in your home, whether it’s freshwater coming in or used water going out, get it repaired by a plumber as quickly as possible.

Water Heater Repair

When your water heater goes out, you’re going to know it! You might not use hot water when you wash your hands, but the second you step in the shower it becomes pretty obvious what’s going on.

Water heaters of today are more complex than ever. Some have push button pilot lights, some have extensive computer systems, and some, of course, are tankless and work on a completely different principle from a traditional tank model. If you need water heater repair or installation, count on Garvin’s to get your hot water back. You’ll get your dishes cleaner again, and it makes for a much more pleasant shower!

Sump Pump Repair

As we mentioned above, Colorado is a pretty arid area. Still, that didn’t stop it from flooding in Longmont in 2013, soaking the basements of many owners who never thought they’d need to get their sump pump repaired. 500-year floods seem to be happening every 10 years or so!  All this to say that you can never be sure when you’ll need your sump pump. If there’s any chance of your home flooding, make sure you have a working sump pump at the ready.

Even though the plumbing service and sewer services can be considerably different, you’re still dealing with the same friendly staff, whether it’s the technician who shows up to your door, the person who takes your call, or the owner / manager watching over them. When you need plumbing services in Denver, Garvin’s is there to fix your leaks, get your water heater going, or ensure your sump pump is keeping you dry. When it has to do with whitewater or blackwater pipes, contact your local plumbing contractor. We’ll be there in a flush!