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!



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


Water heaters need water heater repairWhen 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 plumber for water heater repair.

But it’s not always such a catastrophic failing, and there can be signs that your water heater is about to fail. When should you give a plumbing contractor a call?

If Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Water heaters are usually placed next to a drain; this ensures that any leaks are safely disposed of, and it’s an easy way to drain the water heater during replacement. But just because the drain is there doesn’t mean that it’s normals for leaks to occur. If anything in your house is leaking, it’s probably a good idea to call a professional!

Leaking can be due to a few different issues. It could be that incoming water is leaking due to an ill-fitting water pipe or a loose connection. In this case, your water heater might be fine. You’ll still want to call a plumber to take a look at what is wrong.

Leaking can also occur if there’s a fracture in the tank. This can occur intermittently, as it might only leak when the metal heats up. In this case, you might need to get a new water heater.

If Your Faucets Are Delivering Off-Color Water

Rusty water is a sign that your water heater may be rusting, and leaks are just around the corner. If the rusty water only comes out when you use hot water, it very well could be your water heater that’s on its way out. (If you have galvanized water pipes, you could get a false positive if the pipes are rusting. The best way to find out if it’s one of the other is to call a professional plumber.)

If You Hear Noises Coming From Your Water Heater

Sediment is just a fact of life when dealing with water. No matter how clean the water comes into your home, there are always microscopic particles that will fall to the bottom of your water heater, build up, and harden. After many years you might hear weird noises from your water heater due to this buildup. And speaking of years…

If Your Water Heater Is Old

Ah, entropy. The horrible reason that everything eventually gives out. Water heaters, like every other appliance, have a finite lifespan. Most seem to last about 10 years. At that point it’s a very good idea to start watching out for the first three signs of failure on this list.

With the cases above, it’s not always obvious whether you’re going to need a simple repair or a complete water heater replacement. Give a plumbing contractor a call and we can give you our professional opinion on whether a fix will be better in order to keep your old water heater around, or whether it’s time to send the old one to the recycling center and invest in a new one. Either way, we’ll talk through your options with you so that you get the best possible outcome.

If you woke up to freezing water or have noticed any of the water heater problems above, contact Garvin’s and we’ll send out the best plumber around!




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!