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  • Why does my water taste bad?

    Do you live in Commerce City? Reunion? Adams County? Does your water smell like sulfur or chlorine? Have you noticed sediment or iron in the water or calcification on your fixtures? Does the water taste bad? “The South Platte source water is considered moderately hard. At times, it is greater than 5.8 grains per gallon or 100 milligrams per liter, and it varies seasonally between 4 to 7 grains per ...
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  • Cold Weather Tips for Colorado Homeowners

    Colorado winters are known to be rather unpredictable. As it is said by locals, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few hours”. Certainly we have seen sunny days turn into storms, and inches of ice and snow vanish within twenty-four hours. If you have made the Greater Denver area your home recently, you may not be used to this type of weather. Here are a few tips to help you recent ...
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  • How Women Can Take Control of the Home Improvements

    On average, $24 billion is spent on home renovations and improvements each year. Women account for 85% of consumer purchases, including cars and healthcare. When it comes to home renovation decisions, women are proving to make a majority of these decisions. With women calling the shots on renovations and design, Sunshine Plumbing, Heating & Air has compiled a list of ways women can be the masters ...
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  • Love It or List It: Plumbing Remodeling Tips to Stay in or Sell Your Home

    Have you seen HGTV’s show, “Love It or List It?” The premise is that homeowners, usually a couple, has one partner who wants to renovate the house to better meet their needs while the other wants to sell it and find a better fit. A renovation crew comes in and does their best with the client’s budget to make the needed changes to encourage them to stay in the home, while a Realtor works on finding ...
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  • How to replace old appliances with energy efficient ones

    Sustainability. Energy Efficiency. Reduced Carbon Footprint. These are all buzz words in today’s economy but energy efficiency is more than simply something trendy- it offers real value to homeowners. More efficient appliances will help with reduce energy costs while also being less wasteful of energy. Overall, energy saving appliances will pay off in the long run. They can be more expensive than ...
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  • Help! I need a new AC Unit!

    A new AC Unit can be a big decision, and one you don’t make often. This makes education about the type and process important to know. It is a large system and effects the comfort (or lack thereof) in your home. How to determine if the new AC unit is big enough Before purchasing a new AC unit, it is important that it matches your needs, budget and size requirements. Simply choosing the “biggest” ...
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  • Residential Air Conditioning Repair Questions Answered

    As a homeowner, you have a lot to think about when it comes to the regular maintenance and upkeep of your largest asset. From outdoor landscaping, painting, roofing, gutters, siding, sprinklers… it can be exhausting. That’s why keeping your indoor comfort fully functional is so important. After a long day at work or an outdoor day in the yard, you want to be able to relax inside a cool and ...
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  • How to Save Money When Building Your New Construction Dream Home

    For anyone looking into building their own home, you quickly learn that everything has a price tag and those things can add up very quickly. It is important to know what to spend your money on, and where you can save while navigating the many choices you have. First, start with a plan Understand your budget, and shop around for the right contractor. This means checking references and asking if the ...
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  • How to know if you need a sewer line repair

    There is a lot of confusion about the need for a sewer line repair. A sewer line replacement is likely one of the more expensive repairs you may face as a homeowner, so it is important to know when one is actually needed. If a sewer line repair or sewer line replacement is needed, it is critical to get it done quickly and professionally. Without a sewer line functioning properly, you likely will ...
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  • Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

    We get lots of questions about tankless water heaters, and we think they are good questions to ask. For some people and situations, they are a perfect fit, while a traditional water heater may be better for others. Let’s take a look at the most important components of each. Why you should consider a tankless water heater Energy Savings The US Department of Energy has reported that gas tankless ...
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  • Why does my furnace sometimes turn off at night?

    One Sunday morning there were five different HVAC service companies on the same block of a residential street at homes all with Carrier 90% furnaces. All had condensation draining issues and I still had three other clients to get to that day. Why does my furnace sometimes turn off at night? One Sunday morning there were five different HVAC service companies on the same block of a residential ...
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  • Water Filtration: Do you need it?

    Does your water smell like sulfur or chlorine? Have you noticed sediment or iron in the water or calcification on your fixtures? If you experience hard water and don’t want to feel slimy, condition the water instead. Conditioning the water actually changes it, rather than softening, which adds salt and tends to leave a slimy feeling on your skin. What if you could avoid buying bottled water for 10 ...
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  • 5 Big Myths about Drain Cleaning Services

    Drain cleaning is a specialty service performed by plumbers and there tends to be more confusion about it than almost any other service. For that reason, we are going to dispel the 5 biggest myths about drain cleaning Drain Cleaning Myth One: Chemical drain cleaning products do just as good as professional drain cleaning services Chemical drain cleaning products that can be purchased at the ...
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  • Frozen Spigot and Cold Weather Tips

    It is that time of year again in Colorado. We know it is when we turn on the heater in our cars in the morning and turn on the air conditioning in the afternoon. With temperatures that vary 30 degrees in a day, outdoor water spigots can expand and contract. This is why they tend to split, and this can lead to costly water damages. We all got a good taste of COLD this last week. We know, the ...
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  • Two Plumbing Rate Philosophies and Why We Charge Like We Do

    Plumbing Pricing In most industries, there is more than one way to handle pricing. Plumbing is no exception. We wanted to address the differences to help with better understanding and decision making. Plumbing Hourly vs. Per Project Some plumbing companies choose to charge “labor plus parts”. This means the technician begins work and when he is done, issues a bill for his hourly rate, parts and ...
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  • Why does a furnace service matter?

    Why does a furnace service matter? Performing your furnace service before you actually need it, is a great idea. Why? Once the cold hits, the heating industry becomes very busy. You could be waiting days for furnace service, when it is most critical. Preventative maintenance is critical for heating and cooling units. Without annual service, you could be facing bigger repairs including normal wear ...
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  • Denver Plumber Chosen Based on Reviews

    Denver Plumber Chosen Based on Reviews There was a time when businesses grew just from word of mouth. Today, many companies do rely on word of mouth marketing, and yet with communities expanding and the more transitory nature of our culture, this method is harder to come by. Review sites such as YELP!, Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau and others, have become the new modern day way of “asking ...
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  • Sump Pumps: What's with all this water?

    What’s up with all this water? We have been getting a bunch of calls today regarding sump pumps, so I thought I would do a quick article about what they are, how they work and why they are important (to some people) from your favorite plumbing contractor, Sunshine Plumbing Heating Air. What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a device, installed by a professional plumbing contractor, that pumps water- ...
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  • How the new Water Heater Regulations will effect homeowners

    By now, we are sure you are aware of the new Water Heater Regulations, but, as with anything new, it is good to have additional information and perspectives. As early as April 2 nd , supply houses were running low or out of older water heaters as they were being bought up in the typical supply vs. demand economic theory. The new water heater regulations will drive up the cost of water heaters. ...
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