“A conduit on Denver Water’s Einfeldt Pump Station broke at about noon Saturday, flooding the intersection of University Boulevard and Buchtel Avenue.After several hours of work, crews were able to shut off water from the 36-inch pipe shortly before 9 p.m., said Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney.The intersection of University and Buchtel was closed following the break and was expected to remain closed while crews waited for the water to drain. The draining process was expected to take a few hours. Chesney said workers would then begin to clean up the roadways before reopening the intersection.”
If one wishes to take off on fanciful flights of fancy from pop culture, being a plumber is a wondrous occupation. Mario and Luigi showed us all that being an intrepid plumber and knowing your way around pipes gives you a chance to be transported to the Mushroom Kingdom and rescue a damsel in distress. Unfortunately, in real life, things are different for everyday plumbers as Yahoo contributor Gary Sprague wrote about in an article last September 1.
Natural disasters like the heavy rains that hit the Colorado area last September 11 are not the only ones that can flood a home and cause heavy property damage. Plumbing issues such as busted or leaky pipes can cause a lot of trouble as well, and these problems often tend to get worse when homeowners attempt to deal with them on their own. In a recent article posted in DNJ.com, real estate insider Ann Hoke warned her readers on the dangers of DIY efforts in plumbing systems and others.
[UC Berkeley News Center, August 27, 2013] BERKELEY — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working to take research innovations from their labs into the real world to cut commercial building energy consumption by close to a third, and give office workers an unprecedented sense of control over their thermal environments.Armed with a recently announced $1.6 million grant from the California Energy Commission, researchers from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) are refining, testing and promoting a new set of tools to enable more efficient temperature control in buildings by using input from building occupants, a network of web-based applications, and a user-responsive Personal Comfort System (PCS).
Aside from damaging property and causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents of Colorado, the September 2013 flooding that hit the state has also left drinking water supplies at risk of contamination. The following excerpt from a CBS Denver article has more on the current situation in Colorado:
The article When to Replace a Toilet on about.com reads:
If a toilet is giving you trouble it is easy to conclude that it needs to be replaced. While installing a new toilet can definitely be the best option for a troublesome fixture it is not necessarily the only solution. When a few repairs will be enough to solve the problem there is no reason to spend the extra money to buy a new toilet and take the time to install it. The key is knowing when to replace a toilet and when to repair it instead.
According to the article, Do You Need to Replace Your Plumbing? on houselogic.com:
Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes inside your house. Over the decades, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays. Unless you replace plumbing, you’re eventually going to get leaks, and possibly a flood of water or raw sewage into your home that causes thousands of dollars in damage to your building and belongings. But is a plumbing disaster imminent or just a concern for the distant future? Replacing old pipes in a 1,500 square foot, two-bathroom home costs $4,000 to $10,000, and requires cutting open walls and floors, so you certainly don’t want to do the job before it’s necessary.
Air conditioners (ACs) are straightforward machines that serve one function—to keep you cool and comfortable. However, the inner workings of these machines is something not most people are familiar with. Of course, you can't expect everyone to be AC expert, which is why Denver HVAC technicians are called in to do the job. How do you tell what the problem is before you call in an expert to fix it? An eHow.com article by Chris Weis gives us a short run-through of the most common symptoms of low refrigerant problems with your AC:
Boulder will not charge residents for flood restoration and repair permit, ABC 7 News The Denver Channel, September 21, 2013
The ABC 7 website posted a report regarding Boulder’s efforts to rehabilitate its community after being affected by a devastating flood. The local government plans to waive any fees for flood restoration and repair permits so that locals can have their homes properly restored. As the article says:
Mile High City residents should call reliable Denver plumbers for help as soon as they detect any sign of a faulty or damaged pipe or fixture. That is, if they don't want their plumbing situation to quickly go from bad to worse. Case in point: Elon University's Pendulum report of an apartment complex being flooded with sewage water that completely saturated the living space.